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Office-bearers elected
: The district councils of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) will elect their office-bearers on May 4. PCCTU general secretary Kuldeep Singh said in a press release on Friday that the general council will elect its office-bearers and members for the executive committee on May 11 at R.K. Arya College, Nawanshehar. The constitutional notice to the delegates was sent on April 24 in accordance with the constitution of the PCCTU, he added. 

Bharat Vikas Parishad: The newly-formed executive committee of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (Shiva Ji) will hold its first meeting on Saturday at Shri Sanatan Dharam Mandir here to chalk out a programme for the first quarter of the year, informed Kashmiri Lal Bansal, general secretary of the organisation. 

Cyclist crushed to death: A cyclist was crushed by a pick-up van near Pattibillah village of this sub-division on Friday. The victim, identified as Moman Ram, was declared as brought dead by the doctors at the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here. The police proceeded under section 174 of the CrPC, sources said. The van that sped away following the incident has been identified. 

ETT Teachers’ Union: The following have been elected as the office-bearers of the ETT Teachers’ Union: Radhey Shyam as president; Ram Pal as vice-president; Bhala Ram as secretary; Inderaj as working secretary; Pardeep Kumar, Amrish, Amita Sidana and Puja Gureja as cashiers; Gobind Ram and Ved Parkash as advisers; and, Sunil Kumar Verma and Prem Kumar as press secretaries. The meeting, held at the Nehru Park here on Friday, resolved to submit memorandums on charter of demands to the legislators in the respective areas on May 4 and 5. The meeting also passed a resolution criticising the state government for backtracking on the promise for transferring the administrative control of the schools run by Zila Parishads to the Education Department.

Fugitive held
: The police has arrested a member of the Bangala gang, who had escaped from the Central Jail in Ludhiana along with seven others in February. Arjun, alias Anju (35), a resident of Khori village in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, was arrested in the Sadar police station area here. 

Funeral services
: Funeral management services are being introduced here under the aegis of Sri Ram Charit Manas Parchar Mandal. Dr Ajay Bagga, social activist, said the services would be provided absolutely on humanitarian grounds. These would include taking the possession of the dead body, keeping it in a morgue till the arrival of relatives of the deceased living abroad and holding last rites, etc. 

Property dealer murdered:The Mahilpur police has registered a case against two persons, Jasvir Singh and Paramjit Kaur, alias Gudo, for allegedly killing Paramjit Singh of Alawalpur. The deceased and Jasvir were property dealers and business partners. On April 30, the latter came to the deceased’s house and took him to Gudo’s residence for a land agreement. The deceased’s brother alleged that Jasvir and Gudo had killed his brother and had disposed off his body. 

Abduction charge: The Tanda police has booked Mir Hamja and Noor Mai for allegedly abducting 16-year-old girl Mano. In his complaint victim’s father Mohmad Ali alleged that his daughter was abducted by the accused for marriage. 

Five booked: The Hajipur police has booked five persons for abetting a woman to commit suicide. The accused have been identified as deceased’s husband Vikram, his father Vidhi Chand, Beena, Naresh Kumari and Madhu. 

Liquor seized
: The district police on Friday claimed to have arrested a person under the Excise Act with the seizure of 138 cases of smuggled liquor from the truck he was driving. Acting on a tip-off, a police party intercepted a Tata-407 on the national highway near Guru Gobind Singh Avenue. Sensing trouble, the driver tried to speed away, but was nabbed. 

Saw mill gutted
: A saw mill in the Boran Gate area was gutted in a devastated fire here on Monday. More than 200 quintal of timber worth Rs 7 lakh was destroyed. Owner of Hardip Saw Mill, Hardeep Singh, was informed of the fire by his nephew on the phone. A spark from a generator set is believed to have caused the fire.

555 trees to be axed
: More than 555 trees will be axed for the four-laning and realignment of the Mirthal-Madhopur stretch of the Jalandhar-Jammu highway.Chamal Lal, divisional forest officer, Gurdaspur, said the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment had given the go-ahead to the NHAI after charging Rs 55 lakh as the present value of the trees and new compensatory plantation. 

Dharna staged
: Under the banner of the Sehat Mulazam Sanghrash Committee, health employees from various parts of this district, led by an employees’ leader Swaranjit Singh, staged a dharna near the office of the civil surgeon here against her “indifferent” attitude of towards their demands.The civil surgeon has refuted the allegations of the employees. 

Couple commits suicide
: A couple married only eight months back committed suicide by hanging themselves from a ceiling-fan using a strong electric wire in their house at Mallhia village, 4 km from here, on Thursday night. They had been identified as Manjinder Singh (28) and his wife Navjit Singh (20). Navjit was four-month pregnant. A case under Sections 306 and 34, IPC, has been registered against deceased Manjinder’s brother Mandeep Singh and sister Rajwant Kaur, who had allegedly been harassing the couple for property. A suicide note has been mentioned that the accused had been harassing them for property for the past about eight months.



Nominations filed
: Eighty-five candidates filed nomination papers for the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections scheduled to be held on May 12, here on Friday. Most of them were filed by Congress candidates who were accompanied by Kharar Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu. Forty-three candidates filed their papers for the zila parishad elections, while 42 filed for the panchayat samiti polls. 

Investiture ceremony
: The investiture ceremony for the session 2008-09 was conducted at the premises of Saint Soldier Divine Public School, Sector 16, on Friday. The newly-appointed cabinet was presented badges by the administrator of the school S. Jagpal and principal N.Bedi. Raghav Tangri has been appointed as head boy and Aishwarya Chopra as the head girl. 

Labour Day: Labour Day was celebrated at the Doon Public School, Sector-21, here on Friday. A number of students spoke in the morning assembly and expressed their views about the importance of the day. Sweets were also distributed among the house- keeping employees. 

Disney store: World's leading family entertainment brand Disney launched its Disney Artist Store in Sector 10, here on Friday. The store is a visual treat designed for children. It is a one-stop shop for those for innovative products that combine entertainment with education. Virag Joshi, president & CEO of Devyani International Ltd, master franchisee of Disney Artist in India, said the company has plans to open 200 stores in the country by 2011. 



New scheme
: Vodafone Essar has announced new validity plans for its prepaid customers across Haryana on Friday. Customers can now recharge with Rs 99 for one month, Rs 149 for six months, Rs 199 for 12 months, Rs 249 for 24 months and Rs 299 for life time plans. Customers will also get a talk time of Rs 10 with all the recharge options. 

BJP’s bandh call
: BJP’s bandh call evoked mixed response in the district on Friday. Local party leaders requested the shopkeepers to close their establishments to protest against the rising inflation. Most of the shopkeepers kept their shops shut while others engaged with other parties did not follow them. BJP leaders visited all markets to press for observing the bandh. President of the BJP Nagar Mandal Ghanshyam Saraf said the Congress government had failed to curb the rising inflation and people were finding it difficult to even buy vegetables. 

Medical store sealed
: The drug authorities sealed a medical store at Ratia town in the district after the complaints of sale and storage of intoxicants on Friday. The police had arrested three youths on theft charges on April 29 and during frisking of the youths, the police found large quantities of drugs used for intoxication. They revealed that they had purchased the medicines from Rajasthan Medicos, a medical shop in the town. Senior drugs control officer Lal Chand Mittal and district drugs control officer Raman Sheoran sealed the shop after receiving a complaint in this regard from a civil surgeon. 

Armed youths strike at petrol station
: Three youths looted Rs 8,500 at gunpoint from employees of a petrol station on the Jind-Gohana highway on Friday. The employees were locked in a room by the youths, before fleeing with the booty. Two employees, Dinesh and Bablu, were preparing to have lunch when the three youths reached the station. Two of them took the employees to the office and asked for the cash kept there and threatened to kill them if they tried to resist the move. 

Rajput sabha convention
: The Haryana Rajput Pratinidhi Sabha will organise its second state-level convention in Rajaund village of the district on May 4. The convention is being held after a gap of 21 years. Executive president of the sabha Yash Pal Singh Rana at a press conference here on Friday alleged that Rajputs were being ignored in ministry formation and government jobs. He said the governments of Om Prakash Chautala and Bhupinder Singh Hooda had not given any representation to their community. 

Free lunch
: Deputy commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal’s wife, Ritu Aggarwal, inaugurated a free of cost lunch provided by Inner Strength Foundation, Kurukshetra, to students of Saarthak Badhir Vidyalaya here on Friday. Principal of the vidyalaya Rashmi Kataria presented the detailed activities of the institute. Students of the institute also presented a cultural programme. 

Campus placements
: The Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology here on Friday claimed that during the current academic year a large number of reputed companies visited the college campus and selected a number of its students to be suitably placed in various departments. The management said in the past one month IT companies like the Synergy Management Services, Indiworks, Technorite Consultants, HCL Infosystem Ltd and Innovators conducted placement drives on the campus. Synergy Management Services selected 32 students, Indiworks two, Technorite Consultants seven and HCL Infosystem selected three students. 

2 killed in accidents
: Two persons were killed in road accidents in the district on Thursday. Sat Narain (36), a resident of Baldhan Khurd village, died on the spot when his motorcycle was hit by a car on the Rewari-Narnaul road near Pali village. In another incident, a youth, Ashok Kumar Yadav (28), of Dhani Sundroj village was reportedly crushed to death by a truck on the Rewari-Narnaul road. The police has booked driver Satpal Singh, a resident of Mandi village, for rash and negligent driving. 

Foetus found: A seven-month-old foetus of a girl child was recovered by the police from an isolated spot at Chandpur Ki Dhani village, near here, on Thursday. Sources said it was presumably abandoned there by some unwed mother. The police has registered a case of concealment of birth by secret disposal of body under Section 318 of the IPC in this regard. 

Counselling of HCMS staff
: Employees of the Haryana Civil Medical Services (HCMS), who have cleared entrance test for MD/MS courses conducted by MDU, Rohtak, in February, demanded that their counselling be done separately. Amit Narang, an employee of the HCMS, on Friday said successful HCMS doctors had submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in this regard. He said their precious academic time was being wasted and added that alleged charges of bungling were limited to open category. Eight such doctors met the Chief Minister with their demand and urged early counselling for their category. 



Carrying of arms banned
: District election officer-cum-deputy commissioner Devesh kumar here issued a notification on banning of all types of arms, ammunition and explosives etc. in the limits of entire Bilaspur district with immediate effect. This order had been passed with view to hold free and fair election and also to maintain peace and order during the parliamentary byelection to be held on May 22. This order had been passed under Section 144 of the CrPC and would remain in force till completion of the election procedure on May 27. 

Rattan Chand files nomination
: BSP candidate Rattan Chand, a resident of Nangal Chowk village of Dehra Tehsil, on Friday filed his nomination paper for the Hamirpur parliament byelection before the returning officer. 

Ban on sale of ripe fruits: Hamirpur deputy commissioner Nandita Gupta banned the sale of ripe or rotten fruits and vegetables in the district through a notification and ordered all shopkeepers to maintain cleanliness. She has ordered the sellers of ice cream, bottled water and cold drink to obtain certificate from a bacteriologist. 

Community hall inaugurated
: State Union minister for external affairs Anand Sharma on Friday inaugurated a community centre at Garkhal village constructed at a cost of Rs 1 lakh. He also inaugurated a panchayat bhawan at Shamti village near here for which he had contributed Rs 4 lakh from his MPLAD fund. Health minister Dr Rajiv Bindal, however, flayed the inauguration of the panchayat bhawan. He said it was yet to be completed and the panchayat had sought additional funds from him for its completion. The thin gathering at Garkhal and Solan was conspicuous by the absence of majority of the office-bearers of the DCC and Block Congress Committee owing allegiance to the former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.



MBBS student drowned
: Abdul Wasid, an MBBS student of Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Science (ASCOMS) drowned in Mansar lake in Samba district on Thursday evening, while taking a bath, official sources said. “A group of 10 medical students of ASCOMS had gone to Mansar for an outing and, while bathing in the lake, Abdul drowned,” police sources said. However, police parties rushed to the spot and with the help of the locals and civil defence divers, fished out the body. 

SI suspended: Sub-inspector Ajay Chib was suspended by Farooq Khan, DIG, Jammu-Kathua range, for allegedly beating up a Shiv Sena leader on Friday. Amit Chowhan, a Shiv Sena leader in his complaint alleged that the sub-inspector arrested him, thrashed him and later released him. Thereafter, the DIG suspended the SI and attached him with police lines. However, the SI has denied the allegations and said he had only questioned him. 

One held for extortion: The police arrested Noor Mohd for extorting hefty amount from people in Bhadwerwah tehsil of Doda district on Friday. The accused, a resident of Amritpura, was apprehended by the police for extorting hefty amount from people on the plea to appoint them in the government service. “The cheater extorted an amount of Rs 3,000 from one Ganesha Devi and Rs 3,300 from one Mohd Yousaf,” Manohar Singh, SSP, Doda said. “The cheater was associated with one Dazy, a resident of Basti, who is absconding. 


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