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The following have been elected as office bearers of the Punjab State IAS Officers’ Association: Sarvesh Kaushal (president), Kusumjit Sidhu (senior vice-president), Suresh Kumar (vice-president), DK Tiwari (general secretary), Ashok Kumar Gupta (treasurer) and Bhawna Garg and Ravi Bhagat (joint secretary). 

Decision hailed:
The members of the All India Central Government Pensioner’s Association (AICGPA) have hailed the government decision on granting family pension to physically challenged and crippled siblings of government pensioners. V.K. Jolly, secretary general of the AICGPA, lauded the decision of the government for redefining the definition of ‘family’ for the purpose of eligibility of family pension. He said as per the decision of the Union Ministry of Pensions, physically challenged and crippled siblings of government pensioners would be liable to receive his family pension after his death. 

Sports trials: The Punjab Sports Department will conduct the trials to select the state teams on October 9 at 10 am at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. The selected teams will participate in the 35th National Sports Festival for Women Group-I from October 21 to 24 to be held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, and Group-III from November 11 to 14 to be held in Margao, Goa. This was stated by Director, Sports, Punjab, Pargat Singh. The Group-I would include the games of basketball, handball, table tennis and swimming, while group-II includes gymnastics, kho-kho, kabbaddi and volleyball. The National Sports Festival for Women is organised by the Sports Authority of India every year.

BJP leader dead:
Suresh Verma, former secretary of the BJP state unit, yesterday passed away after an illness. He was 84. He is survived by four children, including two sons and  two daughters.
He was cremated yesterday. His funeral was attended by numerous people from all walks of life. Verma was a famous BJP leader. He had contested assembly elections from the city unsuccessfully twice.

2 killed, 1 injured in accident:Two persons were killed and one injured when a milk tanker, in which they were travelling, rammed into a stationary truck  at Nanpur village, near Sahnewal, here this evening. The deceased have been identified as Amarjeet Singh (32) and Sukhwinder Singh (38) who died on the spot. Both were working at Reliance Milk. The driver of tanker, Satnam Singh, who was sitting next to them, was injured.

NRI honoured:Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Manch today felicitated Karamjit Singh, an NRI, and general secretary of the USA branch of the manch at a function organised at Rajguru Nagar here. Krishan Kumar Bawa, chairman of the body, along with former minister Malkiat Singh Dakha, Buta Singh Hans, Niraml Singh Kaira, presented a portrait of Banda Bahadur and a shawl to him. 

Body found:
The body of a local resident, Deepak Kumar (26), was found near railway lines in Piparangi here on Monday. The body bore several injury marks. The Railway Police  has registered a case and sent the body to Civil  Hospital for post-mortem examination. 



Industrial and Business Park: The Chandigarh administration has changed the name of Industrial Area to Chandigarh Industrial and Business Park with immediate effect, an official press release said here on Tuesday. 



Congregation from Oct 9:
Swami Vishwaas will hold a three-day congregation of meditation and satsang from October 9 to 11 here at the Luhnu Maidan. This was stated by district in charge of the Vishwaas Foundation Dr Chand Sharma while addressing mediapersons at the Circuit House here on Monday. Sharma said more than 2,000 devotees would participate from all corners of the state and all arrangements regarding their boarding and lodging would be totally free.

Eight gamblers caught:
With the advent of Diwali, eight gamblers were caught red-handed along with cash and playing cards at different places in the district in a raid conducted by the police patrolling party during the last 24 hours. According to Chamba SP Madhu Sudan, separate cases had been registered against these gamblers which included Ramesh, Tulsi, Tilak, Hem Raj, Harish, Dharam Chand and Upjeet Singh- all residents of this region; adding that cash worth Rs 31,420 had also been recovered from them. 



Arms, 4.5 kg RDX seized:
The security forces on Monday seized arms and ammunition, including 4.5 kg of RDX, from a forest in the Mansar area of Samba district. Official sources said acting on a tip-off, the security forces launched a search operation in the Mansar forest area and seized 4.5 kg of RDX, 105 rounds of SLR, a country-made pistol and a bag buried in the ground and covered with leaves. They said some subversive elements might have dumped the arms and ammunition. However, the Samba police feigned ignorance about the seizure. 

Housing Board staff strike work: In continuation with their ongoing agitation, the All J&K Housing Board Employees Association on Tuesday protested against the arbitrariness of the department for not paying them salaries as per the sixth pay commission, pension benefits and regularisation of ad hoc workers. They held protest before the office of Managing Director, J&K Housing Board, Green Belt Park Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. The association also decided to extend two days token strike on Wednesday and Thursday also. The work of the Housing Board got paralysed both in Jammu as well as Kashmir divisions. 

Seminar on Urdu language: A one-day seminar on Urdu has been presided over by Prof Sageer Ifraheem of Aligarh Muslim University. Novelist and short-story writer Sham Sunder Anand Lehar was the chief guest on the occasion. “Urdu had played a vital role in maintaining the communal harmony in the past so it is the duty of Urdu writers to write literary pieces which could spread the message of love and brotherhood in the subcontinent, Shohab Inayat Malik, head of the Urdu Department, said. Three speakers Assdullah Wani, Liaquat Jafri and Mushtaq Wani described Urdu as a language of peace, love and civilisation.

Police-public mela: Describing the police-public mela as an effort by the state police to reach out to people and promote its people-friendly image, first lady Usha Vohra said on Sunday that such melas would go a long way in generating resources for ‘deserving’ and ‘needy’ police families. She said this while inaugurating the police-public mela here at Bakshi Stadium. The mela is organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Wives Welfare Association (JKPWWA). The first lady along with DGP Kuldeep Khoda, JKPWWA chairperson Indu Khoda, senior police officers and other functionaries of the association visited all stalls. 

Federation holds conference:
A conference of the Jammu & Kashmir Medical Employees Federation (JKMEF) of Doda district was held at Bhaderwah on Sunday. Sushil Sudhan and Vinod Sharma, president and general secretary of the JKMEF, respectively, and CL Kotwal, president of the Clerical Association, Jammu, also participated. The new district body appointed Mehboob Krapiak Doda as its president and Ashiq Hussain Batt as general secretary. Haq Nawaz and Sanjeev Bhan were appointed president and general secretary of the Pharmacists Association. Sanjeev Bhan. Riaz Najar, Amjad Shokeen, Subash Raina, Riaz Malik, Anil Koul, Farhat Mehta, Tahir Mushtaq and Shameema Akhter were nominated executive members of the district body. 

Oz army chief visits  Northern Command Hq: General Ken J Gillespie, Australian army chief, visited the Northern Command headquarters at Udhampur on Tuesday. He was accompanied by Lt Col Michael Ryan and Capt (N) JD Mead. Gen Gillespie. He was accorded a very warm reception on arrival. Northern Command spokesperson Col DK Kachari said during his brief visit the Australian army chief held a cordial discussion with Lt-Gen BS Jaswal, GoC-in-C Northern Command. He also interacted with other senior officers of the Northern Command headquarters and was briefed about the operational and functional aspects of this sensitive formation. A banquet lunch was organised in his honour at the Command Officers Mess.



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