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Bathinda
Heat stroke claims lives:
Two persons died of heat stroke in the city on Saturday. As per sources, Mukand Lal (64), a resident of Parasram Nagar, was going to his house on a rickshaw when all of a sudden he fell from it near Hanuman Chowk. In another case, an unidentified person in his forties died of heat stroke near Gol Diggi here today. After the post mortem examinations, the police had handed over the bodies to the workers of Sahara Jan Sewa for the last rites.

One killed in accident: One person was killed and another sustained serious injuries when the motorcycle on which they were riding was hit by an unidentified vehicle on the Bathinda-Bajakhana road on Friday night. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa brought both the injured to local Civil Hospital where Surjit Singh (55), a resident of Jeeda village, succumbed to his injuries. The other injured was identified as Gurpreet Singh (20) of the same village. The police had sent the body for post mortem examination.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Review meeting:
The district has surpassed its target of extending financial help to various sections under the District Credit Plan by 113 per cent during the last financial year and achieved the target of extending loans worth Rs 237.44 crore instead of Rs 210.6 crore through the banks here. DC Nandita Gupta stated this while presiding over the review meeting of the District Advisory and Coordination Committee of the District Credit Plan here on Saturday. The target was achieved by 101 per cent in priority sector and 193 per cent in non-priority sector, while achievement in agriculture was 106 per cent, 112 per cent in small-scale industries and 95 per cent in services sector.

Tractor driver killed: A tractor driver, Choonka Ram, was killed on the spot when his tractor suddenly turned turtle and he was crushed under it at Mussaur village, near Ghumarwin, on Friday evening. Reports said the deceased was tilling the land with a plough attached to the tractor when he lost balance while entering into another terraced field. After a post-mortem examination, his body was handed over to his family. The police has registered a case.

SHIMLA
Red Cross fair:
Governor Prabha Rau inaugurated the annual Red Cross fair organised by the Himachal Pradesh Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section on Saturday. She lauded the role of Red Cross Society, which was rendering yeoman service towards the cause of suffering humanity. She stressed the need to expand the activities of Red Cross in rural areas of the state.

Posts of patwari: PWD and Revenue Minister Thakur Gulab Singh said on Saturday that 100 posts of patwari were being filled through direct recruitment while 149 on secondment basis from the Consolidation of Holdings Department. Presiding over a review meeting of the Revenue Department, he said by filling these posts, functioning of the department would be improved as quick disposal of partition cases would be ensured. He asked all DCs to post patwaris forthwith in the pa war circles with vacant posts.

Delegation meets CM: A delegation of the state action committee of the Dhiman Kalyan Mahasabha called on Chief Minister PK Dhumal, requesting him to urge the Centre to include the community in the list of Scheduled Castes along with other sub-castes. President of the mahasabha Avtar Singh requested that other sub-castes like Badhai, Dhiman, Ramgarhia, Vishwakarma and Thawins, figuring in the list of OBCs residing in the merged areas of Himachal under the Punjab Reorganisation Act, must also be included in the list of SCs.

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