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Adhaypak Dal meeting
: Harbans Singh Barnala and Sukhwinder Singh Bhandari have been elected the president and general secretary of the Adhaypak Dal Punjab, district Barnala, respectively. During the election, Sher Singh Tallewal and Balwinder Singh were present as observers. Earlier, before the election, a meeting of the delegates of the Adhaypak Dal was held. The delegates reportedly passed a no-confidence motion against the sitting district president of the Adhaypak Dal Punjab, Avtar Singh Tallewal and general secretary Jarnail Singh Channawal. The delegates alleged that these union leaders were not working as per constitution of the union. So after passing the resolution, both the office- bearers were dismissed from their present position. Their primary membership was also terminated, he added.

MC chief agenda
: K.B.S. Mann, GA to DC, who was appointed convener to conduct the elections to the posts of president, vice-president of municipal council, Bassi Pathana, has again issued the agenda to the councillors. He has called the meeting of councillors on Friday at 11 am in the council office to elect the office bearers. Earlier, the convener had called the election meeting on July 21 at 4 pm, but was postponed on administrative ground. 

One arrested
: The Fatehgarh Sahib police nabbed Gaurav Sharma, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, for steeling mobile phones. A case in this connection has been registered at Mandi Gobindgarh Police Station. Gaurav is said to have stolen a large number of mobile phones from various places in Mandi Gobindgarh and surrounding areas for the past few months. 

Beopar Mandal election
: Nand Kishore has been unanimously elected as the president, Beopar Mandal, by various trade unions of the town. On the occasion, Janmeja Singh Sekhon, irrigation minister, assured all trade union members that their legitimate demands would be soon fulfilled by the state government. Sekhon said that the octroi in the cantonment would also be abolished soon for which the state government has already issued a notification. 

Commissioner’s visit: The commissioner, Ferozpur, Faridkot and Jalandhar division, S.R. Ladhar visited the Indo-Pakistan joint checkpost at Hussaniwala and watched the retreat ceremony by the BSF and Pakistani Rangers. Ladhar also visited national martyrs memorial and paid floral tributes at the memorial of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. 

Municipal council polls: Tarsem Singh Malla, Pooran Chand and Pritpal Singh were unanimously elected as president, senior vice-president and vice-president of the Municipal Council Talwandi Bhai. On the occasion, Janmeja Singh Sekhon, irrigation minister, Megh Raj DC, Satpal Singh, member SGPC, besides scores of other Akali-BJP leaders were present. All 13 councillors of the committee were elected unanimously during the municipal elections held last month. 

Zila Parishad meet today: Deputy Commissioner Megh Raj said that all the newly-elected Zila Parishad members would be administered oath at Zila Parishad Hall on Thursday and the election for the post of chairman, Zila Parishad would also take place on Thursday. He said that the sangat darshan scheduled to be held at Zira on Thursday has hence been postponed. 



Plea to streamline reimbursement
: The Himachal Pradesh State Pensioners Welfare Association has hailed the government for sanctioning Rs 16 crore for clearing all pending medical reimbursement bills of pensioners. Association president Jiva Nand Jivan said the system of clearing pending medical reimbursement bills of pensioners needed to be properly streamlined and reviewed at regular intervals so that pensioners did not face difficulties. He said he had written a letter to the government, pleading that all heads of departments at the state and district levels should be asked to present a status report of medical reimbursement payment requirements every month invariably. 

Set up coop societies: Gujjars
: The district Gujjar Samaj Kalyan Sabha has urged the state government to set up cooperative societies for milk, as the principal avocation of the Gujjars is rearing livestock, especially buffaloes. In a meeting of the sabha held here on Tuesday, the leaders of the Gujjar community said with the formation of cooperative societies for milk production, the Gujjars would get genuine prices for milk and its products. 

Drive to book traffic violators
: The police has started a special drive to check road mishaps by acting against traffic rules violators in Hamirpur district. Under this drive, a special police van patrolled the highways of the district from July 16 to 22 and took action against rash and negligent drivers, besides traffic rules violators. Hamirpur SP Asif Jalal said 96 traffic violators were challaned during this period and Rs 15728 was collected as fines on the spot while 57 cases were sent for trial in court. 

10-yr RI for rape: R.L. Raghu, the district and sessions judge, Hamirpur, has sentenced an Army personnel to 10-year in prison for raping a widow four years ago. The court has sentenced Deepak Kumar to 10-year rigorous imprisonment (RI), besides imposing a fine of Rs 25,000. He has also been sentenced to six-month RI and a fine of Rs 1,000.

Woman sets herself on fire
: A married woman, Champa Devi (25), had allegedly set herself on fire at Thadi Bhola village near Nalagarh on Tuesday. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Nalagarh, by her husband and neighbours. She was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, where she breathed her last. The deceased received 65 to 70 per cent burn injuries. According to her husband there was no issue that could force her to take such an extreme step. Meanwhile, it was learnt that the deceased was mentally upset and badly depressed. 

3 arrested under NDPS Act
: The police on Wednesday seized 2.7gm of charas from Hira Singh and Hem Raj and 1.4 kg of poppy husk from Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Amritsar, Punjab. All three were arrested under the NDPS Act. The CIA police team searched a Kullu-Chandigarh HRTC bus and recovered 2.7 gm of charas from them, the police said. Sanjiv was caught at Aut carrying the poppy husk, the police claimed. 

Media in charge removed
: Giving a big jolt to the Shyama Sharma faction, Baldev Bhandari, Sirmaur district BJP president, on Wednesday removed district media in charge of the party Sanjeev Sharma and named Rakesh Garg as the new media in charge. 

Body found : The Renuka police recovered the body of Layak Ram (32), a resident of Dhar Chullaheria village, from the Giri river near Mohtu village, about 42 km from here, on Wednesday. The deceased had been missing for the past two days from his village. The body has been sent for a postmortem. 

Liquor seized: Vishal, a resident of Chandigarh, was arrested by the Paonta police for carrying illicit liquor in a Tata Indigo car (CHO3U 5998) on Tuesday. Paonta DSP V.S. Thakur said the arrest was made at a naka at Bata Mandi, near Paonta. There were 192 bottles of liquor packed in 16 cartons. The vehicle was impounded and Vishal was arrested after he failed to show any legal document for carrying liquor. Vishal reportedly confessed that the wine was being smuggled to Dehra Dun. 

1 killed in road mishap: Baldev Singh, an employee of the HPSEB, died on the spot on Tuesday when his motorcycle (HP-17A-1507), which he was riding, had a head-on collision with a truck (HP-17-3787), near Missarwala village, on the Nahan-Paonta road. While Jangbir Singh of Kolar village, the pillion, was seriously injured. He was rushed to the Paonta subdivisional hospital from where he was referred to a hospital in Dehra Dun, the Paonta DSP said. He said the truck driver fled away from the scene, along with his truck. However, he was arrested by a police party following the truck, he added. 

Boating objected: Due to the expiry of boating contract, boating in the holy Renuka lake is suspended for the past three weeks. Although the Renuka Development Board has put this matter to be decided in the next meeting, the panchyats, NGOs and saints of Renuka are up in arms to stop boating in the holy lake which has hurt the religious feelings of lakhs of devotees and cause environmental hazard. Swami Dayanand Bharti, mahant of Renuka Brahamchari Ashram and chairman of Sirmaur Kalyan Samiti, on Tuesday demanded to stop boating in the lake which is worshipped by lakhs of devotees. 



Independence Day
: Preparation for the forthcoming Independence Day was discussed in the district officers’ meeting that was chaired by the district development commissioner, Kupwara, on Wednesday. It was decided that main function would start with the plying of ‘shahnai wadan’. The contingents from the JKP, JKAP, CRPF, BSF, fire and emergency services, Home guards and school children would take part in the parade. Artists from the Information Department and school children will present a cultural programme. The PHE, electric, health, fire and emergency services will provide necessary arrangements. A committee headed by the additional district development commissioner will monitor the arrangements, an official spokesman said. 

Work on Nageen Club inspected
: Masaud Samoon, divisional commissioner, Kashmir, on Wednesday inspected the work on Rs 6.3 crore Nageen Club, Nandpora Festival Park, guesthouse and Ashai-i-Bagh Park. He conducted a detailed review of the ongoing de-weeding of Nageen Lake and directed the authorities to revive its past glory. Samoon also asked the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to order immediate removal of illegal structures and encroachments on the lake. The divisional commissioner was accompanied by the commissioner (housing and urban development), director (health), commissioner (municipality) and senior authorities of LAWDA. He also had a detailed discussion with the director health services, Kashmir, regarding acquiring of 14 kanals of land for proposed sewerage treatment plant near the leprosy hospital. 

Challan presented: Crime Branch has presented a challan against proprietor of M/s Marinex Chemie, Saqib Faheem Kachroo of Soura, Srinagar, before the chief judicial magistrate here on Tuesday. Kachroo had been accused of cheating and forgery. The complaint was lodged by director (school education), Kashmir. The Crime Branch enquired into the allegations of production of fake ISO-9000 certificate by a local SSI unit holder entitling him to submit tenders for providing materials for Chemistry. As a result of the inquiry, a case was registered against the accused, an official spokesman said. Investigation revealed that the directorate of school education, Kashmir, had invited tenders for purchase of chemical materials from dealers in November 2003. It was found that one M/s Marinex Chemie, near Goal Masjid Bulochipora Soura, Srinagar, had produced ISO-9000 certificate bearing No QSC-9000 purportedly issued from Rotherdam, the Netherlands. The certificate in question was verified from the quarters concerned through Interpol with the assistance of CBI. It was found that the said certificate was fake. The other documents submitted by the firm along with the tender were also forged. 


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