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Nitish for adequate supply of Urea

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday urged the Centre to allot adequate quantity of Urea in keeping with the state’s demand during the Ravi season. Kumar spoke to Union Minister of state for Chemical and Fertilisers Srikant Jena to place the state’s demand for urea to meet the requirement of farmers. “The inadequate supply of urea has created lot of problems for farmers and the adverse impact of it on Ravi crops won’t be ruled out”, Chief Minister said. Kumar said it was high time that the Centre must meet the state’s demand for the fertilisers. The Union Minister assured Kumar of taking necessary action on the latter’s request. (PTI)

Maoists torch vehicles in Orissa

Bhubaneswar: Armed Maoist guerrillas, including women, attacked the camp of a construction firm in Odisha’s Bargarh district and torched about six vehicles, police said Saturday. The incident took place at Saraikela village, about 480 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, Friday night. According to B.D. Chhatria, incharge of the local police station, about 25 armed rebels, including some women cadres, raided the camp and asked all the 13 construction workers to leave. “They then set ablaze six vehicles — four tractors and two multi utility vehicles,” he told IANS. The rebels have left a poster at the site which said the vehicles were torched because the contractor had carried out road construction work in the area during a strike called by the Maoists. Maoists are active in more than half of state’s 30 districts. (IANS)

Farmer commits suicide in Kerala

Kalpetta: One more debt-ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide in Sulthan Bathery in the hilly district of Wayanad in Kerala. Police on Saturday said body of Valenchery Malamukalil T K Mani (51), who apparently consumed pesticide two days ago, died in the Sulthan Bathery Taluk Hospital on Friday. His relatives said Mani, who owed about Rs 1.5 lakh to different people, apparently took the extreme step as he was unable to pay back it. As many as nine debt-ridden farmers reportedly took their lives in different parts of the State during the last one month. (UNI)

Cop arrested while accepting bribe

Jammu: An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Jammu and Kashmir Police was arrested by the sleuths of State Vigilance Organisation while accepting bribe for settling a land dispute case in Domana area of city outskirts, official sources here on Saturday said. “Acting on a complaint lodged by former Special Police Officer that ASI Ranjit Singh Bandral posted at Domana Police Station demanded Rs 2000 to settle a land dispute case, the Vigilance team yesterday conducted a surprise raid,” official sources here today said. They said the ASI was arrested red handed while demanding and accepting Rs 2000 from the complainant. “A case has been registered at State Vigilance Organisation and investigations are in progress,” they added. (UNI)

Nurses sent to jail, doctor suspended

Ara: Three nurses were sent to jail on charges of accepting graft from patients while one doctor and two other nurses were suspended with immediate effect at a government hospital here on Saturday night. Official sources said here today that Health Minister Aswani Kumar Chaubey, during surprise inspection received complaints from patients of government hospital at Ara that nurses and doctors posted there used to demand graft from them for treatment. ”On the directive of minister, three nurses were sent to jail,” sources said, adding a doctor and two other nurses were suspended with immediate effect. A departmental inquiry had also been ordered in this connection, sources further added. (UNI)

Hardcore maoist arrested

Patna: A hardcore cadre of proscribed CPI (Maoist) was arrested at Danara village under Bhagwanganj police station in this district late on Saturday night. Police said here today that acting on a tip-oof, raid was conducted at a hide-out the village leading to arrest of ultra Ram Pravesh Bind. Ram Pravesh was wanted since long in connection with several disruptive activities engineered by the naxalites, police said, adding that he was being interrogated in this connection. Cases of murder, kidnapping and extortion were lodged at Bhagwanganj and surrounding police stations besides Bagwanganj, police furtehr added. (UNI)

70- year-old woman hacked to death

Baripada: A seventy-year-old woman was hacked to death at Serada sahi under Sardiha gram panchayat under Srat Police station of Mayurbhanj district by some unidentified people suspecting her to be a witch. Police said Radhi Singh Purty was hacked to death during late hours of Thursday night by some unidentified persons.They had inflicted grievous injuries on her throat with the help of a sharp axe causing instant death of the old woman while she was sleeping on a haystack, sources added. On receipt of an FIR from her, son Bikram Singh the OIC of the Sarat Police Station, Niranjan Kumar Dhir has registered a case under section 302 IPC. (UNI)

Lifer escapes from hospital

Faridkot (Punjab): A murder convict serving life imprisonment escaped from a local hospital where he was admitted for jaundice treatment, police said on Saturday. Gurjinder Singh was admitted to the hospital on Thursday after he was detected suffering from jaundice. He escaped from there on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, they said. Following the incident, four jail guards who were deputed to keep a watch on the convict were suspended, police said, adding that while fleeing, Gurjinder also snatched a mobile phone from one of them. Gurjinder was held guilty in May this year in a murder case and was awarded life imprisonment. (PTI)

Camp for temple elephants likely from

Udhagamandalam: The rejuvenation camp for more then 40 temple elephants is likely to begin from December 14 at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in this district. Forest official sources told UNI today that Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR & CE) department has started arrangements to receive the pachyderms from various temples and mutts across the state. The elephants will stay at Theppakkadu of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve for 48 days and they will be given special treatment with proper diet for which the HR & CE will spend about Rs 45 lakh for this camp. Each elephant will have two mahouts and two to three veterinary doctors will be stationed all the 24 hours in the camp for the elephants. (PTI)


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