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Health Minister Satpal Gosain today ordered dismissal of three medical officers- Dr Ranjana Gupta, Dr Anil Sethi and Dr Satinder Singh-for prolonged absence from duty. The minister suspended Ugar Singh Soch,SMO, Ludhiana, or unhygienic conditions in the Civil Hospital there.

Sports goods  factory gutted:
In a major fire that broke out at a sports factory, Sporting Syndicate Pvt Ltd, in Sangal Sohal village in the wee hours on Thursday, goods worth several lakhs of rupees were destroyed. The factory was gutted and items, including raw material and manufactured goods, were destroyed in the fire.

Computer centre:
A local NGO, Sarup Educational and Welfare Aid Society (SEWA), has set up a computer training centre for the needy rural girls on a gurdwara premises at nearby Langroya village. A veteran social worker, Baba Naubat Rai inaugurated the centre. Lall Saini, general secretary, SEWA, said 10 computers and a computer teacher had been provided at the centre. As many as 60 needy girls belonging to the nearby villages would be imparted computer training in three batches daily.

Woman cop hurt:
Woman constable Sudershana Kumari, posted at Division Number-1 police station, sustained injuries as a car hit her when she was standing on a roadside here on Wednesday. She got a fracture in her leg. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where she was discharged after treatment. The driver of the car fled from the scene. The police has registered a case.

Rs 10-lakh grant to villages:
MP Santosh Chaudhary distributed development grants of Rs 10 lakh from her discretionary MP funds to 10 different villages here today. Chaudhary said she would summon a meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee at Phagwara to take stock of the performances of the officers.

Tarn Taran
Charge of principal:
Baba Sukha Singh, patron of the managing committee of Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sarhali, 22 km from here, gave the charge of the principal of the college to Dr Jatinder Arora, a senior teacher of the college, on Wednesday. The post was lying vacant after the resignation of Dr Mehal Singh Bhullar a few days back. College teacher Paramjit Singh has been appointed coordinator, while Paramveer Singh and Jasbir Singh were appointed registrars of the college.

Services regularised: Roop Lal Roop, District Education Officer (Secondary), gave appointment letters of regularisation of service to 54 education services providers here on Wednesday. These science and Punjabi teachers were given jobs in the Education Department on contractual basis in 2008. They had been agitating to get their services regularised for the last more than two years.

Encroachment drive: The district administration ordered rehri walas, shopkeepers and others to vacate government-owned places at Chabal, 16 km from here, today. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Satwant Singh Johal along with SDM Bakhtawar Singh visited the township. The administration has also instructed all the authorities to remove encroachments from roadsides, bazaars and other government-owned places.




57 drivers challaned:
The Gurgaon police today challaned 57 two-wheeler occupants while getting fuel without having helmets as part of its “no helmet, no petrol” drive. The police checked four local petrol stations and found 57 two-wheeler riders taking fuel without having helmets. They were challaned on the spot.



1 dies in car, bike collision:
Dev Raj (25), son of Rattan Lal, a resident of Balh village near Ghumarwin, died when his motorbike collided with a car near Dangar on National Highway No. 88 under Bharadi police station on Wednesday night. Reports said the vehicles were coming from opposite directions and the immediate cause of the collision is being investigated by the police which has registered a case. Dev Raj was serving in the armed forces at Jammu and was to return to duty within the next two days. He has left behind a young wife and a child of eight months.

Three arrested in  kidnapping case: The police has arrested three absconding persons from outside the state. They had fled after allegedly kidnapping a girl from Dhani Pakhar village under Jhandutta tehsil in the district six years ago. SP Santosh Patial said Kashmir Singh got an FIR registered in 2004 against three persons, namely Sonu, Madan Lal and Usha Rani, all residents of Sarodhi Ansadpur village in Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh, who had kidnapped his daughter. The police had searched for them then, but they had been absconding since then.

Nine injured in cylinder blast:
Nine persons received burn injuries when a nitrogen cylinder exploded at a project site at Khajua, an outlying area of Churah subdivision in Chamba district, on Thursday. According to reports, the cylinder exploded when the staff of a private hydropower enterprise was at work on the project site. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. Additional District Magistrate (ADM) at Chamba Ashwini Chaudhary said officials and the general manager of the Baira Siul power station had been directed to conduct relief and rescue operations. The ADM said the incident occurred at the 12 MW hydropower project site, being executed by Teja Sarnikka Private Limited.

BSNL to launch 3G services:
After launching 3G mobile service in various districts of the state, the BSNL is all set to launch this service at the sub-divisional headquarters. It has successfully installed this service and held trials of it here on Thursday. According to the SDO, BSNL subdivision, Nurpur, the subscribers will get the service shortly. He informed that after launching 3G service, mobile subscribers would get fast Internet connectivity, video-conferencing and live TV in the area.



President’s visit:
As President Pratibha Patil is stated to visit Dehradun on June 10, the police on Thursday conducted a rehearsal from Jolly Grant Airport to the Indian Military Academy. Later in the evening, it worked on shortcomings found during the rehearsal.

2 found dead in car: Two bodies were found in a car in the Ranikhet area of Almora district, an official said here on Thursday. The bodies were found inside the car by residents of the area on Wednesday night, who informed the police, said Ajay Arora, SDM (Ranikhet). According to preliminary examination, the duo might have been murdered. The car carries no registration number. However, on the basis of some papers found inside the car, the bodies have been identified as that of Dinesh Rawat (31) and Ram Singh (32), both residents of Almora.

Panel formed: Dehradun District Magistrate Sachin Kurve has formed a five-member committee to review the Citurgia biochemical factory that has been lying sealed in Rishikesh. He has asked officials to evaluate all machines and make an inventory and submit the same at the earliest. The team is expected to visit the factory on Friday.

Leopard captured: A leopard that injured several people in Rudraprayag district has been captured. The Rudraprayag forest authorities had been searching for the leopard for quite some time, as it had attacked many persons in Rudraprayag.

Kumaon Briefs
Showers, winds hit normal life:
Kumaon continues to be lashed by high-velocity winds and showers on a daily basis, leading to the devastation of infrastructure at several places and hitting normal life. On Tuesday night, high-velocity winds led to the blowing off of roofs of several buildings, including schools, in the region. While there has been an extensive damage to fruit crops in the region, drinking water and electricity supplies have also been badly hit. Muvani valley in Pithoragarh district is the worst hit where several houses have been damaged on account of the debris accumulating there. In Nainital, high-velocity winds and a heavy shower on Thursday noon led tourists and the locals to take out their woollens.

Woman struck by lightning: A woman sustained severe burn injuries after being struck by lightning in Nartola village of the Okhalkanda block, Nainital. According to information, lightning struck the house of Devendra Singh Padiyar. The house was badly damaged and a cow was also killed. Bhanpa Devi sustained burn injuries. The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon.

Flood-control works:District Magistrate, Udham Singh Nagar, BVRC Purshottam has sought explanations from the Chief Executive Officer, Jalagam, Block Development Officers at Sitarganj and Khatima for negligence of duty with regard to certain flood-control works being done under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. At a meeting held in Rudrapur, Purshottam made it clear that flood-control measures have to be put in place well on time and no laxity will be tolerated on this account. He said there should be no delay in the execution of works that had been approved by the administration.

14 hurt in mishaps: Fourteen persons were injured in two separate road accidents in the Lalkuan and Haldwani areas. According to information, a utility vehicle overturned near Bahedi village after hitting a road divider, leaving six persons injured. In another incident, eight persons, who were members of a band team, sustained injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in rammed into a tree. The injured have been admitted to Base Hospital in Haldwani.

Power bills received late: Power consumers in Khatima have expressed their resentment at not being given electricity bills on time. Consumers from the Adarash Colony Degree College area held a meeting in the township to discuss problems related to the Power Department. They said they were not getting bills on time and had not been issued meter reading books. so far. They have threatened to launch an agitation if these issues were not resolved at the earliest.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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