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FARMERS’ COMPLAINTS: The Superintendent Engineer, PSEB, Faridkot circle, Mr H. S. Thukral, visited 12 villages of the district recently. He heard the complaints of farmers related to power supply. These villages include Kokrikalan, Ajeetwal, Daudhar and Badhani Kalan. Mr Thukral told farmers that the capacity of 600 transformers had been increased. He said Board was buying power at Rs six per unit from other states. He said by imposing power cuts in cities the agricultural sector was being given power supply for four hours in the day and 6 hours in the night.

TRAFFIC POLICE: A training camp was organised for traffic police personnel at Police Lines here on Sunday. The camp was attended by station house officers ( SHOs) and traffic policemen of the district. The traffic policemen were shown equipment related to checking traffic violations. Shyam Sunder Juneja from a Phillaur-based traffic training institute gave a demonstration on traffic rules.

LEPERS: Under the welfare scheme launched by the District Red Cross Society for the uplift of the handicapped people in this district, Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated a set of six quarters constructed at a cost of Rs 4.60 lakh, in the Kushat Ashram here on Tuesday to provide better residential facilities to leper families. He said that the society had already provided 17 quarters worth more than Rs 7 lakh earlier. The Deputy Commissioner urged them to stop begging and rather launch ventures to rehabilitate them in a better way.

Probe double salary case: The Coordination Committee of Paramedical Staff and Health Employees Punjab, Hoshiarpur district unit, demanded checking of 20-year record of Harta Badla Primary Health Centre from where a case of withdrawal of double salary of employees was detected. Committee leaders Randhir Singh, Mr Surinder Ghai, Sat Pal Lath and Mohan Lal on Monday alleged that a Harta Badla, PHC SMO had drawing and disbursing power for four primary health centres at a time.

RALLIES BY JEs: Members of the Council of Junior Engineers on Monday held rallies in front of the local power house, Ajeetwal and Badhani villages to protest against the FIR lodged against a junior engineer, Jarnail Singh, in an incident in which two persons died when a transformer got burnt at Akalsar Chowk here in May. The council members said the case registered against Jarnail Singh was “false” and that he was innocent. They urged the electricity board to intervene to get the FIR lodged against him cancelled and warned that if any confrontation took place, then the board and the administration would be responsible for it.

PERSONS: The district police has asked Muktsar residents to submit information about the migratory labourers, servants and tenants with their passport-size photographs at police stations before providing them any job or rented accommodation. This was stated in a press note issued by the SSP, Mr Raghubir Singh Khatra, here on Tuesday. A warning was also issued in the press note that if anyone failed to provide such information at the police station concerned, legal action would be taken against him.

Remand extended
: Police remand of Sodhi Ram, a former PA of a former Punjab Minister and BJP leader Swarna Ram was extended on Monday by one more day. Sodhi Ram was arrested on June 27, for defrauding UCO bank by depositing a fake Bank draft of 2.5 lakh pounds (Rs 2.07 crore) and withdrawing Rs 1.07 crore later.

87th annual ‘jor mela’: The “parkash utsav” of Gur Har Gobind Sahib, sixth Guru of the Sikhs and the creator of the concept of “miri-piri” was celebrated as per Nanakshahi calendar at Palahi village here on Monday. The 87th annual “jor mela” was held in the village to mark the occasion.



IT organisation: Fore Solutions (Private) Limited, a city-based IT organisation, has registered growth at an yearly average of over 200 per cent. It has become a partner of IBM, Acer, Bharti, Sun, Wipro. The company is claiming to achieve a revenue target of Rs 10 crore for the year 2004-05. Fore with a team of more than 60 engineers and sales professionals has become IT partner of a large number of corporate houses, universities, engineering colleges and PSUs. 

FOUNDATION COURSE: The Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 32, has invited applications for admission to the foundation course on education of children with disabilities through distance mode. In service teachers from pre-primary to 10+2 level are eligible for admission. The course is recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India. The programme schedule and application forms can be obtained from the institute by sending a demand draft of Rs 100 in favor of the Registrar M.P.Bhoj University payable at Bhopal. The last date for submission of application forms is July 31.

Vaccination camp: The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Sector 38, organised a vaccination camp for dogs at the Anganwadi Centre, Sector 25, here on Tuesday. At least 70 dogs were vaccinated and de-wormed. Five were given anti-ticks medicine.



WEBSITE LAUNCHED: The Kangra district administration on Monday launched a website (hpkangra.nic.in) to help guide tourists and people. Deputy Commissioner Shrikant Baldi said that the site had information on history, tourism facilities and culture of the district. The tourism section covers maps, distances, festivals and accommodation available.

TEACHERS’ UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Government Teachers Union, Kangra district unit. Mr Onkar Rana — president; Mr Sushil Nag — vice-president; Mr Subash Pathania — general secretary; and Mr Ramesh Sharma — cashier.

SIX KILLED: Six persons were killed and four injured when a jeep fell into a khud at Deo Dhank on the Rampur-Nirmand road ,about 150 km from here, today. The ill-fated vehicle rolled down about 500 feet into the khud. While four persons died on the spot, two others succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital. The injured persons were hospitalised at Rampur.

SEATS INCREASED: The government has increased seats by 300 in select diploma courses in various polytechnic institutes in the state with effect from the ensuing academic session. The total number of seats has been increased from 570 to 870. The maximum number of 120 seats has been increased in computer science, followed by 90 in electronics and communications and 60 in mechanical engineering. 


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