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One crushed under train
: An unidentified migrant in his thirties was crushed under a train on the Bathinda-Ferozepur railway track here on Wednesday. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa rushed to the spot and brought the body of the deceased to the local civil hospital, where it has been kept for identification.

Three collapsed due to heat: A 25-year-old was found unconscious at the Ambedkar Park here on Wednesday. On receiving the information, Sahara Jan Seva volunteers got him shifted to the Civil Hospital. In another incident, one K.K. Shukla, an engineer with an oil refinery at Lucknow, fell unconscious at the local Bank Bazaar. He was also hospitalised by volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva. Meanwhile, a motorcycle-borne youth was found unconscious on the Bathinda-Mansa road. Sahara Jan Seva volunteers shifted him to a hospital. He has been identified as Satinderjeet.



No heavy vehicles
: No trucks, tractors and tempos, empty or loaded with devotees, will be allowed above Toba en route famous hilltop shrine of Shri Naina Devi during the 10 days of largely attended Shravan Ashtami Navratra fairs which would be held at the shrine town from July 22 to July 31. This was said by Deputy Commissioner-cum-temple Commissioner Nandita Gupta while presiding over the Mela Management Committee meeting of district officers and non-officials at Naina devi, about 78 km from here, on Tuesday evening. The meeting was also attended by Additional District Magistrate Subhash Chaudhary, SDM Vinay Singh and Superintendent of Police Kuldip Sharma among others.

Pay scales: The Himachal Pradesh Government College Teachers Association has urged Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to order implementation in toto of the UGC Pay Commission report which has been notified by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) of the Central government and has also been implemented by the Punjab government with regards to the pay scales of university and college teachers. The association has stressed that 80 per cent of all arrears and the current expenditure of this financial burden would be borne by the MHRD and the state government should come forward to bear the remaining 20 per cent burden in interest of justice to them.

‘Release relief amount’:
The Budhil hydroelectric project management has been directed to release the relief amount due to about 283 families, which have been affected with the construction activities in the surrounding areas of the project, within 15 days. This was directed by Deputy Commissioner of Chamba, Devesh Kumar, while presiding over a meeting of the local development committee. He asked the project authorities to deposit the relief amount to the Additional District Magistrate, Bharmour.

Two killed
: A 24-year-old youth, Bhupinder, of Nankhari in Rampur area, was allegedly murdered by Ved Prakash following an altercation between the two at a function. Bhupinder died after being hit by a sharp-edged weapon by Prakash on Tuesday night. The police said the two had a heated argument at a prize distribution function held in Nankhari earlier during the day. A case has been registered. In another incident Tota Ram, a resident of Karchali village, near Baldiyaan in the Naldehra area, was crushed to death by a speeding truck near the Sanjauli-Dhalli tunnel on Wednesday morning.

Promoted: The government on Wednesday promoted six Himachal Pradesh Police Service officers from the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police to additional SP. Those promoted include Kushal Chand, Sanjay Gandhi, Padam Chand, Krishan Pal, Ramesh Chajta and Diwakar Sharma.



PDD’s appeal to use power judiciously
: The Power Development Department, Jammu, has appealed to the people to judiciously use electricity. “We appeal to the people of Jammu to make judicious use of electricity, especially during the ongoing summer when people switch on their ACs, coolers and fans that put extra load on the supply system, ” Chief engineer PDD (Repairs and Maintenance) Ajay Gupta said.

Ayurvedic docs panel: All Jammu and Kashmir Ayurvedic Congress has asked the Doctors Joint Action Committee (DJAC) to desist from making “irrational and irresponsible” statements in media. Pointing to a news report published in a section of the media, general secretary of the organisation Satya Gupta said the committee must not fight for its cause at the cost of others. “It is quite apparent that people of the committee are quite ignorant about factual position, otherwise they would not have referred to BEMS qualification which for all practical reasons is not legalised for the government job,” he said.

One killed in mishap
: While a person riding a motorcycle was killed, the other riding pillion was seriously injured in a head-on collision with a bus in the Thandi Kassi area, near here, on Tuesday. Police sources said Muhammad Akram, an employee of the Water Supply Department, was killed, while Nissar Hussain of Plulian, was critically injured after their motorcycle collided head on with a bus at Thandi in the Kassi area. Nissar had been admitted to the district hospita.

Girl commits suicide
: A girl ended her life by consuming some poisonous substance at her residence in Budgam district on Tuesday, the police said. Hafiza Akhtar was found unconscious at her residence in Khag village, 32 km from here, by her family and was rushed to a hospital where she was declared brought dead, a spokesman said. Initial investigation reveals she allegedly committed suicide. The motive behind her taking this extreme step was not known immediately, he said adding that a case had been registered.

Disaster management: A two-day capacity building programme on disaster preparedness was held at Revenue Training Institute, Bemina, here on Wednesday. Dr GM Dar, in charge, HoD, Disaster Management, Institute of Management and Public Administration, said: “Accident-related disasters are quite common these days and every now and then we come to know about deaths caused due to these accidents. Now it has become important that preparedness is done at all levels.” First-aid training was also imparted to the participants.

IT raids:
Sleuths of the Income Tax Department on Tuesday conducted raids at two places in Katra town. Reports said the sleuths of the Income Tax Department raided the houses and offices of two contractors, who had been assigned the job of engaging porters and collecting entry fees from the main entrance of Katra town. The sources said the Income Tax Department had received information of manipulation in papers by these two contractors.

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