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Sit-in by farmers
: Farmers from Burjmuhar, Kundal and Bhangala on Wednesday joined the sit-in organised by the Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta Ugrahan to express resentment over the appointment of a receiver by the administration to prevent the lawful owners from cultivating agricultural land in village Sukhchain of this sub-division. BKU district secretary Gurmail Singh Burjan said the farmers would court arrest if the impugned orders were not withdrawn. 

Uniform for students: The Aggarwal Sabha organised a function at Government Senior Secondary School for Girls here on Wednesday to provide uniform to about 120 needy students. President of the Sabha Faquir Chand Goyal and secretary Pardeep Bansal said such projects would be taken up in next few months also to help the needy students, besides inculcating moral values among them. 

Techies hold rally: The Technical Services Union (TSU) on Wednesday held a protest rally at the sub-division No 1 of the Punjab State Electricity Board here and sloganeered against the contractual and outsourcing system introduced by the Board allegedly as the first step towards privatisation. 

DEO criticised: The Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) on Wednesday resolved to ensure the participation of all the delegates in the provincial conference to be held on Sunday at Jalandhar. The decision was taken during a meeting that was presided over by district president Sushil Dhawan here. The DTF criticised the district education officer (secondary) for raising “unwarranted” objections on the case files related to some teachers. A deputation would meet the DEO at Ferozepur on Friday in this regard, a press release said. The Front also warned of an agitation against the DEO. 

: Mehar Baba Charitable Trust, in collaboration with Fevicryl started a week-long free summer training workshop for
underprivileged children on Wednesday. More than 62 students in the age group of 12 to 17 are attending this workshop. Demonstrations of activities like fabric, glass and silk painting, tie and dye, tile painting, murals and wall hangings were given. 

Eye course flayed
: Following the advertisements on cable TV about diploma in eye by a city-based institute, the Punjab Ophthalmic Officer’s Association in a press release issued on Wednesday, accused the management of the institute of conducting a course that was unauthorised. 

5 booked for assault
: Five people, including two women, were booked for beating Surjit Singh, a resident of Chhajju Majra village. In his complaint to the police, Surjit alleged that on Wednesday morning, five people came to his house and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons. He sustained injuries in his stomach and is admitted to PGI, Chandigarh. Dharampal, Gurbachan, Satpal, Baljit Kaur and Surinder Kaur have been booked. 

Police resolve dispute
: The police managed to settle a controversy in Malakpur Khiala village that arose between the members of village committee and the mahant of a Dera. The controversy was over the ‘birs’ of the Guru Granth Sahib that were kept at the Dera, to which the villagers had objected. SHO of Sadar police station here, Gamdoor Singh, informed that following an agreement reached with the help of the village panchayat, the police shifted the ‘birs’ to the village gurdwara thereby putting the controversy at rest.

Cricket competition: A cricket competition, sponsored by the Punjab Police, would be organised at Nehru Memorial College here from May 29 to June 7. General secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, would inaugurate the competition. SSP Mansa, M.F. Farooqi informed that the purpose behind the competition was to draw the attention of youth towards sports so that they don’t get hooked to drugs. Cricket teams from the whole district would participate in the competition, he added. 

Condemned: Leaders of the Radical Peoples Forum and the Mazdoor Mukti Morcha have condemned the purchasing of the INS Jalshwak from the US at a whopping cost of $50 million. The leaders alleged that the government was overpaying $36 million for the ship. 

Function held: The CPI (ML)-backed candidates, who won the Gram Panchayat elections, held a function at Baba Bujha Singh Bhawan here on Wednesday. On the occasion, party’s state secretary Rajvinder Singh Rana asked the panchayat members to raise the demands of labourers and farmers during the meetings. The demands included plots for landless labourers and freeing the bounded labour. 

Talent-hunt programme
: The Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) organised a talent-hunt programme at Patiala Gate here on Wednesday. Amritpal Singh, team leader, announced a scholarship scheme for single girl child (2 seats), weaker section (2 seats), sports quota (2 seats) and handicapped students (2 seats), with minimum 50 pc in graduation from any recognised university. Any student having more than 65 pc in graduation is eligible for the 2-year post-graduation course in management. The scholarship will be provided Rs 20,000 per trimester. SVIET was coming up with an exclusive institute of management for women from the 2008-09 session. A scholarship scheme worth Rs 10,000 per semester would be given to every woman candidate having more than 70 pc marks in graduation. 

Book on intoxicants
: A book on intoxicants, “Nashian Ch Rurda Punjab”, authored in Punjabi by writer and project director of the local Red Cross Drug De-addiction Centre Mohan Sharma, was released by deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri here on Wednesday. Sharma has also discussed many topics on intoxicants in his book, including formulas to give up intoxicants, punishment for selling and using intoxicants, some slogans and songs to make people save themselves from intoxicants and list of drug de-addiction centres in the state. 

Ex-serviceman ‘kills’ wife: Harkewal Singh, ex-serviceman, allegedly murdered his wife Karamjit Kaur (48) at Dhura village, near Dhuri, on Tuesday night. The Dhuri police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC, against him. Dhuri SHO Vimal Sharma said on Wednesday that Harkewal was a habitual drinker due to which altercations often took place between husband and wife. In anger, Harkewal hit his wife with an iron rod due to which she died. 



: A workshop on teaching methodology in engineering and technology began in MM Engineering College on Wednesday in which around 30 scholars from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Haryana are participating. Dr S.G. Damle, vice-chancellor of MM University, inaugurated the workshop. 

SUMMER CAMP: For optimum utilisation of summer vacation and to impart awareness about the importance of social activities, a summer camp is being organised at SS Little Angels Convent, Machhonda, Ambala Cantonment, from May 26 to June 5. Activities like judo, karate, painting, singing, dancing, cooking, computer, sports and health awareness in surrounding villages will be the main attractions of this camp. An orientation programme for English speaking will be organised for teachers by Prof Inderjeet Kumar, retired head of the English department of GMN Postgraduate College, Ambala Cantonment.

INAUGURATED: Second summer camp at Lord Mahavir Jain Public School, Ambala Cantonment, was inaugurated on May 24. The camp will continue till June 4. Students can take part in dance, personality development, calligraphy, dramatics, aerobics, skating, karate, instrument playing, painting, computers, pot decoration. Narender Jain, president of Digambar Jain Sabha was the chief guest for the inaugural ceremony. The school magazine ‘Endeavour’ was also released by the chief guest along with other members of the management.

RESULTS: Anisha Gupta of commerce stream has topped Dewan Harkishna Das SD Public School, Ambala Cantonment, by securing 95 per cent marks. Seven students of the school have secured more than 90 per cent marks. Anisha Gupta has also topped in maths by securing 97 per cent, 97 per cent in accountancy and 95 per cent marks in business studies. Sheena scored 97 per cent in English, the highest. Amanpreet and Sheena stood first in business studies securing 95 per cent marks. Shubham Goel stood first in physical education by securing 97 per cent. Ankur Sarpal and Anu Kataria stood first in physics and chemistry with 91 per cent. Ankur Sarpal topped the non-medical stream with 92 per cent marks. Anu Kataria and Sukhmani topped medical and humanities stream by securing 78 per cent and 68 per cent.

Two arrested
: The police has arrested two persons for allegedly raping a 32-year-old woman and later killing her. Manphool of Bhatod Jattan village and Ramehar of Umra village allegedly kidnapped the woman of Umra village and later raped her. They also strangled her to death. The accused have been arrested under Section 302 of the IPC.

IPS assn congratulates Karval
: Haryana director-general of police Ranjiv Dalal and all officers of the Haryana IPS Association have congratulated Atul Karval, a Gujarat Cadre IPS officer of 1988 batch, for his great achievement of climbing the world’s highest peak Mount Everest. Dalal said Karval was the first IPS officer who had shown the exemplary bravery by climbing the world’s highest peak and made the entire IPS officers proud. 

Officer goes to centre: The Haryana government has placed the services of P.K. Chaudhery, financial commissioner and principal secretary, electronics and information technology, industries and commerce and mines and geology departments, at the disposal of the Government of India for appointment as additional secretary in the department of commerce, Government of India, New Delhi, with immediate effect. 

Timber found
: Timber worth lakhs of rupees has been recovered from a vacant plot of a forest guard near Dariyapur village here. The local forest department had given the contract of cutting of trees on the NH to a Hisar-based branch of the department. District forest officer S.K. Goyal received complaints that some portion of the timber was finding its way to the pockets of some unscrupulous employees of the department, following which Goyal raided the plot and found a huge cache of timber lying there. The plot belonged to a forest guard, Anoop Singh. 

Man commits suicide
: Kailash Gujjar (50) reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at Bhalki village, 18 km from here, on Tuesday. The police, which held an inquest under Section 174 of the CrPC, said family friction over the recent sale of a piece of land by him apparently led him to take the extreme step. 

Three booked: The police has booked Raj Kumari’s husband Surender Singh, father-in-law Fateh Singh and mother-in-law Medi Devi, all residents of Nahar village, near Kosli, for the dowry death of Raj Kumari (23), who reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at Nahar on May 24. A case was registered against them on Tuesday on a complaint filed by Roshan Singh, father of the deceased. He said Raj Kumari, who got married to Surender in April 2007, was allegedly tortured for dowry by her in-laws, which forced her to end her life. 

Foundation stone laid: Irrigation and PWD minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav laid the foundation stone of a canal-based waterworks at Jat Sairawas village near here on Tuesday. It will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.74 crore by December. The waterworks will benefit the residents of Jat Sairawas, Janti, Gokalpur, Kumbhawas and Meerpur villages of the Rewari constituency. 

Murder case: The reported abduction of a taxi driver, Virender Singh, from the taxi stand of Dharuhera on May 22 has now been converted into a case of murder following the recovery of his decomposed body by the police from a gutter near the cremation ground at Bhiwadi, 5 km from Dharuhera, on May 24. Sources said four miscreants, who had hired Virender Singh’s taxi from Dharuhera for Lakhuwas Baloda village of the Sohna region of Gurgaon district on May 22, had looted the vehicle after killing Virender. 

2 killed in mishaps
: A driver of a dumper-truck was accidentally electrocuted while a woman got killed in a road accident here on Wednesday. Ved Pal of Balasar village was electrocuted when he was emptying the dumper full of trash by raising it. However, it touched a low hanging wire, following which he was electrocuted. In another incident, a pillion rider, Vidhya, a resident of Bajeka village, got killed when she fell from a speeding motorcycle near Kanganpur village. Her husband’s brother was driving the bike. 


Statement criticised
: The district BJP here criticised the statement of state Congress general secretary Kuldip Singh Rathore in which he has taken objection to the restoration of status of prominent BJP leader Suresh Chandel into the state executive committee as its specially invited member. District BJP secretary Bhim Singh Chandel and former district kissan morcha general secretary Roshan Thakur said on Wednesday that it looks strange that the Congress come forward with such a statement as this party had a unique record of giving even top party posts to its leaders who have been charged with serious offences. 

Leopard found dead: A seven feet long and five-year-old fully-grown leopard was found dead with serious injuries on a road turn near Mussaur village on Tuesday morning. The reports said a calf and a cow were also found lying injured nearby. Forest officials said probably the leopard attacked the calf and the cow fell into the nullah in an attempt to save her calf. It is believed that the leopard was killed as a sudden vehicle appeared on the road and hit it and fled. 

Traffic blocked
: The employment guarantee scheme (EGS) instructors’ agitation in support of their demands entered the ninth day on Wednesday. They took out a rally through the main bazaars of the town and blocked traffic near the main bus-terminus for about 30 minutes. President of the association Devpal Singh said they would go on indefinite fast from Thursday. One of their main demands is to regularise the services of those who have completed eight years of service. 

Ayurvedic check-up camp
: Mandi DC Onkar Sharma inaugurated a two-day long free ayurvedic medical check-up camp here. It was organised by the Harvarsh Company from Nagrota Bagwan in which over 135 patients were screened and given free medicine. 




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