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Medical aid for ex-Armymen:
The government has started a scheme to provide specialised medical equipment to defence personnel disabled in war, war widows, ex-servicemen and their wards with income less than Rs 3 lakh per annum, said Virsa Singh Valtoha, Chief Parliamentary Secretary.

2 boys killed in hit-and-run:
Two teenaged boys of Passi Kandi village died in a road accident near their village on Friday. The deceased, Abhishek (14) and Sagar (16), died after their motorbike was hit by a vehicle, which sped away after the accident. The duo died on the spot. 

Man duped of Rs 6.5 lakh: The Tanda police has booked five persons for allegedly duping a man of Rs 6.5 lakh on the pretext of sending his son to Canada. The accused are as Rakesh Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Suresh Kumar and his wife Reena, all residents of Deep Nagar, Jalandhar.

Bhagat Singh’s manuscript draws crowds
: The manuscript of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s jail diary drew large crowds at Government Mohindra College today. Bhagat Singh’s grandson Yadwinder Sandhu had brought the manuscript to the campus at a function held for the institute’s alumni. Darshan Singh Waraich, who is promoting the book, said a Hindi translation of the manuscript was also on cards.

SSA staff lathicharged:
The district police resorted to a mild lathicharge on employees working under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan when they blocked the Ropar-Jalandhar road here on Saturday. The protesters had organised the blockade in support of their demand for a higher pay scale. The blockade was lifted only after Additional Deputy Commissioner Amarjit Singh Shahi assured them of organizing a meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.


Minor quake in J-K:
A low-intensity earthquake shook the Doda and Bhaderwah belts of the state on Saturday. The quake, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, struck around 4.39 pm, Met officials said. Its epicentre was 14 km northeast of the Bhaderwah area. There were no reports of any casualty or injury.

7 pilgrims die during Haj:
Seven persons from the state have died during the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia this year, an official spokesman said here on Saturday. As many as 8,691 pilgrims from the state performed Haj this year, he said.



UKD activists stage dharna:
Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) workers staged a dharna at the subdivision headquarters in Bageshwar on Saturday in support of their demand for Gairsain as the permanent capital of the state. The workers, who came from Garur, Kanda, Bankot and Banlekh, gathered at Kaphligair and marched towards the tehsil office to submit a memorandum to the officers present there. “The setting up a new Assembly building at Raipur in Dehradun is not acceptable to us. We will fight till the government declares Gairsain as the only capital of the state,” said Manoj Joshi, district UKD president.

Contractual Power employees taking out a march in support of their demands in Dehradun on SaturdayDEHRADUN
March by power staff:
Demanding the regularisation of their services, members of the Uttarakhand Power Contractual Employees' Association on Saturday staged a silent march accusing the state government of failing to address their genuine concern. The protesters passed through the Subhash Road and the Lansdowne route before coming back to the Parade Ground, from where they had started the march. Manoj Pant, Pankaj Rawat, Puran Singh Rawat, Ramjeewan, Anil Jagudi, Jagdeep Singh and Kanchan Joshi were prominent among the protesters.
Contractual Power employees taking out a march in support of their demands in Dehradun on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir

Seminar held: The Netaji Sangharsh Samiti on Saturday organised a seminar on the occasion of the state foundation day. Presiding over the seminar, samiti chief Prabhat Dandriyal stressed for collective efforts towards taking Uttarakhand to new heights and glory. The issue of the permanent capital status for Gairsain was also discussed.

Health camp: Health Networking Sewa Sansthan workers on Saturday organised a health camp at Doon Eye Care Centre. Narendra Nagar MLA Subodh Uniyal, who was the chief guest, said such camps held much importance for the poor and needy. He said there was no greater service than serving the poor. Dr SP Bhatt, Dr Nishant, Dr Ramesh Gaur, Dr MP Maithani and Dr Srinand Uniyal participated in the camp.

Dharna by mahila manch: A dharna by the Uttarakhand Mahila Manch at Pandit Deendayal Updhayaya Park entered the third consecutive day on Saturday. The manch members are demanding proper rehabilitation of the Kedarnath disaster-affected victims. Manch president Kamla Pant alleged that they were not allowed to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister at the martyrs' memorial on Saturday.

Chilly weather in Teria:
Moderate snowfall in the high Himalayan reaches of the Munsiyari and Kapkot region led to a chilly weather in the Terai region of Kumaon, forcing people to wear woollens. According to the weather department, rain and hailstones led to a fall in the temperature in Almora, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh districts and cloudy conditions in Lohaghat and Champawat regions. “The minimum temperature in the Terai region was at 14.9°C on Saturday while the maximum temperature remained at 26.4°C,” said Dr HS Kushwaha, in- charge of the weather department at Pantnagar University.

Sanitary workers end stir:
Striking sanitary workers on Saturday resumed work after the administration assured them that the killers of Sachin Bharati would be arrested within 15 days. Sachin was killed at Arya Nagar on November 2. The Kashipur market remained closed on Friday to press for the demand. The closure of the market was supported by former MP Balraj Passi, Gadarpur MLA Arvind Pandey, all political parties and other organisations. “As we have accepted the demands of the workers, some of them have resumed work in the town,” said Eva Sahay, an administration officer.

Women perform Chhath puja:
Women belonging to migrant families from east Uttar Pradesh and Bihar performed Chhath puja on Saturday by offering water to Sun God and observing a fast without taking water. Thousands of women from the community flocked to rivers and other water bodies across the Terai region and broke their two-day fast. “We have taken the Chhath fast to please Sun God, which would give prosperity and happiness to our society,” said Krishna Shah, president of the Chhath Mahotasava Samiti, Rudrapur.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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