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New DC assumes charge:
Kamal Kishore Yadav, IAS, here today took over as new Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Bathinda district. He has replaced Dr S Karuna Raju. Earlier, Yadav was posted at Ferozepur in the same capacity. He was accorded a guard of honour at the local Circuit House when he reached there. Yadav had earlier served here in various capacities, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation; Chief administrator, Bathinda Development Authority (BDA), and Administrator, Improvement Trust, Bathinda.

2 DCs shifted a day after posting:
The Punjab Government on Thursday reshuffled the Deputy Commissioners of Moga and Faridkot a day after appointing them on their post. While Moga DC Harbhupinder Singh has been made the Director-cum-Special Secretary of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Faridkot DC Dr Sirra Karuna Raju would now be the Ferozepur DC. Meanwhile, Basant Garg has been made the Fazilka DC while Sibi C would be the Pathankot DC (with additional charge of Pathankot Municipal Corporation). Also, Dr Surinder Kumar Kalia has been appointed as the first SSP of Pathankot.

Govt notifies free education for girls: The Punjab Government has issued a notification waiving all charges for girl students from Class IX to Class XII in government and aided schools. The order would be implemented from the current academic session.

Saplings planted in college
:Scores of saplings were planted by the Lions Club in collaboration with the Pt Mohan Lal S.D. College for Women on the college premises here on Thursday. Students were exhorted to plant more saplings by Dr Neelam Sethi, Principal of the college, and Romesh Mahajan, president of the Lions Club. The chief guest, Pardeep Sabharwal, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, urged students to be more environmental friendly.

Chamar sabha to gherao CM’s residence:
The Chamar Mahan Sabha has decided to gherao the official residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh during the forthcoming Assembly session. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, sabha president Paramjit Singh Kainth alleged that the state government had misused a total of Rs two crore under the protection of civil rights act 1956 even as the money was shown spent but no case had ever been shown registered under this act. Further alleging that all such funds were diverted for the sangat darshan programmes, he said a deputation of the sabha would soon meet the Governor in this regard.

Formation of new districts hailed: Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma, its general secretary Kamal Sharma, general secretary (organisation) Ajay Jamwal and convener of the state media cell Rajat Mahendru have hailed the decision of state Cabinet to make Pathankot and Fazilka new districts.

CME on cardiology:
The National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) held a seminar on cardiology under the continued medical education (CME) project. Cardiologist Dr Brijesh Badhan talked about “Coronary artery syndrome, mending the broken heart. Over 100 doctors attended the seminar. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Surinder Gupta said: “A majority of NIMA doctors have only outpatient facilities and in case of emergency, they have to refer the patient to tertiary care units, keeping many factors like their poor financial status in mind. They treat slum dwellers and villagers, like their family members. That's why our integrated graduates are most sought after physicians by majority of poverty stricken urbanites and villagers.

College founder remembered:
The 11th death anniversary of Sudarshan Uppal, founder of MLU DAV College, was commemorated as Sankalp Diwas. Principal RK Mahajan with the staff and other dignitaries paid tributes to Uppal.

Man killed in mishap: Tersem Singh (50) of Lootera village in the subdivision was killed when the cycle he was riding was hit by a motorcycle near Rihanna Jattan on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road today. In another mishap, an person sustained injuries when a Pathankot-bound truck overturned near Chiherru between Phagwara and Jalandhar today.




Two held for rape bid
: Two persons were arrested on Thursday for allegedly trying to rape a woman at Sahaspur. They have been identified as Irfan and Faizan, both residents of Sahaspur. According to the complaint filed by the victim’s husband, the two tried to rape the woman near her house. However, she managed to escape. They also warned the complainant of dire consequences. A case under sections 376, 511 and 506 of the IPC has been registered against the two at the Sahaspur police station.

Jumbo kills rly employee: An elephant killed a railway employee in the Rishikesh area on Wednesday night. Jagdish was on night duty when the tragedy happened. He had left for the inspection of the railway track when an elephant attacked him. The elephant banged him repeatedly on the earth resulting into his death.

State lad shines in tennis tourney: Dhruvpal of Uttarakhand entered boys’ under-14 final of the National Super Series Tennis Tournament being held in Guwahati. He paired Kolkata’s Richi Agarwal in the boys doubles under-16 to enter the final. The other players of the state are also doing well in the tournament, said Arun Kumar Saxena, office secretary, Uttaranchal Tennis Association.

Kumaon Briefs
Community radio broadcast
The community radio centre opened by the GB Pant university of Agriculture, Panatnagar, meant to communicate the latest agriculture technology to the farmers, will start its broadcast from the next month. The radio station, opened with the help of Bharat Electronics, Bangalore, is ready to be functional. “The agricultural programmes to be broadcast from the centre would be available three times a day and could be listened to within a 20-km radius of the university,” said Shivendra Kumar Kasyap, Director of the centre.

LPG supply to Ramnagar resumed: Long queues were seen at the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) depot in Ramnagar as the supply of the LPG refills could be resumed to the town after two days’ gap. The consumers from the nearby villages have gathered at the depot in large numbers to get refills. “Nearly 650 LPG cylinders are consumed by the town daily but due to the two-day backlog on the part of the Mota Haldu gas plant, the consumer could not get their refills, hence the shortage. But, the supply has been normalised,” said Anand Prakash, in charge of the gas distribution agency.

Delay in nod to anti-flood projects: The low-lying areas of Kashipur, Jaspur and Bazpur towns will have to face the fury of floods this year as well due to the delay in clearance by the Ganga Basin Authority to the projects to tame the Dhela, Feeka and Lewara rivers. “Under the Rs 205-crore projects, coffer dams will be built and boulder pitching work done along these rivers so that dozens of villages are saved from the fury of floods every year,” said Prashant Vishnoi, Executive Engineer of the Irrigation Department.

Bageshwar-Kapkot road opened: After remaining closed for six days, the Bageshwar-Kapkot road was opened by the workers of the PWD on Wednesday, providing people from Kapkot to the district headquarters. “The road, which had remained closed at Jhatquali since July 22, had caused great inconvenience to the people who were dependent on this road for the supply of essential goods to the area,” said a district administration spokesman. The road was opened with the help of a JCB machine brought here from Haldwani.

Students briefed on floriculture: The Lohaghat Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the GB Pant University of Agriculture, Pantnagar, has now started a campaign to imbibe the tendency of floriculture among schoolchildren by inviting them to their flower nursery situated at Sui village. “We have also briefed the students of DAV Public School, who came in large numbers to the nursery, on how to earn a living by cultivating flowers besides vegetable cultivation,” said Dr SP Singh, Director of the centre.

Kargil war soldier felicitated: The Local Taxi Operators Union at Champawat felicitated the lone Kargil war survivor from the district at a function held on Wednesday. Dan Singh Mehta, a retired soldier who fought the Kargil war, was honoured with a shawl and a citation by the taxi union office-bearers, according to Gopal Singh Bhandari, president of the union.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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