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Independent councillor shot dead in Rajasthan
Jaipur: An independent councillor was allegedly shot dead in broad daylight in the sub-divisional magistrate office premises in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan Monday, police said. The man, identified as Harveer Saharan, had gone to the SDM office for some work, they said. SDM Avi Garg said Saharan had visited him for some work and when he was leaving, firing took place near the boundary wall of his office. He was admitted to a district hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, police said, adding that efforts are on to nab the accused, identified as Ramniwas. There were nearly 50 people present in the office premises when the incident took place, they said. (PTI)

Family members donate body to PGIMER
Chandigarh: The family members of a 72-year-old man donated his body to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here following his death, officials said Monday. Gurdyal Singh, a resident of village Tusang in Karnal district of Haryana, died on September 22 at the institute, the PGIMER officials said. The Department of Anatomy, PGIMER, is grateful to his family members and admires them for their noble gesture, the officials said. (PTI)

42 arrested for cheating in constable recruitment exam
Kolkata: The West Bengal CID has arrested 42 people for allegedly adopting unfair means during written examination conducted for recruitment of police constables, a senior officer said Monday. The investigation department has initiated criminal cases against all 42 of them, he said. “We had information that candidates in different examination centres will be using improvised wireless devices, comprising a receiver in the shape of a credit card and an earphone, during Sunday’s preliminary test for constable rescruitment,” the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer said. The devices were hidden in the “sole of shoes and slippers” of candidates, he said. “We have also seized micro earpieces from many candidates. These devices, if connected to a mobile phone, could be operated by accomplices outside the premises.” There could be a racket behind the illegal practice, the senior officer said. “A racket could be running the operation from outside. The CID is making efforts to arrest all those involved in the racket,” he added. (PTI)

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Woman alleges rape-attempt at southeast Delhi park
New Delhi: A labourer has been arrested after a 26-year-old woman advocate alleged that a man attempted to rape her inside a park in southeast Delhi. Sharing her ordeal in a series of Facebook posts, the woman said she was walking in the lane of Kailash Hills towards Central Park in Amar Colony last Thursday. “Suddenly I felt someone holding me and pulling me inside a park. This park is not easy to enter as it has a two fenced door… In a few seconds i was inside the park and this man was holding my waist approaching me for some sexual act. I tried to take his hands off and smacked his face hard,” she said in the post. The advocate said when she tried to catch hold of the accused and hit him, he hit her back and managed to flee by climbing up the wall. The man was arrested the same day after the woman accompanied a police officer to the park, where the accused was spotted sitting. The accused is a 30-year-old labourer, who resides in the jhuggis nearby. The woman claimed that she found it insensitive the way her complaint was handled, police said, adding that they were looking into the (PTI)

IAF rescues 21 people in two days in Himachal
New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has recused 21 people stranded on islets in the swollen Beas river in Himachal Pradesh over the last two days, officials said. On Sunday, a request was received at Sarsawa Airforce Station at around 2:30 pm from the Himachal Pradesh government to rescue its personnel struck due to incessant rains in Kullu. Heavy rains and flash floods have disrupted normal life in parts of Himachal Pradesh. The Beas river had swelled and people were stranded on islets, the Air Force said in a statement. One Medium Lift Helicopter was launched from the ‘Mighty Armour’ unit of Western Air Command based at Sarsawa. “The helicopter was piloted by Squadron Leaders Vipul Gupta and Dhiman was the co-pilot. The helicopter reached the spot and found 19 people stranded on an islet on the Beas river. The pilot brought the helicopter to a low hover and the crew helped the stranded people into the aircraft. They were then flown to the local airfield of Bhuntar, the statement said. On Monday, two youths were spotted on another small strip of land in the river. The helicopter, which was available at Bhuntar, was launched and the two persons were winched up since there was no place for the helicopter to land, the Air Force said. The helicopter and its crew have been instructed to wait at Bhuntar airstrip should any other rescue is required. (PTI)

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