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New trades
: New and modern trades are being introduced in technical and industrial training institutions in the state, said Ch Swarna Ram, Punjab minister for technical education speaking at a function of Technical Education and Industrial Training Department here.

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.

BIG 92.7 FM launched
: BIG 92.7 FM of Adlab Films Limited was launched in the city on Friday. Thus it’s the 17th FM station of the company in India. In the first phase, BIG 92.7 FM had been launched in metros like Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai, while, the second phase of expansion saw coming up of the FM networks at Jammu, Sri Nagar, Aligarh, Jhansi, Chandigarh, Bareilly, Hissar, Bhubneshwar, Guwahati, Bikaner and Jalandhar, said Shailja Sharma, a spokesperson of the  BIG FM.

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.

VET CAMP: Veterinary experts at a free medical camp organised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, apprised many of various aspects of livestock care on Friday.
Cabinet minister for animal husbandry, Gulzar Singh Ranike, was the chief guest. The camp was presided over by Dr D.S. Sandhu, director, animal husbandry. Addressing the gathering, the minister called upon the experts to promote use of the latest technologies for breeding and upkeep of animals. Dr Gurnam Singh, agricultural development officer, spoke about providing proper feed and fodder to animals, Dr Sanjeev Khosla spoke on de-worming and vaccination and Dr Paramjit Singh told the gathering about repeated bleeding among the animals and ways to prevent it. More than 250 animals were examined and free medicines were distributed. 

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.




Journalists flay attack: The Himachal Pradesh State Journalists’ Federation has strongly condemned the attack on a daily newspaper office at Sundernagar by a number of people, who destroyed the office property and manhandled correspondents present in the office. Federation president Jai Kumar said journalists would not tolerate such intimidating and coercive tactics. The federation has urged the Chief Minister and the DGP to take strict action against the culprits.

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.

Teachers’ association: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district-level Trained Unemployed Teachers Association: president - Ramesh Kumar; vice-president - Rajiv Kumar; and secretary - Kehar Singh.

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.

Inaugurated: HP power minister Vidya Stokes inaugurated the Round Squares’ sub-junior Regional Sammelan on Harit Dhara -2020 at Lawrence School Sanawar on Thursday. Teachers and students of Mayo College, Ajmer, Chitgang Grammar School, Bangladesh, Dallle College, Indore, Vidya Devi Zindal School, Hisar, PPS, Nabha, Vidya Niketan (Birla Public School), Pilani, Rajasthan, Vivek High School, Chandigarh, Scandia Kanya College, Gawalior and Millennium School, Dubai, are participating in it.

Proprietor fined: Chief Judicial Magistrate R.K. Sharma slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 on Ashok Bhai, the proprietor of Ajanta India located at Kala Amb under Sections 6,7, 9 (D), 62 and 83 of the Factory Act 1948, on 21 April 2007. The proprietor was held accountable for not maintaining proper record of workers. He reportedly committed violation of the act and bolstered the morale of other entrepreneurs. The chief inspector of factories based at Shimla had sanctioned his prosecution on 15 Dec, 2006, and asked the local labour department to pursue the case.

2 killed in road mishap
: Two youths Chandan (20) and Raman (23) were killed when their scooter hit a stranded tractor trolley on National highway at Raja Ka Bagh on Thursday. Both were rushed to the civil hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. They were returning from Pathankot when the mishap occurred. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304 (A) of the IPC. This is the fourth such incident in the area since Monday.

A four-day workshop jointly organised by the Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, HPU and St Bede’s College was inaugurated by the former vice-chancellor of the Indira Kala Sangeet University, Indrani Mukherjee on Thursday. This is phase II of the British Council sponsored workshop “Springboard Women’s Development Programme in India”. Principal of St Bede’s College, Sr Melba and Prof Usha Pathania, former director, centre for women studies and development, HPU addressed the participants on the occasion.

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.



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