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Cheque distributed
: Balluana MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana while keeping up his "service at your door step" campaign was today found handing over pension cheque to an aged woman after spotting her going on a camel cart. He held the sangat darshan meeting in Rampura-Narainpura twin villages located near the inter-state  border on Tuesday and distributed old age pension in cash as some of the eligible persons had expressed inability in opening their accounts with the banks which had no branch in the nearby area. He also distributed the job cards to unemployed skill labourer under the NREGA scheme besides handing over a Rs 2.5 lakh cheque to the headmistress of the government school for construction of a new block. The legislator announced that Rs 5 lakh would be spent on other development projects in the village.

Blood donation
: The United Welfare Society, Rampura Phul, organised a blood donation camp on Sunday. The occasion was the 10th wedding anniversary of Manohar Singh, a member of the society. Doctors from the civil hospital, Rampura Phul, collected as many as 13 units at the camp.

Contests held: The local unit of the Youth Red Cross organised inter-college contests at the SSD Girls College on Tuesday where 12 colleges competed in poster-making, declamation, poem recitation and best-out-of-waste material contests.

Conference held: Dr Kulwant Singh, a senior member of the technical staff, Intersil Corporation, California, USA, delivered a talk to the students and the faculty of the North West Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dudhike, Moga, on Tuesday. The speech was delivered on higher education and the procedure in the USA. Later, he interacted with the students and the faculty.

Seminar on consumers Act: The local Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum (SASWF) organised a seminar on “Consumer Protection Act” and “System in developed countries” here on Sunday evening. A member of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum Harvinder Sharma said though the Act had come into force in 1986 in India, people living in rural areas did not know much about its provisions. Even in cities people did not take bills of goods from shopkeepers.

Vigilance awareness week: A Vigilance awareness week is being observed by employees and officers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Sangrur from November 3 to 7. General manager of Sangrur telecom district K.K. Sarangal on Monday administered pledge to the employees and officers to bring absolute integrity and transparency in all spheres of activities, besides working together for the growth and reputation of the BSNL and providing value-based services to the customers in a big way.


70 pc subsidy on gypsum:
The Haryana government has decided to give 70 per cent subsidy to farmers on the sale of gypsum powder. While stating this here on Monday, a spokesman for the Haryana Land Reclamation and Development Corporation said now a bag containing 50 kg of gypsum costing Rs 90 would be sold to the farmers for Rs 28.30 through the authorised sale counters of the nigam. He said the farmers could improve soil fertility by using gypsum, which was a natural fertiliser and easily available.

Man killed in accident:
A 45-year old man died on the spot after an unknown vehicle reportedly hit him in Sector 37 here on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Ranbir Singh, son of Udham Singh from UP. The police said he used to work with Hero Honda here under a contractor and was a resident of Khandsa. The incident took place when he was on his way to work.

Girl killed:
A two-year-old girl, Tisu, daughter of Raj Kumar, a resident of Kotputli town of Rajasthan, was reportedly crushed to death by a tempo in Patherghati bazaar here on Monday. The city police has booked the tempo driver, Deepak Kumar, for rash and negligent driving.

Megha’s treatment: Students of Government High School, Nehrana, here have decided to contribute their pocket money for the treatment of Megha Bhardwaj, a young boxer, who has been battling with cancer. Nehrana is the remotest village of the Sirsa district bordering Rajasthan. The schoolchildren have decided to contribute their monthly pocket money for the next five months i.e. till the end of this session for Megha’s treatment. The children have decided to send the money to Megha’s father on monthly basis after collection of the contribution.

7 gamblers held: The police on Monday claimed to have busted a gang of gamblers in the town by arresting seven persons with a sum of Rs 22,000. Police sources said a team of the city police station on Sunday raided a place near Ghanta Ghar Chowk here after a tip-off and found seven persons gambling. The arrested have been identified as Vijay, Krishan, Rajesh, Sham Lal, Raj Kumar, Ravinder and Krishan.

Panchayat joins dharna:
Extending support to the demands of the employees of Reeba Textile industrial unit near Chidana village on the Rohtak-Panipat national highway for payment of ex gratia to the family of an employee of the unit, Devender, who had lost his life in a road accident on July 18 while driving the unit’s vehicle, the Murlana-12 panchayat on Tuesday joined the indefinite dharna being staged by the employees. The employees have been staging an indefinite dharna since Saturday in support of their demands. Various trade unions like the Haryana Kisan Sabha, Van Mazdoor Union have also extended support to their agitation.


Motorcyclist killed: A motorcyclist was killed when some boulders rolled down from a hillside and hit his vehicle at Sukrali Nallah in Churah subdivision of Chamba on Monday. The deceased had been identified as Mool Chand (48), a contractor who belonged to Kullu. The body after a post-mortem at Tissa Civil Hospital was handed over to his kin. The police has registered a case.

Two bodies found: Bodies of two youths were recovered down the hill along with their bike on the Dalhousie-Pathankot highway, about 8 km from here, on Tuesday. The deceased were identified as Ashish (19), a resident of Sadar Bazar at Dalhousie, and Vikas (19), a resident of Lohali (Dalhousie). The bodies were handed over to their kin after a post-mortem. It was reported the duo had gone towards Banikhet for a bike ride on November 1 and the mishap occurred on the same day near a filling station. Some rustic women, who had gone to cut grass from the hillside, noticed the bodies.

One killed: A woman riding a motorcycle driven by her grandson died as their vehicle collided with Chamba MLA’s car on Monday near Nadaun. Praveen Kumar, the motorcycle driver, was also injured and was admitted to the district hospital at Hamirpur. Police sources said Kumar, a resident of Kajyan, and Hardei (51) were travelling on a motorcycle (PB-07N-6811), which collided with the MLA’s car (DL3C-6563). The police said the accident occurred when the motorcyclist was trying to overtake a vehicle on a sharp curve and dashed in the vehicle coming from the opposite direction. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against Praveen Kumar.

House burgled: Burglars have struck in a house at Dharampur, 4 km from here, and decamped with jewellery worth thousands of rupees. As per information available, the burglars struck in the house of Roop Lal Shastri. Shastri and his wife work as teachers in a local government school. The couple on returning home from school found the locks of their house broken. They found their house ransacked in search of the valuables. The police has registered a case.

Man commits suicide: Kuldeep Singh (24), a resident of Reidi Gusan in Rajgarh subdivision, died in the wee hours on Tuesday after consuming some poisonous substance. The family members of the deceased noticed that he was lying unconscious on his bed. He was immediately rushed to Rajgarh Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police has registered a case in this regard. The body had been handed over to the family members after a post-mortem.

Fee under RTI Act reduced: The government has reduced the fee for providing information to the applicants under the Right to Information from Rs 10 to Rs 2 per page. An official spokesman said here on Tuesday that it had been further decided that no fee would be charged from the below poverty line (BPL) families for providing the required information.


2 hurt in dog attacks: Two students were injured when they were attacked by dogs in the city, while thousands of stray canines pose a threat to civilians in the Kashmir valley where the authorities concerned have failed to check the menace. In Kashmir’s Anantnag town, about 1,000 persons were bitten by dogs during the last year. Official sources said more than 12 stray dogs attacked and injured two students at Babademb locality in the down town city. The injured were admitted to a hospital, they said. Residents of almost all areas in the city alleged that the Municipal authorities had failed to take any measures to check the menace.


Bagoli takes charge as DM
: Shailesh Bagoli took charge as district magistrate of Haridwar at the Roshanabad headquarters on Tuesday. He was previously the district magistrate of Pauri Garhwal. Anand Vardhan, the previous DM, was given a farewell but as he has been designated mela officer, he will continue to be in Haridwar.

Chhath Puja performed: The worship of Sun god, also known as Chhath, was celebrated with fervour by devotees here who were seen taking a dip in the Ganga at Har-ki-Pauri and other ghats of the city. From early morning, devotees thronged at the river and offered water to the sun amid the chanting of shlokas. After the puja, the devotees broke their fast.

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