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Protest march held
: The local unit of the Bharatiya Janta Party on Monday organised a protest march to express resentment over the alleged killing of four RSS workers in Kerala. Party workers led by president Ravi Setia assembled at Geeta Mandir and marched to the office of the SDM. There, they handed over a memorandum addressed to President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil censuring the Leftist government in Kerala. In the memorandum, they urged the President to direct the Kerala government to check the occurrence of such incidents. 

Health camp: About a dozen major surgeries were performed by doctors from the health department at a free camp organised at Mrs Triveni Devi Sanatan Dharam Hospital on Abohar-Sriganganagar road here on Sunday. President Pramil Kalani said six such camps had so far been organised within two years of the functioning of the charitable hospital.

Elected: Chand Soni was unanimously elected as the president of the newly formed “Press-Public Manch” during a meeting held at Arorvansh Dharamshala here on Sunday. The NGO will coordinate with other organisations to work in the fields of education, business and health among others, he said. 

Celebrated: The Vishav Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday celebrated ‘Dharam Raksha Nidhi Utsav’ here at Geeta Mandir, district president Lila Dhar Sharma informed today. Khem Chand Sharma, Ram Kumar Goyal former MLA, city BJP president Ravi Setia, former councillor Suversha Narang, district BJP vice-president Dhanpat Siyag expressed concern over atrocities allegedly being committed on Hindus in some states. 

Retd agri officers meet
: Retired Agriculture Officer Welfare Association, Barnala, has decided to participate in a training camp for farmers scheduled to be held on April 2 at Bazakhana road here. The decision was taken at a meeting of the association held here today. Kewal Krishan Singla said the problems being faced by the pensioners were also discussed at the meeting and a resolution was passed to get the association registered. 

Tea stall set on fire: An unidentified person set a tea stall on fire near Sekha railway crossing here on Sunday night. The owner of the tea stall, Malkeet Singh, said that he came to know about the incident through security employees.

Campaign: Senior medical officer Dr Kuldeep Singh Kang inaugurated the pulse polio campaign for children of migrant labourers in the sub-division by administering polio drops to a newly born child on Sunday. 

Free food scheme: Punjab agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langha inaugurated a free food scheme for inmates of the Red Cross Drug Deaddiction and Rehabilitation Centre here on Monday. The minister also announced an annual grant of Rs 5 lakh to provide food free of cost. He said the government would shortly provide land for the construction of the building of the centre at a suitable place so that drug addicts could treated and rehabilitated.

IMA chief elected
: Dr Keshav Sood was re-elected president of the Indian Medical Association, Hoshiarpur, for the third consecutive term in a straight contest here on Sunday night.

Office-bearers: In the annual session of the Punjab Police Pensioner's Welfare Association,Hoshiarpur, the following office bearers have been unanimously elected for the period of two years. Chairman Malkiat Singh, vice chairman Mohinder Singh, secretary Sarwan Singh, joint secy Shamsher Singh and cashier Garib Dass. 

Farewell to Malik
: The station director of All India Radio, Jalandhar, Dharam Pal Malik retired from his service on Monday after serving AIR for over three decades. Malik was given a warm send off by his staff. He was lauded by superintending engineer AK Dixit and assistant station director Suman Pal for his administrative skills.

Medical camp:
The Asra Lok Sewa Club, Mansa organised a free heart and cancer check-up camp at Gaushala Bhawan here on Sunday. Deputy commissioner Surjit Singh Dhillon inaugurated the camp. Project chairman of the club Tarsem Semi said that doctors, including Shiv Preet Samra and Rohit Modi examined the nearly 195 heart Patients and Sandeep Jain examined 105 cancer patients. The team of doctors was honoured by branch manager of the State Bank of Patiala A.P. Dubey. On this occasion, former- MLA Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh and some representatives of social organisations were also present.

Memorandum submitted: Workers of village Dalelsingh Wala today submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner of Mansa in relating to their demands. Mazdoor Mukti Morcha led the delegation. State secretary of the organisation, Bhagwant Singh said that they had demanded facilities of toilets in houses  and five marla plots for poor. He said that workers residing in almost all the nearby  villages had been facing similar problems. 

: A charitable trust, Zinddi.com today honoured several persons for their commendable contribution in different fields. These personalities were adjudged as Pride of Moga. Those honoured included principal National Convent School (education), Harmanpreet Kaur (sports), Sanjeev (dance), Sonu Sood (acting), Bhupinder Singh (drama), Harmohinder Singh (painting), Jaswinder Singh (modeling), Jagdish (technical film), Janardhan Sharma (song writing), Dr. Gagandeep Singh (medical), Indu Puri (business), T. Singh (police), Captain Ranjeet Singh (freedom fighter), Sat Parkash (writing), Najar Singh (life-time award), H. L. Sharma (education) Naseeb Bawa (jury award).

Car crushes man, injures two
: A middle-aged man was crushed to death and two students were injured by a speeding car near Cahchoki village here on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Dharam Singh, while those injured were Malwinder Singh and Lakhwinder Kumar.Police said Dharam was waiting to cross the road when the vehicle, which was on its way to Ludhiana, first struck a roadside tree and then hit Dharam and the other two. 

: A fete-cum-exhibition was held at Defence Colony near here on Monday. Col G.S. Pathania, a former CO of the Elite Gurkha Regiment, who was the chief guest, appreciated the enthusiastic participants of the fete. A couple of multinational companies showcased their latest gadgets, luxury cars, cell-phones, toys and certain other items.

Elected: K.P Singh defeated Barjinder Singh Sodhi by 137 votes while Inderjit Singh Mann garnered 460 votes to beat Rajiv Kaushal and become general secretary of the general elections of the Patiala District Bar Association held recently. Gurdeep Singh was elected joint secretary. He beat Rajpal Singh by 40 votes. Kuljit Singh was elected senior vice-president by beating Sanjay Khanna by 85 votes. Nisha Rishi was elected to the post of cashier. She beat Randhir Singh by 223 votes. Balkrishan beat Bir Davinder by 194 votes to be librarian. 

CONCLUDES: Director of Philips Electronic India Limited Ramanjit Singh lauded the performance of students of Punjab School of Management Studies on the final day of the PSMS Fest 2008 here today. Ramanjit Singh, who was the chief guest, lighted the ceremonial lamp to mark the formal inauguration of the second day proceedings of the festival which was christened ‘Memoire-a-Jamais’. Dr Pushpinder Singh Gill, professor in PSMS, welcomed the chief guest. The cultural bonanza included solo dance competition, skit competition, group dance, photography and advertisement competition.

Teachers flay govt
: The local Computer Teachers Union has criticised the Punjab government for allegedly doing “injustice” to them for the past three years. President of the union Gurvinder Rattan said the state government had not been regularising their services. The government had not given pay grades to them so far. 

Dalits hold rally: Activists of the district unit of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan on Monday held a rally under the leadership of district president Harbans Singh at the district administrative complex. Their demands included eradication of bonded labour, waiving of loans of agriculture workers, permission for cremating deceased Dalits in any cremation ground of villages. 



Protest: Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) and its frontal organizations, including Vishaw Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Vidhyarthi Parishad, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh and Vidhya Bharti, held a protest march in Ambala city to protest against the killing of five RSS workers in Kerala by the CPM supporters. BJP leaders also participated. Later, the organisations submitted a memorandum to the Ambala deputy commissioner addressed to the President of India.

Allowance for jobless: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday announced an increase in the unemployment allowance of science students. He also announced that all registered unemployed women, irrespective of the stream, would be given 50 per cent higher unemployment allowance than in the case of men. Unemployed registered candidates with the qualification of 10 plus 2 in the science stream would now get Rs 450 per month instead of Rs 300 per month as unemployment allowance. 

Ranga promoted: R.K. Ranga, a Haryana cadre IAS officer of the 1976 batch, was on Monday promoted as a financial commissioner. While IAS officers of 1981 batch had been already promoted as financial commissioners in Haryana, promotion of Ranga, who is slated to retire on June 30, was held up. The state government also placed the services of Dalip Singh at the disposal of the Government of India for appointment as joint secretary in the ministry of steel. Dalip Singh was posted here as secretary, animal husbandry department. 

Insecticide inspectors: The Haryana agriculture department has increased the number of insecticide inspectors from 102 to 323 and those of fertiliser inspectors from 82 to 185 to strengthen its quality control mechanism. Sumita Mishra, director, agriculture, said 3,359 samples of seeds, 2,113 samples of fertilisers and 1,519 samples of pesticides were taken during 2007-08. Out of the total samples taken, 102 samples of seeds, 36 of fertilisers and 90 of pesticides were found sub-standard or misbranded. In cases where the samples had not been found up to the prescribed standards, appropriate action was taken.

House tax: The Haryana government has extended the date to pay the arrears of house tax within the jurisdiction of all urban local bodies up to April 30. An official spokesman said those who paid the arrears of their house tax by this date would get exemption from the payment of interest, fine and surcharge on the arrears.

Cancer institute opened: The Jindal family dedicated a Rs 40 crore cancer institute to the public on well-known industrialist-turned-politician Om Parkash Jindal’s third death anniversary here on Monday. The family also threw open to the public an 8-acre park near Gujari Mahal here on the occasion. Philanthropist Sita Ram Jindal unveiled a statue of the late O. P. Jindal on the cancer institute premises. His widow, Haryana revenue minister Savitri Jindal, unveiled a statue in the new park.

Woman killed: An unidentified sixty-year-old woman was run over by a passenger train on the Kurukshetra-Narwana northern railway track near Gurdwara Sixth Paatshaahi here on Sunday. Dharam Pal, sub-inspector, Government Railway Police, said the body had been sent to the local LNJP Hospital for postmortem examination. The railway police had registered a case in this connection, but the cause of death could not be ascertained. 

MC chief suspended: Acting on the report sent by the deputy commissioner, Kaithal, the director, local bodies, Haryana, has suspended Sunita Bansal from the post of the president of the Municipal Council, Kaithal. She has also been debarred from participating in any proceedings of the House and has been directed to immediately hand over all records, cash or property belonging to the council, which were in her possession, to the vice-president of the council. 

Martyr status sought  for ACP Rajbir: In view of meritorious services rendered as “encounter specialist” in the elimination of numerous dreaded criminals by the Delhi police ACP Rajbir Singh, Naresh Yadav, MLA and president of the Haryana Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (HYKSS), has urged the union government, Delhi government and the Haryana government to bestow the official distinction (honour or status) of a martyr upon the slain police officer, Rajbir Singh. He also urged the Haryana government to name the Government Polytechnic College, Lisana, 6 km from Rewari, after the slain ACP. 

Jain community: The Jain community should be accorded the status of religious minority in the state. The Bharitya Jain Milan, an organisation of the community, has shot off a letter demanding a notification in this regard. The demand was made after a meeting of the organisation and other Jain bodies here, said Ramesh Chander Jain, general secretary of the organisation. The Jains are a religious minority in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. 



BSP to oppose cement plants
: The BSP has declared that it will oppose the state government policy of setting up cement plants in the state and awaken people regarding the ill-effects of these plants on environment and general health of the people. This was announced by state unit president of the party Vijay Kumar Nayar while addressing a meeting of the party here on Monday. It was demanded that every household of oustees of all power projects be given at least 100 units of power. State general secretaries of the party Sukhram Chauhan, K.K. Kaushal and district president Kesh Pathania also spoke on the occasion. 

5 held for felling khair trees: The police here has arrested five persons for being involved in felling of eight khair wood trees from the government forest on Saturday. SP K.K. Indoria said here on Sunday that a police party intercepted a pick up van and recovered 32 logs of khair wood.Those arrested are Mohinder Kumar of Sair village, Shyamlal of Solag village, Ashwini Kumar of Bhandwaad-Chandpur village, Dharampal of Sai Brahamana village and Insarali of J&K. The police had also taken into possession one Indica car, pick up van, 32 logs of illegally felled wood, one iron saw and a tarpaulin. 

Support for NGOs’ federation: The Himachal Pradesh State Technical Pump Operators Association has extended support to the State NGOs Federation led by Ram Singh and said that it will be ready to obey all directions of the federation as it has the largest support of employees of state. The general house of the association elected Kailash Rana its state president, Jagtar Singh Bains senior vice-president and Naresh Kumar general secretary. Returning officer Suresh Kumar Ranaut conducted the elections. 

Two arrested: The police arrested Manoj Kumar of Kandraur village and impounded Tata sumo jeep (HP 01B-0326) near Badhyat village on Kothi bridge near here on Saturday. He was illegally carrying 50 cases of desi liquor in this vehicle. The police also arrested Sunder Singh of Dabar village near here on Saturday night along with 4 cases of illegally transported liquor and impounded a vehicle. 

One held for grabbing dam oustee’s land
: The Rajasthan Police on Sunday achieved a breakthrough in a forgery case booked two years ago by two Pong Dam oustees. The complainants had alleged that their allotted land was allegedly grabbed and sold by Vijay Kumar, a resident of Chalwara village in Jawali subdivision, by executing forged deeds. A case has been lodged at the Vijaynagar police station in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan. The complainants, Bishamber and Parkash of Bhaglar village in Jawali subdivision, had lodged a case against Vijay Kumar and his Rajasthan-based accomplice Madan Vishnoi. The Vijaynagar police official, who arrested the accused, said he would be produced in a court for seeking police remand.

Liquor seized
: The police seized 600 bottles of countrymade liquor from a pickup van (HP-12A-6200) near Ramshehr on Monday. The van was checked at a routine naka put up by the police. Driver Sanjeev Kumar and two other occupants of the vehicle Madan Kumar and Surinder Singh have been arrested. A case has been registered. 

BCA, MBA more popular
: Addressing a press conference here on Sunday chairman, Aryan Group of Institutes, Chandigarh, Anshu Kataria, said the students of class XII from the state are more interested in going for BCA rather than B.A, B.Com courses. The graduate students are interested in MBA, PGDM and MCA courses instead of M.A, M.Sc and M.Com courses, he added. Over 445 students participated in a camp to seek guidance about various courses available after class XII and graduation. He said the camp started on March 29 at six places, including Shimla, Solan, Dharamsala, Hamirpur, Manali and Mandi. 

Body found
: The decomposed body of an unidentified man was found in a deserted well in the thickly populated Niazpur locality of the town on Monday afternoon. The deceased was wearing a kurta pyzama. It appeared that he might have drowned in the well a week ago. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination. 


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