Ritual held: The students, who had got first three positions in different classes in the annual exams during the past session, played as hosts in the “21 kundi havan yagya” organised in the LRS DAV Senior Secondary School here on Thursday to mark the beginning of the new academic session.
Man commits suicide: One Raja Ram allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in the government school complex in village Bhagsar here on Wednesday. The chowkidar of the school found his body hanging from the tree. He is survived by three children. A case has been registered.
Man found murdered: A notorious criminal, Jagjit Singh (22), was found murdered at Bharariwal village on Thursday. He had grievous sharpedged weapon injuries. A case had been registered at the Sadar police station. The family in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that he had gone to take some medicines on Wednesday but did not return. His body was found in a field.
Gang of auto-thieves busted: The Amritsar police here on Thursday claimed to have busted a gang of auto-lifters with the arrest of two persons. Ten motorcycles and two scooters were recovered from them. The accused have been identified as Vijay Kumar and Sarabjit Singh. During routine checking near Hall Gate, the police signalled two motorcycle-borne youths to stop. During questioning, they were unable to produce the registration certificate of vehicles, which was later found to be stolen.
One arrested: The local police arrested Bhupinder Singh, son of head constable Gurcharan Singh, for carrying a large quantity of intoxicants. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act.
Special campaign: A special campaign has been launched to impart technical know-how to farmers of the state by the Punjab Agriculture Department through training camps, which will be held at the district level in the first phase. Stating this here on Thursday, agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah said in the second phase the camps would be organised at block and village levels.
Health minister’s greetings : Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health and family welfare minister, on Thursday extended greetings and best wishes to the Indians, particularly Punjabis, on the occasion of New Year, according to the traditional Hindu calendar.
Appointments: Dr Jagtar Singh, professor, department of library and information science, has been appointed dean, faculty of education and information science, Punjabi University. Punjabi University vice-chancellor has appointed Dr Manju Verma, professor in the department of political science, as dean, faculty of social sciences for two years. Prof S.M. Verma, professor of history, has been appointed head of the department of correspondence courses for three years.
Farmers’ training camp: A district-level farmers’ training camp for providing them technical knowledge about crops was organised here on Thursday. The PWD Minister, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, was the chief guest. The ADC (Development), Harnek Singh, inaugurated it. The camp was addressed by joint director, agriculture, Tarsem Singh, PAU experts G.S. Mangat, C.S. Aulakh, H.S. Badesha, G.S. Rattan, Ravinder Singh, Mandip Singh and chief agriculture officer Sukhdev Singh
Jaundice outbreak: District Magistrate and deputy commissioner of Ambala Mohammad Shayin fearing the outbreak of jaundice in Ambala has prohibited the sale, storage and exposure of sweets, meat, cakes, biscuits, ice candies, kulfies and other food items. He has also prohibited the import of ice in the district. Bathing of persons and animals, washing of clothes, utensils on all wells and drinking sources has also been prohibited.
One held: The Indora police has arrested Tarsem Pal, a resident of Ferozpur district in Punjab, on charges of killing a cycle rider, Banti, a resident of Padtan ki kodhi in an accident. Pal was driving the truck that hit his bicycle.
Ex-servicemen rally: The district sanik welfare board is organising an ex-servicemen rally at Rajinder stadium in Yol on April 6. The board officials in a press note issued here today said the ex-servicemen from the entire area and widows of martyrs have been asked to participate in the rally that would be held to redress their grievances.
1 held for murder: The Jammu police on Thursday claimed to have solved the double murder case that took place in Shimla on the intervening night of March 28 and 29, 2008. Police sources said they had arrested Deepak Dogra, alias Minta Langra, the main accused in the murder of Ashwani Kumar, alias Ashu, and Rajeev Kumar, alias Raju, who were wanted criminals in the Bakra murder case.
Sikhs’ protest: The Sikh community on Thursday staged a protest demonstration against the proposed auction of an armour at London’s renowned Sotheby’s. The proposed auction of the armour has triggered widespread protests across the country as the Sikh community claims that it belonged to Guru Gobind Singh.
Chhari Mubarak yatra: Minister for higher education Gulchain Singh Charak on Thursday said the traditional Chhari Mubarak Chatter Choudhas would be taken out from Shri Ranbieshwar Temple at Shalamar, Jammu and would proceed to Shri Raghunath temple and later to historical temples of Purmandal and Utterbani on April 5. He said the yatra would pass through Tawi bridge, Bikram Chowk, Jammu University, Narwal bypass, Kaluchak, Ratnochak, Birpur, Purmandal and Uttervani.