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: An unidentified woman was killed when she jumped before a train near Burja village on the Abohar-Malout section on Thursday. In another incident Phool Chand, a brick kiln owner, died on the spot when he fell off a tractor near a cinema house on Thursday. The body was handed over to his parents after a post mortem examination at the Civil Hospital here on Friday.

TWO BODIES FOUND: Sahara Jan Sewa volunteers on Friday recovered a body of an unidentified male from the Bathinda branch of Sirhind canal. In another case sewa volunteers found the body of an unidentified youth from the Bathinda- Dabwali road, near Gurthadi village.

: Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP, said here on Friday that mobile phone snatcher Harjeet Singh son of Milkha Singh of Mehmoodpur Batala police station Mukerian was arrested on Friday. Two mobile phones and sim cards worth Rs 30,000 were recovered from him. His two accomplices Surinder alias Chhinda of Sahota and Bhupinder alias Bhinda of Dhaula Khurd were also arrested on March 6, 2004. Eight mobile phones and cards worth Rs 16,500 were recovered from them, added SSP.

: In recognition of his contribution in the field of the bronchoscopy the Indian Association of Bronchology (IAB) has granted fellowship to Dr H.J. Singh here. Dr H.J. Singh said 20 per cent of Indian population was suffering from chest diseases, prevalence of which was more in urban areas.

: An eye camp was organised by the NRI and residents of Dudwindi in cooperation with the Royal Sports Club on Friday in Dudwindi village. As many as 500 patients were examined by Dr Ashok Kumar and his team from Rajan Hospital, Jalandhar and medicines and glasses were distributed among them free of cost.

DONATION: Rupees 50,000 were donated to Dr Ranveer Kaushal, president of the local Jan Jagran Manch, a non-government organisation for the development of Kamra Garden by Mr K.S. Ahluwalia on behalf of Tikka Shatrujit Singh of Kapurthala.

: The Banga police has registered a case against Gurpreet alias Goga, Tirath and Kamaldeep of Chahal Kalan village under Sections 376, 511, 363, 342, 506, 34 of the IPC for kidnapping a minor girl and attempting to molest her on Wednesday.

: Business premises of Mr N.K. Sondhi here were burgled on Wednesday. The burglars broke open the locks of the office of the company on the GT road, ransacked the rooms, almirahs and decamped with vaulables and cash, it was learnt on Thursday. The police was informed.

One hurt: A passenger Madan Lal of local Gobindpura was injured after falling off from a running train on Thursday. He was travelling from Jalandar to Phagwara. He fell near Khajurala village and was hospitalised here.



Medical camp: A medical check-up camp will be organised by the Sri Shiv Mandir Nav Durga Charitable Trust, Mahadevpur, Saketri, near here, on March 14. The DC, Ms Satwanti Ahlawat, will inaugurate the camp, in which doctors from the local General Hospital will examine the patients for various diseases.

CONCERN ABOUT ABORTIONS: Leading gynaecologist and infertility experts on Friday expressed concern at the number of unsafe abortions being carried out in India, which constituted around half of the total 8 million abortions every year. Speaking at an “update in safe abortion techniques” organised by the Panchkula branch of the Family Planning Association of India(FPAI) here, the experts highlighted that it was estimated that 8 per cent to 15 per cent of the total maternal deaths in India were on account of unsafe abortions. Dr Veena Sarna, in charge of Sector 22 Polytechnic, spoke on the pre and post-abortion counselling. Mrs Pushpa Khanna, president of the Panchkula branch, presided over the function while Mr Pradeep Malhotra, Branch Manager, proposed vote of thanks. 

SEMINAR CONCLUDES: The two-day national seminar on “emerging trends in commerce and economics" concluded at the local Government College on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitender Mohan, said after dwelling on the issues of mind for a hundred years, mankind had only now come to realise that meaningful harnessing of “emotional intelligence” played a prominent greater role in achieving the desired goals in life. Dr AK Vashisht stressed the need for the development of financial and foreign exchange market on a priority basis. Dr Satish Kapoor, Professor and Chairman of UBS of Panjab University, Chandigarh, delivered a talk on “WTO-issues and its implications”. Mr.T K Sharma, an urban development expert, spoke on the relevance of yoga and meditation in management.



TAXES RESENTED: The federation of Welfare Societies has demanded that the outer colonies of Ambala Cantt be authorised at the earliest. Members of the federation have expressed their resentment over the charging of house tax, fire tax, water tax and development charges from unauthorised colonies.

ROAD REPAIR: The repair of the potholed road near the main bus stand, Ambala Cantt, began on Friday evening. The movement of traffic on the busy road was now expected to be smooth. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sadar Bazar Trader’s Association: Chairman — Mr Brij Mohan Goel; president — Mr Amarjeet Singh; general secretary — Mr Sanjay Sharma; senior-vice president — Mr Surinder; vice-president — Mr Vikas Batra; senior joint secretary — Mr Kanwal Bansal; joint secretary — Mr Sachin Dhall; election commissioner — Dr Harprakash Sharma; cashier — Mr Chander Prakash; and legal adviser — Mr Vishwa Prakash Walia. 

REMANDED: Three officials of the Central excise Department, Gurgaon, were sent in judicial custody for 14 days by a special court here on Friday. They were arrested by a team of the CBI for allegedly taking bribe from a businessman of Gurgaon, Mr Manoj Vij, on March 10. Later on March 11 all three accused were produced before the Chief Metropolitian Magistrate, Delhi, who directed the CBI to produce them before the Special judge at Ambala. The bail application of one of the officials arrested was also filed in the court on Friday which would come up for hearing on March 18.

COLLEGE GETS GRADE: Government Postgraduate College, Ambala Cantt, has been awarded `B’ grade by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council. College principal Dr SS Phulia said the college had been included in the list of colleges prepared under Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act under the head `Government Colleges Teaching up to Postgraduate degree’.

: Five persons were injured, two of them seriously, when the car in which they were travelling overturned on the Fatehabad-Rattia road near Hamjapur village in this district on Thursday. The occupants of the car, all youths, and were coming to Fatehabad after attending a marriage party at Rattia. Car driver Bitto and his companions were brought to the local general hospital here by a Canter driver.

BAR ASSOCIATION POLL: Elections for the office-bearers of the Bar Association here will be held on April 2. Nominations for elections will be accepted between March 16 and 18. Scrutiny will be on March 19 and the withdrawals on the same day.

CONVOCATION: Mr J.S. Barolia, Commissioner (Income Tax) addressed the convocation function of Fateh Chand College for Women here on Wednesday. He called upon girl students to impart education to more and the more women. Mr Barolia conferred degrees on 352 graduates. Mr P.K. Dass, Commissioner, Hisar range, presided over the function.

ON FARM GRADUATES: An interface programme on jobs for agriculture graduates was held here on Thursday. Mr M.K. Miglani, Vice Chancellor of HAU said the issue of improving the employability for graduates had become a concern for graduates, their parents and educational institutions.



SCHOOL CURRICULUM: The Himachal Pradesh Promote School Lecturer Association has urged the state board of education to take a decision on the implementation of the new curriculum in the schools. The association said that the state had been following the syllabus of the Central Board of School Education, which was implementing a new curriculum from the next academic session for the plus one and plus two classes. He also demanded that three grace marks be given to students of plus one in mathematics paper because of printing mistakes, which confused the students.


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