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Concern for ecology
: “Green and clean Doomwali” was the slogan as Eastwood International School and the Virtous Club joined hands to appeal the residents to create a better environment to live in. Dean Beena Rao emphasised upon the need for a combined efforts towards making the city greener. SDM R.K Garg, who addressed the gathering, was pleased to see the students taking pledge to conserve the environment and to uproot the social evils of illiteracy, dowry and female foeticide. 

Two killed in mishap
: A man and his two-year-old grandson were killed and two women of his family sustained critical injuries in a road accident on Sunday. According to sources, Krishan Lal (52) of Sirsa with his mother Ram Piary (75), his son Prince, daughter-in-law Meenu (27), grandson Abishek (2) were coming to Fazilka from Sirsa in a car. Prince was driving the car, which got out of control and hit a tree. Krishan died on the spot while Abhishek, Ram Piary and Meenu suffered injuries. Prince escaped unhurt. Abhishek succumbed to his injuries after reaching the civil hospital, Fazilka. The Sadar police has started investigations.

Cash stolen:
Miscreants stole a bag containing Rs 5 lakh and 8 passports from a hotel room in Mukerian town on Monday. The cash and valuables belonged to Ranjodh Singh, son of Chanchal Singh of village Pattiala, PS Bhogpur. Ranjodh, who had recently returned from New Zealand, had gone to a hotel in Mukerian town in connection with a ‘shagun ceremony’. He left his bag, containing the amount and documents, in a room and went out for some work. On return, he found the bag missing. A case has been  registered. 

Jewellery shop burgled
: Thieves broke into a jewellery shop near Phulanwala Chowk, falling under police station number two. SP City I SK Kalia said a case has been registered. The owner of the shop said the safe containing golden jewellery was intact as thieves could not open it.

Cremation: D.P. Sehgal (75), a senior advocate, thinker and social activist, who passed away on February 24, was cremated here today. His cremation was largely attended. He remained president of the District Congress Committee (DCC) for over a decade during the height of militancy in Punjab. Later, he served as a vice-president of the PPCC. Sehgal was also founder president of the National Thinker Forum that comprised prominent citizens, educationists, jurists, lawyers and academicians.

FCI employees hold demonstration: Activists and members of some FCI employees unions here on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the alleged anti-employee attitude of the FCI management. Speakers accused the management of “dismissing” innocent employees on the pretext of more damage content in the rice. They also said the attitude of some officers of the regional office was also not employee-friendly. They also urged the employees to form a joint front to get rid of such officers. The protesters were addressed among others by a leader of All-India FCI Employees Congress Mohinder Singh Bawa, All-India president of the FCI Class-IV Employees Union S.S. Chatha, Malwinder Singh, Ajaib Singh and Balbir Singh. 



Vehicle stolen: Gurdeep Pandher of Phase III-A reported to the police alleging that his car (PB /65 E 3444) was stolen from his resident on Thursday night. A case of theft has been registered in the Phase I police station. 



Two dead: Two employees of Fun Cinema were run over by a train on Monday. The deceased were identified as Suraj Basan and Rakesh Kumar. Sources said they were crossing the railway track near Vijay Nagar in Ambala City, in the meantime two trains arrived from both sides, they got confused and were run over by a train.

Additional charge: The Haryana government has given additional charge to two IAS officers with immediate effect. Anil Kumar has been given the additional charge of director and special secretary, food and supplies during the election duty of Anil Malik. Subhash Chandra will hold the additional charge of joint secretary, revenue and director, consolidation of holdings and land records and special LAO during the leave period of Rajeev Ranjan. 

Under secretaries promoted : The Haryana government has promoted three under secretaries as deputy secretaries with immediate effect. They are Ganesh Dass of Chief Minister’s cell, Ram Sarup of the transport department and Mahabir Singh of the archives, archaeology and museum and public relations and grievances departments. 

3 cops suspended: ASI Satbir Singh and two constables, Sombir Singh and Rajesh Kumar, of the Kosli police station of the district, have been suspended and sent to the lines for dereliction of duty by district police chief Ram Singh Bishnoi. Sources said they were patrolling the market area at Kosli on February 21 when six persons broke into Daharam Vir’s shop there and decamped with 11 electric motors worth Rs 1 lakh in a four-wheeler. The policemen on patrol duty reportedly gave them a chase but they managed to escape. 

Man duped of Rs 70,000 : Satpal Singh, a resident of Batodi village, was allegedly duped of Rs 70,000 by Rattan Singh of Beharipur village last month. Rattan Singh had reportedly promised Satpal Singh a job of a lens man in Doordarshan at Delhi in lieu of the huge amount taken from him. However, when nothing concrete emerged, Satpal repeatedly asked him to return the money. He also approached the village panchayat to get the needful done. Eventually, when all his efforts failed, he filed a complaint following which the police registered a case of cheating and criminal intimidation. 

Office-bearers elected : The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sanchar Nigam Executives Association of the Rewari Telecom District. President I.S. Yadav, vice-president S.R. Meena, secretary M.S. Khanna, joint secretary J.R. Sharma, organising secretary Mahipal Singh, auditor Rama Nand and treasurer N.K. Madan.

Literacy camp held: A legal literacy camp was organised on Monday at the local M C Colony under the aegis of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA). A panel of advocates, including Sadhna Mittal, Sarita Gupta, Mamta Banga, Balbir Kaur and Chander Rekha, interacted with women creating awareness about laws in general and those pertaining to women in particular. They explained various aspects of domestic violence laws, Pre-Natal Detection Technique (PNDT) Act, Consumer Laws and Child Labour Act. 



House gutted: A house was gutted in a fire at Namhol in Bilaspur district, but no loss of life was reported in the incident, the police said on Monday. The fire, which began from a short circuit, reduced the building to ashes in no time, despite efforts by local people and fire personnel to put it off. Property estimated to be about Rs 1 lakh was gutted in the fire. The Bilaspur DC has announced an immediate cash relief of Rs 5,000 to the affected family, the police said.

Baba Balak Nath fair : The month-long fair would begun at the Baba Balak Nath temple on March 13, said DC Devesh Kumar, who is also the temple trust commissioner, while presiding over a meeting of the Mela management committee at Shah Talai, 70 km from here, on Monday. Special emphasis would be laid on cleanliness and sanitation. Proper buses would be arranged for devotees while adequate parking would be ensured to avoid traffic jams. Taxis would be allowed between Talai and Deotsidh.

CM’s remarks lauded : The Himachal Pradesh State Employees Confederation chief adviser and former president of the HP state NGOs federation Ram Singh on Monday welcomed the announcement of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal that no transfer of employees should be ordered during the middle of the year and all transfer orders would be issued at the start of new session with view to avoiding inconvenience to the employees concerned. Ram Singh pleaded there should be a complete ban on mid-session transfers.

One arrested: The Jawali police on Monday arrested Tarsem Singh of Bharmar village for allegedly outraging the modesty of a mentally challenged girl of the same village. According to the police, which lodged an FIR under the Sections 354,452 and 506 of the IPC, the accused entered the house of the victim in the absence of his parents and allegedly committed the crime. At the time of the incident the brother of the victim was present in the house. The father of the victim lodged the complaint with the police. 

Three arrested
: The district police arrested three people, while they were ferrying telephone and electricity cables in a tractor trolley on Sunday. The three were identified as Ashok Kumar, a Bihari migrant, Fateh Ali and Gurmesh, both Nalagarh residents, were arrested at Joghu, the police said on Monday. They were later produced in a local court, which sent them to one-day police custody. 

Office-bearers: The role and responsibilities of the subordinate accounts services (SAS) officers was discussed at the annual general meeting of the state SAS officers association held here on Sunday. Presiding over the meeting secretary, finance, Arvind Mehta talked about the fiscal scenario and the need for enforcing financial discipline. The new team of office bearers of the association was also elected. R.P. Sharma was elected president, S.N. Tiwari as senior vice-president, R.K. Verma as vice-president, Chander Shekhar Sewal as general secretary, Vikas Bhushan as joint secretary and Virender Sharma as cashier. 



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