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Sikh jatha leaves for Pakistan: A 160-member jatha of Sikhs on Wednesday left for Pakistan on a special train to observe the Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev. The jatha comprised devotees sent by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society and Khalra Mission Committee. The jatha will visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib on June 9. It will reach Nankana Sahib on June 11. After obeisance at Gurdwara Sacha Sauda on June 12, the devotees will reach Gurdwara Dehra Sahib, Lahore, on June 14. They will visit Gurdwara Rodi Sahib and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib on June 15 and Gurdwara Dehra Sahib on June 16. The jatha will return on June 17.

Bluestar memorial: SGPC forms panel: The SGPC on Wednesday disclosed the names of those on the five-member committee constituted to prepare the blueprint of the Operation Bluestar Memorial. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said the committee will comprise of Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Khalsa, SGPC senior vice-president Raghujit Singh Virk, Punjabi University V-C Dr Jaspal Singh, SGPC executive member Rajinder Singh Mehta and former Pro V-C of GNDU Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor.

Man arrested with 2.8 kg of opium
: The police has arrested a resident of Kalyan village here, Baldev Singh, after allegedly seizing 2.8 kg of opium from his possession. According to the police, the arrest was made during a ‘naka’ when they signalled two motorcycle-borne men to stop. During the search, the contraband was allegedly seized from Baldev Singh’s possession even as his co-villager Jaswant Singh managed to escape. Sangrur SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said the accused had allegedly smuggled the opium from Rajasthan and were planning to sell it in Malerkotla.

NRI found dead  in Canada
: A resident of the local Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar based in Canada, Bhupinder Singh, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in Canada. His father Surjit Singh said his son, settled in Vancouver, left home in his car on an errand on April 16, but did not return. His decomposed body was found floating in the sea by the Delta Police. Bhupinder Singh is survived by his wife and two children.The police is yet to ascertain if it was a case of suicide or murder.



Justice Ajay Mittal bereaved
: Gp Capt Satish Chand, father of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, breathed his last on Wednesday. The cremation will take place at Cremation Ground, Sector 25, here at 11.15 am on Thursday. The funeral procession will start from Justice Mittal’s residence, number 26, Sector 4, Chandigarh, at 11 am.



Rs 1.50 lakh looted: Some armed youths snatched a purse containing Rs 1.50 lakh from a financier at gunpoint in the Mannu market of Julana town here on Tuesday. A case has been registered. The victim, Khusi Ram, said the incident took place when he was on the way to his office in the Mannu market on a two-wheeler. Two masked youths intercepted him and asked him to hand over the bag containing the cash. When he resisted, the youths took out a revolver and hit him on his head. The assailants snatched the bag and fled from the spot.

Dealer shot: Gajraj Singh Yadav (45), a kerosene dealer, was shot dead by motorcycle-borne assailants in front of his house at Musepur village, near Jatusana, on Sunday. The assailants, who reportedly asked Gajraj Singh to come out, fired on him from pointblank range, killing him on the spot. Irate villagers blocked traffic on the Berli-Rewari road, demanding immediate arrest of the killers. The blockade was lifted only after the police promised prompt action in the case.

Dowry death: A newly wed woman, Sunita Yadav (20), wife of Satish Yadav, died under suspicious circumstances at Sunaria Tatarpur village, near Dharuhera, on Tuesday. On a complaint filed by Naurang Lal Yadav, father of Sunita, the Dharuhera police has registered a case of dowry death against Sunita’s husband, Satish Yadav, and mother-in-law Raj Bala Yadav. Naurang Lal alleged that his daughter Sunita, who got married to Satish, on February 22, 2011, was persistently subjected to cruel treatment for a motorcycle by her in-laws.

Stone laid: Ashok Tanwar, Congress MP from Sirsa, said on Monday that the state government had an ambitious plan of Rs 350 crore to strengthen the power transmission and distribution system in the district. Laying the foundation stone of a 33-kV substation at Jandwala Jattan here, Tanwar said under the plan, the state power utilities would construct 21 substations in the district.

3 miscreants held: Three armed miscreants - Suraj Bhan and Salimuddin of Nangal Kalan and Robin of Aterna village - were arrested while they were trying to loot passersby at gunpoint on the Bahalgarh-Jhundpur road on Tuesday. The police also seized a country-made pistol, iron rods and a torch from their possession. A case has been registered. According to the police, Suraj Bhan was involved in several cases of dacoity and murder and was released on bail by the court about two months ago. He has also been declared a proclaimed offender by the court.


UGC team plants saplings: Padma Shri RS Sirohi, Chairman of the Expert Panel of the UGC team, Dr Archana Thakur, member secretary, Professors S Sengupta, D Chakraborty, MP Gupta and T Umamaheshwara Rao initiated the panel proceedings by joining the Baddi University fraternity in its sapling plantation drive for celebrating the week-long environment week. Students also participated in the drive. Vice-Chancellor of Baddi University Prof Saihjpal greeted the UGC team.

Body recovered  from Beas: The Kangra police recovered the body of a 60-year-old man from the Beas near the Nadun bridge on Tuesday evening. Stating this here on Wednesday, Kangra district police chief Deljeet Singh Thakur said the body was identified as that of Jaswant Rai (60), son of Rakha Ram of ward No. 7, Jawalamukhi. He said the post-mortem of the body had been conducted and the preliminary autopsy indicated asphyxia due to drowning.

‘Hospitals need ayurvedic docs’: The HP Ayurvedic Doctors Association has urged the state government to appoint an ayurvedic doctor in every health institution, including primary health and community health centres, and the Civil Hospital across the state as per guidelines of the department of AYUSH.

Red Cross Fair  on June 11: The state-level Red Cross Fair will be organised by the State Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section on June 11 at the local Ridge Maidan. Governor Urmila Singh will inaugurate the fair during which a cultural programme, baby show, flower show, fancy dress competition and other events will be held. This was stated by Mallika Nadda, member of the section, while presiding over the meeting of the executive committee here on Wednesday.

Vigilance  meeting held: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) held its Annual Zonal Sectoral Review Meeting for Power Sector Central Public Sector Undertakings in association with SJVN here on Wednesday. Officials from the CVC, chairpersons, MDs and CVO of the NTPC, PGCIL, NHPC, REC, PFC, THDC, BBMB and SJVN participated in the meeting. CVO, SJVN, BNS Negi said various measures to improve transparency in the vigilance administration to foster greater transparency in public governance were discussed.


Army Chief on Kashmir visit
: Chief of the Army Staff General VK Singh arrived on a two-day visit to the Kashmir valley on Wednesday. He was received by Lt-Gen SA Hasnain, GoC, Chinar Corps and Maj-Gen Gurdeep Singh, GoC, Victor Force, at Awantipora, a defence spokesperson said. Later, the Army Chief was briefed by Lt-Gen Hasnain on various security-related issues.

Militants kill cop: Militants gunned down a police constable on duty in the Batapora area of Sopore on Wednesday. A police spokesman said the militants fired upon the constable, Manzoor Ahmad Najar (38), a resident of Aagar in Bandipora, near the Mother and Child Hospital, Sopore. The constable died on the spot.


Effigy burnt: The state and the district committee of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Uttarakhand, burnt an effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee for the alleged attacks on Leftists by the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, at Clock Tower on Wednesday. They also took out a procession from the bus stand to Clock Tower before burning the effigy. Virender Bhandari, state general secretary, said after the Assembly elections in the state, both the Congress and the TMC were targeting the Leftists. “From May 13 onwards, 12 Leftists, related to various trade unions and public organisations, have been killed by goons of the Congress and the TMC. They are raiding the offices of Left trade unions and implicating people in false cases. To protest against these atrocities, we are observing the entire week from June 6 to June 11 as a protest week throughout the country,” he alleged.

Man booked: A resident of Shivpuri Premnagar has been booked for allegedly trying to outrage the modesty of a girl in a market here. According to the police, the victim alleged that when she was going to the market, Jagpal Singh (25) caught her hand and misbehaved with her. She raised the alarm and people caught hold of him. A case has been registered.

Mishap victim dies: Tegidass, a resident of Raipur, who was hit by a truck at Jogiwala Chowk on Saturday, died in a hospital while undergoing treatment. A case has been registered.

Implementation of RTE Act:
The nodal officer for the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act in Udham Singh Nagar, Meenu Bisht, has ordered officials of the Health and Education Departments to identify children from weaker sections and ensure that their applications for admissions to schools are filled within a week. She has made it clear that the officials will have to reach out to the children for filling their application forms. Speaking at a block-level workshop at Rudrapur on Wednesday, Bisht underlined that a collective effort was required to ensure that children from the poor and marginalised sections get education in good schools.

Atal Adarsh Grams: District Magistrate, Champawat, Pankaj Kumar Pandey has asked the officials responsible for the establishing of 24 Atal Adarsh Grams in four blocks of the district to take stock of works being done there. He said the visits of the officials would start from June 10. They would organise village-level chaupals and try to address the concerns of the local people on the spot. Pandey convened a meeting of the nodal officers for the project at the district headquarters on Wednesday and gave them directions to ensure that the proposed programme is carried out in a flawless manner.

Woman killed in mishap: A woman was run over by a bus in which she was travelling on the Pantnagar-Kitcha bypass road. The deceased has been identified as 25-year-old Prema, who was employed at a private factory at Pantnagar. The accident took place when she was getting down from the bus.

Bus rams into tree: Six persons were injured when the bus they were travelling in rammed into a tree when the driver lost control over the vehicle. The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon near the Belbaba area on the Haldwani-Rampur road.

Water scarcity: Residents of the Vanbhoolpura area, Haldwani, are reeling under an acute shortage of water for close to 10 days. According to reports, the alleged failure of the administration to repair the tubewell supplying water to various localities has led to the situation. The agitated residents of localities like Vanbhoolpura, Indiranagar, Azad Nagar, Nai Basti, Mohammadi Chowk have handed over a memorandum demanding the repair of the tubewell at the earliest. They have also threatened to launch an agitation. Officials of the Water Department, however, claimed that water was being supplied to various areas through water tankers.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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