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‘Shobha yatra’ marks Ram Navmi celebrations in Abohar: Hundreds, including women, joined the colourful ‘shobha yatra’ taken out at Abohar today as part of Ram Navami celebrations. The representatives of as many as 21 NGOs, representing all occupations, had erected arches to welcome the participants who passed through main roads of the sub-divisional town to disperse at Sanatan Dharam Mandir near Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk here in the evening. Sanatan Dharam Sabha president Pramil Kalani, Gaushala president Faquir Chand Goyal, senior councillor Vimal Thatai and others led the procession from the Gaushala complex.

858 patients examined:
As many as 858 patients were examined during a general medical check-up camp organised by SNS Pahwa Charitable Hospital here today. A team of doctors, comprising Dr Surinder Singh, Dr SK Chopra, Dr Ashish Ohri, Dr Bhupinder Sehra and others, examined the patients free of cost. The patients were provided denture at highly subsidised rates. Dr Subhash Bhatta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, was also present on this occasion. 



Redressal centre:
With a view to redress the grievances of consumers in the urban and rural areas, the Haryana Public Health Engineering Department has set up a Free Grievance Redressal Centre, which will be functional from April 3. A spokesman of the department said the centre would facilitate consumers in getting their complaints registered and resolved. Consumers could lodge their complaints through the website <http://wss.hry.nic.in/> and the centre would have a toll free number 1800-180-5678.

Environment body: The Centre has notified setting up of a state-level Environment Impact Assessment Authority, Haryana, with RD Sheokand as its chairman. SK Khanna, a retired Engineer-in-Chief, would be member of the committee and the Director-General, Department of Environment, Haryana, would be member secretary. The chairman and members of the authority shall hold office for a term of three years. To assist the authority, the Central Government, in consultation with the state government, has also constituted the State Expert Appraisal Committee, Haryana. 

Dr Sukhbir Singh has been elected president of the Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Teachers’ Association (LUVASTA). Other office-bearers elected unopposed were Dr RK Malik (vice-president), Dr NK. Rakha (secretary) and Dr RK Chandolia (joint secretary). Dr SK Batra is the only executive member elected unopposed. The vacant posts of treasurer and other office-bearers will be filled with the consent of the general body of the association. 

LPG booking: The Bharat Petroleum cooking gas agencies here will start booking LPG demand by SMS next week. An official spokesperson said the details of the service would be announced soon. He said while initially the service would be available to BP consumers, it would be extended to consumers of other companies later this month. 

Film festival:
Kurukshetra University will host a five-day media international film festival organised by the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology (IMCMT) from April 3 to 7, Lt-Gen (Retd.) DDS Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor, said. Leading personalities from the cine world and media would attend the festival. 

Four arrested:
The police has conducted a raid at a hotel and arrested its owner and three others for allegedly running a sex racket. On a tip-off, the police raided a local hotel on Thursday night after sending a decoy customer and arrested its owner, Ramesh Kumar, a girl, who hails from the Mahipalpur area of Delhi, and two others. The accused have been remanded in judicial custody by a local court.

Cattle smugglers: The police arrested four cattle smugglers who were taking 16 cattle in a canter from Jaipur to Delhi for butchery on Friday night. A senior police official said when they intercepted their vehicle on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway at Jaisinghpur Khera barrier they made a bid to overrun the police vehicle and crush the police personnel to death. They were produced in a court, which remanded them to 14-day judicial custody. 



Pensioners seek financial benefits:
The Himachal Pradesh Pensioners Welfare Association has said the present government has failed to implement its election manifesto and the assurance given to them by Chief Minister PK Dhumal. In a press note here, state spokesperson for the association PC Oberoy said, the Chief Minister at Una on December 14, 2008, and other places made public statements to allow all pecuniary benefits to Himachal Pradesh pensioners on a par with pensioners in Punjab. 

Raise wages of workers: CPM:
The CPM has demanded that the state government should increase the MNREGA daily wages to Rs 200. Besides, anganwari workers should get a monthly honorarium on the Punjab pattern. The CPM said the BJP government had hiked the salaries of MLAs and ministers by Rs 20,000 per month, whereas MNREGA and anganwari workers were getting peanuts.

Dinkar is Director, Higher Education:
Dinkar Burathoki has been appointed Director of Higher Education in place of OP Sharma who retired on Saturday. Sharma remained Director of the department for eight years in two stints. He was removed from the post during the previous Congress government and made Director again when the BJP came to power.



Woman run over by train:
A physically challenged woman was run over by the Malwa Express near Bajalta Station, 12 km from here, on Friday. The deceased was identified as Puro Devi, wife of Agaya Ram, a resident of Bajalta.
Sources said the woman couldn’t hear the movement of train, which was on its way to Udhampur from Jammu. The General Railway Police personnel rushed to the spot and her body was handed over to the family members.

Burglary case solved: The Akhnoor police solved a burglary case on Friday by arresting a person and recovered gold ornaments from his possession. Anita Devi, a resident of Lehar, Akhnoor, had lodged a report at Akhnoor police station that an unknown person had come to her house in her absence and posed himself as an employee of the power department. He decamped with gold ornaments worth Rs 1 lakh. The arrested person has been identified as Amit Sharma, alias Don, of ward number 9.

23 bovines rescued: The Nagrota police on Friday rescued 23 bovines and arrested two smugglers for allegedly transporting them to Kashmir Valley. The police said it intercepted two trucks at Bantalab, Nagrota, on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and recovered the bovines. The police has also impounded the vehicles. The arrested persons have been identified as Mohd Rafiq, a resident of Tharpura in Anantnag, and Balbinder Singh of Chak Salaria in RS Pura. 



Kumaon Briefs

Woman trapped in thresher, dies: A woman was killed when she got trapped in a thresher at Nayakgoth village in Champawat district. The deceased has been identified as Devki Devi Bohra (41). She was alone when the incident occurred.

Boy drowned: A boy drowned in the Sharda river in the Tanakpur area of Champawat. According to information, two boys, Imtiyaz Khan and Ajit Singh, had gone to the river along with their friends after visiting the Purnagiri temple. While taking a bath, the duo started to drown. While divers from the Provincial Armed Constabulary managed to save Imtiyaz, Ajit Singh drowned in the river.

Girl abducted: A girl was allegedly abducted in the Kashipur area of Udham Singh Nagar district while she was going on a rickshaw with her sister-in-law and niece to attend a marriage. Four youths came on a four-wheeler and forced the rickshawpuller to stop and abducted the girl identified as Ruksar. They also thrashed the rickshawpuller when he tried to save the girl. One of the abductors has been identified by the girl’s niece. Investigations are on in the matter.

Body found: The half-burnt body of a youth has been found in the Kaladhungi area of Nainital district. The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Dheeraj Kumar, a resident of Gulzarpur locality. He used to work as a mechanic. He had left his house on Thursday night to attend a religious discourse. It is being assumed that he committed suicide since a suicide note was found near his motorcycle. However, members of his family alleged that he has been murdered.

Woman commits suicide: Anandi Devi (33), a resident of Baida village in the Kapkot area of Bageshwar, committed suicide. Her husband is employed in Udham Singh Nagar district. The reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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