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Old-age pension:
Decks have been cleared for releasing old-age-pension to all the beneficiaries by this Diwali, claimed Gurtej Singh Ghuriana MLA (SAD) from Balluana constituency. Speaking during a brief function held on Sunday in village Patrewala to give away cheques worth Rs 64,000 to elders, he informed that Balluana segment has got the lionís share in the project that involves lining of water courses to combat seepage/wastage of canal water. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had given his nod for lining 800 km length of water courses, out of which, work on 300 km had been completed by now. The legislator asked the village panchayat to conduct a survey to include more aged persons under the pension scheme.

Encroachment on MC land:
A person has allegedly encroached upon the municipal land of the proposed Municipal Council Shopping Complex at the rear of the Gugapir Temple near Sacred Heart Convent School here by raising a four feet high wall in front of the proposed complex on Sunday. The MC had auctioned 17 shops near the Sacred Heart Convent School on October 1 this year. The purchaser had deposited one-fourth of the total amount as earnest money. Beopar Mandal president and purchasers of the proposed shopping complex have faxed a memorandum to the DC Ferozepur KK Yadav. MC president Anil Sethi said the council would not allow any persons to encroach upon the MC land.



A state-level role-play competition was organised at the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, on Saturday. Around 125 students showcased their talent on various themes like healthy human relationships, adolescent woes and teacher-taught relationships.



3 engineers suspended:
The Chief Minister has suspended three officers of the Irrigation Department and ordered that another senior officer be charge-sheeted for dereliction of duty leading to structural failure of a bridge of the Shahabad Feeder. SN Bhardwaj, XEN, Water Services Division, Dadupur; Soma Nand, SDO, Water Services Subdivision, Dadupur; and SK Gupta, JE in charge of the Dadupur Head works; have been suspended. Hooda has ordered that they should be charge-sheeted under Rule 7. This rule involves major punishment.

Bonus on paddy:
The state has demanded a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal of paddy to farmers. This will be over and above the minimum support price of Rs 1,030 per quintal. The paddy production in the state this year is much less than that of last year due to heavy floods. Farmers say the per acre yield of paddy this year is just about 75 per cent of last year. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has urged the Centre to give a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal of paddy. He has written a letter in this regard to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.

Girdawari by Oct 20:
The ongoing survey (girdawari) to assess the damage to crops and houses in villages in Faridabad during the recent floods will be completed by October 20 and compensation to the victims will be provided by Diwali, according to the district administration. According to District Revenue Officer, Faridabad, Manjit Singh, the Yamuna waters entered about 30 villages in the district and damaged crops on about 3,000 acres. Meanwhile, the district administration has also initiated a survey to repair the Yamuna embankments, which suffered minor breaches, resulting in the floods.



JNV School entrance test deferred:
Last date for sending applications for the entrance of class VI of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) at Kothipura, near here, has been extended to October 30 that was earlier September 30, school principal Anoopa Thakur said here yesterday. Anoopa said students of class V from a recognised school of the district could appear in the test. She said the entrance forms would be available free of cost at the DC Office and at the school as well. The test would be conducted on February 6, 2011.



3 hurt in mishap:
Three labourers, who were working next to an Arterial Expressway, sustained injuries in a road accident near the general bus stand here on Sunday. The incident happened when an apple-laden truck skidded off the road and clung to the railings of the expressway. However, the driver of the truck fled the scene. A case has been registered in the regard.

Ladakh council sees 69 pc polling:
The polling for the 30-member general council of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council held here on Saturday recorded 69 per cent voting, Election Officer Mohd Hanif said. The highest polling was recorded in Lingshed with 80 per cent voting while the lowest voting was recorded in lower Leh.

Geelani re-elected Hurriyat chief:
Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been re-elected as the chairman of his faction of the Hurriyat Conference  for the third consecutive  three-year term. He was  elected to the post unopposed here on Saturday, a Hurriyat spokesman said.

Inspector held: An Inspector of the Crime Branch, investigating a ration scam involving Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department officials, was arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 for helping one of the accused, an official spokesman said.


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