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CDP course all set to begin:
Baba Farid Group of Institutions (BFGI) is all set to start its first batch of certified career development programme (CDP) which will begin tomorrow. The free of cost programe is a 60-hour module which consists of topics like attitude building, communication skills, confidence building etc.

6,000 consumer cases pending in Punjab
: Over 6,000 cases are pending in various district consumer forums and state consumer commission, said Justice SN Aggarwal, president of the State Consumer Redressal Commission, Punjab. Holding a meeting with the members of district consumer forum, he said, “The state commission keeps an eye on the working of district consumer forums, which are asked to file progress report of their work from time to time.” 

Two dead in accident
: Two women were killed and three others injured in a head-on collision between a jeep and a bus near Hamira on National Highway 1 on Monday. The deceased were identified as Shanti and Tulsi of Indira Colony in Jalandhar and the injured were identified as Asha, Nuri and jeep driver Joginder Singh Nami. The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.

Singla takes over as MC Commissioner
: Satish Kumar Singla today took over as first Commissioner of the newly formed Municipal Corporation Phagwara.
Singla, who was appointed the MC Commissioner, after the formation of the corporation last year, was transferred as ADA Puda, Jalandhar, after the high court had stayed the formation of MC. Now, with the High Court reviving corporation status to Phagwara, Singla took his charge as Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation.




Exemption from STET
:Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has accorded approval in principle that teachers of the state now do not have to appear for the State Teachers Eligibility Test (STET) for their promotions. This decision had been taken keeping in view the interest of teachers and to benefit them.

Two die in road mishap
:Two youths, Vikas and Deepak, lost their lives when a dumper transporting construction material rammed into an Alto car on Mahtababad Peaau Road near Palli village last evening. Two other youths travelling in the car sustained serious injuries. They were referred to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.



Campaign plan discussed
:The legal cell of the Congress today held a meeting at the Rajiv Bhawan and discussed a strategy to campaign for candidates in the Municipal Corporation (MC) elections. Members of the cell today welcomed IN Mehta’s nomination as convener of the state legal cell. Mehta said committees of advocates would be constituted for the MC elections and members of the cell would coordinate with candidates as well as convince the general public to vote for the Congress.



Thefts in 11 shops
: Shutters of 11 small shops situated near Bank Colony, Mothorowala in Nehru Colony, were found broken by a morning walker on Monday. Jeweller Kishan Rawat suffered the maximum loss and reported theft of jewellery and currency worth Rs 1,70,000. Cash from his locker along with silver jewellery and silver utensils were found missing. Similarly, cash amounts from other shops, too, was found stolen. The shops included a PCO and a beauty parlour. The police had not got any clue till the evening about the accused.

Body found: A body of a person aged between 30-35 was found hanging from a Pipal tree at Majri village in Doilwala on Monday morning. The body was spotted by a passerby. The hands of the deceased were found tied, which suggested murder. The police is investigating into the matter. 

Child crushed: A five-year-old girl, Pooja, daughter of Daya Ram, got crushed under a speeding truck on bypass road in Patel Nagar on Monday. She was going with her aunt to fetch water from a community hand-pump. She left her aunt’s hand and moved toward the road and was crushed to death after coming under the passing truck. 

Education money for SC students: The office of the Social Welfare Department in Champawat district disbursed a sum of Rs 19,490 to five students from Scheduled Castes to pursue higher education in the last financial year. These students are pursuing courses like Mechanical Engineering, Bachelors in Education and Masters in Business Administration. The details about works being done for the uplift of SCs were given by Chief Development Officer (CDO) Deepti Singh on Monday. She stated that a sum of Rs 41.08 lakh had been spent to provide housing under the Atal Awas Yojana to 136 members of SCs who were homeless and Rs 20.50 lakh was disbursed to 82 beneficiaries under the Kanyadhan Yojana.

Railways anti-encroachment drive: The issue of anti-encroachment drive launched by the Railways in Lal Kuan to evict encroachers from it's land continues to simmer. There is massive unrest in the town following reports that the Railways have now identified 118 shops that have come up illegally on it's land. The town saw the traders blocking the National Highway on Sunday afternoon, while alleging that they are being hounded by the Railways and other authorities. The town had witnessed large-scale demolitions of residential structures on railway land over the last weekend.

Body found in Haldwani park: A youth died in a public park in Haldwani under suspicious circumstances. The body of Gopal Ram of Damuadhunga was recovered from Shaheed Park on late Sunday afternoon. It is learnt that he had been lying unconscious in the park for quite some time. It is being assumed that the 30-year-old man died because f excessive consumption of liquor. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Youth attacked by leopard: A youth was seriously injured when he was attacked by a leopard in Garud area of Bageshwar district. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon when the leopard had attacked some animals tied in the courtyard of a house in Matena village. It panicked and fled when the villagers raised a noise and burst crackers. The wild cat managed to sneak into the neighboring Band village and attacked 28-year-old Devendra Rawat, who was bathing in a canal. The youth escaped death with great difficulty and was seriously injured. The villagers have demanded that the youth be given free treatment and steps be taken to prevent the entry of leopard in the residential areas.

Students protest over exam date changes: Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) raised slogans against the Controller of Examinations of Kumaon University and also burnt his effigy at the university premises onMonday morning. They were agitated over the frequent changes in dates of examinations and the universty not sticking to the pre-decided schedule. The agitators later sent across a memorandum of demands to the Vice Chancellor.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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