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Bathinda
MRs stage demonstration
: Members of the Punjab Medical Representatives Association (PMRA) and the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical Sales Representatives Union (PCMSRU) here on Thursday staged a demonstration against the alleged anti-labour policies of the management of an Ahmedabad-based pharmaceutical company. The leaders of the protesters accused the management of the company of violating the labour laws and threatening the medical representatives against becoming members of the unions.

PCMSRU chief: Rakesh Arora has been appointed as the president of the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical Sales Representatives Union (PCMSRU), Bathinda.

World Health Day observed: The district health authorities observed the World Health Day under the presidentship of officiating civil surgeon Dr RS Randhawa by organising a function on the premises of the Women and Children Hospital here on Thursday. On the occasion, the people were educated about uses and effects of medicines. Dr Nisha Goyal, secretary of District Red Cross Society JR Goyal, Dr Partik Kapila and Dr BS Gill also spoke.

Bharat Nagar elections: The elections of the Bharat Nagar Welfare Society were held on Sunday. The members of the committee are Parshotam Gargi (patron), Raj Kumar Singla (president), Suresh Kansal (vice-president) and Gobind Parkash Chhabra (general secretary).

Arorvansh Sabha: Madan Lal Monga has been unanimously elected as president of the Shri Arorvansh Sabha, Bathinda. The other nominated members of the Sabha are Kundan Lal Monga, Jodh Rai Bajaj and ML Arora (patrons); Manohar Lal Monga (senior vice-president); Mohinder Narula, Ravinder Sachdeva, Jagdish Doda and Satish Setia (vice-presidents); and Gobind Chhabra (general secretary).

Donated: A deep-freezer was donated to the Sri Sanatan Dharma Mahavir Dal Ram Bagh Committee, Bathinda, in the memory of Harnek Singh Ahluwalia by his sons Darshan Singh and Nachhattar Singh in assistance with a local NGO, the Aasra Welfare Society. The deep-freezer can preserve a dead body for three days.

Booked under Drugs and Magic Remedies Act: The Kotwali police has registered a criminal case against the Deepak Medical Hall, Gandhi Bazar here, for distributing the samples of oil with aphrodisiac qualities along with pamphlets by inserting them in various newspapers. The case has been registered under various Acts, including Section 7 of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (objectionable activities) Act and Section 109 of the IPC.

BDA joint action committee office-bearers chosen: The employees of the Bathinda Development Authority formed a new body of their joint action committee. The office-bearers are Navreet Grewal (chairman), Sukhpal Singh (president), Gobinder Singh (senior vice-president), Sukhdev Singh (general secretary), Sham Lal (secretary) and Bhushan Pal Bansal (press secretary).

Lawyers back Hazareís crusade: Endorsing the need of Lok Pal Bill, members of the District Bar Association, Bathinda, under the headship of their president Rajan Garg today announced their support for the social activists Anna Hazare, who is observing a fast-unto-death. Among others, Lalit Garg, Arsh Deep Singh Sran, Harvinder Singh and Narinder Kumar Singla attended the meeting.

Chandigarh
Enhance MSP of wheat: CM:
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought the personal intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately enhance the minimum support price of wheat from Rs 1,120 to Rs 1,480 per quintal. In a letter to Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister urged the Centre to help improve the economic lot of the farmers by recommending a minimum hike of Rs 480 per quintal.

Hoshiarpur
Swindler held
: The police arrested a swindler, Balwinder Singh under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC for allegedly duping Shingara Singh of Ahrana of Rs 1,32,500 in the name of getting him released a loan of Rs 20 lakh from a finance company of Jalandhar.

Mandi Gobindgarh
Legal awareness camp
: The Desh Bhagat College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a one-day legal awareness camp by the Legal Literacy Club and NSS department of the college. The students provided Right to Education 2009, Right to Information 2005 and foeticide legal offence door-to-door to village residents.

Phagwara
Two-day workshop:
The Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration organised a two-day workshop to provide training to government employees about civil service rules and financial matters. SDM Amarjit Paul inaugurated the workshop and addressed the participants, including DDOs and dealing assistants.

New Naib Tehsildar: After a wait of more than four months, the town got a new Naib Tehsildar, Raj Kumar Nanda, on Monday. The post had been lying vacant since November 30, when Naib Tehsildar Mulkh Raj resigned from his post due to political and departmental reasons. Later he joined politics by joining newly formed political party of former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal.
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HARYANA

FATEHABAD
Security: A woman constable from this district and her husband have been provided security after they apprehended threat to their lives from the copís family members. The constable, Kavita, posted at Bhattu Kalan in this district, had married Vishnu, a resident of Kharia in Sirsa, in December last year against the wishes of their families. The couple filed an application in the district courts in Sirsa and sought police protection for themselves.

2 electrocuted: Two persons were electrocuted while two others sustained serious burn injuries when a metal tripod they had placed in agriculture fields to take out a submersible motor from a borewell touched overhead electric wires at Gillankhera village on Wednesday. Pal Singh and his cousin Jasbir Singh from Bagguwali village in Sirsa had taken an agriculture field on a contract basis and their agreement had ended with this rabi season. The two went to the fields at Gillankhera with a labourer, Lakha Singh, and a neighbour, Baljinder Singh, to take out the submersible motor. Before they could start work, the metal tripod touched the high-tension wires passing overhead. Lakha Singh and Baljinder Singh died on the spot, while Pal Singh and Jasbir Singh were seriously injured.

JHAJJAR
Woman killed: A woman was killed while her son was seriously injured when their mobike was hit by a private bus on the Jhajjar road in Bahadurgarh town here on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Rekha of Chhara village. Her son, Himanshu, has been admitted to a hospital where his condition is stated to be critical. The Bahadurgarh police has registered a case against the driver of the bus on a complaint of the victimís husband, Virender, in this regard.

REWARI
Farmer shot dead: A farmer, Jagdish Yadav (60), was shot dead by miscreants at his farmhouse at Pavati village, near Bawal, on Tuesday night. The miscreants, who looted jewellery and other valuables, also assaulted the deceasedís son, Dharamender Yadav , as well as women of the family. Later, they decamped with the booty. The Bawal police has registered a case.

SIRSA
Girl dies of  poisoning: A young girl died of poisoning, while a boy, who was found beside her, was admitted the PGIMS, Rohtak, in a critical condition on Wednesday. The two were spotted in the Shamshabad Patti area of the town. A resident, Gurvinder Singh, noticed that the girl was lying unconscious, while the boy was sitting nearby. Singh took the girl to a private hospital, where she died. In the meantime, the boy also fell unconscious after informing his family members that he had consumed poison. Later, the family members identified the girl as Pinki, a resident of Begu Road and student of a local polytechnic. The boy, Arvind Kumar, belongs to Dhudianwali village.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
Dharna held: To extend wholehearted support to the ongoing crusade against corruption launched by the noted social activist Anna Hazare in New Delhi, Chamba RTI Bureau chief Swami Bhuvneshwar Sharma and his other followers, staged a dharna in the complex of the DCís office here on Wednesday. They also submitted a memorandum to the President of India through the Additional District Magistrate Ashwani Choudhary.

NURPUR
Three convicted: A news item published in these columns on April 2 under the headline ď4 convicted for attacking minor,Ē additional district attorney, Jawali, Bisham Chand has clarified that the judicial court had convicted only three accused, whereas the case of Tilak Raj, the minor son of Kashmir Singh of Bhadwara, Fatehpur tehsil, was still under consideration in the juvenile board.
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DEHRADUN

DEHRADUN
1 killed, 5 hurt in attack at ashram: Five persons got seriously injured and one died in an attack by some unidentified men at an ashram at Simli village of Laksar in Haridwar district early Thursday morning. The attackers couldnít be identified as yet. The incident happened at about 3 am when some men attacked six sevikas at Rameshnath Ashram with lathis. The sevikas were sleeping when they were attacked. Satpal Singh died on the spot and the remaining five were admitted to the Doon Hospital here in a serious condition. Those injured have been identified as Harinath, Ilam Chand, Inder Nath, Mahelo and Jhagdu.

2 houses burgled, cash stolen: Two houses of a colony of the Community Health Centre were burgled at Vikasnagar in Dehradun district on the same day. According to the police, the two house owners had gone for duty when the theft was reported. Locks of the two houses were found broken when they returned home. And on checking, some cash was found missing. A case under Section 380, IPC, has been registered at the Vikasnagar police station.

17-year-old girl abducted: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly abducted from Babugarh at Vikasnagar by a local on Monday. The minorís brother has lodged a complaint against Ashvani, alias Monu. The police has registered a case under Sections 363 and 366-A, IPC, at the Vikasnagar police station. The police has started looking for the two. The cops told the accused will be soon arrested.

Kumaon Briefs
List of Kaila sh Mansarovar yatris prepared:
The list of the annual Kailash Mansarovar yatris has been prepared following their selection by the lottery system. According to sources, 16 batches of yatris, comprising 60 persons each, will undertake yatra this year. There were 1,778 applicants and 45 persons have been kept in the waiting list. The first batch of the yatris is expected to reach Almora on June 1. The yatra is held under supervision of the Ministry of External Affairs, while the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam is the executing agency for the exercise.

Petrol pump employee, customer trade charges: The town of Kashipur was a venue of chaos on Wednesday following a tiff between a petrol pump employee and a customer. Customer Vinod Kumar alleged that the petrol pump employee Ramesh Singh gave him less petrol for the amount paid to him and used casteist terminology. Ramesh, on the other hand, levelled charges that Vinod had beaten him up and fled with his bag containing Rs 50,000. The fracas led to a strike by petrol pump owners in the area and there was also a traffic jam. The petrol pumps reopened following assurances by the police that is now investigating the charges.

Relocation of postmortem house sought: Residents of Bageshwar have demanded relocation of a postmortem house that is situated in a residential area. They say besides being in a residential area, the structure is in a dilapidated condition and there is no sanitation in and around the building. They claim that the new postmortem house near the government hospital is not being utilised. They have sought the intervention of the administration in the matter.

Medical equipment lying out of order in Sushila hospital: The matter pertaining to a large number of medical equipment either lying out of order or being unutilised has come to light in the Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital in Haldwani. It is the most advanced hospital in Kumaon catering to the needs of the entire region. According to reports, important machines in departments of surgery, orthopedics and urology are either not being utilised or are out of order. The authorities at the hospital are learnt to have started taking stock of condition of equipment in every department.

Work on damaged gates of Gaula barrage begins: The damaged gates of the Gaula barrage are finally getting repaired. A team from the Roorkee Mechanical Engineering Workshop has dismantled the gates and started repair works. It is learnt that the exercise will take at least a month and a half to be completed. Till that time, the Irrigation Department has made an alternate arrangement of supplying water to Haldwani from the old canal. The water supply of Haldwani is dependent on the Gaula barrage and was damaged in 1993. This is the first time when the gates are getting repaired.

Fogging machines out of order in Haldwani: The exercise to carry out fogging in Haldwani has failed to take off till now as the two fogging machines available with the local municipality are out of order. According to reports, the machines had been sent to Rudrapur for repairs almost a year back and are yet to come back. Meanwhile, the town is grappling with the problem of mosquito menace which is increasing by the day. In the absence of proper sanitary conditions in various localities, certain spots have become mass breeding grounds for mosquitoes. There are 25 wards that are awaiting fogging operations.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)
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