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Pensioners hail hike in Dearness Allowance
: Members of the All India Central Government Pensioners Association today thanked Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for increasing the Dearness Allowance (DA) to 7 per cent. General Secretary of the association, V.S. Jolly said that in this period of extreme price rise the increase in the DA has come up as a breather. “The DA has been increased from the existing 51 percent to 58 percent for the employees, pensioners and their dependants”, he added.

Medical camp
: Lions Club, Ludhiana, Smile Youth Services Club and Baba Deep Singh Charitable Hospital organised a free medical check-up camp at Dashmesh Secondary School, Bacchittar Nagar, here today. A team of doctors examined around 475 patients during the camp. Free ECGs and sugar tests were done.




6 hurt in clash: As many as six persons were injured in a clash between two groups in Budena village on Thursday. A group of about 10 persons attacked another group with firearms and country-made weapons. Condition of one of the injured was said to be critical. According to the police, the clash was a sequel to Wednesday’s dispute between two persons on a trivial matter. A case has been registered.

Three booked: Three schoolboys have landed themselves in police custody after they allegedly eve-teased some schoolgirls. The trio, Radhey Sham, Kalu and Suresh, came on a motorcycle and eve-teased girls waiting for their bus. When a girl objected to their advances, a youth allegedly slapped the girl in full public glare. Onlookers caught the boys and after giving them a sound beating, they handed over the boys to the police.

Youth arrested: The police has arrested a youth for allegedly stabbing his beloved to death. Parul Kush, district police chief, said Sunny, of Urnai village, intended to marry the victim, Pinki, but he was annoyed over her marrying another person. After he had made up his mind to take revenge. It was on July 28 when he attacked her with a knife repeatedly on her neck, chest and stomach resulting in her death.

2 women held: The police has arrested two women at Dabwali for snatching gold ornaments of a woman after offering her a lift in their car on Wednesday. The accused, Amarjit Kaur and Jalu, both are residents of Ram Nagar locality of Sangrur.



Body recovered from Gobind Sagar: The police has recovered the body of Manoj Kumar (22) of Dhraad Saani village under Dammli gram panchayat floating in the water of Gobind Sagar on Thursday. Reports said Manoj had disappeared from home about six days ago. His father had filed an FIR regarding his disappearance at the Sadar police station here the next day. The police brought the body to the Regional Hospital here for postmortem examination after registering a case. It was then handed over to the family.

Man sentenced to 10-year RI: Special Judge (Sessions Judge), Chamba, CL Kochhar on Thursday sentenced Hari Singh of Salian village in Chamba district to 10-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh for possessing 1.8 kg of charas. In default of payment of fine, he would further undergo one-year imprisonment. ASI Kuldeep Singh, along with other cops, had caught Hari on March 5 this year.

680 contraband capsules seized: The Shahpur police seized 680 capsules of Spasmo Proxivon from two persons, one near the ITI, Shahpur, and the other in the main market in Shahpur town and arrested them under the NDPS Act. Kangra District Police Chief Diljeet Singh Thakur said they were identified as Sanjay Kumar of Balana village and Vijay Kumar of Draman village. Both were produced before the court.

Medical college teachers’ poll: Prof Anil Kumar Ohri has been elected president of the state Association of Medical and Dental College Teachers in the elections for a new team of office-bearers held here on Thursday. Dr Rajesh Kashyap was elected general secretary, Prof Narbir Thakur vice-president, Dr Madhup Rastogi joint secretary, Dr Ravi Kant Dogra social secretary and Dr Ved Sharma treasurer. Prof Santosh Minhas, Prof AK Shai and Dr Laxminand were elected members of the executive committee.



Release wages of SPOs, govt urged
: The Panthers Party has urged the government to release the wages of members of the Village Defence Committees (VDCs) and Special Police Officers (SPOs). Interacting with a delegation of VDCs and SPOs here on Thursday, the party urged the government to enhance their salaries.



Schools closed today: Considering the warning of heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours in the capital city by the Met Department, District Magistrate Sachin Kurve has ordered the closure of all government schools, government-aided and private schools on September 16. The order has been conveyed to all the schools in Dehradun through District Education Officer Geeta Nautiyal.

Fake officer held: The CBI on Thursday arrested a fake IAS officer from the Raiwala area. He was identified as Vipin Chand, a native of Almora. CBI sources confirmed the man was arrested from Raiwala and had been earning money through fraudulent ways posing as IAS officer. However, CBI officials refused to divulge information in the case saying the matter was under investigation.

Workers’ protest: Members of the MNREGA Rajya Sanvida Karamchari Union protested in front of the Secretariat in the city on Thursday demanding the contractual MNREGA workers hold a demonstration in front of the Secretariat in support of their demands in Dehradun status for the MNREGA workers throughout the state. Three of the total 10 members who were holding fast on this issue from September 11 in front of the Vidhan Sabha had to be hospitalised a day before due to deterioration of their health. President of the union Dwarika Prasad Devli said it was high time they should be freed from the clutches of the NGOs which had been exploiting them for the past four years and designated as contractual employees, as was done all over the country.
MNREGA workers hold a demonstration in front of the Secretariat in support of their demands in Dehradun on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Kumaon Briefs
MGNREGA: Rs 17.42 cr for Champawat district:
A sum of Rs 17.42 crore has been allocated to Champawat district for the current financial year to be utilised for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) programme. Disclosing this, the District Magistrate, Dr Pankaj Kumar Pandey, has stated that there is no shortage of money for getting works done under MGNREGA. He has asked the officials and agencies involved in the implementation of the programme to ensure that the works done are qualitative and must be completed within the given time frame. He has also asked the Block Development Officers (BDOs) to ensure that labourers are made payments well in time.

District Magistrate warns officials of action: The district administration in Champawat has warned the officials that the public works for which directions are issued from the office of the Chief Minister must be completed on a war footing failing which they would face action. District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pandey has expressed his annoyance over the failure of the officials to abide by the orders coming from the Chief Minister’s office with regards to the execution of the public works. He has also pointed out that the pace of disposal of matters pertaining to Right to Information (RTI), Women’s Commission, National Human Rights Commission and Minorities Welfare Commission has been sluggish. The officials have been asked to come up with concrete replies instead of filing interim reports with regards to various issues.

Pulse polio programme on Sept 25: The next phase of the pulse polio programme would be carried out in Nainital district on September 25. District Magistrate Shailesh Bagauli has directed that all the schools would remain open on the day to facilitate the administering of polio drops to the children below the age of five years. He has asked the officials entrusted with the job of carrying out the campaign to ensure that no child is left without polio drops. According to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr DS Garbyal, 1,15,115 children are to be administered polio drops on that day for which 608 booths have been set up. These include 38 transit booths and 53 mobile teams. He has claimed that there is no shortage of the polio vaccine.

Captured tiger brought to Nainital zoo for treatment: The tiger that had been captured from Himmatpur Dautiyal village on the outskirts of Ramnagar earlier this week has been brought to the Nainital zoo for treatment. The wild cat was trapped after it had created mayhem in the village where it had strayed in search of food. It had killed two cows there. It is learnt that besides being injured, it is also old and its canines are broken which might have led it to enter the human settlement. It has more than 20 injuries on its body.

Escaped undertrial rearrested: An undertrial at the Sitarganj open jail, who had fled from custody on August 3, has been rearrested by the police with the help of the jail authorities. Reports say that the accused Shabbir of Lal Kuan has been arrested from Rampur Tanda. It is learnt that he had fled to take revenge on his wife for having betrayed him. He was arrested following a tip-off given to the police by an informer.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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