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Tributes paid to writer
: Rich tributes were paid to octogenarian writer and scholar Rameshwar Dayal Shrimali during a meeting held in Parleeka and other parts of Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar districts on Thursday. He died on Tuesday. Speaking during the meeting, celebrity writers Mehar Chand Dhamu, Satya Narain Soni and Sandeep Kumar Mahiya, district secretary of Rajasthani Motyar Parishad said stories penned by Shrimali were included in the ‘Indian Short Stories 1900-2000’ published by Sahitya Akademi. 

Body donated: Normal vehicular traffic on the main roads of Sriganganagar came to a halt on Thursday as several people participated in the funeral procession of a Dera Sacha Sauda follower Jagdish Grover (74). His wife Lila Devi, sons Surinder Grover and Praveen Grover had offered to donate the body immediately after he breathed his last today. The procession was led by Chiman Lal and Sohan Lal senior office-bearers of the Shah Satnam Ji Green Social Welfare Force.

Jatinder is Bar Assn president
: Jatinder Nath Sharma has been elected unopposed as president of the Barnala Bar Association for the record 13th time. Ranjit Singh and Shaminder Singh got elected as vice-president and joint secretary, respectively. Elections for the local bar association would be held on April 9.Nomination date for filling of the candidature was March 30 while scrutiny of papers was on March 31. On the other hand, for the post of secretary, there is a triangular contest among Abay Kumar Jindal, Harinder Singh Ranu and Paramjit Singh.

BVP office-bearers elected
: Senior Town Planner (retd) DR Goyal was unanimously appointed as president Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) whereas MP Bajaj and Amarnath Jindal were appointed as secretary and treasurer respectively during the election of the BVP held here recently. Goyal said that the BVP would continue to strive for the underprivileged and downtrodden strata of the society and the same time works towards fostering communal harmony and spirit of peace and tranquility in the society. 

Club celebrates Baisakhi
:Members of Aastha Ladies Club celebrated Baisakhi with fervour on Thursday. Giddha and bhangra were the main attractions.Sonia and Aarti danced to the tunes of “Tere lak da hulara” and “Kale rang da paranda”. Rama Shourie, a member of the club, played pranks on club members on April Fool’s Day. All members enjoyed the function.

Woman run over by train
: A 70-year-old woman was run over by a goods train near Phillaur Railway Station on Wednesday.The body was sent for post-mortem.A case as been registered.

Theft:Jewellery, cash and valuables were reportedly stolen from a house at Dhaleta village on Wednesday night. The police has registered a case.

Car stolen:Avtar Singh of Ramgarh village lodged a complaint that his Swift car was stolen from Chack Sarai village on Wednesday. The victim said he gave a lift to two unidentified persons. They offered him a laced drink and after having it he fell unconscious. Later, when he regained consciousness, he found himself on a roadside and the miscreants made away with his car. A case has been registered.

Two held:The police has arrested two persons for possessing a country made pistol and some live cartridges.The accused has been identified as Jasbir Singh of Kang Araina village and Parminder Singh of Partap Pura village.

Woman killed:One unidentified aged woman was killed after being run over by a goods train near Phillaur Railway Station yesterday. The Railway Police has registered a case and sent the body to local civil hospital for post-mortem examination.



Pensioners’ society
: The Panchkula chapter of the Central Government Pensioners Welfare Society was inaugurated by Raj Pal Sharma, secretary general of the coordination committee, of the Central Government Pensioners Association, a member of the standing committee of voluntary organisations. This is the third such chapter of the society after Chandigarh and Mohali. MS Toor, president of the society, congratulated members who live in Panchkula to have formed the society.



Two-wheelers worth Rs 50 lakh gutted
: Two-wheelers, including scooters and motorcycles, worth Rs 50 lakh were gutted in a fire that broke out in the showroom of Vespa in Pinjore. The employees of Prem Auto closed the showroom around 8.30 pm yesterday. At 9.30 pm the neighbouring people saw smoke coming out of the showroom and intimated the owner of the showroom. The fire tenders from HMT and Panchkula had a tough time to control the fire till late night. 

2 women held
: The police has arrested two women identified as Rekha and Radha, residents of the Najafgarh area of Delhi, for allegedly snatching gold chains from two women here. The police has also seized the two stolen chains from their possession. They were on Thursday produced in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate RK Jain, who remanded them in judicial custody. 

2 killed in accident: Two persons were killed and one sustained grievous injuries when a head-on collision took place between a Tata 407 vehicle and a tractor-trailer on the Rewari-Bawal road, near Karnawas village, on Thursday. The driver of Tata 407 and the conductor of the tractor-trailer were killed on the spot while another occupant of Tata 407 sustained grievous injuries. One of the deceased has been identified as Rajender Singh, a resident of Bahadurgarh area of Jhajjar district. The injured has been identified as Bijender of Bahadurgarh. 

Bathing in canals banned
: Following incidents of drowning in canals, District Magistrate Ajit Joshi has prohibited bathing in the canals within jurisdiction of Sonepat district with immediate effect. The prohibitory orders, issued under Section 144 of the CRPC, will remain in force up to June 30 and will not apply on the expert divers of the district administration, police force and the defence personnel. SP MS Sheoran has also ordered the police riders and PCR vans to patrol the canals and book those found violating the orders. As many as 11 persons, mostly youths, lost their lives due to drowning in canals within one year.

Training workshop: A three-day training workshop for master trainers of Census-2001 was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Ajit Joshi here on Thursday. As many as 68 trainers are participating in the workshop jointly organised by the Union Home Ministry and the Census Department of Haryana. The DC said in the first phase, registration of the houses and preparation of a national census register would be completed. The aim of the exercise was registration of all citizens and prepare a data which after completion of the census would be used for issuing national identity cards to all those having the age of 15 years or more, he added.



CRPF gives sports items to poor students
: The 84th Battalion of the CRPF distributed sports items among the needy students of Government Middle School, Pachote, in Kud and Government Middle School, Dhalwas, in Ramban on Tuesday. On the occasion, Commandant Rakesh Rao, Deputy Commandant Arvind P. Anand and other senior officers were present.

Suicide bid by cop’s son: A son of a head constable in the Jammu police allegedly tried to commit suicide by shooting himself with a gun at his house in Panjtirthi here, the police said. Daljeet, son of Jagjeet Singh, injured with a bullet in his chest was admitted to the GMCH, where his condition was said to be out of danger, a senior police officer said. 

Drive against polythene bags
: A huge quantity of polythene bags was seized from various traders and destroyed on the spot in an anti-polythene drive conducted here on Thursday. The drive was conducted during an extensive tour in various parts of the city by Srinagar District Development Commissioner Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo, who is also the commissioner, Municipal Corporation. He inspected various markets of Maharaj Gunj, Goni Khan, Naaz Cinema, Hazuri Bagh and the Batamaloo areas. 

Labourer electrocuted : A labourer working with the Power Development Department (PDD) fell from an electric pole after suffering an electric shock and died in hospital later on Thursday. Showkat Ahmad Wani was working on a high-tension line at the bus stand, Tral, when he fell down from the electric pole after suffering an electric shock. He was taken to the SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, where he died.


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