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Killed in road mishap:
One Om Parkash, a resident of Gobindgarh village, who sustained serious injuries in a road mishap that occurred near Jandwala Kharta village on March 22, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. He was riding pillion on a motorcyle driven by one Harbhajan Singh, who died on the spot when a milk collection canter allegedly hit their motorcycle.

Foetus found
: A female foetus, wrapped in a polythene bag, was recovered from a vacant plot in Ram Nagar Colony, falling under Amritsar (Rural) police station, here on Tuesday.

Nomination hailed
: The Congress workers on Tuesday hailed the nomination of Ashwani Sekhri as one of the members of the coordination committee of Punjab unit of the party.

Liquor seized
: The police today seized a cache of liquor being smuggled from Chandigarh into Haryana. Cops stopped a Maruti car at the Dera Bassi toll plaza for a routine check. However, the driver Kishore Kumar was allegedly carrying 300 bottles of country-made liquor which were seized by the police.

Musical show organised
: A musical extravaganza under the banner of 'Coca-Cola Dhol De Bol' was organised by Coca-Cola India at Faridkot on Tuesday. Punjabi artists Pammi Bhai and Nachattar Gill enthralled the audience with their performance at the Chand Palace. Winner of the 'Coca-Cola Voice of Punjab' Madhusudan added fun and excitement to the event with his performance along with finalist Gurudev Tohfa. The musical initiative was a part of Coca-Cola's summer campaign 'Jashn Mana Le' designed to create a strong bond with youth.

Eye camp
: Around 300 patients were examined at an eye check-up camp held at Gobindgarh on Tuesday. Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Institute and Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sohana, in association with Yuvak Sewa Club, Mohali district, organized the camp as part of Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Retinopathy Project funded by World Diabetes Foundation, Denmark.

Inter-college festival
: The annual inter-college festival, Riyaaz - 08, of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) will be organised on April 11 at the college campus. The chief guest on the occasion will be DC Ropar B. Purushartha. SDM Ropar Kavita Singh will preside over the function.

PSEB announcement
: Chairman of Punjab State Electricity Board Y.S. Ratra on Tuesday announced that consumers depositing electricity bills on the last day (if the same was declared as a second half holiday in future) the Board has decided to accept payment of bills without any late payment or surcharge on next working day. However, in case the second half is declared holiday in advance, the due date shall not be extended.



Vehicles stolen
: A motorcycle, a three-wheeler and a car were stolen from various places in Mohali on Tuesday. The car was stolen from Sector 68 while the other two vehicles were stolen from Phase 1. The owners have lodged a police complaint.



Foodgrains distributed
: The Janhit Congress distributed foodgrains among the poor on the direction of party supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi on Tuesday. Senior leaders of the party including Arjun Lal Kalra, Viresh Shandilaya, Puran Prakash Saini, Suchha Singh Baknor, Ramesh Singla, Tilak Raj Taneja, Bhum Singh Rana and Ashok Baratia were present on the occasion.

Katha utsav
: The Haryana Sahitya Akademi will organise “Katha utsav” on April 24 at Panchayat Bhawan, Chandigarh. While giving this information here on Tuesday, director of the akademi Desh Nirmohi said education and transport minister, Haryana, Mange Ram Gupta would be the chief guest and financial commissioner and secretary, education, Rajan Gupta would preside over the function. The main speaker of the function would be famous litterateur Pankaj Visht, while Rajkumar, Rakesh and Devender Chaubey would read their papers.

Grant released: Central assistance amounting to Rs 18.06 crore has been released for 16 districts of Haryana, as the initial grant for the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). While stating this here on Tuesday, Haryana financial commissioner and principal secretary, rural development, Urvashi Gulati said although Rs 560 crore had been provided in the budget for the year 2008-09 for the implementation of the scheme, this amount could be enhanced keeping in view the demand for work in these districts.

Wheat procurement: The Haryana government has procured 8,694 metric tonnes of wheat out of total arrival 8,970 metric tonnes in 362 mandis of the state through six government procuring agencies at the rate of minimum support price of Rs 1,000 per quintal. While stating this here on Tuesday, Haryana deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan said 8,970 metric tonnes of wheat had arrived in the mandis of the state in the past one week.

Watchman commits suicide
: Randhir Singh (35), watchman of Ghasera village, 8 km from here, reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a goods train on the Rewari-Hisar railway line near Kishangarh Balawas station, 7 km from here, on Monday. The Government Railway Police said with a monthly remuneration of Rs 1,000 only, which he was getting from the state government as a village watchman, he had been facing a backbreaking situation to feed his large family, which comprises his wife and five children. Therefore, he ended his life.

Youth stabs mother: A youth Rajesh Yadav, younger son of Sarita Devi, allegedly stabbed his mother with a knife at Ramgarh village on Monday. She was brought to the Civil Hospital with a grave head injury. The police has registered a case of attempt to murder against the accused, who reportedly absconded after the incident, on a complaint filed by Sarita’s husband. The police said Rajesh attacked his mother after he felt that injustice had been done to him in the matter of distribution of the family’s agricultural land between him and his elder brother.



Gujjars seek subsidy
: The cattle rearers, especially the Gujjars of Chamba district, have urged the government to provide subsidy on the purchase of fodder as they have to purchase it from outside the state. About 80 per cent Gujjars rear cattle. Led by their leader Maulana Noordin, they met Chamba DC Munish Garg on Monday in this connection.

CITU conference: The Budhil Hydroelectric Project Workers Union has expressed concern over the alleged laxity of the government in not properly implementing labour laws. Leaders of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) held a conference at Bharmour on Monday. They said no foolproof policy had been formulated to safeguard workers interests. The following were elected office-bearers of the union on the occasion: president - Sanjay Thakur; vice-president - Arjun Chadhak; general secretary - Uttam Chand; assistant secretary - Bihari Lal; and adviser - Kuldip Chadhak.

: The burglars struck in the house of Bobby Walia at Dhar Ki Bher village near Dharampur on Tuesday and decamped with cash and jewelry. The incident took place in the afternoon when the whole family was away. The burglary came to light when Walia’s son reached the home after attending his school and found the locks opened and goods scattered. The police was informed and nakas were at different points to nab the accused. According to an initial information, Rs 4,500 and unaccounted jewelry were found missing.

Office-bearers: My Himachal, a global Himachali organisation, had announced its new office-bearers team. President Avnish Katoch; vice-president Dr Meena Pathania; general-secretary Dr Des Kashyap; joint secretary Sumant Sood and Treasurer Anil Chandel. Dr Sudarshan Kumar Vatsyayan was elected as vice-president of the India Chapter.



5 held for smuggling
: Two persons were arrested in Udhampur district on Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle 19 kg poppy out of Kashmir. The police intercepted a bus and searched the duo on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Chenani. About 19 kg poppy was recovered from them. In another case, the police arrested three persons for allegedly smuggling 4,000 willow clefts from Srinagar.

CRPF jawan killed: A CRPF jawan was killed when his rifle accidentally went off in Doda district on Tuesday. The rifle of Manmat Hambrum went off accidentally and the bullet pierced through his body, official sources said. A probe has been ordered into the incident.

Water supply scheme
: Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has stressed the need for futuristic approach in formulating and executing development schemes to ensure their speedy implementation. The Rangil Water Supply Scheme, estimated to cost Rs 27.15 crore, would provide potable water to residents of various areas on the northwest outskirts of Srinagar city. Out of the total length of about 51 km, pipes had been laid over 37.5 km of which 22 km were test checked, an official spokesman said.

Probe ordered: A week after a youth died under mysterious circumstances in Baramulla district, the government has ordered a judicial probe into the death. The probe was ordered by horticulture minister Mohammad Dilawar Mir. Farooq Ahmad Sheikh (30), a resident of Seloo-Sopore, died under mysterious circumstances last week.


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