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Man crushed by train:
A 32-year-old man died after being crushed under a train in Dera Bassi late Thursday night. According to the railway police, the incident came to light around 1 am when a patrolling team informed that the body was lying near the railway track. After reaching the spot, the body of the deceased was sent for postmortem at Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. The deceased was identified as Mahipal. The body was handed over to the family members after autopsy. A case has been registered.

3 booked for abducting girl:
A girl of Gajar village was allegedly abducted and repeatedly raped by two persons for a period of about four months. The Garhshankar police has booked Avtar Chand, his sister-in-law Poonam, both of the same village, and their one accomplice under sections 376, 365, 506, 542, 34 and 120-B of the IPC in this connection. According to police sources, the girl alleged that the accused abducted her on November 29, 2008. They held the girl captive for about four months and threatened to kill her if she tried to escape. Later, the girl somehow escaped from their clutches and reported the matter to the police.

Art of Living camp:
The Art of Living would be organising  a camp at Military Hospital in Jalandhar cantonment  on March 29. 

Health camp:
A health check-up camp was organised by GMR Varalakshami Foundation in primary school at Dappar village here on Friday. Around 152 patients were examined during the health check-up camp. Dr Ram Kumar, SMO, Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, along with his team of doctors from the hospital examined the patients. 



HJC for dismissal of state govt:
The HJC has demanded the dismissal of the Hooda government following repeated strictures against it by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In a statement issued here on Friday senior HJC leader Satpal Kaushik said the high court had repeatedly observed that the government had been releasing land from acquisition process without following a uniform policy. Party president Kuldeep Bishnoi had been exposing the policy as being anti-farmer as the land was being acquired at low rates and being sold to property dealers and big industrialists. He claimed that the court had now proved Bishnoi’s contention correct. 

Blood donation camp:
A blood donation camp was organised by Sri Govind Tercentenary Dental College and Hospital at its campus in Budhera village, near here, on Friday. Praveen Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp. More than 75 units of blood was collected from students, faculty and staff of the college. Dr Rajora, deputy civil surgeon, headed the blood bank team from the civil hospital. 

Woman run over by train, dies
: A woman was killed when she was run over by a running train at the Dabra Chowk railway crossing here on Friday. She has been identified as Parveen Dahiya. She was working as a guest teacher at Mandi Adampur’s Government Polytechnic. According to eyewitnesses, she kept loitering near the track for several minutes and as the Hisar-Rewari passenger train arrived she jumped in front of it. Her husband is working as a manager with Tata AIG Insurance group here.

Varsity signs MoU:
Kurukshetra University on Friday signed a MoU with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jammu, for scientific research and educational cooperation. Both institutions will encourage institutional contact and cooperation between their students, faculty members, departments and research institutes under provisions of this memorandum. Stating this here on Friday, Dr RP Bajpai, vice-chancellor, Kurukshetra University, said both universities had identified areas of specialisation and the expertise in the fields of instrumentation engineering as well as management and commerce, currently available at the two institutions.

Foreign language teaching programme: The US Education Foundation in India and Institute of International Education, USA has selected Yashpreet, Kurukshetra University Research Scholar, English Department, for the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Programme. Stating this here on Friday, director of the public relation, Kurukshetra University, Dr Brajesh Sawhney said Yashpreet was among 30 aspirants from India who had been selected under this programme to teach at the US institutions. During this program, which would commence in August 2009, Yashpreet would teach basics of Hindi language to US students at the University of Pennsylvania and would audit courses in American literature, history and culture at the same university.

Four gangsters held:
With the arrest of four gangsters - Tinkoo Gujjar of Kasaula village, Virender Gujjar, Lekh Raj Gujjar of Alwar district and Anil Yadav of Dakhora village, the police has cracked a case of burglary in which the gangsters had reportedly stolen boiler parts and iron plates worth Rs 30,000 from a factory at Bakhapur village, near Kasaula, on Wednesday night. The police has also seized the stolen goods from them. However, their fifth accomplice Dharam Pal Gujjar of Kasaula village is still at large. All four accused were today produced in the court of JMIC Rajesh Garg, who remanded them in judicial custody. Earlier on a complaint on Thursday filed by Sadhu Ram, security supervisor of the factory, the police registered a case under Sections 457, 380 of the IPC in this regard. 



Prohibitory orders:
District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner JS Rana here has passed an order under Section 144, IPC, prohibiting carrying and keeping of arms, ammunitions and explosives in order to maintain law and order during the Chaitra Navratras fairs. The order will remain operative till night of April 5.

Notification issued: District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner JS Rana has issued a notification, ordering all outsiders, who have come or are coming to seek employment in the district, to get them properly identified after supplying their photograph to the nearest police station and get an identity card, failing which a strict action would be taken against them. 

Awareness camp:
An AIDS awareness camp was organised at the INIFD centre here on Friday. Dr DS Chandel, CMO, Hamirpur, was the chief guest on the occasion. He said for the prosperity and good heath of the family, every expectant mother should get tested for AIDS. Several competitions for students of the institute were also organised. 

Fellowship awarded:
Noted story writer, poet and scholar Sudershan Vashishth has been awarded fellowship for working on the project “Princely states of Himachal Pradesh” by the Indian Council of Historical Research. Vashishth has written a seven-volume series on the culture of Himachal entitled “Himalaya Gatha” of which three volumes, Dev Parampara, Parv-Utsav and Jan Sanskriti, have been published. Vashishth said many sources of history pertaining to the 50 big and small states of Himachal Pradesh in the shape of old manuscripts and oral tradition were yet to be tapped.



Better water supply sought:
A deputation led by MLA Raman Bhalla called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday and sought his intervention in solving various problems confronting residents of the Gandhi Nagar constituency. Bhalla, while demanding better drinking water supply, urged the Chief Minister for early commissioning of tubewells at Transport Nagar, Digiana and Sainik Colony, which had already been completed. Besides some old tubewells in Chatta, Delli, Greater Kailash, Nai Basti and Nanak Nagar need to be recharged to augment existing water supply in the area. 

Body found: The body of a middle-aged man was found in the Tawi riverbed here on Friday. The police said the body neither had injury marks nor any suicide note was found from the spot. The deceased was wearing a black trouser and a stripped shirt with a jacket. The body has been shifted to Government Medical College Hospital morgue for identification. The Nowabad police has registered a case. 

Training centre: A vocational training centre for women has been inaugurated at Nagrota garrison by the Army Wives Welfare Association president. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for stitching, embroidery, self-grooming and a classroom for imparting education and conducting classes. A beauty parlour and a boutique in the centre would train them in bridal make-ups and parties. The centre will provide short and diploma courses in stitching, machine embroidery at a minimal fee of Rs 150 per month to women of other ranks. 

New theatre group: A new theatre group called Prayaas was floated by a group of youth at Jammu University on the occasion of World Theatre Day here on Friday. Juhi Mohan, a theatre activist, stressed upon the need to highlight evils plaguing society. Juhi said theatre was a powerful medium to highlight complex societal issues. 


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