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Traffic blocked:
Activists of the Punjab Students Union (PSU) and the Naujawan Bharat Sabha blocked traffic here today in protest against alleged change in original design of the Jallianwala Bagh.In the presence of a large number of policemen, they raised slogans against the government.

New chief engineer:
Gurvinder Preet Singh has taken over charge as PSEB chief engineer (distribution), west zone, Bathinda, on Thursday.

Training course:
The DIG (administration), PAP, Jalandhar, Ishwar Chander Sharma, took the march past salute from 489 trainees of the fourth batch of the security training course at the Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan, 8 km from here, on Thursday.

Complaint cell:
Deputy commissioner Gurkirat Kirpal Singh here on Wednesday, said a complaint cell under the district revenue officer had been set up in the district for prompt disposal of the election-related complaints. The phone number of the complaint cell is 01823-505824.



Appointed: The Chandigarh Administration, after the retirement of Usha Mahajan, principal-cum-central public information officer, Government Polytechnic for Women, Chandigarh, has appointed Narinder Kaur Sethi, principal (officiating charge), as the central public information officer for Government Polytechnic for Women.



Chautala operated upon:
Former Haryana Chief Minister and president of the Indian National Lok Dal Om Prakash Chautala was operated upon at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, this evening. According to party sources, Chautala underwent an appendicitis operation. He is stated to be in good condition after the operation.



Nalwari Mela:
The state-level annual seven-day historical and cultural fair, Nalwari Mela, would begin on March 17 at the Luhnu ground of Bilaspur and all arrangements have been completed for the same. This was said by SP Kuldip Sharma while addressing mediapersons here on Thursday. He said one-way traffic would remain enforced from March 16 to March 23.

DC joins duty: JS Rana has joined as new Deputy Commissioner here on Wednesday. Earlier, Rana was posted at Shimla. He also remained the Bilaspur DC earlier also, but for a short period of time, May 2000 to April 2001. He replaced Amar Singh Rathore, who has joined in his place at Shimla.

Workshop held:
Presiding over a Kisan Club workshop at Bodh, near here, on Thursday, district development manager of the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Des Raj Jaryal said following the guidelines of the Centre, NABARD was constituting kisan clubs in rural areas with the assistance of rural banks. In order to uplift the farming community socially and economically, the NABARD had been providing financial assistance to the club for a period of three years, he added.

Man commits suicide:
Manoj (31), a resident of Seema village in the Rohru area, committed suicide by hanging himself on Wednesday. The body of Manoj was found hanging from the roof of his room on Thursday morning. The reason for the step is still unknown.

2 held in murder case:
The police on Thursday arrested Sandya and her son Anil, both residents of Maramasit, in a murder case. According to the police, Satinder Dogra, a resident of Naili, Maramasit, was killed on Wednesday due to some quarrel between him and the accused. Earlier, the victim was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Sundernagar, but later he died.



Awareness camp held:
A one day awareness camp on Horticulture Technology Mission MM-II was held in Dhangri village here on Wednesday. The camp was sponsored by the National Horticulture Board. DC Rajouri JP Singh was the chief guest. About 300 farmers from various parts of the district were educated about the technology mission. The director, Horticulture, divulged on various aspects of the horticulture mission and made specific mention of various provisions available under the Technology Mission MM-II.

PoK goods cross LoC: Goods worth lakhs of rupees, including large consignment of Peshawari Chappals, were imported to Poonch cross the LoC as part of weekly trade on Wednesday. Datta Agencies Hazeera in PoK sent goods worth more than Rs 4,16,000 mainly comprising Peshawari Chappals for three traders in Poonch today cross the Poonch Rawlakote road. They added goods received from PoK included 573 Peshawari Chappals (Sandals), Rice (335 kg), Moong Dal (247kg), Sabki-Kishmish (5kg), Badam (Almond) 20 kg, Khubani (5kg) and Angir (5kg).

Book fair concludes:
The four-day-long International Grand Book fair concluded at Kashmir University here today. More than 50,000 books were displayed by 45 publishers in the fair, which was extended by a day due to an overwhelming response. A spokesman of Kashmir University said Rs 1-crore orders were received during the book fair. On the suggestion of the exhibitors, a bookshop would be set up soon in the library where booksellers and publishers would display their latest titles every week, said Riyaz Rufai, chief librarian.

DC urged to get road repaired:
Rakesh Wazir, general secretary of the BSP and candidate for Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat, on Wednesday sought intervention of the Reasi DC for the repair of the Katra-Reasi road that has caved in at Ser-Bar. He said the matter needed to taken up with GREF and the Railways. He further demanded that villagers should be taken into confidence while repairing the track.


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