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Bonus by cheque welcomed:
Various farmer unions and organisations have welcomed the government’s move to make payments of paddy bonus by cheque. However, Rattan Singh Randhawa, president of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, said here on Wednesday that the government had succumbed to the pressure of commission agents to get the bonus on behalf of the farmers for the balance paddy purchase by Markfed and other government agencies.

Taksal backs United Sikhs: Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa, chief of the Damdami Taksal, on Wednesday welcomed the move of the United Sikhs, a foreign-based group, which has challenged the French government’s turban ban before the United Nation Human Rights Commission.

Kanwaljit meets Montek: Cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh, along with Naresh Gujral, MP, called upon deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Tuesday to apprise him of the need to augment the milk procurement system in the state. The minister demanded from Dr Ahluwalia Rs 25 crore for Milkfed to improve the system. The latter assured the minister that he would provide the required funds.

Woman murdered: The naked body of a women was found in the fields of Dhiromajra village, near here, on Thursday. The police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. Earlier, Jangeer Kaur of Kailson village (Nabha) alleged that certain persons murdered her daughter Jaswinder Kaur, alias Shinder, wife of Randhir Singh, and threw the body in the fields.

IYC office-bearers elected
: The office-bearers of Youth Congress, district Mansa, were elected through a new system. Gurpreet Singh Vicky was elected district president through the delegate system. Gurpreet Singh Dalel Wala was elected vice-president. Lakhwinder Singh, Sawarn Jeet Kaur, Savita Rani and Pritpal Singh Dali were elected general secretaries.

Cross country tourn
ey from tomorrow: The Patiala district cross country championship for men, women, boys and girls (under-20) will be held at the Polo grounds on December 20. According to R.S. Randhawa, general secretary of the Patiala Athletics Association, athletes desirous of taking part in the meet should bring their original age proof certificates to the venue.


NSS camp inaugurated: A week-long NSS camp was inaugurated by Anil Garg at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra Housing Complex, here today. Addressing students, Garg stressed upon the importance of education for girls and a sense of responsibility towards society. Indu Bala, principal of the school, said the students would be trained in different fields. There was a need to do selfless efforts for the upliftment of the society. The unique feature of the camp was to inculcate a sense of dignity of labour among the students.

Yoga workshop begins: A six-day long yoga and meditation workshop commenced at Government College, Sector 11, today. Yoga instructor Jitender Singh will be teaching pranayams, meditation and relaxation technique to faculty members. The workshop is an initiative of the physical education department and is being conducted under the faculty development programme.

City shooters shine: Chandigarh shooting players have brought glory to the city by winning seven medals in the recently concluded 18th All-India G.V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship held at Jalandhar. Asawari Tayal won gold medal in Sports Pistol and silver in Airpistol (junior women), Rubal Deol got gold medal in Airpistol (junior women), Holinder Kumar won silver in Centre Fire Pistol (senior men).


Jat mahasammelan: To raise the voice of Jat reservation, a Jat mahasammelan will be organised in Badhra here on December 28. Spokesman for the Jat Sabha, Hawa Singh Sangwan, said MP Dara Singh would preside over the mahasammelan and Yudhvir Singh from Delhi and Yashpal Malik from Uttar Pradesh would address the mahasammelan.

Applications invited: The state government has invited applications from persons and groups interested in visiting Pakistan on a pilgrimage to gurdwaras in that country on the occasion of Baisakhi falling on April 13 next. An official spokesman said here on Wednesday that interested persons and groups could send their applications to the office of the deputy commissioner concerned, which would then be forwarded to the government.

Transfer order cancelled: The state government has cancelled the transfer order of Om Prakash Singh, director, sports, who was recently transferred as DIG, home guards.

Husband booked: The police on Wednesday booked a woman’s husband and his relatives for allegedly harassing and torturing his wife for dowry. A case was registered on the complaint of Mangal Singh, a resident of Bapu Nagar here, who alleged that his daughter was constantly harassed by her husband and in-laws for dowry. His daughter got married to Satbir Singh in Alwar in Rajasthan four years ago. The in-laws started pressing her for dowry immediately after the marriage and often threatened her of dire consequences. The police said it would soon dispatch a team to arrest the accused in the case.

2 killed in mishaps: A cyclist, Shyam Lal, who was reportedly knocked down by a motorcyclist, Gurjeet Singh, of his village at Nissing here on December 15, succumbed to his injuries here on Thursday. In another accident, Sandeep, son of Rampal, died on the spot after he fell down from a bus and later crushed to death by the same bus near Barsana village here.

Republic Day parade: At least five NSS volunteers of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, have been selected for the Republic Day parade to be held on January 26 in Delhi. The volunteers of the National Service Scheme takes part as a separate contingent in this parade each year. The selected will take part in the special camp to be organised by the ministry of youth affairs and sports.

Book released: “Mental Health Nursing”, a book authored by Dr Sujata Sethi, professor in the department of psychiatry of the PGIMS here, was released by the vice-chancellor of the Pt B.D. Sharma Health Sciences University, Dr S.S. Sangwan. The book is meant for nursing students and has been published by Oxford University Press.

17 hurt in accident: As many as 17 persons were injured when two maxi cabs collided head-on near Murlana village on the Panipat-Rohtak National Highway on Wednesday. Six out of 17 were seriously injured. The seriously injured have been referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. One maxi cab was on its way to Gohana from Panipat and another was going from Gohana to Panipat. The police has impounded both the vehicles.

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