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One Rekha had to be hospitalised after she suffered an electric shock while touching a low-lying electricity transmission wire in the Nai Abadi locality here. She was rushed to a private hospital where her condition was reported to be critical. Prem Kalra, president of the Durgiana Market Association, in a press release on Friday, regretted that the authorities had not responded to the repeated requests of mending the low-lying wires, which pose a threat to the lives of those living in the area.

Nominated: The president of the “Press Public Manch,” Chand Soni, on Saturday announced the executive body of the recently formed NGO. The nominated office-bearers are: Mathra Dass Chanana, Raj Sadosh, Anil Satija and Amit Yayavar as patrons; Rajesh Sachdeva as senior vice-president; Shyam Sunder Sachdeva, Ramesh Kathuria, Gaurav Nagpal and Om Parkash Kaushik as vice-presidents; Satya Narain Rassewatt as general secretary; and, Ashok Garg and Pardeep Nagpal as treasurers, a press release said. 

Muskan tops in class V: The Genius International School achieved excellence in the class V examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board in the sub-division, as 36 of its 59 students who appeared in the annual exam have got 90-96 per cent marks while 21 students secured 80-89 per cent while two students got 70-79 per cent marks. Muskan Singla excelled securing 432 marks out of 450, followed by Ishita Bansal who got 430 marks. Arpit Kataria, Aastha and Karan Juneja secured 429 marks each. 

2 gangsters nabbed:
Two members of the Derh gang, including its kingpin, were nabbed by the district police here on Saturday. The police recovered nine live cartridges of .32 bore and a motorcycle from their possession. The accused were identified as Amandeep Singh of New Partap Nagar and Parveen Kumar of New Kot Atma Ram here. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59, Arms Act, has been registered.

Release of prisoners sought:Three lawyers here have decided to take legal recourse to seek the release of Pakistan and Indian nationals languishing in jails on both sides. Advocate Ajay Kumar Vermani, advocate, said he was in the process of getting information about Indian prisoners in Pakistan and would file writ petitions for their release in Pakistani courts.The panel also includes Pawan Bhardwaj and Vibhor Taneja.

Bassi Pathana
Foreign dignitaries’ visit:
Under the humanitarian aid mission of the Rotary International, a team led by Kurt Tritten, leading economist and banker from Switzerland, visited Bassi Pathana town to oversee the facilities provided by Baba Mehar Charitable Trust in the fields of medicine, education, vocational training and empowerment of women in 128 villages adopted by the Trust. He has come here on the invitation of patron of the Trust Hardarshan Singh Mejie. Tritten appreciated the efforts of the patron.

‘Disha’ organised
: With a view to augment livelihood resources, a non-banking finance company (NBFC), Fullerton India Credit Company Limited, organised a unique livelihood advancement fair called Disha here on Saturday. The fair was aimed at people from all age-groups, who aspire for livelihood advancement. In this regard, a team of professional career counsellors gave advice on vocational courses, working from home options and entrepreneurial development. Commenting on the initiative, G.S Sundararajan, managing director and CEO, Fullerton India Credit Company Ltd, said that the initiative would make a difference in the lives and future of the customers. It was the part of the company’s  community programmes. He said the company focussed on providing financial solutions to customers belonging to the middle and lower-income segments to help them come up in life. 

Theatre day celebrations:
The 94th International Punjabi Theatre Day celebrations will conclude at Baradari Gardens on Sunday. According to NTAS director-general Pran Sabharwal, the first day’s opening function was held in collaboration with the Patiala branch of the Association for Social Health in India (ASHI). Chief guest Dharamjit Singh Grewal lauded ASHI and NTAS for serving society and arts. The chief guest honoured the director couple - Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal-and gave away cash prizes to the artistes.

DSP’s office gheraoed:
Hundreds of residents of the Goindwal area protesting against the police atrocities gheraoed the office of the DSP, Goindwal, and staged a dharna on the Goindwal-Kapurthala road, 22 km from here, on Thursday. Pro-CPM, Punjab mass organisations, the Zamhoori Kisan Sabha, the Shahid Bhagat Singh Naujawan Sabha, the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha and the Janwadi Instri Sabha took part in the protest. Later, SP (O) Tejinder Pal Singh Maur assured the residents and then the dharna was lifted.



Bar elections:
S.M. Sharma was elected president of the Ambala District Bar Association here on Saturday. He defeated Chaman Singh with the margin of five votes. As many as 498 lawyers took part in the elections. Other office-bearers are: Dilbag Singh-vice-president; Rajan Gupta-secretary; Inder Mohan Rao-joint secretary; Deepak-cashier.

Lawyers’ chambers: As many as 300 lawyers’ chambers will be constructed in the court complex of Ambala City. Ambala Cantonment MLA Devender Bansal, who is also a member of the Ambala Bar, inaugurated a common hall exclusively for woman lawyers at the complex here on Friday. He said the matter of the chambers was pending with the state government and he would take up the matter with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to expedite it.

Eyes donated: Relatives of Surender Bajaj, a cloth merchant from Ambala City, donated his eyes to Madav Netra Bank after his death on Friday. Surender died due to blood pressure. Office-bearers of the bank approached the father of the deceased and persuaded him to donate the eyes of his son. President of the bank Om Parkash, while appreciating the decision of the Bajaj family, said the others should also follow their example. The bank has already transplanted around two dozen corneas into persons who had lost their eyesight due to one or other reason. 

Bishnoi to distribute wheat:
Condemning the central government for its “failure” to check the rising inflation in the country, Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) chief Kuldeep Bishnoi has announced to distribute wheat among the poor free of cost. Bishnoi said to protest against the Congress-led central government, the HJC would distribute free of cost wheat to poor at district headquarters outside the DC’s office on April 8, adding that he would bear the expenditure of the distribution.

BDPO held for graft:
The block development and panchayat officer (BDPO) of Bahadurgarh, Liyakat Ali, was caught while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a former sarpanch of Ladrawan village of the district here on Saturday. The BDPO was demanding money from former sarpanch Puran Singh for conducting an inquiry against present sarpanch of the same village Rajesh Kumar. The former sarpanch had filed an application in the court of district magistrate, leveling allegations of financial irregularities against the reigning sarpanch.

Watchman found dead:
The body of Sunder, a watchman hailing from Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, was found lying in HUDA Sector 4 here on Saturday. The body bore marks of multiple injuries and it is being suspected that the watchman was murdered.

Auto-rickshaw drivers call off strike:
Thousands of auto-rickshaws, one of the main modes of transportation in the district, on Saturday came back on roads after a day’s strike. The auto-rickshaw drivers had pulled their vehicles off roads alleging “indiscriminate” challaning by the police. A large number of auto-rickshaw drivers reached the mini-secretariat and met the deputy commissioner and informed him about their problems. A deputy superintendent of police was also present in the meeting. There are more than 2,000 auto-rickshaws plying in the district.



Quake victims remembered:
Residents of this town who were killed in a devastating earthquake on April 4, 1905, were remembered on Friday. Flowers were showered on the memorial of these residents near old Kangra. The Sanatan Dharam Saba organised a hawan at the memorial of those who were killed during the earthquake. Around 19,000 people were killed in Kangra valley, which included 10,527 residents of Kangra alone. 

Patwari held for bribe:
A team of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Vigilance on Saturday held a patwari red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 at Kuthar in Kasauli tehsil of the district. According to sources, the team members after receipt of complaint laid a trap to nab him. They further said patwari Mani Ram was allegedly demanding Rs 15,000 for supplying some land related documents from the villager. As soon as, the patwari allegedly accepted the money, the team members arrested him red handed. A case has been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Household items stolen: Unidentified miscreants looted household items from a house in Chambaghat area of the town on Friday night. The house belonged to Surender Kumar, an employee of the HFCL factory, who was out of station. Some trunks and suitcases were found dumped in the nearby bushes. A case has been registered.


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