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Shaheed Bhagat Singh remembered
: Students and staff of Nightingale Senior Secondary School’s primary section celebrated the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. All the students came dressed as the three freedom fighters. They carried national flags and sung patriotic songs. A quiz was also organised.


Fire damages mobile shop
: A fire broke out at a mobile shop on Hafed Road, Cheeka, last night. Mobile phones and other articles worth lakhs of rupees were reportedly burnt in the incident. Fire tenders brought the fire under control. Reports said during night a watchman of nearby gun house noticed the fire and informed the shopowner. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

s 30,000 looted: Three unidentified masked robbers looted Rs 30,000 at gunpoint from an ice cream shop in Model Town here today. Prem Sehgal, owner of the shop, said the miscreants first fired in the air and then took away the cash. Though he attempted to nab them but could not succeed, he said. A looting case has been registered.


Demolition drive:
A district administration team demolished over 12 illegal buildings during an anti-encroachment drive from Chatar to the district office road in the town on Saturday. “We have started removing illegally constructed buildings from PWD land on the orders of the District Magistrate,” said Naresh Durgapal, SDM and in charge of the drive.

Land ownership rights:
About 40 villagers from the Sipu and Marcha areas of Dharchula subdivision on Saturday demanded the ownership rights of the land at Naya Basti village on which they were settled after their villages were devastated in a disaster in 1971. “Till last month we were told that we could not be given the ownership rights of the land due to the environment laws relating to the Askot wildlife sanctuary. But now the government has relaxed the environment laws for the land, and, therefore, the resettled families be given the ownership rights of the land at Naya Basti near Dharchula,” said Dev Singh.

Land for helipad identified:
The district administration has identified 1.5 acres near Kachnar Gusain village in Kashipur town for the construction of a permanent helipad. “A helipad has become essential in the town after the establishment of the Indian Institute of Management at Kashipur and the visit of the President some months ago. We expect VVIPs to visit the town frequently,” said AK Srivastava, SDM, Kashipur.

CPI (ML) candidates:
The CPI (ML) on Saturday announced its candidates for the Almora and Nainital seats for the forthcoming parliamentary elections. While it had fielded trade union leader Vijay Kumar from the Almora reserved seat, Kailash Pandey would contest from the Nainital seat. The party has decided to contest the elections on three seats only. It has already announced Indresh Maikhuri as its candidate from Pauri Garhwal,” said Rajendra Pratholi, in charge of the Uttarakhand party unit.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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