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Cong’s N-deal awareness campaign:
The state unit of the Congress on Monday announced to launch mass contact and awareness programme to educate people on the benefits of Indo-US nuclear deal . The campaign will kickstart from Fatehgarh Sahib on August 1 and be followed by district- level rallies. It will culminate on August 15 at Issru village in Ludihana district on the occasion of 'shaheedi' conference.

Case registered:
The Cantonment police has registered a case against two persons, including a woman, for allegedly lodging false complaint against one Swaran Singh, a resident of Abohar. The accused have been identified as Palwinder Singh and Parkash Kaur, resident of Panjawa district Muktsar. A case under the IPC has been registered.

Body found:
The body of a young woman was found near the fields of village Mukhumazara. The police has sent the body to the local Civil Hospital for postmortem examination.

Cremation: Raj Kumar Nadder, chairman, state disciplinary committee of Janta Dal (S), Punjab, was cremated at the local cremation ground here on Monday. Hundreds of persons from all walks of life participated in the funeral. 76-year-old Raj Kumar Nadder died following a massive heart attack on Sunday evening.

Seminar on N-deal:
Chandigarh Business School, Landran, Mohali, will play host to a seminar on ‘Indo-US Nuclear Deal - A boon or bane?’ on Tuesday. Chairman Satnam Singh Sandhu and president Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, said the seminar would provide a platform to students where they will understand implications of the nuclear deal.

The Para-medical and Health Employees Union, Punjab elected Sham Lal Sharma its president again. Other office- bearers are: general secretary — Alwin Bhatti; senior vice-president — Barjinder Singh; vice-presidents — Nirbhai Singh, Tripta Devi and Ram Avtar; secretaries — Ram Sarup,Hukam Chand and Jasvir Kaur; propaganda secretary — Gurpreet Singh; joint secretary — Kernail Singh; organising secretary — Jagdeep Singh and press secretary — Narinder Mohan Sharma. 

Nawanshahr gets new DEO:
The post of district education officer (DEO), which had been lying vacant for the past three months, has been finally filled as Prem Chand Gupta joined the office here on Monday. Gupta, who has been transferred from Ropar, said his immediate priority would be to clear the backlog so that teachers could concentrate on their work.
Interestingly, the appointment has been made after a press statement was issued by Democratic Teachers Front chief Bhupinder Singh stating that the vacant post was causing inconvenience to teachers.

Double delight: Two town students made residents proud by securing meritorious positions in various medical exams. While Sahil Kumar, son of Nawanshahr SDM, secured 34th rank in entrance exam conducted by All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Baljit Kaur topped the Punjab Paramedical Entrance Exam held by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

Effigy burnt: As part of its nation-wide “Bhanda Phod Andolan,” BJP activists of the district unit burnt an effigy of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at Chandigarh Chowk on Sunday. 

Poll for MC chief put off:
The election for the post of president and vice-president of the municipal council here was adjourned on Monday by SDM-cum-returning officer Ajmer Singh after a clash between the councillors of the BJP and the Congress. Earlier, Ajmer Singh administered the oath of secrecy to the elected members of the council.

Docs condemn govt on NPA:
The Senior PCMS Association has condemned the rejection of the proposal of grant of non-practising allowance to higher officers like deputy directors, civil surgeons, joint directors, additional director and director of health services. The proposal was cleared by the health department as well as the finance department, but the personnel department rejected it, claim
the doctors. 

Nominated: Mahinder Singh Lalwa has been unanimously nominated as the chairman of the Patiala Zila Parishad here on Monday. Jaspal Singh was elected as the vice-chairman. The meeting, which was convened by Manjt Singh Narang, returning officer-cum-additional chief administrator, PUDA, was held under the observation of senior Akali leader Bibi Jagir Kaur. Jagir Kaur is also in charge of the Patiala affairs pertaining to the Zila Parishad elections held recently. 

UPA govt’s effigy burnt:
Activists of the district unit of the BJP, led by district president Jatinder Kalra, burnt an effigy of the UPA government at Khanauri village, 55 km from here, on Sunday in protest against the adoption of "illegal practices" used to save the Manmohan Singh government during the vote of confidence. Protesters also marched in the bazaar and were addressed by Kalra, district general secretary, BJP, Shanker Bansal and president of Khanauri block, BJP, Satish Kumar. 

Homoeopathy camp: A homoeopathy and organic farming camp was organised by the Association for Scientific Research in Homoeopathy and the Asha Di Kiran Foundation at Balwarh village near here on Sunday where 150 patients were examined and given medicines free of cost. Chairman of the Kheti Virasat Institution, Nabha, Inderjit Singh, appealed to the farmers to adopt organic farming and give up use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides as these contaminated milk, vegetables and foodgrains.

Labourers hold dharna: Members of the Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union on Monday marched in the town and staged dharna in front of the office of the deputy commissioner here. They were demanding auction of the reserve quota land of Benra village ( 9 acres) for one year according to the financial conditions of the labourers. Union leader Sanjiv Mintoo said the labourers wanted to take the reserve quota land for Rs 55,000 for a year, while the administration wanted to auction it for Rs 2 lakh for one year.

Medicines seized: A team of the Health Department and the police on Monday raided t a medical shop in Malerkotla and seized 1.87 lakh tablets, 28,200 capsules and 1049 bottles of syrup, worth Rs 2 lakh. District drug inspector Kamal Kamboj said the owner of the medical shop had kept these drugs without bills.



Diarrhoea cases:
As many as 25 patients suffering from diarrhoea visited the Civil Hospital here today. Nine of them were admitted. However, Dr H.S. Sarang, SMO in charge of the hospital, said the situation was under control and the patients were admitted only to be kept under observation. These in-door patients had come from Phase VI, Lakhnour, Balimki Colony and Badmajra. There were no indications that pointed towards any epidemic.



Villagers meet SP:
Residents of Mandholi Kalan village here met the SP and urged him to arrest a man, who has been allegedly threatening villagers these days. They said the man identified as Rajesh had been allegedly threatening people with a pistol. Rajesh had allegedly threatened one Kartar Singh of the same village with dire consequences on Sunday. The matter was reported to the police, but no action was taken against him, they alleged.

Body found:The police recovered the body of a 26-year-old youth from the industrial area near the ESI hospital on Monday. Sources said the youth was murdered with a sharp-edged weapon and thrown into bushes.

Office-bearers elected:
Following have been elected unopposed members of the governing body of I.G.N. College, Ladwa. Pawan Garg, president; Harjoginder Singh, vice-president; Praveen Gupta, general-secretary; and Ved Prakash, treasurer. The election process was carried out by retuning officer Dr H.P. Sharma in the presence of Prof M.M. Goel from Kurukshetra University as the observer.

Addl transformer:
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has augmented the capacity of 33 kV substation near the sugar mill, Sonepat, by installing an additional 8 MVA transformer at a cost of Rs 65 lakh. A spokesman for the UHBVN on Monday said at least 8,000 electricity consumers would be benefitted. He said the substation already had an 8 MVA transformer. With the installation of the new transformer, the capacity of the substation had gone up to 16 MVA.

Work in court suspended: Work in the court of subdivisional Judicial Magistrate J.S. Sindhu was reportedly suspended for some time when a large piece of cement plaster fell down from the roof of the court during the hearing of a case on Monday. The incident created panic among people and other members of the Gohana Bar Association. The building was renovated about a month ago. 



Shopkeeper assaulted:
No arrest has so far been made by the police in an incident of assaulting a shopkeeper Garjesh Kumar near Bharmour tribal township by three persons on Sunday evening according to a report reached here on Monday. The report said after closing the shop in the evening, Garjesh was on his way to home when three persons waylaid his vehicle and dragged him from the vehicle. They assaulted him with stones, thereby, causing him head and mouth injuries, besides internal grievous injuries on his body. A case has been registered.

Viral fever under control: The viral fever, which has gripped the tribal belt of Holi and affected more than 30 children, is under control. Its symptoms were severe fever and cough. N. K. Lath, additional district magistrate of Bharmour, said this fever was seasonal. However, the doctors and other paramedical staff at the Holi community health centre were directed to help the patients, who were combating the viral fever, he added.

BPL certificates:
The government has authorised concerned gram panchayats to issue below poverty line (BPL) certificates to the families at the village level so that they do not face inconvenience. An official spokesperson here on Monday said it had also been decided to issue the certificates in the name of the head of the family, while the names of other family members would be mentioned so that the BPL certificate can be used by anyone to avail benefits meant for them.

Sharma executive director: Nand Lal Sharma, Himachal administrative officer (HAS), has joined as executive director (Personnel) in Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN). Sharma had been serving as special secretary in the State Department of Health and Family Welfare. He has served in various capacities in the state government and has a vast administrative experience in diverse fields.

Liquor seized, 2 arrested:
Cracking down on the illicit liquor traders in the district, the police arrested two persons, identified as Mohan Singh of Bathalag of Arki and Mukesh Kumar of Shimla, and seized 2,364 bottles of liquor from them near Shalagarh of Aki subdivision on Sunday. Liquor worth Rs1 lakh was seized from a mini truck, which has also been impounded by the police. A case has been registered under Section 61-1-14 of the Excise Act.

Misuse of official car: Clarifying his position in the news item, “Misuse of vehicle by top cop” which was published in these columns on July 17, wherein it was stated that an alto car had been withdrawn after it was allegedly misused by his Chandigarh-based family, SP Solan SPS Verma on Monday said he had merely taken this car on a few occasions to Chandigarh and that too for official tours. He further added that he had been posted at Solan since the past six months and in this tenure his family stayed with him for nearly 3 months. Hence, the misuse of this official car at Chandigarh was not true.



DC visits Hazratbal:
Kashmir divisional commissioner Masaud Samoon accompanied by other senior officers visited the Hazratbal shrine on Monday to assess the arrangements ahead of the Meraj-un-Nabi. Masaud interacted with the shrine management and reviewed the transport facilities. He was informed that adequate medicare, water, power supply and sanitation facilities had been made. Nearly 262 water points have also been installed besides, four additional water tankers have been arranged. Flash and street lights had also been made functional. About 90 SRTC buses and 250 more mini buses would be plied to ferry the pilgrims to and from Hazratbal.

Wildlife training programme: A three-day training programme on “Wildlife Crime Prevention in J&K” was inaugurated at the Dachigam National Park on Monday. The programme is being organised by the Department of Wildlife Protection in collaboration with a Delhi-based NGO, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), to conserve wildlife and ensure capacity building of departments concerned. Chief wildlife warden A.K. Srivastava said manpower equipment, mobility and communication was needed for better management of wildlife. Principal chief conservator of forests I.A. Khan said wildlife crimes were a major threat to the survival of flora and fauna. Regional wildlife warden, Kashmir, F.A. Gillani, acknowledged the contribution of the WTI in providing 160 field kits to the staff. 

Book fair organised: A book fair organised by the Sahitiya Academy was inaugurated by renowned poet and former vice-chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof. Hamidi Kashmiri, at the College of Education here on Monday. Books published by the academy in Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi, English and Punjabi, would be available at the fair. The fair is organised in collaboration with a local publishing agency “Meezan”. The Sahitiya Academy, convener, (Kashmiri) Dr. Aziz Hajini said the fair would last for five days. Prof. Hamidi also urged the youth to read the poetry of Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani. Prof. Mohammad Zaman Azurda, Rukhsana Jabeen, and a number of book readers were present on the occasion.

Batmaloo blast toll up to 6: Mushtaq Ahmad Dar (30), who was among 28 persons injured in the grenade attack at Batmaloo here last week, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here on Monday. With his death, the death toll has risen to six, official sources said. Dar, a driver by profession, succumbed to splinter injuries at the Soura Medical Institute where he was admitted after sustaining serious injuries in the grenade attack at Batmaloo bus stand on July 24. Dar hailed from the Barzulla locality here. Meanwhile, a mother and her four children were also killed when militants exploded a grenade at the bus stand. All five victims were buried at the Malkhah graveyard in the interior city.

7 hurt in mishaps: Six passengers were injured when an Army vehicle hit a Sumo in Baramulla district on Monday, a police spokesman said. The Army vehicle hit the Sumo near Khawaja Bagh in Baramulla district, injuring six persons travelling in the vehicle. The injured were later hospitalised. In another incident, Abdul Kuloo, was injured after being hit by a private jeep at Akugund in Ganderbal district. Abdul hails from Naninara village of Sumbal. The jeep was on way to Srinagar from the Sonamarg hill resort. 


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