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AMRITSAR
RSS leader dead: Senior RSS leader and sangh pracharak Vishwanath (82) died here on Thursday. He was the national president of the Dharam Jagran Manch before he relinquished the charge due to deteriorating health.

Coaching camp: Guru Nanak Dev University organised a 10-day summer conditioning coaching camp for men and women, in its sports complex. As many as 124 players from different affiliated colleges of the university participated in the camp.

SAP extended: The University Grants Commission has extended the special assistance programme (SAP), sanctioned to the Punjab School of Economics of GND University, for another two years till March 31, 2009. University registrar and co-ordinator of SAP Dr R.S. Bawa said the UGC had sanctioned Rs 18 lakh under the programme for a period of three years in 2004, out of which Rs 9 lakh was released.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Punjab Education Department Ministerial Staff Association: president - Nirmaljit Singh; and general secretary - Yogesh Bhatia.

BARNALA
Press Club: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Press Club, Shehna and Bhaduar towns in Barnala district: president - Parmod Singla; vice-president - Kuldip Singh Dhunna; general secretary - Rajinder Kumar Verma; and treasurer - Rajinder Kumar Batta.

Lions Club: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lions Club, 321 Shehna: president - Harjit Singh Shehna; general secretary - Maan Singh Khattra; and finance secretary - Kailash Chander.

Batala
One murdered
: Balwant Singh village Bambh died on spot after being hit by a bullet fired by Manjeet Singh from members from his 0.12 bore gun, over demarcation of land. A case has been registered against Manjeet Singh his wife Dawinder Kaur and daughter Babbu of the same village.

Hoshiarpur
Paddy sowing: Deputy commissioner D. K. Tiwari, has advised the farmers of the district not to sow traditional paddy crop in their lands, keeping in view heavy consumption of water by this crop. The has DC advised the farmers to sow the paddy between June 15 and 30 as during this period the sowing would have no effect on the ground water level.

Wheat procured: As many as 1,43,950 tonnes of wheat had been procured by the various government agencies in 59 procurement centres in the district up to May 24 for which payment of Rs 106 crore which is 98 per cent of the total value had been made to the farmers. DC D. K. Tiwari said that 99 per cent of the total procured wheat had already been lifted from the procurement centres and had been dispatched to the godowns.

NABHA
Godown raided
: A joint team of the police health authorities and sales tax officers conducted a raid on the godown of Romesh Enterprises, situated at Alhoran Gate here on Friday. The team, led by assistant civil surgeon Prem Nath Rajput, sealed four different brands of desi ghee and sent them for chemical examination.

Phillaur
Voiceless
DD: Viewers had to face great inconvenience as voiceless programmes were being aired on Jalandhar Doordarshan this evening. The technical snag which occurred at 4.30 pm could not be cleared till the filing of the news report.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
Husband, wife commit suicide
: In a tragic incident, a couple committed suicide after consuming some poisonous substance in a tribal village of Badgran in Bharmour tribal subdivision. According to reports, the husband and wife had a quarrel over the issue of selling old utensils and purchasing new ones by the wife. Angry over her husbandís rebuff, the wife killed herself by consuming some poisonous substance. Terrified, the husband also consumed the poisonous substance. The kin of the deceased couple cremated them.

2 arrested for junk theft: The police has apprehended two members of a gang of thieves involved in the theft of junk recovering 17 kg of junk of copper from their possession. These arrested have been identified as Shankar Prasad, resident of Jalandhar (Punjab), and Chaman Lal of Shillaghrat of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. SP Upendra Thakur claimed the police had seized 46 kg copper wire, 8 kg aluminum wire and other types of wire weighing 100 kg. Eleven persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in these thefts, the SP said. In recent months, the police has seized 61 kg of charas in 13 cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the SP claimed; adding that 15 more had been arrested.

KANGRA
Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Pensioners Welfare Association Kangra: president; P.R. Agnihotri, senior vice-president; Tilak Raj Soni, general secretary; H.C. Gularie, treasurer; O.P.Narula and press secretary; B.L.Sharma.

KULLU
Tractor overturns: One person died and two were injured when a tractor overturned after hitting a wall on the roadside at Dangadhar near Thatibeer in Banjar subdivision of on Thursday evening. The tractor driver Pawan Kumar, resident of Bagli village got crushed under the tractor. Injured Hira Lal and Girdhari Lal were admitted to the Government Hospital at Banjar with minor injuries. The accident occurred due to failure of breaks of the tractor.

MANDI
Charas seized: The State Anti-corruption and Vigilance Bureau on Friday arrested a tea-stall owner at Aut on the national highway-21 and seized 1.5 kg of charas from him. DSP Gurdev Sharma said a team led by inspector Shamsher Singh acted on a tip-off and raided the tea-stall. Accused Dile Ram, his son Negi Ram have been booked under the NDPS Act.

NURPUR
One held stealing telephone cable
: The villagers of Bhadroya village on Thursday nabbed Aflatoon, son of Shafi Mohammad of Damtal, for allegedly stealing telephone cables. His accomplice Bodh raj fled. The police recovered 150 meters of telephone cable from the accused. A gang of cable thieves has been active in the area for the past few months. With the arrest of Aflatoon, the police hopes to solve a number of cable thefts committed in the recent past.


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