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Dharna by revenue officials
: Members of the Revenue Patwari Union went on strike and staged a dharna at the sub-divisional complex here on Monday to express resentment over the registration of a case against patwari Jit Singh, kanugo Balwant Ram and naib tehsildar Iqbal Singh by the Khuyiansarwar police in connection with a mutation done in 1998. Leading the dharna, Jagdish Kumar Kherwa, union’s chief, flayed the police and civil administration for registering a criminal case without departmental inquiry. He announced that the agitation would be continued till cancellation of the FIR.

Annual function: Ludhiana-based industrialist Rahul Ahuja inaugurated the annual function of the Swami Keshwa Nand Senior Secondary School and Swami Keshwa Nand Memorial College here on Monday. He donated Rs 51,000 for the construction of a new block and honoured the outstanding students. Satish Jasuja, former officiating principal of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College and retired SDM B.L. Sikka were the guests of honour on the occasion. Principal Saroj Nagpal and chairman Inder Mohan Verma greeted the guests by offering bouquets. Students regaled the audience with cultural programme.

Samman for KMV:
The KMV College, Jalandhar, has been awarded the “Research link Saraswat Samman” for its contribution to an Indore-based research journal. As many as 14 papers of the college faculty were published in the journal. A function was held at Indore in which MP Governor Balram Jakhar awarded a gold medal to the college. The faculty whose papers were published included Dr Poornima, Seema Jain, Madhumeet, Dr Vinod Kalra, Sabina, Gurjot, Suman Khurana, Amarpreet Khurana, Dr Anushoba, Dr Santosh Sood, Rashmi, Manan and Dr Rupika.

Youth festival
: Students of the SAI College of Education, Jadla, have excelled in the youth festival of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, which concluded on the university campus on Saturday. Nisha got second prize in collage making and Hardeep Kaur Rooprai bagged the third prize in the fancy dress competition.

Food day: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Langroya, organised a declamation contest to mark World Food Day on Saturday. Students of various schools participated in it.

Poppy husk seized:
The police arrested Gurmeet Singh of Jammu and Kashmir and seized 10 kg of poppy husk from him here on Monday. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act.

Cattle thieves held: The Purana Shala police arrested four persons with three buffaloes here on Monday. SHO Sikandar Singh said the accused had been identified as Mir Ali, Mugad Ali, Quamat Ali and Aneem Mohammad. The SHO said people had been in panic for the past over three months over the theft of their cattle. A case has been registered.

Awareness rally: NCC cadets of schools and colleges of the town took out a procession through the main bazaars to create awareness against the social evils like female foeticide, dowry and drugs here on Monday. Major Tarsem Lal led the march.

Quiz contest
: Pardeep Kaur of the Kamla Nehru College for Women bagged the second position in the state-level quiz contest held at Ludhiana by the Punjab languages department. She was awarded a silver medal, certificate and Rs 500.


Pollution board questioned
: The legality of Haryana State Pollution Control Board’s functioning has been raised in the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing of a writ petition on the mining. Counsel appearing in the matter said the state government had constituted the Board by appointing four members and the chairman, but there was no formal notification. It further said the Act governing the Pollution Control Board provided for a 17-member Board, but the same was not being adhered. The Bench adjourned the case to November 27.

B.Ed seats: The high court today reserved verdict on a bunch of petitions seeking directions to permit fresh admissions into educational institutions in Punjab and Haryana as several thousand seats in bachelor of education (B.Ed) course were lying vacant. The high court has asked the state government, Kurukshetra University and others to file their response.

Campus placements: In spite of the ongoing job crunch in the private sector due to economic meltdown, technical institutions in the region are attracting private companies for campus placements. A US-based company, Synergy Management Services, conducted a campus placement drive at Swami Devi Dyal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Barwala, in Panchkula district for MBA and MCA students on Sunday. The company selected 24 students of MCA and 16 students of MBA out of 102 students who participated in the placement process. According to chairman of the institute Roshan Lal Jindal, the annual package offered by the company ranged from Rs 2.40 lakh to Rs 3.10 lakh.

Appointed: The Haryana government has appointed advocate Rajat Goyal as assistant advocate general in the office of advocate general, Haryana, against the vacant post on contract basis with immediate effect.

1 dies in mishap
: A person was killed while several others sustained injuries when the jeep they were travelling in fell into a gorge after being hit by an unknown truck in Jhraunda here today. The deceased has been identified as Kusum. The injured were admitted to the trauma centre in the local Civil Hospital.

New superintendent: J.K. Gulati, assistant superintendent of post offices (courts), Ambala circle, has joined as new superintendent of post offices, Kurukshetra, here on Monday in place of Siya Ram Sinkhwal, superintendent of railway mail service, Ambala circle, who was given an additional charge at Kurukshetra.

Ex-servicemen’s rally: The Vijay Diwas-cum-Rezang La Shahidi Samaroh Samiti will organise an ex-servicemen’s rally on Tuesday in Gurgaon to commemorate the Rezang La Day. The president of the samiti, Major T.C. Rao (retd), said while Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai would be the chief guest at the function, irrigation and PWD minister Ajay Singh Yadav would preside over it. As many as 70 war widows and 30 gallantry award winners of Gurgaon region would be honoured on the occasion.

Two killed as earth caves in
: Two persons died when they were buried under a heap of earth while trying to dig a drain to lay a pipeline to draw water from a nullah in Modiakhera village today. Pale Ram (40), a villager from Bakrianwali, had his fields near the nullah in Modiakhera village. He, along with Ram Parkash (36), a plumber, was digging a 10-foot-deep drain to lay a pipeline in his fields today, when a large heap of earth fell on them, burying them under the soil. Farmers working near the site of the accident removed the earth and brought the two out of the debris.

Cooperative day: The state-level cooperative day will be organised here on Wednesday and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be the chief guest at the function. The CM will inaugurate a newly built bus stand in Kharkhoda and a blood donation camp. He will also lay the foundation stones of library computer centre and convent centre on the campus of the Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal. The CM will also be the chief guest at the state-level Panchayat Mahila and Yuva Shakti Abhiyan programme organised by the development and panchayat department at the HSIIDC grounds in Rai.

Undertrial commits suicide: An undertrial, who had been lodged in district jail here, committed suicide by hanging himself from one of the ventilators with a bed sheet in barrack number 10 late last night. The deceased has been identified as Ranbir of Bhatgaon village. The body has been handed over to his family members after a postmortem.Prisoners found the body hanging this morning and told the police, which reached the jail premises and sent the body to the local Civil Hospital for a postmortem. He was arrested by the Kharkhoda police about three months ago under the NDPS Act with 800 gm of charas. The police is investigating the case.

SDM’s office opened: Deputy commissioner A.K. Agarwal inaugurated the office of the SDM in newly declared subdivision Bilaspur in the district on Monday. Sujan Singh Yadav has joined as the SDM, Bilaspur. Now, people of Bilaspur, Chhachhroli and Sadaura need not go to district headquarters in Yamunanagar for various works. The SDM’s office would be computerised soon, said Agarwal.


Foundation day: The Himachal Pradesh State Employees Confederation will celebrate foundation day of the employees’ organisation at Bilaspur town on November 20. This was stated by confederation state president V.K. Kaul while addressing mediapersons here on Monday. He said the state confederation would celebrate this great day in collaboration with the state NGOs Federation led by Ram Singh and would strive for unity of employees of the state, who have been divided into five factions.

Pension scheme demanded: The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) Employees Association has urged Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal to implement his decision of introducing “pension scheme” taken during his previous regime at the earliest as a “gift of new year” to the tourism corporation employees. In a handout issued here on Monday, state vice-president of the association Kamal Raina demanded implementation of all benefits relating to pensions, including family pensions to the corporation employees.

Two houses gutted: Two double-storeyed houses were completely burnt in Thalooni village of Chamba district on Sunday evening, according to a report received here on Monday. The loss caused due to fire had been put at more than Rs 6 lakh. The fire victims had gone to graze their livestock when the fire broke out in their houses, the report said adding that the cause of fire was not known as yet.

Labourer killed: Mangat Deen (36), a worker engaged in the Ruchira Paper Mill situated in the Kala Amb industrial area, was killed inside the factory complex on Monday after bundles of paper fell on him. The workers working in the same section of the factory rushed to rescue him, but their efforts could not save his life. The police said family members of the victim, who was a resident of Sadhaura village in Haryana, were informed and after a post-mortem the body was handed over to them. A case has been registered.

Murder case solved: The police on Monday claimed to have solved the mystery of Dalit youth Suresh of Indpur village whose body was found in nearby Dantol forest on Friday. Deceased had gunshot injuries on his face. Around 30 persons were detained for questioning after which the police succeeded in arresting the main accused, Shishu Pal Katoch of Indpur village. He had allegedly fired at Suresh, who was hiding in the forest to aim at his pray during hunting. He was killed on the spot. Shishu Pal has been arrested under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC and his single-barrel gun seized. Dharam Singh of the same village had also been arrested under the Arms Act. He had allegedly given his licensed gun to Suresh for hunting.

One killed in mishap
: One person was killed and three others were injured when the car in which they were travelling rolled down into a deep gorge near Loharab village, 40 km from here on Monday. The car was on its way from Theog to Threch The deceased was identified as a local resident Pankaj (28). The injured were admitted to the IGMC hospital here.


33 held for consuming alcohol: After the recent deaths of two persons in Maldevta due to excessive alcohol consumption, the Dalanwala police nabbed 33 people on Sunday evening. The drive continued from 4 pm to 7 pm. After an alcometer test, cases were registered against those who tested positive. Some days ago, two auto-rickshaw drivers drowned in a canal here after they had allegedly consumed excess alcohol.

Man injured in road accident: Sachin Kumar, a resident of Aurangadab, sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision between a car and a motorcycle on Sunday evening. The bike caught fire and was burnt on the spot. According to police, an Indica car bearing the registration number UK-07-W/1085 collided with the motorcycle with registration number UP-11-S/190 on the Dehradun road. The injured has been admitted to a private hospital in Saharanpur. The car occupants are still at large.

Theft cases unsolved: Last week’s twin theft cases in Nikunj Vihar colony are still unresolved and has raised questions on the police patrolling and its effectiveness. Investigating team conducted raids in various parts of the city and took some suspicious people in custody for interrogation. The burglary happened in the same night in two different houses of the same colony. Both the owners were out of the station when the theft took place. Meanwhile, SP City Asim Srivastava has given strict directions to all the Thana in-charges to make more patrolling in their respective areas so that further incidents do not happen again.

Protest over office shifting: With the new District magistrate Shailesh Bagoli assuming the office a fortnight ago, a problem has arisen concerning his office. The magistrate's office has been shifted to Roshanabad which is about 16 Kms from the Haridwar city. People are facing problem of commuting to Roshanabad. Various organisations and parties have voiced their protest. In different meetings Congress party, BSP and Dharmarth Sansthan Vikas Parishad workers condemned the administrations step and in the interest of the general public urged instant re-shifting of the office in the city.

Saini Samaj candidate: With the election fever engulfing the whole state, Saini Samaj has decided to put forth its candidate for Haridwar parliamentary seat. The state BJP Saini Mahasabha president and BJP state party council minister Dr.Antriksh Saini was presented as candidate from the constituency of Haridwar by the Saini Mahasabha.

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