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Bajwa’s appeal
: Partap Singh Bajwa, Congress MLA from Kahnuwan and party candidate for the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency, visited Batala on Wednesday. He was welcomed by Ashwani Sekhri, convener, Punjab Election Campaign. Bajwa urged the people to support him in the election.

HC judge visits
: Justice Ajay Lamba of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, being the inspecting judge of the district, visited the District Bar Association here on Wednesday. Bar members urged that the court timings should remain the same from May 1 till August 15 and should not be changed due to extremely hot conditions in these months in the district. Justice Lamba assured that their request would be conveyed to the chief justice.

Hutments gutted
: As many as 18 jhuggis of migrant labourers were gutted in the fire at Chandoli village late on Tuesday night. A fire engine from the Municipal Fire Brigade took more than four hours to control the flames. The loss is estimated to be Rs 1 lakh. No loss of life has been reported  in the fire.

Sukhbir gets notice
: Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer Ajit Singh Pannu has issued a notice to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for violating the code of conduct by moving in a cavalcade across the city on Monday.Pannu said the notice had been issued on the basis of media reports and he was expecting a reply in 24 hours.

Poppy husk seized: The CIA staff seized 25 bags of poppy husk from a truck at a special naka near Phul Kudowal village. However, occupants of the truck, Pooran Singh and his brother Kulbir Singh of Toti village in Sultanpur Lodhi, fled after leaving the vehicle. A case has been registered under sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act at Lohian police station.

Officers’ meet: A meeting of the Retired Defence Officers Welfare Association would be held at the District Sainik Welfare Office on March 30. General secretary of the association Lieut-Col Kashmir Singh (retd) said issues pertaining to the welfare of the Army personnel would be discussed at the meeting.

: The Rajpura police today booked a resident of Jandoli village for demanding dowry from his wife. In her complaint to the police, Jaswant Kaur alleged that she was married to Balwinder Singh, who had been harassing her over the pretext of dowry since their marriage in 2005. A case in this connection has been registered against Balwinder.

Patwari gets 2-yr RI
: In a corruption case, Sessions Judge, Sangrur, DR Arora on Wednesday awarded two years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) to patwari Balwinder Singh of Wazidpur Badeshe village. A fine worth Rs 7,000 was also imposed on him by the court. A case against the patwari was registered on June 5, 2006, under Sections 7, 13 (2) and 88, Prevention of Corruption Act. The patwari had taken Rs 1,000 from Darbara Singh of Tibba village for the issuance of a copy of the Jamabandi.

8 selected for jobs: Thirty students of Master in Business Administration (MBA) and BTech courses (2009 batch) participated in a campus recruitment drive conducted at the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) by a company, Karman InfoTech, Chandigarh. Out of them, eight were selected at an annual pay package of Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh, according to Hakam Singh Jawandha, chairman, Bhai Gurdas Group of Institutions, here on Wednesday.

Liquor seized, 2 held: As many as 466 cases of country liquor were seized from two persons on Sunday. Stating this, SHO of local police station Devinder Singh said 381 cases of country liquor were found in a tempo. The owner of the tempo Baljinder Singh and his assistant Suresh Kumar were held. They told the police about 85 more cases of the liquor, which were recovered by the police on Monday.



Helpline service launched
: Helpline service has been launched in Bhiwani for the conveyance of the voters. Any voter of Bhiwani district can get information regarding his vote, booth, etc by dialling telephone number 01664-251200, 251400. Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer, Bhiwani, Vikas Gupta said the voters could get information from the helpline from 8 am to 10 pm.

Media coordinators quit
: All four media coordinators of the Haryana government posted at divisional headquarters have resigned from their posts. The Indian National Lok Dal had complained to the Election Commission of India that the media coordinators, Dalip Chawla, Ashok Buaniwala, Jaiprakash Mann and Sanjay Arora, had been misusing their office for campaigning for the ruling party.

CNG gets cheaper
: People of the millennium city have a reason to rejoice now, as they will now get CNG without standing in long queues. Just like Delhi, the city will also get the gas directly by the pipeline from Wednesday. Keeping up the promise, Haryana Gas Distribution Company has also reduced the price of gas by Rs 3.50. Company vice-president MS Khatkar has confirmed this.

Woman killed
: A woman was killed in a road accident on the Charkhi Dadri Road, near Khativaas village, here on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Murti Devi, a resident of Khativaas village. The incident took place when a heavy vehicle knocked down her while she was crossing the road. She reportedly died on the spot while the driver managed to flee from the scene. A case has been registered.

Deepender sees UPA wave
: Deepender Singh Hooda, sitting Congress MP from Rohtak and son of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has asserted that a pro-UPA wave was very much in existence throughout the country riding on which the UPA would again be voted to power after the forthcoming LS elections. He made this assertion while talking to mediapersons at Siha village, 20 km from here, on Tuesday. He was on a whistle-stop tour of various villages of Rewari district.

Special chance for students
: MDU has decided to allow all such students of BAI /BAII of the category (fresh student of DDE/Improvement cases/ Additional subject case/fail students/BA through English only) who could not take any paper of the annual examinations 2009, which commenced on March 21 to take the left-out paper, along with regular students.

Seminar on science: The Department of Hindi of Maharshi Dayanand University will organise one-day National Seminar on Thursday. The theme of the seminar is “Challenges before Linguistics in the Sphere of Scientific Knowledge.” The seminar is being organised with the collaboration of Defence Research & Development Organisation.



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