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One booked in rape case
: The Ramdas police has booked Gurjeet Singh, a resident of Dhader Kalan, Majitha, for allegedly raping a girl today. The police registered a case under sections 363, 366 and 376, IPC, after the medical report confirmed the crime. The victim in her statement to the police said that she was working in the brick-kiln where the accused also worked. She alleged the accused lured her of marriage and took her to Amritsar city where he kept her in a rented house and raped her repeatedly.

Two new courses: Guru Nanak Dev University has introduced two courses, postgraduate diploma in medical jurisprudence (annual) and postgraduate diploma in cyber law and ethics (annual), from 2009-2010. Head of Department of Law Dr Jaspal Singh said both the courses would have 30 seats and the prescribed application forms would be available in the general prospectus of the university. The last date for submitting the forms is June 26. He said the admission to these courses would be based on an entrance test to be conducted by the department on July 7. For more information or clarification, one  could visit the university website www.gndu.ac.in, he added.

PPCC secretary: Member of the All-India Congress Committee and NSUI former President Aman Prashar has been appointed secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) by its President Lal Singh. Prashar said he would work to strengthen the party at the grassroots-level. He expressed gratitude to UPA President Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Migrant found murdered: Migrant labourer Nanna (50) was found killed outside the premises of his quarter at Indo Pipe Factory, GT Road, Chheharta, here today. Hailing from Badwa district, Ghaziabad (UP), Nanna was working as watchman in the factory and seemed to have been killed last night. He bore serious head injuries. According to preliminary investigations, the police stated that enmity seemed to be the motive behind the murder. A case of murder has been registered at Chheharta police station on the statement of Hari Ram, son of the deceased.

A-I staff go on hunger-strike: Strike by the sub-assistants and the junior staff of Air India at Amritsar International Airport on Tuesday took a turn when five members of the agitating staff went on hunger strike. They were protesting against non-fulfilment of demands, including annual increments, said Rajinder Singh, one of the protesting staff member.

One killed
: One youth was killed and two others were injured in an accident which took place on the Batala-Gurdaspur road near Mallu Dwara village. According to police sources, Deepak Kumar of Dara Salam, Batala, along with his friend Gulshan Kumar of Quilla Mandi, Batala, was going to Gurdaspur on his motorcycle when it was hit by a car (PB-10-CD-8778) driven by Hardeep Singh of Jhujjar Nagar, Patiala. The accident resulted in the death of Deepak whereas Gulshan was seriously injured. Surjit Singh of Kotla Shahian village was also injured in the accident.

Youth attacked: Gagan (24), Puppy, Deepu and Kanta attacked and injured Lakhwinder Singh, son of Amir Singh, with sharp-edged weapons near the level crossing on the Gurdaspur road here. SHO Surinder Singh of Batala Civil Lines police station said on Sunday that the injured was admitted to the Civil Hospital. The police has registered a case in this connection.

DD staff union
: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Doordarshan (Bharat) Group D Employees Union: president - Rajesh Kumar; secretary - Naresh Kumar; assistant secretary - Sat Pal; cashiers - John William and Piara Lal; and executive members - Santosh Kumar, Prem, Rajpal, Davinder Kumar and Rajesh Kumar.

Environment Day: The local State Public School, Jalandhar Cantonment, celebrated World Environment Day on Friday. Director of the school, BL Verma, exhorted students to plant more trees and save the environment.

Ex-scientist on research panel
: Dr Yog Raj Chanana, former head and emeritus scientist, department of horticulture, PAU, has been nominated as member on the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for three years. Dr Chanana will be associated with the formulation of research programmes for the country keeping in view the emerging needs of the Indian Citrus Industry.

One killed in road mishap
: One person was killed in a road accident near Bhainibagha village on Mansa-Bathinda road today. According to information available, a scooterist Roop Singh was going to his village Nangal Khurd from Mansa. Suddenly, an Indica car coming from the Bathinda side hit his scooter. Roop Singh was killed on the spot. Police has registered a case against Ravinder Singh, son of Ram Singh, a resident of Bikaner (Rajasthan) who was driving the Indica car, under section 304 A and 427 of the IPC.

Night watchman murdered
: A night watchman was allegedly murdered by some unidentified persons in a scrap shop (kabarhi) located on the Jalandhar road at Dharamkot in Moga district, late last night. As per the statement of Pawan Kumar, the owner of the shop, Lok Ram, a migrant worker from UP was working as a night watchman in his shop. The shop owner stated that when he came today in the morning, he saw that the main gate of the shop was open and inside, Lok Ram was lying dead on the bed in a pool of blood. He was probably hit by an iron rod on the head by the assailants.

Polls for medicine councils sought
: President of the Punjab unit of the National Integrated Medical Association Kamal Bharti on Monday demanded elections for the Central Council of Indian Medicine and the Punjab Board of Ayurvedic and Unani Systems of Medicines by saying that the elections were pending for the past 14 years. Bharti said due to non-elections to these bodies, there was resentment among BAMS doctors. He said they had given a memorandum for the elections to the state government and the Central Department of Ayush, Delhi, many times, but nobody paid attention to their demands.

PSEB employees’ dharna: On a call of the Technical Services Union (TSU) of the PSEB, a large number of employees on Tuesday staged a dharna in front of the circle office of the Board here, in protest against the proposed unbundling of the PSEB from June 15 (cut-off date fixed by the Centre). They were also seeking revision of the pay scales of PSEB employees by organising talks between the management and the employees organisations at the earliest. Protesters were addressed among others by Sangrur circle president of the TSU Gurdev Singh, state president of Inqulabi Kendra Punjab Narayan Dutt, district secretary of the BKU (Dakonda) Darshan Singh Raisar, president of Malerkotla TSU unit Ashok Kumar, and president of Barnala (city) TSU unit Amarjit Singh.



Lawyer held for attack: The police today arrested a local lawyer, when he allegedly attacked a litigant outside a local court. The accused, Gaurav Bansal, and the victim, Vijay Singh, were involved in some property-related litigation in the court and the victim had come to the court in that connection. When the duo was waiting outside the court for their turn, Bansal allegedly attacked Vijay. Later, a profusely bleeding Vijay was taken inside the court, where Judge Narinder Kaur arranged for his shifting to the General Hospital. The police has taken Bansal in custody.

CM lays stone of substation
: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laid the foundation stone of a 220 kV substation in Batta village here yesterday. It will be constructed by the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) at an estimated cost of Rs 35 crore and will be connected with the 220 kV Kaithal-Narwana line through loop in loop out system.

Woman commits suicide
: A woman, along with her three-year-old son, reportedly jumped before a train at the Housing Board colony railway crossing here today. While the woman, identified as Sushma of Maangawas village in Jhajjar district, died on the spot, her son had a miraculous escape. Sushma was on her way to her in-laws’ house in Kutubpur village in Sonepat from her parents' home. But she committed suicide by jumping before the train.



SBI branch
: General Manager of the State Bank of India Sudipan Bhaduri inaugurated the new premises of the State Bank of India at Jammu railway station on Tuesday. Senior functionaries of the SBI, Reserve Bank of India and customers of the bank were present on the occasion. The customers lauded the bank for its efficient services and amenities provided in the new premises.

Shifting of Central varsity flayed: Activists of the ABVP on Monday condemned the Omar Abdullah government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for shifting Central University to Kashmir. According to the statement issued here, they said both Chief Minster and the Prime Minister had cheated the people and the students of Jammu by shifting Central University to Kashmir. They said: “This is again discrimination against Jammu and political leaders of Jammu province are answerable for it.”

’Regularise’ daily wagers: The Provincial Power Employees Union (PPEU) on Monday held a one-day conference in which members and office-bearers resolved to fight for its demands. Various members from other power unions also joined the PPEU and expressed concern over the problems being faced by the power employees. They demand regularisation of all daily wagers who had completed seven years of service on patterns of SRO 64 of 1994.

Entrance-based admissions: Members of the Progressive Students Association (PSA) have condemned the university authorities for ignoring certain important issues during the council meet held on Saturday. They welcomed the decision taken by the university authorities for granting admission to the postgraduate and M.Phil courses on the basis of entrance examinations from the next academic session. PSA state president Rahul Bhou said they also welcomed the commencement of the annual exam system instead of the semester system.

New Principal: Dr. Hemla Aggarwal on Tuesday assumed charge as Principal, Government Partap Memorial Rajput College of Commerce, Canal Road, Jammu. In her 24-year career, she organised various national-level workshops on post-harvest technology, food packaging and sensory evaluation in J&K. She was nominated by the UGC as a member of the committee for conferment of autonomous status to colleges of Andhra Pardesh.

Long power cuts resented
: With the mercury rising, the Power Development Department (PDD) has started resorting to unscheduled power cuts for more than 12 hours daily. Locals facing problems due to power cuts say even as the department has to enforce scheduled power cuts for six hours a day, it is resorting to power cuts for more than 12 hours for the past couple of weeks.


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