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INA soldier honoured
: The Association of Engineers honoured Budh Singh, a veteran soldier of the Indian National Army, with memento and a bouquet during a function held here recently to celebrate the Engineers’ Day. 

More relief for  flood victims
: Kshetriya Welfare Manch, Bathinda, today dispatched a truckload of relief material to flood-affected people of Bihar. The relief material included rice, flour, clothes and medicines. Mohinder Singh, chairman of the manch, flagged off the truck. He also appealed to other such organisations to contribute liberally for this noble cause. 

Acquitted: The Additional District and Sessions Judge, J.S. Kular, acquitted a man charged with smuggling poppy husk due to differing police statements during the course of proceeding of the case. According to reports, the Phul police had recovered 7 kg of poppy husk from Jagir Singh, a resident of Harnamwala, on August 22, 2005. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against the accused at Phul police station. During the course of proceedings, the court, after giving benefit of doubt, acquitted Jagir Singh due to conflicting statements of the police and the ones that had been registered in the FIR. 

Criticised: Indian Medical Association (IMA), Bathinda, today condemned the alleged misconduct of an employee of the office of the civil surgeon with Dr Naresh of local Delhi Heart Centre. Dr Naresh alleged that the employee demanded commission from him for having brought a patient to the hospital. The said employee allegedly even threatened to get his hospital sealed. IMA demanded an appropriate action against a government servant. It also flayed the police for its inaction. 

Use Punjabi in right earnest, says Upinderjit
: Punjab education minister Upinderjit Kaur has directed all departments, boards, corporations, subordinate courts and educational institutions to make official use of Punjabi in right earnest Upinderjit has also directed the Punjab Languages Department to initiate refined inspections of all offices and recommend punitive actions against erring employees/officers to the state government. 

Rains damage crop in Mansa
: The heavy rains for the past three days have damaged the cotton crop here. Farmers would face 15 to 20 per cent of crop loss due to heavy rain, informed Ram Singh Bhainibhaga, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union. Some farmers of nearby villages, namely Jeet Singh, Harish and Gagandeep said they had been hoping for a bumper crop this year but the rains had dashed their hopes. However, farmers said the paddy crop would not be affected except for that on low-lying fields. 

Motorcycle expedition
: A motorcycle expedition was started by members of the 13 JAK Rifle unit of the local Mamun cantonment here on Saturday to meet widows and relatives of Kargil martyrs at doorstep to get first-hand information of their problems. The expedition was flagged off by Major-Gen R.S. Wardhan, GOC, 29 Infantry Division. The expedition was part of the 43rd Raising Day celebrations of the Battalion. 

Co. told to replace car
: The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here on Friday directed Hyundai Motors, Irrungatt Ukottai, to either replace Verna car of the same model or refund price Rs 7,46,919 to Om Parkash Kedar Nath. The forum ordered the car company to pay Rs 10,000 in lieu of consolidated amount of compensation on account of harassment to the complainant. 



Inspector’s death mourned
: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has expressed grief and shock over the untimely demise of inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of the Delhi police in an encounter with terrorists on Friday in New Delhi. In a condolence message to the bereaved family, Hooda said the contribution of inspector Sharma in combating terrorism would always be remembered. The media adviser to the Chief Minister laid a wreath on Sharma’s body. 

Bihar flood relief
: Students of the department of laws of Bhagat Phool Singh Women University have collected Rs 10,470 as donation from university students for the Bihar flood victims. The amount has been sent to the Chief Minister of Bihar in the form of a bank draft. The head of the department, Prof Vimal Joshi, has appreciated the efforts of the students. 

Penalised for power theft
: Intensifying its ongoing campaign to curb power pilferage, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Nigam has detected 29 cases of power theft in the district and also recovered 100 per cent penalty. “The penalty of Rs 5.61 lakhs has been imposed on the erring consumers and the full amount has been recovered from them after serving them the required notice,” said the superintendent engineer G.K Nandan. 



Job fair
: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Baddi- Baroriwala-Nalagarh Industries Association will organise a job fair at Kangra on September 27 and 28. A spokesperson of the industries department said here on Saturday that the fair was being organised in collaboration with industries, labour and employment and Kangra district administration to provide unskilled, skilled and technical jobs to the unemployed youth in various industrial units. He said about 40 Himachal-based companies would participate in the fair to be held at Government Polytechnic College, Kangra. 

Media interests: Chief minister P.K. Dhumal on Sunday said that the government was committed to protect the interests of the working journalists. He was speaking at the two-day national executive meet of the Federation of PTI Employees Union organised by the Shimla unit here on Saturday.. “Media happens to be a vital link between the people and the government and provides important feedback to both,” he said. 



Ammunition seized
: The army has reportedly recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including more than 23 grenades, from a forest in Mandi area of frontier district Poonch. Troops of 27 RR launched an operation and recovered 13 UBGL grenades, 10 Chinese grenades, 8 AK-Rifle magazines, 252 rounds of PIKA gun and 240 rounds of AK rifle and a pouch.

Rs 142 cr for 80 water supply schemes
: An amount of Rs 142 crore is being spent on 80 water supply schemes (WSS) for providing better drinking water facility in Anantnag district. Of this, Rs 4.72 crore have so far been spent, while 12 schemes are expected to be completed by the end of the current fiscal, an official spokeman said on Saturday. He said Rs 93.95 crore were being spent under the roads and building for upgrade of 95 roads. Of this, Rs 51.65 crore have so far been spent. For providing better power supply under a central scheme, 107 sub-stations were renovated and 207 sub-stations were created. Under the irrigation sector, Rs 77.65 crore had been earmarked for modernisation of the Daddi and Martand canals and 17,622 acres of land was being provided for better irrigation facilities. 

Contact programme for rural youth: To promote rural employment through Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), Secretary, Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) R.C Sharma, along with the Board officers launched a three- days special campaign of contact programmes at different places in Gurez area of Bandipore district. It was organized to aware the rural masses of the far-flung areas about the PMEGP being implemented by the KVIB. The Secretary, while interacting with rural unemployed youth impressed upon them to focus on cottage industry, where they can work during almost eight month long winter season. 

Road projects: Work on a massive road connectivity programme is presently under progress in Kashmir valley. Under the programme 19 road projects costing Rs. 539 crore have been taken up in Anantnag, Kulgam, Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Budgam, Bandipora and Pulwama districts. Nearly 456 Kms of road length would be constructed and improved to provide better road communication facilities to the people. These major road projects included two prestigious roads from Khanabal to Pahalgam and Narbal to Tangmarg costing Rs. 226 Crore. The road projects would improve and upgrade the road communication facilities from Gulmarg and Pahalgam to Srinagar. 

More power supply: With a view to catering the electricity demand during Sehri and Iftaar periods, the Power Development department has made operational the Pampore Gas Turbines. Stating this, the Chief Engineer, ME&RE Wing Kashmir said that this has been necessitated owing to the restriction on the import of power from Northern Grid as the Department presently draws additional 26 lakh units of power over and above the agreed scheduled allotment daily to augment the power supply.

Girl killed by leopard: A five-year-old girl was ripped apart by a leopard at Khaipora in Baramulla, the police said on Saturday. The girl was playing outside, an area close to forest, when the leopard arrived there and attacked her. The beast disappeared as the villagers came together but injuries to the kid proved fatal. Leopard and bear attacks in the interior villages of Kashmir are not uncommon. According to wildlife officials, animals are venturing into human settlements more and more as people are encroaching upon their habitat. "Man animal conflict will continue to haunt villagers in coming times. I don't see any immediate end to it," a senior wildlife official said. Only last week, a boy was killed in an attack by bear in a Kupwara village and seething villagers have often attacked, and at times killed, leopards and bears as they allege that wildlife officials hardly come to their rescue. "We are accused of inhuman behaviour when we target these murderous beasts. Are we supposed to watch in silence while our kids are preyed upon." Abdul Zargar, a local villager, said. 

5 children consume poison, hopitalised: Five children were rushed to the hospital when they consumed some poisonous substance by mistake which was, the police believe, kept for killing rats in an orchard at Damhal in Achabal. The children, in the age group of 4-5 years, were hospitalised where their condition was stated stable. According to locals, the kids of the locality entered the orchard while playing and had little idea and understanding of the poisonous substance kept there. "Locals saw them crying and getting sick and soon realised that they had taken the poison. We are probing the matter but this seems to be the case," an officer said. 


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