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Dr Iqbal re-elected president
: Dr Iqbal Singh Sandhu, a senior lecturer in the DAV College here, has been re-elected as president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union. He defeated PK Sharma of Sanghera by 37 votes, sources said. Sandhu is also a member of the Punjab University senate and syndicate. As per information available, Jagwant Singh Chandigarh has been elected as vice-president, H S Walia Amritsar as general secretary and VK Sofat Nawanshehar as finance secretary. JR Prashar Ferozepore, Gurnam Singh Phagwara and Avtar Singh have been elected as area secretaries. — OC

Power supply: The Bhartiya Kisan Union Lakhowal faction during a meeting with the executive engineer of the irrigation department expressed resentment over the alleged discrimination in the supply of canal water in the rural areas. The deputation submitted a memorandum alleging that farmers of village Bahavwala were being victimised since inadequate quantity of water was being released through the Sukhchain sub-canal. The breach that developed in the Ramsara sub-canal a few days after the repair work had deprived farmers of water for a week though it was needed urgently for sowing of the cotton, the BKU said. — OC

Study material distributed: The Rotary Club Abohar Mid town members distributed books and writing material, besides sweets among the students during a simple function at the Arya Putri Pathshala, one of the oldest institutions. Former District Governor SL Gandhi, assistant governor Dr AK Talwar, secretary Satish Munjal and some former presidents were also present. — OC

Test for admission to law courses: Guru Nanak Dev University will conduct the entrance test for the selection of students for admission to five-year BA LL B (Hons), five-year BA LL B and three-year LL B for the academic session 2009-10 for the colleges affiliated to GND varsity, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Punjabi University, Patiala, and situated in Punjab. Prof Raghbir Singh, Dean, Academic Affairs of the university, said the Governor of Punjab had appointed the university to conduct the entrance tests for the courses and a notification to this effect had been issued by Anjali Bhawra, Secretary, Punjab, Department of Higher Education. — TNS

B Ed test on July 12: GND University will conduct the state-level entrance test on July 12 for the selection of students for admission to BEd course for the session 2009-10 in the colleges of education affiliated to the university, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Lovely Professional University, Phagwara. Prof Raghbir Singh, Registrar of the university, said a notification to this effect had been issued by the government of Punjab, Department of Higher Education. — TNS

PSEB extension
: Keeping in view the 'good' governance of members of PSEB, the Government of Punjab vide notification no. 12/9/2007-PEI/317 dated may 20 extended the terms of engineer S.C. Sabharwal, Member (Transmission) and Engineer G.S.Sra, Member (Generation), Punjab State Electricity Board, for one year. The information was provided by the PRO Satwant Singh Aulakh. — TNS

PPCC secretary: Rajnish Garg of Gidderbaha has been appointed secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). The appointment has been made by Lal Singh, acting president of the PPCC. Earlier, Garg has served the party as general secretary, Punjab Youth Congress. — TNS

Poll code ends: The Election Commission of India has decided to cease the operation of the model code of conduct with immediate effect which was enforced from the date of commencement of the general elections for the Lok Sabha. However, it will be enforced in Jalandhar district till the completion of election process of bye-election of the Nurmahal constituency. - TNS

Appointed: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on Wednesday appointed Narinder Singh Jalo as Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, by working president, PPCC, Laal Singh. — TNS

4 women get life term: The district and sessions court of Faridkot on Wednesday convicted four women for killing a new-born baby and sentenced them to life imprisonment. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on them. Acase of murder was registered against Baljinder Kaur, Santosh Rani, Raj Rani and Chand Rani on the complaint of one Gurmail Singh in the city police station at Kotkapura in September, 2007. — TNS

School timings changed:
According to SDM Fazilka, Charandev Singh Maan, the deputy commissioner, Ferozepur, has directed a change in school timings of both government as well as private schools, due to hot weather. The DC has directed that all the elementary schools would be run from 7.30 am to 11.30 am while senior secondary schools should be run from 7.30 am to 12 pm. He said that any school particularly the private school owners flouting these instructions would be dealt with sternly. The timing would be effective till May 30. — OC

Punjab Medical Council Act: A delegation of the Punjab chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged the government to make amendments in the Punjab Medical Council Act. Dr Yash Sharma, president of the outfit, said a delegation met Dr Manmohan Singh, president, Punjab Medical Council (PMC), and submitted a memorandum urging him to take up the matter with the state government. “We have also demanded increasing the number of elected members of the PMC to 15. Besides, the process of electing members to the PMC should be made more transparent,” he said. — TNS

Bhullar appointed PPCC secretary: Gurinderjit Singh Bhullar has been appointed as Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee by party president and Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee. — TNS



Delegation meets Nadda:
A 29-member group of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) called on Forest Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda here today. Nadda said as forests in the state were located in close proximity to villages, the local people had to be involved in all activities. “There is a need to maintain equilibrium between development, need and conservation,” he said. — TNS

Jhuggis gutted
: As many as 35 jhuggis, located at Chakka village near Baddi Industrial Area, were gutted today morning. The cause of the fire that rendered migrant labourers homeless could not be ascertained. The fire engulfed houses of nearly 200 labourers. — OC



59 head constables promoted
: K Rajendra Kumar, IG, Jammu zone, has promoted 366 selection-grade constables as head constables (HCs) in the pay scale of Rs 4300-100-5900 with effect from April 1. As many as 59 head constables have also been promoted as ASIs in the pay scale of Rs 4500-125-7000 with effect from April 1. — TNS

Fire in Railways store: A small fire broke out in the office of the Railways Recruitment Board near the Jammu Railway station here on Tuesday. Divisional Traffic Manager, Jammu, Ashok Sharma said the fire caused by a short-circuit broke out in the stores of the Railways Recruitment Board, where some old furniture were kept. However, two fire engines controlled the fire within 10 minutes, he added. — TNS

18 head of cattle recovered: The police arrested a truck driver and recovered 18 head of cattle from the vehicle in the Satwari area here on Tuesday. Reports said a police party intercepted a truck, on its way to Srinagar from Punjab, at Satwari and recovered the cattle on Tuesday. The arrested driver has been identified as Mohammed Fareed of Ramban. — TNS


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