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New postings for 3 IAS officers
: The Punjab Government on Saturday ordered fresh postings for three IAS officers. A spokesman said Jagpal Singh Sandhu, Principal Secretary, Local Government, had been shifted as Principal Secretary, Transport. Ashok Kumar Gupta has been made the Secretary, Local Government, in addition to his existing charge of Sports and Youth Welfare. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Special Principal Secretary to the Deputy Chief Minister, has been given the additional charge of Director, Information and Public Relations.

NRI booked for torturing wife
: Police has booked NRI Kashmir Singh of Chandidass village for allegedly torturing his wife Kashmir Kaur of Kalera village. Kashmir in her complaint had stated after their marriage in August 2008, the accused allegedly harassed her and demanded more dowry.

Two held with drugs: In two separate incidents, the police arrested two persons with narcotic powder and booked them under the NDPS Act. The police recovered 220 gm of the intoxicant from Sumit Sharma on Friday. Another patrolling team held Kulwinder Kumar alias Bony of Sham Chaurasi near Badal Mahi with 170 gm of the powder.

Thief held
: The Government Railway Police has arrested a man, Tajinder Kumar, for stealing mobile phones of train passengers. The police has recovered 14 mobile phones from his possession.

2 youths killed in accident
: Two youths were killed on Friday night after an unidentified vehicle hit the scooter they were riding near Rupana village on the Muktsar-Malout highway. The police said the deceased had been identified as Kaka Singh (22) and Bhupinder Singh (24), both residents of Chak Tamkot village. The victims were rushed to the hospital where doctors declared them “brought dead”.

Fake arms racket busted
:The police on Saturday busted a gang allegedly involved in issuing weapon licences against fake addresses in connivance with Nagaland Government employees. A case has been registered against Sanjay Kumar Ravi, Rishipal and Sonu. In a separate incident, the police has arrested six members of a gang of robbers and seized a countrymade rifle and a sword.

PRTC staff hold protest: PRTC contractual employees on Saturday protested outside the Patiala bus stand after the suspension of four drivers. They demanded that the suspended employees be reinstated. PRTC Managing Director DPS Kharbanda said the drivers were suspended as they were found missing during duty hours.

Three injured in clash
: Three persons were injured when two groups of close relatives clashed at the Ram Nagar Basti here on Friday. Harinder Singh, Station House Officer, City police station, said one of the injured, Balbir Singh, was hit with a sharp-edged weapon. He had been referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The police would register a case after recording his statement, he added.



Advocates and members of the Hindu Jagran Manch burn an effigy of China in protest against the Chinese incursion, in Karnal on Saturday. Kaithal
Mahant’s body found
: The body of a mahant of Dera Baba Rajpuri at Keroak village, who had been missing for the past two days, was found in a village pond on Friday. The villagers suspect that the mahant had been murdered. A police team reached the spot. 

Advocates and members of the Hindu Jagran Manch burn an effigy of China in protest against the Chinese incursion, in Karnal on Saturday. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar



Goods destroyed
: Prakash Chand lost his tent house equipment in a fire which broke out at the Sunhanni bazaar near Barthin, 38 km from here, on Thursday night. He estimated the loss at Rs 2 lakh. People helped in extinguishing the flames, but everything was reduced to ashes. 

Rape accused surrenders: Dinesh Kumar of Amarpur village, near Ghumarwin, surrendered at the Ghumarwin police station on Thursday night. He was charged with the rape of a minor girl of Panol village near here. On April 22, the victim's parents had lodged an FIR at the Ghumarwin police station accusing Dinesh of the girl's rape. The police had also got the girl medically examined. The accused was sent to police custody for two days by a Ghumarwin court.

Sports material gutted
: Sports material was destroyed in a fire that broke out at the district sports office near the police ground here this morning. The loss caused was being assessed. Superintendent of Police BM Sharma said a case was registered on a complaint of District Sports Officer Sudesh Kumar. 

Dalai Lama releases a book on wildlife
: The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetans, released a book entitled "Wildlife of Himachal" authored by Sanjay Dhiman, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Dalhousie. The Dalai Lama was here in Dalhousie on Sunday. It was the ninth book of the author. 



Teachers hold protest
: Teachers who have been appointed in primary schools to complete six months apprentice after the completion of training and qualifying TET staged a demonstration at the district collectorate on Saturday, demanding permanent appointment.“We have been appointed in schools situated in remote and tough terrains. But the government is not making any efforts to fulfil our demand for permanent appointment," said Bhuwan Sirari, convener of the demonstration. The teachers have threatened to launch an agitation if their demand was not met at the earliest.

2 soft stone mines sealed
: The district administration has sealed two soft stone mines in the district and recovered 1,100 bags of soft stones from their premises. “Mathra mines and Rankot soft stone mine were involved in illegal mining. Earlier, these had been served notices to stop the same, but the mines continued the illegal activity,” said Rajpal Legha, district mines officer, Bageshwar.

LPG dealers protest before Additional District Magistrate Harak Singh Rawat in Dehradun on Saturday.
LPG dealers protest before Additional District Magistrate Harak Singh Rawat in Dehradun on Saturday.

LPG dealers hold protest: LPG dealers on Saturday staged a demonstration at Dehradun district headquarters alleging harassment at the hands of miscreants. The protesters, who submitted a memorandum to Additional District Magistrate Harak Singh Rawat, said some miscreants stopped an LPG cylinder delivery vehicle on Turner Road a few days ago and manhandled its driver. The driver somehow managed to save himself and prevent hoodlums from taking away the cylinders. The demonstrators sought action against the miscreants.

Staff hail Chief Secy: The Uttarakhand State Employees Federation has expressed happiness at Subhash Kumar taking over as the new Chief Secretary of the state. At a meeting held in Dehradun, federation president Thakur Prahalad Singh said he was hopeful that now development works would gather pace in the state. Sweets were also distributed at the meeting.

Coca Cola plant opposed: Uttarakhand Mahila Manch has opposed the setting up of a Coca Cola plant at Vikasnagar. Manch president Kamla Pant said the Coca Cola plant would use a large amount of Yamuna water leading to water scarcity in the region. She accused the state government of compromising with the interests of the people to give benefit to big multinational companies.

Trauma centre: The trauma centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh, will start functioning from July. The Union Health Ministry has issued order for the speedy construction of the trauma centre. Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry Sandeep Naik, who himself visited the AIIMS, has reviewed the progress of the works. 

2 mills told to stop production
: The Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board has directed two paper mills in the Terai region of Udham Singh Nagar to stop production, as these have failed to fulfil the required pollution control norms. “The mills have shown no interest in applying for pollution norms and repairing chimneys despite directions by the board in February,” said DK Joshi, regional officer of the board. “If the mills failed to abide by these instructions, these will be sealed,” he added.

Will make Pithoragarh litter-free: Khati
: Nagar Palika Parishad Chairman Jangat Singh Khati has resolved to make Pithoragarh free from litter and stray animals, besides developing it into a tourist city. “I had initiated various development works during my first tenure from 2003-08. However, due to a lackluster attitude of the former, chairman, the projects could not be completed, said Jagat Singh Khati, after taking the oath as new chairman of the Nagar Palika Parishad, Pithoragarh, on Saturday.

Centre’s notification opposed
: Residents of villages adjoining the Corbett National Park have opposed the Centre’s notification earmarking eco-sensitive zones in national parks and sanctuaries last year. They alleged the Centre was trying to snatch their rights in the name of eco-sensitive zone.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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