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Ex-servicemen to  go on hunger strike:
The Ex-Servicemen Welfare Union has announced to initiate a indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi from December 16 to support their demand of One Rank One Pension. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Gian Singh, president of the union’s Tarn Taran chapter, said the ex-servicemen have decided to fight the battle till the end.

Now, Mann distributes cycles:
The SAD (Amritsar) will contest all 117 seats on the Khalistan issue. Addressing mediapersons here today, its president Simranjit Singh Mann said the party reach an alliance with only those parties that supported the cause of Khalistan. He presented bicycles with photographs of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale to girl students.

Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences organised a two-day faculty development programme on the theme 'Case Studies Pedagogy'. Director-general of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes Dr Shalini Gupta inaugurated the programme.



Youth killed in mishap:
Himanshu (29), an employee of a private company at Bhiwadi, near Dharuhera, was killed when his motorcycle was hit by some unidentified vehicle on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway near Jaisinghpur Kheda border here on Wednesday. The mishap took place when the deceased was on his way from Bhiwadi to Jaipur.



Emeritus  Fellowship:
Dr Lekh Ram Sharma of Kolka village, near Gandhir, in Jhandutta block of this district, has been awarded an Emeritus Fellowship by the University Grants Commission for research work on the subject of “Western Pahari/ Kehloori dialects”.Dr Sharma, after the completion of his earlier project titled “Punjab as a Repository and Source of Sanskrit Literature”, started work on Kehloori at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, as Emeritus Professor.

56 sleepers of timber seized:
The police seized 56 sleepers of timber in the Dugli belt of the far-off Churah subdivision in Chamba district on Tuesday, according to a report received at the district headquarters. The police has registered a case against unidentified persons.

Gram sabha  meetings: The state government has directed the gram sabhas in the state to hold meetings at their respective places on January 1 next year at which the main focus would be on agriculture and horticulture development. The principal objective of these meetings would be to provide information regarding kisan credit cards to farmers and the construction of water conservation structures under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan:
The state government has spent Rs 2,250 crore under the Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan during the past four years to benefit a population of 2.63 lakh. This was stated by Chief Minister PK Dhumal while presiding over a meeting to review the implementation of the Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan by the Department of Scheduled Castes, OBC and Minorities Affairs here on Tuesday. “Benefits under various schemes have accrued to 2.63 lakh persons against a target of 2.32 lakh persons up to October,” he said.



NHPC pays Rs 500 cr for water usage
The state government has realised Rs 500 crore as water usage charges from the NHPC during the current fiscal. The information was given at a meeting of Committee on Assurances of the Legislative Assembly held under the chairmanship of MLA Nazir Ahmad Gurezi here recently. The department has set a target of realising Rs 900 crore yearly on account of water usage by the NHPC.

Panun Kashmir to hold rally: The Panun Kashmir has reiterated its demand for a homeland and announced that it would organise a rally at the Press Club in Jammu on December 28. The Kashmiri Pandit (KP) organisation described December 28 as a historic day in the history of KPs, as on this day in 1991, the Kashmiri Pandits resolved to fight for their political rights and dedicated themselves for the creation of the Panun Kashmir.

Govt staff hold protest: The Jammu and Kashmir National Trade Union Front and the Employees Joint Action Committee held a protest in front of the Divisional Commissioner’s office here today to highlight the problems of government employees. The employees urged the government to regularise the services of the remaining daily rate workers of different departments, release the wages of need-based workers and casual labourers engaged in the Public Health Engineering Department and release 7 per cent DA.



Free bus passes:
Uttarakhand Transport Minister Banshi Dhar Bhagat on Wednesday launched the latest state government scheme of providing free bus passes to the girl students of the state. Inaugurating the scheme, the minister also distributed identity cards to the girl students for their travel in the state roadways buses. Bhagat said the scheme would help in the spread of education among women.

Tiger cub found dead: A tiger cub was found dead in the Dhela range of the Jim Corbett National Park. The authorities on Wednesday asserted that they were still searching for reasons behind the cub’s death.

Kumaon Briefs
Ensure aid to poor patients: DM:
Almora District Magistrate DS Garbyal has ordered the officials of the Health Department to ensure that proper financial assistance is provided to the patients from the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category so that they can get the required medical treatment. Garbyal has stated that there is a scheme of the state government named Rajya Vyadhi Nidhi Yojana that provides for assistance up to Rs 1.50 lakh to the patients with serious and untreatable diseases. He has called for generating awareness about the scheme and its implementation in the district. Directions in this regard have also been issued to all the Sub divisional Magistrates (SDMs).

Meeting postponed: A meeting of the state Minorities Commission to take up matters concerning the communal riot of Rudrapur on October 2 has been postponed. According to chairman of the commission Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, the meeting will now be held in Vikas Bhawan on December 19. Top level officials of the administration, Police, Health and Fire Departments will remain present during the meeting. The riots that had flared up in Rudrapur on October 2 had left behind four dead and scores injured.

Vijay Diwas celebrations on Dec 16: The Udham Singh Nagar administration has started making preparations for celebrating Vijay Diwas on December 16. The celebrations are held to mark the victory of the Indian forces over Pakistan in the war for Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971. On the morning of December 16, floral tributes would be paid to the soldiers who had made the supreme sacrifice at the Police Lines. Later, the widows of these soldiers and those who became disabled during the operations will also be honoured at a programme scheduled to be held at Yuva Bhawan.

Freedom fighter dead: Aan Singh, a freedom fighter from Bohragaon in the Khurpatal area of Nainital, has passed away. The 93-year-old veteran had been a part of the Azad Hind Fauj launched by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. He was cremated at the Chitrashila Ghats in the Ranibagh area of Haldwani amid a large number of people, including representatives from the administration. As a part of the then Indian Army, he had participated in the operations in Singapore and Malaya. He had been arrested by the Japanese Jauharwaru in Malaya. He had later joined the Azad Hind Fauj and had actively participated in its operations. He was arrested on October 18, 1945.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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