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Bar polls on April 4
: Elections for the executive body of Amritsar Bar Association will be held on April 4. Returning Officer Raghbir Kaushal said 13 nominations were received for the five posts of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and joint secretary. Nine executive body members were elected unanimously.

8 students of varsity selected in PCS: Eight students of Guru Nanak Dev University have been selected in PCS (Judicial) for 2012 batch as Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate. Those selected are Dr Indu Bala, Dr Rajinder Kumar, Mamta Kakar, Shagun, Parul, Etu Sodhi, Manmohan Kumar and Balkar Singh.

Today’s exams postponed: All the examinations of the Guru Nanak Dev University which were scheduled to be held on March 28 have been postponed due to administrative reasons. The new dates for these examinations would be notified later.

Auction of liquor  vends today: The District Excise and Taxation Department today reorganised all nine zones of the Municipal Corporation limit into one entity for the proposed auction of over 130 liquor vends for forthcoming financial year (2012-2013) to be held on March 28. Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner TS Virk said due to technical glitches all zones were regrouped to streamline the process.

Cyclist killed:
A cyclist died after being hit by a truck near Banur today. The deceased was identified as Nasib Singh, a resident of Sekhon Majra. Nasib died on the spot. A case has been registered in this connection.

An employee of a petrol pump at Patel Chowk shows the seal on a fuel-vending machine affixed by MC officials in Jalandhar on TuesdayJalandhar
MC seals petrol pump:
The MC authorities today sealed a petrol pump at Patel Chowk. The petrol pump was on lease. MC Additional Commissioner BK Gupta said the petrol pump owner had not paid the lease amount since the past over seven years. Gupta said the pump owner owes Rs 38 lakh to the MC.

An employee of a petrol pump at Patel Chowk shows the seal on a fuel-vending machine affixed by MC officials in Jalandhar on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Mega lok adalat on March 31
: The Free Legal Aids Services Authorities have set up free legal aids clinics at village level to facilitate the villagers in settling their cases. This was stated by Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (Senior Division) Arun Aggarwal, while addressing a meeting of the Sub-Divisional Legal Services Authorities here today. Agarwal said a “mega lok adalat” would be held here on March 31.


‘Need to tap alternative sources of energy’:
A district-level awareness programme on unconventional sources of energy was held at Government Senior Secondary School, Matahani, today, which was presided over by DC, Hamirpur, Rajinder Singh Thakur. Speaking on the occasion, the DC said energy was very important for the development of the country and at present there was a gap between its demand and supply, hence there was an urgent need to tap alternative sources of energy.

Dalai Lama to unveil statue:
The Dalai Lama will unveil an 80-ft-high statue of Lord Padamsambhava, second Buddha, at Rewalsar on April 1. Billed as the biggest religious ceremony in the state, the Dalia Lama will bless Buddhist gurus from monasteries from different parts of the country. He will also inaugurate a Buddhist centre of the “Burgdol Pari” by the side of the holy Rewalsar Lake on April 2.


Kumaon Briefs
Lecture on ‘Bharat, Hindustan aur India’ on March 31:
Former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi will deliver the third BD Pandey annual lecturer on March 31 at Uttarakhand Sewa Nidhi, Almora. The lecturer, which will be delivered on the subject of "Bharat, Hindustan aur India", to be held at the Uttarakhand Sewa Nidhi Hall at Almora from 11 am on that day. Scores of prominent speakers from across the country are also expected to reach Almora to participate in the discussion that follows the lecture, said Dr Lalit Pandey, Director of the Uttarakhand Sewa Nidhi.

Wheat to be purchased from April: District Magistrate of Udham Singh Nagar PS Jangpangi has instructed officers to ensure purchasing of wheat from April in the district and said the district has set a target of 1.50 lakh metric tonne of wheat purchase this season. “We have also instructed the officers that the farmers should be given the maximum facilitiesand most of of their crop could be purchased during the session,” said the DM to the officers at a district-level meeting while reviewing the preparations of wheat purchase for this year in the district.

Youth’s body found from forest: A body of a 30-year-old youth has been recovered from the Banna Khera forest range of Ramnagar division. According to the police, the youth has been killed by slitting his neck. The body was witnessed by forest officers. “The youth has been identified as Ram Khilari Yadav, resident of Banna Khera, Badaun district of UP. The police is investigating the cause of the murder as the deceased was a labourer and has shifted from Badaun recently to work with his brother,” said Pramod Kumar, circle officer of Ramnagar.

Villagers protest against stone crusher: Villagers of Kotabagh in Haldwani on Monday held a procession against a proposed stone crusher in their area and warned the administration in a memorandum that if the permission given to the stone crusher will not be cancelled soon, the villagers will launch an agitation. “We have handed a memorandum addressed to the Governor of the state to Ashok Joshi, SDM of Kotabagh, and have requested the Governor not to give permission to the stone crusher. It will inflict heavy ecological and environmental damage on the residents of this peaceful area," said Divan Singh Bisht, leader and resident of Kotabagh block.

Stress on use of words from literature: Language scientists from the National Institute of Science Communication, New Delhi, have emphasised on using words from Hindi literature that could bring scientific awakening among the readers. The science communication teachers were speaking at a seminar on the subject of, "Vaigyanik Mansikta aur Hindi lekhen”, at Mahadevi Verma Srajan Peeth at Ramgarh near Nainital. “Whereas the scientists are speedily using scientific methods, the roots of Hindi language are still trapped in superstitions, which are stopping the progress of the our society,” said Dr Subodh Mohanti, director of the institute. The chairman of Mahadevi Srajan Peeth, Dr Laxman Singh Batrohi, a noted Hindi littérateur, said in his address that they were carrying either translated or grammatically unclear language in the name of Hindi.

154 school teachers get notices: The District Education Officer has issued notices to 154 school teachers who remained absent in an advance training camp, held by the department. “These teachers, most of them of science and English teachers, remained absent from the departmental training held for 667 teachers of the district," said Additional District Education Officer DD Sati, adding that the teachers had lightly taken the future of the children studying in their respective schools.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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