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: Rajinder Dhuria (60), a former president of the Lions Club and social activist, died due to cardiac arrest on Sunday. Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, and hundreds of others were present at the cremation here on Monday.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of Sparsh, a dramatic society: president — Mr Pankaj Narula; vice-president — Mr Pawan Kataria; general secretary — Mr Sonu Babbar; cashier — Mr Ashish Makkar; director — Mr Gaurav Vij; joint directors — Mr Vimal Midha and Mr Ritesh Sharma; joint secretaries — Mr Sudhir Kumar, Mr Anjum Batra and Mr Sahil Wadhwa; press secretary — Mr Amit Batra; and organising secretaries — Mr Manish Madan and Mr Ashish Gangneja.

Honoured: The Rotary International has given the presidential citation award — 2005-06 to Dr Ramesh Sidana, president, Rotary Club Abohar Mid-Town. Mr Sardari Lal Gandhi, Mr Satish Munjal, Dr A.R. Talwar, Dr K.C. Sharma, Mr Ravinder Setia and Mr Moti Lal Saraf have been given the award of excellence by the district governor, Dr Sushil Rattan Miglani. Mr Manish Narang got the award of honour. 

: A seminar on “Community understanding and the Sikh perspective in public forums” was organised here on Monday by the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, Washington. Baba Sewa Singh of Kar Sewa wale said there was a need to set up a secretariat where retired persons could give their advice to the community on various issues.

Nursing home sealed
: The district health authorities sealed Avtar Nursing Home, Mahilpur, on Monday for violating the PNDT Act. Dr Manjit Kaur, Civil Surgeon, Hoshiarpur, said a team of doctors, led by Dr Suman, DMO, Civil Hospital, Garhshankar, raided the nursing home and found that the name of a woman patient was not entered in the OPD register. She said the nursing home was sealed and records were taken into possession.

Compensation: Mr D.K. Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, on Monday handed over cheques worth Rs 50,000 each to three families whose children were drowned in the Bhangi choe. Mahesh Kumar (12), a son of Raju, Avedesh (10), a son of Ganga Ram, and Munna (9), a son of Mannu, were drowned in the choe on Sunday.

Summer school ends
: Seven summer schools organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle and Gurdwara Prabandhak Committees concluded here on Tuesday. Certificates were given to students who were trained in Gurmat, Gurbani path and kirtan etc. Competitions, including quiz, were also held.

Chief of surgery: Dr Rajeev Kapoor has taken over as Head of Department of Surgery at the CMCH here.

: A seminar and declamation contest on “Drugs are not child’s play” was organised at Government Senior Secondary School here on Monday. Mr Balbir Singh Saini, Deputy District Education Officer, presided over it. Navkiran Kaur, Aman Nayyar, Priyanka, Shikha and Ruby Mehta, all students, delivered lectures. They stressed on the need to create awareness among the masses to fight the drug menace.

Gesture: The Lions Club, City Smile, Banga, has given household items and cash to a couple belonging to a poor family of Heon village. 



One held in theft case
: The police has arrested the third accused in a theft case. The SP, Mr Subhash Yadav, told mediapersons on Monday that Jitender Singh of Chhara village had lodged a complaint with the Charkhi Dadri police station that miscreants stopped his vehicle near Kheri Batra village on February 15 and took away forcibly. The third accused has been identified as Neeraj. Earlier, the police had arrested Surender and Manjit.

Youth killed in mishap
: A youth was crushed to death by a Haryana Roadways bus in Jasaur Kheri village on Monday. The youth, Amit, a resident of Luharheri village, was trying to board the bus when he fell after colliding with it. The police has registered a case against the driver.

Woman ends life: A newly married woman committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in Jasaur Kheri village on Monday. The father of the victim, Rajrani, has complained that she was harassed for dowry. The police has registered a case.



: Local taxi operators on Monday took out a rally in protest against the SDM for challaning vehicles. They described the action of the SDM as “arbitrary and erroneous”. The SDM, Mr D.C. Rana, said vehicles that were not fulfilling the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act had been impounded. The SDM said certain taxis were operating in the town without requisite papers and operators were overcharging the passengers.

: A delegation of the Income Tax Bar Association of Palampur has submitted a memorandum to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra, regarding the shifting of the Income Tax office from Palampur to Dharamsala. Mr Malhotra assured the delegation that he would take up the matter with the Finance Ministry, said Mr Ramesh Chand Sood, president of the Bar.

Plea: The BSP has demanded that no entry fee should be charged while visiting war memorials in the state. Mr Prakash Chand Saniyal, state secretary of the BSP, said various memorials, including one in Dharamsala, needed maintenance. “Some shoppers are dumping garbage near the memorial and the aircraft and tanks are in a bad shape,” he said.

Bodies found: Two bodies were found near Barog in a span of two days last week. The bodies were dumped at a distance of about one km. The post-mortem report indicates that both were shot at point-blank range in the head. 


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