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Dr Ranveer Pratap Asija, principal, Maharishi Dayanand College of Education, has been honoured with the “Best Educationist” award by the Indian Solidarity Council (ISC). A communiqué received here today said the award was recently given in recognition of services rendered by Dr Asija during past three decades during a function in New Delhi. Notably, Dr Asija had been a member of the Panjab University Senate for eight years and is member of the PU academic council at present.

Appointed: Harmohinder Singh Grover, vice- president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Grievances Cell, has been appointed as convener of the 125th foundation day celebrations committee of the party for Punjab state. A letter here from headquarters of the AICC said that a committee has been formed by the party president under the chairmanship of A K Antony. Grover has been asked to chalk out comprehensive plan to celebrate 125th foundation day of the Indian National Congress all over the state.

Bassi Pathana
Eye check-up camp:
The local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised free eye check-up camp at Community Development centre here today. A team of doctors checked up 544 patients belonging to the BPL families of 105 surrounding villages.

Health check-up camp held:
A free health check-up camp was organised by the Parivar Welfare Society at Baba Deep Singh Nagar here on Sunday. Issuing a press release, Rajiv Goyal, president of the society, stated that a large number of slum dwellers suffering from ailments related to skin, eyes, teeth, etc, were diagnosed at the camp by a team of doctors. Free medicines were also distributed among a number of patients. The camp was inaugurated by BMC mayor Baljeet Singh Birbehman and SAD (B) constituency in-charge Sarup Chand Singla, who appreciated the initiative of society volunteers.

DTF to hold protest march: Irked over an alleged high-handedness of higher officials of the education department, activists of the Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) on Sunday announced to hold a protest march through the city markets on April 1. Accusing the higher authorities of harassing teachers by assigning extra work, the district secretary of the DTF said, “On the one hand, the teachers have been performing hours-long duties in examination halls these days and are also supposed to compile the examination results of their classes by March 31 while on the other, the higher authorities have now directed them to hold two-hours long computer classes also.”

Tremors felt:
The district was rocked by two successive tremors at about 12.25 pm on Sunday, leaving people in a state of panic. Deputy Commissioner Megh Raj said there was no report of any loss of life and property from any part of the district till now.

Polio corrective camp today:
A free polio corrective surgery screening camp will be held at the Satyam Hospital near Kapurthala Chowk, under the aegis of Rotary Club Jalandhar South from 9 am to 2 pm on Monday. Orthopaedic Dr Shubhang Aggarwal said any person affected with polio might make use of this free-of-cost camp. Following the screening camp, the surgeries would also be done after some days, that too free of cost.

1 killed, one hurt in accident:
A cyclist was killed and another injured while returning from work from Gillco valley. As per the police, Nand Kumar from Jujhar Nagar colony and Shivdarshan from Kharar were working as gardeners at Gillco Valley Township. Both of them were retuning to their homes when an unidentified vehicle hit them near Sunny Enclave. They were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where Shivdarshan died while undergoing treatment, while condition of Nand Kuamr was said to be critical.

Two plumbers robbed: Some anti-social elements waylaid two plumbers near Swara village today. In his complaint to the police, Chandigarh resident Swadesh Yadav told the police that he worked as a plumber and had undertaken work in Landran village these days. On Sunday he got a call and the caller asked him to do some plumbing work. Two motorcyclists came to Landran and asked Yadav to accompany them to place where work was to be done. Yadav took his colleague Avdesh along with him. When they reached a little ahead of Swara village, a grey coloured Ceilo car stopped behind them and occupants of the car started conversing with the motorcycle-borne youths. All of them attacked the two plumbers and robbed them off their valuables. The police has registered a case.

‘Sab Farhe Jange’ ensnares audience:
Nikolai Gogol’s theatrical ridicule of society, “Inspector General”, translated into Punjabi as “Sab Farhe Jange”, ensnared audience at Kala Bhawan, Punjabi University, Patiala. The play, directed by Mohendra Kumar, was the product of a three-week long workshop, organised by the university’s department of theatre and television for its students. The lead roles were played by Nirmal, Kuldeep Kaur, Veerpal Kaur, Aman, Abhishek, Harpinder and Rahul. The storyline was embedded with surprising turns and twists.



Directory launched:
Mohali Reporter today launched the third edition of directory for Sectors 66 to 71, 76 to 80 and Phase VII. Meant for free distribution, the proceeds from the book would be utilised for girl education, said Rajeev Vashist, who has published the directory. On the occasion, individuals and associations involved in social services were honoured for their services.



Prize distribution:
The annual prize distribution function of the Kedarnath Aggarwal Institute of Management was held at Charkhi Dadri, 30 km from here, on Sunday. Local MLA Satpal Sangwan, Dr KC Mishra, director, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi, were the guests of honour. The guests paid tribute to former MP and founder of Dadri Society, late Ram Kishan Gupta. Chief guest Anil Kumar Shastri, former central minister asked students to inculcate values in their personality. Dr LN Dahiya, director of the institute, gave an account of the achievements of the institute.

Held for selling stolen diesel:
The police has arrested Kartar Singh Gujjar, a resident of Jatiana area of Rajasthan, for allegedly selling stolen diesel to vehicle operators in Kamalpur village. In a raid conducted at the above place on Saturday, the police also seized three drums containing 650 litres of diesel that were delivered to him at a throwaway price by oil tanker drivers, who acquired diesel from the depots located near Kamalpur. Kartar Singh was on Sunday produced before the Duty Magistrate, who remanded him in 14-day judicial custody. A case has been registered against the accused.

Free medical camp held:
As many as 1,600 patients were examined at a free of cost medical camp jointly organised by an NGO - Chaupal - and the Dada Mohan Dass Seva Samiti in the memory of Dada Mohan Dass in Lehrada village here on Sunday. Free of cost medicines and spectacles were also distributed. Dr Rajinder Singh Tonk, a noted cardiologist and patron of the NGO, said ECG, ultrasound, blood and urine testing were conducted free of cost. He said the NGO had been organising such camps in villages for the past many years. Sikkim’s former Governor Randhir Singh visited the camp and donated Rs 1 lakh.

Girl abducted: A teenaged girl (18) was allegedly abducted by two persons identified as Ashwani of Nizampur village of Sonepat district and Hari Kishan of Dhakla village of Jhajjar district from Hazariwas village, near here, on March 6. Sources said while Hari Kishan was dropped at Dhakla, Ashwani, a married man and father of three children, eloped with the girl to an undisclosed pace. Sources said Hari Kishan, who frequently visited Hazariwas village, had developed intimacy with the girl and he allegedly helped Ashwani in abducting the girl. The police has booked Ashwani and Hari Kishan on the charge of abduction coupled with seduction.

Convocation held:
This era belongs to information and technology and students should make use of modern means of communication and information and keep themselves versed with the latest happenings. This was stated by Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra and Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Dr DDS Sandhu, while addressing convocation at Guru Nanak Khalsa College here on Saturday. He urged students to achieve success in life by hard work and should not resort to improper, illegal and unethical means. College principal Dr Virender Kaur presented the college report and highlighted various accomplishments made by the college.



Mild tremors in Kangra valley
: The Kangra valley experienced tremors this afternoon measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale with its  epicentre in the north-west of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges. In charge of the Seismological Laboratory at Naddi Dr RS Negi said  the tremors were experienced for few seconds at 12.23 pm. No information of loss of life or property was received from any part of the valley till reports last came in.

House gutted:
The house of Bhola Ram, a resident of Bag in Mandi Sadar, was gutted in a fire around 11 pm. The owner claimed a loss of worth Rs 15 lakh and claimed that the fire broke out due to short circuit. The police has registered a case at the Balh police station.



Restrictions at exam centres:
Jammu Deputy Commissioner MK Dwivedi has imposed restrictions around examination centres where the Combined Competitive Services (Main) Examination, 2010, is to commence on Monday. For the fair and smooth conduct of the examination, Dwivedi, in the exercise of powers vested in him under Section 144, CrPC, has ordered that no person or group of persons shall stand, sit, assemble anywhere within the radius of 100 metres of the examination centres, an official statement issued here said.

Industrial panel reconstituted: The J&K Committee of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been reconstituted. According to a statement issued here, Vikrant Kuthiala was appointed chairman, KC Sharma and Mushtaq Ahmed Chaiya co-chairmen and Arun K. Gupta, Raju Chowdhary, Deepak Daftri and BP Bhalla members.

Jawan commits suicide: A Rashtriya Rifle jawan troop today allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon in Kishtwar district. Sepoy Gowardhan Ram of 11 RR shot himself dead with his service rifle in Mughal Maidan, about 255 km from here, a defence spokesman said here. A suicide note has been found from his possession, which is being examined, he said.

Bandh in Shopian:
Normal life was affected in Shopian today in protest against the arrest of a resident, Shakeel Ahangar, following an altercation with the police over wrong parking near a police station yesterday. There was a shutdown in the town. Ahangar has been in the news following the death of his wife, Neelofar, and sister, Asiya, whose bodies were recovered from a local rivulet in May last year. The residents alleged that Shakeel was injured in beating by the police.


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