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Office-bearers elected
: The following have been elected office bearers of the Punjab Math Teachers Association: Jaswinder Singh (Muktsar)-state president, Harjinder Singh Dhillon (Faridkot)-general secretary, Rajesh Monga (Bathinda)-secretary-cum-spokesman, Sukhdev Mittal (Bathinda)-press secretary, Sant Sarup Singh (Barnala)-senior vice-president, Dalbir Singh (Hoshiarpur)- vice-president, Gurbachan Singh (Ludhiana) vice-president, Pawan Kumar (Muktsar) and Jagdev Singh (Moga)-organising secretaries.

Adesh suptdt: Dr Sarvesh Chander Chopra assumed the office of medical superintendent of the Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research on Tuesday. He took the charge from Dr S.S. Dhaliwal, who has been promoted as the vice-principal of the institute. Dr Chopra worked in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, before this for 32 years.

Policy date extended: The state government has extended the date of one-time settlement policy for borrowers of the Punjab Financial Corporation up to August 31. Disclosing this here on Thursday, an official spokesman for the Punjab government said borrowers had huge benefit under this scheme. He further said the corporation had provided loan in 2,288 different cases to the borrowers. Only 20 borrowers had deposited their loan in time, and in 2,668 cases borrowers could not pay their loan in time, which was about Rs 2,616.71 crore pending loan cases against borrowers. The borrowers were informed of the details of the policy through registered letters by the corporation.

Agent couple booked: A fake travel agent couple here duped innocent persons of Rs 60 lakh in the name of sending them to foreign countries. According to police sources, Daljit Singh of Shahjahanpur (Uttar Pradesh) and three others, in their complaint, alleged that Gurmit Singh and his wife Gurjit Kaur, both of Model Town, Kapurthala, took Rs 60 lakh for settling them abroad. But they neither sent them abroad nor returned the money. The police has booked the couple under relevant sections of the IPC.

Café Coffee Day outlet inaugurated: Cafe Coffee Day, India's premier and largest chain of coffee cafes, opened its first outlet in the town today. Special Secretary to the Chief Minister, K.J.S. Cheema, inaugurated it. The launch of this cafe takes the number of Cafe Coffee Day outlets in the state to 25.

Rakhi making competition
: Nirmala Jandu topped in on the spot Rakhi making competition organised at the Kaswan Girls College in Tibbi near Hanumangarh on Tuesday.

Youth killed in road mishap: One Sunil (17) was killed as a jeep hit the motorcycle that he was driving near the turning point at the Maseetwala headworks on Tuesday. The police had registered a case against the driver of the jeep Jagdish Kumar, sources said.

Body found: Body of Satnam Singh was found in Hariyali Kisan Bazaar on Hanumangarh-Sangria road early morning on Tuesday. Enquiries revealed that he had been reportedly missing for the last six days. The body has been kept in the mortuary of the district hospital for postmortem as initially it appeared to be a case of murder, sources said. Meanwhile, an automobile mechanic Rohtash of village Shekhchulia was killed as a speedy Bolero jeep hit him when he was repairing a jeep on the roadside, the police said.

IMA hails police decision: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has hailed the decision of the police to withdraw the criminal case under Section 304, IPC, against Dr Gurdeep Singh of Doraha. IMA chief Dr Yash Sharma said it was a welcome step that would allow doctors to discharge duties without any fear. He further added that the judiciary had issued clear guidelines in such cases in the Martin D’Souza case wherein doctor should only be booked after getting the go ahead from the medical board, constituted to go into the allegations of negligence against the individual. He said he had written a letter to the Punjab DGP to issue instructions to all districts headquarters that the cases of violence in the hospitals should be registered under the Medicare Hospital Protection Act.

Body found: The body of an unidentified person was found at the local railway station on Tuesday morning. According to the railway police, the body, which seemed to be of a sadhu, was lying on platform 1. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. The police has initiated inquest proceedings in this regard.

One held with ganja: The police has arrested a migrant labourer for allegedly carrying 2 kg of ganja. Haling from Bihar, Rakesh Kumar was nabbed while he was carrying a bag containing the drug near a bus-queue shelter in the Model Town area. The police said the man could reveal information regarding drug peddlers in the city and its vicinity. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him at Division 6 police station.

Bhardwaj is again PCMS Assn chief: Dr Harish Bhardwaj was unanimously re-elected as the President of the Jalandhar district unit of the PCMS Association for 2009-10 at its general body meeting here today. As many as 13 doctors of the PCMS working in Jalandhar district participated in the meeting. Dr Shiv Dayal Mali was made patron of the association. The house entrusted the president and the patron to constitute the office-bearers of the association.

70 master trainers resign
: About 70 centre master trainers (CMT) and block master trainers (BMT) today submitted their resignations to the Block Elementary Education Officers (BEEO) concerned to protest against the transfer of district coordinator Harjinder Singh by the District Education Officer (Elementary) allegedly under political pressure. In their resignation letters submitted to the BEEO, the trainers refused to work under the newly appointed coordinator Sandeep Kumar. The BEEO further reportedly submitted the resignation letters to the DEO, who had convened a meeting of the trainers for tomorrow to sort out the matter.

One held with 12 boxes of liquor
: The local police arrested Harvinder Singh, a resident of Jhajjar, Haryana, on the charges of smuggling 12 boxes of country made liquor late last night. The SHO, Lalru, said the accused was arrested  from ITI Chowk during checking.

Councillor’s spouse held, supporters block road: Supporters of municipal councillor Shama Farazi on Tuesday blocked traffic and raised slogans against the administration for arresting her husband Sarfraz Ahmed. According to SHO Harwinder Singh Khera, the police has booked four persons, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sadique, Wazir and Bheji, under Sections 323, 341, 506, 148 and 149, IPC, and 1989, SC and ST Act, for allegedly beating up three employees of the municipal council. These employees had allegedly thrown a dead animal in the dumping place of their ward. Ahmed tried to stop them. A scuffle started between them. Council’s employees went on a strike demanding the arrest of Ahmed. Due to pressure the police arrested him.

Two-day free medical camp
: The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, organised a two-day free medical check-up camp which was sponsored by trust Vice-President Hardev Singh Kahma to commemorate the 10th death anniversary of his father Tara Singh Kahma. Deputy Commissioner Nilkanth Avhad inaugurated the camp on Monday. Amarjit Singh Kaler, President, said 50 per cent concession would be provided to the patients examined in the camp if they were admitted in the hospital.

Technical official appointed: Rajinder Singh Gill, Head of the Physical Education Department of Doaba Arya Senior Secondary School, has been appointed technical official for conducting the world badminton championship scheduled to be held from August 10 to 16 at Hyderabad. About 80 countries are participating in the event which is being hosted here for the first time. The Government of India and the Commonwealth Games Committee are coordinating the event going to be conducted under the aegis of the Badminton Association of India, Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of Andhra Pardesh.

Free travel for women
: Dr Sarita Singh, commissioner-cum-administrative secretary, Women and Child Development Department, informed that free travel on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan has been offered for women by the state government all over Rajasthan. However, the facility will not be available in the buses that ply on the national tourist permits.



Amay to lead UT cricket team: Amay Soman will lead Chandigarh district cricket team for under-19 in the quarterfinals against Gurgaon on August 6 at Lahli Stadium in Rohtak. Members of the team are: Amay Soman (C), Rohit Singh, Ashish Kukreti, Guntashveer, Kishore, Rakesh, Rachit Negi, Parabhjot Singh, Pankaj, Subhan Rana, Vijay, Mayank, Navneet, Malvinder, Mandeep, Alok, Naresh and Ravi Kumar.

BTS beat Satluj academy: BTS Cricket Academy beat Satluj Cricket Academy by four wickets during the under-13 Mansoon Cup Cricket Tournament-2009 being played on Kundan Cricket Academy ground, Sector 46-B, here today.

MC fined for drawing power illegally: The Chandigarh administration has imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on the municipal corporation for drawing electricity illegally for Teej celebration at Leisure Valley in Sector 36 on Saturday. Officials in the administration said the engineering department of the UT had imposed the fine on the corporation for drawing electricity directly from a power pole.

BEd job fest from Aug 12: Chandigarh Group of Colleges is holding a job fest on August 12 for BEd students. More than 20 leading schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula have already given their consent for participating in the event for recruiting teachers for them. Students of all colleges of Punjab are allowed  to register on CGC website www.cgc.edu.in by  August 10. The employers include top-ranking schools like St Kabir, Strawberry Fields, St Joseph, Shishu Niketan, Doon International, St Anne, Satluj Public, Golden Bells etc.



HAU counselling on Aug 7
: Haryana Agricultural University will hold campus counselling on August 7 to fill vacant seats in BTech Agricultural Engineering course in the university. After the online counselling process by the Haryana State Counselling Society a few seats were vacant. These seats will be filled from amongst eligible Haryana residents on the basis of directions issued by the director, Technical Education, Haryana, through walk-in-campus counselling. The counselling will start at 9 am on August 7 in the committee room of College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology of the university. Interested candidates would be required to submit the prescribed application form by 1.30 pm on August 6.

Rs 2.75 lakh looted
: Two motorcycle-borne miscreants reportedly looted a moneybag containing Rs 2.75 lakh from a shopkeeper, Tara Chand, near the bus stand in Bawal on Tuesday. The shopkeeper, on a bystander’s bike, gave them a chase, but the miscreants fled away with the booty. The incident occurred when the shopkeeper was about to catch a vehicle for Rewari. The Bawal police has registered a case of assault and theft in this regard.

Dhaba workers’ strike ends
: The week-long strike of the Murthal Dhaba Workers Union ended here after an intervention of DC Ajit Joshi with a compromise that the workers would be paid minimum wages by the dhaba owners. The workers on Tuesday returned to their duties at different dhabas and it was again a routine business at the hotels. The compromise was reached at a meeting of the representatives of the Dhaba Workers Union led by its president Devnath, dhaba owners and senior trade union leaders on Monday.


Traffic disrupted
: The SFI and NSUI student wings of the Valabh Postgraduate College today disrupted traffic at the National Highway in protest against lack of local bus services for college students coming from the Balh and Tungal areas. According to information, they have been demanding plying of more buses and change in timings on other routes. The students had been suffering, as they do not get buses in time while coming and going to college.


Raksha Bandhan celebrated
: Students of Model Academy schools on the BC Road and the Residency Road here on Tuesday celebrated Raksha Bandhan with fervour. Humming Buds, the preschool of the MIER, also joined the festivities at their respective branches. According to a statement issued here, Humming Buds organised a ‘rakhi making’ and ‘kite flying’ competition on the occasion. Three students, namely Sara Mahajan (class I), Apurva Gupta (class VI) and Komal and Gurpreet (class VII), were given awards for the best rakhis. The best rakhis were then displayed on the school notice board.

PDD lineman hurt: A lineman of the Power Development Department was injured after he fell from an electricity pole in the Rehari Chungi area here on Tuesday. Official sources said Ashok Kumar of Taraf Brahmana village in Bishnah tehsil was injured after he fell from an electricity pole. He was later shifted to the GMC.

‘Release’ detained leaders: Veteran journalist, human rights activist and convenr of the state PUCL Balraj Puri has demanded the release of the political leaders detained, following the Shopian agitation as the situation has turned normal. Puri pleaded for the release of Syed Ali Shah Geelani on humanitarian grounds in view of his ailing health and old age.

Relay fast: The family members and the party workers of slain peace activist Hoshiar Singh, who along with his wife was killed in a “terrorist attack” last year, have questioned the government for not conducting inquiry into the killings. “It is strange rather shocking to know that the democratic peaceful method of protest of civil society of Samba to force the state government to hold inquiry into the assassination of Hoshiar Singh is being ignored and not considered seriously,” Kathua MLA Charanjit Singh said.



Felicitation: Chief Minister Dr RP Nishank has congratulated Pitthoragarh resident Deep Joshi on him being conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award. “Deep Joshi has made Uttarakhand proud,” Nishank said. He said that just as Joshi has worked for the betterment of backward areas in other states, he should make similar efforts in Uttarakhand as well. The CM said that the award will be a source of inspiration to the youth of the state.

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