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Visited: 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 they would investigate the case and the report would come in two or three days.

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.

SAD hails decision: The district unit of Shiromani Akali Dal today welcomed the party’s decision to appoint Sukhbir Singh Badal as the deputy chief minister of Punjab. District general secretary Lakhvir Singh and president Jagdeep Singh Cheema said they would support Sukhbir Singh Badal as the deputy Chief Minister of Punjab in the future.

Union members to stage dharna:
The state secretary of the Punjab Ministerial Service Union in a press release here today said members of the union would stage a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday afternoon. The union is demanding an immediate implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission report. The union has also urged the Chief Minister to fulfill promises made in the party election manifesto of the SAD.

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.

Seminar: The department of pathology of the local government Medical College will be organising a seminar ‘Pathology update’ on Tuesday in which topics like diagnosis of cancer, early detection of liver cancer and types of bone cancer etc will be discussed. Speakers from the AIIMS, New Delhi, GMC, Bhopal, Maluana Azad Medical College and the local medical college will present their viewpoints.

Three injured in accident: Three people received injuries in an accident on Monday. The victims were travelling in a truck loaded with industrial goods. They were coming from Guwahati and were on way to Ludhiana. The truck banged into another truck that applied brakes all of a sudden. The injured have been identified as Jaswant Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Nirmal Singh. They all were rushed to local civil hospital. The police is investigating the matter.


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.

Fraud accused surrenders:
The accused of defrauding the Haryana State Roads and Bridges Development Corporation (HSRBDC) of crores of rupees surrendered before the police here today. The accused, Manoj Kumar, allegedly submitted fake fixed deposit receipt worth Rs 1.73 crore with the corporation against the security when he was declared as the highest bidder for toll collection. The police booked Manoj, a resident of Buland Shahr in UP, after the managing director of the HSRBDC lodged a complaint with the police in this regard on January 13.


Differently abled seek  BPL status:
Demanding BPL status, visually and physically disabled on Monday rued that they were kept out of various schemes for welfare of poor in spite of the fact that their plight was worse than that of BPL families. In a memorandum submitted to Deputy Commissioner BS Malik, they appreciated the allotment of 100 sq yards of plots to BPL families free of cost but rued the fact that they were not included under the scheme. They urged the government to provide free of cost water, electricity, bus travel and medical treatment besides increasing the monthly pension to Rs 2,000.

MC chief voted out
: Santosh Rani, municipal committee chief, Kalawali, was on Monday removed from her post by councillors. SDM, Sirsa, Harish Bhatia supervised the proceedings of the no-confidence vote. The MC chief and two supporter councillors abstained from the meeting.


Man dies:
Vijay Duggal, who used to run a crockery shop in the Indira Gandhi market, succumbed to his injuries at the Fortis hospital in Mohali today. He had reportedly fallen out from a private bus yesterday. The police has registered a case against the driver of the bus.

2 killed in accident:
Two persons were killed and one seriously injured when their car (HP-06-3776) skidded off the road last night at Shillikanni, 2 km from Narkanda. The deceased have been identified as Rajeev Thakur (26) and Sanjay (30), both residents of Vankoti village. Surjeet sustained serious injuries in the accident.

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).


MLAs to take oath today:
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and nine of his ministers, along with 77 others, will be administered oath as members of the 11th state Assembly tomorrow. “All arrangements have been made for the oath-taking ceremony which will be held in the Assembly hall from 10 hours onwards,” Secretary of the state Legislative Assmebly M Ramzan said here. Pro-tem Speaker Choudhary Mohammad Aslam will administer the oath to the newly elected members. The state Legislative Assembly at present consists of 89 members out of which 87 are elected and two are nominated. Among the political stalwarts taking oath as MLAs include three former Chief Ministers - Farooq Abdullah (NC), Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (PDP) and Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress, besides former Minister of State for Defence Chaman Lal Gupta of the BJP.

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.

One dies in road accident:
A student died when motorcycle he was riding on met with an accident near Sunderbani, here this evening. Police sources said Tariq Rather of Kandi, studying in Jammu, died in a road accident when his motorcycle hit by a lorry of the State Road Transport Corporation near the Thanda Pani area in Sunderbani here at 3 pm. The student was on his way from Jammu to his native place and died on the spot, they added.

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.

Former NC MLA joins PDP
: Former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said that the PDP would strive with peaceful and amicable settlement of the Kashmir issue by pursuing its self-rule agenda for peace in the region. He made this announcement at the joining of former NC MLA from Rajpora, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Mir, of the PDP here today. Mir and hundreds of his supporters joined the PDP. With the people reposing their faith in the PDP’s agenda for Kashmir resolution in the recent elections, it would be the party’s responsibility to safeguard their political and economic interests. The PDP had pursued its agenda of Kashmir resolution, whether in or outside the government, the Mufti said.

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.

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