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Punjab Briefs
Five arrested:
Three residents of the local Government Seed Farm Colony, Darbara Singh, Charanjit Singh, son of Sakattar Singh, and Charanjit Singh, son of Surjan Singh, were among the five persons nabbed by the Malout police during a raid conducted at a dera at Midha village on Thursday. The other suspects were identified as Baljit Singh and Sunil Kumar, both residents of Shyamnagar Colony in Sri Ganganagar. During interrogation, the police came to know that the group planned to loot a doctor, a landlord and a recovery officer of a milk plant in Bathinda.

A one-day workshop on "Conserving the Built Heritage of Holy City Amritsar" will be organised on April 12 at Guru Nanak Dev University under the aegis of the Guru Ramdas School of Planning at Guru Nanak Bhavan Auditorium in collaboration with the Chandigarh regional chapter of the Institute of Town Planners. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr H.S Soch, will inaugurate the workshop.

Pension cell: Guru Nanak Dev University has set up a separate pension cell in the accounts branch for the payment of pension to the retired employees and teachers. Dr R.S Bawa, Registrar of the university, said from now on all formalities regarding pension and sanction of payment to the retired employees would be done by the cell.

Cattle problems:
Most of the problems of cattle and buffaloes in the district relate to the deficiency of minerals, especially copper and cobalt. Calcium and phosphorus deficiency is responsible for about 80 per cent of gynaecological problems in animals. This was observed by PAU veterinary scientists during an animal welfare camp at Kila Raipur, about 25 km from here. The camp was organised by the PAU in collaboration with the Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, and Kila Raipur Milk Producers' Cooperative Society.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Gobindgarh Educational and Social Welfare Trust for 1999-2000: President — Mr Sat Dev Saggar; Secretary — Mr Pawan Kumar Sharda; and Treasurer — Mr N.K. Khanna.

Activists of the Technical Services Union, Punjab State Electricity Board, Nawanshahr circle, held a dharna and blocked traffic in front of the office of the Superintendent Engineer here on Friday to protest against the allegedly negative attitude of the Superintendent Engineer towards their demands. They also led a protest march in the main bazaars of the town and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

Wheat procurement:
As many as 13,303 tonnes of wheat have been procured in the mandis of Punjab till April 8. Disclosing this here on Friday the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, said the Food and Supply Department had procured 2,203 tonnes, Markfed 1,301 tonnes, Punsup 2,941 tonne, Warehouse 3,050 tonnes, Punjab Agro 1,502 tonnes, FCI 710 tonnes and private traders 1,686 tonnes.

Killed: Gurdial singh of nearby Sahni village was killed by his wife Jaswinder Kaur and her paramours, including a younger brother and a nephew of the deceased. The police registered a case under Sections 302/201/34, IPC, and arrested one of the suspects on Thursday.

Farmer murdered: Ajit Singh, a farmer, was allegedly murdered with a sharp-edged weapon by his worker, a Bihari labourer, at Dhanipind village in Phillaur subdivision on Friday evening. The police has arrested the culprit under Section 302, IPC.

Medical camp:
As many as 700 patients were examined free of cost at a medical camp organised on Friday at Chutala village, 4 km from here. A team of seven doctors, led by Dr Jatinder Singh Pannu, examined the patients. Medicines were also given to the patients.

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Chandigarh Briefs
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the North Zone State Pensioners Confederation: Chairman (Haryana) — Mr M.R. Singla; President (Himachal Pradesh) — Mr B.D. Sharma; General Secretary (Punjab) — Mr Ajit Singh Bagri; and Finance Secretary (Haryana) — Mr C.K. Jain.

Karsan Colony: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Mazdoor Sudhar Sabha, Karsan Colony: Chairman — Mr Gaya Prasad; Vice-Chairman — Mr Ram Ajoor; Senior President — Mr Dilawar Singh; President — Mr Tara Chand; General Secretary — Mr Dinesh Kumar; and Secretary — Mr Charan Dass.

Credit Society: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Printing and Stationery Department UT Employees Cooperative Thrift and Credit Society Limited: President — Mr V.K. Madam; Vice President — Mr Mehama Singh; Secretary — Mr Sarbjit Singh; and members — Mr Ramesh Kumar, Mr Sukhbir Singh, Mr Sunil Kumar and Shashi Bhushan.

Seminar: A seminar on the avenues available in hotel tourism management abroad was held on Friday. The main lecture at the seminar was delivered by Mr Markus Christoffel, Chairman of the Swiss School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Switzerland.

Employees union: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Water and Rent Office Employees Union: President — Mr Rakesh Kumar; Vice-President — Mr Ramesh Kumar Verma; General Secretary — Mr Lal Chand Bagga; Secretary — Mr B.S. Negi; and Cashier — Mrs Tara Rani.

The following have been elected the office-bearers of the local Shri Snatan Dharam Prachar Sabha: President — Mr Sanjiv Bhardwaj; Vice-President — Mr Balbir Maggon; General Secretary — Mr Krishan Lal Sharma; Joint Secretary — Mr Manoj Verma; and Treasurer — Mr Upesh Bansal.

Haryana briefs
A demonstration under the banner of Anjum-u-Islam led by a self-styled Congress leader was held here on Friday. The demonstrators were demanding land for a Muslim graveyard. The demonstrators dispersed after handing over a memorandum to the City Magistrate.

Move opposed: A large number of Congressmen have opposed the move of the Haryana Congress President, Mr Bhupinder Hooda, to allow some leading members of the Haryana Vikas Party, led by a minister, to join the Congress. During a meeting with Mr Hooda at Palwal, these Congressmen threatened to resign from the party if the HVP minister, who was a close confidant of Haryana Chief Minister Bansi Lal, was admitted in the Congress.

Electoral rolls:
The review of electoral rolls in the district, which was to be completed between April 10 and May 10 earlier, will now be completed between April 20 and May 20. According to Mr Vineet Garg, District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner, the Election Commission had issued directions for the review of electoral rolls with January 1,1999, as the new eligibility date. He said the settlement of all claims and objections, which was earlier to be taken up on June 12,1999, would now be done on June 21,1999. The final electoral rolls would be published on July 21,1999.

Medical officers' dharna:
Medical officers and other members of the Community Health Centre of Bawal organised a dharna at the centre on Thursday in protest against the allegedly uncongenial and eccentric behaviour of Dr Milan Yadav, Senior Medical Officer of the centre. They also made a written representation to Dr T.K. Bansal, Chief Medical Officers of the district.

Escaped: A notorious criminal, Jeeta Gujjar, son of Manoharlal Gujjar of Mohall Gujjarwada, escaped from police custody here on Wednesday. Jeeta Gujjar was undergoing imprisonment in the district jail at Bhiwani after his conviction by a local court in a criminal case.

Dowry harassment alleged:
Inder Kaur, wife of Sohan Singh, a farmer of Fathepuria village in the district, was arrested by the Sadar police on Friday, under Sections 498-A/506/323/34, IPC, on a complaint filed by Gurdial Singh of Malekan village. Gurdial Singh said his sister, Balvinder Kaur, had married Karnail Singh, alias Kaka, son of Sohan Singh about one and a half years ago. He alleged that Karnail Singh, his father, mother and two sisters were harassing Balwinder for dowry.

Succumbs to injuries: Khano Bai (60), resident of Rania Gate, succumbed to injuries at the Civil Hospital here on Friday night. According to sources, she was seriously injured when she was hit by a speeding scooter on Friday evening. The scooter driver was reportedly absconding.

One person was killed in a clash between two rival groups at Ahulana village, about 25 km from here, on Wednesday. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Chhote Ram (75). A case has been registered and a hunt is on to apprehend the culprits.

Electrocuted: Mr Adalat Gupta (35), a worker, was electrocuted in a factory here on Wednesday. According to the police, the victim was working on an electric machine when he contacted a live wire, resulting in his death. The victim belonged to Devaria (Bihar).

Murdered: Forty-year-old Om Parkash was reported to have been murdered by his sons Satish and Jai Bhagwan at Nizampur Majra village in the district on Wednesday. The police has registered a case against the culprits who are still at large.

Suicide cases: The body of 26-year-old Jasbir was found hanging in his home at Bayyanpur village, 3 km from here, on Wednesday. The police believe it to be a case of suicide. Meanwhile, two other cases of suicide were reported in nearby villages. The victims have been identified as Mohinder (40) of Bayyanpur village and Geeta (18) of Jatheri village.top

Himachal Briefs
Krishi Vigyan Kendra:
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Chamba, along with other development agencies, has been working towards the transformation of the traditional crop-based farming to high-value agriculture and horticulture farming in this region. In this connection the kendra organised a three-day consultation meeting here which concluded on Thursday.

Gang busted:
The Hamirpur police has busted a gang of vehicle thieves by arresting Sanjay Kumar, alias Sanju, of Kuthera village of Nadaun tehsil of the district, for stealing vehicles from various parts of state since 1992. This was stated by Mr R.M. Sharma, the district police chief, here on Saturday. He said two vehicles were recovered from Sanju, including a Maruti Gypsy and a Maruti car.

Gold seized:
A large quantity of gold and drugs (charas) was seized by the Kulu district police on Friday while patrolling near Larji. Two persons on a scooter were stopped and searched. They did not possess any documents. The police found 500 gm of charas and gold ornaments weighing 220 gm from their bags. Both persons, Sher Singh and Shyam Lal, were arrested and the scooter impounded. A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act was registered against them.

Navratra fair:
Mr Rajeshwar Goel, SDM of Nahan and Secretary of the Trilokpur Temple Committee, disclosed here on Friday that during the 15-day Navratra fair at Trilokpur, pilgrims offered 21.88 kg silver, 309 gm of gold, 25 silver coins and Rs 20 lakh in cash. More than 8 lakh devotees visited the shrine of Mata Shri Tripur Bala Sundri during the fair.

Consumer forum: According to a notification issued here on Friday, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Kaushal, has constituted the District Consumer Grievances Redressal Forum for consumers of LPG, kerosene, diesel and petrol. Consumers can raise their problems before this forum which will be headed by the Deputy Commissioner.

Mr Kuldeep Chand Sood, Sessions Judge of Mandi Division, on Thursday convicted Bes Ram of Shiva Badar for raping his sister-in-law and sentenced him to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,000.

Campaign ends:
The five-day statewide campaign taken up by the leaders of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation to educate the NGOs of the state came to a close here on Thursday marked by a rally addressed by Senior Vice-President of the federation, N.R. Thakur, and Chief Advisor Kesh Pathania.

Electoral rolls: The Deputy Commissioner and district Election Officer, Mr K S Narang, has said the electoral rolls for the constituencies of Amb, Gagret, Haroli, Bangana and Una would be updated from April 20 to May 20.

Symposium: The District Art and Culture Department will organise a poetic symposium on April 14 on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti. According to District Language Officer Parveen Mankotia about 35 poets from Himachal and Punjab will participate.

Cataract operations performed: The Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of the District Blindness Control Society, Mr K.S. Narang, has said 1,197 cataract surgeries have been performed during the last financial year against a target of 900 cases. He said 22,500 school children were also screened for eye problems in 90 schools of the district.top

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