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: The newly-elected team of the state unit of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) led by president Kamal Bharti of Malerkotla was felicitated at a function organised by the local unit on Wednesday night under the Continuous Medical Education Programme (CMEP). Subhash Nagpal, a former state president of the NIMA, presided over the function while Ravi Gangeja, District Ayurvedic Officer, was among the special guests.

SDM orders action against encroachers: SDM-cum-administrator of the municipal council here has asked the executive officer of the council to take immediate action against the shopkeepers, who had allegedly encroached upon the municipal land in the Nehru Market located near bazaar No. 4, taxi stand. Some residents had complained that some shopkeepers had encroached in such a manner that it virtually became unsafe to pass through. 

Honoured: The Duke of Edinburgh award recipient Raghav Sharda, national archers Akshay Satija, Vishesh Batra, Karamanyata Ranade, Japinder and Milan, and others, who brought laurels to the LRS DAV Senior Secondary School here were honoured at a function that was organised in the school campus on Wednesday night. Additional deputy commissioner Jaskiran Singh was the chief guest while zonal director of the DAV Schools B.C. Josan presided over the function. The students enthralled the gathering with folk dances and songs. 

Teenager kidnapped
: A 17-year-old girl was kidnapped from her house by four youths in Waraich village under Beas police station on Wednesday. As per the complaint lodged by Malkit Singh, uncle of the victim, four accused namely Gurpreet Singh, Jasbir Singh, Atma Singh and Tehal Singh entered their house on Tuesday and forcibly took away Harjinder Kaur, daughter of Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Khanpur, with them. A case has been registered. 

GND varsity results today: The results of B.Com (Professional) Part I and B.Com (Bachelor of Computer-Aided Management) Part II examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April, 2008, will be declared on Friday. These will be available as well on university website www.gndu.ac.in after 5 p. 

Excise gaze on dhabas
: The excise and taxation department has prepared a list of dhabas to whom notices would be sent to get themselves registered with the department and to file quarterly assessments. According to the sources, the department has short-listed 19 dhabas in Bathinda district, 17 in Mansa, 10 in Sangrur, 8 in Muktsar and 6 in Barnala district. It is pertinent to mention here that even though the VAT was imposed on the high-income category dhabas, not even a single dhaba was charged the VAT until now. 

Bularia sworn in
: Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon administered oath of office and secrecy to the newly elected MLA from Amritsar (South) Inderbir Singh Bularia in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today. Disclosing this, a government spokesman said Badal wished Bularia a bright future to serve the people of his constituency, who had reposed faith in him. Bularia has been elected MLA from Amritsar (South) constituency that had fallen vacant after the death of his father, SAD MLA Raminder Singh Bularia. 

Clothes distributed
: District Red Cross Society distributed clothes among poor children of government elementary school in Saidpura village. Forty-eight children were distributed clothes and they were motivated to do good work besides doing their studies. 

Moveable barracks
: Additional director-general of police (ADGP) Rajan Gupta inaugurated fibre-based moveable barracks in Madhopur near Pathankot on Thursday. Designed by the Punjab Police Housing Corporation, the barracks replaced tents. The ADGP dedicated five such barracks to the cops deployed along border of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir in Madhopur. 

Lok Adalats: To resolve criminal, civil, matrimonial and other cases, Lok Adalats would be held in Gurdaspur, Batala and Pathankot on May 31. A majority of the cases taken up at the adalats would be sorted out on the spot. 

Countering drug abuse
: Deputy commissioner Surjeet Singh Dhillon while inaugurating a cricket tournament here on Thursday said the main purpose of the tournament was to mobilise the youth against drug addiction. He demanded cooperation of social organisations to eradicate the menace, adding that drug de-addiction camps would be held in villages to counter the problem. On the occasion, the office-bearers of the chemist associations assured that they would provide full cooperation to eradicate drug addiction. 

Career counselling camp: In search of meritorious and talented students from the Mansa region, the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology, situated on Chandigarh-Patiala highway, would organise a career counselling and education test on June 8 to help and guide the students to choose a career in the fields of medical, engineering, management, pharmacy and civil services. This was stated by the spokesperson of the institute, Harwinder Singh, in a press release issued here on Thursday. 

Two hurt in mishap
: Two persons were injured in an accident on the Naudhrani road here on Thursday. According to information Ram Singh and Pyara Singh were coming to Malerkotla on their motorcycle when it collided with a car near railway gate. Both riders were seriously injured and admitted to a hospital here. 

Camp concludes
: Adult education camp for men and women running at the Central Jail, Patiala, simultaneously for the last four months by the Rotary Club Patiala mid town, concluded here today amidst an impressive function organised on the jail’s premises. The DGP (Prisons) Mohammad Izhar Alam was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion Alam said Rotary Club asked the president and project incharge O.P. Gupta to continue the same work. 

Samples collected
: The chief medical officer, along with a team of food inspector, collected samples from various eating joints and general stores in Rajpura. CMO Avtar Singh along with the staff collected samples from different village Jansla and wholesale shops. He said the samples collected from various parts of Patiala had failed and a recommendation for action had been initiated in this connection, he said. 

DC’s visit: The deputy commissioner of Patiala visited the flood prone areas of Rajpura and take stock of the situation in various villages where it is suspected that water during rainy season could damage the fields and houses. DC Dharamjit Singh Garewal inspected areas of Sular, Devigarh, Dhur Mandi, Lachhru, Utsar, Samaspur, Nanheri, Narwana Branch and Panjhi areas. 

Labourers’ bodies recovered
: After efforts of 19 hours bodies of the two labourers, who were buried alive on Monday while working at an abandoned well at Roopaherri village 10 km from here were recovered. The labourers were buried when a chunk of earth fell on them while they were extracting old bricks from the 25-foot-deep well. The police on Tuesday said the deceased, Nur Salam (22) from Bengal and Raj Pal (19) from Rajasthan, had been working in the fields of Balbir Singh for a few years. 



: Kirti Kapoor, president, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), visited the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) on Thursday. During her visit she was accompanied by Bina Aul, officiating president, Western Command, AWWA. Kapoor presented gifts to the inmates and appreciated the efforts made by the PRC in providing various rehabilitation facilities to the disabled soldiers. She also presented a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to the PRC. 

One arrested
: Tilak Bahadur, a resident of Bishanpura village was arrested on the charges of stealing a scooter here on Thursday. According to the police sources, the accused was arrested from Dashmesh Colony when he was going to sell the scooter at Phabat village. The scooter was stolen from Chandigarh. 



Land for Japanese park
: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said the Haryana government would explore the possibility to provide about 3,000 acres to Mitsui and Company India Private Limited of Japan adjoining the Kundli-Manesar expressway in the NCR for setting up of a Japanese industrial park. He stated this while presiding over a meeting with a seven-member delegation from Japan. He directed the managing director of the Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation to identify suitable land for the park in the vicinity of NCR area. 

Dharna staged
: Activists of the district unit of the Kisan Sabha on Wednesday staged a dharna in front of the Punjab and Sind Bank branch at Mohamadpur Sottar village near here against auction of a land of a farmer. Rajesh Mahiya, president of the district unit of the Kisan Sabha, alleged that the farmer, Gurdev Singh, had mortgaged 70 kanals for getting a loan of Rs 1.35 lakh for purchasing a tractor. He said he had already paid Rs 3.54 lakh to the bank but the bank had declared him defaulter for non-payment of loan. 

Rural lok adalat
: The District Legal Service Authority has decided to organise a rural lok adalat under the chairmanship of president of the authority-cum-District and Sessions Judge R.C. Bansal at Government Senior Secondary School, Dhurala, on June 1. Stating this here on Thursday, secretary of the authority-cum-Chief Judicial Magistrate N.K. Singhal said civil, rent, criminal and revenue matters of Dhurala, Chiba, Salpani Kalan, Salpani Khurd, Udarsi, Hansala, Gobind Majra, Sarai Sukhi, Haripur, Adhon, Singhpura, Bahadurpura, Hingakheri and Baram villages would be taken up in the adalat. 

Sewing machines
: Additional DC Mahender Singh Yadav distributed free of cost sewing machines to 80 women trainees at a function held in the office complex of the district welfare department here on Wednesday. The women mostly belonging to the Scheduled Castes recently completed their one-year training in tailoring under the aegis of the department of welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. 

Girl kidnapped: A young girl, student of a local college, was allegedly kidnapped by two youths from Bagthala village, 10 km from here, on Tuesday. When her parents failed to trace her even after a long search, her father Abhey Singh on Wednesday filed a complaint following which the Kasaula police registered a case of abduction under Sections 363, 366 and 34 of the IPC against the accused, Narender Kumar, and his accomplice Lala, residents of Qutubpur Colony here. 

Man arrested
: The police has arrested Rajesh Sharma of Panchi Jatan village for allegedly impersonating as a police inspector in the CM’s flying squad and cheating Amar Singh Rawal of Rs 18 lakh. SSP Navdeep Singh Virk said Rawal had lodged a complaint on February 7 last that he gave Rs 18 lakh to Sharma as an advance for purchasing three acres in his village, but Sharma did not turn up at the tehsil office for completing the registry of the land. When a CIA team visited Rajesh’s house, he allegedly threatened them with dire consequences saying that he was a police inspector. 

Free CFLs for residents
: The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) will give two CFLs free of cost to each of its consumers from July in the district. The Haryana Ex-servicemen League Society (HEL) will be given the responsibility of distribution. Members of the HEL will go to the households of consumers and replace ordinary bulbs with the CFLs. HEL members will be given three-day training from June 23 for the same. Superintending engineer of the UHBVN G.K. Nandan said by using of T-5 tubes in place of T-8 one could save 36 per cent of power. 



Appeal to NGOs
: The district unit of the Himachal Non-Gazetted Employees Federation expressed resentment over formation of at least five NGOs in the state. It demanded that all leaders of these organisations should sit on a single platform to form one NGO state federation. District NGO president Chetram Verma and general secretary Anil Chadha said on Wednesday that their unit had decided to go only with the federation, which would be recognised by the government as the real representative of the employees of the state. 

: The ex-servicemen of Bhattiyat in Chamba district have opposed the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission and demanded that these should be reviewed as early as possible. A meeting of the local unit of Himachal Pradesh Ex-servicemen League was held under the chairmanship of Uttam Singh at Chowari in this regard. A resolution passed on the occasion said the recommendations were not advantageous for the serving defence personal as well as the ex-servicemen. 

Health centre
: MLA Govind Singh Thakur dedicated ultrasound and x-ray machines the people procured at a cost of Rs 13 lakh at the Community Health Centre, Manali, on Tuesday. Rs 2 crore have been allocated for construction of Primary Health Centre at Bran and for upgrading Community Health Centre, Manali. He said completion of the second phase of the Regional Hospital, Kullu, would be done soon for which additional Rs 40 lakh have been earmarked in the budget. The work on the Regional Hospital was on war footing and the government was committed to complete it by October. 

CPM’s plea
: The CPM urged the Rajasthan Governor to direct the BJP government in the state to put an end to the state-sponsored killings of innocent people, 39 of whom had been killed in the police firing. State secretary of the party Rakesh Singha said the Rajasthan regime had earned the disrepute of being a ‘government of killers’. “During its four-and-half-year rule, the government has resorted to police firing on several occasions, killing 84 persons so far,” he said. Instead of finding ways to resolve the Gujjar crisis, the CM was issuing threats, which does not behove to any civilised government. 

Priest’s body found: The decomposed body of a priest of Shiv Dwala temple in Rampur was found on Thursday in the “kund” on the compound of the temple itself. The priest, Ram Bhajan Dass, had been missing since May 22. The body was noticed after a foul smell started emanating from the “kund”. 

CM visits Sai Seva Sansthan: Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal on Wednesday visited the upcoming Sai Seva Sansthan at Pujarli to take stock of the construction being undertaken by the Sai Foundation. He appreciated the efforts being made by the foundation of blending modern education system with traditional knowledge and moral values being given importance. He assured the foundation of all possible help from the government side so that devotional and other social service activities could be undertaken smoothly. 


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