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Effluents found in permissible limits:
Treated effluents being discharged into Kala Sanghia drain of three of the four industries checked by a high-powered committee of the district administration were found under permissible limits whereas the fourth industry was found closed. In a release, it was stated that the committee headed by SDM Iqbal Singh Sandhu checked the treated waste water being discharged into the drain by JK Traders, HR Industries, Enova Publications and ATM Forgings. While the effluents of three industries were found under permissible limits, ATM Forgings was found closed.

City Centre case:
The City centre case involving former Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh was on Saturday adjourned till May 28 by the court of Sessions Judge SP Bangarh. The court heard the arguments by defence lawyer representing Anil Narula, one of the officers of Today Homes company facing accusations of giving costly gifts & cash to the trustees of Ludhiana Improvement Trust, on the occassion of Diwali, for favouring company. Captain Amarinder Singh could not attend the court due to illness.

Tension over land dispute in Moga:
Tension prevailed in the heart of the Moga town on Saturday when some persons tried to grab a piece of disputed land belonging to Mission School being run by the Church of North India. The principal of the school, Harald Mohan, after noticing that some persons had started construction work on the land adjoining his residence called on the police for protecting the land.

Panchayat secys recruitment scam
: The court of Special Judge (CBI cases) Balbir Singh has fixed September 10 as the next date of hearing in the case pertaining to the irregularities in the recruitment of 909 Panchayat Secretaries during the SAD-BJP government (1997-2002). Satnam S Kler said that this has been done in the wake of directions by the Punjab and Haryana High Court that hearing in this case be fixed after September 8.

High velocity thunderstorm followed by rain and hailstorms hit Phagwara, Goraya and Phillaur on Friday night. Several trees on roadsides got uprooted. Power supply was also affected. However, the rain provided much needed relief from the heat.



Panjab University controller of examination has notified that the centre no 21, which is PG Government College for Girls, Sector 46, Chandigarh, be read as PG Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, for CET-2011 to be held on May 22, 2011.

Seminar at UIET: A two-day national conference on “Advances in Mechanical Engineering” was inaugurated at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University. The objective of the conference was to throw light on latest innovations in the field of mechanical engineering. It also aimed at strengthening the relationship between academics and entrepreneurs, exchanging information and expertise among participants. Prof BK Dhindaw, Dean (academics), IIT Ropar, who was the key note speaker, dwelt on the importance of innovation in every field, including engineering.

New courses for distance learning: Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education Centre in the city has launched four new programmes in arts and humanities. These include BA in history and political science, BCom, MA in history and political science and MCom. The university is already offering 51 courses across 12 disciplines, including IT, telecom technology, management, arts, commerce, journalism and mass communication.

Skit on foeticide bags first prize:
The Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, organised an inter-house skit competition here today. Students from all four houses - Sarvpalli, Sidharth, Rabindra and Vivekanand - participated in the competition and presented acts on the evils prevailing in society. The first prize was bagged by Sidharth House, which raised their voice against female foeticide. Rabindra House depicting the eternal problem of dowry stood second in the race.

Anti-Terror Day: Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), observed the Anti-Terrorism Day at the Dadu Majra Colony today to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.



Tikait’s ashes immersed
: The ashes of veteran kisan leader and former national president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Mahendra Singh Tikait were immersed in Brahma Sarovar and Sannhit Sarovar here and four other holy places here on Saturday, fulfiling his last wish. The urn containing the ashes was brought here by Tikait’s relatives. Earlier, the urn was kept in the central hall of Jat Dharamshala, where hundreds of people paid floral tributes to the departed soul. A condolence meeting was also held.



Free ENT camp today
:The local branch of Vivekananda Kendra Kanya Kumari will hold a free ENT camp at Gopal Bagh on the outskirts of this town on Sunday at 10.30 am as its monthly feature. PR Agnihotri, convenor of the Kendra, said Dr Sanjay Sachdeva, Director, Max Group of Hospital, Delhi, and HOD, ENT Department, will examine the patients.



Militant hideout busted in Rajouri:
Security forces busted a militant hideout and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a forest area in Koteranka tehsil of Rajouri district on Friday. Based on specific information, the 60 RR along with the 163 Infantry Battalion launched a search operation in the Marhota forest area of Koteranka tehsil, official sources said. Five UBGL grenades, five Chinese hand grenades, one pistol and one empty pistol magazine were seized, they added.



Two killed in accident: Two persons were killed and three sustained injuries when the car they were travelling in was hit by a bus near Dat Kali Mandir on Saturday. The deceased have been identified as Shalu (28) and her daughter Anshita (4). The injured have been admitted to Doon Hospital. Their condition is stable. The bus driver has been arrested and a case registered against him.

Natya Mahotsav: Natya Mahotsav by the Doon Ghati Rang Manch got off to a colourful start on Saturday. In all, 22 cultural organisations are participating in the three-day extravaganza. Speaker of Vidhan Sabha Harbans Kapoor inaugurated the mahotsav.

Dustbins: Assistant Executive Engineer, Dehradun Municipal Corporation, HR Rawt said on Saturday that they had made compulsory for all shopkeepers and rehriwalas to keep a dustbin along with them. He said if they they failed to comply with the order, challans would be issued to them.

Bag snatched: A man allegedly snatched a bag from a woman, which was containing jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh. In her complaint to the police, the victim, Deepa Bhatia, alleged that the incident took place when she was coming back from bank. When she reached near her house, a man came to her, pushed her and took away the bag.

Kumaon Briefs
DM reviews progress of schemes
: District Magistrate, Almora, DS Garbyal has asked officials to execute various schemes and programmes under the district plan and those initiated by the Uttarakhand and Central Governments well in time. He gave these directions while reviewing the progress of various schemes. He said people must get benefits of these schemes at the earliest. Chief Development Officer Dheeraj Singh gave details about the money sanctioned under various schemes and their status of utilisation.

Priest’s ‘murder’ case: The ‘murder’ case of a priest and his accomplice in Ladhiya valley in Lohaghat has taken a new turn with the authorities stating that the duo had died after being struck by lightning. Earlier, it was being suspected that the priest of the famous Khudai temple, Jagannath Swami, and his accomplice, Khimanand Binwal, were given poison allegedly by Baba Dayamuni and Lakshman Singh, who later fled the spot. During preliminary investigations, it has come to the fore that while Binwal’s body had burn marks on his neck, the undershirt of Swami was also burnt. The postmortem reports have ruled out poisoning as the cause of the death. Meanwhile, Baba Dayamuni has told the police that he had fled the spot as he got scared after their death.

Implementation of RTI Act: Information Commissioner Anil Sharma has called for the proper implementation of the Right to Information Act (RTI). Speaking at a seminar in Rudrapur on Saturday, Sharma said those seeking information under the Act must be provided with the same in a transparent manner and without any delay on the part of the information officer. He said the Information Commission did not believe in interfering in affairs of the government and the administration. All it wants is that there was a transparent functioning of the administration and that applicant received information well in time.

Boy drowned: A boy was killed when he drowned in a seasonal drain in the Okhalkanda block of Nainital district on Friday. The deceased has been identified as eight-year-old Dinesh Chandra Pokhariya of Bedukhep villege. According to information, the incident took place when he, along with his sister, was coming back from his school. He fell into the drain. His sister Prema raised the alarm and villagers rushed to the spot. However, he had died by then.

Suicide bid: Following a rift with her tenants, a woman of the Mallital area in Nainital, allegedly consumed poison on Friday. The rift pertained to the ownership of a shop. Kanti Devi consumed poison in front of the shop. She was rushed to BD Pande Hospital and is under treatment.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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