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13 booked in dowry case
As many as 13 persons have been booked for allegedly molesting a woman in a dowry case here. Some of the accused persons are victim's husband Harvinder Singh, mother-in-law Rajwant Kaur and father-in-law Avtar Singh. The complainant alleged her in-laws had been demanding more dowry. No one has been arrested so far.

Car found in Narwana canal: The Sirhind police have recovered a Ford car (CH01AD2663) from the Narwana branch of the Bhakra main line canal near village Adampur. The police said no body was found from the car.

17-year-old ends life
: A 17-year-old girl, Sunita Rani, died while her neighbour, Lakhwinder Singh (18), was stated to be critical after the duo allegedly consumed a poisonous substance at the girl’s house in Uraang village in Malout sub-division. The duo was found lying in a serious condition by villagers as the girl’s family was not home. The police are yet to ascertain the cause behind the incident.

Five killed in accidents
: A driver and his assistant were killed as two trucks collided head-on near Terminal Point on the Sriganganagar-Suratgarh highway on Saturday. Their identity is yet to be ascertained. The truck belonged to a Kotkapura resident in Faridkot. Arvinder Shrivastav (45) was killed when thecar he was in and a tractor trailer collided in Malout. Amarjit Singh (40) was killed as a tractor reportedly hit the motorcycle he was riding in Srikaranpur. Motorcyclist Rajesh died after hitting another two-wheeler in Sriganganagar.



Will ‘regularise’ jobs of contractual employees
: BJP Kisan Morcha chief and its nominee for Badli constituency Om Prakash Dhankar, while addressing a gathering at Kheri Jatt village on Saturday, said the services of guest teachers and other contractual and ad hoc employees would be regularised if the BJP formed government in the state. "We will also ensure an honorarium of Rs 9,000 per month to poor students who want to earn money while studying," said Dhankar.

Tanwar mocks Modi’s sanitation drive
State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar dismissed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sanitation drive and at the same time tried to woo Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, when he said Modi was aping what the Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had been doing since long. Speaking at Sonia Gandhi's rally in Sirsa on Saturday, Tanwar not only tried to belittle Modi's efforts, but also tried to cajole the Dera chief at a time when the political affairs wing of the Dera was in the process of gathering inputs from its followers.

Abhay terms rallies of Modi, Sonia as ‘flop shows’: Ellenabad MLA Abhay Singh Chautala on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi's rallies in the state today had proved to be “flop shows”. He said people were not “impressed” with their speeches.



DIG Martolia takes charge:
Ganesh Singh Martolia, DIG, Kumaon, has said he will give priority to curbing illegal trade of wild animal organs in border areas of the region. He told mediapersons after taking charge at Haldwani on Saturday that to keep a check on the trade of organs of wild animals, the police would take help of the ITBP, the SSB and the revenue police, as they were already working in this direction in the border areas. “The gang of criminals involved in the illegal trade will be busted with the help of local people,” he said.

Tourists throng Nainital:
Hoteliers and other people involved in tourism business in Nainital are happy to see a large number of tourists in the town on the occasion of the Durga puja and Vijaya Dashami during, otherwise, off season. According to hoteliers, tourists from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are reaching Nainital in big numbers these days. “Besides, tourists are coming to the town to visit the local zoo, the lake for boating and horse riding. Buses and jeeps plying between Haldwani and Nainital are doing a good business due to increase in the number of tourists,” said Kamal Jagati, a hotelier in Nainital.

Lakhpat to hunt leopard:
The Forest Department has deputed hunter Lakhpat Singh to shoot or capture a leopard that has killed 13 villagers in the area in the last 3 years. Three cages have also been installed to trap the leopard. “Besides the hunter, villagers of the area are also helping the department in catching the leopard, which has been declared a man-eater,” said IP Singh, DFO, Pithoragarh.

Gyms to come up in 5 blocks:
The Ramnagar, Betalghat, Okhalkanda, Ramgarh and Dhari blocks in Nainital district have been identified for opening gymnasiums. A grant of Rs 5 lakh will be provided to each gym from the Uttarakhand Border and Backward Areas Development Fund for the purpose in the coming days, District Youth Welfare Officer PL Verma said. Over 5,000 youths from 15 villages will be able to take the benefit of these gyms once these are opened.


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