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Fatehgarh Sahib
Industry demands relief:
The Small Scale Industries (SSI) on Saturday demanded a special package as these were passing through a difficult phase. SSI chairman Dinesh Nakra said several units had been shut down due to the faulty industrial policy in the state. He said if the situation did not improve entrepreneurs would close all units.

Workshop held:
A four-day workshop on research methodology was organised at the Dasmesh Girls' College of Education, Badal, from March 5 to 8. The objectives of the workshop were to guide young researchers in the selection of the problem, formulation of hypothesis, data analysis, etc.

bku activists begin stir: Several women under the banner of Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union and Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) began their indefinite protest against the state government in Lambi village on International Women's Day on Saturday. They demanded that the homeless be allotted plots as promised.

Symposium organised: Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital organised a symposium, "Craniofacial Anthropometry", here on Saturday. Nearly 200 delegates from various medical and dental colleges of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh participated. Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, a professor in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, was the chief guest of the inaugural session.

4 held for murder:
The police arrested four gangsters involved in a murder case in Hoshiarpur on Friday. The police seized a .32 bore pistol, three cartridges and a car. The accused have been identified as Jaspinder Singh from Hoshiarpur, Jatinder Singh and Jony Bhandari from Jalandhar and Amanpreet Singh from Kapurthala.

2 held for jawan’s murder: The police have arrested two persons for allegedly killing Home Guard jawan Charanjit Singh on February 10. Senior Superintendent of Police HS Mann, the victim's wife Gurmeet Kaur committed the crime along with her paramour Harpreet Singh. The accused had allegedly intoxicated the victim before giving him an electric shock.

Polo at Hola Mohalla:
Apart from martial art performances by Nihangs, this year's Hola Mohalla festival will also see a horse polo tournament. Teams from different parts of the country will participate in the four-day tournament beginning on March 14 at Sodhi Gurbachan Singh Khalsa Senior Secondary School ground.

2 of family die in mishap:
Two members of a family were killed, while two others sustained injuries when the car they were travelling in hit a tree at Bardwal (near Dhuri) on Saturday. Among the deceased are Malerkotla resident Hitesh Kumar (28) and his daughter (2). Hitesh’s mother Sunita and wife Kanika have been admitted to a Ludhiana hospital. The police said Hitesh, a jewellery supplier, was returning to Malerkotla after attending a marriage in Bathinda.

Women's Day celebrated: Member of Rajya Sabha Sukhdev Dhindsa emphasised the need to educate every girl child to build a strong society at a function held to celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday. Among others present were Chief Parliamentary Secretary Parkash Chand Garg and district president of SAD's women wing Paramjit Kaur Virk.

21 women honoured: To mark International Women's Day, the Punjab Youth Congress organised a function under the leadership of its general secretary Poonam Kangra here today. Sangrur MP Vijay Inder Singla was the chief guest. In all, 21 women were honoured for rendering social service. Those honoured included Dr Poonam Singla, Dr Navdeep Kaur, Principal Neeru Verma, Preeti Mahant, Baljinder Kaur, Sushma Sharma, Anita Rani and Sarbjit Kaur.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
SDLSA promotes legal awareness:
The Sangrur District Legal Services Authority (SDLSA) organised a seminar at Kanganwal village to educate the masses on their legal rights and get their grievances redressed without spending money. Chief Judicial Magistrate and Secretary SDLSA Mohit Bansal presided over the session. In his keynote address, Bansal said knowledge about various sections of law could help curb social evils.



Women’s Day:
Several programmes were organised on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Haldwani and its neighbouring towns and other districts in the region on Saturday. A programme “Meri Pratishtha” was organised at Buddh Park at Haldwani where participants discussed matters related to the empowerment of women in the hill state. “We discussed the condition of the hill women and options before the government to uplift their condition by giving them more chances to attain parity with the men in society,” said Shivani Mehta, organiser of the programme.

All trains booked:
No seat is available in 32 trains bound for Kashipur till March 17 due to Holi as thousands of workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar leave for their hometowns during the festival. “While no seat is available in trains going to Delhi, Maharashtra, Bihar and Mumbai from March 15 to 29, seats in trains going to Punjab are easily available,” said NS Dungariyal, station master of the Kashipur railway station.

Student honoured:
Army Public School, Ranikhet, has honoured a student, Sanchit Ashish, who secured the first position in the state at Science Olympiad organised in  Delhi last week. “Ashish, a class VI student of the school, won the gold  medal at Science Olympiad. He secured the first position at the state level while his national ranking was 297,” said Kamlesh Joshi, principal, Army Public School, Ranikhet.

Property dealer’s wife held:
The wife of Praveen Dheel, a property dealer in Kashipur, has been arrested on the suspicion that she had murdered her husband after marks were found on the neck of the deceased while the body was being taken for cremation. “Praveen’s wife has admitted to killing her husband by suffocating him to death with the help of two men. Investigation is on to trace the two other alleged killers,” said Rajiv Mohan, Circle Officer, Kashipur.

(complied by BD Kasniyal)


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