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PNB celebrates foundation year
: The Punjab National Bank circle office celebrated its 115th foundation year here on Monday. Circle office manager V.M. Upadhyay said Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia and Lala Lajpat Rai had established the bank at Lahore in 1895 to achieve self-reliance in financial terms. Appreciating their efforts, he said the bank had 60,000 employees on its roll.

Baisakhi celebrations
: A religious procession was taken out here today on the occasion of Baisakhi. It started from Gurdwara Kandh Sahib and passed through Bara Bazaar, Quaddi Hatti, Jassa Singh Hall, Smadh Road, Jalandhar Road, Gandhi Chowk, City Road, Hansli Bridge, Cinema Road, Gurdwara Sat Kartarian and Nehru Gate. School children also participated in the procession. Residents also visited Achaleshwar Temple on the occasion.

Tributes paid to martyrs:
Glowing tributes were paid to the martyrs of 1971 Indo-Pak war at the War Memorial in the border village Asafwala, 7 kilometers from here on Baisakhi Day today. A contingent of 4 Jat Regiment led by their religious head Hari Shankar Chaube performed the Ramayan Path Bhog in memory of the martyrs.

Baisakhi celebrations
: Baisakhi was celebrated with enthusiasm here on Monday. People thronged various temples on the occasion. A big fair was held at Dera Baba Charan Shah Bahadurpur. People took a holy dip in Beas at Kaleshvar Mahadev, 58 km from here, Himachal Pradesh.

SJP to hold people’s forum:
The Socialist Janata Party (SJP) has decided to hold “jan sunvaies” (people’s forum) all over the state for exposing the undemocratic functioning, lack of transparency in keeping the accounts by the political parties and befooling the people by not keeping their promises made in the poll manifestos. This was stated by Balwant Singh Khera, national vice-president of the party, while addressing a meeting of the state office-bearers here on Monday. The SJP also decided to extend support to Hardev Arshi ( Bathinda), Kushal Bhaura (Faridkot) and Balwant Singh Ramoowalia (Sangrur).


Cong workers join BSP
: The BSP on Monday got a boost with large number of Congress workers from Palwal and Hathin joining the party along with a well-known Congress activist of the area and former sarpanch of Bamni Khera village, Prem Chand Sharma. Mahavir Sharam, son of Prem Chand Sharma, also joined the party. Prem Chand is also a former cairman of the Hodal Panchayat Samiti. Announcing his joining the BSP, Prem Chand said he quit the Congress as the grassroot workers were neglected by the party.

2 offenders held: The district police has arrested two proclaimed offenders. Confirming this here on Sunday, district police chief K.V. Ramana said Narender Kumar, a resident of Mirzapur village near here, was declared a proclaimed offender by the court on June 13, 2007. Similarly, in another case, Nanak Chand, a resident of Jagadhari, was declared a proclaimed offender by the court on November 15, 1999. Both of them were produced in a local court and remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

Counting of votes: The counting of votes of six of the total nine Assembly segments under the Rohtak constituency will be held here, while votes of the remaining assembly constituencies will be held at Jhajjar district headquarters, respectively. According to the office of the district electoral officer here, the counting of votes for four assembly constituency segments - Rohtak, Meham, Kalanaur and Garhi Sampla-Kiloi - will be held here, while counting of two assembly constituency segments of Beri and Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district would be held in separate buildings at the Jat Educational Complex at city.

One held in robbery case: The police on Monday claimed to solve much highlighted case of a bank robbery that took place in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh with arrest of accused Naveen Kumar. Naveen, a resident of Panipat, has confessed his involvement in Rs 30-lakh robbery that he had committed along with five other gang members in ICICI Bank in December 2008. He is also involved in other criminal cases Karnal. He was brought here on production warrant to interrogate him in other cases. Besides, the police has also claimed to solve 19 cases of theft and recovered motorcycles with arrest of two accused include Raj Kumar of Bilaspur and Gurchand of Yamunanagar, said SP Vikas Arora.


Man dies in road accident:
A 45-year-old motorcyclist was killed on the spot on the Pathankot-Mandi road at Shahpur when he was hit by an HRTC bus on Sunday, the police said here today. SDPO, Kangra, O.P.Jamwal today said that the victim identified as Jagdeep Chand of Chamba was on the way to Dharamsala on his motorcycle ( HP 39 0111) when he was hit by the bus of Baijnath depot (HP 53-2642) which was on the way to Pathankot from Mandi. He said Jagdeep died on the spot. The police has registered a case under Section 237 304 ( A) and arrested the driver of the bus Kuldeep Chand for rash and negligent driving.

Youth killed:
Siddharth Negi (20) of Baghi village in Kotkhai was killed as his car plunged into a deep gorge near Baidhar, today. Shocked by the news, Siddharth’s mother Geeta Negi consumed poison and is admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College in a critical condition. Siddharth, who was travelling alone died on the spot as his car (HP-09-A-1048) fell down into a deep gorge. 

Bus timings changed: The state road transport corporation has changed the timings for Volvo and Tata A-C bus services plied by it between Shimla and Delhi with effect from April 14. A spokesperson of the corporation said that the Volvo service would depart from here at 11.15 am instead of 11.00 am and start the return journey from Delhi at 6.45 am in place of 6.20 am. Similarly, the new departure time for the Tata AC service from here would be 10.30 am instead of 9.30 am and from Delhi 10 am in place of the existing 6.45 am.

CRPF jawan cremated: CRPF Head Constable Yadvinder Kumar (38), a resident of Nehara village, who died in a Naxalite attack in Jharkhand on Friday, was cremated today with full state honours at Nehara village, near Sundernagar. He died when the Naxalites attacked the CRPF team which was posted at Chintal Gufa in Jharkhand where the UPA chairperson had to address an election rally. Ten CRPF officials, including Yadvinder died in the incident. He is survived by wife, parents and two kids. The body was brought here today morning and was cremated with full state honours. Subham (10), son of Yadvinder, lit the pyre.


Votes sought for Cong candidate:
Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today held a meeting with residents of various colonies of Talab Tillo Camp area, including Ajit Colony, Amar Colony, Saini Enclave, Vijay Nagar, Gobind Nagar etc, appealed to the people to strengthen coalition government for peace stability and development. He urged the people to vote for Congress candidate Madan Lal Sharma.

Free medical camp held: A free medical camp was organised by the Village Uplift Committee, Jammu, with the cooperation of director of Health Service, Jammu, at the Primary Health Centre, Guraha Slathian, today. According to the statement issued here, the camp was inaugurated by director chief medical officer Samba Madhu Kallar. As many as 500 patients were registered for various checkups. All facilities like X-ray, ultra sound, ECG, blood test, urine test, sugar test etc were conducted free of cost. Medicines were also distributed as per need of the patients.

Feroze Ahmad is Red Cross Secy: Governor NN Vohra has appointed Feroze Ahmad, former Commissioner Sales Tax, as Honorary General Secretary, state branch of the Indian Red Cross Society. The Governor, who is also the president of the society, state branch, has made the appointment of Feroze for a period of three years from the date he assumes the charge. He replaces GJ Nehvi, the Honorary General Secretary, who, after an excellent tenure, attained superannuation.

Rajouri Day observed:
Rajouri Day was observed today to pay homage to those who laid down their lives for the liberation of Rajouri town from Pakistani raiders in 1948. The function was marked by wreath laying by various military and civil dignitaries. Addressing the gathering, Deputy General officer Commanding, 25 Infantry Division, recalled the importance of the day and the sacrifices made by the Army to secure the town. It was on this day in 1948 that the brave populace of Rajouri fought, along with the Indian forces, and secured the town from the clutches of raiders from Pakistan.

Geelani for boycott of elections:
Separatist hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for the boycott of the parliamentary elections and also strike on the polling dates in the valley. When asked about his reaction to the Sajad Lone’s decision to contest the polls, he said it was a “non-issue” and all leaders who are fighting elections are chips of the same block. “They are all working against the interest of Kashmir and I do not differentiate between them,” he said at a press meet at his house, where he is under detention, today. He also reiterated his demand for the release of Kashmiri detainees from the prison.

9 shops, two houses gutted in Baramulla: Nine shops and two  houses were gutted in a fire in Baramulla district, a police spokesman  said today. The fire broke out in the shop of Abdul Hamid Teeli that later engulfed eight other shops and two houses at Kreeri in Baramulla district last night, the spokesman said. The cause of the fire is being ascertained. Meanwhile, the public turned violent on the firefighters, who were trying to douse off the flames, and beat up two firefighters. The injured officers were rushed to Srinagar for treatment.


Jaspal Rana meets disabled: The NGO cell of BJP on Sunday organised a programme for the disabled, which was attended by BJP candidate from Tehri Jaspal Rana. Rana said during the BJP rule, several measures were initiated for the disabled. He added that the country is facing several challenges and, “In order to end the menace of terrorism, a person like LK Advani needs to be the Prime Minister,” he said.

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