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: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Income Tax Bar Association (ITBA): President - Mukesh Garg; vice-president - Amrik Malhotra; secretary - Amandeep Singh Lamba; and joint-secretary - Mandeep Singh.

Man killed in mishap

One Anokhe Lal (50) of Muktsar was killed in a mishap, as he reportedly fell down from the rooftop of his in-laws' house at Indira Nagari during asleep here late last night, sources said. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital but passed away minutes later.

‘Release payment’:
The staff at the counting centre of the Phagwara segment demanded release of payment prescribed by the Election Commission for performing the duty of counting of votes at Swami Sarvanand Information and Technology Centre of the Panjab University here on Saturday. Spokesman Manjit Singh of the above said staff said the counting staff of other segments was duly paid the amount soon after the completion of counting.

One booked for rape: The police booked Ajay Kumar of Gokal Nagar under sections 376, 341, 354 and 504 of the IPC for raping a woman on the pretext of marriage. The 34-year-old woman alleged that Ajay Kumar had promised to marry her and had been regularly raping her for the last three years. When she forced him to marry her, Ajay Kumar allegedly beat and threatened her of dire consequences.



Probe sought:
The HP Administrative Services Officers’ Association (HAS) has described the alleged assault on a senior HAS officer in Shimla as ‘unfortunate’ and sought punitive action against the guilty. Chamba ADM BR Kaundal, also the district president of the association, said a meeting in this regard was held in which the Chief Secretary of the state was urged to order a probe into the ‘assault incident’ and also demanded action against those persons trying to give patronage to the accused.

Nature study camp ends
: The valedictory function of the 4th batch of the national-level nature study camp organised by the Youth Hostels Association of India concluded at the youth hostel here. In all, 128 students from 36 schools in Bellary, Indore, Gandhinagar and Bhavnagar participated in the camp. These included 53 women participants. The students took part in rappelling, river crossing and trekking. Dr GS Dhillon, director-cum-principal of Dalhousie Public School, urged students to work for environment protection. He also distributed prizes to the winners of a painting competition held on the topic “Nature”. The first prize went to Janki P Patel of Gurukul School, Gandhinagar, second to Vaibhav Keswani of Delhi Public School, Indore, while the third prize was shared by Surabhu Santhosh Parakh of DGS Vidyalaya, Indore, and Vishal Makode of Cothram School, Indore.



Fortis launches OPD services:
Fortis Escorts- a super-speciality hospital based in Amritsar, today launched its OPD service here in cardiology, neuro-surgery, cancer and bone and joint replacement on every Saturday and Sunday. Director of the hospital Jasdeep Singh said the main purpose to start OPD service in the city was to give better healthcare facilities to the people. The hospital, he said, was keen on extending its services to the city by providing a well-equipped ambulance to rush patients at nominal charges.

Bootlegger arrested:The police arrested a bootlegger along with 150 pouches of illegal liquor. Identified as Puran Chand of Dalmar Billawer at Mahanpur, the police has registered a case under the Excise Act against him. 

University of Jammu beats Delhi: The University of Jammu today crushed Delhi team by six runs in the opening match of T-20 all-India Vice-Chancellor Cup held in Mumbai University. According to the statement issued here, batting first the University of Jammu scored 130 runs, with Raj Kumar scoring 27 and Akash and Rajesh notching up 25 and 20, respectively. Daud Baba who got five wickets was adjudged man of the match. The University of Jammu will play the next match with Kashmir University on May 21.

Clashes in valley
: Pitched battles erupted in parts of the city today between stone-pelting youths and the police who swung batons and burst teargas shells to bring the situation under control. None was hurt in the clashes but normal life was affected as shopkeepers and business establishments downed shutters in interior Srinagar, official sources said. The clashes erupted in the Gojwara locality, near the historic Jamia Masjid, in the afternoon and soon spread to adjoining areas, the sources added.


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