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Martyrs’ kin told to avail benefits: The district administration has appealed to heirs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims and martyrs of the Kuka Movement, who were recently been given the status of freedom fighters by the Central government, to contact officials concerned to derive benefits available to the kin of martyrs who had made supreme sacrifices during the freedom struggle. 

MP’s plea to central govt: Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana Tarlochan Singh has urged the Centre to turn Castle Hill Estate at Mussoorie that houses the office of the Survey of India into Maharaja Dulip Singh Museum. The British had kept 11-year-old Maharaja for three years at estate before exiling him to England in 1852. The MP also urged the central government to take up the issue of violations of the Nehru-Liaqat Ali Pact, under which the Pakistan government was to maintain the Sikh shrines and properties in that country. He alleged 34 acres belonging to Gurdwara Bebe Nanki, near Lahore, have been acquired to construct a defence colony.

Penalty imposed on Bathinda SSP: State Information Commission PK Verma has imposed a penalty of Rs 1,000 on the SSP, Bathinda, for “carelessness” in supplying information under the Right to Information Act (RTI) to an applicant. Verma ordered the SSP to pay the amount to applicant Vishwas Kumar Garg who faced inconvenience and expenditure of travelling to Chandigarh to attend a hearing on his complaint in May. Garg had filed an application under the RTI in November last for seeking details of progress of investigations in an FIR at Kotwali police station. The commission imposed the penalty on SSP on July 15 this year and copies of the order were circulated by Garg to media on Sunday. The SSP had pleaded that complete information could not be supplied to the complainant because of confusion on account of multiple complaints filed by him.

Rs 14.78 cr for Nabha jail: The Punjab government has deposited Rs 14.78 crore with the Punjab Police Housing Corporation for the construction of high-security jail at Nabha. This was stated by Heera Singh Gabria Jail, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, on Friday. Gabria added that 30 per cent work of administrative block of the jail had been completed, 90 per cent construction of jail boundary walls were completed and 60 per cent of construction of cells was over. He said Rs 32.96 lakh would be spent to repair administrative block and 10-ft-high boundary wall of it. All work would be completed by March, 2010.

Free medical camp
: Around 1,200 people were examined at a free medical camp held at Bhoje Majra village near here on Sunday under the aegis of the Jatt Sikh Welfare Association, Chandigarh. SDM, Chamkaur Sahib, Lakhvir Singh inaugurated the medical camp. HS Kandhola, an educationist, was the guest of honour. Free medicines were also distributed to the patients free of cost during the camp.

Booked for raping daughter-in-law
: The Sadar police has booked Hari Ram of Mohalla Kakon under sections 376 and 506 of the IPC for allegedly raping his daughter-in-law. According to police sources, his daughter-in-law alleged that Hari Ram raped her on February 8 when she was alone in the house.

Rs 2,000 snatched: Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a purse containing Rs 2,000 and some important documents from Guldish Kaur of Bhatnoora, while she was going to the residence of her relative at Khurdan village on Saturday evening.

Maths test rescheduled
: The monthly mathematics test in government schools, scheduled to be held on August 3, has been postponed. Now, it will be held on August 4 as per the directions of DGSE Krishan Kumar. The monthly tests in other subjects would be heldas per the schedule, said Balihar Singh Bains, District Science Supervisor.

Free heart check-up camp: The local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) on Sunday organised a free heart check-up camp at the Naina Devi Mandir complex here. According to Bipan Mittal, president of the local unit of the BVP, about 150 patients were examined at the camp by Dr Rohit Tandon from Hero DMC Heart Institute, Ludhiana.



MPT classes start:
Haryana Saket Council, Chandimandir, an institute for rehabilitation of the orthopaedically challenged, has started master of physiotherapy classes here yesterday. The director of council, Dr JS Bhatia, said while 10 students were enrolled in the MPT (Orthopaedic), the same number of students took admission in MPT (Cardio pulmonary). Last year the institute started bachelor of physiotherapy, he said. The council has decided to start bachelor degree courses in “Orthosis and Prosthesis” and “Occupational Therapy” soon, said Dr Bhatia.



‘Revoke’ ban on wheat export: The INLD has called for revoking the ban on exports of wheat and non-basmati rice. Describing it as yet another anti-farmer decision of the Congress, state INLD president Ashok Arora condemned the move. He said whenever paddy or wheat yields were ready to be brought to the markets, the government imposed export ban or heavy duties on their exports, which adversely affected the farmer crop prices. As soon as the farmers sell their farm produces, the ban/duties were relaxed and the rates again rose, but the farmers are devoid of the benefit, he added. Referring to Rs 800 per quintal export duties imposed on basmati rice during the previous year, Arora said the farmers could not get due remuneration for their farm produce last year also. 

2 offenders held: The police has arrested two members of a gang of thieves and solved eight cases of burglaries that took place at Pundri, Siwan and Guhla areas of the district recently. They have been identified as Rajinder Saini of Budh Kund here and Mohan Lal Dhanak of Kheri in Sonepat district. SP Sultan Singh said the accused were proclaimed offenders and were committing crimes by evading arrest during the past years. The police also seized a Maruti car stolen from Kurukshetra and about 12 LPG cylinders from their possession. SP said Rajinder was declared a PO by a Kaithal court in 1999 and Mohan Lal was declared a PO by a court in Sonepat in 2007.

Thieves’ gang busted: The district police has busted a gang of chain snatchers and arrested five members of this gang, including four women. The police has solved three cases of chain snatching and recovered three gold chains worth Rs 98,000. The police has also impounded a Maruti car used by this gang members for the criminal activities. SP Sultan Singh said here on Saturday while investigation a recent chain snatching case the Dhand police took into custody four suspected women and a youth - identified as Sinder sainsi of Chatawali village, Choti of Bijalpur, Banto Majra village, all in Patiala district, and Gejo of Dhuri and Baljeet Singh of Gwara in Sangrur district. 



1 killed, 3 injured in road mishaps
: A motorcyclist was killed on the spot while three others were injured in road mishaps in Jammu on Saturday. Gulzar Singh of Dablehar was reportedly killed on the spot when his motorcycle was hit by an oil tanker on the main road in Greater Kailash here. In another accident, two passengers were injured when their car was hit by a rashly driven truck at Jalebi Morh, near Kud, on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. A tipper on way from Magerkote to Ukhral hit a boy Naveed-ul-Rehman near Ramban, seriously injuring him. Meanwhile, the body of Rajinder Singh (20) of Gurdaspur in Punjab was brought to Government Medical College here. The deceased had been run over by a train near the Bari Brahmana area. Another body of Kartar Dass of Birpur was found by the Government Railways Police at Bari Brahmana. 

3 hurt as shell explodes: Three teenagers sustained splinter injuries when a shell they were fiddling with exploded in a forward village near the border in the Khour sector of Akhnoor subdivision on Saturday. Official sources said Ashwani Kumar, Pintu Kumar and Mukesh Kumar of Kalan village, near Jongwa of the Khour sector, were trying to extract metal from an old worn out shell in an Army’s firing range when it suddenly exploded. Aged between 13 to 15 years, the trio sustained serious injuries in the explosion. 

Central varsity: Legislative party leader of the Panthers Party Harsh Dev Singh has described the opening of a one-room office of the central university at Gandhi Nagar as an “eyewash”. He said the people of Jammu wanted an assurance from the government that the central university would be established in Jammu at the identified place.

Landmine recovered in Ragal: A landmine was found in an agricultural field in Ragal village close to the border in Samba today. Official reports said a farmer spotted the landmine in his fields. Later, a police party reached the spot and the mine was handed over to the Army. 

Boy killed  in shell explosion
:A 12-year-old boy was killed and three other children were injured in incidents of shells exploding at two firing ranges in the state, the police said. Shabir Ahmad Sheikh of Khag village in Budgam district was playing near an army firing range when he discovered a shell lying around. As Sheikh fiddled with it, the shell exploded, killing him on the spot, the police said.

One killed in landslide
: A labourer was killed and two others were injured in a landslide in the Paddar area of Kishtwar district. The three villagers, who were working as labourers with a contractor, were trapped in a landslide at Atholi, near Paddar. Although about 10 labourers were working on the road, three of them were buried in the debris when the landslide occurred during construction of the road. While Akhtar Hussain died on the spot, two others  were rescued.


Regional potpourri
Former teacher dedicated to social causes

Urmil Kumari, a teacher of government primary school, Chaura, on the Patiala-Rajpura road, retired as centre head teacher and spent her savings and retirement dues to set up an old age home for poor and homeless.
Urmil Kumari
Urmil Kumari

Devoted to duty she wanted other teachers to be so . She was given best teacher award by the President of India in 1988. She had thought of setting up an old age home and after her retirement in 2001 got in touch with Chaura panchayat which appreciated the idea and donated land for the home. An ashram was set up and a few homeless were given shelter in it.

Urmil was joined by Pratibha Sharma, who after retiring as principal of Modern School joined the ashram. With her efforts 150 persons promised to donate Rs 100 per month and the ashram’s development started, im-proving quality of life of inmates. There are 17 inmates in the old-age home of the ashram which has started work to build separate units for those who can afford. They will be able make use of facilities of the ashram like common room, TV, music, and lawns.

Former Excise and Taxation Officer Inderjit Singh has been providing homoeopathic treatment to the ashram inmates and residents of Chaura village once a week. The ashram also runs a centre where girls from poor families are trained in sewing without charging any fee from them.

Contributed by Attar Singh 


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