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Free health check-up camp
: More than 100 members of Best Price Bharti Walmart participated in a free health check-up camp organised in collaboration with Fortis Escort Hospital on Tuesday. Free ECG, blood pressure check-up and blood and sugar tests were done by the experts of the hospital during the day-long camp. The team of medical experts was led by Dr Kunal Preet.

Lok adalat: 458 cases settled: The District Legal Services Authority amicably resolved 458 cases and disbursed over Rs 3.41 crore as compensation during the lok adalat held here on Saturday. H.S. Madaan, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, 14 Benches were set up to settle civil, criminal, matrimonial and other cases. Social workers, professors and advocates were inducted as members to assist the Benches, he added. He said in all 632 cases were taken up at the lok adalat.

NFL inks MoU with GoI:
National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has signed an MoU with the Department of Fertilizers, Government of India, for the fiscal year 2011-12. Sutanu Behuria, Secretary (Fertilizers) and Neeru Abrol, Director (Finance), NFL signed the MoU. The MoU lays stress on financial performance and R&D for sustained and continuous innovation, corporate social responsibility, human resource development and sustainable development.

Orientation programme at NFL: The NFL, Area Office, Bathinda, organised a dealer-cum-cooperative orientation programme at the NFL Township here. All dealers of the NFL and Markfed sales officers from Bathinda attended the programme. The annual sales report was presented by in-charge of the Area Office Rajbir Taya. Senior agriculture scientist of the PAU Dr JS Brar delivered a lecture on the balanced use of fertilisers. Senior manager (Production), NFL plant, SK Jha also delivered a lecture on the process of urea production.

Trader's property sealed
: The State Bank of Patiala on Tuesday locked the residence and shop (Arat) of a local businessman, Mukesh Kumar Sood, for not repaying a Rs 1.6-crore loan. Sood had taken loan against M/s Shiv Shakti Rice Mills and M/s Tara Chand Mukesh Kumar Sood. Sukhdev Narayan, AGM, represented the bank while Duty Magistrate Kuldeep Singh Bath supervised the proceedings.

Protest against Health Dept team: A team of the Health Department had to face an embarrassing situation on Tuesday at Patti, around 25 km from here, where it had gone to seal the ultrasound machine of Trehan Nursing Home. A large number of persons protested the move of the department. The nursing home was allegedly found guilty of violating set norms in conducting ultrasound tests on patients. Mukhwinder Singh Chohla, District Mass and Media Officer, said the team conduct another raid on Wednesday to seal the machine.



DC’s car hit by truck:
Deputy Commissioner Samir Pal Saro’s car was hit by a truck on the GT road near Ambala Cantt this morning. Saro and driver of the car escaped unhurt. The police said the DC was on his way to Ambala Cant to receive CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda who was coming to attend a school function. The accident led to a traffic jam.

Chetan ChauhanNominated
: A former president of the Haryana Youth Congress, Chetan Chauhan, has been nominated secretary of the All-India Youth Congress. A national-level badminton player, Chauhan, was the president of the Students’ union in his college in Ambala.

Chetan Chauhan

Sainik samiti: The state government has extended the term of the Haryana Swatantrata Sainik Samman Samiti by one more year up to January 31, 2012. A notification to this effect issued by the General Administration Department states that the term of appointment of Hari Ram Arya, chairman of the samiti and vice-chairman Magnesh Chand Jain has also been extended up to January 31, 2012.

BPL cardholders: As many as 1,430 below poverty line (BPL) cardholders residing in Jhajjar, Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal districts have requested to cancel their cards. They have approached the authorities concerned to surrender their card as their financial position has improved now and they do not want to avail the facilities through BPL cards. Stating this here on Monday, an official spokesman said most of the persons who had approached for surrendering their cards belonged to Jhajjar district. As many as 717 persons, who had requested for the cancellation of the card, belonged to Jhajjar, 300 each in Karnal and Panipat and 113 of Sonepat.

: A conference titled “Emerging trends in mobile technologies and security (ETMTS-2011)” was organised by the Department of Computer Science and Applications of Maharshi Dayanand University here on Tuesday. Dr NP Singh, professor (information system) of Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, while addressing the inaugural session of the conference, said there was no doubt that mobile phone technology had improved the quality of life, but the need was to develop effective security models to ensure that the technology was not misused. As many as 250 delegates participated in the meet.

2 cops held
: The city police has arrested two constables of the Gurgaon police, Inderjit and Satish Kumar, both residents of Kakodia village. They allegedly roughed up a woman traffic police official - SI Veena Rana - at Naiwali Chowk here on Tuesday. Police sources said when Veena Rana, who was regulating traffic at the above chowk, asked the duo, who were riding on a motorcycle, to produce relevant documents of their bike, they assaulted the official and made a bid to snub her, following which the traffic police staff on duty overpowered the duo.

Blood camp: As many as 52 persons, including office-bearers of the organising committee and taxi drivers of Kosli, donated blood at a camp held under the joint auspices of the Yuva Shri Shyam Sewa Sangh (YSSSS) and the local unit of the All-India Panchnad Smarak Samiti (AIPSS) at Kosli on Monday. The camp was organised in the memory of a Kosli trader, Mahipal Singh, and taxi driver Manoj Kumar, who died in road accidents, recently. Navin Goyal, president of the YSSSS, and Mukesh Khaneja, state secretary of the AIPSS, donated blood for the 36th and 20th time, respectively, in a row at the camp which was inaugurated by SDM Pradeep Kumar Dagar.



Woman killed
: Jagjit Kaur of SunderNagar, Mandi district, was killed after their car in which she and her husband Amarjit Singh were travelling suddenly collided against a stationary truck No. 24A-3414 near Sungal village on National Highway No.21 on Tuesday morning. The car was heading from Bilaspur to Sunder Nagar and was driven by Amarjit Singh. 

15 goats perished
: At least, 15 goats perished in a fire, which abruptly broke out in a cowshed at Ghanshu village in Chamba district on Monday, according to a report on Tuesday. The report revealed that 26 goats were tamed in the cowshed at the time of the fire in which 15 were burnt while 11 goats were saved with the efforts of the locals. 

ENT camp ends
: Six ear surgeries were performed through endoscopic procedures in Civil Hospital here on the second day of the two-day free-of-cost ENT camp organised by the local branch of Vivekananda Kendra, a spiritually-oriented service mission, Kanaya Kumari on Tuesday. The surgeries were performed by Dr Sanjay Sachdeva, director of Max Hospital, Noida, and HOD, ENT Department. He also examined a number of ENT patients in the hospital.



Jawan shoots himself dead
: An Army jawan of the 37 Rashtriya Rifles allegedly shot himself dead with his service weapon at a forward post in the Balnoi area of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district on Tuesday morning. Official sources said rifleman Sandeep Kumar, a native of Sirmour in Himachal Pradesh, died at the 150 Garrison Hospital at Rajouri later.

Panchayat poll
: 21 withdraw papers: According to District Panchayat Election Officer, Anantnag, Kifayat Hussain Rizvi, the scrutiny of nomination papers for the panchayat elections for the Qaimoh block was held in Anantnag on Tuesday. Twenty-one candidates withdrew their nominations.



CM wishes Indian team good luck: Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has wished the Indian team good luck for their semi-final match against Pakistan in Mohali on Wednesday. In his greetings to captain of the Indian team Mahinder Singh Dhoni, the Chief Minister said he was confident that the team under the leadership of Dhoni would put up a sterling performance. 

Theft at house in Saket Colony: Theft of unaccounted money was reported from a house at Saket Colony under the Dalanwala police station area. According to the police, house owner Daleep Kumar Singh lodged a compliant with it on Tuesday. The police said Singh had gone to Saharanpur with his family on March 27 after locking the house. However, when they came back, they found the lock of the house broken. The house was completely ransacked and cash was missing. The police said the amount of the cash couldn’t be ascertained till now as the complainant was yet to say anything on it. Meanwhile, a case of theft has been registered at the Dalanwala police station. 

Woman raped by Power Dept men: A woman was allegedly raped by two Electricity Department officials who had come to disconnect illegal electricity connection at her house in Kalsi on Monday. According to the compliant of Suresh Verma, the victim’s husband, Madan and Bhupesh had raped his wife. They had also warned her of dire consequences if she reported the matter to the police. The police said they had sent the woman for medical examination. The police has registered a case under Sections 376 and 506, IPC, at the Kalsi police station. 

Kumaon Briefs
Man kills 5-year-old son, tries to murder wife:
In a gruesome incident that has come to light from Haldwani, a man tried to hang himself after having killed his five-year-old son and attempting to murder his wife. The incident took place on March 22 in the Bithauria locality. According to a complaint registered at the behest of Latika Negi, who is the accused Alok’s wife, he had made her consume some tablets that had an intoxicating effect on her and went on to kill their five-year-old son Parth with a khukhri. Thereafter, he tried to kill her, but she managed to save herself and raised a cry that had brought neighbours to the spot. She has further alleged that her husband then tried to hang himself, but the neighbours managed to save him and bring him to a hospital. The complainant has alleged that her husband had been giving her tablets for two days saying that these would provide her relief from migraine. The case has been registered five days after the incident. Sources say that the accused will be taken into custody once he recovers at the hospital. It is being assumed that he resorted to killing his family as well as himself on account of his inability to pay back the money borrowed from various persons. Investigations are on.

CDs exhorting Indian team to win World Cup flood markets:A series of Kumaoni audio compact discs (CDs), exhorting the Indian cricket team to win the ongoing World Cup tournament, have flooded the markets across the region. Costing about Rs 40 each, these CDs are in demand. The names of these CDs are catchy and mostly around skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni whose family hails from the region. They are named “Dhoni ko dhamaal” and “Dhoni tero hai kamala”. The songs from these CDs have been sung by local artistes like Balbir Rana, Asha Negi, Govind Singh Digari, Jeetendra, Mona Rana and Deepa Rana.

Cong stages another show of strength in Lal Kuan:The Congress party, led by the state unit President Yashpal Arya, staged another show of strength in Lal Kuan on Monday. The party had a roadshow attended by a massive crowd. Besides Lok Sabha member KC Singh Baba, several legislators and organisational leaders participated in the event, along with representatives of various communities. In his small address at various places, Arya hit out at Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank-led BJP Government in the state for having failed on every front and not having utilised the funds given by the Centre for developmentalactivities in the state. He said people of the state were desperate to get rid of the BJP Government and bring back the Congress to power in the coming Assembly polls.

Tavern worker found hanging from ceiling fan:A youngster working at a tavern in Rudrapur was found hanging from a ceiling fan on Monday. He has been identified as Hemchandra Pathak of Dashauli village in Pitthoragarh district and was working at the tavern on the Shyam Talkies road. It is learnt that he had been depressed for the past few days. A suicide note was also recovered from his pocket in which he had apologised to his family for not being able to turn their dreams into reality. He had married three years back and is survived by his wife and a two-year-old son.

Torch-light march held to get Devalthal declared tehsil:Residents of the Devalthal area in Pitthoragarh district took out a torch-light procession on Monday in support of their demand for getting Devalthal declared as a separate tehsil. The event had been organised by the Devalthal Banao Sangharsh Samiti and hundreds of villagers participated in the procession. The residents have been pressing for the demand for quite sometime accusing the government of doing nothing to address the aspirations of the people residing in the area. They have threatened to further intensify their agitation if the government fails to address their demand.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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