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Baby’s body found
: The body of a newly-born child was found in the Malukpura distributary here on Wednesday. The volunteers of the Nar Sewa Narayan Sewa, an NGO, said some persons spotted the child, which was covered in a towel, as the canal dried up after the suspension of water supply. The child was taken out in the presence of the police. It was found that bricks had been tied to the victim. A case had been registered here, the police said. 

PRTC union meeting
: The Punjab Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Employee Union on Thursday held a meeting to discuss the problems of the employees. A resolution was unanimously passed at the meet to press upon the higher authorities for their demands. The demand includes release of grade of 4-9-14 scale, regularisation of contract workers and increase in the wages of daily workers. Addressing the meeting, the district president of the union Jarnail Singh and the secretary Tarlochan Singh Libra said that the deployment of the duty of the staff on the bus stops and in the offices should be as per seniority. They also demanded to give easier duties to employees who are near retirement or handicapped. 

TSU members stage protest
: To lodge protest against the management of the Punjab state electricity board (PSEB) a number of activists of the Technical Services Union (TSU) Bathinda circle hailing from Rampura, Bhagta, Maur, Mansa and Budhladha divisions raised black flags and raised anti-establishment slogans on road, on Thursday. The union leaders spoke at length on the issues of unemployment, overload on the employees and malfunctioning of the OYT scheme. Further, they threatened to welcome the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on his next visit to the city with black flags. 

Oath taking function today
: Newly elected panchayat members would take oath on Friday at 11 am at the new grain market here. Deputy commissioner Surjit Singh Dhillon said that the function would be held in which nearly 1800 panchayat members belonging to 243 panchyats of the district would take oath. In this function, Guljar Singh Ranike, would be the chief guest and all district officials, chairman and members of panchyat samitis and Zila Parishads and leaders of political parties would participate. 

CPI (ML) protest: CPI (ML) would carry out a countrywide agitation against the rising prices of essential commodities till July 30. In this connection, rallies and meetings would be held in the cities and villages. District secretary of CPI (ML) Bhagwant Singh Sammaon said that a meeting in this regard was held on Thursday. Sammaon said that the party had decided to organise a convention on July 28, which is the martyrdom day of Baba Bujha Singh. The problems of farmers and workers would also be raised on the occasion. 



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers democratically by voting of the Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Milk Colony, Dhanas, Chandigarh : president- Ravinder Pal Singh; general secretary- Harjit Singh; and cashier- Didar Singh. 



CFLs replace bulbs
: The Navyug Nirman, an NGO owned by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s daughter Anjali Singh, has replaced incandescent bulbs with CFLs in 1,200 houses in Lamba, Tamaspura, Nakhta and Burj villages during a weeklong campaign that ended here on Thursday. Kunal Bhadoo, son-in-law of Hooda, who manages the NGO, said a family could save energy worth Rs 750 per month by switching over to CFL lamps. The organisation had planned to distribute solar lamps with light emitting diodes. 

2 killed in accidents
: Two persons, including a head constable of the Government Railway Police, Narnaul, died in road accidents here on Thursday. Head constable Hoshiar Singh Yadav (35), a resident of Khaliawas village, was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the Dharuhera-Rewari road near Masani village. In another incident, pillion rider Kanwar Pal (50) died while the motorcyclist, Yogesh (22), was seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding on reportedly hit a pedestrian, Rattan Singh (35), of Manethi village on the Rewari-Narnaul road. Rattan Singh too sustained injuries in the accident. 

Rickshaw-puller killed
: A rickshaw -puller was killed when his rickshaw was hit by a tractor-trolley from behind at Balasar village on Thursday. The police has registered a case on the complaint of the deceased’s brother, Lachman Das. He said the incident happened when he along with his brother was going to Rania to sell wheat. The driver managed to flee from the spot after the incident. The rickshaw puller succumbed to his injuries on the way to a hospital. 

1 held for robbery
: The police has solved two robbery cases with the arrest of a member of a gang that had committed robbery in a house in Sector 23 on June 30 and in Sector 15 on July 5. The burglars had looted cash and jewellery at gunpoint. SSP Navdeep Singh Virk on Wednesday said the police had recovered Rs 1.25 lakh from the accused. He, however, declined to disclose the identity of the arrested gangster. He said identities of other accused in the robberies had also been established and police teams had been dispatched to arrest them. The arrested gangster had been sent to police custody. 

Tributes paid: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda paid rich tributes to Chaudhary Risal Singh, who expired at the age of 103 on July 2, in Gohana on Thursday. Risal Singh was the father of former MLA Kitab Singh Malik. Recalling the selfless services of Ch Risal Singh, the CM said he lived his life with honesty. MLAs Anand Singh Dangi and Jitender Singh Malik, principal secretary to CM, M.L. Tayal, DC Ajit Balaji Joshi and SSP Navdeep Singh Virk also paid their tributes. 



Training camp concludes
: Seven-day-long state-level Nehru Yuva Sathee training camp organised by state Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan at Youth Hostel, Jabli, concluded on Thursday. Zonal Director Anil Kaushik Kaushik urged youth to put their entire zeal and energy into activating yuvak mandals and mahila mandals of their areas so that this involves the entire youth for national reconstruction. Total of 79 Nehru Yuva Sathees drawn from all 12 districts of the state were provided training concerning their duties and responsibilities in the camp. 

Strike enters 53rd day
: The chain hunger strike started by Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) instructors here had entered the 53rd day on Thursday which is a big record in itself. The EGS instructors, who are adamant on their agitation, said they would continue their strike till their demand of regularisation of their services was not accepted by the state government. 

Public health centre: Residents of an interior Bharella belt on the borderland of the district adjacent to Jammu and Kashmir have urged the state government to open a public health centre in their area so that they could avail health facilities at the doorstep. The residents said in the absence of health services, they had to tread about 10 km from their area to reach health centre at Diur thereby facing serious problems. 

ABVP for ban on outsiders: The local unit of the ABVP has sought a ‘ban’ on the frequent entry of ‘outsiders’ into the campus of local government postgraduate college who come here on the pretext of district library. The leaders of the ABVP have also demanded the shifting of college to some other appropriate building, which could suit to the college purpose, as the proposal in this regard had already been mooted with a view to conserving and preserving the ‘heritage building’. 

: The police has registered a case against an employee of the Baba Balak Nath temple trust Deothsidh for misappropriation of trust funds on the complaint of temple officer in Badsar police station. The police sources have told Jagbir Singh, a daily wage employee of the trust, who was deployed as keeper of Sarai no. 8, used to collect money from the tourists on behalf of the trust but embezzled the money. While he received Rs 27,000 as salary for the year 2007 he had deposited Rs 58,389 in his salary account. SHO said the police has registered a case. 



Lawyers stage protest
: Protesting against the cancellation of the land transfer order to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), members of the Jammu Bar Association staged a dharna at the Jammu and Kashmir High Court here on Thursday. Led by Bar chairman B.S. Salathia, the members took out a rally shouting slogans against Governor N.N. Vohra, outgoing Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Janipur area. Salathia, along with 200 lawyers, demanded that work be suspended in all courts across the state till Saturday. “We have suspended our work for the 10th day today and will continue to do so. We appeal to all Bar associations in the Jammu province to suspend work,” he said, adding, that a committee of senior advocates had been formed to legally examine the recommendation made by the Governor which led to the revocation of the land transfer order. 

Two militants killed
: Two militants were killed and one person was injured in the Kashmir valley overnight, an official spokesman said on Thursday. He said two militants were killed by the security forces at Kupwara in north Kashmir during a search operation. The militants were identified as Mohammad Amin, alias Abu Vikas, a local resident and Abu Unas, a Pakistan resident. Two AK 47 rifles, two AK 56 rifles, fourteen AK magazines, 429 rounds of ammunition, one UBGL, five UBGL grenades, one wireless set, 10 radio antennas, one GPS, one compass and one mobile charger were recovered. One Abdul Majid Dar was injured when an unexploded shell exploded at Tosamaidan in Budgam district. 

10 houses gutted: Ten houses and other structures were gutted in a fire in the Kashmir valley on Thursday, official sources said. They said a fire broke out in a house at Sonawar. However, before the leaping flames could be controlled, it spread to nearby two houses. In another incident, about seven houses were gutted in a fire at Jabgaripora, Nowhatta, in the Shar-e-Khas. However, the cause of the fire could not be known. No injuries were reported, the sources said. 


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