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Punjab Briefs

Development work: The Punjab Government has earmarked Rs 33 crore for the overall development of Amritsar district during the current financial year. Presiding over the meeting of the District Development Board here on Monday, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, Chairman of the Board and Agriculture Minister, Punjab, released Rs 2.34 crore for various developmental schemes.


Corruption charges: Gursewak Singh, Tehsildar, Barnala, and Jagdish, a peon at the Barnala tehsil office, were arrested on Monday on charges of corruption following a raid conducted here at the tehsil office by the flying squad of the Punjab Vigilance Department, Patiala. A case has been registered under Sections 7 and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Mr R.S. Dhillon, DSP, Vigilance, Patiala, said Rs 1000 was recovered from Jagdish which he had accepted from a property purchaser on the direction of Gursewak Singh.


Mishap: One person was killed and another injured in a collision between a truck and tractor on the Fazilka-Abohar road near Banwala village on Sunday. The truck was coming from Fazilka and the tractor from the opposite direction.


Bal divas: A district-level function on "Bal divas," organised by the Social Security, Women and Children Development Department, Punjab, at Ram Colony 5 km from here on Monday. Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, presided.
Best bank: The local Shivalik Kshetriya Gramin Bank has been adjudged the best regional rural bank for its performance during 1997-98. The bank reportedly achieved all targets under the MoU signed with the Punjab National Bank (its sponsor).


Raising day: The 38th Punjab Home Guards and Civil Defence raising day was celebrated here on Monday. Mr Sube Singh, Director-General of Police, Home Guards, and Director, Civil Defence, was the chief guest.


Donation: The Punjab National Bank has donated Rs 3 lakh to the armed forces on its flag day. Mr Rashid Jilani, Chairman and Managing Director of the bank, presented the cheque to the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes.
Elected: Dr M.S. Brar, Senior Soil Chemist, Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has been elected councillor of the Indian Society of Soil Science for two years at its annual convention held at CCS, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar.


Nominated: The Punjab Government nominated Dr Manjula Sachdev, Head of the Department of Maharishi Valmiki Chair, Punjabi University, as member of the state Advisory Board of the Punjab Languages Department, a university press note said here on Monday.
Bar association: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district Bar Association, Patiala: President — Mr Balbir Singh Biling; Vice-President — Mr Sahib Singh Dhindsa; Secretary — Mr Vinay Vatrana; and treasurer — Mr Bhupinder Singh Virk.
Demand: The Bar Association, Nabha, at a meeting held here on Monday demanded the creation of the court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge at the subdivision level. The association formed a joint action committee that resolved to make every endeavour for getting the demand accepted.


Annual function: The annual prize distribution function of the local Adarsh Model High School was held here on Monday. Mr Anirudh Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest.


Income tax: A seminar was organised by the local income-tax office to create awareness among the people to comply with the statutory provision relating to the compulsory quoting of the permanent account number (PAN) in monetary transactions. Mr B.S. Rattan, Additional Commissioner of Income-Tax, Patiala range, was the chief guest.top

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Chandigarh Briefs
Office-bearers: The following staff members of the Government Industrial Training Institute, Sector 28-C, have been elected unanimously the office-bearers of the ITI Welfare Association: chairman — Mr Jagan Nath Gupta; president — Mr C.B. Suchdeva; general secretary — Mr Sharanjit Singh; vice-president — Mr Inderpreet Singh and cashier — Mr Varinder Kumar.top

Haryana briefs

Raids: The Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam here has detected 60 cases of power theft in 245 raids conducted last month on domestic and industrial consumers. A fine of Rs 10 lakh was imposed on the defaulters. Mr K.S. Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, said here on Monday that a vigorous campaign in Bhiwani Vidyut Circle would be started against consumers who had not paid their bills.


Polio drops: About 3,26,715 children up to the age of five years were administered polio drops in the district on Sunday. An official spokesman said 731 centres had been set up in the district for this purpose.


Case registered: Sukhdev Singh, an accused, was arrested by the Kalanwali police on Monday in a case registered against him under Sections 354 and 451, IPC, on a charge of molesting a woman in her house. In a complaint, Jaspal Singh of Kalanwali alleged that the accused entered his house when his wife was alone and misbehaved with her.
Open darbar: As many as 122 complaints were redressed on the spot at an open darbar organised at the local Patwar Bhavan on Monday. Mr Avtar Singh, Deputy Commissioner, presided.
Body found: The police here found the decomposed body of Indro (7) of Makhosarani village from a canal near the village in the district on Monday. According to informed sources, the girl had gone along with her mother Banarsi Devi to collect wood.
Medical camp: The Ranbaxy Health Seva Samiti, Sikanderpur, organised a medical camp at Kharian village, 20 km from here on Monday. An exhibition to educate people about health was also put up.
Illicit liquor: The police here recovered 160 kg of lahan, one working still and two bottles of illicit liquor from Mahabir Singh of Darba village and Guggan of Churu (Rajasthan) near Darba village in the district on Monday. This was stated by Mr B.S. Sandhu, Superintendent of Police, here on Tuesday.
Case registered: A case was registered on Monday under Sections 370 and 430, IPC, against six persons for indulging in the theft of water from a canal by using a rubber pipe. The accused have reportedly absconded.
Injured: Mahavir Singh of Kirarkot village in the district was seriously injured with sharpedged weapons by Sultan of the same village on Monday. A dispute over the sale of cattle was said to be the cause of the incident.

Himachal Briefs

Crushed to death: Hoshiar Singh (28) was crushed to death by a tractor at Broh village near here on Tuesday. Two other persons were seriously injured in the accident.
Festival: The Indo-Tibetan friendship Association will organise a three-day international Himalayan festival at McLeodganj from Thursday to commemorate the conferring of the Nobel Peace Prize on Dalai Lama, according to a press note issued here.


Foundation day: The 36th foundation day of the seventh battalion of the Himachal Pradesh Home Guards was celebrated here on Sunday at Sharabai, 13 km from here. Mr Maheshwar Singh, Member of Parliament, addressed the gathering.


Died: Hari Prakash (48), a medical practitioner at Chakki ka Mor on Kalka-Shimla National Highway, was killed when the car he was driving fell into a deep khud near Jabli, 30 km from here, on Monday.top

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