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TAC member nominated:
Mangat Ram Chayal, vice-chairman, SC cell of Punjab Pradesh Congress, has been nominated as member of the Telephone Advisory Committee (TAC), Ferozepur district, as per the letter received here yesterday from RK Sinha of the Ministry of Communications and IT.

Hospital upgraded
: Punjab Health Minister Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla inaugurated the new building of the upgraded Civil Hospital here on Monday. The hospital has been upgraded from 50-bedded to 80-bedded. Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, Prithi Chand, Director, Health Services, Dr Ashok Nayyar, Director, Punjab Health System Corporation, Dr Lahmber Singh, Civil Surgeon, Gurdaspur, Dr Dalip Kumar, Superintendent Engineer H.S. Bajwa and many more dignitaries were present. 

Sewerage project: Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, laid the foundation stone of a sewerage project at Fatehgarh Churian on Tuesday. Kahlon was accompanied by Dr Bakdev Chawla, Chairman, Water Supply Sewerage Board, Punjab, Ashok Pandhi, president, Municipal Council, Fatehgarh Churian, and many other leaders. 

3 POs held: The police nabbed three proclaimed offenders, identified as Rajinder Singh, Simranjit Singh and Vikramjit Singh, who were wanted in an attempt to murder case. 

Life lost in mishap
: Paramjit Singh of Dasuya died on the spot when a speedy car rammed into his car while he was going to his Berchha village near Dasuya town on Tuesday. The police booked driver Surinder Kumar of Moga in this connection. 

Ex-sarpanch held for fake attestation
: A former sarpanch of Gelan village was today arrested by the Shahkot police for attesting a fake document. The SHO, Shakhot police station, said Balwinder Singh, former sarpanch of Gelan village, was arrested on a complaint that he attested a fake document of residential proof for Satish Dhand stating him to be a resident of the village, whereas he was a resident of Shahkot. A case under Sections 420, 165 and 120 B of the IPC was registered against the sarpanch. 

Tarn Taran
DC takes charge
: Senior IAS officer of the state government Satwant Singh Johal assumed the charge of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) here on Wednesday. The post had been lying vacant for the last more than two and half months after the superannuation of Khushi Ram. Before taking the charge, Johal paid obeisance at Sri Darbar Sahib here, where he was presented a siropa (robe of honour) by Arjun Singh, manager of Darbar Sahib. 

Teenager abducted: Gurlal Singh, resident of Chheena Bidhi Chand village, 35 km from here, has been booked under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC by the Chabal police for abducting a teenaged girl of the same village. According to information here today, the girl is a student of Class X at a school in nearby Narli village. She was returning home after appearing in an exam when Gurlal Singh abducted her on his motorcycle.

Dharna held: The ministerial staff of different departments held a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) here today against the dilly-dallying attitude of the state government towards the implementation of their already accepted demands. The employees of the departments of education, revenue, agriculture, finance, food and civil supplies, public health, etc, participated in the dharna. Devinder Singh, district general secretary of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union, and other leaders while addressing on the occasion said the state government had been knowingly delaying the implementation of their accepted demands. They warned the state government that they would be forced to intensify agitation in case their accepted demands were not implemented soon.



House destroyed in fire
: A double-storeyed pucca house was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday evening under Toani Devi block of the district. According to information, the house belonging to Promila Devi was gutted at about 4 pm at Chhatrail village. The fire tender was rushed from Hamirpur to control the fire, but it had already destroyed a major portion of the house by the time it reached the place. President of Barin gram panchayat Desh Raj said the fire had caused an estimated loss of about of Rs 3 lakh in this incident. 

Two-day job fair from April 22
: After the success of job fairs in Solan, Mandi, Kangra and Hamirpur, respectively, the CII, HP, in collaboration with BBNIA supported by the departments of Industries, Labour and Employment and the district administration of Kangra, is organising a two-day job fair at the Indoor Stadium at Dharamsala on April 22. Rajiv Malhotra, Chairman, CII, HP State Council, here on Tuesday said, “The two-day mega fest will facilitate achieving the state government objective of ensuring at least 70% employment to the unemployed Himachali youth in various industrial units”. Fortytwo Himachal-based companies will be participating in the job fair and offer more than 3,200 jobs in various categories. 

Body of missing man recovered: The police recovered the body of 55-year-old Kuldeep Chand, who had been missing since Saturday from the old Kangra locality, from Banner khad today. A missing report was lodged on Tuesday with the Kangra police. The police sent the body for the postmortem and investigation was in progress.

Award for environment dept
: The State Department of Environment, Science and Technology has been selected under the Organisation Category for Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for 2009-2010 for its sustainable plastic waste management initiative in Himachal Pradesh. Secretary, Ministry of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ramesh C Misra on Wednesday sent a communication to Rajwant Sandhu, Chief Secretary, in this regard. The award will be presented on the Civil Services Day (April 21) in New Delhi by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. She said Sarojini Ganju Thakur, Additional Chief Secretary, and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal lauded the efforts of the department for making the Polythene Hatao, Paryavaran Bachao campaign a success. 



Dogra certificate issue not big
: Soz: Saifuddin Soz, president of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), said on Tuesday that the controversy surrounding Dogra certificate was not a “big issue” and the separatists should not take to agitation over it. “It (Dogra Certificate) is not a big issue and they (separatists) should not take to agitation, as it will be resolved very soon,” Soz told reporters here. 

Two sympathisers of militants held: The police arrested two sympathisers of the Hizbul Mujahideen from the Chandrigam area of Awantipora on Wednesday. The duo has been identified as Shahnaz Ahmad Mir and Ghulam Qadir Mir of Dadsara, Tral. One pistol, two pistol magazines, seven hand grenades and 135 rounds of ammunition were seized from their possession. 



New Chief Commissioner (Income Tax)
: DK Singh on Wednesday took over as the Chief Commissioner (Income Tax), Uttarakhand. Earlier, he was the Income Tax Commissioner, Chennai, and has been transferred here after his promotion. 

MC notice to co running ISBT: Dr Kailash Joshi, Senior Health Officer, Dehradun Municipal Corporation, has issued a notice to RAMKEY, a company that has been running the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) here, and asked it to ensure that their sewage treatment plant gets operational immediately. “We are sending a notice to the company on Wednesday as we came to know that their sewage treatment plant was not working for some time now, causing a stink in the neighbouring areas. Their toilets are choked due to this,” Dr Joshi told The Tribune. He further stated that the challan would be presented in the court on Thursday. 

2 safai karamcharis suspended: The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) has suspended two safai karamcharis. Confirming this, the Senior Health Officer, Dr Kailash Joshi, said Rajesh and Rakesh had been suspended for dereliction of duty.

MC officials’ meeting: To maintain cleanliness in the city, Sushil Kumar, Executive Engineer of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation, on Wednesday held a meeting with officials to chalk out a strategy regarding the same. The monsoon season is just a few months away and if the corporation failed to launched the drive, people would have to face a tough time. 

Two docs suspended: Two doctors, including the head of the anaesthesia department, were suspended for dereliction of duty in a Srinagar-based hospital, officials said today. During a surprise check yesterday, Uttarakhand Health Minister Balwant Singh Bhoryal suspended two anaesthetists, Dr Karuna Hasur (HOD) and Dr Indira Yog, as he found that the surgery of an infant was being delayed due to their absence. Later, the minister called an ambulance and sent the infant to Doon Hospital for treatment. 

Nainital admn stops payment to building agency:
The administration in Nainital has ordered stopping of payment to the agency, which has been involved in the construction of a set of buildings in the Kaladhungi area under the Poverty Alleviation Programme. The orders for stopping the payments have followed the submission of an inquiry report that has pointed that the buildings constructed by the agency are not in accordance with the defined parameters and the material used for construction is substandard. Over the past few days, there had been several complaints from the residents of the area stating that the buildings being constructed were not of proper quality and the raw material being used by the contractor was not up to the mark. District Magistrate Shailesh Bagauli had constituted a probe panel that had carried out a surprise check at the spot.

Six booked on charge of harassment for dowry: Six persons have been booked on the charges of harassment for dowry following a complaint filed with the police by Sonal Khan of the Gaadi Padav area of the town. The complainant had stated that she had been married to Tanzim Miyan of Sahibabad in Ghaziabad in 2010. She has alleged that despite her parents giving a dowry of Rs 10 lakh, her husband and his family had been torturing her and had been demanding an additional Rs 30 lakh for purchasing a flat. She has also alleged that she was physically abused by the accused.

Motorcyclist crushed to death by truck: A motorcyclist was crushed to death by a truck at Kathgodam on Tuesday. According to the information, 26-year-old Devendra Singh of Tulsinagar was on his way to the Jim Corbett National Park when he was hit by a truck coming from the opposite side. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Meanwhile, the truck driver took his vehicle to the Haldwani police station and surrendered. The spot where the collision had taken place has emerged as an accident zone on the Nainital Road. Several persons had lost their lives in accidents occurred at the spot over the past one year.

Villagers write to CM regarding Puranathal ills: Residents of 11 villages in the Puranathal area near Berinag have written to Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank seeking the redressal of their problems at the earliest. They have pointed out that the work on the Berinag-Tadigaon road has been hanging fire since 1980. They have pointed out that a 15-km stretch on this road still remains unmetalled. They have also said the construction of a bridge at Tadigaon remains a mirage despite the fact that tenders for the same have been called and cleared twice. A former Chief Minister, Major-Gen BC Khanduri (retd), had even laid the foundation stone of this bridge.

Rudrapur businessman shoots himself: Having suffered acute reverses in his business, a businessman from Rudrapur shoot himself to death on Tuesday. He has been identified as Deepak Narang who was a resident of Panch Mandir in the Gol Market area of the town. It is learnt that he was running a fertilisers business while his wife was running a boutique. Sources say he had suffered heavy losses in business over the past few months. On Tuesday, he allegedly shut himself in his room at his residence and shot himself. (Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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