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Army holds medical camp for its veterans:
The Army organised a medical camp for ex-servicemen and their dependents at Jandiala Guru camping ground, near here. The camp was organised by Double Victory Brigade and was inaugurated by Brig P.S. Sandhu. He assured the ex-servicemen that the Army would take every possible step for their welfare. He said the main motive behind organising the camp in this belt was absence of any major medical facilities between Beas and Amritsar. 

NFL pays Rs 28 cr as dividend to govt :
The National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), the leading producer of nitrogenous fertilisers in the country, presented dividend in form of a cheque of Rs 28.74 crore to the Government of India for the year 2008-09 in respect of shares held by it.
The NFL registered a profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 97.46 crore for the fiscal as it produced 33.44 lakh tonne of urea with a capacity utilisation of 103.5 per cent. VK Sharma, chairman and managing director, NFL, presented the cheque to Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilisers, MK.Alagiri on October 7. 



Man killed in mishap:
Driver of a vehicle was killed on the spot and two others seriously wounded when a vehicle No HP-44-0242 met with an accident near Gharat Nala in an outlying Salooni tehsil of Chamba district on Thursday. Disclosing this here on Friday, Superintendent of Police, Chamba, Madhu Sudan, said the body of deceased Pawan Kumar, driver of the vehicle, was handed over to his kin after conducting the autopsy. The two injured, who were travelling in the same vehicle, were rushed to the regional hospital, Chamba in a serious condition. A case has been registered against the decease driver. 

3 held with charas:
The police had arrested one youth Suneel Kumar, son of Prem Lal of Ghumarwin, near here, along with 70 gms of Charas on Thursday. A case has been registered. Earlier also, a police patrol party, led by Sub Inspector Chaman Lal, on the National Highway No 21 at Sungal, near here, had arrested two youths, Surender Kumar of Kangoo, Sunder Nagar, Mandi district, and Jivan Kumar of Bhatoli, Jukhala of this district, riding on a scooter and found Charas weighing 800 gms.

Blood donation camp:
On the national voluntary blood donation fortnight, a blood donation camp was organised by the Rogi Kalyan Samiti of the first referral unit (FRU), Manali, with the co-operation of blood bank, Kullu, and sponsored by the Club Mahindra, Manali, at FRU, here, on Thursday. As many as 53 persons, including a woman donated blood.



Kashmiri Pandit youths await jobs:
The Youth All-India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) has stated that as many as 14,074 unemployed Kashmiri Pandit youth are eagerly awaiting the appointment orders under the Prime Minister’s Employment Package. YAIKS president RK Bhat said all these youth putting up in different camps and non-camps were ready to join the jobs at district headquarters in the valley. Bhat said the government should not link the employment package with return of the community as both were separate issues. He criticised the statement issued by the Kashmir Samiti, Delhi, in which they had stated, “If employment package seeks to undermine their specific demand, the package will be rejected.” 

Centre-state meet: Senior leader of the Panthers Party Harsh Dev Singh has alleged that the Jammu region was neglected during the recently held high-level meeting in Srinagar between the Central delegation and the state government team headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. He said though the state government ensured the approval of Rs 356 crore for the conservation of Dal Lake for which Rs 298 crore was sanctioned earlier, the lakes and water bodies in the Jammu region were neglected and not a single penny was announced for them in the meeting that concluded on Tuesday. 

3 Kathua residents die in Bihar: Three residents of Kathua district have died in a road accident in the Mohania subdivision of Kaimur district in Bihar. As per details, a speeding truck rammed into another truck from behind when the driver and the cleaner of the ill-fated truck were trying to repair a technical snag in the engine of the vehicle. The victims have been identified as Ramesh Kumar Bhagat (25) and Mohan Lal Sharma (25), both truck drivers, and Gulshan Kumar (20), the cleaner of the truck. 

Kids being taught to save wildlife: Efforts are on to preserve environment and help check global warming during the ongoing wildlife week in Jammu as schoolchildren are being taught the importance of saving wildlife. “Our aim is to acquaint the young generation about the importance of wildlife in our ecosystem and how they affect the environment,” Tahir Shawl, wildlife warden, Jammu, Kathua range, told The Tribune. The Wildlife Department in association with various schools in the region is holding various competitions to make children aware about the wildlife in the region. 

PM’s package ‘insufficient’: The Kashmiri Sikh Displaced Forum (KSDF) has said the PM’s package is insufficient because of the sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities in the market. According to a statement, the delegates of the forum discussed the cabinet decision for settlement of displaced Kashmiri migrants in a meeting held here today. The members of the community expressed hope that their grievances would soon be taken up by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Meanwhile, president of the forum Prem Singh Raina extended gratitude to the Minister of Relief, Revenue and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla for recognising KSDF and for announcing that a Sikh member would be accommodated in the steering committee of migrants.

Security situation discussed:
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called on Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday. An official spokesman said the Governor and Chief Minister discussed various issues relating to socio-economic development and security of the state during the meeting. Omar, inter alia, briefed the Governor about the recently concluded district development and planning board meetings chaired by him, outcome of his meeting with the high-level Central team, issues relating to the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Programme Phase II, elections to panchayats and urban local government bodies. 

Bill on domestic violence: The state government said on Thursday it would introduce a bill seeking to protect women from incidents of domestic violence. Social Welfare Minister Sakina Itoo said the State Commission for Women was empowered to curb atrocities against women. Releasing the annual report for 2008-09 of the commission, she said a legislation would be brought in for the protection of women against domestic violence. The minister said crime against women was on the rise and that the commission must widen its activities to sensitise women folk about their rights and obligations. 


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