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Free medical camp
: About 50 doctors checked patients at a free medical camp organised in memory of founder editor of daily Seema Sandesh Kamal Nayan Sharma at Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, on Sunday. At least 600 patients attended the camp. 

Medical college: The local Homeopathic Medical College has won second prize in the quiz competition organised by the Doaba Homeopathic Study Circle, Jalandhar. College principal Rajinder Girdhar felicitated the winning team. The college had won this contest for the third consecutive year, he added.oc

Rally by PSEB staff:The technical services union organised a protest rally to express their resentment against the privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board’s management. Employees of the subdivision Nos. 2 and 3 had organised a joint dharna and meeting on Sunday. 

Lathi charge:Lathi charge by the Uttar Pradesh police on the Youth Congress rally led by president of the Indian Youth Congress Ashok Tanwar in Devria district has evoked widespread condemnation. Pradesh youth Congress secretary Mangat Ram Chayal said on Monday that the SP-led government in Uttar Pradesh had no logic in preventing peaceful yatra led by Tanwar from entering Devria.

325 patients treated
: About 325 patients were examined for various heart ailments in a two-day free heart check-up camp organised by the sanjha asra welfare society. Brijesh Mishra from Escort, New Delhi examined the patients. The ECG and eco-cardiograph were done free of cost. 

Undertrail escapes: A hardcore criminal, Thabinder Singh, lodged in Bathinda jail managed to escape from a court complex here on Monday. The raids are being conducted and checkpoints erected to nab him. He was facing murder and charges under the Arms Act. He escaped from the court of additional civil judge (senior division) Ramesh Kumari. 

Crushed to death: Gurmail Kaur (50), daughter of Bachan Singh, resident of Rohirra village,Malerkotla, was on Monday crushed to death when she was run over by a private bus (Orbit company) at the local bus stand.The police initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the Cr PC. 



World Asthma Day
: Free consultation on “World Asthma Day” by Dr. S. Lavasa, Allergy Sepcialist; SCO No 80, Sector 15-D; 10 am to 1 pm. For registration contact: 9417262239
Child and mother health: Swasth Jeewan Kender functions; Village Khuda Alisher by Dr Neena Kanojia; 9 am to 2 pmFree homoeopathic treatment by Dr S.S. Bajaj; Lajpat Rai Bhawan; Sector 15-B; 4 pm to 5 pmMay Day rally: Centre of Trade Union to organise a May Day rally from Cheema Bhawan, Sector 30; 2.30 pm.



ASI arrested
: A Vigilance Bureau team has arrested an ASI posted at Bohli police post for allegedly accepting bribe in lieu of releasing an impounded car.CISF jawans deployed at the refinery had nabbed Rampal Mann on the charge of oil theft and recovered 15 litres of oil from his possession. His Hyundai car was impounded. ASI Ishwar Singh allegedly demanded Rs 5,000 from Mann for releasing his car. 

Man shot at: Two armed men shot at a scrap dealer causing him injuries here on Monday. The incident occurred when Kishan Lal had left his shop in the morning. Motorcycle-borne assailants fired at him that resulted in two gunshot injuries in his hand. The motive behind the attack was old enmity and one of the assailants had been identified as Pappu. 

Draw of lots:Draws of the Krishak Uphar Yojna were held under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner Chander Prakash in the Market Committee complex here on Monday.As many as 3095 free coupons, earned by farmers who had sold farm produce of Rs 5,000 each, were included in the draw.The first prize of Rs 20,000 was bagged by Pratap Singh of Patasani village. 

COMPETITION: A poetry recitation competition was held at DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Ambala City.School principal Reena Nagrath said around 60 students participated in the competition and some students even recited self-written poems.In Class V, Aman stood first while Saneet Kaur and Asmila Aggarwal stood second and third, respectively. Bhavya, Jahanvi and Harsimran got the consolation prizes. In Class VI, Simran was first, Ananya second and Kritika was third. Consolation prize winners were Kamya, Ashmita, Rashmit and Navjot.In Class VII, Chahat bagged the first prize while Vaishali and Vanshikha received second and third prizes, respectively. Consolation prizes went to Meenakshi 
and Deepak.



Freedom fighter dead
: Freedom Fighter Bohar Singh Chandel (82), of Bakroa village, died here on sunday night. He was ailing for some time now. He worked in the INA and participated in several campaigns. He was also taken prisoner by the British. His funeral was attended by zila parishad member Jitender Chandel, panchayat president Sanjay Kumar, and many others. An amount of Rs 5,000 was given to the bereaved family on behalf of the government for the funeral. 

Art of Living to adopt village
: Founder of the Art of Living Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has decided to adopt Diyar village here. It will be the first village in the state to be visited by him. On May 4, he will visit the village and have interaction with villagers. This was stated by in charge of Kullu shivir Kamlesh Barewal at a press conference held at the Circuit House here on Monday. The plan was to make Diyar a model village. 

Consumer redressal commission
: The state consumer redressal commission and the district consumer fora will be linked by computers under the Confonet project. A spokesperson said here Rs 1.61 crore had been released under an integrated project on consumer protection which would be utilised for constructing buildings and office equipment for district fora. The commission had received 13,068 complaints since its inception out of which 12,259 had been disposed of. Similarly, as many as 44,154 complaints were filed with the district fora out which and 41,186 had been decided. The overall disposal rate came to a healthy 93 per cent. During the past financial year the state commission decided 2085 cases while 1,794 fresh cases were instituted. The district fora together disposed of 1,961 cases whereas 2079 new cases were instituted. 

BC commission visit: The National Commission on Backward Classes will visit the state on May 5 to seek suggestions from various sections of society and ascertain their views regarding the inclusion of castes in the central list of other backward classes category. It will hold a meeting at the state secretariat for the purpose. Interested organisations, institutions and individuals were free to attend the meeting and place their views before the commission.

Driver jailed for rash driving
: Additional CJM Yogesh Jaswal on Monday sentenced bus driver Shailender Pal to two-year simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 for rash driving causing the death of three persons in March,2002. The convict will further undergo imprisonment for six months in the case of default of fine. An additional fine of Rs 2,500 was also imposed for rash, negligent driving and causing grievous hurt to other occupants of the bus belonging to Springdale Public School, Panchkula. The school bus (HR-37-8299) while plying on the Patta-barotiwala road had met with an accident on March 31, 2002, near Thedpura village, leading to the death of three persons-- Shashi Kashyap of Delhi and Panchkula residents Shyama Sharma and Archana Bala. 

CMD opens BSNL exchange
: BSNL chairman and managing director (CMD) A.K. Sinha on Monday inaugurated a 750-line WLL BTS exchange at Tarna Hills, Mandi. Although this service was available in Mandi district, it was not available in Mandi town.The CMD said BSNL was the only company which has taken steps to provide telecom facilities in rural, far flung and topographically difficult areas by providing village public telephones (VPTs) in uncovered villages. It has been targeted to connect about 3,000 villages in India, including 173 in HP, within three or four months with the help of digital satellite phones. 

Cong “violating” code of conduct
: BJP spokesman Rajinder Rana has accused the state government of violating the election code of conduct after the announcement of the Shimla municipal and Hamirpur parliamentary elections. Addressing mediapersons here he said "Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has been holding meetings with high officials to take certain decisions that can influence the voters and also transferring employees." The BJP has made a written complaint to the Election Commission, demanding action in the matter. 

Cong for nominee from Hamirpur: The Hamirpur District Congress Committee has demanded that a candidate from this district should be given the ticket for the Hamirpur Lok Sabha byelection. General secretary Kuldeep Pathania and vice-president Rajinder Jar said the main issue in the election would be corruption. They alleged that the BJP had become synonymous with corruption since its top leaders like Bangaru Laxman , Suresh Chandel and Babubhai Katara had been found making money by misusing their offices. 

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