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DAV College principal:
B.C. Josan, who had taken over as the principal of DAV College here in 2002 after serving as lecturer in Jalalabad West, has been elevated as principal of DAV College, Chandigarh. Anil Makkar, HoD Maths, and B.S. Bhullar, head of the extra-curricular activities wing, said during the last six years, principal Josan was instrumental in convincing Panjab University to sanction courses like MSc in Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology and BPEd in this remote area. Josan thanked the teaching and non-teaching staff for the co-operation extended to him.

Promotion of teachers: President of the Democratic Teachers’ Front Sushil Dhawan said on Friday that DEO (Secondary) Harbans Singh Chahal had accepted a plea by the Adhyapak Sangharsh Samiti for deciding the promotion cases of the government school teachers in 4-9-14 service formula at the sub-divisional level. Accordingly, a committee would visit the Government Senior Secondary School for Girls here on April 8 and 9 to examine such claims. All the drawing disbursing officers have been requested to put up the cases, complete in all aspects. Dhawan and DTF block presidents Bhagwant Kumar, Dalip Ram and Radha Krishan urged the District Education Officer (Elementary) to adopt the same pattern for the teachers of elementary schools.

Police inaction alleged
: Major Singh Pandoli of Luddar village under Majitha police station has alleged that large consignments of bricks were being stolen from his brick kiln on a daily basis and certain persons were trying to take possession of it. Pandoli is running the kiln in partnership with Anil Kumar. The police, he alleged, had turned a blind eye to it despite numerous complaints. SSP (rural) Iqbal Singh said he had already ordered an inquiry.

Joint secy-cum-joint director
: The Punjab government on Friday appointed Gurtej Singh as joint secretary-cum-joint director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs.

World Health Day
: The Red Cross, Mansa, has decided to observe the World Health Day on April 7 at the Bachat Bhawan. President of the district Red Cross, DC Surjeet Singh Dhillon, said the World Health Organisation (WHO) had been trying to draw the attention of the people towards the effects of seasonal changes on the health of the people. So, the main theme of the day would be the effect of seasonal change on health, he added.

: Krishan Gopal (47), a resident of Nogra village, district Una, Himachal Pradesh, was sentenced to one year imprisonment in an NDPS case on Friday. On May 4, 2006, the Nangal police had recovered 300 gm charas and 100 gm opium from Krishna.

Youth commits suicide
: A 26-year-old unemployed youth Harpreet Singh of local Kartarpura basti allegedly committed suicide on Thursday night by hanging himself with a cloth from an iron rod in his house. The police said the deceased was a son of JE in the PSEB Karnail Singh. He is survived by wife, a daughter and a son. Proceedings under Section 174, CrPC, had been initiated.

Panchayat poll by mid-May
: The elections for the panchayats, block samitis and zila parishads in the state will be held by mid-May. Minister for rural development and panchayat, Punjab, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura stated this while addressing a rural gathering at Chohla Sahib, 24 km from here, on Friday on the last day of the sports fair held in the memory of an inter-national wrestler.



: A special court allowed SAD president Sukhbir Badal on Friday to go abroad from April 15 to 22. He will, however, appear on April 9 in the court on the next date of hearing of his case. Sukhbir, along with his parents, is accused in a disproportionate assets case which is on trial here. It is learnt that Sukhbir Badal is going to Spain.

Power shutdown: Electricity supply to residential areas of Phase VII, Sectors 70, 71 and industrial areas of Phase VII and VIII Mohali would remain cut off from 10am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm on April 5.

: Panchkula deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria has deputed Panchkula sub-divsional magistrate Virender Singh Dahiya as incharge of arrangements at Navratra fair being held at Mata Mansa Devi temple between April 6 and 14. In order to look after the law and order situation and other arrangements, executive magistrates, nodal officers and protocol officers have also been deputed to assist the SDM.



19 AD Regiment celebrates diamond jubilee
: The First Air Defence Regiment of the Indian Army - the 19 AD Regiment, is celebrating its diamond jubilee this week. To commemorate the occasion, a cycle rally was flagged off from the Air Force Station, Adampur, on March 30 by Group Captain P.V. Ambekar, AOC, Air Force Station. The cycle rally, comprising 19 members and led by Lt R.S. Tomar, covered 204 km and met ex-servicemen of their unit on the way and reached Ambala on Friday.

Entrance test for teachers
: The Haryana education department has decided to introduce state teachers entrance test to recruit efficient teachers in various schools of the state. This was revealed by higher education commissioner Shiv Raman Gaur here on Friday.

Promotion of teachers: The state education department will formulate a time-bound programme to prepare the list of teachers on the roster point register for the promotion to the post of headmaster. A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting with representatives of the Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh-70 here on Friday.

State excise policy upheld: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday upheld the excise policy of Haryana when it dismissed a writ petition challenging the policy. The petition had challenged the provision that licences to open wholesale outlets to sell country liquor (L-13 licences) would be issued to the distilleries but these outlets would be run by persons to be approved by the government. The Tribune had pointed out on March 21 that the provision marred the transparency of the excise policy as promised by the Hooda government. After the report, the government decided to revert back to last year’s methodology.

Five convicted
: Additional District and Sessions Judge N.P. Dewat on Friday convicted five persons for poppy husk trafficking. The court will announce sentence to these convicts on Saturday. The convicts, Jagga, Satnam, Nahar, Prem and Nachhatar, had been arrested by the police near Ganda village in the district, while they were carrying the contraband in gunny bags on their bicycles.



Veteran BJP leader dead
: Ramdass Thakur (64), president Bilaspur district truck operators co-operative society died at a private clinic at Chandigarh on Thursday. He was ailing since about a year due to brain tumor. His funeral at Banola village was largely attended where former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar and MP and former forests minister Ramlal Thakur were also present to pay their last homage. He was also the former state president of the state government teachers union. He later joined  the BJP and occupied various posts, including that of the state finance secretary  of the party.

: The following have been elected as the office-bearers of the district unit of Himachal Pradesh State Pensioners Welfare Association. President-P. C. Oberoy, senior vice-president-K.P. Gupta, vice presidents-Devi Singh (Tissa), Kehar Singh Randhawa (Pangi), Kirpa Ram (Salooni), Dewan Chand Nangla (Bhattiyat), Moti Ram Sharma (Bharmour), Hans Raj Abrol (Mehla), K.L. Gupta (Chamba), general secretary- K.S. Jasrotia, organising secretary-Khem Singh Kistwaria, press secretary-Karam Chand Chandra,  finance secretary-Surinder Kumar Gupta, audit officer-T.R. Mahajan, advisers-Savitree Devi, P.L. Thakur and chief adviser-B.L. Bedi.

Ex-servicemen committee
: Vice-president of the ex-servicemen welfare action committee squadron leader (retd) Brij Lal Dhiman has questioned the holding of a rally by a section of the league members at Palampur to protest against recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. He accused that this protest was organised at the behest of Major (retd) Vijay Singh Mankotia, state convener of the BSP, who wants to pose as savior of ex-servicemen before the league election. He said, “Mankotia has been sitting on the chair of the president of the league for the past 25 years but has not done much for their community.”

Forced feeding condemned: The Himachal Pradesh Computer Teachers’ Association has condemned the attempts of force-feeding of fasting computer teachers at Tanda and Hamirpur hospitals. District president of the association said on Friday that the administration has been trying to break their relay fast by forcibly feeding the fasting students at Tanda and Hamirpur. The association had urged the state government to prepare a policy for the computer teachers and said it is ready to work under any policy formed by the government except under the private company.

Ensure supply of pure water: The district consumer disputes redressal forum has directed the Irrigation and Public Health Department to ensure supply of pure and hygienic water to the consumers. Acting on a complaint filed by Deepak Sharma, president of the Hamirpur Consumer Protection Organisation, the district forum has asked the IPH Department to ensure cleanliness of water sources and not to lay water pipes through dirty drains. It has further directed the department to get the water samples clinically analysed at least once in two months.

Boy dies in accident
: A boy was crushed to death by a utility vehicle near Baddi on Friday. The driver of vehicle, which was on its way to Baddi from Barotiwala did not notice the boy crossing the road. The boy died on the way to the hospital.The vehicle was impounded and a case against the driver has been registered.

: Mandi district BJP vice-president Ajay Rana on Friday said Chief Minister Prem Kumar’s inquiry into the corruption in the HP board during the previous Virbhadra Singh’s regime had not been done with political vendetta as stated by Virbhadra Singh, but on the basis of cases of corruption that had come to light during his regime. He alleged that the Singhi Ram's fake certificate episode and other fake certificates scam had exposed how fake certificates were issued allegedly at the behest of the then HP board’s chairman B.R. Rahi. He said the other Congress leaders were sitting silent on these episodes. “There is no political vendetta as stated by the ex-Chief Minister in the probe and truth should come to light,” he claimed.

: Water carriers engaged in different primary schools in the district on Friday held a protest march at Nahan in support of their 14 points demand charter. Water carriers, who were part-time employees with the Education Department assembled under the banner of Jila Sirmaur Jalwahak Union at the Katcha Tank here and took out a protest march up to the Sirmaur DC office. A deputation led by their district president Subhash and general secretary Shashi Pal submitted a 14-point memorandum to the CM through the DC. With a number of other demands, Jalwahak employees have demanded that services of all part-time Jalwahak employees should be converted into full-time employees.

INTUC president dead
: Amarjit Singh Baba, president of the state unit of INTUC, died of cardiac arrest at his house in Pinjore, in Haryana, on Friday. He was 54. He is survived by wife Harvinder Kaur, sons Hardeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh. He was appointed INTUC chief in 2000. He began his political career in 1978, when he joined the Congress. He occupied various positions, including chairman of the Congress Minority Cell, vice-chairman of the state Congress Sewa Dal. His cremation was attended by a large number of Congress leaders.



Mufti bereaved
: Begum Shah Zainab Madni, mother of Mohammed Sartaj Madni, MLA Devsar and mother-in-law of former chief minister and party patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed passed away after a brief illness on Thursday. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad visited Sayeed’s residence in Jammu and offered his condolences.

Rail reservation: The Northern Railway on Friday opened a Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counter at the group centre of the CRPF here. The PRS was inaugurated by inspector general of police CRPF, S.K Jain. The CRPF authorities had been demanding opening of PRS for its personnel, who were facing difficulties for reservation in different railways at Jammu station, a spokesman of the CRPF said.


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