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Stir by college teachers:
The federation of the teachers' unions of the universities and colleges has given a joint call to all the teachers working in government, private colleges and universities to stop work on February 27 and stage a dharna in their respective institution over the dilly-dallying by the Punjab government in implementing the revised payscales. Iqbal Singh Sandhu, president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, said the state government had failed to keep its word over approving the communication received from the Union Ministry of Human Resources in this regard. 

Service centre for farmers: IFFCO chairman Surinder Kumar Jakhar inaugurated the Farmers Service Centre of the Asia's biggest fertilizer cooperative in the new grain market. Pritam Singh Sidhu, joint general manager and Gian Singh Thind, state marketing manager of IFFCO and Mohkam Singh, adviser to the IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Ltd, were also present. 

GND varsity Registrar:
Dr Gurnam Singh will take charge of Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, on February 27. Dr RS Bawa, Registrar, will resume services with his parent department, Punjab School of Economics of GND varsity. Dr Gurnam is also Professor in charge Controller of Examination.

Telegram sent to PM: President of the SGPC Avtar Singh on Monday sent telegrams to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram seeking a meeting to apprise them of the sentiments of the Sikhs over the Haryana government’s move to establish a separate gurdwara committee.

Rally held:
To press for their demands, the Punsup Employees Union held a rally in front of its office here on Wednesday. Daljit Singh, district president of the union, urged the Punsup management to accept their long pending demands, adding, “otherwise, we would hold a huge state-level rally in Chandigarh on March 10.” 

4 IAS officers shifted:
The Punjab government on Tuesday transferred four IAS officers. JM Balamurugan is new Special Secretary, Finance; Baldeo Purushartha becomes Additional Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice; Dilraj Singh goes as Deputy Director, Colonisation, in addition to being joint secretary, Housing and Urban Development. TK Goyal besides his present post of Joint Secretary, Welfare and additional charge of Joint MD, Punjab State Warehousing Corporation, will now hold the additional charge of Land Acquisition Collector, Director, Industries, and Commerce.

Transfers: The government on Wednesday ordered the transfer of IAS officers and PCS officers. Manashvi Kumar has been transferred and posted as ADC (Dev) Roopnagar while Kavita Mohan Singh Chouhan becomes ADC Hoshiarpur. Inderjit Singh Sandhu has been posted as Additional Secretary, Medical Education and Research, in addition Addl. Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, while Gurwaryam Singh, Joint Director (Admn), Information and Public Relations, Punjab, and ex-officio Joint Secretary gets additional charge of Executive Director, BACKFINCO, and in addition Joint Secretary, Political. 

Screening panel hailed: Senior Congress leader and Pradesh Congress vice-president MM Singh Cheema has welcomed the decision of the Congress high command to form a high-powered screening committee to screen the probable state Lok Sabha candidates under the chairmanship of Janardan Dwivedi, along with Kumari Selja, state Legislative Party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and PPCC president Mohinder Singh Kaypee. 

Bar association:
The Sardoolgarh Bar Association celebrated its third anniversary on Wednesday. The bhog of Akhand Path was performed on the occasion. Sessions judge Bhupinder Singh, Justice H.S. Garewal, Zila Parishad chairman Dilraj Singh Bhunder and district president of the Bar Association Sarbjeet Singh Garewal congratulated the advocates. Dilraj Singh Bhunder assured that funds would be provided for the judicial court. President of the Bar Association Baljeet Singh Sandhu proposed the vote of thanks.

CPI berates Cong, SAD: "Both SAD and Congress have no issues to present before the people,” said Hardev Singh Arshi, CPI candidate from the Bathinda constituency while addressing public meetings in Mansa today. Giving an example, Arshi said the SAD (B) had given tickets to Hans Raj Hans from Jalandhar and Gurcharan Singh Galib from Ludhiana. Arshi addressed meetings in villages Kulana, Satike Jalwera, Sangreri, Akabarpur Khudal, Kahangarh, Baksiwala and Bareta. Amoung others who addressed the meetings were Master Balbir Singh Mandran, Harpreet Piari, Surinder Goga, Amolak Singh and Gurdeep Singh Heera.



Sports quota:Nine students have been selected while other two have been kept in the waiting list during the trials for the sports quota conducted by Saupin’s School, Sector 32. They are Siddharth, Nawal Kishore, Jaswinder, Rohan, Pavleen, Parvesh, Nipun, Shubham and Kanav. Standby: Vivek and Nivesh.



Two arrested:
The district police has arrested two persons, who had taken delivery of rice worth Rs 5,62,500 from a Cheeka rice miller by allegedly forging documents. The accused have been sent in a two-day police remand. SP Sultan Singh said Amar Lal had alleged that a man claiming to be the proprietor of Messers Mahabir Food Corporation, Delhi, came to him on January 25 and purchased 409 bags of basmati rice. He made the payment through a cheque, which bounced. After investigations, the police arrested Rajinder Kumar Khatri, a resident of Delhi, and Om Parkash Khatri of Jind, from Sonepat district. 

14-yr-old sodomised:
A 14-year-old boy of Gandra village had been allegedly sodomised by three persons of the same village. The victim alleged that Anil, Krishan and Rajender took him near a tubewell on February 20 and sodomised him. The accused have been booked under Sections 337 and 34-B of the IPC. 



Office-bearers elected:
The following have been elected as the office-bearers of the Safai Karamchari Union, Jammu Municipal Corporation. Chief patron: Vijay Chandel; chairman: George Burette; co-chairman: David Mattoo; vice-chairmen: Shehzedi Gill and Jongidro; president: Jagdish Khokhar; senior vice-presidents: Ajeet Gill, Koushalaya and Mangat Ram; vice-presidents: Surinder Bhatti and Jugnu; senior general secretaries: Jarnail Khokher and Shiv Kumar; secretaries: Jung Bahadur and Kiran and office secretaries: Balbira, Raj and Krishna 

Drama festival: As many as 18 scripts have been submitted by various cultural groups for scrutiny for the coming annual drama festival of the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. Eight scripts are in Dogri, five in Hindi, four Punjabi and one in Kashmiri. The academy would shortlist the best plays for the finals.

Eid, Holi holidays in varsity: Jammu University will remain closed from March 9 to 15 in the wake of Holi and Eid Millad. As per the varsity authorities, Holi would be celebrated from March 9 to 12, whereas Eid Millad would be celebrated on March 13. However, March 14 and 15 being Saturday and Sunday, respectively, are holidays as per the varsity calendar. Therefore, the varsity would resume its functioning from March 16. 


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