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Sachkhand Convent: Chinia Ahuja and Vijay Karan were elected as the head girl and head boy, respectively, for the new academic session of the Sachkhand Convent School here on Monday. Those elected as captains for different houses include Navjot Kaur and Harveer Singh for the yellow house, Disha and Lovdeep Singh for the blue house, Deeksha  and Dhruv Jakhar for the green house and Sargam Setia and Supandeep for the red house. Principal J. Joseph Thandseri decorated them with badges.

Essay writing contest: Shweta Kataria, Atul Kukkar and Ritika stood first, second and third, respectively, in the essay writing competition that was held at Flower Valley Public Senior Secondary School here on Monday. The topics given to the participants included female foeticide, importance of moral education, inflation, corruption and role of the media in social reforms.

Free medical camp: As many as 262 patients were examined by a team of doctors that included Arun Jhamb, S.S. Sandhu, Harsharanjit Kaur Sandhu and Ruchi Midha at a free medical camp organised by Sarojini Naidu Health and Welfare Society here in Sunder Nagari locality on Sunday. Renu Jhamb and her team vaccinated scores of children and pregnant women during the camp. Free medicines were also given, president of the society S.K. Juneja informed on Monday.

Medical camp: Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT), Bassi Pathana, held a free multi-specialty medical check up camp at Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development Centre on Monday. As many as 415 patients from 128 villages adopted by the trust were checked. A special camp was organised for anaemic girls between the age group of 10 to 16 in which 44 girls were examined and free medicines were given.

NIMA elections held: A state-level executive-cum-election meeting of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) was held under the presidentship of state NIMA president Dr Satish Sharma from Jalandhar here on Monday. Dr Kamal Bharti of Malerkotla was elected president, Dr Hira Lal Garg of Dhanaula general secretary and Dr Devinder Kumar from Dhuri treasurer.

Doc’s transfer resented: Resentment prevails among residents of the town, especially heart patients, over the transfer of Dr Amarjit Singh Sahwney from the Civil Hospital, Nabha, to Bathinda. Patients and their attendants said there was no well-trained cardiologist around 20 km from the town and if any heart problem arose, they would have to run to Patiala 30 km away.

Concludes: A two-day annual Ramayan festival organised by the National Theatre Arts Society concluded on Monday. Chief guest Surjit Singh Rakhra, chairman, Punjab State NRI wing, said devotional music and healthy theatre would be promoted not only in India but also abroad. A langar was also served.

Forum member appointed: Local advocate Harvinder Lal Sharma has been appointed member of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Sangrur. This post had been lying vacant for the past about six months. Sharma, who assumed duties on Monday, was presented a memento by District and Sessions Judge D.R. Arora and president of the association Harkewal Singh Sajuma.

Deputy DA looted: Two unidentified motorcycle-borne persons snatched a purse from deputy district attorney Lekha Chatha, posted at Moonak in the district, near Labour Chowk outside Nabha Gate here on Monday. The deputy DA was on her way to the bazaar when the incident took place.

DC office gheraoed: Workers of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union (LJPBMU), led by state general secretary of the LJPBMU Tarsem Jodhan, gheraoed the office of the deputy commissioner (DC) here for four hours on Monday. The protesters warned the administration that if their demands were not accepted soon then they would burn the effigies of Badal government on Tuesday.


No nominations filed: No nomination papers were filed on Monday for the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections scheduled to be held on April 12. Monday was the first day for filing of the nomination papers. Last day for filing papers is May 2. The elections for the Mohali zila parishad will cover 10 zones - Mubarkpur, Sohana, Khizrabad, Amlala, Gharuan, Zola Kalan, Lalru, Tiur, Mulanpur Garibdass and Manauli. The panchayat samiti polls will cover Majri block.

Vehicle catches fire: A man escaped unhurt after the Balero in which he was driving, caught fire near Phase VII on Monday. Vipin Sharma, who works in an industrial unit in Phase IX, was on way to Chandigarh when the incident took place. Fire brigade was called in to put out the flames in the engine. The vehicle’s windscreen broke due to the heat. A fire brigade official said sparking could have led to the fire.


Dalal heads privileges committee: Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Raghuvir Singh Kadian has nominated Karan Singh Dalal as chairperson of the Privileges Committee. The vacancy was caused by the resignation of Shamsher Singh Surjewala. The Speaker has also accepted the resignation of Devender Kumar Bansal from the membership of the Committee on the Welfare of SCs, STs and BCs for 2008-09. He has nominated Surjewala, as the member of the Committee for the remaining period.

Youth run over by train: Hemant Kumar (24) of Pavati village, near Bawal, was run over by a train near Bawal Station, 14 km from here, on Monday morning. As there was no eyewitness of the incident, he presumably lost his life while he was crossing the railway line. The deceased was acquiring computer education at a computer institute here.

Decomposed body found: The Kosli police recovered a decomposed body from the JLN canal pump house at Bisoha village on Saturday, was identified as Kamal Deep (20) son of Ram Pal, resident of Bharangi village. The police on Sunday dispatched his body to the PGIMS, Rohtak, and said they would proceed further only after the cause of death was clinched by the doctors.


1 held for kidnapping
: A youth was arrested for kidnapping 16-year-old girl from Bishnah area of Jammu district on Monday. The youth along with his friends kidnapped the girl from Finter village in the district. On the complaint by the girl's father Madan Lal, the police raided several places and recovered the girl from the R.S. Pura border town and arrested the kidnapper. A hunt has been launched to trace the other three youth.

SI suspended: The sales tax authorities suspended a sub-inspector on Monday for allegedly helping truckers evade sales tax in Kathua district. Official sources said sub-inspector Madan Lal was posted at Nagri toll post in Lakhanpur inter-district border terminal area and had allowed four trucks carrying vegetables to ply without paying a tax of Rs 27,000.

Chain snatchers held: The police on Monday arrested two chain snatchers and recovered looted goods, including gold ornaments, from their possession, police sources said. Alok Kumar, SSP, Jammu, said the accused were identified as Manik Sharma, alias Monu, and Surinder Singh, alias Bittu. A case has been registered.

Man killed: One person was killed, while a woman was injured in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said on Monday. They said one Habib Ullah Akhoon was injured in a hit-and-run case at Soura. However, he died before he could be shifted to the hospital. Meanwhile, Taslima was injured when a vehicle hit her at Magarmal Bagh. She was later hospitalised.

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