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Woman killed in mishap:
A woman was killed and sixteen others were injured in two different road mishaps near Phagwara on Friday night. The woman named Deepo died when an autorickshaw collided with another vehicle on the national highway. Four others were injured and admitted to the local civil hospital. In another mishap, twelve persons, including five women, got injured near here.

Three held in shootout case:The Phagwara Police has identified all the eight accused for the June 14 shootout here and arrested three main culprits under the Arms Act. The arrested are identified as Arvinder Singh, Paramjit Singh, (both from Phagwara) and Charanjit Singh of Bhularai. On June 14, two persons had sustained bullet injuries in the clash between two groups at Lambi Mohalla here.

Two booked for fraud:The police has booked Darshan Kaur of Mukerian and Gagandeep Kaur of Sahni village for duping Jasbir Kaur of the same village. They took Rs 1 lakh from Jasbir on the pretext of sending her to USA.

Woman kills self, spouse held:
A 28-year-old married woman allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison on the intervening night of June 20 and June 21 at Mehlan village, about 10 km from here. The Chhajli police has registered a case against her husband Sikander Singh under Section 306 of the IPC (abetment of suicide). Sukhdev Singh, father of the deceased, complained that Sikander had been beating her to get more dowry.



1 held with poppy husk:
The police arrested Baldev Singh, alias Lali, a resident of Majri Mohalla at Shahabad, from near Ravi Colony on Friday evening on the charge of possessing 23-kg poppy husk. The police claimed that Baldev confessed during interrogation. He was produced in court, which remanded him to judicial custody.

Man duped of Rs 25,000:Dharam Dev Sharma, a resident of Sector 5 in Kurukshetra, has lodged a complaint that an unidentified person had withdrawn Rs 25,000 from his bank account by using a fake automatic teller machine card. The police has registered a case in this connection.

1 arrested for assault:The police arrested Anil Kumar of Peerwali Gali on Friday evening on the charge of intimidating and beating up Roshan Lal of Masita in Kurukshetra. Roshan lodged a complaint that he was on his way to Aman Palace when he was intercepted and assaulted.

New KU Registrar:Dr KC Rohlan, Associate Professor in Hindi, DAV College, Pundri district in Kaithal, took over as new Registrar of Kurukshetra University on Saturday in place of Dr MK Jain, Professor of Management, KU, who was holding dual charge.



500 sheep buried under debris:
Over 500 sheep from the Udiyar meadow in Bageshwar district that have gone to graze are buried under heavy debris as the meadow fell on the slope of grazing place Friday evening. “We have rescued 35 villagers. The villagers have gone to collect Yarsa Gumba in the meadow,” said Yamu Singh, a resident of Khati village.

Members of Phoenix Educational and Cultural Society pay homage to the victims of the disaster in the state at Garhi Cantonment on Saturday.
Deaths in calamity mourned:
The Phoenix Educational and Cultural Society, Garhi Cantt, on Saturday held a condolence meeting to pay homage to the victims of the natural disaster in the state. Devender Pal Singh, president of the society, said it was a national tragedy and the entire country was with the families of the victims. He criticised the state government for its alleged failure to deal with the situation. He, however, praised the Army and paramilitary forces for their brave efforts in the rescue and relief operations throughout the state.
Members of Phoenix Educational and Cultural Society pay homage to the victims of the disaster in the state at Garhi Cantonment on Saturday. Tribune photo

Bank staff donation:Employees of Uttaranchal Grameen Bank presented a cheque for Rs 774,664 collected by them for the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the victims of the natural disaster. Yashpal Arora, Chairman of the bank, presented the cheque to Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna. The Uttarakhand Diploma Engineers Association of the Irrigation Department also presented a cheque for Rs 1.50 lakh for the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

Free education for kids of disaster-hit:Graphic Era University has decided to provide free education to 20 children of the victims of the natural disaster in the state. A team of the university was also sent to the disaster-affected areas with relief material. The employees of the university also decided to give their one day's salary for the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. The university has also decided to contribute Rs 5 lakh to the fund.

Special trains for disaster-hit:The Railways has decided to run special trains and add extra coaches to regular trains for the victims of the Kedarnath disaster, said Umesh Singh, Zonal Manager of the Bareilly region while briefing mediapersons at Kathgodam. “We have also decided to make arrangements of food and shelter for the victims at railway stations,” he said. Meanwhile, roadways officers in the Kumaon region have decided to send 40 buses to disaster-hit districts of the Garhwal region to facilitate transportation of pilgrims stranded there.

Village left without males:All married women of Bamni village, near Kedarnath, probably have been widowed due to the rains that devastated the temple campus and swept away all priests belonging to the village present on the day, said two women who escaped the catastrophe and reached Nainital on Saturday. “All male members of Bamni village, who performed puja at the temple, were swept away by the strong waters on the fateful day, leaving the village bereft of males,” said Vaijyanti Joshi, a native of the village, who reached Nainital after remaining trapped near the village for four days. According to the women, the priests had taken their young relatives to the temple as the yatra session was in full swing.


Record water level in Sharda:The water level in the Sharda broke all previous records on June 18 as 4.2 lakh cusecs was recorded on that day, said Jagdish Srivastava, an attendant at the Sharda barrage. “This record breaking water level was caused due to heavy rains of 675 mm, which also smashed records,” he said.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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