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ITI students stage protest
: To protest against the alleged privatisation of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), students from adjoining districts of Barnala under the banner of ITI Bachao Front staged a protest march and staged a sit in at Court Chowk on Thursday. They also blocked the traffic for some time. Addressing the gathering, the Punjab Students Union district president Pradeep Kasba and Punjab Radical Student Union leader Nav Kiran said that the government was bent on ruining the education sector. The government-run institution were being given in private hands at throw- away prices. Besides giving the government property in private hands, the government is also giving them a fund of Rs 5 crore, they added. The students demanded the cancellation of cases registered against the students and condemned the cane-charging on students by local police. 

Lok Adalat
: A mega Lok Adalat will be held at the local court complex here on May 24. The cases pertaining to traffic challans will be settled on the spot. Disclosing this, Rakesh Kumar, Assistant District Attorney, Legal Services, said that all the cases of traffic offences pending in various courts will be heard and settled on the spot. People are advised to contact the different benches in the court before May 24 for early settlement of their cases, he added. Kuldip Singh, District and Sessions Judge, will preside over the proceeding of this Lok Adalat.

Training: In order to train rural literates and unemployed women and make them self-reliant, Malwa Foundation (NGO) on behalf of NABARD in collaboration with DIC Bathinda and District Employment Generation and Training, Bathinda, is conducting an Entrepreneurship Development Programme in the field of embroidery works. In this free training proramme that had been started at the district employment office from April 23, financial assistance is provided by the NABARD. 

12 schoolchildren hurt
:Twelve school children were injured when the bus carrying them overturned near Babehali village on the Gurdaspur-Khanuwan road on Thursday. The mishap occured due to poor visibility caused by smoke from the wheat straw burning in fields on both sides of the road. The driver of the bus to avoid hitting a tractor-trailer coming from the opposite side drove the vehicle into the fields, injured students who were on their way to school were pulled out of the bus by a group of labourers, they said. All the injured were admitted to civil hospital here, where the condition of four was stated to be serious. 

Blood donation
: Around 125 units of blood were collected during a blood donation camp held at GGS College of Modern Technology here. The camp was held on the occasion of the launch of a website-tricityplus.com. Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh was the chief guest. The website has been developed by Mandeep Singh Cheema, Harpreet Singh, Ripudaman Singh and Baltej Singh. The chief guest awarded mementos to the developers of the website. The website has been developed to help the people of the tricity. 

Nomination filed
: Altogether 321 candidates on Thursday submitted their nomination papers for the panchayat elections scheduled to be held on May 26. Twenty two candidates filed papers in Mansa, 173 in Budhlada, 49 in Bhikhi, 19 in Sardoolgarh and 58 in Jhuneer. Till date, 340 candidates have filed nominations, the process for which began on May 13 and would conclude on May 16. 

Scribe assaulted: Several organisations have criticised the attack on the family members of Punjabi Tribune journalist from Mansa, Joginder Singh Maan. state secretary of the Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Bhagwant Singh Sammaon, leader of the Radical Peoples Forum, Sukhdarshan Singh Natt and Jaspal Singh Kokhar, district secretary of CPI and former MLA Buta Singh, leaders of journalists association Darshan Singh Coach, Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal and Gurchet Singh Fathewalia said that the attack on the family members of Joginder Maan was in fact an attack on the press. They demanded action against the guilty persons. Some persons had attacked the family members of Maan on Wednesday night around 10 pm. 

: Punjabi University's Centre for South West Asia Study (Pakistan-Afghanistan) will organise a seminar on "Cooperative Movement in Socio-Economic Development in South West Asia" tomorrow on the university campus. Cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh will inaugurate the seminar while vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Dr Jaspal Singh will preside over. Dr Sukhpal Singh from IIM, Ahmedabad, will present the keynote address. 

Appointed: Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, has appointed Dr Kulbir Singh Dhillon of the history department as the dean of students’ welfare for a period of one year. Dr Dhillon replaced Dr Harwinder Siungh Bhatti. Earlier, the VC had appointed Dr Manjit Singh, prof in the social work department, and Dr M.S. Saini, prof in the zoology department, as dean of colleges and dean of research, respectively. 

Nurses’ Day: Dr A.S. Sekhon, dean of Gian Sagar Colleges, on Wednesday addressed faculty members and students of Gian Sagar College of Nursing during the celebrations held to mark International Nursing Week where he was the chief guest. A panel discussion was also organised. 

Stationery distributed: The Patiala City Social Welfare Society distributed stationery among 51 needy students at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, New Power Colony, here on Wednesday. The managing director of the PEPSU Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) was the chief guest. 

Tributes paid: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, along with Punjab cooperation minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh and Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal, paid rich tributes to Jaswant Kaur, mother of the SAD’s NRI wing president Surjit Singh Rakhra, here on Thursday. Rakhra’s mother had died last week. ‘Ardas’ was performed by the head granthi of Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib Bhai Sukhdev Singh.

Revise wages: AITUC
: All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) members on Wednesday marched from Swatantar Bhawan to the deputy commissioner’s office and held a rally there demanding revision of minimum wages after every five years. They wanted Rs 5,000 as minimum wages, besides lifting ban on recruitment, regularisation of services of workers on temporary basis for 20 years in the Forest Department, scrapping of move to unbundle of the Punjab State Electricity Board, control of price rise, waiving loans of farm workers, and filling of posts in the Labour Department. 

Widow of ex-minister pleads: Parmeshwari Devi, widow of former Congress minister Bhagwan Dass Arora of Sunam on Tuesday demanded the arrest of Rajinder Deepa her son-in-law. Deepa contested Assembly election from Sunam as independent candidate. His wife’s brother Aman got the ticket and Deepa reportedly b was behind Aman’s defeat. Parmeshwari has alleged on March 3 , Deepa and his supporters had injured Aman ( PPCC leader). On her statement, the Sunam police had registered a case against Deepa and others. 



Judicial officers’ meet
: Justice S.B. Sinha, Judge, Supreme Court of India, would be the chief guest for the two-day North Zone Mediation and Conciliation Meet of Judicial Officers to be started on May 17 here at Indradhanush Auditorium, Sector 5. The inaugural session of the meet, being organised by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, would be presided over by Justice Vijender Jain, Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court. The meet will be attended by about 500 judicial officers from Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh. 



Effigy burnt
: The All-India Anti Terrorist Front burnt the effigy of extremism on Wednesday to protest against the serial bomb blasts at Jaipur. The vice-president of the state unit of the front, Nitin Uppal, said Pakistan had been backing up the extremist outfits to disturb the peace of India. He demanded the union government to cancel the rail and bus service running between the two countries. Leaders of the Haryana Janhit Congress, led by Romil Mittal, also burnt the effigy of extremism in Ambala City. 

1 killed in mishap
: A person died and another was seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding on collided with a tractor near Thuian village in this district on Thursday. Roshan and Krishan, both in their early twenties, were going to Bhattu Kalan. They were rushed to the Community Health Centre in Bhattu Kalan but were referred to Agroha Medical College. Roshan succumbed to his injuries on his way to Agroha, while Krishan has been admitted there in critical condition. 

Man held for killing son
: The police has arrested a person who had allegedly hacked to death his 22-year-old son at Morkhi village in the district on Tuesday. The accused identified as Nafe Singh attacked his son Balraj with an axe, while the latter was asleep in his house. According to the police, Nafe Singh’s drinking habit was perhaps the reason behind the incident. The court has remanded him to a 14-day judicial custody. 

Lightning kills cattle: A woman got injured and two head of cattle died after lightning struck at a place near Narwana town in the district on Wednesday. It was accompanied by thunder and rain, which led to a sharp decline in the day temperature. Parmeshwari Devi, wife of Ram Kumar of Dhakal village, got injured when she was tending her cattle in her outhouse. While she has been admitted to a hospital with around 30 per cent burn injuries, two buffaloes of her household died on the spot due to the strike. 

Woman attempts suicide: A married woman attempted suicide along with her two minor kids in her house at a locality on the Apollo road here on Wednesday. The woman identified as Rajni, wife of Satish, consumed a poisonous substance after giving a similar eatable to her son (5) and daughter (2). She was reportedly upset after a quarrel with her husband last night on some issue. In another incident, a 25-year-old man died after he reportedly consumed a poisonous substance at his house in Bhupender Nagar here on Tuesday. 

Lok adalat postponed
: A general lok adalat, which was scheduled to be organised by the District Legal Service Authority, Kurukshetra, under the chairmanship of the authority’s president-cum-District and Sessions Judge, R.C. Bansal on the premises of Judicial Complex here on May 17, has been postponed to May 24. Stating this here on Thursday, authority’s secretary-cum-Chief Judicial Magistrate N.K. Singhal said the decision was taken keeping in view the north zone mediation and conciliation meet being held at Indradhanush Auditorium, Sector 5, Panchkula on May 17 and 18. 

‘Development work in progress’: The development work being carried out in five villages, which had been declared model villages in the district by the Haryana government, is in progress. Stating this here on Wednesday, deputy commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal said the five villages were Haldaheri, Jyotisar, Tangour, Umari and Palwal where basic amenities would be provided to the rural folk by spending crores of rupees on their developmental work. Aggarwal said a sum of Rs 27 lakh had been spent on developmental work.

Gang busted, 2 held
: The police has busted an inter-state gang of criminals with the arrest of two notorious gangsters, Alim and Shakrullah, residents of Mewat district. It said they were apprehended on Tuesday from a hideout at a canal bridge near Jatusana where they were reportedly planning to loot passing vehicles. A case of attempt to commit robbery has been registered against them. They were produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate (first class) Rajesh Garg, who remanded them to police custody till May 20. 

Truck, car stolen: A truck of Ritu Road Line Pvt Ltd, Paharganj, Delhi, which had been parked at a petrol station on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Khijuri village here by its driver Naresh Sharma, was reportedly stolen by some unknown persons on May 13. On his complaint, the Dharuhera police has registered a case of theft. In another incident, a car, which was parked by its owner Feroz Khan of Jaipur in the premises of a hotel at the circular road here, was reportedly stolen by some unknown persons on Monday. 

Raghu Yadav’s yatra: Former legislator Raghu Yadav, president of the Sarva Jati Janata Panchayat, a regional political outfit of Haryana, will commence his five-week long pad yatra of rural areas of south Haryana from Naseebpur village near Narnaul on May 17. At a press conference here on Thursday, he said he along with his party activists would undertake a pad yatra of 70 villages each of Mahendergarh, Rewari, Gurgaon, Bhiwani and Mewat districts of south Haryana. He said they would make the people conversant with various development projects, which had either been started or announced recently by the state government.


: The Multi-Purpose Health Services Karamchari Mahasangh has expressed concern over the non-payment of honorarium to 1,640 workers for the year 2005-06. In a press note, senior vice-president of the mahasangh Satish Shukla said though a meagre amount of Rs 100 per month was paid to these workers for carrying health awareness campaign among women, the workers had not been paid even that amount for a long period. He has demanded immediate release of payment to the workers. 

SCVT students protest: SCVT students held a demonstration to highlight their demands on Thursday. They also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the DC, Hamirpur. The students were demanding affiliation and recognition of pharmacy diplomas obtained by them through SCVT institutes in the state that were opened by the state government. 

Career in animation
: ‘Comedy king’ Jaspal Bhatti said on Thursday that the state had a lot of talent that can be groomed in animation and regional films in the fields of direction, production, editing and acting. The animation films, TV serials, soap operas and other films in Bollywood and Hollywood promise new vistas for talented people in the region of Himachal, Punjab and Haryana. They can be trained and groomed, as the film industry needs technically trained artistes and technicians, editors etc., he added. He was here to spread awareness about the activities and technical guidance that his own film school at Mohali provides. 

Body found
: Dead body of Jati Ram (66) of Gahail village was found in a 200 feet deep gorge near Mandoli village near Sangrah on Thursday. He was a former security officer of ex-Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Eyewitnesses said head the deceased was badly damaged and was difficult to recognise. The blood stained body was identified on the bases of photo identity card found from his possession. The dead body was handed over to his family after the postmortem. 

BBMB raising day
: The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) celebrated its raising day at Sr Secondary School, Rajgarh, by organising a free medical camp and donating cretin items to the villages of Rajgarh on Thursday. U.C. Mishara, chairman BBMB, declared that the BBMB would construct two rooms, one laboratory and a toilet in the premises of the school. He further declared that the BBMB would pay Rs 40,000 for the purchase of equipment to be used in the lab. He also donated 100 double-seat benches, one cooler to the Primary Health Centre, Baggi, and one cooler to Sr Secondary School, Hatgarh. 

Lecture on environment
: The Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, a UGC centre of excellence of the Himachal Pradesh University, organised a lecture on Environment Management in the state on Thursday. Various environment related aspects, including the Environment Protection Act, 1986, and the state environment policy, were discussed. Principal scientific officer of the State Pollution Control Board Daksha Gupta delivered a lecture on various environmental issues like scientific disposal of solid waste, bio-medical waste and industrial hazardous waste. 

Poll officers’ meeting
: An inter-state meeting of poll officers was held at the Una SP’s office, which was presided over by state DGP (law and order) Sita Ram Mardihere, in Una on Thursday. The meeting was organised to control the law and order situation during the Hamirpur Parliamentary byelection and to prevent entry of anti-social elements from Punjab. It was decided in the meeting that all roads leading towards Hamirpur Parliamentary Constituency would be sealed from 16th May to 22nd May. 

Virbhadra criticises BJP: Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday said the BJP government immediately after coming into power lost no time to announce an increase in the daily wages to workers from Rs 75 to Rs 100, creating strikes and problems for industrial units in the state as the government failed to notify the increase and short objections on it. He said BJP leaders were blaming the UPA government for rising prices whereas the central government had reduced excise duty and CST on several items to reduce the prices of essential commodities.



Ex-cop held for rape
: A former police constable allegedly raped a mentally-challenged woman in Poonch district on Thursday. Gurdev Singh raped the woman in a nursery. On hearing the woman’s screams, some schoolgirls passing by informed the police, official sources said. Gurdev was later arrested and a case registered against him. 

Bail plea rejected: A local court has rejected the bail application of Captain Chaitanya Bhatawadekar, husband of Army officer Captain Megha Razdan. The IInd Additional Sessions Judge, Jammu, observed that the evidence oral as well as documentary, revealed a link between the crime and the petitioner, hence the bail application filed by the father of the accused was rejected. The sufficient aspects of investigation and the cell phone record of the petitioner and Seema Kulkarni, who was projected to be the central figure in the matrimonial discord of the petitioner and deceased, apart from injury marks on the throat of Razdan, were against the petitioner, the court observed. 

State finance ministers meet
: The state will host the Empowered Committee meeting of state finance ministers of the country for the second time on June 21, an official spokesman said on Thursday. He said all necessary arrangements for the meet were finalised at a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of state finance minister Tariq Hamid Karra. 


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