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IFFCO head: IFFCO chairman Surinder Kumar Jakhar has been unanimously elected member of the Board of Directors (BoD) from India for the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) during a meeting held recently at Singapore, an official press note said here on Tuesday.

2 die in mishap: Dr Vijay Kalra (60) and his driver Mohan Ram were killed when their car collided head on with a harvesting combine on the city bypass here on Monday night. Dr Kalra, along with a pharmacist Harnek Singh, was coming from Sriganganagar to perform surgeries at a private hospital. The driver of the combine and his assistant fled leaving their vehicle behind. Harnek was stated to be in a serious condition. A case has been registered.

Two killed: Mohinder Singh (26) and his nephew Sukhpal Singh (15) were injured seriously as a tractor-trailer hit their motorcycle as they were returning to Usmankhera village on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road. A three-wheeler driver dropped them at the Civil Hospital. While Sukhpal died on the way, his uncle succumbed to head injuries after reaching the hospital. A case has been registered.

Association: The following have elected office-bearers of the Punjab Jail Guards Association: president-Lakhvir Singh Farwahi; vice-president -Makhan Singh Randhawa; general secretary- Balbahadur Singh Dhillon; secretary-Parshotam Das Bhatthal; press secretary-Baldev Singh; cashier-Gurmeet Singh; and adviser-Kailash Kumar.

Theft: Lalit Bansal of the Amrik Singh locality has complained to the police that someone broke the shutter of his shop and took away Rs 1,000 lying in a drawer on Monday night. A case of theft has been registered.

Condemned: Former MLA and CPI leader Hardev Singh Arshi has condemned the Punjab government’s move to increase allowances and perks of Punjab legislators. He said this in a statement here on Tuesday.

Vacant posts: Convener of the Science Teachers Union Bhagwan Singh Ralla has said students have lost interest in science studies as 130 out of 249 posts of science teacher in the district are lying vacant. Many schools have no laboratories and science equipment.

Grievances: A function was organised here on Tuesday to hear grievances of people. Additional deputy commissioner (development) Baljeet Singh Sandhu said 32 applications were received.

Extension lecture on VAT:
To acquaint students with the latest developments in tax structure, trade and commerce, the Social Sciences Forum of the local B.L.M. Girls College organised an extension lecture on value added tax (VAT) on Tuesday. Gurtej Singh, assistant excise and taxation commissioner delivered the keynote address. Dr Neelam Goyal, principal also spoke on the occasion.

Stationery given: Lions Club, Banga Mehak, distributed stationery items among 184 needy students of Government Elementary School, Jeendowal, on Tuesday. Social worker Baldev Nayyar presided over the function.

‘Shagun’ cheques:
Punjab Technical Education Minister Swarana Ram distributed cheques amounting to Rs 4.5 lakh among 30 beneficiaries under the “shagan” scheme at a function held here on Tuesday. The minister disclosed that the state government had decided to give Rs 15,000 for the marriage of each Dalit girl.

Road repair: Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) officials today started repairing the damaged roads in the Urban Estate. The officials also promised to expedite the other works, including sanitation, streetlights and sewerage. The bad condition of roads was highlighted by The Tribune on July 18.Residents of the Urban Estate had organised a series of demonstrations in support of their demands.

Cop held: A local court remanded police constable Sardara Singh, posted at the local Police Lines, for trespassing on the house of a woman and attempting to outrage her modesty. A case has been registered on a complaint of a resident of Preet Nagar here.

Tarn Taran
: The Kisan Sangharsh Committee on Tuesday extended its unconditional support to the administration in fight against female foeticide and drugs abuse. Convener of the committee Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu announced the decision at a seminar against female foeticide at Naushehra Pannuan, 14 km from here.



Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Ayurvedic Pharmacists Federation: president - Hem Raj Verma; senior vice-president - Basheer Mohd Sheikh; secretary - Gopal Singh; and cashier - Narender Singh.

Power Project: BJP spokes-person Rajinder Rana has demanded an inquiry in to the non-recovery of Rs 200-crore and annual return of 100 crore by the HP Government from the management of the Baspa power project. Talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, he said, “This amount has not been recovered by the HPSEB officials in connivance of few officers in the state government to benefit the power company which was causing a great loss to the state.” He said “The state government has allegedly cleared six power projects of 100 MW in the Lahaul and Spiti district in back dates in clear violation of the model code of conduct.”

Applications: District Congress spokesperson Deepak Sharma said the executive committee of the party would meet on October 27 to accept applications for the party ticket at Hamirpur for the district. Talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday he said, “The BJP has no issue in these elections and was trying to raise the issue of caste, region and religion, while the Congress will contest the election on the issue of development carried in the past four years”.

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