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15 injured in road mishap:
About 15 persons sustained injuries when a jeep (PB03P-9435) and a truck (RJ 21G-1421) collided head-on near Chetak Park on the Bathinda-Barnala National Highway here on Monday evening. The jeep was going from Abohar to Rampura while the truck was coming from opposite direction. Volunteers of an NGO rushed the injured to the Civil Hospital.

New courses approved: The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, has granted permission to the Aryabhatta Group of Institutes, Barnala, to run B.Tech and MBA courses from this academic session.

100 pc result in BCA: The Baba Farid College saw 100 per cent result in BCA (IIIrd year) examination, the result of which was declared by the Punjabi University, Patiala. A total of 57 students had appeared in the examination, of which 25 students secured over 70 per cent marks. Vishali stood first with 79.71 per cent marks followed by Baljeet Kaur and Bhavna with 79.43 per cent and 79 per cent marks, respectively.

IAS officers reshuffled:
The Punjab government today affected a minor reshuffle amongst IAS officers by transferring secretary, Planning and Special Economic Package and project director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Satish Chandra as secretary, Health and Family Welfare. He will continue to hold earlier post. Principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Mandeep Singh Sandhu is now principal secretary, Printing and Stationary. Secretary, Higher Education and Languages, Anjali Bhawra is now secretary, Medical Education and Research, relieving Rakesh Singh of this additional charge. Anurag Verma, PSEB Member, Finance, takes over additional charge of project director, NRHM.

Reshuffle amongst  IAS officers: The Punjab government on Monday affected a minor reshuffle amongst IAS officers by transferring Secretary, Planning and Special Economic Package and Project Director, National Rural Health Mission, Satish Chandra as Secretary, Health and Family Welfare. He will continue to hold earlier post. Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Mandeep Singh Sandhu has been transferred as Principal Secretary, Printing and Stationary. Secretary, Higher Education and Languages Anjali Bhawra has been transferred as Secretary, Medical Education and Research, relieving Rakesh Singh of this additional charge. PSEB Member, Finance, Anurag Verma takes over additional charge of Project Director, National Rural Health Mission.

50-yr-old dies in mishap:
A 50-year-old man was killed in a road accident on the Dera Bassi-Ambala highway near Bhankarpur village, late last night. The deceased was identified as Ajaib Singh, a resident of Ambala. He was moving to Ambala from Chandigarh on his motorcycle when an unidentified vehicle hit the motorcycle from the rear. A case was registered against the unidentified vehicle.

NGOs honoured on Blood Donation Day:
Blood Donation Day was observed here today on the premises of Civil Hospital. The district administration honoured various NGOs on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, DC Kamal Kishore Yadav asked the Red Cross branch to make a list of blood donors and establish district-level blood donor's society. Civil Surgeon DP Godara highlighted the various aspects of blood donation and said that it was in no way harmful for the health. Dr MS Tinna, Dr GS Dhillon besides representatives of various NGOs were present on the occasion.

Two drug peddlers nabbed: In different incidents, the police nabbed two drug peddlers and recovered 2.5 kg opium from their custody. SPS Parmar, the SSP, said the arrested persons have been identified as Sandeep Singh, son of Mann Singh, a resident of Muktsar and Sandeep Singh, son of Jagtar Singh, a resident of Ferozepur City. Cases have been registered against both the accused, the cops added.

Dali is chairman of Improvement Trust:
Rajesh Dali has been appointed as chairman of Improvement Trust in a function organised  here today. Senior BJP leaders, including state president Rajinder Bhandari, BJP minister Manoranjan Kalia and local SAD leaders were also present.

Mehak tops in  BA exam:Mehak Sharma, a student of the AS College for Women, topped in the BA examinations with 80.14 per cent marks. Neha Sharma scored 76.75 per cent marks, while Priyanka Jain got 75.75 per cent marks. Rekha Bhardwaj, principal of the college, said the overall pass percentage of the college was 94.15. She congratulated the staff and students on their achievement.

Addict found dead:
The Balongi police found a youth dead near Badh Majra on Monday morning. The youth was identified as 18-year-old Satnam Singh, alias Satta. His father Harnek Singh, a resident of Seou village, said Satnam was an addict and had not returned home on Sunday night. The body had been handed over to the family.

One killed in accident: Kirpal Singh, a resident of Madanheri village, died after being hit by a Qualis at Madanheri bus stand. In his complaint to the police, Kirpal’s nephew Tara Singh, a resident of Raipur village, said the car had hit Kirpal while he was crossing the road. The driver of the car, Pawan Kumar, fled the spot, leaving the vehicle behind. Kirpal was admitted to the local civil hospital and was further referred to the PGI, where he died last night. The driver has been booked for causing death due to negligent driving.

Narco test on Jyoti on cards:
The city police will conduct a Norco analysis test of Jyoti, the prime accused in the stamp paper scam, unearthed by Major (Retd) G. S Benipal. Giving details about the development SP (City- I) Harsh Bansal said the proposal is in the pipeline and we are planning to take the Norco analysis test of the accused. The test would be conducted either be conducted at Ganga Nagar or in Hydrabad, said the officer.

Pbi varsity results declared:
Punjabi University has declared the results of B A-III, BSc (Biotech)-III, BSc (Med and Non-Med)-III, BCom III, BSc (Agr)-IV, BCA-III and BSc (Home Science)-III. The results are available on university website: www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in. Students can collect their DMCs from respective colleges within three-four days.



MBA programme:
Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak, has launched a new management programme targeted at the working professionals of the National Capital Region (NCR). The MDU has issued the admission notice for the new Masters of Business Administration (MBA) - Executive (weekend programme) - to be conducted on the Gurgaon campus of the university. A university spokesperson said the admission to this course would be made on the basis of academic merit. Admission brochures and application forms for this newly introduced course will be available at the publications cell of the MDU and at the Institute of Law and Management Studies, Sector 40, Gurgaon, on payment of requisite fees. The last date for the submission of application forms is July 28.

Counselling postponed:
Haryana Agricultural University has postponed the date of first counselling for admission to BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry), BSc (Hons) and Agriculture degree programmes, which was scheduled to be held on July 9. It will now be held on July 14. Registrar RS Dalal said here on Monday that there was no change in the venue and timings of the counselling. The registration of the selected candidates would take place on July 15.

Telephone directory released:
Prof RP Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, released the new telephone directory of the university here on Monday. Stating this to mediapersons, university public relations director Prof Brajesh Sawhney said: “The new directory provides telephone numbers of all university functionaries, teaching and non-teaching staff in a systematic manner. Important telephone numbers of the district administration, doctors, journalists and affiliated colleges have been included for the convenience of the public. The university will provide the directory at a nominal price,” he added.

Kamla Singh heads assn:
Dr Kamla Singh has been elected the new president of the Haryana Civil Medical Service (HCMS) Association. The HCMS is the main body of government doctors in Haryana, representing the interests of nearly 2,200 doctors. Dr Rajesh Kumar was elected general secretary at the annual elections held in the Tilyar tourist complex here on Sunday.



Camp held:
Around 110 differently abled persons were provided with various aid by the CRC, Sundernagar, at a one-day camp held at Ghumarwin on Friday. District Programme Officer RS Guleria said the function was organised jointly by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment and the CRC, Sundernagar, with view to providing essential aid to the concerned and deserving persons free of cost. He said 24 persons were provided with wheelchairs, six were given tricycles, 30 with hearing aid, 10 with crutches, 10 walking help sticks, five artificial foot shoes and 25 others with pair of glasses.

Hike sought:
The Himachal Pradesh Home Guards’ Welfare Association has urged the state government to increase the daily wage of jawans from Rs 150 to 170, which has been their long-pending demand. In a handout issued here on Saturday, district president of the association Hem Singh Jasrotia said there were about 8,500 jawans working in the length and breadth of the state. “It is now the onus of the state government to enhance the daily wage of trained but low-paid home guards’ jawans to meet their livelihood,” he added.

Labourer killed:
One labourer Nirmal of Jharkhand became victim of tyre burst of an oil tanker (JK02W-3846). The truck was carrying fuel to Kargil when it tilted and hit him, killing him on the spot. The accident happened near 13,050-feet-high Rohtang top, about 90 km from here, on Saturday. The victim was working by the roadside. The police has detained driver Gurdev Singh but confirmed that the accident was due to mechanical failure.

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