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Curbs on paddy
harvesting: Mr D.K. Tiwari, District Magistrate, has banned the harvesting of paddy with combine harvesters from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the district. This order has been issued to prevent paddy from getting moisture. This order will remain in force up to November 16. 

Relief sought: The Shiv Sena (Hindustan) demanded release of compensation to the kin of those persons who were killed by terrorists during terrorism period in Punjab on the pattern of those Sikh families which were affected in the riots of 1984 after the release of the Nanavati Commission report. This demand was made in its memorandum here on Monday. Activists of the Shiv Sena (Hindustan) presented a memorandum to the Union Home Minister through the Deputy Commissioner.

RALLY: A rally was organised in front of the Punjab State Electricity Board office by the Technical Services Union in support of their demands. Mr Sikander Singh, Ropar circle president of the union, said a circle-level dharna would be organised on September 22 at Ropar. One-day strike would be observed on September 29 at the state level, he added.

1 held for chain snatching
: The police arrested a youth identified as Amanjot, a resident of Sandhwa village, near Bahram, 10 km from here for allegedly snatching a gold chain and a purse containing Rs 15,000 from Harwinder Kaur, a resident of Dadhial, near Adampur, on Monday. A case has been registered against the accused.



CONDEMNED: The local unit of the Akali Dal 1920 on Monday condemned the statement of the chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Home Ministry regarding constitution of a separate Assembly for Chandigarh. The president of the local unit, Mr Gurnam Singh Sidhu, urged the Central Government to transfer Chandigarh to Punjab as per the provisions of the Rajiv-Longowal Accord. 

UNION: The JCB operators of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula have formed the JCB Union to provide better services to users. User charges for various service have been fixed and guidelines had been issued to the members. This was stated by Lieut-Col Balbir Singh.

MEMORANDUM: A memorandum of understanding was signed between Panjab University and Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh, for five years on the PU campus here on Monday. Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab University, and Dr Girish Sahni, Director, IMTECH, signed the MoU. According to the MoU the IMTECH scientists will participate in the various teaching programs of Punjab University and vice-versa. 

DISCUSSION: The Public Welfare Association, Chandigarh, in collaboration with students of Panjab University organised a discussion on rising tension among youth outside the library lawns on Monday. Dr C.L. Narang, Director, Advance Micropower, delivered the keynote address. Mr Partap Singh, president of the association, also spoke on the occasion. 

LECTURE: A special lecture was organised on Monday in the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, in the memory of Prof Jagannath Agarwal, former head of the department of Sanskrit in Panjab University. Dr M.C. Joshi spoke on the topic the evolution of the Buddha Image.

QUIZ CONTEST: A quiz contest was held by the Zonal Audit Office of Punjab National Bank here on Monday, in connection with the Hindi fortnight celebrations. The function was chaired by Mr P.S. Bedi, Assistant General Manager. Mr Vipin Sharma, Mr P.C. Riyal and Mr S.K. Trivedi won the first three prizes, respectively.

Interest rate revised: The State Bank of Patiala has revised the interest rate on fixed deposit, by increasing it by 0. 25 per cent. Mr S.C. Dhall, Senior Manager of the Kalka branch of the bank, said that this had been done as part of the 100 per cent online banking by the bank. 

Programme: A five-day entrepreneurship development awareness programme has started for the final-year students of Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Chandigarh. Experts from Agro Processing Entrepreneurship Development Centre, are conducting the programme. 



DLSA meeting
: Justice Adarsh Kumar Goyal Executive Chairman of the Haryana Legal Services Authority, on Sunday presided over a meeting of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) here. The judge exhorted the DLSA to organise Legal Service Camps in villages and sort out petty disputes at the pre-litigation stage.

Three booked
: The police has booked Deepak, Billu and Shinder, residents of Sheikhpura village for allegedly kidnapping a minor girl of Suhana village and threatening her father. A case has been registered 

Martyrs' Day
: The Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Rao Inderjit Singh, announced on Sunday that due to the enforcement of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha byelection in Rohtak, the Haryana Heroes and Martyrs Day on September 23 would be celebrated in a simple manner at the Naiwali Chowk and Rao Tula Ram park.

Lok Adalat
: As many as 54 cases, including 44 cases of traffic challans, were settled in a Lok Adalat organised at the judicial complex at Ganaur on Saturday.

Jeep stolen: Three unidentified youths allegedly robbed Narinder, a Jeep driver, of cash near Kharkhauda town on the Sonepat-Rohtak road on Sunday. They later fled away in his Jeep. The youths had hired the Jeep for going to Sonepat. The incident occurred when the victim became unconscious after consuming an aerated drink, laced with some intoxicant, offered by the accused.

Women assaulted: Ram Kumar, along with his son and wife, allegedly assaulted a woman, Ms Shobha Devi, on Sunday at Purkhas village, about 20 km from here, and snatched her gold chain and earrings. Ms Shobha Devi, who sustained injuries in the incident, is reported to be out of danger. A case has been registered.

Youth sustains burns: Baljeet Singh, a resident of Pinana village, sustained burns at his house when his clothes caught fire from a kerosene lamp on Saturday. The victim has been hospitalised. 

Constable beaten up: Inderjit, a constable, was roughed up by some Jeep drivers here on Sunday. The incident followed an argument when Inderjit asked them to move their Jeeps, which were blocking the road, from the Devi Lal Chowk near the general bus stand. The police has registered a case and arrested two of the accused. In another incident, Mr Om Parkash, lambardar of Bal Brahmanan village, was allegedly beaten up by Joginder, who had gone to him to get his signatures on documents regarding old-age pension. 

Burglary: Thieves reportedly broke open the locks of the office of the United Insurance Company near Minerva Cinema house here on Sunday. They decamped with Rs 4,760 in cash, revenue stamps costing Rs 1,200, policy stamps costing Rs 400, a colour printer and other important documents.

Appointed: Mr Sanjay Sharma Barwasnia has been appointed president of the Haryana unit of the Yuva Nationalist Congress Party. 

Dharna: A 10-day dharna, launched by employees of the CR State College of Engineering, Murthal, entered its seventh day on Monday. The dharna has been launched in protest against the state government’s decision to hand over the college to a society. 

Mysterious deaths: Two cases of death under mysterious circumstances were reported here on Sunday. The victims were identified as Sushil of Kabirpur village and Sheetal of Ashok Vihar colony. 



Wolf attacks man
: A 65-year-old man, Bhajo Ram, was attacked by a wolf in the wild area of Khaniara, near here, where he had gone to get some firewood around 6.30 am on Monday. He was rushed to the Zonal Hospital and was given nearly 70 stitches on the head and chest. He is reported to be out of danger. 


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