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First in three decades: Sikh SP in Sriganganagar
: The Punjabi dominated border district of Sriganganagar in Rajasthan has got a Sikh IPS officer after more than three decades. Rupinder Singh on Wednesday took over as SP in place of Umesh Chander Dutta. One Balwant Singh had served as SP here more than three decades back, senior citizens remember. Speaking to the media, Rupinder Singh expressed surprise over registration of more than 9,000 cases at 25 police stations in one of the largest districts of Rajasthan during the past year. He assured of justice and said FIRs would be registered without delay.

Cheques distributed: Cheques worth Rs 1.5 lakh were given away by the Balluana MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana to eight farm workers during a function here on Wednesday. The workers had sustained injuries while performing agriculture related duties during the past crop season.

Subsidy for girls: Buoyed over the overwhelming response from well educated girls of the border belt, the Central government had for the first time accorded sanction for organising second camp consequently to impart training in advanced technique of fashion designing in collaboration with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) informed Balbir Singh chief operating officer (COO) of the North India Technical Consultancy Organisation (NITCON). Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, he said 30 girls were participating in the two-month long skill development programme (SDI) that would entitle them to avail of 25 per cent subsidy besides financial assistance from the banks for opening boutiques in 

Kabaddi matches in Amritsar today:
Three matches of the Kabaddi World Cup will be held in Guru Nanak Dev Stadium here tomorrow. The first match would be played between Australia and Iran, second between the USA and Italy and the last between Pakistan and England. Sitting arrangements for about 25,000 spectators have been made. Famous Punjabi artistes Jasbir Singh Jassi and Bhagwant Mann would enthral the spectators with their performances.

One killed in accident:
One person was killed and three other occupants of an Alto car were seriously injured when a truck hit the car last evening. The deceased has been identified as Kuldip Singh, while the injured are Gurinder Singh, Harpreet Singh and Palwinder Singh. The accident occurred apparently due to the bursting of a tyre of the truck. After the post-mortem examination at the Civil Hospital here today, the body was handed over to the relatives of the deceased. A case has been registered.

Extension lecture
: An extension lecture was organized in Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, on Wednesday. Dr Dev Raj Vij (president, CTE, India) was the resource person. BS Malik, principal, Mata Jaswant Kaur Memorial Public School, Badal and Dr SS Brar were the distinguished guests on the occasion. Vij in his interaction with the students motivated them to do their duty sincerely. Malik also gave a powerpoint presentation to make the students understand about the general mistakes which they commit while  writing.

Exam dates clash:
The youth of the state are in a dilemma as the dates of examination for screening of two job opportunities are clashing. The entry exams for the posts of Probationary Officer with the State Bank of India and Inspector with the Food and Civil Supplies Department have been scheduled for April 18. The qualification for both the posts is graduation. The youth demand that the date of either of the two exams be changed so that they can try for both the options.

RI for safai sewak:
Safai sewak in the local unit of the NCC Purshotam Lal was been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 13 more days by SDM Amarjit Paul on Wednesday. He said the accused took a loan of Rs 40,000 from the Kapurthala Central Cooperative Society, Phagwara, on December 8, 2004, but did not deposit even a single instalment and now the bank had announced him a defaulter of Rs 92,000, including interest.

Attack condemned: The Vande Mataram Hind Sabha has condemned the Naxal attack on CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh. In a condolence meeting held here on Wednesday, sabha patron Jagjiwan Singh and president P.S. Passi paid tributes to the martyers. A two-minute silence was observed in the memory of the departed souls.

Body found: Sipahi Lal (35) of local Jagat Ram Sund Colony was found dead near water sewerage plant on Phagwara-Palahai road here today. The deceased was missing since Tuesday night. His body was found lying in the sewage pipes of the plant. The police registered a case after sending the body to local civil hospital for the post-mortem examination.

‘Close wine shops’: The Hindu Suraksha Samiti have asked the authorities to close down wine shops near religious places and education centres of the Phagwara town.

Tarn Taran
Eight middle schools upgraded:
The Education Department has upgraded eight middle schools in the district to the high school level with immediate effect. District Education Officer (Secondary) D.K. Mahia said here today that according to a communiqué received from the department, the middle schools at Chung, Lalu Ghuman, Emma Kalan, Dal, Khan Chhapri, Dhul Kona, Benwalipur and Jhugian Natha Singh villages have been upgraded to the high school level. The DEO added that the admission to the high classes in the upgraded schools had been started with immediate effect. According to another report received, Government Girls High School, Shahbazpur, 18 km from here, which was upgraded more than 15 years back, has been facing an acute shortage of teaching staff. The department had sanctioned 14 posts of teaching staff, including the headmistress, for the school, whereas the school is running without the head for the past more than eight years. Only six teachers have been working here against 14 posts.



Tributes paid:
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda paid tributes to Fateh Chand Bhatnagar, father of Suman Bhatnagar, correspondent of The Tribune, at a “Rasam Kirya” ceremony held in Ambala City on Wednesday. Fateh Chand (95) passed away on March 27 at his Ambala residence. A number of Congress workers attended the kirya. Haryana Pradesh Congress president Phool Chand Mullana and Editor of the Dainik Tribune Naresh Kaushal also paid tributes.

Gen JJ Singh to visit KU:
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General JJ Singh (retd) will visit Kurukshetra University on April 10 and address the students and the teaching fraternity. Stating this to mediapersons here on Wednesday, KU Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen DDS Sandhu said: “This will be the Excellency’s first visit to Kurukshetra University and the intellectual fraternity is looking forward to listen to his views on “Essence of Leadership”. Prior to his assignment as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, JJ Singh held the prestigious position of the 22nd Chief of the Army Staff and commanded the second largest Army of the world from January 31, 2005, to September 30, 2007.

1 held for abduction:
The police raided a hideout in Jaipur and apprehended Rajpal Yadav, who had allegedly eloped with a young girl (22) from Nangligodha village, near here, on March 27. Simultaneously, the police also recovered the girl. Rajpal on Wednesday was produced in the court of JMIC Vikas Goyal, who remanded him in judicial custody. Earlier, on a complaint filed by the girl’s father, the police had registered a case of abduction coupled with seduction against the accused. — OC

Woman commits suicide: Rekha Yadav (28), wife of Satish Yadav, reportedly committed suicide by allegedly consuming poison at Balawas Ahir village, near here, on Monday night. The woman was admitted to the trauma centre here, where she died on Tuesday. Following a complaint lodged by Hoshiar Singh Yadav, father of the deceased, the police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against her husband Satish Yadav, father-in-law Ram Kumar Yadav and one other. Hoshiar Singh alleged that his daughter had to take the extreme step owing to cruel treatment given by her in-laws for dowry.

Illicit stock of fertilisers: The police, along with senior officials of the agriculture department, raided a business establishment, Gaurav Trading Company, in the New Grain Market here on Tuesday and detected an “illicit” stock of over 2,600 bags of urea, potash and DAP. A senior agriculture official said while the proprietor of the firm had shown about a dozen bags of fertiliser in the stock details furnished to the department on March 31, such a huge storage of over 2,600 bags was in violation of the departmental rules and regulations. The establishment has been sealed and a case under the Essential Commodities Act has been registered against the proprietor.

police arrests one more Sirsa
: The police today arrested another person for alleged attack on minister Gobind Kanda during the April 3 Sirsa bandh, organised by the INLD. Police sources said Satnam Singh, a resident of the Khairpur area of Sirsa town, had been arrested in connection with the FIR lodged by Gobind Kanda, younger brother of the minister. The police had arrested an INLD activist, Sanjay Saini, in connection with the case yesterday. Like Saini, the name of Satnam Singh, too, does not figure among the identified persons mentioned in the FIR. The police had booked seven identified and 20-25 unidentified INLD activists for a scuffle between the minister.

Devi Lal remembered: Rich tributes were paid to former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal on his ninth death anniversary here on Tuesday. A yajna was organised in Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Vidyapeeth and fruits were distributed amongst special children on the occasion. INLD activists paid tributes to Devi Lal at a solemn function organised in Chaudhary Devi Lal Town Park here. An all-religion prayer was also organised. INLD leaders Pradeep Mehta, Krishna Fogat and RK Bhardwaj were also present.

5 miscreants held:
The police arrested five armed miscreants, Islam, Babu, Ikram, Zulfikar and Zahid of UP, from a deserted room on the Sonepat-Baghpat-Meerut highway on Tuesday. According to SP Mahender Singh Sheoran, they were planning to loot loaded heavy commercial vehicles on the highway. The police seized four country-made pistols, 25 cartridges and a knife from their possession. They were produced in the court on Wednesday and were remanded in police custody, he added. They confessed to have stolen 24 electricity transformers in the villages of Yamuna belt during the past four months.

PNB’s 27th branch opened: Punjab National Bank have issued around 15,000 kisan credit cards to farmers in the district and these included 2,500 cards issued during last year. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Ajit Joshi after inaugurating the 27th branch of the bank on the local Chhotu Ram Chowk on the Gohana road on Wednesday. He said the bank had advanced loans amounting to Rs 342 crore for agriculture purposes to farmers on subsidised rates last financial year. Out of this, an amount of Rs 146 crore was given through credit cards.



Training camp for CRPF men:
A two-week specialised training camp organised for personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on counter-insurgency concluded near here on Tuesday. A defence spokesman said over 100 CRPF jawans attended the camp which was held at the Corps Battle School, Khreuh. A closing ceremony was held at the school that was attended by the GOC, CIF (V) and NC Asthana, IGP (Ops), CRPF (Kashmir).


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