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Sukhjit Kaur to take oath today
: An oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected MLA from the Dasuya assembly constituency, Sukhjit Kaur Sahi, will be held on July 17. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Vidhan Sabha Speaker, will administer the oath in the ceremony which will be attended by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, besides other cabinet ministers. 

Nod to set up 'Amritsar Haat': Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday gave in-principle approval to set up "Amritsar Haat" over a portion of the vacant building of Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Amritsar. An official spokesperson said during a meeting with representatives of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and senior officers of PUDA, Badal had asked them to prepare a detailed plan to develop a heritage hotel over the remaining portion of the hospital. 

Govt school health programme launched: The state government has launched a school health programme in order to reduce morbidity among schoolchildren by preventing them from falling prey to preventable diseases and early detection of defects among the children. Disclosing this, Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka said school health teams were carrying out medical check-up of primary and middle school students for various ailments along with their treatment through referral services. Besides, health education to the schoolchildren and teachers was also being imparted, he said. The Minister said the programme had been launched under the Sarv Sikhsha Abhiyaan. 

Policy to boost renewable energy: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on Monday said Punjab would soon announce an attractive policy to give a big push to the renewable energy sector, especially generating power from biomass and solar energy. Sukhbir constituted a high-level committee under Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh with Secretary, Renewable Energy, Karan Avtar Singh, Secretary, Power, Anirudh Tiwari, as members to give final touches to the policy so that the state could achieve the target of 500 MW power from biomass and 100 MW from solar power. 

State to set up NRI helpdesks: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has asked Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh, who is also Secretary Vigilance, to set up NRI helpdesks at the Vigilance Bureau headquarters and six vigilance ranges at Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda and Ferozepur within one month to enable NRIs to file their complaints of harassment or corruption against government officials. Accompanied by NRI Affairs Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Sukhbir reviewed steps taken to redress grievances of NRIs. He said 75 per cent of NRI complaints pertained to property disputes with their relatives and 25 per cent comprised of matrimonial disputes. 


Body found:
The body of a 30-year-old was found packed in a luggage bag in Gurgaon Canal at Madalpur village, about 25 kms from here, on Sunday evening. The victim is yet to be identified. The police said the cause of death would be known only after a post-mortem examination. 

Two cops hurt:
ASIs Kitab Singh and Kanhaya Lal were hurt when a tear gas shell burst near them on Monday when they were practising for Tuesday’s public hearing at Gorakhpur for granting environment clearance to the proposed nuke power project coming up there. 

Financial aid:
Haryana PWD and Industries Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala, All-India Kisan Khet Majdoor Congress president Shamsher Singh Surjewala and DCC president Tejinder Mann have visited the families in Kailram village who had lost their four children in a drowning incident in a village pond on Thursday night. The minister on behalf of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced a financial assistance of Rs 1.25 lakh to each of the bereaved families. 

Poll set aside:
Registrar of Societies, Haryana, PK Bansal, has set aside the election of the governing body of Sonepat Hindu Educational and Charitable Society held in June, 2011. In his order issued on July 13, the Registrar ordered that the general body and the management committee elected in 2007 will take charge of the society with immediate effect replacing the present incumbents. 


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