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22 cylinders seized: The Food and Civil Supplies Department raided various commercial establishments and seized LPG 22 cylinders in various parts of the city on Monday. Deputy commissioner Kahn Singh Pannu in a press note said the raids were conducted in Daim Ganj, Islamabad, and a bakery in the Putligarh area of the city.He said cases had been registered against the accused under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.

: The District Kumhar Sabha has decided to postpone the proposed mass rally and demonstration over the infamous Choohriwala Dhanna episode. The rally was scheduled to be held from January 22 to February 1. The decision was taken during a meeting, presided over by Dev Raj Nirania, here. Those present in the meet included, Prithi Raj Singhmar, Mohinder Goyal, Ved Parkash Bazidpura and Amit Sokhal Sayeedwala.

Stove burst:
A woman, Swati, was injured as flames engulfed her residence at Multania road on Monday after a stove burst. The volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva rushed her to the civil hospital where the police and a duty magistrate recorded her statement.

Distributed : Bathinda Vikas Manch on Monday distributed jerseys to nearly 100 students. 

Calendar released:
Deputy commissioner R.L. Mehta released a New Year calendar published by the local Palak Printing Press. Applauding the calendar work, Mehta said this was very useful for the public as it contained important telephone numbers of doctors, administration, media persons, health services etc.

On cloud nine:
Nitasha Sehgal, a student of bio-chemistry (honours) of Panjab University, Chandigarh, has won three gold medals consecutively by standing first in her masters’ degree. Daughter of Prof S.P. Sehgal of the commerce department of the local S.D. College, Nitasha will be honoured at the 57th Panjab University convocation on January 16. She will also receive Dr Ram Ji Narain Omvati gold medal on the occasion. 

Annual day: The local Kumaon Vikas Mandal would be celebrating its ninth annual day on January 20 at Kumaon Bhawan near region centre of Guru Nanak Dev University. Local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia would also inaugurate the Kumaon Bhawan on the same day. 

Park inaugurated: Punjab minister for medical education and research Tikshan Sud inaugurated Gul Mohar park at ward number 2 here on Saturday. The park has been developed at the cost of Rs 6.5 lakh by the municipal council. 

Ex-PSEB  official grilled: District police on Monday grilled former PSEB official H.M. Jain at the CIA staff office in connection with the murder case of KMV college principal Rita Bawa. He was also quizzed along with three other persons on Saturday. Confirming this, SP (city-I) Surinder Kumar Kalia said that Jain’s fingerprints were also taken as part of the investigation. If required, he would be questioned again, he added.

Inaugurated: Punjab co-operation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh inaugurated Dara Singh Memorial Library, named after his father who was a known barrister, at the Bar Chamber in the district courts yesterday. Capt Singh announced a grant of Rs 6 lakh for a water cooler and furniture for the library. Also present were district and sessions judge Inderjit Singh Walia; additional sessions judge Kuldip Singh, and other dignitaries. 

Blood donation camp: Punjab State Cooperative Bank chairman Jasjit Singh Bunny gave a clarion call for making blood donation a mass movement on Monday. Speaking on the inauguration of a blood donation camp at Gurna Kheri village, Bunni said social and voluntary organisations could play a key role in this field. Forty-three units of blood were collected during the camp organised by the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Youth Club, in collaboration with Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital.

Health mela ends: A three-day health mela, which was inaugurated by Vinod Khanna,MP, on Saturday at Gurdaspur concluded on Monday. As many as 4,000 patients were examined and ECG, ultra-sound, X-rays and lab tests were conducted free of cost. P.S.Rana,civil surgeon, and 40 medical staff with expert doctors supervised the camp. 

BSNL promotional offer: The BSNL Punjab Telecom Circle has introduced a new promotional offer for subscribers of its pre-paid cellular service. Mussadi Lal,GMT, said here on Monday that as per this offer, a recharge coupon of Rs 1,000 (plus taxes) would be available with full talk value of Rs 1,000, instead of Rs 900, and also the validity of this recharge had been increased to 365 days from 120 days.This offer is for limited period only and available to all subscribers under General, Anant, Student power and Bundled SIM plans of prepaid cellular service. 

Nine arrested: Lok Nath Angra, SSP, said in a special drive launched by the police against drug and illicit smugglers, the Kahnuwan police on Monday arrested five persons under the NDPS Act and recovered 11,400 intoxicating capsules from them and four persons under the Excise Act and seized 2,271 litres illicit liquor from them.The arrested persons were Krishan Kumar, Jaspal Singh, Surjit Singh, Sudershan,Sucha Singh, Devi, Harish Kumar, Harbans Lal and Soni Kumar. 



CONTEST: Government Model Senior Secondary School-32 emerged winner in the news clipping competition organised by the Chandigarh education department, here, on Monday. The clippings were pertaining to the recently concluded 53rd National School Games hosted by the department in the disciplines of softball and hockey. GMSSS-33 bagged the second place while the third place went to GMHS-43.



Remanded: Three women involved in immoral trafficking were produced in a local court on Monday which remanded them to judicial custody for 14 days. According to information, the police had raided a hotel in Ambala Cantonment on Sunday evening and nabbed three women along with two persons. One of the girls belongs to Delhi while the other was a resident of Kolkata. A case was registered and the matter was being investigated.

Birth anniversary: The Bhai Mati Dass Commemoration Society celebrated the 357th birth anniversary of Bhai Mati Dass on Monday. Former union minister Anil Shastri was the chief guest and former Punjab Governor B.K.N. Chhibber presided over the function. Haryana Congress president P.C. Mullana, working president Kuldeep Sharma, and Ashok Mehta, member, Haryana Information Commission, were present. Chhibber said Bhai Mati Dass had sacrificed his life for the Hindu community and was part of the golden pages of our history. 

Lohri celebrated: The Ambala Bar Association celebrated Lohri at Bar Complex on Monday. A large number of lawyers, district and sessions judge B.M. Bedi, additional sessions judges A.K. Shori, R.K. Saini, A.K. Verma, L.N. Jindal and J.S. Kundu were present. Shori congratulated the Bar for celebrating the festival. Bar president Harish Bakshi, former president of the association D.S. Punia, a senior lawyer Ajay Jain and Namrata Gaur also spoke. 

Death anniversary: Governor of Haryana Dr A. R. Kidwai was the chief guest on the occasion of the 6th death anniversary of Vijay Inder Din at Motor Market, Ambala city on Monday. He inaugurated Vijay Inder Din charitable dispensary. The Governor congratulated the people for celebrating the death anniversary of their Guru who belonged to the adi-vasi community and travelled more then two lakh km across India and preached ‘ahimsa principles and built temples at Dehli, Ludhiana and Mumbai. 

Sunflower seed: In order to promote cultivation of sunflower crop, the Haryana agriculture department will give subsidy of Rs 100 per kg or 50 per cent of the cost of the hybrid sunflower seed to farmers under the “Rashtriya krishi vikas yojna”. A sum of Rs 1 crore has been earmarked for the purpose. Quoting agriculture minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha, a press note said the assistance of Rs 1 crore would cover 20,000 hectares of area requiring 1,000 quintals hybrid seeds. Subsidy would be available on certified as well as “truthfully labeled” seeds of identified high yielding hybrid developed by public and private sector companies.

Development of districts: Hayana irrigation minister Ajay Singh Yadav has given direction to shift a division of the command area development authority (CADA) from Hisar to Narnual so that the development works at Mahendragarh and Rewari districts can be given more attention. He has also directed CADA officials to utilise the amount earmarked for Mahendragarh and Rewari districts before March 31, so that farmers of the area could get maximum benefit from CADA schemes. Yadav said this on Sunday while presiding over a meeting of CADA .

Partnership Summit: The Haryana government will host the Government of India, Haryana government and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit-2008 from January 16 to 18 in Gurgaon. The subject of the summit is “Emerging consensus: Inclusive and sustainable development”. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will launch an industries web-portal of the state in the inaugural session of the summit. Principal secretary, industries, P.K. Choudhary will make a presentation about the growth of IT in the state and the avenues available to the industrialists under the new industrial policy. 



Special air sortie: A special air sortie has been arranged for Gurez from Bandipore for Tuesday. This has been done in view of the blockade of the Bandipore-Gurez road due to heavy snow, as Gurez remains cut off from the rest of the valley during winter months by road surface. 

Muharram arrangements: District development commissioner, Budgam, visited Magam and adjoining areas to take stock of the Muharram arrangements, during which he interacted with various public deputations and people and inquired about the arrangements made by the administration for Muharram. 

Air Force courier: According to public relations officer with the divisional commissioner, Kashmir, 30 passengers arrived in AN32 Air Force courier from Kargil and 18 passengers left for Kargil in the same flight on Monday. With this, a total of 514 passengers from Kargil and 375 passengers from Srinagar have availed the AN32 Air Force facility. 

Snow cleared: Snow has been removed from roads in Shopian district and traffic has been restored, officers disclosed at a meeting today. The meeting was convened to discuss measures for combating challenges posed by weather. All the departments concerned have been alerted.


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