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Punjab Briefs

Freedom fighter dead
Mr Matu Ram, alias Matadin, a 103-year-old freedom fighter, died at his residence in Arya Nagar on Wednesday. He had participated in the Quit India movement and was jailed twice during the freedom struggle. He was cremated on the same day with state honour.

The local Rotary Club, Abohar (Midtown) and the Innerwheel Club jointly celebrated vanamahotsava on Wednesday by planting Ashoka saplings at Abohar Club.

The local Lions Club here has launched a traffic awareness programme to educate people regarding traffic rules and regulations.


A week-long sahyog operation camp organised by the Army in collaboration with the villagers concluded at Killa Nau village on Wednesday. During the camp more than 500 saplings were planted and 2000 patients were checked at a medical camp.


The Punjab Government has paid a compensation of Rs 50,000 each to the next kin of the three minor girls who were drowned while crossing a temporary bridge near Ghurkai village. The mishap occurred on April 25 when a group of children were crossing bridge.
Sapling plantation

NSS volunteers of the local Government Girls Senior Secondary School planted saplings on the school premises as a part of the youth week celebrations.

Thieves broke into the house of Mr Rajinder Kumar Jhinja of Sureshwala Sania village on Thursday and decamped with some jewellery and cash, while the occupants of the house were asleep.


Mr S.K Sandhu, District Magistrate, has banned the storage and sale of liquor within the jurisdiction of Batala city on August 29 and 30 on account of a Sikh festival.

Mr Avtar Singh, an employee of the sugar mill at Paniar, was electrocuted while he was on duty. The Managing Director of the mill announced that all his dues would be paid to his family and his wife would be given employment in the mill.


Officers of the Excise and Taxation Department held a condolence meeting here on Wednesday to mourn the death of Kuldip Kaur Ahuja, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner-cum-Joint Director Enforcement, Jalandhar, who was killed in a road accident on Monday.

Drivers of three-wheelers held a protest march on Thursday from Nakodar Chowk to the office of the Deputy Commissioner in support of their demand that auto-rickshaws be barred from plying beyond 16 km of the city limits.
"Release grades"

Non-teaching employees of Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyalaya staged a dharna in front of the college on Friday. They urged the state government to release the revised grades.


The local Municipal Council adopted a resolution on Thursday seeking the termination of privatisation of octroi posts in the town. The step was taken keeping in mind the resentment among the traders, industrialists, truckers and others against the contractors who were allegedly harassing them.
Website inaugurated
Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, acting president of the SGPC, inaugurated an Internet website at Community Polytechnic, Pilahi on Thursday. Mr Jagat Singh, president of the polytechnic, claimed that Pilahi was the first village in the country to have the Internet facility.


Prem Kumar, a railway employee, was run over by the Delux Express train while trying to cross-the-railway line near Goraya railway station on Thursday. In another incident an unidentified middle aged man was killed in a road accident near here. Both the bodies were sent to the local Civil Hospital for a post-mortem.

Satwinder Singh, a liquor shop employee, was allegedly murdered with sharp edged weapons near Kangjagir village on Thursday. The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC.top

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Chandigarh Briefs
Tree plantation drive
One hundred saplings were planted as part of a three-day tree plantation drive in the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, which concluded here on Friday. According to a press release, Dr C.L. Narang, Director of the NSS, Panjab University, was the chief guest.
Onam celebrations

The Kerala Samajam, Sector 30, will organise a cultural programme and other traditional events at Banga Bhavan on August 30 to mark the Onam celebrations, a press release of the organisation said here on Friday.


Saplings planted
More than 200 saplings were planted by the Phase VII branch of the State Bank of Patiala at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research here on Friday. Dr C.L. Kaul, director of NIPER, inaugurated the function

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Panjab University Laboratory and Technical Staff Association: president — Mr V.K. Sachdeva; vice-president — Mr Jaswant Singh Thakur; secretary — Mr Sunil Khanna; and treasurer — Mr Surinder Sayal.
At the first meeting of the newly elected executive committee of the Panjab University Teachers Association the following have been co-opted as members: Dr I.M. Joshi, Dr M.L. Sharma, Prof V.K. Bansal and Dr S.S. Gill.

Haryana briefs

Poppy seized
The police has arrested Bharat Singh, a resident of Chuli Kalan village, and seized 40 kg of poppy husk from him. The police has registered a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Case registered
The police has registered a case against the husband, Rajinder Kumar of Manawali village, father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law of Suman, who was allegedly burnt on August 14. Mr Ram Niwas, father of Suman, alleged that demand for dowry was the cause of his daughter's death.
Cultural evening
The Rotary Club (Main) organised a cultural evening, "Aa lot ke aaja mere meet," here on Thursday in memory of the late singer, Mukesh. The Deputy Commissioner was the chief guest.


Undertrial escapes
Six men attacked a Haryana Roadways bus on Wednesday and freed from police custody an under-trial prisoner accused of murder. The incident occurred when the men chased the bus in a jeep. They fired at the tyre of the bus, forcing it to stop and freed him. The police has identified the assailants.
Motion defeated
The no-confidence motion against the president of the Municipal Committee of Sohna was defeated on Thursday when none of the councillors turned up before the SDM, Mr R.C. Powaria.


Mr Hari Singh Mann and his son, Mr Harwinder Singh, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison in Jyotipura mohalla here on Wednesday. The cause of the suicide is not known.
Ten arrested

The police has arrested 10 persons, including four women, in connection with a clash between two rival groups in which two persons were killed in Khera Rangran village.


Inadequate staff
Work at the local telegraph office has been paralysed due to shortage of staff. Against the sanctioned strength of 11 only three persons are working. Many organisations, including press reporters and traders, have urged the telecom authorities to provide sufficient staff to ensure smooth functioning of the office.

State government employees including employees of the HSEB, held a dharna on Thursday in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office in support of their demands. They were protesting against the proposed move to privatise the power sector and the allegedly anti-employees policies of the state government.


Darbar held
An open darbar was held at the PWD (B&R) Rest House, Ladwa, on Thursday. The Deputy Commissioner presided over the function. As many as 67 cases were placed in the darbar. Many were solved on the spot while some were referred to the departments concerned.


The Haryana Governor, Mr Mahabir Prasad, has nominated Dr Anil Sharma, a homoeopathic physician, as member of the Haryana Homoeopathic Parishad. He also nominated Dr Surender Kumar, a resident of Rewari district, and Dr Paramjit Singh, Director, Ayurveda, Haryana, as members of the parishad.


Thieves entered five houses in Mandi Dabwali, on Wednesday and decamped with jewellery and cash. The incident has caused strong resentment among the residents who have threatened to launch an agitation if the guilty were not apprehended immediately.
Mr Inder Jeet Singh (35) of Guru Nanak Nagar here died at Civil Hospital on Wednesday. According to sources he complained of stomach ache and was rushed to the hospital where he died. The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem.


Sunita (22), a housewife, reportedly succumbed to her burns at a private hospital here on Wednesday. According to the police, she had sustained burns while lighting a stove at her house in the Roop Nagar area.

Balwan (25) reportedly committed suicide by consuming insecticide tablets at his house in the Brahaman Was area here on Wednesday. A family quarrel was stated to be the cause of the death.
Probe sought
Mr Fateh Singh Singmar, president of the Samaj Kalyan Maha Sangh, Haryana, has urged the state government to order an inquiry into the recruitment of nurses in this district.top

Himachal Briefs

College teachers
College teachers will organise a march to Raj Bhavan on September 1 in support of their demand for the implementation of the UGC pay scales. The teachers of colleges have been on strike for the last several days.top

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