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Lok Adalat held
: As many as 841 cases were taken up during the Lok Adalat held here on Saturday, out of which 393 cases were settled on the spot. Jaspal Singh, Sessions Judge, who presided over the Lok Adalat said that matrimonial cases, cases under section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, rent cases, land acquisition cases, property disputes were taken up during the Adalat held under the directions of the Justice M.S. Gill, Executive Chairman Punjab Legal Services Authority.

Patanjali Yogpeth: Arminder Singh Farmah and Manjinder Singh have been elected as president and general secretary of the Patanjali Yogpeth, Cantonment branch. On the occasion, Krishan Lal Gupta, Leela Dhar and Harbhajan Singh Chawla were also present.

Annual function
: The annual prize distribution function of AS College for Women was held here yesterday. Chief guest at the occasion was Justice N K Sud, principal Rekha Bhardwaj and college management members. Principal read out the academic report for the year 2008-09. Students also presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion. The programme included Saraswati Vandana, mimicry, folk songs, group dance and giddha. All meritorious students were awarded on the occasion.

Resolution against female foeticide
: The Punjab Istri Sabha celebrated the International Women's Day at the Teachers Home here today. Rekha Sharma, district president of organization called upon the women to make them aware of their rights. Two resolutions, including against sexual harassment of women and female foeiticide, were passed. Some health workers also participated at the function. Saneh Mehta, Gagan Preet, Baljeet Kaur, Raksha Sharma and Sudarshan Sharma also addressed the function and raised the woman-related issues.

Youth body holds plantation drive
:Activists of the Rising Youth Association organised a plantation drive by planting saplings in the public park near Chand Cinema here today in a bid to increase green cover and curb rising pollution in the mega city.  Madan Lal Bagga, deputy chairman of the Punjab Traders Board, and area councillor Raghubir Singh Bira were present at the function. Gurinder Chahal, president of the association, said that more than 300 saplings of different plant varieties were planted during the programme by members. He said the activists of the body would take it upon themselves to take proper care of these plants as also nurture the existing plants, trees and shrubs in the park.

French Sikh council honoured:The Sikh Students Federation (SSF) honoured Basant Singh Panjhatha, president of the France Sikh Council, for taking up the matter of Sikh turbans to the United Nation. President of federation Bhai Gurcharan Singh Grewal said it was commendable that despite being settled abroad, his organisation had decided to fight for the honour of turban. Speaking on the occasion, Panjhatha hailed the state government for taking turban resolution to the Assembly.

Seminar on saving cows:Around 800 people representing 178 ‘gaushalas’ across Punjab attended the seminar at Sri Krishan Balram Gaushala here today. Various resource persons discussed about the present status of cows in India and their importance. Urging people to come forward for the cause to save cattle, a book titled “Ek nazar bharti gau par”, written by Ramesh Gupta, was also unveiled during the one-day event.



Man commits suicide
: A 48-year-old allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself here on Saturday. The deceased, Arjit Lehri, was working as a manager in an IT company in Delhi. He was reportedly under depression since he came to know that due to the recession, the company has been planning to shunt a few people and his name was in that list.

NGO launched: Police Commissioner SS Deswal launched Disha, an NGO, for women in distress, on the International Women’s day here on Sunday. The NGO intends to advance the well-being of women in general without any distinction of caste, creed or community. It claims to undertake programmes primarily for the safety and security of women. It also claimed that they will arrange shelter and food for homeless, helpless, widow and destitute women, who are devoid of any protection from their near and dear ones.

Manifesto released: Satish Singh, the Samast Bhartiya Party (SBP) candidate for the Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat, released the electoral manifesto of his party at a press conference organised here recently. “The SBP is not just another party formed with an aim to grab power,” Singh said. The SBP poll manifesto seeks to ensure that public-service departments like the district secretariat, government hospitals, schools and police stations functioned effectively and efficiently; the corrupt officials are punished; adequate employment, water and power are available; law and order is maintained and so on.

Man booked for killing wife
: The Karnal police has registered a case of murder against Jhirmal Singh, a resident of Barsal village, for allegedly killing his wife Rajinder. The case was registered at Bhutan police station following information given to the police by Harbal Singh, husband of the sarpanch, who alleged that Amrik Singh, father of the accused, had come to his house on Thursday and told him that his son (Jhirmal) had killed his daughter-in law (Rajinder) by hitting her on the head after a quarrel in the house.

In-laws booked
: The police has booked Sarita’s husband Madan Lal, mother-in-law Santosh Devi and one other, all residents of Singhana district of Rajasthan and presently living at Gurgaon, on charges of harassment for dowry, causing hurt and criminal intimidation. A case under Sections 498-A, 406, 323, 506 of the IPC has been registered against them on a directive of the court of the CJM, who has issued it on a petition filed by Sarita. Sarita got married to Madan Lal on January 9, 2007.

English literary quiz
: The Department of English of Chaudhary Devi Lal University won the “English literary quiz” championship, organised for postgraduate students here on Sunday. Shah Satnam Girls College won the second position, while the third position was won by Manohar Memorial College, Fatehabad. Deepti Dharmani, Umed Singh and Pankaj Sharma played quizmasters in the competition.



Man killed
: One person was killed after being hit by a boulder that slid down a hillside at Guwara village under the Khunder panchayat on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Budhia Ram, a resident of Guwara village. He was reportedly working at the site of a project being executed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the area. The next of kin were given an immediate relief of Rs 25,000. A case has been registered.

Newborn’s body found
: The police has found a body of a newborn baby from the bank of the Beas river after one Netra Singh, a resident of Jhiri village, reported the matter to the Aut police station. The police has registered a case under Section 317 of the IPC. The baby is reported to be two to three days old. The police has yet to find out whether or not it was a case of female foeticide and yet to identify the victim’s parents.

Suicide: Shanta Devi, wife of one Man Singh, a resident of Dehari under the Paddar police station, died on Sunday. She was admitted to the zonal hospital, Mandi, after consuming poison at her house on Saturday. The police after recording the statements of relatives of the victim have so far ruled out any foul play in the case and claimed it be a case of suicide. However, it has failed to ascertain the exact reason behind why she took poison.

Chowkidar granted bail
: The vigilance police on Sunday granted bail to Ashok Kumar, a chowkidar in the district treasury. He was arrested after the police raided his residence at the Ruldu Bhatta locality and recovered 300 gm of gold jewellery, Rs 2.12 lakh cash and some post-dated cheques. The cash also included three fake Rs 500 notes. The raid was carried out on Saturday on the basis of secret information that he was involved in fake currency racket. However, during investigation it came out that he had been lending money to people by mortgaging gold jewellery.



Drug de-addiction camp held
: A low-cost community de-addiction camp was organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses at Shiv Mandir, Bhagwati Nagar, here on Friday. Twenty intravenous drug users were selected from different areas of Jammu, particularly those belonging to the BPL category, in the camp. The programme started with various psychological therapies like individual counselling, group therapy, art therapy, etc. The Jammu SSP, who inaugurated the camp assured intravenous drug users full support and cooperation from the police.

Tobacco Act
: District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, Jaipal Singh, who is also the chairman of the district-level committee for prohibition of advertisement/publicity of cigarettes and other tobacco products, convened a committee meeting here on Saturday. Deliberations were held on implementation of the Section-5 of the Tobacco Control and Prohibition Act that provides prohibition of advertisements of cigarettes and other tobacco products. He exhorted upon the committee members to implement the Act in letter and spirit and exhorted upon them to spread mass awareness regarding the issue.

Mirwaiz under house arrest
: Chairman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and senior leader of breakaway HC Mohammad Ashraf Sehrayee remained under house arrest for the second day on Sunday to prevent them from going to downtown where one person was killed and more than 30 injured in clashes on Friday afternoon. A spokesman of the HC said Mirwaiz Omar was not being allowed to move out of his Nigeen residence. He said the amalgam chairman was informed that he could not leave his house since he has been put under house arrest.

Three militants escape: Three militants managed to escape after opening fire on the police in Pulwama district. The police on Saturday cordoned off Gulshanabad-Rajpora village where three terrorists were hiding. The ultras opened fire on the covering party and took shelter of the civilians,” a police spokesman said here today. The police exercised restrain and did not retaliated to prevent loss of civilians due to which the terrorists managed to escape, the spokesman said.

20 hurt in bus mishap
: At least 20 persons were injured, six of them seriously, as a bus fell into a nullah at Jhajjar Kotli on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Sunday. All injured persons were shifted to Government Medical College Hospital (GMC), Jammu. The police said as the bus (JKO2-1925), on its way from Kishtwar to Jammu, reached near Midway restaurant at Jhajjar Kotli, the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp curve, making it fall into a nullah.” The condition of six of the injured is critical. The police has registered a case.

Army jawan shoots himself: A jawan of 8 Rashtriya Rifles committed suicide allegedly by shooting himself with his service weapon in Doda district late on Saturday night. According to police, Sepoy Atul Kumar Tiwari, posted near Doda, shot himself dead with his service weapon late on Saturday night while he was on duty. Although the Army authorities have initiated investigation, the reason for taking this extreme step is yet to be ascertained. The police has registered a case.


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