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18 more leprosy cases in Bathinda:
As many as 18 new leprosy cases were detected in a year in various government health institutions of the district. But, none of these patients was from Punjab as all hailed from other states. Majority of the leprosy patients were migrant labourers from Bihar, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh.

99 donate blood at camps: On the occasion of 104th birth anniversary of the founder of Larsen & Toubro Company H. Holck Larsen, two blood donation camps were organised on Monday at the NFL factory, Bathinda, and the Bathinda refinery, near Raman. The blood transfusion officer (BTO) of the blood bank at the local Civil Hospital, Dr Inderdeep Singh Sra, said at the NFL camp, 50 units were collected while at the refinery camp, 49 volunteers donated blood.

Rotary club: Rotary Club, Faridkot, organised a second free Hepatitis B and C camp at the premises of Dr Bimal Gargís Hospital at Faridkot where about 207 patients were examined. President-elect Dr. Bimal Garg said more free camps will be held.

JE arrested for accepting bribe:
The vigilance team, led by DSP Major Singh, arrested a junior engineer of PSPCL Surjan Singh after he accepted a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a farmer Basant Singh of Sehna village here on Monday. The JE had demanded a bribe of Rs 5,000 to replace a burnt transformer. The farmer informed the vigilance team about the JEís request.

Bassi Pathana
Ration distributed among needy:
Members of the local Ram Sewa Dal distributed ration among 11 needy families here today. Narinder Gupta, chairman of the dal, said a survey was conducted to identify such families. Chander Pal Yadav, president, said the dal also organised medical camps and solemnised marriages of poor girls.

Sugar mill workers burn CMís effigy:
The Sehkari Khand Mills Workers Federation on Tuesday burnt Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badalís effigy and raised slogans against the state government in front of all the cooperative mills in the state in support of their demands. The federation has decided to start a indefinite fast from July 7 at Mohali. In a press note, Karnail Singh Lakhmipur, president of the federation, and Hardeep Singh Mangewal stated that employees and officers of all nine sugar mills took part.

Khosla appointed vice-chairman: The Punjab Government has appointed DP Khosla as the vice-chairman of the newly created Safai Karamchari Welfare Board, Punjab. A spokesperson of the Chief Ministerís Office said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had nominated Mohinder Pal Singh Mann as the Chairman of the District Planning Committee, Hoshiarpur, against a post vacated by MLA Dasuya Amarjit Singh Sahi, who had resigned from this post following his elevation as Chief Parliamentary Secretary.

Farm worker electrocuted:
A farm worker, Raja Singh (28), who was asked to climb a 11,000 volt feeder line in place of the technical staff to rectify a fault, was electrocuted when the contractual staff deployed at the grid sub-station reportedly switched on the supply without clearance. The incident took place in Jaitsar segment of the district. Hundreds of villagers who reached the site gheraoed power officials. The body of the victim remained hanging from the pole for hours. The SDM assured the protesters that he would recommend Rs 2.5 lakh as compensation for the family of the deceased. More assistance would be arranged through the CMís Relief Fund, he said.

Pak national dies during treatment: Jeevan Ram, a Pakistan national (40), who had been nabbed on intruding into Indian territory, died during treatment on Monday evening. Officials in the district jail said he was anaemic and was given six units of blood, but could not recuperate. He had been referred to the PBM Hospital in Bikaner twice, but died during treatment. His kin in Pakistan were being consulted through the Indian Embassy for cremation.




3 cricket bookies held:
The police arrested three cricket bookies while they were betting on the England vs Sri Lanka match on Sunday night. Three mobiles, Rs 1,500 in cash, two mobile chargers and a TV have been seized. The police raided a house near the railway station last evening after a tip-off that cricket betting was taking place there. A case has been registered against the accused.



33 shopkeepers challaned:
The Weights and Measures Circle raided a number of shops and business premises in the district here during the past couple of days and challaned 33 shopkeepers for violations of various rules and regulations. Assistant Controller Weights and Measures said here on Tuesday that Rs 99,000 was recovered as fine from the shopkeepers, while several of them were warned of serious consequences in any future violations. He said these challans were a result of the administration attempt to keep prices under check and also to ensure that no overcharging was done on items which must have the maximum price written on it by the manufacturer. The fines were charged for packets being without the name and address of the manufacturer and its date of packing and price not written on the packet, apart from weights and measures used by the shopkeeper not being properly got standardised from the department after regular checks at intervals etc.

Motor bike rider killed:
A motor bike rider was killed and his relative riding pillion on the vehicle was wounded when an HRTC bus hit his bike at Byana Mor near Salooni township, 55 km from here, on Monday, according a report received here on Tuesday. The deceased had been identified as shopkeeper Suresh Kumar of Pukhri. He succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital. The injured woman Bobby was rushed to nearby Civil Hospital, Salooni, and stated to be out of danger.The police had arrested the driver and impounded the bus.



Hoardings removed:
A team of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation on Tuesday removed two hoardings on Rajpur Road. It also confiscated a few articles from shopkeepers who have encroached upon the road near Clock Tower. Meanwhile, another team of the MC demolished illegal slabs at Dilaram Bazaar on Tuesday. The senior health officer, Dr Kailash Joshi, visited the spot in the morning. He said: ď The locals were supportive. They also urged me to ensure that a small drain that has been constructed there should be repaired,Ē he added.

Teachersí protest: Irked over the non-fulfilment of their long-pending demands, members of the BEd/ BPEd Prashikshit Berozgar Sangathan took out a rally from the Parade Ground to the Secretariat here on Tuesday. The police, however, arrested those protesters who tried to cross barricades erected in front of the Secretariat. Birpal Singh Bisht, state general secretary of the association, said they would continue to stage protests against the state government till their demands were met.

Mahila manch: Accusing the Uttarakhand BJP government of neglect, the Uttarakhand Mahila Sadbhawna Manch on Tuesday held a protest at the Dehradun District headquarters. The protesters submitted a memorandum to the administration demanding prompt redressal to the concerns raised by women state agitationists. President of the manch Asha Keda led the protest.

Kumaon Briefs
Trust to promote Punjabi:
The Uttarakhand Punjabi Mahasabha will soon form a trust to bring Punjabi language on a par with Kumaoni and Garhwali in the state. It will also promote community marriages of the poor Punjabi students and help them financially in pursuing their education, said Rajiv Ghai, state general secretary of the mahasabha at Haldwani. According to Ghai, to promote Punjabi culture, a Punjabi folk festival will be organised on August 15 this year.

Four crushed to death:Four persons, including a man and his son, died in road accidents in the town during the last 24 hours. Raghubir Singh, a resident of Nanakmatta and his 8-year-old son, were crushed to death by a truck near Kotwali Gate on Monday. In a second incident, two Tanakpur youths Anand Ballabh Bhatt and Mahesh Kharkawal died at Khatima PHC where they were brought after being hit by a truck near College Road when they were going to Pilibhit. The truck driver of the first accident has been arrested.

Bosy Sen remembered:Speaking at the 88th anniversary of the Vivekanand Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, a veteran Gandhian social worker Radha Behen said on Tuesday that the laboratory, which was serving hill farmers, was started by Bosy Sen in his kitchen in 1924. He set up this laboratory in the hills to serve the poor of the region, said Radha Behen. She said in the region more than 1,300 villages depended on the dry season for their agriculture. The scientists related with the laboratory would have to seek the solution for these villages.

Traders: Set up mobile tower:A tradersí union of Dharchula has warned the BSNL that if the mobile tower will not be installed in Jauljibi within one month, the traders will block the road between Pithoragarh and Tawaghat. Despite being the border town, no mobile tower has been set up at Jauljibi so far and the only mobile tower is not working properly, said Bhupendra Singh Thapa, president of the Udhog Vyapar Mandal unit of the Dharchula area.

Pension for elderly sought:Demanding pension for the elder members, the SSB guerillas on Tuesday threatened that if their demands would not be met, they would block the Char Dham and Kailash Mansarowar route. The organisation would also stage a dharna in front of the houses of ministers and MPs, besides boycotting the next assembly elections in the state, said Dan Singh Baghari, district president of the SSB Swam Sewak Kalian Samiti.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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