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Clear CLU cases, says Bhagat:
Local Bodies Minister Chunni Lal Bhagat on Saturday directed officers of the department to clear all the pending cases of CLU (change of land use) within stipulated time frame. These instructions were issued at a high level meeting held to review the progress of ongoing development projects and the pending CLU cases. The minister reviewed as to how many colonisers had submitted the required documents to get their colonies regularised.

Cancer detection drive:
The Punjab Government will organise two-day cancer detection and awareness camps at all district government hospitals beginning September 28. To provide proper services to the suspected cancer patients, the Health Department on Saturday held a training workshop of experts of 16 empanelled hospitals of the state under the Chief Minister Cancer Relief Fund at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here.

10 test positive for dengue: Four more cases of dengue surfaced in the city today. One patient belongs to Haibowal Kalan while the three others hail from Ambedkar Nagar, Dhandari and Dugri. In other districts, six persons tested positive for dengue. So far, 31 cases have been reported from Ludhiana district.

Ban on carrying weapons: Additional District Magistrate (G) Dr Neeru Katyal has issued orders in order to avoid any untoward act during the Chappar mela. As per the orders, the public will not be allowed to carry weapons in villages from September 17 to 21. The list of items includes chappar, latala, dhurkot, jand, juraha, maherna kalan and barundi.

Minister distributes tricycles: Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on Saturday gave away 57 tricycles and 20 wheelchairs to the needy differently abled persons. The function was organised by the Red Cross District Disability Rehabilitation Centre.

NGO hands out saplings: As many as 101 residents of the city on Saturday pledged to save the environment at a function organised by a local NGO, Dream Sangrur (Regd). They were given a sapling each. Among others, who were present on the occasion, included Chief Parliamentary Secretary Parkash Chand Garg, Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rahul, and BJP state secretary Jatinder Kalra.

Tarn Taran
3 booked for sexual assault:
The local police on Saturday booked three boys of Bhullar village for sexually harassing a 13-year-old boy of the same village. The accused have been identified as Nishan Singh, Jagdeep Singh and Navtej Singh. The victim's mother in her statement alleged that the accused took her son to a secluded place and sexually abused him. The accused also allegedly made a video of the incident on a mobile phone.



Hemkund Sahib yatra from Sept 21: The Hemkund Sahib yatra will begin on September 21 this year. Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna will flag off the yatra at Govindghat in Chamoli district of the state. The recent rains had affected the yatra also.

UKD threatens to launch agitation: Uttarakhand Kranti Dal general secretary Manmohan Lakhera has expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order condition in the state. In a statement issued today, Lakhera criticised both the district and the police administration for their failure to check the rising crime graph in the state. He said the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal would start an agitation soon if the incidents of crime in Dehradun were not checked.

Class IV employees to protest in Delhi: Class IV employees of the state will take part in a protest rally to be held on September 16 in Delhi. These employees from across the country are protesting in Delhi against their poor working conditions.

Blood donation camp: Madhuban Academy of Hospitality Management organised a blood donation camp on Saturday. A total of 70 persons donated blood at the camp. Academy director Hemant Kochar said they had been organising regular blood donation camps for the past few years.

World Tourism Day celebrations on Sept 27: The World Tourism Day will be celebrated at Ramnagar in Corbett National Park on September 27. State Tourism Minister Amrita Rawat is slated to take part in the celebrations. Secretary Tourism Dr Umakant Panwar and other senior tourism officials of the state will also be present on the occasion.

Wild animal menace
Villagers of Bageshwar and Tanakpur have requested the Forest Department to free them from the menace of wild animals. Panic has griped the villagers of the region as several incidents of wild jackals and monkeys biting schoolchildren are being reported from these areas. According to reports, a jackal had bitten over 18 villagers in Tanakpur. They were treated at a local hospital and later discharged. “A herd of wild monkeys on Saturday bit Divyanshu (13) while he was returning from school. He was admitted to a local hospital,” said Govind Mehta, a local villager.

Unanimous students’ poll: Teachers have praised the unanimous election of the office-bearers of the students’ unions in all degree and postgraduate colleges in Champawat, Didihat and Berinag. According to information, all six office-bearers in the colleges in Champawat, five in Berinag and four office-bearers in the colleges in Narayan Nagar in Didihat were elected without a contest. “It is an ideal situation in the students’ union elections. It will promote the interest of the students and will keep ugly politics away from the campus,” said CD Suntha, principal of Degree College, Champawat.

Hindi Divas celebrated: Uttarakhand Open University celebrated Hindi Divas at the university head office at Haldwani on Saturday. Several programmes for the promotion of the Hindi language were organised. “We have discussed the issue of promoting Hindi in the context of modern politics, power and market value with several leading littérateurs from the region,” said Dr Govind Singh, head of Journalism Department of the university.

Police cane-charge on mob: The police lathi-charged a mob that damaged police and public transport vehicles in the town on Saturday in protest against the alleged police failure to save a youth whose body was found from the Koshi river. “Sunil, a student of Kashipur Poly-technique, had disappeared on September 5. Though we had lodged a complaint with the police about his disappearance, it did not launch a search for him. Sunil’s body was recovered from the nearby Koshi river on Saturday. This is a case of negligence of duty,” said Om Prakash, Sunil’s father.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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