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Cong leader flays attack on Swami Agnivesh:
Darshan Singh Jeeda, member, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC), has condemned the recent attack on Swami Agnivesh at Ahmedabad. He said Swami was a social reformer and worked for eradicating the evils of female foeticide, bonded labour and denial of rights to women. The attack on such a figure must be condemned by all section of society, Jeeda said.

Extension in job for Power Corp chief:
The Punjab Government on Tuesday issued orders extending the term of appointment of KD Chaudhri, Chairman-cum-Managing Director; Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, for three years with effect from June 4, 2011, or up to the age of 62 years, whichever is earlier. The information was revealed in a release issued here.

Child care homes may be upgraded: The Punjab Government is contemplating to adopt Gujarat model to improve the working of children and observation homes. Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Social Security, Women and Child Welfare Minister who was on a three-day visit to Gujarat visited Children and Observation Homes in Rajkot. She was impressed by the facilities in these homes as inmates were enjoying homely environment, including recreation facilities and computer and technical education.

Workshop held on ‘Change Management’: One-day workshop on ‘Change Management’ was organised by the Punjab Information and Communication Technology Corporation Limited (Punjab Infotech) in association with Wipro Ltd as part of the ongoing e-Governance project here on Tuesday. Punjab Chief Secretary SC Agrawal inaugurated the workshop.

1,000 girls to participate in NCC trek: The NCC is organising a 27-day All-India Girls Trekking Expedition in Himachal in which abotut 1,000 cadets from across the country are participating. They will be covering the trekking route stretched over 90 km mountainous terrain of the Dhauladhar ranges. The base camp has been set up at Baijnath Paprola in the premises of Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya.

Man arrested with 500 gm of opium:
The Dhuri police has arrested Godha Singh, a resident of Mahmadpur (Sherpur), and seized 500 gm of opium from his possession during a nakabandi on the outskirts of Rajomajra village near here after a tip-off. Sangrur SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said a case under Section 18/61/85 of the NDPS act has been registered.



Kisan Ayog consultant:
Dr ML Chadha, a renowned scientist in the discipline of horticulture and vegetable sciences, has been appointed consultant to the Haryana Kisan Ayog, which has its headquarters at Hisar. Dr Chadha is an alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He carried out post-doctoral research in vegetable breeding at Hanover University, West Germany.

Body found
: The police has recovered the body of a 23-year-old youth, who got drowned in the JLN canal passing from here on Sunday. The victim identified as Gaurav Sachdeva, a resident of Adarsh Nagar here, had gone to the canal along with a friend. The duo accidentally fell into the canal. While his friend managed to escape, Gaurav could not come out and was washed away in the canal waters.



Fierce gale, hail lash Chamba:
The entire region of Chamba was lashed by fierce gale and hailstones accompanied by lightning and thunderstorm this evening, according to official reports pouring into the district headquarters. The region was overcast with dark clouds and the heavy rain with hailstorm was continuing till the filing of the story. However, there was no report of loss of life and property received from anywhere in the district so far, the reports revealed.

Panchayat house attacked
: Two persons entered the panchayat house of Haler village and damaged the records and daily routine register and threatened the panchayat pradhan. They had been booked, the police said here on Tuesday. The police said both were under the influence of alcohol.

Fishing in Pong Lake banned
: The Department of Fisheries has banned fishing in the Pong Dam reservoir from June 1 to July 31 keeping in view the breeding period of fish. According to Hamir Chand, Deputy Director of the department, a strict vigil will be kept on illegal fishing in the reservoir during banned period.

Re-employment of doc resented:
The Himachal Medical Officers Association (HMOA) today expressed resentment over re-employment given to a joint director-level official of the Health and Family Welfare Department. Joint Secretary of the association Dr Jiwananad Chauhan said they were not opposed to re-employment but then it should not be against administrative posts but to serve as medical officials or specialists. “This particular doctor was given the benefit of promotion to the post of joint director three days before his retirement and today he has been re-employed,” he said.

IIAS to hold international seminar: The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) is organising a conference on “Changes in Caste Hierarchies in Rural India and their Political Implications” from June 1 to 3 in collaboration with the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, and South Asian Studies Council, MacMillan Centre, Yale University. Chairman of the IIAS and MP Prof BL Mungekar will inaugurate the conference.

Simla Bar Assn office-bearers: The Simla Bar Association on Tuesday elected the following office-bearers: president - SS Deshta; vice-president - Rajan Kohal; and general secretary - Rajesh Thakur.

Baddi institute gets PCI nod
: The Institute of Pharmacy and Emerging Sciences of Baddi University was granted an approval of the apex body of pharmacy education, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), New Delhi, today. The grant of approval has been sanctioned from the academic session 2007 onwards. The institute’s director, Pharmacy, Prof (Dr) Mukul Tailang, said the grant of the PCI approval would help in getting their students placed in various pharmaceutical units as it would ensure better prospects for their future.



Panel formed:
The Congress high command has constituted a manifesto drafting committee of the Uttarakhand Congress for the forthcoming Assembly elections. State Congress chief Yashpal Arya will head the committee while former minister Indira Hariydesh and Mussoorie Congress legislator Jot Singh Gunsola will be the co-conveners

Case registered: Sashi Raturi, in her complaint to the police, alleged that her husband’s ATM card got exchanged with someone’s else and when she checked the account, Rs 56,200 were found missing. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered at the Nehru Colony Police Station. Investigations are on.

One killed: One person was killed in a mishap at the Yamnotri highway on Tuesday. Following this, commuters had to face a tough time due to traffic jam.

Kumaon Briefs
Voter list:
State Election Commissioner Harish Chandra Joshi, at a meeting in Rudrapur on Tuesday, said the EC was deliberating on making use of a single voter list for the Lok Sabha, Assembly and three-tier Panchayati Raj elections. He said a pilot project had been initiated in this direction and urban and rural segment had been taken from Dehradun district for the purpose. He said the software for preparing voter lists for the panchayat elections was also being upgraded.

Govt land grabbed: In a glaring incident of the “apathy” of officials, certain anti-social elements not only took the possession of a piece of government land in Kitcha town, Udham Singh Nagar district, but also went on to construct a shop on it. Ironically, the shop is only 100 metres from the local Municipal Office. The local administration woke up to the violation of law on Monday evening and the procedure to get the said building demolished was initiated by officials. The cost of the said land is said to be more than Rs 50 lakh.

1 killed in mishap: One person was killed when a car hit a group of people purchasing litchis from a vendor on the Kaladhungi-Ramnagar road. The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Surendra, a resident of Haldwani.

Quack arrested: The Jaspur police has arrested a quack, who was allegedly trying to peddle fake currency in the town. According to information, Mohammad Naeem from Raipur village was arrested with the help of an informer, who called the accused to a particular spot while agreeing to pay Rs 700 for a fake Rs 1,000 note. The accused claimed to be a doctor, but was unable to furnish any document to establish that he had taken medical education of any sort. Further investigations are on.

Body found: The body of a man was found on Transit Camp Road in Rudrapur on Monday. The deceased is yet to be identified. The post-mortem examination has been conducted and the body has been kept at a morgue. The deceased is said to be nearly 30-year-old.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

Hotel workers seek wage hike
: The 49th annual convention of the District Hotel Workers Union of Mussoorie was held at Radhakrishan Temple on Tuesday. The general secretary of the union, RP Gaud, read out the annual report and submitted the accounts for the previous year. The union also discussed various issues of the workers and demanded an increase in the minimum wage to Rs 10,000. The chief guest, CPI general secretary Samar Bhandari, said at a time of extraordinary price rise the government had not yet defined the policy on minimum wages which was unfortunate.


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