Meeting held: A meeting of the ETT Teachers’ Union was held here on Thursday. Swaranjeet Singh Bhagta, vice-president of the union, said some elements were trying to hamper the union’s fight against the government.
PSEB engineers’ meeting: Activists of the PSEB Engineers’ Association, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant region, during a general house meeting held here on Thursday, urged the PSEB and state government to take the execution of declared power plants in its hand. They also expressed concern over the shortage of technical staff due to which routine working of the PSEB was being affected.
Sood to unfurl national flag: Tikshan Sood, minister for parliamentary affairs, medical education and research, forests & wildlife, will unfurl the national flag and take salute on the Independence Day to be celebrated at the Sports Stadium here.
Deer park closed on I-Day: A spokesman of the Wild Life Preservation Department, Punjab, informed that Zoological Park, Chattbir (Mohali), Deer Park Nillon (Ludhiana), Zoological Park (Ludhiana), Deer Park Bir Motibagh (Patiala) and Deer Park Bir Talab (Bathinda) will remain closed for general public on Independence Day.
Zoos closed on I-Day: A spokesman for the state Wild Life Preservation Department informed that Zoological Park Chattbir (Mohali), Deer Park Nillon (Ludhiana), Zoological Park (Ludhiana), Deer Park Bir Motibagh ( Patiala) and Deer Park Bir Talab (Bathinda) will remain closed on the Independence Day.
Stenography course: The District Sainik Welfare Office would start a one-year stenography course approved by the Punjab Language Department on September 3. The candidates should either be matriculate (first division) with Punjabi as a compulsory subject or 10+2 (second division) with Punjabi as a subject. Preference would be given to higher qualified candidates.
HMV staff continue protest: Continuing their protest against the state government over non-implementation of 5th Pay Commission recommendations, the members of the Non-Teaching Staff Union of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya wore black badges on Wednesday. Union president Kulwant Singh criticised the government for not accepting their demands.
IAF athletics championship on: The 57th Indian Air Force inter-command athletics championship-2009-10 began at Air Force Station, Adampur, on Tuesday. Air Cdre H.S. Arora, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Adampur, declared the championship open.
One more suspected swine flu case: Mandeep Kaur, a local resident, was today admitted to the Civil Hospital with swine flu like symptoms. The girl, who is a student of MBA in Pune, came home recently and reported of fever and cough. District Health Officer Dr Rooplal said the swab samples of the girl had been sent to the NICD, New Delhi. “The reports would be received within some days,” he added.
Chairman elected: Surinder Mahajan was elected Chairman of Pathankot Primary Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank Limited here on Thursday. Six directors of the bank extended their support to Mahajan.
Gang busted: The police busted a three-member gang of vehicle-lifters and recovered a motorcycle and two scooters from their possession. Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a naka at Chakki Bridge and nabbed Tony, Mithun and Ashwani Kumar, residents of Chhani Beli Indora in Himachal Pradesh, and recovered the vehicles which were kept in a temple situated at the town outskirt. Sharp-edge weapons, including a sword and iron rods, were also seized.
Dharna against price rise: The CPI and the CPM on Thursday held joint dharna in protest against rising prices in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) here. District secretary of the CPI Satwant Singh Khandebad and district secretary of the CPM Bant Singh Namol led the dharna A memorandum against rising prices was submitted to the administration.
NCC training camp: The All-India Thal Sena selection-cum-annual training camp conducted by First J&K Armed Squadron of the NCC is currently on at Nagrota. The camp, inaugurated by Brig Anil Gupta, deputy director-general, NCC, commenced on August 7, would conclude on August 16. Camp commandant Lt-Col Javed A. Mir said the camp aimed at imparting collective training such as map reading, drill, firing, obstacles, tent pitching etc to develop a sense of discipline amongst the cadets.
Varsity officers’ association: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Jammu University Officers Association: Imran Farooq-President; Desh Bandhu-- vice-president; MP Raina--general secretary; Vinay Thasoo --- publicity/ organising secretary; and Amit Mahajan, --- finance secretary. The five-member executive committee comprises Aman Sharma, Mohammad Shoaib, Anju, Ginni Dogra, and Guneet Singh Sudan.
Docs hail govt move: The Peripheral Doctors’ Association (PDA) has welcomed the government proposal to provide special incentives to the doctors working in peripheral areas. A press note issued here stated that the PDA also appreciated the government move to regularise the contractual/ad hoc doctors, paramedical staff and other staff. However, the PDA urged the government to concede the pending demands of the doctors --- shifting of medicos from pay band two to pay band three, providing NPA with the current basic and grade pay, and rural and risk allowances.
Wildlife office: Minister for Forests Mian Altaf Ahmad on Wednesday announced to open a wildlife office in Banihal on temporary basis. He said the possibility of making the office permanent would also be explored to contain incidence of human-animal conflicts in the area. Replying to a Calling Attention Notice in the Assembly, the minister said all necessary measures would be taken to check occurrence of such incidents in all remote and hilly areas.
Revival of sericulture: Minister for Agricultural Ghulam Hassan Mir has said the government intended to revive sericulture and take it to the age-old glory for which the state was once known for. Inspecting a cocoon auction market put up at the Directorate of sericulture here on Wednesday, the minister said the government had many incentives for people taking up this part-time trade. He mentioned of an insurance scheme of Rs 15,000 for the rearers and their families under which they have to just pay Rs 50 out of a premium of Rs 700 and rest would be paid by the government.