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Office-bearers elected
: Sunil Sharma has been appointed as organiser for the district Ferozepur unit of Congress Seva Dal, chief organiser Rajinder Rasrania informed. Vivek Godara was elected as district president of Akhil Bhartiya Bishnoi Yuva Sangathan at a meeting held here. Rupeen Delu, national president of the organisation, presided. 

Turban issue
: Following an incident of another Sikh, Manjeet Singh, being forced to take off his turban at Italy’s Milan Airport, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Saturday attributed increase in such episodes to the Centre turning a blind eye to the turban issue. Makkar said, “The indifferent attitude of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the issue is painful and unbearable.” He said, “Whenever such incidents have occurred the SGPC has approached the PM, the Union Home Minister and the Union Minister for External Affairs, but till date the issue has not been raised with the countries concerned at any level.” “This has spread anger and resentment among Sikhs  living across the globe,” he said.

Takht directive: Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Saturday said taking a copy of Guru Granth Sahib against Sikh “rehat maryada” (code of conduct) to Dera Baba Wadbhag Singh in Himachal Pradesh around Holi would be treated as a violation of the Takht’s edict and any person found indulging in such an act would have to face a legal action. The jathedar said a copy of Guru Granth Sahib should always be taken with full respect in a “palki sahib” and that transporting of the “bir” in a trunk or a suitcase through a car, a bus or a train had been banned. He said the SGPC had already assigned duties to its staff in this regard and they could check anybody’s luggage on suspicion.

Extension lectures
: Bal Annand (IFS), a renowned Indian diplomat who has served in various capacities in many countries will be delivering two extension lectures on March 14-15 at 11 am at Central University campus. The lectures would illustrate the change in foreign relations of India. 

SAD (A) youth wing  chief resigns: President of the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Barinder Singh Mann today resigned from his post and primary membership of the party. Mann said that he had resigned from the post and primary membership of the party as he felt that the ‘cats’ of a former DGP Virk and the Congress agents had sneaked into the SAD (A). He further said he also stood by the issues, raised by a former general secretary of the party Charan Singh Lohara, who had resigned from the party day before yesterday.

: On the second day of national exhibition of “Plant and machinery for horticulture, vegetable and floriculture” at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), various technologies were demonstrated. Farmers were imparted training in floriculture and processing of agriculture produce, crafting technology for horticultural crops, nursery raising technology and medicinal crops.

A “Kaizen Competition” will be held at Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking Complex on March 12. Kaizen is drawn from Japanese word “Kai” which means continuous and “Zen” means improvement or wisdom. Key individuals engaged in trade and industry representing exporters and importers, manufacturers, educational institutes and representatives of prominent industrial bodies associated with the CICU will be interacting and covering an overview of trade and industrial business opportunities for mutual benefits. 

350 examined at camp: Around 350 patients were examined at a medical check-up camp organised by the State Bank of India (SBI), Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar branch, on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by Anuradha Narayanan, regional manager, RBO, Ludhiana. Free medicines were distributed among patients. 

Placement drive
: A placement drive was held at RIMT for MBA, BBA, BCA and MCA students. A team from HCL visited the campus. More than 100 students took the test. Five students were selected by the company and were offered an annual pay package of Rs 2 lakh. 

MoU signed:Punjab Technical University signed an MoU with Education Council of India Limited (EdCIL) at Punjab College of Technical Education, Baddowal, on Friday. The MoU was signed to facilitate admission of international students to the PTU-affiliated colleges. 

3 of a family hurt in mishap
: Three persons of a family, identified as Balvinder Kumar, his wife Promila and daughter Karuna were injured when their Alto car collided with a truck near Lohtan village on the Jalandhar-Nawanshahr-Chandigarh highway here on Saturday. The truck, carrying paint and electrical goods, also overturned and caught fire. The driver of the truck reportedly fled away from the accident site. The injured were sent to the Civil Hospital, Ropar. The police has registered a case.

Special lok adalat for women: A special lok adalat, for settling cases pertaining to women, was organised in the district under the aegis of the District Legal Services Authority on Saturday. Two benches at Nawanshahr and one bench at Balachaur were set up for the purpose where as many as 59 cases came up out of which 26 cases were settled amicably. 

MC staff strike enters 6th day
: Indefinite statewide strike called by the Safai Karamchari Sangathan entered its sixth day today. Even private door-to-door garbage lifters of Shahkot joined the strike in support of the MC employees. Surinder Kumar, president, Safai Karamchari Sangathan, Nakodar, said, “According to official sources, the government will issue a written notification on our demands in the next two days. Until that the strike will continue,” he said. 

Woman sustains critical burns
: Sukinder Kaur sustained critical burns at her in-laws’ house in nearby Madhopur village here on Saturday. She was taken to the Civil Hospital with 95 per cent burns and later was referred to Ludhiana. It’s still a mystery how the woman sustained the injuries. The police is investigating the matter.

Honour for Sukriti
:Sukriti was declared the best athlete during the fifth annual athletics meet of Chitkara Institute on Thursday.Around 21 events were held, wherein Sukriti Jain and
Jogman shared the title of best sportsperson in the girls’ section, while Eke Royal was adjudged best sportsperson in the boys’ section. Dr Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University, gave away prizes to winners.



Material worth lakhs gutted:Material worth lakhs was gutted in a fire that broke out at Excel Call Net Centre, plot number 24, Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh, this morning Employees present at the centre managed to escape unhurt before the flames engulfed the entire office.There was a loss of around Rs 4.5 lakh. Two computers, an UPS, a table, three air-conditioners were damaged in the fire. Fire officer said two water tenders were sent to the spot. 



80 donate blood
: A blood donation camp was organised at SGN Polytechnic, Chormastpur, Ambala.Around 80 students of the institution, including the principal, donated blood. One of the lecturers, MK Garg, donated blood for 65 times.

Rs 1 lakh stolen
: Some miscreants reportedly stole Rs 1 lakh from the boot of a motorcycle here on Thursday. The incident took place when RamChander of Shergarh, after withdrawing Rs 1 lakh from the SBI branch here, parked his vehicle on the roadside and went to purchase revenue stamps. 



Briton held with charas
:A Briton, Edward, was arrested with 4.5 kg charas yesterday near Manali. Superintendent of police (SP) Abhishek Dular said the police had information about the accused and launched a search operation. The accused was involved in smuggling of contraband. The SP said the police was looking for the source from whom he had purchased the charas, and also his possible links with the drug mafia. A case under the NDPS Act was registered. The British Embassy in Delhi had also been informed of his arrest, the SP added.



One killed, 6 hurt in accidents
: One person was killed and six others were injured in road accidents across the Kashmir valley on Saturday. Manzar Imam (33) was killed when the tractor he was driving overturned near Labran at Budgam. A passenger bus, on it way to Tangmarg from Srinagar, overturned near Magam Hospital at Budgam, resulting in injuries to three passengers. The injured were admitted to the SKIMS at Soura in Srinagar. Three passengers were injured in another accident when a Tata minibus they were travelling in overturned near Kutbal in Kulgam.

Talks solution to Kashmir issue: Karat: A two-day women’s conference organised by the interlocutors of the Central government in Kashmir started here on Saturday. Some women parliamentarians are participating in the conference. Prominent among the participants were Shruti Chowdhary, Brinda Karat, Viplab Thakur, Mabel Rabello, besides the three interlocutors of the Centre, Dileep Padgaonkar, MM Ansari and Prof Radha Kumar. Speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of the function, CPM leader and Member of the Rajya Sabha Brinda Karat said dialogue was the only way forward for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. “Dialogue is the only way forward, but it has to be unconditional,” Brinda said.



4 doctors to join Doon Hospital: To strengthen services at the Doon District Hospital, the Hospital Management Committee is contemplating appointing four doctors in the coming days. These doctors/specialists would be neuro surgeon, plastic surgeon, endocrinologist/ oncologist and vascular surgeons, said an official.

11-yr-old taken away by leopard: Pooja, an 11-year-old girl, was taken away by a leopard at Rann village, Havalbagh block, Almora district, on Saturday. According to forest officials, the girl had gone out of her home for toilet with her mother when the leopard pounced upon her and took her away. This was the third incident of a man-eating leopard striking in the area in the past three months. Forest officials and villagers are searching nearby forests for the girl till reports last came in. 

2 conmen take away girl’s chain: A school student’s gold chain was taken away by two conmen, who promised her that they would polish it, at Vikasnagar here on Saturday. According to the police, Heena was alone at her house when two men came there. She gave them the chain. They put it in a bowl and asked her to take it out after half an hour. However, when she put her hand inside the bowl to take the chain out, it was missing. By then the two had left. The police was informed of the matter. 

Kumaon Briefs

Bus driver crushes man to death following minor tiff
A minor tiff at a marriage celebration saw a bus driver crushing a man to death in Jaspur. The incident occurred on late Thursday night. The deceased has been identified as Hasan Khan who was working with the Jaspur-Thakurwara Bus Union. He had entered into an altercation with two brothers Brahmpal and Jaipal at a marriage celebration that was going on at a banquet hall on the Thakurdwara road. Later, when he was returning home by a rickshaw, he was crushed by a bus allegedly driven by Brahmpal at Rahmapur village on the Uttar Pradesh border. It is alleged that after running him over once and realising that he was still breathing, Brahmpal went on to crush him again with the vehicle.

Train services continue to be hit by ongoing Jat stir
The train services in the region continue to be badly affected on account of the ongoing Jat agitation at the Jyotiba Phule Nagar. In the past one week, several trains coming and departing from the region have had to be either cancelled or rescheduled. The Kathgodam-Delhi Sampark Kranti Express continued to be suspended on Saturday. Most of the trains that are plying on the route continue to be late by several hours. This has been causing a lot of inconvenience to passengers and revenue loss to the Railways. To help passengers reach their destination, the Roadways authorities have pressed into service more buses on various routes.

Mayhem over issuance of hill driving licence at RTO
The Regional Transport Office (RTO) at Haldwani was once again the venue of chaos and commotion on Friday as some elements created mayhem over the issuance of hill driving licence. The elements, led by Mahendra Sharma, created a scene at the office. This led to employees stopping their work and seeking protection from Sharma and his associates. The employees charged that Sharma was a regular visitor to the office and often misbehaved with the staff. They said he had gone to the extent of tearing official papers on Thursday afternoon after misbehaving with an employee. It was decided to get him booked if there was any repletion of such acts. Sharma was said to be a Congress leader and had been alleging wrongdoings by the RTO staff.

People protest following youth’s death in road mishap
The death of a youth following the collision of his motorcycle with a tractor trolley once again led to people protesting outside the Bazpur police station on Friday. According to information, the motorcycle on which Arvind was going with his brother Dharmendra and sister Piny was run over by a tractor trolley near Kela Kheda. The three were badly injured and Arvind died while being treated at a hospital. This led to people protesting at the police station. They charged that the police was responsible for allowing the tractor driver to flee, and alleged that the vehicle was illegally carrying mining material. The protesters went on to block the traffic, and following a heated exchange of words with vehicle owners stuck in the jam, they even damaged some vehicles. The matter was resolved when senior police officials assured them of the early arrest of the tractor driver.

85-year-old man run over by speeding car
An 85-year-old man was killed when his bicycle was run over by a speeding car at Jaspur. According to information, Gyan Chandra Batra of Mohalla Bhupsingh was returning from Pantrampur village when he was run over by an unknown speeding car. He died while being treated at a hospital. He used to sell clothes for a living. The police is trying to locate the driver of the car along with his vehicle.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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