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Farmers stage stir
: Resenting that the irrigation department had introduced suspension of water supply in the Lambi and Malukpura sub-canals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday scores of farmers today staged dharna and held demonstration outside the office of the executive engineer here on Monday. 

Bus service sought: The Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat has urged the state government to accept the long-pending demand for opening Punjab Roadways depot here as more than 150 buses pass through the local bus stand. The organisation today submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal during his visit here. While leading the deputation, Hanuman Dass Goyal also demanded that direct bus service be introduced for Shimla through Bathinda-Patiala-Chandigarh from here. 

Vatsalya Mela inaugurated: The exhibition organised by more than three dozen NGOs and self-help groups from different districts at the DAV College campus here on the eve of Vatsalya Mela attracted hundred of customers. The mela was organised by the Punjab State Social Welfare Board. Transport minister Mohan Lal was joined by the Board secretary AK Ranga, Vijay Luxmi Bhadoo chairperson of the Women and Child Development Board and DC Kamal Kishore Yadav in inaugurating the function by lighting a lamp. KK Yadav said self-help group movement must be given greater impetus to benefit the women at the grass roots. 

Baby show
: A baby show will be organised on March 14 at Daddy's Teddy, a franchise of the Kidzee playway school in Vishal Nagar. Principal Ritu Raonta said the aim is to create interest among parents for the overall development of their children. Entries have been invited in the age-group of 1-2 years, 2-3 years and 3-4 years. Last date for sub,ission of forms is March 12, the principal informed. 

VCD released: Gurpreet Mann's VCD and CD "Khalsa" was released by senior additional advocate general, Punjab Sukhdeep Singh Bhinder at a function organised by the Sufi Arts Foundation at Civil Lines Club here on Sunday. The lyrics of the VCD have been penned by an English and Punjabi poet Dr J. S. Anand. 

Dispensary opened: Kulwant Singh Bhogal (Tungwali Wale) Charitable Homoeopathic Dispensary was opened by local Young Welfare Society on Sunday at dispensary Gurdwara Bachittar Singh Partap Nagar here. On the occasion, a free homoeopathic medical and eye check-up camp was also organised. Hundreds of patients were examined at the camp. 

575 cases settled
: Of the 1,022 cases reported in the quarterly Special Lok Adalat here yesterday, 575 were disposed of amicably and Rs 3,22,31,811 was awarded to parties through settlement. 

Mansa health dept holds function
: The health department today held a function to mark International Women's Day at the Gaushala Bhawan here. The DC Kumar Rahul, Civil Surgeon Dr Pritpal Singh and ADC General Tanu M. Kashyap raised the issue of equal rights and opportunities for women in society. Dr Purushottam Goyal discussed various programmes available for women. Deputy medical commissioner Rupinder Singla and Dr Arundeep Kaur Sidhu also raised the issue of equal rights for women. 

Minor girl raped: A 14-year-old minor girl of Khaira Kalan village near Sardulgarh was allegedly raped by three persons on the night of March 6-7. The accused have been reportedly identified as Gindu Singh, Mangi and Kuldeep. One of the accused had invited the girl by making some false promise. The other two also reached the spot and raped the girl. Police said that .medical samples had been sent to the Civil Hospital in Mansa for confirmation. Police said that medical report would be received tomorrow. A case has been registered against the three accused. Police was conducting raids in the village to nab them. SHO Sardulgarh Darshan Singh said that the accused were from the same village. 

Tarn Taran
Check up camp
: Haemoglobin of 300 women was checked at a free medical camp organised here yesterday at Muradpur, a slum locality, by the Vikas Manch Punjab. Manch president Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal said the camp was dedicated to International Women’s Day. A healthy baby show was also held on the occasion, in which more than 50 mothers brought their babies for participation. Sahilpreet Singh (boy) and Guranayat Kaur (girl) were adjudged first. Most of the women whose haemoglobin was checked had six to seven gm blood. They were given free medicines.

Dealer booked: The owner of New Kheti Store, Bahadurnagar (Valtoha), has been booked under 7/12-A, Essential Commodities Act, by the Valtoha police allegedly for selling fake zinc sulphate fertiliser. The sample of the fertiliser was taken in January, 2008, by the Agriculture Department. 



Office-bearers elected: The following persons have been elected office-bearers of the Central Bank Retired Officer’s Association: adviser- SK Bhalla; chairman- RN Sharma; president- Puran Kant; secretary- SC Kalra and treasurer- AK Malhotra.

Mortar shell found : A misfired mortar shell was found on the road separating Sectors 35 and 43 here this afternoon. Some passersby spotted it and informed the police control room. Police personnel reached the spot and called the bomb disposal squad. The SHO of the Sector 36 police station, inspector Anokh Singh, said members of the squad examined the shell. 



Dabwali relief Rs 16.77 cr
: The Haryana government has sanctioned Rs 16.77 crore for disbursement among victims and families of Dabwali fire tragedy as per the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. This sum was erroneously mentioned as Rs 4.49 crore in the headline of The Tribune report, “Some relief for Dabwali victims”, published on March 8. 



Man shot dead
: Unidentified persons have shot dead one person in the Bemina area here on Monday. The police said Aijaz Ahmad Dada of the Bemina area was fired upon by some persons resulting in critical injuries to him. Later, he was rushed to SMHS hospital where he died. Soon after the incident, the police and the security forces cordoned off the area to nab the accused. 

1 dead, 8 hurt in mishaps: One person died and eight others were injured in road accidents in the Kashmir valley since Sunday. One person died when a tractor met with an accident at Badoora village in the Achabal area of Anantnag district. Four persons were injured when a truck turned turtle near 35 RR Camp, Bugroo, in Budgam district, the police said. Two persons were injured when a mini bus turned turtle in the Handwara area of Kupwara district. Two others were injured when a Maruti car collided with a Sumo at Pampore in Pulwama district. 

Jawan dies in fire: A jawan of 16th Infantry Regiment died in a fire that broke out in one of the barracks of the unit at the Ziran camp, Tangmarg, in Baramulla district on Monday. The deceased was identified as Jangh Badhadur Singh from Chattergam Tral, the police said, adding that investigations into the incident had been started. Meanwhile, in another fire incident, a house was damaged at New Colony, Naseem Bagh, here. The cause of fire was reported to be electric short circuit. 


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