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Balidan Diwas: The Lok Sangram Manch, Punjab will celebrate Balidan Diwas of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on Sunday at village Sappanwali in this sub division.  Manch convener Baldev Singh said here today that plays titled “Main Bhagat Singh Bolda Haan” and “Parchhaven Hun Chup Nahin Rehangey” would be staged by Jaitu-based theatre group of Kirtipal Kaur. There will be action songs and choreography items also. 

Middle exams: Ritika is DAV topper: Ritika Chawla of DAV International School secured 95 per cent marks in the class VIII examinations conducted by the DAV managing committee. Principal Anjana Gupta said out of 113 students who appeared from the school, 17 were able to secure above 90 per cent marks, whereas 29 students got above 80 per cent. She said Riya Kalra stood second by securing 94.83 per cent, while Ekpreet Singh and Roopsi shared the third position. 

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Khalsa College Teachers Union: president - Prof S.S. Rangi; secretary - Prof Tarjit Singh; vice-president - Prof Harkirat Kaur; joint secretary - Amrit Kaur; and finance secretary - Prof Avtar Singh. Prof J.S. Bal, Prof V.K. Dutta, Prof Mohammad Arshad, Prof Avtar Singh and Prof Jagwinder Kaur have been nominated as delegates for the PCCTU.

Annual day of nursing school: The annual function of the Anand School of Nursing and Charitable Hospital (ASNCH), Jethuwala, Amritsar, would be held on March 30. Stating this, ASNCH chairman Dr M.M. Anand  said Dr J.S. Dalal, director, Research and  Medical Education, Punjab, would be the chief  guest and would award degrees and prizes to  the students. 

: The Punjab State Karamchari Dal has strongly criticised the thrashing and beating of Anganwari workers by the Bhatinda police and the brutal lathi charge on khet mazdoors at Lambi. Hari Singh Tohra, state president and Ashok Tulani, press sectreatry, in a press release issued on Friday, said the Badal government had failed to control the Punjab police and started following the footsteps of Amrinder Singh government.

Blood donation
: Dost Welfare Society in association with local civil hospital organised a blood donation camp at hospital’s blood bank here on Friday. Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, inaugurated the camp. Fifteen workers of the society donated blood on the occasion. Ashok Balianwali, president of the society, assured of full support in organising such camps in future also. 

Welcomed: The local Punjabi Sahit Sabha welcomed the step of the state government to use Punjabi language in all government departments of the state and implementing it in the schools in the state. 

Art theatre: The Venus Art Theatre here would stage two plays, ‘Parinde Jaan Hun Kithe’, written by Dr Sahib Singh and ‘Mahabharat’, written by Kulbir Malik, on March 30 at Open Air Theatre in Rose Garden here from 7 pm onwards. 

Seminar: A two-day seminar on ‘Globalisation and Education’ would be organised at Punjabi University College of Education here on March 29 and 30, a press release here said today. The inaugural session of the seminar would be presided over by Prof Gurdial Singh and Prof Surjeet Lee, former professor of Anthropological Linguistics at Punjabi University, Patiala would deliver the keynote address.

Dera Bassi
: A farmer Kuldip Singh of Bhagwanpura village lost his entire cultivated area under wheat crop to a fire on Thursday. The fire started from a small patch of land on Barwala Road and spread quickly to the nearby fields. Although a fire tender rushed to the spot and tried to stop the fire from spreading to two factories, a drug producing unit and a spinning mill nearby, the wastage store of the spinning mill was partially damaged. 

PSEB told to pay relief
: The district consumer forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB)authorities to grant compensation of Rs 33,000 to two residents of Kothe-Gharala village for causing the death of their buffaloes. The forum has also asked them to make payment of the compensation money within a month’s time. 

Member nominated: The Punjab Health And Family Welfare Department has nominated Guninder Nishchal, a resident of Pathankot, as member of the state-level advisory committee to control spurious and adulterated drugs. 

Exam centres inspected: An anti-copying squad led by Rakshawati today inspected some examination centres of Tamkot, Hero Khurd, Kheeva Khurd and Matti.  Rakshawati said that student of class-X was found using unfair means in the examination. This case was forwarded to the Punjab School Education Board by attaching the concerned material. 

Probe sought: District Congress committee president and MLA from Sardulgarh Ajitinder Singh Moffar has demanded inquiry in to the auction of liquor vends. He alleged that government exchequer had lost in the auction of liquor vends.  He said that he would meet the excise minister of Punjab in this connection.

Seminar on AIDS: District AIDS Control Society, Mansa held a seminar on AIDS. Addressing the seminar, Mansa MLA Sher Singh Gagowal urged people to launch campaign against AIDS. Deputy commissioner Surjeet Singh Dhillon, who presided over the seminar, said that although AIDS was not curable but certainly preventable provided that one adopts some rule and regulations in life. SDM Gurjeet Singh Pannu, civil surgeon G.S. Nagi, district education officer (secondary) Harbans Singh Sandhu, Nishan Singh, Dr. Nachhattar Singh were also present on the occasion. 

Meeting demanded: Member of the district grievances committee and former MLA Butta Singh in a press statement released here today alleged that not a single meeting of the district grievances committee was held during the last one year. He said that the committee was working only on papers. The purpose of these committees was to remove the grievances of people immediately, he added. 

Criticised: CPI (ML) Liberation has criticised the government decision in which it had imposed ban on the books of “Tarksheels”. Releasing a press statement here today, district secretary of the party Bhagwant Singh said that the party had decided to participate in a rally on April 7 in Ferozepur against the decision of government. He said that scientific- based books of Tarksheels had been playing significant role in creating awareness among people.

Protest against police inaction
: Up in arms against the police inaction, the Punjab Kissan Sabha, Sanial village, has decided to stage a dharna in front of the Mukerain DSP on Saturday. Sohan Singh, president of the local unit of the sabha, said the dharna was being staged after the police failed to drop a false case registered against Rajinder Singh on April 20, 2007. 

: A seminar on ‘emerging trends in Indian politics’ was organised by the department of political science of Punjabi University on Friday. Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor of the university, presided over the function. Transport minister of Punjab Master Mohan Lal, Dr S.S. Gill, dean, academic affairs, Dr N.K. Dogra also spoke on the occasion. 

Medical conference
: Eminent gynecologists from the region will participate in the one-day continuing medical education (CME) programme on ‘Anemia in Pregnancy’ being organised by the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, near Rajpura, on March 30. 

Firm told to pay Rs 2 lakh
: The local district consumer disputes redressal forum has directed the local branch of Oriental Insurance Company to pay Rs 2 lakh on account of insurance claim, along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum to Kewal Krishan, a resident of Kaulgarh village in Nawanshahr district. President of the forum has also directed the company to pay Rs 3,000 as compensation for mental tension and harassment, besides Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses to the complainant. 



: The trader cell of the BJP Ambala unit opposed the proposed entry tax in 
the state. A meeting of the traders was held in the new grain market on Friday. The traders expressed their concern over the proposal of the finance minister to impose entry tax. The meeting was presided by president of the cell Bharat Bhushan Aggarwal. The traders said the entry tax would create problems for them and further endorse the price hike. The cell demanded the remission of loans of small traders. 

Sahitya Akademi awards
: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is also the chairman of the Haryana Sahitya Akademi, has announced awards of the akademi for the year 2007-08. The most prestigious award of the akademi, Haryana Sahitya Ratan Samman, which carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, has been conferred on Sansar Chander. The Haryana domicile writer got the award for lifelong outstanding service in the field of literature. 

Job seekers cautioned: The Haryana government has cautioned job seekers in foreign countries to use the services of registered recruiting agencies only for going abroad to work. A spokesman of the state home department said the government had made it mandatory for such travel agencies to get themselves registered as recruiting agents under the Emigration Act, 1983, and follow all provisions of the act. 

Milk purchase rate up: Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Limited has decided to increase the milk purchase rate by Rs 10 per kg fat thus raising it to Rs 260 per kg fat with effect from April 1. This was stated by managing director of the federation Dhanpat Singh here on Friday. 

Tributes paid to Bansi Lal
: Tributes were paid to former Chief Minister Bansi Lal on the occasion of his death anniversary on Friday. A meeting of Congress workers, mostly those who were earlier associated with the Haryana Vikas Party, was held in the local Arorwansh Dharamshala, where the workers garlanded a portrait of Bansi Lal. 

Seminar held
: A seminar to provide information to farmers about diversification of crops and apprise them about latest techniques was held at the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra here on Friday. The seminar was jointly organised by the agriculture department and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kaithal. Deputy director, agriculture, Devinder Singh Malik presided over the seminar. Scientists from Hisar, Karnal and Kaithal imparted knowledge about the technical aspect of crops. A quiz competition was also held and the winners were awarded prizes. 

1 held for stealing truck
: The police seized a stolen truck along with the goods from Bahalgarh village in Sonepat district on Thursday. It also apprehended its cleaner Naresh, who had allegedly taken away the truck laden with chemicals worth lakhs of rupees from a hotel in Dharuhera on March 23. The truck was parked there by its driver Ram Das. However, he found the truck missing the next morning. Consequently, he made a complaint following which the police registered a case. The accused has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. 

Eye donation
: Kashmiri Lal Chugh (45) of Main Bazar, Gohana, who expired on Thursday following a cardiac arrest, became the 142nd eye donor of the area, when his wife said it was her husband’s last wish to donate his eyes after death. After his death, his brothers informed the coordinator of “Ahuti”, a voluntary organisation, and a team of doctors from the eye bank of the PGIMS, Rohtak, reached Gohana to perform the operation. It was the fifth case of eye donation from Gohana in the month of March. 

New courses introduced: Poly-technical College of BPS Women University, Khapur Kalan, has introduced four new self-employment oriented courses for women, who had dropped their studies after passing the middle and matriculation examinations. Principal of the college Dharambir Singh Dahiya said the admissions in the new courses of electrical mechanic and beauty culture and hairdresser would be of one-and-a-half year duration whereas the courses of computer operator and office assistant would be of one-year duration. 


2 held, vehicle impounded
: The police at Suharghat near here has arrested two persons, Mohammad Asif and Naimdin of Saharanpur, under Cruelty to Animals Act. Earlier, the police stopped a tempo loaded with seven buffaloes at a naka on NH-21, near Suharghat, Thursday night. The consignment was meant for Saharanpur. The police has registered a case and has impounded the vehicle, which was carrying the animals in it. 

Angling contest on April 11, 12
: The Himachal Angling Association (HAA) will hold the 61st anglers’ meet-cum-open angling competition on April 11 and 12 at Pong Dam in Kangra district. The contest will be held in collaboration with the departments of tourism and fisheries. A spokesman of the HAA said the aim was to draw attention of the state government and spread awareness among the masses towards protection of environment. Entries for the competition should reach the office of the assistant director of fisheries by March 31. 

Security guard dead
: A security guard of pharma unit at Manpura, near Baddi, died on Thursday night after consuming excess liquor. Sugreev (45), who hailed from UP, breathed his last at the PGI, Chandigarh, where he was admitted along with his four other colleagues in a critical condition on March 24 night. After consuming liquor, they all fell unconscious. The neighbourers had rushed them to a hospital at Nalagarh. Later, they were referred to the PGI due to their deteriorating condition.

Poppy husk seized: The police has seized 40 kg of poppy husk and 300gm of opium from a house at Khillyan village, near Nalagarh, on Friday. The police raided the house of Sukhdev Singh and found poppy husk and opium lying in a cowshed. A case has been registered.

RSS protest
: The RSS volunteers here on Friday took out a protest march against the alleged killings of innocent people in Kunoor (Kerala) and in Nandigram (West Bengal) allegedly by the CPM cadre. Protesters raised slogans against the communists, Kerala, West Bengal and union governments and demanded action against them. The march was started from Kalisthan temple of the town and ended at the office of deputy commissioner. The march was then converted into a nukkar sabha which was addressed by the RSS leaders. The volunteers also submitted a memorandum to the DC. 

Cow killings: Residents of the Paonta area came out on the roads against the continuous killing of cows in the area by miscreants involved in beef and animal smuggling. Over 300 residents from Sainwala, Jagatpur, Dhaulan Kuan and Misserwala villages gathered in front of the Majra police post under Paonta subdivision and raised slogans against the cow killings. The VHP, Shiv Sena and Bajran Dal has decided to launch an agitation against the illicit business of selling beef and smuggling cows, bulls and buffalo to butchers in Uttarakhand. The protesters alleged that a large number of cows and buffaloes had of late been disappearing from their areas. Many animals were later found killed in the nearby forest for beef. 

4 trucks fined, released: The Paonta police impounded four trucks, loaded with limestone extracted illegally from the area, in a raid conducted this evening at Kafota about 75 km from here today. Paonta Dy SP V.S. Thakur said the trucks were released after recovering Rs 15,000 from each, under the Mining Act. 

Dharna organised
: Thousands of aganwari workers and helpers staged a dharna in front of the state Assembly in support of their demands, here on Thursday. The agitators assembled at the Panchayat Bhawan and march to the Vidhan Sabha in a procession. Their main demand included hike in emoluments of anganwari workers to Rs 4,000 per month and that of anganwari helpers to Rs 2,000 per month. They are also demanding that they should be treated on par with government employees as they were carrying out regular duties like them. 

TB prevention: The government is taking effective steps, including strengthening of laboratory facilities in health institutions, to prevent the spread of tuberculosis (TB). Health minister Dr Rajiv Bindal while flagging off a state-level rally on occasion of the World Tuberculosis Day stated this here recently. Dr Bindal said, besides the DOTS project, emphasis must be laid on educating people and the need to start immediate treatment and complete the entire course. 

: About 200 corrugated box manufacturers of the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial area have organised themselves into an association to address their genuine grouses. The association comprises president Devender Sehgal, vice-presidents G.K. Sardana, Mukesh Jain, Hem Raj Chaudhary, and honorary general secretary Pankaj Mittal, Nalagarh. The executive body comprises Pankaj Mittal, Sandeep Jain, Deepak Bhandari, Ajay Chaudhary, Ajay Kishore, Anurudh Aggarwal, Jitender Singh, Satish Jain, Gagan Kapoor and Kirat Modi from Mumbai had been inducted as a special invitee as he is representing the Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers of India. 


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