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CCTV footage helps nab impersonator in Golden Temple complex
: The CCTV cameras installed in the Golden Temple complex seem to bear results. On Friday, the SGPC task force nabbed Jagjit Singh, who impersonating as a CID Inspector used to loot pilgrims. He was later handed over to the police and a case has been registered against the miscreant. According to information, Jagjit Singh took Rs 500 from a Jammu resident, Mandeep Singh, who was sitting in the parikrama area along with his sister. The act was recorded in the CCTV and on the basis of the footage the task force nabbed him. 

Financial aid for ex-Armymen, widows:
District Sainik Welfare Officer Lt-Colonel SS Mann (retd) on Friday gave away cheques to 11 ex-servicemen and widows here on Friday. The financial assistance was given from the Flag Day fund and on the recommendations of a board headed by the Deputy Commissioner, to the needy ex-servicemen and widows, living in penury. Lt-Colonel Mann said ex-Havildar Gurdeep Singh and Lance Dafedar Darshan Singh had also been given cheques for Rs 15,000 each today for the marriage of a daughter. 

Dera Bassi
JE killed in mishap Our Correspondent:
A junior engineer (JE) with the electricity department was killed in a road accident on the Barwala road here on Friday. The JE, Ravinder Kumar, was on way to his office here on a motorcycle when it collided head on with a truck. His helmet fell at a distance due to the impact. 

Boy found dead
: The body of Sukhjinder Singh of Chak Nathan was found in the bushes near the fields of Sucha Singh in the village on Thursday. Sukhjinder Singh after receiving a call on his mobile phone on July 13, left his house saying he was going to the school but did not return. His body bore several injury marks caused by sharp-edged weapons. A case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC has been registered. 

Demolition exercise begins
: A massive demolition exercise began on the road from Football Chowk to Central Jail on Friday. On the orders of the PIDB, 12 JCB machines were put to service to demolish the outer walls of the houses and commercial establishments to widen the existing road from 23 feet to 83 feet. The jail is being converted into a commercial complex and the approach for the same is being widened much to the resentment of the residents of the area. 

Dental check-up camp:
Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital organised a two-day dental check-up and oral health education camp at DCM Presidency School in Jamalpur Colony on the Chandigarh road here. Around 1,200 students were examined at the camp. 

Triplets born:"Here is God's plenty" the very saying is true in case of Shamsher Singh, a labourer of Tibba Road, whose wife has been blessed with three sons (triplets), at a multispeciality hospital in Haibowal. Bubbling with joy, Mahender Kaur, grandmother of the new borns, said, "I have two sons and my daugher-in law has three. I am thankful to God. We are from labour class and God has gifted us with triplets. Although I could not educate my sons, but I will educate my grandsons."

Mandi Ahmedgarh
1 killed as car rams into wall:
Timely action by the police and passersby saved at least three occupants of a car that rammed into a wall surrounding the Pohir roundabout on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, near here, today. However, driver of the vehicle died on the spot. The deceased was identified as Mandeep Singh
of Lasoi village, Sangrur district. However, no case was registered till the filing of this report.

Concern over decline in dam water level:Concerned over the decline in water storage level in the dams, the Rajasthan Kisan Sangharsh Samiti has urged the Central government to convene a meeting of the beneficiary states Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan immediately for better management.

Tarn Taran
Man electrocuted
: Lakhwinder Singh (28) a resident of village Dugalwala, 10 kilometers from here was electrocuted on Thursday evening at his native village while working in the fields. According to report, Lakhwinder touched a live wire while starting the tubewell. Sadly, his elder brother too was electrocuted the same way two years back. 




Man kills himself
: Daulat Ram (45) of Majhed village, near Suharghat, in Kutehalla gram panchayat, near here, is said to have killed himself by shooting himself with his own licensed gun at his home on Thursday evening. Reports said there were some issues in his home due to which he was depressed. He took out his loaded gun and shot himself with it on his chest on Thursday killing himself on the spot. He has left behind his wife and two daughters. A case has been registered. 

New gas agency
: Presiding over the Prashasan Janta Ke Dwar Pogramme at Kotplahari in this sub-division on Friday, local MLA Rakesh Pathania said a new cooking gas agency being opened at Suliali would remove shortage of LPG in the rural area of Nurpur. He said the state government had decided to redress public problems on doorsteps by organising such programmes. On the occasion, 52 complaints were addressed, out of which 45 were solved on the spot and remaining were forwarded to the departments concerned for requisite action. 

SJVN profit up
: Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Ltd has registered an increase of 20 per cent in its profit for the first quarter this year as it earned Rs 348.21 crore against Rs 290.76 crore generated last year for the corresponding time. A spokesperson of the SJVN said the financial results of the company were finalised at the board meeting held in New Delhi on Thursday. The company’s earnings per share (EPS) have also increased to Rs 0.84 against Rs 0.70 during the corresponding quarter of last year. During the fiscal year 2010-11, the SJVN had registered a profit of Rs 912.13 crore with an EPS of Rs 2.21. 



Rotary Club holds rally:
The Rotary Club, Akhnoor, today organised a rally to spread the message that for the overall development of the nation, everyone should restrict the size of his or her family. A large number of ASHA workers, female health workers, anganwadi workers and many local residents took part in the rally. 

Stomach cancer cases on rise in Leh
: “Cases of stomach cancer in Leh district are increasing and there is need to do research on it,” Dr P Tsering, Medical Superintendent of SNM Hospital , which is the only district hospital in Leh district, said here on Friday. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day conference of the J&K State Chapter of Association of Surgeon of India. Dr Tashi Mutup, organising secretary, said the conference was being held for the first time in Leh district. 

Amarnath yatra suspended briefly
: The Amarnath yatra was suspended briefly on both the Chandanwari and Baltal routes on Friday due to bad weather. However, it was resumed after the weather showed some improvement. “Due to widespread rain in the yatra area, the movement of the yatris towards the cave shrine on both the Chandanwari and Baltal routes could start only around 9:30 am today,” a spokesman for the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board said. He said the movement of the yatris was now reported to be progressing satisfactorily. The intending pilgrims could check the weather forecast on the website of the Indian Meteorological Department (www.amssdelhi.gov.in). 

Contractual teachers meet Governor: A deputation of the All-Jammu and Kashmir College Contractual Teachers Association called on Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here on Friday and submitted a memorandum of their demands to him. The demands included the urgent formulation of a policy for the regularisation of the services of those contractual college teachers, who had put in between two and 14 years’ service and continued to receive poor remuneration. 

Gang of sapphire smugglers busted
: The police on Friday busted an international gang of smugglers of precious gems in Kishtwar, home to world famous sapphire mines, with the arrest of three Sri Lankan nationals and the recovery of sapphires worth lakhs from them. 



Enrolment centre
: The first Aadhaar UID enrolment centre was inaugurated at Kaulagarh on Friday. District Magistrate Sachin Kurve became the first citizen of the city to get his enrolment done. The DM said all citizens of the city should report at the enrollment centre to get a 12 digit number that would help them access a number of facilities. To get the enrolment done, the citizens will have to come with documents pertaining to the ID proof. 

Newborn care unit: The much awaited sick newborn care unit has begun functioning at Doon Female Hospital. The unit equipped with phototherapy units can accommodate 24 newborn babies. The chances of the survival of premature babies suffering from complications are more if these kinds of facilities are there at government hospitals. “We need some more staff, especially the nursing staff, to discharge duties round the clock at the unit. At present, we have just one nurse,” said Dr Archana Srivastav, joint director. A similar unit will also be set up at Base Hospital, Haldwani, for which the Central Government is providing assistance. 

Date extended: HNB Garhwal University has extended the last date for the submission of BEd entrance exam form till July 25. According to Dr US Rawat, Registrar, HNB Garhwal University, this has been done taking into account delay in the sale of BEd entrance exam forms at certain post offices. These delay has been reported at Srinagar, Garhwal and Dehradun post offices. Earlier, the last date for the submission of forms was July 20. 

Kumaon Briefs

RTE Act: Private schools to face action: District Magistrate, Udham Singh Nagar, BVRC Purshottam, has ordered immediate action against private schools that are showing reluctance in implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act. He was reacting to instances where private schools have been dilly-dallying on the issue of admissions of the identified beneficiaries from marginalised sections against 25 per cent seats. At a meeting held in Rudrapur on Friday, Purshottam made it clear that as of now, the schools would be providing books and uniforms to these students and the expenses would be reimbursed by the government later. He expressed his dissatisfaction over the performance in Kashipur and Jaspur with regard to the implementation of the Act and has asked the nodal officers at these places to improve upon their functioning.

Elephant creates ruckus at Aamdanda gate: An elephant created a ruckus at the Aamdanda gate on Thursday evening. The animal, Albeli, destroyed a tea stall and hoardings along the roadside. Following this, the Kashipur-Buakhal road remained blocked for sometime. The animal started creating the trouble after it was tied to a tree with a wire by its mahout. It even tried to dislodge a handpump.

One killed, 3 hurt in accident: One person was killed and three others sustained injuries in a collision between two motorcycles in Haldwani on Thursday afternoon. The deceased has been identified as 22-year-old Mohan Singh Mehra of the Gorapadav area. He was coming towards Haldwani when his motorcycle collided head-on with another one coming from the opposite direction. The accident took place near Teenpani. While Mehra died on the spot, three persons on the other vehicle sustained injuries after their vehicle hit a moving car.

Woman commits suicide in Chandmari area: A woman ended her life by setting herself ablaze in the Chandmari area near Katyhgodam on Thursday afternoon. The deceased, Kamlesh Tewari (25) was a patient of depression and was being treated for the disease at Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital for past two years. Her mother tried to save her, but Kamlesh died on the spot.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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