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Kang is UPCC poll panel member: Former Punjab minister Jagmohan Singh Kang has been appointed as member of Pradesh Election Authority for the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee organisational elections-2010. According to a release here, Kang would be acting as Additional Pradesh Returning Officer for the UPCC elections. The state election authority has been constituted by the Congress high command to ensure free and fair organisational elections.

Assembly session: Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil has summoned the 13th Punjab Vidhan Sabha session from 4th March, 2010. The session will open at 2 pm in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Hall here. An official release announcing this was issued here on Friday.

Publisher booked:
The police last night booked Garima Gupta, printer and publisher of Golden Publication and MM Graphics India Private Limited, Meerut, under sections 295-A, 153--A and 120-B of the IPC for hurting religious sentiments of the Balmik community. According to police sources, the printer and publisher of a Hindi book, being taught in class VII of SD Senior Secondary School, published objectionable material against Bhagwan Valmiki in it. The complaint was lodged by Hari Ram Adia, Coordinator of the local Bhartiya Balmik Dharam Samaj.

Shots fired: Some miscreants fired three shots at the main gate of the house of NRI Jaspal Singh of Begampur early this morning. According to police sources, after firing the shots, the miscreants fled. Jaspal Singh, who had recently come to India in connection with the marriage of some relative, is safe. The Bulhowal police has registered a case under sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and section 336 of the IPC in this connection.

Pressure horns: 47 challaned:
The traffic police challaned 47 persons for installing pressure horns on their vehicles in the city today. The SP (Traffic) said the drive would continue in the coming days.

Satta: 2 held: The police has nabbed two youths on the charge of playing and conducting satta in the city in the wake of international cricket matches being played in Australia and New Zealand. Inspector Harjinder Singh of Division 6 police station said the police got a tip-off that some persons were playing satta in a house in Garden Colony. The police nabbed Raj Kumar of Phagwara Gate and Gurprit Singh of  Garden Colony and registered a case under the relevant sections of the Public Gambling Act, the IPC and the IT Act.

2 drug peddlers flee: Two under trails fled away from the police custody in the judicial court complex at Moga on Friday. They were brought here from the Ludhiana Central Jail for a case hearing pending against them. The two undertrials identified as Paramjit Singh, alias Pamma, and his brother Sarabjit Singh, alias Sarba, were caught in September 2009 with 50 bags of poppy husk and were booked under the NDSP Act. A hunt has been launched to nab the drug peddlers.

Tarn Taran
Faults in MGREGS:
Hundreds of farm workers, under the banner of Socio-economic Development Program (SEDP) and Awaz-e-Aawam, organised a dharna at the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office to protest against the drawbacks in the MGREGS. Daniel B. Das and other leaders of the organisation while addressing on the occasion, alleged that Sarpanches of the concerned villages often misuse their powers to give job to the card holders. The leaders also presented a memorandum regarding their demands to the DC.

Set up Virsa Vihar: The local District Language Committee, in its meeting held here under the chairmanship of Khushi Ram, Deputy Commissioner, has demanded the construction of Virsa Vihar here to promote Punjabi Language in the border district. The members of the committee unanimously said Virsa Vihar would be helpful in organising cultural activities to promote Punjabi language.



Career Point Group, which trained students for IIT, JEE, AIEE and pre-medical examinations, today launched its Chandigarh branch. Chief parliamentary secretary Rao Dan Singh, Ministry of Education, Government of Haryana, inaugurated the branch in Sector 34.

MoU: Punjab Infotech and Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutes has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the coming up Rayat-Bahra Punjab Infotech Training and Finishing School to make engineering students employable here today.

Holiday notice: All e-sampark centres, e-gram sampark centres and jan sampark centres in Chandigarh and its villages will be closed on February 27 and March 1 on account of Milad-un-Nabi and Holi, respectively.

Man convicted of rape: The local court today held Viney Kumar guilty for allegedly raping a woman. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced tomorrow. The police had registered a case under Section 376 against Viney on August 23, 2004. The victim alleged that the accused had left her after four months of their marriage.

Office-bearers elected: The following have been elected as office-bearers of the Guru Nanak Labour Welfare Committee, Sector 29 B, chairman Kuldeep Sharma; president Ajaib Singh; vice-president Sukhvinder Singh; general secretary Gurpal Singh; organising secretary Sandeep Joshi; cashier Gopal Singh and propaganda secretary Balbir Singh.

Death of IFS officer mourned
The Indian Forest Service Association has mourned the death of a retired IFS officer and a former Chief Consevator of Forests, Gurmit Singh. He served in the Punjab Forest Department from 1996 to 2003. A meeting to offer condolence will be held at Phase XI gurdwara tomorrow.

Purse snatched: An unidentified motorcycle-borne youth snatched the purse of a resident of Phase VI here on February 23. The purse contained a mobile phone and cash. A case was registered on the complaint of Karamjit Kaur.



CLP meeting on March 1:
The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) will meet on March 1 to finalise the party’s strategy for the Budget session starting on March 2. The party’s chief whip, Sukhwinder Singh, said Leader of the Opposition Vidya Stokes would preside over the meeting in which issues to be raised in the House would be discussed.


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