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: The office-bearers and members of the Area Development Committee (ADC) Chheharta, have condoled the untimely death of Kulwinder Singh Randhawa of Dashmesh Nagar, who met with a fatal accident on the GT Road Chheharta. Prabpal Singh Dhillon and Amarjit Singh Bai, President and General Secretary, respectively, have expressed their sympathy with the family.

Youth body election: The Sikh Youth of Punjab today announced its new organisational structure of the district during its election here. Barinderjit Singh has been elected President, while Baljeet Singh general secretary of the organisation. A 10-member working committee was constituted. Meanwhile, committee members urged the SGPC to honour its commitment of raising a memorial in the memory of those who were killed in the 1984 riots.

KMO to protest on March 29:The Khalara Mission Organisation (KMO) would hold a protest march against the state government for its anti-farmer policies on March 29. KMC president Harmandeep Singh Sarhali said the government was encouraging luxury hotel culture in the state making a mockery of poor farmers and residents. Sarhali also took a dig at the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of his visit to the holy city on Monday.

Placement drive
: SPA Capital visited Aryans Business School (ABS) for campus placements of MBA students yesterday. A pre-placement talk was organised by the company that was attended by over 50 MBA students. Three students were shortlisted after the preliminary rounds. SPA is a distributor of mutual funds in India and presently has assets of over Rs 4,500 crore under its management.

Poll code violated
: Narinder Kashyap, general secretary of the BSP, arrived in a white Ford Endeavour with a red beacon atop in violation of the model code of conduct. When TNS asked him about the violation, Kashyap put the query aside saying he had been provided with the Z-plus security and that none of the officials in the Punjab administration had objected to it. Later, the general secretary’s cavalcade left the  venue with sirens renting the air, which violated the poll code yet again. However, the red beacon had been removed by then.

Rly ticket booking disrupted:The ticket booking process at the Bathinda railway station got disrupted for about half-an-hour today when, at about 11 am, the power supply to the reservation counter was snapped due to a technical snag in the UPS system of the counter, sources in the railway said. Besides ticket seekers, railway staff at the counter faced inconvenience as they had to work in a dimly lit room for some time. The normalcy was restored after about an hour when the problem was rectified by the railway staff.

FCI staff held on graft charges
:Vigilance sleuths today arrested, Surinder Kumar Chabbra, manager, Quality Control, Food Corporation of India (FCI) when he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Swaranjit Singh, inspector PUNSUP. Sukhdev Singh, SSP vigilance bureau, said that the accused had demanded an amount of Rs 15,000 from the complainant, Swaranjit Singh, in lieu of issuing him the certificate of special quality for the wheat stock. The case has been registered and further investigations are going on.

3 travel agents arrested
:The Sadar police has arrested three fake travel agents, Baldev Singh of Ludhiana, Ashok Kumar of Khojpur, Jalandhar, and Sunil Kumar of Suranasi, Jalandhar, under sections 406, 420 and 34 of the 
IPC for duping Kuldip Singh of Chhauni Kalan village of Rs 30 lakh in the name of sending him to Canada.

305 students given degrees
:The annual convocation of AS College, was held  here today. Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor of PTU, Jalandhar, was the chief guest. Around 305 degrees were conferred to the graduate and postgraduate students of various streams. The college principal, R S Jhanji, welcomed Dr Arora and read out the annual report of the  college. The secretary of the college, Sanjeev Dhamija, gave a vote of thanks. The members of the management were also present during the occasion.

Annual day at Kiddies Paradise School
:The students of Kiddies Paradise School celebrated the Annual Day with zeal and excitement  here today. Vijay Rai Dhanda was the chief guest and councillor Inderjit Singh  Gill was the guest  of honour on the occasion. The students participated in various events like bhangra, dandia and many other items in dresses of different hues and colours. The chief guest appreciated the performance of the children and gave away the prizes to the winners in thier respective categories.

Save Water Day
: Bhagwan Mahaveer Public School, Banga, organised a seminar to mark Save Water Day on Tuesday. Varun Jain, director, Satnam Singh, Eco Club in charge, emphasized the need of saving water for preserving life on earth in their lectures.

Annual election
: As per the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, additional deputy commissioner Kavita Singh under a heavy police protection conducted the annual elections of the DAV College Managing Committee here on Sunday. All 26 members of the committee unanimously elected Dr Anup Kumar as president of the managing committee.



Power staff stage dharna
: DHBVN employees protested the victimisation of one of their associates Ramavtar and staged dharna outside the office of the executive engineer here on Tuesday. The employees raised slogans against the officials. Jai Prakash and Mahender said the LDC Ramavtar had been made target of wrong practice and it continued with other innocent and honest employees. Union circle secretary Zile Singh said the employees were demanding hike in their salaries, but the state government was instead exploiting them.

Reservation issue: Akhil Bhartiya Jat Mahasabha spokesman and Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti president Commandant Hawa Singh Sangwan (retd) on Tuesday asked Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Singh Chautala to come forward and demand ‘reservation’ for the Jats from his political stage. Referring a letter written by Chautala to the Prime Minister for requesting the inclusion of the Jats in the reservation list, Sangwan thanked the MP and said Ajay Singh should demand publicly if he was fair to the community regarding ‘reservation’.

New diploma courses
: Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology will start post-graduate diplomas in Geographical Information Systems, Tourism and Web Advertising and Animation through regular mode from the next academic session. Registrar RS Jaglan said here on Tuesday this decision was taken in the 39th meeting of the Academic Council of the university. The council also ruled that students of B Tech, and B Pharma would have to opt for NSS, cultural or sports activities in the first and third semesters.

Media utsav ends
: A three-day Media Utsav, organised by Kurukshetra University Institute Of Mass Communication And Media Technology, concluded on university campus here ton Tuesday. The graphics and animation workshop, held by Chandigarh-based animation firm PICASO, enhanced the students’ knowledge about the animation world skills required and career prospects of it today. The fest concluded with cultural evening, comprising prize distribution function followed by dance, quawali, skits and poetry.

One booked for forgery
: The police has booked Shri Bhagwan Yadav, a resident of Thothwal village, on charges of cheating, criminal breach of trust and forgery. A case under Sections 420, 406, 467 and 468, IPC, has been registered against him on a directive of the court of the CJM, who has issued it on a petition earlier filed by Mange Ram Rustagi. Sources said following the execution of an agreement in October 2006, Rustagi paid a total amount of Rs 5.90 lakh as advance money to Yadav for the purchase of two LIG flats of Bhagwan in Sector 3 here.

Liquor vend auction
: Despite decline in number of liquor vends from 202 to 199 in the district, the annual auction of the vends for the next financial year recorded an increase of more than 50 per cent in comparison to the auction of the current financial year ending on March 31. The auction for 2009-10 took place on Monday here. As many as 942 contractors participated in the auction.



Fire incident
: Property and merchandise worth more than Rs 5 lakh is said to have been destroyed as a fire which suddenly broke out in a sweet shop owned by Bhagwan Dass near the main bus stand in Diara Sector of the town here on Tuesday evening. Most of the damage was caused with the bursting of two LPG cylinders, which were in use in the shop. Youths helped to bring the fire under control as the fire brigade took more than usual time to arrive at the spot. Adjoining shops and their merchandise was also damaged in the incident.

ATM inaugurated
: The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently put into operation its ATM (automatic-teller machine) at Khairi in the interior-most hilly terrain of Chamba district. Chief Manager, SBI, Chamba, TD Negi said it was the ninth ATM set up by the bank in addition to ATMs at Dalhousie, Banikhet, Chowari, Kakira, Kariyan and three others functioning in Chamba town. The setting up of ATM at Khairi had fulfilled the much-awaited need of the area.

Sanitation campaign: Since the state is poised to achieve the target of “Nirmal Himachal” by 2010, the Chamba district too is all set to observe a “total sanitation campaign” week from April 1 to 7 for bringing awareness among the masses by organising cultural programmes. Chamba Deputy Commissioner Maneesh Garg stated this here on Tuesday. In addition to this, intensive campaign would be launched for achieving safe and hygienic practices in sanitation activities. Workshops would also be held on solid waste management and its scientific disposition, he added.

Charas seized: The police has arrested a person and seized 500 gm of charas from him. According to sources, charas smuggler identified as Tilak was intercepted at Jukiani Mor in the district by a police party during its raid carried out on Monday. He was arrested on the spot. A case under the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance) Act has been registered.

2 cowsheds gutted
: Two huts-cum-cowsheds were gutted while one house was partially damaged in a fire at Mohini village in Banjar subdivision of this district on Monday. The huts belonged of Lal Singh and Fateh Chand while the residential building belonged to Ses Ram. Banjar naib tehsildar Bishan Das reached the spot and confirmed that the villagers controlled the fire before it could spread and damage other houses. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained.

Loan fair
: A farmers’ loan fair was organised by the divisional office of the Punjab National Bank here on Tuesday in which Kisan Credit Cards worth Rs 34 lakh were distributed among 34 farmers of the area. According to official release of the bank, so far 5,361 farmers have been issued these cards worth Rs 30 crore in Kangra district.

Awarded: Pawan Mahajan, a resident of Bodh village and owner of Chamunda Filling Station, Yol, has received Best Customer Service award from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). The award was given by HS Birdi, executive director, IOC, at the Gold Circle Dealers Meet held at Parwanoo on Monday.

Gaurav Puraskar
: The government will award Himachal Gaurav Puraskar to persons from all walks of life for exhibiting exemplary courage or for commendable job in their respective field. A government spokesperson said here on Tuesday that the awards would be given to the eligible persons from armed forces, police and fire services on April 15. Awards would also be given for commendable jobs in the filed of art, social work, public affairs, science, engineering, trade, industry, medicine, literature and education and also be given for prorogation of Himachali culture, protection of human rights, and wildlife protection.


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