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Gold seized from flight:
Sleuths of the Excise Department seized gold jewellery weighing 660 gm and packets of diamond from Surinder Kumar, a resident of Rajesh Nagar area of the city, at Sri Guru Ramdas Ji International Airport. Excise and Taxation Department Deputy Director (Investigation) PS Randhawa said the smuggled goods were seized from a Mumbai-Amritsar flight.

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3 arrested with sedatives:
The police has arrested three persons in as many separate cases after recovering 2,000 sedative capsules, besides other intoxicants and illicit liquor, from their possession. The accused have been identified as Baljeet Singh, a resident of Sangrur, Krishan Kumar, a resident of Bassi Pathana and Pardeep Singh, a resident of Patiala.

‘Harassed’, woman ends life:
A woman, Harpal Kaur, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Baba Ram Lal Nagar locality of Ferozepur after being “harassed” by two of her fellow colleagues and the owner of the beauty parlour where she worked over a monetary dispute. A case has been registered against the three accused, including parlour owner Manjit Kaur and her colleagues Jannat and Ritu, on the complaint of the victim’s husband.

Seven-day special NSS camp held:
A weekly NSS camp was organised on the premises of Om Parkash Gupta Model Senior Secondary School, Quilla Mohalla, by NSS volunteers of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazoori road, Ludhiana. The camp was inaugurated by councillors Davinder Jaggi and Sumit Malhotra. Jasbir Kaur Makkar, college principal, and NSS programme officer Neena Sharma were also present. President of the SDP Sabha Balraj Kumar Bhasin's motive for conducting such programmes is to inculcate the habits of discipline, co-operation and service for the nation among students.

CMC surgeon feted: Dr Navneet Kumar Chaudhry, professor and head of surgery at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, was appointed as the visiting professor in liver and pancreatic surgery at the hospital of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in the US. Dr Chaudhry returned to the CMC after two months of his experience in liver and pancreas surgery at the university hospital in the US.

Motorcycle stolen:
Some unidentified  persons took away a motorcycle belonging to Gurpreet Singh. The  Gobindgarh police has registered a case under Section 379 of the Indian Panel Code. Electric motor stolen Some unidentified persons have stolen an electric motor from Gaushala Mandi, Gobindgarh. On the statement of Ajay Kumar, the police has registered a case under Section 457 and 380 of the IPC.

Cloth shop burgled:
Burglars allegedly took away cash and goods worth over Rs 2 lakh after breaking into a cloth shop here on Friday. Tarsem Kumar, the owner of the shop at Kumar Mohalla, said his landlord informed him about the theft in the morning. He informed the police after reaching the spot, said Tarsem. On checking, it was found that Rs 6,000 and cloths worth Rs 2 lakh were missing, he said. The police has registered a case against unidentified persons.

200 patients examined:
As many as 202 patients were examined at a free check-up camp organised here on Saturday by the local Babu Nanak Chand Kalra Charitable Trust. The camp was inaugurated by former Punjab BJP president Rajinder Bhandari. Trust chairman Jatinder Kalra said free medicines were also distributed among the patients.



2 die in roof collapse:
Two women were killed when the third-floor balcony of a house in Kanhai village of the district collapsed today. Another woman and a child were also injured in the mishap. The women were basking in the sun when the roof collapsed all of a sudden. One of the women killed in the mishap is said to be pregnant. The police has registered a case.

One dies of cold:
The cold weather conditions prevailing in the region claimed one life at Barwala in Hisar on Friday night. The body of 35-year-old Mohinder, an unemployed driver , was recovered near Ravi Dass colony of Barwala town on Saturday. Doctors said he had died of cold. The body was handed over to his kin after the post mortem examination.

2 grenades recovered:
The police recovered two grenades from the fields of Khatiwaas village on Saturday. Jhajjar DSP Ram Chander Rathi reached the spot and called a bomb disposal squad from Rohtak to defuse the grenades.



Woman dies in road mishap:
Lohali Devi of Lehad village, Sundernagar tehsil, Mandi district, was killed on the spot when Alto car (CH-04A-9704) in which her family was travelling went out of control and fell down some 15 ft on the Brahamapukhar to Ghaghas road on National Highway No. 103 on Friday night. SP Anupam Sharma said here on Saturday that the car was being driven by Pawan Kumar, her son, against whom a case of negligent and careless driving had been registered. Other seven persons in the car were taken to the Regional Hospital here and were said to be stable. The family was returning to home from Shimla.

Driver gets 2-year jail: Vishal Bhamnotra, Judicial Magistrate (Court No. 3), Ghumarwin, near here, has sentenced Pyar Singh, driver of truck (HP-24-0993), to two-year imprisonment under Section 304-A, IPC, with an additional fine of Rs 5,000 for killing Class V schoolgirl Nitika Sharma at Ghumarwin. The driver was also sentenced to six-month jail and fine of Rs 1,000 under Section 279, IPC. On the recovery of the fine, an amount of Rs 5,000 was to be paid to the victim girl’s family. Earlier, Assistant Public Prosecutor Suresh Thakur told the court that the speeding truck driven by Pyar Singh had crushed the little girl when she was returning home from school on January 4, 2005.

4 Home Guards honoured: Rohan Chand Thakur, Sub Divisional Magistrate-cum-Chairman, Shri Naina Deviji Temple Trust, honoured four Home Guards, Vivendra, Prem Kumar, Jeet Ram (one) and Jeet Ram (two), on duty at the temple for saving the life of a devotee who had slipped and fallen down some 40 ft and was hanging from a tree branch at Naina Deviji on Thursday. Addressing a function at Naina Devi, 95 km from here, Rohan said but for their help the devotee was doomed to death. Temple Trust Employees Union president Mohinder Singh Thakur also addressed the function.

Vehicle impounded:
The Regional Transport Authority (RTO), Mandi, caught a pickup utility vehicle carrying the banned 2,100 bags of gutkas and khaini and 20 scented golden tobacco from Bilaspur to Kullu for retailers. The RTO informed the local health authority about the seizure. Food Inspector LD Thakur said they had taken possession of the banned tobacco products and issued the notice to the firm to take further action in the case.

Two held under NDPS Act: The Mandi police arrested two persons under the NDPS Act after recovering 1.8 kg from their possession at two different spots under Mandi Sadar police station on Friday evening. The policemen were on patrol near Pandoh and Kawari when they caught the duo with the contraband, but the police has not identified them.



Louis Braille remembered:
Louis Braille was remembered on his 205th birth anniversary by residents of Almora and the local branch of the National Blind Association. The programme organized at Chaudhan Pata ground was inaugurated by senior journalist PC Joshi. The speakers paid rich tributes to the inventor of the Braille script and handed over a memorandum to the District Magistrate demanding a minimum of Rs 3,500 monthly pension for blind persons in the state. “We have also demanded that a Brail education and training centre be opened at Almora,” said Dr Shamsher Singh Bisht, a social worker.

Polio drops drive:
More than 37,000 children will be administered polio drops in the district during a special pulse polio campaign to be organised on January 20 and 24. “There are 37,288 children below five years of age in the district and they will be covered under the campaign as the work of identification of children has been completed,” said Dr Chandra pant, Chief Medical Officer, Bageshwar district.

Bar Association: The Dehradun Bar Association has decided to name various blocks of the Bar campus in memory of its former members. Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Bar Association president Surendra Pundir said the association will soon come up with the directory comprising names and contact numbers of its members. Pundir said new I-cards will also be issued to the Bar members. He said the association is also coming up with a website.

Roadways’ stir: Demanding better promotion opportunities, the Uttarakhand Roadways Sanyukt Karmchari Parishad announced staging of indefinite dharna in Dehradun from January 16. Senior parishad office-bearer Ramchandra Raturi on Saturday announced the stir, asserting that Roadways’ employees have been seeking start of promotion process for long but there has been no initiative on part of the state government.

Football tourney: The Eleven Star Football Club will be organising, a district-level football tournament here from January 14 to 20. The tournament is being held in the memory of late Neel Ratan Kashyap, father of Eleven Star Club president PR Kashyap. According to VS Rawat of the Dehradun Football Academy, convener for the tournament, the winner of the tournament will get Rs 10,000 cash award, while the runners-up will get Rs 5,000 cash award.

Capital controversy: The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) has opposed the proposed construction of the Vidhan Sabha building at Raipur. UKD spokesman Shailesh Guleri said the party has always favoured permanent capital status for Gairsain in Chamoli district and will not accept Dehradun as capital. “There is no point in making the Vidhan Sabha building at Raipur in Dehradun, as Dehradun is just an interim capital,” Guleri pointed out.

Elephant kills man: An elephant trampled an aged man in the Haldwani forest division of the state. The victim, Lokmani Joshi, had gone to the forest to collect fodder when he had encounter with the elephant. Lokmani was trampled by the elephant leading to his death at the spot.

Cow meat seized: A team of People for Animals Uttarakhand along with members of the Gau Seva Aayog seized over 20 kg of cow meat from the Sahaspur area of Dehradun on Saturday after night patrolling in the area. According to PFA Uttarakhand member- secretary Gauri Maulekhi, team members did not get adequate protection from the police during the raid. “The police did not show up at the village till the team had been surrounded by hundreds of villagers. Ajay Bhatt, leader of the opposition, had to intervene to get protection and assistance for the team to avoid unnecessary conflict,” Maulekhi observed.

Stolen bag recovered: The police on Friday recovered a stolen bag of complainant Piyush Raturi, son of former Director General of Police PP Raturi, from railway official Chanderbhan. It was while travelling back from Delhi to Dehradun by Janshatabdi Express, Raturi had complained of losing his bag which contained medicines and other valuables.

Woman found dead: A mentally challenged woman of around 35-year old was found dead near Shiv Mandir in Raipur on Friday. It is assumed that she died of extreme cold at night. — TNS

2 girls die of food poisoning:
Two minor girls died of food poisoning while 10 members of their family were admitted to hospital in the Jaspur area of Udham Singh Nagar district on Friday night. According to the police, Taslim’s family members fell ill after they had dinner. “Two children Rahnuma (5) and Aisha (1) died instantly while 10 members of their family have been admitted to a local hospital where they are being treated for food poisoning,” said Devendra Pincha, a police officer.

Block status demanded:
Residents of the Madmanley area in the Moonakot block in Pithoragarh district on the border with Nepal have threatened to launch an agitation in support of their demand for a separate block status for Madmanley by separating it from the Moonakot block. A delegation of local gram pradhans on Saturday met to the District Magistrate, Pithoragarh, and handed over to him a letter regarding the demand for a separate block status for Madmanley. “As the Madmanley area is wide spread, its separation from the Moonakot block is necessary to meet development needs of villages in the area,” said Vijay Singh, a resident.

Villager traps leopard: A leopard was caged by the Forest Department after it was trapped by a house owner at Devlikhet village in Ranikhet subdivision of Almora district. “When the leopard entered a house after injuring a woman, the owner of the house, Mahender Singh, quickly closed the door of the house trapping the animal till a Forest Department team reached the spot,” said Puskar Singh, a resident of Devlikhet village. The team later caged the leopard. “The leopard, which is 7 years of age, has been sent to the Jim Corbett Nation Park,” said Divan Ram, forest ranger, Ranikhet range.

Elephant kills villager:
A villager was killed by an elephant in the Sharda forest range on Friday evening. The elephant attacked and killed Lokmani Joshi (66) when had gone to collect firewood in a nearby forest. Joshi died instantly as he could not run to safety. “This is the fourth death in the last 10 years involving wild elephants as the forests in the Bora Goth area are sensitive from the point of view of attacks by tuskers,” said Navin Singh Rautela, forest ranger, Sharda range of Champawat division.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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