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Gujarat farmers call  on Chief Minister
: A 17-member delegation of Punjabi-origin farmers settled in Bhuj and Kutch districts of Gujarat on Monday called on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to seek his intervention into the acquisition of their agricultural land. The delegation was led by SAD spokesman Balwant Singh Ramoowalia. Badal assured the farmers that he would take up the matter with Gujarat Chief Minister Narender Modi and the BJP for an early solution.

Rs 10 cr sanctioned  for Focal Points: The Punjab Government has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the development of Focal Points across the state. A special committee will be constituted to ensure quality infrastructure at all Focal Points.

Two arrested under Child Marriage Act
: Two women, including Manjit Kaur, mother of a minor girl who was married to an adult, and Parveen Kaur, groom's mother, were arrested on Monday in a case registered against them under various provisions of the Prohibition of Child marriage Act. The two are learnt to have played the lead role in solemnising the marriage. The groom, Jaswinder Singh, and the girl's father, Shamsher Bahadur Singh, were still at large, said Phagwara SP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh. 

105 objections over acquisition rejected
: SDM-cum-Land Acquisition Collector G.S. Sahota on Monday rejected all 105 objections filed by land owners (farmers and others) whose land is to be acquired in Sangrur area for a bypass road and for widening and four-laning of the Zirakpur-Bathinda highway. The objections were mainly filed by the residents of Badrukhan, Kammo Majra Khurd, Mangwal and Rajpura villages following a notice issued by the state government. 

Principal to get national award: President Pranab Mukherjee would honour Dr Dharamvir Singh, principal of Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School, with a national award on Teacher’s Day at a ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on September 5. Dr Singh is the only teacher chosen from CBSE schools in Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, and J & K for the year. 

Man killed in mishap: A pedestrian was killed after he was run over by a speedy truck on the Maqboolpura road on Monday. The victim, identified as Satnam Singh of Bhai Lajo Ji Nagar, died on the spot. The police said a case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered against Balwinder Singh, owner of the truck. 

Awareness on TB: Members of the district TB forum have asked the Municipal Corporation to allot unipoles and hoarding sites which could used to create awareness on tuberculosis. Rajiv Chaudhary, district coordinator of Axshya Project, run by Voluntary Health Organisation of India, said he made the demand during a meeting with the MC Commissioner. He said the MC Commissioner had assured them to help in their campaign against the disease. — TNS



Body found
: The police on Monday found the body of a middle-aged man in fields of Bupaniya village . The body has been kept in the civil hospital for a postmortem examination on Tuesday. Whether it is a case of murder or suicide will be ascertained after the postmortem report.

Three POs held
: The police has arrested three proclaimed offenders (POs). District police chief Rakesh Kumar Arya said the POs had been identified as Intzaar, Ahasaan and Shahazaad, all residents of Kukra village in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Arya said a case under Sections 406, 420, 379 and 120 of the IPC was registered at Babain police station in the district and the trio was declared POs by the court on March 21, 2009. 

Saplings planted
: Van Mahotsav functions were held in three schools- Tagore High School, Government Primary School and Government High School at Lisan village on Monday. Hundreds of saplings were planted by village sarpanches Akshay Sharma, Bhim Singh Lisania, Ram Chander Ranga and other distinguished persons in all three schools. Folk poet Bhim Singh Lisania spoke about importance of trees. 



Swiss national dies while rafting:
A Swiss national died while rafting in the Zanskar in the remote Kargil district, a police spokesperson said today. The spokesperson said the Swiss national, Beecroft Lan Robert, drowned in the river while rafting from Serchoo to Zanskar. The tourist’s body was fished out from the river at Lungnak, near Zanskar, the spokesperson said. He said the body had been kept at the Primary Health Centre (PHC), Padam, for further formalities. 



Monkey scare in Champawat
: Panic has gripped residents of Champawat as monkeys have damaged their crops and have also started attacking them. In one such incident, a monkey attacked a woman on Sunday. Ganga Devi was badly injured. She was rescued by passersby.

Vehicle lifters held
: The police arrested four persons, Abid, Ashik, Shahzad and Babu Hasan, all residents of Sahaspur, for committing an auto theft. The police has also recovered three motor cycles from them. They were arrested on a tip-off of an informer. 

Nod to 57 new roads
: The Jaspur Nagar Palika Parishad has approved 57 new roads in the town this year. It has also approved a solid waste management scheme and land to construct a 33 KV substation. “We have decided to link every mohalla of the palika with these roads,” said Noorjahan Begum, chairperson of the palika parishad.

Ex-guerrillas to gherao CM's office
: Former guerrillas of the Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB) have decided to gherao the Chief Minister’s office in Dehradun on September 14 in support of their demand of getting employment. “We have been demanding employment from the state government for the past many years. However, instead of doing anything in this regard, the government is cheating us,” alleged Vinod kumar, a member of the SSB Sevak Kalyan Samiti.

Protest by sugar mill workers
: Workers of the Gadarpur Sugar Mill, led by BJP MLA from Rudrapur Raj Kumar Thukral, took out a march on Monday in protest against the government’s move to privatise the mill. “If the mill is privatised, thousands of workers could lose their livelihood. Therefore, we have decided to oppose the move. Our protest will continue till the government shelves the plan,” said MLA Thukral. A similar protest was organised at Jaspur.

Youth drowned in lake: A 19-year-old youth drowned in Symala Tal Lake in the Sukhidhank area of Champawat district. The deceased has been identified as Rahul Chausali. The incident took place when he jumped into the lake to take a bath. As he was not aware of its depth, he drowned, said Girish Bhatt, maternal uncle of the deceased.

(Contributed by BD Kasniyal)


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