Counselling schedule: Counselling for admission to MBA and MCA courses from Punjabi University, Patiala, will start from August 2. The detailed schedule of counselling, changes in seats and information about new institutues, is available on website www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in. Candidates are advised to come with all required documents and counselling fee of Rs 2,500 on the scheduled date based upon their marks in the entrance test.
Rotary president: Rotarian Balbir Singh was installed as president of the Rotary Club, SAS Nagar, in a well-attended function held at MIA Bhawan here on Tuesday. Rotarian Chetan Aggarwal, district governor-elect of Rotary District 3080 was the chief guest at the function. The president enumerated the various projects he will undertake, including polio plus, eye camp, blood donation camps, etc.
Payment awaited: Residents of Sarahan panchayat in Chamba district have expressed their resentment over the inordinate delay in making payments of their wages for which they have been waiting for the past one and a half year.The residents had worked as labourers on the Chamba-Jamuhar road which was constructed under the ”Prime Minister Gram Sarak Yojna”.
ITI candidates’ plea: ITI-trained candidates in the electronic trade have urged Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal that they should be considered for the posts of radio mechanic advertised by the Himachal Pradesh Service Selection Board. They said their course was more advanced than the qualifying course required for the post.
Religious ceremony: The Art of Living chapter, Hamirpur, organised the “Maharudrabhishek” ceremony in town hall on Wednesday. About 500 Shiv devotees participated in the ceremony.
CRPF jawan dies: A Cental Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan died near the Amarnath cave in south Kashmir on Wednesday, official sources said. Constable Ram Pratap Jat of the 40 Battalion of the CRPF was deployed at the shrine ever since the two-month-long pilgrimage commenced on June 18. Ram collapsed and died before he could be shifted to a medical camp. The cause of his death was being ascertained, sources added. Meanwhile, more than 50 persons, including three local residents, have died since the pilgrimage began. A majority of them died due to heart attack. More than 5 lakh pilgrims have so far visited the shrine from the Baltal and Pahalgam routes.
3 hurt in bear attack: Wild bears attacked and injured three persons, including two women in separate incidents in the Kashmir valley on Wednesday. Official sources said a bear suddenly appeared at a marriage function in Hatmulla in Kupwara district. As the guests ran for cover, the bear attacked two women - Gulshan Begum (28) and Khalida (30). However, the bear bounded away into the nearby forest. In another incident, a bear attacked one Abdul Rahim Lone near Sathran in Budgam. The injured had been hospitalised. More than 30 persons have been killed or wounded by wild animals since January this year.
Date extended for VAT return: The state government on Wednesday ordered Amendment of Rule 28 of the state’s Value Added Tax (VAT) rules. An official spokesman said the government had decided to extend the date of filing of returns by dealers for the first quarter of the year 2008-09 by a period of 30 days in view of extraordinary circumstances. The Chambers of Industries and Commerce, Jammu and Kashmir, had been pleading for this relief. Governor N.N. Vohra took a view on the demand and the decision was taken accordingly, the spokesman added.
Water supply scheme: Under the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) a water supply scheme is coming up in north Kashmir at a cost of Rs 3.61 crore. Chief engineer, Public Health Engineering (PHE), said the department had conceived the Gulshanabad-Maidanpora water scheme to augment water supply in the area. He said due to the increase in population, the demand for water had also increased. However, he denied the outbreak of any epidemic in Shahgund village and said the matter had been verified by the block medical officer, Hajjan. The chief engineer said as a precaution, the department had collected water samples from all sources of water supply in the area, and sent them for testing.
Challan against ex-engineer: The Vigilance has produced a challan against a former executive engineer and others in a local court in a corruption case.A Vigilance spokesman said the challan was produced in the court of Special Judge Anti-corruption, Kashmir, against Nazir Ahmad Shah, then executive engineer, Noor Mohammadd, then Storekeeper Roads and Buildings Division Sopore and about half a businessmen for misappropriation of Rs 6.34 lakh in purchase of stores at highly exorbitant rates. He said the officials have purchased plastic water storage tanks, paints, primer, warnish, distemper, rapidite and reflective road studs from these favourite dealers on highly exorbitant rates during the period 2001-2003.