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Bathinda
Decomposed body of youth found:
The decomposed body of an unidentified youth was found from Bhakra canal near Golewala village near Talwandi Sabo here on Thursday. The volunteers of Sahara Jan Sewa Samiti brought the body of the youth to the local civil hospital for postmortem examination.

Office-bearers of PSEB junior engineers council elected: The following have been unanimously elected office-bearers of the Council of Junior Engineers, PSEB, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, Bathinda, for a period of two years: President- Malkit Singh Sidhu, vice-president-Vijay Kumar Garg, general secretary-Surinderpal Singh Bedi, joint secretary-Jasvir Singh Sidhu, finance secretary-Vikramjit Singh, executive members-Balwinder Singh Sran and Gurwinder Singh.

Dera Bassi
Man dies of snakebite:
A 22-year-old man died due to snakebite in Dera Bassi on Wednesday night. The incident took place when Parmeshwar, a resident of Dera Bassi, went to a local factory to drink water, where a snake bit him. After hearing his cries, factory employees took him to GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where he was declared brought dead. The police said the body had been handed over to the family members after conducting the post-mortem examination.

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CHANDIGARH

Encroachments removed: The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, conducted an anti-encroachment drive at kabari market and near the fire station, Industrial Area Ph-I, under the supervision of P K Sharma, Additional Commissioner, assisted by K D Sharma, enforcement inspector. About 33 truck-load items were seized from 14 junk dealers, who have encroached the parking area developed by the corporation.

Swine Flu — Youth tests positive: A 17-year-old youth from Mohali has been tested positive for H1N1 influenza (swine flu). He was admitted to the GMCH-32 with confirmed H1N1 infection on Tuesday. “The report from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases has confirmed the H1N1 infection,” said the UT nodal officer for swine flu.

Ram Niwas to hold additional charge: Home Secretary Ram Niwas will hold the additional charge of the Adviser to the UT Administrator for 15 days. According to official sources, Ram Niwas will hold charge as UT Adviser Pradip Mehra will be on earned leave from July 30 to August 13.

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HARYANA

BHIWANI
Hike in pension sought: Demanding an increase in pension in different age group to the tune of Punjab state, a delegation of the Haryana Rajya Sewa Novratt Pensioners Association met the SDM here on Thursday. President of the association RC Berman led the delegation and it handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the SDM. AL Malhotra, patron of the association, said they had been demanding additional pension at the rate of 5 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, after the completion of 65 and 75 years.

KAITHAL
Sports complex opened: The state government has been taking effective steps to make sports infrastructure available to the rural youth on the pattern of urban areas. This was stated by Pai MLA Tejinder Pal Mann and state president Bharat Krishak Samaj after inaugurating Rajiv Gandhi rural sports complex constructed at a cost of Rs 59 lakh in 6.50 acres in Bhana village here on Thursday. He said the youth would get an opportunity to brighten their talent in sports by using this infrastructure and residents of 12 villages would benefit from this complex.

NARNAUL
Rate of first-class bricks fixed: The district administration has fixed the new rates of first-class bricks to be used in developmental works in the district. The brick-kiln owners have been asked to ensure the supply of bricks on these rates. DC A Sri Niwas said the new rates had been finalised after a meeting between the administration and representatives of the Brick Kiln Association, Mahendergarh. As per the new rates, first-class bricks will cost Rs 2,600 per thousand and for tiles Rs 200 extra per thousand. The new rates will include all kinds of loading, unloading and stacking charges, he said, adding the department could buy bricks at the lowest rates if there was any fall in rates due to competition in the open market.

ROHTAK
1 held for raping minor: The police has arrested a resident of Kabir Colony here on the charge of raping a 16-year-old girl here on July 21. The incident took place when the victim was sleeping alone in her house. A case has been registered against the accused identified as Sunil after the medical examination of the victim. In another incident, the police has arrested two youths for allegedly planning to carry out a robbery in the town. The accused identified as Sunil and Sonu were nabbed from a spot near Tilyar petrol pump on Wednesday. The police recovered an iron rod and a stick from their possession.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Award: The Ministry of Human Resources has selected Sohan Lal Sharma, drawing master at Government Senior Secondary School, Kothipura, for the Best National Teacher Award for this year. This was stated in a communication received by Sharma from Dr Alka Bhargava, director, Department of School Education and Literacy. The President of India would give him the award on Teachers’ Day at Delhi.

HAMIRPUR
Illegal taxis: A deputation of the Veer Bhoomi Taxi Operators Union, Hamirpur, on Thursday met the Hamirpur DC and submitted a charter of their demands. President of the union Rakesh Thakur said the union had urged the district administration to put a check on illegal plying of private vehicles as taxis in the district. About 1,800 private vehicles are being run illegally in the district causing financial loss to taxi operators and the government exchequer. The union had demanded strict action in this matter and stop on illegal plying of private vehicles as taxis.

Decision hailed: The Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Services Federation has welcome the state government’s decision to open a new forest circle at Hamirpur. In a release press secretary of the federation Pradeep Gautam said by opening a circle office at Hamirpur the forest wealth of Hamirpur, Dehra, Una and parts of Mandi would get proper attention of the department, which would help in increasing the forest cover and more promotion avenues for the employees. The federation also demanded opening of chief engineer’s office of the PWD Department here.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Srinagar
Relatives of militancy victims get jobs:
As many as 80 kin of victims who died due to militancy-related incidents had been given jobs on compassionate grounds by the state government, an official release said. The appointment letters for the same were handed over by the District Development Commissioner at a function held in Kupwara, 90 km from here, on Wednesday. He also distributed cheques amounting to Rs 1.52 crore, (four lakh per family) to the next of kin of 38 families affected due to militancy in lieu of government jobs.

Body recovered: A decomposed body of an Army jawan was recovered from the Indus, the police said here on Thursday. The partially decomposed body of Naik Kamal Bas Kumar of the Army Signal Regiment, who was missing since July 4, was recovered on Wednesday from the river near NHPC Lachi in Leh, 434 km from here.

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