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C-PYTE to restart JCB operator course: The JCB operator course for youths from rural areas will be restarted by March 15 at the Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth (C-PYTE) in Kaljharani village of Bathinda district, according to Major BS Mann (Retd), in-charge of the C-PYTE, here on Tuesday. The eligible candidates can get their names registered for the course at the C-PYTE Camp in Kaljharani.

67 cases settled in lok adalats: As many as 153 cases of various natures were reported in the monthly lok adalats at Hoshiarpur, Dasuya, Mukerian and Garhshankar on Saturday, of which 67 cases had been disposed and Rs 33,04,692 awarded to the aggrieved parties. District and Sessions Judge Ashok Kumar Singla said 44,269 cases of various natures had been settled in 153 lok adalats in the district so far through which Rs 1,04,2311765 had been awarded to the aggrieved parties.

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the All-India Punjab National Bank Retired Officers Association: President - A.C. Sharma; senior vice-president - C.M. Mahna; vice-presidents - Piara Singh and K.S. Nanda; general secretary - J.K. Beri; joint secretary - V.K. Sharma; treasurer - D.C. Arora; and assistant treasurer - R.L. Bhagat.



Bhadana is acting HPSC chief
:In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1A) of Article 316 of the Constitution of India, the Haryana Governor has appointed Manbir Singh Bhadana, Member, Haryana Public Service Commission, to perform the duties of the chairman of the commission till further orders.

Girl raped in Faridabad:
An 18-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man in Samaypur village in the district here, the police said. The incident took place yesterday after the man named Satish barged into the girl's house, the police said, adding that the medical examination of the victim had confirmed rape and the accused was on the run.

Thermal plant starts generation: The 600 MW second unit of the1200 MW Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project at Khedar near here on Tuesday started generation on commercial basis after successful completion of its trial operation. Sanjeev Kaushal, Managing Director of Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited, said with the commissioning of this unit, the total installed generation capacity of the HPGCL had gone up to 3,230.5 MW. He said the HPGCL had been a major contributor of power supplied to the consumers in Haryana since its inception in 1999.

1 held for selling kerosene on the black market: The police on Tuesday arrested Raj Narain, a depot holder of Harchandpur village, near Bawal, for allegedly selling kerosene on the black market. He was arrested following a revelation made by Joginder Singh, who was arrested yesterday while carrying 80 l of kerosene in his vehicle from Harchandpur to Jaisinghpura Khera barrier. The police has registered a case under Sections 7/10/55 of the Essential Commodities Act.



Cop dies in road mishap:
A constable was killed and another person injured when the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a truck coming from the opposite direction at Nagrota today. A report said constable Avtar Krishan (47),a resident of Purkhoo, was killed on the spot and Daleep Kumar,a resident of Nagrota, was injured when their vehicle was hit by the truck.

Man hurt in grenade attack dies: A civilian, who was among three persons injured in a grenade explosion near the Fire Services Headquarters, Batamaloo, succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Tuesday. The police said Showkat Ahmad Khan, a resident of Balgarden, Srinagar, close to the Fire Services Headquarters, was injured in the grenade explosion Monday evening. Two policemen were also injured in the incident. Showkat, who was an engineer, was shifted from SMHS Hospital to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. However, he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

One killed, 41 injured in accidents: One person was killed and 41 others were injured in road accidents in the Kashmir valley since Monday. The police said here on Tuesday that 25 persons were injured, including three seriously, when a minibus and a Tavera vehicle collided at Kanispora, near Baramulla, on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. It added that the injured were shifted to a Baramulla hospital. Later, three seriously injured were shifted to a Srinagar hospital, where one of them died. Around 17 others were injured in accidents elsewhere in the Valley.



Body of female leopard found: The body of a female leopard was recovered from the Khatima area of Kumoan in Uttarakhand. The paws of the animal were found to be chopped off, while even the teeth of the carnivore were missing. However, the forest authorities have ruled out any major foul play in the whole issue and said the paws could have been chopped off by the locals after they came across the body.

CM extends Shivratri greetings: On the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri, Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has extended warm greetings to residents of the state as well as people of the country. In his message, Nishank said, “May this festival herald peace, happiness and prosperity for our people. This auspicious occasion has a special significance in the glorious history of Uttarakhand where everybody celebrates Shivratri with togetherness, irrespective of caste and religion”.

Man files daughter’s kidnapping case: A 24-year-old girl was allegedly abducted from the Police Colony, Kandoli, by a resident of Bijapur. However, the police said, during its investigation it found that the girl had not fled but had got married by her own wish. According to the police, Yogesh Kumar lodged a complaint last month that his daughter had been kidnapped by three persons, namely Gaurav Rana, Ganesh Bahadur and Poonum. A case under Section 366, IPC, has been registered at the Raipur police station.

Three-day Indo-Russian workshop begins today: A three-day Indo-Russian workshop on “Gamma-Ray Bursts, Evolution of Massive Stars and Star Formation at High Red Shifts” is being organised by the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) from Wednesday onwards at their facility at Manora Peak in Nainital. Eminent astronomers from Russia, including VV Sokolov, AJ Castro Tirado, G Beskin and S Karpov, will make presentations on the topic. Astronomers from India will also share their findings on the subject. The participants will also be taken to Devasthal to see the 130-cm telescope installed by ARIES recently.

Patrolling plan for Gaula mining zone drawn up: The administration has drawn up a patrolling plan for the Gaula mining zone. The zone has been divided into sensitive and very sensitive areas. The plan has been made to check illegal mining in the area. Officials of the Forest Department and the Forest Development Corporation will be involved in its implementation. A total of 41 personnel will be deputed for the task and they will be provided the required equipment, like search lights and transport vehicles. A control room has also been set up for the effective management of the manpower deputed for the task.

Jal Sansthan gets Rs 4 cr for installing 64 hand pumps: The Jal Sansthan has been sanctioned a sum of Rs 4 crore for installing 64 hand pumps across Kumaon. The pumps are to be installed in areas where there is acute drinking water shortage. The Jal Sansthan has already identified the areas where the pumps are to be installed following a survey. Besides Haldwani, the pumps are to be installed in water scarcity-hit areas of every district in the region. According to officials, 40 per cent of the population in the region is facing water scarcity. In the recent rain-related disaster 649 drinking water schemes had been completely devastated across the region.

UPP to take out parivartan yatra from March 23: The Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (UPP) will take out a parivartan yatra from March 23, the day Bhagat Singh was hung along with his two comrades. The yatra will conclude on April 23. This was decided upon at a meeting of the party held here on Monday. The yatra will begin from Khatima and end in Gairsain. It aims at generating awareness amongst the masses for bringing about a change in the state’s political and social sphere.

Probe ordered into irregularities in job cards: The District Development Officer of Udham Singh Nagar has been asked to probe the allegations of irregularities in the making of job cards under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Sabepur and Haldua villages of Sitarganj. The probe has been ordered by District Magistrate (DM) BVRC Purshottam who said the guilty would not be spared. The probe follows various complaints being lodged by the rural population with regards to the implementation of the flagship programme of the UPA Government at the Centre.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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