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Abohar
Mahatma Hans Raj’s birth anniversary celebrated:
Yoga camp for the students of middle and high classes and presentation of excerpts from the teachings of Mahatma Hans Raj were the highlights of the Birth Anniversary Celebrations of the founder of the DAV movement in the LRS DAV Senior Secondary School here today. Swami Vinod Luthra from Patanjali Yogapeeth spoke about the importance of yoga in day to day life. Principal Kusum Khungar highlighted contribution of Mahatma Hans Raj in social reforms movement. Students Prahi Gupta and Ridha Satija conducted the quiz. 

Amritsar
Certificates presented:
As many as 165 students were given Mantaj certificates for their participation in a Hindi essay writing competition organised in Spring Dale Senior School here on February 22. Class VII-C student Mantaj was awarded a gold medal and bagged the national language prize.

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SGPC hails UK court ruling: The SGPC welcomed the decision of the High Court in England in which it pronounced judgment in favour of a baptised Sikh girl. Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, here on Tuesday said Sikh student Sarika Watkins Singh had fought a long legal battle to get justice in favour of kada (steel bracelet), one of the five Ks, worn by baptised Sikhs. He congratulated Liberty, an organisation for safeguarding human rights, for helping the school girl fight racial discrimination.He appreciated the High Court for asking Abrader Girls School, Wales, to pay compensation of 2 lakh pound to the girl.

Journalist’s death mourned: The SGPC and various other Sikh organisations have mourned the death of Punjabi journalist Mahinder Singh. Starting his journalistic career from Quami Dard, he switched over to Ajit soon. Later, he joined as News Editor of Akali Patrika. He has also written a book, “Nih Rakhi Gayee”, on the turbulent period of militancy in the state. Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh and Khalsa Action Committee convener Bhai Mohkam Singh also mourned his death. 

Lecture on legal trends: Prof Charles Steven, head of the Department of Law, Leicester University, England, will deliver a lecture on “new trends in the legal profession” in the Law Department of Guru Nanak Dev University on April 23. According to Dr Jaspal Singh, head of the Law Department, Steven will also interact with students and faculty members of the department. 

Batala
Computer science results:
Students of the local RR Biwa DAV College for Girls have made the college proud in their academic results of MSc (computer science) third semester examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University. Shilpa Verma, Ritika Aggarwal, Sharanjit Kaur, Natasha Goel, Meenu Aggarwal and Manpreet Kaur have got the first six positions from Batala, Principal Ajay Sareen said here on Tuesday.

BATHINDA
School selected:
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Bringkhera, Muktsar, has been selected by the British Council for its international linkage with Worcestershire-based King Charles School under the Dream+Teams project. Gursewak Singh Sidhu, Principal, and one link teacher of the school will visit the UK in June to seek necessary training and guidance. The other two schools participating are YPS, Patiala, and PPS, Nabha.

Lok Adalat on May 30: A quarterly Lok Adalat will be organised at the District Courts Complex, Bathinda, under the supervision of Kuldip Singh, District and Sessions Judge, Bathinda, on May 30. A press release in this regard said the Lok Adalat would aim at cases relating to domestic disputes, bank loans, recovery of mobile dues, VAT cases, matrimonial disputes, rent dispute cases and those falling under the Motor Vehicles Act. Besides Bathinda, Lok Adalats will also be held at Talwandi Sabo and Rampura Phul on the same day.

Kamboj Maha Sabha: Baljinder Singh of village Burj Sidhwan in Muktsar district has been appointed as the vice-president of the All India Kamboj Maha Sabha. The appointment was made by Bhupinder Singh Kamboj, state president of the Sabha. 

Support for SAD (B): Activists of the Muslim Welfare Society announced to lend their support to the ruling SAD in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Ranjodh Ali, president of the society, said the announcement was made during a meeting held at Mehna Chowk here on Wednesday. 

Fazilka
Unidentified body recovered:
An unidentified body of a man (30) was recovered from the Roopnagar drain of village Bakainwala of this sub-division. According to police sources, some residents of the village noticed an unidentified body floating on water. They informed the Khui Khera police, who with the help of the villagers drained out the decomposed body. The person was not identified by any of the villagers. A case under section 174 of the IPC was registered.

NABHA
2-month dharna lifted:
Ajaib Singh, his wife and minor children who were sitting on dharna for the past two months days near the SDM office, lifted it on Sunday night. Ajaib alleged his house was demolished by people of upper caste belonging to the SAD. According to sources, a senior police officer from Patiala visited Ajaib to settle the matter. Ajaib was reportedly paid Rs 2 lakh. Several organisations had formed an action committee and held a number of protest rallies in the town to put pressure on the local administration to provide justice to him. SAD (A) supremo Simranjit Singh Mann had also joined the family twice in dharna. Spokespersons have said Ajaib did not take any party into confidence.

Nawanshahr
Held with smack:
The police arrested Sanjay Kumar Gujjar of Dhakwala Gujjaran village, Karnal district in Haryana, and seized 500 gm of smack worth Rs 5 lakh from him at a police naka put up by the local CIA staff and the Rahon police at Kanuan village, near Rahon-Machhiwara bridge, on Tuesday. 

SANGRUR
Dowry death: 7-yr RI to husband, in-laws:
Sarbjit Singh Dhaliwal, Additional Sessions Judge (ad hoc), Fast Track Court, Sangrur, on Wednesday awarded seven-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) each to husband Pritpal Singh, father-in-law Lal Singh and mother-in-law Darshan Kaur of deceased Kiranpreet Kaur. They have been sentenced to undergo RI for causing dowry death to Kiranpreet on July 7, 2006, at Khanpur Fakiran village under Dirba police station. The case was registered on the complaint of Kiranpreet’s father Jasmail Singh of Khanal Khurd village who had alleged that his daughter had died due to hanging. The deceased was married to Pritpal on November 26, 2004, and after that her in-laws started harassing her for more dowry. 

Poppy husk seized: A patrolling party of the CIA staff Bahadur Singhwala, led by Navdeep Singh, on Wednesday seized 150 km of poppy husk from two persons near Ranike village. As per information, Surjit Singh of Dhandiwal village (Sherpur) was arrested, while his accomplice Harnaib Singh of Muloowal village (Sherpur) fled from the spot. A case has been registered under Sections 15, 61, 85, NDPS Act, at Sherpur police station. 

Tarn Taran
Teenager raped:
Two boys, Goldy and Harinder Singh, residents of Dugri village, 8 km from here, have been booked for raping a teenaged girl of the same village by forcibly entering the house of the girl. The Sadar police has registered a case against the boys who fled from the spot after committing the crime.

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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Closure of liquor vends:
The Haryana Excise and Taxation Department has ordered the closure of liquor vends in the state from 5 pm on May 5 to 5 pm on May 7 and also on May 16 in view of the polling on May 7 and counting of votes on May 16. An official spokesman said here on Tuesday that these orders had been issued as per the guidelines of the Election Commission. The Chief Electoral Officer had asked the department that no establishments selling or serving liquor would be permitted to sell or serve liquor on these days. 

GURGAON
Cheque given:
GE Capital, a leading corporate having its head office at Gurgaon, handed over a cheque of Rs 59,600 to Sankalp, a city-based NGO that runs primary schools for children of construction workers, here on Wednesday. The volunteers of the company raised this amount by auctioning six paintings created by students of Sankalp in March. The volunteers have been supporting Sankalp for over five years. Gurgaon is inhibited by lakhs of construction workers from several states and the NGO is taking up the cause of their children. 

JHAJJAR
Labourer dead:
A migrant labourer was found dead in mysterious circumstances in his room at Surheti village here on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Gopal Kumar, a resident of Purania district in Bihar. According to information, he had slept well in the night after having dinner. When, he did not get up till late in the morning, his friends tried to wake him up but he was found dead. The police reached on the spot and sent the body to the civil hospital for post mortem after taking stock of the situation. 

2 hurt in mishap: Two motorcycle-borne youths were seriously injured when a speedy vehicle hit them on the Jhajjar-Gurgaon road here on Wednesday. The incident took place when the victims, Surjeet of Kaloi village and Rakesh of Sonepat, were going to Jhajjar from Naurang village. The duo was rushed to the civil hospital here from where they were referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak, due to their critical condition. 

KURUKSHETRA
International Earth Day:
Students and staff members of KIDZEE School, Sector 3, Kurukshetra, celebrated International Earth Day by arranging a visit of schoolchildren to ‘Tau Devi Lal Park’, near Pipli, 5 km from here, on Wednesday. To create awareness among kids about the responsibility of mankind towards environment, two saplings were planted at the park by the students. This initiative was taken by school director Rakesh Mehta, principal Alka Dhiman, co-ordinator Deepika Kapil, Kamlesh, Sunita, Veenu and Deepti, along with other staff members, of the school. 

YAMUNANAGAR
Remand extendedR:
Poonam (24), wife of the suspected local Maoist leader Sanjay, was further remanded to a two-day police remand by a local court on Wednesday. She was arrested for her alleged involvement in pasting posters and painting walls of several villages in the Chhachhroli area and asking villagers to boycott the Lok Sabha elections. DSP Mukesh Kumar said she did not revealed complete information of their activities and her custody required to arrest other members of their  group. 

Mahipal joins Cong: Former general secretary of the HJC Choudhary Mahipal on Wednesday joined the Congress in the presence of MP and Congress candidate from the Ambala constituency Selja at Bhagwangarh village here. Mahipal had quit the HJC on April 15, expressing anguish the way tickets were given to candidates especially from the Ambala constituency by ignoring the real party workers by the party.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

NURPUR
Six trees axed:
A case of illicit felling of six khair trees in the Dekwan forest under Nurpur forest division was reported at the local police station on Tuesday. According to the police, a case under Sections 379 of the IPC and Sections 32 and 33 of the Forest Act has been registered following the complaint of the forest guard who found 24 khair logs in the forest. Some unidentified persons have felled these trees in the forest. The police has handed over the seized logs to the Forest Department and started investigations to nab the culprits. 

Office-bearers: The district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union held its first meeting at Matholli in this subdivision on Tuesday. It was presided over by the newly nominated president, Jagdeep Samyal. The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit: general secretary Balram Singh, vice-presidents Manohar Dhiman, Ajay Jasrotia and Anup Singh, secretaries Pramesh Singh and Kewal Guleria, and cashier Kesar Singh.

Shimla
Awards:
All five students from the city who participated in the 11th National Brainobrainfest have bagged gold toppers awards in their respective categories.
They included Annie Gupta and Raghav Sood (above 13 years), Prateek Ray (between 10-13) , Mayank Gupta (between 7-10) and Bhavesh Chadha (7-10). 

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Annual Day celebrated:
Kendriya Vidyalaya No. II on the Dhar road, Udhampur, celebrated its annual day on Wednesday. Brig Yashwant Singh, Commandant, 3 Advance Base Workshop, was the chief guest. BK Ohri, Principal of the school, welcomed the guests before highlighting the achievements, aims and objectives of the institution. A cultural programme was also presented by the students. The chief guest gave away prizes to the winners of various activities. 

Military band enthrals: The pipes and drums military band of the Corps of Signals gave a scintillating performance at the Udhampur Garrison on Tuesday. Shanta Dhawan, wife of Major-General SK Dhawan, Chief Signal Officer, Northern Command, was the chief guest. The band marched to martial tunes, and also played Indian folk tunes. Finally, the drummers gave a dazzling performance. The Corps of Signals Pipes Band was raised in early 1927. 

Blood donation camp: The Jammu University (JU) unit of the ABVP on Wednesday organised a blood donation camp here in commemoration of martyrs, including Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukh Dev. At least 60 ABVP activists, including women, donated blood on the occasion. 

Landmine defused: The security forces deployed near the border in Samba have averted a major tragedy when they defused a landmine in in Khura village. According to the BSF, the anti-personnel mine was seen by a farmer who informed the 112 Battalion of the BSF. The BSF called the Army who defused the mine. 

Minister visits hospital: Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma today visited Government Hospital in Sarwal. Sharma went around all wards, theatre, laboratory, OPD blocks and took stock of the facilities. He interacted with patients to get feedback. He directed Medical Superintendent Harbans Sharma to maintain proper sanitation in and around the hospital. 

Srinagar
Darbar move:
The authorities have decided to restrict traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway to one way during the “Darbar move” keeping in the mind the movement of thousands of employees, their families and truckloads of official papers. The police said one-way traffic would be allowed from Jammu to Srinagar on April 25 and 26 and May 2 and 3. 

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