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PWSSB staff threaten stir:
Water supply and sewerage disposal system would be thrown out of gear, if the staff relieved by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) is not put on duty by the Municipal Council by May 25. The ultimatum came in from the Sewer and Water Supply Workers Union.

B’deshi national nabbed:
Jawans of the 65 battalion of the Border Security Force nabbed a Bangladeshi national who was trying to sneak into Pakistan through the barbed wire fence near Pul Kanjari at Attari here on Monday. The miscreant was identified as Nazar-ul-Islam (35) of district Neepamari, Bangladesh.

3,200 employees regularised:
The Punjab Government on Monday regularised the services of over 3,200 Public Health Department employees. Issuing a notification in this regard, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal said the SAD-BJP government had already issued notification for regularisation of other employees too who had completed 10 years in service.

Film stars honoured: At a glittering ceremony in Mumbai on Sunday evening, Punjab Education and Language Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan felicitated a galaxy of film personalities for their role in promoting Punjabi language and culture. Among those honoured were Yash Chopra, Prem Chopra, Om Puri, Poonam Dhillon, Gul Panag, Manmohan Singh, Jaspinder Narula, Sonu Sood, Neeru Bajwa, Divya Dutta, Bhupinder-Mitali and Navneet Nishan. Sekhwan announced the setting up of a Punjabi Academy to promote Punjabi in films/TV.

Strike hits revenue work:
Revenue work in the local tehsil office was adversely affected on the fifth day on Monday as the document writers, typists, stamp papers vendors, draftsmen and others observed strike. They are demanding the transfer of Fazilka tehsildar Ravinder Walia. Dozens of members of different unions staged protests in Tehsil office and raised slogans. Fazilka SDM Ajay Sood hoped that the stalemate between tehsildar and protesters would be resolved soon.

People apprised of bank schemes:
The staff members of the Indian Overseas Bank on Monday initiated an exercise to spread awareness about various schemes launched by the bank under the Community Outreach Programme. Suresh Mittal, senior manager of the bank, said people showed keen interest in various policies and schemes, launched recently including those for the students.

Teacher booked for molestation:
Gurpal Singh, head, Department of Laws, Punjab University Regional Centre, Muktsar, has been booked by the local police for his alleged involvement in molesting a student of the third year of Bachelor of Laws on May 12. Police sources said a case under Section 354 of the IPC was registered against Gurpal Singh after he was found guilty into the inquiry conducted by the Muktsar DSP Gurdeep Singh. The inquiry was ordered by the Muktsar SSP Inder Mohan Singh.

Breach in canals plugged:
Even it appeared to be visibly a herculean task, most of the 16 breaches that incurred in different canals/sub-canals due to felling of trees on Saturday night and Sunday amidst heavy rain, were plugged by Monday afternoon. Hundreds of farmers, who were affected by the breaches, played a vital role in plugging the breaches. The Sadulpur Hanumangarh-Sriganganagar rail track has also been repaired.



Boy crushed to death:
Vikas (12) was crushed to death by a school bus at Gothra Tappa Dahina village, 35 km from here, on Sunday. The bus ran over Vikas, who was playing there, when the driver was parking it.

1 dies in mishap: Ran Singh (50) of Buroli village was killed while several others were injured, one of them seriously, when a jeep, carrying passengers from Rewari to Dahina, overturned on the Rewari-Mahendragarh road, near Saharanwas village, 6 km from here, on Monday afternoon. Rajender Singh of Dhawana village, who was severely injured, has been referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. Jeep driver Ashok Kumar absconded after the accident.

Tree plantation: Kuldeep Sharma, Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, inaugurated a tree plantation programme at BCM Polytechnic College, Raiya, in Jhajjar district, 55 km from Rewari, on Sunday. He inaugurated the programme by planting a sapling of a herbal plant in the college complex. Sharma exhorted the youth to grow more plants to save the environment from pollution.



Woman dies after bitten by bees:
Har Devi (47) of Dol Daaber village, near Namhole, was killed after she was suddenly attacked by wild bees at Gudran Dugga village, near here, on Sunday. Reports said the bees stung her when she was passing down the path near the bee colony. She was rushed to Namhole Primary Health Centre where she recovered after treatment. But next day on returning home, she fell seriously ill and died.

Youth’s death: Cops visit Punjab: A police party has left for Kiratpur Sahib, bordering Punjab, to unravel the mystery of the murder or accidental death of Tarun Kumar (27) of Upper Nihal sector of this town. He was reported missing by the family on May 19 after he had left on his motor cycle on May 18. SP Santosh Patial said here on Sunday that Tarun’s body was found lying on the bank of a canal near the Kotla Power Plant in Kiratpur Sahib. In another FIR in the City Chowki here a family of the Main Market here has complained that their daughter had left with Tarun.

Ashish SinghmarPALAMPUR
Singhmar is Palampur SDM:
Ashish Singhmar, an IAS officer of 2008 batch, has been appointed as the new SDM of Palampur. Prior to joining as the Palampur SDM, Singhmar also served as the Block Development Officer (BDO) at Baijnath and Bhawarna.

Lawyer on armed forces panel:
A n advocate of the state High Court Kuldeep Rathore has been appointed Senior Panel Counsel for the Army, Navy and Air Force for the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) at Chandigarh. The appointment has been made for a period of three years. He is already a Senior Standing Counsel for the Centre for the CAT.

Industry bodies join hands:
Various industry associations of the state joined hands on Sunday to form an All-Himachal Industrial Federation (AHIF) to take up various industry-related issues with the government. At a meeting held at Baddi, Sanjay Guleria, president, Himachal Drug Manufacturers Association, was chosen as the chairman while Sachin Shridhar as the chief adviser of the AHIF.



Case registered: A case was registered against Sanjay Bhatt, spokesperson for the Uttarakhand Jan Sena, for allegedly entering into an altercation with Dehradun District Magistrate Sachin Kurve here on Monday. Sanjay, along with other members of the sena, went to meet the City Magistrate to apprise him of the felling of trees in the name of widening of roads. He was later sent to the District Magistrate. He requested the District Magistrate to make sure that instead of cutting the trees these should be transplanted somewhere else. But, somehow the talk turned into an argument and the police was called. Sanjay claimed it was the District Magistrate who started “misbehaving” with him and other members of the sena.

Drowned: A pilgrim from Ludhiana was drowned in the Bhagirathi at Makuri in Uttarkashi district following a sudden flow of water in the river from the Maneri Bhali hydroelectric project. According to the police, three pilgrims bathing in the river were swept away.Two of them were rescued by locals while the whereabouts of the third one was not known.

Demolished: An anti-encroachment team of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation that went to demolish illegal jhuggis at Dak Bangla basti, near the Sai temple at Rajpur, faced resistance from residents. They threw stones at the team. However, more than 100 illegal jhuggis were demolished in the operation.

Arrested: Sanjeet Kumar,resident of Clementown, was arrested by the Dehradun police on a charge of possessing 632 capsules of illegal intoxicating drugs. According to police officials, investigation was on.

Kumaon Briefs
Five killed in mishaps:
Five persons were killed in separate accidents in Udham Singh Nagar district. According to information, Kalpana Devi (20) and her one-and-a-half-year-old son, Naveen, were killed when the bus they were travelling in rammed into a tree near Bazpur. In another incident, Satnam Singh (19) and Baljit Singh (18) were killed when their tractor-trailer, in which they were bringing hay from Dhakiya village in UP, overturned in a ditch, crushing them near Angadpur village. In yet another incident, 34-year-old Avnish Kumar was killed in Rudrapur when he was hit by an unknown vehicle. He was returning home from duty on foot.

Programme for farmers: Officials in Almora district have been asked to propagate the need for water conservation, the construction of temporary ponds and polythene tanks during the ‘Sarkar kisan ke dwar’ programme, which was launched on Monday with the Zila Panchayat Chairman Mohanram Arya flagging off krishi raths. The programme will continue till June 1. The purpose of the programme is to provide technical know-how to farmers besides promoting agricultural investments. Arya said during the programme, farmers would be provided knowledge about the new varieties of seeds for kharif crop, latest farm implements, dairy development, fisheries and medicinal plants.

Death mourned: Lok Sabha member from the Pauri Garhwal constituency Satpal Maharaj has mourned the death of Yogambar Singh Rawat, a former Congress legislator. He said the efforts of Rawat for giving a voice to issues related to the masses and for developing the state are historical. Rawat had died on Saturday evening after a prolonged illness. He was cremated on Sunday.

Dowry case: The Ramnagar police has arrested one person on the charge of harassing his wife for dowry. According to information, a case was registered against Satish Garwal of Kheda village, along with six other members of his family, on May 18 following a complaint from his wife, Bhawna Devi. They got married in May 2010 and the accused had allegedly been harassing the victim for bringing Rs 5 lakh and a motorcycle. She had allegedly been turned out of her house by the accused after being beaten up on April 4 this year. Since then, the victim had been living at her parental home in Kyari village. The couple also have a child.

Theft charge: Residents of Awas Niwas locality in Haldwani nabbed a schoolboy while he was allegedly trying to steal a motorcycle. The accused is a student of Class 10. Sustained interrogation led him to reveal the names of his seven other accomplices, who were also rounded up. While five of them were released, one of his accomplices has been booked along with him.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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