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Seminar on female foeticide
: The Social Welfare Society (SWS), Fazilka with cooperation of health department organised a seminar on female foeticide, de-addiction and eye donation at Jyoti B.Ed. College here. Students of B.Ed. College led by Eco-Friendly club of the college participated in the seminar. Senior medical officer Civil Hospital, Fazilka, Dr Y.K.Gupta, was the chief guest. Principal of the college Dr Anita Arora, said that female foeticide was a grave sin committed by the human beings.

SFI elects office bearers
: The Students Federation of India (SFI) held a rally at the Nehru Memorial College, Mansa, and elected office-bearers of the college unit on Wednesday. The new office-bearers included president Jaswant Singh, general secretary Surinder Sodhi, senior vice-president Satnam Singh, vice-presidents Gurdeep Singh and Mandeep Singh, joint secretaries Gurjinder Singh and Mandeep Singh.

CPI launches poll campaign: The Communist Party of India (CPI) launched its election campaign from Mansa on Wednesday by holding a public meeting. Master Sukhdev Rekhi presided over the meeting. National Council Member of the party, Hardev Arsi said the CPI was going to contest the Lok Sabha election on the basis of pro-people issues such as development of Punjab, crisis of agriculture, unemployment, education and social security for all. He said the CPI would contest this election to form a Left democratic front.


Bank donates books: Allahabad bank, on Republic Day, donated books and stationary to the underprivileged children for providing them charitable integrated schooling opportunity through a local organisation.


Feeder capacity up: The Haryana government has increased the carrying capacity of the Jawaharlal Nehru feeder from 1,600 cusecs to 2,200 cusecs and further steps are being taken up to increase its capacity to 2,500 cusecs. Irrigation Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said here on Wednesday that the capacity of canal system had been improved by taking special measures for its maintenance and repair.

Use recommended pesticides: DC
: Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal has advised the farmers to make use of only recommended pesticides, fungicides, weedicides and herbicides to control pests, diseases and weeds in various crops. Stating this here on Wednesday, Aggarwal said an e-mail to this effect had been transmitted to all deputy directors of agriculture in the state by Haryana agriculture director Mohammed Shayin, who had conveyed that it had come to his notice that the extension functionaries were making recommendations of pesticides, fungicides and weedicides, which were not recommended by Chaudhary Charan Singh (CCS) Haryana Agriculture University (HAU), Hisar.

Appointed: Lawyer and social worker Latika Sharma has been appointed as in charge of the BJP women affairs wing in Haryana. Kiran Maheshwari, national president of the BJP Mahila Morcha, appointed Latika Sharma in the national capital here on Tuesday. The new appointee is the national vice-president of the BJP women wing.

2 killed in accident: Two youths were killed when the motorcycle they were riding on was reportedly hit by a canter on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Dharuhera on Tuesday. The deceased have been identified as Maman Singh Yadav (28), a resident of Jauriya village of Alwar district of Rajasthan, and Jitender Kumar (25), a resident of Rajpura village, near Dharuhera. The mishap took place when they were going from Dharuhera to Rajpura while the canter was on its way to Rewari.

Tricolour unfurled upside down
: The Indian National Lok Dal has demanded registration of criminal case after a Congress leader and vice-chairman of the market committee in Kalawali allegedly unfurled the Tricolor upside down. Padam Jain, district president of the INLD, said the Congress leader had caused disrespect to the national flag and action should be taken against those responsible for the act.

Dera chief leaves for UP: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Wednesday left for Barnawa in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh. An ashram of the dera is situated there. The dera chief left his Sirsa-based headquarters at 3 pm with a convoy of over 70 vehicles amidst tight security. He would remain in Uttar Pradesh for a few days, according to dera spokesman Pawan Insan. The dera chief would address congregations in Manava (Meerut) on January 29, in Barnawa on February 1, in Mathura on February 2 and in Agra on February 3.


Memorandum submitted: A deputation of the Himachal Pradesh Promotee School Lecturers Association led by their president Laxman Singh Thakur met Education Minister ID Dhiman and presented him a detailed memorandum stressing their demands here on Tuesday. They demanded that all 236 posts of head master shifted to senior secondary schools should be reverted to their cadre. The deputation also demanded that their promotion quota should be increased and order should be revised to give them promotions on 50:50 basis. Dhiman assured them to pass suitable orders soon.

BSP leader joins Cong: District president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Dinesh Chandra has resigned from the BSP and joined the Congress evincing firm faith and confidence in the policies of the Congress. He revealed his decision of joining the Congress at a press conference held by Kuldip Pathania, a Congress MLA, here on Tuesday.

Directive on relief to fire-hit: Local MLA Renu Chadha has directed officials to provide relief as per the relief manual to the fire-affected family which was rendered homeless when their double-storeyed house was burnt to the ground on Sunday at Khagu village, about 65 km from here. According to preliminary reports, the tentative loss caused due to fire was put at more than Rs 10 lakh. The fire broke out on Sunday midnight the reason of which could not be ascertained as yet.


New appointment: In the exercise of powers conferred by Sub-Section (3) of Section-21 of the Haj Committee Act, 2002, the state government had appointed Abdul Gaffar Shahbaz, a member of the state Haj Committee, as chairperson of the committee, a spokesman said.

Rape accused thrashes cop: A police constable was allegedly thrashed by a rape accused, while he was being produced in a local court, sources said here on Wednesday. The rape accused, Iqbal Singh, allegedly thrashed Rakesh Kumar on Tuesday, when the duo entered into a scuffle over an issue inside the court premises.

Scientist to head agro-project: Junior scientist (soils) at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu, Anil Sharma has been made the national team leader of the maize-based production system. Sharma has been entrusted to compile data generated across several maize-based research centres of the ICAR in Punjab and Rajasthan.

2 jawans found dead: Two Army personnel, Rajesh Kumar and Rakesh Kumar, were found dead inside their bunker in the Machil sector, an Army spokesman said here on Wednesday. However, an unconfirmed report said they died when the kerosene heater they were using in their bunker to beat the cold developed some fault and burst. Both jawans, who were asleep, were burnt to death.

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