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‘DSGMC behind blacklist review’: DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna on Monday claimed credit for the review of Sikh NRIs' blacklist. He said the DSGMC and the SAD (Delhi) had been fighting for scrapping of the list for over the last 10 years. In a statement, Sarna said they had moved the Delhi High Court over the issue. He said he had received a letter from the Home Ministry wherein it had been intimated that in pursuance of the HC order, the names of 117 blacklisted Sikhs had been deleted.

SGPC writes to PC on kirpan ‘ban’: SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has shot off a missive to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday seeking withdrawal of the alleged directions by the CISF authorities, “banning wearing of kirpan by Sikh staff” at the operational area of Sri Guru Ram Das International Airport, Amritsar. The move came after a security constable working with the Air India, Nirmal Singh, lodged a complaint with the SGPC in this regard.

Cantonment Board byelection: The National Commission for Scheduled Caste has directed station commander-cum-president, cantonment board, Ferozepur, Brigadier S Sengupta to ensure free and fair byelection to elect the member of Cantonment Board from ward number seven. The ward number seven is reserved for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste community. Dharminder Kumar, one of the contestants had approached the commission fearing that malpractices would be adopted to rig the poll by a section of politicians of the area.



Accidental fire
: Karam Singh (35) of Zirakhpur accidentally fired at the right leg of another traveller, Rajesh (26) of Chandigarh, in the AC coach of Unchahar Express plying from Chandigarh to Allahabad. The incident took place when the train was running between Nilokheri and Trawari. The train remained stranded at Karnal railway station for almost half an hour. The GRP nabbed Karam Singh on the complaint of Rajesh. A case has been registered.

Bike lifters’ gang busted: The district police has arrested two persons and recovered five motorcycles from them. District police chief Pankaj Nain said the police stopped two motorcycle-borne youths at a checkpost on the Kabri road. They failed to produce any documents of the vehicle. The two were identified as Beeru and Ramchander, who hailed from West Bengal and were currently residing at the Kacha Camp area here. They admitted to stealing five bikes from various areas of the district.A case had been registered against the two accused.

Salesman injured: Kuldeep Yadav (22), salesman at a liquor vend at Saharanwas village, 6 km from here, sustained grievous injuries when some armed miscreants opened fired on him on Saturday night. He was admitted to a private hospital in Gurgaon. The miscreants, who fired at him when he was sleeping inside the vend, fled after committing the crime. The Rampura police has registered a case. It said the miscreants had apparently opened fire on him out of animosity.



Two houses  destroyed in fire: Two houses were gutted on Sunday night at Kadhyar village under Uhal Panchayat causing a loss of about Rs 6 lakh. Panchayat president Narbada Devi said, “The fire destroyed six rooms of two pucca houses belonging to Tara Chand and Gurdev Chand causing an estimated loss of about Rs 6 lakh”.

Bridge opens on Aut-Banjar road: The state government has constructed an interim bailey bridge at Dhaman on the Aut-Banjar road. The old bridge at the site had collapsed in December 2010. While inaugurating the bridge, PWD Minister Gulab Singh said Rs 12 crore had also been sanctioned for the 13-km-long Kullu-Karoun road. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Jai Ram, state BJP president Khimi Ram, MLA Kishori Lal and district officers were also present.

BJYM burns effigy of UPA govt
: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists burnt an effigy of the UPA government in protest against the petrol price hike here on Monday. Over a dozen activists, led by district president Mahender Thakur, gathered at the Chhota Bazaar and burnt the effigy. They also shouted slogans against the Central government.

One crushed to death on roadside
: Shibu Kureshi (17), a migrant labourer, was crushed to death while sleeping on the roadside on the Bodh-Chakki-Dhar link road on Sunday night. He was overrun by a speeding truck. The police after lodging a case arrested truck driver Ramesh Chand of Kamnala village. The body of the deceased has been handed over to the family.

AB Aggerwal
AB Aggerwal

BBMB celebrates 35th raising day: The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) celebrated its 35th raising day here on Sunday. Chairman, BBMB, AB Aggerwal was the chief guest. He said last year the BBMB produced 1,575.5 million units of electricity, which was a record generation. He said recently the BBMB was given two prizes by the Greentech Foundation for better human resources. The BBMB also bagged four Inertia Prizes for better electrical generation. On the occasion, the BBMB administration honoured 43 employees.

BJP promises jobs to 33,000 youth: Dile Ram, MLA from Nachan, said the BJP was committed to giving employment to 33,000 Himachali youth. He was addressing a gathering at Baddu on the concluding day of the three-day cultural and sports festival of the MG Institute of Engineering and Technology. Ved Parkash Sharma, Chairman, Agriculture Produce and Marketing Committee, Mandi, also spoke.



Panchayat meeting: Under the aegis of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and the 13th Finance Commission, the gram Pradhan of Mohkampur held an open meeting at the Panchayat Ghar here on Monday. The meeting was conducted as an annual convention of the gram panchayat to plan their future works and to forward a proposal of installing streetlights near railway crossing number 35 at Chanakyapuram to the state government.

Hearing put off in corruption case: The hearing of former Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL) Chairman Yogendra Prasad in the court has been deferred for May 30. He had completed his 14-day judicial remand on Monday and was to be produced in the District Courts. However, owing to some reasons, he was produced in some other court, which put off his hearing for May 30, said Vigilance SP. He has been accused of bending norms to benefit KAVEAT International, which also paid him in return.

Water supply situation: To augment water supply in the city under JNNURM, 30 tubewells have been sunk and 37 overhead tanks built at a cost of Rs 70.02 crore. “The demand for water dramatically shoots up in the summer season. Along with expansion of water storage infrastructure, good rainfall during the monsoon season last year charging of natural water sources, has helped in a big way. But, some areas in the hills are still facing a water shortage,” said DD Dimri Chief General Manager Jal Sansthan.

Theft at Nehru Gram: A theft of cash and jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh was reported from the house of a home guard jawan at Nehru Gram, Dobhal Chowk, on Monday. According to the complaint lodged by home guard Jail Kishan with the police, their family had gone outstation on May 7 and when they returned on Monday they found cash and jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh missing.

Kumaon Briefs
Governor extends Budh Poornima greetings:
Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva has greeted the citizens of the state and the country on the occasion of Budh Poornima that falls on Tuesday. In her message on the eve of the auspicious occasion, the Governor has stated: “Lord Buddha showed the path of non-violence, compassion, love and brotherhood. His teachings are of eternal significance in the present time. Let us all turn to Lord Buddha’s message to spread the values of peace, harmony and unity in society.”

Krishak Mahotsava from May 23 to 31: A Krishak Mahotsava will be organised in Udham Singh Nagar district from May 23 to 31. During the event, the officials at the district level would be travelling in rural areas making the farmers aware of the various government schemes started for their welfare. They would also sort out their problems on the spot. Speaking at a meeting held at Rudrapur with regards to the event, Chief Development Officer (CDO) YK Pant asked the officials to ensure that a maximum number of farmers participate in the event. Chief Agricultural Officer (CAO) PK Singh said seminars would be held at the Nyay Panchayat level during the mahotsava.

46,334 in BPL category get smart cards: As many as 46,334 of a total of 69,669 beneficiaries from the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category have been issued smart cards under the National Health Insurance Scheme in Udham Singh Nagar district till now. This was stated by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr RS Aswal, on Monday. He has said five members of the family of a beneficiary can avail themselves of medical treatment to the tune of Rs 30,000 per annum at the hospitals and nursing homes identified under the scheme free of cost. He has stated that besides the government hospitals in Bazpur, Jaspur, Gadarpur, Kitcha, Khatima, Sitarganj, Kashipur and Rudrapur, the beneficiaries can also avail themselves of treatment at certain other identified hospitals in the district.

Electrical appliances destroyed in fire: A large number of electrical appliances were destroyed in a fire that broke out in a shop at Kashipur on Sunday. The cause of the fire is said to be a short-circuit. The fire was brought under control by the people in the neighbourhood and the fire brigade. The losses have been pegged at approximately Rs 7 lakh.

Road project hangs fire: People residing in the rural areas are agitated over the failure of the government to build the Jaulkande-Shishakhani-Leti-Chanapani road. They say the road project had been approved five years ago but there has been no progress with regards to its construction which continues to cause grave problems for them. These villages are not connected with road and have witnessed massive out migration in the previous years. The residents of these villages say that it was following a massive agitation that the road project had been approved by the government in 2006. The villagers have threatened to launch an agitation if the work on the road is not started at the earliest.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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