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Phoolka writes to election commission:
Noted lawyer HS Phoolka has written to the Gurdwara Election Commission urging it to check the use of money power and exorbitant expenditure during the forthcoming SGPC elections. In his letter to the commission, Phoolka said, “The SGPC is a religious body. Use of money power should not have any role to play in the elections. For, that would undermine the very sanctity and foundation of the organisation.

HIV +ve cases on the rise in Bathinda
: The HIV positive cases appear to be gaining alarming proportions in Bathinda. In the first six months of this year (January to June 2011), 134 HIV positive cases have been detected, while 162 cases were detected during the last year in the district. However, five persons lost their lives in the first six months of this year on account of various diseases (owing to lack of immunity due to HIV), while 11 HIV positive persons died in 2010 and one in 2009. A total of 17 HIV positive persons died in two-and-a-half years in the district.

Govt to allot vacant plots
: To give a boost to the small-scale industry in the state, the Punjab Government has decided to offer vacant industrial plots lying unutilized in various parts of the state to deserving contenders.

SFI submits memo to university VC
: After all the Punjabi University students, including Punjabi medium ones, got the question papers for MPhil and PhD entrance test, which was held on July 30, in English alone, the Student Federation of India (SFI) on Monday gave a memorandum to the varsity VC Dr Jaspal Singh, demanding re-conduct of the paper for the Punjabi-medium students.  SFI president Lovedeep Sharma said, "Despite assurance, no translator was provided to the students. Due to which, the Punjabi medium students could not understand the questions properly." The varsity authorities could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Protest held:
Hundreds of members of the Handicapped and Blinds Union, Punjab, held a demonstration in support of their long-pending demands at Town Hall here today. The demonstrators, led by union’s state president Parminder Singh, alleged that the state government was adopting indifferent attitude toward their demands.

Lovers commit suicide:
A youth, Balbir Ram (22), and his beloved Baljinder Kaur (19) of nearby Akalpur village committed suicide by jumping before a train near Bhattian village between Goraya and Phillaur on Saturday night. General Railway Police (GRP) officials said the youth, who had returned from the UAE six months back, fell in love with the village girl, Baljinder Kaur. The parents of both the boy and the girl were opposed to their marriage and ultimately both decided to end their lives.



Doon relieved:
HS Doon of the Haryana cadre, on deputation with the Chandigarh Police, was relieved as SSP (Traffic and Security) today. A 1998-batch IPS officer, he joined the Chandigarh Police on deputation in July, 2008.

Poetry recitation:
An English poetry recitation competition was held at Heritage Public School, Jagatpura, Mohali. Three children who stood first in various groups are Amandeep Kaur, a student of Class II, Manoj Desavar, a student of Class IV and Shubham Santra, a student of Class VI.


Varsity withdraws faculty posts
: Chaudhary Devi Lal University has withdrawn posts of professor, reader and lecturer advertised in 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively. The university said: “It is informed that posts of professor, reader and lecturer were advertised against numbers E-1/2008, E-2/2009, E-1/2010 and E-3/2010 interviews for which were not held, might be treated as withdrawn.” The notice issued on behalf of the Registrar said the candidates concerned would be refunded the cost of application forms along with fees deposited by them soon.


Katrina in Rajouri, to meet soldiers:
Bollywood star Katrina Kaif landed at the Jammu airport today and was taken to a forward area of Rajouri, where she was expected to meet Army soldiers. Katrina has been invited by a television news channel, NDTV, to record a programme, “Jai Jawan”, in a forward area of Rajouri district. “Yes, she has come here on a short visit to interact with soldiers in the forward areas of Rajouri. It is an impromptu visit by the actress,” said an Army officer.

Army chief on 2-day visit to Valley
: The Chief of the Army Staff, Gen VK Singh, arrived in Srinagar on Monday on a two-day visit to the Kashmir valley. Gen VK Singh, accompanied by his wife, Bharti Singh, was received by the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt-Gen SA Hasnain.


Eleven Inspectors promoted as DSP
s: Six Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) were transferred while 11 Inspectors were promoted to the rank of DSP here on Monday. According to the information provided by the state police headquarters (PHQ), DSP Dinesh Thapliyal has been made the Circle Officer (LIU). Chief Security Officer of the Vidhan Sabha and the Secretariat Harinder Pal Singh will be the Zonal Officer (Hardiwar). Circle Officer (PHQ) Jagender Singh will take Harinder’s responsibility. CO Shajahan Javad Khan has been transferred to Haridwar district from Udham Singh Nagar district while CO Renu Lohani will go to Udham Singh Nagar at Khan’s place from Champawat district. CO (Pauri) Lokjeet Singh has been made the Assistant Commandant of the 46th PAC. Other than this, 11 police Inspectors have been elevated as DSPs.

Record power generation: Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL) has produced record electricity this month. A press statement issued by the UJVNL said against the fixed target of 535.150 mega unit, the nigam produced 624.145 mega unit of electricity. This is not only the highest production in the month of July but also of the whole period since the time the nigam was founded.

A clarification: In the caption of a photograph of the health camp organised by Military Hospital, Roorkee, carried on page four on August 1, 2011, it was inadvertently mentioned that the camp was held in Dehradun. It was held at Roorkee. The error is regretted.

Kumaon Briefs
Foundation stone of Kisan Bhawan laid:
The foundation stone of Kisan Bhawan that will be constructed on the Thakur Dan Singh Co-operative premises was laid by Cabinet minister Balwant Singh Bhauryal at Almora on Monday. It will be constructed at a cost of Rs 84.62 lakh. The minister said by initiating its construction, the government had fulfilled a long-pending demand of the farmers of the region. He said the building would not only be used to train farmers apart from organising workshops and seminars, it would also serve as a farmer hostel in the days to come. He said the government had launched several schemes across Uttarakhand to give a boost to the co-operative sector in the state.

Replacement of faulty power cables sought: Residents of Vishnu Nagar locality, Haldwani, had to incur losses on account of high voltage as several domestic electrical appliances were burnt. According to reports, a sudden flow of high voltage resulted in the charring of appliances like refrigerators, television sets, water purifiers, tube lights, bulbs and fans. They have sought the replacement of faulty power cables at the earliest.

‘Indecent’ conduct of cops flayed: Residents of Pachananpur village near Dineshpur in Udham Singh Nagar have protested against the alleged indecent conduct of some police personnel with women from a family who had lodged a complaint against some people for having allegedly abducting and selling a girl from their family. The matter came to light four days ago as some police personnel had gone to the complainant family’s house and allegedly behaved indecently with women of the family. The villagers took out a protest march against the police on Sunday and also gheraoed the local police station. The matter was resolved only when senior officials expressed regret over the incident and gave an assurance to them to arrest the accused in the case at the earliest.

PDS outlet owner held for cheating: A Public Distribution System (PDS) outlet owner was arrested in Champawat for allegedly selling PDS foodgrain in the open market. According to sources, the authorities got a tip-off from an anonymous caller that the shopkeeper, Laluvapani Baladatt Joshi, was selling foodgrains in the open market. The local Tehsildar was asked to conduct a raid and the accused was nabbed red-handed while selling 10 bags of rice. On the scrutiny of his stock, it was found that 20 bags of sugar were also not accounted for. A case has been registered against him.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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