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: Ajay Kumar Gilhotra has been appointed notary public here by the Union ministry of law and justice, a press release said. 

Varsity gets Rs 1.30 cr for course
: The Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India has sanctioned Rs 1.30 cr for Guru Nanak Dev University to start a new course of MSc (nano science and technology) in its Department of Applied Physics from 2008-09. Vice-Chancellor Jai Rup Singh said the interested candidates could contact programme coordinator S.S. Sekhon, Department of Applied Physics. 

Pak Hindu jatha returns
: About 183 Hindus, including 29 women and a child, returned to Pakistan on the Samjhauta Express from Attari railway station on Thursday. Nand Lal, leader of the jatha, said they had enjoyed their stay in India. Meanwhile, Surinder Kumar Billa, president, All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, said the there was scarcity of trolleys and drinking water at the station. 

16 cheques distributed
: Land acquisition collector Sanjay Popli on Thursday distributed 16 cheques worth Rs 5.66 crore as compensation to those farmers whose land was acquired by the Trident group. The land acquisition collector was accompanied by deputy commissioner R.L. Mehta. 

Congress gears up for Zila Parishad polls: Kewal Singh Dhillon, local Congress MLA, today informed that the District Congress Committee (DCC) had started preparations for the upcoming Zila Parishad elections. Talking to TNS over the phone, he said that with the consent of DCC president Jagjeet Singh Dhaula, the propaganda teams had also been formed. He alleged that people had lost faith in the SAD-BJP government as they had learnt that even after a year, it had failed to initiate any development work in the state. Dhillon said he would visit the constituency on April 26 and receive the applications of aspiring candidates. 

BDPO threatened
: Kulwant Singh, block development and panchayat officer (BDPO), Sangat lodged a complaint with the police on Wednesday, accusing Hardev Singh, Charanjit Singh, Baldev Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Mithu Singh, all residents of village Phulo Mithi of preventing him from performing his duty. Police sources said the complainant went to the village for some official work but the accused stopped him from doing so and allegedly abused and threatened him. On the basis of his complaint, a case under sections 353, 186, 506, 149 of the IPC has been registered at Sangat police station, sources added. 

2 agents’ licences suspended
: Deputy commissioner Gurkirat Kirpal Singh suspended licences of two persons yesterday allegedly for under-weighing farmers’ produce. The licences of Pyara Singh of Kalanaur and Balbir Singh of Bhikhariwal have been suspended. The DC visited the grain markets in Shahpu-Gauraya, Bhikhariwal, Dera Baba Nanak and Kalanaur and received complaints from farmers that arhtiyas and commission agents were under-weighing their produce. 

MoU on rozgar melas signed
: The Punjab Government and Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) has agreed to sign a MoU for rozgar melas in various districts. A joint meeting of the state government and CAPSI was held on Wednesday in Chandigarh in which Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, along with chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh, principal secretary D.S. Guru, DGP N.P.S. Aulakh and managing director of the Punjab Housing Corporation M.K. Tiwari participated. The CAPSI was represented by its chairman Kunwar Vikram Singh and other office-bearers. 

Woman commits suicide: The police found the body of a married woman Mamta Sharma hanging from a ceiling fan at her house here on Thursday and booked her husband Sudhir for compelling her to commit suicide. In his statement, the deceased’s father Sarwan Kumar said her daughter was married to Sudhir 10 years ago and alleged that Sudhir had killed her and later hanged her body with the ceiling fan.

Forest fire: The forest area in Bahera and Kot villages caught fire at around 2 pm on Thursday and fire engines were rushed from Hoshiarpur to control it. SDM Karnail Singh said the fire broke out in wild bushes and no major loss was reported. 

Lifting of wheat
: Farmers of this district feel that they are being harassed as the wheat that they brought to the market is not being lifted promptly and the payments are also not being made on time. This was informed by a team of farmer union leaders, led by district president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) Ram Singh Bhaini Bagha, on Thursday after visiting some markets of this district, including Burj Dhillwan, Burj Hari, Khiala, Dalel Singh Wala and Chakeria. He informed that a large number of farmers could not get the payment after April 16. Meanwhile, district mandi officer Narinder Singh Sidhu admitted that there was a shortage of labour and trucks to lift the wheat from the markets. 

Mann for probe
: Commenting on the resignation by a Sikh traffic warden in Pakistan, Gulab Singh, on account of alleged discrimination against him, president of the SAD(A) Simranjit Singh Mann on Thursday asked President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf to order an inquiry into this. He also demanded a minority communities commission in Pakistan in this regard. 

Dhindsa visits grain markets: Punjab PWD B&R minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on Thursday visited a local grain market in connection with the inspection of wheat procurement. Earlier, he inspected the grain markets at Moonak, Sunam and Chhajli and listened to the views and problems of the farmers and arhtiyas. 



Student commits suicide
: Rupinder Kaur (22) of Phase IV allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself here this morning. According to the police, the girl was pursuing BA from a college here and was living as a paying guest. The other girls, who stayed with her as PGs, informed the landlords about the incident who called the police. The police said no suicide note was found. 

Youth commits suicide: Sonu Sharma (27) of Lalru allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence late last night. Sonu belonged to Khuda Lahora village and lived here with his wife and a one-year-old son. The police said Sonu was a drug addict and the couple had been fighting with each other for the past many months. Last night also, the couple had a fight following which, Sonu took his son to the room at the roof top to sleep. He was found hanging this morning. 



: Justice Nirmal Yadav, Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court, inspected Ambala courts on Thursday. Justice Yadav, who is the inspecting judge of Ambala courts, was given guard of honour at PWD rest house where senior officers of judiciary and district administration were present. Justice Yadav inspected various courts and gave some important instructions to the judicial officers. She also collected information regarding lok adalat and awareness camps. 

Body recovered
: The police recovered an unidentified body of a 35-year-old woman near Hunnamal water hut on the Bhiwani-Rohtak road on Thursday. It tried to trace the body but failed and later sent it for a postmortem examination to the Civil Hospital. 

Exam centre changed
: Entrance examination for admission to Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehra Dun, for January 2009 term will be conducted at Government Girls College, Sector 14, Panchkula, instead of Government College, Sector 1, Panchkula, on June 1 and 2 as per a letter issued by the secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, Haryana. 

Members nominated: The Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Dr Raghubir Singh Kadian, has nominated members to serve on two sub-committees of the Public Accounts Committee for 2008-09 to identify and scrutinise all paragraphs of the remaining reports of the C&AG of India, which involves huge financial irregularities. K.L. Sharma will be the convener of the sub-committee (A) and Dr Sita Ram, Kulvir Singh Beniwal and Ramesh Kumar Gupta will be the members of this committee. Similarly, Tejender Pal Singh Mann will be the convener of the sub-committee (B) and Maj Nirpender Singh Sangwan, Sumita Singh and Rao Yadvendra Singh will be the members of this committee. 

Applications invited: The Haryana State Counselling Society has invited applications from candidates seeking admission to diploma courses in the polytechnics located in the state for the session 2008-09. A spokesman of the society on Thursday said prospectus and application forms along with OMR could be obtained from and submitted at the prescribed collection centres besides the office of the counselling society. The candidates seeking admission to diploma engineering courses could submit their applications by May 23 and those seeking admission for diploma engineering courses and diploma pharmacy and diploma management could submit applications by May 24. 

3 booked for duping trader
: The police has booked a truck owner, Prithvi Singh, his son and driver, Raju, and Kanwar Singh of the Yadav Transport Company, Narnaul, on charges of forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy for allegedly duping a Rewari trader, Anil Kumar, of his 186 bags of mustard worth Rs 3.50 lakh. Kumar said he had hired Prithvi Singh’s truck through Kanwar Singh on April 11 to transport 186 bags of mustard to West Bengal. When the consignment did not reach West Bengal even after 10 days, he grew suspicious and made inquiries, which revealed that the trio had duped him. 

Man fined
: A local businessman was fined Rs 15 lakh after the vigilance department of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam detected a power theft at his factory here on Wednesday. Additional director (vigilance) Jeet Ram said the theft was detected at the factory of Amit Kumar. The accused was drawing about 28 KW against the sanctioned strength of 19 KW. A magnet was also found attached with the meter. 



35 donate blood
: Thirtyfive village women and youths donated blood in a women and youth awakening workshop organised jointly by Him Vikas Mahila Mandal, Hardi Kothi, and the Mahila Mandal and the Yuva Jagriti Mandal at Malothi, about 43 km here, on Wednesday. Bhagat, Ram and Rajesh of the Bilaspur SAI hostel and Nisha, Rekha and Saroj of the state youth hostel came first, second and third, respectively, among men and women in a district-level cross-country race organized on the occasion. A seminar was also held. 

Driver dies in truck mishap: Driver Babu Ram of Jukhala village, near here, was killed on the spot when his truck (HP-11-4518) fell into a gorge near Chadole, near here, early on Tuesday. Reports said here that the truck mishap came to notice after two days. The police extricated the body of the driver lying under the truck. The body has been brought to the local regional hospital for a postmortem examination. 

Blood donation camp
: To mark ‘Manav Ekta Divas’, a blood donation camp was organised at Mugla in Chamba town on Thursday under the aegis of the Chamba branch of the Sant Nirankari Mission. In all, 148 volunteers donated blood at the camp. The camp was inaugurated by CMO Negesh Verma. Duni Chand, chief of the Chamba mandal of Sant Nirankari Mission, exhorted the youth to come forward for donating blood to save precious lives.

Body found
: The decomposed body of a youth, Raman Kumar, was found from the Garmandi forests on Wednesday. He was a resident of Garhjamula. He had reportedly gone to his maternal uncle’s house at Ashapuri 10 days ago. He had been missing for the past six days. Rakesh Chand, father of the deceased, had lodged a missing report with police. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination. 

Free ENT camp: The Ripudaman Charitable Trust and the Vivekananda Kendra, Kangra, will hold a free ENT medical camp in Gopal Bagh Gurkhari locality here on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Co-convenor of the kendra B.L.Sharma said Sanjay Sachdeva, Director, ENT, at Fortis Healthcare, New Delhi, would examine the patients during the camp. The patients requiring surgical intervention would be operated upon in Dr. R.P.Govt. Medical College Hospital theaters at Tanda. 

Labourer found dead
: The body of migrant labourer Babu Lal (53) was found at Jharmajri, near Baddi, on Thursday. The deceased was employed in a unit at Jharmajri. The body was noticed in the morning by a truck driver who informed the pradhan of Bhatouli Kalan panchayat. The police sent the body for a postmortem examination. Initial investigations suggest that he had died due to a disease. He hailed from Champaran in Bihar. His family was residing in a slum area of Jharmajri. 

Epidemic kills sheep, goats
: An epidemic that broke out last week has taken a toll of hundreds of sheep and goats in Sanaur, Badar and Uttarsal belts of Mandi district of the state. Veterinary doctors have been rushed to the affected areas to take blood samples and remedial measures, sources in the Animal Husbandry Department said. The area around Prashan Lake, located at a height of 9,000 ft, was the worst hit, sources said. 



5 live fuses found
: Panic gripped Pahloo village in the Anantnag district when five live fuses were found, official sources said. Residents found five live fuses of the Khandroo episode in the village. People were immediately shifted to safer places and a bomb disposal squad (BDS) defused the fuses. Thousands of unexploded shells and fuses have been found in these villages after a devastating fire broke out in the Field Ordinance Depot at Khandroo, in which about 20 persons were killed in August, 2007. 

Preventive custody: Around 12 activists of the Muslim Khawateen Markaz (MKM), a woman separatist outfit, were taken into preventive custody on Thursday for taking out a procession in the city. Around 50 burqa-clad women marched towards Lal Chowk demanding release of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru and other Kashmiri detainees held in various jails across the country. The police said taking out a procession was in defiance of the prohibitory orders, enforced in the state since 1990. 

Freight concession: Air-India has offered freight concession for transportation of cherries from here to different parts of the country from May 1, an official spokesman said. He said the Air India had agreed to lift a minimum of 100 kg to 1,000 kg of cherries in each flight operating from here to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata. Director, horticulture planning and marketing department, has appealed to cherry and fruit growers and traders to contact the marketing manager of Air India here. The HPM could also be contacted for the purpose. 

50 lakh for orphanage: The state government on Thursday announced to release Rs 50 lakh for the construction of an orphanage in Baramulla district. “The orphanage will be completed next year and will provide boarding and schooling facilities to about 100 children,” social welfare minister Abdul Gani Vakil said during the foundation laying ceremony of the building. The government has released Rs 50 lakh as the first instalment for the Rs 4.11 crore project, he said. 


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