Punjabi University professor suspended for sending obscene SMS to student
Patiala: The Punjabi University authorities on Saturday suspended an assistant professor of School of Management Studies for sending an obscene SMS to a girl student pursuing MBA. The teacher claimed that the message was sent accidentally as the first alphabet of student’s name was similar to that of his wife stored in his mobile phone. A university official,however,said the defence taken by the teacher was not found to be genuine following which he was suspended.
Police arrest four with 19 kg opium
Patiala: The police on Saturday claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of opium smugglers by arresting four persons. Senior Superintendent of Police,Patiala,Gurpreet Singh Gill said that 19 kg opium was recovered from the accused who were intercepted while travelling in car near Nabha-Bhadson T-point. The arrested were identified as Om Parkash,Babu Lal,Babuta Ram and Ramesh. A case under NDPS Act has been registered against the four.
Renuka fair begins November 5
Nahan: The six-day long Renuka fair would begin on November 5 with the faithful scheduled to take holy dip in the Renuka lake the next day. Deputy commissioner Meera Mohanty met the Renuka Development Board officials on Saturday to look into the arrangements for the fair. Lakhs of devotees visit the yearly fair to pay obeisance to Bhagwan Parshuram and Mata Renukaji. The DC has asked the PWD officials to get the roads in and around Renukaji repaired. Special buses would ply from different parts of the district to ferry devotees. The health department would also put up a medical dispensary on the mela premises.
Passenger train coach catches fire
AMRITSAR: A major mishap was averted as alert passengers pulled the chain to stop the Amritsar-Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train after one of it coaches caught fire near Dhillwan railway station on Saturday. One coach was badly damaged even as two fire tenders were pressed into service. Station master,Amritsar,Kulwant Singh Teji said that the traffic was affected on the route for some time. The train later continued on its journey to Jalandhar leaving behind the damaged coach. An inquiry will be conducted, said a senior Railway official. There were reports that Amritsar-Khemkaran DMU train also caught fire in the morning.
Bajwa supports Maken on RTI issue
AMRITSAR: Congress MP from Gurdaspur Partap Singh Bajwa extended support to Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken on the the Sports Bill and said that the changes offered by the proposed law are the need of the hour. Bajwa who is also the president of the Judo Federation of Punjab,said putting the sports bodies within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) was a step in the right direction. Even if some sports bodies do not receive funds from the government,they serve a public purpose of promoting the sport and for that purpose must fall in the ambit of RTI, he said. Bajwa said that representation of sports persons within the sporting bodies is a must even if they are currently being run by administrators.
Haryana Lokayukta suggests civil panel
Chandigarh: Haryana Lokayukta Justice (Retd) Pritam Pal has suggested formation of a civil committee,comprising 10 to 12 members,which should work towards checking corruption. Addressing members of the District Bar Association here,Justice Pal asked them to form a similar committee in which involvement of senior and junior advocates should be ensured.
Salary hike for guest teachers
Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on saturday announced a 20 per cent increase in the remuneration of guest teachers in the state with effect from July 1,2011. The revision will benefit about 15,400 teachers.
PPCB collects samples of waterbodies
Chandigarh: Chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) Kahan Singh Pannu on Saturday inspected the Ghaggar river and Dhabi Nallah in Dera Bassi,and Jharmal Choe in Lalru and collected samples that were later sent to the laboratory for analysis. The general topography of Dera Bassi and location of the industries was also inspected with respect to these water bodies. Pannu later directed the Board’s regional office in Mohali to keep a strict vigil on the industries located along the river or the drains. He specified that if any industry is found discharging effluent into the water bodies,it will be dealt with strictly as per the relevant pollution control laws.
Govt says new ISBT is well connected
Shimla: Faced with criticism about lack of regular connectivity to new ISBT,the Himachal Pradesh Bus Stand Management and Development Authority on Saturday said adequate steps have been taken to regulate the traffic for commuters by providing bus connectivity. A spokesperson of the authority said that shuttle bus service was available at intervals of every five minutes since August 30,2011. New Shimla and ISBT have were also connected by the service on Saturday and buses would be available on this route from 6 AM to 11 PM at intervals of one hour. He said that Mehli-Panthghati-Vikasnagar areas have also been connected with ISBT from 6.15 AM to 10 PM in the same manner.
Punjab CM expels two SAD leaders
NAKODAR: Dungar Singh Bhullar,brother-in-law of Noormahal MLA Rajwinder Kaur Bhullar,was expelled by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday for supporting rebel candidate Daljit Singh Kahlon. Kahlon was also expelled by Badal. He announced the explusion of both the leaders at a rally in Mehatpur and also warned others to stay away from anti-party activities.
Constable arrested in double murder case
Ghaziabad: Gurgaon police has arrested a constable here for his alleged involvement in a double murder case,officials said today. Following an investigation,police took into custody constable Satbeer,posted at Link Road police station here,for his alleged nexus with Jaggu,an accused in the case who was arrested a few days back. “A raid was conducted at Satbeer’s residence yesterday and he was caught while trying to flee,” said SSP Raghubir Lal.