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Bathinda
Onam celebrated
: The Bathinda Malayalee Association (BMA) celebrated Onam, the harvest festival of Kerala, at the NFL Recreation Centre here on Sunday. The Keralites living in Bathinda converged to take part in the celebrations. On the occasion, BMA chairman PA Terly informed the gathering about the importance and the history of the festival, which was followed by a prayer song by BMA chief Davis Joseph. The festive mood was enlightened by various cultural programmes and games for kids and ladies. 

Bathinda
Master cadre teachers seek pay hike
: In support of their demand for increase in their pay-scales and designations, the Master Cadre Union, Punjab, has decided to go on a one-day hunger strike on September 16. The unionís Bathinda zone president Pritpal Singh said the members had decided to take leave on the day and protest in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner from 9 am till 5 pm. There are about 55,000 master cadre teachers in the state. 

Faridkot
Escort vehicle hits farmer
:Channa Singh, a farmer, was seriously injured when hit by an escort vehicle of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badalís convoy near Talwandi Jalle Khan village in the district. Channa Singh was admitted to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot. His condition was stable.

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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
MLA nominated
: Kuldeep Sharma, Speaker, Haryana Vidhan Sabha, has nominated Mamu Ram, MLA, to serve on the Committee of the House to examine the irregularities committed by the trusts or societies of family members of Leader of the Opposition Om Prakash Chautala.

KARNAL
Karnal Flying Club on high alert
: Following a warning by the Intelligence Bureau of possibility of small planes being used to target airports, the Karnal Flying Club has been put on a high alert. In the wake of the fact that Wednesday is the third anniversary of 2008 Delhi blasts, the police is suspicious of some terroristsí activity. The private and government flying clubs have been beefed up. The police has been deployed here at the Haryana Institute of Civil Avitation Club to prevent any untoward incident. 

SONEPAT
Chahal is part-time Wapcos director
: The President has appointed HS Chahal, Vice-Chancellor of the Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, as the non-official part-time director of Wapcos Ltd of the Union Ministry of Water Resources for a period of three years. In the appointment letter issued by the Additional Secretary of the Ministry, DK Paliwal, Chahal is to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors. Chahal said on Wednesday that he would shoulder the responsibility honestly and dedicatedly. 

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Pak violates truce in Pallanwala
: Pakistan troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing on a forward post along the LoC in the Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor subdivision around 11.45 pm on Tuesday night. An Army spokesperson said the Pakistan troops opened small arms fire on the post and the intermittent firing continued till 1 am. A protest was lodged with the Pakistan authorities. 

Srinagar
Scientist Pathanís death mourned
: Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir Talat Ahmad has mourned the death of senior scientist SK Pathan, Vice-President of the Indian Society of Geomatics and Group Director of the Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad, who died while delivering a lecture at the university here on Tuesday. 

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DEHRADUN

DEHRADUN
Championship
: Three cricketers who had been undergoing training under the District Sports Office at the Parade Ground have been selected in the Kendriya Vidyalaya National School Cricket team from the Dehradun region. The National School Championship will be played in Chandigarh after a seven-day camp from September 23 to 29. Neeraj Gaur (KV OLF), Deepak Bhandari and Rishiham Mishra (KV number 1 Hathibarkala) have been selected from Dehradun. 

Doon Callisto Cup: The Doon Callisto Cup-2011 being organised by the Doon Callisto Club in partnership with the District Football Association will be held from September 15 to 25 at the Pavilion Ground. A total of 12 teams will contest for top honours in this football competition. All participating teams have already played knockouts and have laddered up from a gamut of 35 teams during the district cricket league. 

Trenching ground: To inspect the way leading to the trenching ground located on Sahastradhara Road, Dehradun Mayor Vinod Chamoli on Wednesday visited the site. He found that the road leading to the ground was in bad condition and the garbage was lying on the roads. He asked officials to get the roads repaired so that vehicles carrying the filth could move properly. The Mayor also asked the officials to ensure that the boundary wall of the ground was constructed within a week. 

Kumaon Briefs

Water shortage in Champawat school: An inspection at Government Primary School, Kaflag (Champawat), has revealed that there is an acute shortage of water there. The authorities told District Information Officer Yogesh Mishra that sometimes they had to lock toilets in the absence of water. Due to the water shortage, problems are also being faced while cooking the midday meal. The school also does not have proper seating facility. Children from the weaker section of society are not getting scholarships meant for them. The floors of newly constructed classrooms under the SSA have broken on account of poor construction. District Social Welfare Officer BL Arya has given an assurance to look into the issues on a priority basis.

Man fined for illegal quarrying:The Haldwani administration has imposed a fine of Rs 2.5 lakh on a person involved in illegal quarrying. According to reports, Sarvpreet Singh had dug up his land without prior permission and was involved in selling mined material to a stone crusher. Officials carried out a surprise check on his land and seized the material that had been mined along with an excavation machine.

Tuskerís carcass found near Haldwani:The carcass of a tusker was found in a paddy field in Haida Gajjar Haripur village near Haldwani. While the exact cause of the pachydermís death is yet to be ascertained, it is being assumed that it might have died of electrocution. There are no injury marks to suggest any violent attack on the animal. The carcass has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

Jewellery worth `3.75 lakh stolen:Miscreants decamped with jewellery worth Rs 3.75 lakh in the Kitcha area of Udham Singh Nagar district. The theft took place in the house of Anwar Salim Rizvi. Members of the family were not at home when the incident took place. Investigations are on in the matter.

Kausani residents for repair of roads: Residents of Kausani are irked over the alleged failure of the administration to get the Kausani-Baijnath and Kausani-Gwaldam roads repaired. They said the roads continued to be in poor condition. Several pine trees are hanging precariously above the roads and this can lead to a major accident any day, they added. The residents said State Bangla Road that led to various guest houses and schools was also in poor condition. They have demanded immediate repair of the roads in the area.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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