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Eye camp inaugurated
: The new series of 52 free eye check-up and operation camps in the memory of former chairman of the IFFCO Surinder Kumar Jakhar was inaugurated by his son Sandeep Jakhar, district president, Youth Congress at village Kikkarkhera near here on Sunday. Senior Area Manager RP Upveja said 375 more patients were treated on Sunday by the team led by Dr SL Chalana. Ravi Kant Rinwa, former chairman, Panchayat Samiti, sarpanch Bimla Rani and Dr Sandeep Watts, in-charge, Swami Keshwanand Ayurvedic Hospital shared the dais.

World Theatre Day: The Natrang Theatre group staged a Punjabi play at the Nehru Park and showcased Atul Khungar’s excellence in make-up by staging statues at Bhagat Singh Chowk. The play ‘Phir Vi Jiyunda Haan’ scripted by Bhupinder Utreja explained the effect of skyrocketing prices besides exposing the inhuman style of working by the Punjab Police. The statues projected as to how tsunami had wreaked havoc in Japan.

Desh Bhagat girl shines
: Jyotpriya Sood, a student of Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital, Muktsar, one of the institutes of Desh Bhagat Group, has been selected in the top 20 for the Femina Miss India 2011 contest. Born in Bhiwani, Haryana, to Vikram Sood, a doctor and Dr Kuldeep Sood, her mother who is a gynecologist by profession, she got admission in BDS course at Desh Bhagat Dental College, Muktsar, in 2006. Presently, she is doing her internship at the college. Dr Zora Singh, chairman and Tajinder Kaur, vice chairperson of Desh Bhagat Group expressed their happiness on the success of their student. The final of the event is on April 14.

Role of media discussed
: A seminar was organised by the Press Council (Fazilka) on ‘Role of Media’ recently. Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication Prof Navjeet Singh Johal was the chief guest on the occasion. Senior Public Relations officer, Punjab, Ms Uma Sharma from Chandigarh and Computer Programmer Department of Language, Punjabi University, Patiala, Prof CP Kamboj resided over the programme. A galaxy of over three dozen media persons from Fazilka, Abohar and Jalalabad sub-divisions participated in the seminar. Johal, Uma Sharma, retired professor from IIT Roorkee Dr Bhupinder Singh, an eminent environmentalist and special invitee of the Press Council, also spoke.

Lok adalats
: As many as 325 cases came up during the lok adalats organised at Hoshiarpur, Dasuya, Mukerian and Garhshankar court complexes on Saturday, in which 193 cases were settled Rs 1.22 crore were given in compensation.

Mandi Gobindgarh
Interactive seminar
: An interactive seminar was recently organised by RIMT. The programme was conducted by Prof. Senapathy, a renowned management teacher, presently working as faculty at ICFAI, Hyderabad. The programme included lecture on value and importance of having high-emotional intelligence and ways to cultivate it as it provided one with an edge and competitive advantage in today’s highly competitive business world.

42 cases solved:
The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) organised a lok adalat at Judicial Courts Complex here on Saturday. Four Benches, headed by District and Sessions Judge G.S. Sra, Additional District and Sessions Judges A.K. Mehta and N.S. Gill, and CJM-cum-DLSA secretary Poonam Ratti, heard 63 cases and amicably settled 42 cases on the spot. Compensations amounting to Rs 22.17 lakh were ordered in the cases.

Competitions held: The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) organised essay writing, chart making and declamation competitions on renewable sources of energy at Government Senior Secondary School, Jadla, to create awareness among the masses. Students of different schools participated in the competitions.



Placement fairs: The Higher Education Department has organised four placement fairs for final-year students of the government colleges in which 742 students got jobs. Director-General, Higher Education, Dheera Khandelwal said these job fairs were organised in colleges at divisional headquarters, namely Government College for Boys, Rohtak, Government College, Sector 14, Gurgaon, Government College, Ambala Cantt, and Government College, Hisar. She said the job fairs evoked an overwhelming response as 30 different reputed companies, including Mahindra Finance, Standard Chartered Bank, Kotak Mahindra, Emami and V Konnet, reached the campuses for the placement drives.

Two officers suspended: The Haryana Government has placed under suspension two officers of the Labour Department with immediate effect as they were found indulged in corrupt practices and the department had received written complaints against them. They are Pale Ram Bishnoi, Deputy Labour Commissioner, Panchkula, and Paramjit Singh, Labour-cum-Counciliation Officer, Ambala. During the suspension period, Pale Ram Bishnoi’s headquarters has been fixed at Hisar in the office of the Deputy Labour Commissioner and Paramjit Singh’s headquarters would be at Bhiwani in the labour office.

Criminal-tracking lab: SSP Sultan Singh inaugurated a crime and criminals tracking networking system laboratory on the premises of Police Lines here on Monday. Talking to mediapersons, the SSP said such labs had been established in every district in the state as per the directions of the DGP Ranjiv Dalal. He said with the help of the system, the record of any criminal could be traced on the click of a mouse. All most all employees of the Police Department would be given training of the system, he added.

ESIC hospital inaugurated: Union Minister for Labour and Employment Mallikarjun Kharge dedicated a newly constructed super-specialty hospital of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to the people here on Monday. The 100-bedded hospital has been constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore on 3 acres and will be run by the ESIC directly. He said 1.43 crore persons had been covered under the ESIC scheme and the total number of beneficiaries had crossed 5.5 crore. Now, the limit of income for inclusion into the scheme has been raised from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per annum.

Stone of bypass laid
: Finance, Irrigation, Forest and Environment Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav laid the foundation stone of a bypass at Dharuhera on Monday. The 75m-wide bypass, which will connect National Highway 8 to National Highway 71-B, will be constructed at a cost of Rs 19.15 crore in the next six months. Capt. Yadav said the bypass would help reduce traffic jams in Dharuhera frequently caused by heavy traffic running from Delhi to Bhiwadi as well as from Jaipur to Bhiwadi via Dharuhera.



Woman found dead: Arti Devi (30), wife of Harbans Singh of Sandiyaar village, was found hanging from the roof of her living room on Sunday. According to reports, she had gone to study in her room and had bolted it from inside and did not responded when she was called to have her dinner. This made the family members suspicious and they called the neighbours and broke open the door and found that her body was hanging from the roof. A case has been registered.

ENT camp held: More than 100 ENT patients from all over the state were treated free of cost during the two-day ENT camp organised by the local branch of the Vivekananda Kendra on Monday. Convener of the kendra said in view of the increasing hearing impairments in the state, particularly among women and children, the kendra had been holding such camps every month.

Man gets 3-year RI: The Additional District and Sessions Judge here has sentenced three years rigorous imprisonment (RI) to Balbir in a case of charas smuggling under the NDPS Act. He was apprehended by a police party near here when he was coming from the Lug Valley on March 16, 2009, and 800 gm of charas was found from his possession. The accused was also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 and in the event of non-payment of fine he would further undergo six months simple imprisonment.

Nalwar fair ends: The seven-day state-level Nalwar fair concluded here on Monday. Sundernagar MLA Roop Singh Thakur was the chief guest on the closing function. A colourful procession was taken out from the PWD rest house to Nagaun khud where the chief guest witnessed a wrestling competition. He said this cattle fair had been a part of the hill life and reflected the hill culture. He said even as the dependency on bullock had decreased but still the Nalwar fair of Sundernagar was the biggest cattle fair in northern India. He also distributed prizes to the winners who participated in many competitions held during the fair.



Militant killed
: A foreign militant, Chacha Talha, belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba was killed in an encounter with the security forces near Sopore in Baramulla district on Monday. Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of an encounter.

Camp for farmers: The Department of Agriculture organised an awareness camp for farmers on saffron cultivation as part of the National Saffron Mission at Pampore and Khonmoh, near here, on Sunday. Addressing the gathering, the Director, Agriculture, Kashmir, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, urged the farmers to increase the productivity and quality of saffron crop by using better agriculture practices available.



8-year-old boy sodomised: An eight-year-old boy was allegedly sodomised by a kiosk owner, a resident of Lohiyanagar Brahampuri, on Saturday. The police on the basis of the victim’s medical examination has registered a case and started looking for the accused who is at large. The victim’s father Sagir Ahmed, a carpenter, lodged a complaint with the police against Shahrukh. Investigating Officer SI Kunwar Ram Arya said the boy was taken to a house in the neighbourhood by the man. And in the guise of playing with him, he allegedly sodomised him. The boy went home weeping and informed his mother of this.

Three DSPs transferred: Three Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) have been transferred. Pradip Kumar Rai has been transferred from Haridwar to the SCRB police headquarters, Jagdish Chander from Udham Singh Nagar district to 31st PAC, and Ajay Singh from Udham Singh Nagar to Haridwar.

Woman alleges torture by in-laws: A woman was allegedly tortured by her in-laws who demanded of Rs 1 lakh from her. According to the complaint of victim Rani, her husband Sonu Diwakar, along with his family based at Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh, tortured her for the money. The woman bore all this for a few days and later came back to her parents’ house in Dehradun. She alleged in her complaint that her in-laws often tormented her for dowry. A case under Sections 498-A, 323 and 506, IPC, and three-fourth of the Dowry Act has been registered at the Kotwali police station.

Five booked for torching woman for dowry
: The Udham Singh Nagar police has booked five persons in a case of alleged torching of a woman for dowry. A case has been registered on the basis of a complaint registered by Jeetendra Mandal, who is the brother of the victim Meera Mandal. According to him, Meera had been harassed regularly by her in-laws who were demanding more dowry during the past two years of her marriage to Bhavtosh. He has stated that the victim had been doused with kerosene and torched at her house on March 18 by her husband in connivance with his parents Narayan and Daasa, brother Prashant and sister Neelima. The victim had succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Haldwani six days after the incident. Police investigations are on.

Tractor trolley hit by train, 4 women killed: Four women were killed and five others injured when the tractor trolley in which they were travelling was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing near Bazpur in Udham Singh Nagar on Sunday. Those killed were labourers coming from Rampur. The deceased have been identified as Gulfasha, Sabina, Gulshan and Kausar of Malangon Ka Majhra Swar village of Rampur. A probe has been ordered into the incident by the North-Eastern Railways.

Traders for declaring Tanakpur as pilgrim centre: Traders from Tanakpur in Champawat district have demanded that the town be declared a pilgrim centre. The demand was aired at a convention of traders held at Tanakpur on Sunday. The traders have demanded that conspumption of non-vegetarian food and alcohol be banned in the town, and shops allowed to remain open throughout the night. In addition to this, they have demanded that Tanakpur be properly connected with other major cities by a broad-gauge line. The participants at the convention decided to take up these demands with the state administration soon.

Samiti seeks rail connectivity to Bageshwar: The Rail Sangharsh Samiti seeking rail connectivity to Bageshwar held yet another demonstration at Bageshwar on Sunday. The participants in the demonstration underlined that their struggle for the just demand of getting Bageshwar connected with rail will continue till their goal was achieved. They attacked the five Congress Lok Sabha members from the state for failing to take up the matter vociferously with Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee and underlined that the rail connectivity in the region was a must if the government wanted to prevent migration from villages and generate employment at the local level.

48-year-old ex-serviceman goes missing: Reports of an ex-serviceman going missing from Sailanigoth village in Tanakpur has led to sensation in the area. Bahadur Chand, 48, went missing from his house under mysterious circumstances on the night intervening Saturday and Sunday. According to information, blood spots, a sharp-edged farm implement and slippers were found in a field close to his house giving rise to fears that he might have been murdered. Efforts have been made by divers to trace him in the Sharda canal. A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered and police investigations are on.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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