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Jawan dies:
A jawan in the Home Guard, Baldev Singh, deployed at District Election Office, died following a massive heart attack in the mini secretariat here on Wednesday.

Murder accused minor still at large:
The police was yet to arrest the accused in the murder case of an eight-year-old boy, Aman, that took place at PAP Complex here on Tuesday. Aman was stabbed allegedly by his 16-year-old neighbor Sharanjit around 3 pm. SHO Barjinder Singh said the reason behind the murder was still unclear. Even questioning of the accused's parents did not generate any substantive lead, he said.

VAT on petrol to stay: Upinderjit: Finance Minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur has ruled out any cut in the VAT on petroleum products in the state. In the city to preside over a function organised by the Directorate of Small Savings, she said as of now there was no proposal to reduce the VAT.

Demolition drive: Tension prevailed in Mission Compound area as the district administration began demolition of the outer portions of the houses and commercial units along the road from Football Chowk to Jalandhar Central Jail. The residents came out in protest as the SDM-cum-Land Acquisition Collector-1, Iqbal Singh Sandhu, led the team to the site this afternoon. The action was a part of the widening of the road leading to the jail premises, which is to be developed into a commercial complex. The administration, however, went ahead and demolished the boundary walls of the houses using the JCB machine.

Wakf Board to set up nursing institute:
The Punjab Wakf Board will soon start a nursing and paramedical institute in the town, chairman of the Punjab Wakf board and former DGP Mohammad d Izhar Alam said here on Wednesday. A five-member committee would monitor the project. He said 51 per cent seats in the institution would be reserved for Muslims.

Cold stores for onion in mandis: Punjab plans to set up cold stores for onion on the pattern of Maharashtra in almost all mandis of the state. This was announced by Ravinder Singh Cheema, vice-chairman of the Punjab State Mandi Board, at a function here on Wednesday. He said with the establishment of such cold stores, the people in Punjab would get onion at a fixed price throughout the year.

Wife held for abetting suicide
: The police arrested a woman, Paramjit Kaur, for abetting the suicide of her husband on Wednesday. Tehal Singh of Husainbad village here consumed poison on Tuesday night and was found dead on Wednesday morning. According to deceased’s sister Parminder Kaur, on whose complaint the police registered a case, Paramjit Kaur used to fight with her husband Tehal Singh. Tehal could not take this harassment and took the extreme step.

Thief nabbed
: The police arrested Ashwini Kumar of Khajurala village, and recovered a stolen motorcycle from him near Miherru on Wednesday.

Tarn Taran
Explosives found in Tarn Taran:
The Tarn Taran police on Wednesday recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a field in a border village near here. On a tip-off, the Sarhali police searched the area falling under Rakh Sarai Amanat Khan village and found two AK-47 rifles, 250 live cartridges, 2.5 kg RDX, 5.5 kg of plastic explosive and other high intensity explosions, all buried under the ground. The police suspect that the contraband might have been hidden by terrorist outfits during the militancy period in the state.




Admission dates extended:
Himachal Pradesh Technical University, Hamirpur, has extended the dates for admission to engineering and pharmacy colleges of the state. Vice-Chancellor Shashi Dhiman and Registrar Rakhil Kahlon said students desirous of seeking admission to BTech and BE courses could submit their admission forms up to July 9 and those seeking admissions to BPharma courses could apply for the second round of counselling, scheduled from July 25 to 27, and submit their forms between July 20 and 23.

To ensure safe deliveries in health centres, the Health and Family Welfare Department is all set to download “report cards” of every expectant woman visiting these centres across the state. Rajiv Bindal, Health and Family Welfare Minister, said this while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday. He said the department was preparing e-mamta software to prepare and monitor online data relating to expectant women. Later, the minister inaugurated a PHC building at Kherian and an ayurvedic health centre at Jonta near here.

Mango procurement:
The government will procure 500 tonnes of mango under the Market Intervention Scheme during the current harvesting season. According to an order issued on Wednesday, 300 tonnes of seedling varieties and 200 tonnes of grafted varieties of the fruit will be procured. The seedling varieties will be procured at Rs 4.60 per kg and the grafted varieties at Rs 5.25 per kg. Procurement under the scheme will continue till August 15 and the HPMC, HIMFED and the HP Agro Industries Corporation will be three procurement agencies.

Extension opposed: The HPSEB Employees Union has opposed the decision of the government to grant further extension in service to the Executive Director (Personnel) in the Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation. The union said the 15-month extension in service granted earlier to the present incumbent expired on June 30, but now his tenure had been extended by another three months without any justification. The union alleged that the said officer was having personal biases against the board staff and was discriminating against them.

Syrian students: Syrian students are keen to undertake studies, especially in the field of law and information technology, at Himachal Pradesh Universit. This was stated by the Ambassador of Syria, Dr Riad Karmel Abbas, during a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor of HPU, Prof ADN Bajpai, at New Delhi on Wednesday.

The LR Group of Institutes, Solan, is organising counselling for admissions to the MBA course for 2011-12 on July 9 on its campus. Institute’s MD Pratima Sharma said registration for BTech (ME, Civil, ECE, CSE, IT), BPharmacy, MBA, MCA, BBA, BCA, Polytechnic (ME, Civil, ECE, CSE, Electrical), and law was also going on in the institute.



Mukhi is state BJP in-charge:
Jagdish Mukhi, a former minister in the Delhi government, has been appointed the in-charge of the BJP for Jammu and Kashmir in place of OP Kohli,

Two smugglers arrested: The police arrested two narcotics smuggler with 100 kg of poppy straw from a truck at Ramban today. The arrested persons have been identified as Mohammad Latief Ganai and Jahangir Ahmed Dar, both residents of Bijbehara, Anantnag.

Interlocutors meet Governor:
The three-member team of central interlocutors comprising Dileep Padgaonkar, Prof Radha Kumar and MM Ansari held extensive discussions on varous issues with Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here on Wednesday. They discussed with the Governor, inter alia, the varied exciting prospects that had emerged consequent to the recently-concluded panchayat elections.



Traffic cops issue challans:
The traffic police has started issuing challans to violators with the help of CCTV cameras. The police said this system was started from this month. At present, CCTV cameras had been installed at 13 junctions, but four of them were not working.

Road mishap: Four persons were injured when the brakes of the jeep they were travelling in failed and it rammed into a rock face, at Rishikesh on Wednesday. The injured have been identified as Dayashankar, Bhanu Prasad, Neeraj and Ram Deniram.

Protest on July 7: To pressurise the state government to restructure the Beshaj development block and construct its directorate office, members of the Beshaj Karamchari Association will organise a protest at the state headquarters on July 7. This was stated by Nishith Saklani, the patron of the association, on Wednesday. He said they had submitted a memorandum to the state administration on June 24, but to no avail.

DGP’s directions: The DGP has asked police personnel to respond in quick and cooperative manner to complaints regarding the fleecing of people by eunuchs. He also warned cops of strict action if anybody found taking money to solve any dispute. “Any such incident which tarnishes the image of the police, including asking for money to solve some dispute on the spot, will be dealt with strictly,”the DGP added. He said this would help better policing and know problems being faced in their areas or jurisdiction.

Kumaon Briefs
Atal Chaupal programmes:
The government claims to have disbursed Rs 1.64 lakh to 152 beneficiaries under various schemes during Atal Chaupal programmes organised in Bamanswal, Gauli, Dhyari, Andoli, Pokhari and Manauli villages of Almora. According to Mohan Singh Baseda, a member of the State Planning Commission, officials were told during these Atal Chaupals to address grievances of the people that pertained to the basic issues of power supply, water and roads.

Old man killed in mishap: One person was killed while two others sustained injuries injured when a light commercial vehicle overturned in the Kolgaon area in Almora. The injured victims have been admitted to a government health facility at Dhauladevi. The deceased has been identified as 72-year-old Sadanand of Gigaad-Dodam village.

Stolen blocks of timber recovered: In a major recovery, officials of the Kashipur division of the Forest Department got hold of stolen blocks of timber in Chandpur village. According to information, officials, while acting on a tip-off regarding the ongoing smuggling of timber, raided a premises at Chandpur and recovered 16 blocks from the spot. These included 12 blocks of teak wood and four blocks of sal. Efforts are on to arrest the guilty.

Bus skids off road: Twenty five passengers travelling in a bus had a miraculous escape when it skidded off road near Kotanya and hung precariously from the road edge. The bus was on its way from Pankhu near Berinag to Kaldwani. Traffic movement was also disrupted due to the incident. It was only after mud was removed by a bulldozer and the bus was dragged back on the road that the traffic flow was resumed. This process took about two hours.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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