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SAD protests in Anna’s support tomorrow:
The SAD will hold district-level protests in front of the offices of the Deputy Commissioners on August 19 from 12 pm to 2 pm.
Condemning the arrest of Anna Hazare and his team, the SAD has termed this as the murder of democracy. In a resolution passed at a party core committee meeting called by the party President Sukhbir Singh Badal, it has been decided to initiate a public movement to save the people of the country. 

3 aides of KLF ultra held:The Punjab Police has arrested three aides of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) militant Harminder Singh Mintu from Chennai on Tuesday. A police release here said the three associates - Amarjit Singh, Daljit Singh and Kewal Singh Sondh -had been arrested from the Chennai airport. All three are wanted in militancy-related crimes by the Punjab Police. A special police team, which made the arrests, bought the militants to Punjab today and produced them in respective courts. 

CS Brar appointed adviser to Dy CM: Shiromani Akali Dal President and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has appointed Charanjit Singh Brar as his adviser and media-coordinator. According to information, Brar, who was earlier OSD to Manpreet Singh Badal, had recently joined SAD with his supporters. 

Vaid Jagjit Singh elected to CCIM Chandigarh: Vaid Jagjit Singh secured a massive victory in elections for the lone Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) delegate from Punjab after the Returning Officer appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court opened the sealed result here on Wednesday. Jagjit Singh polled 1,498 votes followed by Pawan Kumar Sharma with 45 votes and Anju Bala with 25 votes. Jagjit Singh is a practising ayurvedic physician and has earlier served as Assistant Professor at Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College here. 

National integration peace march
: Students at Green Grove Public School staged a National Integration Peace March in the city celebrating the spirit of Independence Day.The march was flagged off by principal Suzy George. They sang patriotic songs like "Mera rang de basanti chola" Starting from the SSP's office, the march passed through Guru Teg Bahadur Market and Guru Amar Das market. The students carried the tricolours and posters of leaders of independence struggle. They also asked people to save water and electricity.

Narrow escape for schoolteacher
: Des Raj, a schoolteacher, had a narrow escape when his car overturned on Chandigarh Road after colliding with a school bus here today. He was returning from Sanawa village. Raj, who escaped unhurt, met with an accident while trying to save a cyclist. 




Health visitor honoured
: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday honoured lady health visitor Indra Wati, a recipient of the Florence Nightingale Nurses Award, with a cash prize of Rs 50,000, a silver medal and a shawl. She was also given an extension of two years in service. Indra Wati, posted at ESI Hospital, Panipat, has been awarded for her significant contribution in improving family welfare facilities. 

2 die in road mishap
: Two persons died on the spot when an Innova SUV hit a tree at Jhal village, near Kosli, on Wednesday. A senior police official said the decesed first sought a lift in Ram Phal’s Innova, which they forcibly took away. The accident occurred when the two were coming towards Kosli in the stolen Innova. 

Cattle buyer looted: Three miscreants offered a lift to a cattle purchaser, Anees, of Mewat district in their vehicle at Dhawana village on Wednesday. After telling him that their buffalo was on sale, they took Anees to a deserted spot, looted Rs 25,000 from him and fled from the spot. 

Plantation  drive
: The Dera Sacha Sauda on Tuesday claimed that its devotees planted 20,77,302 saplings in just one hour during a drive launched by dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on his birthday on Monday. A press note issued by the dera said over 40 lakh trees were planted by the dera followers on Monday. 



Justice AL Vaidya dead
: Justice AL Vaidya (retd), Himachal Pradesh High Court judge, died of sudden illness at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on Wednesday. He was 74 and is survived by his wife and three sons. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal condoled his death and said Vaidya was an able and upright person. The services rendered by him in the field of judiciary would always be remembered by people of the state. 

Tributes paid to TDS Alok: Teachers, staff, students and former students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication in theHPU held a condolence meeting on Wednesday to pay tributes to its Chairperson Dr TDS Alok (56) who died on Sunday. A condolence meeting was also held at the Giriraj weekly, published by the Department of Information ands Public Relations. BD Sharma, Director and Editor of Giriraj, said Alok had started his career as sub-editor in the Giriraj weekly. 



Seminar on Buddhism
: A four-day national seminar on the contribution of Buddhism to the Indian culture began today at Leh. Delegates from different universities and academies of north India are participating in the seminar and will present research papers on the theme. The seminar is being organised by the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh.

Bank robbery in Shopian
: Gunmen robbed the J&K Bank branch in Shopian of Rs 5.45 lakh on Wednesday. The police here said the robbers fired in the air before escaping. A case had been registered. 



Ex-servicemen hold march
: The People Below Officer Rank organisation urged the retired ex-servicemen below the officers rank to cast their votes in favour of the candidates who belonged to their category or represented their interests in the coming Assembly election. The members also held a march from Urza Bhawan to Clock Tower to extend support to Anna Hazare on Wednesday. President of the organisation Shamsher Singh Bisht said in the election season, Army officers, who were jumping in the electoral fray, were trying to woo these ex-servicemen. 

Undergraduate admissions end: Admission to various undergraduate courses at DAV PG College, Dehradun, ended here on Wednesday. The college authorities had to set up additional counters and extend working hours to admit students to the college. So far, the college had admitted 620 students in various classes. According to officials of the college, “The HNB Garhwal University has directed the college not to extend days for the admissions. In fact, the college staff had to carry on the work of admissions till 2 pm today while three counters were set up to meet the rush of students.” 

Bhadraj fair
: The Bhadraj Temple Tourism Fair, which is held in praise of Lord Bhadraj, was held with devotion and gaiety at Doodhli village, 7 km from Mussoorie, on Wednesday. Devotees offered prayers at the temple situated at about 7,000 feet above the sea level. They also offer milk to the deity braving incessant rain. 

Kumaon Briefs

Communal amity fortnight: The district of Udham Singh Nagar would be observing a communal amity fortnight from August 20 to September 3. This was announced by the District Magistrate, Dr BVRC Purshottam, at Rudrapur on Wednesday. On August 19, the officials and common people would take a Sadbhavna Oath at 11 am at a programme that would be organised by the administration. Two important festivals of Eid-ul-Fitr and Janamashtmi are expected to fall during this fortnight.

Villagers losing crops to monkeys: Residents of many villages around Almora have once again approached the district administration and the Forest Department to resolve the issue pertaining to the damage caused to their crops by wild animals. The villagers have been contending that a major part of their agriculture produce is devastated and ravaged by monkeys and wild boars due to which they are being compelled to give up farming altogether and look for some other source of employment. They have stated that crops like maduva, pinera, paddy, pulses, turmeric are being totally destroyed by animals. The villagers are agitated that their repeated pleas have not been addressed.

Jallali residents press for block status: Residents of the Jallali area near Ranikhet in Almora district are agitated over the delay in making Jallali a full-fledged block. They are contending that it is close to 14 years since it was announced by the then Uttar Pradesh government that Jallali would be made a development block but nothing has been done in this direction till now. The people contend that the area has a population of 35,000 that has been deprived of the opportunity of being a part of the development process. They are peeved over being misled on the issue.

Youngsters thrash cops, 1 held: Yet another instance of policemen being thrashed by rowdy elements has come to light. According to the reports, two police personnel, deployed at the Haldwani Medical College Post, were thrashed by four youngsters. The police personnel had gone to question them since they had found the car parked under suspicious conditions. Reports say that the four accused, identified as Amarjit Singh and Manohar Singh of Karayal village, Jaswinder of Sitarganj and Umesh of Charayal village, allegedly attacked the police personnel. While the remaining three managed to flee on arrival of additional police force, Manohar Singh was nabbed.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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