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1 run over by goods train
: Dalbir Singh, a resident of border village Roranwala, was killed after he was run over by the goods train coming from Pakistan on Friday. The GRP of the Railways has registered a case under Section 174 of the IPC in this regard. According to information, the victim was mentally challenged and could have possibly tried to cross the railway line at the time of the incident.

Professor selected: Prof N.S. Neki, Medicine Government Medical College and Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, has been selected for the IMA Punjab Award for 2007-08 for academic achievements. The award will be conferred on him at the state-level IMA conference, Pimacon 2008, to be held in Bathinda on April 6.

Chairman elected: J.R. Singal and Gunbir Singh have been elected chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the CII Punjab State Council for 2008-09. Singal is managing director of the Eastman Cast and Forge and Gunbir is managing director of Bambino Holdings (P) Limited.

A lecture on “Physics in health and diseases” was delivered by P.L. Garg at Adesh Institute of Medical and Sciences here on Saturday.

SDMJ to open on April 3
: The first sub-divisional magistrate court will become functional at Dera Bassi on April 3. A decision regarding this was taken on Saturday following the visit of Rupnagar district and sessions judge Rekha Mittal. The court will function temporarily from a makeshift room in the tehsildar’s office while the court’s staff will work from some rooms in Government Primary School nearby. Newly appointed additional district R.K. Garg accompanied Rekha Mittal.

Advisory committee
: The Punjab Health and Family Welfare Department has nominated Guninder Nishchal, a resident of Pathankot, as a member of the state-level advisory committee to control spurious and adulterated drugs.

Food processing units: More food processing units will be set up in Gurdaspur district for the convenience of farmers of bordering areas of the state. Proposals in this context have been chalked out and will be shortly given shape. This was stated by Ashwani Kumar, union minister of industries for state.

Arhtiya Assn chief
: Prem Goel, a close associate of SAD veteran Raja Narinder Singh, has been elected unanimously president of the Arhtiya Association of the town on Thursday for the consecutive 17th time.

1 killed in mishap
: Seven-year-old Simran, daughter of Armyman Nirmal Singh, was killed and three others were injured in an accident that took place on the Jalandhar-Jammu national highway near Nalwa Bridge here on Friday. Nirmal was going to his native village on a motorcycle with his wife and two children when a tractor-trailer coming from the opposite side hit his motorcycle.

BGIET students
: As many as 28 students of the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) were selected on Friday by a multinational software company, Binary Dot Logics, Noida, in a campus recruitment drive conducted for students of computer science engineering, information technology, electronics and communication engineering and master in computer applications of BGIET.

Annual credit plan: The annual credit plan of Sangrur district for the financial year 2008-09 prepared by the State Bank of Patiala, Lead Bank, Sangrur, was launched by deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri here on Friday. The annual credit plan envisages Rs 2972.89 crore for priority and non-priority sectors.



Gurmat Samagam: A free medical check up camp was organised as part of the ongoing Gurmat Samagam at Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital, Sohana, on Saturday. As many as 1,050 patients were examined. A book titled ‘Khoj Shabad Meh Ley’ based on the teachings of Panth Rattan Bhai Jasbir Singh Khalsa was released by Giani Jaswinder Singh, granthi of the Golden Temple, Amritsar. A kirtan darbar was also held.

Animal welfare camp: The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals organised an anti-rabies vaccination and animal welfare camp at Shahimajra village on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by Rajinder Singh Rana, president of the Mohali municipal council. Suresh Kumar Lucky, municipal councilor, was the chief guest. As many as 89 stray and pet dogs were vaccinated against rabies and treated for skin diseases. Seventeen horses, mules and cows were treated for different ailments.

: A symposium on ‘Pediatric Neurology’ was organised jointly by the department of pediatrics, PGIMER, and Command hospital yesterday. While eminent speakers from all over the country delivered talks on various pediatric neurological problems, more than 100 delegates from the region participated in the symposium.



: Two students - Bharat Gaind, a student of PKR Jain Public School, Ambala city, and Pallav Jindal, a student of Army School, Ambala Cantonment - have been selected in the Haryana Talent Search Examination-2008. SCERT has organised a training programme for two weeks at Gurgaon for these students to get them prepared for National Talent Search Examination.

Post office looted
: Some unidentified persons broke into the post office in Kosli and decamped with Rs 21,169 lying in a chest there on Thursday night. Next morning, when deputy postmaster Om Prakash found the locks broken and the cash missing from the chest, he filed a complaint, following which the police registered a case of burglary under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC.

Lok adalat
: As many as 335 cases were disposed of at a lok adalat organised on the premises of the local judicial complex on Saturday. Rohtak District and Sessions Judge S.K.Sardana, who is also the chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, presided. According to an official statement, 418 cases were put up for consideration at the lok adalat.

Liquor shop’s opening stayed
: The Additional Civil Judge, Gohana, has stayed the opening of a liquor vend at Mehmoodpur Maan village up to April 11. The stay order was passed after hearing a plea of the village panchayat, which claimed that the panchayat had informed the excise and taxation department authorities at district and state levels through panchayat resolution for not opening liquor vend in the village. Village sarpanch Satpal alleged that despite informing the authorities, the local authorities auctioned a liquor shop in the name of Anil of the same village.

Blood donation camp: As many as 200 students, faculty members and volunteers of BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Khanpur Kalan, donated blood at a blood donation camp, which was organised in the ayurveda institute of the university on Saturday under the aegis of the NSS wing of the university. Nearly 500 persons had come to donate blood but only 50 per cent were found fit for donation.

1 killed in accident: Vinay (18) of Nathupur village died on the spot when he was hit by a speeding vehicle on a bridge over diversion drain no. 8 on Saturday. He was going to the fields. The driver of the vehicle sped from the spot after the incident.

1 killed
: A tractor-trolley turned turtle on Dadupur bridge here on Saturday, in which the tractor owner, Bhopal Singh, who himself was driving, was killed and his accomplice was injured. The traffic remained blcoked for about three hours due to the incident.



Relief for snow-hit
: The government has taken up the task of distributing relief to the families affected by unprecedented snowfall and extensive rain in the district in February this year. DC Munish Garg said on Saturday that Rs 30 lakh had been disbursed as relief to such families. Efforts were on to provide financial assistance to the remaining families, too. The total loss caused to the public and private property was over Rs 20 crore, he said.

: Education minister I.D. Dhiman has exhorted students to continue their campaign against the use of drugs and other intoxicants to fulfil the dream of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee of the 21st century being the century of the people of India. He was speaking at the concluding function of a two-day anti-drug workshop at the Bachat Bhawan here on Saturday. He also gave away prizes to the winners of various competition organised as part of the workshop. MLA Urmil Thakur also spoke on the occasion.

50 students donate blood
: Fifty students of Government Polytechnic College, Kangra, donated blood at a camp organised in the college on Saturday. The camp was organised by the blood bank of the Zonal Hospital, Dharamsala. Principal of the college Sunil Verma said the camp was organised to create a sense of service among the students.

450 gm ganja seized
: The police has nabbed a migrant labourer and seized 450-gram ganja from his possession near Barotiwala in the wee hours on Saturday. Rajesh, alias Raj Kumar, who hailed from Bihar, was going towards Bhatolikalan on feet when he was asked for a check up at a naka put up by the police. A case has been registered.

Fire damages 18 houses
: Six houses were completely gutted and 12 partially damaged in a devastating fire at Shiah village in the Gadsa valley, about 25 km from here, last night. The fire broke out around 6 pm after a blast in an LPG cylinder. Fire tenders from Kullu were rushed to the spot, but these could not reach there due to steep gradient. A cow and a sheep were burnt. However, no loss of human life was reported.

Tibetans end fast
: A week-long chain-hunger strike organised by different Tibetan NGOs living in Kullu valley, which stated from March 22 concluded here on Saturday.

: The following have been elected as the office-bearers of the local unit of ministerial services association of the state electricity board. President Rakseh Rana, senior vice-presidents Amar Singh and Raj Kumar, press secretary Arun Sahotra, cashier Anil Mahajan, auditor Jeevan Chowdhary and adviser Suresh Sharma.

Rs 1.98 cr sanctioned
: Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Sarveen Chaudhary said on Wednesday that her department had sanctioned Rs 1.98 crore for the construction of 99 anganwari centres in eight districts under the Scheduled Caste Component Sub-Plan 2007-08. She said Rs 2 lakh each would be provided for each centre. A sum of Rs 32 lakh had been sanctioned for 16 anganwari centres in Sirmaur district, Rs 50 lakh for 25 centres in Kangra, Rs 18 lakh for 9 centres in Chamba, Rs 4 lakh for 2 centres in Bilaspur, Rs 20 lakh for 10 centres in Shimla, Rs 2 lakh for one centre in Una, Rs 4 lakh for two centres in Hamirpur and Rs 68 lakh for 34 centres in Mandi.

Pvt bus operators warned: The Transport Department would initiate strict action, including cancellation of route permits, against private bus operators found charging lower bus fares than recently notified by the government. Director (transport) Rajender Singh said the department was launching a special drive to check that operators did not resort to such tactics.

Nalwar Fair concludes
: The seven-day state-level Nalwar Fair concluded yesterday evening. MLA Roop Singh Thakur was chief guest at the function. A procession was taken out from the PWD rest house. It was lead by Thakur. He watched wrestling bouts at Nagaun Khud. Later, the procession concluded at Jawahar Park. Thakur gave away prizes to the winners.


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