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Office-bearers elected
: The following office-bearers of the Association of Engineers have been elected: Ajeet Wadhwa as president; N.K. Sikri as vice-president; N.K. Mehta as general secretary; Ramesh Kamboj as joint secretary; S.K. Jhamb as chief auditor, a press release issued here on Wednesday said. 

Bharat Vikas Parishad: Pardeep Garg, Kashmiri Lal Bansal and Ravinder Gupta were installed as president, secretary and treasurer respectively of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP), Shiva Ji branch, at a function held in the Arorvansh Dharamshala here on Tuesday. SDM N.S. Brar presided over the function. Outgoing president Surinder Mohan Goyal thanked the members for the cooperation extended during his tenure. 

World Earth Day: Sardar Patel Medical Institute for Multipurpose Health Workers on Wednesday organised a function in connection with the World Earth Day. Chairman Sita Ram Sharma, principal Jagsir Singh, lecturer Puneet Bajaj and some students spoke about the significance of the day and also expressed concern over the unchecked female foeticide, a press release issue here said. 

2 hurt in attack
: Two persons were injured seriously in a quarrel at Bhittewadh village, 18 km from here, falling under Rajasansi police station late Tuesday night when they were attacked by their cousin Hartej Singh. The injured have been identified as Avtar Singh and Jagtar Singh who have been admitted at the local Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. 

‘Withdraw ban’
: Senior Akali leader Kulwant Singh Khara, in a press release issued on Tuesday, urged the Chief Minister to withdraw the ban imposed on paddy plantation up to June 15. He said farmers and labourers would sit idle for two months and after June 15, there would be great rush for paddy plantation and it would be difficult to engage labour. He demanded that Chief Minister should direct the officials not to harass those who want to plant paddy now. 

Board nomination
: Satish Chander Sarin, a Batala resident, has been nominated as a member of Punjab Small industrial development board.

Body of baby girl found
: The volunteers of Sahara Jan Seva, an NGO, found the body of newly-born girl floating in the Sirhind canal in Bathinda today. Vijay Goyal, in-charge of the NGO, said volunteers rushed to the spot immediately and informed the Kotwali police. After the postmortem, the police handed over the body to the Sahara volunteers. 

Function: Physically Handicapped Association, Punjab-Chandigarh, will organise “Angheen Chetna Samaroh” at the Government Senior Secondary School (Boys), Goniana Mandi, on Sunday. Mahant Baba Kahan Singh will inaugurate the function while Rahul Tewari, DC Bathinda, will preside over the function. 

Aggarwal Sabha: Aggarwal Sabha, Bathinda, in a press release said a decision had been taken informing the district administration in the presence of Mahants that eunuchs will not pressurise people for more than Rs 500 on the occasion of the birth of male child and on marriages. The matter was discussed at the fourth annual function of Aggarwal Sabha and the general body meeting held at Teachers’ Home here on Wednesday. 

Earth Day: Environment Awareness Organisation, Bathinda, with the help of Eco Club, Government Senior Secondary School, Jassi Pau Wali celebrated Earth Day at the school premises on Wednesday. Sukhdev Singh Sandhu, youth co-coordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra was the chief guest while the function was presided over by Sandeep Singh. 

Elected: Fakir Singh Sahota and Parampal Singh Sidhu have unanimously been chosen as the president and general secretary respectively of Punjab State Co-operative Bank Employees Federation.

Congratulated: Members of the S.S. Jain Sabha, Bathinda, congratulated Chiranji Lal Garg for being appointed as the national vice-president of the SAD (B). They also thanked CM Parkash Singh Badal and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. 

PAC meeting on April 25
: A meeting of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the SAD has been convened on April 25 to decide the name of the candidate to be nominated for the Amritsar (South) Vidhan Sabha by-election. 

Seminar held: A seminar on monitoring, implementation, evaluation and accounting of government-sponsored projects called for identifying potential problems at an early stage was held here on Wednesday. Dr R. K. Gupta, professor and advisor, Finance, Panjab University, speaking at the seminar organised by the Punjab State Council for Science, said there was also a need for measurable objectives, a structured set of indicators and provision for collecting data and managing project records. 

: In view of the upcoming elections to the panchyat raj bodies, the deputy commission held a meeting on Wednesday with the senior officials of the district administration to oversee the arrangements being made for the poll. 

Agents under lens
: To check fake travel agents, a special campaign has been launched against the so called travel agents by the district police. SSP, Hoshiarpur, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, stated here on Wednesday evening that keeping in view the increasing number of cases of travel agents duping lakhs of rupees of innocent persons, the district police had registered as many as 31 cases against the 46 travel agents in the last three months (January 1 to March 31). The police received 286 complaints out of which 174 had been disposed of by its economic wing and  had got Rs 64, 22,000 returned to the aggrieved persons. 

Memorandum given: The chairman, convenor and press secretary of the Coordination Committee of Para-Medical and Health Employees, Punjab, Randhir Singh, Balbir Singh and Surinder Ghai, respectively, in a press note here on Wednesday condemned the ‘dictatorial and irresponsible’ behaviour of the health minister, Punjab, towards problems and demands of employees of the Health Department. They submitted a memorandum to the Director Health Services (DHS) Office, Chandigarh, with a notice of state-level dharna on April 30 at Parivar Kalyan Bhavan, Chandigarh. 

Case registered
: The Kharar police registered a case on Wednesday against unknown thieves in the theft incident at market committee. Market committee's disposal motor was stolen two months back but police did not take any action. Despite repeated written requests from the committee authorities, police officials 
did not once visit the spot of  incidence. 

Narcotics burnt
: The police in Mansa on Wednesday destroyed a huge quantity of narcotics. Around 21 quintals of poppy husk, 400 tablets besides other drugs, collected from different police stations in the district, were destroyed by the policemen. On the occasion, chairman of the Drugs Destroying Committee, DIG Jitender Jain, SSP Mansa M.F. Farooqi, SP (D) of Bathinda, Sukhdev Singh Chahal and SP(D) Mansa, Sukhpal Singh Brar, were also present. 

4 vehicle-lifters in police net
:The police has arrested Gurpreet Singh of Durgapur village, Jaspreet Singh Jassa of Bharta Khurd village, Surjit Kumar of Khamancho village and Sandeep Pal Singh of Kulam road here. “As many as 7 stolen motorcycles were recovered from them,” said DSP Sat Pal Singh Bhangu and SHO city, Rakesh Kumar, at a press meet here on Wednesday. 

Soz cremated
: Hundreds of people attended the cremation of noted novelist and Punjabi writer Sohan Singh Soz on Tuesday. Soz gad died following a brief illness on Monday. 

Attendance checked
: Sixty-two teams checked teachers' attendance in 650 government elementary schools of the district on Tuesday. There are 1,769 teachers in these schools. Out of these, 284 teachers were found to be on leave and 21 were found absent. 

Three booked
: The Verowal police has booked three persons, including son-mother, for kidnapping a teenaged girl of Mallha Kurri Walah village. The accused have been identified as Kalu and his mother Amarjit Kaur, residents of the same village, and Shingara Singh of Minda Pind falling under Goindwal police station. The case has been registered on the complaint of the father of the victim. 

Protest held: Workers of the CPM, Punjab, at the end of their 24-hour fast at the office of the DC here on Wednesday, raised slogans against the state and the union governments against price rise. Led by party district president Kulwant Singh Chabal, they condemned the state government for not having its check the black-marketeers which is the reason for price rise. 

Animal exchange
: The Chattbir zoo will exchange its inmates with Mysore zoo. Sources in the zoo said the zoo would soon have a bison, a baboon, a lion tale macaque and a black swan. These animals would be brought from the Mysore zoo in exchange a chinkara, a goral and a pair of parrots. 



: Fire broke out in a kiryana shop in Mohali on Tuesday night damaging goods lying inside it. According to reports, the fire broke out around midnight after which a fire tender was pressed into service. It took nearly an hour for the fire brigade to bring the situation under control. Fire brigade officials said a TV set and an STD machine and other items lying in the shop were damaged in the fire. The cause of fire could not be ascertained. 

Elected: The following have been unanimously elected office-bearers of the Senior Citizens’ Welfare Forum, Phase IX. President - Gurbachan Singh; senior vice-president - Joginder Singh; vice-president - Amarjit Singh Duggal; general secretary - Baldev Raj Datta; joint secretary - Mohan Lal; organising secretary - Raghbir Singh; finance secretary - B.S. Sandhu; press secretary - J.S.Sandhu; auditor - Joginder Singh. 

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised by Baba Sheikh Farid Blood Donors’ Council MIG Super House Complex in Phase XI on Tuesday. This was the 69th camp organiSed by the council. As many as 65 persons donated blood. 

Protest: All ex-servicemen of the township will gather at the parade ground in Phase VII on March 27 to protest against the sixth pay commission. According to a press note, ex-servicemen from Mohali have been called to gather at the parade ground from where they would move on to the war memorial in Chandigarh to join a larger protest. 

Megaplex: Adlabs Cinemas, the multiplex giant, will set up a megaplex in Mohali. Adlabs cinemas has set up over 150 cinema screens across the country. 

: The ongoing annual programme of Gaudiya Math concluded at the Raghunath Mandir in Sector 15 on Wednesday. According to a press note, "qualities of devotee" was the topic for discussion on Wednesday. Niskinchan Maharaj ji dwelled on the qualities of devotees. 



BJYM to hold protest
: Activists of the Bharatiya Janta Party Yuva Morcha will stage a demonstration posing half nude against the rising inflation here on April 25. Disclosing this at a press conference here on Wednesday, state president of the morch Jawahar Yadav said the Congress party had failed in curbing the rising inflation. The party would also stage a state-level demonstration against inflation under the headship of its senior leader Sushma Swaraj in Ambala on July 1. 

Man loses limbs: A man lost his legs and an arm after he was run over by a train at Kalanaur railway station on the Bhiwani-Rohtak track on Wednesday. The man, who was identified as Ganga Bishan, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was rushed to the PGIMS, Rohtak. 

Youth dies of bee bite: A youth died of bee bite at Kamod village on Tuesday. The youth identified as Surender was roaming outside when the bees attacked him. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital here but he succumbed to his injuries, as poison had spread in the body, a doctor said. The police after an autopsy handed over the body to his relatives. 

Miscreant held: Satte, a notorious miscreant, who was deceiving the police for the past five years, had been arrested by a special team of the police department from Behal village in the district. Several cases had been registered against this miscreant, the police said. According to a report, the police received a tip off that Satte had taken shelter in a house at Behal village. The police team cordoned off the house and arrested the accused. 

Wheat burnt
: Wheat crop spread over three dozen acres was reduced to ashes due to a fire in the fields of Nagura village on Wednesday. It is revealed that the fire erupted due to sparks caused by overhanging high voltage transmission lines passing from there. 

Seminar on April 29
: The Overseas Placement Bureau, department of employment, Haryana, in collaboration with Education Overseas, Karnal, will organise a seminar on studies in K.E.S. College, Cyprus, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm on the premises of Hotel Saffron on the Kurukshetra-Pipli road here on April 29. The district employment exchange, Kurukshetra, will coordinate the seminar. Deputy commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal said the college provided courses in hotel management, business management, computers, IT and food technology after 10+2. The bureau had already sent 42 students to various colleges abroad, out of which 30 students had been sent to K.E.S. College itself. 

New course: The directorate of distance education (DDE), Kurukshetra University, has introduced a new course, MA in philosophy, from the current session. Director, DDE, Dr R.R. Rausaria, said the details of the programme would be shortly available in the general prospectus of the directorate along with the admission notice of other programmes. 

Killed man identified
: An unidentified youth, who was crushed to death presumably by a Haryana Roadways bus at a place near the bus stand at Dharuhera yesterday, was today identified as Prem Singh of Mohalla Govindpura on the Jhajjar road here. The name, “Prem Singh”, was tattooed on an arm of the victim, whose body was placed by the police in the mortuary of the civil hospital for identification. The police has registered a case. 

Physical tests for constables
: Chairman of the Recruitment Board, Yamunanagar, C.S Rao said physical tests would be conducted for recruitment of 200 constables at Yamunanagar Police Lines on April 24. In a press note issued here on Wednesday, he said this was the last opportunity for those aspirants who had appeared for the test earlier as well. He asked the aspirants to appear in the tests along with original certificates. 



Cantt board poll
: After the last date of withdrawal of candidature of the contestants today only five candidates have now been left in the fray for the elections from two wards of the Dalhousie Cantonment Board slated for May 18. According to Col J.D.S. Kotwal, who is also returning officer of the Dalhousie Cantonment Board, for ward number-one Avtar Singh Walia and Anil Kumar Sood were facing each other in direct contest while for ward number-two (reserved for women) Raman Kumari, Sushma and Uma Devi were trying their fortunes.

Woman commits suicide
: Poonam (29), a newly married woman, committed suicide on Wednesday by hanging herself in her room at Verma Papri village here. A resident of Nahan, Poonam who was married at Verma Papri village just four days ago. 

Khaitan unit gutted: The CLF unit of the Khaitan Industries situated in the Gond Pur industrial area was completely destroyed in a fire that broke out on Tuesday night. Flames could be doused only by Wednesday afternoon. A case has been registered. 

: A.R. Sankhyan has been elected chairman of the regional chapter (HP and J&K) of the Institute of Town Planners, India. He presently holds the charge of the state town planner in the directorate of the Town and Country Planning. Other office-bearers include: secretary - A.N. Gautam; treasurer - R.D. Sharma; and auditor - Shashi Shekhar. 


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