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450 Granth Sahib Sarups reach Italy
: Four hundred and fifty birs of Guru Granth Sahib sent to Italy via sea route for the propagation of Sikhism in foreign countries reached there on Saturday. The Sarups were kept in a special bus manufactured specially for the purpose, which left India through a ship in mid of April. SGPC chief Avtar Singh said 200 sarups would be kept at Baba Harbans Singh Daduwal Gurdwara, 107 would be given to Bhai Amarjit Singh of Akhand kirtani Jatha and Sukhdev Singh Kang and the remaining 143 would be sent to a city in Italy. 

Urology, eye care centre opened
: Uro Vision, a centre for urology and eye care, was inaugurated by Sameer Grover, a urologist, and Shveta Grover, an ophthalmologist, here on Sunday. Amod Gupta, dean and head, department of ophthalmology, PGI, Chandigarh, BS Aulakh, Head, department of urology, DMC, Ludhiana, and Vishali Gupta, associate professor, PGI, addressed the gathering. A large number of medical professionals from Bathinda and its surrounding areas attended the function.

Local ITI students shine in state exam: Students of the Indian ITI located in the Zila Parishad complex have again come out with flying colours in the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training Examination. The institute achieved 100 per cent result in cutting, sewing and embroidery examination. Sukhpal Kaur, Kulbir Kaur and Rajveer Kaur are the top three scorers. Chairman of the institute SP Sharma congratulated the students and the teachers. 

Youth Cong not to have district chiefs
: Indian Youth Congress state in charge Vikas Upadhyay (general secretary) and Deepika Pandey Singh (secretary) have said that there would be district presidents of the organisation in Punjab. They said Congress general secretary and Indian Youth Congress in charge Rahul Gandhi had decided not to elect district youth presidents during the ensuing Punjab Youth Congress elections, the process of which has already begun. The duo said the Rahul Gandhi had decided to hold booth, assembly, Lok Sabha and state-level elections of the Punjab Youth Congress this time instead of block, district and state-level. 

Pension adalats: In a major step likely to ease problems of nearly 38 lakh central government pensioners, family pensioners and retired armed forces personnel, the Union Government has decided to hold bi-annual pension adalats in various ministries and departments of the central government. The adalats would be twice a year in the month of January and July. 

Membership drive
: The District Youth Congress (DYC) on Monday launched a membership drive during a meeting convened at the Congress Bhawan here by DYC president Dimple Rana. Vikas Upadhyaya, general secretary of the Indian Youth Congress, and in charge of Punjab affairs, along Youth Congress secretary Deepika Pandey, RK Ojha, Jeet Sharma and Narendra Thakur - all election coordinators, distributed new enrolment forms to party activists. District Congress Committee chief Jagmohan Sharma, president of Mahila Congress Leena Taparia and PPCC secretary Pawan Diwan were also present at the occasion.

Mallanwala (Ferozepur)
Residents gherao police station
: A large number of residents, including leaders from different political parties and representatives of various social bodies, gheraoed the local police station and jammed traffic on the Ferozepur-Makhu road on Monday to protest against alleged partisan role played by local police in a dowry torture case of a local girl. 

Breach in water channel at Dhudike
: A 30-ft breach was reported in the Buttar minor sub-canal at Dhudike village, following which water gushed into the nearby fields. The wheat straw that was to be used to make dry fodder for cattle was damaged, said the villagers. The Irrigation Department had continued to release water in the sub-canal for the past three days when it was already flowing above the danger mark. On Monday, a breach developed near the grain market in Dhudike village. The villagers immediately called officials of the Irrigation Department to stop releasing water in the channel. 

PPP meetings
: People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Badal held nukkad meetings with the party workers here on Sunday. Meetings were said to be regarding the forthcoming rally of the party on May 21 in Nakodar. 

Development grant: A grant of Rs 10 lakh has been approved for Shahkot and Mehtpur from the MPLAD quota of Union Minister Ambika Soni, said Congress leader Karnal CD Singh Kamboj. He said Rs five lakh each would be spent for the development of Shahkot and Mehtpur. 

Woman commits suicide: A woman, Sukhwant Kaur, resident of Bili Chahrmi village, committed suicide by hanging herself from the roof of the house on Monday. Father of the girl Joginder Singh told the police that his daughter was married to Iqbal Singh of Bili Chahrmi village 17 years ago. The police has initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. 

VHP protest
: Members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today held a dharna at Parshuram Chowk against Australian fashion designer for showing Hindu gods in defamatory manner. The protesters burnt the Australian flag and demanded an apology from the concerned designer. 

Annual function: DAV Public School, Patiala, held an annual prize distribution function “Maa Tujhe Salaam”. Brahm Mohindra, MLA, Samana, graced the occasion as chief guest, while Dr Puneet Bedi, manager of the school, and principal, MCM DAV  College for Women, presided over.The programme commenced with a Saraswati Vandana followed by a lamp lighting ceremony. The event was dedicated to mothers. A choreography was presented by students.Toppers were honoured by Brahm Mohindra. Principal SR Prabhakar read out the annual report.



Books released: Six books were released at the Press Club, Sector 27, on Monday. Titled ‘Kinder Magic’, the books will be used for educating pre-school children. Additional principal secretary to Haryana Chief Minister Dr KK Khandelwal, IAS, released the books.

Mayawati in city on May 29:Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati will address a north-zone workers’ conference at the rally ground in Sector 25 on May 29. Rajya Sabha MP Narinder Kashyap said party workers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Chandigarh would participate in the conference.

Promoted:The UT Administrator has promoted executive engineer Santosh Kumar Chadha as superintending engineer (civil) on regular basis with immediate effect. The appointment is regulated by the Punjab Service of Engineers Department of Public Works (B&R Branch) Group ‘A’ Service Rules, 2005. He will be on probation for a period of one year. 

Sindhi association:The executive body of the Sindhi Association on Monday decided to construct a place of worship for the community in or around Chandigarh. It was also decided to enroll more members for the association.

Life support skills training:
A basic life support skills training workshop ‘Family and Friends CPR Programme’ was organised at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on World Red Cross Day. Over 30 persons from diverse fields, ranging from top management of companies in the tricity to college-going students, participated in the workshop. They were imparted training on the basic steps of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, commonly called CPR. They were also taught how to use the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and how to manage a victim of choking. 



Cancel power project
: Assn: In the wake of threat to the prestigious Jadera drinking water supply scheme feeding the town, the Chamba Welfare Association has opposed the setting up of the proposed Hul hydroelectric project in the Jadera area of the district and demanded that the state government rescind its approval forthwith. Supporting the agitation launched by the Sal Ghati Sangharsh Morcha, the association reiterated its demand. 

JCB fined for illegal mining
: The local police conducted a raid to check illegal mining in the Chakki rivulet Monday evening and caught a JCB for violating the mining Act. According to the police, the JCB was owned by Bhagwati Stone Crusher. The owner of the JCB was fined for Rs 25,000 on the spot. The police has been conducting raids in the Chakki rivulet area following the direction the state High Court. 

New DSP joins at Nurpur: Rajinder Jaswal joined as the new DSP at Nurpur on Monday. He was transferred from Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s security. Just after joining duty, Jaswal told mediapersons that his priority would be to bring down the crime rate in this border area and he would also work to curb the menace of drug trafficking and illicit liquor here.

Burglars decamp with cash, gold
:Burglars decamped with the cash and gold worth Rs 75,000 from a house at Manaid village on Sunday night, the police said here on Monday. The police said the thieves broke into Ram Krishen’s house at midnight and decamped with golden ornaments worth Rs 65,000 and cash Rs 10,000. Ram and his wife were sleeping and their daughter-in-law Arpana had gone to attend a wedding. 

Army School annual day held: Army School, Yol Cantonment, celebrated its annual function. The occasion was graced by the patron of the school the Chief of Staff, HQ 9 Corpos. The Chief of Staff said the school was part of the Army Welfare Education Society AGQs, Delhi, which had been imparting “Quality Education at Affordable Cost” to wards of Army personnel since 1983.

Woman falls from hill, dies
: Kamala Devi (56), wife of Bhim Sen of Dhardi village, about 70 km from here, in Banjar subdivision of this district, died when she fell down a hill while cutting grass on Monday. The victim was brought to the community health centre at Banjar, where she succumbed to her injuries. The body of the deceased was handed over to the relatives after postmortem.

Jari block 1st in Anaemia-Free HP campaign: Jari block of this district has achieved the first position in Himachal Pradesh in the Anaemia-Free Himachal campaign started in May 2010. This was stated by DC BM Nanta while addressing participants of the workshop on the programme at Bachat Bhawan here on Monday. District Anaemia-Free Himachal Nodal Officer Jaswinder Kapoor said Jari block had covered 44,347 patients up to March 31, which was the highest in the state. 



Women’s problems: Aasha Rani Dhyani, member secretary of the Uttarakhand State Women’s Commission on Monday said the commission would hold a hearing on the problems of women at the Nagar Palika Parishad, Mussoorie town hall, on Tuesday. She asked the SDM, the police, tehsildar and the social welfare officer to remain present during the hearing. 

6 hurt in mishap: Six persons sustained injuries when a Tata Sumo fell into a gorge at Munikriti in Rishikesh on Monday. The injured have been admitted to Government Rishikesh Hospital. According to information, the incident took place when Dharam Singh (32) of Delhi, along with his family, was on his way to Jamanikhal. Near Byasi, the vehicle lost control and fell into the gorge. 

Postponed: The “Janta milan” programme of state CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, which was to be held at the Secretariat on May 11, has been postponed. The CM was supposed to meet the public. The programme has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, according to Chandershekhar Updhaya, OSD in the Chief Minister’s Office. 

Sample taken: A team of the DMC took a sample of buttermilk from a shop near Dwarka Store Chowk here on Monday. Senior Health Officer Kailash Joshi said they had received a complaint that buttermilk (Dairy India product) bought from the Dwarka store was stinking and when the matter was reported to the shopkeeper, he said that it was not his fault, as he had given the packing as it came from Delhi.

Kumaon Briefs

Officials told to complete works:Officials responsible for the execution of various works for which funds have been sanctioned under Disaster Relief in Udham Singh Nagar have been asked to complete the same by this month-end. For the works completed till now, District Magistrate BVRC Purshottam has asked officials to furnish a utilisation certificate within a week and surrender the unutilised money. At a meeting held at Rudrapur on Monday, officials of the PWD were asked to repair those roads which do not come under the category of disaster affected, but for which the money has been received, before the onset of the monsoon.

Awareness drive launched:The administration and Lead Bank in Udham Singh Nagar have launched an awareness drive on financial and banking matters. A mobile van being run by Sandesh, a social organisation, will be travelling across various parts of the Gadarpur block over the next 10 days with the aim of link the people to banking services being offered to them. Lead Bank officer KR Pankaj said people living in areas like Kopa, Kulha, Buksaura and Vijayanagar would be told about banking and financial services and help would be offered to them for opening bank accounts. During the drive, kisan, self- employment and normal credit cards would also be allotted to the eligible clients by NABARD.

Cold store facility sought:Farmers in the Garud area of Bageshwar, who are engaged in the production of potatoes, have demanded the cold store facility in the area. They said in the absence of the facility, they were unable to get proper returns for their produce. They were being compelled to sell their produce in the wholesale market in Haldwani at the earliest since the commodity was perishable and more than often, they were exploited by middlemen.

2 cable operators booked:Two cable operators in the Ramnagar area of Nainital district have been booked on charge of illegal transmission of paid channels. The complainant had approached the police with a complaint that the duo had been transmitting paid channels by making wrong use of the DTH facility and having not paid the licence fee. The policeraided the control rooms of the two operators and seized equipment used for the transmission of various channels.

Power supply cable snapped:A major accident was averted in the Bazpur area of Udham Singh Nagar district on Sunday when a high-tension electricity supply cable snapped. However, the snapping led to the disruption of power supply in the area and caused the burning of a stationary car and some other automobile equipment as the cable fell on an automobile service centre. Luckily, the incident took place at an hour when the area was deserted. The matter has been reported to senior officials of the Power Department.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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