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CM to visit Balluana
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be visiting the Balluana segment represented by his party MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana on April 12 and 13. Ghuriana informed during a function here on Tuesday that details of the programme were being worked out in consultation with Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. Notably, the CM had sanctioned multi crore development projects for the constituency during his previous Sangat Darshan programme. The legislator on Tuesday gave away Shagun scheme cheques worth Rs 19.50 lakh to 130 families. He also announced that a function would be held soon to distribute saplings under the Nanhi Chhan campaign.

Degrees awarded: About 700 students including some toppers in the PU exams were given degrees by Principal Dr BB Sharma during the annual convocation organised by the DAV College here as part of its golden jubilee celebrations. Earlier, the chief guest, Dr Nirmal Singh, Director, MIMIT (Malout) was joined by Dev Mittar Ahuja, chairman, local managing committee, vice-principal Anil Makkar and others in lighting the lamp to inaugurate the function. 

Construction triggers row: The construction of godowns by a senior leader of the ruling coalition government triggered off an agitation on Wednesday in Ajit Singh Nagar located close to the new grain market. Scores of residents staged dharna, shouted slogans resenting that the construction would block the passage that they had been using to enjoy connectivity to the rest of the town. 

Principal honoured: The Panjab University has honored Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College principal Dr Neelam Arun Mittu, sports wing in- charge Anita Singh, national archer Praveena and other students for their achievements in sports during the current academic session. Praveena was awarded a cash prize of Rs 7,500 for bagging silver in the Olympic round in the inter-university archery tournament held in Kurukshetra. They were felicitated in the college campus on Tuesday.

Appointed: The local unit of the Arhtia Association has decided to felicitate state president Ravinder Singh Cheema on his appointment as vice-chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board. President Pramil Kalani informed that preparations for the wheat procurement season will be discussed during the function slated for April 2 here.





Runaway couples: With a view to ensuring safety of the couples, who marry after eloping from their homes, the district administration has arranged one more room for them in the Police Lines area. One such room has already been provided in the PWD rest house. It was observed by the court in the case - Asha vs state - that the runaway couples had to face a lot of difficulty in finding a safe accommodation. 

Annual function: Union Culture and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja on Tuesday urged the teaching community to shoulder the responsibility of shaping the career and character of students so that they become an asset to the society and the nation. She said this while addressing the annual prize distribution function of ITBP Public School at Saboli here. The occasion was marked by the distribution of prizes among talented students.



CM apprised of demands: Various deputations called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here on Wednesday and apprised him of the development demands of their areas. These included deputations from Srinagar, Ganderbal, Pampore, Jammu, Banihal, Poonch and Rajouri districts. The deputations highlighted the demands pertaining to the upgradation of basic amenities in their areas and requested for special packages for the development of Roads and Buildings, Public Health Engineering, Health, Education and other sectors. CM apprised of demands

Farewell for Justice Saikia: Governor NN Vohra hosted a farewell for the outgoing Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Aftab Hussain Saikia at Raj Bhavan, here Tuesday evening. The First Lady, Usha Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Judges of the state High Court were present on the occasion. The Governor wished Justice Saikia, his wife and family good health and happiness in the coming years.

BSF programme: The BSF on Wednesday organised a civic action programme at Pindi village. The Commandant of the 32 Bn inaugurated the civic action programme and distributed six computers, three TVs with Dish antennas, sports and stationery items to the students and schools of Gurah Manhasan, Hamir Kona, Pindi, Dewra, Nikowal and Rajpura. The BSF conducts various programmes like medical camps and other civic action programmes for the border population. 


Alva leaves for Singapore to attend summit: Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva left for Singapore on Wednesday to participate in the three-day summit on Women Leaders of New Asia organised by the Asia Society. She has been invited to initiate a dialogue on the emerging trends in women's leadership in Asia, at the opening session on tomorrow evening. Earlier, the Governor granted her assent to the Finance Re-appropriation Bill for the financial year 2011-12. Principal Secretary, Finance, Alok Jain, Secretary, Finance, Radha Raturi and Budget Officer LM Pant reached the Raj Bhawan here to obtain the Governor's assent on the Bill which was recently passed by the Vidhan Sabha in its Budget session.

CM mourns freedom fighter’s death: Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has expressed grief on the death of freedom fighter Bhawan Singh Rawat. In his condolence message, the Chief Minister said late Bhawan Singh Rawat as a member of the Azad Hind Fauj played an important role in the freedom struggle of the country and would be always remembered for the contribution made by him.  

Conference on food security held: A conference was held at Shuklapur on Wednesday on food security to propagate the use of coarse grains. The conference was organised by the Himalayan Environment Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO) and the MS Swaminathan Foundation. Speaking on the occasion founder of HESCO Anil Joshi said food security could be assured with the use of coarse grains. Environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna said indiscriminate use of land and resources should be stopped.

UPP seeks closure of bar at LBSASA: The Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (UPP) has appealed to Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva to intervene and get the bar at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Administrative Services Academy (LBSASA) in Mussoorie closed. The UPP submitted a memorandum to the two dignitaries through the local administration at a recently held function in Almora. The party has alleged that opening a bar in an institution being run in the name of Gandhian Lal Bahadur Shastri is shameful. The party has termed the opening of the bar a violation of Article 47 of the Indian Constitution.

Food Security Act to be enacted soon: Union Minister Harish Rawat has stated that the Indian Government is aiming to provide foodgrain security for every producer by 2025 and working towards bringing about the Food Security Act very soon. He was speaking at a Kisan Mela organised by the Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (VPKAS) at Hawalbagh in Almora on Tuesday. He stressed upon the need to take the benefits of the latest agriculture research to the farmers. The minister dwelt upon the need to produce unseasonal vegetables and claimed that the government was creating clusters for promoting this type of agriculture. He promised all help to the state government for its agricultural policy implementation.

Unemployed youth stir gets UPP support: The agitation being carried out by the unemployed youth across the state has got the support of the UPP whose general secretary Prabhat Dhyani has started a fast unto death outside the office of Kumaon Commissioner Kunal Sharma. The party has demanded employment for the educated youth of the state according to their abilities and an unemployment allowance for them till the time they find employment. It has hit out at the BJP Government in the state for its inhuman attitude towards the protesting unemployed youth and for suppressing their voice.

Four killed in separate road accidents: Four persons were killed, while several others were injured in separate road accidents reported from across Kumaon in the past 24 hours. In the first instance 35-year-old resident of Kandla village was killed, while his pillion rider was injured when the motorcycle on which they were travelling was hit by a pick-up Jeep near Haldua. In another incident, 20-year-old Sunil of Rupapur village in Rampur was killed, while two pillion riders were injured when their motorcycle was hit by a tractor trolley near Katiya village in Kashipur. A 55-year-old woman, identified as Shanti Bisht, was killed when she was hit by a car on the Aamdanda road in Ramnagar. In yet another instance, 35-year-old labourer Yashwant Kumar was killed while four others were injured when a motorcycle hit a group of labourers coming back from work in the Bichai area of Tanakpur in Champawat district. Yashwant succumbed to his injuries while being treated at a hospital.

Rain, hail in Pitthoragarh, Bageshwar, Nainital dist: Rain and hail in parts of Pitthoragarh, Bageshwar and Nainital district led to a dip in temperatures forcing residents to take out woollens once again. Reports say that the higher reaches of the region have experienced snowfall. There are also reports of stone fruit blossoms being hit by hail in the Munshiyari region which will lead to a loss in production. The worst affected are the apple, plum, apricot and peach crops.


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