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Panja Sahib pilgrims:
The pilgrims desirous of participating in Baisakhi celebrations at Panja Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan may deposit their passports in the Yatra Department of the SGPC by March 9, said an SGPC press note here on Thursday.

Annual function: Around 200 students from various disciplines of the Khalsa College for Women  were awarded here on Thursday for their achievements in different fields. The winners were honoured by Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina of Khalsa College Governing Council and NRI Gurhimmat Singh.  The students also presented a one-act play “Katha Hai Badli” on the occasion.

Road accident
: In a road mishap, Joginder Singh of village Kharak Singh Wala was crushed to death by a private bus bearing number PB 30C-4982, outside the bus stand at Maur today. The volunteers of an NGO rushed him to the civil hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the bus identified as Bhappa Singh of Mansa managed to flee from the spot. Maur police has registered a case under section 304A of the IPC.

Body found: The body of a thirty-year-old, Gurdeep Singh of Naruaana village was found at the Bathinda-Dabwali railway track, here today. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva after receiving information of the body rushed to the spot. The staff of the GRP reached the spot and after gathering the pieces of the body it was sent for the post mortem at Bathinda Civil Hospital. The GRP is investigating the matter.

Donated: The best weight looser team of the Fitness championship today donated medicines worth Rs. 10,000 to the Sahara Jan Seva, an NGO.

Panel on farm debt waiver
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has formed a committee to study implications of debt waiver in the union Budget for farmers of Punjab. Harcharan Bains, media adviser to the Chief Minister, said chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh would head the committee and the financial commissioners, development, revenue, cooperation, principal secretary, finance, and registrar, cooperative societies, Punjab, were its members.

Mahashivratri celebrated
: Mahashivratri was celebrated with great enthusiasm here on Thursday. Men and women in groups took out “parbhat pheris” in various localities at the crack of dawn. Thousands of persons thronged Lord Shiva temples and offered prayers. Free langars were organised to mark the celebration. A big fair was held at the Guru Dronacharya temple, Shivbari, Gagret, 24 km from here.

Dharna by Cong workers
: Congress workers in Mansa district on Thursday staged a demonstration in front of the Vigilance Bureau office here in protest against the arrest of Congress leader and vice-chairman of the Central Cooperative Bank, Mansa, Satpal Verma. Surjeet Singh Kahangarh, chairman of the bank, and Satpal were facing allegations over accepting bribes in the recruitment of gunmen.

Govt attitude resented
: The government has been adopting an apathetic attitude towards the institutions providing higher education facilities to the poor in rural areas. This was stated by the Punjab Un-Aided Rural Colleges Association at a meeting held at Maharaj Lal Das Brahmanand Bhuriwale Girls College, Tapparian Khurd (Nawanshahr) recently. Representatives of managements and principals of 26 un-aided rural colleges of the state participated in the meeting.

Sports meet: SAI College of Education, Jadla, organised annual athletic meet on Wednesday. Chairman PK Johar was the chief guest and gave away prizes to the winners. The students  of B.Ed. ETT and PGDCA participated in different sports and athletic  events. The overall trophy  was won by ETT students.

: The Hospital Welfare section of the Patiala Red Cross Society honoured Pran Sabharwal of National Theatre Arts Society at their cultural and prize distribution function held at Red Cross Bhawan on Thursday. Sabharwal and his wife were honoured for their outstanding contribution towards theatre movement and social services.

Inaugurated: Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cabinet minister for cooperation, Punjab, inaugurated the building of district office complex of Markfed at SST Nagar, here on Thursday. He lauded the contribution of Markfed in the agricultural economy of Punjab, especially in the field of supply of inputs and marketing of agricultural produce.

The newly constructed building of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sangrur.Sangrur school to shift
: The local Government Senior Secondary School for Girls will get its new building soon when PUDA hands over the newly constructed building of the school (near Banasar Garden) to the Education Department this month. The senior classes running in the 100-year-old building of the school will be shifted to the new building for the ensuing academic session. The new school buildings are coming up on 4 acres.
The newly constructed building of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sangrur. — Photo by writer



: Grewal Eye Institute organised a free public education seminar to create awareness about glaucoma among the patients and the public at large. The institute is also organising a 3-day free eye check-up camp on its premises starting March 6, the World Glaucoma Day, to March 8, between 9 am to 5 pm.

Police remand
: Sohan Singh Mann, naib-tehsildar of Majri block, who was arrested by the vigilance bureau, was sent to a day’s police remand by a local court on Thursday. Mann was caught red-handed from his office on Wednesday while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000. The bribe amount and additional Rs 20, 800 were recovered from him.

Body found: Police recovered an unidentified body from the Phase VIII Dusshera ground here on Thursday. Police officials said the body seemed to be of a person in his mid-thirties. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Mohali, for identification.



Power nigam extends date
: More than 80 per cent agriculture and industrial power consumers of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) have switched to compact florescent lamps (CFLs), T-5 tubes and other energy efficient lighting systems following a directive by the nigam. A spokesman of the nigam on Wednesday said in view of the encouraging trend, it had decided to extend the deadline for replacing all power guzzler incandescent bulbs with energy efficient lighting systems from February 29 to March 31.

1 killed in mishap
: Karan Singh (32), driver of a three-wheeler and resident of Aulant village, died while Anup Sharma, a DHBVN employee and resident of Bhiwani district, sustained injuries when a car rammed into the three-wheeler they were travelling in on the Berli-Kosli road near Khushpura village, 14 km from here on Wednesday. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC against the driver of the car, who absconded after the incident.

Stone of flyover laid: Irrigation and PWD minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav laid the foundation stone of a flyover near the level crossing of the Rewari-Jhajjar road here on Tuesday. The construction work of the overbridge, which will cost Rs 22 crore, will be accomplished by June 2009. The flyover will facilitate smooth and hassle-free vehicular traffic from Rohtak to Jaipur and vice versa.

Patwari held for graft: Naresh Kumar, a patwari of Bawal area, was arrested by a vigilance team headed by inspector Kurda Ram while reportedly accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from Ram Dayal, a farmer of Shahpur village, in tehsil complex at Bawal on Tuesday. The patwari had allegedly demanded the money from Dayal for providing a copy of the mutation deed of a plot, which he had purchased recently. The accused, who was produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate on Wednesday, was sent to 14-day judicial custody.



Driver dies in mishap
: Truck driver Praveen Kumar was killed on the spot when his truck (HP-11-2500) fell into a gorge near Dadhole on Wednesday night. The truck was on its way from Hamirpur to Ghumarwin. Reports said villagers helped in extricating the grievously hurt driver and rushed him to hospital where he was declared brought dead. The deceased belonged to Ganana village in Arki tehsil of Solan district. The police has registered a case.

NGOs’ federation chief: Prominent NGOs’ leader Ram Singh was once again unanimously elected president of the Himachal Pradesh State Non-gazetted Employees Federation during a state conference of NGOs here on Thursday. Dileep Bhatia was elected general secretary. Ram Singh was authorised to nominate other office-bearers and the state executive committee. Ram Singh said the federation would strive hard to end the terror of transfers and victimization. All pending demands of the employees would be pursued. Ram Singh declared Suresh Kumar Ranote as joint secretary of the federation.

Shortage of doctors
: Local social activist Shantanu Kumar on Thursday expressed concern over the shortage of doctors and other medical staff in the local district hospital. Whenever any specialist went on leave many patients were forced to go to private clinics or visit hospitals at other places. He urged Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and the health minister to post more doctors and other medical staff in the hospital.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Public relations NGO Federation. Sanjeev Jaswal -president ; Manoj Sood - senior vice-president; Pravesh Kumar and Meen Bedi -vice-presidents; Mohan Singh Jinah-general secretary; Bhupinder Thakur-office secretary; Labh Singh -chief adviser ; Gopal Kishan Thakur- joint secretary; Pankaj Kaushish - press secretary ; Virender Thakur- treasurer; Ishwar Dass Rana -organising secretary; and Neelam -adviser.


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