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Food inspectors threaten stir: The Food and Supplies Inspectors Union has threatened statewide agitation on September 7 in support of its demands. General secretary of the union Harbilas Bassi said the union had been demanding recovery of Rs 470 crore that the Union government had deducted as less excess (Rs 220 crore) and difference of cost (Rs 244 crore) of Pungrain, a procurement agency of the state government; replacement of damaged gunny bags at the time of dispatch, implementation of the recommendations of the KS Multani Committee on fixing the life of the stock to be stored and the early dispatch of foodgrains stored in the open. Dharnas in front of the offices of District Food and Supply Controller officers at every district headquarters will be held.

Youth goes missing: Manbir Singh (15), a resident of Gurjepal Nagar, has gone missing and a report in this connection has been lodged with the police. According to complainant Joginder Singh, his nephew went for hockey practice at Lyallpur Khalsa College from his home at about 4.40 pm on Wednesday but neither reached the field nor returned home. The police is investigating the matter.

Invited: Gursewak Singh Sidhu, Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Bring Khera village, near here and Radhe Shyam, a teacher of the same school, will visit the UK from September 12 to 19 under “Dreams and Teams” project sponsored by the British Council. They will visit Worcestershire-based King Charles-I School to attend a sports festival. The project is associated with the Olympic Games-2012 slated to be held in London.

Gang busted
: The Dinanagar police busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of Inderjit Singh and Abdul Gani, residents of Berowal, today. Two motorcycles and sharp-edged weapons were seized from their possession. A case under sections 379 and 411 of the IPC and sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered.

Sangeet kendra: Dharminder Bama, a music lover here on Thursday set up the Bama Shashtriya Sangeet Kala Kendra for the promotion of classical music in near Dhuri Gate. Set up in the memory of Pandit Suraj Parkash and Ram Lal Bama the kendra was inaugurated by Mata Vijay Lakshmi, wife of late Ram Lal Bama. Singers, including Ali Akbar, Pandit Vishwamittar, Badri Nath and Bal Krishan Bharti, presented songs and bhajans on the occasion.


Visually impaired to hold protest: In the backdrop of “failure” of the government to accept demands of the National Federation of Blind, it has decided to hold a rally in Chandigarh on September 7, general secretary of the NFB Rajesh Mohan said.

Death condoled: The Punjab and Haryana High Court mourned the demise of Justice Balwant Rai during a full court held yesterday. Two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to former Judge, who breathed his last on August 17. Chief Justice Thakur said Justice Rai’s implacable honesty, integrity and commitment to the cause of justice and contribution to the development of the law has been acknowledged by every one.

Power Shutdown: Power supply will be suspended on Friday to parts of Sectors 15, 55 and 21 from 10 am to 4 pm and to part of Sector 19 from 9 am to 5 pm.


Freedom fighter dead: Jeet Ram Sharma (101), a freedom fighter from the Praja Mandal movement, died at Salwaan village near Ghumarwin in this district, about 65 km from here on Tuesday. He was cremated at the village cremation ghat with state honours on the banks of Bhadoli khud. Those who paid tributes to the departed soul included Forest Minister JP Nadda, Deputy Speaker Rikhi Ram Kaundal, MLAs Randhir Sharma and Rajesh Dharmani, former MLA Dr Babu Ram Gauttam and former Forest Minister Ram Lal Thakur.

Power shutdown
: An assistant engineer of the Electricity Division no-2 has said electricity supply to Anu, REC, degree college, AIR station and the Sinduri Mata temple areas would remain shut from 9.30 am to 4 pm on September 5 for carrying out repairs in the 33 KV feeder.

Body fished out: Body of Ankush (14), son of Rai Singh of Bhaglar village near Jawali, was fished out from the Bohal rivulet by villagers after struggling for many hours last night. According to information, the boy, along with his friend, had gone to the rivulet for a bath last evening. He went into the rivulet but slipped into the deep waters and drowned.

Body found: Body of Jaswant Sandhu (47) was found in a forest near Fatehpur in Jawali subdivision under mysterious circumstances on Wednesday. The deceased was a resident of Takolli village and was serving as a senior assistant in the Mid-Himalayan project here. According to the police, the father of the deceased identified the body. He had been missing since August 29. His wife Kiran had lodged a missing report on September 1.

Insurance scheme: Sudipan Bhaduri, general manager, SBI, Chandigarh, launched a new insurance scheme, “Gramin Shakti” here on Thursday. The main objective of the scheme is to provide insurance cover to members of small help groups (SHG), who are between the age group of 18 to 50 years. He said there would  be a nominal premium of Rs 301 per year and the SBI would provide an  insurance cover of Rs 25,000 for a period of five years.

Workshop held
: A one-day workshop on Right to Information was organised by the Himachal Pradesh Public Administration Institute, Shimla, and presided over by TG Negi, Principal Secretary Administrative Reform and Training. The function was attended by Una DC KR Bharti, Una SP Santosh Patial and various other district officers.


West Pak refugees
: Labha Ram Gandhi, president of the West Pakistani Refugees 1947, has expressed satisfaction over the assurances given by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to their demands for status of permanent residents, special rehabilitation package, right to vote for the state Assembly, allotment and grant of property rights, free education and scholarship provision for their children etc. He said when he went to meet the Chief Minister with Minister for Commerce and Industries Surjeet Singh Slathia, Omar assured the delegation that their genuine grievances would be redressed very soon.

Woman dies in mishap: An old woman was killed when she was hit by a speeding minibus on the BC Road in the Bus Stand area here on Wednesday. Official sources said 63-year-old Pyari of Manorama Vihar in Talab Tillo Bohri was standing by the roadside when a rashly-driven minibus hit her. A police party shifted the victim to the GMC, where doctors declared her brought dead. However, the driver of the vehicle fled.

MBA induction session held: The Business School (TBS), University of Jammu on Thursday organised the induction programme to welcome the 22nd MBA batch for the 2009-11 session. This is for the first time that the admission to the MBA programme in The Business School has been made through CAT. TBS Director Neelu Rohmetra highlighted the vision of the school and introduced the students to the curricula and specialisations offered in the MBA programme.

2 held for cattle smuggling: The Chenani police seized eight cattle that were being smuggled to the valley on Thursday. On a tip off, the police party laid a naka and impounded two vehicles and arrested their drivers being involved in the smuggling. The arrested drivers have been identified as Mohammed Yaqoob and Farid Ahmed, both from Ramban. A case has been registered.

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