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Aid provided to students:
With mercury nosediving further amidst mild showers on Tuesday, more NGOs came forward to give relief to the needy students who had been found wearing slippers besides improper clothes. The members of Rotary Club Midtown and Inner Wheel Club visited one of the oldest institutions, Arya Putri Pathshala, to provide pullovers to 81 students. Aggarwal Sabha also distributed shoes and socks to altogether 95 students in the Government Elementary School on Sriganganagar road. CIA staff official Richhpal Singh was the chief guest while social activist Subhash Gupta presided over the function.

One nabbed with 20 kg poppy husk:
The police arrested Banke Singh Adarsh Nagar, Madhya Pradesh, and seized 20 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The accused was nabbed near the bus stand after a tip-off. A case under sections 15/25/29/61/85 of the NDPS Act has been registered at A-Division police station.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Freedom Fighters Cell of the BJP district unit at a meeting held under the presidentship of Col Amrik Singh at Khanna Smarak here on Tuesday. Bhushan Behal was nominated president, while Pardeep Sareen and Nand Lal Arora were elected patron and general secretary of the cell, respectively. Among others, Tek Chand Sharma, prof Bimal Mehra, Dawarka Dass and V. K. Grover were elected as joint secretaries, whereas Kiran Deep Chauhan became secretary and Satish Saini cashier.

Blood donation: A blood donation camp was organised by HDFC Bank at Hall Bazaar here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, income tax commissioner Sunil Chopra lauded the role of the bank for taking the initiative for the past two years as a social responsibility towards society and urged the other financial institutions to follow the leads given by the bank. The bank had set up its camp at 30 locations in various parts of North India.

Panthic meet: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Presidium) will hold a panthic conference at Gurdwara Jafarnama Sahib at Dialpura Bhai Ka in Bathinda on December 21 against the dera culture prevailing in Punjab. Stating this to the media in Ajnala, SAD (Presidium) chairman Daljit Singh Bittu said the government was holding functions to mark the centenary celebrations of Gurta Gaddi Divas of Guru Granth Sahib in the state, while, on the other hand, various dera chiefs allegedly with the assistance of the government and the police were organising their functions.

Lakhwinder Singh was elected as president, Harmesh Singh Sidhu as vice-president while Harmel Singh, Balraj Singh and Surinder Singh as general secretaries of the District Yfouth Congress Committee (rural) here on Tuesday.

Drugs seized: Health authorities and the police seized thousands of capsules and tablets during a joint raid conducted here on Tuesday at P.G. Pharma, Railway Road, and New Preet Medical Hall, opposite Maur Mandi bus stand. A case has been registered against the shop owners.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Proclaimed offender held:
The police here today arrested a proclaimed offender wanted in a rape case registered against him around three months ago. Narinder Singh was accused by the daughter of his close relative of rape and a case was registered against him.

4 held for theft: The Fatehgarh Sahib police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested four thieves and recovered 70 kg of electric wires, one scooter and two bicycles. A case in this connection has been registered against all accused at Mulepur police station. The accused have been identified as Balkar Singh, Neeraj Sharma, Ranjeet Singh and Gurjant Singh. They were arrested during a special naka near Malaheri village in Fatehgarh Sahib late last night.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Northern Railway Pensioners’ Welfare Association: president — K.L. Chitkara; general secretary — V.M. Bhandari; senior vice-president — Surinder Mohan Sharma; vice-presidents — Avtar Singh and Ramesh Puri; additional general secretary — Ranbir Singh; chief cashier — N.K. Trikha; assistant cashier — Krishan Lal; chief organising secretary — R.K. Khosla; additional organising secretary — S.P. Goyal; and PRO — D.P. Bhatia.

Hockey tourney from Dec 26:
The Malkiat Singh Sidhu Memorial Sports and Welfare Trust will hold Boys' and Girls' hockey tournament (U-19) from December 26 to December 28 at Bhupindra Khalsa School here.Teams from various parts of the country would take part in the tournament.

Assurance given:
Balbir Kaur, director, the Punjab department of languages, Patiala, assured a delegation of Patiala theatre groups to take up their case of constructing an open-air theatre at some vacant land in Bhasha Bhawan Complex. The delegation also appealed to the education minister and director languages to provide funds from discretionary quota for the purpose. The delegation expressed gratitude to education minister and director languages for showing care to Punjabi theatre movement by providing free facilities for rehearsals and performances.

One dies of electrocution:
A resident of Ghaggar Sarai village was killed on Tuesday when he came in contact with live wires when he was trying to fix an electric fuse in his village. The victim has been identified as Jatinder Singh who was first rushed to a private hospital from where he was shifted to the civil hospital. He was declared brought dead at civil hospital. Inquest proceedings will be initiated in this connection, said police officials. No case was registered till filing of this report.

INA soldier cremated:
INA soldier Kartar Singh who originally belonged to Rajpura (Patiala) was cremated with full state honors at border village 1-C of Sriganganagar region on Monday evening. Even when his name did not figure in the list of freedom fighter in this district, the officials were prompt, on learning about him, in making arrangements for the state funeral. Sub-divisional magistrate Arvind Saraswat was joined by circle officer Ram Partap and naib tehsildar Jaideep Mittal in placing wreaths on the body that was wrapped in tricolour.



Christmas fair:
Convent of Sacred Heart on Sunday organised a Christmas Fair. Various games were organised at the fair like lucky dice, horse racing, hoopla, balloon shooting, etc. Visitors also had a wide array of cuisines to choose from. A magic show was also organised at the fair. Books were also on display by publishers.

Placement bureau:
The Overseas Placement Bureau, Haryana, has decided to organise seminars for students interested in overseas study. Stating this here on Monday, a spokesman for the bureau said job-oriented courses were available in Australia, UK, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand and Cyprus. Seminars for intake of students in January, February, July, September, October and November next year would be organised between December 15 and December 20. The first such seminar was held here on Monday at S. Radhakrishnan Sadan, College of Education, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

Appointed: The government has appointed Om Parkash Singh, IPS, director
sports, as deputy inspector-general, home guards, against a vacant post with
immediate effect.

Man thrashed to death:
A man was allegedly thrashed to death by his family members in Kadauda village here on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Satbir Singh. The police has registered a case against a woman and her son on the complaint of deceased’s son Rajesh Kumar. Satbir had a verbal duel with his younger brother Rajender’s wife Birmati and nephew Vinay while watering the fields on Monday. The verbal duel turned violent when Vinay and Birmati allegedly started thrashing Satbir mercilessly, following which he succumbed to his injuries. A case of murder has been registered against Birmati and Vinay.

Rao Inderjit sets up office:
In view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, union minister of state for defence production Rao Inderjit Singh has set up his personal political office in his own estate in Rampura village here, which is a suburb of Rewari city. The office, which is located in the vicinity of Bhagwat Bhakti Ashram, Rampura, was opened on Sunday by Rao Inderjit Singh himself. Rao said while Lok Sabha elections were imminent, the office had been set up to facilitate redressal of villagers’ grievances.

Award for Bhandari:
Sukhchain Singh Bhandari, Punjabi litterateur, has been chosen for the award of excellence by an NGO, the Friendship Forum of India (FFI). A letter issued by the FFI to Bhandari said the award would be conferred on him at a function to be held in January next year.

Demonstration held: Members of the erstwhile Haryana Industrial Security Force (now disbanded) on Monday held a demonstration in front of the local mini-secretariat and gave a memorandum to the deputy commissioner for forwarding it to the President. Alleging that they had been removed due to political reasons, they demanded their rehabilitation in the service.

Mass awareness programme:
The central and the state governments are committed to uplift rural areas of the state and have started a number of schemes for their benefits. This was stated by parliamentary secretary, health, Krishna Pandit after inaugurating a five-day mass awareness programme, Bharat Nirman, organised by the Press Information Bureau in Radaur block here on Monday. As many as 50 stalls of various government departments highlighting the schemes launched by the government were set up to impart information to the villagers. Pandit said the main aim of this mass campaign was to inform the villagers to take maximum benefits of the government schemes.



Child drowned:
Gurdarshan (3) was reportedly drowned in a water tank being constructed by the IPH Department at Daman village on Monday. Police sources said children were playing when the victim slipped into the tank. SP Jagat Ram said according to initial investigation it looked to be a case of accident. However, the police was inquiring for details of the case and appropriate action would be initiated against the erring employee or the contractor. Meanwhile, a case under Section 174 has been registered. The body has been handed over to the relatives after a post-mortem examination.

Charas seized: Around 1.5 kg of charas was seized from two people in this district on Monday. Surinder Kumar, a resident of Badaghar village of Bilaspur district in Haryana, was caught possessing 1 kg of charas by a police party at Phagupul, near Manglore. In another case Som Nath, a resident Jalandhar, was nabbed by the police at Dhalpur for possessing 500 gm of charas.

Principal scientist and head of the crop improvement division at the local Central Potato Research Institute Jai Gopal has been conferred “Recognition Award” for 2007-08 by the National Academy of Agriculture Sciences for his outstanding contribution in plant improvement. The award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000, besides a citation, will be presented during the inaugural session of the ninth Agriculture Sciences Congress to be held at Sher-e-Kashmir University in June.

Acting president suspended: The Himachal Pradesh Employees Confederation has suspended acting president of the confederation V.K. Kaul in view of the registration of a vigilance case against him. The confederation has urged the Chief Minister to ensure an impartial inquiry into the matter and till its completion Kaul will remain suspended from the post.

Awareness campaign ends: A fortnight-long campaign to create awareness about AIDS carried out by the students central association of the Centre of Evening Studies of the Himachal Pradesh University concluded on Tuesday. The students expressed their ideas on the issue through painting, slogan writing and other such activities organised during the campaign. Debate and declamation contests were also held during the campaign for which initiative came from the students.



ABVP continues protest:
The ABVP continued with its protest demonstration for the second day on Tuesday. It has been demanding “open choice” in the ensuing exams at college level. State general secretary of the student organisation Suresh Magotra led the protest demonstration. Students of MAM College and GGM Science College hold the protest demonstration here. Addressing the protest rally, secretary of MAM College unit of the organisation, Choudhary Nasib Ali criticised the functioning of the “examination cell” at Jammu University.

Two found dead: Ram Charan, a labourer from Chhattisgarh, was reportedly found hanging in his rented accommodation in Indira Colony of Samba on Tuesday. In another incident, the police recovered the body of Madan Lal of Padora Ghar Majoor, from Piyali Nallah in Padora village of Akhnoor. Meanwhile, two women made abortive bids on their lives by consuming toxic substance at their respective residences. Reports said Keeri (25) of Chhattisgarh and Jyoti Devi of Ramgarh consumed toxic substances to end their lives. They have been admitted to the Government Medical College here.

Students’ body meets VC: Sangarsh, an organisation of Jammu University (JU) students, on Tuesday called on new Vice-Chancellor Varun Sahni and apprised him of issues faced by the student community. As per a press note, the delegation led by Ranjeet Sharma urged the Vice-Chancellor to improve the functioning of examination cell and other departments, including Centre for Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning. Prof Sahni assured the students that every possible step would be taken to ‘overhaul’ the functioning of varsity.

Eye camp: The Village Uplift Committee, in association with the Lions Club and the Vikas Parishad, organised an eye camp at the Primary Health Centre, Raya, on Tuesday. As many as 163 patients were examined at the camp and out of which 25 were advised to undergo cataract operation. The operations would be conducted free of cost at Acharya Sri Chandra Hospital, Sidra. Besides, medicines were also distributed free of cost to the patients. Director, Health Services, Dr Jasbir Singh inaugurated the camp. Chief medical officer, Samba, Madhu Khullar, and Dr SS Sudan were also present.

One killed, girl hurt in mishaps:
Manzoor Ahmad (45) was killed when a tyre refilling air tank exploded at his shop on the city outskirts while a girl was injured in a road accident in down town, sources said on Tuesday. Manzoor Ahmad was critically wounded when the tyre refilling air tank exploded at his shop in Kannitar, Hazratbal. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. A minor girl was hit and wounded by a motorcycle at Gasi Mohalla in down town city.


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