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“Na Ko Vairi Na Baigana” staged
: Sri Guru Ram Das Avtar Purab Committee organised a play “Na Ko Vairi Na Baigana” based on the life and teachings of Bhai Kanhaya. The religious play has been scripted by J S Bawa and directed by Jyoti Bawa. JS Bawa has been organising various religious functions for the last 35 years and have staged more than 100 religious plays till date.

Ghazal book released: The Punjabi literary book of ghazals, “Akahar Wala Kya Vichara” written by former chief secretary Amrik Singh Pooni, would be released on June 6 at Mahindra House. A “vichar goshti” on the book would also be held on the occasion.

Regulate fuel flow, filling stations told: In view of the shortage of diesel and petrol, the district administration has issued instructions to the petroleum dealers not to issue fuel more than the existing capacity of the vehicle. The deputy commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu, while holding a meeting of the representatives of the petrol and diesel outlets of various oil companies, said dealers should urge the respective companies to maintain the supplies on the basis of last year.

Meeting held
: Government Forms Theka Radd Karao Action Committee held its meeting here on Tuesday. It decided to oppose the contract of selling the government form by a private contractor. The committee convener Darshan Singh Ugoke alleged that the contractor was exploiting the people, as the district administration had not released a price list of various forms. So to lodge their protest against the privatisation of the government forms, the committee would block traffic before the office of SDM, Barnala, on June 9.

Lok Adalat: Over 90 cases pertaining to public utility services, including transport, postal, telephone, drinking water, sanitation, medical and insurance, were decided during the Permanent Lok Adalat that was held here on Monday, informed Jaspal Singh, District and Sessions Judge and chairman of the Adalat. He added that the institution of Permanent Lok Adalat was a cost-effective and a hassle-free mode of delivering justice.

Sepoy cremated: Sepoy Nirvair Singh, from the 27 battalion of BSF, posted in Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir, died while being on duty, because of a heart ailment. He was cremated here at his native village Bhala Faraya Mal with full state honours. SDM M.P. Singh laid wreaths on behalf of CM Parkash Singh Badal. Earlier, the BSF officials had brought his body to the village for cremation.

Cash stolen
: Some miscreants stole a bag from Malkiat Singh of Phander, containing Rs 2.5 lakh, outside the State Bank of India (SBI) premises, Dasuya, on Tuesday.

Physio centre
: A physiotherapy and acupuncture centre was opened at cantonment general hospital on Sunday. Dr M.S. Sachdeva, a specialist in sports injury, will visit the centre daily. The facility would offer treatment for muscle, nervous disorders, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, disk prolapse, paralysis, frozen shoulder, polio, arthritis and migraine.

: Leaders of the Democratic Teachers’ Front Sukhdarshan Singh Natt, Jaspal Kokhar and Sikander Dhaliwal have welcomed the selection of the new state-level office-bearers of the organisation and said the new team would help in intensifying their struggle against privatisation and other demands. Bhupinder Singh Braich and Harcharan Singh Channa were elected as president and general secretary respectively at the delegates’ conference held in Jalandhar.

Tarn Taran
Shahi is SD College principal:
“I would try my best to provide quality education to the rural youth of the border district.” This was said by Dr Udham Singh Shahi, who took over as the principal of Sewa Devi S.D. College here. Shahi said the region lagged behind in the education sphere due to lack of infrastructural facilities.



Liquor seized: The local excise and taxation department has seized 394 cases of Indian-made foreign liquor from a truck at Morni T-point on Tuesday. The liquor was allegedly being smuggled to Jaipur form Chandigarh. The cost of liquor was estimated to be around Rs 7 lakh.

Gujjars’ protest: A large number of Gujjars staged a protest march at Kalka, near here, on Tuesday in support of the demand of reservation for their community in Rajastahan. Around 1,500 members assembled in the market committee. Thereafter, they staged a protest march towards Gandhi Chowk through the bazaars of the town and burnt the effigy of Rajastathan Chief Miniser Vijaaraje Scindia. They also presented a memorandum for the President of India to the local SDM Monica Malik.


Industrial plot allotment: Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC) has invited applications for allotment of 202 industrial plots in the industrial estate at Rohtak. Giving this information here on Tuesday, an official spokesman said last date of receiving the complete applications in all respect with supporting documents along with earnest money and processing fee was July 15. The application form can be obtained by payment of Rs 100 in cash from corporation's office or downloaded from website www.hsiidc.org.

Power purchase deal: With a view to make Haryana self-sufficient in the Power Sector, the Haryana Power Purchase Centre (HPPC) has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Aravali Power Company Private Ltd. (APCPL) to procure 750 MW power. APCPL chief executive officer P.K.Modi and HPCC chief engineer V.K.Goyal in the presence of Haryana financial commissioner and principal secretary (power) Ashok Lavasa signed the PPA, here on Tuesday.

2 killed in road accidents
: Shri Ram of Rattanthal village, 35 km from here, was hit by a tanker near the Railway Chowk on Monday. He, along with his son Vijay Kumar, was going by foot when the tanker knocked him down. He died on the spot. In another incident, Madan Pal Yadav (37), resident of a hamlet, near Khatavali, died after his motorcycle was hit by an unknown vehicle on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway near his village on Sunday night. Cases have been registered in this regard.

One electrocuted: A driver of a container, Jhabroo Khan (38) of Alwar district in Rajasthan, was reportedly electrocuted when he accidentally touched a high-tension wire in the vicinity of a factory on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway near Dharuhera on Monday night. The mishap occurred when he climbed the roof of the container, parked near Auto Fit Limited, to get some sleep. The Dharuhera police has treated it as a case of an accidental death.



Patwari held for taking bribe
: Vigilance wing of the police here has arrested a patwari, Sunka Ram of Geharwin, red-handed while accepting bribe of Rs 1,500 from a villager Gopalaram here in the district. Gopalaram informed the police that he was being harassed by the patwari, who was demanding a bribe for performing his duty. Led by DSP Jagjivan singh, a team of vigilance laid a trap and arrested the patwari while accepting the bribe from the villager. The patwari was also arrested under similar circumstances last year at Namhole.

10-yr RI for four
: Additional Sessions Judge, Fast-Track Court, Chamba, J.N. Yadav on Tuesday sentenced Kabli Ram, Phagnu, Hoshiara and Baldev (alias Ballo), all residents of Kudgan Pargna village, to 10-year rigorous imprisonment in connection with a case of causing death of a person. A fine of Rs 10,000 each was also imposed on them. In case of default in payment of the fine, they would have to undergo imprisonment for further two months. The incident took place on October 7, 2006, over grazing of animals. The convicts had allegedly pelted Lal Hussain and his sister Ako with stones while they were grazing buffaloes near Jhain Nullah.

1 killed in accident
: One person was killed in a road accident when the tractor that he was driving rammed into a tree at Badiyara village on Monday night. SDPO Umapati Jamwal said on Tuesday that Kuldeep Kumar, 30, a resident of Badiyara village, was killed on the spot in the accident. The body was handed over to his relatives after a post-mortem examination, he added.

Cong meeting on June 8
: The state Congress will hold a meeting on June 8 at the party office to chalk out a strategy for highlighting the benefits of the UPA government’s loan waiver scheme for farmers. Besides state unit officer-bearers, district presidents, MPs, MLAs and heads of frontal organisations will attend the meeting. R.K.Dhawan, in charge of the party affairs in Himachal Pradesh, will preside over the meeting.



2 hideouts busted: Army troops on Tuesday busted two militant hideouts in Reasi and Rajouri and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition. Based on specific information, troops of 156 Infantry Battalion busted a hideout in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district and recovered one pistol, two Chinese hand grenades, 72 rounds of pika rifle, 120 rounds of AK rifle and other war-like stores, defence spokesman, Lt-Col S.D. Goswami said. In another incident, troops of the 61 RR busted a hideout in Gool area of Reasi and recovered 3 grenades, 19 rounds of pika ammunition and other stores.

Youth arrested: The police on Tuesday arrested Mohammad Ashraf, who was absconding in connection with the alleged rape of a schoolgirl by two persons, including a policeman, on Sunday. He was arrested when the police raided a place in Nagrota. The victim, an 18-year-old class VII student, was allegedly raped at a police quarters construction site two persons. She had come along with Mohammad who reportedly fled after they checked-in at the Victoria Lodge. Hotel owner Romesh Sharma and constable Ahabir Ahmed, took the girl to the site and raped her.

Woman falls to death
: A woman fell to death, while four persons were injured in the Kashmir valley on Tuesday. Official sources said Saima was critically injured when she fell down from her house at Satra Seram in Baramulla district. She was taken to the hospital where she was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, two passengers were injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling from Sonmarg to Srinagar turned turtle near Gagangeer. In another incident, two vehicles collided, injuring two persons.

DD director dead: Ashraf Sahil (59), director, Doordarshan, Chandigarh, passed away at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura on Tuesday. Sahil was a noted academician and poet. Sahil headed DD, and Radio Kashmir in Srinagar for several years before being transferred to Chandigarh. He was to retire next month. Sahil, the first among newsreaders on DD, Srinagar, recently underwent a surgery in New Delhi.

Radio Kashmir: The Regional News Unit (RNU) of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar, is organising a three-day workshop from June 6. Gurjeet Malik, head, RNU, said the workshop was being organised for part-time correspondents, working at different district headquarters and other major towns. The director general (news) and other senior journalists would address the workshop.


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