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Blood donation camp held
: Pahal, a youth organisation started with the motive of social development, organised a blood donation camp at DAV Institute of Physiotherapy. Discussion was also held about the importance of voluntary blood donation. “There is no substitute for human blood. The programme was aimed at motivating people to donate blood as it could save numerous lives,” said Prof Lakhbeer Singh, president of Pahal. As many as 60 students and teachers and the team of civil hospital’s blood donation bank participated, donating their blood for the good cause.

Govt policies draw flak: The Bharatiya Gau Taj Dal has criticised the government for its “wrong policies”. President of Dal Baba Balkar Singh said prices of the seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and electricity and agricultural implements are have gone up and prices of the produce of the farmers shall be as per the expenses incurred by them on producing the crop. He said farmer unions were demanding Rs 2,436 per quintal as minimum support price for wheat without taking into account that farmers have purchased wheat seed at Rs 3000 per quintal.

Song in controversy: The IT Cell of Congress has taken serious notice of a song whose lyrics allegedly defame Mahatma Gandhi. Chairman of IT cell Amit Gupta said the song was being available on the “YouTube” website for the past sometime. Gupta said stern action should be taken against the persons responsible for dishonoring the father of nation by using objectionable language in the song.

Money changer shot at: A money changer, identified as Paramjit Singh Kohli, was wounded after two unidentified robbers shot at him from close range in Kartarpur on Thursday night. The assailants entered Paramjit’s house in Gangsar Gali as customers and tried to snatch a bag containing foreign currency. But when Paramjit resisted, the robbers fired three shots at the former leaving him grievously injured. The robbers fled the spot. Paramjit has been admitted to a hospital in Jalandhar.

Income tax raids on hospitals: The Income Tax authorities raided several prominent hospitals and nursing homes and seized records here today. An IT team under the supervision of S.S. Kanwal, Assistant Divisional Commissioner, Amritsar, conducted surprise raids on the hospitals and nursing homes. The IT authorities refused to divulge any information pertaining to the unaccountant income of the hospitals and nursing homes and about the seizure of records and surrender of black money of the various hospitals.

Award for Kamla Nehru College: Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, has bagged the coveted title of ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ awarded by the University Grants Commission. The College has won this recognition for its singular contribution to the cause of the upliftment of women through value-based education.

Dowry: Husband, in-laws booked:
The police has registered a case under sections 307, 323 and 498A of the IPC against Ravi Kumar, his mother Kamlesh Rani and father Lehmber Ram on the charges of torturing Rekha Rani (22) for dowry. According to FIR lodged at Sadar police station, Rekha Rani was married to Ravi Kumar on November 17 in 2008, but she was being tortured by her in-laws to bring more dowry. No arrest has been made so for.

2 killed in mishaps
: Raju (35) was killed after being run over by a train near Dhakka Colony. Sarabjit Singh (27) was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a speeding car on GT Road. Satnam Singh (63) committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at his house in Bilga village yesterday.

290 donate blood
: Rayat Technology Centre of Excellence organised a blood donation camp on its Rail Majra campus. Over 290 students donated blood. Pradeep Kumar Aggarwal inaugurated the camp. A team of doctors from Rotary and the Blood Bank Society, Sector 37, Chandigarh, were present.



Bhatti’s film nominated: Jaspal Bhatti Film School’s “Nanhi Chidiya”, an animation film on female foeticide, has been nominated for the FICCI Best Animated Frames (BAF) Awards, 2010. The three-minute film is set against the backdrop of the practice of killing of girl child.


Goldsmith held: A police party from Rajasthan on Thursday arrested a local goldsmith in connection with the theft of gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 50 lakh from a jeweller’s shop in Churu town of Rajasthan. A police party from Churu raided a shop on the local Dharamshala Road and took Dalip Kumar, a goldsmith, in custody after it was found that he melted the stolen ornaments. Thieves had stolen a strongbox containing 600 gm gold and 30 kg silver ornaments from Alankar Jeweller in Churu town six months ago, said police sources.

Youth’s body found: The police recovered the body of a youth from the bus stand in Indri, 30 km from here, on Tuesday. The body was spotted by a shopkeeper, who informed the police. The deceased was identified as Rajesh Sharma, BCom (II) student at the local government college and a resident of Vasant Vihar Colony. His identity was established from a college receipt that was found from his pocket.

Liquor seized
: In a major breakthrough, the police on Tuesday seized 580 cases of Indian-made foreign liquor from a truck being smuggled to Madhya Pradesh. Following a tip off, the police intercepted a truck near Malikpur and recovered the liquor. The police arrested the driver and impounded the truck. Investigation is on to unearth the wider network of liquor smugglers.

Woman looted
: A miscreant reportedly looted jewellery worth Rs 60,000 from Bimla Devi, wife of Sunil Jain, in Mohalla Jainpuri here on Thursday. The incident took place when the woman was going to a temple and the miscreant was on a bicycle.

Rs 2.50 stolen: Some miscreants reportedly stole Rs 2.50 lakh by breaking open the dicky of a motorcycle in which it was kept, at a restaurant in Model Town here on Tuesday. The money, which had been withdrawn from the State Bank of India by forest official Brahm Prakash, was meant for disbursement among workers of the forest department.

IT raid
: The income tax authorities on Wednesday raided residence and business premises of a local businessman Makhan Singla. He has a liquor shop L-1 named Gannayak Associates on the local Mal Godam Road and an automobile showroom in the Dabwali Road.

Gang busted
: The CIA unit of the Sonepat police has claimed to have busted a gang involved in breaking and looting of ATM machines by arresting two alleged accused - gang leader Shiv Raj of Nangal Khurd village and Dilbag, alias Monu, of Bhurri village. SP Mahender Singh Sheoran said the other two members of the gang were Somvir of Murthal and Raju of the local Housing Board Colony and they were in judicial custody in the Delhi jail.

Patent awareness: Stressing the need to create awareness about intellectual property rights (IPR) issues, Vice-Chancellor of the DCR University of Science and Technology, Murthal, HS Chahal on Thursday said: “The rights allow the creators or owners to have the benefits from their works when they are exploited commercially.” He was addressing students and faculty after inaugurating a patent awareness workshop organised by the Patent Information Centre of the department of science and technology.



Industrial committee formed
: The state government has constituted a high-level 15-member committee to suggest reforms required in existing procedures for setting up industrial units in Jammu and Kashmir. This has been necessitated following certain loopholes in the present system, which were obstructing entrepreneurs from setting up industrial units. The newly formed industrial committee will be headed by the administrative secretary of the Department of Industries and Commerce.

Girl falls in tank, dies: Anshu Kumari, a five-and-half-year-old girl, died after felling into a water tank in the Channi Rama area on Wednesday. The police said the incident took place around 1 pm. When Anshu’s family members found her missing, they searched for her everywhere in the house and finally found her lying in the tank. It said the girl was taken to hospital, where the doctors declared her brought dead. A case has been registered and the police is recording the statements of eyewitnesses.

Power shutdown: In order to carry out urgent repair work on the 33KV Janipur-Muthi line, the power supply to Udheywalla, Muthi, Domana, Doordarshan Tower, MES, BSF Camp Paloura, Santra Morh, Akalpur, Nagbani School, Sangrampur, Lale-de-Bagh, Machillian and its adjoining areas shall remain affected on March 12 and 14 from 10 am to 5 pm. According to the Superintending Engineer, Elect. M&RE Circle-I, Jammu, the shutdown shall be subject to fair weather conditions.


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