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Cheques distributed
: Balluana MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana last night visited some Dalit families in village Ramsara, Bhagsar and Bhagu to hand over a cheque for Rs 15,000 each under the Shagun Yojna. The families had got their daughters married some six months back and had almost lost the hope of receiving the money. Earlier, some cheques were delivered by him at his local residence to residents of other villages, under the scheme.

Make ‘Jodhaa Akbar’  tax-free: Mann: SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann here on Tuesday said PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari had no right to say that the Kashmir issue should be put on the backburner for now. Addressing a press conference, he said it was an international problem and people of Kashmir should decide for themselves on the contentious issue. He also demanded that the film, “Jodhaa Akbar,” should be given tax exemption in Punjab as politicians can learn a lot from it, especially about the age-old ties between different communities.

Holiday on Shivratri: A press statement issued by a member of the State Bank of Patiala employees union regretted the Punjab government’s decision not to declare a holiday on Shivratri (associated with Lord Shiva). Jujhar Singh, who issued the release, demanded a holiday on March 6 so that everybody could celebrate the festival.

Athletics meet: Guru Gobind Singh College of Education held its athletic meet yesterday. Shingara Singh won in 400m race. Shotputter Priyanka Bhandari threw the iron ball to the winning distance. Bindarpal was first in 200m sprint and Navdeep was the fastest among girls. Virpal Kaur was champion in discuss throw. Harpreet Baba, an international kabaddi coach, distributed prizes among the winners, a press release from the college claimed.

One dies, 5 injured in accident
: A woman died on the spot, while seven other passengers were wounded when a mini-bus of a private transport company (PB-07 L-7457) overturned near Bhatrana village, 20 km from here, on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Rani of Harmoe village. The injured were admitted to the local civil hospital.

Chain snatched: Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain weighing about one-and-a-half tolas from Usha Aggarwal, resident of local Guru Nanak Nagar, here on Tuesday afternoon.

Sahara One holds ‘Mata ki chowki’
: Sahara One organised a ‘Mata ki chowki’ at Shri Krishna Mandir near Dana Mandi in Jalandhar on March 3 before the launch of “Mera Sasural,” a new show in praise of Bawewali Mata, also known as Goddess Kali. Produced by Arjuna Sood of In House Production, the show would be telecast from Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm from March 10.

Tree plantation
: Senior superintendent of police M.F. Farooqi and his family members planted saplings to start a tree plantation drive in Mansa on Tuesday. The SSP planted different types of saplings at Bhikhi near the police check-post. His mother Jaueda Farooqi, wife Aavidha and son Vilal planted saplings near Bal Bhawan. The SSP laid stress on motivating people to participate in the tree plantation drive.

Action sought: CPI (ML) district secretary Bhagwant Singh and co-convener of Radical Peoples Forum Jaspal Singh said that money lenders have been exploiting the poor by getting their signatures on documents with the intention of extracting money. “Moneylenders fill the amount in the documents according to their wishes and exploit the poor people in this way,” they added. They also demanded stern action in this regard. The demand has come in the wake of debt trap among farmers.

Medical camp
: The Dilbagh Singh Memorial Trust organised a free medical check up camp for persons suffering from mental ailments, at the trust premises here on Saturday. A team of doctors comprising Dr Sukhjit Singh, Dr Shabhu Dass and Dr Amarjit Kaur examined about 50 patients.

Suicide case: In-laws booked: Six in-laws of Khemkaran, 45 km from here, including the husband of a married woman, Rimple, have been booked under Sections 306 and 34, IPC, after she allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison on March 2 and died the next day in a local hospital. She was married to Dilbag Rai about 10 years back. Sukhdev Raj, brother of the deceased, in a complaint to the police said her husband and other family members, including Harmesh Rani, Prem Chand (mother and father-in-law), Jodhbir Sharma, Bunti and Vinodh Kumari, had been harassing her for a long time.


Environmentalists to  take pledge: Over 20 lakh environment protection lovers from all over the country will rededicate themselves to the noble cause by taking a pledge at the samadhi of Guru Jambheshwar at Mukam in Bikaner district, Rajasthan, on Friday, when a large number of Bishnois will gather to pay tributes to their guru. The guru was a saint of the 15th century, who taught his followers to protect wildlife and trees even at the cost of their life. His followers, known as Bishnois, till date zealously protect the environment.

Claims rubbished: President of the youth wing of the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) Jai Bhagwan Sharma on Monday rubbished all claims about former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal or any of his family members owning ‘benami’ property in SEZ zone of Gurgaon. In a statement issued, he said working president of the Congress Kuldeep Sharma should refrain from issuing such immature statements, adding that he was willing to quit politics if the latter could substantiate his claims. Bhajan Lal was one leader who brought the Congress party to power single-handedly in Haryana.

Prof’s term extended: The Haryana government has extended the term of professor Nawal Kishore, chairman of the department of applied physics, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, for another two years to serve as chancellor’s nominee on the Finance Committee of Choudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa.

ATM service launched
: The Haryana Gramin Bank (HGB) has become the first rural bank in the country to launch ATM service for its customers with the inauguration of the ATM centre in its Bahadurgarh branch in Jhajjar district on Tuesday. Punjab National Bank (PNB)-sponsored HGB is the tenth largest bank out of 92 gramin banks in India. General manager of Punjab National Bank S.K. Ray handed over the cards to some of the bank’s customers.

Maya’s remarks criticised: Chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati has come under sharp criticism for remarks that if the BSP would come to power in the state, it would ensure that a non-Jat becomes the Chief Minister at a rally in Karnal on Sunday. Suresh Pal Banchal, state president of the Rashtriya Jat Mahasangh, has said she was trying to create a caste divide in the state. “The country is yet to recover from the remarks of Raj Thackeray and now Mayawati was trying to create a rift in Haryana,” he added.

2 die in mishap: In an effort to save a cyclist from being run over, a local financer, Gaurav, lost his wife and three-month-old son in a road accident near Bambholi village on the Jagadhri-Ambala road here on Monday. He himself was seriously wounded and taken to the PGI, Chandigarh. Gaurav was driving a car when a cyclist came in front of his vehicle. In an effort to save the cyclist, he took a turn and the car rammed into a tree.


Toll tax: Toll tax barriers of Garamoda, Kaulanwala Tobba and Gwalthai on borders of this district were auctioned for Rs 4,31,44,444 for the next financial year. Deputy excise and taxation commissioner S.K. Awasthi said here on Tuesday that this is 30.16 per cent more revenue this year under this head here as these barriers were sold for Rs 3,31,45,000 for the current financial year.

Govt decisions hailed: The district unit of the BJP has praised more than 60 declarations and decisions made by the Dhumal government over the past 60 days. District president Daulat Ram Thakur presided over a meeting of the unit. It was also attended by forest minister J.P. Nadda, MLAs Rikhi Ram Kondal and Randhir Sharma, district general secretary Ashutosh Sharma among others. The members also decided to construct a district party office building at Bilaspur.

NGO panel: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local urban unit of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation (Action Committee): president - Dalbir Chauhan; vice-president - Hans Raj Thakur; and general secretary - Sushil Thakur.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Multi-purpose Health Workers and Supervisors Association: president - Jai Singh; senior vice-president - Bhupinder Singh Thakur; vice-president - Ram Dyal; general secretary - Balwan Singh; and cashier - Surender.

Snow, rain: The high peaks of Chamba district had heavy snowfall while the low-lying areas had widespread rain accompanied by thunderstorm on Tuesday. After a respite of one week, the cold wave conditions have again made a comeback in the region.

Woman found dead: An industrial worker was found dead in the bathroom at her rented accommodation at Malkhumajra, near Baddi, on Sunday evening. Rekha (24) had gone to take a shower. When she did not come out even after a long time, her friend Lalita knocked at the door. As there was no response, she reported the matter to the landlord. The door was broken upon and she was found dead. The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination. Rekha hailed from Jubbal in Shimla district.

Opium seized: The Indora police arrested Sonu, alias Nitu, at Seerat, near Mohtli, and seized 2.8 kg of opium on Tuesday. Following a tipoff the Damtal police conducted a raid in the shop of the accused and seized opium hiding in a scooter tyre. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the culprit. According to the police, the accused, who hailed from the Sallikulian locality of Pathankot was already facing two NDPS cases.

Award for filling station: Chamunda Filling Station at Yol in Kangra district The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has given the state-level Extra Care Award to. The award was given to owner of the filling station Pawan Kumar by IOC’s deputy general manager Gurmeet Singh at a dealers’ convention at Barog on Monday.

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