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Workshop on water supply:
To ensure proper implementation of water supply schemes, the Water supply and Sanitation wing held a workshop at Guru Nanak Bhawan in GND University complex here. SR Aggarwal, programme, Director, State Programme Management Cell, Mohali, Sudhir Bhatia, Chief Engineer (north) and Resource Person Dr Mohinder Singh Kurukshetra University were the key speakers who suggested the remedial measures and maintenance mechanism to be adopted to overcome the difficulties being faced by the water supply.

Recruitment: IG (Border Range) Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, Chairman, Recruitment Board, has clarified that the board would accept only online application forms for the recruitment of 50 Assistant Intelligence Officers for the Intelligence Wing of the Punjab Police. He said his office was receiving application forms, being sold at shops, which were not admissible. He said the advertisements for the recruitment, which recently appeared in newspapers, had made it clear that only online application forms would be accepted.

Play ‘Kahani Manchan’ to be enacted today:
The artistes of the Venus Art Theatre, Bathinda, will enact two Punjabi plays, namely ‘Kahani Manchan’ and ‘Tuhanu Kihda Rang Pasanad Hai’, at the Teachers’ Home here on June 25 and 26, respectively, a press release issued here said, adding that Tony Batish will direct the plays.

Robbers sent to police remand:
The two armed robbers, Krishan Kumar and Jaspaul Singh, who were nabbed by the Chiherru police in charge, SHO Raman Deep Singh, at Khajurala village yesterday, were produced before the Judicial Magistrate here today. The Magistrate remanded them in police custody till Monday. The injured robber was again admitted to the Civil Hospital.




Centre renamed:
The department of life long learning and extension (DLLLE) is the new name given to the Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension, Panjab University. Life long learning programmes provide a variety of opportunities, including honing skills, individual interest promotion programmes and quality of life improvement programmes. The department runs a one-year diploma in pre-school education. The number of seats available in this course is 15. The last date for receipt of admission forms is July 22. The course is very useful for students who want to start their own crèches or want to work in anganwadis.

Music entrance test: Panjab University has created a help desk for the students who want to appear in the PhD (music) entrance test-2011 to be held on July 24 under the Faculty of Design and Fine Arts. In case the applicants face any difficulty in filling the OMR application form, they can contact assistant registrar (CET Cell) of Panjab University on phone no 0172-2534829.



Sleeping farmer axed to death:
Sita Ram, a farmer, was allegedly axed to death by three miscreants when he was sleeping in his fields at Meerpur village, near here, last night. The victim’s wife, Raj Rani, who was also sleeping near her husband, told the police that three masked miscreants attacked her husband with an axe past midnight.



Muslim convention on July 3
: The All-Himachal Muslim Welfare Society will organise its first-ever state-level convention at Nahan on July 3, in activists of the Muslim community are expected to participate, for considering the present position and difficulties of the community. Principal Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Department, Prem Kumar will be the chief guest while Padam Singh Chauhan, Director, State Civil Food Supplies and Consumers Affairs Department, will preside over it. Organising Secretary Hussein Ali said the convention will end with the election of the state executive committee of the society.

Saach Pass opens to traffic:
The highest road from Chamba to Killar, crossing over the Saach Pass, situated at an altitude of 4,413 m, linking the Pangi tribal valley with the district headquarters at Chamba, was opened today to vehicular traffic, an official spokespersons said here.The spokesperson said the Saach Pass in Chamba district had been closed due to snowfall in November last year. The snow-clad Pangi valley has remained cut-off from the outer world due to snowfall for the past about eight months.

Bureau Veritas award presented
: Bureau Veritas Mumbai has awarded the Dhauladhar Service Station in this town with a certificate of compliance for being in accordance with the Indian Oil Corporation Limited standards and norms. Puesh Mittal, Divisional Sales Manager, IOCL, presented this award to owner Nirmal Sethi here on Thursday. Mittal said 17 petrol pumps were awarded with this certificate in this hill state and in Kangra district there were two petrol pumps which included the petrol pump at Yol camp. He said the mandatory parameters for this award were quality and quantity, customer service, house keeping and facilities audits.

Non-HP vehicles banned on Leh road:
DC BM Nanta notified a ban on the plying of vehicles having registration from outside the state beyond Kothi on the Manali-Leh highway with immediate effect here on Friday. He said the such vehicles would have to seek permission from the SDM, Manali, to go beyond Kothi.

Man convicted for rash driving
: The local judicial court convicted Pawan Kumar of Babwal village, for careless and rash driving on Thursday. The court imposed a fine of Rs 1,250 and awarded him an imprisonment of six months. Additional District Attorney LM Sharma said the accused had allegedly hit his car with a scooter on May 12, 2003, injuring its scooterist Parveen Kumar.

Probe illegal mining, HC to SDM:
Taking suo motu notice of the illegal mining in Solan, the HP High Court directed the SP, the SDM and sub-divisional mining officer, Solan, to visit Jaunaji gram panchayat and Manuh village to enquire into illegal mining activities. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice VK Sharma directed the authorities concerned to inform the court about the factual situation before July 4. The court took notice of a letter written by Pushpa Devi to the Chief Justice saying that some persons had indulged in illegal mining in the area. This had caused the problem of land erosion and degradation of the environment.



German Ambassador calls on Omar
: German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here on Thursday and discussed various matters, including those related to socio-economic and political developments in the state. Omar apprised the German Ambassador of the steps afoot to restore the state’s tourism glory and give a fillip to economic activities.



4 killed in mishap:
Four persons were killed and eight others injured when the jeep in which they were travelling in fell into Alaknanda river at Gauchar in Chamoli district on Friday. Disaster Management team from the ITBP and police along with local residents are engaged in the rescue operation that was still on at the time of the filing of the report.

Body found: Body of an unidentified man was found on a roadside at Raipur in Dehradun on Friday. The police said it could be an accident case. They ruled out any foul play. The body has been sent for postmortem examination at Doon Hospital.

Woman drowned: A woman from Delhi lost her life after her raft overturned in Rishikesh on Thursday. Eight persons were in the raft when the mishap took place. Rescue team was able save all, except the deceased. The husband of the victim has lodged a police complaint against adventure company owner Dinesh Kanswal and guide Jitender.

Review meeting: Indian Council of Forest Research and Education, Dehradun, will hold a review meeting on the progress of implementation of Joint Forest Management (JFM) programme in the country on June 27-28. Dr PJ Dilip Kumar, Director General (Forests), and Special Secretary, Union Ministry of Environment and Forest will chair the meeting.

Mayor honoured: Members from the Paryavaran Jan Kalyan Vikas Manch, Prem Nagar, on Friday honoured Mayor Vinod Chamoli for taking action against violators in Gandhi Park. Chamoli had recently told his officials to demolish the dais in the park so that no protest could take place there.

Kumaon Briefs
Vikas Rath reaches Kashipur:
The Antyodaya Vikas Rath going on across the state to propagate the achievements and schemes launched by the government reached Kashipur on Friday. The government officials distributed literature on the various schemes launched for different segments of society. Films on 108 ambulance services, Gaura Devi Kanyadhan Yojana, Atal Khadyann Yojana and Nanda Devi kanya Dhan Yojana were shown to the people. The Rath, which is being taken around by the Information and Public Relations Department, is going to every block headquarters under the first phase of the publicity campaign.

Trade unions slam economic policies: Members of various trade unions held a meeting near Kashipur Sugar Mill where they criticized regressive economic policies of both the state and the Central governments. They slammed the Centre for failing to check the spiraling prices of petroleum products and edible items and also also for failing to check stashing away of black money in foreign banks. Taking on the state government, the members expressed their resentment over the growing instances of accidents in the State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttaranchal hubs. They said the government had been giving undue benefits to industrial houses. The participants also called for an end to the contractual mode of employment and outsourcing of jobs.

Woman commits suicide: A resident of Sunderkhal village near Dhanachuli committed suicide by consuming a pesticide. The deceased has been identified as 31-year-old Champa Devi. She was a mother of two daughters and a son. The reason behind her act is yet unknown. The police handed over the body to her relatives after postmortem examination.

Man stabbed in Haldwani: A fruit seller was stabbed near Haldwani SDM court. Mohammad Rizwan was attacked when he was on his way to a petrol pump. A tempo overtook him and before he could react, a person got down from the tempo and stabbed him. On hearing shouts, police personnel posted near the court reached the spot and managed to arrest the accused, who has been identified as Balwant Bisht of Gaulapar area. Rizwan was taken to a hospital for treatment. Further investigations are on in the matter.

1 killed in mishap: A driver was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided with a tractor trolley near Jaspur in Udham Singh Nagar district. Three others were also injured in the accident. According to information available, the accident took place near Shivrajpur Patti village. The deceased has been identified as Nhura Singh of Jalun village near Bilaspur. He scummbed to injuries while being taken to hospital.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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