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Rally held
: Alleging that the Khuyiansarwar police had falsely implicated Rameshwar and Devi Lal in a murder case, hundreds of people including women participated in a rally at Nehru Park here on Monday. It was jointly organised by the Bhartiya Kisan Union, Technical Services Union, Megh Samaj Sangh and Nambardar Union of the sub-division. The joint action committee warned amidst raining of anti-police slogans that the agitation would be intensified, if their demands are not accepted.

Exhibition inaugurated: Mahila Suraksha Samiti, Punjab chairperson, Vidya Chaudhary, inaugurated on Monday ‘Art Live’ maiden exhibition of Sonia Singh's paintings at the Arorvansh Bhawan here. She hoped that the three-day event would help motivate the youths involving in creative and aesthetic activities. Dr Parminder Sharma principal of Bhag Singh Hayer College for Women, presided over the inaugural function. The visitors included Dr GS Chauhan, former director of the PAU regional centre, Bhupinder Singh, former SDM and Vijay Narang, president Arorvansh Sabha. 

Tour for NSS volunteers
: NSS unit of Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal organised one day tour for the NSS volunteers. NSS camp volunteers along with the progamme officers of NSS Jyotika Gupta, Mamta Arya and lecturer Simerjeet Kaur went to Agroha Dham which is situated near Hissar. On December 17 an extension lecture was also organised on Physiotherapy. Dr Balwinder Singh of Physiotherapy department of Para Medical Institute and Badal shared valuable information about the Physiotherapy.

: Harish Dhandha, MLA-cum-president of legal cell, SAD, has appointed Amardeep Singh Dharni, a lawyer of the town, as president and advocate Mandeep Singh Saklana as general secretary, legal cell of SAD, for Fatehgarh Sahib. 

Dera Bassi
Infant found dead
: A newly-born male was found dead near rail over bridge on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway here on Monday. The police said it got information around 10.30 am from rickshaw-pullers Ram Karan and Sarnail Singh, both residents of Dera Jagadhari. They informed the police that when they reached near the rail over bridge they noticed the newly born infant wrapped in a towel. The police team reached the spot and took the infant to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where doctors declared him brought dead. A case had been registered.

Cold claims life
: Parmjit Singh (25), an alleged drug addict of Mandi Chananawala, reportedly died of cold as he was found lying in the open on Sunday night in a state of intoxication. His body was noticed by Khushal Singh, a member of the Panchayat of Dhani Kamaniwala. Body of deceased Parmjit Singh was found lying in the grain market of village Chack Vairoke. The deceased is survived by his wife and a minor child. Police have registered a case. The postmortem was conducted at the local civil hospital. 

Bridge construction
: In order to connect the Malwa and Majha areas of the state, the Punjab government has given nod for the construction of bridge over river Sutlej from village Bandala to Kot Buddha, which would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 74 crores, revealed Sukhpal Singh Nannu, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Revenue), while addressing a rural conference at Sodewala here recently. Nannu said that with construction of the bridge, the distance for Amritsar and Baba Budha Ji, would be reduced by almost 70 kms, and it would be cost-effective too.



NSS camp conclude
:A seven-day NSS camp concluded at Bapu Dham Colony here today. The camp was organised by ETT and BEd (yoga) students of Bramrishi Yoga Training College, 
Sector 19.Prof MS Bains from the department of laws, Panjab University, presided over.Students presented a cultural show. Principal Dr Savita Kansal gave the vote of thanks.

Seminar:A seminar on “Challenges before media” will be held at Chandigarh Press Club tomorrow.Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be the chief guest. The seminar is being organised by Chandigarh Press Club.

Comedy staged:The St Johns Old Boys Association staged the comedy ‘Where There is a Will’ at the Tagore Theatre here today. The alumni played the male characters in the play.Written by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Prof Rana Nayyar, the play explores the aspects which force a father to leave behind his son. In his role as Hasmukh Mehta, the father, Mahesh Chandghotia, had the audience in splits with his one-liners, timing and histrionic skills, as did all other actors.

New principal:DS Kapoor has been appointed as the principal of the Government College of Arts, Sector 10.The UT administration passed the order in this regard here today.The college was recently in news for the home-cum-education secretary’s inspection in the college after repeated complaints of the students regarding poor management of the college. “I am yet to receive the letter from the administration. My foremost task will be to facelift the college and improve the work culture,” said Kapoor.

Relief to accident victims:The UT administration has disbursed ex-gratia to the Sector 31 accident victims. The mishap took place on December 6. Munesh, Veervati, Kalu, Rajbir and Ramwati, all residents of Jagatpura village, have been given a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each. Parvati, Rajbir, Kallu and Savitri will get a compensation of Rs 50,000 each.



220 cases settled
: A lok adalat was organised in Mulana yesterday. Punjab Haryana High Court Justice Jitender Chauhan was the chief guest. Around 220 cases were disposed of with mutual consent in the adalat. Justice Chauhan said the Haryana State Legal Service Authority would soon launch Para-Legal Volunteer Scheme in the villages.

Two booked in dowry case
: The police has registered a case of dowry harassment and criminal intimidation against Anjali’s husband Mukesh Kumar and mother-in-law Bhagwati Devi, both residents of Gokalgarh village. Anjali, was married to Mukesh on February 13, 2008. Similarly, a case of harassment for dowry has been registered against Neelam’s husband Mukesh Kumar, mother-in-law Krishna Devi and brother-in-law Rakesh Kumar. 



Man dies of cold
: Severe cold claimed one life last night. According to the railway police, a 50-year-old unidentified person, died of cold and his body was found on railway platform at Kandrori this morning. The police said the deceased was wearing vest and had covered himself with a blanket.



Power shutdown
: To carry out the work of preventive maintenance of equipment and to replace worn out and damaged jumpers, droppers in 33 KV yard and rectification of hot spots in 33 KV yard of 220/132/33 KV Grid Station, Udhampur, the power supply to Udhampur town, the army area, Ramnagar and the Chenani area shall remain affected on Wednesday from 7 am to 11.30 am. The PHE, MES installations and other essential loads shall also remain affected during the shut down. 

Cop caught stealing  cigarette packet: A police constable was caught stealing a pack of cigarette from a shop in the RS Pura sector on Monday. A source in RS Pura Police Station said constable Roshan Lal, who is volleyball player with the police team, was apprehended by local shopkeepers while he was stealing a pack of cigarette from the shop. However, he managed to escape from the spot. 

Ex-students meet at Sainik School: More than 100 ex-students along with their families attended the NEXAS meet at Sainik School, Nagrota, here on Sunday. The chairman and members of the executive committee of NEXAS, ex-students and their family members were present on the occasion along with staff members and cadets of the school. Welcoming the ex-students, Principal Ajay Kumar accorded heartiest felicitations to ex-students for honouring their school on the auspicious annual feature.

KAS coaching classes conclude: The free coaching classes of three-and-a-half months for KAS candidates being run by Dogri Sanstha concluded here on Sunday. The Sanstha organised these classes with the purpose of helping candidates in the preparation of the coveted examination as well as to popularise Dogri literature and language among the youth, said Prof Lalit Magotra, president, Dogri Sanstha. 

‘Modify pension orders’: The regularised Rehbar-e-Taleem (RET) Teachers’ Forum on Sunday held a meeting under the chairmanship of Surinder Kumar Choudary and appealed to Minister of Education Peerzada Mohd. Sayeed and other senior officials of the Education Department to modify the government’s order related to pension. They demanded the seniority benefit from their date of appointment, transfer of regularised RET teachers after two years as most of female teachers are now married in inter-zone and inter-district. They also demanded the regularisation of education volunteers, who have completed their five years’ tenure, either as EV or as RET.

Poppy husk seized, 2 held: The District Special Branch (DSB) of the police arrested two smugglers and seized a large quantity of poppy husk from them here on Monday. Sources said Ravel Chand of Jalandhar and Sanjeev Kumar of Batala were arrested by a team of the DSB while they were transporting poppy husk. “The duo has been taken into custody and we are trying to find out if there were more persons involved in the smuggling,” a source said. 

Man injured in accident: Satpal Singh of Jewan Nagar, Satwari, was injured when he fell from a truck at Bari Brahmana on Sunday. He was admitted to the GMC, Jammu.


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