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One killed in road accident
: Ankit Doda of Anand Nagari was killed while his two friends sustained serious injuries when the bike they were riding on was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Ghallu village on the Abohar-Fazilka stretch of the National Highway-10. In another incident, three students were injured when the car they were in hit a tree.

1 held for molestation bid:
The police on Saturday arrested a youth in Patti Sadda for allegedly trying to molest a 12-year-old girl. Reports said the accused, Prince Singh, tried to kidnap the girl with an intention to outrage her modesty when she was going to school with her younger sister. Some residents nabbed the accused after the girls raised an alarm.

Educationist awarded
: Sawinder Singh Gill has bagged the "Best Educationist Award for Working in Rural Areas" from the All India Council of Technical Education. The award was conferred upon Gill during a function in Chandigarh recently. Gill runs several educational institutes. He has reserved five per cent seats in all his colleges for orphans and poor students. 

Rubaljeet to lead  wrestling team
: Rubaljeet Singh will lead the Punjab squad in the 47th Senior National Wrestling Championship and the Hind Kesri competition scheduled to be held at Bahadurgarh in Haryana from December 15 to 18. The selected wrestlers are Manpreet Singh of Faridkot (55kg), Narinder Singh of Patiala (60kg), Varinder Singh of Patiala (66kg), Gurbaz Singh of Tarn Taran (84kg), Vaneet Kumar of Faridkot (74kg), Simratpal Singh of Faridkot (120kg), Pawan Kumar and Harnarain Singh from Ludhiana.

10-yr jail for raping minor:
The court of Additional Sessions Judge has sentenced Gurmeet Khan (25) of Chaowas Jakhepal village in Sunam to 10 years in jail for raping a 13-year-old girl of the same village on the pretext of marriage in July. A fine of Rs 25,000 was also slapped on the convict.

Tarn Taran
Shopkeeper hurt in firing
: Jaswant Singh (38), a shopkeeper of Aladinpur village, sustained bullet injuries in firing opened by a group of property dealers. Sources said the incident took place when some armed property dealers were trying to take possession of a plot belonging to Major Singh of the same village. SHO Sawinder Singh said the accused demolished the four walls encircling the plot.



Forest guards seek promotions: Forest guards working in the Uttarakhand Watershed Directorate, Dehradun, have sought immediate promotions. The forest guards alleged that they had been deprived of promotions for a long time and threatened to resort to an indefinite agitation in support of their demand. — TNS

SBI staff hold protest: The State Bank of India Staff Association on Saturday opposed the bank privatisation policy of the Central government. The association members staged a demonstration outside the Rajpur Road branch of the bank and took a pledge to oppose the Centre's policy tooth and nail.— TNS

Animal sacrifices: The Uttarakhand police have made preparations to ensure that animal sacrifices do not take place during the Bukhal fair in Pauri Garhwal district. A large police contingent has been deployed at Pauri for the fair.— TNS

Central status for university:
The state government will make efforts to convert Kumaon University into a central university. “The government will also make efforts towards making Haldwani an education hub of the state,” Indira Hridayesh, Finance Minister, said at a function organised at Motiram Baburam PG College at Haldwani on Saturday. “After the state was chosen for the implementation of the national higher education campaign, the possibility of creating more avenues in higher education has ripened,” she said.

Sewage polluting Ganga
: Due to improper management of sewerage in Kashipur town, sewage flowing from here is leading to pollution in the Ganga. Sewage of over 1,500 families is being disposed into the Dhela river, which flows by the town and later merges into the Ganga. This information has been revealed in response to an application under the Right to Information Act filed by Nadimuddin, an RTI activist from the town. “As the Dhela river merges with the Ramganga at some distance from the town, which in turn merges into the Ganga in Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh, Kashipur town is thus contributing o pollution in the Ganga,” he said.

43 new panchayats formed
: Over 43 new gram panchayats have emerged in Naintal district after the reorganisation of panchayat bodies following the high court orders. This has taken the total number of panchayats to 506 in the district, officiating District Magistrate Lalit Mohan Rayal said. Most of the changes in old system have been witnessed in the Haldwani block where over 11 new gram panchayats have emerged. “We have given December 9 for receiving objections to the reorganization after which the process of reservation of seats in these panchayats will begin,” he said.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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