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Abohar college does well at summer camp: Students of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College have won laurels in the hiking and trekking camp organised by the Panjab University at YS Parmar University of Horticulture in Himachal Pradesh. Principal Dr Neelam Arun Mittu said that the team comprising Manpreet, Nisha, Manvi, Rajeshwari, Satinder, Manveer and Bindiya was adjudged the best duty group by Dr SM Kant, Director, PU Youth Welfare Department. As many as 17 teams participated in the camp. Rajeshwari and Nisha also excelled in cultural activities during the camp. The Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College team that has won the ‘best duty award’ at a PU mountaineering camp.
The Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College team that has won the ‘best duty award’ at a PU mountaineering camp. Tribune photo

Principals can issue learning licence to students:
District Transport Officer Vimal Kumar Setia said Punjab would become the first state in the country to issue smart card licences and smart cards RCs at the fag end of this year. He said the customers of the new vehicles would deposit the fees of RC with the dealers which would subsequently reach to the DTO office through online banking. He said the customers could collect the RCs from their dealers within a month. Setia said principals of government schools and colleges would be able to issue learning licences to their students who are above 18 years of age after taking tests. He said principals of private schools and colleges would hand over the documents after taking tests of students. The DTO Office would issue the licenses.

Congress gives insurance cards to poor families: Amritsar: Delegate of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Harpal Singh Bhatia gave away cards of the National Health Insurance Plan to 150 economically weaker families during a programme organised here on July 6. Under the central government scheme members of the BPL families were insured for treatment and hospitalization of accident and diseases for Rs 30,000. He said majority of these beneficiaries were residents of slum colonies of Maqboolpura and Rasulpur. He said in case of exigency benefits of the scheme would prove life saving for these families who were living under below poverty line.

‘Open institutes in memory of Baba Jiwan Singh’: Amritsar: The Baba Jiwan Singh Nishkam Sewa Society has urged Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to open educational institutes in memory of Shaheed Baba Jiwan Singh at his birth place, Gagomehal village, near Ajnala. In a memorandum to Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, members of the society said the SGPC should pass a resolution to observe his martyrdom day at Manji Sahib at Golden Temple here.

Government schools to plant trees:
To beautify all government schools across the state, the Education Department, Punjab, has decided to encourage the students and staff to plant trees and plants on their premises. Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan, in a recently held meeting with the officials of the state School Education Department, directed all the district education officers (DEOs) to coordinate with the school heads to encourage students in this regard. The plants would be supplied by a private sponsor and the school will take care of the plantation and their care. The plantation drive will start in the second week of July.

Bhullar case: SAD(A) to hold protest in Delhi: Members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will hold a demonstration on July 11 in New Delhi in protest against the death sentence awarded to Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar and Balwant Singh Rajoana. Party chief Simranjit Singh Mann said here on Friday that his party had sought an appointment with the Prime Minister and would submit a memorandum to him. He also demanded elections to the SGPC at the earliest.

Bikram Majithia is SAD youth wing chief:
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday appointed Majithia legislator and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia as president of the SAD youth wing. He said that Majithia would announce the organisational set-up of the youth wing within 15 days of his appointment.

Elections put off:
The election to the post of president of the Municipal Council, Malerkotla which was to be held on Friday, has been postponed. The executive officer of the municipal council displayed the notice in the committee hall that the convener cum sub divisional magistrate (SDM) was unable to organise the elections due to medical problem and the fresh date of elections would be intimated to councillors through written message.

New SDM (E):
Fazilka SDM Ajay Kumar Sood has been posted as the new SDM Ludhiana (East). He replaces MS Chhatwal.




Last date for the submission of admission forms for MBA (executive) in University Business School, PU, has been extended to July 11. The last date for the submission of forms for entrance test of MBA is July 11 with late fee of Rs 1,000. The forms are available in the post office or can be downloaded from the university website.



160 persons  challaned:
The police challaned 160 persons for driving vehicles under the influence of liquor during a four-hour operation on Wednesday evening. As many as 15 nakas were set up between Faridabad city and Jharsetli village for the drive. The police says such drives will be a regular feature. As many as 20 vehicles were impounded for lack of documents.

2 cable thieves held:
With the arrest of Vikram of Jhajjar district and Satish of Bhiwani district, the CIA police has busted a gang of cable thieves. The police seized a country-made pistol and a cartridge from them. The duo was produced in a court, which remanded them in police custody. The two have confessed to have stolen coils worth lakhs of rupees from 40 transformers during the past few months.

Man kills brother:
A man allegedly killed his younger brother with a spade at Jodhkan village in this district on Thursday night. Two brothers, Ram Murti and Ravi, had not been on good terms for the past few days. The victim Ravi’s cousin, Mal Singh, told the police that Ram Murti attacked Ravi with a spade while he was sleeping, killing him on the spot. The accused was at large.



Honour for state:
Himachal Pradesh has achieved the first position in the implementation of the 20-Point Programme in 2010-11. Stating this here on Friday, Chief Minister PK Dhumal said the state had been placed in “A” category on the basis of its performance on 16 parameters.

Financial help: The state government will bear the entire expenditure on the treatment of Ramesh Verma, a Shimla-based correspondent of P7 Channel, who was admitted to the PGI ,Chandigarh, after suffering a paralytic attack. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, while granting the necessary sanction, assured all help to his family and wished him speedy recovery.

ABVP protest: The ABVP on Friday warned the government against opening of new private universities in the state as it announced its plan to oppose commercialisation of education by holding a relay fast and demonstrations in all colleges in the state. State secretary of the ABVP Ajay Bherta said demonstrations would be held all over the state on July 11.

Undertrial flees: A 22-year-old Nepalese national, Tapat Bahadur, lodged at the Kanda jail, gave two police personnel accompanying him to the local Deen Dayal Upadhyaya hospital the slip. The incident took place on Friday when the undertrail was being brought to hospital for a check-up. Bahadur had been arrested in connection with a drug trafficking case.



Course of Saung river to be changed:
Dehradun District Magistrate Sachin Kurve has asked the officials of the Flood-Control Department and the PWD to change the direction of the river Saung near Raipur Block. He asked them to press into service a JCB machine so that the damage to roads could be avoided due to rainwater. The DM assured the villagers that the change of direction of the river would not harm them, as the engineers from the PWD would first study it. He asked the officials to complete the work within 15 days and see that during the work the way is not closed.

SSP pulls up cops: A monthly crime meeting of the Dehradun police was chaired by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ganesh Singh Martolia. At the meeting some of the cops were pulled up by the SSP for not doing the required work. The SSP reviewed the crime rate of the previous month circle and gave suggestions to the policemen. Martolia asked the cops to carry out routine patrolling and checks in their respective areas.

Cleaning of drains: The Dehradun District Magistrate on Friday asked the Chief Executive Engineer of the Municipal Corporation (MC) to ensure that all the drains were cleaned in order to stop the stagnation of rainwater in the city. While convening the meeting with the officials from the MC and national highway, he mainly focused on the drain at the ISBT, in the Kargi area and the one on the Kanwali Road. 

Kumaon Briefs
Youth Welfare Officers shifted:
Six Youth Welfare Officers have been transferred by the state administration. According to the information made available by the Directorate of Youth Welfare, Dinesh Chandra Pandey has been transferred from Champawat to Pithoragarh, NK Dwivedi has been sent to Almora from Pithoragarh, Jeevan Lal Arya has been sent to Bageshwar from Almora, Deepti Joshi has been transferred to Nainital from Bageshwar and GC Pargain has been transferred to Champawat from Udham Singh Nagar. The Youth Welfare officer of Haridwar Jitendra Arya has been transferred to Chamoli.

Govt literature sold as scrap:The Bageshwar district administration has ordered a probe into the alleged sale of literature meant to be circulated among farmers as scrap. The said literature had been got published by the government and was to be circulated among farmers during the ongoing Sarkar Janata Ke Dwar programme. The literature was meant to provide knowhow to farmers about the ways to boost their income and check migration from the hills. According to reports, it was only when the administration was apprised of the matter by someone that the literature was seen at a shop selling junk that the probe was ordered.

2 PWD officials shifted to headquarters:Waking up to the reality of an inordinate delay in the repairs of the Almora-Bhawali higway that had been devastated in the rains last year, two officials have been attached to the headquarters of the Public Works Department (PWD) in Dehradun. According to the reports, those who have been attached to the Dehradun office are Executive Engineer Vijay Kumar and Superintending Engineer KK Jain. The action has reportedly been taken at the instance of Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Ten months after the disaster, the road continues to be in a poor shape.

Lovers commit suicide:In a dramatic incident reported from Dineshpur in Udham Singh Nagar district, a couple allegedly committed suicide in a “filmy” manner. While the woman was a widow with a six-year-old daughter, the man had recently got married to a girl in Pilibhit. Prasahant Sana (25) of Chandipur had been having an affair with 35-year-old Sheela Roy for almost two years. It is learnt that Prashant was forcibly married to a girl in Pilibhit last month. After coming to know of her husband’s affair with Sheela, the woman had been having frequent altercations with her husband. It is learnt that on the night of Wednesday, Prashant went to his house with Sheela and allegedly consumed celphos tablets. The two died in tight embrace.

Encroachments removed:The administration in Haldwani has undertaken a drive to remove encroachments from the public parks and pavements on the Nainital road. According to the information available, the officials have removed a large number of encroachments from various parks and footpaths. With people residing in small tents in these areas and also selling wares on the footpaths, the movement of pedestrians was hampered.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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