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BARNALA
Traffic blocked
: Activists of the BKU(Ekta) Ugrahan staged a dharna in front of the local court complex on Monday.They were protesting against the non-implementation of an agreement reached between Trident and farmers. They also blocked the Bathinda-Barnala main road for about 2 hours. BKU general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan criticised the state government for not implementing the Trident land agreement. He said the families which had not taken money against their lands were leading a miserable life for the past two years.

BATALA
Fired at
: Surinder Kumar (40), a resident of the Bhandri Gate, has alleged that he sustained injuries when a .12-bore gun of Gulzar Singh Aulkah went off at Leakwala tank on Sunday. A doctor at the local Civil Hospital refused to admit Surinder. He was admitted only after 300 vendors and a few of his relatives assembled and raised slogans against hospital authorities. However, Aulakh denied having fired at Surinder. The police has registered a case under the Arms Act against Aulkah.

FARIDKOT
Cong protest
: Congress activists, led by its local MLA Avtar Singh Brar, held a protest against alleged discrimination while releasing blue cards here on Monday. Brar alleged that the government was discriminating against those supporting the Congress and other parties while issuing the blue cards. He claimed that a large number of Congress workers from economically weaker sections were denied cards.

FEROZEPUR
Sangat darshan
: Irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon has directed all government offices and police stations to sort out the problems faced by village panchayats on priority basis. He said this while presiding over a sangat darshan programme at the PWD rest house here on Monday. More than 78 panchayats of this assembly segment took part in it. Deputy commissioner Bhagwant Singh, SSP Dinesh Pratap, additional deputy commissioner Jaskiran Singh, SDM D.P.S. Kharbanda besides heads of various government departments were present on the occasion.

HOSHIARPUR
Paper mill staff
: Members of the paper mill mazdoor union, Mukerian, led by its president, Kehar Singh, held a rally in front of the mill, 52 km from here on Monday. Their main demands were restarting of the mill and payment of arrears. Kehar Singh said mill workers’ families were on the verge of starvation due to the non-payment of dues. Later, they took out a protest march and blocked the traffic for half-an-hour near the SDM Chowk.

Protest march: A large people belonging to the Jain community, led by S.S.Jain Mahasabha (Northern India) president Rakesh Jain and a few others, took out a protest march in the main bazars of the city on Monday. They were protesting against the municipal corporation for razing the boundary wall of a plot owned by the sabha. Later, they presented a memorandum to deputy commissioner D.K. Tiwari, who directed the SDM to probe into the matter.

Jalandhar
Petrol pilferage
: The district police has booked persons on the charge of stealing petrol from a rail tanker attached to a stationary goods train near Suchi Pind railway station on Sunday night. Confirming this, Sadar SHO Tarsem Singh said all the three accused, Paramjeet Singh, Sudhir and Surendra, had absconded and efforts were on to nab them. The trio was loading petrol in a truck tanker by stealing it from the rail tanker with the help of a pump. However, the pump caught fire, following which they fled from the spot.

Kapurthala
SHO suspended
: SHO (city) police station Satnam Singh and ASI Jagir Singh have been suspended for not taking proper action against two thieves. The SSP suspended them after getting the matter enquired into by the DSP, according to information received late this evening.

NAWANSHAHR
Medical camp
: The Punjab Pradesh Saini Sabha and Dilbagh Singh Memorial Charitable Trust organised a free medical check-up camp at the samadhi of late minister Dilbagh Singh here on Saturday. Dr B.L. Goyal and Dr Manjit Singh, psychiatric from Amritsar, examined 30 patients suffering from various mental ailments. Free medicines were given to the needy patients. Sabha chief Iqbal Singh honoured Daljit Singh, Balbir Singh Asmanpur and Mohinder Singh Bhaura for their contribution in different fields.

Phagwara
Biker succumbs to injuries:
Paul Ram of the Ranjit Nagar locality sustained critical injuries when his motorcycle skidded off the road.The incident took place on the old post office road last night. The deceased sustained head injuries and was sent to the PGI in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries today.

PATHANKOT
Dharna staged
: CPM activists staged a dharna in front of the SDM’s office here on Monday. They were demanding issuance of blue ration cards to those who not been covered under the scheme so far. CPM’s subdivisional secretary Lal Chand alleged that more than 60 per cent families had not been included in the list. Later, they submitted a memorandum to SDM S.K.Sharma.

TARN TARAN
Case registered
: The tense atmosphere at Tur village calmed down after the registration of a case against a landlord. Dalits of this village have been boycotted for the past one week. A case under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Acts, 1989, has been registered against Baldev Singh of the same village. The case was registered on a complaint lodged by Charanjit Kaur, a Dalit.

Fake notes seized: The Patti police seized fake currency worth Rs 40,000 from Sukhmander Singh of Kothe Wining at a naka here on Monday. The police said 80 fake notes of Rs 500 denomination were seized from the accused. A case has been registered.



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CHANDIGARH

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected as office bearers of the All India Human Rights Mission, Chandigarh: chairman - V.P. Bharti; president - Ashok Kumar; senior vice presidents - Ajay Verma and Vinay Harjari; vice presidents -Sanjeev, Harender Singh, Vinay Kaushal and Babita; general secretary - Harbans Oberoi; legal advisor - Vipin Kaushal and secretary - Adarsh Batra.

AWARDS: The Saboo Business Group, known by its group company KDDL, India’s leading manufacturer of watch dials, felicitated outstanding company performers at the Eighth Company Chairman’s Awards for Excellence 2006-07 at Taj on Friday. Chairman’s Awards for Best Ethos Store-ECR2, Mumbai, besides a number of individual awards.

DONATION: The Lions Club Nightingale, Chandigarh donated wheel chairs, artificial limbs, hearing aids and sewing machines for the disabled and poor and needies while the new team of the club installed here yesterday. The new team installed at a function at Piccadily Hotel include Simrat Josan and Anita Mahajan the president and secretary of the club respectively. Sublash Bansal was installed as treasurer.

Results: Neevia, Nikhil and Gita bagged the first, second and third positions, respectively, in a debate contest in the junior category at Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, near here, on Monday. In the senior category, Neha Sharma, Meena and Paramjit Kaur got the first, second and third prize, respectively.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
Relief
: The Beopar Mandal, Kandraur, near here, has decided to provide all financial help to Roshan Lal, a shopkeeper who lost all his belongings in a devastating fire which totally destroyed his sweet shop at Kandraur on Sunday. Roshal Lal lost property worth Rs 1 lakh in this fire. A sum of Rs 3,600 was handed over to Roshal Lal after a meeting of the mandal.

Stray cattle: Stray cattle are becoming a nuisance here. A stray bull attacked and injured 80-year-old Fazali Begam in the Raura sector on Sunday evening as she was crossing the road. Senior citizens have resented government indifference towards the menace of stray cattle that roam around in hundreds in the town.

Welcomed: The state INTUC has hailed Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s announcement that all daily wagers with eight years of service would be regularised. State INTUC general secretary Bhagat Singh Verma urged the Chief Minister to extend this decision to all semi-government organisations and boards and corporations. Verma pleaded that all applications for jobs on compassionate grounds should be ordered to be disposed of within one month.

Kullu
Bhoomi poojan
: Pratibha Singh, MP, vice-chairperson of the State Red Cross Society, performed ‘bhoomi poojan’ of the proposed Rs 1-crore ‘Red Cross Bhavan’ at Dhalpur here on Sunday. She said the bhavan would provide accommodation to attendants of the patients admitted to the Regional Hospital here. The bhavan would all modern amenities to the attendants at a nominal cost.

NAHAN
Zonal tourney
: The11th zonal tournament for girls of government high schools and senior secondary schools of the Sangrah Zone began at Ludhyana village on Sunday evening. As many as 155 girl students from 19 educational institutes are taking part in the four-day tournament.

SHIMLA
Appointed
: The state Congress president Viplove Thakur has appointed spokespersons for various district units. They are Rahul Singh (Solan); Sunder Thakur (Kullu); Jitender Chandel (Bilaspur); Virender Dharmani (Una); Virender Sharma (Sirmaur) and Deepak Sharma (Hamirpur).


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