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Bassi Pathana
Dharni is Bar panel chief
: Amardeep Singh Dharni, a leading lawyer belonging to Bassi Pathana, was elected president of the District Bar Association, Fatehgarh Sahib, for the second time. He defeated Devinder Singh Chakal in a straight contest. Bir Devinder Singh was elected general secretary, R.S. Mehta, vice-president and Rajiv Khullar, treasurer.

Bar assn chief: Amardeep Singh Dharni, a lawyer, here was elected as the president of the District Bar Association, Fatehgarh Sahib, for the second time. He defeated Devinder Singh Chakal in a straight contest. Bir Devinder Singh was elected as the general secretary, R.S. Mehta vice-president and Rajiv Khullar cashier. Senior lawyers R.S. Kang, H.S.Diwana, R.S Grewal, K.S.Khera, A.S.Cheema, B.S. Sodhi, Narinder Sharma and D.S.Kang thanked the Bar members for their votes.

Mega Lok Adalat
: As a special campaign to settle pending civil and compoundable criminal cases in the state, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has decided to organise a two-day Mega Lok Adalat on December 20 and 21. Disclosing this here on Monday, a spokesman of the Punjab government said Lok Adalats would be held at the state, district, subdivision and state headquarters to settle not only the matter pending before judicial courts, but also the revenue authorities, statutory tribunals constituted under any law, including industrial tribunals, labour courts, consumer forums and other quasi judicial authorities.

Home secy bereaved: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday condoled the death of J.P. Mittal, senior IAS officer (retd) ) of Uttar Pradesh cadre and father of Punjab home secretary Sudhir Mittal. He died at Dehradun in the morning after a brief illness. Badal expressed sympathies with members of the bereaved family. His cremation will be held at Dehradun on Tuesday, according to family sources.

CM greets people on Id: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday extended warm greetings to all Punjabis, especially the Muslim brethren, on the eve of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid). In a message, Badal appealed to people of all communities to celebrate Id-ul-Zuha collectively by rising above petty considerations of caste, creed and religion.

Body found
: A body of an unidentified man was found lying dead near Dera Bassi railway track here on Monday morning. According to sources in the railway police, the incident came to light at around 6 am when they received information from a patrolling team. The deceased was crushed to death under a train. After the post-mortem, body of the deceased was sent to the mortuary in Dera Bassi Civil Hospital.

Market committee chief
: Senior Akali leaders, Bachittar Singh Mor and Muktiar Singh Mudki on Monday assumed the office of the Chairman, Market Committee, Ferozepur Cantt and Talwandi Bhai. State irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon was present at the swearing-in ceremony. Former minister Hari Singh Zira, Satpal Singh Member SGPC, Tarsem Singh Mallam, president MC Talwandi Bhai were also present on the occasion.

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Eye Donation Association: President - Bahadur Singh Sunet; vice-presidents - Malkiat Singh and Raksha Gupta; general secretary - Jasbir Singh; finance secretary - Harish Thakur; and press secretary Kultar Singh.

House burgled: Some miscreants stole gold ornaments and cash worth Rs 46,000 from the house of Ram Murti in the local Bullanwari area. According to the police sources, Ram Murti had gone to meet his relatives in Himachal Pradesh on December 6. On Monday someone informed him that the locks of his house have been broken.

Two killed in accidents
: Arjun Singh was killed and his friend Pavitar Singh was seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding rammed into a stationary school bus in Bhogpur on Monday. According to the police, Arjun of Saidpur village in Amritsar and Pavitar of Bauli village were photographers by profession. Sushma (33), resident of Jahan Khelan, was hit by a car when she was crossing road at the village in Hoshiarpur on Monday evening.

Farmers block road
: Farmers of Mansa district blocked the traffic on Mansa-Sirsa road on Monday to protest against the alleged unfair purchasing of cotton by the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI). Nearly 1000 trolleys of cotton were brought at the market in Mansa to be procured but the CCI could purchase only 115 trolleys of cotton. Irked over the "less" purchase of cotton, the farmers staged a protest.

Aid for students
: The local Swarnkar Sangh distributed woollens, shoes and stationery items among 120 needy students of Vishavkarma Public School here on Monday. Gurjit Singh, president, Swarnkar Sangh, among others, were present on the occasion.

Play on Mumbai attack
: National Theatre Arts Society in its 87th monthly garden theatre programme organised a play “Danav Nahin Manav Hain Hum” at Baradari Garden here on Monday. Chief guest Kamal Aggarwal and director Pran Sabharwal, while paying tributes to Mumbai terrorists attack victims, said the NTAS had always presented their value-based theatre performances to make people aware about their duty.



Human Rights Day
: The Haryana government has decided to observe Human Rights Day on December 10 all over the state in a befitting manner. Stating this here on Monday, an official spokesman said the theme of this year’s Human Rights Day was “Dignity and justice for all of us”. In the year 1948, United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year December 10 being the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the occasion had a special significance. Functions would be organised at state, district, block and panchayat levels.

Art and culture festival
: Renowned ghazal singer Anita Singhvi and Radhika Chopra will perform in the festival of art and culture of Haryana, which will begin in Epicentre Auditorium of Sector 44 here on Tuesday. Cultural events on the inaugural day will be organised in the Epicentre Auditorium while programmes on the rest of the two days will be held in open-air theatre of Sector 29. Folk artiste Harvinder Rana will present the famous “Bumb Lahari” and Radhika Chopra will sing songs from old movies.

Man, son shot at
: A man and his son were allegedly shot at by some persons in Talao village here on Monday. Both were admitted to the Civil Hospital, from where they were referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. The deceased have been identified as Mukhtyar Singh and Raj Kapoor. The incident took place in the fields of Mukhtyar Singh. The accused fled the spot after the incident.

Award for CSSRI scientist
: Dr N.P.S. Yaduvanshi, principal scientist of Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, has been bestowed with the prestigious “Imphose - Fai Award 2008” for his outstanding contribution to role of phosphorus on yield and quality of crops and works in the field of phosphorus research. The award, comprising a gold medal, cash and a citation, was handed over by the secretary, department of fertilisers, union ministry of chemicals and fertilisers, at the FAI annual seminar in New Delhi. The research conducted by Dr Yaduvansh established that phosphorus responded to rice-wheat cropping system under reclaimed sodic soils when irrigated with either good or sodic water. He has published more than 100 research papers in national and international journals besides book chapters and popular articles.

2 killed in accidents
: A three-year-old girl and a company worker were killed in road accidents in Dharuhera area on Sunday. Neha, daughter of Mukesh Kumar, was reportedly crushed to death by a Tata 407 vehicle in Gujjar Ghatal village near Dharuhera on Sunday. The incident took place when she was playing near the road. In another incident, a Nepali, Hota Bahadur (35), who worked in a private company in Dharuhera, died after he was hit by a private bus on National Highway 8 in Dharuhera on Sunday. The police has registered cases in this regard.



Check-up camp
: As many as 252 patients suffering from various ailments were examined and cured at a one-day medical camp organised by the Chamera Power Station stage-I of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation under its scheme ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Development at Khairi near here on Sunday. According to Partapa Ram, senior manager (human resource) of the Chamera Power Station-I, a team of doctors comprising heart specialist, orthopaedist and gynaecologist examined the patients.

Man crushed: One person was crushed to death under a hand pump machine which slipped when two persons, including the deceased, were carrying out repair work of the machine close to Ughral village near here on Sunday, according to a report received here on Monday. The deceased was identified as Fateh Singh, a resident of Bheelwara in Rajasthan, who was a worker in the hand pump company; the report said; adding that a case had been registered by the police to investigate into the incident.

Five booked
: Following direction of the Judicial Magistrate (class I), Indora, the police has booked five persons for forging revenue document on Sunday. According to the Nurpur DSP, complainant, advocate Pawan Sharma, a resident of Badukhar, had moved an application with the court for registering an FIR against Surinder Behal another advocate for allegedly forging revenue document along with local patwari Satish Sharma, document writer Parkash Chand, Tilak Raj Katoch and Hardesh Ram. The accused had reportedly prepared the documents in January 2002.



Noted poet dead
: Noted Kashmiri poet and scholar Abdul Ghani Nadeem died here on Monday morning after a prolonged illness.He was 76. The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages condoled the death of Nadeem.


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