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Scientist honoured:
High Energy Materials Society of India has conferred honorary fellowship on local scientist Dr SK Vasudeva for his contribution to the field of high explosives for strategic programmes. The fellowship was conferred at the International High Energy Materials Conference-2014 held at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

Rs 50,000 looted from trader:
Two motorcycle-borne miscreants looted Rs 50,000 from a grocery shop owner at Waan Bazaar in Fazilka on Friday. A youth entered the shop of Krishan Lal Wadhwa and snatched cash from him. The accused then fled with his accomplice on a motorcycle.

7 booked for fraud:
The NRI police station on Saturday booked seven people for allegedly selling 18 acres of an NRI's land on the basis of forged land records. On the complaint of Bill Deol of Noormahal, presently residing in the UK, Bheem Sain, Kewal Singh, Gurinder Singh Ginda, Baldev Mitter, Mohan Singh, Harjinder Singh and Surinder Singh were booked.

Shiv Sena leader booked: The district president of Shiv Sena, Shashi Dogra, was booked on Saturday for allegedly beating a youth in a cafeteria on Friday.

BSF inducts 171 jawans: A passing-out parade was held at the BSF's Sub Training Centre in Khadkan village on Una road, 14 km from here. HS Dhillon, DIG, BSF, took salute from the inducted 171 jawans.

3 killed in road mishaps:
Two youths were killed and another injured when their motorcycle rammed into a truck near Dala village on Friday. The deceased were Sandip Kumar and Satnam Singh. In another mishap, Harvinder Singh (25) died near Mehna village. His wife Kulwinder Kaur and infant son were injured.

Rail mishap averted:
A bogey of the Kisan Express train got disconnected from the rest of the train after one of its hooks broke at the Sirhind railway station on Saturday. No one was hurt in the incident.



Child crushed to death by bus:
A two-and-a-half-year-old girl, Sakshi, was crushed to death by a private bus at the Dharuhera bus stand yesterday. Her mother, Sangeeta Devi, sustained injuries. The mishap took place when Sangeeta and Sakshi were alighting from the bus and the driver suddenly started the bus.

Couple commits suicide:
A couple allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near the Sonepat Co-operative Sugar Mill last night. The deceased have been identified as Sumit Chhabra (25) of Garhi Ghasita and Ankita, a Class XI student of Shyam Nagar. The SHO of the GRP station at Sonepat, inspector Bhim Singh, said they had not recovered any suicide note from the site.



9 kg charas seized, 1 held:
The police here claimed to have recovered 9 kg of charas from a Kashmir-bound passenger. Acting on a specific tip-off, a police party, led by the SHO, Ramban, laid a naka near Shan Palace on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Friday. The police party intercepted a Kashmir-bound taxi and while frisking its occupants apprehended Abdul Rashid Kasana of Panggam, Kukarnag, and recovered 9 kg of charas from him, the police said.

‘Reopen Pathribal case’:
An organisation, seeking whereabouts of missing persons in the state, protested the closure of Pathribal fake encounter case by the Army on Saturday. "Our demand is that the Pathribal fake encounter case, in which five innocent Kashmiris were killed in 2000, should be re-opened," said Parveena Ahanger, chairperson, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons.



Case registered:
Vivek Agarwal, the owner of a toy store, registered a complaint against his employee Mohamad Gani for creating a ruckus inside the shop and threatening to kill him. According to the complaint, Gani damaged toys worth lakhs and allegedly threatened to kill Vivek and his wife who was also present at the shop. Reportedly, Gani who works at the toyshop in Astley Hall had an argument with the owner of the shop after which he allegedly misbehaved with the owner and damaged the toys kept in the shop. The Kotwali police registered a case.

Illicit liquor seized: As part of its crackdown against trade of illicit liquor, the Rishikesh police held a person and recovered ten cartons of country made liquor from his possession. Liquor smuggler Naresh was arrested during a checking near the forest barrier at Dehradun Road when he was about to sit in his car. He was presented before the court and remanded to police custody.

BSP leader demands security: BSP leader Manoj Sharma has claimed threat to his life and demanded security from the Dehradun SSP after Lalit Yadav, who was arrested for firing six gunshots on Manoj Sharma in 2012, failed to turn up in the Suddhuwala jail after his parole ended on February 12. It is to be noted that Manoj was seriously wounded in the firing incident. Yadav was arrested by the police for firing at Manoj.

champawat Temperature plummets: Temperature dipped below 1°C on Saturday following continuous heavy snowfall and rain in Champawat, Pithoragarh, Nainital and Almora districts for the last 48 hours. “The lowest temperature of the winter season was recorded in Champawat and Munsiyari towns where more than 12 mm of rainfall was followed by about three feet of snowfall in the hills,” said Dr HS Kushwaha, in charge of the Weather Department at Pantnagar University.

Pithoragarh Engg college upgraded: Congress workers expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister Harish Rawat and local MLA Mayukh Mahar for upgrading the local engineering college as a government college. The party workers held a meeting under the chairmanship of Rishendra Singh Mahar and passed a resolution demanding that other pending projects like that of the base hospital be completed soon.


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