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Man killed in accident:
Parminder Singh of Muktsar was killed while one of his relatives sustained injuries as two trucks collided on the Sriganganagar-Bikaner highway on Saturday. In another mishap, a local couple was among 30 persons injured when a private bus rammed into a truck in Hanumangarh.

Holy City's Foundation Day:
The SGPC will celebrate the Foundation Day of Amritsar on July 5-6 by organising a 'Kirtan Darbar' in which noted 'raagi jathas', 'dhaadis' and 'kavishris' will participate. In a release, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said the holy city is famous across the world as the spiritual centre of Sikhism due to the Harmandar Sahib. He said the SGPC has been observing 'Gurta Gaddi Diwas' of Guru Har Rai as the Environment Day every year and ensuring plantation of scores of saplings in its institutions.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Rs 2-cr scholarships given:
The district administration has disbursed Rs 2 crore to over 10,000 beneficiaries under the Dhan Lakshmi and Post-Matric SC Scholarship schemes in Fatehgarh Sahib this year.

3 held in job racket:
The Talwara police has booked four persons for allegedly duping five villagers of Rs 22.50 lakh on the pretext of securing jobs for their wards in the Railways. Those booked are Rajesh Kumar of Rajouri, Capt Kamal Singh of Jammu, Mohan Lal of Samba (all places in Jammu and Kashmir) and Udesh Kumar of Bijnour in Uttar Pradesh. All the accused barring Capt Kamal Singh have been arrested.

Cong to open control room:
The Muktsar District Congress Committee has decided to open a 24-hour control room in Muktsar district on June 18 to assist the Congress workers and candidates contesting the forthcoming panchayat elections. District Congress president Gurdas Girdhar has been made in charge of the control room while complaints will be monitored by Congress Working Committee member Jagmeet Singh Brar.

116 linesmen detained:
Members of the Unemployed Linemen Union who were sitting on strike outside the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited headquarters in Patiala for the past 20 days were on Saturday forcefully removed by the police and the district administration. Around 116 protesting linemen were taken into preventive custody and later left near the bus stand and the railway station.

2 injured in firing:
Two persons sustained injuries after being fired at by a rival group comprising four assailants in front of the Malerkotla Civil Hospital on Friday night. Station House Officer Parminder Singh said a case had been registered against Wasim and three unidentified persons.



Funds for panchayats:
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh today said he would work out a procedure within a month to sanction untied funds worth Rs 10 lakh each year to over 4,000 gram panchayats in the state. "I have told him (Rahul Gandhi) that within a month I will do something to make sure that each of the 4,200 gram panchayats in the state get Rs 10 lakh untied fund," he told reporters here.

Rahul visits party office: On his first visit to the city as All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice president, Rahul Gandhi visited the Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters here today. He stayed briefly at the Congress party headquarters at Maulana Azad Road. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the state Congress president Saifuddin Soz accompanied him.



Andolankari manch protest:
Members of the Uttarakhand Rajya Andolankari Manch held a demonstration at the district collectorate in protest against the non-implementation of the government order regarding the facilities being given to them by the state government. They presented a memorandum of demands to the District Magistrate. They alleged that the identification work of statehood agitators was slow and there was a delay in providing health and travel facilities to them.

Members of the Uttarakhand Rajya Andolankari Manch hold a demonstration at the office of the District Magistrate in Dehradun on Saturday. Tribune photo

Campus for BSF: Union Minister for Home Sushil Kumar Shinde will lay the foundation stone for a BSF company campus at Doiwala in Dehradun on June 18. The Uttarakhand Government had recently allotted 20 acres of land to the BSF for setting up a campus in Doiwala. The BSF has been demanding another 4 acres for the purpose.

Non-teaching staff threat: Non-teaching employees at the MKP (PG) College, Dehradun, have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from July if their long-standing concerns were not redressed by the college management. The non-teaching employees are demanding a new administrative building and better working infrastructure.

18-feet memorandum:
Haldwani residents have submitted an 18-feet signed memorandum to Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat demanding the construction of Jamrani Dam near the town. “This demand paper is the result of a 6 days’ signature campaign among Haldwani residents, who desperately need this Dam to solve their drinking water problem,” said Rajendra Singh Bisht, coordinator of the campaign.

Private clinics remain closed:
More than 50,000 patients in different districts of the Kumaon region were deprived of medical services as private hospitals and clinics remained closed for the day in protest against the Clinical Establishment Bill mooted by the Union Government. “If this Bill becomes a law, all small clinics in the country will be closed and replaced by big corporate houses. This is what the government really wants to do,” said Dr JS Khurana, vice-president of the state unit of the Indian medical association.

‘No difference in Cong, BJP’: Supreme Court advocate and Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhusan on Saturday blamed the Congress and the BJP for corruption in the country. He said both parties were one from the corruption point of view. “The alleged allocation of 12 acres for free of cost near Hardwar to family members of a former Chief Minister for the construction of a yoga and ayurvedic institute, by the Chief Minister belonging to another political party indicates that both parties have mutual understanding on the matters of corrupt practices,” said Prashant Bhusan, who had reached Nainital to plead a public interest litigation (PIL) lodged with the Nainital High Court against the allocation of land.

24 women hurt in mishap:
As many as 24 women were injured when a vehicle they were travelling in to reach their workplace overturned near Ramnagar on Friday. According to the police, the vehicle was carrying women labourers, who were going to a leechi garden to pluck the fruit. “Six seriously injured passengers have been referred to a higher medical centre while the remaining 18 injured are being treated at the Ramnagar hospital,” said Pramod kumar, Circle Officer of the Ramnagar police.

Annual general meeting:
The second annual general meeting of the Uttarakhand Parivartan Party, a local political outfit, began at the Aggarawal Dharmashala in Rudrapur town in the Kumaon region on Saturday. “The party, which was established in 2009, aims to become an alternative of national parties in the region. It has been fighting for residents of Uttarakhand over water, electricity, health and education issues,” said PC Tiwari, president of the party.

3-month fair concludes:
A three-month fair at Purnagiri Dam, near Tanakpur, in Champawat district was declared closed for the session on Saturday. “The fair, which began just after Holi festival this year, witnessed 35 lakh pilgrims this year for which the mela administration provided security, sanitary, drinking water and medical facilities. These facilities will be withdrawn officially from Saturday,” said JS Rathod, SDM, Tanakpur.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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