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Concern for animals
: To curb atrocities on animals, a district-level animal welfare committee would be constituted soon. This committee will comprise four members. The state government has already nominated two members while two members will be elected by the district governing body. This committee will work as per the Animal Welfare Act, 1960. The Union Government will provide funds to the committee. Interested candidates can contact additional deputy commissioner (grievances), Barnala.

Spare parts shop burgled: About a quintal of the aluminium spare parts were burgled from an automobile shop in Dhanaula on Friday night. Akshay Kumar, owner of the Shakti Auto works, informed on Saturday that he came to know about the burglary when he opened the main shutter of the shop in the morning. He found that the thieves had broke-in from the rear side of the shop by making a hole into the wall and decamped with spare parts. The police has registered a case in this regard.

Fatehgarh Sahib
: A two-day seminar of the Revenue Patwar Union was held wherein a large number of members participated. Various leaders of the union highlighted the works they had done during the past two years. The observers for the Patwar Union of Punjab were also appointed. Various problems of patwaris and other staff were also discussed.

Eye check-up camp: The Lions Club organised an eye check-up camp wherein nearly 200 patients were examined. Fatehgarh Sahib deputy commissioner Surjit Singh was the chief guest. Patients would be operated upon tomorrow. District vice-governor of the club Dr Manmohan Kaushal and president Tajesh Sood were present.

Youth murdered
: A young man was murdered at Mussa village here on Saturday. The police believe that old enmity could be the main reason behind the murder. According to the information available from the police, Mahinder Singh, son of Bant Singh and a resident of Mussa village, was murdered with sharp-edged weapons while he was going to his fields. On the statement of Surjit Kaur, mother of the deceased, the police has registered a case against five persons belonging to this village. They are Baksish Singh, Ghumand Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Ajaib Singh.



Haryana tourism
: Celebrating the World Tourism Day, the Red Bishop Resort of Haryana tourism has decided to extend a discount of 15 per cent on the birthday parties of boys at its restaurant from Saturday onwards. The manager of resort, Sumit Sharma, said earlier it was available for kitty parties and birthday parties of girls only. The visitors at the resort were given a 10 per cent discount at the restaurant. A 15 per cent discount was provided to senior citizens.



Couple crushed to death
: A couple hailing from Amritsar was killed in a road accident when their motorcycle was hit by a speeding truck on the outskirts of Jammu city. The accident occurred on Friday night when a truck hit the motorcycle coming from the opposite direction near Miran Sahib resulting in serious injuries to the couple. Bhupinder Singh and his wife Gurpreet Kaur succumbed to their injuries at the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital. The truck driver has been arrested.

SSA: Rs 149 cr for state
: The Union ministry of human resource development has increased the funding to Jammu and Kashmir for the Centre’s flagship programme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan this year. It had released an amount of Rs 149.5 crore by August. The state was sanctioned Rs 499.44 crore for SSA during the current financial year as against Rs 321.51 crore outlay during the last financial year. After the launch of the programme, the gap in enrolment is reducing in general categories. Whereas, enrolment is improving among SC children, the gap in respect of ST population was higher, an official release said. Efforts have been made to increase the enrolment of ST children through special drives. Uniforms, textbooks etc. will be provided to attract them to schools. In addition, incentives to promote the retention of girls enrolled in schools belonging to Gujjars and Bakerwals will be provided.

2 hurt in bear attack
: Two persons were attacked by a bear in the Kashmir valley on Saturday. Official sources said a bear suddenly appeared at Kongdar Sirhama in Anantnag district and attacked and injured two persons. The injured were hospitalised. The bear later bounded away into the forest. More than 80 persons, including women and children, have been killed and 330 others wounded in animal attacks in Jammu and Kashmir during the past two years. In retaliation, about a dozen wild animals have been killed by the people. To counter the problem, the government has formulated a comprehensive management plan, which includes involving infrastructural strengthening, awareness campaign and better communication. The plan had been submitted to the Union ministry of environment and forests and to the State Planning Department for financial help.

CRPF jawan dies: A CRPF jawan died under mysterious circumstances at a security camp in Pulwama district on Saturday. The deceased was identified as G.D. Chhikodi Singh, head constable of the 180 Battalion. An enquiry under Section 174 of CrpC has been ordered to ascertain the cause of death, the police said.


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