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Youth festival
: While laying emphasis on multi-facet development of the youth, Lok Sabha member Sher Singh Ghubaya announced a grant of Rs one lakh for the DAV College of Education that was hosting the PU zonal youth festival of colleges of education of Ferozepur, Muktsar and Moga districts here. Principal Dr Venita Singh and members of the staff welcomed the MP. Ghubaya gave away prizes to the winners of the first day. Shree Satya Sai BEd College Karaiwala topped in bhajan/shabad, DAV College of Education Abohar team topped in quiz while its students Aakriti stood first in poster making, Deepak in clay-modelling and Kulwinder in still life drawing. Komal of DM College Moga topped in rangoli, Seema of SDS College Lopon in on-the-spot painting, Rekha of Surjit Memorial College Ferozepur in geet/gazal, Mandeep of Dashmesh Girls College Badal in collage making and Nand Lal of Jyoti BEd College Fazilka in cartoon making. 

BKU protest
: Activists of the Bharti Kisan Union Ekta (Sidhupur) lodged their protest against the state government outside the Mini-Secretariat here on Tuesday. They demanded direct payment of their crops, compensation for farm suicides, announcement of agro-bonus, revamping of damaged water channels to the fields and compensation for damaged crops.

Body found: Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva on Tuesday found the unidentified body of a youth from Golewal head of Babbad distributary of Bhakhra canal. After post-mortem examination at Talwandi Sabo Civil Hospital, the police handed over the body to the NGO and initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC.

Gurdwara Sahib Sangat: Elections for the executive committee of the Gurdwara Sahib Sangat (Regd), Civil Station here, were held recently. At a press conference on Monday, Manohar Singh Khalsa said all five office-bearers of the committee had been elected unopposed. Manohar said while he had been elected as the president Hoshiar Singh, Hardip Singh, Sarbjit Singh Ahuja and Rajinder Singh had been elected the vice-president, the secretary, the assistant secretary and the cashier, respectively.

Chamkaur Sahib
Man held for killing father
: A man allegedly killed his father over land dispute here on Monday. Ajaib Singh of Barsalpur village along with his elder son Amarjit Singh was returning home after paying obeisance at the village gurdwara on a bicycle when Ajaib’s younger son Bahadur Singh stopped the two. The police said Bahadur had been demanding a piece of ancestral land from his father. He allegedly pushed his father off the bicycle and attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon on the head. Ajaib Singh died on the spot. The police has arrested Bahadur Singh and registered a case of murder against him.

DC gheraoed
: In support of their demands, Punjab Kissan Union and two other organisations gheraoed the Deputy Commissioner of Mansa Kumar Rahul on Tuesday. State president of Punjab Kissan Union Ruldu Singh criticised the government for not providing direct payment of their crops and increasing the price of cotton this year. Bhartiya Kissan Union (Sidhupur) leader Bogh Singh and leader of Jamuhri Kissan Sabha Chhaju Ram also spoke on the occasion. Leader of Punjab Kissan Union Balkaran Singh Balli said that farmers have been facing problems in the purchase and lifting of the 201 variety of paddy.

Necklace snatched
: Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a necklace from Raj Rani Mahajan of local Sunder Nagar locality on Tuesday evening.

Three jailed for theft: The court of Additional Session Judge sentenced three persons to three-year imprisonment in a theft case pertaining to Patran here on Monday. Jagjit, Paramjit and Tarsem Singh had entered the house of Gurmail Kaur, a panch of Haryau Kalan village, near Patran, on December 27, 2005, with the intention of committing a theft. They had molested Gurmail Kaur and beaten her up for which a case under Section 458/34 IPC was registered at the police station, Patran, against them.

Snatchers held
: In a major success, the police today arrested two chain snatchers, Prince Kumar and Rajesh Kumar of Ludhiana, at a naka near Chachoki village on the national highway today. DSP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh told newspersons here this evening that the police had recovered stolen goods, including 22 mobile phone sets and two gold chains, from their possession. He said the accused had confessed their involvements in 12 crimes in Phagwara and 12 in Ludhiana.

Police remand: Ravinder Kumar, alias Bhima, who was arrested on the charge of killing his friend Ram Kumar, alias Ramu, on October 25 night in the Mehli Gate locality, was produced before the Judicial Magistrate who sent him in police remand till October 29, the police said.



Train delayed
:The 2311 Howrah-Kalka mail arrived late, at about 8 pm, at the Chandigarh railway station today.The up-train, scheduled to arrive at 3.15 pm, was late by about five hours. Station superintendent Rajinder K Datta said the delay was due to technical problems and clearance at various railway stations en route.

Four injured in accident
: Four persons, including two women, got injured when a canter turned over near here on Tuesday. The incident took place around 7.30 pm when the canter loaded with tomatoes turned turtle on the NH-22, near Kali Mata Temple. The four pedestrians sustained multiple injuries and were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Kalka. The injured were identified as Raj Kumar, his wife Veena, Monu and Veera. Veena and Veera sustained serious multiple injuries and were referred to the GMCH, Sector 32, of Chandigarh. The driver of the canter fled from the spot.



Debt relief period extended
: Central Cooperative Bank Limited has extended the period of Agricultural Debt Relief Scheme, being undertaken by the Central government, up to December 31, 2009. Managing director of the bank Ashok Kumar said those farmers, who would repay their outstanding loan amount before December 31, would get a waiver of 25 per cent on the principal amount. 

195 copying cases: As many as 195 cases of copying in the examinations being conducted by the Haryana Board of School Education were registered on Monday. The Pali examination centre in Mahendragarh district has also been shifted in view of unnecessary interference. As per information received from the education board, the flying squad of board’s Secretary Mandeep Singh Brar inspected various examination centres in Mahendragarh.

Commissioner, Hisar
: The Haryana government has posted Balbir Singh Malik, awaiting order of posting, as Commissioner, Hisar Division, Hisar, vice Vimal Chandra, who has been posted as Director, Rural Development, relieving Lajvir Singh. — TNS

Deputation: Haryana has placed the services of Dr CS Rao, SP, Fatehabad, at the disposal of the Union Government for appointment as DIG in the CRPF on deputation.

: The Union Agriculture Minister and NCP supremo has nominated Chaudhry Ved Pal as a member of the managing committee of the Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar. Senior state NCP leader Chaudhry Ved Pal is also a member of the Research Advisory Committee the of National Dairy Research Institute here.

Honour for Reader
: The Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi, has nominated Raj Kumar Siwach, Reader in the Public Administration, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, for an award for his case study titled “Community-led Government Initiative to Scale up Sanitation Coverage in Rural Areas of Haryana: An Empirical Study”. 



Govt apathy rued
: The Himachal Pradesh Pensioners’ Welfare Association has rued the state government apathy for not implementing pension benefits to its pensioners on the basis of Punjab pattern in letter and spirit. State spokesperson of the association PC Oberoy stated this with great regret here on Tuesday. He said the halfhearted policy of the state government had hurt the sentiments of 1.10 lakh pensioners living in length and breadth of the state.

One killed: One person was killed on the spot while two others sustained inquiries when a private tractor swerved off the road and fell into a 100-m-deep gorge near zero point Dharwas in Pangi valley in Chamba district on Monday, according to a police report received here today. The tractor was on its way from Killar to Dharwas when it met with an accident. The deceased had been identified as Rajesh Kumar of Tihari in Jammu and Kashmir. The accident occurred due to negligence of the driver, Man Singh, the police report said; adding that the two injured had been admitted to the community health centre at Killar.


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