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Dharampal Rinwa (72), a member of the Sahitya Sadan managing committee and noted philanthropist was cremated at the Subhash Nagar grounds here on Thursday. He had died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday evening.

Distributed: The Aggarwal Sabha distributed shoes and socks to 50 students of the Government Senior Secondary School for Girls here under the Students Welfare Campaign on Thursday.

Man duped of Rs 7 lakh
: Three persons have been booked, including a couple, for allegedly duping Harbhej Singh of Kakkar Kalan village of Rs 7 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. A case has been registered against Munish Kumar of Mehta, his wife Reena and Rajesh Kumar of Gurbax Lal on Gokul road. According to the complainant, he was sent on a fake visa, which got rejected. When he demanded the money back, they refused to return it.

Gang busted, three arrested: With the arrest of three persons, the district police on Thursday busted a gang of looters. One dagger, sword and knife were seized from them. Three of their accomplices, including the kingpin, managed to escape. Those arrested were Sham, Dara and Vicky of Mohkampura area here while those who managed to escape were Rajinder Singh and Rana of Jora Phatak area and Joyti and Kaka of Mohkampura.

Bhai Mardana’s birth anniversary: The state government has decided to join hands with the International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society in celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Bhai Mardana in Ferozepur. The three-day celebrations will begin on February 15 and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will attend the concluding function. This was stated by president of the society Harpal Singh Bhullar.

Girl dies in mishap: Preeti (17) of local Antaryami Colony was crushed to death on Thursday when she was trying to cross the closed level crossing near Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital here.

: The district administration here on Thursday released as many as 24 activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) on bail. The activists were arrested by the local police on January 7 as a pre-emptive measure to prevent them from stopping Orbit buses and Dabwali transport companies. The next hearing of their case is on January 14.

Killed: One Gurcharan Singh of Nainewal village was killed when a bus, bound from Barnala to Moga, allegedly hit the scooter he was riding. The accident took place at Tallewal village, about 15 km from here. The police has registered a case.

Strike: On the call of the Joint Forum of the Gramin Bank Unions, staff of the Faridkot-Bathinda Kshetriya Gramin Bank went for a two-day strike, starting from Friday. About 10 unions of the Gramin Banks participated in the strike. It was demanded to implement the Banking Pension Settlement 1993 and 1994, parity with sponsored banks in payment of all allowances and benefits and continuance of Compassionate Appointment Scheme 1982 in Gramin Banks. It was claimed through a press-note that strike was successful.

Maghi Mela: A meeting of the Congress block presidents and office bearers under the president ship of Narindert Singh Bhaleria was held in view of the Maghi Mela celebrations. K.K. Sharma exhorted the workers and office-bearers to be present on January 13 in Muktsar in high numbers. Flags and banners were distributed and it was instructed to adorn the vehicles, with party flags, used for transportation.

Sangat darshan: A sangat darshan programme was held on Thursday at Toongwali village of Nathana sub-tehsil. The residents of Toongwali, Burj Kahan Singh Wala, Bhuchho Khurd and other villages attended the programme headed by K.P.S. Mahi, sub-divisional magistrate, Bathinda. The next sangat darshan programme is scheduled for January 17 to be held at Beer Behman village of Bathinda district.

Criticised: The Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa) had decided to organise a state-wide awareness drive from January 10 to 25 against the government’s alleged policy of privatising the education, state general secretary of the union Manpreet Singh said in a press note released here on Thursday. A meeting was held to chalk out the strategy in this regard. Those present at the meeting also criticised the government’s decision regarding transfer of lecturers working in the Government colleges.

SAD (B) meet: In order to mobilize the activists of SAD (B), the general secretary of the party, Balwinder Singh Bhunder convened a meeting at Circuit house, here on Thursday. During the meet, party activists displayed their enthusiasm towards the conference to be held at Maghi Mela at Muktsar on January 13. The workers assured that at least 10,000 workers would participate in the conference.

Killed: Mukesh Thakur, an employee of JJ Chemical Limited, was killed in an accident on Wednesday night. The victim was coming back from his work place and was on foot when an unidentified vehicle hit him on Barwala road near Kuranwala village. Mukesh was from Bihar. The police was informed and the matter is being investigated.

Computer wing opened:
Agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah inaugurated an air-conditioned computer hardware networking and mobile repair wing at the Red Cross drug de-addiction treatment-cum-rehabilitation Centre here on Thursday. He announced a grant of Rs 2.50 lakh for the inmates. An ambulance was also provided to the centre for ferrying drug addicts.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
Road tax on existing pattern
: The state transport authorities have assured the office bearers of the Association of the Punjab School Education Board, affiliated schools, Punjab, that road tax on vehicle being plied for ferrying students would be charged on the existing pattern. This was stated by Rajinder Kumar Sharma, president of the association, on Thursday.

: The Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) on Thursday staged a dharna against the alleged false cases registered against the farmers — Lal Chand, Mithu Ram, Jagdish Rai and Ram Chand — of Kotli Kalan. On the occasion, district president of the union Ram Singh Bhaini Bagha alleged that the police had registered a false case against the farmers.

Student’s body found
: The body of a student of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, was today found from his room in the hostel of the institute. It is suspected that he had consumed some poison. According to local DSP Pritpal Singh Thind here tonight, the deceased, Varinder Kumar, who was from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, was a student of diploma in food processing.

Remand for 18 SAD (A) men: The Sunam police on Thursday arrested Hakam Singh, of Satauj village (near Sunam), and allegedly recovered the bag, containing some currency notes and tickets, of the conductor of an Orbit bus. He also said Hakam Singh and 17 other activists of the SAD (A) were produced in a court at Sunam, which remanded them in judicial custody till January 23.



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Body found
: An unidentified body of a male was found near Nagla village on Thursday. The victim seems to be about 45-year old. A resident of the village found the body near a paper mill. The body has been sent to the Dera Bassi civil hospital where it would be kept for three days for identification.



: The association of entrepreneurs of Saha urged the state government to roll back the order of recent power cut imposed on the industries in the state. Saha Industrial Association, in a memorandum sent to state government, said the industries in Haryana were already facing the worst situation of power cut. The latest order of power cut from 5 am to 9 pm on industry would ruin them, they said.

Police to organise dog show
: The Haryana police will organise “All breed inter-state open dog show” at Vachher Stadium, Madhuban, Karnal, on January 20. A spokesman of the police department has said more than 200 dogs of different breeds would participate in the event. He said all winners of the competition would be awarded cash prize of Rs 8,000 for holding first position, Rs 6,000 for second, Rs 5,000 for third, Rs 4,000 for fourth, Rs 3,000 for fifth, Rs 2,500 for sixth and Rs 2,000 for the seventh position.

Nirman Sadan’s construction: The Haryana government will incur a sum of Rs 12.75 crore on the construction of the office building, ‘Nirman Sadan’, of engineer-in-chief, PWD (B&R) and chief architect, Haryana, at Sector 33 in Chandigarh and the work on this building will be completed by the end of this year. This was revealed by state PWD (B&R) minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, while reviewing the construction works on Nirman Sadan on the site with engineer-in-chief, PWD (B&R), Mahesh Kumar, chief architect Ashwani Sabharwal and senior officers of both the departments here on Wednesday.

Professor gets award: Haryana Agricultural University’s Dr K.S. Bangawra has won Dr B.P. Pal National Environment Fellowship Award. Bangawra, who is a professor of forestry, has bagged the award in recognition of his outstanding research achievement in forest tree breeding and biodiversity.

Man killed in accident: Om Dutt (48) was killed in a hit-and-run case on Thursday. The deceased was working as a watchman at Yadavindra Gardens and was a resident of Sainin Mohalla in the town. According to the police, the victim was hit by a Mahindra pick-up van. He died on the spot, following which the driver of the van fled. A case was registered.

2 held for robbery
: The police has arrested two persons, Raju Yadav and Kamal Saini, residents of the town, in connection with a robbery case. They had allegedly looted Rs 780 and three mobile phones from three youths in Rao Tula Ram Park here on Monday. The police had registered a case under Section 392 of the IPC in this regard. It has also seized the booty from them. A local court remanded them to judicial custody on Thursday.

NGO holds protest: Activists of the Rashtriya Nav Chetna (RNC), a voluntary organisation, staged a demonstration at the district secretariat here on Wednesday. They were protesting against the alleged corrupt practices of certain proprietors of cooking gas agencies here, erratic power supply, flawed BPL lists and non-provision of employment for local youths in factories being run by national and multinational companies here. The demonstrators led by RNC’s founder president Vijay Somany and state president Gur Dev Singh raised slogans against the government. A memorandum was submitted to the DC, which was addressed to the Governor of Haryana.

School lecturers’ plea to CM: The Haryana School Lecturers Association (HSLA) has urged the Chief Minister and other higher authorities concerned to expedite action on their charter of demands, which was presented to them at Chandigarh on January 3 and 4. State president of the HSLA Anil Yadav on Wednesday said it was brought to the notice of the CM and others that there were disparities in pay scales of lecturers. Several other demands of the lecturers were placed before them for implementation, he added.

Army officers’ study tour: A nine-member team of young officers from the Kumaon Regimental Centre, Ranikhet (Nainital), came on a study tour of the Ahirwal region. The three-day tour, which commenced on January 7, concluded here Wednesday. The team comprised Lt B.B. Thapa, Lt Jag Mohan Singh Rawat, Lt Sunil Singh Luntih, Lt Hemant Kumar Deolal, Lt Anil Prasad, Lt Pankaj Gairola, Lt Ashwarya Joshi, Lt Mahipal Singh Bhati and Lt Davender Kumar Singh. Subedar Shiv Raj Singh Bisht was the liaison officer of this team.


Trekking expedition
: The last batch of trekkers who had gone on a national-level expedition organised by the Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) returned on Thursday. This year, 701 participants from 18 different states participated in the expedition. The participants included some foreigners, one blind and one deaf and dumb trekker. There were 18 batches in all. The last batch that returned to Youth Hostel, Dalhousie, on Thursday was felicitated by the organizing team of the YHAI. The trekkers were given certificates.

: A timber merchant reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself with a gun at Bagarti village on Thursday morning. Police sources said Mahinder Singh Patial (48), shot himself with his brother’s gun. Mohinder Singh was living in the government quarter allotted to his wife Pushpa Patial at Bagarti. He allegedly had two wives and was under heavy debt. He had also taken loans from the banks.

Accident: One person was killed and three others injured, when a car fell into a gorge at Jaladi on Wednesday night. Arun Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Madan, Ajeet along with driver Ramesh were travelling in a Maruti car, when their car hit a tree and fell into a gorge. All of them were taken to Nadaun hospital where Pawan Kumar succumbed to his injuries. Other injured have been referred to district hospital.

Crushed to death: A woman was crushed to death by a bus on Wednesday evening near Kharwada. Sandhya Devi, a resident of Patta, was coming to her village from Shimla. After alighting at Kharwada from the bus, when she tried to cross the road, she was crushed by a bus. The woman was taken to Bhoranj hospital where she died. The police has arrested Vinod Kumar, the driver of the bus.

Power cuts condemned: The Hamirpur District Congress Committee has condemned power cuts introduced in Hamirpur and surrounding areas. District secretary of the Congress committee Chetandeep Lakhanpal said in a press statement “There used to be no power cut expect once in a month to repair the lines during the Congress government, former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh never allowed the power shortage to crop up in the state.”

Fire incident
: Belongings of two families were gutted in a fire that broke out in government quarters in Keylong on Wednesday night. Leakage from an LPG cylinder was said to be the reason behind the fire. Families of a driver and an electrician were rendered homeless in the biting cold. However, there was no loss of life. SDO (civil), Keylong, Vinay Kumar said the fire broke out on the first floor of the government quarters. He said an immediate relief of Rs 5,000 had been given to the affected families.

: PCC Chief Viplove Thakur has appointed Harsh Wardhan Chauhan, MLA, as president of the Sirmaur District Congress Committee. She has also dissolved the Shimla (urban) District Congress Committee with immediate effect and appointed Anand Kaushal as its new president.


Ration distributed
: Over 70,000 quintals of rice, 8,370 quintals of flour, 212 quintals of sugar and 8,000 litres of kerosene oil have been distributed among people in Gurez tehsil during the past two months. Presently, 14,800 quintals of rice, 7,500 quintals of flour, 1,700 quintals of sugar besides, 81,500 litres of kerosene oil are in stock in Gurez and Tulail valley to cater to the requirements of the people up to June 2008 as the area is cut off from the valley during winter months.

Teachers demand jobs
: Demanding government jobs, hundreds of unemployed physical education teachers under the banner of Unemployed Physical Trained Union (UPTU) organised a protest demonstration outside the sub-divisional magistrate office at Nowshera in Rajouri, yesterday. They later submitted a memorandum to the SDM. UPTU president Sudershan Chander Yashpal alleged that the government has failed to provide jobs to thousands of trained physical education teachers.

Flight cancelled
: The Hajis who left for Jeddah on November 30 last and were scheduled to arrive here tomorrow, will now reach on January 17, following cancellation of tomorrow’s return flight.

Total literacy campaign: District development commissioner, Anantnag, G.A. Peer flagged off a rally of the Total Literacy Campaign volunteers on Thursday. The rally was jointly organised by the State Resource Centre, University of Kashmir and ZSS, Anantnag, on the successful completion of the TLC Programme.

Black-marketing: In its drive against black-marketing, profiteering, and those creating artificial scarcity, the market checking squad, constituted by the deputy commissioner, inspected various markets in Srinagar to ensure hassle free availability of essentials to people at rates fixed by the administration due to the closure of the national highway. The traders were asked to display price lists and avoid indulging in black-marketing and hoarding.


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