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Magazine released
: To mark the 10th anniversary of its opening, the ND Healthcare and Panchkarma Centre launched a quarterly magazine “Nirogam” here yesterday. “The magazine would provide the people with exact knowledge of various diseases and treatments available in different streams of medical sciences,” said Dr N.D. Sharma, Director of the health centre. He claimed that the magazine was first of its kind giving authentic knowledge to the common man about various dreadful diseases and treatment methods by experts from Ayurveda, allopathy, yoga, Unani, homoeopathy etc. The magazine would hit the stand within a couple of days, he added. 

Meat shops closed
: The DCP, Jalandhar City, Arun Pal Singh, has ordered that all the meat shops and slaughter houses would remain closed on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti tomorrow. He also prohibited restaurants and hotels from preparing any non-vegetarian item on the day. 

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PNB inaugurates ATM
: Punjab National Bank celebrated the 116th anniversary of the bank at Chohla Sahib township, 25 km from here, on Wednesday.SDM Bakhtawar Singh, the chief guest at the function, inaugurated an ATM of the bank.

Farmers’ training camp: A farmers’ training camp under the village seed scheme was organised at Noordi village, 6 km from here, on Wednesday by the Agriculture Department. Dr Sukhdev Singh Sandhu, Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO), presided over the camp, who told the farmers to adopt natural methods to decrease the cost of inputs. Dr Kuljit Singh, ADO, and other experts too addressed the farmers. 

KSC to give memos: The state committee of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) in its meeting held here on Wednesday took serious note of supplying power for only one and half hour daily to the farming sector. The organisation decided to present memorandums to the Deputy Chief Engineers concerned of the Powercom in the state on April 18 to lodge its protest. Satnam Singh Pannu, state president of the KSC, and other leaders condemned the Government for its alleged anti-farmer policies.



DRDA schemes
: A sum of Rs 87. 57 crore has been spent under various poverty-alleviation schemes executed by the District Rural development Agency (DRDA) in Kaithal district during the past six years. Deputy Commissioner Amneet P. Kumar said here that works worth Rs 9.36 crore were under execution. A sum of Rs 9. 36 crore had been spent on the Swaran Jyanti Swarojgar Yojna and Rs 14 . 17 crore on the constitution and grants-in-aid to self-help groups under the Swaran Jyanti Gram Sawrojgar Yojna.The poor families had been given a grant of Rs 9. 32 crore under the Indira Awas Yojna and Rs 9. 38 crore on providing wages under the MGNREGS. 

Judges  take oath:Three civil judges ( junior division)and judicial Magistrates( first class) were administered the oath of office and secrecy by District and Sessions Judge RS Baswana here on Wednesday. Himanshu Singh and Devinder have taken charge as judicial officers at Kaithal and Sunil Kumar at Guhla. Baswana said that the judges some times have to take hard decisions and there was no place for sentiments. Sarita Gupta and Paramveer Nijjar have joined here as ADJs and Pardeep Kumar as civil judge(senior division)

Kidnappers  surrender
: Two of the three accused who had allegedly kidnapped a three-year-old boy, Parthe, last Friday for a ransom of Rs 20 lakh surrendered before the police on Thursday. The police had rescued the boy from the criminals in Aligarh on Saturday night. The main accused, a resident of Mau village in Aligarh district, had worked as a domestic help in the house of the victim’s father in Inderpuri Colony. He had quit the job before Holi this year. The boy was kidnapped while he was on the way to a crèche in a car, and was taken to Aligarh.

Five gangsters  held
: A CIA police party arrested five gangsters after they alllegedly fired at it in a bid to free a murder accused, Naveen of Pinana, from police custody near Tihar Malik Chowk on the Gohana-Sonepat road on Wednesday. The gangsters have been identified as Ashok, Rambir, Rakesh, Jasbir and Pradeep, all belonging to the district.

40 fake speed governors seized: The Sonepat police has seized 40 fake speed governors from a gang engaged in installing these in commercial vehicles in the state. The seizure was made from four cars at the bypass near the Gohana road here on Thursday. A case has been registered in the City police station here against six accused - Naresh, Anil of Hisar, Mahesh of Palwal, Billu of Jhadsetli in Gurgaon district and Yash Pal and MD Sharma, owners of BB Auto Solution Company. However, no arrest has been made so far as the accused managed to give the police the slip. 



Shifting of post office opposed
: Members of the All-Party Bhakra Oustees’ Rights Protection Committee, the Bilaspur Nagar Vikas Sabha, the Bilaspur Nagar Parishad and the Gobind Sagar Ghats Sudhar Sabha, condemned the shifting of the Raura sector branch post office to the main post office here in the town as this had put hundreds of consumers into great difficulties without any benefit to the Postal Department. 

185 examined
: The Health and Family Welfare Department organised a medical camp for migrants at Kandwal, near here, on Thursday. As many as 185 patients were examined by a team of doctors who were given medicines in the camp. The Health Department had been organising these camps for migrants working in brick-kilns and stone-crushing units. Local MLA Rakesh Pathania said the medical camps organised by the state government for the migrants were providing medical aid free of cost at their doorsteps. 

Medical conference
: The Himachal chapter of the Indian Medical Association will host a two-day conference on the advances in medical science, where renowned experts of national and international repute will deliver lectures on medicine, surgery, neurosurgery, urology and cardiology. Chief Minister PK Dhumal will inaugurate the conference on Saturday. About 200 delegates from Himachal Pradesh and the neighbouring states are slated to attend the conference.



Nishank extends Mahavir Jayanti greetings: Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has greeted the people of the state on the eve of Mahavir jayanti. In his message to the people, Nishank stated that the principles of truth, non-violence, and non-possession propounded by Lord Mahavir were relevant and meaningful in the present day context. He added that it was only by following the ideals of Lord Mahavir that peace in the world could be maintained. 

Welfare seminar: Following the orders issued by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhrial Nishank, the Dehradun District Magistrate Sachin Kurve today said that a welfare seminar would be organised at the Primary School, Sarvhara Nagar, Rishikesh, on April 21. He stated that the Social Welfare Department would be issuing the pending cheques related to pension along with the handicapped certificate by the Health Department and salary certificate, etc on the spot.

Pending schemes: The Congress councillors of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC), under the leadership of Ashok Verma, leader of opposition, on Friday met the executive engineer, Sushil Kumar, and asked him to call for the board meeting immediately. Verma told him about the schemes that had been passed at the board meeting but on which work had not been started. “It is the insult of the Sadan,” he said. The executive engineer ensured them that all work could be done within 20 days. 

Kumaon Briefs

Citrus fruit orchard destroyed in forest fire
: An orchard of citrus fruits and banana saplings was destroyed in a forest fire at Palandhura village of Bageshwar district on Thursday. “The forest fire, which has been raging for the past two days, suddenly reached the village and could be extinguished only after the villagers noticed the fire and rushed to the spot. No forest officials could reach the spot despite villagers informing them about the fire reaching the village,” said Ram Singh Koshiyari, owner of the orchard.

Dwarahat to get nagarpalika status; Syalde Bikhauti fair begins
: Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has said that nagarpalika status will be accorded to the Nagar Panchayat, Dwarahat, in Almora district. The Chief Minister made the announcement while addressing a rally after inaugurating the annual Syalde Bikhauti fair in Dwarahat on Friday. The Chief Minister also announced that a financial grant of Rs 5 lakh for the fair would be released. He also inaugurated various developmentalprojects to be executed at a cost of Rs 27.81 crore. It has alos been announced that the state-level status will be accorded to the fair.

Forest Dept all set to monitor quarrying on Gaula riverbed
: Amid the news of allowing quarrying on the Gaula riverbed, the Forest Department has made preparations for monitoring the quarrying and installed computers at all the 10 gates of the exit points of the quarrying area. “We have updated all the equipment to be used for weighing the material, as a total of 54 lakh square meters of minerals have been permitted to be quarried till May 31 this year,” said PK Patro, District Forest Officer (DFO), Terai (East) Forest Division.

Physicians’ conference atKhatima tomorrow
: A state-level conference of the association of the physicians of India will be held here on April 17. The conference venue will be the Forest Rest House in the Surai forest range. “The practising physicians from across the country will participate in the conference and discuss the ailments related to heart and the swine flu disease,” said Dr Chandra Shekher Joshi, local representative of the Assocation of Physicians of India (API).

Jobless trained teachers set out for Dehradun
: To press for their demand for filling all the 8,000 vacant posts of primary teacher under the special basic teachers course, without subjected the candidates to the Teachers Entrance Test (TET), a delegation of trained unemployed teachers on Friday set out for Dehradun where a statewide agitation has been planned. “The state government has been misguiding the trained unemployed teachers for the past four years and making the TET as an excuse,” said Tribhuvan Murari, district president of the Unemployed BEd Organisation.

Tobacco banned at venue of Purnagiri fair
: After successfully discouraging animal sacrifice at the ongoing Purnagiri fair, the mela administration has now banned the sale of tobacco and related products at the mela shops. “We have decided to enforce the anti-smoking law enacted in the country in October, 2008. The shopkeepers are also cooperating with us and within the 11 km area of the fair, tobacco and related products are not being sold this year,” said JC Kandpal, Mela Magistrate.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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