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Amarinder  campaigns for Tewari:
Congress workers organised a rally at the new grain market here on Friday. Capt Amarinder Singh, chairman of the Congress election campaign, Punjab, attended the rally. He was here to seek votes for Congress candidate Manish Tewari. While addressing the gathering, he said the party would launch an insurance scheme for farmers and BPL families.

Budh Purnima celebrated:
Budh Purnima was celebrated with religious fervour at Budh Vihar, Sofi Pind, here. Village sarpanch Hans Raj Virdi unfurled the Panchsheel flag. The residents lighted candles before the statue of Buddha.

Galib kept mum in House:
Tewari:Manish Tewari, the Congress candidate, had sought some queries under the Right to Information Act with regards to Gurcharan Singh Galib. Through the reply received under the RTI, Tewari got to know from the Lok Sabha secretariat that Galib neither asked any question nor participated in any debate . Tewari said, "What do you expect from your MP who did not utter a single word in the house, which manages the entire country?"

Annual function at BCM: “Mehfil-e-Bachan”, the annual award giving ceremony and cultural fiesta, was celebrated at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana. At least 300 kindergarten students received prizes and certificates for academic proficiency and outstanding performance from chief guest Dr Praveen C Sobti, consultant pediatrician, DMCH, Ludhiana.

Manch seeks holiday: The Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Manch yesterday demanded a public holiday on the “Fateh-divas” of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on March 12. Krishan Kumar Bawa and Jagev Singh Jassowal, members of the manch, said it was unfortunate that the achievements of Banda Bahadur were not even mentioned in the textbooks of students.

Insurance Co asked to pay Rs 19.13 lakh: The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, including president MD Sharma and member Harvinder Sharma, has directed United India Insurance Company Limited to pay a sum of Rs 19,13,736 in lieu of consolidated amount of claim to Rajiv Kumar of Dhuri and proprietor of Ess Aai Fed Industries, Kakarwal, Dhuri. Rajiv had got insured the building and boundary wall for Rs 3.5 lakh and stocks worth Rs 28 lakh of foodgrains, raw material, semi-finished goods, packing material etc stored on factory premises from the insurance company through the Dhuri branch of Punjab National Bank. As per the complainant’s case, he suffered a net loss of Rs 27,08,071 due to fire. His grievance was that his claim was repudiated by the company on the ground that no fire had taken place in the factory. He said the survey report was vague and contradictory. Alleging deficiency in service, he filed the complaint to direct the insurance company and the bank to pay Rs 20 lakh, along with future interest at the rate of 12 per cent till realisation.

700 examined at camp: About 700 patients were examined at a free medical check-up camp organised by the Nishkam Medical Care Society, Punjab, at Akal Academy, Cheema (near Sunam) on Sunday. Medicines were given free of cost to the patients. Laboratory tests were also conducted free of cost.



Blood donated: About 52 volunteers donated blood at a camp organised with the support of Panchkula Red Cross society here on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by Magistrate Ritu Chaudhary. A team of doctors and staff of blood bank of Government hospital conducted the camp.



Joint meeting: A joint meeting of Ambala City and Ambala Cant branch of Indian Medical Association was held here on Sunday. Dr Suman Bhandari, a senior cardiologist of Escort Heart hospital, Delhi, delivered a lecture on recent trends in management of heart attack.

One killed in road mishap: A motorcyclist was killed and another, who was ridding pillion, got serious injuries when they were hit by a speedy truck on the Beri-Kabulpur road here on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Pradeep, a resident of Rohtak. The incident took place when Pradeep, along with his friend Praveen, was going to Bisan village from Rohtak on motorcycle. Pradeep reportedly died on the spot after being hit by the truck, while Praveen sustained multiple injuries. The truck driver succeeded in running from the spot. The police has registered a case against unknown truck driver and started investigation.

Teenager raped: A 14-year-old girl of Salvan village was allegedly raped by two persons, including a shopkeeper in the Assandh area on Friday, police sources said. The victim, a student of class VIII, in her complaint said she had gone to a grocery shop owned by Ashok Kumar for buying an exercise book, but he shut the door and allegedly raped her along with another unidentified person. Somehow, she escaped from the clutches of the accused on Saturday night and narrated the incident to her family who reported the matter. A case has been registered under Sections 376, 506 and 34 B, IPC and manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits.

1 killed in mishap: Laxmi Narain Yadav (55), a resident of Mohalla Sanghi Ka Bas here, was killed on the spot when the two-wheeler he was riding on was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway at Sahibi Barrage, near Dharuhera, on Saturday. The mishap occurred when he was returning home from Dharuhera. A case has been registered.

Woman killed:
A woman was killed after she was hit by a one kg metal weight by a youth after a minor altercation in nearby Ramnagaria village on Saturday. Victim Guddo Devi had asked Sonu to refrain from shouting in the street, upon which he allegedly threw a metal weight targeting her. The weight hit her on the chest and the injured woman had to be shifted to hospital, where she died after some time. The police has registered a case.

One injured: Following an altercation over parking of a cart in the street at Malikpur village on Saturday, four youths identified as Bhura, Savinder, Jitender and Bijender Singh of Mehandipur village allegedly fired at Pramod of Malikpur village and injured him seriously. Pramod was admitted in civil hospital and on his complaint, a case under various Sections of the IPC has been registered against the alleged accused who were reportedly absconding. The alleged accused picked up quarrel with some villagers and allegedly beat them. However, number of other villagers gathered on the spot and started chasing the fleeing alleged accused. Promod, who was ploughing his field, attempted to catch one of the alleged accused. But suddenly one of the alleged accused fired at him.

Suspected Maoist held: Continue its drive, the police on Sunday arrested one another suspected Maoist activist Mukesh Kumar with country-made pistol. Mukesh was arrested from Bhurkalana village for his alleged involvement in the pasting of posters on walls of houses of many villages in the Chhachhroli areas asking the villagers to boycott the poll. Giving details DSP Mukesh Kumar said Mukesh, along with other associate Maoists, allegedly also written anti-national slogans on the walls in villages, including Sahajahanpur, Bhilpura, Dadupur Bridge and Jaidhri. Mukesh was arrested under Sections 124-A, 153-B, 34 of the IPC, 125 RP Act year 1951 against them, he added.



Booked for rape:
Prem Singh, 54, a shopkeeper, has been booked under Section 376 of the IPC for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl from Chamoli village under the Sarkaghat police station. The girl had reportedly gone to his shop to buy a bundle of bidis for her grandfather on May 3. The family of the girl lodged a report with the police on Sunday.

The following have been elected office bearers of the local Mahajan Sabha constituted at Arya Samaj mandir on Saturday. Chief patron- former minister Sat Mahajan, president- RK Mahajan (president municipal council, Nurpur), general secretary- Vipon Mahajan, vice-presidents- Gobind Gopal and Chadereshwar Gupta and cashier- Sudan Mahajan.



Computer training programme:
The NHPC’s 120-MW Sewa hydroelectric project (stage-II) has started a three-day computer training programme for project-affected families at Sarthali, Kathua district, which will conclude on May 11. The programme has been organised by the NHPC Ladies’ Welfare Association, Sewa-II, in which about 15 students of Gatti village would participate. President of the association Kusum Rattan stressed with computer education becoming necessary many such programmes would be organised for students of villages ‘around the project’.

Workshop on legal aid held: A one-day workshop on legal aid and legal literacy was organised today by Dogra Law College. Prof. Varun Sahni, VC, University of Jammu, was the chief guest. Inaugurating the workshop, Prof. Sahni appreciated students of the college for conducting a survey in an adjoining village on legal aid, literacy and awareness. Others who also spoke included Samba DC Sourav Bhagat, Dr. P.S. Pathania, Director College Development Council; and Suresh Sharma, District and Sessions Judge, Samba.

Pilgrim dies: A 38-year-old devotee today died en route to cave shrine of Vaishno Devi in Katra town of Reasi district in Jammu and Kashmir, police officials said. Rajiv, a resident of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, collapsed near the shrine and was rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, they said. According to the doctors, Rajiv died due to a massive heart attack.

Probe ordered into Karnala Chak incident:
On the instructions of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah enquiry has been ordered into the Karnala Chak Jammu incident. An official spokesman here said, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, had been made the inquiry officer, who will ascertain the facts and submit his report within a week time.


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