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BATHINDA
Seminar held
: A seminar on women rights and responsibilities was organised by the Senior Citizen Association, Ganesh Nagar, on Saturday. The seminar was presided over by Bant Ram Goyal. Social evils like female foeticide, dowry and domestic violence were discussed. Khemchand, general secretary of the association, said women should fight against social evils. Others who spoke on the occasion were Jagdish Chandra Sharma, Tej Singh Jaura, Satpal Bansal, Balveer Singh Brar, Nand Kishore Garg, Hans Raj Goyal, Vilas Chand Goyal, P.K. Mittal, Brajlal Bansal, Avtar Singh, Amarnath Bansal, Radheshyam Saini and Rajendra Bukhal.

Book released: The Writers Forum, Bathinda, organised a literary function on Monday at which a book of Punjabi ghazals and songs ‘saarian pauna saari chanani’ by Dr J.S. Anand was released by Hakam Sufi, a folk singer. The function was presided over by Dr H.S. Komal. Prof. Bram Jagdish Singh presented a paper on the creative patterns in the poetry of Dr Anand. Swami Surya Dev of Yog Ashram, Goniana, was also present on the occasion. Surinder Tita and Rajni presented songs. Dr Satwant Kaur Bhullar was the guest of honour and Kiranpreet, who painted the title of the book, presented a vote of thanks.

Chandigarh
DC to decide freedom fighters’ claims
:Kashmir Singh’s claims of fighting for the country’s independence during the Quit India Movemnent will now be scrutinised by the Ludhiana DC. Claiming to have remained behind bars for a year from October 20, 1942, Kashmir Singh of Ludhiana had earlier sought directions for the grant of Swatantra Sainik Sammaan pension. Justice Kant directed the DC to submit a report to the state government.

Hoshiarpur
Interaction meet
: The income tax department organised an interaction meet with all trade unions and association of professionals of the town at its office here on Friday. Additional commissioner of income tax Sanjay Mishra emphasised the need for paying the advance tax instalment by March 15.

Pensioners’ body: A local resident, Mohimder Singh Parwana, has been elected president of the Punjab State Pensioners Confederation by its delegates at a meeting held in Ludhiana. Beant Singh of Amritsar and Vinay Kumar of Sangrur have been elected general secretary and finance secretary, respectively.

Jalandhar
PWD workers’ dharna
: Members of the PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union staged a dharna in front of the deputy commissioner’s office here on Friday. They burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for not implementing the Sixth Pay Commission report and not regularising the services of daily wagers.

ADGP honoured: The Old Students Association (OSA) of KV-1, Jalandhar cantonment, organised a special meet and dinner party in the honour of the new ADGP of PAP headquarters, H.R. Chadha, who is an alumni of the school. The meet was held at Jalandhar Club in the cantonment. Thirty former students and old teachers gathered at the function.

Moga
60-yr-old woman killed
:A woman (60) was allegedly killed near village Daulewala on Sunday afternoon while she was on her way to give lunch to her husband Gurdev Singh, a worker. The police said Gurdev saw his wife's body lying in a pool of blood in between villages Kadarwala and Daulewala. Fatehgarh Panchtoor police has registered a case against unidentified persons.

Nawanshahr
Extension lectures
: Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, organised a series of extension lectures by eminent scholars from diverse fields under a special scheme envisaged by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Liquor seized: Police seized 550 boxes of different brands of foreign liquor from a truck at a naka put up on the Phillaur-Apra road in the district. The driver, identified as Mahesh Kumar of Katholi village in Jhajjar district, has been nabbed. The SSP said the liquor was smuggled from Chandigarh.

Sangrur
Code
: ADC holds meeting with cable operators: Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Arshdeep Singh Thind here today held a meeting with cable operators of Sangrur district. He sought their cooperation in the implementation of instructions issued by the Election Commission of India with regard to the model code of conduct during the Lok Sabha (LS) elections to be held on May 7. Thind said a committee, under the headship of the Deputy Commissioner, had been formed in connection with the implementation of the code by the cable operators.

Tarn Taran
Baba’s appeal
: Environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seenchewal has warned the people to be on guard regarding the rapidly-changing environment and has appealed to them to plant more trees. Baba Seenchewal, who was here on Saturday to inaugurate a tree plantation move, said it was important to stop axing trees to ensure pure air and water.

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HARYANA

BHIWANI
Arrest sought
: Demanding arrest of the husband of deceased Sunita of Birhi Kalan, three panchayats of Bamla village reached the mini-secretariat on Monday and met SP Shibash Kabiraj. Villagers alleged that Sunita was murdered under a conspiracy and said the police, despite naming in the complaint, had so far not arrested the husband of the deceased, Praveen. They said Sunita got married to Praveen in 1996 and was killed in a planned way on January 26. When they threatened to launch an agitation if the police failed to take action against the accused, the SP assured them of action.

1 killed in mishap: A truck, which was on its way to Charkhi Dadri from Loharu, lost its balance and overturned in fields, near Hadodi village bus stop. Helper of the truck driver Ramesh, a resident of Hui village, killed in the accident.

CHANDIGARH
Addl charge
: Anil Malik, director and special secretary, Food and Supplies Department, has been given the additional charge of managing director, Haryana State Federation of Consumer's Cooperative Wholesale Stores Limited (CONFED), relieving RS Doon of the said charge.

FATEHABAD
Patwari held
: A team of the State Vigilance Board (SVB) on Monday caught patwari Kanta Ram while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a farmer of Bharolanwali village in the district. The farmer, Baldev Singh, informed the SVB that the patwari was demanding this amount for entering the mutation of his agriculture holdings. A raiding party of the board laid a trap and nabbed him red-handed while taking the amount.

KAITHAL
Four held for demanding dowry
: The demand of a motorcycle landed a bridegroom, his father and two uncles in jail. The bridegroom allegedly demanded a Hero Honda motorcycle from the parents of the bride after the ‘pheras’ in Khurana village on March 6. However, when the family showed inability to meet the demand, the bridegroom disappeared from the scene. Following this, the brother of the bride lodged a complaint in this regard on basis of which the police registered a case under the Anti-dowry Act. After investigation, the police arrested bridegroom Rajesh, his father Tara Chand and uncles, Ajmer and Santokh.

KARNAL
Woman dies in mishap
: In yet another hit-and-run case, a women in her early twenties died on the spot after she was hit by an Indica car near Jawala, about 40 km from here, on Monday. The complainant, Sanjay, said while he was on his way to Assandh on bike with his sister-in-law Kiran (22) and seven-month-old nephew, a car coming from the opposite side hit them. Kiran died on the spot while Sanjay and the child were injured. A case has been registered.

REWARI
Medical camp
: As many as 550 persons were treated for various ailments at a 15-day medical camp, which concluded at Bhagwat Seva Ashram, Daroli village on Sunday. It was held under the auspices of the All-India Human Welfare and Health Services Institute, New Delhi. The patients were given treatment through acupressure and acupuncture therapy by specialists.

Man booked: Narain Yadav of Kharkhara village near Dharuhera has filed a compliant that his son-in-law Mahipal Yadav set his daughter, Sushma Yadav, on fire after the couple had a altercation on Saturday over Mahipal’s over-indulgence in drinking. An infuriated Mahipal allegedly set his wife on fire after sprinkling kerosene. Severely burnt Sushma was admitted to a private hospital in Gurgaon where her condition is stated to be critical. A case of attempt to murder has been registered.

Sirsa
Best citizen award
: Director-General of the local JCD Vidyapeeth Dr Kuldeep Singh Dhindsa has been selected for the “Best Citizen of India” award for his contribution in the field of science education. A press note issued by the Vidyapeeth said Dr Dhindsa was among 14 outstanding persons, including former CBI director Joginder Singh and cardiac surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan, who would be conferred with this award by the Best Citizen Publishing House, New Delhi, soon.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
2 students held on theft charge
:The police today recovered Rs 50,000 from Mushtaq Ahmed and Mehmood Ali. Both accused were students of NITS, Brijnagar, who had broken open the lock of the room of another student, Basharat Ali, and stolen Rs 50,000. A case has been registered in this regard against the two.

Srinagar
Jawan commits suicide
:An Army jawan committed suicide allegedly by shooting himself with his service rifle in Badamibagh cantonment here today, the police said. Surinder Singh, Head Constable of 126 Territorial Army, shot himself dead with his service rifle, the police said.

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