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Farmers assured  8-hr power supply:
The farm sector in Punjab will get assured electric supply for eight hours daily during this paddy season, KD Chaudhary, Chairman-cum- Managing Director of Punjab Power Corporation Ltd here on Tuesday. He said that power purchase agreements have been signed with various sources to import electricity from other states so that farmers and other consumers did not face inconvenience during the summer.

On fast, 4 linemen shifted to hospital: Four members of the unemployed linemen union who were on a fast-unto-death were hospitalised on Monday night after their condition deteriorated. Those admitted to the Civil Hospital included Sant Singh from Gurdaspur, Surinder Singh from Moga, Harjeet Singh from Patiala and Harpreet Singh from Kotkapura. Meanwhile, Lok Bhalai Party president Balwant Singh Ramoowalia met the protesters and Ranjit Kaur, mother of union’s state president Pirmal Singh, whose fast-unto-death outside the Mini Secretariat in Bathinda entered into eighth day.

Two state police IGs transferred: The Punjab Government on Tuesday transferred two Inspector Generals of Police and one Assistant IGP. The new postings, as per a release, are: Rohit Chaudhary as IG, Government Railway Police, Patiala; Ishwar Chander, as IGP-cum-Director, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur and Shiv Kumar Verma as Assistant IGP, Community Policing Division, Chandigarh.

Science competitions
: Students of Guru Amar Dass Public School bagged various positions in various competitions at the Pushpa Gujral Science City on the occasion of World Earth Day here on Thursday. Navleen Kaur bagged the first prize in the on-the-spot painting competition. Students of the school also won consolation prizes in the model-making competition for their model “for green Earth turn to solar energy”.

5 fall unconscious after taking meals, woman dies: Five persons fell unconscious after taking meals at village Karadwala, located on the Abohar-Sadulshehar road, Tuesday. One of them, a married woman, Kiran, died during treatment at the district hospital in the evening. SDM Kalu Ram Gupta and other officials reached the hospital. The condition of other affected persons was said to be stable. The SDM said the Revenue Department staff and the Health Department had been rushed to collect samples of drinking water and food that the patients had consumed.

DGP’s guards injured in mishap: Five commandos of the Punjab police, who were deployed for the personal security of Director-General of Police (DGP), Punjab, Paramdip Singh Gill, were seriously injured after the vehicle in which they were travelling hit a tree near Dhaipi village on the Mansa-Sunam road on Tuesday. The driver reportedly lost control over the vehicle after it was hit by a speeding vehicle from the opposite direction. It came to a halt after hitting a tree. The injured security guards — Satnam Singh, Tehal Singh, Ashok Kumar, Sukhdev Singh and Harpreet Singh — were taken to civil hospital, Mansa.

City lad excels in skill fest: City lad Pritish Singla, a student of Our Lady of Fatima Convent Secondary School, has brought laurels to the school by getting third position in the national finals of the “Kaho what’s your idea” - national inter-school skill fest.



Wrestling bouts on May 1: The Peer Lakh Data Akhada Committee here will organise a day-long wrestling bouts on May 1 from midnoon to evening. Handsome prizes and beautiful maces will be presented to the best wrestlers invited from various states. This was stated by committee president Hussein Ali and general secretary Sandip Nadda here on Tuesday. They said apart from general best wrestler called “Malli Pehalwaan”, the titles of “Rustam-e-Kehloor” and “Bal Kesari” would also be given to the best wrestler of the district up to age of 25 years and 14 years, respectively.

4 detained for loitering: The Hamirpur police has detained four persons from Jammu and Kashmir roaming in suspicious circumstances in the Pucca Bharo area on Monday night. A police source said, “Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Bashir, Aseem and Intezar were found roaming in suspicious circumstances in the Pucca Bharo area near Hamirpur, along with Rs 1,70,000 in cash in their pockets at about 7.30 pm”. These persons have not established their identity as yet and thus have been detained them.

DC visits Chakki rivulet: Following a tough stand taken by the Himachal Pradesh High Court on the failure of the state authorities to curb illegal mining, the Kangra district authorities on Tuesday swung into action. A team of government officials from different departments, led by RS Gupta, DC, Kangra, visited the affected areas of the Chakki rivulet. After conducting a day-long inspection of the rivulet, the DC said he would submit his report to the Additional Chief Secretary so that a reply could be filed in the court.

Judicial exams on May 8: The Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service Competitive (Preliminary) Examination-2011 will be held at Shimla and Dharamsala on May 8. A spokesperson of the State Public Service Commission said the particulars of all provisionally admitted candidates showing their names, roll numbers and centre of examination had been uploaded on the website of the commission. The candidates, who intend to appear in the examination, can download the admission letter, which they must bring along with them to the examination centres. Particulars of the candidates, whose candidatures have been rejected, are also on website www.hp.gov.in/hppsc.


Documentary  on Taj
: Governor of Uttarakhand Margaret Alva will release a documentary film titled "The man who saved the Taj Mahal" at the Raj Bhawan auditorium on April 27 at 4:30 pm. The film is based on efforts of senior lawyer MC Mehta in saving the Taj Mahal from the onslaught of pollution. The documentary is written and directed by Toronto-based Jay Bajaj.

Indefinite fast: A fast unto death by Vir Singh Rawat, former president of the Prantiya Rakshak Dal (PRD), Hith Sanghthan alongwith other jawans, entered its fourth day on Tuesday. The jawans of the PRD closed down the PRD Directorate at Tapovan, Raipur and also the district office at Survey Chowk on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Rawat’s health is said to be deteriorating.

Man killed: A 35-year-old labourer, Ashok Kumar, died after he came under a machine at a steel factory at Bhagwanpur in Roorkee on Tuesday morning. Agitated over the death of their colleague, the employees of the factory charged the factory management of carelessness.

Staff begin fast: The contractual employees of all the three corporations of the power sector began fast unto death from Tuesday demanding regularization of their jobs. The contractual employees of the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited, Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited and Power Transmission Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited have joined in the strike all over the state.

Birthday celebrated: Congress workers celebrated the 92nd birthday of the late Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, a native of Garhwal, at a function held at Congress Bhawan, here on Monday. The Congress workers cut a cake to celebrate the occasion.

Kumaon Briefs
Supply of rations to be increased:
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Diwakar Bhatt has asked the officials in Almora district as well as the PDS suppliers to ensure success for the recently launched Atal Khadyann Yojna. At a meeting held at Almora on Tuesday Bhatt asked the officials to go in for regular stock taking with regard to the execution of the scheme in the district. He promised that the ration supplies for the above poverty line category, which was short at present, would be increased from June 1.

Public reading room from May 1: A public reading room would start functioning from the newly built Information Department building on Kitcha road in Rudrapur from May 1.Besides the government publications, the readers can also read various newspapers and magazines that are available at the facility. It also has a collection of about 350 books on various subjects. The reading room will remain open from 10 am to 5 pm on all working days.

Award for book on policing: The book “Human in Khaki”, penned by former IG, Kumaon Range, Ashok Kumar, has bagged the Pandit Gobind Ballabh Pant award for the year 2010-11. The award is given by the Bureau of Police Research and Development, a Police organisation of the Government of India. The book makes an attempt to identify the basic problems in the functioning of the police and identifies the means of making policing people-oriented. It also makes a hard-hitting statement on the present ‘tout culture’ in the functioning of police stations. Besides Hindi and English, the book is now being published in Bangla, Gujarati and Marathi also.

Probe into making of obscene video: The authorities in Kashipur have ordered a probe into the incident of some students making an obscene video clipping of one of their friends and his girlfriend, and then going on to sell the same to a cyber café owner for further circulation. The video clip has been widely circulated in the form of an MMS. The students involved belong to a management institute. Efforts are now on to check the further spread of the MMS and to nab the culprits.

Man’s body found hanging: A man was found hanging in a storeroom of a flourmill in Sitarganj on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Rajendra Singh Ravi, who was a local BJP leader. According to the information available, he had left his house on Sunday night saying he was going on night duty at the flourmill. However, on Monday morning, he was found hanging with a rope from a hook in the storeroom of the flourmill. The deceased was 36 years old.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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