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Sikh varsity VC’s removal sought
: Various Sikh bodies, including Dal Khalsa, SAD (Panch Pardani) and Damdami Taksal, on Friday sought the removal of Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia from the post of Vice-Chancellor of Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib. Representatives of various groups, including Kanwar Pal Singh, Harpal Singh Cheema, Mohkam Singh and SGPC member Kulbir Singh Barapind, submitted a protest letter addressed to SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, also the university chancellor, in this regard. Describing Dr Ahluwalia as a "controversial" personality, the leaders said he was "not fit to occupy the post". 

One killed in accident
: Ram Chand, a resident of street number 23 in Udham Singh Nagar, died after his cycle was hit by a speeding scooterist, Gagandeep Singh. The Kotwali police have booked Gagandeep Singh.

Blood donation camp: MIMIT Malout organised a blood donation camp on February 15 under the supervision of Major Singh, coordinator of NSS unit of the institute. The club ‘Adhrit-The Royalz’, formed by the students of MIMIT, coordinated with the NSS unit for this social cause.

PSEB re-schedules computer exam
: The Punjab School Education Board has revised the date-sheet of Class XII (second semester) examination. Board officials said computer examination, earlier scheduled for March 14, would now be held on March 16. PSEB vice-chairman Suresh Tandon said, "We received some objections from the students about the pervious date-sheet as there was no gap between exams. The revised date-sheet could be downloaded from the Board's website." 

Rs 40,000 snatched from businessman
: Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youngsters allegedly snatched Rs 40,000 from a businessman at a busy market here on Friday. The police said Jyoti Kumar had alleged that while he was going on his bicycle to deposit the cash in a bank, two youngsters intercepted him, snatched the packet containing the cash and sped away. 

Village with high sex ratio honoured
: Kularan village in Nabha block has been honoured by the state Health and Family Welfare for its high sex ratio. Having ratio of 1,326 girls per 1,000 boys, the village has bagged a cheque of Rs. 1.5 lakh. The amount was presented to the village's representatives at a seminar organised to highlight the menace of female foeticide. Civil Surgeon VS Mohi said in 72 villages of Patiala district, the count of girls was more than that of boys. 



Quack held
: A quack was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman who visited his clinic for medical treatment on Friday. The victim had visited the clinic along with her husband on Thursday. Later, when husband had gone to bring medicine from a nearby medical store, the accused sexually harassed the woman while she was alone in the clinic. 

Inquiry officer
: Deputy Commissioner Amit Aggarwal on Friday appointed Additional Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Garg as Judicial Inquiry Officer to probe the violence that took place during a demonstration at the mini-secretariat here on June 13 last year. The violence had resulted in the death of a woman. The ADC will submit his report in two weeks. 

First convocation
: The Panipat Institute of Engineering and Technology held its first convocation on Friday during which the degrees were awarded to more than 200 graduate and postgraduate students of various engineering and management disciplines. KU Vice-Chancellor DDS Sandhu presented the degrees to the students as the chief guest on the occasion. Earlier, college chairman Hari Om Tayal presented medals and prizes to 18 outstanding students.

Seven-year RI
: A local fast track court on Friday sentenced a government doctor to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 for raping a staff nurse at the Community Health Centre in Nathusari Chopta village of Sirsa in 2008. The accused, Dr Jaiveer Jangra, was posted as medical officer at the Civil Hospital in Tosham and had gone to the centre for some work, when he allegedly raped the nurse. 



Charas seized
: A police party, led by Sub Inspector Hoshiar Singh Rana, CIA in charge, raided barber Nand Lal’s shop at Laghat village and recovered about 200 gm of charas from his possession. Reports said the police acting on a tip-off raided the shop and arrested the accused after registering a case against him. — OC

Cong targets Nadda: The district Congress here has taken a strong exception to the “willful absence” of Bilaspur Sadar MLA and former Forest Minister JP Nadda from a meeting with the Chief Minister a few days ago for the finalisation of plans for the respective constituencies though Nadda was at Shimla for the whole day. Talking to mediapersons at the Circuit House on Friday, state Congress executive member Jitender Chandel said this was a sheer “betrayal” of the people of Bilaspur Sadar by the MLA. 

Honour for artist
: The Chamba Welfare Association, a local NGO, has decided to honour a renowned artist of Chamba, Vijay Sharma, on the conferment of the Padma Shri Award to him by the Government of India for his distinguished services in the field of art (painting) by organising a function in March or April next year.

Nalwar Fair
: In order to celebrate the state-level Nalwar Fair, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Viviek Chandel, SDM, Sundernagar, at Suket Sadan on Thursday. Dile Ram, Chairman, Finance Commission, and MLA, Nachan, and Roop Singh Thakur, MLA, Sundernaagar, attended the meeting as special invitees. The meeting was convened for the preparation of the Nalwar Fair, which is scheduled to be held from March 22 to March 28. 

Donations: The Suket Cine Co-operative Society, Sundernagar, has donated Rs 20,000 to social organisations through the SDM, Sundernagar. Vivek Chandel, SDM, Sundernagar, on Thursday given Rs 7,000 to Gausadan Kalyan Samiti, Rs 5,000 to the Red Cross Society, Rs 5,000 to the Old Age Home and Rs 3,000 to the Hospital Welfare Society, Sundernagar, to representatives of these organisations on behalf of the Suket Cine Co-operative Society. 



Kumaon Briefs

Marriage solemnised in police presence: A marriage was solemnised in police presence in the Kaladhungi area of Nainital district after the two parties had indulged in violence. It is learnt that the trouble started when the members of the bride’s family hide the shoes of the groom. In the meantime, heated arguments were witnessed over a photographer allegedly misbehaving with a girl. There was a free for all and six persons were injured in the clash. However, the marriage was later solemnised in the presence of the police.

Bhawali-Almora road witnesses blockades: The Bhawali-Almora road continues to witness blockades on account of frequent landslides at Jaurasi. The road was blocked near Jaurasi on Thursday following a landslide. A large number of vehicles were stranded. However, the road was reopened after a couple of hours. It was devastated due to heavy rain in September, 2010. Since then it has been witnessing landslides regularly, leading to traffic blockade. At present traffic movement is restricted between Khairna and Almora in the evening as a precautionary measure.

Water shortage in Haldwani areas: Residents of several localities in Haldwani are facing shortage of water for the past 20 days as tubewells are not functioning due to damaged motors. The worst-affected areas are Kusumkheda, Oonchapul, the Gas Godown road and the RTO road. The people complain that they have to buy water from private tankers.

48 children stung by honeybees: Forty-eight children were stung by a swarm of honeybees in the Banbasa area of Champawat district. It is learnt that the children were attacked by the bees while they were having mid-day meal in a government-run school in Canal Colony. They were taken to a Community Health Centre in the emergency response service ambulance.

One killed in accident: One person was killed and another injured when the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a speeding dumper near Khempur Tiraha in the Nanakmatta area of Udham Singh Nagar district. The deceased has been identified as Honey Mishra, 22, a resident of Bareilley in Uttar Pradesh. Mishra was returning home along with his friend after paying obeisance at the Nanakmatta gurdwara when the accident took place. The driver of the dumper fled after the accident. The police is investigating the matter.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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