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Mass casual leave
: Employees of state foodgrain procurement agencies, except for the FCI, have decided to go on a 10-day mass casual leave to boycott wheat procurement from April 1 onwards. Up in arms over the state government for its “anti-employee” policies, members of the state Foodgrain Agencies Employee Coordination Committee will also organise a rally in Chandigarh on April 1 in support of demands. The committee has taken the decision after the state government “failed” to respond to its memorandums given on March 15. 

BSP to launch stir: The BSP has decided to launch a nationwide agitation against the recently passed Women Reservation Bill. National general secretary of the party Narinder Kashyap and party’s state president Avtar Singh Karimpuri said a state-level dharna would be staged here on April 14. At a meeting of party workers here, Kashyap said a call in this regard had been given by BSP supremo Mayawati. 

MCPI flays restrictions:
The MCPI has taken exception to the imposition of Section 144 of the CrPC purportedly to prevent the proposed peaceful dharna by organisations of farmers and other democratic bodies at the office of the IGP at Amritsar on March 25. They are demanding the arrest of culprits behind the brutal murder of farmer leader Sadhu Singh Takhtupura. 

Mandi Gobindgarh
RIMT team’s software shortlisted:
A software, UNET (University Networking System Technology), developed by a team of three students of RIMT Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College (MAEC) has been shortlisted for the final round of ‘The Greatest Mind Challenge-09’ to be held in Delhi shortly. The team, “Black Eye” of Preetinder Rooprai, Nitish Verma and Radhika Modgil had taken part in the national-level contest organised by the IBM. 

Stoppage of trains
: Residents of 20 villages around here demand the stoppage of three express trains in Chhintanwala village, 12 km from here. Panchyats of villages Chhintanwala, Alipur, Mehsumpur, Samundgarh Chhana, Bhari Mansa, Faizgarh, Kot Lakan, Kot Khurd, Hasanpur, Tunga, Bhatian Khurd, Achal, Kakrala, Binaheri, Malkn, Gahlan and Himatpur have written to the zonal in charge, North India, Ambala, to halt Sri Ganganagar-New Delhi; Sri Ganganagar-Haridwar and Dadar-Amritsar express trains at their nearest railway station Chhintanwala. 

Tarn Taran
One held with 5 kg opium:
The Bhikhiwind police has arrested Randeep Kumar, alias Rana, of Lakhpat locality of Kotkapura, and recovered 5 kg of opium. Sukhdev Sigh Brar, SSP said here today that a case under sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against Randeep. The SSP said Randeep had brought the consignment from Rajasthan to be delivered to Tara Chand of Bhikhiwind. Tara Chand was absconding.




NRI’s house robbed
: Gold ornaments, cash and other belongings worth Rs 20 lakh were stolen from an NRI’s house at Gurunanak Pura. NRI Gurdeep Singh Sandhu had gone out of the town on March 21 with his wife for his cataract surgery. When they came back on Wednesday, they found locks of rooms broken. Sandhu said 900 gm of gold ornaments, electronic gadgets and
Rs 50,000 cash was missing from the house. 

Businessman robbed
: A businessman identified as Krishan Garg was robbed of Rs 4 lakh in Hansi, 25 km from here, on Monday. According to the police, the incident took place when Garg was on his way to Punjab National Bank located near Delhi Gate to deposit the money. As he neared the bank, three youths on a motorcycle snatched the bag containing the money from him and escaped. No arrests have been made as yet. 

2 killed in accident
: Two persons were killed and three sustained serious injuries in a road accident on the Jondhi-Girawar road here on Monday. The deceased have been identified as Jagbir Singh, a resident of Girawar village, and Dinesh of Chharra village here. The incident took place when Jagbir along with his wife Promila was on the way to Chhara village. The motorcycle they were travelling on collided head-on with another motorcycle. Consequently, Jagbir and Dinesh, who was riding the other motorcycle, reportedly died on the spot while Promila, Jummy and Manjeet were seriously injured. 

Training workshop
: A six-day UGC-sponsored third northern region training workshop on “Capacity building of women managers in higher education” organised by the Women’s Studies Research Centre, Kurukshetra University, was inaugurated by Prof Susheela Kaushik, co-chair, UGC National Consultative Committee, here on Tuesday. In her inaugural address, Prof Kaushik said over 2,000 women teachers had been trained at 79 workshops in nine regions. She said unless they reach thousands of women in higher education, especially academicians, they would not reach the ultimate goal of equitable participation of women in the management of higher education and development of policies. 

Media Utsav: The Institute of Mass Communication and Technology and Media Technology, Kurukshetra University, is going to celebrate its two-day annual function “Media Utsav” on March 25 and 26. Prof Rajbir Singh, director, IM and MT, Kurukshetra University, here on Tuesday said the fest would provide a platform for students to exhibit their skills in various media competitions and cultural activities. 

Jawan looted
: Some armed miscreants, who were travelling in a pick up van, looted a bag from jawan Banwari Lal at gunpoint on the Khori-Gumina road on Tuesday. The bag reportedly contained Rs 1,250, a smart card, a PAN card, a passport and a driving licence. The incident took place when Banwari Lal, after alighting from the train, was going from Khori station to Dhani Bhandor village. A case has been registered. 

Woman commits suicide: Nisha Yadav (23), wife of Jitender Yadav, committed suicide reportedly by setting herself on fire at Natheda village, near Kosli, on Wednesday. In a fit of desperation, simultaneously, her husband Jitender Yadav, too, made a bid to end his life by consuming poison and has been admitted to a private hospital here. Kosli DSP Ram Phal said Nisha’s body had been sent to Rewari Civil Hospital for postmortem. 

Pay relief, power nigam told
: President of the District Consumer Forum Joginder Singh on Monday directed the Haryana Bijli Nigam to pay a compensation of Rs 20,000 within a month to the owner of a buffalo that was electrocuted on June 22, 2009. He also imposed a penalty of Rs 2,000 on the nigam as compensation for mental torture of the owner and directed the nigam to pay 9 per cent interest on the compensation for the period after the incident. A complaint was lodged by Rashid of Narender Nagar on July 27, 2009. 



Bar opposes Bills
:The District Bar Association here has opposed the proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research Bill, 2010, and Foreign Education Provider Bill, 2010, which will affect the provisions of the Indian Advocates Act, 1961.
Association’s secretary said here yesterday that members of the association observed a daylong protest by wearing bands on their arms. 

Advisory board to meet on March 30:
A meeting of the State Minimum Advisory Board will be held on March 30 at the state secretariat. Minster for Industry, Labour and Employment Kishan Kapoor will preside over the meeting convened to finalise its recommendations for revision of the minimum wage of workers in the scheduled employments under the Minimum Wages Act. 



Tulip garden opens today
: The Tulip Garden which was scheduled to be thrown open to the public day on Wednesday will now open on Thursday. Floriculture Department officials said 15 lakh tulips of different varieties would be the main attraction for the tourists for the next one month. With the addition of some other flower varieties, it would be an all-weather garden from this year. 


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