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Rifle stolen:
One .12 bore rifle was stolen from the Ramkot rural branch office of the Fazilka Central Cooperative Bank by unidentified persons. However, no loss of property was reported, manager Mohan Lal informed the Sadar police today. Probe has been started, police said.

Povit Mattewal is Additional Advocate-Gen:
The Punjab Government has appointed Povit Singh Mattewal, son of Advocate-General Hardev Singh Mattewal, as the Additional Advocate-General. Hardev Singh Mattewal is convalescing after he suffered a heart attack a couple of months ago.

Lathi charge on teachers flayed: The Punjab Congress has condemned the repression on teachers, including women, on Teachers Day outside GND University, Amritsar, where a state-level function had been organised by the government. PPCC President Mohinder Singh Kaypee said the teachers had gone there to take up their problems with the ministers but had to face police wrath. This had exposed the ugly face of the Parkash Singh Badal government.

Wadala to approach President:
Veteran Akali leader and president of the Kartarpur Sahib Darshan Abhilashi Sanstha Kuldeep Singh Wadala will approach President Pratibha Patil on her proposed visit to Amritsar next month and ask her to intervene in the matter of the construction of a corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in India to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan to facilitate Sikh pilgrims to pay obeisance at the holy place. Disclosing this to mediapersons here today, Wadala said the government should keep the issue of the passage separate from other issues between India and Pakistan.

BSP activists hold protest:
Hundreds of the activists of the Bahujan Samaj Party led by Jarnail Nangal, in charge of the Phagwara assembly constituency party affairs, and BSP leaders Lekh Raj Jamalpuri and Harbhajan Khalwara, held a demonstration in support of their long-pending demands here today. The demonstrators held a rally after a protest march in the town which was addressed by many Dalits leaders. Later they submitted a memorandum to SDM having a six-point demand charter to solve the grievances of the Dalits in different localities.

Ex-Dakala MLA dead:
Former MLA of Dakala Mohinder Kaur (88) passed away on Monday after a brief illness. The cremation which was attended by several political and bureaucratic personalities was held in Patiala.

Tarn Taran
Minorities panel hear out grievances:
Munawar Masih, Chairman, State Minorities Commission, and members Abdul Shakur Mangat and Emual Gill, visited the border town here today to know the problems of the communities of the area. The representatives of the communities apprised the commission about an illegal acquirement of two acres of land in the cremation ground at Patti by some influential persons. They also brought some other problems of the Christian community into the notice of the commission. The commission held a meeting with the district authorities and issued instructions regarding the early solution to the problems of the communities. Deputy Commissioner Khushi Ram assured the commission for early solution to the problems of the minority communities residing in the area.



MoU signed: An educational group, Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Polytechnic College (LLRMPC), and Guru Gobind Singh Polytechnic College, Kharar, signed an MoU with Western Institute of Technology, Taranaki, New Plymouth, New Zealand, here on Monday. The agreement will enable Indian students to get a diploma and degree in engineering and technology. A delegation from Western Institute of Technology led by Richard Handley, chief executive, finalised MoU with Lala Lajpat Rai Institutes. The MoU provides for students mobility transnationally and for faculty and other staff exchange for professional development, exchange of methodology and pedagogical technology and sharing experience.

Visit: Bathinda municipal council Mayor Balbir Singh on Monday visited the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, and met Anu Chatrath, Mayor, Bhupinder Singh Badheri, senior Deputy Mayor, and other councillors. During his visit, Balbir gathered information about various projects of the MC.

Blood donation camp: The Saupin’s Community Service Organisation (SCSO) of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, organised a blood donation camp in association with the PGI. The camp received a tremendous response and over 125 parents and staff members contributed towards the cause.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Mohali District Tax Bar Association- JP Dhiman- president; Dharam Singh- senior vice-president; PK Jindal- vice-president; Ranjiv Loomba-vice-president; Mukesh K Ghai- general secretary; Madan Gopal- finance secretary.

Union formed: With elections of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) round the corner, employees of the board have constituted a new union under the name of “Naujwan Sudhar Committee” to check the alleged exploitation of the board employees at the hands of the board management. Parwinder Singh Khangura, who has been elected president of the association, said the present employees union was hand in glove with the management and was playing down the misdeeds of the management. Citing the chaos related to the conduct of semester exams by the board, Gurdeep Singh, a committee member, said due to wrong policies of the board, hundreds of students were at the receiving end.

Revised pension denied: The Punjab Government College Retired Teachers` Welfare Association has alleged that the Punjab government has adopted double standards while revising and fixing the pension of its pre-2006 retired employees. The state government has granted the revised pension to all other categories of pre-2006 retired employees, it has denied the revised pension to its pre-2006 university and college teachers of the state. Despite several representations to the Chief Minister of Punjab, Finance Minister of Punjab, department of finance and department of higher education, Punjab, by the Punjab Government College Retired Teachers` Welfare Association, their pension had not been revised so far. The association has urged the Punjab government to issue a fresh notification.

35 lakh hawala money seized in Mohali: In a major hawala seizure, the Punjab Excise Department seized Rs 35 lakh at a naka near the Phase 1 barrier here late this evening. The department had laid the naka for checking liquor smuggling from Chandigarh. Sources said when an auto rickshaw ferrying two passengers was signalled to stop, the duo were found in possession of a bag. When it was opened, Rs 35 lakh was found inside the bag. Both passengers Chetan and Jagnesh, residents of Gujarat, were going to deliver the money to a contact. They said they were working for Dinesh Bhai, a Gujarat-based person, dealing in hawala transactions. The auto rickshaw was coming from Chandigarh. Till filing of the report, the two persons were being quizzed. Incidentally, the Excise Department and not the police made the seizure. However, it could not be confirmed whether the matter had been handed over to the police or not. 



Traffic jam on NH-22:
Traffic remained disrupted on National Highway-22 near railway over bridge in Kalka this evening when a truck went out of order. According to sources, hundreds of vehicles remained stranded in traffic jam for more than one hour. The police had a tough time to regulate the traffic. Daily commuters and tourists also had to face traffic hazard.

Three judo players booked:
The police booked three judo players, including a woman, who claimed to have played at the national level, on the charge of obscenity on Sunday. The police produced all three accused in a court. They were later released on bail. The police said the three were arrested near Surkhab Chowk following a tip off. A case was registered against them under Section 294 of the IPC. The accused have been identified as Amit Sawant (24), a resident of Fatehabad district, Sonu Sharma (23) of Bhiwani district and the woman (22), a resident of Sirsa.



Power cuts irk students:
Demanding the regular power supply in college, a delegation of students from Government Degree College, RS Pura, under the aegis of the Progressive Students Association (PSA), on Monday met Director, Colleges Development. The delegation met assistant registrar and apprised her about the problems being faced by students due to power cuts. Bhima said around 600 students were studying in the college. Due to power cuts, practical work of the students was being affected, he said.

3 killed in road mishaps:
Three persons died while three others were injured in different road accidents in the Kashmir valley today. A vehicle hit a pedestrian, Hafeez-Ullah Shah, injuring him on the national highway near JVC Hospital, Parimpora. The injured was shifted to SKIMS, Soura, where he succumbed to his injuries. A truck, driven by Mohammad Rafiq Khan, fell into a gorge at Pathankote in Bandipora, resulting in injuries to three persons. One of the injured, Ishfaq Ahmad Chechi, succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital. A car hit and injured a girl Sabia. She succumbed to her injuries on way to hospital.


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