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Rotary Club event: Chairman of the Rotary Club Karachi, Pakistan, Azia Memon today visited the Hero DMC Heart Institute under the Group Study Exchange (GSE) programme of the Rotary Foundation. During his visit, Memon was apprised with various state-of-the-art facilities and services available in the hospital, especially the critical care areas including emergency, ICCU and cath-labs. He was shown the latest diagnostic and intensive care facilities. The secretary of HDHI managing society Prem Kumar Gupta said that over the past few decades, the HDHI has grown as an institution of excellence in patient care.

Ravidas Jayanti celebrated: To mark the 635th birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas, a shobha yatra was brought out from the Guru Ravidas Mandir at Basti Jodhewal. The religious procession was welcomed at different places with warmth and enthusiasm.

Bathinda
Cattle stolen:
In his complaint to the Talwandi Sabo police, Sukhmandar Singh from village Chatthe Kalan stated that on the night of February 2, some unknown persons stole his buffalo along with her calf, worth `49,000 from the village. Police have registered a case.
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HARYANA

Bhiwani
Dharna staged:
To protest the discrimination being meted out to Army Chief General VK Singh, members of the Akhil Bhartiya Rajput Mahasabha staged a dharna outside the mini-secretariat here on Monday. Protesters sent a memorandum to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner. Thakur Atar Lal, state president of the mahasabha, said the Centre should provide extension to the Army chief considering his birth date registered in his matriculation certificate.

Chandigarh
Eye donation
: Twenty eye donation centres have been set up in Haryana to help people suffering from blindness, Health Minister Rao Narender Singh said. Each centre set up under the Nehru Drishti Scheme will have an eye specialist and an assistant. He said advisers had also been appointed in these eye donation centres to persuade people to donate their eyes. Anybody desirous of donating eyes could do so by dialling telephone number 102.

Faridabad
Narang is member of power panel
: GC Narang of the Faridabad Industries Association(FIA) has been appointed a member of the Advisory Committee of the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission. The appointment is for three years. The main objective of the committee is to advise the commission on questions of policy relating to the protection of consumersí interests and overall standards of performance by the power utilities in the state. Narang heads the electricity panel of the FIA.

Kurukshetra
Eye camp:
A free eye check-up camp, organised by the Om Prakash Jindal Gramin Jankalyan Sansthan, was inaugurated by TR Sharma, DSP, Pehowa, on the premises of DAV Centenary Public School, Pehowa, recently. As many as 500 patients were examined by eye specialist Rajesh Saini.

Office-bearers: Following were elected unanimously as office-bearers of the Maharishi Balmiki Ashram Society under the chairmanship of Sant Ram Dassi on Monday. Sant Ram Dassi - patron, Manphool Singh Taank - president, Deepak Gill - vice-president, Ramnath Mandal - general secretary, Sushil Kumar - press secretary, Sheetal Prakash - joint secretary and Naresh Kumar - treasurer.

Rewari
Student killed:
Mahavir (20), a student of class X and a resident of Mohalla Bas Sitab Rai, was beaten to death by six miscreants, who were armed with lethal weapons at Agrasen Chowk here on Sunday. His elder brother, Shanker, also sustained injuries in the attack. While Shanker was hospitalised, Mahavir was declared brought dead. The police has registered a case of rioting and murder against unidentified assailants.

Sirsa
Lok Adalat: The District Legal Services Authority (DSLA) will organise a Rural Lok Adalat in Randhawa of the district on February 26. Naresh Singhal, Chief Judicial Magistrate, and Secretary of the DLSA, Sirsa, said pending legal disputes of litigants would be resolved through mutual compromise during the Rural Lok Adalat. Singhal urged litigants to settle their disputes in the Lok Adalats, as these saved their money and time of the courts.


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UPSC presents report to Alva: The Chairperson and members of the Uttarakhand Public Service Commission (UPSC) presented the 10th annual report of the commission to Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva at Raj Bhavan here on Monday. The Governor congratulated the chairperson and all members of the commission on the successful fulfilment of their action plans and responsibilities and wished them the best for the future. Chairperson Dr DP Joshi and other members Manjula Bisht, Professor Manjulab Rana, KK Arya and Dr DK Bhatt were present, besides commissionís secretary Chandrashekhar Bhatt and examination controller of the commission. Principal Secretary to the Governor Ashok and Principal Secretary (Home) Utpal Kumar Singh were also present on the occasion.

Cold weather claims life: Bharat Singh, an ex-serviceman, resident of Deep Nagar, was found unconscious at Rispana Pul in the morning from where he was taken to hospital. The doctor declared him dead. The police said the cold weather was the reason for his death though postmortem report is yet to come. He has a wife and two grown up children. Singh, who worked for a private company, did not return home last night.

One dies in mishap: Om Prakash, a resident Bhagirathi Nagar, Haridwar, died on the spot when driver of a Safari vehicle rammed into him at Moti Chur Forest barrier in Raiwala. The driver ran away from the scene while leaving his vehicle on the spot. Later, on the basis of the vehicle number, the police arrested Jaideep Singh, resident of Haridwar, after a complaint was filed by Amit, son of the deceased.

Kumaon Briefs

Theft of BSNL cables: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) officials are facing a problem of a large-scale theft of cables belonging to the department that are laid down across the town. Reports say that till now, cables costing Rs 50,000 have been stolen from various areas of the town. This has led to several landline phones going out of order. This is also hampering the Internet connectivity. The department has decided to approach the senior police officials on this issue as reporting the matter at the lower level has not led to any fruitful result.

Man goes missing in Nainital: A person has been reported missing from the Jyolikote area of Nainital. Asha Pathak of Sainj village in Almora has reported that her husband Sunil Pathak was employed as a mason with a contractor in Jyolikote. She has stated that the 40- year-old Pathak has not returned home for several months. She has searched out for him in Jyolikote but to no avail. The police has registered a complaint in the matter and have started searching for the missing ma

Missing woman found: The Haldwani police claims to have found the woman of the Kusumkheda locality who had gone missing. She was found with her lover whom she had married in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. It is learnt that Deepika had gone missing from her home in Kusumkheda locality on January 15 following which her parents had reported the matter to the police. Sources say that Deepika had been having an affair with Vipin. The latterís parents were not agreeing for their marriage. However, they had tied the nuptial knot secretly in Lucknow last year. The girl had returned home only to flee to her husband on January 15.

Improper supply of cylinders: Consumers of the LPG gas in Haldwani are agitated over the improper supply of cylinders in the town. The consumers have charged that agents are charging more than Rs 50 for home delivery of the cylinders. They have also stated that cylinders being supplied have three to four kg of gas less before they reach the consumers. Over the past few days, the town has witnessed an increase in black marketing of gas cylinders. The town has been witnessing protests over its erratic supply and other irregularities.

Agitators block road: The residents of the sugar mill area of Sitarganj are agitated over the failure of the administration to check the increasing number of road accidents in the area. They blocked the traffic movement on the Pilibhit road in protest against the attitude of the administration. The protest had been triggered off by the death of a generator operator, Puran Chandra Sharma, in an accident on Saturday. He was run over by a truck. The protestors were pacified only after they were ensured that preventive measures like construction of speed breakers in the residential area would be taken soon.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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