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The Pakistani prisoners who were released from Indian jails before crossing over to Pakistan at Attari-Wagah joint check-post on Thursday.
The Pakistani prisoners who were released from Indian jails before crossing over to Pakistan at Attari-Wagah joint check-post on Thursday. A Tribune photo

Six Pakistani  prisoners freed:
Six Pakistani nationals, including two terrorists, lodged in Jammu and Kashmir and Tihar jails were released by India on Thursday. Handed over to Pakistani authorities by BSF officials via the Attari-Wagah joint check-post, those repatriated included Mohammad Sayeed Malik, Sikandar Hayat, Hayat Mohmmad, Nyamat Ali, Shehjad Khan and Tariq Mohammad. Talking to mediapersons before crossing over to their native country, Shehzad Khan and Tariq Mohammad said they had illegally crossed over to India to participate in 'jihad' in Jammu and Kashmir. But they were caught by paramilitary forces and jailed thereafter.

Streetplay organised:
A streetplay ‘Kalpana Karo’ was staged at seven places in different localities by the artists of the AKS, a theatre society, at Abohar recently. The theme of the street play was ‘What would happen, if people keep wasting water’. Director Surinder Narula was joined by Satish Patel, Deepak Kamboj, Mangat Verma, Ashwani Miglani, Bobby Sandha, Ramesh Sain, Shailey Setia, Vikram Kamra and Kiran. 

Suspend Saini, says Majha Front:
The Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front has demanded that Punjab Vigilance chief Sumedh Singh Saini be suspended till such time cases filed against him in the Supreme Court were decided. At a press conference here on Thursday, front chairman Col (retd) GS Sandhu said suspending Saini would only be in tune with the Punjab Police Act-2007 under which an officer must be suspended if charges are framed against him by a court of law.

Lambi (Muktsar)
Four robbers give  cops the slip:
Four accused involved in various incidents of looting of petrol pumps in Punjab, Rajasthan and other parts of the country escaped from a police station here on Wednesday night. The police said the accused, Jaswinder Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Kewal Singh and Nahar Singh, who were involved in the looting of a petrol pump in Bhitiwala village of the district about two months ago, escaped after breaking open the lock of the lock-up of the police station.

394 pharmacy pass-outs selected at job fest:
As many as 394 pharmacy students have been offered jobs by 28 pharmaceutical companies and hospitals in a state-level job fest organised by the Punjab Technical University on the campus of the Indo-Soviet Friendship College of Pharmacy here. Parveen Garg, Chairman of ISF College of Pharmacy, said 128 students, of the 394, were from his institute.

Seminar on carrier counselling:
As a part of Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan Awareness Campaign, a seminar on career counselling was organised at Sarkari Kanya School here today. More than 60 government career counselling teachers of Class X and XII of Nakodar and Shahkot block I and II took part in the seminar. District career guide Surjit Lal and other resource persons presented their views on the importance of career counselling at school level. They stressed on the need of practical education and told teachers to develop practical thinking among schoolchildren and primarily teach them the importance of career.

SDM inspects rain-hit crops: Nakodar SDM Supreet Singh Gulati inspected rain-hit wheat crops at Alewaal, Bhular, Gandra, Nawapind Jatta, Khurshaidpur and Pandori villages here today. He said wheat crops at some fields have sustained 80 per cent damage. “I am only inspecting wheat crops as I have not been instructed to inspect other crops like sunflower, chilly or tomato, though these have also got affected in the hailstorm,” he said adding accurate report would be sent to the higher authorities about the damaged wheat crop.

Devp plans reviewed:
SDM Amarjit Paul held a meeting of officials of the sub-division to review ongoing development plans. Officials of PWD, Public Health, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, attended the meeting. The SDM said few remaining villages would soon be provided with drinking water facility and water tanks would also be constructed.

Woman killed:
An unidentified old woman was run over and killed by a train near railway station on Wednesday while she was crossing the railway lines. The GRP has sent the body to the Civil Hospital for postmortem.

Woman dies of burns Phillaur: A young married woman, Kiranjit Kaur, died due to burn injuries sustained at her in-laws’ house in Noormahal town of the subdivision last night. Balwinder Kaur, mother of the deceased, alleged that her daughter was set on fire by her in-laws as they could not fulfil their demand of more dowry. She alleged that Balwinder Kumar, Kiranjit’s husband, had extramarital relations with another girl and used to torture his wife.

Fire destroys standing crop:
Standing wheat crop on about 200 bighas of land in Mangwaal village near here was destroyed in a fire on Thursday. In another incident, fire caused damage to the crop in the fields along Patiala Khurana road at Suiyaan near here.



Additional charge: The UT administration has given additional charge of Assistant Estate Officer, Secretary, House Allotment Committee and Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, to Rahul Gupta, currently posted as Controller Printing and Stationery, following repatriation of Hargunjit Kaur.



Fake ‘haldi’ unit:
The police unearthed a spurious “haldi” manufacturing unit near Rally Godown here on Wednesday and seized bags of spurious “haldi” kept for supply in the market. A team of health officials took samples, which were sent to a laboratory for chemical analysis, while the remaining stock was sealed.

Clash in dates: IIT, Roorkee, and Kurukshetra University have fixed the same date for the joint admission test for MSc (JAM) and BSc (III), respectively, i.e. on May 8. Due to the clash of dates, students, who have been preparing for JAM-2011 and whose qualification is prerequisite for admission to MSc, Joint MSc-PhD, MSc-PhD dual degree and other post-bachelor degree programmes, will be deprived of the opportunity to appear in the exam. The affected students have urged the Kurukshetra University authorities to reschedule the math examination of BSc (III) scheduled for May 8 so that they can appear in the admission test being conducted by the IIT.

Paddy nursery: The district administration has directed all farmers of the district to desist from preparing paddy nursery before May 15 and plant paddy before June 15. Deputy Commissioner Amneet P Kumar said here on Tuesday that any farmer found violating these directions would be fined at the rate of Rs 10,000 per hectare per month and if the administration had to uproot any nursery or planted paddy the farmer concerned would have to pay all expenses incurred on such operation. The step has been necessitated to maintain the underground water level and the soil fertility.

Two arrested:
The Rampura police has arrested Ravi Prakash and Navin of nearby Chandawas village who along with two others,had thrown head constable Amar Singh Yadav out of a moving bus near Hazariwas village, 3 km from here, on Wednesday. The duo were on Thursday produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate Tayyab Hussain, who remanded them in judicial custody. Search is on for the other two accused, Pramod and Dhilloo.

SC directions:
The Haryana state committee of the CPM has hailed the directions issued by the Supreme Court on the caste panchayats. The state secretariat of the party has termed the comments of the Supreme Court as timely and proper. The state secretariat has said according to the directions of the apex court, the state government should also give up its opportunistic stance of giving patronage to caste panchayats and curb the activities effectively. The weaker sections and progressive forces fighting against casteism would get strength from the Supreme Court decision, said state secretary Inderjit Singh.

Rly overbridge:
The construction work on a railway overbridge at a level crossing near the cooperative sugar mill on the Delhi-Ambala section of the Railway line as well of the bypass around Sonepat is likely to be sanctioned soon as it is on the priority list of the state government to decongest traffic in the town. This was stated by Speaker of the Haryana Assembly Kuldeep Sharma while talking to mediapersons here at the PWD rest house on Tuesday.



LPG cylinders confiscated:
The District Food and Civil Supplies Department on Thursday confiscated 41 domestic LPG cylinders that were being used in commercial establishments as hotels and restaurants in McLeodganj and Dharamsala. Balwant Singh, District Food and Civil Supplies Officer, here said they had been receiving complaints regarding misuse of domestic LPG cylinders in the area that were leading to shortage of general consumers. A case under the Essential Commodities Act is being registered against the accused. Though the authorities are penalising consumers, they are not taking any action against gas agency owners.

Neri to have regional centre of Nauni varsity:
Horticulture and Technical Education Minister Narinder Bragta has announced the opening of a Regional Centre of Horticulture and Forestry University, Nauni, at Neri in Hamirpur district. Talking to mediapersons here on Monday, the minister said, “The Institute of Environmental and Bio-Technology Studies will be opened at Neri in the current session”. Local MLA Urmil Thakur was also present in the press conference.

Awards function:
Thakur Ved Ram National Awards 2010-11 in the fields of literature, journalism, cooperative handicraft and handloom were given at a function organised at the Bhutti Weavers Co-operative Society’s community hall here on Thursday. The awards were given to commemorate the birthday of Thakur Ved Ram, a pioneer in introducing Kullu shawl.

Health delegation takes assistance:
The Cancer Institute of Gujarat has agreed to provide information and other technical assistance for introducing telemedicine system in the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla. Health Minister Rajeev Bindal, who is in Gujarat with a team of senior officers of his department, said this after visiting the medical college being jointly set up by the Gujarat Cancer Hospital Society, UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre, Kidney Institute, Bishag Bhaskarcharya Institute of Special Application. The team also gathered information about the Sanjeevani Rath Yojana, besides functioning of the control room of 108 Ambulance Services.



Governor mourns death of Rohmetra’s mother:
Governor NN Vohra has condoled the sad demise of Shanti Devi, mother of SD Rohmetra, Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Daily Excelsior’ newspaper.

Mock exam of AIEEE:Takshillaa, a private institute that gives coaching to candidates for the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), has announced to conduct a mock examination on April 23 and 24 for the AIEEE aspirants at its centre in Gandhi Nagar here. Arooj Nissar, project manager of the Takshillaa, said the mock examination would be conducted in collaboration with “The Civils”, an IAS/KAS academy.



Char Dham shrines:
The portals of the shrines of Yamunotri and Gangotri in Uttarakhand will open for pilgrims on May 6. According to Uttarkashi District Magistrate Hemlata Dhondiyal, all the tehsildars have been appointed as yatra magistrate for the Char Dham Yatra period. She said all preparations for the yatra have been completed in the district.

Encroachments removed: A team of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation today removed encroachments in various parts of the city. They demolished a wall in Subash Nagar and a pukka house on Tayagi Road. They also removed illegal hoardings and banners on Chakrata Road and Rajpur Road.

Bus service flagged off: State Social Welfare and Irrigation Minister Matbar Singh Kandari flagged off the bus service at Sudhowala here on Thursday. As many as 34 buses will ply from Prem Nagar to Raipur Road. Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt, vice-president of the Mahanagar Bus Seva, told mediapersons that out of the 34 buses, 17 would go via the ISBT while the remaining would ply from Clock Tower. Bus pass for students would be issued by the next month.

Milk products found adulterated: The Health Department has found adulteration in the samples of milk products that were sent to a Shimla-based laboratory for testing. The department had collected these samples in the first week of March prior to the Holi festival. “We had collected 67 samples of milk products out of which results of eight have shown a high degree of adulteration,” said Kandwal.

Book fair inaugurated: To promote education and create awareness about literacy among people, the IP Arts Society and the National Book Trust organised its National Book Fair in Dehradun on Thursday. Prabhat Dabral, an Information Commissioner of Uttarakhand, inaugurated the fair. Ishwar Pal Singh, president of the society, Nishit Joshi, Govind Kaptiyal, Pawan Sirohi, Pratap Singh Negi and Subodh were present on the occasion.

Kumaon Briefs
Gupta sworn in as HC Judge: Justice Sarvesh Kumar Gupta was on Thursday sworn in as a judge of the Uttarakhand High Court in Nainital. The senior judge of the Uttarakhand High Court, Justice Tarun Agarwala administered the oath of office to Gupta. The ceremony was attended by judges and advocates of the high court. Justice Gupta has earlier been a district Judge as well as a legal adviser to the Governor of Uttarakhand. Hailing from Aligarh in UP, Justice Gupta had his education from Agra and Meerut Universities. He has remained a District Judge in Pauri, Rudraprayag and Hardwar districts.

Camps in remote villages: The Almora district administration has decided to hold multipurpose camps in remote villages so that problems being faced by people can be resolved at the earliest. District Magistrate DS Garbyal said the first camp would be organised at Government Inter College at Machot in Talla Salt. He has asked officials of various departments to remain present at the venue after doing their homework on projects and schemes entrusted to them for execution. People will be issued documents like domicile certificates, caste certificates, disability certificates etc. during these camps.

Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan: Officials responsible for the implementation of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan in Udhjam Singh Nagar have been asked to improve their working so that targets set under the scheme could be achieved on time. At a meeting with officials, District Magistrate said people could avail the benefits of the scheme only if there was the proper implementation at the grassroots level. The RMSA aimed at expanding and improving the standards of the secondary education - Classes VIII to X. It is an initiative of the Centre to achieve the goal of the universalisation of secondary education.

Benefits to disabled children: District Magistrate, Udham Singh Nagar, BVRC Purshottam has asked Social Welfare Officer Neeraj Chilkoti to speed up formalities required to extend various benefits to physically disabled and mentally challenged children. Addressing a meeting of a local-level committee constituted to grant scholarships to such children, he said these children must be given the benefits due to them and the scheme needed to be propagated properly so that a maximum number of people could avail its benefits.

Youth’s body found hanging: A youth was found hanging from a tree in the Bijrani zone of the Jim Corbett National Tiger Reserve. He has been identified as Vipin Thakur of Uttar Pradesh. While kin of the deceased have termed it as a murder case, the police prima facie treats it as a suicide case.
 ( Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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