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STRANGLED: Gobind Lal of Shakti Nagar area was strangled on Tuesday by some unidentified persons. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered.

PERMISSION GIVEN: Col G.S. Sandhu, Chairman, Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front, here on Wednesday said that Capt Y.S. Ratra, Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board had given his permission for the resumption of work at 66 kv substation at Lakhna. He said with the operation of the substation nearby villages of Algoh and Amarkot would also be benefited.

SURPRISE CHECKS: Mr Bhag Singh, State Drug Controller, in a press release here on Wednesday, said that on the directions of the Director, Health Services, surprise inspections of chemist shops were being conducted in the state, with a view to curbing the sale of habit-forming drugs.

REDRESSED: Mr Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, disposed of as many as 90 complaints at the weekly ‘Jan Sampark Divas’ organised at Dilbagh Hall on Tuesday. He heard the grievances of people and directed the officials concerned for their immediate redress.

LABOURER DIES: Farm labourer Shukal Mandal of Nepal died when he was spraying pesticides in the fields of Harjit Singh at Talwandi on Wednesday. He became unconscious and was taken to a private hospital at Tanda where he was declared dead. In another incident, the bodies of a young woman and a girl child were found floating at Power House Gate No. 3 of Mukerian Hydel Canal.

MURDERED: Kohlu Ram (55), a son of Mothu Ram, was found murdered, at the shrine of Gujja Peer at Badha Terkiana village on Thursday morning. According to police sources, the body bore marks of sharpedged weapons. Kohlu Ram had been serving the shrine for the past 10 years. The police has registered a case in this connection and has started investigation.

PROTEST RALLY: The PRTC Workers Union AITEK sought suspension of Gurgaon’s SSP and DC holding them responsible for the action against the employees of Gurgaon-based company, in a protest rally held outside the PRTC gate here today on Wednesday. Mr Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the union, sought a probe to expose the nexus between the company management and local police.

DEMANDED: Various doctors’ associations have urged the state government to remove the remaining discrepancies in their pay scale while thanking the Health Minister for accepting their pending demand of merging DA with the basic salary.

DALIT RIGHTS: A meeting of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) was held in the factory here on Wednesday to intensify the demand of the reservation in the private sector. In a press note, Mr Rajesh Angral, Punjab State Chapter secretary, NCDHR, said a large number of Dalit organisations of the state participated to chalk out a strategy for the two-day national summit on the reservation in the private sector to be held on August 8 and 9.

BOOK EXHIBITION: A three-day exhibition showcasing latest publications of Oxford University Press began at ICFAI National College here on Wednesday. The exhibition will remain open till July 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prominent among others present were Mr Vishal Sharma from the Oxford University Press and Mr A.J.S Batra, Principal, ICFAI College, Patiala.

PUDA PLANS: PUDA has launched plans to improve the infrastructure in the city. According to a press note issued by Director Public Relations, the new mini-secretariat complex in 35 acres has brought important offices of Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, SSP, SDM in one building.

ENVIRONMENT DAY: Lawyers should perform their duties in a way that justice can be delivered to the common man. These were the words of the Advocate-General, Punjab, Mr R.S. Cheema, who was here in connection with the environment day function held in the district court on Tuesday.

SAIFDIPUR’S THREAT: Noted social activist Balwinder Singh Saifdipur, who shot into prominence by opening a series of free ration shops across the district, has threatened to quit the Congress, claiming that he was being victimised by a Cabinet Minister from the Patiala Parliamentary constituency, who was behind the closure of some free ration shops he had opened for the poor.

COUNCILLORS TO MEET DULLO: Municipal Councillors of Bassi Pathana, led by Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, who had complained against the Principal of Govt. Girls Senior Sec. School, Bassi Pathana, to the Chief Minister and Education Minister Mr Johar charging her with misbehaviour, now have decided to meet Mr Dullo as bureaucracy had become a hurdle in her transfer. They said in spite of two inquiries by Mr Gurmail Singh DEO(S) and Mrs Surjit Kaur, Additional DPI, no action has been taken rather against her.

LOK SUVIDHA CAMP: At the Lok Suvidha Camp organised by the district administration at Government Senior Secondary School, Nogawan, in Bassi Pathana on Wednesday all pending problems of people were sorted out at their door steps.

ELECTION ON JULY 29: The president of the Patiala Rice Millers Association will be elected on Friday. This was decided at a meeting of various units of rice miller’s associations of the district. After the meeting plan will be formulated for the coming season.

ACTION FLAYED: The president of the Protection of Human Rights Dal, Punjab, Mr Harmohan Singh Sakrali, and secretary Balwinder Singh Gholia, condemned the police action against Honda company employees at Gurgaon. They said the Centre and the Haryana Government had failed to protect the human rights as unarmed employees were brutally attacked by the police.

CONDEMNED: The Punjabi Univesrity Employees Association (Non-teaching) has accused the police of acting in a partisan manner while attacking employees of Honda company. In a press note, they demanded an inquiry into the incident and said the police was hand in glove with the management.

APPEAL: The president and secretary of the Employees Federation of the Punjab State Electricity Board have appealed to the CPI to take its support back from the government to protest against the police action at Gurgoan.

TV SETS DONATED: NRI Sucha Singh of Ranipur village had donated two colour TV sets to the local Civil Hospital. According to a press release these were donated through Patients’ Welfare Samiti. The local MLA-cum-Chairman, Punjab Agro and Foods Corporation, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, inaugurated an AC room in the hospital.

Tarn Taran
BOOKED: The Valtoha police has booked 12 persons of Maneke village for allegedly firing at Dilbag Singh of the same village. A case under Sections 307, 148, 149 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered.


Health camp: A health check-up camp was organised by Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education here on Wednesday. A team of doctors comprising medical specialist, eye specialist and dental surgeon from Fortis Hospital examined students, who were provided with medical cards for follow-ups.

Raising day: The CRPF celebrated its 66th Raising Day at its complex in Hallo Majra here today. A tree plantation programme, in which about 1,000 saplings were planted, was organised by the 30th battalion to mark the occasion. Games for all categories, including children, a cultural programme and a bara khana were also organised. The Additional Director General, North Zone, Mr D. P. Sinha, inaugurated the function.

Nexus alleged: The Independent MLA from Ateli, Mr Naresh Yadav, on Wednesday alleged that there was a nexus between the management of Honda Motor Cycles and Scooters Limited (HMSL), the administration and the police of Gurgaon district.

Criticised: Mr R. S. Brar and Dr Jagwant Singh, president and general secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) have condemned the lathi charge on factory workers at Gurgaon. They described it as violation of human rights. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the PCCTU general secretary said strict action should be taken against officers responsible for indulging in these kinds of act.

Training: Tuff Trak International organised a 10-day attitudinal training programme in a city hotel. A group of 24 persons were given training by Mr Asit Ghosh. Tuff Trak, a professional attitudinal training company, is spearheading the cause of attitude training in the country for last over 15 years.

Competition: The Inner Wheel Club of Chandigarh Central organised a slogan writing competition at Divya Public School, Sector 44, here on Tuesday. As many as 100 students participated. A talk on “Future of Society to Preserve Water” was also organised. Mr Rattan Singh, Principal of the school, also spoke on the occasion.

Programme: The Government Examiner of Questioned Documents under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs will organised a one-day programme on “Emerging Trends in White Collar Crime and their Detection” at the Sector 36 complex of Central Forensic Institute here on August 9.

VANMAHOTSAV: A “Vanmahotsava” function was organised by the Chandni Eco Club at Government High School, Sector 32-D, here on Wednesday. Mr Ishwar Singh, Director Environment, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. The Headministress, Mrs Anita Kapoor, PTA members and eco club members planted 25 saplings on the school campus. Students presented environment-related songs, poems and skits. The chief guest emphasised the need for forest conservation and different methods to control pollution in the city.

PATIENTS CARE: The Punjab Red Cross has ventured into helping sick patients by making home care attendants available for looking after the sick patients at their homes. The services are available for either day care or day and night patient care. To avail such services, the desirous residents can contact the Punjab Red Cross Bhavan in Sector 16-A, Chandigarh, or at the mobile number 9815235611 and 0172-2780827.

Condemned: A meeting of the local unit of the BSP was held under the presidentship of Mann Singh Manheda, national general secretary, here on Thursday. The meeting condemned the attitude of the Chandigarh Administration in not issuing the Scheduled Caste certificates to genuine applicants. Mr Manheda warned that an agitation would be launched if the demands of the community were not met.

URDU COLLEGE: The Shanti Devi Memorial Institute of Language has planned to revive Urdu in a big way, particularly in Punjab. Affiliated to Maulana Azad National Urdu University, the institute has decided to open Urdu language institute colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh. The institute has already made its Chandigarh branch operational. This institute is being run from Burail.

Blood donation: Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in association with PUDA will organise a blood donation camp at PUDA Bhavan, Mohali tomorrow. The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Raghu Nath Sahai Puri, will inaugurate the camp. PUDA spokesman said more than 400 PUDA officials were expected to take part in the camp.

Awareness drive: The Chandigarh Housing Board organised an awareness programme on “Energy Efficiency in Buildings”, here on Wednesday. Mr Upendra Kachru, Chairperson of the Technology and Management Systems and member, expert group, Union Ministry for Environment and Forest, collaborated for the programme. Mr S.N. Sahai, Chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board, emphasised the need for optimising design and orientations of buildings to achieve maximum comfort from natural light and ventilation.

Programme on crime: The Sector 36 office of the Government Examiner of Questioned Documents, under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs, will organise a one-day programme on “Emerging trends in white collar crime and their detection” at the Central Forensic Institute Complex here on August 9. The topics to be covered during the programme will be cyber laws, information technology, computer forensic, counterfeiting, credit card fraud and frauds related to access products.

Training centre: The administration has decided to establish an inclusive vocational training-cum-production marketing centre in Sector 46, press note said here on Wednesday. The administration has already earmarked a site measuring 1.12 acres.

Saplings planted: Vanmahotsav was celebrated by the Eco Club of Chandigarh Baptist School here on Wednesday. Trees were planted by the members of the club and the Principal, Ms Sarojini Masih. Debate, drawing and essay-writing contests were held on the school premises. A special awareness drive to keep the city clean and conservation of nature was also initiated.

Homage paid: The Servants of the People Society organised a remembrance and homage meeting of the third death anniversary of Mr Krishna Kant, former Vice-President of India and also the former President of the Servants of the People Society. Freedom fighters, senior citizens and social activists took part in the gathering held at Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15 here.

Hockey tournament: The fourth Prize Money S.N. Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior Under-14 Hockey Tournament will be organised by the Rock Rovers at Sector 42 Hockey Stadium from August 20 to 26. Ten teams, including three from Chandigarh will participate in the tournament.

Sports meet: A national level sports meet for physically challenged persons will be held in the city from October 23 to 25. The meet is being organised by the Physically Handicapped Association, Punjab. The events will include simple race, tri-cycle race, wheelchair race, jumps, throws, weightlifting and swimming, said Mr Balwant Singh Dardi, state president of the association.

CONDEMNED: Various employees organisations here on Wednesday condemned the police attack on workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India at Gurgaon. They demanded an inquiry into the matter and strict action against the guilty. Leaders of the JCT Electronics Mazdoor Sangh, the JCT Employees Association, the JCT Workers Union, representatives of the Trade Union Council and the ESPL Employees Union demanded dismissal of police officials who had given orders for a lathi charge.

SYMPOSIUM: A symposium on “Patient safety and the pharmacists” was organised at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here on Wednesday, Dr Soraya Dhillon, Head of Pharmacy School University of Hertfordsshire, the UK, said it was vital that patients received safe, rational and cost-effective medicine.

Injured: Two persons got injured in a clash in Mohali village here last night. It is alleged that Sonu, whose car got damaged after it hit a shuttering of a house under construction, attacked Jarnail Singh with sharp-edged weapons and even damaged doors of his house. He was accompanied by some persons. Both sustained injuries and were taken to hospitals in Chandigarh.

100 DONATE BLOOD: The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, said on Thursday that the government would come down heavily on illegal colonisers in the state. Mr Puri was talking to mediapersons following the inauguration of blood donation camp at PUDA Bhavan. Over 100 employees donated blood during the camp.

Oath taken: Student captains and prefects of Doon International School,
Sector 69, Mohali, took oath in an investiture ceremony on Thursday. The students, designated to hold office during the academic session 2005-06, were headed by school captain Harmanjot Singh and Rubleen Kaur. The prefectorial function began with the school prayer, following which the Director, Education, Mrs M. K. Mann, administered the oath of office to the student leaders.

Creative drawing: Students of Classes V, VI and VII of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, here are gaining exposure to creative drawing, writing, handicrafts and creative story telling. The interns, Ms Marieke and Ms Sabrine, from the Netherlands kept the students involved in activities wherein they freely express and share views, thus developing appreciation of other cultures.

Seminar: The National Institute of Personnel Management, Mohali (Punjab chapter), on Thursday organised a seminar on stimulating learning through simulation games at Dera Bassi. Dr Vinod Dumblekar, a management trainer, talked to the audience about the subject.

Single-window system: The district administration has introduced a single-window system for getting vehicle registration, driving licence and NOC for transfer of vehicle. The single window will be operational on all working days, between 9 am to 1 pm, while a medical officer will be available from 11 am to 2 pm.

Suspended: The licences of four ration depots in the district were suspended last month after several irregularities were detected and security worth Rs 3,700 forfeited Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh said the licence of another ration depot had also been cancelled.

IMMOLATION BID: A 28-year-old woman tried to immolate herself. Mrs Mona, a resident of Sector 4, reportedly poured kerosene and set herself on fire this morning. According to the police, Mrs Mona had some family problem following which she took the step. Her husband, Mr Tajinder Singh, who runs a handloom shop in Palika Bazar in Sector 19, Chandigarh, was also present in the house when she tried to commit suicide. With 70 per cent burn injuries, she is struggling for life at the PGI.

ELECTED: Mr Baldev Singh Kalsi has been unanimously elected President of the Ramgarhia Sabha. The other office-bearers of the sabha are Mr Sawaran Singh Sokhi— Senior Vice-President; Mr Daljit Singh Flora — Vice- President; Mr Pritam Singh Gill — General Secretary; Mr Jaspal Singh Virk — Joint Secretary and Mr Gurdial Singh Hanspal as Cashier.

Saplings to be planted: The State Bank of Patiala has decided to plant over 30,000 saplings in educational institutions and temples in Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar. This was stated by the Assistant General Manager, Mr V.A. Ghai on Thursday, during a function organised at the main branch of the bank at Kalka.

Elected: Mr Jata Shankar Kanth has been elected President of All-India Census Employees Association, Haryana. The other office-bearers elected are Mr Bhushan Lal Sehgal — Vice President, Mr Lalita Prasad Sharma — Circle Secretary, Mr Om Prakash — Assistant Circle Secretary and Mr Ramesh Kumar Madan, Mr K M Deshmukh and Ms Jyoti Khattar as executive members.

URGED: A representation of members of the Panchkula Estate Welfare Society, led by its President, Dr S K Chhabra, met the local MLA and Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, on Thursday and urged him to abolish house tax. In a press release, Dr Chhabra said Mr Chander Mohan had made this promise during elections and when they met him today, he assured the delegation that he would take up the matter at the Cabinet meeting.


QUIZ CONTEST: A quiz contest was organised in PKR Jain Senior Secondary Public School on Wednesday. The competition was organised by National Geographic. Students of class VI, VII and VIII participated in the competition. Students of the Australian team bagged the first prize.

PROBE SOUGHT: Different organisations on Wednesday condemned the Hooda government for Gurgaon incident. Former Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria demanded the dismissal of the government over the incident. He termed the incident as a “barbaric police brutality”. He demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter. Bharatiya Dak Karamchari Mahasangh, Haryana, activists held a gate meeting outside the CPMG office. They strongly criticised the brutal police action against the workers of Honda company.

PRIZES WON: A slogan-writing competition was organised by the Rotary Club Ambala Industrial Area, in SD Kanya Mahavidyalaya on Wednesday. The first prize was bagged by Kanchan while Nisha stood second and third prize winner was Randeep Kaur. Consolation prizes went to Baljeet Kaur and Anu Saini.

TENT DEALERS: The Haryana Tent Dealer Welfare Association was formed in Gurgaon recently. The tenure of the new team is from 2005 to 2007.

KILLED: Mr Om Prakash, a resident of Kullu, was crushed to death by a car on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway her, late last night. According to the police, Om Prakash was crossing the highway when a car knocked him down. The car occupants then rushed him to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he breathed his last today. The police has registered a case.

Krishan Kumar, a student of the local Kishan Lal Public college, was killed, while his classmate Sanjay Kumar was injured when their motor cycle was hit by a trailer from rear at the Pragati Chowk here on Tuesday. The police has registered a case.

BODIES FOUND: The body of an unidentified person (40) was found near Sohna Chowk at Dharuhera on Tuesday by the police. The body was sent to the Community Health Centre, Bawal, for a post-mortem examination. Similarly, the body of another middle-aged person, who could not be identified, was also found lying near a container depot. It was brought to the Civil Hospital here for a post-mortem examination.

SEIZED: In a bid to check the use of domestic LPG cylinders by halwais, owners of dhabas, restaurants and hotels, officials of the Indian Oil Company, the Bharat Petroleum and the Hindustan Petroleum, accompanied with the police and officials of the Food and Supplies Department, carried out surprise raids here on Wednesday. They seized 124 domestic LPG cylinders in this connection.

BODY FOUND: The body of Urmila, a handicapped woman, was found hanging in her house at Nahra village, about 26 km from here, on Wednesday. According to a report, the police believe it to be a case of suicide and sent the body for a post-mortem.

THEFT ATTEMPT: An attempt to steal Rs 10,000 from the bag of a woman was foiled by the people at Kharkhauda town, 10 km from here on Wednesday. According to a report, a woman Bala Devi withdrew Rs 10,000 from a bank and boarded a tempo for going to Gorar village. A youth, Baghey, of Kanwal village who was sitting with her and tried to steal the money from her bag. However, another co-passenger noticed and caught him. The police has registered the case.

TEHSIL BUILDING: The work for the construction of tehsil building has been started at Kharkhauda town in this district.

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