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BJP’s new office-bearers:
State BJP president Kamal Sharma announced his new team of office-bearers. The vice-presidents are Bibi Gurcharan Kaur, Santosh Kalra, Vijay Sampla, Mohan Lal Sethi, Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, Sudesh Sharma and Umesh Shakar. Ajay Jamwal is the general secretary (organisation) while Tarun Chugh, Rakesh Rathore and Jagtar Singh Saini are the general secretaries.

Women awareness meet:
Mai Bhago Jabar Virodhi Sangharsh Committee on Saturday organised an awareness convention for women here. Writer Dr Harshinder Kaur and former Deputy Speaker of Vidha Sabha Bir Devinder Singh also attended the convention. The speakers said women needed to educate themselves of their rights to fight against injustice.

Factory catches fire:
A fire broke out in an oil factory, ‘Puneet Refinery’, in Sangrur on Saturday. It took three fire tenders one hour to dowse the flames. The owner said he had suffered losses worth lakhs of rupees in the incident. However, no loss of life was reported. The station fire officer of the local municipal fire brigade, Karam Singh, said there was no fire-safety equipment in the factory.


Online salary payment:
Government employees and pensioners in Champawat district will get their payments online from April this year. Treasury officers have asked the drawing and disbursing officers to furnish mobile phone and PAN card numbers to the treasury soon. “The new system will not only ensure smooth payments but also reduce workload on the treasury staff,” said Khajan Chandra Pandey, district treasury officer, Champawat.

Sensitisation programme:
Khadi and Gramudhyog Commission office in Dehradun on Saturday organised a sensitisation programme about rural engineering industries at Industrial Training Institute (Women) Survey Chowk, Dehradun. Virendra Uniyal, in charge Khadi and Gramudhyog Commission office, disclosed that the programme in particular apprised the participants about the incentives provided by the commission to the rural entrepreneurs, who came forward to set up rural engineering industries. Manmohan Kuriyal, Principal, ITI, was also present on the occasion.

Congress Sewa Dal appeal: Dehradun District Congress Sewa Dal has appealed to its workers to start preparations for the forthcoming local bodies' elections. A meeting of Sewa Dal that was presided by Kunwar Singh also pledged to ensure a convincing victory for the Congress Party in the local bodies' polls. He asked Sewa Dal members to take policies and programmes of the state government to the people.

Martyrs remembered: The youth wing of Shiv Sena in Dehradun on Saturday remembered freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on the occasion of Martyrs' Day. Shiv Sena leader Rahul Chauhan said the younger generation must learn from the supreme sacrifice made by the freedom fighters. He said the young must not take freedom for granted as it had been attained due to sacrifices made by numerous of freedom fighters.

Bus driver rapes Nepalese:
The police arrested a private bus driver for allegedly raping a Nepalese woman on the pretext of helping her board a bus from Haldwani to her destination. “The woman, a resident of Ganganagar village in Surkhet district of Nepal, boarded the bus from Bageshwar. Seeing no one accompanying her, the driver promised to help her to get a bus to Tanakpur from where she could enter Nepal. But he allegedly raped her,” said Uttam Singh Jimiwal, in-charge of Haldwani thana. A case has been registered.

SC status demanded:
KC Singh Baba, MP from Nainital, has written to the Central government demanding that people belonging to 10 migrant Bengali castes living in the Terai region of the state be given the SC status. In a letter to Kumari Shelja, the MP demanded an amendment to Section 24 of constitutional provisions of 1950 on reservation for the SC and the ST. “If given the SC status, people belonging to the Namoshudra, Ponds, Majhi, Bhumali, Lohar, Palia, Munia, Khewat and Ravidas castes will prosper like other SC people in the state,” he said.

Trekking competition:
The team of Pithoragarh PG College won the inter-college trekking competition on the first day of the tournament being organised by Kumaon University in Nainital on Saturday. “The Pithoragarh college team won the trekking competition on the first day. Six colleges affiliated to the university participated in the competition,” said Dr HS Dhami, pro-Vice Chancellor of the university.

Intellectual property rights:
Information on intellectual property rights was given to the participants on the concluding day of a seminar on culture, nature and biodiversity organised by local PG College on Saturday. “Dr Chandra Dutt Suntha informed the participants that the intellectual property rights could be saved only if we keep a vigil on the changing scenario world over,” said CS Negi, organiser of the seminar.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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