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30-ft breach in minor:
Nearly 30-ft breach in Sukhchain minor early on Saturday at Deonkhera village in Muktsar district inundated over 100 acres of agricultural land. Though the authorities concerned have plugged the breach, they are unaware about the reason behind it.

4 prisoners injured in clash:
Four inmates were injured in a clash at the Patiala Central Jail on Saturday. While one of the injured, Zoravar Singh, sustained head injuries, the others were admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital with minor bruises. Zoravar was hit on the head with a brick. Jail officials said the injured were habitual offenders.

Man booked for raping minor:
The Goraya police has booked Kulwant Singh of Dhesian Kahnan village for raping his 14-year-old step-daughter on October 31. The police said a medical examination of the victim to confirm rape is yet to be conducted. Kulwant is still at large.

Khoya samples fail test:
Of the 15 samples of ‘khoya’ and ‘petha’ collected on October 27 from a cold storage unit situated at Kakkarwal village near Dhuri, 12 have failed the safety test under the new Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA). District Health Officer Dr Surinder Singla confirmed the development. 

ROB inaugurated: Member of Rajya Sabha Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Friday inaugurated a road over bridge (ROB) over the railway level crossing in Churral Kalan village in Lehragaga. The ROB was built at a cost of Rs 20 crore.

Tarn Taran
Rs 6 lakh looted from ATM:
Two unidentified persons looted Rs 6.61 lakh after breaking open a State Bank of Patiala ATM situated on the Sarhali road here during the wee hours on Saturday. The police said the CCTV footage showed that the accused had their faces covered and had gloves on while breaking open the machine. They broke open the machine with the help of a gas-welding cutter.

3 booked for fraud: The Khemkaran police has booked three persons, Kuldeep Singh, Nishan Singh and Vishal Gill, under IPC section 420 for allegedly defrauding a sweet shop owner of Rattoke village, 45 km from here. The complainant alleged that two of the accused introduced themselves as Health Department officials and threatened to seal his shop for allegedly selling adulterated sweets. He said the accused then demanded Rs 20,000 for letting him off.



5 held for running flesh trade
: Five persons, including a woman and a pimp, were nabbed by the police for running flesh trade here, last evening. They were nabbed near Navyug school during a police raid. A Santro car used by the pimp to facilitate prostitution was seized from the place. However, two other accused in the case escaped from the place. An FIR has been registered in the case 

Car snatched at gunpoint: Four armed persons drove off with a Skoda car and Rs 2.07 lakh belonging to its driver at gunpoint near Mundri village late Friday evening. Dharamveer Singh of Jajanpur village said in the police complaint that he was going towards Kaithal town and carrying Rs 2.07 lakh. As he approached the Sirsa canal bridge around 7.45 pm, a Bolero vehicle overtook his car and stopped in front of his vehicle. Four persons sprang out, opened his car door and pulled him out at pistol point. Two persons drove away in his car and the rest in the Bolero. 

One booked for rape bid: The Bawal police has registered a case of molestation and criminal trespass against Sunil Kumar. Sunil allegedly barged into his neighbour’s house and made a bid to outrage the modesty of his wife, who was alone in the house, on the night of October 28, at Dharchana village. However, when the woman raised the alarm, Sunil fled. The case was registered on the victim’s complaint on Friday. 

Three gangsters held: The police has arrested three gangsters -- Hukam Singh, Krishan Kumar and his brother Mahesh Kumar -- all residents of Durga Colony here. The accused allegedly took away a Bolero vehicle from Yudhvir, district media chief of the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, and his associate Anuj, when they were pasting posters of yoga guru Swami Ramdev’s two-day function at Gurukul Ghaseda, near here, on Wednesday night. The police recovered the vehicle from the accused. They were today produced in a local court which remanded them in judicial custody. 



Erring traders fined in Reasi:
The Reasi administration constituted a number of teams for market inspections and checking quality and standard of food items prior to Diwali at Katra and Reasi. Teams realised fine of Rs 55,000. Adulterated and substandard food items were destroyed and fine was imposed for overcharging. Polythene carry bags were seized.



Protect original shape of ‘Aipan’:
A call has been made by the archeologist in Almora to protect the original shape of Kumaon plaster art, or Aipan, as it was getting diluted by mixing of readymade products on the Aipan varieties. “Traditional Aipans are prepared by mixing yellow and red colours with rice flour mixture and are applied with fingers to invite goddess Laxmi on the occasion of Diwali,” said Kaushal Kishor Saxena, cultural historian, Kumaon region. He added that due to the increased screen printers’ in the town, readymade Aipans were being produced, which had no religious sanctity as these were essentially to be made with fingers.

500 tourist guides, pony owners jobless:
Over 500 tourist guides and pony owners had been rendered jobless in Kapkot block of Bageshwar district as trekkers failed to reach the district to trek at Pindari, Sundardhunga and Kaphni glaciers this season. The absence of trekkers was directly affecting employment of youth and pony owners of Bageshwar, Khati, Song Loharkhet, Karmi, Katoli, Bacham and Khrkia villages, who used to earn their livelihood during these days by working with the treckers. 

650 four-wheelers, 350 two-wheelers sold on Dhanteras:
Jewellers and vehicle dealers did a brisk business on Dhanteras, at Haldwani market as more than 650 four-wheelers and 350 two-wheelers were sold from the showrooms of various brands. “Besides this, gold, diamond jewellery and silver worth Rs 70 crore were also sold on the occasion,” said Predeer Khandelwal, owner of a jewellery shop in Haldwani.


Four persons arrested for being in possesion of smack in Dehradun on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Four persons arrested for drugs smuggling: Acting on a tip-off, Raiwala police arrested four drug peddlers and recovered 300gm Smack and 200gm Charas from their possession here today. After getting information about drugs being smuggled into Dehradun, Raiwala police started an intensive drive of checking vehicles during which four suspicious persons were stopped for questioning. Even the policemen were shocked after they found packets of smack and charas from them. The arrested, Shameem, Mahesh, Sohan and Laxman, told the police during interrogation that the smack and charas was smuggled from Nepal and that they were smuggling it into Dehradun from Muzaffarnagar. According to the police, the seized smack is worth Rs 30 lakh in the international market. Meanwhile, police are questioning all the four accused and trying to gather information about their links and customers. A source said that arrested have named a few buyers in Dehradun. .

State BJP Minority Cell to meet on November 11: Uttarakhand BJP Minority Cell will be meeting in Haridwar on November 11. According to Amir Ahmed Quadri, BJP Minority Cell President, the meeting, beginning at 10 am, will take place at Punjabi Dharamshala. Uttarakhand BJP President Teerath Singh Rawat will be the chief guest.

Markets to remain shut on November 8: Dehradun markets will be observing its weekly closure on November 8. This is being done as Sunday is Diwali and markets will remain open. Instead, the markets will remain closed on November 8, Friday. This was informed by BVRC Purshottam, Dehradun District Magistrate.

Ex-servicmen to hold a rally in December: JDerhadun District Ex-servicemen Welfare Officer Anil Wadhva has informed that an ex-servicemen rally will take place in Dehradun on December 28. A meeting will take up concerns of ex-servicemen during the rally and modified scooters will be distributed to the disabled ex-servicemen.

Elephants destroy shops in Adhorwala: Elephants in Adhorwala village of Dehradun destroyed three shops yesterday. Former Adhorwala Pradhan Purshottam Dobhal disclosed that in the past few years elephants have repeatedly raided the crops in the region. He said that the matter has been brought to the knowledge of the state forest department but there has been no respite.

Advocates boycott court proceedings:
Following Uttarakhand Bar Association instructions, the advocates from High Court and other courts in Nainital district boycotted the court proceedings to protest against the police failure to arrest the killers of wives of two senior advocates of Dehradun a year ago. “We have decided that if the killers of wives of Dehradun advocates, OP Saklani and Purola advocate AK Jain, will not be brought to the book soon, the advocates will launch a state wide agitation,” said Basant Joshi, a spokesmen, Uttarakhand Bar Association.

Migratory birds reach Terai landscape:
Flocks of migratory birds have started reaching water bodies spread around Terai landscape. “The migratory birds from across the Himalayan region have started reaching at Corbett, by the rivers of Koshi and Ramganga, at dams of Tumaria, Bhogpur Bour and water ponds of Tumaris and Haripura Jalashay. After breeding the migratory birds will return to their native places in March,” said Prashant Kumar, a bird watcher at Corbett landscape.


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