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Won't shift base: Paper mill:
The Khanna Paper Mills on Saturday clarified they had no plan to shift base to Gujarat. In a statement, firm director Suneet Kochhar said, “We have been at the receiving end of maligning rumours. We do not plan to shut down or move our facility to Gujarat.”

Rs 2.5 cr for drug centres:
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday approved Rs 2.50 crore out of the Cancer and Drug De-addiction Treatment Fund, to strengthen the Drug De-addiction Centres (DDCs) set up in eight Central Jails across the state. Badal said the mechanism to curb the menace of drug-addiction among inmates must be put in place within three months.

Badal releases book: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday released eminent author Bubbu Tir's book of poems in Punjabi, 'Gwache Warq'. This is her third book. She is the daughter of legendary Punjabi writer Dr Gurnam Singh Tir.

6 get life term for murder:
The local District and Sessions Court on Saturday sentenced six youths to life imprisonment in a two-year-old murder case. Among the convicts are Sukhwinder, Lakhwinder, Bhinda, Tarsem, Gursewak and Iktar. They had killed Inderjit Singh with sharp-edged weapons in 2011.

NFL to use natural gas:
National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) has successfully commissioned the changeover of ammonia plant feedstock here from fuel oil to natural gas at a cost of Rs 1,478 crore. An NFL spokespman said using natural gas would be environment friendly; and it would reduce energy consumption and lower the manufacturing cost of urea.

4 hurt in firing near Dhuri:
Four persons sustained bullet injuries when they were fired at by their rivals in Harchandpura village on Friday night. A case has been registered against seven persons, including Balwinder Singh, Jagdish Deesha, Lali, Raju, Amardeep Singh. An old enmity was stated to be the reason, the police said.



One killed in mishap:
One person was killed on the spot while another was injured in a road accident near Chhapra village, 30 km from here, on Friday evening. In a complaint, Tirlochan Singh of Jaisinghka Majra, Yamunanagar district, said he and his friend Gurmej Singh, a resident of Balsua, Yamunanagar district, were hit by a bus near Chhapra village, 30 km from here, Friday evening. Gurmej Singh succumbed to his injuries at the hospital on Saturday.

Officer held:
Rama Nand, a section officer of the District Education Office here, was caught by a vigilance team while accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000 from Jai Singh, Principal of Government Senior Secondary School of Karawara Manakpur village, about 13 km from here, on Friday. A case has been filed against the officer. He was produced in a local court on Saturday which remanded him in judicial custody.

Two bitten by dog, dead: Out of the three village youths, who were bitten by a rabid dog on July 26, two youths, Adarsh Sharma (20), a resident of Roliawas village, about 13 km from Rewari, and Anoop Kumar (17), a resident of Bhateda village, near Roliawas, died on August 13 and 15, whereas the third youth, Ajay Kumar of Roliawas village, was still under treatment.

Cop ends life:
Delhi Police constable Ajay, a resident of Gorar village located in the jurisdiction the Kharkhoda police station committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his residence on Friday evening. In a suicide note, Amit had alleged that he was being threatened by his wife and his in-laws to file a dowry case against him. The police has registered a case against his wife Annu, his mother-in-law Savitri and brother-in laws Sheesh Pal and Sunil.



Expedite inquiry into Kishtwar incident: HC Bar:
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has urged the government to take stern action against the culprits responsible for the Kishtwar violence and expedite the inquiry into the incident. Bar association secretary Ranjit Singh has claimed that there are serious allegations against personnel of the local police and the administration and former Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo. A committee of senior advocates of Kishtwar has been constituted to get the feedback of aggrieved persons in the area. The association has cautioned the government against disbanding village defence committees.

Electricity regulatory commission chief:
The Cabinet on Friday approved the appointment of Basharat Ahmad Dhar as Chairperson of the Jammu and Kashmir State Electricity Regulatory Commission. It decided that his charge as Managing Director of the Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation would be held by the Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, in addition to his own duties. The Cabinet approved the constitution of the Jammu and Kashmir Property Tax Board. Jeet Lal Gupta would be its Chairman after his superannuation on August 31, with Farhat Tasneem and Kachoo Isfandyar Khan as its members.



Shortage of vegetables:
Residents of Almora town are facing shortage of local vegetables and milk as the Bageshwar to Almora road is blocked for the past three days. “Heavy rains on Wednesday damaged the road at Seraghat, disturbing the supply of essential goods from Bageshwar and Seraghat to Almora town. The road is being cleared of blockade with the help of JCB machines,” said DC Joshi, a PWD engineer.

Vikram owners, protesting against the introduction of the token system on the Premnagar route, argue with police officials in Dehradun on Saturday. Vikram owners oppose new token system: Vikram three-wheeler owners, who ferry passengers from Prem Nagar to Clock Tower, on Saturday blocked the Chakrata road in protest against the new token system introduced by the Dehradun police. They alleged that the police had introduced the token system on the Prem Nagar route to harass. Senior Congress leader Devender Singh Sethi also had a heated argument with the police officials who tried to remove the blockade on the road. Later, Vikram owners staged a demonstration in front of the Regional Transport Office.
Vikram owners, protesting against the introduction of the token system on the Premnagar route, argue with police officials in Dehradun on Saturday. A Tribune photo

PRD jawans seeking govt status hold dharna: Members of the Pranteey Rakshak Dal continued with their dharna at the Old Raipur bus stand here on Saturday. Pranteey Rakshak Dal Association president Pramod Kumar said the PRD jawans were working in remote hill areas of the state and even under inhospitable conditions. They had been for long demanding the status of state government employees but the government had failed to address their concern. Sunil Kumar, Virendra Bisht, Rajendra Mehra, Sunil Sajwan and Rakesh Mishra were prominent among those participated in the dharna.

Elephant menace in Ranipokhri: Ranipokhri in the Rishikesh area of Dehradun district is facing an elephant menace these days. A herd of elephants present in the area has destroyed vast agriculture fields of soyabean, corn and rice. Forest officials have started patrolling the region as the villagers are living under fear. Ranipokhri has witnessed several human deaths in elephant attacks in the past few years.

Manch seeks identification of state agitationists: The Uttarakhand Rajya Andolankari Senani Manch has sought proper identification of state agitationists. The manch members staged a dharna at the district headquarters on Saturday. The protesters said the administration was yet to identify a large number of state agitationists, who were being deprived of benefits meant for them.

11 engineering students get placements: Eleven engineering students of Graphic Era University have got placements in Kolkata-based Simplex Infrastructure company. According to the placement cell of the university, 738 engineering students have got placements in various companies this year so far.

Constables postpone agitation: Dismissed Uttarakhand police constables have postponed their agitation. According to Ashish Chauhan, who has been leading the agitation, a delegation of the dismissed constables met Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna here on Saturday. The Chief Minister assured it that its concerns would be considered sympathetically. He also ordered an enquiry into the matter. The constables are demanding their reinstatement.

Uttarakhand Hat soon:
Uttarakhand Hat, a local marketplace for local crafts, will be soon established in the state. The government is keen to improve the economic condition of craftsmen. Besides, it is also thinking of establishing a tourism mart which will enable craftsmen to sell their souvenir goods. Finance Minister Indira Hriydesh stated this while addressing the valedictory function of the Nainital trade carnival.

Protesters demand land:
Villagers of Khurpia Farm in Udham Singh Nagar held a protest against the government on Saturday. They threatened the government that if they were not allotted plots for farming, they would take possession of land in Khurpia Farm forcibly. They later handed over a memorandum of demands to the SDM of Kichcha. Laxmi Devi, gram pradhan of Khurpia village, said they were demanding land for landless villagers and jobs for members of families of the villages which fall in the SIDCUL area.

s 7.2 cr for repairs in varsity: Kumaon University on Saturday decided to spend Rs 7.24 crore on repairs and construction work in the university and Rs 2 crore for acquiring latest gadgets for various campuses. It is expecting Rs 14.48 crore allocation from the 12 Finance Commission. “We have to develop campuses at various colleges and faculties in the university for which we have planned to spend Rs 60 lakh,” said Dr SK Singh, Development Officer of the university.

Independence Day celebrated:
The 67th Independence Day was celebrated in various parts of Udham Singh Nagar district. District Magistrate Brajesh Kumar Sant hoisted the National Flag at the District Collector’s office while Sub-Divisional Magistrates unfurled the Tricolour at Kashipur, Gadarpur, Jaspur, Bazpur and Kichcha. They appealed to the gathering to be loyal towards the country. “We have honoured freedom fighters and widows of brave soldiers, besides planting saplings near the campus,” said the District Magistrate.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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