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NRI booked for dowry:
The police has booked an NRI, Jaswant Singh, his father Gurmeet Ram, mother Harbans Kaur and sister Kulwinder Kaur of Balchaur area in SBS Nagar district for allegedly demanding dowry. In her complaint, Jaswant's wife Sukhwinder Kaur alleged that she was tortured and ill-treated for not bringing "sufficient" dowry. Jaswant is currently an Italy resident.

BSF trainees awarded: Over 170 trainees, incuding 71 women, took out a march past on their passing out parade at the subsidiary training centre of BSF Kharkan on Saturday. PS Bains, Deputy Inspector-General, Gurdaspur attended the parade and awarded medals to the meritorious candidates. HS Dhillon, DIG, BSF subsidiary training centre, Kharkan, said these trainees had been imparted basic training to protect the borders effectively.

Homeless hold protest:
Several local residents on Saturday lodged a protest after their names did not figure on a list of 148 beneficiaries selected for a free housing scheme for the poor and homeless. Completed at a cost of Rs 5 crore, the houses have been built at Khudian Gulab Singh village in Lambi assembly. The protesters alleged favouritism in the distribution process, though SAD leaders denied the charge as "baseless".

Woman dies in mishap:
A woman named Baljit Kaur, resident of Mohali, died on the spot, when the Santro car she was traveling in, rammed into a tree near Mahalon village on Jalandhar-Nawanshahr-Chandigarh highway in the wee hours on Saturday. Four persons were injured in the accident and have been admitted to a local private hospital for treatment. They were returning to Mohali from Amritsar.

Woman dies of burn injuries:
A woman named Harvinder Kaur (25) of Benra village (near Dhuri), who had suffered 100 per cent burn injuries on Friday, died at Government Medical Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh last night. Gurdev Singh Dhaliwal, Station House Officer (SHO), Sadar police station, Dhuri, said the police had registered a case against her husband, mother-in-law Murti Kaur and brother-in-law Pappu Singh. The woman's parents had alleged that their daughter's in-laws had been harassing her for dowry.



Pratima Raksha Samman Samiti members pay tributes to the martyrs on the anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Karnal on Saturday
Pratima Raksha Samman Samiti members pay tributes to the martyrs on the anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Karnal on Saturday. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Workers thresh wheat at a field near Karnal on Saturday
Workers thresh wheat at a field near Karnal on Saturday. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Cattle torched:
Five men have been booked for allegedly burning to death cattle in Raipur village in this district last evening. Two buffaloes, one cow and two calves were charred to death in the fire. — TNS

Books to be given class-wise:
Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal has said with the commencement of the new academic session, there would be a class-wise distribution of books to students of government schools. Earlier, books used to be provided subject wise, which led to delay in their distribution. Bhukkal assured that the distribution of books would be done in a well-planned manner so that students do not face any inconvenience related to study material in the new academic session. The students would also be provided with elementary and general science books. She said it was for the first time that a campaign, ‘Pravesh Utsav’, had been launched in the state to ensure education of each and every child. - TNS

Govt to set up 6 silos: The Central government has decided to set up six silos of 3,00,000-metric tonne total capacity in the state for bulk storage of grains. These storage silos of 50,000-metric tonne capacity each would be set up in Rohtak, Jind, Sonipat, Karnal, Sirsa and Kurukshetra in order to prevent wheat lying in the open from getting damaged. Food Corporation of India executive director (north) Sudhir Garg said the state had set a target of procuring 90 lakh metric tonnes of wheat this year. He said the Adani Group was already using a godown of 2,00,000-metric tonne capacity for storage. He said a large quantity of wheat was getting damaged because of want of storage facility, which also resulted in deterioration of its quality. — TNS



Bar body chief:
Lekh Ram Nadda was elected president of Bar Association, Ghumarwin, on Tuesday. Sanjay Sharma was elected vice-president, Pawan Sharma general secretary, Shivani joint secretary, Vinod Guleria treasurer, Anil Thakur finance secretary and Ajay Nadda librarian.

1 held with opium: The police arrested Ajmer Singh of Behal village in the Naina Devi constituency on Monday under relevant sections of the NDPS Act. He was booked for growing opium plants in his fields.

Devotees pray at Suhi Mata temple in ChambaCHAMBA
Suhi fair concludes: The three-day Suhi fair concluded in Chamba on Saturday. Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri was present on the occasion. — OC

Devotees pray at Suhi Mata temple in Chamba.

Shepherds’ protection:
Himachal Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri on Thursday said police protection would be provided to shepherds in vulnerable areas of Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and Kullu districts. He said many incidents of cattle theft had been reported.

3 students fall off building:
Three students of a private university were injured, one of them seriously, when they fell off the campus building near Sultanpur last evening. Two students were being treated at the local Regional Hospital and one was referred to the PGI Chandigarh as he suffered serious injuries. Preliminary investigations revealed that the students fell off the new building as there were uncovered gaps in the auditorium. A police team reached the university. — TNS



UP minister meets Bahuguna:
Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister Manoj Pandey met Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna here on Saturday. He was accompanied by former district panchayat president Rameshwar Nautiyal. The minister expressed happiness over the development initiatives undertaken by the Bahuguna government.

Students get degrees: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) awarded degrees and diplomas to 356 students at a convocation ceremony. Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, VK Bahuguna handed over the degrees and diplomas for various courses to the students. Regional Director, IGNOU, Dr Asha Sharma was also present on the occasion.

Team leaves for trek inspection: A 21-member team, led by Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay, left Dehradun for a survey of the Nandadevi Raj Jaat trek. The team will inspect the entire trek and oversee preparations for Nandadevi Raj Jaat Yatra. Foreigners from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia are expected to participate in the yatra.

'Super mom' contest: Manjari Saxena and Devyani Gusain of Noopur Dance Academy have been selected for the second round of 'Super mom' competition to be held in Delhi from April 22 to 23.

Liquor shops closed today: All liquor shops in Dehradun will remain closed on Sunday on the occasion of Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s birth anniversary. According to the district authorities, stern action would be taken against the owner if any shop was found open.

Anti-polythene day observed: Anti-polythene day was observed at Gorkha Military Inter-College, Dehradun. District Education Officer SP Khali appealed to the students to help make the region polythene-free. He asked them to pick up polythene bags lying scattered at various localities in Dehradun.

Web designing conference in Bhimtal: A state-level conference on robotics and web designing concluded at Birla Institute in Bhimatal. Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Kumaon university, Prof HS Dhami, presided over the conference. Various computer-related competitions were also held during the conference.

Book shop gutted: A fire which broke out in a book shop on Thursday night in Karanpur Bazar was extinguished by afternoon on Friday. The fire also damaged the adjoining shops. The loss is estimated to be above Rs 60 lakh.

Yatra preparations:
Preparations for the Nanda Devi Rajjat Yatra have begun at Almora, as the heir of the erstwhile Kumaon king’s family worshiped his clan goddess in a temple near here. “The Chand kings from Kumaon and Panwar kings from Garhwal used to worship Goddess Nanda. Now this festival has become a symbol of unity between the two regions,” said KC Singh Baba, heir of the Chand clan and Congress MP from Nainital.

Nanakmatta, (US Nagar)
Baisakhi celebrated:
Thousands of devotees thronged gurdwaras on the occasion of Baisakhi on Saturday. ‘Langar’ was organised at Nanakmatta Gurudwara. “Baisakhi, which is a symbol of unity among all ‘varnas’ and religions, was started by Sikh Gurus to unite the Indian society against the repression from the tyrants,” said Harcharan Singh, a Sikh intellectual. (Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

Women voters outnumber men:
Women voters are a deciding factor in the Pithoragarh Nagar Palika Parishad elections this year, as their number has exceeded that of men in the voters list. “The number of women voters is 17,518 in Pithoragarh town out of 33,452 voters. The number of women voters is also higher in Gangolihat, Dharchula and Didihat in the district,” said source.

Revenue from Corbett fall up:
The revenue from the Corbett fall, situated in dense forests in the Ramnagar forest division, has grown manifold since 2000, as more and more tourists are coming to visit this natural water fall every year. “While the revenue received from this source was Rs 78,890 for 5,898 tourists in 2000, it has now increased to Rs 1, 23, 23,820 for 35,990 tourists last year,” said Prem Shankar Sriwastava, DFO of the division. He said various plans to make the place more attractive were on the cards.


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