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Woman on spiritual mission
: Inspired by Gyani Gurbachan Singh, the head jathedar of Shri Akal Takht, who visited her in Kotkapura on February 14, Sukhwinder Kaur, a 50-year-old woman has embarked on a mission to write the holy Shri Guru Granth Sahib. Out of the 1430 pages (Anks), she has written 700 pages and hopes to complete it by March after including the last two sections known as the Rag Mala. The work completed by her will be presented at Shri Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar by Baisakhi this year.

MNREGA wages: The SAD on Thursday strongly objected to the alleged discrimination against the state in fixing Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) wages much lower than neighbouring Haryana and Chandigarh. In a statement issued here, party joint secretary NK Sharma said by fixing Rs 124/130 wages for Punjab against Rs 179 for Haryana and Rs 174 for Chandigarh, the Congress-led UPA government had “reflected its inherent bias against Punjab”. Demanding immediate end to this discrimination, Sharma said MNREGA daily wages for Punjab be revised to minimum Rs 250. He said due to the lowest MNREGA wages, card holders were refusing to work.

Man strangles wife:
Jagdish Lal allegedly strangled his wife Kuldip Kaur after a minor quarrel at Daduwal village on Wednesday. SHO Zandiala Harjinder Singh said the police had arrested Jagdish, who had confessed to the crime. Kuldip got married to Jagdish of Mehatiana eight months ago. Family members of the deceased alleged that Jagdish made a phone call to them, saying Kuldip Kaur had a massive heart attack, but when they came to her in-laws’ house, they noticed some marks on her neck and informed the Zandiala police. The police has also recovered a duppata, by which the deceased was strangled.

Farmers to hold protest: Farmers, led by the BKU Ekta (Dakunda), will hold a protest outside Parliament, New Delhi, on February 28 and March 1. State general secretary of the BKU Ekta (Dakunda) Jagmohan Singh said the farmers’ body would also submit a memorandum of demands to PM Manmohan Singh and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. He said there was immediate need to bail out state farmers of financial liabilities pending towards them in the form of loans amounting to thousands of crores. Union president Buta Singh said a compensation of Rs 10 lakh should be given to the families of those farmers who had committed suicide after they failed to pay back loans taken from Cooperative Bank or moneylenders.

Grant for sewerage project: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced a grant of Rs 80 lakh to lay sewerage near Gurdawara Shri Sukhchain Sahib and Guru Nanak College locality here. Sukhbir Badal along with Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia laid a foundation stone of 220 kv power substation at Rihana Jattan village.



Villagers meet DC: Some miscreants have been allegedly making attempts to grab land in Karora village of the district. Several residents of the village recently met Deputy Commissioner Amneet P Kumar and complained that some influential persons had started filling Kundiwala pond with soil with an intention to grab the land. The land has been in the possession of the panchayat for the past several years, they added. The residents urged the DC to get a concrete boundary wall raised around the area and develop it into a park.

4 get jail: The court of Parshant Rana, JMIC, here has awarded one-year jail sentence each to four persons, including an inspector of the Haryana police. The convicted were found guilty of beating a local resident after calling him to the police station in 2004.

Woman jailed:The district and sessions Judge, Kaithal, RS Baswana, sentenced a woman Alka to 10 years RI and fined her Rs 1000 fo murdering her husband in December 2009. The court held the accused guilty of unintentional murder under Section 304 of the IPC.

Dean appointed
: The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Lt-Gen DDS Sandhu, has appointed Dr Girish Chopra, Professor in the Department of Zoology, Kurukshetra University, as Dean, Academic Affairs, with immediate effect. He joined the Department of Zoology in 1986 as a Reader.

Varsity signs MoU
: Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology , Murthal, Sonepat, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Haryana Agro Industrial Corporation to promote academic cooperation and to strengthen educational, research and technological ties between the two participating institutions.



Shop gutted
: A cloth shop was gutted at Chogan market here last night. According to information, the fire broke out due to a short circuit. Himanshu Gupta, a local resident, who happened to cross the market at 3.15 am to board a bus, noticed smoke emanating from the shop. He immediately informed some shopkeepers, who reached the spot and put out the fire. Surjeet Kumar, the owner of the shop, said the fire had caused an estimate loss of Rs 6 lakh.



Four gamblers arrested:
The local police arrested four gamblers and recovered nearly Rs 7,000 from their possession at a Municipal Corporation yard in the Manda area here today. The police said acting on specific information,a raid was conducted and the gamblers were arrested. Those arrested were identified as Prem Singh of Kathua, Chiranji Lal of Patoli, Ram Lal of Gajansoo and Mohammad Yousuf of the New Plot area.



CBI raids UP Dev Corporation Chief Engineer’s properties: In connection with the plot allotment scam case, the CBI on Thursday raided several properties of the UP State Government Development Corporation Chief Engineer, said sources. According to the sources, the CBI raided the properties of the Chief Engineer at the Rajpur Road, Balbir Road and Subhash Road. The CBI also raided the engineer’s property in the districts of Uttar Pradesh. However, sources in the CBI told The Tribune that nine places were being raided during the day, comprising five places in Dehradun, two in Kanpur and two in Lucknow. Till the filing of the report, the raids were on.

Colonel duped of Rs 4.5 lakh: A serving Colonel was allegedly duped of Rs 4.5 lakh by three residents of the Rajpur Road. He alleged that they had taken money on interest, but did not return it. The police booked Nitin Gupta, his wife Ekta and Shashank Pandey on Wednesday in the case. Meanwhile, Pandey too approached the police on Thursday and accused the Gupta couple of cheating of him of Rs 37 lakh. AS Rawat, SHO, Dalanwala police station, said Col Rajender Singh had given the money to the couple in December 2009, but the money was never returned to him. The Colonel has also accused Pandey of his involvement in the case. Singh is posted at Bareilly. The police has registered a case under Sections 406, 420, 504 and 120 B of the IPC.

Free stay for people going to Delhi for treatment: The Uttarakhand government has made free-stay arrangements for people of the state going to Delhi for medical treatment. The arrangements have been made at Balaji Guest House at Yusuf Sarai where 10 rooms will be available for people and their attendants going to Delhi from remote areas of the state. Giving details about the arrangements, Chairman of the Rural Health Advisory Board Ajay Bhatt informed that Uttarakhand was erhaps the first state in the country to have made such an arrangement while following the concept of a welfare state. He said the rooms wee being allocated for a period of seven days by the Medical Officer at Uttarakhand Niwas. He said efforts would be made to extend the duration of free stay of the patients.

Aim to administer polio drops to 1,34,966 kids: District Magistrate (DM) at Nainital Shailesh Bagauli has emphasised upon the need to enhance booth-level coverage during the Pulse Polio drive to be conducted on February 27. He has stated that the top five gram sabhas having maximum booth percentage will be given an additional sum of Rs 2 lakh each for execution of works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). This was announced at a meeting held at Bhimtal on Wednesday to chalk out the plan for the drive. According to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) DS Garbyal, the authorities aimed at administering polio drops to 1,34,966 children. Besides, the booths to be set up at various places, one transit and 51 mobile booths would also be functioning during the drive.

Tenders sought for disaster-relief works: The Nainital DM has ordered officials of various departments involved in disaster rehabilitation and relief works across the district to immediately call for tenders so that the work already sanctioned can be completed within the scheduled time. He has stated that any sort of delay in the repair and reconstruction works related to the rain-related disaster that had struck the region last monsoon would not be tolerated. He has ordered that a First Information Report (FIR) be got registered against any contractor getting sub-standard work done. Shailesh Bagauli has stated that istrict and Sub Division-evel committees must inspect the works eing done for their quality.

Raids conducted at PDS outlets: A series of raids at Public Distribution System (PDS) outlets by the administration in Bageshwar has led to unearthing of massive irregularities. The District Magistrate has ordered tringent action against the erring shopkeepers. The raids have been carried out at Garur and adjoining rural areas. It was found that the accounts pertaining to the arrival and sale of foodgrains were not properly maintained and even the weighing equipment being used for distribution was found to be faulty.

Left parties stage protest against inflation: Various Left organisations, including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the Janwadi Mahila Morcha, staged a protest in Almora on Wednesday against the spiraling prices of essential commodities. The agitators also sought an end to the liberalisation of the economy and on the implementation of labour laws. Their other demands included putting an end to the contractual system of employment, declaring aanganwadi workers as state government employees and payment of proper emuneration to ASHA workers.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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