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3 bikers killed:
Three motorcyclists were killed in as many accidents in surrounding areas on Saturday. Naib Singh (27) of Daulat Wali village and Shyam Lal Jatav (35) of Faujuwala village were killed in separate accidents when their bikes were allegedly hit by cars near Hanumangarh. Suraj Singh was killed after his bike hit stray cattle in Sriganganagar.

Dam earns Rs 950 cr:
The Ranjit Sagar Dam achieved a milestone by generating 2,859 million units of power in the last two years and earning a revenue of Rs 950 crore.

Police party attacked:
A Jalalabad police party, including the local SHO, was assaulted by some bootleggers and the Mahalam village sarpanch in Fazilka district last night. Police officials had gone there to conduct a raid on an illicit liquor distilling unit. The police have booked over 12 persons in this connection.

Drug control bureau set up:
In an attempt to deal with the menace of drug addiction, the Punjab Government has decided to set up a bureau to check the use of narcotics in the state. The bureau will be headed by 1993-batch IPS officer of IGP rank Ishwar Singh, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Undertrial dies in jail:
An undertrial facing a case of liquor smuggling died under mysterious circumstances in the Moga sub-jail on Saturday morning. Jail Deputy Superintendent Iqbal Singh said the deceased was Channan Singh (54) of Baghapurana town. Channan fell unconscious while taking a bath in the morning. He died on way to the hospital.



Hindi Day:
Hindi language journalists across the region have stressed the need of strengthening language newspapers. The journalists, who met on the occasion of Hindi Day at Haldwani on Saturday, said there was a need to protect the language that was facing a crisis due to various forms of communication. “We will have to continue to play the role of a democratic guide to the poor people of the country as the means of modern journalism are available to only some sections of population of the country due to large scale illiteracy and poverty,” said Madhaw Paliwal, a senior journalist in Nainital.

Bageshwar Panchayat elections: The district administration has started preparations for the panchayat elections that will be held in three stages in Bageshwar district. “The elections will be held in Bageshwar on June 18, 21, and 24. The votes will be counted on June 27. The process of filing nomination papers will begin on June 2 and end on June 5,” said BS Manral, District Election Officer, Bageshwar.

Ramnagar Extraction of sand: Forest officers in the Terai forest division have stopped extracting sand and boulders from the Kosi river after the allocated target for the season was met. “We have closed all four gates of Banjari first, Kharanja, Kathia and Kalu Siddth and are keeping a vigil on illegal miners as the quota for the season has expired,” said Rahul, District Forest Officer.

Champawat Article 370: Ajay Tamta, MP, Almora, has said Article 370, which gives a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, be abolished as there should be one Constitution for the entire country. Tamta, who was addressing a felicitation meeting organised in his honour in Champawat on Saturday, said the appointment of 38 parliamentary secretaries by Chief Minister Harish Rawat showed incompetence of his government.

Unplanned development:
Governor Aziz Qureshi has expressed concern over unplanned development in Nainital town. He said due to large scale encroachment in the city, danger to the ecology of the town has increased. “Greenery is more significant for the tourist town of Nainital,” he said.

(Complied by BD Kasniyal)


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