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Inaugurated: S.C. Sabharwal, member, transmission, and G.S. Sra, member, generation, inaugurated a yoga hall in officer’s club building of the Punjab State 
Electricity Board on Friday. Sabharwal said the hall could accommodate 100 persons at a time.

Dayal defends Basu’s statement on capitalism: Veteran CPM leader Jyoti Basu’s remarks that though they were Communists they had accepted capitalism since they were living in the capitalistic system, a member of the national executive committee of the Communist Party of India (CPI) Dr Joginder Dayal on Thursday defended Basu saying, “Basu’s statement does not mean goodbye to Marxism, rather it is the correct application of the Marxism in the prevailing conditions of the country”.

2 dera followers die in mishap: Ranjit Singh and Daya Singh, two followers of Dera Bhai Manjh, Amritsar, died on the spot while two others, Charanjit Singh and Mukhtar Singh, were injured seriously when their jeep collided with a truck on the Tarn Taran-Patti road, near Kairon village, 18 km from here, on Friday. A case under Sections 304-A, 279, 337 and 338, IPC, has been regisered against truck driver Sukhwinder Singh of Patti town. 

Course for Sikh youths: A course for Sikh youths to be recruited in the Army was begun at Khadoor Sahib township, 24 km from here, on Friday.The course was inaugurated of Lt-Gen Kartar Singh Gill (retd). The two-month free course is being run by Baba Sewa Singh, head of the Kar Sewa Khadoor Sahib. The Baba advised the youths to be committed to their respective faiths, nationalism and shun drugs. 

NRI family donates 5 acres: An NRI family of Teja Singh Dhillon of nearby Teja Singhwala village, 8 km from here, on Friday donated its 5 acres of land to Akal Academy, Baru Sahib (HP). The foundation stone was laid by Baba Daya Singh Sursingwale, Baba Labh Singh, Baba Banta Singh, Baba Iqbal Singh and Bhai Jaswinder Singh. Jai Inder Singh, manager of the trust of the academy, said the trust would also build an education institution here at a cost of about Rs 10 crore. 



Launched: Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited announced its entry into the Chyawanprash segment on Friday, launching its sugar-free product under the brand name ‘Chyawan Active’. The product marketed by Ranbaxy’s Global Consumer Healthcare division, will be initially introduced in north India (Delhi, UP, Punjab and Bihar) and later in other parts of the country. 

Snatcher held: The local police arrested Ravinder, a resident of Mauli Jagran village, for his alleged involvement in snatching incidents in the city. Sources said Ravinder had already confessed to six snatchings. He was sentenced to five-day remand.



Run over by train: A middle-aged woman was run over by Shatabdi Express on Friday at Ambala city. The woman died on the spot. According to an eyewitness, the woman was trying to cross the rail track when the incident occurred. He said some passengers, standing on the platform, alarmed her but she did not listen to them. The deceased could not be identified. A case has been registered. 

Plastic bags banned: Ambala deputy commissioner Mohammad Shayin has banned the manufacturing of plastic bags of thickness less than 30 microns and less than 8"x12" in size in Ambala district. Notices to the manufacturers of plastic carry bags have been issued in this regard. Places where plastic bags have been banned are municipal limits of Thanesar and Kurukshetra, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of Haryana and gram panchayat, Morni. 

Protest: Postal employees protested in front of the Post Master General Office at Ambala Cantonment on Friday to press upon their demands. Circle secretary Manjeet Singh said some more hospitals should be added in the list so that the employees could take treatment in nearby areas, too, besides Delhi. He demanded that temporary employees be regularised and limit of ex gratia up to 5 per cent be abolished.

2 killed in accidents: Two persons were killed and four others seriously injured in two accidents here on Friday. Saurabh Singh, an Indian Air Force official, was killed and Maninder Kumar, a Corporal in the Indian Air Force, was seriously injured when the canter they were travelling in was hit by a truck near Dhangar village. In another incident, Balvinder, an employee with Polytechnic Institute, Sirsa, was killed and three others were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by another vehicle near Bhuna town of the district.

Burglary alarms: SP Vikas Arora asked all main branches of banks in the district to use close circuit cameras and burglary alarms to avoid incidents of burglary in banks here on Friday after holding a meeting with bank officials. He said the banks should maintain records of the visitors and security personnel. The bank officials were also provided detailed information about the safety equipments, which could be used in banks. 

ABVP activists hold protest: Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) held a demonstration and a ‘Chhatra panchayat’ at the district secretariat here on Friday in protest against the alleged bloody repression unleashed on farmers and others by CPM activists with the connivance of the CPM government of West Bengal at Nandigram in March and again in November last. They raised slogans against the CPM government condemning its acts of omission and commission in this regard. National secretary of the ABVP Shri Niwas alleged that the massacre of innocent farmers and others was a slur on humanity and urged the President to immediately dismiss the CPM government of West Bengal.


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