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Punjab Briefs
Lok Adalat:
A Lok Adalat was organised at the labour court here under the chairmanship of Mr S.P. Bangarh, Additional District and Sessions Judge-cum-Presiding Officer. More than 108 industrial disputes were taken up of which 96 cases were disposed of.

Murder case:
The district police has solved the murder case of a 17-year-old girl, Rekha Rani, of Palewal village. Mr R.P. Mittal, SSP, said Jaswinder Pal, alias Soni, of Samundra, Ram Kishan of Garhshanker and Romesh Kumar of Palewal village had been arrested in this connection. Earlier a case had been registered under Section 302, IPC.

Action sought:
The All-India Punjab National Bank Officers Association at a meeting held here on Friday condemned the alleged registration of a false case by the Vigilance Department against Mr S.D. Sharma, Chairman, Ferozepore-Kapurthala Kshetriya Gramin Bank. They demanded the immediate withdrawal of the case and action against the DSP, Vigilance, Mr Gurmit Singh.

Village adopted:
Lt Col Man Mohan Singh, Commanding Officer, 3 Punjab Bn, NCC, has said they have adopted Bhattian village. A children's park prepared by it was handed over to the village panchayat. The adoption ceremony was inaugurated by Col P.S. Bedi, Commander, NCC Headquarters, Ludhiana.

The management of Sacred Heart School here has donated Rs 1000 to Kamaldeep Kaur, widow of Lance Nayak Avtar Singh, who lost his life in the Kargil conflict. The money was handed over to the widow at a special function organised by the school.

Memorandum submitted:
A delegation of the district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) met Mr Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday and submitted a memorandum regarding their demands. This was stated by Mrs Kuljit Kaur, district President, PCCTU.

Funds released: The Transport Minister, Mr Raghubir Singh, while presiding over the meeting of the district Planning and Development Board here on Friday released funds for various development works, according to a press note.top

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Chandigarh Briefs
Members' plea: Members of the Deep Complex Welfare Association have urged the administration not to acquire the land of the complex. Mr Maya Ram, Chairman of the association, said a delegation would submit a memorandum to the Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Sharad Yadav, on his visit to the city on Sunday. The members would also take out a scooter rally. Meanwhile, residents of the Shahpur Rajiv Colony have urged the administration to get electricity meters installed in their colony.

Elected: The following have been elected the office-bearers of the Mali Welfare Society: Chairman — Mr Gurbachan Singh; President — Mr J. N. Moroya; Vice-President — Mr Shiv Prasad; General Secretary — Mr Brij Lal; and Cashier — Mr Ram Niwaj.

Blood donation: The Chandigarh Blood Donors Council, in association with the Kala Kriti of Sector 8-B, will organise their annual blood donation camp in the Sector 8 market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, according to Mr J.S. Benipal, General Secretary of the Council.

Patients examined: As many as 282 patients suffering from sexually transmitted diseases or reproductive tract infections were examined and given medicines free of cost at STD, RTIs, HIV, AIDS awareness-cum-medical camps organised by the AIDS Control Society in collaboration with the Lions Club Midtown and the Voluntary Health Association of Punjab at Colony No 5 and Burail village on Saturday.

Demonstration held: Members of the local chapter of the Draughtsmen Association Survey of India held a demonstration outside the Survey of India office in Sector 32, demanding the withdrawl of the combined seniority list. A statement issued here said the association also demanded filling up of 35 posts of draughtsmen, lying vacant for the past four years.top

Haryana briefs
Tricycles given:
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ram Niwas, gave away tricycles to 15 handicapped persons, while five persons were given artificial limbs at a function organised here on Friday. Children of the deaf and dumb school run by the Rotary Club presented a cultural programme. A cricket match was also organised.

Blood donation camp:
Students and teachers of the local S.D. College and members of the Bharat Vikas Parishad donated blood at a camp jointly organised by the district Red Cross Society and the Bharat Vikas Parishad. The camp was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sandeep Garg.

About 50 youths donated blood at a camp organised by the Village Social Welfare Youth Club and the Nehru Yuva Kendra at Sangwari village on Thursday.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the HUDA (Sector 20) Residents Association here: President — Mr R.S. Brar; Senior Vice-President — Mr Kuldeep Singh; Vice-President — Mr O.P. Mehta; General Secretary — Mr Bharat Bhushan Ellevadhi; and Treasurer — Mr K.K. Sharma.

Life imprisonment:
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Virender Kumar, here on Friday sentenced Devinder of Matindu village to life imprisonment for kidnapping and murdering Krishan of the same village. He was also fined Rs 1,000. The Judge, however, acquitted Satpal's accomplice.

1 killed: One person was killed in a clash between two groups at Nagar village on Friday. The victim was identified as Dharma and a case registered against four persons. A long-standing dispute was stated to be the cause.

Suicide: Shanti Devi (60) committed suicide allegedly by jumping in front of a train near Sandal Kalan railway station on Friday. The Railway police said she took this step following a separation from her family.

Fast: The indefinite fast started by employees of the local cooperative sugar mill in support of their demands continued for the fourth day on Friday. The Sugar Mills Employees Union threatened to take direct action if their demands were not accepted.

Demonstration: The safai karamcharis held a demonstration in front of the office of the municipal council on Friday to protest against the non-payment of salary for the past two months. They also organised a rally.top

Himachal Briefs
Mr Mahender Singh Thakur, PWD Minister, said here on Friday that the government was trying to ensure that the unemployed youth of the district were engaged in mining activities to reduce unemployment. He added that cooperative societies and other youth organisations would be given preference.

Watershed programme: Mr Rakesh Kaushal, Deputy Commissioner, Sirmour, while presiding over a district-level watershed advisory committee meeting here on Friday said 12,500 hectares would be covered under 15 watersheds at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore in the next four years. He added that watershed committees had already been constituted at the village-level.

Mela begins:
The five-day long Jorh mela began on Friday at Jorh village under Bholi panchayat, 14 km from here. The fair is celebrated every year.

Competition: The National Service Scheme (NSS) group of the local St Bede's College organised a painting-cum-music competition for senior citizens at a function held to mark the International Year of the Old here on Friday. About 25 persons participated. Dr Melba, Principal of the college, gave away the prizes.top

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