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Govt to give free saplings to farmers
: The Punjab Government Is all set to boost agro-forestry among the peasantry to desist them from the cultivation of wheat and paddy by providing 1.40 crore free saplings to farmers. Presiding over a meeting of district forest officers, Chunni Lal Bhagat, Forest and Wildlife Preservation Minister, said the department would distribute free saplings of eucalyptus and poplar. 

Dal Khalsa's protest march on Nov 1
: Led by hardliner leaders Gajinder Singh and Daljit Singh, the Dal Khalsa and SAD (Panch Pardani) will organise a 'justice and freedom' march in Jalandhar on November 1 to mark the 29th anniversary of the Delhi anti-Sikh riots. Presidents of both the groups Harchranjit Singh Dhami and Harpal Singh Cheema said the activists would hold the march to voice their concerns on crime against minorities. They said their members would assemble at a local gurdwara to pay tributes to the riot victims. 



Posting orders
: The Haryana Government has issued the posting orders of an IAS officer with immediate effect. Garima Mittal has been given charge as the ADC-cum-CEO-DRDA, Panipat, relieving HCS officer RS Verma. 

HAU guard murdered
: A security guard of Haryana Agriculture University (HAU) was found murdered near Kaimari village in the district on Thursday. He was attacked in the neck with a glass bottle. The deceased, Sadhuram of Hindran village, had been employed as an HAU guard for the past 20 days. The police registered a case of murder. The police said the motive behind the murder was not known.

Eight held for gambling
: As many as eight persons have been arrested for gambling. The police said eight persons were caught playing cards near Paras cinema here on Friday. A set of playing cards and Rs 30,000 were seized from them. They have been arrested under the Gambling Act. 

Man dies in  accident
: Shashi Kumar (32) of Mastapur village died on the spot when his motorcycle was hit by a Haryana Roadways bus near the flyover on the Rewari-Jhajjar road here on Thursday night. The mishap took place when he was returning to his village. The Rewari Sadar police has booked the driver for causing death due to negligence.S

Proclaimed offender arrested: The Jatusana police has arrested a proclaimed offender, Ram Chander of Berli Khurd village, who was wanted in a case of rape. He had been on the run for the past about 12 years. The accused was produced in a local court on Thursday, which remanded him in judicial custody. The police had registered a case of rape on March 18, 2001, against the two villagers on a complaint filed by a teenager of the same village. 



Jeweller from Amritsar fined
: A team of the Excise and Taxation Department, led by Excise and Taxation Officer Lalit Poswal and AETOs Roshan Lal, Kuldip and Padam Singh, has penalised jeweller Surender Vij from Amritsar (Punjab). Reports said the team had set up a naka at Ghaghas, 9 km from here, on Chandigarh-Manali highway. On seeing a man walking under suspicious circumstances, it intercepted him. On checking his bag, jewellery worth Rs 3.93 lakh was found on which taxes had not been paid. Tax and penalty of Rs 1.02 lakh was charged from him. 

Motorcyclist dies in road accident
: Rakesh Kumar of Lohdi village was killed on the spot when his motorcycle went out of control and fell down on the road near Rajera, on the Chamba-Bharmour highway on Saturday night, a police report said here on Sunday. The body was handed over to his kin after postmortem. A case has been registered.

Computer firm launches schemes
: The HP computer company has launched several schemes and new products during the current festive season for its customers. Giving the information, Hemant Sikka, zonal head (marketing), north region of the firm, said HP computers had launched several new products keeping in view the needs of different sections of society. Local dealer of the HP Raman Sharma welcomed the guests on the occasion. 

Woman consumes poison
: Reema (25), wife of Balbir Singh of Nagrota Surian village, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her paternal house at Khaliana village. The Kangra police said Reema was in depression as she did not have any child. She consumed poison on October 17 and was rushed to the Government Hospital at Jawali, from where she was referred to the DRPGMC, Tanda, where she died on Sunday morning, the police said. A case under Section 174, CrPC, has been registered.

Housewife commits suicide: A 30-year-old housewife, who was allegedly tortured by her husband, committed suicide at Sakri village on Friday night, the police said here on Saturday. Anita Devi was married to Balbir of Sakri village in 2003. This was stated in an FIR lodged with the Baijnath police by Anita's father Piar Chandof Rakkar village. Anita was rushed to a hospital, where she died. A case of abetment to suicide under Sections 306 and 34, IPC, has been registered against the victim's husband. The police has arrested Balbir and started investigations.

Man dies of burn injuries: Urban Kumar (35) of Abdullahpur village on the outskirts of this town succumbed to his burn injuries, the police said here on Sunday. Mohinder Singh Manhas, SHO, Kangra police station, said the victim had received serious burn injuries when his clothes caught fire on October 15. The police said he was rushed to the DRPGMC, Tanda. The police has started investigations under Section 174, CrPC, in the case. 

Cyclist hit by car, dies: Manoj Kumar (44) of Sunade village was killed when he was hit by a car (HP-40-A-8117) at Thanpuri late on Saturday night, the police said here on Sunday. Sub Divisional Police Officer Ashok Verma said the victim was on his bicycle when a car hit him from behind. He was rushed to the DRPGMC, Tanda, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A, IPC, against the car driver. 



ND Tiwari greeted on 89th birthday
: Veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari was congratulated by several organisations in the district on his 89th birthday, which fell on October 18. “Tiwari, who jumped into freedom struggle at the age of 16 years, remained a socialist all over his life and served the country in various capacities without slight blot of corruption on his career, his life was totally devoted to the real cause of the country,” said Devendra Sanwal, a veteran freedom fighter and companion of Tiwari.

Action to be taken against ‘missing’ college girls
: The four girl students of All Saint College of Nainital, who had gone missing from a school tour in Andhra Pradesh and later recovered in Goa, will be taken for disciplinary action by the school administration, said the school principal Kiran Jarmaya, at Nainital. According to the reports, the girls, while on tour, let their companions delighted at Barangal railway platform and remained in the train till it reached next destination. “After separating from their group, these four girls stopped the train by pulling the chain and headed towards Goa, where they were recovered by the police” said the school principal.

Pant Nagar
Central status demanded for Pantnagar varsity
: University teachers, workers and employees have submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor of Pantnagar University. They are demanding Central University status. The agitators have said in the memorandum that a proposal be passed by university executive council and sent to the government. “If Uttarakhand Government gets success in granting Pantnagar university as Central University, it will not only save a sum of Rs 200 crore per annum, but the developmental avenue of the university will also get breakthrough,” said Dr RP Singh, coordinator of the teachers committee for the purpose.

— BD Kasniyal

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