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Surinder Preet Ghania, the author of the ‘Harphan De Pul’, has been chosen for the ‘Nav Pratibha Award’ for the year 2007. The National Writers Manch, Phagwara, will honour him on March 1 at the DAV College, Amritsar.

Medical camp: A medical camp was organised by the Ambuja Cement Foundation with the support of the health department at Siwian village in Bathinda. The camp was attended by around 300 patients. Another medical camp was organised by the Social Welfare Organisation at a primary school in Chandzar Basti.

Function: The Literary Circle, Malout, would organise a literary function in the first week of March at Malout. According to Harnek Singh Komal, spokesman of the circle, poet J.S. Anand would recite his poems on the occasion. 

Workshop on laparoscopic porcedures:
The Department of Surgery and Gynecology, Rajindra Hospital and Government Medical College, Patiala, will host a workshop on laparoscopic surgical and gynaecologic procedures on Febuary 23 and 24 on the hospital campus, according a press note here on Monday. Dr D.P. Singh and Dr M.K. Mohi, both organising secretaries of the workshop, said over 200 delegates would take part in the workshop.

The DAV College for Women organised an interactive session on legal literacy to impart legal education to the college students. The students were made aware about the rights and laws provided to women in the Constitution. Professor Tanu Arora of the Baba Farid Law College, Faridkot, enlightened the students on various social issues like sexual harassment, property right and domestic violence. The seminar was presided over by the college principal Mohinder Sangita.

The CIA staff led by inspector Nachhatar Singh recovered 70 kg of poppy husk from one Sohan Singh and his accomplice Kuldeep Singh, both residents of Jhanda Kalan, informed M.F. Farooqi, SSP Mansa. While Sohan Singh was arrested, Kuldeep, fled from the spot. The police has registered a case against the two. Meanwhile, a police team led by hawaldar Amrik Singh recovered illicit liquor from Partap Singh of Bhalike. A case has been registered in this connection.

Protest: The Communist Party of India (CPI) started protests against the price hike in petrol, diesel and other commodities on Monday. State secretary of the CPI, Jagroop Singh, said on the phone that these protests would continue till February 24. He informed that party workers had held protests by burning the effigies of the district administration at Jalalabad, Faridkot, Moga, Nihalsingh Wala, Dhoori and Deena Nagar. The party workers would also register their protest in the whole of Punjab by organising marches, demonstrations and rallies, he added, while holding the Central government responsible for the steep hike in fuel prices. 

Office-bearers nominated:
Sukhdev Singh Chohan, state president of the Bahujan Shakti Party, has nominated the following office-bearers of the party: vice-president-Dr B.S. Mann;general secretary-Satpal Sigh Gill; and joint secretary- Dr Amarjit Kaur Jandiala.

ASHA scheme introduced: The ASHA scheme was introduced in this border district with 124 workers being given accreditation letters under ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist), a union government scheme, at a function organised here on Monday by Laxmi Kanta Chawla, minister for health and family welfare, Punjab. Charanjit Singh Atwal, deputy speaker, Lok Sabha, attended the function. A district-level declamation contest on “Female Foeticide ” was also organised on the occasion. 



Inspection of police vehicles plying in SAS Nagar district was carried out in Sector 68 on Monday. SP (city) Varinder Pal Singh said 60 vehicles were inspected and all of them were found to be in order. He said even the logbooks kept in each police vehicle was checked and found to be properly maintained. He said the purpose of the inspection was to find out whether the vehicles and the logbooks were properly maintained by drivers.

Body found:
A body of an unidentified youth was found hanging from a tree at Ramgarh on Sunday. The police suspects it to be a case of suicide. According to police, the body was hanging with a tree at Chhabilpur village. The deceased seemed to be from Nepal. A case under Section 174 of the IPC was registered and the body was sent for post mortem at Panchkula civil hospital.

Snatchings: Even as the local police has increased patrolling and put up checkpoints at vulnerable spots in the city, snatchers once again dodged them and robbed two women of their chains on Monday. The victims Saroj Bala and Tripta belong to Sectors 4 and 16 respectively. The motorcycle-borne snatchers pulled at their chains when they were standing in their locality.



Legal awareness camp:
The Haryana State Legal Services Authority organised a legal awareness camp at Sambhalkha village on Monday. Former president of the Ambala Cantonement Bar Association Om Parkash Malik said the union government had been considering to launch mobile courts so that justice could be delivered at doorstep.

Protest: Residents of Ambala Cantonment protested the addition of ‘security charges’ in their monthly electricity bills on Monday. They demanded an explanation from XEN (electricity). Leaders of the various political parties took part in the protest. The residents stated that this was an unfair addition considering that there was acute power shortage many times. XEN (electricity) B.S. Ranga, however, stated that he was only following the orders and had no authority to change them. 

Dispensary buildings
: The Haryana government has decided to rent out its eight dispensary buildings pertaining to the health department in Gurgaon district to private corporate houses, as these were lying abandoned since their construction. An official spokesman said these dispensaries would be run on the pattern of a dispensary already being run by a private corporate house viz. Seagram in Sector 45 here. He said these corporate houses had been given the abandoned dispensaries on the condition that they would provide best health services to the patients.

Nabha House: The cultural centre at Nabha House in New Delhi will be developed into a world class complex to house a cultural centre-cum-convention centre, an art gallery, an auditorium and an exhibition hall. Haryana government chief architect A.K. Sabharwal said the 2.85-acre site located in the heart of Delhi between Sikandra Road and College Road fell in the cultural and information centre land use category in the master plan of Delhi.

2 killed in mishaps:
Two persons were killed in road accidents in Dharuhera region on Sunday. Jai Bhagwan, a resident of Daroli Jat village of Mahendergarh district, was knocked down by a canter at Dahruhera. The mishap occurred when he was reportedly crossing the road. In another incident, Sunil, cleaner of a truck, died on the spot when their truck reportedly rammed into another truck on the Delhi-Jaipur highway at Sahibi Barrage near Dharuhera. The police has registered a case against truck driver Narpat Singh of Sothli Titanwad town of Rajasthan.

Proprietor booked: The police has booked Jagdish, proprietor of a gas agency of Bawal area, on the charge of causing the death of a young employee, Shyambir (18), by negligence on Saturday. A case has been registered against him on the complaint of Mahender Singh, brother of the deceased. The complainant alleged that his brother died owing to culpable carelessness of Jagdish, who forcibly sent him for some odd work on the roof of the agency, where he was electrocuted, after he incidentally touched an HT wire during the night. 

3-yr-old killed:
A three-year-old boy, Monu, died after he accidentally fell into a utensil containing boiling milk in Badi Majra village here on Monday. He had sustained more than 60 per cent burn injuries in the accident and died at PGI, Chandigarh. Sources said Monu was playing near the utensil, when he fell into it. His father, Kriya Parsad, owns a sweet shop and is a native of Faizabad, UP. Monu was brought here a few days ago by his mother for medical treatment.

5 hurt in accident: Four students of Hindu Girls College, Jagadhri, and an 11-year-old boy, Rohit, were injured when the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in was hit by a truck near New Police Lines on the Ambala-Jagadhri road here on Monday. Rimpi, a MA final year student, sustained serious head injuries and was admitted to a private hospital. The other three students - Sapna, Kalpa and Savita - were admitted to another private hospital and their condition was said to be stable. The truck driver was arrested. 

MC to return money: The Jagadhri Municipal Committee will return Rs 29,94,750 to the Haryana Home Department. The home department had paid the amount in excess to the MC as development charge for the construction of new police lines and police headquarter on NH 73. The department had paid Rs 1,82,15,340 at the rate of Rs 120 per sq yard to the MC as development charge. The charge was paid for about 26.1 acre. However, after a recalculation, the department found that it had to pay only Rs 1,52,20,590.



Shortage of doctors:
In order to solve the prevailing shortage of doctors in the regional hospital at Chamba Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the state government has the option to utilise the services of private doctors in the Government Regional Hospital, Chamba, so that the patients of this region may not suffer any more. Addressing mediapersons here on Monday, the Chief Minister said he had asked the authorities and the local BJP representatives to take the consent of specialists working in the private hospitals and clinics in this regard and submit the proposal to the government so that their services could be utilised for particular hours in the hospital. 

Gujjar sabha pleads: The District Gujjar Kalyan Sabha has advocated for the appointment of Himachalis as members of the state Minorities Finance Development Corporation (MFDC), Gujjar Kalyan Board, Waqf Board, and Haj Committee and also re-constitution of these organisations. The deputation of the sabha which met the Himachal Chief Minister here on Monday demanded representation to the Muslim community in the MFDC as Chamba is a thickly Gujjar populated district.

Home guards’ demands: The All- India Home Guards Welfare Association has sought regularisation of the services of home guards who have completed 10 years of service. At present, 8,500 home guards are working in the state. The association submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister in this regard. It has also demanded that the minimum daily wages be increased to Rs 200.

Pensioners meet CM
: A delegation of the Himachal Pensioners’ Welfare Association met the Chief Minister and submitted him a memorandum of demands on Monday. Spokesman of the association Kuldeep Singh said the CM had assured them to take action on their demands. They also invited the CM to attend their annual conference at Hamirpur in April. 

Medical camp:
More than 700 students of Government Senior Secondary School, Dadaseba, were examined for eye and dental diseases at a medical camp organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Sangathan. They were also given free medicines.

Seminar held:
The Department of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs organised a seminar on consumer protection awareness here on Monday which was presided over by the local SDM Inder Bhardwaj. A large number of elected representatives of panchayati raj institutions and local NGOs office bearers took part in the seminar. They were educated about the Consumer Protection Act in which consumers can file their complaints before the consumers’ disputes redressal forum.

Shop gutted: Suresh Auto at Jassur near here was gutted in fire, which broke out on Sunday. According to information, the smoke emanating from the workshop was noticed by someone at about 11 pm. The police and local residents struggled for an hour to extinguish the fire. A loss of about Rs 1 lakh has been estimated. A short circuit was cause of the fire in the shop. 


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