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Van Mohatsav celebrated
: The Rotary Club, Abohar Midtown, and the Innerwheel Club celebrated Van Mahotsav by planting saplings in the Saraswati College of Pharmacy on the outskirts of the town on Tuesday.

One found dead in Abohar: A rickshaw-puller, identified as Jagdish, was found dead in a water course near the city bypass on Thursday. Prima facie, it appeared that he might have fallen while trying to quench his thirst. He had been living alone in a rented room, some rickshaw-pullers informed. The body has been kept in the mortuary at the local civil hospital awaiting his kin.

Bassi Pathana
: The Arhtiya Association and the Rice Millers Association organised a function to honour Jagdeep Singh Cheema for his appointment as SAD’s district president at the grain market on Thursday. Commission agents, rice millers, traders and leaders of other social, religious organisations attended the function.

Engineers’ Day observed
: The North West Institute of Enginering and Technology, Dhudike in Moga district, observed Engineer’s Day on Wednesday in the honour of renowned engineer M. Visvesvaraya. Principal and chief guest V.K. Sarda was received by Registrar Paramjit Singh and Prof. Rakesh, the coordinator. The contribution of Visvesvaraya was highlighted on the occasion. Paper reading and essay competition with ‘Planet Earth’ as the theme was organised. Prof. Samra, Madhu and Dr. V.K. Sarda presented their papers and also read the message of chairman Lakhbir Singh Gill, who was indisposed.

Probe against Amarinder
: Probe of case against Amarinder Singh has been entrusted case to a team headed by Vigilance Bureau joint director (Crime) Inderjit Singh Randhawa, Bureau. SP (economic offences wing) Chaman Lal and SP (flying squad) Paramjit Singh Khaira will assist him.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Development works
: Deputy commissioner Surjit Singh on Thursday asked all department heads of the district to complete various developmental works of their area within the time frame. Addressing a meeting of department heads at Bachat Bhawan, he asked officials concerned to remove encroachments along roadside during the paddy season. The SDMs were told to listen to the grievances of people. He also discussed the various development works going on in the district.

BSF camp
: As many as 500 residents of various villages in this district were examined at a medical check-up camp organised by 109 battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) at Dhinda village. At the camp, which was inaugurated by DIG S.S. Sandhu, the patients were given free medicines and food packets as refreshments. The camp was organised in association with the Lions Club Diamond, Kahnuwan.

PWD men protest: Sixteen activists of the PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union observed fast to protest against the non-regularisation of their services. Union district president Ramesh Chand alleged that the Punjab government had failed to regularise the services of the daily-wagers despite the promise made by the ruling party in its poll manifesto.

Rs 30,000, camera snatched
: Yogesh Kumar of the local Mohalla Kamalpur lodged a complaint against Moti, Hansu of Mohalla Prahlad Nagar and Gaurav of Gautam Nagar last evening. According to police sources, Yogesh alleged that the accused stopped and assaulted him near the ITI, Kutcha Toba, and snatched Rs 30,000 and a camera from him. The city police has registered a case under sections 307, 379, 324, 323, 341, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC against  the accuse.

Translation workshop
: Madhumeet, an English lecturer of KMV, attended a three-day Punjabi-English translation workshop at Shimla from September 13. She was invited by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. She translated two short stories, “Chure Wali Bahn” by Jasveer Singh Rana and “Iqbal Hussan Murya Nahin” by Ajmer Sidhu.

Free medical camp: Students of ICFAI National College, Jalandhar, organised a free medical check-up camp in the slum area of Chuggitti on September 14. Senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia presided over the event.

Mock fire drill held: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) conducted a mock fire fighting drill at Suchi Pind here on Wednesday. The exercise aimed at controlling devastating fires at filling stations and other establishments.

On a high: Sun Microsystems has roped in a third-year student of Lovely Professional University as its Sun ambassador. B. Tech (III) student Raghav Puri was selected from the list of thousands of resumes that the company had called for the post. The techie has been hired by the computer giant for providing technological interventions and services.

‘Punjabi needs public support’
:There is need for public participation for proper implementation of acts passed in the assembly regarding the Punjabi language. This was stated by education minister Upidnerjeet Kaur while speaking at a function at Mahli Khurd village on Sunday.

Dowry death, 4 booked
: Shrifan wife of Nirmal Khan of Pharwahi village, died due of burns near here on Wednesday . Mukhtiar Khan, son of Bashir Khan of Phalewal village said she was killed by her in-laws for dowry. The in-laws of Shrifan allegedly sprinkled kerosene on her and set her afire. She had 90 per cent burns when admitted to civil hospital here . Doctors referred her to Ludhiana but she died on the way. The police has booked Nirmal Khan husband of the deceased, father -in-law Gulzar khan, mother-in-law Bhuro and sister-in -law Paveen under Sections 304B, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

‘Reduce fuel prices’
: Radical Peoples Forum has demanded decrease in price of petrol and diesel following fall in oil prices in the international market. Leaders of forum Sukhdarshan Natt and Jaspal Kokhar said here on Wednesday that Central government should sincerely review the oil prices as people had been under heavy burden high fuel prices. They alleged that the government was providing benefits to the oil companies and was not taking care of people. They demanded that oil prices should be decreased in view of falling oil prices in the international markets.

Attack on journalists flayed
:The media fraternity here under the banner of the Journalists Club flayed the attack on some journalists at the behest of some politicians during the municipal council elections in Moga. Club president Haripal Singh demanded that stern action should be taken against the culprits after a high-level inquiry.

15 hurt in accident
: Fifteen persons on Thursday sustained injuries when a private bus and a truck collided head-on near Cheema village, near Sunam. The bus was on its way from Sunam to Cheema while the truck was coming from the opposite side.

BJP launches drive: The BJP Kisan Morcha on Tuesday launched Jan Jagran Abhiyaan from Ealwal village, near here, with the aim of increasing its base in the district. About 500 villages will be covered under the drive. District president of the BJP Jatinder Kalra asked the Centre to rollback the prices of diesel immediately as crude oil prices had come down drastically in the international market.



Demolition drive
: The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is planning to launch a major demolition drive at Jhota Kutt in Sector 71 here. The encroached land has been coming in the way of allotment of houses for the past many years as the occupants have gone in court. Though there was no official confirmation about the schedule of the drive, sources said the drive would be launched after getting clearance from the court. The widening of Phase 1 to Lakhnour road was also being affected due to the encroachment.

Cardiac camp: Ivy Hospital will organise a two-day cardiac camp at its new Ivy Cardiac Institute in Sector 71 from Saturday. According to a press release, a discount of up to 30 per cent would be given to patients on all cardiac evaluation processes, including ECG, 2D echo, TMT, coronary angiography and coronary angioplasty. Dr Zora Singh, president, Indian Medical Association, Chandigarh state branch, will inaugurate the camp.



Chief Minister releases book
: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday released the Hindi translation of Quran Majeed titled Tarjuman-ul-Quran with commentary and introduction by late Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. The book has been published by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, whose chairman is an eminent littérateur and political thinker, Dr Karan Singh.

Stray cattle: Expressing concern over the menace of stray cattle, especially cows, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said cows should be given proper care by gaushalas. The Chief Minister was interacting with a delegation of the Gau Raksha Samiti, which called on him here on Thursday. The delegation was led by Haryana minister of state for revenue Savitri Jindal, MP Naveen Jindal and Confed chairman Bajrang Dass Garg. On the invitation of the members of the samiti, the Chief Minister gave his consent to preside over “gau raksha sammelan” to be organised on November 6 in Hisar.

Armed men take away car
: Two armed miscreants reportedly looted a car from its driver, Brijesh Kumar Sharma, a resident of Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, on National Highway no 8, near Dharuhera, on Wednesday. They also looted Rs 1,400 and two mobile phones from him and then dropped him there. Later, Sharma somehow reached the police station and filed a report, following which the police registered a case of robbery. Sharma told the police that the duo had hired his taxi from the taxi stand of Jaipur to Delhi for Rs 3,700. However, they looted the car, money and his mobile phones.

Foundation stones laid: Irrigation and PWD minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav laid the foundation stone of two sewer projects in Mohalla Nai Abadi and the Qutubpur colony here on Wednesday. A total amount of Rs 41 crore will be spent on the accomplishment of the two projects. Yadav said under the stewardship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rewari had witnessed a flurry of developmental works in the past three and a half years. He said works on several prestigious projects - The Postgraduate Regional Centre, Government Polytechnic College, Lisana, Trauma Centre and the War Museum - was in progress.

Two-day seminar
: Former vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University Bhim Singh Dahiya will deliver the keynote address on the inauguration of a two-day seminar on “Feminist perspective in Indian English novel: An overview” to be held in the local CMK National PG Girls College on Friday and Saturday. The seminar will be inaugurated by Haryana finance minister Birender Singh. Vijaya Tomar, principal of the college, has said several eminent scholars of English literature have been invited as resource persons in the seminar. Besides, several teachers of English literature from Punjab, Haryana and other neighbouring states will read their papers during this seminar.

2 killed in accidents
: Two persons were killed in road accidents here on Thursday. Rahul (16) of Bhamboli village died on the spot after he fell from the HRTC bus he was travelling in on Thursday. He was on the way to his school in Jagadhari. Rahul was standing near the door of the bus. In another incident, a motorcyclist, Satinder, of Jhansa village was killed when he was hit by an unknown vehicle near Ghushani village.



Thief held
: The police here has arrested a thief red-handed with the help of people of the area . SP K.K. Indoria said here on Wednesday that the police has arrested Madanlal, son of Ronkiram of Sandoli village while he was getting away after cutting a telephone pole at Dohad village under police station Barmana near here on Tuesday. Indoria said that the police had recovered the pole piece and six blades, two angle irons and a hammer from the accused.

Students given prizes
: As many as 50 meritorious students of ex-servicemen were given prizes at the 76th annual convention of the Himachal Pradesh Gorkha Ex-servicemen Welfare Samiti at Bakloh on Tuesday. Presenting the annual report of the samiti Capt Mohan Singh Thapa said scholarships were also provided to the students obtaining above 80 per cent marks in different classes.

Labourer found dead: A labourer, Prithu Ram, working with a contractor was found dead in mysterious circumstances in Jiyoori village in Churah sub-division of this district on Tuesday, according to a report received here on Wednesday. The police was trying to investigate the cuase of death.



Land row protester welcomed
: The Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti on Wednesday welcomed Daleep Kumar, a land row protester arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA), on his release from Kot Balwal Jail. A resident of Martha village in Kathua district, Daleep remained in the jail for almost a month. Sangharsh samiti members K.K. Parocah, Surinder Bajaj and Yudhvir Sethi were among those who accorded him a warm welcome at Geeta Bhawan here. Daleep said he would be the first to agitate for the cause of Jammu in future too. Meanwhile, the samiti will honour the families of all martyrs of the Jammu agitation at a function here on Saturday.

Shops, mosque gutted in Uri
: Over 12 shops and a mosque were today gutted in a fire in the frontier town of Uri, the police said.Officials said the fire started from a shop, which soon spread to nearby shops and the mosque. Goods worth lakhs of rupees were burnt in the fire. A large number of people tried to bring the fire under control with the help of fire engines.

Hindi Divas observed
: The Northern Command on Wednesday celebrated Hindi Divas with great enthusiasm. Army units and establishments took part in various competitions such as Hindi essay, noting and drafting, Hindi typing through computer and recitation. Brig H.P.S. Dhillion, who was the chief guest, emphasised the importance and spread of the official language in official correspondence. He highlighted the place of Hindi in the Constitution and especially in the Armed Forces where multi-lingual people work together and speak Hindi.


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