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BKU to mobilise farmers
: The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) has decided to mobilise farmers for overwhelming participation in the anti-government rally to be held at Patiala on July 21. BKU block president Sukhmander Singh said the SAD-BJP alliance government had, during the PRI elections, virtually befooled the community by claiming that electricity would be ensured round-the-clock. District secretary Gurmail Singh Burjan said debt relief to the small farmers was just an eyewash. All the debts irrespective of the status of the farmers and daily wage earners should be written off, he demanded.

Book exhibition
: More than 35 national and international publishers are participating in a book exhibition organised by Guru Nanak Dev university a Bhai Gurdas Library here on Thursday. The exhibition will remain open till July 19. Faculty members and students of the university visited the exhibition. 

Sarpanches elected
: Three sarpanches were elected in the district on Thursday. Giving the information, DPRO Darshna Sharma said that Amritpal Singh Bawi has been elected as sarpanch of Dhaula village by securing 10 out of 11 votes. At Fatehpur Dhaula village, Sukhjinder Kaur has been elected as sarpanch. Meanwhile, Dalip Singh has been elected as sarpanch of Jaimal Singh Wala village. He is a close associate of SAD MLA Balbeer Singh Ghunus.

One held
: The police arrested Gurmeet Singh Teetu with a stolen motorcycle here on Wednesday at a naka on the Batala-Amritsar road. When the police party asked him to show the papers of the vehicle, he failed to give a reply and during interrogation revealed that he was riding a stolen bike. A case has been registered. 

PO nabbed
: The Sadar police here nabbed proclaimed offender Vijay Kumar alias Sukha, a resident of Mohanpura, Sriganganagar, Rajasthan, from the grain market, Hazi Rattan, Bathinda. According to SHO Palvinder Singh, the accused, a truck driver, was booked in a case where he had knocked down a scooterist on May 21, 2003 and fled from the scene. The scooterist had died on the spot.

Anand gets extension
: Former principal S.P. Anand has been granted an extension of another two years as a member of the Northern Regional Committee of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The professor was nominated to the body in 2006-08 for a two-year term.

Three booked for cheating: One Balwinder Singh along with his three accomplices has been booked by the Ghall Khurd police for allegedly cheating a girl by marrying her. According to the information, the accused entered into wedlock with the girl despite the fact that he was already married and had a son from his first marriage. A case under sections 420, 494 and 120 of the IPC has been registered against Kali Ram, Gursewak Singh and another person besides Balwinder. 

Two booked: Two persons have been booked by the Ferozepur Cantonment police for allegedly selling fake gold biscuits. A sum of Rs 5,62,000 was recovered from their possession. 

Youth commits suicide
: A 21-year-old youth committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in Mahilpur on Wednesday. In his complaint, the deceased’s uncle Rakesh alleged that his nephew Deepak was being tortured by his wife Poonam and her family members Milap Chand, Sudesh and Rana which forced him to take the extreme step. The police has booked all the four.

Cyclist killed
: Sohan Singh, a resident of Partap Singh Nagar, Akalgarh, was killed in a road accident when a private bus hit his cycle in the area of Akalgarh village on Wednesday. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 304A, 427 IPC. No arrest has been made so far

GREEN DRIVE: Jagraon SDM in his campaign to make this sub-division green today planted a sapling on the main G.T. Road, here. Disclosing his programme to the mediapersons, he informed that 30,000 saplings will be planted by August 15.

Contractor booked
: The Kharar police has booked a liquor vend contractor and his two employees. During night patrolling, the cops came across this liquor vend which was open till 12:10 am, despite orders of the district magistrate to shut down the vends by 11 pm. The police has booked them under Section 188 and 120B of the IPC.

Man killed in accident: Charanjit Singh, a resident of Majat area, died in road accident on Wednesday. Charanjit was on way to his fields when an unknown vehicle hit him. He was taken to the Kharar Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPc.

Blood camp
: The Rotary Club Midtown in collaboration with students of PTU learning centre organised a blood donation camp here on Thursday. Ravi Dogra, SMO of the civil hospital here, inaugurated the camp. Sandip Verma president of the club said 60 volunteers donated blood.

Saplings planted: As many as 114 saplings were planted at a vanamahotsav function organised by the Lions Club Greater in the Army Park here on Thursday. Brig KS.Jaswal was the chief guest, while president of the club S. D. Bhalla presided over the function. Brigadier Jaswal urged people to remove congress grass. 

: On a call of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, employees and officers of various local banks on Thursday staged a demonstration against disinvestment of government shares in banks, merger of banks, and foreign direct investments in banks. Joint secretary of the federation S.K. Gautam, secretary of the All-India Gramin Bank Officers Association Pali Ram Bansal and local leaders Jatinder Malhotra and Sunil Jain addressed the protesters.



IT survey
: Officials of the income tax department today carried out a survey at four different set ups of the same company in Mohali Industrial area here on Thursday. Two teams of the department carried out the survey at Phases I VIII, Industrial Area. “The survey was conducted at various enterprises of Synergy Telecommunications. These were not raids. Surveys are a routine exercise undertaken by the IT department,” said A.K. Kaushal, IT commissioner, Chandigarh. Officials of the IT department refused to divulge details of the survey. 

Common parking: Municipal councillor Amrik Singh has urged the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority to convert some open spaces into common parking in areas which were thickly populated. He said in certain pockets, cars were parked on roadsides on C-roads due to non-availability of space and this proved to be a traffic bottleneck often resulting in heated arguments among residents of the area. In certain areas people had started using small parks as parking areas. He said the proposal could be implemented on a trial basis to begin with. 

Chlorinated water: The Defence Accounts Pensioners’ Welfare Association has demanded that chlorinated drinking water should be supplied to Panchkula and Mohali to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases. Water tanks should be cleaned at regular intervals and old water pipes be replaced wherever required. Samples should be collected for testing the purity of water. The association has urged the authorities concerned to check adulteration of food items as well.



Demonstration staged
: Farmers of Jhumpa Khurd village on Thursday staged a demonstration against the incorrect girdawari conducted by patwari Ram Singh Bishnoi for 2007. Later, the demonstrators submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner under the leadership of Sher Singh of the Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha. They alleged that the girdawari conducted by the patwari was partial and demanded that it should be conducted again. They also sought stern action against the patwari and his team.

Soil institute board
: The union agriculture minister has nominated two Karnal-based persons to the management board of the prestigious Central Soil Salinity Research Institute in Karnal. Surat Singh and Mahender Singh, the NCP leaders, have been inducted into the management board for a period of three years. The director, agriculture, Haryana, the director, agriculture, Ahmedabad, and the director research, Gujarat Agricultural University, Ahmedabad, are the other members nominated by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research for the next three years. 

Ex-MC secretary gets jail for graft
: Additional District and Sessions Judge Vimal Kumar Bakshi has sentenced the former secretary of Kharkhoda municipal committee, Kashmiri Lal, to a two-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 for graft. He was convicted of accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a contractor, Sandeep, of Thana Kalan village on August 9, 2004. He was caught red-handed by vigilance officials while accepting the bribe.

Three arrested: Employees of the Gohana cooperative sugar mill nabbed three persons red-handed while they were escaping after looting equipments from stores of the mill on Wednesday. The persons have been identified as Pritam of Sanota village of UP, Anjum of Dosai village in Saharanpur district and Sadiq of Humayunpur village in Meerut district of UP. Later, they were handed over to the police and remanded in police custody by a court.



Workshop held
: Forest minister J.P. Nadda has urged the people to covert the state into a herbal state. Speaking at the district-level workshop here on Thursday, he said 111 distribution centres were established in the district for the distribution of free medicinal plants to the farmers from July 25. He said this campaign would be launched on August 3 from the ancestral village of Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal here. The members of panchayati raj institutions, nagar panchayats and others attended the workshop.

2 held for vehicle theft
: The police arrested Harish Kumar and Deepak Kumar, both local residents after recovering a private van (CH-01N-0875) from them which they have stolen from the parking of a local gurudwara on Thursday. The police nabbed them at the national highway-21 after the owner lodged the complaint. 

Decomposed body found: The police found a decomposed body of an unidentified person at Tatapani hot springs bath resort on Thursday. To rule out any possibility that it could be of Tek Chand, who had gone missing from the town two weeks ago, the body is being sent for forensic examination and post-mortem, SP Mandi M Chander Sekhar said.

Lack of BSNL signals
: BSNL mobile users are facing great problems for the lack of signals on the judicial complex and near the office of the deputy director, education. According to BSNL officials, a tower has been erected near the marketing committee and as soon as the machinery for the tower is received, it would solve the problem.

Cleanliness campaign: Minister for local self-government and transport Kishan Kapoor got some parts of Una cleaned in his presence with the help of local people and the municipal committee here on Thursday under the cleanliness campaign. Later on talking to media he exhorted people to adopt cleanliness themselves to make this campaign a success. He said the government could only frame laws but it was for the people to follow them.  


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