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Students bid adieu:
Exuberant performances and nostalgic memories marked the farewell party, Samavartana 2013, at Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management. The highlight of the function was a pageant in which the final-year students of BCom and BBA participated. The title of Ms Farewell was won by Priyanka Arora and Jatin Gera, was adjudged Mr Farewell. 



One held:
A team of the State Vigilance Bureau (SVB) from Hisar on Saturday arrested an office assistant working in the Urban Local Bodies Department of Haryana at Chandigarh when he was receiving Rs 30,000 as bribe from a retired employee of the department for starting her pension. Indro Devi, a retired official of the Urban Local Bodies Department, had alleged that Ram Kumar, an assistant in the head office, was demanding Rs 50,000 from her for fixing her pension. 

Drug store sealed:
A team of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday sealed a medical store near the Fatehabad bus stand after its officials recovered a large quantity of intoxicant drugs from the store. Naripen Goyal, Senior Drug Control Officer, Hisar, and Suresh Chaudhary, Drug Control Officer, Fatehabad, raided Sikander Medical Hall under the FDA's drive against intoxicant drugs. 

Market encroached:
A demolition squad of the local MC swooped on the NIT-5 market and cleared encroachments outside shops. The squad razed down the structures during three-hour operation. The shopkeepers protested, but soon fell in the line in the face of apparent determination of the officials. 

Youth killed:
A youth was killed and another got injured when their motorcycle hit a tree near Siddipur Lova village. The deceased has been identified as Ashish of Uttar Pradesh while the injured, Kuldeep, has been admitted to a private hospital where his condition is stated to be critical. 

2 ATM thieves held: On a tip-off, the CIA police has arrested two cheats from the bus stand here yesterday. The police recovered 34 ATM cards from them. The ATM cards were stolen from various ATM booths from Haryana, Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. The cheats have been identified as Mahabir and Ram Swarup, of Hisar district. A senior police official said they had withdrawn lakhs of rupees by using the stolen ATM cards. 

Five of family booked for harassment: The police has booked five persons of a family for alleged harassment for dowry, criminal intimidation and causing miscarriage without the consent of the victim. On the basis of a complaint filed yesterday by Kanta Devi, the elder sister of the 22-year-old victim Bhateri Devi of Maheshwari village, near Dharuhera, the police has booked Bhateri Devi’s husband Mukesh, father-in-law Subhash Chander, mother-in-law Sumitra Devi and two others, all residents of Bhora Kalan village of Gurgaon.

Community centre inaugurated:
Haryana PWD and Industries Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala dedicated a newly constructed Rs 1.50 crore community centre building at Sector 19 (HUDA) to public on Saturday. Surjewala said a long standing demand of HUDA residents had been fulfilled and they would be able to use this spacious building for social functions. 

Blood camp
: As many as 120 units of blood were donated at a blood donation camp organised by the NSS unit of the Shri Krishan Institute of Engineering and Technology (SKIET), Kurukshetra. SKIET Director (retd) Brig VK Panday inaugurated the camp on its premises on Friday. 

Man dead: Dharampal of Garhi Dasraj district in Uttar Pradesh, who was injured when a vehicle hit him near Shahabad last week succumbed to his injuries at the PGI Chandigarh recently. The police has registered a case in this connection. 

539 eye patients examined: About 539 eye patients were examined by a team of Dr Rajesh Saini at a free eye camp organised by the OP Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan at Jyotisar village today. A spokesman said 68 patients, who were detected suffering from cataract, would be operated free of charge while 285 patients suffering from eye sight would be given spectacles free of cost. 



Youth dies of injuries:
Maqbool Hussein (19), who belongs to Kunon village, Doda district, Jammu and Kashmir, was injured and rushed to the Civil Hospital, Ghumarwin, where doctors declared him brought dead on Friday evening. Reports said the deceased was a student of Class X and had come to his parents during vacation. He received serious injuries while cutting a tree at Baadi village in Padyalag gram panchayat. A post-mortem examination has been conducted and the body handed over to the family. The police has registered a case in the matter.

One arrested for assaulting student:
One person was arrested here on Saturday for assaulting a student with a sickle thereby injuring him seriously on his head and face at Khandua village in Chamba district, said SP BM Sharma. The SP said Ishant Thakur was attacked by accused Soni Ram with a sickle when he was on returning home from tuition class at Khandua. During the assault, three other persons Maneesh Kumar, Satish Kumar and Chaman Singh also received injuries, the SP stated. Later, on a complaint of Surender Singh, Ishant’s father, a case was registered at the Chowari police station under various sections of the IPC. 

Govt College website launched: To establish a link between admission seekers, students, alumni and general public, a website www.govtpgcollegechamba.com of the Government Postgraduate College was launched by Principal ML Sharma at a function organised by the Department of Computer Application on the college premises recently. Dr Vidya Sagar Sharma, coordinator of the BCA faculty, gave detailed information about the industrial training programme conducted, in collaboration with NIIT, in Jammu recently. 

Neha gets gold medal:
Neha Sharma of Dari-Barol was awarded a gold medal by an Una-based NGO Himotarksh for topping the MSc final exam in zoology from HPU last year. An official spokesman said Neha was bestowed this honour at a state-level function held at Una by Information and Public Relation and Industry Minister Mukesh Agnihotri. Neha graduated from the Government Post-Graduate Degree College, Dharamsala. She aims to be a zoologist and join the Indian Forest Service (IFS). 

Girl’s kidnapper nabbed after 5 months: The Indora police in this sub-division on Saturday arrested a wanted accused Saleem Deen of Mazra village after over five months. The police said the accused had allegedly abducted a minor girl (17) of his community and of the same village in October last year. He had been absconding since then. A case under Sections 363 and 366, IPC, was registered against him on October 6 last year. The police will produce him in the court for further investigations and to recover the abducted girl. 

Unclaimed vehicles auctioned: Following an order of the HP High Court, unclaimed vehicles lying abandoned for the past many years in the local police station was auctioned on Friday under the supervision of SDM Rakesh Verma. As many as 23 bidders took part in the auction of 26 vehicles. Verma said Rs 1,07,850 was realised from this auction which was deposited in the state exchequer. The auctioned vehicles comprised 24 two-wheelers and two cars, he said. — OC

Thieves decamp with jewellery, cash: Burglars committed theft in a house at Surdwan village under Indora police station on Thursday. According to the police, Urmila Devi, wife of late Prem Raj, and her family members were sleeping in two rooms. The burglars broke open the third room in which three steel boxes containing gold jewellery and cash were kept and decamped with these. The police has reported a theft of 10 tolas of gold jewellery and cash worth Rs 80,000. 

Kulgeet translated into English:
The Kulgeet of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has been translated from Hindi into English. The HPU has become the first university in the region to have composed its own Kulgeet. The task of writing the university’s own Kulgeet was entrusted to the former Vice-Chancellor of Sampurnanand Vishwavidyalaya and former faculty member of the Department of Sanskrit, HPU. Prof RS Shandil from the Department of Music, HPU, composed music for the lyrics.The Hindi version of the Kulgeet was translated by Prof Meenakshi Faith Paul from the Centre of Evening Studies, HPU, recently. 



Jankranti Dal's protest: The Uttarakhand Jankranti Dal has demanded a curb on black marketing of LPG cylinders in Dehradun. A deputation of the Uttarakhand Jankranti Dal led by NK Gusain reached the District Supply Office here and staged a demonstration. They alleged that the District Supply Office was doing little to curb the rampant black marketing of LPG cylinders. 

Stir postponed: After assurance from the state government, contractual employees in the three corporations of the State Power Department have decided to postpone their stir. The agitated employees are demanding their regularisation. — 

Staff demanded: The Uttarakhand Swatchkar Karmchari Sangh has demanded immediate start of recruitment process for filling up of vacant posts of sanitary workers in the Dehradun city. They alleged that the shortage of sanitary workers was affecting the cleaning works. They also demanded an end to any contractual appointment of sanitary workers. 

Forest guards meet: An important meeting of forest guards from the state Forest Department was held in Dehradun on Saturday. The meeting unanimously decided to boycott works on March 21. It was also decided that a massive demonstration would be held outside the Secretariat on March 27. The forest guards are demanding better pay and perks. 


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