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All contractual nurses to be regularized in Punjab

Chandigarh/May 5
All the contractual Health Female workers (ANMs) who have completed three years of service, will be regularized by Punjab government in coming days.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took the decision to regularize ANMs on Saturday evening after a meeting with a 10-member deputation of Contract Multi Purpose Health Workers (Female) Union.
“All the Auxiliary Nurses Midwives (ANMs) will be adjusted positively besides, their all other genuine demands would also be considered on priority,” Badal said.
Badal directed the Principal Secretary Health Vini Mahajan to immediately chalk out the modalities to regularize these health workers against all the 1154 vacant posts in the Health Department and for the adjustment of the remaining take up the matter with Government of India (GoI) for early creation of about 400 additional posts.

British MP arrested for sexually assaulting two men

New Delhi/May 5
Britain’s Conservative MP Nigel Evans was arrested by Lancashire police on charges of raping one youth while sexually assaulted another man in Pendleton between July 2009 and March 2013.
Evans also the Deputy Speaker of House of Commons was later released on bail after he was arrested by police for sexually assaulting two youths in their twenties.
Evans has been MP for the Lancashire constituency since 1992 and he was elected as Deputy Speaker of House of Commons in 2010. He was also the vice chairman of Conservative Party from 1999 to 2001. Evans, reportedly, had confessed that he was gay as he is tired of living a life of lie.

City Sanitation plan approved for Shimla

Shimla/May 5
Shimla today became first city in Himachal Pradesh to develop City Sanitation Plan that was approved by the State Government along with adoption of Decentralized Waste Water Treatment Technology in some areas of Shimla town.
Himachal’s Social Justice and Empowerment minister Dhani Ram Shandil said this while speaking at the review meeting of various departments regarding development and implementation of cleanliness and sanitation program in urban and rural areas of the state.
“1011 panchayats of the State had been declared as Nirmal Panchayats besides Ghumarwin Block in district Bilaspur was adjudged as Nirmal Block,” Shandil said.
Shandil further said that a project at a cost of Rs 165.68 crore has been submitted to Government of India (GoI) for construction of toilets and solid and liquid waste management in rural areas. “For constructing toilets in rural areas, Rs 5100 for households, Rs 38500 for schools, Rs 10,000 for Anganwaris centres and Rs 2 lakh for constructing community toilets were being provided under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan Programme,” he said.
He directed the officers to accomplish schemes on priority basis before initiating work on new projects and schemes and also to ensure proper utilization of funds for timely completion of the developmental projects.

Punjab CM directs jails department to ensure safety of Pakistani prisoners

Chandigarh/May 5
Keeping in mind the Jammu jail incident of attack on Pakistani prisoner, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today directed jails department to beef up the security of Pakistani prisoners lodged in the different jails across the state.
After a meeting with the senior officials of jails department, the Chief Minister directed the officers that foolproof arrangements should be made for the security of 50 Pakistani prisoners lodged in Punjab’s jails.
“These jails must be well secured and special measures should be taken to ensure the safety of Pakistani nationals. Jail officers should keep a strict vigil in the jails where Pakistani prisoners have been lodged,” Badal said.
Badal also expressed concern on the issue of supply of drugs inside the jails that has led to death of some prisoners and asked the concerned departments to take immediate corrective actions in this regard. He asked the officers to ensure immediate assessment of the medical condition of a person upon his arrest adding that any person, particularly, a drug addict found to be suffering from a serious medical ailment and warranting urgent medical care should be admitted to hospital for stabilization before being lodged in prison.
Badal also asked the Jail department to boost up the capacity of the central jails having functional drug de-addiction centres, which were being used to treat addicted inmates, by recruiting more staff and upgradation of services like psychiatric care and counselling services.
The Chief Minister also directed the jails department to bring a proposal for the installation of modern equipment like X-ray machines and scanners besides using sniffer dogs to monitor the visitors entering the jail premises to curb smuggling of drugs.
Badal also suggested for seek security personnel for other states on reciprocal basis to guard outer ring of jail premises to reduce collusion of jail staff and inmates and directed to deploy 700 trained ex-servicemen by Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation (PESCO) at an estimated cost of Rs. 8 crore per year.

National level archer commits suicide in Army Sports Institute

New Delhi/May 5
A 23-year-old national level archer from Assam committing suicide by hanging herself from ceiling in her room in Army Sports Institute in Mundhwa in Pune district of Maharashtra on Friday.
Pratima Boro was found hanging in her room by her coach and other players when they came to check on her after she didn’t turn up to attend practice session at the institute. However, police officials haven’t recovered any suicide note from her possession.
Boro, reportedly, has came to attend national camp at Army Sports institute on April 26 and she had participated in national as well as international level competitions.
Police have informed her parents about the incident and they are further investigating the case to ascertain the real cause behind her suicide.

Kashmir festival to be held from May 13-29

New Delhi/May 4
With the objective to promote tourist activities in Kashmir Valley, Kashmir Festival 2013 will be from May 13-29 at various venues across Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian Tourism minister K Chiranjeevi said here today that Tourism ministry will financial support for Kashmir Festival and various tourist activities as Shikara Races, Cycle Races, Canoeing, River Rafting, Para Gliding, Painting, Swimming Competition, Horse Races will be held at Srinagar, Pahalgam, Yousmarg, Manasbal, Doodhpathri, Gulmarg, Lolab Valley and Sonmarg.
“Kashmir festival will showcase culture of Jammu and Kashmir through performances by the state’s cultural troupes. Furthermore, Tourism ministry is coordinating with other Indian ministries as Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation for outlining the concessional fares and tour package to make the festival a success,” Chiranjeevi said.
Besides this, Ministry of Culture will be organizing cultural events through different cultural troupes while Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will organize sports activities such as Boat Race and other adventure sports like paragliding, horse race to attract tourists, the Tourism minister said.
Chiranjeevi added that the local hoteliers, guest house owners including House Boats of Kashmir Division are already announcing 20-30 percent discount to tourists during Kashmir Festival.

Woman set on fire for resisting rape attempt in Rajasthan

New Delhi/May 4
In a shocking incident, a 30-year-old married woman was set on fire after she resisted rape attempt in Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan early this morning today.
The victim was sleeping at her house in Nohar village in Hanumangarh district along with her daughter when the accused Jitendra Kumar entered into her house and tried to rape her.
“When the married woman resisted his rape attempt, Jitendra allegedly poured kerosene oil on her and set her on fire. Hearing her cries, her husband, who was working in fields, rushed to her rescue and took her to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries,” said the police.
Police have recorded the dying statement of the victim and have arrested the accused Jitendra, against whom a case has been registered at the local police station.

EC issues notification for Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad elections in Punjab

Chandigarh/May 4
Punjab State Election Commission (SEC) on Friday issued notification for elections in 145 Panchayat Smitis and 22 Zila Parishads in the state and candidates can file their nominations till May 7. A Model Code of Conduct has been put into force in Punjab which will continue till May 23
“Secrutiny of the papers will be done on May 8 and papers could be withdrawn up to May 9. Voting will be conducted on May 19 and counting of votes would be done on May 21 results would be announced on the same day. Election process would be completed on May 23,” said a SEC spokesperson.
The SEC has also issued strict directions for the compliance of model code of conduct and has also written a letter to the Chief Secretary for ensuring the compliance of conduct.
“During the election process Ministers shall not combine their official visit with electioneering work and shall not make use of official machinery and personnel or other Government resources including government vehicle for furtherance of interests of any candidate. Official telephones including mobiles, fax etc shall not be used for electioneering purposes,” said the SEC spokesperson, adding that the Ministers and other authorities shall not sanction grants/payment out of their discretionary funds from the time elections are announced by the Commission.

Three teacher suspended for submitting wrong information

Chandigarh/May 4
Punjab government on Friday suspended three teachers for submitting wrong information submitted regarding the strength of students in their class.
Punjab’s Education minister Sikander Singh Maluka today directed the concerned authorities to suspend Economics lecturer and officiating principal Harjit Singh, Mathematics lecturer Naresh Kumar and Biology lecturer Neelam of Government Senior Secondary School, Lehri in Punjab’s Bathinda district with immediate effect.
“These lecturers are found guilty of submitting wrong information during a physical verification and these teachers, in a bid to keep intact their posts, showed strength of 22 students (non-medical and medical) however, on inquiry the strength of students was found only five,” said Maluka.
Maluka has asked State Education Department to initiate a rationalization process in all the schools of the state to ensure required teacher student ratio. “Punjab government is committed to provide quality education to all the students studying in government schools and the rationalization process was an effort to streamline the education infrastructure,” Maluka said.
The Education Minister cautioned all the officers, teachers and officials of education department to not to submit wrong information regarding the strength of students in their respective education institutions and said that anyone found guilty of submitting wrong information would have to face the strict action.

Court sentences a teacher to 8 years for raping minor girl

Hamirpur/May 3
A teacher was sentenced to 8 years in jail along with a fine Rs 20,000 for raping a minor girl by a local court here today.
The teacher Manoj Kumar had allegedly rape a class VIII student of the Government School Kiyarabagh in Badsar in Hamirpur district on March 24, 2012.
The minor girl had stopped going to school as the accused teacher used to sexually harass her even after raping her. When her parents asked about the reason for her to drop school, the victim narrated the whole incident to here parents after which they filed a complaint with local police on June 2.
A local court found Manoj guilty of sexually exploiting the girl and sentenced him to 8 years in prison along with a fine of Rs 20,000.