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Govt adopting pick and choose policy
: Chhina: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Scheduled Caste cell convenor Joginder Singh Chhina accused Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of bias in the implementation of old-age pension scheme in his native village Lambi falling in Muktsar district. Chhina claimed that a probe should be ordered into how the scheme was being deliberately mismanaged to ensure that people aligned with the ruling SAD got benefit while the deserving ones were being left out. He added that he had received numerous complaints from scheduled caste families of Lambi alleging that genuine beneficiaries were being ignored. He claimed that all the pleas of these people were falling on deaf ears and the District Administration was not listening to their grievances. Chhina added that he would soon hold a press conference in Lambi village to highlight the mismanagement of the scheme. 

Drinking water: Govt spending Rs 264 cr
: Potable water to the every rural area in Punjab would be made available by 2012 for which Rs 264 crore is being spent, claimed Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mohinder Kaur Josh. She was here to inaugurate a water supply project at Maruli Brahmina village, 12 kms from here. She said Rs 47.96 lakh had been spent to make this project operational. The scheme would cater to the need of more than 4,000 persons of Maruli Brahmina and Bassi Daulat Khan villages. On education, she said, the government was constructing 13 new colleges in the state for which Rs 10 crore had been allocated to each college. She appealed to the villagers to get their children admitted in the government schools where qualified staff and latest infrastructure is available.

Two duped by agent: A travel agent duped two persons Gurpreet Singh and Bhajan Singh of Rs 1.5 lakh. Two separate cases have been registered against agent Major Ram of Bilron. The agent took Rs 50,000 from Gurpreet Singh of Garhi Kanogo for sending him to Canada. Major Ram took Rs 1 lakh for sending Bhajan Singh to Gorgia. The police has booked Major Ram under sections 406 and 420 of the IPC.

Costly watches
: It is time to wear some glitter on your wrist! Watch enthusiasts now have a chance to experience precious timepieces from the house of CFB. Ethos has started the display of a range of watches from the house of Carl F Bucherer, which will continue till July 18. The main attraction will be CFB-Alacria Gothic, which is the fusion of sparkling dominance and Gothic architecture. 

Cookery contest: The first round of the Mallika-e-Kitchen cooking contest was held here on Sunday. At least 15 persons from the city participated in the contest. They brought their microwave-cooked dishes along with recipes. Each recipe was scrutinised closely by a panel of judges. The winners would qualify for the second round, which would be organised at nine regional centres later. 

President’s Medal: The superintendent of the Central Jail at the Tajpur road here has been decorated with the President’s Medal for meritorious service. He was honoured by Jail Minister Hira Singh Gabria during a function at the jail.



Man vows to donate body: A Panchkula resident, Sardar Gurcharan Singh Johal, has pledged to donate his body to the PGIMER for teaching and research purposes in the presence of Dr Daisy Sahni, head of the anatomy department, PGI. His grandchildren have donated a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to Poor Patient Welfare Fund of the PGI. The cheque has been received by the Medical Superintendent, PGI. His wife Sardarni Jarnail Kaur and son Surinder Singh were also present.

Office-bearers elected:The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Income Tax Sale Tax Bar Association.

Chairman: Harish Chander Parmar; president: Kishan Singh Baghi; general secretary: JK Puri; senior vice-chairman: Kapil Khanna; senior vice-presidents: Sukhdeve Sharma and H S Bassi. 

Docs accused of callousness
:Family members of a patient, Gurjeet Kaur, today alleged negligence on part of doctors at the Mohali Civil Hospital for leaving a part of a needle while operating upon her at the hospital last night. The woman had delivered a baby boy and while operating, a part of the needle broke down and was left behind in the body. While the doctors stated that they informed the family for referring the case to GMCH, Sector 32, the family alleged negligence on part of the doctors. 


Mittal is Principal Secy Vigilance
:The government today posted Ajay Mittal on his return from central deputation as principal secretary, home, vigilance, personnel and programme planning and monitoring.

With this Subhash Negi has been relieved of the additional charge of home and vigilance and principal secretary to Chief Minister Bhim Sen has shed the charge of the Personnel Department. 

Kaundal head of review panel:Deputy Speaker Rikhi Ram Kaundal has been nominated as chairman of the District-Level Monitoring and Review Committee for the effective implementation of Schedule Castes Special Component Plan in Bilaspur.

Honour for power corpn:The Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited has been conferred the Gold Star Award by of the International Study Circle for outstanding performance in “early establishing” organisational set up and speedy award of various works on hydroelectric projects. The award was received by executive director (personnel) SG Negi on behalf of the corporation at a function held in Delhi yesterday.



Shrine board gives relief
: Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has sanctioned an ex gratia support of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of Rayees Ahmed Koka of Seer Hamdan in view of devoted services to the board. Koka, who had served the shrine board as a seasonal worker for the past few years, was killed in a road accident a few days back. This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer of the board, RK Goyal. Meanwhile, Niaz Mehmood, General Manager (operations) of the shrine board, visited the Seer Hamdan residence of Koka. 

Tributes paid to Begum Abdullah: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah along with NC president Farooq Abdullah offered ‘fateh’ at the graveyard of Begum Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah at Hazratbal on Sunday. Ministers, legislators and leaders of the National Conference were also present on the occasion. 


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