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Injured in stone pelting:
Pelting of stones by some miscreants in Nihalkhera village, 10 km from here on the Abohar-Fazilka road (NH 10), on Monday night left several injured. Two of them being serious were hospitalised. According to information, some residents of the village had been complaining that a person was vitiating the atmosphere by allegedly indulging in illegal activities, including sale of narcotics besides promoting gambling. Last night, he and his dozen accomplices dared his neighbours for the complaints. Later at 11 pm, they started pelting stones on them.The miscreants reportedly pelted stones on other houses also. Scores of residents assembled outside the house of the alleged drug trafficker and raised slogans against him and the police. Later constables reached the village.

Poetry book released:
After studying more than 200 books in Persian, Urdu and Arabic, Jagjit Kaur Jolly has come out with “Ghari di tik tik”, which is based on the work of renowned Pakistani Punjabi poet Ahmed Salim. Jolly received her PhD degree at the 34th convocation held recently and had the distinction of being the first researcher of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) who did intensive research on Pakistani Punjabi poetry penned in the past five decades. The book brings out the rich heritage of Punjabi poetry by Pakistani poets by showcasing work on a variety of issues, including social problems and the philosophy of life.

Students stage play: A play “Men who matter” was staged by students of kindergarten of DAV International School, Verka bypass, at the closing ceremony of the annual function. School principal Anjana Gupta said students from play pen to class II participated in the three-day annual function held in the school. Principal of Drishti RC Jain Innovative Public School V. Puri was the chief guest.

Bhrany elected local AIWC chief: Rajni Bhrany was elected president of the local chapter of the All-India Women’s Conference (AIWC) in an election held here today. Prem Duggal has been elected honorary general secretary, while Prabha Sen honorary treasurer. 

Session on digital libraries: The head of Bhai Gurudas Library, Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr H.S. Chopra, has been invited by Punjabi University, Patiala, for heading a session on digital libraries.

Prize distribution:
More than 160 trophies, medals and certificates were awarded to the students of Baring Union Christian College (BUCC), Batala, on occasion of its 59th annual prize distribution function  on Monday. 

Case registered:
The Kotwali police here on Tuesday registered a case against activists of the Vishav Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal for violating the orders passed under section 144 of the CrPC. The SHO Kotwali, Devinder Singh said, “The case was registered against five identified and around a dozen unidentified persons for brandishing swords in the market while holding a protest.” The case has been registered under section 188 of the IPC.

Senior IAS officer Bhawna Garg was on Tuesday appointed joint chief electoral officer of Punjab. An order to this effect was issued by the Punjab government.

14-yr-old dies:
Kishan, the 14-year-old accident victim who was admitted to the GMCH Sector 32, Chandigarh, succumbed to his injuries today. Kishan was hit by a speeding car on the Barwala road here on March 18 and was shifted to the GMCH. Kishan is from Nepal and was living with his uncle here.

Beopar Mandal meet:
The Central government should offer special incentives and tax rebates to the businessmen belonging to border towns otherwise they would be forced to shift their bases elsewhere, stated Ashwani Mehta President Beopar Mandal during a meeting of local traders held here today. Traders demanded that government should establish industry in border areas. The traders also demanded the opening of Hussainiwala-Kasur border for trade and transit so that the local economy could be revamped.

Free eye check-up camp: The Bharat Vikas Parishad, Ferozepur City organized a free eye checkup and operation camp at local civil hospital under the guidance of civil surgeon S.S. Walia. DC Megh Raj inaugurated the camp. Swarn Singh, an NRI, who financed this camp, was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Rs 5 lakh compensation:
The District Consumer Forum (DCF), Hoshiarpur, headed by president P. D. Goel, has ordered M/s Hindustan Lever Limited, Mumbai, to pay Rs 5 lakh as prize money, along with compensation and litigation expenses assessed at Rs 5,000, within a month to complainant Daya Krishan Pandey of Sector 3, Talwara. In his complaint, Daya had stated that the company and Surf Excel had launched a scheme under which the winner was entitled to a scholarship of Rs 5 lakh. He won the scholarship, but his claim was repudiated on the ground that the swatch did not contain the code of the company.

Tuberculosis Day:
Dr Shyam Lal Thapar College of Nursing observed World Tuberculosis Day by organising group discussion of the students and faculty on its premises. Its theme was Awareness and Prevention of Tuberculosis. Dr Malti Thapar, former Health Minister and Member Central Council for Health and Family Welfare and Medical Council of India, presided over the function.

District TB officers felicitated:
District TB officer (DTO) Dr Anil Verma and senior TB laboratory supervisor (STLS) Jagpreet Kaur have been declared as the best DTO and STLS in Punjab for their contribution to the TB control programme. They were honoured by Punjab health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla during a state-level function at Gobindgarh on Sunday.

Helping hand: Local patrons of Dera Sacha Sauda (Sirsa), Ashok Kumar, Joginder Singh, Paramjit Singh, Amrik Singh and Surinder Singh, provided financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to accident victim Sarup Singh at the civil hospital here on Tuesday. Sarup Singh had received serious injuries in an accident on the Rahon-Jadla road a few days ago.

IMA event: The Indian Medical Association organised a “continuation medical education” programme at Banga on Saturday. The event was attended by 50 doctors. 

Warrant not executed:
Due to a protest by some persons, the bailiff of a local court on Tuesday could not succeed in getting the warrant of possession executed in the case of taking possession of a rented building (which houses the office of the district unit of the BJP for the past many years) on the Gaushala road here. The bailiff had to return as he could not get the lock of the building broken open for delivering the possession of the building to the person concerned due to the protest by some persons. 

District Credit plan:
An amount of Rs 1,086.74 cr was placed for approval before the house District Credit Plan for 2008-2009 in the sixth District Consultative Committee meeting organised here on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Parkash Singh, additional deputy commissioner, and besides officials of Punjab National Bank other representatives of different departments were present in the meeting.



The following have been elected office-bearers of the Employees Provident Fund Staff Union: general secretary-Vijay Kumar Sharma; vice-presidents--Chaman Lal Saini and Sant Singh; joint secretary--Anil Kumar Sharma; and treasurer--Rajesh Pathania.

Yoga camp:
A two-week yoga training camp began at the Army Institute of Law on Tuesday. Vinod Bhardwaj and Manmohan Singh of the Patanajali Yog Samiti are organising the camp. Around 100 students and staff of the institute are participating in the camp.

Function held
: A cultural programme “sheed-e-azam” was organised by the Lions Club Zirakpur district, 321 AF, to mark the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The programe was held at Kalgidhar Enclave, Baltana. Cabinet minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. Rich tributes were paid to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on the occasion. 



New secretary:
Deputy commissioner Mohammad Shayin nominated Amit Jain as the secretary of Ambala Club on Tuesday. Madan Lal Aggarwal, Sunanda Jindal and Amarjeet Singh were also nominated as member of executive committee. 

Prizes given: The 91st annual prize distribution function of SD College was held here on Tuesday. Brij Kishore Soni, president, college managing committee, was the chief guest. Around 600 students, including 73 merit position holders, 257 college toppers, 25 NCC cadets, 21 NSS volunteers, 150 sportsmen 94 cultural activity participants were awarded on the occasion.

Singapore delegation:
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has assured a Singapore delegation of total support of the state government to any investor of Singapore. To start with, the Haryana government could identify a few core areas and appoint a nodal officer for monitoring investment proposals from Singapore, Hooda told the members of a business delegation led by senior minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong. The delegation called on Hooda here on Tuesday.

Student arrested:
The police arrested Mukesh Yadav, who had allegedly abducted a teenaged girl, from his hideout in Gurgaon on Sunday. It also recovered the girl, a student of class IX, who was reportedly kidnapped from Bharangi village on March 19. Mukesh, who too is a student of class XII, was produced in the court of the Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate, who remanded him to judicial custody. The girl was medically examined, which confirmed sexual assault.

Man commits suicide: A young man, Girish Kumar (24), reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at Juddi village, near Kosli, on Monday. Sources said he took the extreme step, as he was jobless.



Contractor held:
The police has arrested one liquor contractor Tilak Raj along with a large haul of liquor being transported illegally at Nalti near Ghumarwin here on Tuesday evening. SP K.K. Indoria said the police intercepted a vehicle (HP-23D-4022) on the road-turn at Nalti and on searching it found 50 cases of liquor containing Punjab orange liquor bottles in them. The occupant of the vehicle, Tilak Raj, was arrested and a case was registered under the HP Excise Act, as he could not produce the concerned documents of transportation of this consignment. The police impounded the vehicle.

Press club elections:
Elections to the executive body of the Dharamsala Press Club will be held on April 7, according to election officer G.C. Pathania. The nominations for various posts will be filed on April 1, scrutiny will be held on April 3 and withdrawals will be allowed on April 4. The result will be declared the same day. 

Ashok Kumar was elected vice-president of the local municipal council on Tuesday. Kangra SDM Pardeep Kumar Thakur said Ashok Kumar was the only candidate who had filed nomination for the post. Ashok is nephew of former vice-president of the MC Bal Krishen Sharma, who passed away in August last year. President Urimla Sharma was present on the occasion.

Booked for rape:
A distant relative allegedly raped a 25-year-old married woman at her home at Tiri village on March 14. The victim lodged a complaint with police on Tuesday as her husband, a daily wager with the PWD, and was out of station. The victim, mother of two, was alone at home when Gudu (27) allegedly gave her some intoxicant and raped her. The accused is absconding.

Four goats perish:
According to information received here on Tuesday evening, 28 goats owned by Dharamdas, resident of Kuhal Kyari village about 110 km from here in Bharari Panchyat of Sangrah tehsil, had been killed by a leopard. Sources said the leopard broke open the cowshed and killed the goats. Residents of the area were living under the fear of leopards for the past two months. Forest officials were preparing the case for granting compensation to the owner, the sources said.



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