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Women killed in mishap
: Two women were killed and four others were injured in road mishaps near the district headquarters on Monday night, sources said. As per the information available, a tractor-trailer allegedly hit a three-wheeler near the Vivek Ashram at 8.15 pm on Monday resulting in the death of passengers Goran Devi, aged about 74 and Dani Devi (56), on the spot. Bhappi Devi Meghwal and Kalu Ram, above 50, who were also traveling by the same tempo, were rushed to the civil hospital with multiple injuries. The injured were identified as Kailash Devi, Meera Devi, Shankar Lal and Sahab Ram. A case has been registered.

Tractor overturns, boy killed: A 12-year-old boy was killed as the tractor by which he was travelling overturned in Nohar area on Monday, police said on Tuesday. Sources said Bhim Singh was accompanying his uncle Rajpal Singh to the fields when the vehicle overturned resulting in his death. In another incident, a private truck reportedly hit Subedar Vijay Kumar on the national highway near Suratgarh when the victim was attending a fault in an Army vehicle.

Congmen in ticket race: Two local Congress workers have staked claim for the ticket from the Faridkot Lok Sabha seat. Party sources said Punjab Youth Congress secretary Mangat Ram Chayal and former MLA Parkash Singh Bhatti of Abohar who represented Balluana segment in the last Assembly have submitted their papers to the new AICC observer Anil Thakkar besides former MP Kewal Singh, Nihalsinghwala MLA Ajit Singh Shaant and Panjgrain MLA Joginder Singh. Thakkar, revenue minister in Haryana, had recently been appointed election observer by the AICC for Faridkot and Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency. Earlier, the party high command had appointed Nitin Rao vice-president of the MPCC as observer for these constituencies.

Dy Mayor’s kin cremated
: The wife and the daughter of senior Deputy Mayor Ajaybirpal Singh Randhawa were cremated at the Gurdwara Baba Shaheeda cremation ground here on Tuesday. Mandeep Kaur and Anhad Noor were killed in a road mishap near Khajjiar in Dalhousie on February 22 while they were returning. Persons present on the occasion included MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, former cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Deputy Commissioner Bhagwant Singh etc.

Eye camp held
: Lions Club (Vishal), Fazilka, with Lala Munshi Ram Charitable Trust, organized the 24th free eye camp in memory of late Munshi Ram Aggarwal Lakhpati, founder of the trust. Civil Surgeon, Ferozepur, Dr DP Godara, Block Samiti chairman Ranjit Singh Dhaliwal, councillor Davinder Sachdeva were present as guests at the closing ceremony. According to Lions Club president Harminder Singh Dureja, 650 patients were examined and 110 were operated. The operations were performed by Indu Khosa, Arun Jhamb, SP Garg and PM Kakkar.

Man kills wife
: A woman was killed allegedly by her husband following an argument. The deceased has been identified as Harbans Kaur, a resident of village Kabar Bacha under Ghal Khurd police station. Police sources said while Harbans Kaur was returning from the fields after getting feed for the cattle late last evening, her husband, Nand Singh, who was allegedly in an inebriated condition entered into an argument with her. Thereafter, in a fit of rage, Nand attacked his wife with a sharp-edged weapon, who died on the spot. The police has registered a case against Nand Singh.

Medical camp
:The Rising Youth Association organised a free medical camp at Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib, near Jagraon. Medicines were given to the patients, followed by free ECG and sugar tests. Experts from various departments, including Dr Akashdeep Singh, Dr Chetan Sharma, Dr Rahul Kohli, Dr Gautam Aggarwal, Dr HS Gill and Dr Harpreet Singh, examined 650 patients.

Blood donation:Members of the Yogidham donated blood on Mahashivratri during a blood-donation camp, organised by the Ludhiana Medicity hospital. A free medical check up camp was also organised on the occasion. President of the Yogidham, Anand Swami, called upon the youth to donate the blood and asked them to contribute in other social activities.

Damage to temple
: Tension gripped the town following partial demolition of the back gate of the Hanuman temple here on Tuesday. Some unknown persons reportedly damaged the gate of Shri Hanuman Mandir, Talab Bazar. Members of the Hanuman Mandir Committee alleged that the management committee of a nearby school was responsible for the damage as there was a long-pending dispute over the land between the mandir and the school committees.

Man duped
: Rewal Dhillon of Chak Singha village, in a complaint filed with the branch manager, has alleged that a sum of Rs 6.30 lakh had fraudulently been withdrawn from his account during the period of June 11 to July 10 last year. Dhillon, said the amount had been withdrawn on different dates using cheques bearing allegedly forged signatures.



PR Kumar, chief postmaster general, who introduces gold coin for sale at a press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday. PR Kumar, chief
postmaster general,
who introduces gold
coin for sale at a
press conference
in Chandigarh
on Tuesday. A
Tribune photograph

Woman electrocuted
:Sudesh Kumari, a mother of three, was today electrocuted at her Mauli Jagran residence when she was removing clothes from a string in the courtyard of her house, here. She was immediately rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, where she was declared brought dead. The police said the victim’s family had been informed about the incident. A postmortem would be conducted tomorrow.

ADC repatriated:The Chandigarh Administration has repatriated ADC, Inderjit Singh Sandhu, to Punjab. Sandhu, who was also holding the additional charges of director sports and SDM (central), has already overstayed his deputation period with the administration.



Cong ticket sought
: The Congress leaders of Bilaspur and Hamirpur districts and from the Dharampur Assembly segment of Mandi, which now is part of the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency, have urged the Congress high command to give party ticket to Narender Thakur of Hamirpur from the constituency. They submitted a memorandum to Central Labour and Employment Minister Oscar Fernandes at Dharampur on Monday. Some of the leaders said the minister assured them to communicate their sentiments to the party high command.

BJP misleading people
: Nardev Kanwar, member of Pardesh Congress Committee, said on Tuesday that he would tour the Jawalamukhi constituency to expose the alleged misdeeds of the BJP government. He alleged that the government was discriminating against the area with regard to development works. He accused the BJP ministers of misusing the panchayati raj funds. He said the construction of Jawalamukhi-Tehri, Gummer-Baggi-Khundian via Lagru link roads had come to a standstill. He demanded that the CHC, Jawalamukhi, should be converted into a civil hospital.

Snow in higher reaches
:The higher reaches of Kullu and Manali experienced another spell of snowfall while the lower region received intermittent rain today. The ski slopes of Solang Nallah and Kothi received 10 cm of snowfall today while reports from Lahaul confirmed that Keylong and Khokhsar, received about 20 cm of snowfall.

: On a call given by the National Joint Action Committee of the BSNL executives association, the executive employees of Nurpur, Jawali, Rehan and Damtal BSNL subdivisions on Tuesday observed a protest day by wearing black badges to protest against the absorption policy of the Indian Telecom Services (ITS). The main demand of the executive employees association is to absorb ITS officers who have been working in the BSNL on deputation.

PO held, released: Following a tip-off, the local police on Tuesday arrested Maya Devi, wife of Raju, a resident of Chhatrolli village, who had been declared proclaimed offender (PO) in an illicit liquor case. She was arrested at Jassur, near here. According to the Nurpur DSP, a case under the Excise Act had been registered against the accused on February 11, 2005, but the police could not arrest her as she was absconding. She was later produced in the court and released on bail.

Resentment among pensioners
: Resentment prevails among the state pensioners over the failure of the government to constitute a joint consultative committee (JCC) for prompt redressal of their grievances. General secretary of the district pensioners association said Chief Minister PK Dhumal had announced last year during the state convention of pensioners at Una that a JCC would be constituted and its meeting convened immediately to address outstanding issues. However, so far no action had been taken in the matter. He urged the Chief Minister to keep his promise and set up a JCC immediately.

Another top slot for HP:Himachal has been ranked as the top state in implementing the Persons With Disabilities Act in the country. The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment adjudged it as the best state in the country in implementing the Act after reviewing the performance of various states during the eighth national meeting of state commissioners held in New Delhi last month.



Decision on RTI Act hailed
: The Sangarsh Movement has hailed the state government’s decision to implement the RTI Act at par with the Central Act in the first legislature session, which commences from Wednesday. Addressing a press conference, the founder president of the movement, Vikrant Sharma, maintained it had been a long pending demand of the movement. He said the RTI Act was the only key to transparent and accountable administration in the state, wherein corruption was becoming rampant. The movement appealed to the state government to make “Slumdog Millionaire” tax free.

Conference on parenting: Banyan Tree School held a conference on “Effective Parenting (Understanding the toddlers of today)”, which was attended by around 250 parents. Dr Aruna Broota, a noted psychologist and Professor, Department of Psychology, Delhi University, was the main speaker; whereas, Deputy Commissioner Dr Mandeep K Bhandari was the chief guest. Dr Broota focused on the role of grandparents in maintaining rich cultural heritage, impact of comparison and conflicting atmosphere on the growth of child, importance of balanced diet, etc. In case of an aggressive child, she suggested parents to go for counselling.

Huge cache of arms seized
: Security forces today seized a haul of arms and ammunition from a forest in Kupwara district, a police spokesman said. The seizure, which included two AK assault rifles, eight pistols and three revolvers, was made by a joint search party of the police and 33 Rashtriya Rifles in the forests of Rajnar in the Handwara area of Kupwara, the spokesman said. Two AK magazines, 10 pistol magazines, 2,846 rounds of Ak ammunition, 60 rounds of pistol ammunition and two Chinese hand grenades were also seized, he added.


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