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2 held with ice drug: The police has arrested two peddlers after allegedly recovering a synthetic drug (pseudoephedrine, also called ice) from their possession. The police said Mohmamad Shariq, an ex-serviceman, and Gobind Singh (both of Jaipur) had brought the narcotics from Rajasthan.

Arhtiyas hail HC decision: The Arhtiya Association of Punjab has welcomed the Punjab and Haryana High Court order calling for direct payments to farmers either through a buyer or an arhtiya (commission agent). In a statement, union president RS Cheema said it was an appreciable decision.

Financier held for blackmail:
The police on Friday arrested a local financier, Satwant Mehta, for allegedly blackmailing his clients on the basis of blank cheques and stamp papers deposited. Satwant would allegedly force his customers to submit these documents before granting them a loan.


43 cases settled:
As many as 43 cases were settled on the spot during the camp-cum-overnight stay of the subdivision administration led by Subdivisional Magistrate Ashok Bansal at Dhyangla village on Friday night.

Stalker arrested
: local reporter of a leading Hindi news channel has been arrested for allegedly following a girl despite her disinterest, doing obscene acts with her and threatening her of dire consequences for stalking, obscenity, misconduct and criminal intimidation. He was produced before a local court and released on bail.



Withdraw fee hike: ABVP: The ABVP today burnt the prospectus of BEd course in Vallab Government College in protest against the hike in the admission fee in colleges of the state. The activists said that they would intensify the stir if the fee hike, announced by the government, was not withdrawn.


HN Bahuguna remembered: The 94th birth anniversary of Congress stalwart Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna was celebrated in Bageshwar and Almora districts on Saturday. “The late HN Bahuguna was a true secular and democratic leader. He worked for all communities,” said Ram Prasad Tamta, former state minister.

Harish Rawat’s birthday: The Rashtriya Rajeev Gandhi Sena today celebrated the 66th birthday of Union Minister of Water Resources Harish Rawat. At a function held at Hindi Bhawan, Dehradun, Harish Rawat supporters cut a cake to mark the occasion. They also distributed sweets among the people. The speakers recalled the development initiatives taken by Harish Rawat for Uttarakhand in his capacity of the Union Minister. Congress leaders Sushil Rathi, Vikas Chauhan, Sunita Dhyani and Neeraj Lal were prominent participants.

Congress workers celebrate the birthday of Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat at Congress Bhavan in Dehradun on Saturday.

Stir threatened: Jal Sansthan employees have threatened to start an indefinite stir shortly if their longstanding demands were not fulfilled. State general secretary of the Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan Employees Association Hridyesh Chandal said despite the repeated pleas their demand for better pay and perks had not been addressed by the state government. He even asserted that Jal Sansthan employees could even go to the extent of stopping drinking water supply, if the state government continues with its attitude.

Coca-Cola plant opposed: The Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad has opposed the setting up of Coca-Cola plant in Vikasnagar. At a meeting held at DL Road party office, Dr DK Shahi said apart from Uttarakhand, setting up of the Coca-Cola plant would even affect the Yamuna water supply to Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Santosh Rawat elected: Santosh Rawat has been elected as president of the Uttarakhand State Federation of Corporations Employees. Ravi Pachori was elected as General Secretary. Further, SP Pant and Suresh Thapa have been elected as vice-presidents of the federation. Elections took place unanimously in Dehradun.

Working panel meeting: The newly constituted working committee of the Uttarakhand Education Board will meet in Ramnagar in Kumaon on May 2. The working committee is expected to discuss the issues of internal examination, change in number of subjects at high school level and also set up of examination evaluation committees.

Professor arrested: The police has arrested an Assistant Professor at Uttarakhand Open University in a dowry case. “The professor was arrested after his wife accused him and his mother of harassing her for bringing insufficient dowry,” said a police official.

10 killed in mishap: Ten persons were killed while 55 others sustained serious injuries when a bus carrying baratis fell into a deep gorge at Mulakot, 60 km from Lohaghat, on Friday evening. The accident took place when the driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle. Administrative officials and 108 ambulance service rushed to the spot. The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.

Kanalichina Mahotsava: A four-day Kanalichina Mahotsava was inaugurated by Didihat MLA Bishen Singh Chufal on Saturday. The festival will showcase the local culture. Cultural troupes from across India and Nepal and local cultural groups and schoolchildren will give presentations. Cooking and mehndi competitions would also be organised, said Kishen Singh Bhandari, organiser of the festival.

Trapped leopard dies: A two-year-old female leopard that was trapped by unidentified persons in the Naulapani forest area, Tanakpur subdivision, on Friday, died on Saturday. It kept screaming overnight and died on Saturday before a forest team could reach the spot to tranquilise it. Forest officials have lodged a case against unidentified persons.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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