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UIDAI enrolment crosses 1-cr mark
: The Regional Office of UIDAI at Chandigarh has crossed the figure of one crore enrolments. Expressing satisfaction at providing identity to the residents through aadhaar numbers, Keshni Anand Arora, Deputy Director General (Chandigarh zone) said the enrolments had been made in Punjab (60 lakh), Himachal Pradesh (24 lakh), Haryana (11 lakh), Chandigarh (5 lakh) and Jammu and Kashmir.

Gazetted officers union poll results: AK Sharma (Ludhiana) was re-elected as president of the All-India Gazetted Executive Officers Association, Chandigarh Zone (comprising Punjab, Himachal, J&K and Chandigarh). Other office-bearers include general secretary Boota Singh, treasurer Anurag Chaudhary. Commissionerate-wise results are — Chandigarh-I: vice-president Prem Kumar, joint secretary Sukhdev Singh; Chandigarh-II: vice-president RS Multani, joint secretary Anuj Sharma; Ludhiana: vice-president Jasvinder Singh, joint secretary Rakesh Bhargav; Amritsar: vice-president Narottam Sharma, joint secretary Anil Khanna; Jammu: vice-president MK Pandhoi and joint secretary DR Bhagat.

Dera Bassi
Sewing machines distributed
: A local bank officers’ organisation distributed sewing machines among widows and handicapped women at Rampur Sainia village here. Sunil Bhakri, zonal secretary of the State Bank of Patiala Officers’ Organisation, along with Harvinder Singh, branch manager, Lalru, visited  the village and distributed the machines among widows and handicapped women.

The beneficiaries with the sewing machines distributed by a bank officers’ organisation at Dera Bassi.
The beneficiaries with the sewing machines distributed by a bank officers’ organisation at Dera Bassi. A Tribune photo

Ministerial staff on mass leave today
: Thousands of members of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union would proceed on mass casual leave on Friday in protest against the state government’s “indecisiveness” in accepting their salary-related demands. Union’s district president Raghubir Singh Badwal said they even met government authorities concerned in this regard recently but to no avail.

Congress call
: District Congress Committee (urban) president Pawan Dewan has asked the party workers to mobilise people for the party rally here on November 12 to mark the arrival of “Punjab Bachao Yatra”. 

Malerkotla man beaten to death
: A 50-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death by six persons in the city’s Chormara Mohalla near Satta Chowk on Tuesday. The deceased, Bahadur Ali, a fruit seller, was allegedly attacked while he tried to rescue one of his relatives who was being beaten up by the accused. A case has been registered against Mohd Amjad, Sultan, Zahid, Arshad, Mohd Foza and Mohd Rafi. 



No driving test till Nov 12
: The driving licence test conducted by the traffic police in the morning will not be held from November 4 to 12 owing to celebrations of the Chandigarh Police Week, in which activities such as a painting competition, a debate and a scooter rally on road safety are being organised.



One held
: The police arrested a youth with 250 grams of charas on Thursday. 



29 kg charas seized in Udhampur
: In the biggest ever seizure of drugs in Udhampur district in over two decades, the police arrested four Mumbai-based smugglers and recovered 29 kg of charas worth lakhs of rupees from them on Thursday. The contraband was being taken to Mumbai. Preliminary investigation revealed that the charas was being brought from the Khanawal area of the Kashmir valley. 

IMPA campus at Doda demanded : Abdul Majid Wani, MLA, Doda, on Thursday demanded the opening of a campus of the Institute of Management and Public Administration (IMPA) at Doda district headquarters for providing in-service training to the state government employees, besides undertaking other research and consultancy activities. 

Tree plantation drive in state
 : The state government has launched a tree plantation programme to cover the barren land and augment forest cover in the state. The programme was launched by Forest Minister Mian Altaf Ahmad on Wednesday at Wusan-Kangan on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway, an official spokesman said on Thursday. About 174 hectares would be covered under the plantation programme during the next three years. In the first phase about 40,000 saplings of Deodar, Kail and other trees would be planted under the Compensatory Afforestation Management Authority Scheme.

LeT worker held in Kupwara : An overground worker of the Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) was arrested in Kupwara district on Thursday. Two grenades were recovered from his possession, the police said. The Rashtriya Rifles arrested Altaf Ahmad Mir, a resident of Adoora village in Handwara, in Kupwara district, 80 km from here, and seized two grenades. 

Google team meets students: An eight-member team from the Google headquarters in the US held a day-long interaction with students, information technology (IT) professionals and amateurs in Srinagar on Thursday. The team participated in a three-part session with the students and the IT enthusiasts at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre here. The interaction included talks on skill development, entrepreneurship options and Google tools, an official said.



Salary anomalies to go: Bhatt
: Uttarakhand Revenue Minister Diwakar Bhatt on Thursday said his ministry had decided to do away with salary irregularities linked to revenue officers in the state. Interacting with mediapersons in Dehradun, Diwakar Bhatt said revenue officials had been demanding for long for the redressal of their concerns of salary irregularities. He said the issue of junior officer superseding the senior had also been resolved. He said a total of 1400 vacancies existed in the state Revenue Department and all efforts were being undertaken to ensure that these vacancies were filled at the earliest. 

Sarv Shiksha Rally: The three-day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign being held in the Tanakpur area of Champawat district concluded today with staging of a Sarv Shiksha Rally and other cultural programmes. The Sarv Shiksha Rally that criss-crossed Tanakpur was participated by over 500 students from the local Mahatma Gandhi Junior High School and Mahatma Gandhi Primary School. Speaking on the occasion, the Tanakpur coordinator of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Devidutt Joshi said several measures were taken to admit children up to the age of 14 in schools and reduce their dropout rate. He said these steps also include reconstruction and repairing of the school buildings and make provisions for facilities of drinking water, electricity and toilets in them. He said the boundary walls had been constructed around the schools. 

Kumaon Briefs

Special clinic for STD patients at Haldwani: With a view to address the problems related to dealing with the Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD), a special clinic has been started at Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital in Haldwani. The clinic named Suraksha Clinic will be offering free diagnosis and treatment of the STDs, including syphilis, genital ulcer etc. A counsellor has also been appointed at the clinic. The decision to set up a special clinic was taken after it was observed that the patients of the STDs were reluctant to discuss their ailment with the doctors in the OPD sessions.

Body of newborn found: A newborn’s body was found in a canal in the Lal Kuan area of Nainital district. The body was found by residents of Jaipur Beesa village. The police was informed and the body was retrieved. It is being assumed that the corpse must have been dumped in the irrigation canal and had floated towards the village. The body was buried in the nearby forest after the required formalities by the police. Investigations are on to ascertain who had dumped the body into the canal.

Volleyball tourney from Nov 8: A state level volleyball tournament will be held at the sports stadium in Rudrapur from November 8 to November 10. The event will be held for the male participants below the age of 19 years. According to District Sports Officer (DSO) SC Pande, the tournament is being held to mark the statehood day celebrations. As many as 15 teams from across the state will be participating in the event. He further said several other sports events would be organized at the stadium located at Kashipur.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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