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The following have been elected office-bearers of the Furniture Association, Barnala: president — Mr Teja Singh Mahal; vice-president — Mr Rinku Kumar; secretary — Mr Hemant Bansal; cashier — Mr Ashok Kumar; and adviser — Mr Vijay Kumar.

Man killed:
Sulakhan Singh (50) of Dyalgarh village, an employee of Barath Sahib Gurdwara, was killed when the motor cycle he was riding was hit by a speeding Indica car (HP-39-4264) near a petrol pump on the GT Road on Thursday night. A case under Section 304 A, IPC, has been registered against car driver, Pritam Chand.

Tehsildar suspended: Tehsildar K.K. Verma was suspended by the Financial Commissioner Revenue, Chandigarh, on Friday on the charge of public misconduct.

Doctor held for graft:
The Vigilance Bureau has caught a doctor, posted at Civil Hospital, Sardulgarh, red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from a resident of Khehra Kalan village. Dr Rajendra Prasad Singal had sought the money from the complainant’s son for making a medico-legal report in their favour. A case has been registered.

Musical evening:
The Golden Arrow Army Wives Welfare Association organised a musical evening for troops here on Friday. It was attended by over 5,000 jawans, NCOs and their families. The music troupe was led by Neeharika Naidu. Association president Abhilasha Kumari addressed the audience.

Rally against foeticide:
Members of the Janwadi Istri Sabha, Punjab, on Friday staged a rally at Garhshankar to press for the effective implementation of the PNDT Act, 1985, and to stop female foeticide, according to a press release. A memorandum was later presented to the SDM Garhshankar.

Founder’s Day:
DAV Public School, Bilga, celebrated its 12th Founder’s Day on Saturday. A yajna was performed to mark the occasion. A function was also presented by students.



4 officials found absent:
Four officials of different offices were found absent from duty during an inspection conducted by the City Magistrate Mukesh Kumar Solanki on Friday. During the inspection of the HUDA office, Junior Engineer Subhash Chander and clerk Sumer Singh, in ground water cell office SO Ved Prakash, and in the District Horticulture Office, Anand Singh TA were found absent from duty. The department heads concerned have been written for action against the absentees.

Financial aid:
The District Health and Family Welfare Society on Friday provided financial assistance of Rs 20,000 for the surgical operation of four-year-old Akaashdeep of Ajit Singh Nagar village in the district. Deputy Commissioner O.P. Sheoran issued a demand draft to the parents of the child. The boy is suffering from ventricle septic defect and auricle septic defect of the heart and needs surgery.

One injured:
One person was injured when his accomplice’s gun went off accidentally in the ITI in Bahadurgarh town here on Friday. They had reportedly come to the campus in search on a student who could not be found there. The injured was identified as Gugna. He was rushed to the Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi. The police is investigating the matter.

Cremated: A former INA man and freedom fighter Nathu Ram who died on Thursday at the age of 89 was cremated with state honours in his native Bhambheva village. He was recruited as a gunner in the Royal Artillery Regiment in 1930. He deserted the British army and joined the Indian National Army. SDM Jhajjar Satender Duhan and executive member of HPCC Raj Singh Jakhar laid wreath on the body.

Vehicles set ablaze:
Two Dumpers were set ablaze by an irate mob after a Dumper (which was moving ahead of the other) collided with a school bus (RJ 32 PA-0233), injuring eight occupants of the bus, including five students, two teachers and the bus driver, on the Dharuhera -Alwar road, near Bhiwadi town of Alwar district of Rajasthan, about 20 km from here, on Friday. The injured were admitted to a private hospital at Bhiwadi, where the doctors referred a teacher Ms Pushpa Devi, who was seriously injured, to a hospital in Jaipur. It was stated that a mad race by one Dumper to overtake the other led to the collision.

7yr RI: The Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Bansal, has sentenced Raju (husband), Krishan Pal (father-in-law) and Bimla Devi (mother-in-law) to rigorous imprisonment for seven years, holding them guilty of the dowry death of Kusum Lata (wife of Raju), who died of extensive burns at her matrimonial home in Meerpur village, near here, on January 25, 2002.



Country liquor seized:
The Kangra police on Thursday night impounded a car (Maruti HP 39 A 6231) and seized 125 bottles of country liquor. However, the occupants of the car managed to give a slip to the police. The Station House Officer, Kangra police station, Mr Surender Sharma, said the police chased some liquor smugglers on a tip-off in the Nagrota Bagwan area and recovered the bottles. A case has been registered under the Excise Act.

Loan mela held:
The Himachal Gramin Bank Churag branch held a loan mela at Kheel Dharmor and disbursed loans worth Rs 30.15 lakh
to over 46 farmers in 12 panchayats in the district. The Branch Manager, HGB, Mr Maninder Jishtu, stated that the branch distributed over 14 kisan credits worth Rs 7.95 lakh, 18 general credit cards worth Rs 4.50 lakh, and three swarojgar credit cards worth Rs 1.25 lakh.

NGO activists hold rally: Activists of the Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti, an NGO, held a protest rally here on Friday demanding the implementation of the Continuing Education programme in the state.


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