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Jagdeep elected as Bar Assn chief:
Jagdeep Singh Sandhu has been elected as president of the Bar Association here, former president and senior advocate Sukhpal Singh Sidhu informed. Vikram Godara, Kaushal Munjal and Anish Bishnoi have been elected as secretary, joint secretary and cashier, respectively.

Pak national booked; 4 freed: One of the five Pakistan nationals who were nabbed by the Border Security Force men was on Sunday handed over to the Amritsar (rural) police while the remaining four were handed over to Pakistani Rangers after initial investigation. Mohammad Amim, 22, a resident of Basarke Kalan village in Narowal district (Pakistan), has been booked for illegally crossing over to the Indian territory. The remaining four were sent back as they had inadvertently crossed over.

March organised: Activists of the Sikh Students Federation (Grewal) on Sunday organised 'Shaheedi March' here in support of establishing a memorial of Operation Bluestar. Starting from Bhai Gurdas Hall, the march culminated at Akal Takht. Later, a memorandum for early construction of the memorial was submitted to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.

Undertrial dies in Central Jail
: A 27-year-old undertrial, facing drug-peddling charges, died in Central Jail here today. The deceased, identified as Harvinder Singh (27), who was sent to jail on May 31 under drug-peddling charges, was ill for the past two days. According to sources in the jail, the condition of the victim deteriorated this morning, following which he was rushed to Civil Hospital, but the paramedics there declared him brought dead.

Suvidha employees to go on en masse leave: Members of the Punjab State Suvidha Employees Union will take mass leave on June 10 to lodge their protest against the government for not paying heed to their demand of regularisation. In a press note issued here, the union said union members would stage a dharna in front of the Director, Information and Technology, at Chandigarh. They have been demanding regularisation of employees according to the Punjab Civil Services Act along with fixed salary grades. They further demanded that Sukhmani Societies should be managed under Punjab State E-Governance Society.

‘Direct paddy sowing saves water, labour’
: The direct paddy sowing saves 60 per cent water, besides saving Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 per acre input cost as compared to conventional transplanting procedure. This was stated by ADC Sucha Singh Masat during a visit to Jhallian Kalan village. The direct paddy sowing began in the fields of farmer Amarinder Singh recntly. District agriculture officer BS Sohal said direct sowing saves labour charges of Rs 600 to Rs 2,500 per day.

Tarn Taran
s 2.74-cr grant  for panchayats: Ranjit Singjh Brahmpura, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, distributed grants worth Rs 2.74 crore to the panchayats of Tarn Taran and Khadur Sahib blocks at a function here on Saturday.


Monitoring panels: The Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Food and Supplies Department, Haryana, Navraj Sandhu, has reviewed the progress of making smart cards in four districts - Sirsa, Ambala, Sonepat and Karnal - through video-conferencing with the district food and supplies controllers. She directed them to redress the problems being faced while making smart cards. She said district and village-level committees had been constituted to monitor the smart card-making process. The village sarpanch, gram sachiv and nambardars had been included in the village-level committees and the presence of sarpanch or nambardar was imperative while preparing smart cards.

Five taken ill: Five members of a family were taken ill after consuming milk at Rattangarh village near Ratia town here on Thursday. Bhagwan Kaur (70), her three granddaughters Beant Kaur (20), Bir Kaur (18) and Kiran Kaur (24) and Kiran’s husband Lakhbir Singh fell unconscious after taking milk in the woman’s home in the village. The victims were taken to the CHC in Ratia this morning, where doctors gave them intravenous drips and injections. VK Jain, senior medical officer of the CHC, said the condition of all victims was stable now.

Agriculture trade: The state unit of the CPM and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) have condemned the reported move of the union government to allow the participation of private companies in the trading of the agricultural commodities. They have described it as a conspiracy hatched by pro-capitalist forces to allow the private sector to capture and to weaken the farming sector further.

Varsity courses: Chaudhary Devi Lal University has decided to discontinue two courses - Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication (evening) and Masters of Retailing and Logistic Management (MRLM). These courses were started in 2008 and 2010, but did not find the requisite response.

Patwari held: A team of the State Vigilance Bureau (SVB) on Saturday arrested a patwari red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a farmer for some official work at Kalanwali town here. The SVB has registered a case against patwari Harcharan Singh, posted at Taruana village in the district. A villager, Sukhbir Singh, had complained to the SVB that the patwari was demanding Rs 10,000 as bribe for division of his ancestral land.

Choked sewers: Angry residents of Ward 13, Patel Basti, Arya School area and Jiwan Singh Park protested on Friday against the “apathetic” attitude of the authorities. “Sewers have been lying choked in our areas for long making our life miserable,” alleged Brij Lal Saini, municipal councillor from Ward 13 of the town. It was difficult to walk through the streets as sewage overflows from manholes at many places. Jagdish Jangra, executive engineer of the Public Health Department, said the problem would be sorted out soon.

Lok adalat: As many as 50 cases were settled with mutual consent of the parties concerned at a lok adalat organised by the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) here in judicial complex on Saturday. A compensation of Rs 5.20 lakh was decided in two cases of motor vehicle accident in the adalat, which was presided over by District and Sessions Judge BB Prasoon, who is also the president of the DLSA. Meanwhile, as many as 12 cases of undertrials were settled by Chief Judicial Magistrate Phalit Sharma in a special lok adalat organised by the DLSA on the premises of the district jail here on Saturday.


BSF officers plant saplings: On World Environment Day, a plantation programme was organised at the BSF’s Frontier Headquarters here today where Rajdip Singh, Additional DG, BSF (West), S Chattopadhyaya, IG, BSF, Jammu, along with other senior officers, planted saplings at the BSF campus. Jawans and other officers also participated in the plantation drive and planted saplings. During the plantation drive, saplings of various plants like mango, guava, jamun, shisam, neem, aawla etc were planted by the BSF personnel.

50 kg of poppy husk seized: The police has seized above 50 kg of poppy husk from a vehicle on the national highway near Digdol on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a naka at Digdol and during checking it recovered poppy husk for a Qualis. The driver of the vehicle fled away after parking the vehicle. An FIR under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act had been registered.

Paddy consignment: Local Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kotwal on Saturday flagged off a consignment of 90 quintal of improved quality foundation seed of paddy (Jaya variety) to Karnataka. He said the seed produced by the Department of Agriculture, Jammu, at the Seed Multiplication Farm, Chinore, was sent on the request of Karnataka. He also appreciated the Agriculture Department for developing the capability to export the quality seed of paddy for the first time from the state. Many other senior officials, including Director, Department of Agriculture, Ajay Khajuria, were present there.

Four thieves arrested: The police on Friday arrested four thieves and recovered a stolen Scorpio. On May 17 Zakir Hussain of Kargil complained that some unidentified persons had hired his vehicle from the Srinagar Tourist Reception Centre to the Narwal area of Jammu. On reaching Narwal, they asked him to drop them at Channi but as soon as the vehicle reached the Lakkar Mandi area one of the accused took out a rope to tie him while another accused stabbed him on his back with a sharp-edged weapon. However, he managed to escape from the spot and the accused fled away in the vehicle. The accused have been identified as Baba Ram and Kalu Ram, both residents of Shibuchak in Bishnah and Ashu of Narwal Pain. They had changed the registration number of the vehicle and had been plying it from Kargil to Jammu as a commercial cab.


Rape case: A security guard allegedly abducted and raped a student of Class 12 for several days at a cottage in Dehradun. The victim yesterday approached the District Magistrate following which the latter asked the SSP to probe the matter. The victim alleged that the accused, who worked as a security guard at a shop near Bindal Bridge, called her to meet her on some pretext. When she went to meet him, he abducted her and raped her for two weeks, she alleged. She said when her health got deteriorated, he dropped her at Bindal Bridge and fled the spot.

Cheating: A local court has pronounced punishment of six months, besides a fine of Rs 500, to Satyender Thapa of Adhoiwala in a chequebounce case. The complainant, Gagan Preet Singh, said he had lent Rs 54,000 to Satyender Thapa. But when Thapa returned the amount through a cheque it got bounced.

Martyrdom day: To mark the 405th martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, langars were organised at various gurdwaras today. The path of Sukhmani Sahib was organised at Gurdwara Karanpur, where a large number of devotees paid obeisance. Rajpur MLA Ganesh Joshi also visited the gurdwara to pay his obeisance. The Ramgadiya Sabha also organised chhabeel at Survey Chowk.

Honour killing: Man strangles daughter:
In a gruesome incident that has come to light from the Sitarganj area of Udham Singh Nagar, a man allegedly strangled his daughter and then went on to slit her throat before dumping her body in the forest. It is alleged to be a case of an honour killing as the accused was peeved over his daughter having an affair with her distant cousin. It is learnt that the accused, Ram Behl of Ratan Farm area, has surrendered before the police and has confessed to have killed his 20-year-old daughter. He had allegedly taken her to the forest on the pretext of taking her to her maternal aunt’s home. On the way, he told her that he had fiexd her marriage elsewhere. When she refused and protested, he allegedly went on to kill her. It was on late Friday night that her body was recovered from the forest along with a cell phone, artificial jewellery and some clothes.

Pokhriyal plants a sapling: Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank marked World Environment Day by planting a sapling at Terai Bhawan in Pantnagar. He had stopped over at Pantnagar to receive the Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, whose tour was cancelled at the last moment. Nishank was on his way back to Dehradun after participating in the BJP’s national executive in Lucknow.

Bhim Rao Ambedkar building: The District Magistrate in Champawat, Dr Pankaj Kumar Pandey, has stated that a Bhim Rao Ambedkar multipurpose building will be constructed at the district headquarters over 13 ‘nalis’ of land. He has stated that the government land has already been allocated for the purpose and a sum of Rs 38.46 lakh has been sanctioned for its construction, which has been handed over to the Irrigation Department, the executing agency for the purpose. The building is meant to be used for the benefit of the Scheduled Castes as they will be given shops in it for selling handicrafts. The first floor will be utilised for imparting training and a dormitory will be built on the second floor.

Woman’s body recovered from Kosi: The body of a woman has been recovered from the Kosi between Kaluvabagad and Khairali vilages of Baitalghat block of Nainital district. It is being assumed that the victim who is said to be about 30 years of age was murdered as her face had been burnt to hide her identity. It was on Saturday afternoon that two children from Amel village discovered the body. They informed the village elders who, in turn, told the police. The victim is yet to be identified. It is being assumed that the body must have flowed down from an upstream area. Further investigations are on.

Body recovered, kept in mortuary: An unidentified body was discovered on Saturday from behind the Military Engineering Service (MES) facility in Haldwani on Saturday. The body was discovered when preparations were on for the President Partibha Devisingh Patil’s proposed visit to Nainital. The deceased is said to be about 45 years old. The body has been kept in the mortuary and efforts are on to get the deceased identified.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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