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Punjab Briefs
The Recognised School Teachers Unions at a meeting here on Tuesday condemned the state government for not accepting their "genuine" demands. The meeting was addressed by Mr Bal Kishan Gupta, district vice-president and Mr Damodar Sharma, block president of the union. They said teachers of recognised schools should be given scales and facilities on a par with that of government school teachers.

Paper postponed:
A middle class examination in science, which is to be held on February 25, has been postponed. It will now be held on March 1, according to the District Education Officer (Primary), Mr D.S. Dhillon.

Gurmail Singh of Mandofal village was killed on the spot on Tuesday. According to information, he got electrocuted with the low-lying electricity wires. The police has registered a case.

Seven arrested:
The local police claims to have arrested a gang of thieves with the arrest of seven members. The police has recovered stolen goods from their possession and registered a case against them.

Dr Tej K Kaul, Professor and Head of Anaesthesia at Dayanand Medical College has been elected as president of the Indian Society of anaesthetists (North zone) at the general body meeting of the society held on February 20. Dr C V Singh was elected vice-president, Dr Avtar Singh — secretary, Dr MS Khanna — joint secretary and Dr P L Gautam — treasurer of the society.

Inaugurated: Building of a government primary school was inaugurated by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, at Madhipur village on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, the Speaker said that the government was committed to provide basic education to the students and said that the vacant posts of teacher in all government schools would be filled by March 31.

Lok adalat: Lok Adalats were held recently at Samrala by Mr Paramjeet Singh, Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division and Ms Ranjit Kaur, Additional Civil Judge, Junior Division. Out of the total 54 cases presented, 35 cases were solved at the adalats.

Kar seva:
A delegation led by Punjab Brahmin Sabha president Dr Shanti Swaroop will go to Amritsar on February 27 from here to participate in the kar seva of the Durgiana mandir. Disclosing this, sabha general secretary TN Sharma appealed to the people to participate in the kar seva in large numbers.

Celebrated: Birth anniversary of Lord Baden Powell, founder of International Scouts and Guides movement, was celebrated as "thinking day" at government senior secondary school, Tripuri here on Tuesday. Mr Devinder Singh, Assistant Commissioner (General) presided over the function, Mr Pritam Singh Chhabra, Punjab State Scout Commissioner, Ms Jasbir Kaur Sidana, CEO, were the guests of honour.

Declamation contest: The senior modern higher secondary school here won the Kaka Yashdev Singh memorial inter-school declamation contest trophy in a declamation contest organised by the local Rotary Club here. Harleen of Victoria Girls Secondary School won the first prize and Surbhi and Neha Malik of Senior Modern Higher Secondary School got second and third prizes, respectively. Manpreet Singh of Guru Harkrishan Public School won the consolation prize. Mr Rajdev Singh gave away cash prizes of Rs 500, Rs 400, Rs 300 and Rs 250 to the first, second, third and consolation prize winners respectively, according to a press release of the club here on Tuesday.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Samana unit of the PSEB Employees Federation here: president - Mr Jaikishan, vice-president - Mr Sohan Singh, secretary - Mr Surjeet Singh and cashier - Mr Sat Paul .

Education camp: The local Rotary Club organised a four-month adult education camp in Ravi Dass colony in which all 45 trainees and teachers were women, according to club secretary, Ms Meeta Kukreja, here on Tuesday. Er R K Rajpur, Principal, Thapar Polytechnic gave away the certificates.

Launched: The Punjab National Bank launched its PNB Krishi card scheme at a function here on Monday. Mr Gagandeep Singh, ADC ( Development) was the chief guest, Mr ID Singh, Senior Regional Manager PNB, explained the scheme of Krishi card scheme to farmers. He said under this scheme the maximum limit up to Rs one lakh would be fixed and the farmers could withdraw amount from any branch of the bank in the district. Mr Gagandeep Singh also appreciated PNB for bringing out the scheme for the farmers. He distributed Krishi cards to 302 farmers, according to a press release of the bank here on Tuesday.

Refresher course: The Department of Geography, Punjabi University Patiala will oganise seventh refresher course for the university and college lecturers from March 4 to March 30. Nearly 30 college teachers from various states of India like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh will participate in it. This was stated in a press note issued by the university here on Tuesday.

Video presentation: Dr Surya Prasad Dikshit, a former professor and head of Hindi Department of Lucknow University, showed his 28- minute video film on Nirala's life and literature at a function organised by the Hindi Department of the Punjabi University here on Tuesday. Dr B S Bhatia, Dean, Academic Affairs of the university presided over the function which was sponsored by the North Zone Culture Centre.

The shopkeeper of the market will have keep the shutters of their shops down on Thursday in protest against the arrest of two shopkeepers by the police. Earlier, the Sohana police had arrested Rakesh Kumar and Jaswinder Singh for selling some drugs without licence and had registered a case against them under Section 22 of the NDPS Act. Rakesh Kumar runs a general store while Jaswinder Singh owns a medical store.

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Chandigarh Briefs
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Samachar Patra Vikreta Sangh: President — Mr Mukhtiar Singh; Vice-President — Mr Kumar, General Secretary — Mr R.K. Garg; and Secretary — Mr R.C. Rangola.

Condemned: The Christian Brotherhood of Chandigarh on Wednesday condemned the demolition of a church at Nehru Colony, near Kajheri, by the authorities. A press note alleged that other places of worship stood at the same place, but the church had been demolished to “harass” the minority community.

Postponed: The proposed strike in the Department of Revenue, comprising Income Tax and Central Excise and Customs, which was to begin on February 26, has been postponed, a press note said here on Wednesday.

Assailed: The local unit of the Yuva Janata on Wednesday assailed various LPG agencies of the city for fleecing consumers by overcharging them for hotplates. Meanwhile, Mr Praveen Sharma and Mr Anil Sharma have been nominated Vice-President and General Secretary of the unit by its President, Mr Harbhajan Singh.

Ms Asha Sharma, Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Panchkula, and Mr P.S. Verma, Principal of City Beautiful Arts School, Sector 46-A, Chandigarh have been honoured by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Saroj Siwatch. Mr Verma and Ms Sharma were judges at a poster and slogan competition held during a state-level function organised by the Science and Technology Department, Haryana, at Little Flower Convent School on February 22 to celebrate National Science Day.

Consumer awareness camp: The Panchkula Consumer Forum organised a consumers awareness camp at Government College, Barwala, near here, on Wednesday. The Principal of the college, Ms Harjit Kaur, presided over the camp. Dr V.P. Dubey, President of the forum, spoke about the Consumers Protection Act and its implementation.

The police has arrested three persons from Naya Gaon for gambling and recovered Rs 210 from their possession. According to the police, the accused, identified as Raj Kumar, Gulab and Satish Kumar, all residents of Janata Colony, Naya Gaon, have been booked under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act.

  Haryana briefs
One killed:
A scooterist, Harinder Kumar, was killed in a raod accident near here on Monday. The police has registered a case.

Murder case solved:
The police claims to have solved a murder case of Dhoop Singh of Kari Mod village. According to the SP, the police had arrested Jage Ram, son of Hari Singh, in this connection. The police also recovered an axe used in the murder.

Members of the District Bar Association observed strike on Tuesday in protest against the registration of a case against a Jhajjar based advocate, Mr A.P. Kadiyan. Mr S.K. Jain, president of the local Bar Association, said the local advocates had expressed their resentment to the government in this regard.

Inauguration: The SP, Mr Rajbir Deswal speaking on the occasion of inauguration of the New Little Flowers School at Bhattu Kalan in this district on Monday said that the concept of child education had changed with the passage of time and mere bookish knowledge was not sufficient for the development of the children. Mr Puran Mudgil, Mr Sukhchain Singh Bhandari, Mr Surender Vimlesh, Dr Shamim Sharma also spoke on the occasion. Cultural items of various states of the country were presented by the school children. Mrs Nazi Munjal, administrator and Miss Anju Manchanda, principal of the school said that they would strive hard to provide quality education to the children.

Choked sewers: A memorandum has been submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Dr Avtar Singh by the residents of local Guru Nanak Colony regarding choked sewers in the Gurdwara street. They complained that the water was flowing into the Gudwara complex and houses. They demanded immediate solution to the problem.

Open darbar: Complaints relating to yellow cards dominated the darbar on this Monday. As many as 80 complaints were presented before the ADC Sirsa, Mr Arun Gupta who directed the official concerned for taking time-bound action in most of the cases. Similar instructions were given by the SSP, Mr B S Sandhu in connection with the complaints related to the police.

Attacked by cousin: Joginder, a farmer of Tarkanwali village near Sirsa was injured seriously with lathi blows by his cousin Dalbir Singh at his house. According to sources Joginder was shifted to Civil Hospital, Sirsa for treatment. Joginder told that he had sold fodder worth Rs 600 to his cousin Dalbir Singh about a year back and he refused to make payment of fodder when he visited his house and attacked him.

Eye camp: A free eye camp check- up in memory of Baba Inder Singh will be organised by Dashmesh Club at Chormar village in this district on February 27. A spokesman of the club said here on Tuesday that Dr RC Bhutani, Civil Surgeon, Sirsa will preside over the function. Medicines, fruits , and spectacles will be given free of cost to the patients by the club in the camp.

Literary workshop:
A five-day inter-college literary workshop started in the Dayanand College, here on Tuesday. The workshop was inaugurated by the Director, Youth and Cultural Affairs , Kurukshetra University Mr Anoop Lather. The workshop is being oganised as part of the Inter Zonal Youth festival of the KU. Students from 96 colleges of Haryana will take part in the workshop. Competitions in different literary events, including debate, symposium, poetical symposium and declamation in Sanskrit will follow the workshop.

A smuggler has been jailed for 10 years and fined Rs one lakh according to police sources on Tuesday. In a judgement given on February 20,1999 by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Sirsa, Ganga Singh of Faggu village in the district was found guilty in a case registered under sections 15/16/61/85 of the NDPS Act. The case was registered on October 30,1995 when on a tip-off the police raided Faggu village and arrested Ganga Singh and recovered 1760 kg of poppy husk from his possession.

Survey: In a surprise survey, the Income Tax Department checked stocks and documents of three local firms, Goyal Iron Store, Raja Iron Store and R.K. Machinery Stores on Tuesday. The survey was conducted by a team consisting of senior officers from the department.top

  Himachal Briefs
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chamba Welfare Association: President — Mr Lajpat Singh Jandrotia; Senior Vice-President — Mr Harish Chandra Sharma; Vice-President — Mohammed Azam; General Secretary - Mr J.R Kapoor; and Cashier — Mr A.P Bagalwan.

Science day: The National Science Day was observed at the local Netaji Subhas Chander Bose College on Tuesday. Dr Kuldip Kumar Sharma, Director, Fisheries Himachal Pradesh, delivered a talk on "Sustainable Development and Conservation of Fisheries in the State", on this occasion. He inaugurated an exhibition on "Save Environment", organised by the biology wing of the college. A poster competition on this theme was also organised and cash prizes were given.

A woman is reported to have committed suicide by consuming poison at Naggar village, 24 km from here. According to police sources the deceased had been identified as Savita (24) wife of Raju, a local resident. The cause behind the alleged suicide could not be ascertained immediately.



Going too far with Cupid

THE proverbial Cupid's arrow seems to have struck too deep into the heart of a damsel, who appears to be madly in love with a boy. But to her dismay, the boy is not only indifferent but hostile as well.

The script of this love story is being written by a girl at Balsamand village, about 25 km from Hisar.

According to a complaint filed by Pawan Kumar, a plus two student of the village, in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr S.K.Goel, the girl allegedly caught hold of him (Pawan Kumar) on January 20 in public view. She not only handed him a love letter but also allegedly gave him a kiss.

Pawan Kumar alleged in his complaint, that he brought the matter to the notice of the police, who did not take action against the girl. He was thus forced to file a complaint in the court.

The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate has reportedly directed the Station House Officer of Hisar's Sadar police station to file an FIR against the girl under Section 292 of the IPC.

Pawan Kumar alleged that the girl had been stalking him for several months. Despite his refusal, she repeatedly followed him and expressed her love for him on several occasions. He claimed that he tried to convince the girl not to follow him, but she did not stop in her pursuit. Ultimately, the girl allegedly kissed him in public, which caused him humiliation.

Boy saves man's life

In a rare incident of exemplary courage and bravery, nine-year-old Chutku saved the life of a man.

One morning Harchand Singh (42) was working in his fields at Bassi Pathana's town. He went to start the tubewell, when he was struck by the current.The man started shouting for help. Chutku, who lives in a nearby farmhouse of Kanwar Rajesh Paul Singh Lalli, heard cries and rushed to the spot by jumping the boundary wall. Another person, also working in the fields, took to his heels when he heard the shouts.

Chutku reached the place but he was too short to reach the switchboard but he jumped repeatedly and somehow managed to put off the main switch. Then he sent an SOS. The landlord, who himself is handicapped, reached the spot and took Harchand Singh to hospital in his car.

Thus the sheer presence of mind and tactful handling by the small boy saved the life of a person.

People of the area are all praise for child and demand a suitable award for him.

Shivratri fair a big draw

Udhampur is an important district not only because of its location as headquarters of the Northern Command but also owing to its tourist and pilgrim centres. It is in this district that country's most popular shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi is located on the Trikuta hills, which attracts about four million pilgrims annually. By this count it plays an important role in the economy of the Jammu region in particular and J&K state in general. There are so many other attractions and prominent among these is Shiv Khori which on Shivratri every year attracts thousands of pilgrims from Jammu division and outside states like Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Shiv Khori is a wonderful natural cave situated on hillock about 5 km from Ransu village in Reasi tehsil of Udhampur district. This natural cave contains an image of Shiva. The hillock on which this cave exists is surrounded by a forest with a large variety of green trees and plants.

The outer chamber of the cave is spacious and can accommodate dozens of people at a time where as the inner chamber is smaller. The passage from the outer to the inner chamber is low and narrow. Only a small portion of the cave which extends to half a kilometre has been explored superficially. The exploration of the entire cave may bring to light some startling facts.

It is said that this cave was first sighted by a shepherd belonging to the Bakarwal community who used to graze sheep in the area and sometimes used the cave's outchamber as shelter. A renowned saint hailing from Hardwar , Baba Dudha Dhari, had also once meditated in the inner chamber of cave for several years.

Every Shivratri, a big mela is held which attracts thousands of Shiva devotees. To make the fair a success, elaborate arrangements of board and lodging, electricity, drinking water and transport are made for regulation of the pilgrimage, apart from deployment of boy scouts and girl guides. A large number of police personnel are also deployed for maintaining law and order and check nefarious activities of anti-social elements. This year this mela was held on February 14.

Punjab jawan's supreme sacrifice

Sepoy Sukhwinder Singh of 3 Punjab Regiment made the supreme sacrifice while fighting anti- national and secessionist forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on November 10 last year.

Colonel I.J. Peoples and all ranks of 3 Punjab were unanimous in paying tributes to this young soldier of the Malwa belt who made the supreme sacrifice. At a condolence meeting held recently, they prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength and forbearance to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

During the past one year, a number of officers and other ranks from Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana have made the supreme sacrifice in fighting anti-national forces in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East.

Contributed by Vimal Sumbly, Surinder Bhardwaj, Ramesh Gupta and Prabhjot Singh.Top

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