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Priya Dutt, Secretary, All-India Mahila Congress Committee, waves to the crowd in Amritsar Amritsar
Priya Dutt holds women Cong committee meeting
: Priya Dutt, Secretary, All-India Mahila Congress Committee (AIHCC), on Wednesday helding her maiden meeting with the members of the Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee, led by its president Ratna, after being appointed Secretary.

Priya Dutt, Secretary,  All-India Mahila Congress Committee, waves to  the crowd in Amritsar  on Wednesday.  Photo: Vishal Kumar

SAD leader Sardool quits post: The Director, Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation, and senior SAD leader Sardool Singh Sham has submitted his resignation to the government. There is speculation that he may join the Manpreet Badal-led People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) any time now. In his resignation letter to the CM, Sham has alleged that disappointed with undue promotions to sycophants, he had decided to quit.

Fire at sweets shop
: The Manoj Sweet House, owned by president of the Sahara Jan Seva Vijay Goel and his brother Jagdish Goel, located in the Dhobi Bazaar here was gutted on Wednesday. The cause of fire could not be ascertained. The police is investigating.

Central deputation for Principal Secy: Arun Goel, Principal Secretary, Power, Punjab, has been relieved for central deputation and will join the Ministry of Urban Development as Joint Secretary-cum-Mission Director, Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. SK Sandhu, Secretary, Public Works (Building and Roads), will hold the additional charge of Secretary Power.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Taxation Bar Association: president — GS Chopra; vice-president — Karamjit Singh; general secretary — Sanjeev Garg; finance secretary — Mukesh Karwal; joint secretary — Himanshu Sharma; secretary — Sukhwinder Singh; and executive members — Harinder Singh, Sanjiv Kumar, Upinder Goyal, Vishal Sharma and Rishi Kahanna.



Traders’ delegation: A deputation of the Chandigarh Business Council, under the presidentship of Jagdish Arora, on Tuesday called on Adviser to UT Administrator K K Sharma. Various issues related to the trading community were taken up at the meeting.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Industries Association of Chandigarh for the year 2011-2012: president - Devi Prasad Khandelia;vice-president - Ranvir Uppal; secretary-YK Mahajan; joint-secretary - Roopinder Singh; and treasurer - SK Dhir.

Surinder elected president of Lioness Club: Surinder Kaur has been elected district president of Lioness Club Diamond. Sushil Bansal said Lioness District 321A2 was a women wing of the Lions Clubs International. The Lioness District consists of 25 Lioness Clubs and has more than 1,500 members, who support and help people belonging to economically weaker sections achieve their goals.



Bishnoi files affidavit
: Kuldeep Bishnoi, president of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), has filed an affidavit before the Haryana Speaker Kuldeep Sharma in support of his petitions seeking disqualification of five HJC MLAs, who had allegedly defected to the Congress, under the anti-defection law. The five HJC MLAs had claimed that they had merged the HJC with the Congress. The Speaker had asked Bishnoi on April 24 to file the affidavit along with a list of witnesses. Bishnoi is believed to have said in his affidavit that the HJC had never decided to merge with the Congress.

Teachers’ meeting: The general body of the Kurukshetra University Teachers Association (KUTA), in its meeting held here on Wednesday, deliberated upon the Haryana Government’s notification on the UGC regulations. More than 250 teachers attended the meeting. Dr Pradeep Chauhan, president, KUTA and HFUCTO, alleged that the notification was an attack on the dignity of the teaching community. He said in case the government does not accept the UGC recommendations in toto, the KUTA would boycott examination, evaluation work, admission and even abandon other administrative duties in the university.

3 more held: The police has arrested three more youths identified as Baljit, Bhoop Singh and Pawan, who along with four others, had allegedly killed Krishna Sharma (27), son of Pushpa Sharma, a clerk in the ADC’s office here, after abducting him from here on April 13. SP Sanjay Kumar said they were produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, who remanded them in police custody for three days. The main accused - Sunil - was arrested on April 17.

In-laws booked: The police has booked Sonia Sharma’s husband Akash Deep Sharma, father-in-law Ajay Sharma, mother-in-law Savitri Devi and two others, all residents of Kath Mandi here, for the dowry death of Sonia (26), who was found hanging from a ceiling fan on Wednesday.

Office-bearers: Dr Rohtas Yadav, head of the radiology department of the PGIMS here, has been elected president of the Haryana State Medical Teachers Association. The election to the post was held on Tuesday. Dr Yadav will hold the post for one year. The other office-bearers include Dr VK Katyal-vice-president; Dr BM Vashisht- secretary, Dr Vijay Pal-joint secretary and Dr Navin Malhotra-treasurer. Dr RS Chauhan, Dr Suresh Singhal, Dr Sujata Sethi, Dr AR Bansal and Dr Rakesh Dhankhar have been elected members of the executive body of the association.

2 die in mishaps: Two motorcyclists were killed in two accidents involving tractor-trolleys in Sirsa and Fatehabad on Tuesday. One person was injured. Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Ottu, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding on collided with a tractor trolley. Krishan Lal, who was riding pillion, was seriously injured. In another accident, Sahib Ram, a resident of Dhangar village, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding on collided with a tractor-trolley near Bothan Kalan in Fatehabad.

Murder case: The police has registered a murder case after the postmortem report of a victim, who was found hanging in his house, revealed that he was murdered. The police had recovered the body of railway clerk Krishan Kumar from a house in Railway Colony. Initially, it was considered a suicide case, but the postmortem report revealed that it was a case of murder.

ASI attacked
: The fast-unto-death dharna of the activists of the Jat Swabhiman Sangathan in front of the court premises in Gohana demanding registration of a corruption case against a former tehsildar of Gohana turned violent when an ASI of the Gohana police was attacked with an axe at the dharna site on Tuesday. The police registered a case of attempt to murder against the six persons, including president of the sangathan Satbir Singh Chahal and state press secretary Maha Singh of Shekhpura village, and arrested them. They were produced in the court at Gohana and were sent to 14-day judicial custody.



Two killed in road accident: Two persons were killed on the spot and two others injured when a Bolero in which they were travelling veered off the road and rolled 200 m down the hill near Gait village in the district on Wednesday. SDM, Chamba, Rohit Rathore said the deceased had been identified as Gaurav, an engineer of a private hydropower enterprise, and Mohinder, driver of the vehicle. Gaurav belonged to Hissar (Haryana) while Mohinder belonged to Bharmour in Chamba district. Injured Amit Banerjee and Ravi had been rushed to the regional hospital, Chamba.

Foundation stones laid: Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur on Wednesday laid foundations stones and inaugurated several works in the Bhoranj Assembly constituency. He inaugurated Ambedkar Bhawan at Dhamrol, animal dispensary at Badhani, community hall at Amroh and also laid the foundation stone of a building here.

Travel agent nabbed for cheating: The police has arrested travel agent Pawan Kumar of Chhatar village, who had allegedly been cheating unemployed youths of the area on the pretext of sending them abroad in the past few years. A case under Section 420, IPC, was registered against him by the Rehan police in December last year following a complaint lodged jointly by Vijay Kumar and others residents of Jawali. The police arrested him from Rehan on Tuesday evening. He was produced in the judicial court on Wednesday which sent him to seven-day police remand.

Lathi charge on workers flayed: The CPM has condemned the lathi charge on workers engaged in the construction of the ESI hospital at Ner Chowk in Sundernagar. Member, Secretariat, CPM, Tikender Singh Panwar accused the BJP of being behind the action. Panwar alleged that the government and Nagarjun Company had connived to get rid of the democratically elected union to have a dummy union.

Official held for taking bribe: Senior assistant Yogesh Bali employed in the office of Assistant Commissioner, Parwanoo, was caught red-handed by a team of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a Nalagarh resident in lieu of issuing an NOC in his office. This was stated by bureau DSP Ramesh Sharma. The police has registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act after arresting Bali.



CBI remand for Mishra: The CBI Court on Tuesday remanded Arun Mishra, former Chief Engineer of Uttar Pradesh Industrial Devolvement Corporation, in CBI custody for one day. Mishra’s seven-day CBI remand got over today. Mishra is allegedly accused of abusing his official position in favouring the Tronica city project which resulted in a loss of crores of rupees to the government in Ghaziabad and a similar amount of money in money laundering of crores of rupees in Dehradun. Meanwhile, the CBI on Wednesday continued questioning a Dehradun-based astrologer, Ashish Semwal, for an alleged deal of Rs 57 lakh with Mishra.

BDO’s transfer opposed: Uttarakhand Garhwal Congress MP Satpal Maharaj has opposed the sudden transfer of in charge Block Development Officer (BDO) in the Beerokhal area of Pauri Garhwal district. In a statement issued here today, Satpal Maharaj said the sudden transfer of Beerokhal in charge BDO without any valid reason was unjust. He said that local Congress leaders had already started a dharna against the transfer.

Miscreants snatch chain from woman: Two persons on a bike snatched a neck chain from a woman in the Brahamwala area on Monday. Victim Hira Khanduri alleged in her complaint with the police that she was walking in the locality when suddenly a bike came from behind and the pillion rider snatched her chain. A case has been registered at the Patelnagar police station.

Kumaon Briefs
150 diarrhoea cases reported from villages: Reports of an outbreak of diarrhoea from villages in the Salt area of Almora are pouring in. As many as 150 patients of diarrhoea have reportedly been recorded in Tarar, Syahi and Lain villages of the area over the last one week. Officials of the Health Department were scheduled to visit these villages on Wednesday. These three villages are devoid of good medical facilities. Some of the serious patients have been admitted to Devayal Health Centre. Consumption of contaminated water is said to be the cause of the outbreak of the disease.

Admn begins dog sterilisation drive: The administration in Almora has undertaken a dog sterilisation drive to check the menace of stray dogs in the town. The drive was started in the presence of District Magistrate DS Garbyal at the veterinary hospital located in the NTD compound on Tuesday. He said the most effective way of checking the growing population of stray dogs was sterilisation. He also asked the Chief Veterinary Officer, NS Nayal, to administer anti-rabies vaccines to the dogs brought for sterilisation, so that even the threat of rabies was eliminated. The drive is scheduled to continue till May 8.

Verify voting venues, DM tells officials: District Magistrate at Udham Singh Nagar Dr BVRC Purshottam has asked the subdivisional magistrates and tehsildars in the district to visit every voting venue and carry out verification of the same. The officials have been asked to carry out the exercise and submit a report by May 20. He has asked the assistant electoral officer HS Rawat to prepare a checklist and make it available to the officials. The officials have also been asked to meet representatives of various political parties and seek their suggestions. At a meeting held at Rudrapur, Purshottam asked the officials to ensure that a voter did not have to go beyond a distance of 2 km to vote. He asked them to suggest alternative voting centres in place of the ones located in dilapidated buildings or in congested areas. He also asked the officials to pay special attention to the needs of disabled voters.

Man dies after falling into gorge: A 43-year-old man, resident of Russi village near Nainital, was killed when he fell into a gorge on the outskirts of the town. It is being assumed that he was hit by a moving vehicle that led to his fall. Though he was taken out of the gorge immediately with the help of the police and fire brigade personnel, he succumbed to his injuries within two hours after reaching hospital on Tuesday evening. The deceased has been identified as Vinod Singh Rachaura, who used to work as a labourer.

Mismanagement in LPG supply: Residents of Kharehi, Rithagad and Dhurafat areas of Bageshwar are agitated over mismanagement in the supply of LPG cylinders in the villages. They have threatened to launch an agitation if the administration fails to address the issue at the earliest. Reports say that in the Kharehi area, there has been no supply of gas cylinders for the last two months.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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