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Foundation Day: The faculty and students of GND University here celebrated the 22nd Foundation Day of the varsity gurdwara. A well-attended Gurmat Diwan was held and after the bhog of sehaj path, kirtan and gurmat vichar and vaar gaayan were presented. Baba Sewa Singh, Dera Sri Khadoor Sahib, Mahant Baba Kaahan Singh, Sewa Panthi, Gyani Puran Singh, Harbhajan Singh, manager, Sri Harmandar Sahib, Dr Inderjit Kaur, head of Pingalwara, Dr Inderjit Kaur, principal of Bhai Vir Singh Gurmat Vidyala, etc attended the diwan. 

Urdu scribe Soni dead: Veteran Urdu journalist R. K. Soni (83) died here on Wednesday morning. Soni was associated with the Hind Samachar Group since 1954. Soni started his career writing for the Urdu edition of Ajit and Nawa Zamana before Partition and later joined the Hind Samachar Group. The mourners at the cremation ground included mayor Shwet Malik, former mayor Sunil Datti, former deputy speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Prof Darbari Lal. Soni leaves behind one son and three daughters, besides grandchildren. 

Anti-drug march: To spread awareness about drug abuse, Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Panch Pradhani) will organise a march in Tarn Taran on April 2. Bhai Daljit Singh, chairman of the party, said even though involvement of several big-wigs was common knowledge, yet the police crackdown was limited to drug peddlers and addicts. He alleged that the state government claimed to take steps to prevent drug abuse, but it had been patronising those involved in the trade. Party’s special secretary Baldev Singh Sirsa said the campaign would be spread to other cities. 

Awards ceremony: The objective of education is not limited to getting employment or earning wealth, but producing educated, intelligent and civilised citizens so that they contribute more to national development compared to ordinary citizens. V.S. Kokje, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, stated this while addressing students of DAV College at the 52nd award presentation ceremony here on Monday. D.R.Gupta, director, Colleges, DAV Management Committee, New Delhi, and V.K. Sharma, principal, DAV College, also spoke. 

: A 45-year-old employee of irrigation department, Jagraj Singh has been arrested for attempt to rape a 7-year-old girl at his residence in the village Jhanduke, near here on Wednesday. Police sources said the girl and her elder sister while playing, entered the house of accused on Monday evening. As per the complaint he was alone at his home and started immoral activities in an attempt to molest the girl. The girls started crying and managed to flee from his house and narrated the incident to the family members. The case has been registered under sections 376, 511 of the IPC.

Elected: The Mata Gujri College unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union got a new team of office-bearers with prof Dalbir Singh being elected president, prof Harminder Singh being elected secretary while prof Harshwinder Singh being chosen vice-president. Prof Harveen Kaur was nominated joint secretary and prof Naresh Kumar became the finance secretary. Prof Bikramjit Singh Sandhu, prof Sukhdev Singh, prof Rashid, Dr Jagjeevan Singh and prof Tejinder Singh were nominated as delegates to the central union.

PO held: The Kurali police arrested proclaimed offender Avtar Singh, a resident of Jhande Majra, on Tuesday. Kurali SHO Tarlochan Singh said acting on a tip-off, the police raided Avtar's hideout in Kapurthala and arrested him. Avtar Singh had entered into a home and beat up its occupants in April 2004. He was declared a proclaimed offender in April 2005. 

One booked: Joginder Singh Maji, a resident of Chandigarh, has been booked on the complaint of Sukhbir Singh, a resident of Kalewal village, for injuring him in a road accident on March 12. In his complaint, Sukhbir stated that he was going from Kalewal village to Mataur via Gharuan. Near GGS College, an Indica hit him and he got injured. He is admitted to PGI, Chandigarh. 

Councillor elected
: Capt Atma Singh Grewal has been elected councillor of the Indian Ex-Services League (IESL), Punjab and Chandigarh. Grewal said here on Wednesday that five councillors had been elected from Punjab. He said the IESL worked for the welfare of widows and wards of ex-servicemen.

Seminar: The department of journalism and mass communication, Punjabi University, will organise a three-day seminar on ‘Media, parents and children’ from March 20 to 22. Harcharan Bains, media advisor to the Chief Minister, will inaugurate the seminar, while bureau chief of The Tribune Prabhjot Singh will be the guest of honour. Former Indian cricketer and commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu will be the chief guest. Vice-chancellorDr Jaspal Singh will preside over the seminar. 



Panther rescued: Chahttbir Zoo has become a haven for panthers. An injured panther caught from a forest area near Rohtak is the latest to join the family of panthers in the zoo. Though the panther will be sent to Rohtak after treatment, it will be here for some weeks for his complete treatment and recovery. The 10-year-old panther has bruises on his face and a small injury on its front paw. The panther has been kept in the zoo hospital. 



Market to remain closed: The wholesale cloth market of Ambala city will remain closed for three days from March 20 to 22. President of the Wholesale Cloth Market Association Harcharan Singh Bhatia said the market was kept closed following holi celebrations. 

Protest: A united forum of the BSNL unions observed a daylong fast-cum-dharna in front of the office of the chief general manager of telecom, Haryana circle, on Wednesday. They were protesting against the policy of having different promotion set-up for non-executive and executive employees of BSNL. They were also demanding the merger of 50 per cent DA, assured SC/ST reservation and immediate release of the wage commission report for BSNL employees. 

One killed in mishap: A truck driver, identified as Rohtas, of Beri village in Jaipur district of Rajasthan died on the spot when he lost control of his truck (RJ-02GA-2255), which hit a tree on the roadside near Murlana village on Panipat-Rohtak National Highway on Tuesday evening. In the accident, conductor Ram Phal of Narnaul was injured and he has been admitted to CHC Gohana. The police has registered a case. 

10 hurt in accident
: Occupants of a Chandigarh bound bus of Uttrakhand Roadways had a narrow escape when it met with an accident with a tractor-trolley on Kurukshetra - Saharanpur road near Dusani village here on Wednesday. Six bus passengers and four persons on the tractor, however, sustained injuries. Driver and conductor of the bus had reportedly fled away after the accident. 


Scooterist killed
: Scooterist Hans Raj (30) of Khated village was killed on the spot as a speeding truck hit him from the back on NH -21 near Berry on Tuesday night. He was carrying his scooter on foot due to some trouble. The truck driver fled from the scene after the accident and later his truck was found parked on the road at Laghat but the driver was absconding. The police has registered a case and are investigating. 

3 houses gutted: Three houses and a cowshed were gutted when a fire suddenly broke out at Chaproh village at Mehri Kathla panchayat near Ghumarwin on Wednesday. The reports said property worth Rs 1.50 lakh has been destroyed in the fire, which took several hours to be controlled. A youth named Sunil Kumar was injured and was immediately rushed to Civil Hospital Ghumarwin where he is said to be recovering. Panchayat president Kuldip Thakur said the immediate cause of fire was not known and the fire started suddenly when no member of the family was present in the house. District administration has provided exgratia grant of Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 respectively, to the two house owners, Durga Das Dhiman and Gyan Chand. 

One dead: A person lost his life near Badsar on Wednesday evening when his motorcycle collided with a Tata Sumo coming from the opposite direction. Baldev Raj (35), resident of Jalandhar, driving a motorcycle(PB-08A-6928) died on the spot near Galu while his accomplice escaped with minor injuries. The police has arrested Amar Nath, driver of the Tata Sumo (HP-24-1472) for negligent driving after registering a case against him.

BJP promises: Education minister I.D. Dhiman has said that the BJP government is committed to fulfil all its promises made during election days. The government has already increased workers’ daily wages from Rs 75 to Rs 100 and the social security pension from Rs 200 to 300. He was speaking at a public meeting after inaugurating a mahila mandal building at Masoon village on Wednesday. 

Lecture: A local engineer from Bhareri, Rajesh Kumar, delivered a lecture on wireless technique to students and teachers of the NIT on Tuesday. He is a pass-out from the NIT, Hamirpur, and is working as the general manger in a mobile company in the USA. 

INIFD function: A programme, Holi Ka Duppata, was organised on the INIFD campus on Wednesday. Funny games and a dance party were organised on the occasion. Students of the institute also designed greeting cards during the function.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected as the office-bearers and executive members of the Kullu Hotels and Guest Houses Association here on Wednesday: President-Jagan Nath Sharma, working president- Colonel S.M. Sood, senior vice-president-Deepak Soni, vice-president-Mohan Potdar, general secretary-Subhash Malhan, secretary-Suresh Awasthi and treasurer-Vinod Vig. The executive members are: Rajinder Kumar, Pawan Sharma, Lokesh Kumar, Vishal Sharma and Krishan Kapoor. 

Meetings conclude: High-level meetings to hear grievances of industrialists and business community of Sirmaur district concluded at Kala Amb on Wednesday under the chairmanship of secretary industries Subhash Negi. A similar meeting was organised at Paonta also. Heads of different government departments from Shimla and Nahan participated in the meetings. BJP MLA from Paonta Sahib Sukh Ram Chaudhri and representatives of chamber of commerce, beopar mandals and truck operator unions of Paonta and Kala Amb took part in the meetings and placed their difficulties before the committee. 

Declamation contest: A declamation contest on the topic Intoxication is Slow Poison was organised on the premises of the Government Senior Secondary School at Nagrota Surian in Jawali subdivision on Wednesday. The objective was to educate the adolescents against the evil of intoxication. Kalpna, Deepesh and Indu were awarded the first, second and third prizes respectively. Consolation prizes were awarded to Sneha, Abhinav, Shikha and Naveen. The principal of the school gave away cash prizes to the winners.



Hizbul’s admission
: Hizbul Mujahideen chief and chairman of the United Jihad Council (UJC), Sayed Salahuddin, has said Pakistan could not stop supporting the Kashmiri militant groups. In an interview with a the private television channel, the UJC chairman even admitted that Pakistan has continuously been providing both military as well as political support to the Kashmiri militants. 

Student thrashed: A Class fifth student was mercilessly beaten by his tutor in the Satwari area of the city outskirts here yesterday, the police on Wednesday said. The student received multiple injuries to his body and was admitted to Government Medical College Hospital, they said. Police have taken cognisance while the case is yet to be registered, as medical report is awaited, sources said. 

CBI inquiry sought: The main opposition party, the National Conference (NC) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged bungling that took place during the recently held auction of sapphire (Neelam) in Jammu. The NC raised objections that large-scale bungling had taken place while auctioning the sapphire. The party also expressed concern on the risk of large-scale pilferage of mineral wealth from the state. 

5 ultras held: Two Hizbul Mujahideen ultras and three over ground workers (OGWs) of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen were arrested with arms and explosives from Pulwama and Baramulla districts on Wednesday, a police spokesman said. Hizbul militants have been identified as Mehraj-ud-Din Bhat and Mohammad Maqbool Yatoo.

Fresh snowfall: The upper reaches in the Kashmir valley, Kargil and Drass experienced light fresh snowfall while many parts in plains had rains on Wednesday, resulting in drop in the temperature and forcing people to wear woollen again. The Harwan hill and other upper areas experienced fresh snowfall, resulting in considerable cold. 

Letter to TN CM: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has expressed dismay and anguish over the detention and harassment of Kashmiri businessmen by the police in Chennai. Mufti on Wednesday shot off of a letter to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi seeking his intervention for their immediate release. 


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