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Campus placement:
The Delonti IT Services, a US-based company, carried out a campus recruitment drive at Guru Gobind Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Talwandi Sabo, in which 59 students out of the total 600 were shortlisted, a press release said.

3 cops transferred:
With the approval of the Election Commission, the Punjab government has ordered the transfer of three police officers with immediate effect on administrative grounds. Parampal Singh Sidhu has been transferred and posted as DIG, Training, CPO, Punjab; RS Khatra becomes SP, Crime against Women, Punjab, and Paramjit Singh Khaira, SP, Inv Lokpal, Punjab.

VK Bansal elevated:
VK Bansal has been elevated as chief general manager of the Nangal unit of National Fertilisers Limited (NFL). Bansal is an electrical engineering graduate from the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala. He has a long association with the fertiliser industry and joined erstwhile FCI/NFL in 1972. He has served at Nangal, Vijaipur and Bathinda units of the NFL in various capacities.

Resentment against co.:
Residents of Longowal village, including Dr Amandeep Aggarwal, have expressed resentment against a private telecom company for not filling trenches after digging roads in the village. They alleged that roads were not being repaired due to which these had become accident prone. They asked the district administration to look into the matter immediately to ensure the safety of Longowal residents.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sangrur district unit of the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India: president - Dr VK Ahuja; treasurer - Dr RC Jain; and executive members - Dr Bhushan Garg, Dr Sanjay Bansal, Dr Renu Singla and Dr DP Singla.



Gale lashes Chamba:
The gale lashed the entire region of Chamba accompanied by thunder and lightning while the high peaks of Chamba district and the adjoining hills of Jammu and Kashmir had a fresh spell of snow according to the reports reaching here on Tuesday. However, the low-laying areas had shower at few areas but went without heavy rain as expected by farmers in the area.

5 injured in mishap:
Four passengers and a passerby were injured in a road accident near the DC office today when driver of a Santro car lost the balance on his vehicle and rammed into a moving bus, which was on its way from Hamirpur to Abah Devi at about 3 pm. Car driver Kulwant was coming to Hamirpur after appearing in a physical training test from college ground being conducted to select sub inspectors in the police. The injured were taken to district hospital for treatment.

BSNL withdraws facility:
The BSNL has withdrawn the local circle 95 dialing facility here for the past three days. The subscribers have been forced to use the STD facility for the local dialing to other towns within the state. Vijay Singh, telecom district manager, here said that the headquarters took this decision. He said the withdrawal of the facility might have been because of the use of the 9 series for mobile phone services.

Medical team:
Indira Gandhi Medical College has sent a team of medical specialists to investigate the cause of deaths caused in Sheel Manpura village of Sirmour district after consuming some food items. The team comprising Dr Madan Kaushik (medicine), Dr Puesh Kapila (forensic medicine), Dr Balraj Singh (community medicine) and Dr R. Sood (microbiology) will pick up samples for testing. It will also provide medical assistance to the affected persons.



Woman ends life, 2 SPOs held:
A woman allegedly committed suicide due to “exploitation” by two Special Police Officers (SPO), who were arrested in Kathua district today. Shahnaz Begum committed suicide by setting herself ablaze in Lohie Malhar area in Kathua on Sunday, the police said. The woman, who got 90 per cent burn injuries, was rushed to Government Medical Hospital in Jammu, where she died yesterday. In her statement to the police before death, she alleged that she committed suicide due to exploitation by the two SPOs - Gul Mohmmad and Mohmmad Lateef. A case has been registered against the duo.

Jawan missing with cash: An army jawan has allegedly gone missing with Rs 56 lakh in Rajouri district, official  sources said here today. Rastriya Rifles jawan Sudhir Kindo, a resident of Chhattisgarh, collected salaries of his colleagues to prepare bank drafts to be sent to their homes. He went to the bank in Rajouri town on March 12, they said, adding that since then he is missing. The Army authorities have registered a case with the police.

Six MLCs  take oath: Arvinder Singh Micky, deputy chairman of the Legislative Council, today administered the oath of office to the six newly elected members of the Upper House. They included Ajatshatru Singh, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy, former Chief Secretary Vijay Bakaya (all from NC), former Chief Secretary BR Kundal (Cong), Syed Asgar Ali (PDP) and Syed Mohammad Rafiq (Panthers Party). Earlier, Norboo Gyalchan (Cong) and Aga Syed Ahmed (NC) took oath on March 12 and three others, Showkat Hussain Ganai and Altaf Wani (both NC) and Jehangir Mir (Cong), took oath on March 9.

Deputation meets Vohra: A deputation of all Jammu and Kashmir Scheduled Caste Welfare Association on Tuesday met Governor NN Vohra to present a memorandum of their demands. The demands included strict implementation of reservation policy and rules, maintenance of roster system in all departments, strengthening of NGO movement in the state and taking more measures for ensuring focused and speedier socio-economic development of the scheduled caste population. They also urged for political reservation as per their population and at least one person from among the SCs to be nominated to the Legislative Council.

Railway official awarded: The Ministry of Railway has awarded Divisional Traffic Manager, Jammu division, Ashok Sharma with the ‘Railway Mantralay Award’ for his commendable services in the department. The award was given to him by chairman of the Railway Board SS Khurana in the presence of members of the board. The award is given to select officials of the Railway Department for the commendable services in the department.

Army holds flower show: The Army today organised its annual garden and flower show in Topi Bungalow, the official residence of the GOC of Tiger Division. The annual flower show has been offering a visual treat of nature’s bounty to visitors. Topi Bungalow holds the prestigious distinction of winning the state flower show competition organised by the Horticulture Department. From humble balsams to exotic flowers were vying for people’s attention at the show. Prizes were later distributed among the winners.

Short story meet: Adbi Kunj, Jammu, a multilingual literary organisation, organised a short story meet for women at it literary centre on Tuesday. Problems of women were highlighted and a multilingual mushiara was held. The meet was presided over by prominent writer and social worker Nargis Sitara Bukhari, while another prominent poetess and writer Zenat Fardos was the chief guest. Sham Talib, president of the organisation, highlighted the importance of Women’s Day.

Drama festival: The 11-day drama festival started with Kashmiri play ‘Nove Subha’ staged at Abhinav Theater on Monday. Jammu Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kotwal was the chief guest on the occasion. As many as 11 theatre groups are participating in the festival.

Exports to PoK:
Three traders of Poonch town, namely Bansi Lal and sons, Khan traders and Rajiv Tandon, have exported goods worth more than Rs 6.5 lakh to Datta Agencies, Hajeera, in the PoK. The exported goods include onion (28,368 kg), banana (5,400 kg), tomato (2,620 kg), carrot (410 kg), coconut (100 kg), grapes (25 kg) and ladyfinger (30 kg).


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