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Blood donation:
A blood donation camp was organised by the HDFC Bank, Liberty Chowk, here on Friday. A NGO, United Welfare Society, supported camp was inaugurated by Cluster Head of the bank Ashu Garg.

Protest on highway
: Members of the Guest Faculty Lecturers’ Union (Government Colleges) blocked Husnar Chowk on the Malout-Bathinda national highway (NH-15) on Thursday. Demanding jobs, even if these were on an ad hoc basis, the protesting lecturers squatted on the road and raised anti-government slogans.



Two reinstated
: The Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) on Friday reinstated assistant engineer Devender Bhadana and a mali of its horticulture wing after about a week of suspending them. Both of them were punished following a public complaint against them to D. Suresh, MCF Commissioner, alleging dereliction of duties with regard maintenance of green land in Sector 28.The MCF Engineers Association and the Mali Association had served a notice to the authorities, threatening to intensify their agitation if the two were not reinstated. 

Bank holds blood camp
: As part of the HDFC Bank’s nationwide blood donation drive, a camp was organised at the local branch of the bank on Friday. In all, bank officials as well as customers donated blood at 679 centres in 521 locations across the country. The bank authorities had tied up with the Red Cross, major hospitals and blood banks across these locations for technical assistance. The campaign, part of the bank’s social initiative, began in 2007. 

Fire in factory
: Machinery and raw material worth lakhs were destroyed in a fire at Besto Footwear in the Modern Industrial Township (MIT) in Bahadurgarh town on Friday. However, no loss of life was reported. A short-circuit is said to be the cause of the fire. As many as 12 fire engines from Delhi, Jhajjar town and Rohtak took over four hours to control the fire. 

Criminal held:
The district police today arrested Rajesh of Mandi village in the district, from Mandi Mor, near Naultha, who was wanted in several cases of snatching, robbery and murder. District police chief Pankaj Nain said Rajesh was wanted in eight cases. A local court today remanded him in police custody for four days. 

Blood donated
: As many as 41 functionaries of the HDFC Bank donated blood at a camp held under the auspices of the District Red Cross Society here on Friday. SDM Arvind Sharma, who inaugurated the camp, exhorted youths to voluntarily donate blood in large numbers. 

Role of education stressed:
“Education is a magic stick and academics and co-curricular activities play a vital role in the all-round development of the children.” This was stated by Geeta Bhukkal, Haryana education minister, at the annual function of DAV Public School here on Wednesday. Speaking on the contribution of the late J. N. Kapur, former vice-president of the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, in the field of education, she said that the right to education, which is being implemented by the Centre, had already been introduced by him in the institution long back.



Holiday on December 31
: The Utarakhand Government has declared a public holiday on the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary on December 31. Secretary, General Administration, MH Khan has said all the offices of the government would remain closed on December 31. 

CM calls on Alva: Chief Minister BC Khanduri made a courtesy call on the Governor, Margaret Alva, at the Raj Bhavan on Friday. He spoke to the Governor regarding various happenings in the state. 

Kumaon Briefs

Teachers to now retire at 65: University and college teachers in Uttarakhand will now retire at the age of 65. The Nainital High Court asked the state government to submit its proposal to increase the age in a month’s time. “The court’s decision on a petition filed by the Pant Nagar University Teachers’ Association held that keeping the University Grant Commission recommendations made on June 30, 2010, in mind, the retirement age for the university and college teachers be increased from 60 at present to 65,” said a spokesperson of the petitioners.

Milk samples fail on standards: Five samples of milk, taken from the Kashipur and Jaspur area during Diwali this year by Food Department officials, have failed on the standards set by the department for these products. “These samples had been sent to the Central Laboratory, Kolkata, and the testing reports said the samples failed on the ground that these have quantity of fat less than the standards set under the Food Security Act,” said District Food Officer RS Kathayat. The officer added after giving a chance to the owners of the shop to check the report from the laboratory, a case would be lodged in the special court.

One gets two-year imprisonment: A trial court has sentenced a person to a two-year imprisonment for issuing a cheque which bounced. The sentence has been awarded under Article 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act. “The punishment has been given to Said Ahmed of Kelakhera in Bajpur, who issued a cheque of Rs 29,9,200 in March 2007 to a transport finance company to pay his loans but the cheque, when submitted to a bank, bounced,” said Prakash Joshi, advocate of the company.

1,500 bags of limestone seized: Finding irregularities in mining and for the violation of the Mining Act, the mining officer of Bageshwar has issued notices to two of the leaseholders for limestone mines of the district and seized 1,500 bags of limestone from their premises. “The two lease holders of the Rankot mining area were found to have been involved in the mining of limestone without proper mining methods under the law and dumping the debris in the state government land besides having no proper documents like mining plan and map of lease,” the SDM, Bageshwar. (Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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