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SAD (B) women’s wing:
The Shiromani Akali Dal (B) has decided to strengthen its women’s wing. Balluana MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana informed that chief of the SAD (B) women’s wing and MP Paramjit Kaur Gulshan along with district president Manjit Singh Barkandi would address a meeting of the wing at Gurdwara Singh Sabha on Monday.

Blood donation: As many as 40 B.Ed and NTT students donated blood at a camp organised on the premises of the DAV College of Education here on Friday. Over 20 per cent of the students of the college have got themselves registered in the blood donors’ list at the camp, which was jointly organised by the NSS unit and the Planning Forum of the college.

New DPRO for Barnala:
Gopal Singh Dardi took charge of district public relation officer, Barnala on Friday. Municipal committee president Parmjeet Dhillon and SGPC member Baba Tek Singh Dhanaula were present on the occasion. It may be mentioned that he had served as DPRO Barnala for five years.

Bassi Pathana
Gandhi Jayanti:
A medical-cum-eye check-up camp for schoolchildren was organised by the medical and para medical staff of the local civil hospital in collaboration with social organisations to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. More than 300 students from both government senior secondary schools and private schools were examined. The students with poor eyesight were identified and given free medicines.

2 proclaimed offenders held:
The SSP, Dr Naresh Kumar Arora, told nediapersons here today that a police party, led by sub-inspector Amrik Singh, arrested two proclaimed offenders (POs) wanted in two separate cases. Jagjit Singh, resident of Qila Lal Singh, had been declared a proclaimed offender in a case registered under sections 380 and 411 of the IPC on August 17, 2005. Similarly, Lakhwinder Singh, alias Goldy, resident of Chawa, Gurdaspur district, who had been declared a PO in a case registered under section 188 of the IPC on February 28, 2006, was arrested.

Cleanliness drive:
Activists of the Baba Ratan Dass Sports Club in village Behman Deewana on Thursday launched a cleanliness drive. On the first day, they swept the cremation ground, Peerkhana and the grain market, holding brooms.

School health  programme:
At least 120 students of Government Senior Secondary School, Kharar, and Henderson Senior Secondary School were given eye glasses under the school health programme by the Kharar civil hospital authorities. Eyesight of these students were checked. Principal secretary of health Vijay Kain and SMO Dr Jai Singh distributed the glasses.

Celebrated: A function was organised at Doaba Group of Colleges, Ghataur, to
celebrate the 101st birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Gandhi Jayanti.
The celebrations began with dance sequences by students dressed like Shaheed
Bhagat Singh.

The newly elected office-bearers of the Urban Estate Ram Lila Dushehra Committee are Dharam Pal Verma, chairman; Raj Garg, president; Shiv Gupta, general secretary; Sarabjit Singh Dugri, A.D. Miglani, Sukhwinder Singh Dugri, vice-presidents; Ramesh Gulati, Anil Goyal, Chamkaur Singh, Munish Singla, joint secretaries; Neeraj Sharma, assistant secretary; and Raman Goyal, treasurer.

General Category Welfare Federation conference:
The General Category Welfare Federation, Punjab, is going to hold a state-level conference in Mansa on October 5. District president of the federation Surabjit Kaushal said the issues to be taken up at the conference include chalking out plans to avoid division of society on the basis of caste, steps to ensure right to education of every child and reservation on economic criteria. He said that state president Nirmal Singh and chief organiser Shyam Lal Sharma would also attend the conference.

Cultural programme:
This week's second leprosy fund-raising cultural programme was organised by the National Theatre Arts Society at Padamshri Dr Khushdeva Singh Leprosy Patients Colony. An amount of Rs 6,300 was collected for the residents of this colony. NTAS chief co-ordinator Shyam Lal Navyug presided over the function.

Anti-quackery Day: The Patiala branch of the Indian Medical Association organised a free medical check-up camp at the local railway station to mark IMA Anti-Quackery Day. According to Dr D.S. Bhullar, president, IMA, Patiala, the purpose of the camp was to make people beware of quacks. Dr Vishal Chopra, Dr J.K. Kansal and Dr Amandeep Bakshi were among doctors who examined patients.

425 examined at camp: Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, in collaboration with the Jan Hit Samiti, organised a free medical camp at Raipur village where 425 patients suffering from different ailments were examined. Chief guest K.K. Bhatnagar lauded the initiative of the hospital in organising the camp.

Selected: Dr Rakesh K. Garg, senior professor in the department of forensic science's biographical profile, has been selected for the inclusion in the 2009 edition of Marquis Who's Who. This edition will feature biographies of more than 50,000 accomplished men and women from around the globe. Dr Garg is the first Indian to get the national scholarship from Government of India in forensic science (1984).

Eid celebrations:
On the occasion of Eid celebrations, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, supreme head of the Ahmadiyya community, on his live address, extended extended his greetings to the community members and advised them to abide by the teachings of Islam, remember the sanctity of the holy month of Ramzan and strive for the service of mankind.



A general body meeting of the Senior Citizens Welfare Council, Ambala City, was held here on Friday under the presidentship of Sushil Malhotra. Senior citizens welcomed and thanked the Haryana Chief minister for announcing various concessions on Senior Citizens Day in Panchkula. However, they demanded that 50 per cent concession in bus fare should be given to male senior citizens also.

Nirmal grams:
As many as 105 village panchayats, in this district, have been declared as nirmal grams by the central rural development ministry. The deputy commissioner, Pankaj Aggarwal, said on Friday these declared “nirmal grams” panchayats would be awarded prizes by President of India Pratibha Patil, at a state level function scheduled to be held at Hisar on October 17, 2008.

70 LPG cylinders seized:
Food and supplies officials, along with police personnel of Dharuhera, conducted a raid during which they seized 70 empty LPG cylinders from a Tata 407 vehicle at Akeda, near Dharuhera , on Friday. While the vehicle was impounded, its driver reportedly managed to escape. The police has registered a case under the Essential Commodities Act in this regard.

Panel formed:
In order to check the polluting rice mill units and need for the installation of effluent treatment plants in mills in the state, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board has constituted a committee of six members comprising of three officials and three office-bearers of the rice millers association. The members included the president of the association, Azad Singh Rathi, association secretary Ashish Mehta, member of the governing body Rupesh Goel. Three other members included the regional officer of Yamunanagar and Panchkula and scientist S.K Rohilla.

Rs 6 cr grant released: The state government has released a Rs 6.28 crore grant for various development works to be carried out under district plan for 2008-2009. This was stated by the chairman of the district planning committee and deputy commissioner, M. Shayin, after holding a meeting of officials here on Friday. He said in matter of funds emphasis would be on healthcare and children’s education.



2 held for smuggling:
The police has arrested two persons while they were smuggling timber from Chudana area of Bhattiyat sub-division last evening, according to a report received here on Saturday. The report said on a secret tip-off, the police raided the spot where Anil and Raj Kumar had been planning to smuggle illicitly cut timber. The police has registered the case against them and took the seized timber into custody, the report added.

Voters’ list:
District election officer and Hamirpur DC Abhishek Jain has said that the revision of voters list in all panchayats and wards will be undertaken from October 6. The objections can be filed between October 7 and 16, which will be taken up for decision between October 17 and 21. Appeals can be filed from October 22 to 29 and the decision on these will be taken on October 5. The final voter list will be published on November 6.

KCCB branches to be computerised: Newly elected chairman of Kangra Central Cooperative Bank (KCCB) Raseel Singh Mankotia has announced to computerise all branches of the bank by March 31, 2009. He said the ATM facility would also be made available at all branches of the bank in urban areas by that date. He said, “The board of directors of the bank has also decided to ban all transfers in the bank till a transfers policy is framed. A committee will soon submit its report in that regard. The bank will also open some new branches and fill all vacant posts.”

Man killed: Atma Ram (30) succumbed to injuries at Nadaun hospital on Friday after being injured while loading a water tank in the truck. He was a resident of Balhera village. The police has registered a case in this matter.

Govt decision hailed: State president of Ayurvedic Medical Officers Association Ashok Sharma and other office bearers of the association have welcomed the Chief Minister’s announcement to upgrade Paprola ayurveda college to a deemed university, starting three year Bpharma course and appointing ayurvedic doctors in 72 CHC’s of the state. Talking to mediapersons here on Friday they thanked the Chief Minister for removing their pay anomalies.

Campaign against smoking:
The Indian Peoples Theatre Association (IPTA), the Yuvak Mandal and the Joyoti Kala Munch on Thursday joined hands to make the ban on smoking at public places a Gandhian movement in the state. The joint front of these organisations held an awareness rally here and vowed in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi to fight the menace of smoking in Gandhian way. ITPA convener Lawan Thakur said, “We will advise people to comply with the ban in a healthy manner and will act as a bridge between them and the law enforcing agencies.”

Two arrested:
The police, which had arrested former secretary Joginder Singh and former salesman Daljeet Singh of Denkwa Agriculture Cooperative Society under Gangath police chowki on Wednesday were bailed out by the judicial court on Friday. According to DSP Bidhi Chand Verma, both the accused were booked on June 21 by the police in the alleged embezzlement of funds of the society to the tune of Rs 6.53 lakh. A case under Sections 420, 467 and 468 had been lodged against them. After conducting thorough investigations the police has arrested the accused.

3 killed in accident:
All three occupants of the utility cab (registration number HP 07-7287) were killed when the vehicle veered off the road and plunged into 200 m deep gorge at Boning Saring in the Sangla valley of tribal Kinnaur district on Wednesday. Owner of the vehicle Om Prakash of Batseri village was driving the vehicle when the mishap took place. The other two deceased have been identified as Surinder of Rakcham and Ram Pal of Bashla (Nirmand). Local legislator Tejwant Negi visited the site of accident and consoled the members of the bereaved families. The dependents of the deceased were given Rs 20,000 each as immediate relief.

3 houses gutted: Three houses were gutted in a fire that broke out in Lalsa village under Rampur subdivision on Thursday night. According to the police, the fire broke out around 11.30 pm. Although the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, it was most likely that the fire spread from dry grass that could have caught fire by a lighted cigarette thrown by someone. The loss has been estimated to be over Rs 4 lakh. The wooden houses of Thai Ram, Jai Ram and Bhola Ram were completely burnt in the fire. However, there was no loss of life.

2 suicides in a day:
An HRTC conductor and a women committed suicide in various parts of the town on Wednesday. The body conductor Hari Kishen was found in a bus parked at the new bus stand in the morning. According to preliminary investigations conducted by the police, he was under tremendous stress due to some debt. He reportedly consumed some poisonous substance after completing his duty. In the second incident, 19-year-old Nepalese women Amrita committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her residential quarters at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni. She was rushed to the regional hospital where she was declared brought dead.



Youth arrested:
The police has arrested a youth for allegedly raising anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans at an Eid function in the city. Hilal Baigh snatched the mike at the function and delivered hate speeches and raised anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans, the police said.

Mob leaders held:
Two persons have been found involved in the incident in which a mob tried to burn down some shacks at Rambagh here on Thursday. Srinagar SSP Ahfadul Mujtaba said two notorious pickpockets and drug addicts --- Abdul Hameed Dar and Mohammad Shafi--- both residents of Rambagh area, have been found to be involved in leading the mob.

3 houses gutted: Three houses were gutted in separate incidents of fire while two cowsheds were gutted due to crackers here since Thursday. The police said two houses were damaged in fire at Jogilanker in Srinagar. Another house got damaged in Shirpora area. Due to crackers, fire broke out in the two storied cow sheds of Ghulam Mohammad and Ghulam Nabi at Trassan.

Local newspapers: As the offices of all local newspapers remained closed on account of Eid-ul-Fitr for the second day on Thursday, no English and Urdu daily hit the stands on Friday. The Internet editions of the newspapers were also not available because of the holiday.


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