Monthly perks: Ch Swarna Ram, Punjab minister for technical education and industrial training said that monthly pension for 60-year-old women and 65-year-old men, widows, dependent children and handicapped had been increased from Rs 250 per month to Rs 400. The state had also decided to provide monthly pension to all the women above the age of 60 and men above 65 irrespective of their annual income.
Court inspection: Justice Mehtab Singh, chairman of the building committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inspected the district court here today. Kuldip Singh, president, District Bar Association, urged Mehtab to set up the proposed judicial complex in the back side of district administrative complex here.
Toppers: Sweekar Kaur, a student of MCA fifth semester from Guru Nanak Dev University College, Basti Nau, has bagged the top position in examination conducted by the university. Sumit Gupta from the same college has stood third while Vikas has got the fourth rank. Kriti Chadha stood first in LLB in 5th semester.
PLACEMENTS: Larsen and Turbo has selected 13 students from the Institute of Engineering and Technologies, Bhaddal, to join the company as software engineering trainees with a salary package of Rs 1.3 lakh.
Youth rally: A National Youth Rally will be organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan at Red Fort in Delhi on May 11 in memory of freedom fighters of India’s first freedom struggle of 1857. It would be addressed by the Prime Minister. Presiding over a district-level review meeting of officials here, Additional District Magistrate Hansraj Chauhan said 100 youths drawn from all parts of district had been selected and they would leave for Delhi on May 9 for participating in the rally.
Support for Ramlal Thakur: The city Congress Committee here has urged the Congress high command to give the party ticket for the Hamirpur byelection to Kot Kehloor MLA and forest minister Ramlal Thakur. Committee president Hussein Ali, finance secretary Munish Sharma and patron Brajesh Kaushal said Ramlal Thakur was popular in all 17 Assembly segments of the constituency and he would definitely beat the BJP candidate.
Mahila Morcha constituted: Suman Kumari, president of the BJP district Mahila Morcha, has announced morcha’s district executive body in which Bhagdai, Anubala and Puja Thakur have been nominated as vice-presidents and Dhanno Devi as the general secretary.
Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of Himachal Pradesh State Pensioners Welfare Association. President - P.C. Oberoy; senior vice-president - B.L. Bedi; general secretary - K.S. Jasrotia; chief adviser - K.P. Gupta; chief patrons - Col Ravi Vaid, Major S.C. Nayyar, A.K. Mahajan, Prem Singh Kistwaria, Y.K. Puri; and patron-in-chief K.K. Mahajan.
Five killed: Five people travelling in a Maruti car (HP-06-3157) were killed when their car rolled down into a khud, near Kareri Thach, in Rampur sub-division on Friday. The driver lost control, plunging the vehicle into the khud.They were on their way from Rampur to Bahli village when the mishap took place. They all died on the spot. The deceased have been identified as Dalip Singh (55), Mehr Singh (30), Master Shamsher Singh (49), and Chunni Lal (60), all from Bahli village and Durga Dass Kayasth (55) from Dalog village.
Implement Rampur pact: Farmers: The Himachal Kisan Sabha (HKS) on Thursday demanded the immediate implementation of the agreement signed between the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) and the farmers for the Rampur project in Kullu district. State president of the sabha Tikender Pawar said the farmers were being forced to launch an agitation as the agreement signed on June 9 last year had not been implemented. “Neither have jobs been provided to the affected farmers, nor any compensation given till date,” he said.