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Holi Milan function
: Thousands of women participated in the state-level Holi Milan function organised by the Punjab Social Welfare Board at village Khuyiansarwar. Board chairperson Vijay Luxmi Bhadoo lighted the traditional lamp to inaugurate the function. Bhadoo advised the gathering to save water and use dry colours.

Holi Milan function being celebrated at village Khuyiansarwar (Abohar). Photo: Raj Sadosh

Holi Milan function being celebrated at village Khuyiansarwar (Abohar)

Workshop held: The students were apprised of Auto cad, animation, 3Ds Max, PEA and industrial training during the one-day seminar-cum-civil workshop held at Abohar Polytechnic College here on Thursday. Chairman Sanjeev Middha and principal OP Bhadoo explained career counselling options available to the students in engineering courses.

Narcotics seized:
The police arrested Janak Raj with 520 gm of narcotic substance at Gandhi Camp near Prem Nagar Bohranwal. A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Harsimrat grants funds for schools:
Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal today disbursed grants worth Rs 8.70 crore for the development works related to the schools in 135 villages of her constituency. The cheques were handed over to the members of the Panchyat School Vikas Committee and the management committees of the schools, during a function organized at a local marriage palace.

Harsimrat hailed the Punjab Budget and informed about a number of schemes launched for the betterment of women. She also mentioned that state government had already recruited nearly 35,000 teachers and was in the process of appointing 30,000 more for different subjects.

NRI looted: An NRI of village Neor in the district, Sukhjinder Singh, today accused nearly six persons of looting his family of about 300 grams of gold at a fuel station outside the village. Admitted to the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, he also accused the miscreants of opening firing several rounds in the air. The family suspects some persons with whom they had an old land dispute. Police probe is on in the case.

Annual Day celebrated: The second annual function was held at the Punjabi University Campus, Maur (Bathinda) on Thursday. Dr Manjit Singh, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala was the chief guest. Gurpreet Singh Pirkot, chairman, Market Committee, Maur and Pawan Kumar Kansal, an industrialist, were guests of honour. Dr DK Madaan, principal, presented the annual report. He thanked Dr Jaspal Singh, VC and Dr Manjit Singh, Registrar, for their efforts to promote the campus. Dr Manjit Singh lauded the efforts of the principal and faculty members.

Ramandeep best athlete: The sixth annual athletic meet of the Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, was organised on Thursday. Jagroop Singh Sidhu (Retd, principal), GN College, Killianwali, was the chief guest. Ramandeep Kaur was adjudged the best athlete while Mai Bhago House was chosen the best. Principal SS Sangha congratulated the winners.

Blood donation camp
: Volunteers of Sankalp Jan Sewa Soceity (Fazilka) donated 87 units of blood in a mega blood donation camp held at the local civil hospital on Thursday. Dr DP Godara, Civil Surgeon, Ferozepur, inaugurated the camp. Blood Bank in-charge Dr Renu Dhuria spoke on the occasion. Sankalp Jan Sewa Society president Narpinder Singh Islamwala, vice-president Hansmukh Narang, former chairman, Milkfed, Gurcharan Singh Islamwala, other office-bearers Jaswinder Singh, Gopi, Gagan Kumar, Lovely, Sunder Kumar, Surinder Kamboj, Gautam, Manish Girdhar not only donated blood but also helped in organising the camp.

NRI kills wife, injures son
: A dispute between husband and wife over not inviting latter's parental family in the marriage of their son led to the murder of the woman by her husband. According to Hoshiarpur SSP Rakesh Aggarwal, NRI Gurdial Singh (60) was today arrested for murdering his wife Ranjit Kaur. Deceased's son Kamaljit Singh, who along with his family members, had come from Canada to attend his brother’s marriage, told the police that on the intervening night of March 15-16, when their were asleep, they heard shouting from his parents’ room. When they rushed to the room, they saw that the couple was quarrelling. On seeing them, Gurdial Singh struck his wife on the neck with a sword due to which she died on the spot. When Kamaljit tried to rescue his mother, Gurdial also attacked him and later fled from the scene. Kamaljit was injured in the incident.

Tarn Taran
SHO among 2 arrested for theft
: Bhikiwind SHO Jaspal Singh and one Gajjan Singh of Sheron village have been arrested in a year old case of stealing garments and other belongings worth Rs one crore. They have been booked under Sections 380, 420 and 120B of the IPC by the city police. The role of DSP City Ashwani Kumar is also under scanner. In his complaint, Jatinder Deep Singh Chawla, brother of Kawardeep Singh, who is owner of Chawla Garments showroom, alleged that the accused took away the garments from the showroom and other belongings from their house worth Rs one crore in March 2010 when his brother was of station. Jaspal Singh was the SHO city at the time of the incident. The complaint also levelled allegation on DSP City Ashwani Kumar. The police is investigating the matter.




Public hearing session: The public hearing session scheduled to be held on Monday, March 21, at the UT Secretariat has been deferred, according to a press note.


Erring LPG dealers
: The Food and Supplies Department, Haryana, has checked the premises of 149 LPG dealers and got four FIRs registered against the erring dealers as part of a campaign launched to check black marketing of LPG cylinders. Action against 15 other erring dealers has also been recommended to the oil companies. A fine has been imposed on the dealers who have been found violating the standards of Weight and Measures (Enforcement) Act,1985. As many as 61 FIRs had also been registered against commercial establishments and motor vehicle owners for misusing domestic LPG cylinders, besides seizing 2,181 gas cylinders.

Stir called off
: The employees of the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, on Thursday called off their strike following talks with the Commissioner of the civic body, D Suresh.The call for strike was given by the employees’ union of the corporation in protest against the alleged undemocratic behaviour of the Commissioner of the civic body against its representatives in a meeting with them on Wednesday. According to a spokesperson of the employees’ union, Rattan Lal Rohilla, the strike was called off after the Commissioner tendered an apology.

Manager held for graft
: A CBI team from Chandigarh arrested a bank manager red-handed while taking bribe for sanctioning an education loan. The CBI sleuths rapped the accused identified as RK Gupta, a manager in Punjab National Bank at Gorakhpur, at the bus stand when he was leaving for home after the closure of the bank.

MCG voters’ list
: The State Election Commission has extended the last date for filing appeal to the deputy commissioner against the decision of the revising authorities on the claims and objections filed before them. Now, the applicants can file appeal by March 24. Earlier, this date was March 18. The voters’ lists will be finally published on March 31. The district administration has appointed 12 officers as revising authorities for preparing error-free electoral rolls of all 35 wards under the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).

Three booked
: The local police has registered a case under sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against three persons, Rajinder, Bhupinder and Gian, for forging signatures of Dal Singh, a panch of Guliana village in this district, to prepare the surety bond for facilitating the release of an accused, Kanwar Pal, on bail.The case has been registered at the civil lines police station here on the directions of the court of Parshant Rana, Judicial Magistrate.

Lecturer killed: College teacher Ramesh Kumar (28), working as a guest lecturer in Government Postgraduate College, Nahar, died on the spot when the motorcycle he was riding on collided head-on with a car on the Lilodh-Sudhrana road, near Lilodh village, on Wednesday. Car driver Mahesh Kumar, a resident of Jadra village, who also sustained injuries, was hospitalised. The mishap took place when Ramesh was going to his college from Lilodh. The car driver has been booked for rash and negligent driving.

Labourer buried: A labourer got buried under the debris when the walls of a well caved in at Panniwala Ruldu village here on Wednesday. The incident took place when the victim, Sardul Singh, was digging a well in the village. Farmers working in nearby fields immediately started rescue operations and informed the authorities about the incident

: The Sonepat police has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on the arrest of Jagminder, alias Kala, an accused in the murder of Sandeep at Gannaur on February 1. He is also a bail jumper in other cases of murder registered against him in different police stations in Sonepat and the Samalkha police station in Panipat. According to the police , it had already arrested Parminder, who was also allegedly involved in the murder of Sandeep along with Jagminder.


Shinde to visit Bilaspur
: National General Secretary of the BJP JP Nadda said Central Power Minister Sushil Shinde would be in Bilaspur to lay the foundation stone of the first-ever hydro engineering college at Bandla hill on April 26.

Convict dies in hospital
: A 35-year-old man, who was undergoing life-term for beheading his mother with a sharp-edged weapon in 2005, died on Thursday in the Tanda Medical College.The police today said Rashid Mohammad of Sidhbari was convicted under Section 302, IPC, for beheading his mother. Rashid was admitted in the Tanda Medical College on March 10 as he was indisposed. According to sources, Rashid was suffering from tuberculosis.

Trees axed
: The field staff of the Forest Department had detected illicit felling of nine khair trees in the Nurpur forest division on Wednesday. According to divisional forest officer JC Katoch, the department has taken action under Sections 32, 33 and 68 of the Indian Forest Act, 1927. The accused, Sher Singh, Jagdev Singh and Des Raj and Barjinder Singh, have been fined Rs 50,788.

Bank heist: Cops clueless
: Even after three days, the police is yet to arrest the persons involved in the bank robbery of Rakkar Bheri branch of the Kangra Central Cooperative Bank from where Rs 8 lakh was looted. The police does not rule out the involvement of the staff as the five locks were opened using a master key.

SJVN director
: Official of the State Administrative Service Nand Lal Sharma has been appointed as Director (Personnel) in Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN). A 1989 batch officer Sharma, joined the SJVN as Executive Director in July 2008. A postgraduate in agriculture economics and an MBA from the University of Ljublijana Slovenia (Europe) Sharma hails from the Bilaspur district.


Core Group meeting held
: Lt-Gen SA Hasnain, GOC, Chinar Corps, chaired a Core Group meeting at the BB Cantt here on Thursday. The meeting was attended by DGP Kuldeep Khoda, senior officers of the Army, police, CRPF, BSF, intelligence agencies and the civil administration. Lt-Gen Hasnain complimented all stakeholders for showing the high level of synergy in addressing the security concerns of the Valley. The DGP also echoed similar sentiments and elaborated on the key security issues.

Two houses, cowshed gutted: Two houses and a cowshed were gutted in fire incidents in the Kashmir valley since Wednesday. The police said a fire broke out in the house of Mohammad Maqbool Wani at Lonepora in Pulwama, partially damaging the house. Another fire broke out in the house of Mohammad Amin Dar at Mohalla Jadeed, Baramulla, damaging the upper floor. Meanwhile, a cowshed of Wali Mohammad Khan of Mohra Uri was destroyed and 26 goats were killed in another fire incident.


Board exams peaceful
: The Uttarakhand Board examinations of Classes X and XII, which commenced on Thursday, went off peacefully at all the centres in the state. The students were thoroughly checked by the invigilators and flying squad members. Around 307,639 students are appearing for the exams at 1,192 centres across the state.

5 killed as vehicle overturns: Five persons, who were travelling in a tractor-trailer, were killed at Chanderpuri, under the Khanpur police station, Haridwar district, when it turned turtle. The accident occurred in the morning. All the five persons were killed on the spot while other five were injured. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has mourned the deaths in the road accident.

Newly married commits suicide: A 27-year-old newly married woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence at Pathri Bagh. According to the police, Bimla tied the knot with Hari Om, a resident of Pathri Bagh, in a love marriage four months ago. She was tense as the marriage had not gone well. Neither she nor her family was happy with her marriage. This forced her to take such step. There was no one at her house when she committed suicide on Thursday. The police station concerned has done the panchanma and sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

Officials found absent during surprise check:
A surprise check carried out by Udham Singh Nagar Chief Development Officer (CDO) YK Pant at the four different offices led to discovery of nine officers not being present on their seats. The checks were carried out on Wednesday on the orders of the District Magistrate BVRC Purshottam, who has ordered the non-payment of salary for the day of some of the officials found absent, while an explanation is also being sought from the others. The officials holding top posts in various departments have been asked by Purshottam to carry out regular surprise checks to ensure the presence of their subordinates.

‘Ensure implementation of the Motor Vehicles Act’: Udham Singh Nagar DM BVRC Purshottam has ordered the SDMs and the officials of the Transport Department to carry out a joint campaign aimed at proper implementation of the Motor Vehicles Act across the district. He has ordered that action must be taken against people violating the Act. The main focus of the campaign would be to ensure that vehicle owners have proper number plates on their vehicles and do not use search and spotlights. The unauthorised use of sirens and hooters would also be checked during the drive.

Identify spots for waste disposal, officials told: A team of officials, comprising representatives of the Public Works Department (PWD), National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Sadar SDM, has been directed by Almora District Magistrate DS Garbyal to carry out a survey and identify spots for disposal of construction waste and debris of the town. A couple of spots have already been identified for the purpose on the basis of surveys done by the officials. Garbyal has ordered stringent action against those dumping waste on the roadsides and in the storm water drains. He has pointed out that dumping of debris in such a manner poses the threat of accidents and landslides, particularly in the rainy season. He has also appealed to the people constructing their houses to dump the construction debris at the identified spots.

Target set for next Pulse Polio campaign: Health authorities in Udham Singh Nagar have kept a target of 2,78,708 for administering of the polio drops in the next phase of the pulse polio drive in the district. According to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr RS Aswal preparations were being made for setting up 1,207 booths, along with 27 transit and 48 mobile booths. A total of 2,690 vaccinators have been deputed at various places. In addition, 721 teams would be going from door to door to make the campaign a success. The DM BVRC Purshottam has called for improvement in the coverage of the district with regards to the programme.

2 injured in cylinder blast at sweet-making unit: Two persons sustained burn injuries in a cylinder blast at a sweet-making unit that has come up in a residential area of Nainital. The incident occurred on Thursday morning. The unit has become hazard for the residents of the Charton Lodge locality as it also attracts a number of monkeys and langurs, who are on the look out for milk products being prepared there. People have expressed their surprise over the administration turning a blind eye to such a unit being run from a residential locality. The cause of the cylinder blast is being probed. The injured people are being treated at the local BD Pande Hospital.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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