Chandigarh: Three months after he was awarded seven years imprisonment by a lower court on charges of embezzlement,the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday granted bail to former MLA Mangat Rai Bansal. Several other co-accused were also granted bail. The lower court had convicted Bansal and 21 others in a 14-year-old case of paddy embezzlement. Those convicted included three Food Corporation of India officials.
Retd GNDU prof honoured in London
London: Surjit Hans,an 82-year-old retired professor from Amritsars Guru Nanak Dev University,who translated all works of William Shakespeare into Punjabi,has been honoured with a bust of the 18th century Bard of Avon at Ealing Mayors parlour in London. Ealing Mayor Kamaljit S Dhindsa and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party of Ealing Council Ranjit Dheer presented the bust to Hans.
Guidelines for safety of Guru Granth Sahib
Amritsar: To safeguard the holy swaroops of Guru Granth Sahib from possible short circuits and incidents of fire,Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh Monday said that gurdwaras should not use any plastic fans and decorative lighting near the Holy Book. He said Palkis carrying the Holy Book should also not be decorated with lights to avoid such incidents.
3 Haryana teachers suspended
Chandigarh: Three head teachers of schools in Fatehabad have been suspended for allegedly not providing mid-day meals to students while showcause notices were issued to two others for similar reason. Head teachers Sudesh Pal of Government Primary School,Chandokalan and Ashok Kumar of Government Primary School,Dhani Dhand and teacher in-charge Ramesh Kumar of Government Primary School,Tamaspura have been suspended after it was found that mid day meals were not being prepared at these schools.
New guidelines for property transaction
Chandigarh: Haryana government Monday issued new guidelines to make property transactions transparent in the state. The government has made it mandatory to attach photographs of buyers and sellers of property with sale deeds,additional chief secretary Krishna Mohan said adding photographs will be taken by cameras,which indicate the date on which the photo was taken.
WIFS campaign in Haryana schools
Chandigarh: Haryana government Monday launched a weekly iron folic acid supplementation (WIFS) campaign to combat anaemia among schoolchildren in the state. A total of 15 lakh students in 20 districts were given the blue tablet,as the pill is popularly called,in their schools. The only district left out is that of Jind where the drive is slated for kick-off on July 29,officials said.
Sonepat police announces Rs 1 lakh reward
Chandigarh: The Sonepat police Monday announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for information about the persons who allegedly killed Dushyant,3,a resident of Rampur Kundal village on July 15. A Special Investigation Team,headed by DSP Ajit Singh,is investigating the case.
Haryana to set up e-libraries
Chandigarh: Haryana government will set up 50 e-libraries in as many villages in Sirsa district through Gyan Abhiyan Pariyojana under Backward Regions Grant Fund Scheme. The e-libraries will come up at a cost of Rs 1 crore,an official said.
Free education for child labour victims
Chandigarh: Victims of child labour in Yamunanagar district of Haryana will be taught free of cost in Child Labour Schools run by Red Cross Society with the cooperation of Haryana Labour Department. Stating this,president of the Red Cross Society,Mandeep Singh Brar,said that a school and hostel have been opened at Bal Kunj Chhachhrauli for the children engaged in labour.
Badal bats for poor meritorious
CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday called for a revolutionary upgradation of the states school education system to facilitate the poor but brilliant rural students have access to quality education. Presiding over a high level meeting of vice-chancellors of universities,principals of government model senior secondary schools of Chandigarh and other educational experts,Badal asked them to play a pro-active role in the transformation of school education.
Quota for AIDS,cancer patients
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has announced to provide 1 per cent reservation to all students suffering from cancer and AIDS while taking admissions at technical education institutions across the state. The decision will be implemented from the current academic session,Technical Education Minister Anil Joshi said.
House tax: last date extended
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government on Monday extended the last date to pay outstanding house tax,water and sewerage bills to August 31. Earlier,the deadline was May 31. This was disclosed by Chunni Lal Bhagat,Minister for Local Bodies.
Doctor suspended for death due to negligence
CHANDIGARH: Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal on Monday suspended Dr Kamraj posted at Kapurthala Civil Hospital along with staff nurse Sudarshan for negligence of duty. The matter had come to Mittals notice while he was touring Jalandhar on Sunday. A snake bite victim,Harmanpreet (9),was brought to the hospital but was not administered the anti-snake venom in spite the same being available at the hospital. The child was referred to the Jalandhar Civil Hospital. But on the way,he died.
Punjab man shot in Manila
MOGA: Gurjant Singh (34) a financier,working at Manila in Philippines,was shot dead on Monday. Originally from Kokri Butran village in Moga,he had settled in Manila seven years ago. According to sources,Singh was riding a motorcycle when he was attacked by masked assailants. The funeral will be held in Manila,said Tara Singh,the father of the deceased.
Sanjay Kumar takes charge as HP ADGP
Shimla: Sanjay Kumar,a 1985-batch Himachal cadre IPS officer,who was on central deputation,returned Monday and took charge as Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) at Police headquarters. Kumar,who was serving as Chief Commissioner,Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Patna,will take over over as DGP on August 1 after the incumbent police chief B Kamal Kumar retires.
JBT scam: Chautala bail hearing today
New Delhi: A Delhi court Monday extended the interim bail of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala by a day and fixed the case for hearing on Tuesday (July 23), The 78-year-old Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief was granted interim bail in the JBT teachers recruitment scam by Delhi High Court on medical grounds and has been out since May 21 and recently underwent a pacemaker implant surgery.