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106 doctors appointed
: The Punjab Government has appointed 106 dental doctors. Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal (in photo, below) handed over appointment letters to these doctors during a ceremony held at the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare in Chandigarh. Mittal said the doctors, on the basis of merit, had been given choice postings, a Press release said.

Kaka is Puncofed chief: The board of directors of Punjab State Cooperative Development Federation Limited (Puncofed) on Saturday unanimously elected Kulwinder Singh Kaka as chairman and Baldev Singh Chakkal as vice-president. In a statement, Kaka said he would put in efforts to strengthen village-level societies to make farmer cooperatives financially viable.

8 booked for illegal mining
: The Sadar police has booked eight persons engaged in illegal mining of sand from a seepage drain near Karni Khera village in the subdivision. Several vehicles used for excavating sand were also impounded. Sadar police station incharge Chhinder Singh said the accused had been identified as Raju, Surjit, Mahesh, Vijay Kumar, Peter, Ramanpreet, Gurjeet and Rajesh Kumar.

Revolver stolen from car
: A revolver, five cartridges and Rs 10,000 were stolen from a car here. Charanjit Singh, sarpanch of Bhuleria village, alleged in his complaint that he had parked his vehicle on the roadside. When he returned to his car, he found one of the windowpanes broken and the goods missing. A case has been registered.

10-yr RI for 4 in NDPS case
: Additional Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh on Saturday sentenced four persons to 10-year rigorous imprisonment in a case registered against them under the NDPS Act in August 2007. A fine of Rs 1 lakh each was also slapped on the convicts, including Gobind Singh (from Chhajli), Saba Singh, Dalip Singh and Bhajan Singh (all three from Sunam). The four were arrested with 9.25 quintals of poppy husk.



Gorakhpur N-plant
: Senior INLD leader and MLA from Ellenabad Abhey Singh Chautala on Saturday said his party would stop all works on the Gorakhpur Atomic Power Plant (GAPP) after coming to power in Haryana as the party was against the project in principle. Chautala said the nuclear plant was being set up in Gorakhpur because of the government’s malice towards this area. 



Boy found murdered:
The body of Shamphu (19) of Kudsan village under Indora police station was found on the GT Road, Dasuya, Hoshiarpur district (Punjab), on Saturday. The deceased had been missing with his tractor-trolley since Thursday. DSP Rajinder Jaswal said a case of abduction with motive to murder had been lodged against unidentified culprits.

5 injured in accidents
: Five persons were injured in two different road accidents under Badsar subdivision on Saturday evening. Sahil, Ravinder and Shashi Thakur were injured when their motorcycle skid near Bani. In another accident, Ankur and Vandana too were injured after their motorcycle skid near Nanawan.



2 killed in accident
: Two persons were killed when a Kashmir-bound truck (JK 02 V 4083) skidded off the highway into a 500-foot-deep Anokhi Fall gorge in Ramban on Friday evening. The dead were identified as Surinder Singh (driver) and Jasbir Singh (cleaner) of Sikanderpur and Makhanpur, Jammu, respectively.

Heritage Development Society formed
: Members of civil society have formed a body which will act as a “watch dog” towards government activities to restore heritage sites in Jammu. The decision to constitute the Jammu Heritage Development Society was taken unanimously at a meeting of prominent citizens of Jammu on September 1. President of the Dogra Sadar Sabha Gulchain Singh Charak said, “Local people had expressed concern over the suspension of work on Mubarak Mandi Heritage project despite the approval of its detailed project report and release of adequate funds by the Centre for the restoration wok of this prestigious site.”

Books given to school
: Books and furniture were provided for the library of Government High School, Gagrote, Nowshera, by Commander, Nowshera Brigade, on Saturday. The event was attended by district officials, local leaders, village elders, and civilians, besides schoolchildren.



Speaker to visit Lanka
: Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal will leave for Sri Lanka on September 10 to take part in 58th session of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association being held in that country from September 10 to 15.. “The conference is being held on the topics of parliamentary reforms, climate change, tourism poverty alleviation and increasing inter-regional migration,” said Kunjwal.

3 kids saved from drowning
: Residents of Pandrahapali village saved three school kids from drowing in a local rivulet on Friday evening. Mamata (9), Jyoti (6) and Rahul (7) were crossing the Udiyar rivulet, when they were swept away due to a sudden force of water. However, Rajendra Prashad and Suresh Ram jumped into the rivulet and saved the children .

Munna Chauhan and Madhu to join BJP
: Senior leader from Jaunsar Bawar Munna Chauhan and chairman of the Dehradun Zila Panchayat Madhu will formally join the BJP in the presence of senior party leaders and workers. BJP spokesperson Mukesh Mahindra said today that a welcome function would soon be held at the parade ground.

Four new substations: The Uttarakhand Power Corporation will establish four new substations at Dhukuli, Kania, Haldua and Kashipur. The corporation has sanctioned Rs 9 crore for the purpose, according to officials. “The corporation officers are looking for land for these four places; if we get these substations constructed, the electricity distribution in Ramnagar and Kashipur towns will improve,” said SS Kanyal, Chief Engineer of the corporation in the Kumaon region.

Protest against liquor sale
: Women from Sunkhari village in the Nanakmatta area protested at the police station against the open sale of illicit liquor and demanded that the culprits be immediately nabbed. “These liquor sellers take money from our husbands that they had earned after harvesting as farm labourers, thus forcing our families to starve,” said Kailasho Devi, a resident of the village.

Children’s film festival
: A children’s film festival will be organised in various cinema halls of Nainital district from October 3 to 10. It will depict films related to subjects found interesting to students from classes IV to IX free of cost, Nainital District Magistrate Nidhimani Tripathi said. “The film festival will be organised by the Children’s Film Society of India for which cinema halls at Haldwani and Lal Kuwan will be hired,” said Tripathi.

(Contributed by BD Kasniyal)


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