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‘No request from Dera Sacha Sauda chief’:
Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh yesterday said he had not yet received any request regarding the appearance of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief at Akal Takht. He clarified the case would be dealt strictly as per Sikh Maryada. He said in case he received any offer from the Dera chief, the matter would be discussed with the Sikh clergy.

CM’s  go-ahead to new pay scales:
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today approved implementation of revised pay scales from January 1, 2006 following recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission and the implementation committee constituted by the government. A spokesman of the government said Badal today cleared the file to enable implementation of new pay scales, recommended by the Pay Commission.

Jewellery stolen:
Cash and jewellery worth thousands of rupees were stolen from the house of Inderdeep Singh of Rahon village. The incident took place last night when some of the family members were away from the house.

Bassi on BBMB:
Vinay Bhushan Bassi has been appointed member (Power), Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). Earlier he was Chief Engineer,( generation), the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), Nangal, since May 7, 2008.

Tributes paid to Baba Hira Singh Bhattal:
Tributes were paid to freedom fighters Baba Hira Singh Bhattal and Mata Harnam Kaur Bhattal, parents of senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, on their 26th death anniversary at Bhattlan village (near Dhanaula),33 km from here. Nine freedom fighters were also honoured on the occasion for sacrifices in freedom struggle.

Ban on entry of ‘outsiders’: By an order on Thursday District Magistrate (DM) VK Ohri banned the entry of the people of other districts into Sangrur district from May 5 (5 pm) to May 7 (5 pm).


Man found dead:A 35-year-old man was found dead near Sector 25 and Sector 38 roundabout here today evening. The deceased has been identified as Rishpal Singh, a resident of Dadumajra. According to police, Rishpal was suffering from fits. He was later taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. Rishpal’s family refused to get the post-mortem examination conducted. Later on, the body was handed over to them. The police has ruled out foul play behind his death and initiated inquest proceedings.

Man booked for keeping charas:Vir Singh, a native of Mandi district, was arrested after one-and-a-half kg charas was seized from his possession. According to the police, Vir was caught after the cops laid a naka near Sector 22 market. The accused was on his way to Delhi from where he had to go to Panipat for supplying the charas.


Nirmala Devi and Dharampal, employees of the Department of Information and Public Relations, retired on Thursday. District Information and Public Relations Officer R S Sangwan, appreciated the services rendered by these employees.

Programme for special kids:
The Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre organised a special programme for 60 children drawn from a local organisation - Asha Deep - that cares for such mentally and physically challenged children. Stating this to mediapersons here on Thursday center director Dr Raj Mehrotra said the children, along with their teachers, were shown science demonstrations in the centre, where they participated in a programme called ‘Leaf Zoo’.

Violation of code:
The district authorities have impounded three vehicles being used by political parties for violating instructions issued by the Election Commission. The vehicles were impounded in the Israna segment of the district. One of the vehicles that was impounded was being used by the Congress and other two were with the cavalcade of the HJC candidate.

Khap-84 to keep off politics:
The Khap-84, a well-known body of various khaps (gotras) in the region (84 villages), has announced that it will not support any party or alliance in the LS poll. However, it will continue to demand reservation for the Jats in the state. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the khap condemned reports appearing in a section of the media that the khap or its wing, the Jat Arakshan Samiti, was planning to support a particular party in the elections.

Two killed:
Two pedestrian women were killed when a car, which took several somersaults after its tyre burst, crushed them near the Ding road on Wednesday. The car was plying from Sirsa to Fatehabad. Laj Wanti and Kamlesh, who were walking on the roadside, were seriously injured and later succumbed to their injuries. Three others were injured in the accident.



1 dead, 10 hurt in mishaps:
Dewan Ram (55) of Udhampur, who was admitted to Government Medical College here after being hit by a vehicle, died on Wednesday evening. A Tata Sumo (JK02J/4127) rolled down near Puneja, injuring constable Sukhdev Singh and Gulail Singh. A case has been registered. Eight persons sustained injuries in other road mishaps in Jammu city and its outskirts.

Man run over by train: A middle-aged man was run over by a train in Bari-Brahmana area, 13 km from here on Wednesday evening. The deceased was later identified as 40-year old Puran Singh Manhas of Smailpur. The body of the deceased was later shifted to Ramgarh hospital.

Woman commits suicide: Jyoti Devi (21), wife of Ramesh Singh of Kesho Pakhri, who was admitted to the local Government Medical College on Wednesday died in the hospital on Thursday. The woman had allegedly consumed a toxic substance over a family feud, official sources said The body was handed over to her family members after autopsy.The police has registered a case.

Death mourned: The Department of Urdu, Jammu University, and the Rasa Javdani Memorial Literary Society (RJMLS) on Thursday mourned the death of Prof Qamar Rais in New Delhi on Wednesday. A great Urdu luminary Prof Qamar Rais had authored several books in Urdu. A two-minute silence was observed in Prof Rais’ memory at a meeting held in the Urdu Department.

Servo Club lifts cricket trophy:
The Servo Club lifted the 10th Kargil War Hero Cup by defeating the United Leh by four wickets. The tournament has been organised in the aftermath of Kargil war in the memory of martyrs by the Sports and Culture Welfare Society Chushot. As many as 34 teams had participated in the tournament. Manzor Hussain of the United Leh was declared the man of the series for scoring 124 runs and taking 18 wickets and Jigmet Dorjey of the Servo Club declared man of the match for taking three wickets. Deputy Commissioner AK Sahu, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed the prizes.

More sorties sought: Ladakh, state’s largest parliamentary constituency in terms of area (measuring 96701 sq km), comprising four segments - Leh, Nubra, Kargil and Zangkar - has the lowest voters (1,50,000) in the state. Apart from 11 polling booths where polling staff and election material are planned to be airlifted with the help of helicopter in several sorties, the returning officer has sought more sorties to airlift the material and the staff for 49 other polling stations established at Zanskar segment. These arrangements are made due to closure of passes of the Kargil and Zanskar road because of heavy snowfall.

Cop on poll duty dies in mishap:
A constable died and seven were injured, one of them seriously, when a vehicle overturned at Barzoo in Kulgam district on Thursday morning.The accident occurred when the driver lost control of the vehicle after failing to spot a sharp turn ahead. Constable Parvaiz Ahmad was declared dead in the hospital while all others were admitted to hospital.

Ecological awareness:
With a view to increasing ecological awareness a seminar on “Indian Army and Green Governance” was organised on behalf of the Northern Command here on Thursday. The seminar highlighted the role of the Army in participative management and conservation of ecology. Brig GS Shergill of 71 Sub Area inaugurating the seminar stressed the need for the armed forces to take a lead in educating themselves and then their respective communities towards environmental conservation. Prof Shashi Kant and Dr Anil K Raina from Jammu University dwelt on ecological needs of the nation.

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