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Two bodies found:
The bodies of Ankit Saharan (20) and Rameshwer Nayak (25) were on Saturday found from different canals near Chak 23ML and Chak 30GG village in Sriganganagar. Ankit went missing on November 11 and Rameshwer on Friday.

RSS activist dies in mishap:
A prominent RSS activist and philanthropist Ramesh Mata (65) was killed when a speeding car (DL-9CP-3191) allegedly hit his bicycle on Saturday. The victim’s son told the police that the car driver, Mukesh Mundal, managed to escape after admitting his father to the local Civil Hospital. He succumbed to his injuries at a Ludhiana hospital. A large number of residents, including Chief Parliamentary Secretary Som Parkash and Markfed chairman Jarnail Singh Wahid, attended Ramesh Mata’s funeral.

Bar Council appointment:
The Punjab and Haryana Bar Council has unanimously appointed Parvesh Yadav as honorary secretary. He has been appointed in the place of Karanjit Singh, who relinquished the charge on Saturday.

Teacher 'slaps' girl:
After a teacher of Dr Ashanand Aryawal Vidya Mandir in Nawanshahr slapped a girl student of Class x, the district administration has assured her parents that an inquiry would be conducted. The teacher had allegedly slapped the girl repeatedly on Friday, after which she was admitted to hospital.

NRI police book 5 for land grab
: The NRI police have booked six persons, including patwari Sukhjinder Singh, for allegedly changing revenue record to grab 10-acre agricultural land of an NRI. The other accused are Mahinder Singh, Hardip Singh, Surjit Singh, Gurmail Singh and Kuldip Singh, Akali sarpanch of Chuhar Chak village. The police managed to arrest Mahinder Singh while all others were still eluding arrest. It was learnt that the patwari against whom the FIR has been registered for changing the girdawari was still on duty but eluding arrest and the district administration has not taken any disciplinary action against him.

IIT convocation held:At the IIT convocation held here on Saturday, a total of 121 BTech degrees were awarded. Ashish Jindal of Electrical Engineering was awarded the President of India Gold medal for obtaining the highest CGPA.



2 hurt as cylinder explodes:
A cooking gas cylinder exploded in a fast food outlet in Jandli near Ambala City on Saturday. Two of the customers sitting there sustained minor burns. Fire tenders rushed to the spot and controlled the situation.

34 families get cheques:
DC Rajiv Rattan on Friday distributed cheques among 34 families for the marriage of their daughters under the Indira Priyadarshani Vivah Shagun Yojna. He gave away cheques of Rs 31,000 each to eight families, Rs 11,000 each to 15 families and Rs 10,000 each to 11 families.

Trust to open university:
Dubai-based businessman SP Singh Oberoi, Managing Trustee, Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust, will open a university for the physically and mentally challenged students at Patiala or Karnal. He was here with his mother, Amrit Kaur, on Friday and celebrated her birthday with slum kids studying. He donated a van and also announced a grant of Rs 20,000 per month for them.

227 cases settled in lok adalat:
As many as 227 cases out of 641 were disposed of in a lok adalat organised by the District Legal Services Authority at the District Court Complex on Saturday. Sumit Garag, DLSA secretary and CJM, said 12 cases under the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal were disposed in which compensation of Rs 20.68 lakh was awarded.

Fire at Central varsity:An employee was injured in a fire that broke out at Central University located at Jat Pali village, around 10 km from here, on Friday. Furniture, computers and other property of the department were damaged. Vinay Kumar, an electrician, has been admitted to hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger. Short-circuit is believed to be the reason.



Nurses’ freshers party:
A freshers’ party of GNM Nursing School was organised by its students at the Sobha Singh Auditorium in the DRPGMC, Tanda, here on Saturday. Principal, DRPGMC, Anil Chauhanwas the chief guest. Miss Arti was adjudged Miss Fresher, Minakshi Verma Miss Charming, Diksha Miss Personality and Minakshi runner-up.

Man held for killing nephew:
The police arrested Roshan Lal of Sanoh village for allegedly murdering his nephew Raj Kumar over a property dispute at Sanoh village in Sundernagar tehsil here on Saturday. In a complaint to the Sundernagar police, Champa Devi, wife of Raj Kumar, said she had seen Roshan grab hold of her husband from the neck on Friday. She said when she shouted, Roshan fled the spot, leaving her husband injured. He was rushed to a hospital in Sundernagar where the doctors declared him brought dead. 

4 held for attacking officials:The police have arrested four persons for allegedly attacking two revenue officials at Nela village here on Thursday. The police said Chet Ram, Biri Singh, Sanjay Kumar and Lekhraj were arrested. The fifth accused was a juvenile, the police said. Naib Tehsildar Gopal Singh Kataria and Patwari Kehar Singh were allegedly attacked by the accused at Nela village when they reached there for demarcation.

Two arrested with charas:The police arrested two persons with charas at Bindrabani under the Sadar police station here on Friday. The police said 216 gm of charas was seized from Arun Kumar of Karluhi in Una district, and Sanni Parmar of Badmana in Amb tehsil. A case had been registered against the accused.

Road safety rally held:
Bikers of the District Police Department took out a road safety rally here on Friday. District Tourism Officer Vivek Chandel flagged off the rally from here and it was received by SP Mohit Chawla at Seri Manch, Mandi. Sundernagar Deputy SP Kulbhushan Verma said the rally was organised in an association with the Road Safety Club, Sundernagar. Road Safety Club president Rajinder Bhandari, office-bearers of the club and police officials were present.



Will raise voice on public issues: Speaker:
The Speaker of Uttarakhand Assembly, Govind Singh Kunjwal, has said irrespective of who is ruling the state, he would raise his voice if the state government or the CM fails to meet people’s expectations. The Speaker told mediapersons at Pandey Gaon, near Bhimtal, where he attended a programme, that he never criticised Vijay Bahuguna but his government instead. “Even after the new CM took charge, I have issued statements on the worst condition of the state in the sphere of education and health,” he said.

CITU stir on Dec 5
:Centre of Indian Trade Union general secretary and MP Tapan Sen said workers would hold a major demonstration across the country on December 5 against anti-worker polices of the Centre. Addressing a press conference, Sen said workers from Uttarakhand would be participating in the December 5 protest in a bigger way.

Tanakpur Science exhibition: Razia first:Razia Ansari of Government Girls Inter College, Nainital, stood first in the state-level science model exhibition held at the four-day 10th state-level science festival organised by the State Council of Educational Research and Training at Tanakpur. The team of students from GIC, Kandali, Rudraprayag, stood first in the science drama competition. “Child scientists exhibited promising science talent in the exhibition. The subjects included new models on development of local crafts, energy preservation, security during bike riding, and preservation of the environment,” said the organisers. DM, Champawat, Dipendra Chaudhary, gave away prizes to the winners.

Social Welfare Dept seeks Rs 300 cr:
Social Welfare Department has sought Rs 300 crore from state government, which has increased sum for various welfare and empowerment schemes. “We have sought Rs 300 crore as government has increased monetary amount on various schemes like old-age pension, widow pension, disable pension and Gaura Devi Kanya Dhan Yojana in the state from this year,” said CS Joshi, Finance Officer, Social Welfare Department, Haldwani.

Exemption from luxury tax:
The state government has exempted hotel rooms having rent below Rs 2,500 in the tourist’s town from luxury tax. Parking facilities and roads in Nainital town will be improved through special funds from the government, CM Harish Rawat assured hoteliers in the town on Saturday.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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