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Punjab Briefs
Association: Some computer professionals here on Monday formed a working committee to promote information technology. The members of the committee include Mr Varinder Singh, Mr Rajeev Sharma, Mr Sanjai Angrish, Mr Navdeep Singh and Mr Anil Chopra.

Complaints redressed: The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Hoshiarpur solved 55 out of 81 complaints on the spot during the "sangat darshan" programme held at Kukran village 10 km from here. Most of the complaints redressed were related to electricity bills, inadequate supply of electricity and water and bad conditions of the roads. Residents also demanded that the liquor shop be shifted to the outskirts of the village.

Prize distribution: The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Hoshiarpur, Mr D.D. Tarnach, presided over the annual prize distribution function of the local DAV College for Girls. The college which was started in the form of an academy is now affiliated to Panjab University. Mr Tarnach, appreciated the role of the college in providing higher education to girl students of the town and the neighbouring areas. He also distributed prizes amongst the students who excelled in academics and other activities.

Dairy board: The local Dairy Union has threatened to launch an agitation if the government dared to form a dairy board. While addressing the rally, the union leaders said such a step by the government would render thousands of people unemployed.

Punjab NRIs: The fourth annual convention of the Punjab NRIs Sabha will be held from January 7 to 11, 2000, at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, Jalandhar. This was disclosed by Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note issued by the Public Relations Office here on Tuesday. He said the convention would discuss various issues related to Punjab NRIs. The main state-level function of NRIs will be held on January 9, he added.

Marriage palaces: The District Magistrate has extended the closure of Paradise Palace, Kamal Palace and Royal Palace of the city till February 10, 2000. The District Magistrate had ordered the closure of the aforesaid marriage palaces on August 10.

Staff union: The Octroi Staff Union of the Municipal Council in its meeting held here on Tuesday criticised the Punjab Government for its attitude towards the class III and IV employees. The union asked the government to withdraw the notification issued in this regard failing which it would close all octroi posts. The meeting warned the octroi contractors of the council not to interfere in its official work otherwise it would start an agitation against them.

Boxing championship: The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Hoshiarpur inaugurated the 13th District Boxing Championship at Indoor Stadium here on Monday. As many as 150 boxers are taking part in this championship.

Truck seized: The district police on Monday intercepted a truck carrying stolen spare parts of cycles during nakabandi at Bagowal village. The district police chief, Mr Iqbal Singh, said in press note issued on Monday that the truck driver, Surinder Singh of Rajpura town, and his accomplice, Sukhwinder Singh, who was also travelling in the truck, could not produce the papers of the truck. On search spare parts of new bicycles were found. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered against the driver of the truck and his companion following their arrest. The police has seized the truck.

Seminar: The Association for Democratic Rights organised a state-level seminar on "Status and Prospects of Human Rights in Contemporary Society" here on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Gautam Naulakha, a columnist, lambasted the anti-human rights approach of the government with regards to policing, anti-labour measures, education and health.

Training course: The third batch of the national orientation training course for medical officers working at the primary health centres was inaugurated by Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja, President, Indian Academy of Medical Specialists, here on Monday. The three-day training course is being organised at the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for Blind. Dr Ahuja announced five scholarships of Rs 300 each for the visually handicapped students for a period of two years.

Educational symposium: Commercialisation and communalisation of education, lack of the government concern and commitment on the part of teachers were some of the issues that came up for discussion during the first state-level symposium on education organised by the Save Education Committee here on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Dr S.S. Johal, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, regretted that the education carried the lowest priority in Punjab.

Stamp papers: Local Residents including businessmen and stamp vendors, here have been facing an acute shortage of revenue stamps of Re 1 denomination for the past one month. Taking advantage of the situation certain unscrupulous persons who used to get these stamps from other districts sold these at Rs 3 each. The residents urged the district administration to make arrangements for the supply of these revenue stamps. Similarly, the revenue stamp papers of small denomination were also not available and the residents were forced to buy the stamp papers of higher denominations.

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Haryana briefs
Car snatched: Two armed men forcibly took away a car and cash worth Rs 1,000 from the president of the Lions Club, Mr Sanjay Kumar, near Sorkhi village, 40 km from here on Monday on the National Highway No 10. According to information, Mr Sanjay Kumar was returning from Delhi after attending a function of the club when his car was stopped near Sorkhi. The suspects asked Sanjay Kumar and his driver to come out of the car. They then fled away in the vehicle. A case under Section 392 of the IPC has been registered in Sadar Police Station, Hansi, and efforts are on to identify the culprits.

National seminar: The Department of Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit of Kurukshetra University will organise a two-day national seminar at Senate Hall of the university on the occasion of Gita Jayanti from December 17. The seminar will be inaugurated by the Chief Secretary of Haryana, Mr Ram Sahai Verma. The topic of the seminar is "Religion and Social Justice in the Context of Bhagwadgita".

Property stolen: The Dharuhera police has recovered property worth Rs 1076 lakh from four youths involved in five cases of wire-cutting from various villages of the Rewari district. The youths, who were earlier apprehended by the Gurgaon district police, were handed over to the Dharuhera police of the district.

Welfare scheme: The Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Sumita Mishra Singh, distributed cheques worth Rs 5,000 each to eight poor widows under the National Family Welfare Scheme at a women's awareness conference held at Khol village, 28 km from here, on Saturday. She also gave away cheques worth Rs 20,000 each to 60 Dalit women for the construction of houses under the Indira Aawas Yojna. Indira Vikas Patras worth Rs 2,500 were distributed amongst women for their daughters under the girl child prosperity scheme.

Bus service: The Haryana Roadways has started a local bus service in the town from the bus stand to the medical college and the hospital from Monday onwards. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rajesh Khullar, said the bus would ply from 8 am to 5 pm after an interval of half-an-hour. It would halt at Bhiwani and Sonepat bus stands and Rs 1 to 3 would be charged as fare.

Body found: The police has found the body of a 25-year-old youth near Platform Number 3 at the railway station here on Monday. The body was reportedly cut down into two pieces by train. No one has claimed the body so far.

Health camp: A four-day health camp was inaugurated at Dera Saccha Sauda here on Monday. According to the information, a team of doctors from Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana have come for this purpose. Nearly 500 persons have been registered for eye surgery. As many as 3,000 patients were examined on the occasion. Medicines and food were distributed among the patients free of cost.

Accident: A six-year-old child was run over by a vehicle in the district. The child died on the spot. According to the information received here on Monday, Vishal, son of Chander Pal Joshi of Ellenabad subdivision was run over by a vehicle while he was playing near Shri Shyam Mandir. The police has registered a case against the driver.

Extortion: Two persons were arrested by the district police here on Monday. According to the information, Mohan Lal of J.J. Colony had filed a complaint with the police alleging that Puran Singh and Pharnam Singh had allegedly entered his house with sharp-edged weapons and demanded money from him. On refusal they threatened to kill him. The police has registered a case under Sections 452 and 502 of the IPC.

Ad hoc teaches: A deputation of ad hoc government school teachers met Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, former Eduction Minister, Haryana and leader of the BJP legislature party, here on Sunday. They were demanding that their services be regularised. Hundreds of teachers, took out a procession. Mr Sharma, assured the teachers that their services would not be terminated. He added that he would meet the Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on Monday.top

  Himachal Briefs
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the HP Board of School Education Employee Ex-Servicemen Welfare Union: president - Mr Hari Chand; vice-president - Mr Baldev Raj; general secretary - Mr Onkar Sharma; and treasurer - Mr Das Mal.

Truck seized: A truck (HR-45-3000) carrying 67 dyar and kail wood sleepers was seized by the police at Parwanoo 20 km from here, on Monday. According to the police, the driver of the truck, Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Theog, was arrested. A case has been registered against the accused.

Election: A meeting of the Parwanoo Municipal Committee to elect its president will be held on Thursday 11 a.m. at the M.C office, 20 km from here. A notification in this regard was issued by the Sub-divisional Officer, Solan. He has directed the executive officer of the M.C. to convene the meeting so as to fill the vacant post under the Himachal Pradesh Municipal Committee Act, 1994.top

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