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HC issues notice to PUDA
: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the Chairman, PUDA and the state government asking for their views on carving out the proposed PUDA colony in Fazilka. The HC issued the notice while accepting a petition filed by a local social activist Navdeep Asija on Friday. @@Asija has challenged the process on the ground that it endangers the fragile ecology around lake Badha.

Man killed in accident:
One man was killed in a road accident near Lalru this morning. As per information, Mukesh was killed on the spot when an unidentified Jeep had hit him while he was walking on the side of the national highway. The deceased was employed in a factory and was living in Prem Nagar, Lalru, with his brothers who were also employed in different factories. The deceased belonged to Hisar district, Haryana. The police had registered a case against the unidentified driver.

Rally by IDP
: International Democratic Party (IDP) took out a motorcycle rally in memory of Nagasaki victims. While welcoming the rally in Ludhiana, national general secretary of the party Karnil Singh and state president Dharshan Singh Daneda said even after 64 years of independence, unemployment and poverty persisted in the country.

Teej celebrated: Students and staff of GTB National College, Dakha, celebrated Teej. Students took part in various competitions like Miss Teej, Miss Punjaban, Miss Kikli and Gidhian Di Rani. Sunaina of BCom-II was crowned Miss Teej-2011, while Manvir Kaur of PGDCA won the title of “Gidhian dee Rani-2011”.

I-Day celebrated: Activities like speeches, patriotic songs, dances and group songs were presented by students at GRD Academy. Children were dressed as political leaders, soldiers, freedom fighters at Small Wonders Nursery School. At Partap Public School, students hoisted the National Flag. Whereas “Sare Jahan Se Achaa Hindustan Hamara” reverberated on the campus of Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town Extension. The day was also celebrated with patriotic fervour at Bal Bharti Public School, Penguin Castle Pre-school, Nankana Sahib Public School, ABC Montessori and HVM Convent School. Students of Radcliffe Public School presented a group song.

Patriotic fervour prevails in city schools: Independence Day was celebrated at various schools in the city. Dance and speeches were the highlights of the celebrations at Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar. Children were dressed as freedom fighters.

Saraswati Model: Saraswati Model was decorated with balloon. Students sang“Saare Jahan se Achcha” and delivered speeches.

Rain spells trouble
: Heavy rain, which started on Friday evening and continued today, threw life out of gear in the rural areas adjoining Nakodar and Shahkot. Water entered houses in the low-lying areas. Worst affected villages were Kakran, Tut Kalan, Sadikpur, Nawakila, Bhulran, Pandori, Aiyapur, Danewal, Parjian Kalan, Nangla and Kotla Suraj Mal. Streets in these villages were also flooded.



Nod to disaffiliation: The EC of Kurukshetra University has accepted the government’s decision to adopt recommendations of the UGC and the Ministry of Human Resource Development regarding the minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers. The council approved disaffiliation of two BEd colleges — Ch Het Ram Johari Lal Memorial College, Fatehbad, and Haryana College of BEd, Hisar.

Four POs held: The police has claimed to have arrested four proclaimed offenders in the district in the past 24 hours. All POs had been booked. Jagdish of Khidwali village was arrested from Brahamanwas village. Jagdish had been evading arrest since 1998 when he was booked under the Excise Act. Raghubir hailing from Khidwali village was nabbed from Chamaria village. The other two POs identified as Pappu and Ram Narayan were arrested from Balamba Khas and Sonepat stand, respectively.

Inauguration of substations:
Haryana Power Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav will inaugurate three substations of 132-kV level and lay foundation stone of two substations of 33-kV level in Sirsa on Sunday. DC Yudhbir Singh Khyalia said here on Saturday that the minister would inaugurate substations at Khairkan, Kurangawali and Dhudhianwali villages constructed by the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam.


House burgled: Thieves stole jewellery and cash worth Rs 85,000 from Kamlesh Kumar’s house at Dhadhole village near Ghumarwin on Friday night. Reports said Kamlesh’s whole family had gone to visit him at Jalandhar where he worked. When Kamlesh rushed home, he found a mangalsutra costing Rs 30,000 and Rs 55,000 cash missing.

Man’s body found: The unidentified body of a 45-year-old man was found 50 m from the police barrier at Kaulanwala Toba on Friday. He was carrying Rs 510 in his pocket along with some other small items. A case has been registered.

Bhukki recovered: SP Santosh Patial said a police team led by ASI Rajender Singh checked a jeep at Kunala village near Lakhanpur on NH-21 (Chandigarh-Manali), near here, on Friday and recovered 260 gm of “bhukki’ (chura post) from passenger Jasjit Singh of Sherpura village, Hoshiarpur, Punjab. He was arrested under the NDPS Act.

Herbs seized: Thirty bags of medicinal herbs were recovered near Siul Nala in Churah subdivision of Chamba district, according to a police report received here on Saturday. On a complaint, police officials intercepted Beli Ram carrying the herbs without a licence. A case has been registered.

22 passengers injured
: Twentytwo passengers travelling in a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus were injured when the bus overturned and rolled down the road near Charot under Sujanpur Tihra subdivision on Saturday. Eight passengers with major injuries were admitted to the government hospital at Sujanpur Tihra. The bus was on its way to Sujanpur Tihra via Chowri from Hamirpur.


Saplings planted in school:
A sapling plantation drive was held in the school campus of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37-B, on Saturday, which was sponsored by the State Bank of India Sector 37, Chandigarh. TK Berry, regional manager, Chandigarh, participated in the campaign and planted herbal and ornamental plants in the school campus


Girl reunites with kin
: The Pakistan Army handed over a girl from Poonch district, who had inadvertently crossed over to PoK, to its Indian counterpart at Chakkan-Da-Bagh, near the LoC, in Poonch. Following a tiff with her family members, Parveen Akhtar had crossed the LoC from the Guntrayan area on July 19. The girl was later handed over to her family.

Rakhi celebrated: In a touching gesture, six visually impaired women from the National Association for Blind (NAB), visited the Akhnoor Garrison to tie rakhis on the Army men on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The function was organised by the Crossed Swords Division on Saturday where the women tied rakhis on Armymen deployed along the Line of Control.

Amarnath yatra comes to end:
A record number of 6.35 lakh pilgrims took part in the 46-day Amarnath yatra, which came to an end on Saturday as the “Charri Mubarak” (holy mace) of Lord Shiva reached the cave shrine. The Charri Mubarak of Lord Shiva reached the shrine from Panchtarni after a night halt, officials said.


Child killed in mishap:
A two-and-a-half-year-old girl was killed when the car she was travelling in along with her family fell into a swollen river on the outskirts of Dehradun. The car was coming to Dehradun from Chandigarh. The incident took place when the driver lost control over the vehicle. Though passersby managed to save the couple and one of their children aged 5, their other child identified as Sweta drowned. Her body was later recovered from Janjhara, Dehradun.

Security beefed up for I-Day: State DGP (Garhwal Range) Deepam Seth has directed police officials of various districts to remain alert and take effective measures to prevent any untoward incident on Independence Day. He has directed them to check all dharamshalas, the railway station and shopping malls in Dehradun and Haridwar. He has appealed to the people to cooperate with the police and inform nearly police control rooms if they come across any suspected person.

Harak Rawat flayed: State Media Advisory Committee Chairman Devendra Bhasin has flayed Leader of the Opposition Harak Singh Rawat for issuing “misleading” statements. Bhasin said it seemed that Rawat was perturbed at the rising popularity of the CM and was resorting to personal attacks by questioning his educational qualification.

Football: 60th Lala Nemi Dass Memorial Dehradun Football League, Pavilion ground, 2.30 pm Kumaon BriefsMonetary help for two accident victims District Magistrate of Udham Singh Nagar BVRC Purshottam has disbursed monetary assistance to the victims of a road mishap that had taken place on the Kashipur-Jaspur stretch on August 9. The money has been disbursed on the directions of Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Two government servants, Madan Singh Mehra and Navin Chandra Joshi, had been injured when the jeep they were travelling in was hit by a tractor-trailer. Ibne Hassan of Jaspur who was travelling in the tractor-trailer died in the accident. The injured have been given Rs 50,000 each while Mustima Khatoon, the deceased’s wife, has been given Rs 75,000.

Medal winners to be felicitated on August 15: Medal winners in various events at the national level from Udham Singh Nagar would be felicitated by the district administration on August 15. According to District Sports Officer SC Pande, those who would be honoured at a public function include power lifters Nizam Ali, Mohammad Hassanullah, Faiyaz Hussain, Shyam Singh Rana and Lavpreet Singh, tae kwon do player Imran Ali, boxers HS Sandhu, Sukhjit Singh, Jagmit Kaur, Tanuja Joshi, CK Joshi and Azad Singh and wrestlers Pradeep Kumar Sharma, Govind, Kuldeep Singh Tomar and Pradeep Singh. s

FDs made for 61 girls under Nanda Devi Kanya Yojana: During the last financial year, FDs of Rs 5,000 each had been made for 61 girls born in Champawat district under the Nanda Devi Kanya Yojana. So far, 175 forms for availing the benefits of the scheme have been received at the office of the Child Development Department for the current year. According to the District Magistrate, the applicants would be provided with the benefits of the scheme once the money was released by the state administration.

Bank donates furniture, stationery to school: The Champawat unit of the State Bank of India has donated furniture and stationery to Government Primary School, Champawat. The donation has been made by the bank as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.

Residents gherao Jal Sansthan’s office in Haldwani: Residents of Jawahar Jyoti locality of the Damuadhunga area, Haldwani, are agitated over the failure of the authorities to provide them with regular water supply. Alleging that there has been no water supply to their houses for over one month, the agitated residents gheraoed the office of the Jal Sansthan on Friday.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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