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LAW AND ORDER: Law and order was a shambles in the state and incidents of looting and murder were increasing alleged Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, vice-president of the BJP Punjab.

WHEAT PROCUREMENT: Fiftythree centres, including four grain markets, will procure 3.72 lakh metric tonnes of wheat from April in Faridkot district against 3.38 lakh metric tonnes procured last year. FCI would procure wheat in 26 centres and remaining ones will be covered by agencies like Pungrain, Markfed, Warehousing, Punsup and Punjab-Agro said Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner here on Monday.

DOWRY CASE: On the complaint of Ranjit Kaur, daughter of Jaswant Singh of Malkowal, the Garhshankar police has registered a case under Section 498 A, IPC, against Inderjit Singh and his mother Surjit Kaur of Kuka Mazara. In her complaint Ranjit Kaur said she got married to Inderjit Singh on February 9, 2002. She alleged that soon after her marriage her husband and her mother-in-law started torturing her to bring Rs 5 lakh in cash and a gold chain from her parents.

DEAD: Saroj Kumari (35), a resident of Datarpur village, succumbed to burn injuries at the local Civil Hospital on Friday. Binso Devi, her mother-in-law had set her ablaze after sprinkling kerosene on her on March 2. The Hajipur police has registered a case against Binso Devi.

: A youth, Gurjit Singh, resident of Nai Abadi, Khanna, was injured when he was hit by a Maruti car while crossing the road near Libra village here on Tuesday. He received head injuries. He was rushed to the local Civil Hospital from where he was referred to Ludhiana.

: The Association of Teaching Staff (ATS), Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, has welcomed the directions of the Secretary, Medical Education, to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on fixing minimum salary of homoeopathic teachers. Dr Deepinder Singh, president of the ATS, in a statement on Tuesday said the teaching staff was grateful to the Secretary for what he had done for them.

HEALTH CAMP: A health camp was organised at Kansuha village, 15 km from here, by the panchyat. A team of doctors from Patiala comprising Dr Dimple Chopra (dermatologist), Dr Vishal Chopra (chest), Dr Sachin (medicine), Dr Dhanwant Singh (surgery), Dr Bhagwant Singh (orthopaedics), Dr J.P.S. Sodhi (ophthalmologist) and Dr Satinder Malhi (gynaecologist) examined more than 1000 patients.

NOMINATED: Dr J.L. Garg, a local doctor, who is a Reader in medicine at Guru Nanak Dev Dental College Sunam, has been nominated as Member of Senate of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

SEMINAR HELD: “Umeed”, a local NGO, committed to creating an awakening among masses regarding social problems like drug addiction, dowry, matrimonial disputes etc and providing counselling organised a seminar at Palli Jhikki village, about 12 km from here, on Saturday.

ORGANISED: An inter-college quiz competition was organised at the Dayanand Amarnath College of Education for Women to mark International Women’s Day in collaboration with the local Bharat Overseas Bank, on Saturday. Mr M.F. Farooqui, SSP, inaugurated the contest. The teams of Saint Soldier Education College, Jalandhar, Dayanand Amarnath College of Education for Women, Nawanshahr and Khalsa College of Education, Amritsar and SMDRMD College of Education, Pathankot, won the first, second and third prizes, respectively. The teams of MGN College of Education, Jalandhar and Lovely Institute of Education were given consolation prizes.

MEDICAL CAMP: The police organised a free medical check-up camp for police personnel at ITI grounds here on Saturday. Mr Paramjit Singh Saroa, DIG, Jalandhar range, inaugurated the camp.

APPOINTED: Mr Surinder Mohan Kundra of Banga has been appointed secretary of the state Trade and Industry Cell (BJP) by Mr Sat Pal Gosain, state president. Mr Jaspal Singh and Mr Kamal Gogna have been appointed mandal presidents of Rahon and Banga units of the BJP, respectively, by Mr Ashwani Ballagan, district BJP chief.

BODY FOUND: The body of a new born boy was found abandoned on the Banga road near a religious place on Saturday. It was covered in a piece of cloth. The police has registered a case.

: Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, local MLA, in a press note here on Tuesday, demanded that the powers for the renewal of all kinds of arms licences be given to SDMs in Punjab. Mr Dhillon said it would be much better if the arms licences were also issued by the SDMs.

appointed: Mr Rajbir Mangat, former president of the Lions Club, Samrala, has been appointed president of the city unit of the BJP by Dr Hans Raj Sood, president of the district unit of the BJP. Former president of the city unit of the BJP S.P. Kalra has been appointed district media in charge.

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BHANWAR TAKES OVER: Mr Harbir Singh Bhanwar assumed charge on Sunday as media adviser to the SGPC, said Mr Dilmegh Singh, secretary, SGPC .

WOMAN BOOKED: Shanta Sharma (32), an agent of small savings scheme, was booked on Sunday under Sections 403, 420, 471 of the IPC for cheating. She allegedly collected money from Manjit Kaur, and Surjit Kaur for depositing with the Post Office here but did not do so.



PROBLEMS HIGHLIGHTED: The Traders Association of Sector 8-C on Tuesday invited Mr Chandermukhi Sharma, area councillor, to visit the market and have a look at their problems. Mr Sharma was apprised of problems concerning cleanliness of public toilets, kutcha streets and parking problems besides others.

Resignation: Mr Hem Raj and Mr Bhupinder Pal, president and general secretary, respectively, of the local unit of the Samata Party, have resigned from their party membership, a press note of the Bahujan Samaj Party said here today. Both are reported to have joined the local unit of the BSP.

JAIN WELCOMED: Office-bearers of the local unit of the BJP on Tuesday welcomed Mr Satya Pal Jain, who has been given the party ticket to contest the forthcoming parliamentary elections, on his arrival at the railway station. The workers, carrying placards and banners, raised slogans in support of Mr Jain.

APPOINTED: Mr Prem Kumar has been appointed the convenor of the Traders Cell of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, an official spokesperson said here on Tuesday. Sources said Mr Raj Kumar Goel had also been appointed as the convenor of the cell.

Camp: Social workers interacted with residents during an eight-day awareness generation camp organised at Tibbi Sahib Gurdwara in Khuda Ali Sher village. It was organised by the Punjab chapter of the Indian Council of Social Welfare. Financial assistance was provided by the Chandigarh Social Welfare Advisory Board. Honorary secretary general of ICSW J.K. Grewal, and ICSW’s vice-president Vanita Gupta addressed the gathering.

Recruitment process: The Punjab Postal circle has completed the recruitment process of 98 postal assistants in 13 postal divisions of Punjab. The Assistant Director of Postal Services, Punjab circle, Mr R.S. Minhas, said interviews were held on March 13 and 14. The selected candidates had been informed by registered posts. The selected candidates have been advised to report to the divisional superintendents concerned for completing the formalities.



INSURANCE COMPANY’S CAMP: The Oriental Insurance Company on Monday organised a Customer Friendship Camp outside the bus stand here on Monday. Dr Sushil Indora, outgoing MP, inaugurated the camp. The company sold 100 policies on the occasion.

SEWER WATER: Resentment prevails among residents of the Bishan Pur Colony and Aggarsain Nagar on the Ambala road here over the “failure” of the authorities concerned to drain out stagnant sewer water in these places. The places have become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Residents claim that they have brought the matter to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner and the civil authorities, but to no avail.

EYE CAMP: A free-eye camp was organised at Shri Swami Anant Prakasha Nand Memorial Charitable Eye Hospital on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by Mahamandleshwar Shri Swami Atam Ramanandji Maharaj. About 1,500 patients were examined and of these, 300 were operated upon by Dr Mahesh Manocha and Dr Kapil Vohra, eye specialists from Ambala. The Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Ashok Arora, was present on this occasion.

‘TERRORISTS KILLING INNOCENTS:’ Noted journalist Kuldip Nayar on Monday criticised Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf for calling the terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir as freedom fighters. At a function organised by the Panipat Nagrik Manch, Nayar said that terrorists were responsible for the killing of innocent people. Nayar desired the leaders to solve the dispute between Pakistan and India peacefully by following Gandhian ways.

PATARKAR SANGH: The Haryana Grameen Patarkar Sangh was formed by newsmen working in rural areas. At a meeting at PWD rest house, Odhan on Sunday newsmen elected Mr Rajinder Kumar Dabhan, president of the association. Nearly 36 journalists from rural areas of Fatehabad and Sirsa districts attended the meeting. The sangh will work to solve problems of journalists working in rural areas.

COMPUTERISATION: Deputy Commissioner D. Suresh said here on Sunday that Land Records’ Computerisation Project at Kalanwadi town of the district would be completed by March 31. The project is second of its kind after Karnataka where the government was earning more than Rs 6 crore a year, he added.


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