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Regular BPEO for Abohar:
The ad-hocism that haunted the office of the block primary education office in block-1 here for last few years came to an end with the appointment of Shyam Sunder Sharma as a regular BPEO by the Department of Elementary Education, Punjab, vide a letter issued in the last week of August. The district president of the Democratic Teachers’ Front, Sushil Dhawan, and Gurmail Singh Burjan, general secretary of the district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta Ugrahan, while welcoming the appointment, hoped the step would help in redressing the grievances of scores of teachers suffering for a long time.

Meat shops closed today:
On the occasion of Samvatsari, a festival of the Jain community, deputy commissioner R.L. Mehta has ordered closure of meat shops and slaughter houses in the villages and cities of the district on Thursday.

Committee formed:
The vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Jaspal Singh, has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Dr Jodh Singh, editor-in-chief of Encyclopaedia of Sikhism, for the maintenance of the university’s museum and the invaluable manuscripts preserved there.

SBoP bags award: The State Bank of Patiala has conferred a National award for excellence in lending on the basis of micro enterprises by the ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), union government. This is awarded among the associate banks of SBI, based on their performance in lending to micro enterprises during the year 2007-08. The award was received by A.C. Varma, Managing director of the bank.

Appointed: Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, has appointed Dr M.S. Saini, dean, research, and head, department of zoology as dean, academic affairs, of the university for a period of one year. Dr Sucha Singh Gill, former DAA, has been appointed dean, research, in Dr Saini’s place till June 30, 2009.

Shan-e-Patiala award: National Theatre Arts Society today conferred “Shan-e-Patiala” award to seven persons in a ceremony at Dr Khushdeva Ashram for their devotion and contribution to society especially for caring leprosy patients and garden theatre movement.

Shopkeeper robbed:
Robbers took away Rs 23,000 from a shopkeeper after seriously injuring him near Kungran village late on Tuesday night. The victim, Swaran Singh of Kungran village, was returning home from Shekhupura village when two unidentified persons attacked him with sticks. They beat him up mercilessly and took away the cash. The shopkeeper had borrowed the money from someone for the construction of his shop. Some passersby rushed Swaran Singh to civil hospital. His condition is stated to be normal. A case has been registered at Sadar police station.



V.K. Bector has been elected president of the Jan Kalyan Cooperative Group Housing Society Ltd, Saaketri. Other office bearers elected in a unanimous election include P.S. Bajaj as vice-president, Sumanjeet Kaur as cashier and I.C. Dharmani as secretary.



Sarpanch suspended:
The deputy commissioner suspended the sarpanch of Kasni village, which falls under the Dadri block, Sunil Kumar, under the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act on Tuesday. The order was issued after taking cognisance of the inquiry report conducted against the sarpanch. The sarpanch was barred from attending any meeting of the panchayat under Section 51-2 of the Panchayati Raj Act.

Janhit Cong meeting:
The supremo of the Haryana Janhit Congress Kuldeep Bishnoi has said after coming to power his party will provide employment to at least one member of each family and development will be made in every nook and corner of the state and it will not be confined to any particular region. He said this while addressing a party public meeting at Cheeka Mandi here on Tuesday. The meeting was organised by Naresh Dhandey, son of late Amarsingh Dhandey, former MLA from Guhla here.

Factory worker killed:
A factory worker Jog Bahadur was killed on the spot when he was reportedly hit by a vehicle on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Asalwas village, 12 km from here, on Tuesday. He hailed from Nepal. The mishap occurred when he was going to the factory to work in its second shift. The police has registered a case in this regard.

Panch murdered: Naresh Kumar (26), a panch of the Karawara Manakpur village panchayat, near here, was allegedly done to death by some assailants, who threw his body behind Government Primary School of the village after committing the crime on Monday. The police recovered the body on Tuesday. A postmortem was conducted at the civil hospital here by a board of two doctors, who reportedly opined that Naresh Kumar’s death was caused by inflicted injuries.

Rai school principal to be honoured:
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to confer the award “Teacher of the year 2007” on the principal of the Motilal Nehru School of Sports (MNSS), Rai (Sonepat), Capt V.K. Verma (retd). The award, which comprises a certificate of commendation, Rs 25,000 and a shawl, will be presented to him by union minister for human resources Arjun Singh at a function in New Delhi on Thursday. Before taking over as MNSS principal, Capt Verma was principal of Sainik School, Kunjpura, and Sainik School, Nagrota.



Copter service:
The state government on Tuesday launched a helicopter service for the pilgrims to the Manimahesh lake here. The copter service here was launched for the first time. The helicopter would stay at Bharmour till September 8.

Injured boy dies:
Kulwant, who was critically injured in a bus mishap on Tuesday, succumbed to his injuries while being shifted from the local district hospital to the PGI, Chandigarh. While Shashi was killed on the spot when an HRTC bus collided with a water tanker near Garsad, Kulwant and Akshay Kumar were critically injured.

Pradhan arrested:
Ravi Kumar, the pradhan of Ansoli village, was arrested on Tuesday, as some bags of government cement were recovered from his possession, the police said here on Tuesday. Following a tip-off, the police raided Ravi Kumar’s house and seized some bags of government cement. A case under Section 411 of the IPC was registered against him.

2 die in mishap:
Two persons were killed and five seriously injured when a truck laden with apple boxes rolled down a khud near Khagna in Chopal subdivision on Tuesday. The truck was on its way to Azadpur Mandi, Delhi. Driver of the truck Sohan Lal and Arun Thakur of Chopal died on the spot. The injured have been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College.

Relief for flood victims: The Himachal Red Cross Society is running a flood relief centre at its headquarters here to raise donations for the help of Bihar flood victims. U.S. Thakur, the secretary of the society, said cheques were being collected at its office in Chotta Shimla so that maximum help could be extended to the victims. Meanwhile, the officers and employees of the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board have decided to donate their one-day salary to help the victims.

One-time relaxation: The Himachal Pradesh Headmaster-cum-Principal Association has urged the government to give one-time relaxation so that the school cadre vacant posts of additional director and joint director could be filed. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Jiwan Sharma, the senior vice-president of the association, said the vacant posts could be filled through one-time relaxation in recruitment and promotion rules.

Death mourned: A full court reference to mourn the demise of Justice R.S. Thakur, former judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, was held on the premises of the court on Tuesday. The Chief Justice of the high court, Jagdish Bhalla, said Justice Thakur was a person of dynamic vision. Advocate-general of the state R.K. Bawa, chairman of the Bar Council of the state Ramakant Sharma, president of the Bar Balbir Chauhan and assistant solicitor-general of India Sandeep Sharma also read out their condolence massages. Two minutes silence was also observed.



Cop stabbed:
A constable was seriously wounded after being stabbed by a youth in the Gangyal area on the city outskirts, official sources said here on Wednesday. Sonu Raina of Channi Himmat, who was posted in IRP 3rd Battalion, entered into an oral dual with Vikramjit Singh Gangyal on Tuesday night, the police said. Following the altercation, Vikramjit Singh allegedly stabbed the police constable, critically injuring him.

Pilgrim dies: A pilgrim who was on his way to Mata Vaishno Devi died in Reasi district on Wednesday. The deceased, Vijay Kumar, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, died of a severe heart attack at Vaishno Devi Bhawan, officials said. The body had been handed over to his family members after a post-mortem.

One hurt in blast:
One Sajid Mehmud was injured in a blast at Shahdara Sharief bus stand, around 30 km from here, this morning. Resident of Hasplote near Thanamandi, the youth sustained multiple splinter injuries. He was rushed to sub-district hospital at Thanamandi from where the doctors referred him to district hospital here, sources said.

Sarin swearing-in as CJ today:
Justice Manmohan Sarin will be sworn in as the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday, official sources said on Wednesday. Justice Sarin, senior most Judge of the Delhi High Court, will be administered the oath of office by Governor N.N. Vohra at Raj Bhavan, the sources said. Justice Sarin will be the 26th Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court and replaces K S Radhakrishnan. The 62-year-old Sarin enrolled himself as an advocate in 1979 and became an Additional Judge in 1995. He became a Judge of the Delhi High Court in 1996.

Counting of votes on Sept 5: The counting of ballots cast in the polling to elect a new 24-member Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) will be held on September 5 an official spokesman said on Wednesday. The fate of 72 candidates, including nine from the National Conference and three from the Congress, will be decided that day, Kargil deputy commissioner, Satish Nehru said.


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