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Free stationery distributed
: Chief guest Pardeep Sharda and Sanjay Bhaguwala, president of the managing committee of the Shree Sanatan Dharam Putri Pathshala, inaugurated the Vidyarthi Sahayta Samagam of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (Shiva Ji) in school complex on Saturday by lighting a lamp. Jitender Kumar Mukhija was the guest of honour. BVP president Pardeep Garg informed that stationary was distributed among 135 needy students. The chief guest exhorted the students that there was no substitute for hard work and dedication. He also said that hard work alwaays pays. 

Newspaper reading contest: Students of primary section of Amrit Model School here competed in a newspaper reading contest on Saturday. In standard III, Anchal and Shabadjot topped in reading English and Hindi newspapers respectively whereas Shivani and Alisha were declared winners in the standard IV. In class V, the toppers were Premlata (English) and Shivam (Hindi), in-charge of the section Shyamli Kalra informed. A well-dressed uniform contest was also organised for different classes. The winners included Palak, Prerna, Akshit, Navjot, Alisha, Kanu, Preeti, Sarfraj, Jashanpreet and Sheena. 

Simranjit Singh Mann
Shift chief secy, DGP: Mann
: President of the SAD A) Simranjit Singh Mann on Saturday demanded the immediate transfer of chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh and DGP N.P.S. Aulakh for allegedly misusing official machinery to please Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Mann also demanded the removal of state election commissioner A.K. Dubey for his failure to take notice of the large-scale rigging and violence during the Panchayat elections.He urged the people to vote for party candidate for the Amritsar (South) byelection Ram Singh, claiming that his was he only party that did not believe in violence. 

Nursing week
: Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib College of Nursing Sohana celebrated Nursing Week and International Nursing Day. The school of nursing organised this event in association with Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Eye Hospital Trust and Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Eye Hospital, Sohana. Dr J. S. Dalal, director, research and medical education, Punjab, was the chief guest. 

Rigging: CPI’s plea to Prez
: Member of the national executive committee of the CPI Joginder Dayal said on Friday that for the first time the SAD had openly “murdered” the Panchayati Raj system in the elections and it might lead to a Bihar-like situation in all ensuing elections in the state. Dr Dayal asked the President and the union home ministry to take cognisance of rigging during the elections. 

Kidnapping drama: Harjinder Singh (18), a student of plus-I and son of Darbara Singh of Kuthala village (Malerkotla), and his brother-in-law Sukhpal Singh of Drogewala village (Dhuri) have been arrested for allegedly enacting the drama of kidnapping of the former for a ransom of Rs 20 lakh from their family. The police has recovered the ransom amount from them. Harjinder enacted the kidnapping after he failed to persuade his ‘tayya’ Malkiat Singh to buy him a motor cycle. 

2 die in vehicle collision: Truck driver Harbans Singh and tempo driver Shamsher Singh were killed on the spot when their vehicles collided head-on on the Sangrur-Patiala road near Gurthali village, 6 km from here, on Saturday. Balwinder Singh, brother of Shamsher, sustained injuries. 



Jeep stolen
: Thieves stole a jeep from outside the residence of former minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan in Phase I on Saturday. According to the police, the family found the jeep missing from outside their house in the morning. A case has been registered.

Website launched: Mohali resident Baljeet Singh Chopra, a 1984 riots’ victim, has launched a website www.antisikhriots1984.we.bs based on the events of 1984 massacres, various enquiry commissions, news articles and victim news etc. The idea was to make people aware about the plight that innocent Sikhs had to go through.

: Ajay Chaudhary was elected president of the Panchkula Bar Council on Saturday. He defeated Amit Singla by getting 189 votes in a triangular contest for which a total of 367 votes were polled. Singla got 100 votes followed by Balbir Singh who got 74. Four votes were found invalid. Amit Bhatia and Batukehswar Moudgil were declared vice-president and secretary, respectively. Meenakshi and Roshan Kajal were unanimously elected for the posts of joint secretary and treasurer.

: The local police arrested Irshad, a brickkiln worker at Chatt village and recovered three country made pistol of .315 bore on Saturday. According to the police, the accused was nabbed following information received on Saturday morning. A case under the Arms Act has been registered.



Exhibition concludes
: A two-day exhibition on fine arts organised in the Manohar Memorial College of Education concluded here on Saturday. A myriad of sculptures and paintings made by Rajesh Kumar, an instructor of the college and national awardee, were on display during the exhibition. Also on display were the sculptures and decoration articles made of waste household material prepared by college students. Dev Raj Batra, a noted philanthropist and chairman of the college management committee, inaugurated the exhibition. Mamata Chaudhary, principal of the college, said the college was planning to prepare a garden of its own with sculptures made of waste materials. 

PO arrested
: The police on Friday arrested a proclaimed offender, who was arrested and later granted bail in a case of negligent driving. SP Anil Kumar Rao said he was later produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody for two weeks. Balwinder Singh, alias Bindi, a resident of Shekhpura village in Ambala district, was arrested after his truck hit Ram Gopal Garg, an employee of the Minor Irrigation Tubewell Corporation. He was declared a proclaimed offender in April 1999. 

Theft cases in Rewari
: Nine bags of mustard worth Rs 22,000 were reportedly stolen from Ram Kishan Yadav’s granary at Mandola village, 18 km from here, on Thursday night. On his complaint, the police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. In another incident, a car, which was parked by its owner Ram Niwas of Dahina village in a private hospital on the Railway road here, was reportedly stolen by unknown persons late on Thursday. In yet another incident, miscreants reportedly stole 80 kg of coil worth thousands of rupees from a transformer at Shahbazpur village on May 7.

Sports programme on AIR
: All-India Radio (AIR), Rohtak, is contemplating to increase the frequency of its sports programme “Khel Jagat” in view of overwhelming response from listeners. AIR station director Prem Narain said this while addressing a press conference here on Friday. He said the installation process for enhancing the FM transmitter power from the existing 1 KW to 10 KW was in progress and likely to be operationalised within six months. A five-minute daily programme, “Baatein Khelon Ki”, based on the forthcoming Olympics had been introduced by the station. 

Kanungo held for graft
: A kanungo of the revenue department was caught by a team of the Vigilance Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 on Thursday. Kashmiri Lal, posted at Mustafabad block, had allegedly taken the bribe from one Amit Choudhary of Gadouli village for providing map of a land. Sources said earlier also Choudhary had taken the map from Kashmiri Lal by allegedly paying Rs 5,000 but had lost it. When Choudhary approached him again for a copy of the map, the kanungo allegedly demanded Rs 5,000.



6 houses gutted
: Six houses were destroyed in a fire at Pandhoh village under the Syohala panchayat in the Kot-Kehloor constituency, around 35 km from here, on Friday night. The loss was estimated to be around Rs 6 lakh. However, there was no loss of life. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. 

Charas seized: A bag containing 4.75 kg charas was found kept in a bag in a Yamuna Nagar-bound Haryana Roadways bus (HR-58-8952) on the National Highway No.21 on Saturday afternoon. SP K.K. Indoria said the driver and the conductor of the bus said a person of around 50 years of age had kept the bag in the bus at Kullu. He later got down from the bus. The bus had started from Manali. 

Protest rally
: Addressing the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) rally staged on the occasion of two-day seventh state-level conference here on Saturday DYFI national president, P. Ramakrishan, attacked slogans of both finance minister P. Chidambaram’s “growing India” and L.K. Advani’s “India shining” as gimmicks. He said over 80 crore population in the country had an income of Rs 600 per month and both Congress-led UPA government and the BJP government had failed to check the rocketing prices and poverty in which country’s youth is the hardest hit. He said these slogans have presented India’s distorted picture in the face of rocketing unemployment and prices.

Yog vigyan shivir
: Chief of the Maharishi Patanjali Yoga Foundation Swami Karamvir warned the common man that he must chose an expert to learn yoga, otherwise they would not get real benefits of this science. Swami was addressing a press conference at the Circuit House here on Thursday on the eve of commencement of a weeklong yog vigyan shivir at Nahan Chowgan. The shivar will continue till May 23. He expressed his concern that some untrained people posing themselves as ‘yoga guru’ were teaching yoga with a little knowledge. 

Fire in bank
: Loss worth Rs 10 to 12 lakh was incurred in the premises of A fire broke out on the top floor of the building of Baghat Urban Cooperative Bank Limited around 1 pm on Saturday. A short circuit was said to be the reason behind the incident. Fire brigade officials were able to douse the flames in around an hour. No bank employee was injured in the incident.



Condolences paid
: Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad visited the house of photojournalist Ashok Sodhi, who lost his life in Samba encounter, while performing professional duties. Azad expressed his heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family. He said the government would take care of the education and rehabilitation of Sodhi’s family, particularly of his daughter.

Woman charged with fraud
: The crime branch has registered a case against a woman for gaining employment by allegedly producing a fake certificate in a cultural institution, an official spokesman said on Saturday. The spokesman said the Academy of Art, Culture and Languages alleged that Akhtar managed her appointment as a calligraphist there in 2006 when she was not eligible for the post as she was overaged. The police has started investigations. 

BSF jawan dies: A Border Security Force (BSF) constable died on Saturday after he sustained injuries while collecting firewood in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Head constable Subash Chander of the 45th Battalion received a head injury, while collecting firewood for the mess at Boniyar-Uri. Subash was rushed to the district hospital at Baramulla where he succumbed to injuries, the police said. They said proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC had been initiated.


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