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Blood donation
: On the occasion of “Manav Ekta Divas”, the local Sant Nirankari Mandal organised a blood donation camp here on Sunday where 120 persons made voluntary donations. Meanwhile, a local NGO Goodwill Society organised a general medical check-up camp at the Hans Nagar here in which about 225 patients were examined and given medicines free of cost.

BSP’s convention on May 29
: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will organise a workers’ convention in Chandigarh on May 29, which will be attended by party’s national president Mayawati. National general secretary of the party Narinder Kashyap said this here today.

Awarded: Rinnie Brar, hailing from Khanna and studying in Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, was recently awarded at the convocation of the college for getting distinction in the MBBS exam. She also got distinction in biochemistry and physiology. She was awarded by Union health minister Gulam Nabi Azad.



Art of Living plans to spread activities: The Art of Living has planned to spread its activities in all corners of the state and a detailed programme for the same was decided in a meeting of the state apex body of the organisation at Shri Shri Kutir in Lakhanpur here on Sunday under chairmanship of the state coordinator Sukant Sharma. Art of Living district convener Arun Dogra said here on Monday that Ghanshyam and Seema Sharma from Shimla, Vipin Sharma from Hamirpur, Rajan Jain from Solan-Parwanoo and Rakesh Pandit from Mandi had been co-opted as members for the state apex body.

BJP protests against price rise: Women activists, under the banner of the BJP Mahila Morcha, on Friday held a protest rally here against the Central Government to oppose the rising prices of essential commodities. The activists from the district assembled at the Bhachat Bhawan and marched through the bazaar carrying banners and flags, raising slogans against the Central Government and later held a public meeting at the Gandhi Chowk. State president of the morcha Meera Anand, local MLA Urmil Thakur, morcha national executive member Rashmi Sood, district president Maya Sharma and general secretary Asha Sharma also addressed the meeting.

Orphans, elderly entertained: The Red Cross Society, Mandi, treated over 400 orphans and the elderly living in oldage homes to Mandiali dham. They also enjoyed a magic show presented by magician Shankar. According to secretary of the society OP Bhatia, more than 420 orphans and oldage inmates were brought to Mandi to give them an outing and entertainment. The show and the dham was sponsored by different benefactors in the town.

Opium seized, two arrested: A police party, led by Sarabjeet Singh, in charge of Damtal chowki under Indora police station, during patrolling early Monday morning at Damtal intercepted a motorcycle being riden by two men and recovered 355 gm of opium. ASP Sanjiv Gandhi said the accused identified as Swaran Singh and his brother Rakesh Kumar, residents of Bhungal-Badani (Pathankot), had been arrested and a case under Sections 18-61 and 85, NDPS Act, was registered against them.

Advocate’s death mourned: A full court reference was held on Monday in the High Court to mourn the death of advocate Rakesh Jaswal. He was 41. He was enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh in 1992 and started practice in the District Courts, Shimla, but shifted his practice to the High Court in 1994. Jaswal died on April 22 at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here after a heart attack.

Case filed against ZP head: The local unit of the BJP has demanded the immediate resignation of Anirudh Singh from the Chairmanship of the Shimla Zila Parishad in view of his involvement in a case of illicit felling of trees. Spokesperson of the party Ganesh Dut said a case had been registered against him following recovery of timber from his house in Mashobra. He, along with other BJP leaders, demanded his immediate arrest.


Farewell party
: Students of the Distance Education Department, University of Jammu organised a farewell party for the passing out students of M.Ed second year at the Government College of Education, Canal Road, here today. Dr Jaspal Singh, programme in charge of M.Ed, presided over the function on behalf of the Directorate of Distance Education.

2 cops gunned down in Kashmir
: Two policemen were shot dead by militants on Monday night near a police station in the Nowgam area here. The heavily armed militants opened indiscriminate firing on a police party returning to Nowgam police station around 10 pm, police officials said. Head constable Abdul Khaliq and constable Farooq Ahmad were critically injured in the ambush and later succumbed to their injuries. The militants escaped from the scene in the cover of darkness. Meanwhile, the security forces have cordoned off the area. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.


3 booked for enticing girl to flee: A 17-year-old girl of Vikasnagar was allegedly enticed to flee by three persons on Friday. Surender, Sangita Devi and Bhag Singh Haal have been booked under Sections 363, 366 A and 506 of the Indian Penal Code at the Vikasnagar police station.

Function put off: The DAV (PG) College Alumni Association has postponed its annual function where Harbans Kapoor, Speaker of the Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha, is to be felicitated. The function was scheduled to be held on April 27 at Hotel Madhuban, said Raj Kanwar, president of the association.

NAAC certificate: Sri Guru Ram Rai PG College has received a certificate qualifying as the college with potential for excellency from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) here on Sunday. The certificate was awarded to the Principal of the college, Prof VA Bourai, at Bangalore.

Man injured: A resident of Herbertpur, Vikasnagar, was critically injured after he was hit by an Indica car at the Lehman trijunction. Surat Singh was admitted to a local hospital. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 339 of the IPC.

Hearing put off: The Sessions Court has postponed hearing in the sensational Anupama murder case to May 9. She was allegedly killed by her husband Rajesh Gulati and cut into several pieces. The hearing was postponed due to a strike of the advocates in Dehradun.

Kumaon Briefs
Admn starts work to develop Chaani village:
The administration in Almora has started making preparations for the implementation of the ambitious Village Credit Mobilisation Action Plan in Chaani village, which is among the six villages in the state where the plan is to be implemented as a pilot project. Chief Development Officer (CDO) Dheeraj Singh, at a meeting held on Monday, said under the plan, the village would not only be provided with banking facility but a plan would also be drawn up to improve upon the standard of living of its residents. The plan is to be prepared by the officials from Departments of Horticulture, Fisheries, Agriculture, etc. The officials from these departments have been asked to send their subordinates to Chaani village before May 12 to conduct a survey of the existing conditions and how improvements can be brought about over there.

Zila Panchayat chief for resolving issues in time-bound manner: Zila Panchayat President in Rudrapur Sushila Gangwar has asked the officials of various departments to take the issues raised by members of the Zila Panchayat seriously and resolve the issues in a time-bound manner. She has also asked them to provide a list of works being carried out in the areas of various members. Expressing her displeasure at the absence of several officials at a meeting convened at the Zilla Panchayat Bhawan on Monday morning, she asked District Development Officer RC Tewari to seek an explanation from the absentee officials. She has asked the officials to ensure that the works being executed by them are qualitative by nature and are executed well in time. The Panchayat members present at the meeting raised issues pertaining to building of roads, land erosion and issuing of ration cards.

Raid on 2 medical stores, drugs seized: A team comprising a Drug Inspector and the personnel of the local police raided two medical stores in Indira Nagar locality and recovered a large quantity of drugs used for intoxication. According to the information, the police had been receiving complaints of drugs along with certain injections being sold for intoxication from the premises of these shops. The complainants had said that even children had been easily procuring the drugs from these shops and were getting addicted to them.

Minister orders probe into dumping of books in godowns: Education Minister Gobind Singh Bisht has ordered a probe into the reports of books meant for certain school libraries being dumped in godowns. These books were to be supplied to various schools in Nainital district to be used for their libraries under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. A local paper had come out with reports that books to the tune of Rs 41 lakh have been dumped in godowns instead of being disbursed to various schools so that the children could make use of them.

DM stops salary payment to 2 executive engineers: District Magistrate in Bageshwar CS Napalchayal has ordered stopping of payment of wages to two executive engineers working with the Payjal Nigam and the Public Works Department (PWD). The orders have been given on account of the laxity shown by the two employees while executing works entrusted to them under the ongoing disaster relief and repairs operations. While the engineer working with the PWD has failed to even start the work pertaining to the erection of a retaining wall in Kapkot despite money having been sanctioned for the same, the engineer with the Payjal Nigam is reported to have been absent from duty for the the past several days without prior permission. He has not shown any inclination to solve the water problems being faced by the residents of several villages and to lay a water pipeline under the Dhurafat Plan.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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