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Pension commutation up:
The government has enhanced the commutation of pension from 20 per cent to 30 per cent. A notification issued in this regard said commuted portion of the pension should be restored after 15 years from the date of commutation. The decision would be applicable to the employees retiring on or after April 1, 2014.

Complaint boxes in hospitals:Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani on Thursday issued orders to put complaint boxes at prominent places in all hospitals. He said he along with Director, Health, MD, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, Special Secretary, Health Secretary and other senior officials would inspect various hospitals of two districts every Friday & Saturday.

Inspection of civil works:Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi has ordered to initiate a third party inspection of all civil works to keep a check on quality. A high-level team of officers of the Local Bodies Department was dispatched to Sri Ram Institute of Laboratory, New Delhi, to get information about the process of laboratory tests of material.

Ferozepur rail division to be bifurcated:
The Railway Ministry has starting the process of bifurcating the Ferozepur division of the Northern Railway Zone to carve out Jammu railway division. The ministry has asked the Ferozepur Division to submit a detailed project report on the territorial jurisdiction and cost estimates of the new railway division.

Woman raped by kin:
A 22-year-old newly wed woman was allegedly raped by her relative at Daulatpura Neewan village in the district. The victim was waiting for a bus to Ferozepur at Darapur when one of her relatives, Anil Kumar (25), an auto driver, allegedly abducted her and raped her. A search was on to nab the accused.

Jagmeet Brar bereaved:
Jagdish Kaur, 82, mother of Congress leaders Jagmeet Singh Brar (former CWC member) and Ripjit Singh Brar (former Kotkapura MLA) passed away after a brief illness at their Delhi residence on Thursday morning. The cremation would be held at Goniana road around 3 pm on Friday.

11 child labourers freed:Under a week-long campaign, the Labour Department has so far freed 11 child labourers from across the district. SK Bhoriwal, Assistant Labour Commissioner, on Thursday came to Muktsar and freed six child labourers from private institutes. He had freed five children in Malout on Wednesday. Bhoriwal said the department would challan the offenders and the court would penalise them accordingly. He, however, alleged that the police were not supporting them.

Drive to monitor health services to start soon: Nawanshahr DC:
Deputy Commissioner and District Health Society, Nawanshahr, chairperson Anindita Mitra today said a a drive to conduct surprise checks at hospitals and dispensaries in the districtwould be started soon. Availability of staff and medicines and delivery of healthcare services would be monitored minutely during these surprise visits. She said this during a meeting of District Health Society.

Synthetic milk seized:
The health branch of the Patiala Municipal Corporation seized seven tonnes of expired synthetic milk and chocolate powder from a truck parked in Daulatpura, near Patiala. Acting on a tip-off, Health Officer Yadwinder Singh Banga and his team raided a junkyard godown in Daulatpura and seized expired products from some containers placed in a truck. Banga said Joginder was arrested from the spot.

Newborn found abandoned:A newborn male child was found dumped at a vacant plot in Peer Khana Mohalla in Patran city on Wednesday. Efforts were on to locate parents of the child. The child was noticed by the residents of a nearby house, who then informed the police.

10-yr RI for drug peddling:
The fast-track court of Judge Harish Anand awarded 10-year rigorous imprisonment to a Morinda resident for drug peddling on Thursday. The convict, Sanjiv Kumar, was arrested with drugs four years ago. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him. In case he was not able to pay the fine, he would have to remain in the jail for one more year.



Body found: The half-naked body of Sri Chand (45), a resident of Sector 25, was found in a drain near the Sector 36 bridge here on Thursday. Chand was working with a private office in Sector 34. The police said Sri Chand, who was drunk, had gone to the drain to answer the nature’s call when he fell. No injury mark was found on the body. The police have ruled out any foul play.

Stamps issued: To mark the FIFA World Cup, India Post launched a set of four stamps depicting action on the field and the mascot ‘Fuleco’ today. The four stamps will include two of Rs 5 each and other two of Rs 25 each. In addition, a miniature sheet of Rs 60 was also launched. These are available at GPO-17. — TNS


2 booked on gang rape charge
: A woman has lodged a complaint against her husband and his younger brother for raping her in Jathlana village of Yamunanagar district. She alleged that she was raped by her husband, Ashok Kumar, and his younger brother, Saurav, at their house on June 10. The police have booked Ashok and Saurav on the victim's complaint.

New teacher selection board chief
: The government has appointed Khazan Singh Sangwan, a former head of the Department of Sociology at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, as Chairman of the Haryana School Teachers Selection Board for three years. Prof. Sangwan is a resident of Dohki village in Bhiwani district.



Anganwari centre timings changed
: Keeping in view the intense heat wave, Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Jain on Wednesday rescheduled the timings of the Anganwari centres in the district from 8 am to 2 pm. Earlier, the centres were functioning from 9 am to 3 pm. The new timings will remain in force till further orders.


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