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Residents seek development: Residents of Ward No. 25 observed a fast outside the office of Mayor here on Tuesday in protest against non-development of Fatehsingh Nagar, Himmatpur and Gate Hakima. They raised slogans against Mayor Sunil Datti for his failure to provide potable water, sewerage, and roads in the areas.

ASI Arrested: Vigilance sleuths on Tuesday arrested ASI Sucha Singh, posted at the Ramdas police station under Majitha police district, while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Gurdip Singh of Ramdas. Gurdip Singh’s brother has been arrested in a criminal case. Sucha Singh had demanded Rs 10,000 from Gurdip Singh to write the investigation report in his favour.

Demands: The Tubewell Corporation Workers Union, Punjab, at its meeting held here on Tuesday decided to take mass casual leave on September 6 and stage a dharna in front of the head office of the corporation at Chandigarh in protest against the callous attitude of the corporation authorities towards their demands. This was stated by Ramji Dass Chauhan, general secretary of the union. Their main demands include employment to the kin of deceased employees, payment of pending arrears and uniforms.

Bank branches:
Carrying on with its expansion plans, Bharat Overseas Bank has opened state-of-the-art network branches at Dwarka and Noida. Mr Ram Parkash Gambhir, senior branch manager, in a press note said the bank was among the first few scheduled banks in the country to have attained 100 per cent networking of its branches on the core banking platform. The new branches were inaugurated by former Election Commissioner, Mr G.V.G. Krishnamurthy.

Elected: Mr Jatinder Khurana was unanimously elected president of the Taxation Young Lawyers Association at a meeting of the association held here on Monday. According to a press note, Mr Sachin Mahendru was elected chairman, Mr Kasturi Lal Bhandari vice-president and Mr Rajnish Gupta general secretary of the association.

Noise pollution committees: Mr Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a meeting of the District Noise Pollution Monitoring Committee here on Tuesday said the Noise Pollution Control Act, 2000, would be strictly implemented in the district. With a view to creating awareness among the masses, noise pollution control committees would be constituted at the village level.

Directive to PSEB: While the residents here are facing a lot of inconvenience due to long power cuts, the local PSEB Colony is getting uninterrupted power supply. The matter has been brought to the notice of Deputy Commissioner Krishan Kumar. He has directed PSEB officials to shun discriminatory attitude.

Donated: Dr Daljit Singh Caberwal, senior member of US-based North American Sikh Medical and Dental Association, on Monday donated medical equipment worth $ 56,000 to the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Education Trust, Dhahan Kaleran. Dr Caberwal visited Dhahan Kaleran and handed over the equipment to the trust authorities.

2 hurt: Two accused in a theft case were injured when the auto-rickshaw ferrying them to the court met with an accident with army truck on the Dalhouise road on Tuesday. Sonu and Raj Kumar, both accused, and the driver of the auto-rickshaw suffered injuries. They were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

Saplings planted: A seminar on ‘‘Importance of trees’’ was organised as part of Vanamahotsava celebrations at General Gurnam Singh Public School here on Tuesday. Mr Husan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the seminar. Mr Lal planted a sapling to inaugurate a plantation drive in the school. Ms Nirmala Lal, wife of the Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Kulwinder Singh, Principal of the school, also planted saplings. Nimrat Kaur, Manvi Kalra and Aneesh Goyal presented their papers at the seminar.



NOMINATED: The Chandigarh Administration has nominated Justice K.C. Gupta as president of the State Commission for Consumer Protection, Chandigarh, for a five years or attaining the age of 67 years. He has been nominated under the Chandigarh Consumer Protection Rules, 1987.

CONTESTS: An inter-class mehndi, rangoli, knitting, flower-arrangement, crochet and embroidery competitions were organised by the Home Science Department of the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, on Wednesday. Richa Gupta of BA-II got first prize in mehndi, Kamlesh of BA-II was second and Ragni won the third prize. In rangoli, Navjot of BA-II got first prize, followed by Liza Bansal. In knitting, Asha of BCA-I got first prize in flower-arrangement.

PURCHASED: The Municipal Corporation has purchased a loader-cum-excavator (Model JCB 3DX) at a cost of Rs 18.75 lakh for the office of the Medical Officer of Health, a press note said here on Wednesday. Mr P.S. Aujla, Commissioner of the Municipal Commissioner, commissioned the machine. The machine will be used at the dumping ground.

UT order: The Joint Secretary Personnel, Chandigarh Administration, in a communication to all heads of the departments and the administrative secretaries has said that no meetings should be fixed during the public meeting hours between 12 noon and 1 p.m., except for Wednesday and Friday.


Dharna: The local unit of the Democratic Youths Federation of India on Tuesday staged a dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat here on the issue of unemployment. It gave a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner for forwarding it to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Mr Ram Chander Sehnal, district president of the federation, Mr Ramesh Jandli, general secretary, of the federation, addressed the youths.

: Dr S.N. Shukla, Assistant Director-General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, has been unanimously elected president of the Indian Society of Forage Research for two years. Dr A.S. Gill, Principal Scientist, Indian Grassland and Forage Research Institute, and Dr R.P.S. Grewal of Haryana Agricultural University have been elected vice-presidents. Dr U.N. Joshi has been elected secretary, Dr R.S. Sheoran treasurer and Dr B.S. Jhorar joint secretary while Dr Jaivir Singh, a senor scientist, has been made editor of the society publications.

: The police has booked four persons of Peedal Dera under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC in a dowry-related death case. Bhag Chand, son of Bhula Ram of Pharal village that falls under the Pundri police station, has lodged a complaint with the police that his daughter Meena was married to Prem Chand of the dera about one-and-a-half years ago. Her in-laws used to torture her for not bringing more dowry and they killed her by giving her some poisonous substance. Prem Chand, husband of the victim, Tarsem, brother-in-law, Maya Devi, mother-in-law, and Parvati, sister-in-law, have been booked.


GANJA SEIZED: The police has seized 900 gram ganja from a migrant labourer here on Wednesday. The police was on routine patrolling duty when it found Rajesh roaming under suspicious circumstances near Patiala Distillery. Rajesh from Alipur village in Muhabba district of UP was booked under the NDPS Act.

Resolution: The District Congress Seva Dal has resolved to dedicate a serai, which has been constructed on the premises of the local Zonal Hospital, in the memory of late Des Raj Mahajan, former minister and Congress leader. Mr Abdul Ghani, district president of the dal, said on Wednesday that a sum of Rs 5 lakh had been donated by Ms Bimla Mahajan, widow of Des Raj Mahajan, for the construction of the serai.

Samiti: The following have unanimously been elected office-bearers of the District Core Group of the Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti. President — Mr P.C. Minhas; vice-president — Mr Nar Singh Rawat; joint secretaries — Mr Karam Singh, Mr Ramesh Chand, Mr Anjum Jasrotia; and treasurer — Mr Gajender. Meanwhile, the samiti has decided to hold a rally in Shimla on September 8 to mark International Literacy Day. This was stated by Mr P.C. Minhas of the samiti on Wednesday.

: Ram Pyari, a resident of Dug Vakshiyan under the Indora police station, has complained to the police that her husband, Subhash Chand, poured kerosene oil on her and set her afire. The incident took place on Monday and she sustained burns. Her husband has been booked. Meanwhile, Priya Devi (10) was allegedly ran over by a Jeep in the Jwali police station area. She died on the spot. The driver, Anup, has been booked.

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the HP Pashupalan Vibhag Ministerial Karamchari Sangh. President — Mr Naresh Tanwar; general secretary — Mr Virender Kaushal; senior vice-president — Mr N.C. Changra; vice-presidents — Ms Bimla Verma, Mr Om Prakash and Mr Rajesh Kaushal; joint secretary —Mr Suram Singh; finance secretary — Mr Het Ram Gupta; organising secretary — Mr Ghansham Thakur; press secretary — Mr Puram Chand Kashyap; and chief adviser — Mr Mohinder Singh Kalta.


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