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SGPC to ink MoU with NZ institute:
A three-member SGPC delegation led by its president Avtar Singh Makkar will be leaving for New Zealand on Tuesday night to sign a MoU with Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, for educational exchange programme on June 23. Already a three-member delegation headed by Education Director Gurmohan Singh Walia is in New Zealand to prepare the ground for the agreement. Besides, the SGPC will also ink an agreement with Massey University, New Zealand, to design world-class courses and syllabus for Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University.

Two cops caught: People of Chheharta industrial estate today caught two policemen --- head constables Lakhwinder Singh and Jagbahadur --- while consuming smack. They were handed over to Chheharta police and a case under the NDPS Act was registered against them. They are posted at police lines.

IAS officer transferred:
Gurinder Singh Grewal has been transferred and posted as Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Department against a vacant post. An official spokesman said Anurag Verma, IAS, Secretary, Department of Revenue and Member Secretary, Fourth Punjab Finance Commission, would also hold the additional charge of Commissioner, Patiala Division.

Rs 62.5 crore for border areas: The Punjab Government would spend Rs 62.5 crore on developmental works in the four border districts of Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur and Tarn Taran this year. A government spokesman said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had asked the authorities concerned to chalk out a plan and submit details within a week to ensure early execution of various projects. Focus would be on up-gradation of road, health, power, water and sewerage infrastructure.

Task force against fake fertilizers: The Punjab Government has constituted a task force to check the sale of fake fertilizers and pesticides. The task force would conduct surprise raids at all recognised stores, Agriculture Minister Sucha Singh Langah has said. Appealing the farmers to get bills of all purchases, he said any one found guilty would be liable for cancellation of his licence.

Para-medical entrance on July 10: Baba Farid University of Health Sciences would conduct the Punjab Para Medical Entrance Test on July 10. According to an official spokesman, the schedule of test will be notified later through the prospectus.

Body found:
A body of a migrant labourer identified as Bachan Vishavkarm (25), alias Chhotu, of Bassi Kikran village was found in the bushes near the village this morning. Several marks of sharp-edged weapons were found on his body. It was suspected that after murdering Bachan Vishavkarm some persons threw his body in the bushes. Bachan Vishavkarm had been working in the dairy of Shivdev Singh Bajwa of the village. After taking the body in its custody, the police has sent it to the Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur, for a postmortem. A case has been registered.

2 killed in mishaps: Two persons were killed in separate road accidents in the city in the past 24 hours. According to police sources, Tajinder Singh Bains (20), son of Jagan Nath of Mohalla Kamalpur, died on the spot when a truck hit the motorcycle on which he was travelling near Prabhat Chowk here yesterday. The police has booked truck driver Samsher Singh, a resident of Magra, under Sections 279, 304A and 427 of the IPC. In another accident Rakesh Kumar, son of Ramji Dass of Mohalla Marwaha, died on the spot when a Tempo Traveller hit his motorcycle on which he was travelling near Shankar Nagar yesterday. The police has booked th driver of Temp Traveller under Sections 279 and 304 A of the IPC.

Polling stations: The Election Commission of India has increased the limit of expenditure from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 40 lakh for Parliament election and Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakh for the state Assembly elections in the country. Stating this while addressing a meeting of presidents, secretaries and representatives of political parties here last evening, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Dharam Dutt Tarnach said in future polling station would be set up for 1,200 voters in rural areas and 1,300 voters in urban areas. With the above said decision, 16 new polling stations in the rural and urban areas would come in existence in the district.

Poppy husk seized: During a naka at the T-point of Sandowal village, the police intercepted a truck and during its search seized 1.01 quintal of poppy husk from it. The Hajipur police has booked the occupants of the truck, Darshan, a resident of Namboli, and Surinder Singh of Karari under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Sewerage project:
Revenue Minister Ajit Singh Kohar inaugurated a sewerage project at Shahkot on Friday. Worth Rs 15.98 crore, the project would be completed in two years. The minister said the project would cover 13 wards of the subdivision covering 98 per cent population.

Another travel agent held
: Following the busting of an inter-state gang of travel agents involved in duping hundreds of youth on the pretext of sending them abroad on Monday, the Delhi police has nabbed another suspect Bharti, who was managing the main office of the Dubai Tours and Travel at Janakpuri in New Delhi. SSP Dr Narinder Bhargav said that Bharti had revealed that the kingpin was Arun Goverdhan Sharma.

Police suvidha centres to be opened today:
As many as 78 community police suvidha centres at subdivisional levels or Assembly constituency levels and 35 police stations outreach centres would start functioning to provide different facilities to the people under one roof by providing single window system from June 22, said Additional Director General of Police (HRD & CP) S.K. Sharma while talking to The Tribune here on Saturday. He said Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal would inaugurate the community police suvidha centre at Mohali on June 22, while senior police officers related to different such centres throughout the state would inaugurate these centres on the same day.




Aptitude test:
The department of Gandhian studies, Panjab University, will conduct an aptitude test on July 8, 2011, at 10 am to be followed by interviews at 12 noon the same day for admission to MA (first september) in Gandhian and peace studies for the session 2011-12. Both written test and interviews are compulsory for admission to MA. The last date for the submission of forms is July 4.



Woman dead:
A woman protester, Santosh, who had been injured in a police lathicharge at the mini-secretariat during a demonstration, succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Chandigarh on Tuesday. She hailed from Bamniwala village in Kaithal district. Her family members have demanded compensation from the state government.

Husband booked:
Vandana Sharma (32), wife of Naresh Sharma, died under mysterious circumstances at their residence in the Company Bagh Colony on Monday night. The Model Town police has registered a case of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the IPC against her husband on a complaint filed by Bhupinder Sharma, younger brother of the deceased.



Postal employee booked for graft:
Following a complaint of Surinder Singh, Inspector, Postal Department, Nurpur subdivision, the local police on Tuesday booked an embezzlement case against Jaivijay Singh, a postal employee, posted at the Khel sub post office. According to the police, the accused has collected money from a number of local depositors for depositing in their recurring deposit accounts, but did not do so.
PWD Minister Gulab Singh Thakur at Chakkar in Shimla on Tuesday
PWD Minister Gulab Singh Thakur at Chakkar in Shimla on Tuesday. Photo: Amit Kanwar

500 turn up with grievances:
Continuing with its programme wherein three ministers and senior party functionaries will interact with party workers at the state party office here every Tuesday, 500 persons turned up with their grievances on Tuesday. It was the turn of Public Works Minister Gulab Singh Thakur, Irrigation and Public Health Minister Ravinder Singh Ravi and the Panchayati Raj Minister to listen to the problems. State BJP vice-presidents Praveen Sharma and Rupa Sharma, general secretaries Ram Swaroop Sharma and Chandermohan Thakur and MLA Govind Thakur were also present.

3 youths killed in accident: Three youths in their early 20s died when the stolen Alto car they were travelling in met with an accident near Okta Dhang in Chopal late Monday night. All the three occupants of the car, Jitender and Rahul, residents of Koti village, and Vinod of Siana village, died on the spot. According to the police, the vehicle (HP-09A-0311) had been stolen from Bhattakufar on Monday. A theft case had been registered at Dhalli police station on the complaint of owner Sanjeev Sharma.

Kalraj Mishra to visit state: Senior BJP leaders Kalraj Mishra and Om Prakash Kohli will visit Himachal in connection with the nationwide campaign being launched by the BJP against corruption and black money. State BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt said here on Tuesday that while Kohli would hold a programme at Dharamsala on June 25, state BJP in-charge Kalraj Mishra would be the chief guest at Shimla on June 27. CM PK Dhumal is likely to be present at the function in Shimla.



Moderate quake rocks Valley:
The Kashmir valley was rocked by another moderate intensity earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale on Tuesday morning. However, no loss of life or property was reported. ďA moderate intensity earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale rocked the Kashmir valley at 7.34 am on Tuesday ,Ē an official of the MET Department said.



Two saved from drowning:
The police on Tuesday saved two tourists from Delhi and Ludhiana from drowning in the Ganga at Rishikesh. According to the police, Raja Arora went to take a bath near Lakshman Zhula Sant Seva Ghaat but lost his balance. To save him, his friend, Mintu, jumped into the Ganga, but he also started drowning. Seeing them, their families raised the alarm and they were rescued from drowning.

Manís skeleton found: The skeleton of a man was found in the Khatta Pani jungles on Rajpur Road here on Tuesday. However, till the filing of the report, his identification could not be ascertained. According to the police, it was 20 to 25 days old.

West Bengal Guv meets Alva: West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan was accorded a warm welcome by state Governor Margaret Alva on his arrival at Raj Bhawan here on Tuesday. Narayanan, along with his wife, reached Dehradun on Tuesday to participate in the 41st All-India Police Science Congress being held on the FRI campus.

Kumaon Briefs
Rs 24.66 lakh for welfare schemes:
The Champawat administration has released Rs 24.66 lakh for welfare schemes pertaining to the marriage of girls belonging to the SC community, widow pensions, grants for the daughters of widows and for the treatment of the poor. These schemes are being run by the Social Welfare Department. Chairman of the District Social Welfare Committee Pankaj Kumar Pandey, who is also the District Magistrate, identified the beneficiaries of various schemes with representatives from the Lohaghat and Champawat blocks on Tuesday. He also gave directions to the officials to issue certificates to the beneficiaries so that they could avail themselves of benefits of various schemes.

Cleaning of drains: The Almora district administration has given instructions to the officials of the local municipal body and the PWD to get the drains cleaned and repair the roads devastated during the last monsoon. District Magistrate DS Garbyal has laid emphasis on the maintenance of culverts and the cleaning of drains. He pointed out that a blockage in culverts could lead to flooding in residential colonies that needed to be avoided. He said people had borne heavy losses during the last monsoon and such a situation should not be allowed to arise again.

Delhi youth drowned: A youth from Delhi drowned in the Corbett Fall near Kaladhungi on Monday. The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Deepak Kashmiri who had come to Durga Colony in Haldwani to visit his relatives. Sources said he had gone to the Corbett Fall with his friends from Haldwani.

Man killed in mishap: One person was killed when his motorcycle slipped near Kotabagh on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Lakhan Singh Bisht. Sources said he was returning to Kotabagh from Haldwani when the mishap took place.

Unscheduled power cuts: Residents of the Haldwani and Jyolikote areas are facing unscheduled power cuts. The areas where the problem persists in Haldwani includes Himmatpur Malla, Mukhani, Kathgodam, Subhash Nagar and Awas Vikas. The residents of the Jyolikote area have also been complaining of unscheduled power cuts for the past fortnight.

Elephant found dead: A female elephant found dead in the Papidandakhal area in the Laldhang forests of Pauri district on Tuesday. The carcass of the two-year-old elephant was noticed by forest guards during patrolling, said Narendra Singh, DFO of the area. A post-mortem examination is being conducted to ascertain the cause of the death, he added.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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