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Labourers protest:
Labourers of the Soil Conservation, Forest and the Social Forestry departments on Saturday protested in front of the DC’s office demanding regularisation of services and release of pending salaries.


Agitation for 2 months:
The Sarak Sangharsh Samiti, formed by residents of Dineshpur, on Saturday completed two months of its agitation in support of its demand for repair and reconstruction of the Gadarpur to Matkota road. The Dineshpur residents think the road was necessary for the development of business activity in the town. “Despite the efforts of the administration to thwart our agitation, we have decided to continue with it till the government approves the repair and reconstruction of the road,” said Vikas Swarnkar, a member of the samiti.

Cleric booked:
A Muslim cleric in Kashipur was booked on Saturday for allegedly molesting a nine-year-old girl. According to the police, a complaint by a man living near a mosque stated that the culprit cleric, Fahim Khan, had molested the girl on August 4. “We have registered a complaint and investigating the matter. The accused will be arrested after the investigation,” said Bahadur Singh Chauhan, police inspector, Kashipur police station.

Colleges to follow UGC norms:
The Nainital High Court deciding a writ petition said on Saturday that admission to government colleges in the state should be given according to the UGC norms. The petition filed by Daulat Ram Semwal, a resident of Dehradun, sought the court’s intervention in the matter of more than capacity admissions being done by DAV PG College, Dehradun, and other colleges in the state. “A double Bench headed by Chief Justice KM Joseph ruled that the colleges be given three months to install biometric attendance machines to ensure the presence of teachers for five hours every day,” said Semwal.

BDC members take oath:
Newly elected BDC members and elected block pramukhs in the Kumaon region took oath across the region on Saturday and pledged to work for 18 hours to come up to the expectations of the people. The block pramukhs and BDC members in Haldwani, Ramgarh, Betalghat, Ramnagar, Rudrapur, Pithoragarh, Almora, Khatima, Dwarahat, Sitarganj, Kashipur and Jaspur took oath in presence of senior party leaders, including Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh, in Haldwani.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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