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A police party led by ASI Daljit Singh today nabbed one Joginder Singh along with the wife of his brother Mohinder Singh during a raid in the government seed farm colony here. Sources said that Joginder Singh had fleeced a woman from Dhaani Dayal Singh located on the outskirts of village Sherewala of Tibbi tehsil in Hanumangarh district about four months back. A case had been registered there in this connection. They had been residing here under fake names and were caught this afternoon on a tip-off.

Mayor ignoring us, say
  Cong councillors: A section of Congress municipal councillors here on Wednesday alleged that the SAD-BJP leadership was not consulting them on issues concerning development of the wards they represent. After holding a meeting on the issue, Gurjit Aujla, Congress councillor from ward No 5, said mayor Shawet Malik did not care to inform them about his visits to their wards.

: Officers and workmen of Punjab National Bank (PNB) held a dharna in front of its regional office, here today. According to B P Garg, vice president, PNB Staff Union, “The dharna was held against the anti-employee attitude of the management. “We also demand recruitment of more staff, creation of promotional avenues, no more outsourcing of core banking activities and unilateral manpower planning at the bank,” he added”.

Blood donation: A blood donation camp was organised at Giani Zail Singh Engineering College, Bathinda, with the help of the Asra Welfare Society on Thursday. Around 200 units of blood was collected today.

Seminar on road asset
management: A three-day international seminar on road asset management will be held under the banner of the Permanent International Association of Road Congress here from March 19 to March 21. Delegates from as many as 21 countries including the US, UK, France, Japan, Sweden,Denmark, Australia, China, Malaysia Sri Lanka, Hungry would take part in it. 

Appointed: Arun Kumar Oraon was today appointed DIG, Vigilance Bureau (economic offences wing). An order to this effect was issued by the Punjab government.

Inmate dies of TB:
Ajmer Singh (70), undergoing sentence for intimidating and causing murder, died of TB at the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical Hospital here today. He had been held under sections 307 and 326 of the IPC at Jaito police station. He was sentenced for five years imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine. Unable to pay the fine, he was undergoing sentence for the same while he had already completed five years imprisonment.

Terminate clause 5:
The Dal Khalsa has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to bring in a legislation to terminate clause 5 of the Punjab’s Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, in the current session of the Assembly. Kanwarpal Singh, a spokesperson of the outfit, said they had written to the CM drawing his attention to the continued loot of precious water of the state.

BSNL’s validity vouchers: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced three validity vouchers under pre-paid cellular services. While a validity voucher of Rs 150 offers a talk time of Rs 50 with validity of 90 days, voucher of Rs 250 offers talk time of Rs 60 with validity of 180 days and voucher of Rs 350 gives a talk time of Rs 70 for 365 days, according to a press note. The BSNL has also introduced a new broadband home plan-125. The bandwidth will be 256 kbps up to 2 Mbps. The monthly charges will be Rs 125 with download and upload limit per month of 150 MB. 

Better surgery: Dr Gurvinder Singh Jammu, a private laproscopic, general and cancer surgery specialist, announced the installation of highest-ever resolution camera system for advanced laproscopic surgery at Jammu Hospital. He said the new device showed better results in image display and acquisition ensuring optimal diagnosis.

State advisor of the Punjab Subordinate Service Federation (Dhillon) Atma Singh Atma, district president of the federation, Puran Singh, Jagsir Singh, leader of the Para-Medical Union and Harbans Singh, leader of the class-IV employees union today criticised the state government's notification which allegedly had sought cancellation of the fixed medical allowances and reimbursement from the Fifth Pay Commission of Punjab. They alleged the government for adopting anti-employees policies. They demanded that the notification should be rejected.

Youth killed, cop held:
Suhvinder Singh, a head constable posted at the CIA police station, crushed a youth of Kansuha Kalan village on Wednesday evening at Rohti Bridge on the Nabha-Patiala road. Jaspal Singh (18), the victim, was the eldest son of Amar Singh, a daily wager. He was returning to his village when he was hit by a Maruti car being driven by Sukhvinder, who fled from the spot. He was later arrested in an inebriated state. His car had been confiscated. 

1 killed in attack:
The Dhariwal police booked Dalip Singh, Gurdip Singh, Prem Kumar, Palwinder Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Sonu Masih for attacking two brothers here on Thursday. According to police, Ranbir Singh and his brother Sahib Singh were returning home when they were attacked near Kalyanpur. Sahib died on the spot while Ranbir was injured seriously. A case had been registered. 

Man booked for wife’s murder: The Dhar Kalan police booked a man on Thursday for allegedly murdering his wife. According to the police, Kunj Lal of Goli of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, had lodged a complaint that his sister Rani had been murdered by her husband Amar Nath of Dunera of police station Dhar Kalan by strangulating her . A domestic dispute was stated to be the reason behind the murder.

The department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University, will organise the 40th session of the Punjab history conference from March 14 to 16 on ‘Studies in Punjab History: Issues and Prospects’. The conference will be inaugurated by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP, while Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor of Punjabi University will preside over the session.

Rs 30,000 donated to college:
The family of retired vice-principal late R.D. Aggarwal, Government Ranbir College, has donated Rs 30,000 for starting an award in his name for meritorious students in English. Aggarwal died on February 18. He had retired from the college in 1990.

2 held with smack:
The police on Thursday arrested two persons and seized 25 gm of smack from them. Those arrested were Gurmail Singh and Kala, both residents of Sunam. A local court sent them in judicial custody for 14 days.

Tarn Taran
Walia NRI dist chief:
Gurcharan Singh Walia has been elected NRI’s district president here on Thursday. Subash Chander, PCS assistant commissioner, was the returning officer.



Forgery case:
Haryana Crime Bureau has registered one more case of forgery against ‘fake’ doctor Sandeep Sharma on the complaint of a Sector 20 resident. According to sources, the complainant has alleged that the accused was living in their flat at GH-20, Sector 20. However, he forged the documents of the flat and took a bank loan on it. Sandeep would be produced in the court tomorrow after a police remand of six days.

Mega mall: Vishal retail house is set to launch a mega mall in Pinjore. This will be sixth branch of the outlet in Haryana after Gurgaon, Hisar, Panchkula, Karnal and Sirsa. The store will come up on the Kalka-Shimla road, near the Railway Crossing.

Thefts: Thieves decamped with valuables lying inside two cars after breaking their windowpanes on Thursday. A purse was stolen from Raveen Seth’s, a resident of Sector 4, car while the laptop of Maneesh, a resident of Sector 21, was stolen in similar fashion from Sector 9. 



A two-day national seminar on ‘Environmental degradation: Challenges and remedies’ was organised at the Mulana engineering college on Thursday. Vice-chancellor of Thapar University, Patiala, Dr Abhijit Mukherjee inaugurated the seminar. Dr Mukherjee said environmental pollution would be the major global problem in the coming years.

Medical camp:
Navyug Nirman, an NGO owned by Anjali, daughter of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and Pahal, a local NGO, will jointly organise a medical camp at Bhodia Khera village in this district on March 19. Kunal Bhadoo, a son-in-law of the Chief Minister, will inaugurate the camp. President of the Pahal Renu Bhatia informed that doctors from various specialities of medicine and surgery would examine patients during this camp. Medicines would be provided free of cost during this camp, she added.

Blood donation camp: The Indian National Lok Dal on Thursday organised a blood donation camp at the local Sobh Raj Batra Dharmashala on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Ajay Singh Chautala. INLD leaders Swatantar Bala Chaudhary, Krishana Poonia, Nishan Singh, Atam Parkash Batra and Kuljit Singh were present on the occasion.

Shop gutted:
Woollen clothes and furniture worth lakhs of rupees have been gutted into fire, which broke out at a dry cleaner’s shop in Mohalla Banjarwara here. Some neighbours, who incidentally noticed flames of fire, informed its owner Bittoo as well as fire brigade. However, by the time fire extinguishers were pressed into service, the shop was completely gutted.

Sadhoura elections:
The state election commission has announced the election schedule of the Sadhoura panchayat. The voting will take place on March 30 for 20 wards and the results will be announced the same day. The population of Sadhoura is about 15,000 with more than 10,000 voters. The post of sarpanch is open and nominations can be filed from March 17 to March 19. Nomination papers will be scrutinised on March 20 and papers can be withdrawn by March 24.



: After a no-confidence motion was brought against her a few days ago, vice-president of the seven-member Chowari nagar panchayat Bimla Devi resigned from her post Wednesday. Bhattiyat SDM Rakesh Verma has confirmed the development.

Tibetans’ appeal: The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress has appealed to Olympiad functionaries that the mega game event should not be organised in China. In a communiqué issued on Thursday, the organisation said it was necessary because China had been violating human rights and committing atrocities on innocent Tibetans.

Deoth-Sidh fair:
Month-long Baba Balak Nath Chaitra fair will begin at Deoth-Sidh on Friday. The fair would begin with the worship in the Baba Balak Nath temple by DC Nandita Gupta. Lakhs of devotees are expected to visit the temple during the fair. The DC said special arrangements had been made for ensuring cleanliness and regulating traffic.

Contests: SP Asif Jalal has said wrestling bouts and Kabaddi competitions would be organised during the state-level Holi festival at Sujanpur Tihra scheduled to be held from March 19 to 21 respectively.

Snow, rain
: The higher reaches around Kullu and Manali had fresh snowfall while the lower region experienced incessant rain on Thursday. The mercury that had touched 27°C over the past one week returned to single digit. Snow was witnessed in peaks around Kullu, Moutnag, Kotadhar, Kaisdhar and Larji.

4 goats perish in fire: Four goats were burnt alive at Vikram Bag village when a cowshed owned by Kashim Ali caught fire on Wednesday night. Before villagers could do anything, the cowshed was reduced to ashes charring four goats. SDM M. Mohanti visited the spot and ordered revenue authorities to prepare a damage report.

Hola Mohalla: Ten-day Hola Mohalla will begin at Dera Baba Barbhagsingh, Mairi village, 42 km from here, on March 14. People believe taking a bath at Charan Ganga and paying respect at Dera Baba Barbhagsingh and Dera Baba Munji Sahib will rid them of evil spirits. Over 5 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit it. DC Padam Singh Chauhan has issued notifications banning carrying of arms, use of loudspeakers, musical instruments in mela area.


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