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Bank staff to hold strike on Aug 5
: All nationalised banks which come under the banner of United Forum of Banks will observe a one-day strike on August 5. This was announced at the regional-level convention organised by the All India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation here on Sunday. More than 200 bank employees attended the occasion.

Pollution Board chief  launches green drive: As many as 5 lakh saplings would be planted in Army areas for enhancing the green cover in the holy city, said Punjab Pollution Control Board chairman Kahan Singh Pannu while launching a tree plantation drive at Gobindgarh Fort here on Sunday. "The saplings will be planted with the help of NGOs, especially Khudai-Khidmatgar, New Delhi," said Pannu. He said a similar drive would soon be launched in the Army areas in Patiala Cantonment and Tibari Cantonment area in Gurdaspur.

Workshop on cloud computing
: Keeping in mind the emerging importance of cloud computing in businesses and academia, Baba Farid Innovation Center organised a two-day workshop on July 22 - 23 for the students of BFGI. The workshop was organised with the assistance of 9Vision IT Corporates Pvt. Ltd. Amit Mitra, industry consultant from the company, explained to the students the basics, the present market trends, the future projections and various applications of cloud computing in business. Ravinder Batra (director business), Mukesh Nigam (director technical) and Shalini Batra (director) were also present. GS Dhaliwal, MD, BFGI, said the students had benefited immensely from the workshop.

Dr Gill is new GIDSR director
:Dr Amarjit Singh Gill has joined the local Genesis Institute of Dental Sciences and Research (GIDSR) as its Director  Principal. Dr Kamal Baghi, chairman, GIDSR said Dr Gill has in the past served as the Dean of the Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar, besides being a member of the finance committee of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Protest by labour unions
: Demanding electricity bill waiver without any condition, 17 farmer and labour unions jointly organised a protest against the state government in Kartarpur on Sunday. Holding black flags in their hands, union members said despite assurances, the state government failed to provide 10-marla plot to the labourers, waiving off electricity bills, giving jobs to the unemployed and providing unemployment allowance. 

Man beaten to death over trifle
: A resident of Khanpur village was allegedly beaten to death by his brother and other relatives over a minor dispute related to the boundary wall of their house on Saturday night. A case has been registered against Sarwan Singh, his wife Manjit Kaur, Hari Ram, Ravi and Sabhi under Section 302, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code for murdering Pritam Singh.

Tarn Taran
Physical training centre opened
: SSP Preetpaul Singh Virk inaugurated the Physical Training Centre, set up by Kar Sewa sect, Sarhali Sahib. As many as 100 youths would be admitted in the first batch and would be given free boarding, lodging. 

Electrocuted: Gurjant Singh (30) of Jaursingh Wala village, 40 km from here, was electrocuted when he was working in the fields. He touched a live wire while switching the tubewell motor. 




New Sanskrit award okayed
: The Haryana Sanskrit Akademi has taken many decisions to promote Sanskrit, included opening of informal Sanskrit education centres, introduction of new awards and enhancement in the cash amount of existing awards, introduction of financial assistance for newspapers and magazines in Sanskrit and grant for Sanskrit pathshalas and Gurukuls. The akademi approved a new award, Swami Dharam Dev Sanskrit Samaradhak Samman, of Rs 51,000 and also approved a hike in the cash amount of Maharshi Vedvyas Samman from Rs 51,000 to Rs 1 lakh. 

Minor girl assaulted, 3 held
: Three persons have been arrested, including a 14-year-old boy, for sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl and beating up her father after the incident. The incident took place at Gangholi village on Thursday evening. The boy took the victim to the rooftop of his house on pretext of giving her a toffee and assaulted her sexually. When the victim’s father went to the accused’s house, his father and brother assaulted and threatened him. The police has arrested the boy, his brother and father after the victim’s medical report and the complaint lodged by the girl’s father. 

Bus accident
: Fifteen persons were injured, five of them seriously, when a mini-bus, on its way from Delhi to Manikaran, met with an accident on GT Road near Mayur Dhaba, 5 km from here, on Sunday. The injured persons were rushed to the Civil Hospital and given first aid. Windows of the bus were ripped part to take out the wounded persons.

2 killed in clash over eve-teasing
: Two members of a family were killed in a clash with members of another family at Harphali village on Thursday night. Around six persons from both sides were injured in the incident. The deceased were identified as Laik Ram and his nephew Naveen. An FIR has been registered in which 17 persons have been named. The clash erupted after Pankaj and two others allegedly eve-teased the daughter of Laik Ram. According to the girl, the three persons often teased and harassed her. Laik Ram, along with his three nephews, took up the matter with Bhup Lal, father of Pankaj, at their residence. Following an altercation, Bhup Lal allegedly called his relatives, who attacked Laik Ram and his nephews with country-made weapons and lathis. Laik Ram and Naveen were allegedly stabbed in the stomach. They were taken to BK Hospital in Faridabad where they were declared “brought dead”.

: The following have been elected officer-bearers of the governing body of IGN College, Ladwa: president - Pawan Garg; vice-president - Harjoginder Singh; general secretary - Praveen Gupta; and treasurer - Ved Prakash.

Pension schemes
: Taking a serious notice of the complaints by old-age pensioners and other beneficiaries of the social welfare pension schemes in the district, KK Jalan, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Social Welfare and Irrigation Department, on Saturday directed his department officials, ICICI bank and FINO company to complete the process of opening bank accounts of beneficiaries by August 5. Pankaj Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, said pensions of around 77,000 beneficiaries had already been received in the banks and the remaining beneficiaries would also be covered by August 1. 

3 hurt in mill mishap
: Three labourers--Vinod and Mohinder of Jagadhari and Ramjas of UP’s Faizabad district ---were injured when melted metal fell on them at Himalayan Rolling Mills, Jagadhari, on Sunday. According to the police,Vinod and Mohinder were being treated at Sharma Hospital here while Ramjas, whose condition was stated to be serious, had been shifted to the PGI,Chandigarh. It is believed that the accident took place because of the overheating of a boiler. Senior district officials and policemen rushed to the spot on getting information about the accident. 



Man dies as tractor falls on him
: Tractor driver Chaman Lal Sharma (45) of Neri village under Chadole gram panchayat, near here, was injured seriously when his stone-loaded tractor suddenly turned turtle and fell some 20 ft down the narrow link road of the village near NH-21 near Chadole Saturday night. Reports said villagers rushed to the spot and pulled him from under the tractor and rushed him to the Regional Hospital here, but he succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital. The police has registered a case.

Gram panchayat ex-president arrested: The police has arrested former gram panchayat president Ramesh Bansal of Berry Miyan under Jhandutta Development Block, near here, on charges of fraud and financial irregularities in funds of the Himalaya Watershed Development Project during his last tenure. Earlier Bansal had approached a court to get anticipatory bail, but his plea was rejected. Present president Madhu Chandel and others had met the DC and the SP and given them a memorandum regarding the irregularities and demanded legal action against him. 

One killed as car veers off road
: A youth was killed on the spot and three others were injured when their car veered off the road and fell into a 200-m-deep gorge near Lakkar Mandi on the Dalhousie-Khajjiar road on Friday evening. SDM, Dalhousie, Madhu Choudhary said the deceased was Ankit Mahajan of Chamba. The injured Shekhar Mahajan, Venkat and Sanjeev Kumar of Solan had been rushed to nearby Civil Hospital. Sanjeev who received serious head injury had been referred to the DRPGMC, Tanda. The SDM said an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 had been released to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 5,000 each to the three injured had been disbursed. 

Woman dies of poisoning
: A 43-year-old woman died of poisoning at the DRPGMC Tanda Hospital on Sunday. She had consumed the poison by mistake, the police said. Sheela Devi of Lambahar Bir village falling under Baijnath police station had lost her son earlier and was also suffering from paralysis. Her husband Raj Kumar was posted at the Baijnath police station as Home Guard. Her body was handed over to her relatives after post-mortem. Investigation under Section 174 CrPC was on.

Five injured in road accidents: Five persons were injured, two of them seriously, in different road accidents in Kangra on Sunday, the police said. Three persons, including the driver and a passenger of HRTC bus, were injured when the driver lost control on the vehicle near Dhaliara in Dehra subdivision and it hit a motorcyclist before dashing against the hillock. Injured bus driver Susheel Kumar, the passenger and bike rider Varun were rushed to the DRPGMC, Tanda. In another accident, Simro Devi of Chatair Yol was injured when she was hit by a school bus at Sidhbhari. School bus driver Sanju of Bani was arrested. A seriously injured Vijay Kumar was admitted to the Tanda hospital as he had fallen from the bus at Kalidhar near Chawari. 

BBMB Employees Union seeks relief
: Members of the BBMB Employees Union on Sunday urged Chairman of the board AB Aggarwal to implement the decision of giving relief to the employees as agreed at the meeting on July 17. The union stated in a press note that the charter of demands of releasing benefits to the employees had been accepted and agreed upon by the board. 

Three nabbed with 34 resin tins
: The Baddi police nabbed three persons with 34 tins of resin which were being carried in a utility vehicle from Ba Mandi village near Patta Mehlog during a naka which was laid on Sunday morning after a tip-off. SP, Baddi, Gurdev Chand Sharma, said the arrested youths could not produce any permit for transporting the resin and it appeared to be pilfered from the government-owned forest where resin tapping was underway by the Forest Corporation. Those arrested were driver Santosh Kumar, Mast Ram and Prem Chand.



Police lathi-charge on students flayed
: Taking exception to the unprovoked police lathi-charge on students in Jammu demanding early start of the Central University of Jammu, the Peoples’ Revolutionary Movement has termed it as high-handedness on the part of police and demanded immediate action against erring policemen.

Three killed in road mishap
: Three members of a family were killed and four others injured in a road accident in the Kangan area of Ganderbal district on Saturday, official sources said. Rouf Ahmad Bhat, who was driving the car, his mother and daughter died on the spot while his wife, two nephews and a niece suffered injuries, they added. 

Houses, shop gutted: Two residential houses were completely damaged on Sunday when a fire broke out due to an electric short circuit from one of the residential houses at Gulbagh in Pulwama district. A shop and a cowshed were gutted in a fire incident at Warpora in Baramulla district. However, no loss of life or injury was reported. 



Office-bearers felicitated:The newly appointed office-bearers of different cells of the Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Gorkha Party, Dehradun, were felicitated here on Sunday. The party has also constituted separate cells for women in the districts of Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal and youth cells in Dehradun and Rudrapur. Capt JB Karki (retd), national president of the party made an appeal to the state government to conduct a survey for the identification of the entire population of the Gorkha community residing in Uttarakhand ever since the state came into being.

More services introduced: The Dehradun centre of the VLCC on Rajpur Road on Sunday introduced botox and fillers technologies. Rajpur MLA Ganesh Joshi inaugurated the services. Pooja Sachdeva, manager of the centre, informed that the centre had also started free consultation for skin and haircare.

Baby found dead: The body of a newborn baby was found floating in a river in the Premnagar area on Sunday. The police said there were no injury marks on the body and the child had died of drowning. The body has been kept at a mortuary. 

Tributes paid: Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank paid tributes to the late Amar Shaheed Sridev Suman on his death anniversary. He said Sridev Suman was instrumental in the constitution of the Tehri Rajya Prajamandal on January 23, 1939. He said the youth of the state must follow high ideals set-up by him.

Kumaon Briefs

Admn urged to check illegal mining:The representatives of the Washermen Society, Rudrapur, have urged the administration to check illegal mining in the traditional ponds. The representatives have alleged that owing to illegal mining the traditional ponds used by the washermen to wash clothes have been polluted. “For generations we have been washing clothes in these ponds, which have now become the hot spots for illegal miners, causing inconvenience to our community,” said Kanhaiya Lal, a leader of the Washermen Society.

Three held with leopard skins:A team of the Forest Department arrested three youngsters under the Wild Life Protection Act at Bageshwar on Saturday and recovered three leopard skins from them. “After receiving the information that certain persons are bargaining to sell leopard skins, our team reached the spot and arrested them with the skins. They have been identified as Ramesh Pandey, Chanchal Koranga and Kripal Singh, all local residents,” said Ram Singh Bisht, an officer of the Bageshwar range. He said the culprits had confessed to killing the animals in the Jhuni forests.

6 of family get life imprisonment:The Almora District and Sessions judge on Saturday sentenced six members of a family to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 500 on each of them under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in a murder case. “The culprits had murdered their own relative Naveen Kumar by attacking him with sticks and batons after a brawl in 2007,” said Narendra Singh Parihar, District Government counsel. He said six witnesses were presented before the court by the prosecution in the case.

2 held for rape of minor:The Pithoragarh police on Sunday arrested two persons in connection with the rape of a minor girl, after villagers blocked the Tanakpur-Pithoragarh highway for two hours demanding the arrest of the culprits. “The culprits were arrested when they were planning to surrender in a court,” said Rajiv Mohan, Pithoragarh SP.

Demand to set up mandi:Farmers having allegiance to the Bharatiya Kishan Union (BKU) have demanded a fruit and vegetable market at Lohaghat town of Champawat district so that the farmers could get good prices of their produce. “Our delegation met the District Magistrate and demanded besides opening of a fruit mandi in the town transfer of the local roads constructed by the Mandi Samiti during the previous Congress regime to the Public Works Department (PWD) and the introduction of a crop insurance scheme at the village level,” said Naveen Singh Karayat, district president of the BKU, Champawat.

Homage paid to martyrs:On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak and Chandra Shekhar Azad on July 23, the residents of Tanakpur organised a programme to pay homage to these great leaders of the Indian freedom movement. “The programme was organised by Subash Lok Sewa Samiti at Kakraligate, near Tanakpur, and it was attended by hundreds of local residents and students from various schools. They garlanded the statues of the great patriots and pledged to follow their principles of love and sacrifice for the country,” said Dr Dinesh Chandra Shastri, organiser of the programme.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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