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Smack recovered from two youths:
The recovery of 500 gm of smack from two youths by the city police on Wednesday indicates that the state government’s Seed Farm Colony continues to be the prime hub for drug trafficking. SHO Amarveer Singh nabbed Lakhwinder Singh and Paramjit Singh of the seed farm area during a special naka near Bahawalbasi village. Preliminary interrogation revealed that the duo had been arrested for the same offence earlier, but resumed activities after they were released on bail. They have now been booked under Section 21, 61, 85 of the Narcotic Drugs And Psychotropic Substances Act, vide an FIR number 109. 

DGP flags off 50 Scorpios for DSPs:
Punjab DGP PS Gill on Wednesday flagged off 50 Scorpio vehicles for DSPs holding charges of various sub-divisions in the state in a ceremony held here at the Punjab police headquarters. The DGP said in coming days more vehicles, anti-riot equipment, modern uniform and communication equipment would be provided to the police personnel. 

DCs told to issue Red Card to ’84 victims: The Punjab Government on Wednesday issued instructions to all the Deputy Commissioners of the state to continue the process of issuing ‘Red Card’ to eligible 1984 riot victims. An official spokesman said the Deputy Commissioners have also been instructed not to link the process of making ‘Red Card’ with the rehabilitation grant. He said if any application lacked certain documents, petitioner would be given another chance to complete the documents. 

Rs 60 crore for primary schools: All primary schools are set to get furniture within two months as the Punjab Government on Wednesday sanctioned Rs 60 crore for over 4,000 primary schools in the state.

Regular honorarium for midday workers: The Punjab Government has ordered to ensure regular and time-bound honorarium to all the workers under the Midday Meal Scheme on a par with the norms set up by the Centre. It was also decided to increase the number of workers in accordance with the ratio of students. An official spokesman said these decisions were taken at a high-level meeting between the government and the office-bearers of the Midday Meal Workers Union, Punjab. 

Grievances cell for pensioners to be set up: The Punjab Government has decided to set up pensioners grievances redressal cell with an aim to instantly resolve the problems pertaining to pensioners and their families. Punjab Local Bodies and Industries Minister Tikshan Sud said that the State government was committed to redress the problems of pensioners, besides delivering instant services to the pensioners across the state. 

Revision of electoral rolls from Oct 1: Punjab Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Sidhu has said that the draft publication of the electoral rolls would be taken up on October 1 in accordance with the guidelines of the Election Commission. The period for filing of claims and objections would be from October 1 to November 1, which could be filed with electoral registration officer or booth level officer concerned.

Ayurvedic camp:
As many as 300 persons turned up at an Ayurvedic check up camp at Baba Shah Mast Patti today. Free medicines were distributed to people with diseases.

2 agents booked: Two travel agents --- Vikas Mehra of Himachal Pradesh and Charanjit Singh of Tarn Taran --- duped Piara Singh of Kang Mai Rs 6 lakh on the pretext of sending his son abroad. The police booked the duo under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC.

Statistics Day:
A seminar on gender statistics was organised on ‘Statistics Day’ by the regional office of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, here on Wednesday. 

Umeed to set up vocational centres:
The Umeed Foundation would be setting up 95 vocational training centres for needy women in Sangrur assembly segment. While 84 centres would be set up in villages, 11 would be opened in urban settlements. Sangrur former MLA and Umeed Foundation chairman Arvind Khanna said about 30 to 35 women will be trained in stitching and embroidery work in each of these training centres. 




Placement drive at E max colleges:
Emax Group of Institution organised a placement drive on Wednesday. RIA Construction Ltd visited the campus. Around 60 students took the test. Out of the total students, 15 were shortlisted by the company, while four civil diploma students were selected. Chairman and vice- chairman of the college congratulated students on their selection. — TNS


Two die after consuming poison: Two persons died at the DRPGMC Hospital in Tanda during the past 24 hours following consumption of poison, the police said here on Wednesday. Kirti Lal (28) of Tharu village, near Nagrota Bagwan, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and Shyam Lal (40) of Kheel, Chamba, was referred to the hospital on Wednesday as cases of poison. The police is investigating the cases under Section 174, CrPC. 

Police and fire brigade personnel put out the fire which engulfed a van in Mandi on Wednesday. Private van bursts into flames: A private van parked in the town on Wednesday suddenly burst into flames due to what the police termed as short circuit and burnt the vehicle completely. The police and the fire brigade rushed to the spot and put out the fire and saved other vehicles parked near the burning van. The SP said it was due to short circuit that the vehicle had caught fire.
Police and fire brigade personnel put out the fire which engulfed a van in Mandi on Wednesday. Photo: Jai Kumar

‘Restore entire forest land’: Former president of the State Municipal Workers Federation Kishori Lal on Wednesday threatened to move the high court if the government failed to restore the entire forest to the Shimla Municipal Corporation which was wrongly taken over by the government in 2006. He pointed out that in all 1,880.30 hectare of forest was taken over by the government, but now it had ordered the release of only 842.68 hectare, which was unjust and against the interest of the state’s largest municipal body.



Body recovered:
The body of a middle-aged man was recovered from the bed of the Tawi this afternoon. The police said the man seemed to have fallen from the concrete structure of a pillar beneath the Tawi while sleeping and died on the spot. The body has been shifted to the mortuary at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu.

Mehbooba granted bail:
A local court here has granted bail to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti in a defamation case filed against her by state Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar in 2004. The PDP leader appeared before the court on Tuesday.

Summer vacation from July 4: The government has ordered summer vacation from July 4 to 10 in all government and private recognised schools up to the higher secondary level of Kashmir division and the winter zones of Jammu division. An official spokesman here said any default on the part of private schools to observe the calendar of vacation shall attract action as per rules.



Mock drill on plane hijacking: A mock drill on hijacking of an aeroplane was carried out at the Jollygrant Airport. Two miscreants hijacked the plane and created trouble at the airport. The airport official and the police, in a joint operation, rescued the passengers. All of them were safely evacuated from the plane while the hijackers were killed during the drill. 

Injured kick-boxer: The Mahant Indresh Hospital authorities have taken upon themselves the responsibility of treating national-level kick-boxer Rashmi Bhardwaj (18). The hospital staff claimed that they would providing all facilities to the sportsperson. According to the Chief Medical Officer, Brig Ved Prakash, Rashmi was admitted to the hospital on June 26 with a head injury. She has won many medals at the national level and brought laurels to the state. Her parents on Tuesday sought the help of people in the treatment of their daughter. 

Burn injuries: A woman caught fire while preparing food at her residence at Rishikesh in Dehradun district on Wednesday. She was lighting the burner of the cooking stove when suddenly her clothes caught fire. She was taken to a local hospital by her relatives. She has been identified as Rekha Pal of Indiranagar. 

Leader ends fast: A senior leader of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (Panwar faction), Dr Shaktishail Kaparvan, has ended his five-day fast on the assurance given by SDM of a time-bound progress in all departments, and a review of action on pending issues before August 15. 

Forest project begins in Rudrapur: In an attempt to resolve the issue of consistent depletion of traditional virgin trees in the forests of the Terai region, the Forest Department at Rudrapur has initiated the project of mixed forests in the area. A total of 934 hectares of forest area has been earmarked for this project and 4.67 lakh saplings are expected to be utilised. Officials of the department say this is the first time a new model has been created for the plantation season. July onwards, there will be a large-scale plantation of amla, jaamun, jackfruit, turmeric, peepal, banyan trees, etc.

Rain brings misery in parts of Kumaon: A heavy rainfall in several parts of Kumaon has resulted in a series of roadblocks across the region. In Pithoragarh district, the Dharchula-Tavaghat road is not functional due to landslides. In Haldwani, there has been severe water logging on the roads leading to Kaladungi, Nainital and Bareilly, causing inconvenience to pedestrians and vehicle-owners alike. Farmers in Khatima and Bageshwar are distressed over the adverse effect of the rain on their crops. According to the Meteorological Department, the arrival of south-west monsoon, accompanied by western disturbances, has resulted in a heavy downpour in the region.

Jawan sets wife on fire in Pithoragarh: An instance of a retired Border Security Force (BSF) Jawan allegedly attempting to set his wife on fire has come to light in Pithoragarh. According to reports, Narayan Dutt Joshi had an altercation with his wife Chandrakala on Monday night. The jawan, who was drunk at that time, went on to allegedly douse his wife with kerosene before torching her. It is learnt that the woman sustained 80 per cent burns and is battling for her life. The jawan has been arrested on a complaint of daughter of the couple Deepti Joshi.

Dumper falls into gorge, one dead: One person was killed when a dumper fell into a gorge near Dadhuli village in the Salt area in Almora district. The deceased has been identified as 50-year-old Kundan Giri of the Gularghatti area of Ramnagar. His accomplice Mukesh Singh (32) of Sagli village in the Dhumakot area sustained major injuries in the accident. The dumper was coming from Baijron in Garhwal and going to Ramnagar when the accident took place. The driver lost control over the vehicle.

Cleaning of drains in Bhimtal area: The operation to clean the drains leading to Kuantal in the Bhimtal area has yielded a huge quantity of debris. The cleaning operation was ordered by the Nainital administration following reports that people feared floods on account of the failure of the authorities to get the debris removed from the drains. The residents of the area are agitated over the fact that despite District Magistrate Shailesh Bagauli giving orders some days back for the cleaning of drains and nullahs leading to Bhimtal, nothing has been done in the direction till now.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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