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Essay contest marks Population Day:
Under the state science organisation’s directions, an essay writing and speech competition among schools of Amloh tehsil on the World Population Day was organised at Government Secondary School (Boys), here today. The function was presided over by principal Navtejinder Kumar, parent-teachers’ association’s president Ram Saran Sood was the chief guest and Pusvick committee chairman, Dr Harpreet Singh, was the guest of honour. As many as 60 students from different schools participated in the competition.

Awareness camp:
An awareness camp was organised against vector-borne diseases under the ‘national vector borne diseases control programme’ (NVBDCP) at the Subsidiary Health Centre, Baho Yatri village, on Friday.

Akali MP refutes charges:
SAD MP from Ferozepur Sher Singh Ghubaiya on Thursday refuted charges of his involvement in gang rape, in which he had been issued notice by the Punjab and Haryana High Court with eight other respondents. In a statement Ghubaiya termed the allegations against him as “absolutely imaginative, totally baseless and politically motivated,” as he had acquaintance neither with the victim nor the accused.

Highway patrolling: The Punjab police has chalked out a comprehensive plan to strengthen patrolling on all national as well as state highways to keep tabs on highway robbers. The Inspector-General (Provisioning) has been asked to finalise a prototype of highway patrolling motorcycle, equipped with communication equipment, first-aid and security gadgets, and supply these motorcycles to all districts.

Varsity, college teachers plan stir:
The Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations has decided to launch a protest from July 29 against the failure of the Punjab government. to implement the revised pay scales notified by the Centre on December 31. In a joint statement, Dr SS Dhillon and Dr Jagwant Singh, president and general secretary of the federation, and Jaipal Singh, president of the Government College Lecturers Association, said the mode of protest would be decided at a meeting on July 27.

9 girls nabbed from two brothels:
In continuation with its drive against the alleged flesh trade, the police busted two brothels and nabbed nine girls allegedly involved in the flesh trade here yesterday.



General house meeting:
The Haryana Food and Supplies (Field Staff) Association, Jind headquarters, held a meeting under the chairmanship of Daljit Singh Punia on Thursday. The meeting decided to call a general house meeting of the association on July 26 at Shahi Mahal banquet hall in Sharan Talab, Jind.

Reconciliation camp:
A gramin lok adalat-cum-reconciliation camp will be organised in Simla village of the district on July 26. Ajay Parasher, CJM-cum-secretary of the District Legal Service Authority, said here on Thursday that cases relating to Simla, Matour, Kalayat, and neighbouring villages would be settled through mutual consent of the parties.

Medical camp on July 26:
To project “peoples’ friendly” image of police force and give boost to “community policing”, the police has decided to hold a free of cost medical check up camp in Phurlak village on July 26. Medicines and spectacles will be distributed “free of cost”. The focus will be on eye, sugar and blood pressure check up besides general check up. Meanwhile, an agriculture camp will be organised in Malikpur village on July 25 to educate farmers about the latest farm technology. An exhibition will also be organised on the occasion.

Tributes paid:
Antarjyoti, a national-level organisation, paid tributes to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his birthday here on Thursday by celebrating the occasion as Karma Yoga Diwas. Vice-president of Antarjyoti Dr MM Goel, also Prof and chairman, Department of Economics, Kurukshetra University, said: “Let us salute Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, who wrote Geeta Rahasya, a 1200-page book, when he was in a British prison serving his six-year term.” In the book, Tilak made the list of 26 “daivee sampada”. He also established “karma yoga” as the fundamental tenet of the Bhagavad Gita, Prof Goel added.

Scholarships announced:
The Haryana Rajput Pritinidhi Sabha (HRPS) along with the All-India Rajput Students Welfare Committee has announced 36 scholarships to the tune of over Rs 20 lakh for students of the Rajput community in north India. The scholarships will be given annually to needy and meritorious students of the community to pursue their studies in a hassle free way. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the executive committee of the HRPS under the chairmanship of its state president Hukam Singh Rana in Karnal on Sunday. Naresh Chauhan, spokesman and organising secretary of the HRPS, said meritorious students of the Rajput community would be honoured at a function in New Delhi on August 16.



CM opens bridge:
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Friday that the government would not tolerate any misuse of power and directions to this effect had been given to the law-nforcing agencies. “Upholding human rights is the benchmark of our governance,” Omar said after inaugurating a Rs 6.26-crore 242-meter-long bridge over Bani nullah at Ludnoo in Billawar, about 120 km from here. Without naming any party he questioned the credibility of the leaders, “who were playing politics of division for petty political gains.” 

Visit to Sharda: The all-party delegation of the Kashmiri Pandits led by Pardesh Congress Committee general secretary Ashok Bhan on Thursday called on Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla and urged upon him to take the issue of the Kashmiri Pandits’ visit to the holy shrine of Sharda in PoK. “The holy shrine of the Sharda is the most sacred and revered place for the Kashmiri Pandits,” he said. The minister assured the delegation to take up the issue with the Prime Minister and the Ministry of External Affairs.

PDP rues delay in passports:
The PDP has urged the central and state governments to stop discrimination against the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir in the grant of passports. A PDP spokesman said about 40,000 passport applications were pending at different stages of scrutiny for the past several years. Flimsy reasons were being cited as the cause for denial of passports. In many cases, people were denied passports on the basis of reports of even distant relatives having been involved in the past in political or militant activity. Referring to the new guidelines about Haj pilgrims, the spokesman said international passports were necessary for all pilgrims. Even in this pilgrimage of faith the applicants were made to run from the pillar to post, with 80 per cent of them yet to receive the travel document.

CM for higher plan outlay: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has sought massive financial inflow from the Centre to boost the state’s economy. In his meeting with the Planning Commission, the Chief Minister emphasised the need for raising the plan outlay, arguing that last year’s plan outlay could not be fully utilised because of turmoil, which lasted till the new popular government took over. The government had asked for Rs 8500 crore under the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan (PMRP) to enable it to accomplish all development projects and launch new ambitious development programme for progress and prosperity. Omar emphasised the need for enhancing this year’s outlay for the state to carry forward and accelerate the process of development. There was a general consensus on a tentative plan size of Rs. 6500 crore, excluding the PMRP, he said.

Theatre director honoured: Theatre director Mushtaq Ali Ahmed Khan has been awarded the prestigious National Senior Fellowship, 2009, by the Department of Culture under the Union Ministry of Culture and Tourism for his contribution in the field of art and culture. He will work on the project “Folk-Theatre of Kashmir through ages” to be completed in 2011, a spokesman for the State Academy of the Art, Culture and Languages said here. Mushtaq Ali Khan has been chosen for propagating and promoting the theatre of Jammu and Kashmir at the national level.

One dies in accident: One person was killed and another injured while two others were believed to have drowned when their Indica car fell into Sindh river near Sonmarg on Friday. While the body of Farooq Ahmad Bhat has been recovered, efforts areon to trace the other two men. Driver Ghulam Hassan Dagga of Kawadara, Srinagar, who got injured in the mishap, has been shifted to the SKIMS.

Forest Fires:
As the Forest Department suffered a loss due to fires this summer, the authorities concerned have now decided to involve all sections of society in protecting forest wealth. The department has also decided to bring some machines from Uttarakhand to prevent fire in the jungles. Different means have been adopted by the authorities to ensure maximum community participation in this task. Besides constituting the Village Forest Committee, the authorities have also taken serious initiatives to involve students and common man in this task.


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