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Right to info to cost less:
Giving a major relief to those seeking information under the Right to Information Act - 2005, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced to reduce the prescribes rate for obtaining information for furnishing the copies of the documents under the Act from Rs 10 to Rs 2 per page. The decision will become effective from January 1, 2010.

Youth killed in mishap:
Pradeep Kumar Yadav (21), a resident of Seethal village of Alwar district in Rajasthan, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding on was hit by a tractor-trailer on National Highway 8 at Kasaula Chowk, 10 km from here, on Thursday. Pradeep died on the way to a private hospital in Gurgaon. The mishap took place when he was returning to Seethal village from Ramnagar village near Kotkasim.

Lok adalat tomorrow:
With a view to providing speedy justice to litigants, a special lok adalat will be held in the district courts on December 13. The cases would be solved with the mutual consent of litigants, said Chief Judicial Magistrate Poonam Suneja here on Thursday. Besides, traffic-related cases would also be taken up in the lok adalat on every Saturday, she added.



Child killed in mishap:
A seven-year-old child was killed when he was hit by a speeding van. The deceased, Ravneet, belonged to Bherkhudwas. The police arrested the driver and a case has been registered. The van has also been impounded.



2 officers transferred:
The government ordered transfer and posting of two officers with immediate effect on Friday. Abdul Rashid Bhat (KAS), development officer, Women Development Corporation, Srinagar, has been recalled and his services placed at the disposal of Rural Development Department for further posting. Gh Hassan Sheikh, assistant director, Directorate of Information, has been promoted as development officer, Women Development Corporation, on deputation basis vice Abdul Rashid Bhat.

Symposium on pollution: To create awareness among youth about preservation of environment, a symposium “Environment Pollution - Its causes and remedies” was organised by the Directorate of Field Publicity, Government of India, at Government Higher Secondary School, Jakh Vijaypur block of Samba district, here on Friday. Eight students spoke on the occasion.

Drawing competition: Over 600 students from different schools of Jammu participated in a drawing competition which was held at Banyan Tree School, Babliana, Jammu, on Friday. According to a statement issued here, the event and the prizes were sponsored by Turtle Shells, Fisher Price and Digitus Electronics. There was also an on-the-spot drawing competition held for teachers. Speaking on the occasion, S. Chauhan, principal of the school, appreciated the students for participating in the competition.

Educational tour: Around 28 children from far-off villages of Poonch district, who had gone on a 10-day educational-cum-motivational tour, arrived here on Thursday. The tour organised by the Rashtriya Rifles under the aegis of the Romeo Force was aimed at bringing awareness among the children about the rich cultural heritage of the country. The tour, conducted under the Operation Sadbhavna, provided an opportunity to the children to visit Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. The children were received by the General-Officer-Commanding, Counter Insurgency Force (Romeo), at the Romeo Force headquarters.

Human rights highlighted: Human rights and human principles are corner stones of our society that functions on the values of all religions of the world. This was stated by Justice Bashir-ud-Din, chairman of the States’ Human Rights Commission, at a function organised at Jammu University to mark International Human Rights Day on Thursday. The function was organised by the Department of Social Welfare together with Law School. “We need to update purpose-oriented serving, delivery system and put in place a progressive rights mechanism and commitment to compassionate, orderly and just culture stemming from basic human values,” Bashir said.



One killed in mishap: An elderly resident of Kanauj district died after a truck hit him when he was riding his bicycle yesterday. He was taken to the Jolly Grant Hospital in a serious condition, but he died on the way to the hospital. The deceased has been identified as Ram Singh Rajput.


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