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Jawan dies during Army Op:
Ashok Tiwari (23) of Medium Regiment died after complaining of chest pain during an Army exercise, "Sarvada Vijay", organised by the One-Strike Core in the deserts of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan. The Rawatsar police said Tiwari was given first aid at a community centre and then shifted to the Civil Hospital, Hanumangarh, where he died. He belonged to Chapra district in Bihar. Another official was found dead on his bed in a makeshift tents a few days ago.

7-yr RI for raping minor: A resident of Maujgarh village in Abohar sub-division, Sarvesh Kumar, has been sentenced to seven-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a local court for kidnapping and raping a minor girl on May 13 last year. Sarvesh had claimed that he had married the girl, and that she was born on April 20, 1995. However, the girl’s father produced documents showing she was born on April 21, 1999.

Takht wants FB user penalised: Taking a serious note of a Facebook user “morphing” BJP leader Narendra Modi’s photograph on a picture of the Golden Temple, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Saturday said strict action would be taken against the guilty. He said he had issued directions to the SGPC to initiate stringent legal action against accused Mandeep Saroa.

3 held with illicit liquor:
The police have arrested three persons, including a woman, in as many cases after recovering 2.48 lakh millilitres (ML) of illicit liquor. Gurcharan Singh of Talla village was arrested by the Tanda police along with 12,000 ML liquor. The Hariana police arrested Shehzadpur residents Balwinder Kumar with 21,000 ML liquor and Kuldeep Kaur with 2,15,250 ML liquor.

DC seeks action against 5:
The Deputy Commissioner has recommended action against five employees, including a superintendent, of Government Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Patiala, for allegedly consuming liquor on the pharmacy campus on March 21. He has sent the report to Principal Secretary (Health) Vinni Mahajan. The employees are superintendent Om Prakash and four Class IV employees Krishan Kumar, Daata Ram, Subhash and Rajiv Kumar, shows RTI information.

Nod to 2 new courses: The University Grants Commission has given its approval to start two new degree courses, Bachelor of Vocation in Software Development and Bachelor of Vocation in Food Processing and Engineering, at Khalsa College, Patiala. These courses will commence from the 2014-15 session. The college has also been given a grant of Rs 1.85 crore for the purpose, confirmed college principal Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha.



EC notices to 4 candidates:
An audit team formed by the Election Commission for the poll-related expenses of the candidates on Saturday issued notices to four candidates for showing expenses in excess of those mentioned in their registers. "We have issued notices to the Congress, BJP, CPI(ML) candidates and one Independent candidate for either tampering with the figures of the real expenses or not showing these in the expenditure registers," said V Anandrajan, expenditure observer of the Election Commission.

Anti-national posters in Almora: The police are taking extra care after Maoists pasted anti-national and separatist posters in Almora and Someshwar towns. "We have taken extra care for the security of important leaders who are busy in campaigning in the state these days. We have also announced a reward of Rs 20,000 to anyone who gives information or any clue about the elements plotting to create fear and unrest in society by pasting such provocative posters," said AR Chauhan, DIG, Kumaon region.

Meet on future of U’khand:
A conference was organised at Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Technology and Science today. Professor Dr SK Bhatt from University of Manitoba, Canada, inaugrated the meet. He said there was a need to provide new avenues in fields of health, education and employment in the state.

Election office team seizes Rs 50 lakh:
A flying squad of the election office seized Rs 50 lakh from a car going from Bazpur to Haldwani as the person carrying the money could not show any proof of its source. Though banks have been instructed to inform the election office about all withdrawals of more than Rs 10 lakh, the Punjab National Bank  officer could not show any proof of the transaction  and hence the money  was seized, said Askhat Gupta, District Election  Officer, Nainital.

Justice Verma retires:
Justice VS Verma, judge of the Nainital High Court, was given a farewell by court employees and members of the High Court Bar Association on his retirement on saturday. The Bar association members praised Justice Verma for his fearless verdicts in several cases and said he always cooperated with them. Justice  Verma's tenure in the  high court was highly successful, said Chief Justice Barin Ghosh.


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