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Tax Bar Assn polls
: The elections for the District Tax Bar Association Bathinda were held. Vinay Kumar Monga was elected the president. Rajinder Gupta has been elected the vice-president, Vinaj Kumar Garg as treasurer, Nitish Kumar Garg as secretary and Mohit Jindal as the joint secretary.


Two killed in road mishap: A woman and an infant lost their lives while two persons were injured when a speeding school bus hit a motorcycle on which the victims were riding near Banmandori village of Fatehabad today. Partap, a villager, was riding on a motorcycle while his uncle, Rameshwar, and sister, Sugna, who was carrying her one-year-old baby, Vishnu, with her, were riding pillion, when a school bus hit their motorcycle in the morning. Sugna died on the spot while Vishnu succumbed to injuries on way to hospital.

Woman gang-raped
: A young married woman (23) of Mohalla Khasapura here was enticed away allegedly by a city youth, who happened to be her relative, from the Dharuhera Chungi area here on May 8. The woman was taken to Bawal and kept in confinement at a secluded place where she was allegedly raped repeatedly by her kidnapper and his three accomplices.



Training camp
: A team of the local Home Guards officials organised a day-long disaster management training camp for students and staff of Government Senior Secondary School at the hilltop village of Bandla, 25 km from here, on Thursday. Platoon Commander Ram Chandra, who was leading the team, said camps like these were being organised to make students and staff aware of important tips and easily available methods by which one could save his life and of others also during natural calamities. Principal KL Sharma thanked the team and said such camps should be a regular feature.

Jewellery stolen: Property and jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh is said to have been stolen from the house of Rajender Paul in the Housing Board Colony near Lakhanpur in this town on Thursday night. The house owner, his wife and a child were also sleeping in the same room, but none of them woke up during the theft. A case has been registered.

NIT convocation: The fifth convocation of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Hamirpur, is being organised on May 20 in the NIT auditorium. Prof SS Mantha, chairman, AICTE, would be the chief guest in the convocation and Prof Ramamurthy, Director, NIAS, Bengaluru, and chairman of board of governors, NIT, would preside over the function. Total 537 degrees would be awarded on the occasion.

‘Charges false’: Chairman of Jamni Goshala Sadan, Raseel Singh Mankotia, and 20 members of this organisation have asked Congress leader Kuldeep Singh Pathania to withdraw his comments made against the sadan within seven days failing which they would file a contempt case against him. Talking to mediapersons here on Friday, they said the Congress leader had not only levelled baseless allegations against the management of the committee, who are voluntarily rendering their services, but also tried to tarnish their image.

Cabinet decision
: The state Cabinet on Friday took a serious note of the tendency among head of departments and other officers to make commitments in matters having financial implications in courts of law and issue letters or orders at their own level without consulting the Finance Department. The Cabinet, which met here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister PK Dhumal, has decided that in future any officer making such commitments or issuing letters and orders on his own, would be held personally responsible and accountable for any financial loss caused thereof.

Mini marathon: The Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam will organise a mini marathon as part of its ongoing Raising Day celebrations on May 20. A spokesperson for the public sector undertaking said it would be flagged off from the state Secretariat and culminate at Hotel Peterhof, passing through The Mall. The Raising Day celebrations will conclude on the Company’s Foundation Day on May 24 with a gala cultural evening in which famous playback singer Mahalaxmi Iyer, besides Himachal's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa finalist Master Nitin Sharma and TV comedian Raj Kumar (Rancho) will perform.

108 services: The GVK Emergency Management & Research Institute, which operates the 108 Free Ambulance Services in the state, achieved another milestone when it attended the 1000th fire-related emergency since its inception call on Thursday. Though primarily meant for medical emergencies, the facility helps in responding quickly to any kind of emergency, including those relating to police and fire, in any parts of the state.



Kumaon Briefs

Job fair on May 21: A multinational company located in the SIDCUL hub in Rudrapur is recruiting youths between the age group of 18 to 22 years who have qualified their X and XII examination with biology, mathematics and agriculture and have secured more than 45 per cent marks. The recruitments would be made at a job fair at the District Employment Office on May 21. District Employment Officer YS Rawat has stated that the mela is being organised to ensure that 70 per cent of locals from the state get employment at the industrial units located in the SIDCUL as per the desire of the state government.

Boy drowns in canal: A boy drowned in an irrigation canal where he had gone for a bath on Thursday. Seven-year-old Mukesh Singh Bisht of Kanjabagh village had gone to take a bath along with a friend in a village canal. He was swept away by the fast current of the water. His friend raised an alarm but by the time the passersby could reach there for help, the boy had drowned.

Pending works to be executed soon: The Champawat administration has expedited the moves for executing pending works on account of the transfer of forest land. District Magistrate Ashish Joshi reviewed 37 such matters on Friday and ordered that the matters that could be resolved immediately must be done away with in the next five days. He stated that the issues pertaining to the provision of land for the Legal Department and setting up of a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Lohaghat, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Battallion and a fire station at Champawat and for the expansion of police lines have been referred to the office of the Chief Revenue Commissioner in Dehradun.

Man run over by train: A body of a man with his head severed was found near railway tracks in the Lalkuan area of Nainital district. The body was found near the tracks in the VIP Gate area on Thursday by passersby. The deceased is yet to be identified. He is said to be in his late 30s and was wearing a striped shirt, trousers and slippers. It is being assumed that he was run over by a train. Efforts are on to get him identified.

Man hangs himself: A resident of the Maldhanchaur area of Ramnagar ended his life by hanging himself. It is learnt that Harish, alias Gunnu, was depressed for the past four years. He had left his house on Wednesday after having dinner with his wife and children. It was on Thursday that he was found hanging from a tree on the banks of the Dhela river.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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