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Woman commits suicide:
A mother of four reportedly has committed suicide in Killianwali village, 8 km from here, on Hindumalkot Road. Farm worker Nanha Singh told the police that his wife Vicky was found hanging from a ceiling fan when he returned from work. He said, “She had been depressed over not being able to provide for her children due to her low wages.”

4,000 appear for TET: As many as 476 candidates took the state Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) at the Radiant Institute of Engineering and Technology, here on Saturday. In total, four thousand candidates appeared at 11 centres. The state officials, including the tehsildar, inspected the centre. Each room was equipped with CCTV cameras.

Youth crushed by truck:
A youth, Pawan Kumar of Bahadurpur, was crushed under the rear wheels of a truck near Garhi Gate on the bank of Bhangi Cho on Saturday. The victim was heading home on his motorcycle when the mishap occurred. The truck was reportedly being reversed when it hit the motorcyclist. A case has been registered.

9 mobile labs flagged off: Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Santosh Chowdhary flagged off nine mobile laboratories-cum-ambulances here on Friday. The mobile labs have cost Rs 1.43 crore spent from the minister's share in the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund. The mobile labs are for Hoshiarpur, Chabbewal, Tanda, Dasuya, Shamchurasi, Mukerian assembly segments of Hoshiarpur district; Sri Hargobindpur of Gurdaspur; and Bhulatth and Phagwara of Kapurthala district. These areas form the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha constituency, represented by Chowdhary.

VB raids exam centres:
The Vigilance Bureau (VB) conducted surprise raids at various examination centres, where Punjab Teacher Eligibility test was being conducted, in Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib on Saturday. Five teams under Patiala Vigilance Bureau DSP KD Sharma raided eight centres in Nabha, nine in Fatehgarh Sahib and 19 in Patiala. Vigilance Bureau SSP Harpreet Singh said Principal Secretary of the state Education Department Anjali Bhawra had written to Vigilance Bureau DGP Suresh Arora requesting him to conduct checking at various centres.


Patients rush at district hospitals:
The district hospitals have been facing rush of patients from the remote villages of Kapkot area and other parts of the district. According to the doctors working at the district hospital Bageshwar, the number of patients in Bageshwar, Garur, Kanda and Kapkot hospitals have increased as the patients are complaining of chest pain, cold, cough and other diseases. “The patients are suffering from chest pain and severe cold and cough because of the change in the weather conditions,” said Dr Rajiv Upadhyaya, medical officer deputed at Bageshwar Hospital.

3 held with 1-kg charas:
The local police has arrested three drug peddlers and recovered 1-kilogram charas from their possession here today. Acting on a tip-off, police carried a checking drive around Vikasnagar and caught three persons: Suresh, Pritam and Vikram, at Jeevangarh tri-junction. All three were sent to jail after being presented before the court. 

Man pays Rs 60K to get married, cheated: In a bizarre case, a man was duped of Rs 60,000 by five persons who were allegedly helping him to get married. Vijendra Kumar filed a complaint with the police that his friend Tirath and four others promised to help him in getting married and also arranging a meeting with a friend of Tirath’s wife. Vijendra had also paid Rs 60,000 to Tirath for getting married. According to him, Tirath fled after taking the money and stopped answering his calls.

‘Govt hasn’t done much to fight unemployment’: Over 100 persons belonging to various organisations held a protest against the government at Deen Dayal Upadhay Park here on Saturday. The protesters blamed the state government for adopting anti-people policies and said government had not done enough to solve the problem of unemployment in the state. They also raised the issue of rampant corruption in the state.

Traders demonstrate outside power office:
The local traders from Gadarpur town on Saturday demonstrated at the electricity distribution office due to frequent electricity cut in the area. They locked the offices of the officers concerned as a symbolic resentment. “Despite orders by the Chief Minister for not cutting power supply of the town, the department is not supplying electricity for over 8 to 10 hours every day these days, which is causing great loss to the traders and students of the town,” said Ajay Setia, president of the traders union in the town. Later the traders submitted a memorandum to the SDO of the electricity distribution division and demanded immediate improvement in power supply to the town.

City records 3.4 degree Celsius:
The minimum temperature of the city on Friday was recorded at 3.4 degree Celsius, which broke the last five year’s record. According to the weather scientists from Pantnagar University, Kumaon region remained wrapped under thick fog during the week. “Champawat district remained the coldest during the week as the minimum temperature recorded was only 4 degree Celsius,” said Dr HS Kushwaha, a weather scientist at the university.

Demand for residential areas:
Demanding permission for the construction of residential complex for the Naina Devi shrine board members, the local leaders today complained to the Kumaon commissioner and sought relaxation in the laws of the development authority to enable construction at the temple. “We are protesting the ban on the construction by the authority as we need space for organising different festivals like Nanda Devi fair, Durga festival and various other religious functions,” said Vivek Shah, leader of the delegation.

LSM College celebrate annual day:
LSM PG College celebrated its annual day today. The meritorious students were awarded on the occasion. Almora MP Predeep Tamta was the chief guest on the occasion. He said he would give full assistance to the college for the welfare work for the students and the college infrastructure. “The college has illustrious background as it has created numerous officers, scientists, social workers and political leaders,” said Tamta.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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