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Pen-down strike:
On a call given by the Punjab State Federation of Cooperative Bank Employees Union, employees of the Shahkot tehsil and Nakodar branches of Jalandhar Cooperative Bank Limited observed pen-down strike on Wednesday. Sukhwinder Singh Cheema, senior vice-president of the district unit of the union, said the state government had not implemented the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission. He warned the state government that if their demand was not met in time, the state employees would intensify their protest.

18 hurt in mishap:
At least 18 people, including five women and two children, were injured when a Ludhiana-bound private bus overturned near Goraya on the national highway on Wednesday. The accident occurred after the bus driver lost control over the wheels while trying to overtake another vehicle. The injured were admitted to a private hospitals of Goraya, the police said.

BJYM activists donate blood: Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), led by its district president Ashok Duggal, took a pledge to actively work for the national integration, communal harmony and peace on the 58th death anniversary of the Late Shyma Parshad Mukherji, founder of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, at a function held here today. The activists organised a blood donation camp and five activists donated blood to pay tributes to Dr Mukherji.




Youth held with stolen vehicles:
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police has arrested a 24-year-old youth and recovered four stolen two-wheelers from his possession. The accused has been identified as Amit Kumar, a resident of Dakoli in Zirakpur. The police said the accused was planning to sell the stolen vehicles when he was arrested.



Woman rescued:
A police party from Nakshipara police station of Nadia district in West Bengal today raided the house of Krishan Kumar, a farmer of Ahmedpur village in this district, and recovered a Bengali woman, Asha Lata, who had allegedly been held captive there. The police arrested Krishan and took him away to West Bengal The police also took away Asha Lata.



Complaint against inspector:
A road inspector of the Regional Transport Office allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a Chukhuwala resident at the time of a fitness examination at the RTO. However, when the latter refused to give it, the inspector allegedly beat him up. The victim has lodged a complaint at the Dalanwala police station. Meanwhile, the road inspector, Ram Prakash Rathore, has also lodged a complaint of being allegedly beaten up by the complainant, Ratan Lal Sonkar. The police said it had received complaints from both sides and would investigate the matter.

Over 20 hurt in mishap: Over 20 persons, including women and children, sustained injuries when the bus they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck in Timil village, Shaspur, on Thursday. The police and 108 emergency vans reached the spot and rushed the injured to the hospital.

Training programme from June 27: The Forest Research Institute’s Forest Ecology and Environment Division will be organising a one-week short-term training programme on “Ecological restoration of mined lands” from June 27 to July1. The training will be imparted to officers and executives of Bharat Coking Coal Limited, Dhanbad, a subsidiary company of Coal India Limited.

Rs 10.47 cr released for development: A sum of Rs 10.47 crore has been released under the Backward Area Development Fund for Champawat district. District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pandey on Thursday stated that 967 schemes had been prepared for the district and the same were sent to the Centre for approval after being ratified by the District Planning Committee. The Centre had sanctioned an amount of Rs 11.63 crore and released 90 per cent of the amount. The project covers Champawat, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts.

Drip irrigation technique in Champawat: The in-charge for the 20-Point Programme Implementation Committee in the state, Harbhajan Singh Cheema, has advocated introduction of drip irrigation technique in Champawat district on experimental basis. Cheema said the technique could help in increasing agricultural production in areas where there is water scarcity. Champawat ha been amongst the top performers with regards to implementation of the programme in the state.

Villagers thrash SDO in Nainital dist: Some villagers allegedly thrashed a Subdivisional Officer (SDO) in Lal Kuan area of Nainital district when he tried to put a stop to illegal quarrying being carried out. The SDO identified as Balwant Singh Shahi scampered to save his life. The matter is being investigated by the police. The SDO has also alleged that casteist remarks were also used against him by the accused.

Man’s decomposed body found: A decomposed body of a man by the police on Wednesday evening from Bhumiyadhar area. The deceased is yet to be identified. He is said to be about 45 years of age and was wearing a shirt and pyjamas. The body has been kept in a morgue near the jail compound. Investigations are on in the matter.

Protest over unscheduled power cuts: Protests against unscheduled power cuts are being reported on daily basis from across the Kumaon region. The worst affected areas are the Terai region in Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts that are experiencing hot and humid weather conditions these days. The problem of unscheduled cuts is being aired by the people at the ongoing Atal Chaupals being organised by the government. In Ramnagar, the agitated people under the leadership of local traders went on to protest outside the office of the Power Department on Wednesday. Protests are also being reported from Rudrapur, Kashipur and Haldwani.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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