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Valtoha shoots off letter: Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha has shot off a letter to the Governor of Punjab, who is also the university chancellor, alleging that the minutes of the proceedings of the senate meeting on October 31 last year had been tampered. “The minutes say the VC was authorised to nominate the three members. However, there was no such consensus,” he said.

Charas seized, 2 held: Two persons were arrested by the district police for possessing 2.5 kg of charas. Both were intercepted near the Jallianwala Bagh area here on Tuesday. District police chief Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh said the consignment was concealed in a bag. They were identified as Rakesh Kumar and Sanjiv Kumar of main bazar, Dera Baba Nanak. However, they were now residing at Chowk Maqboolpura and Vijay Nagar area, respectively. A case under Section 20/61/85, NDPS, was registered at Kotwali police station.

Sarpanch held
: R.N. Dhoke, SSP, told mediapersons that the police arrested Satinder Singh, sarpanch of Shahpur-Amargarh village, for possessing smack. Inspector Rajinder Singh of the local CIA Staff along with SI Kashmir Singh and other policemen held a naka at T-Point Kila Lal Singh and arrested Satinder Singh with 20 gm of smack. He used to bring smack from Rajasthan and sell it to addicts. He was remanded in the police custody for a day.

Protest: The Punjab National Bank officers and other employees association today protested against the transfer of two bank employees Gurmel Singh Sandhu and Sham Lal Jindal posted at Barnala and Malerkotla respectively. The bank employees also held a demonstration against the alleged victimisation of the bank employees at Bathinda’s regional office.

Distribution: Rajindra College is having its prize distribution function on March 15 in which around 124 students will be awarded. R.K.Bangar, principal of the college, will present the annual report.

Blood donation camp: The United Welfare Society organised a blood donation camp at the Government Elementary School at Phallar village here today in which 19 persons, including 5 women, donated blood. School students also presented a cultural programme on the occasion. Another blood donation camp was organised by Khalsa Diwan, Bathinda, in association with the Shri Hemkunt Sahib Welfare Committee at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Khalsa Technical College here, which was inaugurated by Dr Indu Bhushan Aggarwal, assistant civil surgeon. She described the blood donation as the noble cause for the needy. More than 25 units of blood was donated by the college students on the occasion.

Woman nabbed with smack
: The police arrested a woman and seized 570 gram smack from her on Tuesday. SSP, Hoshiarpur, Dr Sukchain Singh said the Mehtiana police, raided the residence of Nasib Chand alias Pamma of Bhungarni. On seeing the police his wife Sarabjit Kaur ran towards the roof of the house, but was caught. Police seized a plastic bag, containing 570 gram smack, from her. During interrogation Sarabjit confessed that her husband used to smuggle smack from Delhi and sold it. A case has been registered.

Drain bane
: Concerned over alarming pollution-levels at Jamsher drain, environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal organised an awareness rally, here on Tuesday.

Holiday packages
: MakeMyTrip, an online travel agency, on Monday announced 'Holiday Plus' packages for destinations in Europe, Australia and the USA. The customers would have to pay only half of the costs initially and the remaining can be paid after return.

Teachers await salary
: Teachers of computer, appointed on contractual basis, have not been getting salary for the last three months. The Computer Teachers Union, Moga alleged that the government had been adopting indifferent attitude towards them. Iqbal Singh, president, district unit of the union, said that computer teachers had not been given salary from December to February. He said that showing casual approach towards their salary, the government had invariably issued them late. He mentioned that salary for July was issued in October while for August was released in December.

2 killed in road mishaps: Rajinder Kumar (35), a resident of Dhuri, was killed on the spot when his scooter and a tractor-trailer were involved in an accident near new Grain Market at Dhuri, 13 km from here, on Tuesday. The Dhuri police said it had registered a case under Section 304-A, IPC, against driver Gurmail Singh and taken the tractor-trailer in its custody. In another accident Lalit Kumar (21), a resident of Dirba, was killed near Kherri village, 7 km from here, on Monday night when his car reportedly rammed into a roadside tree. He and his friends were going to Dirba after attending a marriage at Sangrur.



MC poll: The INLD has decided to contest the March 30 elections to the local municipal council on the party symbol, senior party leader Sher Singh Badshami said on Tuesday. With this, the INLD has become the third major political party to contest polls on the party symbol after the Congress and BJP. During the last elections, only the BJP had contested on the party symbol.


One killed: Titu, a resident of Malor village, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding along with two of his friends collided with a tractor trolley on the Ambala-Hisar road on Tuesday. The accident occurred near Rupomajara. While Titu died on the spot, one of the riders sustained minor injuries. A case has been registered in this regard.

Eye check-up camp: The local Manohar Memorial Group of Educational Institutions organised an eye check-up camp on the campus of the MM College of Education here on Tuesday. Dev Raj Batra, an eminent philanthropist and chairman of the group, inaugurated the camp. A team of ophthalmologists from Tara Baba Charitable Hospital, Sirsa, checked students from MM Degree College, MM Polytechnic and the MM College of Education. Mamta Chaudhary, principal of the college, said over 400 students were examined during the camp.

Woman concocts rape story: The case of the alleged rape of a married woman by two youths here has taken a new turn and DSP Nripjit Singh has recommended action against the women under Section 182 of the IPC for giving wrong information regarding the crime. The woman of Lajpat Nagar on January 10 had informed the police that when she along with her landlady Shakuntala was on the way to a hospital, two youths, who were acquainted with Shakuntala, raped her. The DSP said, during the investigation, the woman confessed that she had concocted the story to implicate Shakuntala as she nursed a grudge against her.

2 killed in accident: Two teenagers were killed and two others were injured when the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in collided with a canter here on Monday. According to information, the deceased, who have been identified as Vijay (18) and Sanjay (15), were going in the auto-rickshaw along with Ajay and Kuldeep, towards Ahirka village on the Kaithal road when the canter hit the vehicle near a government school building.

Rural lok adalat: The ninth rural lok adalat will be organised by the District Legal Services Authority, Kurukshetra, on the premises of Government Senior Secondary School, Mirzapur, on March 16. As many as 122 cases related to 15 nearby villages will be taken up by the lok adalat to settle them on the spot. Stating this here on Tuesday, Chief Judicial Magistrate N.K. Singhal said deputy commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal would be the chief guest.

Girl falls into well: Six-year-old Bhumika Yadav, daughter of Arvind Yadav, incidentally fell into a 30 ft deep and 2.5 ft wide newly-sunk septic well in a neighbour’s house at Gokal Garh village, 3 km from here, on Monday. She was rescued when other children, playing with her, raised the alarm, following which a young man, with the assistance of a rope, was lowered into the narrow well. Subsequently, the girl, whose one hand was injured, was brought out safe by the youth.

Blood donation camp: As many as 88 young activists of the INLD donated blood in a blood donation camp held under the joint auspices of the Rewari district units of the youth wing as well as the students’ wing of the INLD in the Community Hall here on Tuesday. The camp, which was organised to mark the 47th birthday of Ajay Chautala, national secretary-general of the INLD, was inaugurated by Ajay himself.

2 youths held: The police arrested two youths, Surjit from a colony on the local Debru road and Jitender of Kurar village, from a hotel in Rewari on Sunday. They had allegedly enticed three girls, one from Kurar village and two others from the Debru road colony, to elope with them on February 18 and a case was registered against them. SSP Navdeep Singh Virk said the girls, who were also recovered from the hotel, had been handed over to their families after their medical examination in the Civil Hospital here and the youths have been remanded to police custody for two days.

Work suspension plan: Members of the Sonepat Bar Association has unanimously resolved to observe work suspension in local courts on March 14 in support of their demand for opening family courts in every district of the state. The resolution was passed in a meeting of the Association held here on Monday. President of the association Anoop Singh Dahiya said if the demand was not accepted by March 14, a meeting of the members of the associations of all districts would be convened on March 15 at Sonepat.


Transformer sought: Chamba Welfare Association president M. C. Marwaha has decried the delay in setting up a step-down transformer to mitigate erratic power supply due to power scarcity in the region. The absence of a step-down transformer leads to supply due to frequent grid power breakdowns and shutdowns. Marwaha pointed out that a step-down transformer had already been proposed to be set up by the HPSEB for which land was also acquired.

Chamba museum: The Chamba Citizens Progressive Council has suggested to the government to organise a function to mark the centenary celebrations of Bhuri Singh Museum here Chamba. Raja Bhuri Singh (1904-1919), the ruler of erstwhile Chamba state, had gifted his inherited art collection to this museum which was opened to visitors on September 14, 1908. The oldest among four museums of Himachal Pradesh, Chamba museum has a total collection of 5370 art objects, including the ‘panchmark’ coin of 2nd century B.C. is acquired from Arki in Solan district.

Link to Khajjiar
: Khajjiar, the famous tourist resort in Chamba district, has been linked to Dalhousie after clearing snow from the highway passing through the Kalatop-Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary area this week. M. S. Thakur, Executive Engineer, HPPWD, Dalhousie division, said since the highway was blocked by huge mounds of snow, it took several days for the PWD to clear the highway.

Charas seized: The Mandi Sadar police arrested Sohan Lal of Naraini, Bhuntar, Kulu district, from the Bhiuli locality here around 11 p.m. on Monday after seizing 4 kg of charas from him. While moving about in the locality he was searched by a police patrol party, leading to the seizure of charas from him. He has been booked under the NDPS Act. He has been remanded in police custody.

Fine recovered
: DSP Paonta V.S. Thakur said on Tuesday the Paonta police has launched a drive against persons involved in the extraction of minerals, illegally. He said one applied for tractor owned by Tapender Singh, resident of Poka village, was caught loaded with illegal limestone in Singhpura village. The tractor was challaned and a fine of Rs 15,000 was recovered from the owner under the Mining Act. During this move 15 vehicles were challaned under the Motor Vehicle Act and Rs 5,000 was recovered from them.

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