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New heads appointed: GND University has appointed six new heads of the departments of chemistry, laws, biotechnology, Guru Nanak Studies and mathematics at the university regional campus, Gurdaspur. According to a notification issued by registrar RS Bawa, Subodh Kumar Aggarwal, Dr Jaspal Singh, Dr Partap Kumar Pati, Dr Gursharanjit Singh, Dr Pawan Kumar and Dr Amrik Singh are the new heads.

Bir Devinder to meet Capt: Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh on Wednesday said he would meet Capt Amarinder Singh if he was given a ticket to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said since Amarinder was the chairperson of the state campaigning committee for the LS elections, he would meet the Captain to seek support for campaign. He was addressing mediapersons at Anandpur Sahib after visiting Changar villages.

Sacked member restored: President Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Mohinder Singh Kaypee has restored the primary membership of advocate Manjit Singh Jhalbuti of Mansa, who was expelled in February 2007. According to Raj Pal Singh, general secretary, PPCC, Manjit Singh and Parkash Chand Badal, along with hundreds of supporters, on Wednesday reposed their faith in the policies and programmes of the party under the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.



Dairy looted of Rs 2.96 lakh
: Around Rs 2,96,000 were looted on gunpoint from Param Dairy near the Sona Chowk here today. The shopkeeper told the police that two persons came to the shop and asked if he required canter for carrying milk. When he refused they returned. But they returned after sometime and looted the shop at gunpoint. A case has been registered against unknown persons.


Suspended: Deputy Commissioner-cum-district collector Amar Singh Rathore has placed field kanungo Nand Lal Sharma of Ajmerpur under suspension. An order issued here on Wednesday said a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against him.

Teachers’ demand: The private schools in the state have demanded that the selection of teachers for various national and state awards should be made from among those working in private affiliated schools of the state. The demand was raised at a meeting of managers of private schools of the state at Jawalamukhi on Wednesday. They said there should be universalisation of sports and the students of the private schools should also be allowed to participate as per government sports calendar.

Rau, Dhumal greet people
: Himachal Pradesh Governor Prabha Rau and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal have greeted the people of the state on the New Year eve. The Governor and the Chief Minister, in their messages, wished a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year to the people.

Foundation stone laid: Education Minister ID Dhiman on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the University Model School at the Himachal Pradesh University here. He stressed the need for value-based education, including moral and social values, among the youth. He said efforts were on to provide quality infrastructure in all educational institutions along with qualified teaching staff.

ATM opened: State Bank of India on Wednesday opened its first ATM at Theog, about 45 km from here. This is the 50th ATM of the bank has in the state. Keshav Ram, the oldest customer of the bank and president of the Theog bar association, inaugurated the ATM.

Result declared: The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission has declared the results of the screening test for the posts of lecturers (college cadre) in commerce, sociology and education subjects. The tests were held on December 26-28 for the subjects. The results can be seen on the website of the commission: www.himachal.nic.in/hppsc. A copy of the result has also been displayed on the notice board of the commission.

Legal literacy camp: The District Legal Services Authority organised a micro legal literacy camp on the premises of Shiv Temple here on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering, Civil Judge-cum-JMIC Pankaj Gupta explained about aims and objects of the Micro Legal Literacy Scheme and said these camps would be organised in jails, hospitals, religious places, schools, colleges, and market places. He said these camps would help to create awareness among the public about their constitutional and legal rights.

One dies in mishap@@KANGRA: One person was killed and another injured when two motorcycles coming from opposite direction on Thursday evening had a head on collision on the Pathankot-Mandi National Highway at Kachari, the police said. Ajay Kumar Awasthi, a resident of Pahara village of Palampur, was on way to Palampur from Matour on his motorcycle (HP37B-7111) and Omkar Chand Saini, a resident of Kachari, was coming from opposite direction on his motorcycle (HP40-9478) when the collision took place. Ajay Awasthi died on way to tanda hospital and the other injured is fighting for his life. The police has registered a case. — OC@@@@Three injured@@NURPUR: Three persons were injured in a clash between customers and owner of a restaurant, which took place on Wednesday night over giving tip to a waiter. According to the police which has lodged cross FIRs following complaints from both parties, complainant Sandip Pathania of Bassa Waziran village along with his friends were enjoying party in Grand View Hotel, near Niazpur. He was asked to pay tip to the waiter, which led to the clash. The complainant alleged that hotel owner Ranju Pathania attacked with sharp-edged weapon injuring his friends. His motorcycle was also set ablaze and thrown in the roadside gorge. — OC@@@@Office-bearers@@NURPUR: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local bar association unanimously. President Shiv Sharma, vice-president RN Raina, general secretary Ghian Singh Thakur, finance secretary Sunil Dutt and joint secretary Som Raj Chowdhary. — OC



2 killed, 27 hurt in mishaps
: Two persons were killed and 27 injured in different road accidents in Jammu region for the last 24 hours, the police here said on Wednesday. “Two persons died on the spot when a tanker, which was on its way from Chenani to Dhanas, rolled down about 400 feet deep, near Hanuman Mandir, Tawi Bridge at Chenani,” the police said. The deceased have been identified as Vijay Kumar (driver) of Pakhlai and Kaka of Mir, Panchairi. In another incident, four persons were injured when a tempo traveller met with an accident at Draba. Twentythree persons sustained injuries in different road mishaps and were admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu.

Police trainee found dead: A trainee of the Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA) was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a hotel in Udhampur district on Tuesday, the police said here on Wednesday. “A trainee of the SKPA identified as Sham Lal of tehsil Kawa, was found dead in a city hotel at Udhampur under suspicious circumstances,” the police said. The cause of death, however, was yet to be ascertained while case has been registered.

2 held, poppy seized: Two narcotic smugglers have been reportedly arrested by the police along with 25 kg of poppy straw from Trikuta Nagar locality of winter capital. “Based on specific information, the police laid a nakka on Tuesday night near Trikuta Nagar and intercepted a vehicle. During frisking, 25 kg of poppy straw (bhukki) was seized from inside the vehicle,” the police sources said. The accused identified as Raj Kumar and Bunty Kumar, both residents of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, were arrested on the spot.

1 killed in clash
: A man has been reportedly killed in a clash between two rival groups at Kokernag in south Kashmir. Official sources said two groups clashed with each other at Kandi Kote village, Kokernag, in Anantnag district on Tuesday night. In the clash, Abdul Rashid Wani was critically injured as he was hit on the head. He was admitted to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura, where he succumbed to his injuries. A case has been registered.

Lok Adalats: Encouraged by the easy and early settlement of cases, pending for decades, more people are now approaching the Lok Adalats in the Kashmir valley. According to official reports, two Lok Adalats settled as many as 276 cases amicably during a daylong hearing on Tuesday.

2 killed, 4 houses gutted: Two persons were killed while four houses were gutted in the Kashmir valley on Tuesday. Sources on Wednesday said a vehicle hit and wounded Pakeeza at Singhpora, Pattan, on the Srinagar-Uri road. She was rushed to the hospital where she was declared brought dead. A Gypsy hit and injured a motorcyclist Abdul Rashid Khan at Athwajan on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. He was shifted to hospital where he was also declared brought dead. They said four houses were gutted in a fire at Magray Mohalla Dawar in border town of Gurez on Tuesday.

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