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Rs 70,000 looted: Taders from Haryana were allegedly robbed last night by an unidentified person, who served them sedatives mixed in biscuits, sources said. On gaining consciousness, Gobind Ram and Bal Raj reportedly told the city police that they had Rs 70,000 with them and were to purchase buffaloes from Dabwali, but reached here as someone had served them biscuits laced with sedatives. They found their pockets empty. The police is investigating the case. 

CPI holds protest march: Activists of the Communist Party of India (CPI), led by Dr Joginder Dayal, central executive committee member, held a protest march against the recent increase in the prices of petrol and diesel here on Wednesday.Starting from Ekta Bhawan at Putlighar Chowk, the march culminated at the deputy commissioner’s office here. Dr Dayal said there was no justification for taking this step as the prices of petrol and diesel had gone down in the international market.

Woman nabbed with smack: The district police nabbed drug smuggler Santosh Kumari of New Jawahar Nagar, Mehta Road, here on Wednesday. She was wanted in many cases registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychological Substances Act. Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, district police chief, said 200 gm smack was recovered from her possession.

Shobha yatra taken out: A shobha yatra was taken out here on Wednesday on the eve of Guru Ravi Dass birth anniversary.Devotees singing hymns and chanting religious slogans passed through the main bazaars of the city. Jhankis were also displayed in trolleys.The procession concluded at about 5:50 pm.

‘Saudagar’ on Feb 24: The Punjabi adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Merchant of Venice’ will come alive on stage on February 24 at the Government Rajindra College here. The ‘Saudagar’ is written and directed by Preetpal Rupana, who has graduated from the National School of Drama, Delhi.

Social worker dead: Sham Lal, a renowned social worker of the area popularly known as ‘Veer Ji’ expired on Tuesday. Thousands of people from every walk of life attended his cremation. MLA Didar Singh Bhatti laid wreaths on behalf of the state government and SAD (B). 

Protest: Hundreds of farmers of the Bhartiya Kissan Union (Ekta) led by state president Pishora Singh Sidhupur organised a dharna on Tuesday on railway track at Sirhind-Bassi Pathana railway section in support of their demands. The dharna continued till evening and the speakers criticised the governments and warned that if their demands were not met, the agitation would be further intensified. The administration had made elaborate security arrangements.

1 held with charas: The CIA staff of the Mohali police arrested a person with one kg of charas. The accused Bansi Ram, a resident of Baajigar Colony, Nagla village, was arrested on Tuesday evening from near Singhpura village. According to the police, the accused was bringing the drug from Himachal to Punjab.

Paper reading session: The English department of the Government Brajindra College, Faridkot, organised a paper reading session to develops basic skills of English language. The chief guest at this literary function was vice-principal Jaspal Singh and retired professor Spencer Philip delivered the extension lecture. 

Seminar: A seminar on ‘Biotechnology - A Bane or Boon’ was organised at Government In-service Training Centre on Wednesday. NRI Shamsher Singh Boparai, who was the chief guest, spoke on the latest trends in biotechnology. Co-ordinator of the programme Archana Mahajan gave a speech and showed a film on genetic engineering and cloning to the participants from Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib. Principal of the institute Surinder Kaur welcomed the guests. The programme was sponsored by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh.

Campaign launched: “Punjabis not only in their own state, but also living abroad need to be sensitised about social problems, especially female-foeticide and effects of globalisation,” said NRI Dr Sawraj Singh, a pioneer in the field of laser surgery and a well-known litterateur and thinker. He was addressing a press conference, organised by the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, at the launch of anti-foeticide awareness theatre campaign.

Seminar on health awareness: A health awareness seminar was organised at the local Police Lines by the Police Department with the association of the department on Wednesday to make women members of the policemen aware about their health problems. Harinder Singh Chahal, SSP, presided over the seminar. A team of six doctors, namely Dr Madhu Nagpal, Dr Harbhajan Kaur, Dr Anita Puri, Dr Deepika, Dr Sandeep Kaur and Dr Surinder Kaur gave valuable tips to the women.

Cheques distributed: Prof Virsa Singh Valtoha, MLA, distributed cheques worth Rs 3.33 crore to different gram panchayats of block Bhikhiwind and Valtoha at a function at Amarkot, 35 km from here, on Wednesday.Professor Valtoha said the grants would be utilised to develop the villages, especially border area villages, under the Border Area Development Programme.



‘Tap kalyanak’ was observed during the Panch Kalyanak Mahotsva at Shri Digambar Jain Mandir, Sector 27, on Wednesday. Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai inaugurated an exhibition of Jain archives on the occasion where prominent personalities from the region, including Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Vijender Kumar Jain, Justice R.K. Jain and Chandigarh Inspector General of Police S.K. Jain were present. ‘Kavi sammelan’ was also organised in the evening.

IT raid: A team of the income tax department conducted raids on a land developer and promoter’s office in Phase IX on Wednesday. The income tax team locked the office premises from inside and the process of examining the records was on.



Inaugurated: Lt Gen T.K. Sapru, YSM, GOC-in-C Western Command, inaugurated the Kharga passenger reservation service on Tuesday. The facility is available at the Kharga utility complex and Babyal road in the cantonment. It will also bring rail reservation service to the doorstep of the soldiers. 

All-India conference: An All-India Conference on advances in communication, computers, controls and knowledge management was organised by the PDM College of Engineering in Bahadurgarh town here on Tuesday. It was held in collaboration with the Joint Chapter (Delhi) of Instrumentation and Measurements Society and Engineering in Medicine Biology Society of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Prof A. Bhattacharaya, principal of the Delhi College of Engineering, emphasised on the need of providing a common platform to eminent experts, faculty, students and research scholars to share their views and achievements.

Misuse of LPG: To check the misuse of LPG and ensure its availability, deputy commissioner S.K. Goyal has directed the officers concerned not to issue permits of LPG to anyone. This step has been taken in view of the shortage being faced by genuine consumers. The DC said LPG meant for domestic consumption was being used for commercial purpose by hoteliers and dhaba owners, commercial establishments and vehicle owners.

Proposed advisory council: The Haryana College Teachers Association has urged the vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University to ensure that the proposed advisory council, to be constituted in the colleges affiliated to KU, should be made effective so that these can make valuable contributions for the functioning of these institutions. In a signed statement issued here on Tuesday, Dr Rajbir Parashar general secretary, HCTA, said president of the HCTA Dr U.V. Singh had demanded that the president and secretary of local units should be permanent invitees in the advisory council.

Mobile towers: At least 12 mobile towers would be installed at various places in the Rewari Telecom District this year to decrease congestion and to improve the quality and reliability of customer services, said T.S. Chauhan, new general manager of the telecom district, at a press conference here on Tuesday. Asserting that the BSNL was now focused on providing efficient services to its customers, he said the SDO (telephone), along with the divisional telecom engineer, would henceforward pay a weekly visit to one village or the other to address subscribers’ problems. 



Scribes’ body: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Journalists Federation: president - Yogesh Mahendroo; senior vice-president - Vikas Thakur; vice-presidents - Surjit Thakur, Deepak Sharma and Shiv Sharma; general secretary - Suresh Kumar; joint secretary - Manjit Kumar; press secretary - M.M. Denial; cashier - Avinash Gupta; and chief adviser - Hameed Khan.

11 booked in assault case: Eleven persons have been booked for allegedly damaging the house and beating up family members of Sheena Begum, a resident of Marhi village in Salooni tehsil of Chamba district. The case was registered on the directions of the Chamba SP as Sheena Begum had submitted a complaint to the DC and the SP after her complaint was not registered at the police station. The accused were summoned by the police for investigation.

Mechanic killed: One person was killed when a private bus swerved off the road and fell into a deep canyon at Malhada Mor, near Sihunta, on the Chamba-Shimla highway, around 75 km from here, on Tuesday. The deceased, Kartar Singh of a nearby village, was alone in the bus at that time. He was a mechanic by profession. The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination. He was on a test drive after repairing the bus when he failed to negotiate a sharp curve at Malhada Mor. A case has been registered.

Panel to redress grievances: The district public grievance redressal committee will hold district-level camps on every 10th of the third month. This information was given by DC Nandita Gupta. She said officers from all departments had been included in the committee and PRI members and MLAs would also be invited to the meeting. She said panchayat-level camps would also be held on the 7th of every month.

Ex-servicemen’s demand: The Ex-Servicemen League has urged the state government to reemploy ex-servicemen in jobs according to their experience and training. In a press note, senior vice-president of the league S.K.S Chambiyal said there was ample scope of reemployment of ex servicemen in areas like disaster management, paramilitary forces etc. He said league office-bearers would meet the Chief Minister in this connection.

Injured youth dies: A youth of Dharbangha in Bihar succumbed to injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. He was seriously injured in a road accident near Chamunda on Sunday. Bantoo, 28, was selling handmade goods in the district when he was hit by a Maruti car (HP 39 9421) near Icko Khad Chamunda. He was taken to Dr RP Government Medical College, Tanda, from where he was refereed to the PGI. The case registered against driver of the car Vinod Kumar has been converted to a case under Section 304-A of the IPC. Vinod Kumar was arrested and released on bail. 

Worker dead: Mohammad Irshad, a worker engaged with Amba Shakti factory, was crushed to death under a heavy crane in the factory compound on Monday night. He was a resident of Uttar Pradesh. According to sources, the driver of the crane was absconding since the accident took place. The deceased was taken to the Narayan Garh Hospital of Haryana instead of the District Hospital, Nahan, where postmortem was done and he was buried after that. A case has been registered.

1 killed in accident: One person was killed and another seriously injured when a pick-up jeep (HP-63-1088) collided with their motorcycle (HP-06-4267) near Kingal petrol pump on Tuesday evening. The collision was head-on. The duo received serious injuries. They were taken to the IGMC. Nitish died there while Neeraj was still under treatment. Jeep driver Manish Dogra was unhurt. 



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