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Arya to head Uttar Kshetriya Arorvansh Sabha
: Prem Parkash Arya has been unanimously elected as the president of the Uttar Kshetriya Arorvansh Sabha, a release said on Monday. Earlier, he was the officiating president for the president Raj Kumar Girdhar’s prolonged illness. Girdhar had died recently. 

Gen secy appointed
: Manjit Singh Tarntarni, former secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, has been appointed general secretary of the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal. Stating this in a press note here on Monday, its president Jaswant Singh Mann said Tarntarni also held the post of president of the Tarn Taran Municipal Committee and also remained executive member and secretary of the All-India Sikh Students Federation. 

New chief for Barnala Improvement Trust
: Advocate Inder Pal Singh Chahal joined as the chairman of the Improvement trust, Barnala. On the occasion, a function was organised that was attended by SGPC executive committee member Baba Tek Singh Dhanuala and former minister Gobind Singh Longowal.

Ex-PCCF Sandhu dies at 73
: Former Punjab chief conservator of forests Gurchanjit Singh Sandhu (73), a retired IFS of the 1963 batch, died here on Saturday night. He will be cremated on Tuesday at the sector 25 cremation grounds at 12 noon. Sandhu retired from service in 1996. He is survived by his widow and two sons.

355 patients examined
: As many as 355 patients suffering from different ailments were examined at a free medical and diagnostic camp organised by the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital at Chamkaur Sahib on Monday. The camp was organised by the GSMCH in collaboration with the Lions Club. Dr Jasdeep Singh of the department of community medicine said a team of doctors from the GSMCH examined 355 patients, which included 126 suffering from eye ailments. He said diagnostic tests also included ECG, blood sugar and haemoglobin.



Seminar: The Chandigarh CFA Association organised a seminar on ‘World Financial Crisis-Is the worst over?’ in the city. Anil Katia, state head of the HDFC Bank, and Satindra Singh Ahluwalia, faculty, ICFAI Business School, were the key speakers. Katia highlighted the state of affairs and analysed the measures and packages announced by the American government. He concluded that the worst was yet to come. He explained how the ripple effects of the American credit crunch were being felt by most of the countries of the world depending on their economic ties and financial involvement with the US. 

Meeting: A meeting of the committee of ward No. 13 was held recently under the chairmanship of senior vice-chairperson Anita Chaudhary at Community Centre of Sector 44. The issues that were taken up at the meeting included non-maintenance of street lights, speed breakers at sensitive areas, theft of vehicles in residential areas, recarpeting of roads, dumping of malwa, construction of community centre and non-filling of digging area by the forest department. Other members were also present.

Elected: Parminder Singh has been elected president of the All-India Development Officer (administration) Association. Other office-bearers include G.S. Lamba senior vice-president, Sawaran Singh vice-president, G.P.S. Kohli general secretary, Ashwani Sharma cashier, A.K. Jindal, Kamal Kumar and Swinder Singh Sethi executive members and Harpal Singh, Pankaj Sharma and Bhupinder Singh local coordinators. 

Office-bearers elected
: The following have been elected as office bearers of Kalgidhar Enclave and Market Welfare Society, chairman - Col J.S. Sodhi; president - Col B.S. Sandhu; vice-presidents - Major Gurcharan Singh and Col G.S. Khaira; general secretary - Col D.R. Chauhan; treasurer - S.K. Sharma; media advisor - Pooja Arora; legal advisor - Col S.R. Gogar; planning and development in charges - Prof Sudhir Sharma and Sukhpal Dhiman and executive members - Major Ranjit Singh, Sunil Bansal, Rakesh Jain, Ved Prakash, Col Sucha Singh, Mohinder Singh and Rashpal Kaur.



One dies
: Sombir (20), a resident of Dinod village, fell down from the rooftop of a roadways bus at the Tosham bypass on Monday. He died on the spot.

Registrar appointed
: Ramesh Arora, controller of examinations and secretary to vice-chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, has been appointed as registrar of Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, Sonepat.

Mullana flays Sampat Singh
: The HPCC chief Phool Chand Mullana on Monday vehemently flayed INLD leader and former finance minister Sampat Singh for his reported press statement, in which he described the Hooda government’s Free Plot Scheme as a “political gimmick”. Mullana lashed out at INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala terming him as ‘enemies of the poor and the downtrodden”. 



Workers’ union
: The Himachal Pradesh Transport Workers Union, affiliated to BMS, has threatened to gherao the office of the state transport minister on October 6 at Chamba. In a release, president of the local unit of the sangh Ajmer Thakur accused the transport minister for not solving various problems of the transport workers. He accused the minister of adopting the policies of central government and not ensuring job security and pension benefits. 

Youth employment
: The state government has fixed the target of providing employment to 26,000 youths, including 18,000 teachers in the state, during the current financial year. This was stated by Khimi Ram Sharma, deputy speaker, Himachal Vidhan Sabha, while addressing a public meeting at Kashdha village on Saturday. He said Rs 80 crore had been earmarked to implement the ‘Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna’ under which 16 lakh households in the state would get four CFL bulbs free of cost. He said the use of CFL bulbs would not only save power, but also save peoples’ money by curtailing their electricity bills. 



4 Bangladeshis held
: Four Bangladeshi nationals were arrested on Monday, while trying to cross over to Pakistan from Samba district. Police sources said on being challenged by the police, a group of four persons fled towards the international border in Dag Avtal forward area in Samba district. The group was later arrested by the police. The four were identified as Mohmmad Sadiq, Kali, Mohmmad Yousef and Mohmmad Zakir, all residents of Bangladesh. Police officials said the group had infiltrated into India from Bangladesh in West Bengal in July this year and visited various states of the country before reaching Jammu last week. However, nothing incriminating was found from the possession of the four.

Plea to release salaries: The Jammu Muslim Co-ordination Committee (JMCC) has urged Governor N.N. Vohra to ensure release of salaries and allowances to government employees of all communities on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr and Navratras. While reviewing the outcome of JMCC's meeting with Vohra on September 27, the members expressed satisfaction over the manner in which the delegation had presented facts and issues that needed immediate attention of the Governor. The JMCC expressed grave concern about non-payment of salary and festival allowances to employees on the eve of Eid and Navratras despite standing orders from the state government's finance department.

Rs 1,350 cr for power transmission system
: Under the Prime Minister's Reconstruction programme (PMRP), Rs 1,350 crore was being spent in the state for improving the power transmission system. The government has earmarked over Rs 469 crore for modernisation and upgrade of the transmission system for the current fiscal. An official spokesman said Rs 316.23 crore had been utilised by August end and six grid stations with a capacity of 360 MVA had been completed so far. Of them, two grid stations with a capacity of 160 MVA had been commissioned. In addition, 893 kms transmission lines of 220/32 KV, 132/33 KV and 132 KV level were being erected in the state under the PMRP, while 108.67 km transmission lines had been completed up to August end. Under the Central sector, work on seven power projects with an installed capacity of 2,799 MW was presently in progress. The projects include 330 MW Kishan Ganga, 1,020 MW Bursar, 1,000 MW Pokaldal, 240 MW Sewa-II, 45 MW Nimo Bazgo and 44 MW Chutak projects. 

Girl drowns: A girl drowned in Baramulla district on Monday. The girl was identified as Safi and was playing on the banks of the Mayan stream when she accidentally fell into the water near her house at Nagadari village in Baramulla district. Safi’s body was later fished out.


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