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Meritorious students honoured:
Priyanka, Ankita and Himanshu Sharma who topped last year in MSc (I) Physics and MA (I) Hindi exams in the Panjab University have now been honoured by the Gyan Parkash Chopra president DAV Managing Committee with gold medals, Dr B B Sharma principal of the DAV College here informed on Monday. 

Man hit by truck, dies
: A person of Lalru village died on the spot when a truck, overloaded with sand, hit him near Lalru bus stand at 4 am on Monday. According to information, Naresh Kumar, a resident of Lalru, was waiting for a bus for Ambala with his son The truck that overturned after hitting a man near the bus stand at Lalru Amit Kumar at the bus stand when the truck coming from Chandigarh side hit him and overturned on footpath. Tyres of the truck caught fire which was controlled by fire tenders from Dera Bassi. The police has registered a case against the truck driver who fled from the spot after the incident. The body of the deceased was handed over to relatives after conducting the postmortem. 

The truck that overturned after hitting a man near the bus stand at Lalru on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Medical camp: JK Shanti Cheritable Society, Mubarkpur, organised a free medical check-up camp here. The camp was sponsored by Kailash Goyal foundation, USA. Former SMO of civil hospital Dear Bassi Dr Ram Kumar inaugurated the camp. As many as 400 patients were examined during the camp and were given medicines free of cost. 

Bid to rob elderly couple
: Two motorcycle-borne youths tried to snatch Rs 70,000 from an elderly couple, but failed. As per information, Pawan Kaushal of Govind Colony, a retired banker, withdrew Rs 70,000 from a nationalised bank situated on the Rajpura-Patiala road this afternoon. The couple was on its way towards their residence when the youths chased them. As soon as they were about to reach their place the youths tried to snatch the bag containing the money. Kaushal did not allow the snatchers to take away the bag. Kaushal received minor injuries in the incident. A case has been registered. 

Development works reviewed: Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan convened a meeting at Bachat Bhawan on Monday to review the development works in the district. All the SDMs, BDPOs, PWD and Mandi Board officials attended the meeting. The deputy commissioner instructed the various department officials concerned to put soil at roadsides on all link roads of villages and submit a report in this regard within 15 days. The DC also instructed the district forest officer to plant saplings adjoining the village link roads. The deputy commissioner said Rs 1.42 crore would be distributed among 1,200 girls under the Dhan Laxmi scheme. Mahajan also instructed to remove illegal encroachments on government land in villages. 

Medicines stolen
: Medicines from government dispensary, Daun, were found stolen on Monday. In his complaint to the police, Dr Harpreet Singh said when he reached the dispensary today at 8 am, he found that locks of the dispensary had been broken. He called up the village sarpanch. The two then entered the dispensary and found chair, stool, ceiling fan and even medicines missing from the place. A case has been registered. 

20-year-old missing: A 20-year-old youth of ward 11, Garden Colony, has been reported missing. In his complaint to the police, Gurnam Singh, running a dairy business, said his son Manpreet Singh went to distribute milk on a bicycle, but did not return. The police registered a report. 

Theatre fest begins at Central Library
: The two-day Bir Ji Theatre Festival began at Central State Library Hall here on Monday. SK Ahluwalia, retired Commissioner Patiala, now regional director of the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab, was the chief guest. The festival was organised by Pran Sabharwal-Sunita Sabharwal under the auspices of National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala. Rosha overwhelmed by NTAS’ contribution, presented cash award of Rs 5,100 to NTAS.A total of 35 participants were given prizes and cash awards.



Elected: Gurukul Global School elected its Student Council. Students were selected for the posts of captain, vice-captain and sports captain. The head boy, head girl and discipline in charge of the school were nominated by the principal. 

College Candle march: The Red Ribbon Club of NSS wing, Government College, Sector 46, took out a candle march at Ram Darbar in association with the Chandigarh States AIDS Control Society on Monday. The march was organised to pay tributes to those who lost their lives due to the deadly disease.

CAMPUS Scholarship function: The annual general body meeting and scholarship award function of the Panjab University Alumni Association (PUAA) will be held on May 19 at the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University. A total of 50 scholarships (25 each from colleges and university departments) and nine endowment stipends, along with trophies and certificates would be awarded to students. 

Meeting: At a condolence meeting members of the faculty, students and staff of the Panjab University placed on record their heartfelt grief and sorrow on the sad demise of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, former Vice-President of India who remained the Chancellor of Panjab University from August 19, 2002, to July 21, 2007. Prof Vaidya asked the entire community of the Panjab University to live up to the values of Shekhawat. Two-minute silence was also observed to mark respect to the departed soul. 

Elected: The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) Regional Council for Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh general body meeting was held today in the department of physics, Panjab University, to elect the new executive committee for the next three years. Prof MM Gupta was elected as president. Prof RC Lakhanpall, Dr Sandeep Sahijpal and Prof PS Gill were elected as vice-president, secretary and treasurer, respectively. Prof Hemant Kumar, Prof OP Sachdeva, Prof Sheojee Singh and Prof Sunaina Bagga were elected as executive members. Prof Satya Parkash, Prof US Khushwaha, Prof PK Ahluwalia, Prof Nirmal Singh and Prof MS Marwaha will be ex-officio members. 

Idols installed
: Idols of Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Rama and Durga etc were installed at Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Sector 69, here amidst the chanting of Vedic mantras on Sunday. Shobhayatra and langar were also organised on the occasion. Anil Mittal and Rajesh Singal thanked the administration for the arrangements.

Schools Honoured: Aashin Kapoor, a student of Class 8, The Millennium School, Mohali, has earned rare distinction of participating at Young Agenda International Children’s Conference on Environment to be held from June 2 to 5 in Stavanger, Norway. In Class VI, Aashin became a part of “kabadiwala” project. School principal Komal Singh helped Aashin send the report to The Young Agenda Foundation, Norway. 

‘Hypertension cases double in 20 yrs’
: Over the past two decades, the incidence of hypertension has increased from 15 per cent to 35 per cent in different age group population in the country. Dr Anurag Sharma, a senior cardiologist, stated this on the World Hypertension Day on Monday. Dr Sharma said hypertension was a silent disease and the patients suffering from it required proper medication along with adoption of healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, eating green food and cutting down on salt. The incidence in urban areas is double of that in rural areas and as regards the sex ratio, it was slightly higher in males, he added. 



Man run over by train
: A resident of Durga Nagar, Ambala City, was run over by a train at the railway station here on Monday. The deceased, identified as Mohan Lal, was alighting from the moving train, when his leg got stuck between the train and platform. He was rushed to the local civil hospital, where he was declared brought dead. 

Theft: Thieves decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 8 lakh from a house in Hargobindpur Colony on Saturday night. According to sources, owner of the house Dr GK Vij was away when the theft took place. A case has been registered in this connection. 

Official dismissed
: The Haryana government has dismissed SC Khurana, Sub-Divisional Officer, Irrigation Department, from service with immediate effect on charge of wilful absence from duty. Khurana was charge-sheeted under Rule 7 of the Haryana Civil Services (P&A) Rules, 1987, in March 2004. The General Manager (Project), Irrigation Department, was appointed inquiry officer to look into the charges. The inquiry officer in his findings substantiated the charges of wilful absence against him. 

UHBVN liberalises rules: The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has liberalised the instructions regarding release of new domestic connections to applicants in villages. A spokesman for the UHBVN said the nigam would not insist upon producing the registry of the house in the name of applicant while releasing the new connection. A certificate of ownership of the applicant’s house from the village panchayat would be considered valid for providing connection. It was observed that some villagers were unable to produce the registry papers, as joint family got expanded into number of separate family units by dividing their joint property without having to go for registration, he added. 

Cops announce reward
: The police today announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone who provides information on the triple murder case in Khokri accusedMukesh (30), and her two nieces , Seema (16) and Tannu (9), were done to death while asleep at their house on May 9. The Kandela khap had served an ultimatum on the police to arrest the culprits by May 20 or face a stir. 

Tubewell connections
: The power department is likely to release 550 new tubewell connections in the Rohtak circle by June-end. This will facilitate irrigational facilities for farmers who will sow paddy crop in the coming season. According to a spokesperson, the new connections will be given to farmers who had applied for connections by September 2009. The new connections will have independent transformers. It is reported that though these connections had been sanctioned by the department about eight months ago, the release had been pending due to the work of laying power cables. 

Poll arrangements
: Reviewing the poll arrangements at a meeting in Ethnic India on Monday, State Election Commissioner Dharamvir asked the district administration to issue notification of the election schedule of panchayati raj institutions on May 21. He asked the Returning Officers to obtain the signatures of candidates while allotting symbols and ensure drinking water arrangements at the polling booths. SP MS Sheoran said the police had already identified sensitive areas and accordingly police personnel would be deployed to ensure free and fair elections. 

Roads blocked: Residents of Rajlu Garhi village blocked the Gannaur-Gohana and Rajlu Garhi-Lalheri roads on Monday in protest against the opening of a liquor vend at a village bus stop. However, the blockade was lifted after DSP Ravinder informed them that he had written to the administration for closure of this vend. He assured that he would make every effort for its closure. The villagers alleged that the atmosphere in the village had vitiated after opening of the liquor vend. The administration had been urged for its closure many times, but to no avail. A person had lost his life after an altercation at the liquor vend, they said.


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