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Army chief visits Bathinda
: Army chief General VK Singh, accompanied by Lt General SK Singh, GOC-in-C of the south-western command, visited the Bathinda military station on Wednesday. He was briefed about the operational preparedness and training of troops by Lt General Sanjay Chachra, commander of the Chetak Corps. VK Singh’s wife, Bharti Singh, president, Central Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) inaugurated the Chetak Empowerment Centre established for the families and “veer naris” of Bathinda.

Makkar opens Gurmat institute
: Avtar Singh Makkar, president, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, inaugurated a Gurmat Training Institute, built at the cost of Rs 2 crore, here on Wednesday. He said that about 13 institutes had been opened in different parts of the country by the SGPC to train Sikh youths about various aspects of Sikhism. A sizable section of students at such training institutes were being given monthly scholarship. He said that the university set up at Fatehgarh Sahib by the SGPC would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal shortly. 

Malerkotla MC poll on July 15
: Elections for the post of president of the Municipal Council, Malerkotla, will now take place on July 15. The elections had earlier been scheduled for July 8, but these had been postponed by the administration. Convener-cum-Sub-Divisional Magistrate Bhupinder Mohan Singh said that Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, had ordered the elections. He said that the fresh date has been intimated to the councillors through written messages. 




DGP Dalal bereaved
: Dr JL Dalal, 96, a veteran agriculture scientist, died here on Wednesday. He was father of Haryana DGP RS Dalal. He was cremated here in the evening. Jagannath Pahadia, Haryana Governor, has mourned his death.

2 schoolkids hurt
: Two children have received burn injuries from the acid thrown out of a battery of their school bus near Baragura on Tuesday evening. Kulwinder, 10, and Sandeep Kaur, 6, have been shifted to a hospital here. The school bus was carrying 20 children when the driver lost control over the vehicle in an effort to save a motorcyclist. A battery installed in the bus threw acid on the two children resulting in burn injuries. 



Youth killed in road accident
: A youth of Kurukshetra was killed and three others were injured in two separate road accidents in the district during the past 12 hours. Gurvinder Singh of Gangehadi Pehova, Kurukshetra, returning from Manikaran on a motorbike, was killed instantaneously, while his companion on the pillion Lakhvinder Singh, also of the same place, was injured seriously as their bike was hit by a truck coming from the opposite direction at Jaamli village on the National Highway No. 21, near here, on Wednesday. In another bike accident, two youths Ranjit from Hamirpur and Shashipal from Una were injured as their bike skidded on NH-88 near Kothi village on Wednesday. Both have been admitted in the Regional Hospital here with multiple injuries. 

Course in career orientation held
: The PINACLE Institute of Fashion Designing, Hamirpur, on Wednesday organised a career-orientation course for its students in which known educationist RC Lakhanpal was the main resource person. He gave tips to students on a career in fashion designing. Speaking to mediapersons on the occasion, Director of the institute Raman Sharma said the institute was the first one to tie up with PTU for the fashion designing courses. 

Rape case registered
On a complaint of a Dalit woman from Vantungli village in Jawali subdivision, the Jawali police on Wednesday registered a rape case against Madan Lal of Niyal village near Sidhpur Ghat. The victim had submitted a written complaint to DSP, Jawali, BS Negi alleging that the accused, who was already married had promised marriage to her two years back pretending that he was a bachelor. When she came to know about his marital status, she accused him of duping her. He started beating her and forcibly took away her child she had from him. 

Boy drowned in Sarsa river
: Ten-year old Sahil drowned in the Sarsa river at Baddi Wednesday afternoon when he, along with another boy, was plucking jamuns from a tree near the river. He fell into the river and as the water level was high owing to heavy showers on Tuesday night, the boy was carried by the waves for almost 1 km. By the time some villagers could rescue him, he had already died. His father Abid works as a labourer in some industrial unit. The family hails from Meerut in UP.



ADG BSF meets Governor
: Rajdeep Singh, Additional Director-General (ADG), BSF (West), called on Governor NN Vohra here on Wednesday. He briefed the Governor about the role and responsibility of BSF personnel deployed along the LoC in the Valley and along the international border.



Red alert issued in state
: The police has issued a red alert in the state taking into account the serial blasts in Mumbai. According to office of the Uttarakhand Director General of Police, a red alert has been issued in the state following serial blasts in Mumbai. The police has been asked to be on alert and keep an eye on the movement of suspicious elements. The security at Dehradun Railway Station and other bus stations in several towns of Uttarakhand has also been beefed up. 

Shaurya Diwas on July 23: Uttarakhand will observe Kargil Diwas falling on July 23 as Shaurya Diwas in all districts of the state. A foundation stone for State War Memorial will also be laid on the occasion. Issuing necessary directions, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar reiterated the state government’s commitment for the welfare of the ex-servicemen and their widows and asked the state officials to prepare a workplan for Shaurya Diwas observation. The Chief Secretary held that a hostel for the children of war widows would also be constructed at the earliest. He also pointed out that Sainik Rest Houses had been constructed in Roorkie and Thalisen areas of Uttarakhand. 

Effigy of govt burnt: Family members of Uttarkashi porters, who are among the missing Kalindi peak trekkers on Wednesday burnt the effigy of the Uttarakhand government accusing it of delaying rescue operations. The protesters alleged that while a West Bengal team has reached Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand yet to send a rescue team to bring back the bodies. 


Workshop on disaster management: A workshop on disaster management is being organised for officials of Champawat district from July 13 to July 15. Officials from the disaster management cell, Uttarakhand Administrative Institute, Nainital, will be providing training to officials of various departments in the district on disaster management. The training is being organised on the orders of District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pandey. Incidents of landslides, seismic activity, forest fires and cloud bursts are common in Champawat.

MLAs’ development fund: Various departments in Champawat district have utilised Rs 180.05 lakh out of the available Rs 632.80 lakh legislators’ development fund till now for the current financial year. This money has been utilised for executing 107 works in the Assembly constituencies of Champawat and Lohaghat. Providing this information, Chief Development Officer of the district TS Brijwal has stated that the said money has been given to executing agencies for carrying out 40 works in Champawat and 67 works in the Lohaghat Assembly segments. The works mainly pertain to the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, Jan Milan Kendras etc.

Two drowned in canals: Two persons, an old woman and a youth, drowned in canals in Haldwani and Ramnagar. According to information, the body of 75-year-old Anandi Devi was found from an irrigation canal flowing through the Katghariya area of Haldwani. She was a resident of Kumaon Colony in the Jawahar Jyoti area of the town. She had gone out for morning walk on Tuesday, but did not return. It was later in the day that the police was informed of a body having surfaced in the canal. It is being assumed that the woman had slipped and drowned. In another incident, the body of 18-year-old Puran Dwivedi was found from Dhela barrage on Tuesday evening. He had been missing since July 9. It was only after the main barrage on the Kosi was closed and a search initiated that the body was found.

Youth’s body found: A body of a youth was found on the railway line near Lal Kuan. The body bore injuries. The deceased is yet to be identified. It is being assumed that the boy might have fallen from a moving train and killed.

Woman electrocuted: An old woman was electrocuted in Jagatpura locality of Rudrapur. The deceased has been identified as Pushpa Devi (65). It is learnt that she was drying clothes on the roof of her neighbour’s house when she got entangled in a high-tension power line and was electrocuted. The agitated residents have demanded a compensation for her family and the removal of the power line from the residential area. —  (Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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