Briefly State: Woman ex-sarpanch booked for embezzlement of Rs 4 lakh

A former woman sarpanch of Bhagwanpura village was booked by police for an alleged embezzlement of Rs 4.15 lakh.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 24, 2012 1:56:18 am

Fatehgarh Sahib: A former woman sarpanch of Bhagwanpura village was booked by police for an alleged embezzlement of Rs 4.15 lakh. The case was registered at Bassi Pathana police station on a complaint of Ravinder Kaur,Block Development and Panchayat Officer,Khera,who alleged that Kusam Rani,had embezzled the funds during her tenure.

Flesh trade: Two more held

JALANDHAR:The Punjab Police on Monday arrested two more persons involved in the international sex racket that was busted in Jalandhar recently. The two were arrested based on the information given by David Hans,the main accused,in the case. Sources said that the duo had admitted pushing more than 100 girls,mostly from poor families in Punjab,in to flesh trade in Malaysia,Singapore and Dubai.

Pensioners’ DA up by 7 per cent

Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Monday raised dearness allowance of pensioners in the state by 7 per cent – from 58 per cent to 65 per cent – with effect from January 1 this year. The DA has been revised on the pattern of central government,Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said.

Schools not implementing Punjabi face action

Chandigarh: The Punjab government would issue notices to those educational institutes in the state,which were not properly implementing Punjabi language,a Education and Languages Department official said. The department has found that some private schools were not implementing Punjabi as a compulsory subject from Classes I-X,as mandated under the Punjab,Punjabi and Learning of other Languages Act. They were also not using Punjabi in their official work. All such institutes will be told to implement Punjabi language within 15 days.

Now,Shagun 15 days before marriage

Chandigarh: To bring more transparency,Punjab government on Monday decided to credit the Rs 15,000 under the Shagun scheme directly into the bank accounts of beneficiary brides 15 days before their marriage,Gulzar Singh Ranike,Minister for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. He said that the applicants would file their applications with the District/Tehsil Welfare Officers and it would be their duty to disburse the amount in stipulated time frame.

Four court secretaries promoted

CHANDIGARH: THE Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday promoted four Court Secretaries as Special Secretaries. According to an order issued by the Joint Registrar (Administration),the officers promoted are: Deepak Singh,Arun Singh Thakur,Sanjay Chopra and Ashok Kumar. Their promotion comes into effect from July 13.

Dhabas on industrial plots: Notices issued

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government on Monday issued notices to all defaulters against the commercial use of industrial plots and sheds located in focal points across the state. All defaulters has been asked to make sure that the guidelines are implemented and file their replies within 30 days,otherwise their allotment will be cancelled with immediate effect.

Badal,Capt mourn Sehgal demise

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday expressed grief at the passing away of Dr Lakshmi Sehgal (97),a close associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the first captain of Rani of Jhansi Regiment — the women’s wing of Azad Hind Fauj. In his condolence message,Badal said that in Sehgal’s death,the nation has lost a towering personality. Amarinder,on the other hand,said the country had lost yet another great icon of the freedom struggle.

Can join active politics again: Vinod Khanna

Pathankot: Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna on Monday expressed his interest in contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “I am not averse to joining active politics again…Given

chance,I would contest Gurdaspur seat in 2014,” he said. Khanna had won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency three times in a row on BJP ticket. However,he lost the seat in 2009 Lok Sabha polls to Congress’ Partap Singh Bajwa. Khanna,who was union culture and tourism minister before being moved to External Affairs ministry as MoS during the NDA regime in 2002,said the UPA government has “failed to control inflation”.

Air Mantra’s inaugural flight returns midway

AMRITSAR: The inaugural flight of Air Mantra from Amritsar to Chandigarh,on Monday,’ran into rough weather’ and had to return back to Amritsar after it was denied permission to land at Chandigarh due to inclement weather conditions. The flight took off from Amritsar Airport at 7:20 am,but landed back in Amritsar at 8:45 am. “Our evening flight is on schedule,” said Bhavar Singh Chauhan,area manager of Air Mantra.

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