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Rly urged to grant stoppage: The Railway Passengers Welfare Association has urged the Railway Board chairman to sanction stoppage of 12455/56 Sriganganagar Sarai Rohilla (Delhi) AC Express train at Shakur Basti railway station in Delhi. In a memorandum faxed on Tuesday, the NGO resented that the destination of the train has been fixed at Sarai Rohilla that normally wears a deserted look and is sans basic amenities. One has to traverse a long distance even for hiring vehicles there for the onward journey by Metro train. The NGO suggested that 12485/86 Sriganganagar Nanded Sahib express train and the Sarai Rohilla AC train should be allowed to halt at Malout and Gidderbaha also since both were important towns of the Muktsar district. This would attract passengers from Muktsar as well, the NGO hoped.

ABVP flays Centre: The local unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised a procession and demonstration here on Wednesday to express resentment over the inability of the UPA Government to check price rise and corruption. Convener Ajay Kataria criticised the UPA Government for trapping Baba Ramdev and his associates in different cases. The procession passed through the main roads on way to the sub-divisional complex where a memorandum was submitted to the sub-divisional magistrate.

Youth Club: Silver Oaks School organised a programme to mark the beginning of the ‘Youth Club’. The guest of honour was Dr KS Sidhu, assistant director, Youth Services, Punjab. Harshita Garg gave a speech on the importance of the Youth Club. It was followed by a poem by Diksha Sharma on the fate of the girl child. School principal Neelam Verma and Narinder Bassi from Pyare Lal Karnail Singh Memorial Charitable Trust presented a memento to the guest.

Dharna staged: Under the banner of the Mid-day Meal Workers Union, Punjab, over hundred mid-day meal workers staged a dharna and held a rally outside the Mini-secretariat here on Tuesday in support of their demands, including regularisation of services.

Bose adjudged best speaker: As part of the Environment Week celebrations, DPS, Bathinda organised an inter-school debate, poster making and essay competitions on Tuesday. Twelve schools from the city and the adjoining areas of Jaitu, Talwandi Sabo and Muktsar took part. The motion of the house was 'It is not acceptable to experiment on animals for the benefit of humans'. Unnati Bose was adjudged the best speaker. The best debating team was St. Xavier's Senior Secondary School, Bathinda. The best essay was written by Barkha Singh of St. Xavier's and the best poster was made by Ritika of the same school. Judges also lauded Avneet and Shreya Garg of the DPS.

DC directive ahead of Faridkot fair: At a meeting held here on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat directed the officials concerned to complete all under-construction development projects by September 15 as several programmes related to Baba Sheikh Farid Mela would be organised during September.




5 SOPU members rounded up: Five members of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) party were rounded up on suspicion after sticks were found in their Balero jeep outside DAV College, Sector 10, here this afternoon. The police had laid two barriers and during checking, sticks were found in the Bolero jeep in which they were travelling.

Darshan Lal nominated manager: The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has nominated Drshan Lal, general secretary of the Chandigarh Wrestling Association, as manager of Indian Greco-Roman team yesterday. The team will participate in the Commonwealth Wrestling Meet.



ABVP stages dharna: ABVP activists staged a dharna at the district secretariat on Wednesday in a protest against corruption. Kuldeep Yadav, ABVP’s state joint secretary, and Varun Chaudhary, state co-convener, said the scams persistently tumbling out of the UPA government’s cupboard had palpably shown that corruption was rampant in the country under its regime and there was an urgency to combat it effectually.

Bandh observed
: A near complete bandh was observed in Tohana town on Wednesday against the alleged failure of the police to nab miscreants, who had attacked president of Haryana Vyapar Mandal Subhash Goyal a few days back. Goyal was beaten up by some miscreants after a minor dispute and the traders alleged that the police was not making efforts to arrest the accused.



One arrested for stealing from ATM: The police has arrested Puran Chand of Panohi village in Shimla district on the charge of stealing Rs 20,000 from Shiv Paul Varma’s ATM account here.

Old man killed in road mishap: A 75-year-old man was killed in a road accident at Tangh Narwana on Wednesday when a jeep hit him, the police said here. Identified as Dani Ram of Tang Narwana village he was seriously injured and rushed to the DRPGMC, Tanda, by his relatives where he succumbed to his injuries in the evening.

Girl receives burn injuries: An 18-year-old girl on Wednesday was admitted to the DRPGMC, Tanda, after she received 55 to 60 per cent burn injuries, the police said. Shivani of Tiara village on the outskirts of the town received burn injuries when her clothes caught fire while working on a kerosene stove at home.



Quake jolts Kashmir: An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale rocked the state on Wednesday morning, an official said. No loss of life or property was reported. “The epicentre was in the Hindukush Mountain range of Afghanistan. Its coordinates were latitude 36.3 degrees north and longitude 69.6 degrees east,” an official said. The quake struck at 8.47 am.



CBI court grants bail to former Chief Engineer: The CBI court on Wednesday granted bail to Arun Mishra, former Chief Engineer of the Uttar Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation, in a “money laundering” case against him. According to CBI sources, Mishra has completed his 90-day judicial custody and since the agency could not file a charge sheet against him during these days, the court granted him bail. However, the sources added that he might not be released as he was booked under another case of enforcement directorate. He is facing charge of laundering money at a PNB branch in Dehradun.

Notification: The state government has issued a notification regarding the creation of the medical education wing as a separate entity. In all, seven posts have been created to run the entity. Three posts, additional director, joint director and assistant accounts officer, are permanent.

Saplings planted: Disha, a city-based social organisation, today planted 25 saplings on the premises of the regional office of Gharwal University. Kanwal Saini, Manager (ICICI Prudential) was the chief guest. Mithla Rawat (office in charge of the university), Sushil Virmani (organiser, Disha) and other members from the organisation were also present.

Kumaon Briefs
Rs 27 crore for three tourism circuits:
The Union Ministry of Tourism has allocated Rs 27 crore for the development of three tourism circuits in the Kumaon region. The circuits will be developed by the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam. This was disclosed by Surendra Singh Jeena, chairman of the KMVN, during a meeting of the Board of Directors. “The first circuit house will be from Ramnagar to Bageshwar via Bhikiyasein, Salt, Dwarahat, Kausani and Someswar. The second route will be developed from Nanakmata to Lohaghat via Ritha Sahib while the third route will be from Bhawali to Baba Hairakhan Dham via Ramnagar,” said Jeena, chairman of the nigam.

Encroachments by 250 shopkeepers: Over 250 shopkeepers have encroached upon a highway that links this town with the Khatima town. This information has been obtained by Ram Singh, an RTI activist, from the Public Works Department. “Due to the negligent attitude of the PWD and the local administration, the distance from the centre point to both sides of the road has remained only between 4 and 10 metres due to the encroachments,” said the RTI activist.

10 sugar mill owners yet to clear farmers’ dues: Out of the 12 sugar mills, the owners of only two mills have cleared the dues of farmers. The owners of 10 sugar mills still owe Rs 68 crore to farmers. This was stated by Sugarcane Commissioner Vikramjeet Tiwari here on Wednesday. “The owners of these 10 sugar mills have been asked to clear the dues by August,” said Tiwari.

UKD (Panwar) to form regional front: The UKD (Panwar) will form a regional front to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, senior party leaders Kashi Singh Airy said the front would comprise the CPI, the Uttarakhand Janwadi Party, and other regional parties having similar policies and programmes.

Steps to check drug addiction among students: The Haldwani police has asked all chemist shop owners not to sell drugs to students without any medical prescription. “Many cases of drug addiction have come to light in the town recently. Therefore, we have issued the instructions to the chemist shop owners,” said P Renuka Devi, ASP (Haldwani).

Security deposits of three fair price shop owners forfeited: The District Supply Officer has forfeited the security deposits of three fair price shop owners for selling the foodgrains issued under the Atal Khadyan Yojana in Berinag subdivision at higher rates. “After receiving complaints in this regard, we raided some shops and found that the shopkeepers are charging 50 p more per kg from consumers. We have forfeited the security deposits of three shopkeepers who have been found guilty,” said Tej Bal Singh, DSO (Pithoragarh).

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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