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NSS camp in Abohar
: Dr I.S. Sandhu, a member of the PU syndicate and senate, on Monday inaugurated an NSS camp in Maharishi Dayanand College of Education here. Project in-charge Rajesh Kukkar explained the activities to be taken up during the camp.

DC not happy with housing scheme progress
: DC Bhawani Singh Detha has expressed dissatisfaction over the progress of the Indira Awas Yojana and the Family Welfare and Immunisation campaign. He was addressing a meeting held at the district collectorate to discuss the 20-point programme on Monday. Taking note of the complaints that poor patients were denied medicines in the state-run hospitals and dispensaries, the DC warned that the erring officials would now have to face the music for their apathy towards patients.

Govt’s effigy burnt
: Activists of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha and Border Area Sangharsh Committee on Monday burned the effigy of the government for not decreasing the prices of petrol and diesel at par with the global prices. They raised slogans and held a rally. Sabha president Satnam Singh alleged that the government was deliberately not reducing the prices of petrol and diesel.

Officers transferred: The Punjab government today issued transfer orders of IAS and PCS officers in the state. A spokesman of the government today said M.R. Aggarwal has been transferred and posted as additional secretary home affairs whereas Dharam Pal has been transferred and posted as ADC Fatehgarh Sahib with immediate effect.

Market committee appointments: The Punjab government today nominated 15 chairmen and nine vice-chairmen in 15 market committees of Kapurthala, Bathinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali and Rupnagar district.  Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Punjab government said these chairmen and vice-chairmen had been nominated under Sub Section (1) of Section 16 of Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act, 1961. The respective notifications relating to these nominations had been issued by the State agriculture department.

Kamashi VinayakDoraha
Fancy dress show:
Kamashi Vinayak of Doraha participated in the fancy dress competition organised by D.A.V Public School, here yesterday. Many students participated in the competition and came out in unique roles and varied attires. Kamashi, who enacted the role of a flower seller, won due commendation and huge ovation. Her attire and enactment was applauded.

Cheques distributed
: To redress the grievances related to settlement dues of the retired staff and the families of deceased railway employees, a Pension Adalat was held at the divisional railways manager (DRM) office here on Monday. It was presided over by Satish Kumar, DRM, and was attended by senior railway officials, including R.S. Ghera, ADRM, and S.S. Karkhal, senior DPO. Karkhal said that 80 applications were received during the adalat, out of which, 76 were disposed of on the spot. He added that cheques worth Rs 85,945 were distributed to settle 24 cases. On the occasion, representatives of recognised unions, pensioners’ associations, press and banks were also invited for their suggestions.

Medical camp: More than 295 women underwent clinical screening for detection of breast and cervical cancer during a special camp organised by the Golden Arrow Division at the local Army hospital here on Monday. Subsequently, high risk cases were made to undergo mammography in a mobile unit, which was provided by a Delhi-based NGO.

60 widows given free ration
: Chinmaya Mission distributed ration among 60 widows free of cost here yesterday. President Hira Lal Arora said widows were also given one blanket each. They were being given ration free of cost every month, he added.

Zila parishad members
: Surinder Kaur (SAD) of Bham village and Santosh Kumari (BJP) of Hajipur were elected chairperson and vice-chairperson of the zila parishad on Monday. According to presiding officer B.S.Dhaliwal, the zila parishad had 34 members, including chairmen of 10 block samitis of the district.

1 killed in mishap:
Bawa Ram, a resident of Dhilwan village, died in a road accident on Saturday night. This incident took place while he was returning on a three-wheeler after attending a marriage. When he reached near the grain market an unknown vehicle hit him. He died on the spot. A case has been registered and the body handed over to the relatives.

2 juveniles arrested for thefts: Two children have been arrested with cash and mobile phones. They had allegedly been committing theft for the past few months and had struck at several places. The police recovered hammers, pins and other things that the accused used to commit crime. Acting on a tip off, the police nabbed them at the Samrala road. The police also recovered Rs 65,000 and two mobile phones from their possession

Contestants select outfits:
Contestants of Miss World Punjaban today selected their outfits and jewellery for the concluding day. While a few selected a red coloured lengha others went for pink ones. Contestants had come to Nilibar on the Mall Road for selecting their outfits. Sonu from Nilibar disclosed that the wardrobes of these girls had especially been designed in Mumbai, Lucknow and Delhi. While for other accessories like bangles and jewellery the girls picked up things of their choice from Lakshmi Store, Fountain Chowk.

Appointed: Former SAD national general secretary Jatinderpal Singh Saluja has been appointed as member of the Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee of Ferozepur division for two years on the recommendation of MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.

CPI hails ‘farewell’ for Bush
: The CPI (ML) on Monday hailed the throwing of shoes on US president George W. Bush in Baghdad. In a statement here, district secretary of the party Bhagwant Singh Sammaon said the incident had shown that people in Iraq had resentment against the American regime and that the president deserved the bashing. He said the TV journalist, who threw shoes on the American president, had proved that people of Iraq were against the imperialistic policies of the US. The CPI (ML) said the NDA and the UPA should learn a lesson from the incident and adopt independent foreign policies.

Rickshaw-puller killed
: Rickshaw-puller Babu Ram (52) was hit and killed on the spot on the Banga road on Monday by an unidentified vehicle. He was going on foot when a vehicle hit him and sped away.

Invited: Dr Neelam Verma, Prof biotechnology department Punjabi University, has been invited for research paper presentation entitled “QSAR analysis on modified oxalyl aryl amino benzoic acid derivatives and PTPIB for therapeutic enhancement of type-II diabetes mellitus” in Pittcon 2009 conference to be held at Chicago, USA, from March 8 to13.

Second Fard centre at Dhuri: Punjab’s second and Sangrur district’s first ‘Fard Kendra’ was today inaugurated by revenue minister Ajit Singh Kohar in the Tehsil office at Dhuri, about 13 km from here. On the occasion, director of land records A.S. Bains was also present. Set up at a cost of Rs 16 lakh by the Punjab Land Records Society, the centre will make computerised copies of the land records available to the people. Kohar said such ‘Fard Kendras’ would be set up in all tehsils and sub-tehsils of the state by the end of December 2009. State revenue officer Sarup Singh said at present 153 Fard centres were being set up in tehsils and sub-tehsils of the state.

PNB opens high-tech branch: A high-tech special agriculture finance branch (SAFB) was today opened by Punjab National Bank (PNB) here today. It is the fifth high-tech agriculture branch of the bank in the country. It was inaugurated by circle head, PNB, Bathinda, R.S. Kalaria. Addressing farmers, Kalaira urged them to avail maximum credit facilities under high-tech agriculture projects like horticulture and floriculture. Senior manager of the branch G.S. Sandhu assured the farmers that they would not feel any inconvenience in getting agriculture loans from this branch. The inaugural function was attended by about 100 farmers from different villages of the area.


Radiologist passes away: Prof. J.S. Sodhi, radiologist, passed away at the age of 82 years yesterday. He was the head of the radiodiagnosis and imaging department of the Post graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI). He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.

PGI union secy dies: The death of the general secretary of the Post graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) union, KK Yadav, was condoled by PGI employees here today. He expired on Sunday after a 18 days struggle for life in the Intensive Care Unit.


Constable held: A girl (18) of Hisar district, who had reportedly eloped with a boy, spent a night in a hotel here. However, on Monday morning when she was sitting alone at the hotel, a constable identified as Babu Lal allegedly picked her up and took her to his quarter in Subhash Basti and allegedly made a bid to outrage her modesty. The girl raised alarm and was let off. The police has arrested the constable and registered a case of sexual molestation and wrongful confinement against him.

One killed in accident: A man identified as Arun Kumar (24), a resident of Sikar district in Rajasthan, was reportedly killed on the spot when the motorcycle he was riding on collided with a truck on the Rewari-Narnaul road, near Dhamlawas village, on Sunday. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 304-A of the IPC against truck driver Dara Singh of Jaipur district, who reportedly fled the scene after the accident.

Protest against supply of ‘substandard’ seed
: Hundreds of farmers from six villages- Hullaheri, Kilorad, Bhurri, Chatia-Olia, Shahzadpur and Sandal Khurd- in protest against the supply of “substandard” seed of carrot submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner Ajit Joshi under the leadership of state vice-president of the All-India Kisan Sabha S.N. Solanki here on Monday. They sought action against the seed supplier, Haryana Beej Bhandar. In their complaint, the farmers alleged the seed was sold to them with guarantee of good quality, but after the maturity of crop, it was found to be substandard. The DC ordered the district horticulture officer to survey the cropped field and submit its report to him at the earliest.


Symposium held: The pace of development has been dwindling in the Pangi tribal valley since Independence and at the same time the rights of residents have been overlooked. This was the outcome of a symposium on the topic- Role and contribution of officials in the development of Pangi valley- organised at Killar on Sunday. Representatives of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted employees’ federation, Pangi tribal unit and officers emphasised that accelerating the slow pace of development was possible only with firm willpower and conviction.

Villagers demand bridge: About 12 panchayats in Salooni tehsil are still cut off from their tehsil headquarters located at Salooni in the absence of a bridge across the Siul rivulet. As a consequence, they have to travel for about 30 km from their areas to reach Salooni. The villagers of these 12 panchayats- Singhadhar, Lanot, Diur, Pichhla Diur, Bhadela Diur, Kandhwara, Himgiri, Kharjauta, Oyal, Banantar, Chinh, Panjei have urged MP Chander Kumar and MLA Renu Chadha to take up the construction of the bridge across the Siul so they are able to transport their agriculture and horticulture produce to the markets for fetching remunerative prices.

Memorandum: The medical and sales representatives working in pharmaceutical and allied industries have demanded to formulate their minimum wages to Rs 6,000 along with provision of dearness allowances as per the price index. Ashok Kumar Verma, working committee member of the HP Medical Representatives Association and secretary of the local unit, on Monday demanded implementation of the Sales Promotion Employees (Condition of Service) Act, 1976, within the state to govern members of their association. They have sent a memorandum to the state labour commissioner through Kangra DC and demanded immediate resolution of their demands.

Government flayed: The HP Lok Janshakti Party parliamentary board chairman Subash Sharma has flayed the state government for enforcing conditional contract system policy in the appointments in government departments. He said on Monday that this system was only to humiliate jobless youths and making them bonded labourers in the state. It was creating a lot of frustration and embarrassment among the jobless youths “If the government has given its nod for sanction and creation of jobs in the Assembly and requisite budget was earmarked for this purpose what is justification of making appointments on contract that too with dictatorial conditions,” he rued.


460 vote by postal ballot
: A total of 460 government employees in the state deputed on election duty on Monday exercised their voting rights through postal ballot for the Akhnoor Assembly constituency. District election officials said a facilitation centre for the purpose was set up at Government Boys Higher Secondary School Akhnoor. Meanwhile, training in the handling of electronic voting machines was also imparted by master trainers to the duty-bound staff under the supervision of the returning officer, Akhnoor constituency.

Malik is AIUTA gen secy: Shohab Inayat Malik, professor of the Urdu Department, Jammu University, took over as general secretary of the All-India University Teachers Association (AIUTA) at Kashmir University on Sunday. He replaced Ali Javed, director, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL). The AIUTA is a body of all India Urdu teachers working at the national-level for the promotion of Urdu.

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