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: Dr Dilbag Singh Heera has joined as the vice-chancellor of the Guru Kashi University, Talwandi Sabo. With more than 45 years of experience, he has headed various education institutions in the state.

Punjab employees’ exams from Nov 21
: The Central Committee of Examination, Punjab, would be organising the next departmental examination of certain categories from November 21 to November 25 at Lajpat Rai Bhawan here. A Punjab Government spokesman said these categories included Assistant Commissioners/Extra Assistant Commissioners, IPS officers, Civil Judges (Junior Division), Tehsildars/ Revenue Officials, IFS officers and officers in the Agriculture, Soil Conservation, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries departments.

Screening panel nod to 6 projects: The Screening Committee of the Punjab Government has cleared six projects under the Agri Mega Projects Scheme involving a capital investment of Rs 1,653 crore. The projects are: Soma Punjab Warehousing Limited (construction of warehouses at 12 different locations; investment: Rs 615 crore); Soma Punjab Agro-Power Infra Limited (setting up eight rice mills and a bio-mass power plant; investment: Rs 472 crore); Indian Sucrose Limited (Rs 140 crore investment to revive closed unit of Mukerian Paper Limited); Nasa Agro Industries Limited (Rs 400 crore to set up an agro park in Fazilka); Sampuran Agri Ventrues Private Limited (Rs 33.56 crore for agro-based project in Ferozepur); Bajaj Basmati Pvt Limited (Rs 30.56 crore for eight TPH rice mills at Jalalabad in Ferozepur).

Junior engineers to resume work today: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has scheduled a meeting with the junior engineers on November 17. Following this, the Junior Engineer's Union has announced that they will resume work from Saturday. They gave this assurance to Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary Darbara Singh Guru on Friday. An official spokesman said a high-level delegation of the Junior Engineers’ Union met Guru to discuss their demands.

Two get life term in murder case
: District and Sessions Judge Fatehdeep Singh on Friday sentenced a girl and her cousin to life imprisonment for the offence of killing her lover. Besides life imprisonment, the court also slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the convicts. Following a complaint by the brother of the deceased, the Faridkot police had registered a murder case against Veerpal Kaur and her cousin Sukhpal Singh of Ferozepur in June last for killing Malkit Singh, a dentist.

Protest rally
: Pharmacists and para-medics of the local Civil Hospital held a protest rally here on Friday to express their resentment against the arrest of pharmacists on November 9 during their protest march from office of the Director Health Services to the residence of the CM of Punjab at Chandigarh. The rally was led by Sunil Sethi and others.



Workshop: An entrepreneur development workshop was conducted by Major Balinder Partap Singh Cheema, vice-president of Technical Solutions, Kolkata, for students of the University Institute of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development at the PU campus. The workshop was organised by Dr Prabhdip Brar and Dr Rita Kant, senior faculty members of UIFT department.

Sumit outdoes Rajat: Sumit Talwar defeated Rajat Khaneja 3-2 (93-100, 65-100, 100-59, 100-38, 100-39) during the final of 28th Chandigarh State Billiards and Snooker Championship. Earlier in the match, Sumit took the lead in the opening frame, but Rajat came back in the game to win the first two frames.



4 criminals held: The police has busted a gang of burglars by arresting its four more members. Its three members have already been remanded to police custody for three days. The stolen property of Rs 6 lakh has been recovered from their possession.

Youth killed: Raj Kamal (36), of Nehrugarh village, near Kosli, died when his motorcycle collided with another motorcycle, which was being driven by Pradeep, of Bhindawas village, of Jhajjar district, on Wednesday. The mishap took place when Raj Kamal was returning home whereas Pradeep was on his way to Kosli.

Suicide by girl: Poonam (20), wife of Khazan Singh, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Gazi Goplapur village of the district on Wednesday. On a complaint filed by Kartar Singh, father of the deceased, the police has booked her father-in-law, Om Prakash, mother-in-law, Omwati, and two others, for abetment to Poonam’s suicide. Kartar alleged that Poonam, who got married to Khazan last year, was persistently treated cruelly by her in-laws, which led her to take the extreme step.

Martyrs’ sacrifices
: The supreme sacrifices of the martyrs for a noble cause have always been a source of inspiration for the coming generations and we should always be proud of them and follow the path shown by them, said Shekhar Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh, while addressing the 336th Martyr Day Samman Samaroh, organised by the Rashtriya Sanik Sanstha and the Akhil Bharatiya Brahamrishi Samaj, at Garhi Kesri village on Wednesday.

Protest held: After the arrest of a draftsman, Satya Narain, at the local municipal council on Wednesday by the vigilance team while accepting bribe of Rs 10,000 for issuing an NOC, activists of some of the social organisations under the “Bharastachar Mukt Sonepat” campaign staged a dharna outside the council’s office demanding immediate implementation of the citizen’s charter in the working in all government departments.

2 thieves held
: The police has arrested two persons near the Bhagwangarh village T-Point who were planning to steal electric transformers. They were identified as Jagpal of Marakpur village in Saharanpur district and Naseem of Hamida Colony in Yamunanagar district.



Leopard scare: The leopard, which earlier unsuccessfully attacked a boy at Bhapral village near Bharadi in this district few days ago, struck once again on Friday evening at nearby Gallah village. The entire area is under grips of panic as the man-eater is on the prowl. Daily chores of villagers have been hampered. Villagers have urged the Forest Department and district administration to intervene and catch this leopard.

Hamirpur NIT fest begins
: The annual cultural festival of NIT Hamirpur Hill FAIR-2011 began here on Friday. It was inaugurated by the director of institute Dr Rajneesh Shrivastva. The festival began with folk dance competitions, a dance by kids from Prayas group, English play ‘make up and break ups’ and songs. Award-winner poet Dr Sarita Sharma from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, recited her poems.

Thief held: The villagers of Mohatli in this sub division caught Balwinder alias Banty from Donara (Badhukar) when he tried to commit theft in the house of Ashok Kumar, a local resident, early this morning. His neighbour raised alarm when he saw the accused stealing television from the house. The accused sustained injuries in a bid to flee from the scene. He was caught by the villagers and handed over to the nearby Damtal police chowki.

Website launched
: The Nehru Yuvak Mandal, Jarola, has created an attractive website to promote the 9,500-feet high Shali Tibba Peak in Suni tehsil famous for the Bhima Kali temple, as a tourist destination. The isolated peak provides spectacular view of the Himalayas. Launching the website, Chief Minister PK Dhumal said the Shali Tibba has the potential to attract adventure lovers.

Youth killed in accident: A youth was killed when a vehicle hit his motor cycle on Thursday evening. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Sunil Kumar (25), a resident of the Bhopur locality in Sundernagar town. The deceased was on the way home when a vehicle hit him on the NH-21 in Sundernagar town.



Lt-Gen Tanwar visits sub-area: Lt Gen SP Tanwar, AVSM, GOC, Uttar Bharat, visited the Uttarakhand sub-area from November 8 to 11. Maj Gen Ranvir Yadav, GOC, Uttarakhand sub-area, gave detailed briefing to the visiting dignitary about the activities in his area. Tanwar took keen interest in the social projects being run by the Army in the area, including running of an old-age home and regional training centre.

Mortar bomb found: A mortar bomb used by the Army in the firing range of Raipur was found in a canal, on Friday. Panic gripped the residents of the area as the bomb disposal squad of Uttarakhand police and Army took away the bomb.

Kumaon Briefs
Miscreants run away with impounded trolley:
In yet another instance of the authorities being forced to go on the back foot, some miscreants managed to set free a tractor trolley that had been seized by the personnel of Forest Department for being used in the illegal quarrying activities. It is learnt that the tractor trolley had been seized in the Kailakheda-Pratapur area of Ramnagar when the driver was unable to furnish proper documents on being stopped by the department personnel. Just when two of the personnel were taking the trolley to the Haldua Forest Check Post, a group of miscreants came from behind and attacked them. They managed to get the trolley freed and went on to throw the stones that had been loaded on the road. The matter has been reported to the police and investigations are on.

Man killed in road accident: A middle-aged person was killed when the tractor trolley in which he was travelling overturned on the Haldi Khal road in the Damuvadunga area of Haldwani on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as 51-year-old Makhan Lal of Bhatiya village in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Driver of the tractor Gaurav Pant of Bailpadav in Ramnagar sustained injuries in the accident. The tractor trolley was engaged in transportation of fertiliser bags. The accident took place on a slope where the vehicle went out of control.

Woman ends life: A resident of the Jamrani area of Haldwani allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison. It is learnt that 30-year-old Hema Devi consumed a poisonous substance at her house in Jamrani on Thursday. She was rushed to the Base Hospital in Haldwani where she succumbed to her internal injuries. The reason why she took the extreme step is yet to be ascertained. Her body was handed over to her family members after a postmortem analysis.

Girl immolates herself: A young girl immolated herself in the Sitarganj area of Udham Singh Nagar on Thursday. 16-year-old Chaman doused herself with kerosene and torched herself at her house in Co-operative Sugar Mill Colony. All attempts by her mother to douse the fire proved futile and she died on the spot. It is learnt that she had not been keeping well for sometime. She had been in depression which is being assumed to be the cause the extreme measure. The police investigations are on in the matter.

Relief to riots’ victims: The process of giving compensation to the victims of the communal violence that took place in Rudrapur on October 2 has started. The claims of those who have lost their family members or who have become disabled can apply for the compensation that would be paid as per the Central Government norms after being scrutinised by a district level committee. According to District Magistrate PS Jangpangi, the people involved in perpetrating violence or their family members are not entitled to any compensation. The claims are to be submitted at the office of the DM.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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