DEO visits school: The district education officer (DEO) visited the Government Senior Secondary School, Mubarikpur, on Monday where they recorded the statements of the staff and students to verify the case. Neranjan Singh, DEO, said the statements of the principal, teachers and students were recorded. He said they would investigate the case and the report would come in two or three days.
Kang felicitated: Kiranbir Singh Kang, president of the Youth Akali Dal, was felicitated at a special function held at Kochar Market Chowk, Modelgram, here today. Parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda and Member of Parliament Sharanjit Singh Dhillon were also present on the occasion. Accepting the “Shiropa” Kang said, “All hard working youth members will be aptly rewarded with suitable positions in the youth wing of the party.”
Sports festival from Jan 21: A sports festival at Banohar village near here will be organised by the Panchayati Raj Sports Club with the help of the residents of the area, from January 21 to 24. The main games of the festival will be football, kabaddi and athletics. An exhibition kabaddi match between Punjab and Haryana girls’ teams will be the main highlight on January 22.
Honoured: Parul Joshi a student of Government Polytechnic for Women, Sector10, has topped in the region in three years diploma course in the modern office practices. She scored 83 per cent. The college recently honoured her with a gold medal and certificate.
Selected: Dr Sumeet Chugh, who graduated from Government Medical College, Patiala, in 1988, has been selected as a Prof and associate director of the Heart Institute and director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles. He is an expert in the treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities and is leading a research on sudden cardiac arrest.
Gear up for poll, Cong tells workers: Chief organiser of the All-India Congress Sewa Dal Mohinder Joshi today called upon party men to make all-out efforts to apprise the people about the achievements of the UPA government and ensure victory of the party in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls by working at the polling booth level. Addressing a meeting of Sewa Dal functionaries here today, he said winning the election was important for carrying forward programmes started by the Congress-led government for the uplift of the people. He advised party men not to run after organisational posts and, instead, prove their worth by selfless service. He said social work should be the priority with the Sewa Dal volunteers.
2 IPS officers promoted:
The government today promoted two IPS officers,
R.L. Sood and S.B. Negi to the post of Inspector General of Police. Sood who was presently serving as DIG (Prisons) has been promoted as
IG. Negi who was currently posted as DIG (P), Administration, at the state police headquarters here has been promoted to the post of IG and posted as IG (CID).
Lawyers suspend work: The lawyers at Jammu courts today suspended their work on a call given by the Bar Association of India against amendments being made to the Indian Penal Code. “The Bar Association of Jammu in support of the demand of the Bar Association of India, has decided to restrain from working in courts,” Sunil Sethi, president, Jammu Bar Association said here today. “As the BAJ has decided to go on strike against the amendments in the India Penal Code, we have decided to support their call,” Sethi added. According to the proposed amendments in the Act, which has received the President’s assent, no arrest would be required for cognizable offences such as molestation, dowry harassment and attempt to robbery, prescribing maximum punishment of seven years in jail.
Python attacks girl, kin: Villagers on Monday killed a python and saved a three-year-old girl from its clutches in the outskirts of Jammu city, the police said. The 12-feet-long and 10-inch-wide python entered the compound of a house in Devasthal village in Nagorta tehsil. It then attacked Jano when she was playing in the compound. The police said the constrictor also tried to entangle her uncle Ravi Sharma as he tried to set the girl free. On hearing the commotion, neighbours rushed to the place set both victims free. Later, the villagers killed the python.
Ammunition seized in Rajouri: Security forces busted a militant hideout and seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, including a Chinese pistol in the Dharamsal area of Rajouri district, official sources here said on Monday. “Based on specific information, a joint operation was launched by the troops of BSF 58 Battalion, the police in Mehola Keri and Bajimal forest areas of Dharamshal,’’ official sources said. “One Chinese Pistol, two pistol magazines with ten Pistol rounds, nine AK 47 RDS, one Binocular and a bag were seized from a cave like structure covered by bushes,’’ they said.
LeT militant held: A self-styled tehsil commmander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit has been arrested in Doda district. On a tip-off that the ultra, Imtiyaz Ahmed, alias Saidullahwas, planning an attack in Bhaderwah town in the district, a police team intercepted him on Sunday night, a senior police official said on Monday. A Chinese pistol, a hand grenade and six rounds were seized from him.’ Imtiyaz is a confidant of self-styled LeT district commander Ashiq Husain.
Burglary at Sufi shrine: Burglars struck at the revered shrine of Sain Wali Dad in the Bathian area in Thanamandi and reportedly decamped with around Rs 40,000 on Sunday night, Police sources said. They added that three years back a similar burglary had taken place in the shrine but the management committee of the shrine had allegedly hushed up the matter. A case has been registered.
Accidental fire kills woman: A woman was killed when the service rifle of Special Police Officer (SPO) went off accidentally in Kupwara district, official sources said on Monday. The woman, identified as Janti Begum, died on the spot when she was hit by a bullet from the service rifle of SPO Wali Mohammad Khan at Cheerkote-Rajwar in the Handwara area, the sources said. The sources said preliminary investigations revealed that the SPO’s rifle went off accidentally causing the death of the woman. The police has registered a case and further investigations are on, the sources said.
New SBI branch at Johri: Chief Secretary Indu Kumar Pandey today inaugurated a new branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) at Johri village, near Dehradun. Mahip Kumar, deputy general manager (DGM) and YK Loomba, assistant general manager (AGM), assured the chief secretary that best banking services would be provided to customers of the area. NC Pant, general manager (administration) of the bank, MLA Jot Singh Gunsola and other prominent residents of the area were present on the occasion.
New director in Feb:
Sudhir Vasudeva will take over as director (Offshore) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) from February 1, 2009. He succeeds NK Mitra who will retire on January 31. Sudhir Vasudeva’s appointment was formalised by the government on January 16.
Sudhir Vasudeva is a chemical engineer and also holds a post-graduate diploma in management. After joining ONGC as an executive trainee in 1976, he steadily worked his way up with majority of his assignments in offshore oil-fields.
Known across ONGC for his team management capabilities, Vasudeva brings not just fresh blood in the ONGC Board, but a fast-track decision making approach. He was steering the Offshore Joint Venture segment of ONGC’s operations till now.