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NGO rues official apathy
: The Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat, an NGO, has resented that neither the deputy commissioner nor the district food supplies controller had responded to letters submitted under the RTI Act in August this year. This makes mockery of the Act, state executive member Hanuman Dass Goyal said in a complaint faxed to the State Information Commissioner today. Goyal informed that the NGO had sought information why no meeting of the consumer council constituted by the state government for Ferozepur district was held during the past 18 months whereas quarterly meeting was mandatory as per rules. This defeats the purpose of such councils, Goyal rued.

VC congratulated
: Dr Suresh Seth, Principal, Swami Satyanand College of Management and Technology, and his friend VK Trehan on Wednesday congratulated Dr Rajnesh Arora as vice-chancellor of Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, and expressed hope that under his able guidance the university would achieve new milestones in the field of technical education. Dr Seth pointed out that he was the first technocrat to be the VC of PTU and all students and technical institutes of Punjab had high hopes from him.

Ghaggar bridge opens: The old Ghaggar bridge on Chandigarh-Ambala national highway near Bhankarpur village, Dera Bassi, was thrown open for commuters on Wednesday after the renovation work was completed. According to the sources, since the repair work of the old bridge had started, the traffic was diverted on the new bridge, constructed as a part of four-laning of Chandigarh-Ambala highway. Sources revealed that traffic jam and accidents were routine affair on this new bridge, but now commuters will get a relief from traffic snarl.

Mobile medical vehicles flagged off:
The deputy commissioner, VK Meena today flagged off two modern technologies equipped mobile medical vehicles. The vehicles had been taken under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). On the occasion, S.S. Mahia, civil surgeon, nodal officer Jugraj Singh and other dignitaries of the district administration were present there.

Mazdoor Sabha to protest
: A meeting of the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha held here decided to organise protests at the zonal level in Bathinda, Amritsar and Jalandhar on January 2, 6 and 9. It also decided to launch a membership campaign by December-end.

Cell phone co officials booked:
Ashok Juneja, a dealer with Airtel telecommunications company, today committed suicide by jumping in front of a running train. The General Railway Police has booked several officials of the company for allegedly abetting his suicide.

One killed in mishap
: Parvinder Singh Brar of Dashmesh Nagar, Kharar, was killed on the spot when his car was hit by a bus belonging to Punjab Roadways, Ropar, near Banah village on the Nawanshahr-Chandigarh road on Tuesday.

Ropar lawyer is Assam judge
: Lakhvir Singh Lakha, a lawyer of Ropar session courts, has been selected for Assam Judicial Services. A member of the Ropar Bar Association, Lakha, had appeared for the Assam Judicial Services written exam in April, this year, and later for an interview in August. He would be leaving on December 28 to join the National Judicial Academy, Delhi, for the training. The association president, Shekhar Shukla, honoured Lakhvir Singh. The felicitation function was presided over by District Session Judge US Gera.

Women’s Mega Lok Adalats
: A local NGO, Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum, on Wednesday appealed to the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court to hold Women’s Mega Lok Adalats in Punjab on the pattern of Mega Lok Adalats organised recently. President of the forum AS Mann said one of the main reasons behind the social evil of female foeticide was long delay in the decision of such cases.



Officers to monitor mid-day meal: The Chandigarh Administration has ordered that all HCS and PCS officers in the UT will visit cooking institutes and schools to monitor the quality and hygiene of cooked meals under the mid-day meal scheme. The step has been taken to ensure that good quality of food is being provided in schools. Any shortcomings can be brought to the notice of home secretary, a press note said here today.



Chief of IMA
: Dr Ashok Sarwal was elected the president of the Ambala unit of Indian Medical Association for the second time, here on Wednesday. Dr Rajeev Aggarwal was elected the general secretary of the association. While addressing the IMA members, Sarwal said the association would fight for the interest of the doctors. He said a senior member of the association, Ambala, Dr VN Sood, had awarded the national president of the IMA an appreciation award for his outstanding services.

Film fest opens
: “It’s unfortunate that Haryana does not have its own capital and shares it with Punjab.,” said Minister for Finance, Labour and Employment Birender Singh while addressing a gathering after inaugurating the first Haryana International Film Festival at the DAV College for Girls here late this evening. He said cinema was a great medium to unite and guide people. Other dignitaries who spoke on the occasion included director Gautam Ghosh, the director of the Film and Television Institute, Pune, Pankaj Rag, writer Sanjay Sahay and the Principal of the college, Dr Sushma Arya.



Two revenue officers held
: A Vigilance team led by DSP Jagjivan Singh has arrested naib tehsildar Bhuvnesh Gupta and Kanungo Nand Lal Sharma of Bharadi tehsil, near Ghumarwin, on the charges of accepting bribe of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500, respectively. The two revenue officers had arrived to give permanent demarcation of the land of Durga Ram, a farmer. Earlier, Durga Ram had submitted a written complaint to the Vigilance branch here that the officers have been demanding money for giving him demarcation. Then a trap was laid and the officers were arrested red-handed.

Grant-in-aid hiked
: Local Municipal Council (MC) heaved a sigh of relief following hike of grant-in-aid allocated by the state government for the current fiscal year. The government has enhanced Rs 15 lakh annual grant. Executive officer of the MC Lalit Kumar said the MC had received a sanction of Rs 63 lakh for the current year. He informed that the MC had been receiving Rs 48 lakh per annum as grant-in-aid for the past five years out of which Rs 44 lakh was utilised in paying salaries.

Memorandum submitted: Local NGO NOOR on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the state government through the Nurpur SDM demanding measures to curb monkey menace in the town. It alleged that truckloads of monkeys were left in the sub-urban area of the town in the dark and they were posing threat to children, women and old persons. SDM Inder Singh Bhardwaj said the memorandum had been forwarded to the Wildlife Department for further action.

Farmers’ club constituted: Gramin Bank, Suliali, near here constituted the Himachal farmers’ club in collaboration with the NABARD. While inaugurating the club on Tuesday NABARD deputy general manager Des Raj said the NABARD would extend financial assistance to the club for three years for undertaking socio-economic uplift of the rural area. He announced a sanction of Rs 5 lakh for the construction of gramin hut in the village. Regional manager of the bank GS Mann apprised the farmers of various bank schemes in detail.

Vajpayee greeted
: Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal has felicitated former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 85th birthday. Dhumal said Vajpayee had given special preference to Himachal in grant of packages and other development schemes. He wished Vajpayee a long and healthy life.

CM’s Relief Fund: The Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board has made a contribution of Rs 1 lakh towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Minister for Forest and Environment J.P. Nadda presented a draft for the said amount to Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal on Wednesday. He was accompanied by principal secretary, environment and scientific technology, Sarojini Thakur.

One dead
: Munshi Ram (32) was buried alive under boulders on Wednesday afternoon while working in a stone mine at Churad, about 11 km from here. According to the police, the deceased was loading stones in his tractor at 3 pm when suddenly heavy boulders fell on him and he got buried alive under them. The other persons who were present on spot tried to save him, but by that time he was already dead. The dead body was handed over to his relatives after a post-mortem.


One injured in firing: Today morning Baldev Singh suffered a bullet injury in his thigh in Bhandari Bagh area. According to the Patel Nagar police station cops, complainant M. Dhiman said that he along with Baldev Singh were passing from Bhandari Bagh roundabout when Bhag Singh arrived there. He allegedly a fired a gun shot injuring Baldev Singh.

Security beefs up: In wake of Christmas and New Year, the Dehradun police have made elaborate security arrangements. Security has been beefed up at all major city areas, busy markets and crowded places. Round-the-clock vigil is being maintained at Inter State Bus Terminus and Railway Station.


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