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Office-bearers elected
: The following have been elected as office bearers of the Non-Teaching Staff Union in the DAV College here: Dev Ahuja chairman, K K Sidana and Lal Chand senior vice chairman, Ramesh Kumar Watts vice chairman, Rajinder Sharma president, Rajinder Verma general secretary and Gopal Krishan treasurer. Sidana has also been elected as joint secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh Private Colleges Non-teaching Union.

Mass marriage organised: Marriages of three girls belonging to economically poor families were organised by the Manav Sewa Samiti in Arorvansh Sewa Sadan at Padampur on Friday evening. Social activist Shiv Darshan Goyal, S L Chawla, Shiv Karan Joshi, Dr M S Grover and Arun Bhayana offered gifts to the brides and grooms.

Man, sons held for killing: The police have arrested Mohan Lal and his sons Rajinder Kumar and Mangi Lal of village 23-GB for allegedly killing Sahab Ram of the same village over a minor land dispute. The complainant Richhpal, nephew of the victim, had said that the culprits first thrashed Sahab Ram with sticks and then assaulted with a sharp edged weapon. Richhpal too sustained injuries in the attack.

Pak nationals cremated: Two Pak national, who were gunned down by the Border Security Force near BoP Naggi in Srikaranpur sector, have been cremated as the Pak Rangers refused to accept their bodies during the flag meeting last evening, sources said. As per information, as two youths tried to infiltrate in the Indian territory near pillar number 315-316 Saturday afternoon, the BSF men guarding the border signalled them to stop. As they did not respond, the BSF fired about 10 rounds killing both the intruders on the spot. During search, Pakistani Rs 210 along with some mobile sims were found in their pockets.

SGPC to approach PM
:The SGPC will take up the issue of the security of gurdwaras in other countries with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Stating this here on Thursday, SGPC president Avtar Singh said he would take up the matter with the Prime Minister to ensure that there was no loss or damage to any gurdwara across the world as had happened in Britain recently. He said the Indian government should pressurise the UK government through diplomatic channels to take action against those responsible for causing damage to a gurdwara there. He said he would also take  up the matter with the UK ambassador  in India.

NAAC seminar from March 23
: NAAC conference to be sponsored by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore, will be organised in Nehru Memorial College, Mansa, on March 23 and March 24. Kumar Rahul, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, will inaugurate the conference and Dr Narinder Kapoor, head, department of journalism, Punjabi University, Patiala, will be the key speaker on the occasion. Innovative teaching methods, role of teachers and changes in curriculum will be the main areas to be covered during the conference.

Elected: Varesh Kumar has been unanimously chosen as president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) (DAV College, Bathinda unit) here on Saturday. The members of the union also elected other office-bearers — Vikas Katia as vice-president; Beant Kaur as secretary; Aman Malhotra as joint secretary; and Karampal Kaur as finance secretary.

Kisan mela on March 24:The Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) will organise a Kisan Mela at its Regional Station, Dabwali road, here on March 24. The vice-chancellor of the PAU, M.S. Kang, would be the chief guest on the occasion. Director of the Regional Station, Dr Gurmeet Singh Buttar, said that the theme of the mela is “Save Environment – Save Punjab.” He said that improved varieties of the different kharif crops as well as fruits plants will be distributed among the growers. An exhibition will also be organised on the occasion. The subject matter specialists from PAU Ludhiana will share the research findings with the farmers.

5 booked for dowry torture
: The Sadar police has booked Jaswinder Singh, his father Roshan Singh, mother Mohinder Kaur, brother-in-law Sukhwinder Singh and sister-in-law Gurmeet Kaur, all of local Islamabad, under sections 406, 498 A, 323 and 324 of the IPC. According to police sources, Shashi Bala, daughter of Baldev Singh of Gambowal, stated that soon after her marriage to Jaswinder Singh, all the aforesaid accused started harassing and torturing her for more dowry. When she could not fulfill their demand, they mercilessly beat her.

One commits suicide: The alleged harassment of a person at the hands of Satish Passi, Chhindu Behl, Papu Paris, Paramjit Singh Hira, Kan Singh, KD Singh Ghumman, Kirpal, Varun and some others of Tanda Urmur, has compelled the former to commit suicide. According to police sources, Naresh Kumar (43) of ward no. 7 committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling fan of his house. The police recovered a suicide note from his pocket in which he mentioned being harassed and tortured by the above said persons over a land dispute. Tanda police has booked all the accused under section 306 of the IPC.

Smack seized: In continuation of the drive against anti-social elements, the Garhshankar police has seized 50 gram smack from Shindo, wife of Guljara of Denowal Khurd village last evening. She was booked under sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

80 Guru Granth Sahib installed in gurdwara
:About 80 Guru Granth Sahib were installed at Gurudwara Nanaksar near here today. These were brought  here in a decorated vehicle of SGPC by Jathedar Baljinder Singh of Amritsar and the five Piare from Golden temple. Baba Lakha Singh Ji, chief sewadar of the gurdwara, installed all Saroops with the Sikh religious rites. He said the bhog of the Saroops would be conducted on March 26, the birthday of Baba Ishar Singh Ji. Baba Lakha Singh Ji and Baba Sadhu Singh Ji presented Siropas to those who accompanied the Pawan Saroops from Amritsar.

8 cows rescued
: The police arrested two persons and rescued eight cows, which were being carried in a truck for slaughtering in Rajasthan. Acting on a tip-off, a police party, led by ASP Inderbir Singh, laid a trap in Partabpura village on the Jalandhar-Nakodar road and arrested the accused with the truck. Talking to The Tribune, Inderbir Singh said the accused, identified as Nawaz Ali and Mohammad and residents of Jalwali village of Bikaner in Rajasthan, were nabbed for smuggling animals from this area to their native state for slaughtering.

Manoj Gupta group dominates
: The Manoj Gupta group dominated the proceedings and emerged winners in the elections for the executive of Lodhi Club here today. The elections were held after a period of two years for the posts of general secretary, bar secretary, mess secretary, sports secretary and joint secretary. The office-bearers, including vice-president, finance secretary, cultural secretary, executive member and female executive member had already been elected unopposed.

Drunk  constable creates ruckus: An allegedly drunken constable created ruckus in Cheema chowk area yesterday, when he broke the windowpane of a Himanchal Pradesh borne bus. The constable has been identified as Pyare Lal IRB. According to passengers, the constable was under the influence of liquor and was denied ticket by the conductor, after which he started pelting stones at the bus and broke the windowpane of the bus with his stick. The constable was nabbed by passengers, and later handed over to the police. One sustained injury. The matter was settled by the police and no FIR was registered.

Man obstructs way to gurdwara
:A man of Sudhar has reportedly encoached a passage and obstructed the way to about 100 houses yesterday. A deputation of the victims today met the SDM, Jaspal Singh, and tehsildar Harsharanjit Singh of Raikot under the leadership of senior Akali leader Harchand Singh Barundi. The residents rued that Mangal Singh used to obstruct the passage passing through his property that lead to gurdwara and had filed a complaint regarding this to the Raikot tehsildar. The tehsildar, however, assured the aggrieved parties to get the passage freed.

Students warned
: Chief administrative officer, Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, KS Deol, on Thursday held a meeting with college students on the ragging issue. Deol warned the students against any type of ragging on the college campus. He said there should be no complaint of ragging. The students assured the college authorities not to indulge in any ragging activity.

Convocation held: The annual convocation of Shaheed Udham Singh Government College, Sunam, was held on the college campus at Sunam, 13 km from here, on Sunday. As many as 241 graduates were presented with degrees in arts, science and commerce disciplines. Registrar of Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr SS Khaira was the chief guest at the convocation. Principal of the college Jasbir Singh welcomed the guests.

Students warned: Chief administrative officer, Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, KS Deol, on Thursday held a meeting with college students on the ragging issue. Deol warned the students against any type of ragging on the college campus. He said there should be no complaint of ragging. The students assured the college authorities not to indulge in any ragging activity.



Orders for banks
: Sameer Pal Srow, Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, has ordered all branches of various banks conducting the government business in the district and treasuries/sub-treasuries to remain open on March 31 till midnight to receive and disburse payments. The banks are SBI, Treasury, Ambala City; Sub Treasury, Ambala Cantt; SBI, Sub Treasury, Naraingarh; State Bank of Patiala, Sub Treasury, Barara; Punjab and Sind Bank, Sub Treasury, Mullana. Due to the closure of the served by banks at Mumbai, no work will be possible after 12 midnight. The Bank authorities have thus requested that all officers should submit their bills by 10 pm to allow two hours for finalisation of the accounts.

Lok adalats
: As many as 720 cases pertaining to civil, summary and mutation categories were settled at the Rural Lok Adalats organised by the State Legal Services Authority at various places in the state on Sunday. Member-secretary of the authority said these adalats were held at Ratia and Bhattu Kalan in Fatehabad district, Rathdhan in Sonepat district, Assandh in Karnal district, Ahmadpur in Kurukshetra district, Kalanaur in Rohtak district, Panchkula, Bachhod and Bhojawas in Mahendargarh district, Arya Nagar in Hisar district, Bata in Kaithal district and Bardu Chaina near Loharu.

Punjabi mahasabha
: A Punjabi Mahasabha was organised by the district Congress (E) Committee here on Saturday. Congress spokesperson Khajan Singh was the chief guest. It was organised under the chairmanship of engineer Ramesh Verma (retd). They are seeking a ticket for Kahajan. Khajan Singh said politics was not a business for him but it’s like a social service which he enjoyed doing and if given a chance he would do many good things to all communities.

Compartment exams
: Kurukshetra University compartment examinations of under-graduate classes of B A Part-I and II are commencing from March 26. According to Dr Hukam Singh, controller examinations, all roll number slips, along with date-sheets of eligible candidates, have already been dispatched. In case the candidates having compartment do not receive the roll number slips by March 23 they may contact the result branches concerned on March 24 and 25. If the candidates who have to appear in the full/fresh (annual examination) do not receive the roll number slips by March 26 may contact the result branches concerned on March 27 onwards to collect the duplicate roll number slips during the office hours.

4 ASIs suspended
: Four Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) - Desh Raj of the Rohrai police station, Nand Lal of the Bawal police station, Dharambir of the Rewari City police station and Maya Devi of the Model town police station - have been suspended for dereliction of duty by SP Rajender Singh. They have been sent to the police lines. DSP (Headquarters) Pooran Chand Pawar and DSP, Kolsi, Ram Phal, have been deputed to conduct the departmental inquiries against them.



Camp on legal rights
: All gram panchayats should use their authority according to the judicial and financial powers given to them by the government and try to settle cases of the villagers at their own level amicably. This was stated by District and Sessions Judge Sureshwar Thakur in “legal rights awakening camp” organised by the District Legal Services Authority for panchayat representatives and members of the Mahila Mandals and Yuvak Mandals at Naghyar, near here, on Saturday. He said this would help provide quick and cheaper justice to villagers on their doorsteps. Representatives from five panchayats- Kosariyan, Gharaan, Naghyaar, Daslehada and Badgaon attended the camp.

Orientation programme ends
: A six-day orientation training programme on “judicial education” for officers of the Revenue Department who are performing judicial and quasi-judicial functions concluded here on Saturday. It was attended by 21 tehsildars and naib tehsildars and was organised under the aegis of HP State Judicial Academy. The participants were apprised of the need to bring functional and attitudinal change, develop skills and acquire knowledge about the basic principles to be observed by the judicial and quasi-judicial authorities.

Jewellery, cash stolen
: Some miscreants entered into Sita Sharma’s house in Niara village on Saturday night and decamped with jewellery and cash amounting to Rs 5,000. They locked her in a room and fled away with the valuables. Later, she raised an alarm when her neighbours came an unlocked the room. A few days back electronic items worth Rs 70,000 were also stolen from a shop in the town. The police has registered cases but no arrest has been made so far.



Health camp ends
: A free heart checkup camp that was organised at Government Higher Secondary School, Vijaypur, concluded on Sunday in which various heart specialists examined the patients. Doctors from sub-district hospital, Jammu, including Dr Saleem Ahmed, Dr RK Malhotra examined the people who visited the centre with various heart related ailments. The initiative to hold free medical camp was taken by Puri Oil Mills limited due to increase in cardiac problems, high blood pressure and other health hazards.

Workshop on chemical sciences
: A 5-day workshop titled “Frontiers of Spectroscopy and Analytical Techniques in Chemical Sciences” has concluded at the University of Kashmir on Sunday, a university statement said. Mukopadhyay, advisor, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, inaugurated the workshop while the director, SKIMS, Abdul Hameed Zargar, presided over it. The national-level workshop was organised by the varsity’s Department of Chemistry in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Srinagar. In his inaugural speech, Dr Mukopadhyay dwelt at length over the different issues pertaining to chemical science and spectroscopy.


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