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Refresher course rescheduled
: The Academic Staff College of Guru Nanak Dev University has rescheduled a three-week refresher course in economics to be held from June 7 to 27. Now the course will be held from June 17 to July 7. Stating this, Dr H.S. Bhatia, director, Academic Staff College, said Dr S.S. Dhillon, professor of the Punjab School of Economics, had been appointed subject coordinator of the course.

GND varsity entrance test: Guru Nanak Dev University will conduct entrance test for five-year integrated MBA and MCA courses on July 4 for admissions to MBA and MCA at university college, Jalandhar, and for MBA at ASSM College, Mukandpur. Prospectus will be available from June 5 at the university or its campus at Basti Nau, Jalandhar, and also at Mukandpur (Nawanshahr). The last date to apply for the test is June 27. 

Devotees to protest at Katra: A delegation of devotees from the city will hold a protest at Katra in Jammu and Kashmir against the decision of the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to charge fee from the devotees for paying obeisance at the shrine. Prof Darbari Lal, former deputy speaker, said here on Wednesday that the decision of the board was an expression of autocracy. 

AISSF plea on rally: The AISSF has urged members of all panthic organisations to participate in large numbers in the Khalsa Insaaf March to observe the Operation Bluestar anniversary on June 6. 

: Pump operator Surinder Singh deployed at Banur Market Committee was suspended for submitting a fake certificate 23 years ago. The matter came into the notice of the committee officials around a month ago when Jaspal Singh complained to the department alleging that Surinder had submitted a fake certificate of Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Chandigarh, to get the job. 

: The Punjab Students’ Union has strongly criticised the postponing of the computer internship examination of the ITI students for the third time consecutively. District president of the union Pardeep Kasba said first, the university had fixed April 25 as a date of the examination. However, later the date was postponed to May 7 and then to May 31. Kasba said with the continuous postponing of the exams, the students grew frustrated. He apprehended that it may affect their performance in the exam. He said the union demanded that the examination was conducted at the earliest. 

Bereaved: Former chairmen of the local Improvement Trust, Sukhmahinder Singh and Rupinder Singh Sandhu, were bereaved as their mother Gurdial Kaur (88) died on Tuesday evening after a brief illness.

: As many as 15 panchayat secretaries have complained against the behavior of their area block development panchayat officer (BDPO) to the Punjab rural development and panchayat minister Ranjit Singh Brahmpura. They alleged that the BDPO was not behaving well with the staff. They also leveled serious allegations against him and demanded immediate action against the BDPO. 

BPEO suspended
: Block Primary Education Officer, Fazilka- 2, Ram Krishan Dhunkian, was suspended on Wednesday. According to district education officer (elementary), Ferozepur, Bashpinder Kaur, Dhunkian had been suspended on the instructions of director general of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Punjab. There were allegation of irregularities under the Parho Punjab project of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. The DEO stated that detailed causes of suspension would be known on the receipt of the charge sheet. On the other hand, the suspended BPEO could not be contacted as his cell phone was switched off.  

Council consultor
: Spokesperson for the city diocese Father Franco Mulakkal has been appointed consultor of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. He will leave for his new job at Vatican City on Saturday. The 50-member council works for promoting dialogue with the followers of other religions. 

Body found
: Body of a youth was found at Dussehra grounds on Wednesday morning. There were no injury marks on the body. The deceased was identified as Harjit Singh alias Bhola, a resident of Kharar near Jain Mandir. His father Kesar Singh told the police that Harjit was an addict and often remained away from home without any prior information. He was missing since the past three days. The body has been sent for postmortem to the Kharar Civil Hospital. 

Demolition drive: Around a decade old encroachments in Kharar grain market were razed on Tuesday morning. In a special drive, the market committee officials and police officials razed around 15 encroachments, wherein vegetable dealers had encroached upon the auction platform of the market. 

MoU signed: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Prof Caroline Gipps, vice-chancellor, Wolverhampton University, UK, and Manjit Singh, executive director of Doaba Group of Colleges (DGC) for faculty exchange programme, joint research projects and admission to students for different courses. 

Hike in fuel price flayed
: Leaders of different political parties criticised the central government’s move of raising the fuel prices. CPI (ML) leaders, Bhagwant Singh and Sukhcharan Singh, Radical People Forum’s Jaspal Kokhar and Sukhdarshan Natt, and CPI district secretary Buta Singh said that the government was not trying to find an alternative of raising the oil prices. They alleged that all this had been happening due to the pro-American policies of the government. CPM leader Kulwinder Singh said that with the hike in oil prices, the poor and common people would face more difficulties in this tight economic scenario. 

New plant commissioned
: DSM Anti Infectives commissioned its new plant ‘Jasmine’ today. Gerard de-Reuver, President, DSM Anti Infectives Limited, inaugurated the plant. Officials claimed that the project had been completed in record time of six months and with the investment of about Rs 25 million. 



Youth found dead
: The body of a youth, who died under mysterious circumstances, was found lying in Phase VI here on Tuesday. According to the police, Satinder Singh (22), a resident of Phase IX, had left home in the morning to go to a polytechnic institute. He was doing a diploma course there. But later, the police recovered his body and sent it to the civil hospital for a postmortem. 



: NC Jain has joined as general manager of Punjab National Bank, Haryana and Chandigarh, replacing R.K. Gupta who has been transferred to the head office, New Delhi. He was posted as the general manager in charge, Punjab north zone, Amritsar. 

CM’s concern over climatic changes
: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday expressed concern over climatic changes and urged people to examine the state of environment and pool their strengths to protect the environment. In a message issued here on the eve of World Environment Day, the Chief Minister said the day was celebrated every year to create awareness about environmental issues. 



Draughtsmen to approach pay panel
: Draughtsmen of various states of the region will present a joint representation to the Sixth Pay Commission about their long-pending problems. State draughtsmen union president Manjeet Pathania said here on Wednesday that this was decided at a joint meeting of the state unions of Himachal, Chandigarh and Punjab in Chandigarh on Tuesday. The meeting adopted resolutions, demanding that pay scales of various categories of draughtsmen should be upgraded. 

Protest: The state government class IV employees led by their leaders Amar Singh Chandel, Nand Kishore Thakur, Bhuri Singh and P.S. Bains held a demonstration through bazars here on Wednesday. They protested against injustice done to them by the Sixth Pay Commission. The demonstrators presented a memorandum to the DC for forwarding it to the Prime Minister which pleaded that all class IV employees should get at least Rs 10,000 as minimum monthly salary. 

Proposal resented: Prominent BJP leader and zila parishad member Neena Kaushal expressed resentment against the government’s move to scrap Hindi stenography training in Government Industrial Training Institute, Bilaspur. She urged the Chief Minister to look into this matter personally and ensure that such a move is dropped at the earliest. Hindi stenography classes are held only at three government institutes in the state at Shimla, Shahpur and Bilaspur. The present move is due to the pressure of some private operators, who have started these classes in their institutes. 

SBI honours students
: Ten meritorious students of local Government Girls Senior Secondary School were given a cash prize of Rs 1,001 each at a prize distribution function held at the school premises under the aegis of Chamba branch of the SBI on Wednesday. Deputy director of Secondary Education Dharam Singh gave away cash awards and certificates to these students. They ranked at best positions in class XII examination in various streams of state education board. 

Painting competition
: Sonali Minhas won the painting competition organised by Mount Carmel School, Gaggal, in the global warming category. The other winners in the category were Rohitash, Mandeep and Swati goel. While in the deforestation category, Munish Kumar came first, Shitanshu second, Akansha third and Janiksha stood fourth. 

Man crushed to death
: Mehar Singh, a PWD beldaar, was crushed to death by a truck (HP-51-B-3846) around 4:30 p.m. on the Sobenmajra-Baruna link road on Wednesday evening. The accident took place when the deceased was engaged in laying a road. Mehar Singh was killed on the spot. 



2 die in mishaps
: A police constable, Showkat Ahmad, was critically wounded when he fell down from a running Gypsy at Badgam in the central Kashmir on Tuesday. He was immediately shifted to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura, where he died. A minor, Zahid Ahmad Sheikh, was killed on the spot when a tipper hit him in Ganaie Mohalla in the Badgam district on Tuesday. 

Relief for Army-torture victims: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday recommended the ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of three persons allegedly tortured to death in Gandoh of Doda district by Army personnel eight years ago. SHRC acting chairman Habibullah Bhat also recommended filing of cases against the accused Armymen. According to a complaint filed by Naveeda Begum, Fatima Begum and Sheema, their husbands Abdul Majid, Abdul Rashid and Mohammed Amin died following severe torture. 

Revival of marble industries: The state government had decided to revive the functioning of marble industries in the state, minister for industries and commerce Nawang Rigzin Jora said. An official spokesman here on Wednesday said Jora during an interaction with the representatives of the Marble Industries Association (MIA) assured them that all possible measures would be taken for the revival of the industry since it was fetching a good income to the state. 

Two arrested: Two persons were arrested here on Wednesday for abetting a minor boy to withdraw Rs 2.5 lakh from his father’s account by stealing his ATM card. Dilawar Ahmad Mir (12) had gone missing from his locality in Chanapora area of the city on May 29, following which, his father Khursheed Ahmad Mir lodged an FIR, a police spokesman said. 

12 cattle die in flood: At least 12 cattle died while 15 structures and a school building were damaged in a flash flood in south Kashmir, official sources said on Wednesday. They said water of Veshaw nallah entered Khud Hanjiora village in south Kashmir, Kulgam, after a breach in irrigation canal, following heavy rains in the entire area. However, residents were immediately rescued and taken to safer places, but 12 cattle died. 


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