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2 new SPs for Amritsar:
Pritam Singh, SP (Detective) Ludhiana and Satinder Singh, SP (Headquarter), Jalandhar, today joined as SP (Headquarter) and SP (city-II) of Amritsar, respectively. The posts were vacant since February after the state vise transfers of police officers by the state government. However, after the imposition of model code of conduct, these posts could not be filled which hampered the work in view of forthcoming parliamentary elections and subsequent VIP visits. The two officers were posted after their appointments were cleared by the state Election Commission recently.

Held with smack: The Mattewal police has arrested Malkiat Singh of Patti Chhinemal village in Rayya for allegedly possessing smack. A case under sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him. According to the police, he was in possession of 100 gm of smack. 

Parmod Nagpal appointed PPCC joint secretary:
Parmod Kumar Nagpal has been appointed as joint secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, by PPCC chief Mohinder Singh Kaypee. An advocate by profession in Malout, Nagpal was informed of his appointment through a letter issued by Tarlochan Singh, general secretary, PPCC. While making the appointment, Kaypee hoped that Nagpal would come up to the expectations of the party and its chief Sonia Gandhi. 

Amanish Singh nominated to US association: Dr Amanish Singh, MDS (orthodontics), has been nominated  as International Member of American Association of Orthodontists. He has also  been invited over the Annual Symposium of Association at Boston in the United States to be held from May 1 to May 5. Dr Singh is the first ever orthodontist from Punjab to have been nominated to such a prestigious position.

A clarification:
It is clarified that Major-Gen Mandeep Singh, Additional DGAFMS, quoted in his key address a figure of 0.16 per thousand as the prevalence rate of HIV positive cases in the armed forces and not 0.6 as mentioned in the news item published on April 5. 

Teachersí union: Members of the Punjab Physical Education Teachers Union on Sunday gathered at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall to elect teachers for the state-level committee of the union. A team of five-members each, from various districts across the state, was present on this occasion. Issues pertaining to the welfare of the union were discussed. 

Training capsule opens: The Vajra Army Welfare Wives Association (AWWA) today started a three-day teachersí training capsule under Western Command Headquarters. The programme was inaugurated by Vajra AWWA President Manju Tonk. Dr Romila Soni and Lalita Rewal from the NCERT are conducting the classes for the teachers.

Liquor seized, 5 arrested:
The police arrested Pamma Masih, Paramjit, Sudesh Kumar and Manna Singh under sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act here on Monday and seized illicit liquor from their possession. Meanwhile, the Gurdaspur police seized 605 gm of narcotic powder from Sukhwinder Singh of Sant Nagar, Trimmu Road. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him.



Panchayat land:
The Election Commission (EC) has granted permission to the state government for leasing of panchayat land in open auction for cultivation during the operation of the model code of conduct. Stating this here on Monday, a spokesman for the state Development and Panchayats Department said a reference was made by the department to the Chief Electoral Officer for seeking clearance from the EC for leasing the panchayat land in open auction to the highest bidder for cultivation by gram panchayats.

Gramin lok adalat:
As many as 23 cases were settled at a Gramin Lok Adalat held in Rajound village on Sunday. ADJ AK Shori presided over the proceedings. Ajay Parasher, Kaithal CJM-cum-secretary of the District Legal Services Authority, advocates Ved Pal Sirohi, Dharam Veer Bhola and Mandeep Singh, JP Jaglan and Dr Arjan Kalyan helped in the settlement of the cases through mutual consent of the litigants. Shori urged litigants to take recourse to settlement of pending cases through reconciliation. He said after settlement of cases in Lok Adalats no ill will prevailed among the litigants and they also saved time and money . 

Man held for selling woman: Bhartu, a resident of Pai village, has been arrested by the police on the charge of selling a woman four times to different persons for monetary consideration. Sunita (32) belonging to chaumoli in Uttrakahand in her complaint lodged with the Pundri police had alleged that Bhartu and his wife Sumitra had sold her four times. The police booked the accused along with his wife and others Rajesh of Kheri sheru, Zile Singh of Chausala and another Rajesh of Bithmara (Hisar) under Section 370, 371 and 120-B, IPC. 

1 held for assaulting minor: A 11-year-minor became victim of unnatural sexual act by a compounder of a private nursing home at Pundri on Sunday. The police arrested the accused and a case has been registered. According to information, the victim, who was suffering from headache, went to a clinic to get some medicine. As the doctor was out of station, compounder Ajay Gosain allegedly took the girl to an isolated room on the pretext of examining her and assaulted her. The victim was medically examined which confirmed the unnatural act. 

Notice to Forest Minister:
District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shyin served a notice on Forest Minister Kiran Chaudhary on Monday for violating the model code of conduct. He hold a public meeting at unauthorised place. In the notice issued by the District Election Officer it has been mentioned that Chaudhary addressed a public meeting at Baba Bhagwan Dass Samadhi in Neerpur village in Mahendragarh district on Thursday. Whereas, a separate place had been fixed for holding public meetings in this village. 

Poll campaign:
Irrigation and PWD minister Ajay Singh Yadav too joined the bandwagon of campaigners, who have been mobilising the campaign for votes for Chief Ministerís son and Congress candidate from the Rohtak constituency Deepender Singh Hooda. Kunal Bhadu, son-in-law of the Chief Minister, is in charge of Deependerís campaign in the Kosli segment here. Ajay Singh Yadav made a whistle stop tour of Dahina, Zenabad, Nimoth, Kanwali, Dakhora Rampuri and several other villages of the Kosli segment on Monday. 

Woman set on fire:
Dilruba (26) of Bebipur, was allegedly forced to consume kerosene oil and then burnt by pouring the same on her by her husband in demand of dowry Rs 50 thousand. She was admitted in the civil hospital in a serious condition here. The police has registered a case against the victimís husband Rafeek and three others under Sections 498-A, 406, 307, 506 and 34, IPC. The police sources said Dilruba was married to Rafeek two years ago, however, the two were not sharing cordial relationship following dowry demand. 



Grief expressed:
Chairman of the Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank Khushi Ram Balnatah has expressed sorrow at the sudden demise of one of the bank directors, Raj Kumari Chauhan. He said the state had lost a very dedicated person who was committed to the cause of cooperative movement. He offered condolences to the bereaved family. The bank employees too condoled her death. 

One killed: One person was killed and two injured when their car rolled down a deep gorge, near Chilari Mod on the Taklaish road, near Rampur, on Monday. According to the police, Babu Ram died on the spot and two others Sandeep and Mahender received serious injuries. All three are residents of Chajpur village in Rohru and were on their way from Taklaish to Rampur when the accident took place. 



Christians seek minority status:
A deputation of the Jammu and Kashmir Rural Christian Association presented a charter of demands to Governor NN Vohra here today. The demands included employment opportunities for educated youth of the community, reservation of seats in the professional colleges, allotment of land for graveyards, minority status to the community, issuance of permanent resident certificates by and representation to the community in the state legislature.

Panthers Party joins Third Front:The Third Front headed by HD Deve Gowda has welcomed the decision of Panthers Party supremo Bhim Singh to join it. In a statement issued here today, the Panthers Party said Gowda had welcomed Bhim Singh into the Third Front. It urged people to get rid of the BJP and the Congress and provide a secular, pro-farmer and pro-people alternative to the people of the country.


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