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: New office bearers of the Lions Club for the current financial year have been elected. Rajinder Singh Rupana has been elected as president, Sanjeev Monga as secretary, Amardeep Davy as treasurer and Lokender Sharma as PRO.

Homeopathy camp: Local chapter of Lions Club organised 21st and 22nd Free Homeopathy Medical check up camps at Village Dhudi in memory of Late Lion R.C. Monga. Homeopathy physician Archana Monga along with her team examined nearly 150 patients and free medicines were distributed among them.

Dead: Dev Anand Paswan (36) died of high alcohol intake on March 22. Dev Anand, a native of Saudabad in Bihar, was found dead at his residence at Janta Chowk in Kharar by his roommates in the morning. The postmortem report confirmed that Dev Anand had died of high alcohol intake. The police has initiated proceedings under Section 174 CrPc.

Two held: Two persons have been arrested for stealing gold earrings and cash from a house in Patthar Wale Khun area of Kharar. Accused Ishant Kumar and Kamal alias Bunty were arrested on the complaint of Surjeet Kaur. Surjeet told the police that the accused were her son's friends and came to her place when she was not at home. The police has recovered the ornaments from the accused.

: A group of nearly 400 workers, led by the Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, has gone to Chandigarh to participate in the rally to be held on March 25 by six labour organisations to raise the demand of workers, state secretary of the Morcha Bhagwant Singh informed. The other leaders who led the group included Sukhwinder Singh, Gursewak Singh, Sukhcharan Danewalia and Jasbeer Kaur.

Bar Association: The Bar Association here on Monday elected Surinder Pal Sharma as its president for the third consecutive time. The entire executive body was elected unopposed. Among the others who got elected were vice-president - Kanwaljit Singh; secretary- Ranjit Singh; joint secretary - Shani Raheja; cashier - Amar Chand; and auditor - Raj Kumar.

Senior Citizens Assn: In the annual election of the Senior Citizens Association here, Capt R. N. Singh defeated his opponent Ved Prakash Puri by a margin of 14 votes. It was for the first time in the history of the association established in 1998 that the president was elected by voting. All the previous presidents were unanimously elected.

Seminar on TB Day: A seminar to commemorate the World TB Day was organised at the Civil Hospital, Gurdaspur, 30 kms from here, on Monday. DC Gurkirat Kirpal Singh was the chief guest, while Dr R.S.Rana, civil surgeon, presided over the function. The function was attended by doctors, paramedical workers, members if the IMA and representatives of NGOs.

Four arrested: The police arrested four persons, Kundan Singh, Chaman Lal, Baldev Raj and Sewa Singh, here on Monday and recovered illicit liquor and 150 gm charas from their possession. A case under the Excise and NDPS Acts had been registered.

World TB Day: World TB Day was celebrated in TB and Chest Diseases Hospital on Monday. Principal of Government Medical College Dr Jaswinder Pal Kaur Shergill appealed to all doctors and the dignitaries present to join hands to fioght against the deadly disease. Professor and director of State TB Training and Demonstration Center Dr Jai Kishan, Dr Jagbir Sigh Jagga, IMA, assistant health officer Dr Kuljit Kaur Sandhu, civil surgeon Dr Avtar Singh Jarewal, president of IMA Dr G.S. Bhullar were also present.

TB awareness rally: On the occasion of World TB Day, hundreds of students took part in a TB awareness rally taken out through the main bazaars here on Monday. Sangrur Civil Surgeon Satwant Bhalla flagged off the rally at the local Civil Hospital, which concluded at the War Heroes Stadium here.

Security, justice march ends: The two-day social security and social justice march, that was started from Hussainiwala (Ferozepur) on Sunday by the Internationalist Democratic Party (IDP), ended at the traffic lights chowk near the main bus stand here on Monday.

New party formed: On the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh the New Democratic Party was formed here on Sunday. The following are other office-bearers of the party: Adviser - Zora Singh Sohi; secretary - R.K. Gandhi; organising secretary - Prahlad Singh; finance secretary - Sanjiv Garg; press secretary - Jaswinder Kumar; and vice-presidents - H.S. Sandhu, Harpreet Singh Sidhu and Bhupinder Singh Gidderbaha.

8 ETT teachers selected: The local Municipal Council on Monday issued appointment letters to eight ETT teachers. Executive officer of the council Vijay Kumar Gupta said of the eight teachers, three each were from general and SC categories, while one teacher each was from backward classes and handicapped persons categories. The teachers were Govardhan Sharma, Sunaina, Gurinderjit Singh, Suganda, Hardeep Kaur, Harvinder Kaur, Bumperjot Parmar and Manbir Singh. They will now join government primary schools of Ram Nagar Basti, Sunder Basti, Ram Basti and Dhebar Basti in Sangrur town.


Foetus found: A six-month-old foetus was found in the outgrowth in Mullanpur on Sunday. According to the police, someone had abandoned the foetus after abortion. The foetus has taken to the Kharar civil hospital. Police is investigation the matter.

Blood donation camp: To mark the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, Hill View, Rail Vihar Welfare Organisation, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4, organised a blood donation camp on Sunday for soldiers in association with the Command Hospital. The camp was held at the Community Centre. Col Dr B. Mukherjee and his team collected 50 units of blood.


Theft: A burglary in Government Polytechnic at Ambala city came to light on Monday morning when the staff reached there and found that the back window of the computer room located on the first floor was broken. A computer set, a projector, an LCD projector, a UPS and a few other electronic equipments worth Rs 2 lakh were found missing. A case has been registered. However, no clue of the theft could be located so far.

Directive to revenue officers: Mahavir Singh, commissioner, Ambala division, has directed officials to discontinue the practice of getting a copy of the “jamabandi” from patwaris so that the real benefit of computerisation of revenue records can reach the beneficiaries. He also asked the officials to reserve two days in a week for settling mutation cases. Mahavir Singh was addressing revenue and development officers while reviewing their functioning at a meeting held at the mini-secretariat here on Monday.

Fire destroys goods: Goods worth Rs 1 lakh were destroyed in a fire, which broke out in Apsara Restaurant on the Railway Road here in the early hours on Monday. The fire was reportedly caused by a short circuit.

Three booked: The police has booked Poonam Yadav’s husband Pawan Kumar Yadav, father-in-law Satbir Yadav and mother-in-law Bimla Devi, all residents of Alamuddin village of Gurgaon district, on charges of harassment for dowry, causing hurt to Poonam and criminal intimidation. A case under Sections 498-A, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against them on a complaint filed by Poonam, daughter of Sat Narain Yadav of Nimoth village.

Cash, jewellery looted: Some unidentified persons reportedly stole Rs 20,000 and some ornaments from the house of advocate Anil Kumar Sharma in Shakti Nagar Colony here on Saturday. The incident happened when inmates of the house were out of station. A case of burglary has been registered under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC in this regard.

Students seek special chance: Students, who have passed examinations conducted by Kurukshetra University, have demanded that the university should give them special chances to improve their results on the pattern of Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Punjabi University, Patiala. A delegation of local students met vice-chancellor of KU Dr R.P Vajpayee and made the demand.


One killed: Jagdish Chand (23), son of Sehaj Ram of Hawani village, Solan district, who was riding a motorcycle, was hit and killed on the spot when a truck hit him on NH-21 at Berry near here on Sunday. The body of the deceased was brought here to the regional hospital for the postmortem examination and was later handed over to the family. The police has registered a case and has arrested the driver.

CM’s Relief Fund: The district truck operators cooperative society working at ACC cement factory at Barmana near here, has donated Rs 21 lakh for the Chief Minister’s relief fund. The draft was presented to Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal by society president Ram Das Thakur here on Sunday. DC Devesh Kumar cum chairman Nalwari fair management committee here also presented a cheque of Rs 31,000 to the Chief Minister’s fund. Earlier, Koldam oustees committee led by its leaders Jeet Ram Thakur and Ramesh Babu Kondal also presented a draft of Rs 51,000 to the relief fund.

New Chamba BDC chief, vice-chief elected
: BJP-supported candidate Ramesh Chand was unanimously elected chairman of the block development committee (BDC), Chamba, SDM Sandeep Negi said here on Monday. Similarly, Anil Sharma, also supported by the BJP, was elected vice-chairman of the BDC. These posts had fallen vacant a week ago in the wake of a no-confidence motion passed against former chairman Amar Singh and vice-chairman Onkar Singh.

Fine realised: Lobi Ram was caught felling a ‘kail’ tree in the far-flung Putgala forest beat in Churah tehsil by the range officer concerned on Sunday. The range officer realised on the spot a fine of Rs 8,000 from the accused.

Tibetan prayers on
: Local Tibetan shopkeepers have put up the shutters till April 11 as they are performing 24- hour prayers for Tibetan men and woman brutally killed recently by the Chinese at Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress sought support from the people and the Government of India for their freedom struggle.

Awards for kids: The Centre has instituted the National Child Award to children with exceptional abilities. An official spokesman said here on Monday that the children in the age group of 4-15 years would be eligible for the award to be given to one child from each state. A cash prize of Rs 20,000, citation and a gold medal would be given to the gold medallist whereas other children would be presented a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each, citation and a silver medal. The last date for sending recommendations is July 31.

Sports officer dies: District sports officer Kanwar Singh (52) died following a cardiac arrest at his residence here on Sunday night. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. An eminent sportsman, he had represented state several times in volleyball. He hailed from Kalgaon village of Rohru subdivision in Shimla district. The cremation was attended by a large number of sportsman, citizens and leaders of various political parties and officers of the district administration. Health minister Rajeev Bindal, president of District Cricket Association Sanjay Awasthy and its secretary Rajesh Puri, vice-president of state Volleyball Association Ramesh Chauhan and others have condoled the death.

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