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An unidentified youth aged about 25 years committed suicide on the Bathinda-Bikaner railway line here on Thursday. Volunteers of the Sahara Life Saving Brigade and RPF officials sent the body to the local civil hospital for identification.

Body found: A decomposed body of an identified youth in his mid-twenties was found from the Raunda canal near the Jaitu Mandi railway line here on Thursday. Sahara Sewa Samiti activists and RPF officials sent the body to the local civil hospital for postmortem examination.

MoU signed:
Alison Anderson and Marcus Ross of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) visited the Patiala Institute of Engineering and Technology (PIET) for women to explore the possibilities of collaboration for graduate and postgraduate programmes. Both of them explained various programmes and specialisations being offered at various schools of UWS. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the university and the institute.



IT changes for Kharar:
AK Kaushal, Commissioner of Income Tax-II, has made certain changes in the jurisdiction of the income tax office situated in Mohali. According to new jurisdiction order, tax payers of Kharar tehsil, including towns of Kharar, Kurali, Gharuan, Khijrabad, Majri and Mulllanpur Garibdass, who were earlier filing returns of income with ITO, ward 6(1), Mohali, will now file their returns of income with ITO 6(2), Mohali. Barring the changes, no other change has been effected in the jurisdiction of officers working under the income-tax office of the Range-VI, Mohali.

One killed in accident:
A 40-year-old resident of Jatwad village was killed when his motor cycle collided with a blue bull (neel gai) on the Mouli-Shazadpur road. The deceased was identified as Dheeraj Kumar, a dealer in poultry products. According to the police, the blue bull appeard on the road suddenly when Dheeraj was going towards Shazadpur on his motorcycle. His bike collided with the animal and he fell on the road, sustaining serious injuries, leading to his death on the spot.

Two cars stolen:
The police on Thursday registered two separate cases of thefts. Devinder Singh lodged a complaint to the police that his car (HR03-C 1363) was stolen from his residence in Mamata enclave. In other theft, Netar Singh, a resident of Amloh, reported that someone had stolen his car (PB04-8394) from AKS colony where he had come to meet his relative.



Janhit Congmen join Cong:
Senior leader of the Haryana Janhit Congress Ambala unit Parvinder Singh has tendered his resignation from the primary membership of party, along with his supporters, and announced to join the Congress in presence of HPCC chief Phool Chand Mulana. Parvinder said he had been in the Congress before the Lok Sabha elections.

Demonstration staged:
Sacked Haryana Industrial Security Force personnel staged a demonstration at Nehru Park here on Thursday. Demanding reinstatement, they shouted anti-government slogans for its indifferent attitude towards their long-standing demand. The sacked personnel were appointed in 2004. Later, referring irregularities in the recruitment, their services were terminated in 2005 by the present government. They had been agitating for their rehabilitation since then.

Stadium for Kaithal:
Kaithal will have a stadium equipped with all modern facilities by February next year. This was stated by Power and Public Health Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala here recently. He said a sum of Rs 7.71 crore had been sanctioned by the state government for the proposed stadium which was being built in the Patti Afghan area of the town. The minister said the stadium would be able to host even national-level sports events.

Dean appointed:
Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, RP Hooda has appointed VK Singh, Director, University Institute of Engineering and Technology, as Dean, Faculty of Engineering. He has also been nominated as a member of the Executive Council of the university.

UGC list of colleges:
The University Grants Commission has included Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College, Panniwala Mota, Sirsa, in the list of colleges prepared under Section 2 (F) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act, 1956, thus paving the way for grant of funds to the college by the commission. This was stated by director-cum-principal of the college DS Mor here on Thursday. He said Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College was the first engineering college of the state to get such recognition. He said the inclusion of the name of the college under the Act had enabled the institution to receive central assistance.

Man gets 3-yr jail:
Ram Niwas of Siwanka village has been sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment by District and Sessions Judge Virender Singh after holding him guilty of forcing his wife Guddi to commit suicide. A case was registered against Ram Niwas for allegedly pushing his wife Guddi into a burning chullah in the kitchen on May 1, 2008, after which Guddi succumbed to her injuries at the PGIMS, Rohtak, on May 7, 2008.



Recovery campaign:
The local municipal council (MC) through its resolution has decided to enhance rent of the municipal shops by 10 per cent every five years so that the financial status of the civic body could be revitalised. In a meeting of the council held at the town hall on Wednesday, the MC had also taken a drastic step to launch a ‘recovery campaign’ for the overdue rent amount of the municipal shops pending with the defaulters. There are more than 450 shops of the council in the town which were contributing a lot to the income of the MC.

One dead, 4 hurt: One person died on the spot and four others were seriously injured when a private light vehicle swerved off the road and fell into a deep gorge, near Sundli, in an interior area of Bharmour tribal subdivision, on Wednesday. The deceased had been identified as Yaak Ram, who belonged to the nearby area. The injured included Subhkaran, Veeru Ram, Shanker and Ram Bahadurare stated to be out of danger.

Protest poster released: The “Saal valley Bachao Morcha” in Chamba district has released a ‘protest poster’ to mark the International Environment Day with a view to drawing attention of the masses and officials towards degradation as well as conservation of the environment of the hills. Around 4,000 medicinal shrubs are likely to be uprooted with the upcoming Hul stage-I and II and other hydropower projects on the Hul Nallah in Saal valley.

Workers’ protest:
About 300 workers working with the C&C Construction Company engaged in construction of super highway from Una to Ner Chowk based at Jahu struck their work today to protest the retrenchment of some of the workers.



SAD (A) flays killing of 2 women:
The Shiromani Akali Dal (A) has condemned the mysterious killing of two young Muslim women in Shopian district a few days ago. At a meeting here, SAD(A) leaders said the killing of innocent people was an act of gross human rights violation. “While we decry the attacks on Indian nationals in Melbourne and express our anguish over the reported excesses on minorities in the Swat valley of Pakistan, there are countless and unabated human rights violations, crimes against innocent citizens in the valley,” said JS Mangal, party vice-president.

Hideout busted: A joint team of the Army and the police on Thursday busted a hideout in Rajouri district and seized a cache of arms and ammunition, the police said. On a tip off, the Army troops and the police busted a hideout in the Kandai area of the district and seized a landmine, 30 AK rifle rounds and four hand grenades. However, no one was arrested in this connection.

Early completion of road work: Deputy chairman of the Legislative Council Arvinder Singh Micky on Tuesday asked National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) authorities to restore dug-up road stretches well before the onset of rainy season. The deputy chairman was reviewing the pace of work of laying of sewerage pipes at various construction sites being executed by the NBCC here.

Amended exam results: Jammu University will declare any amendment in the results of undergraduate biannual examination within six months from the date of declaration, said R.D. Sharma, controller, examination. Sharma said discrepancies in the results were being taken very seriously and steps were on curb these.

Yoga camp ends: A 15-day yoga camp for three girls’ hostels concluded at the University of Jammu on Tuesday. The camp was organised by Kulwant Kaur, provost of hostels. It was conducted by Uma Sharma, vice-president, Patanjali Yog Samiti, Jammu and Kashmir. She taught various techniques for personality development, memory sharpening, improving concentration and for staying fit and healthy.

Birth anniversary: On the 96th birth anniversary of Krishna Mehta, who established Gandhi Sewa Bhawan, University of Jammu, on Thursday organised a lecture on ‘Gandhi’s Philosophy of Swadesh and its Relevance today’. DR Chauhan, director, Khadi Gram Udyog, stressed that to become independent, the youths could approach to the department and get a loan to set up their own industry.


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