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Panel may submit pay report tomorrow
: Punjab Chief Secretary wrote to the Chairman of the Fifth Pay Commission to file its report. The Election Commission on Tuesday gave a go-ahead to the state government for the submission of the report. “We have written to the pay commission chairman today telling him that an approval has been received from the election commission,” said Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh. Sources said the report would be submitted to the government by Friday. The state employees have been waiting for the report for almost one year. The terms of reference for the commission were notified in March, 2008. SK Tuteja, a retired IAS officer, is the chairman of the commission.

UCO bank ties up with PTU
: UCO Bank has tied up with Punjab Technical University (PTU) for accepting fee from candidates for appearing in the CET-2009 examination. The fee will be accepted by all CBS branches in Punjab at par. Stating this in a press note here on Wednesday, senior manager of local Industrial Area branch of UCO Bank JS Juneja said candidates would benefit with this tie-up as the bank had over 100 branches in different parts of Punjab. While depositing the fee, the candidate must take two copies of pay-in-slip, one for PTU and one for the candidate's own use, he added. Juneja further stated that a special account number 08250210000670 for this purpose had been opened with the Industrial Area branch.

No complaint in assault case
: Jamil-Ur-Rehman, BSP candidate from Sangrur, who was allegedly attacked by some persons at the rally organised by him at local Jamalpura Mohalla late Tuesday night, did not make any complaint to the local police on Wednesay. SHO Anil Kumar said they had not received any complaint from Jamil-Ur-Rehman. However, he admitted that an incident had occurred at the rally in which some persons hurled chairs at Jamil-Ur-Rehman, but he said without any complaint they were unable to register any case in this regard. Earlier Jamil-Ur-Rehman had alleged that a threat on his life had been made by supporters of an opposite political party. He had recently joined the BSP after resigning from the Congress.



Fine slapped:
The high court today slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on a “social worker” for “consistently making false averments in an affidavit”. The Bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Hemant Gupta observed Suresh Goel, seeking expeditious conclusion of an inquiry into the allotment of plots in Faridabad Sector 21 marble market, had committed perjury. The Bench ruled it was a fit case “where the petitioner has made himself liable for prosecution under Sections 191 and 193 of the IPC, but keeping in view that the age of petitioner, we do not wish to initiate prosecution against the petitioner.”

Union govt consultants visit city: A team of consultants of Union Government, dealing with the pilot project of service-level bench marking, interacted with the officers of the municipal corporation here today. The team asked the authorities to collect data on issues like liabilities on water supply system, solid waste management, sewerage system and storm water of the city. MC chief engineer SK Bansal, revealed that under this project there were four parameters on which the team had to prepare a report and submit it to the Government of India.



BSP rally
: BSP candidate for the Gurgaon seat former MLA Zakir Hussain would file his nomination papers here on Thursday. However, the party has decided to organise a rally before the nomination to show its strength at the capital of Ahirwal. Hussain is eyeing voters of other communities in Ahirwal and thinks some of Ahir leaders might vote for him. It is more or less confirmed that SC voters would by and large vote for the BSP, however, other communities like Jat, Rajputs, Gujjars and Punjabis are looking for some return when it comes to voting in terms of developmental activities and redress of their grievances.

: Congress candidate from the Rohtak parliamentary constituency Deepender Singh Hooda will file his nomination papers on April 16 in Rohtak. He will reach the office of the Returning Officer in the mini-secretariat after campaign procession. Giving this information, a spokesperson for the Congress candidate said Deepender would also hold a road show as part of his poll campaign in the afternoon.

NCP declares nominees
: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today announced its nominees for the Bhiwani and Gurgaon Lok Sabha seats. State president of the party Choudhry Ved Pal said Anil Kaushik would contest from Bhiwani while Dinesh Yadav would be the party candidate from Gurgaon. The NCP had already announced Ved Pal and Sukhbir Singh candidates for the Karnal and Sonepat seats, respectively.

BSNL customer care
: While inaugurating a two-day workshop on ‘Convergent Billing and Customer Care’ here on Wednesday, the BSNL, Haryana Telecom Chief General Manager, AK Gupta, said this system would take care of consolidated and convergent billing needs of landlines, CDMA WLL, broadband and leased line systems, including fault report, directory inquiry and payment system on a single platform. This system will take care of customer needs on an integrated platform so that easy solution is made available through single window.

One arrested
: The Kosli police has arrested Praveen Yadav (19) of Jharoda village, who had allegedly raped his neighbour’s niece repeatedly in the past few weeks. Praveen was today produced in the court of JMIC Saurabh Gosain who remanded him in judicial custody. The teenaged girl (17) of Aulant village, who had been living at her maternal uncle’s house in Jharoda village. She disclosed the matter to her family members, who then approached the police with a complaint. Consequently, while the girl was medically examined, a case of rape was registered against the accused.

HJC leader quits
: Former general secretary of the HJC Choudhary Mahipal quit the party expressing resentment over placing Dalbir Balmiki as candidate for the Ambala seat on Wednesday. He said there was great resentment among the party workers the way tickets were given to candidates by party president Kuldeep Bishnoi without getting feedback from the genuine party leaders.


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