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Memorial sought
: A spokesman of Taksal, Bhai Mokham Singh, has in a letter to the Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh vedanti urged him to direct the SGPC to construct a memorial for Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Bhai Amrik Singh and others.

Rally on Aug 30: As many as 12 farmer organisations in the state will hold a rally on August 30 at Manawala against the acquisition of 1217 acres of fertile farm land by the state government for setting up a special economic zone, CPM leader Ratan Singh Randhawa said on Monday.

Paddy arrival: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, said that 1.60 lakh quintals of paddy had arrived in the various grain markets of the district till Monday. While the average quality paddy was procured at Rs 615 per quintal the higher quality yield was procured at Rs 795 per quintal.

: As many as 400 students took part in in the solo song, declamation contest, skits, long jump, high jump, kabbadi, wrestling events held at the vidhyarthi maha sammelan organised by the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh on Monday.

Poll reforms: The All-India General Samaj Party has in a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner India called for poll reforms. The party has called for removing polling booths in tents set up by different political parties or candidates near polling booths.

: The octroi staff, including 1500 clerks, 70 inspectors and 500 peons, will be posted in municipal corporations, councils and the Excise Department as per their choice after the abolition of octroi in the state from September 1, 2006. The Minister for Local Bodies, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, told media persons at Garhshankar on Monday.

Stone laid: The Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, laid the foundation stone of a 66 KV sub station at Dallewal on Monday. He announced that power worth Rs 3300 crore will be purchased this yearto maintain 24 hour power supply and 100 new grid sub-stations will be installed during 2006-07 at the cost of Rs 400 crore.

One held for selling kerosene
: Avtar Singh Bharowal Kalan was arrested for selling kerosene in the black market on the complaint of Inspector Harbans Lal, in charge, E.O. Wing Jagraon, under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.The Sidhwan Bet police recovered 4 drums of 199 litres each of kerosene from his possession.

7 booked for fraud: Shukla Gupta Communication Ludhiana, Rangi Cable, Charinji Lal Vijay Kumar, nehru Market Jagraon, Krishan Gift House sub Distribution, Janak Book Dehlon, Distributor M.S Super Speed Inal Corp Super Speed Houses 125 Green Park, PB-89 Jallandhar, Sub Dealer Kapoor Telecom have been booked under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471of the IPC on the complaint forwarded by the ADG, Crime, Chandigarh, for preparing and fabricating fake documents and delivering mobile telephones connections a press note issued by Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SSP, Jagraon said.

: As many as 52 persons were operated upon at a Lapro-Tubetomy camp inaugurated by the Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, Mr S.K. Bansal, at Amargarh on Monday. A seminar on femicide was also organised by the hospital. 

Conclave held: National security, drug abuse, corruption and female foeticide and other issues were discussed by social organisations at a conclave held at the Lion’s Club on Monday.

: Four Akali Dal MLAs stayed away from the first meeting of the district planning board of this newly formed district held on Monday under the chairmanship of the Deputy Speaker-cum-chairman DPB, Prof Darbari Lal. Grants of Rs 12.69 crore including Rs 221.50 lakh for urban areas for Tarn Taran, Patti and Khemkaran were released.



Camp: The Divya Netram Eye Care Society organised a free eye check-up camp at Zirakpur on Sunday. Over 200 patients were examined by Dr Mahesh Hukmani and shortlisted for cataract operations.

Sammelan: The Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti will organise a sadbhavna sammelan on September 2 and 3 at the Exhibition Ground, Sector 34. Mr Om Prakash Aggarwal, president of Haryana and Chandigarh chapter of the samiti, said samiti founder and former Union Minister Satpal Maharaj and various spiritual and social dignitaries would address the congregation. 

Loan melas: The State Bank of Patiala will organise farmers loan mela all over Haryana during the month of September. Mr V.A. Ghai, Assistant General Manager, Haryana Zone, asked branch managers to bring in more and more farmers under the banking system and remove them from the clutches of private moneylenders. 

FIRM RAIDED: The northern regional office of the Bureau of Indian Standards carried out a raid on the premises of Harveen Beverages, Ambala Cantonment. During the search, the firm was found using the ISI mark on packaged drinking water without having a licence from the BIS under the brands Paras, Sparkle, Haywards 5000 and Oxyizer.

TYRE ZONE: France-based tyre manufacturer Michelin on Tuesday announced its first priority partner in Chandigarh, Tyre Zone, in Mani Majra. The showroom here will showcase a whole range of tyres. Mr Herve Dub, CEO, Michelin India Tyres, who was here to inaugurate the Tyre Zone, said Chandigarh was a strategic market and hus they had opened a priority partnership here.

MEDICAL CAMP: Around 150 persons were examined at a medical camp organised by the Indian Public Health Association of the PGI in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society at IT Park here on Tuesday. A total of 79 patients were treated, 22 of them for the RTI or STIs. The organisers had put up two stalls for spreading awareness about HIV and AIDS. 

ANNIVERSARY: The Society for Promotion of IT celebrated its fifth anniversary at the SPIC-Microsoft Centre of Excellence Centre, Sector 12, here on Tuesday. The celebrations were attended by Mr M.S. Brar, Director IT and CEO-SPIC, Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Public Relations and Tourism, and Mr Sanjay Tyagi, Director, STPI.

LAUNCHED: Lieut-Col P.S. Sarna, Administration Officer, 14 Punjab Battalion, NCC, Nabha, dwelt on the importance of NCC training during his speech at the launch of an NCC programme at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, here. He said Reliance and the Sahara Group had tied up with the NCC and now the students who had got the C certificate with A or B grade would be absorbed on the middle-level managerial posts on the recommendation of the NCC Directorate. Mr J.S. Bedi, chairman of the institute, welcomed Lieut-Col Sarna.

Book released: A book on “Antenna and Wave Propagation” by Mr Jagdeep Singh Walia, Lecturer, Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, Mohali, was released on Sunday by the college Principal, Dr S.S. Koonar.

ACCIDENT: Brother of former Haryana MLA from Naraingarh, Vishwamitra, was injured while two others escaped with minor injuries in a head-on collision between a truck (HR 01 5185) and an Accent car (HR 34 B 0001). The accident took place on the Panchkula-Naraingarh road ON Tuesday afternoon while the victims were on their way from Ramgarh to Panchkula. A case has been registered.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Silver City (Extension) Residents Welfare Association for 2006-2008: president — Dr Adarsh Kumar; vice-president — Harjeet Singh; general secretary — R.K. Gupta; joint secretary — Uttam Pal; press secretary — P.S. Dhindsa and treasurer — S.P. Singh. The executive members are: Suneel Walia, Balwinder Singh, Vijay Kapoor, Dinesh Kapoor and D.P. Sachdeva. 



: Members of the Federation of Unrecognised Schools Welfare Association (Haryana) on Tuesday rejected the draft amendments to the Haryana School Education Rules-2003 as proposed by the Department of Education. Mr Kulbhushan Sharma, federation president, said the draft amendments were impractical and would lead to closure of 90 per cent recognised and unrecognised schools. The members of the federation would observe black day on September 5 in protest against the proposed amendments. A 24-hour dharna would be held in Rohtak.

Lions Club: The installation ceremony of the Lions Club, Ambala Central Gold, was held on Monday. Lions Vice-District Governor Kuldeep Kuthiala was the chief guest. Oath was taken by club president Manu Anand along with other office-bearers. Mr Rajesh Batra was given an appreciation award on behalf of the Lions Club International for his outstanding services. 

Arrested: The district police arrested a drug smuggler, Nirmal Singh, alias Laddi, at a farm in the Nabha area and recovered 3.5 quintals of poppy husk from him. Mr Parmod Ban, SSP, in a press note issued here on Tuesday, said Nirmal Singh was involved in crimes like murder and smuggling of narcotics in Punjab and Haryana states earlier also. A case was registered. 

Function on September 7
: Pt Neki Ram Sharma Vichar Manch will organise a function on the occasion of the birthday of freedom fighter and social reformer, Pt Neki Ram Sharma, on September 7 at Neki Ram Sharma auditorium.

2 held with drugs
:The police on Monday arrested Garja Singh, a resident of Mansa and recovered 2.5 kg poppy husk from him. In another case the police arrested Pooran Chand, a resident of Badalgarh, and recovered 4 kilograms of poppy husk from him. The two have been booked under the NDPS Act.

Herbal park inaugurated
: Ms Neeru Grewal, president of the Army Wives Welfare Association, inaugurated a DOT herbal park in Hisar Cantonment on Saturday as part of the AWWA week.

Hearing deferred
: The Duty Magistrate, Mr J S Sidhu, on Tuesday fixed September 9 as the next date of hearing in the black buck poaching case. The hearing was deferred as the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ms Neerja K Kulsan, was on leave. 

Old towns to be modernised
: The state government has hired a Gurgaon-based urban consultant firm to prepare the city development plans for the modernisation of six old townships as part of the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns.

PM’s intervention sought: Centre of Indian Trade Unions has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in the ongoing labour unrest in Liberty Shoes Company as the Hooda government had failed to settle the dispute.

UP resident murdered
: The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC for the alleged murder of a resident of Nalheri village of Saharanpur in UP. The body bearing injury marks on the head was found from the fields of Khadri village on Monday.

Colonies to be regularised: The Jagadhri Municipal Committee has recommended regularisation of the Jain Avenue Colony, Gaushala Colony, Shivpur, Kali Mandir Extension Part - II and Bir Pur colonies and changing the names of three chowks in Jagadhri town at a meeting on Monday. 



New parking lot
: The municipal council of Dalhousie has developed a new parking-lot at the Subhash Chowk at an estimated cost of Rs 12 lakh to provide space for car parking for tourists.

Residents to intensify stir
: Protesting against the reckless construction on the 5 MW Tarella hydropower project threatening the environment the residents have decided to intensify their stir and have sought a probe into the thoughtless digging and excavation at the project site.

Sans lab facility
: Dr Ashok Kumar Sharma, Department of Chemistry, MCM DAV College, is facing problem completing a two year project on ‘Synthetic investigation in Green Chemistry’ awarded by UGC in March 2005 in the absence of proper laboratory facilities.

House burgled
: The house of Dr Ashok Handa near the Regional Hospital was ransacked and burgled on Saturday. No valuables were found missing from the house. 


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