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Tomar is public commission chief

Updated: April 11, 2014 5:04 pm

SHIMLA: Senior journalist K S Tomar was on Wednesday appointed as the chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC). He replaced Major General (retd) C M Sharma,who had retired on Tuesday. Currently the editor of a national daily’s Jaipur edition,Tomar was born in a remote village in Sirmaur and had done his MA in English literature from DAV College in Dehradun. He had served in Shimla,Kathmandu in Nepal and Jaipur since 1983. His swearing in ceremony is likely to take place after July 1.

Congress leaders protest in Tarn Taran

AMRITSAR: Congress leaders on Wednesday held a protest at Bhikhiwind Chowk Amritsar over the alleged rejection of nomination papers of Congress candidates for the July 3 panchayat polls in Punjab. The protest was led by former minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar and included among others,Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa. “Maximum number of rejections have taken place in Khemkaran,” said Bajwa.

Farmers up in arms against power tariff

AMRITSAR: Farmers on Wednesday protested against the increasing power tariff and inadequate water supply in Amritsar. They alleged that due to non-remunerative prices,more than 22,000 farmers had committed suicide and Powercom had hiked power bills for the farming sector by Rs 1,700 crore. “To get power load increased,while the farmers were being made to shell out Rs 6,000,the industrialists only had to pay Rs 1,750,” said a farmer adding that they were not getting adequate water from the canal system for irrigation.

Haryana power body creates record

CHANDIGARH: In a record of sorts,the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam on Tuesday supplied 1620.29 lakh units of electricity to consumers in Haryana. The figure was 83.86 lakh units more than the previous record supply of 1536.43 lakh units on June 24.

‘Colleges can’t seek affiliation outside’

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana technical education department has decided that no college,institution approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE),Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) or Council of Architecture (COA) or any other statutory council — offering technical courses in the state — will be allowed to seek affiliation from a university situated outside Haryana.

Pvt hospitals to treat pensioners in Haryana

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government has decided to empanel 23 private hospitals for the treatment of state employees,pensioners and their dependents. A health department spokesman said these empanelled hospitals will provide treatment to employees in the event of a life threatening emergency without asking the kin to deposit money in advance. The patient will pay the dues before being discharged from the hospital.

50 students fall sick in Nahan

NAHAN: Nearly 50 students belonging to Baru Sahib Educational Trusts have been admitted to hospital after suffering from suspected gastroentitis. Sub-Divisional Magistrate Rajgarh Pankaj Sharma said: “Directions have been issued to check quality of the water being supplied to the institute.”

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