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Prof N.K. Gosain of DAV College here and Prof Madhu Sharma of S.D. Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Mansa, have been unanimously elected as the president and secretary respectively of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union during a meeting held at the local DAV College. In a press release issued here on Friday, Gosain thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in the team and assured that they would strive to get all long pending demands of the teachers conceded.

Nayar is SBoP MD:
Ashok Nayar has taken the charge as Managing Director of the State Bank of Patiala. Earlier, Nayar was working as officiating managing director of the bank from March. Before joining the State Bank of Patiala, he was chief general manager in the State Bank of Hyderabad.






Assn formed: Liquor traders in the city yesterday formed the Chandigarh Wine Merchants Association and elected Sat Pal Choujar as their president. A spokesperson for the association said building cordial relations with customers and discouraging smuggling of liquor from the city would be their priority.



HCS results:
The Haryana Public Service Commission declared the result of the preliminary examination conducted for the HCS (Executive) and Other Allied Services on Friday. The examination was held by the Commission on April 26. The number of candidates, who have cleared this examination, is fifteen times of the number of vacancies advertised.

5 booked on kidnap charge:
A case of kidnapping was registered against Kuldeep, a cloth merchant who also send people abroad, and four unidentified persons on the complaint of Neha Sharma, a resident of Sector 4. Neha alleged that Kuldeep called her husband Sanjeev to a hotel near Bus Stand around 9 pm on Thursday and started beating him. In the meantime, four persons came in a Tata Safari and whisked him away. She received the information from servant Aman, who accompanied Sanjeev to the hotel. The police is investigating the matter.

110 booths hypersensitive: As many as 110 out of 1,259 polling booths in the Karnal parliamentary constituency had been declared hypersensitive while 97 booths had been identified as sensitive for making additional security arrangements for ensuring free, fair and peaceful polling on May 7. The crime graph of Karnal and Panipat had gone up due to easy connectivity with western UP districts following construction of bridges on Yamuna and large areas of Indiri, Karnal, Gharaunda and the Panipat (both rural and urban) assembly constituencies were witnessing increased criminal activities.

Rs 5 lakh looted:
Two motorcycle-borne miscreants looted Rs 5 lakh near the Punjab National Bank here on Friday. According to sources, Sajjan Singh, working as an agent, along with Vikash, son of his employer, was on his way back after withdrawing money from the bank when the incident took place. A case has been registered and a manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits.

In-laws get jail:
Additional Sessions Judge Sudesh Kumar Sharma on Thursday sentenced Manjit Yadav, husband of deceased Sushma Yadav, her father-in-law Shubh Ram, mother-in-law Krishna Devi and brother-in-law Manoj Kumar, all residents of the Jaswant Nagar colony here, to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years each holding them guilty of the dowry death.

Independent candidate backs Tanwar:
Jaibir Singh Bharpoor, an Independent candidate for the Sirsa parliamentary seat, today extended his support to Congress candidate Ashok Tanwar. Bharpoor today came to the election office of Tanwar with his supporters and announced his support for the Congress candidate.


Support for BJP:
Most employees of the state would support the BJP in election and take revenge for the anti-employees’ policies of the former state Congress government by defeating its candidates. This was claimed by Gopal Dass Varma, prominent NGO leader and former state president of the Himachal Pradesh State Non-Gazetted Employees Federation, while addressing mediapersons here on Sunday. He said the employees have not yet forgotten the political victimisation and vindictive attitude of the Virbhadra Singh government when a record number of employees were harassed by transferring them to inconvenient far off places. He said the employees heaved a sigh of relief since Dhumal took over and provided financial benefit worth Rs 2,000 crore to the employees.

Stalemate continues: The oustees and affected villagers joint action committee of the JP Industries at Baga Balag and Shalu Ghat, near here, has condemned, what they called, apathy and anti-apathy of both the JP Industries, which is setting up a cement plant in the area, and the government towards their genuine demands. Committee chief adviser Bhagat Singh Varma, convener Thakur Dass Bhardwaj and local gram panchayat president Deep Chand said five villagers used to sit on fast each day, but the authorities did not bother about it. They said though some government officers had attempted to solve the problems, nothing concrete had come out of it and the stalemate between the local villagers and the cement factory management was continuing.

One dead:
Failing to negotiate a sharp turn, Pankaj Sharma from the Nadaun area of Hamirpur, who was driving a taxi, an Indica (DL-1Y-4021), drove directly into a deep gorge, just 2 km from McLoedganj at 10 pm on Friday. The area where the incident took place had been under repair since long. The noise of the Indica falling into the gorge was even heard at the nearby locality of Forsyth Ganj. People immediately gathered and some youth went down into the gorge despite darkness. However, it was later discovered that the driver had fallen out of the vehicle due to the impact of the accident and died on the spot.

Woman commits suicide: A mother of two committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree at Sukot village. Kangra SDPO Omapati Jamwal said the deceased, Archna (32), was married in 2002 but was allegedly being harassed for dowry. She was beaten up by her in-laws and on Saturday morning her body was found hanging from a tree. As soon as the news of the death spread, residents of Balder village, where her parents are living, reached the village, following which police force was deployed to control the situation. A case has been registered and six members of the in-laws family, including her husband, have been arrested. Meanwhile, she was cremated on Sunday.



Nine held with impure ghee:
The police booked nine persons for selling synthetic ‘desi’ ghee in a local market at Sultanpur village on Sunday. At least 250 kg of ghee was recovered from their possession. All miscreants were residents of Bijnore district in Uttar Pradesh, who came here to sell the impure product, added police sources.


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