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JALANDHAR
National Technology Day
: Technology plays a vital role in the field of defence because none of the countries share information about their modern weapons, claims Dr VS Sethi, former Director, Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory, Chandigarh. Padam Shri Sethi was speaking at a seminar organised to observe the National Technology Day in Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, on Monday. In his speech Dr Sethi claimed that India was self-reliant in the field of defence to face internal and external security-related challenges. Dr RS Khandpur, Director General, Pushpa Gujral Science City, said the day was being celebrated to commemorate the second nuclear test conducted in Pokharan on the same day in 1998. He also accredited former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam and Dr Satish Dhawan for the development of space and missile technology in India.

NABHA
3 held for making spurious soft drinks: Local CIA staff on Monday unearthed three factories preparing spurious cold drinks of famous brands and arrested three persons in this connection. On a tip-off, officials of the CIA, Health and PEPSI Co. raided factories at Lahoran Gate, Boran Gate and Hakima Street and arrested owners Prem Kumar, Darshan Lal and Sandip Kumar. They also confiscated gas cylinders, empty bottles and crowns of various companies. Later, Jagbir Singh, In charge, CIA, Nabha, presented the culprits before the media. Ramesh Dutt, Operation Manager, PEPSI Co, told reporters that they were using unhygienic water to prepare cold drinks. Besides, he had seen dead flies and bees on the saccharine sweetened water in the factories.

Students to scale peak: During the year-long golden jubilee celebrations of Punjab Public School, Nabha, a special mountaineering expedition will scale Mt Deo Tibba Peak (6001 m) in the Himalayan region. According to Commodore IL Syal (retd), Headmaster, five students Sangram Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Amriteshwar Singh, Germanjeet Singh and Tejinder Singh, along with their teacher Rajbinder Singh Tohra, will scale the peak during their 25-day-long expedition. The expedition will be flagged off by GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lt Gen TK Sapru, PVSM, YSM, an alumnus of PPS, on May 13 at Chandimandir. The equipment and technical expertise will be provided by the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali (HP).




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HARYANA


A member of the bomb disposal squad checks an unidentified suitcase at the Sadar Bazar in Gurgaon
A member of the bomb disposal squad checks an unidentified suitcase at the Sadar Bazar in Gurgaon on Monday. Photo: Rajesh Kumar Yadav

GURGAON
Suitcase creates scare
: An empty suitcase that was found lying in the posh area of the city made everyone at toes here on Monday. The police reached the sadar bazaar, where the suitcase was found, within few minutes along with the bomb disposal squad. The market was emptied and people were asked to move to near by localities after shutting their shops and offices. When the bomb disposal squad opened the suitcase they found another empty suitcase inside it. Both the suitcases found to be new. It seemed that someone might have forgotten them there. ACP Surinder Singh said the police traced the address of the shopkeeper from where the suitcase had been purchased and they had started the investigation.

KAITHAL
Dera sevadar, mahant assaulted
: Sevadar Satyvan of a dera was murdered and mahant Chetan Maharaj was seriously injured by three unidentified persons near Harsola village of this district on Sunday. They also looted an amount of Rs 5,000 from the dera. According to the police, three unidentified persons forcibly entered Dera Sanyasi and attacked its sevadar with the handle of a “kassi” which resulted in his instant death. Then they went to the room where dera mahant was sleeping. They assaulted dera mahant resulting in serious injuries.

PANIPAT
Free medical camp
: Sita Ram Bharatiya hospital, Delhi, in collaboration with Panipat Loins Club, organised a free medical and dental check up camp at Maharaja Aggarsain hospital, here on Monday. As many as 700 patients of diabetes and thyroid were examined at the camp, while 106 were treated at the dental camp.The camp was conducted by Dr Arvind Kumar, Sr Sona Suman, Dr Gobind Singh and their team of doctors.

REWARI
Modelling competition
: As many as 18 young modelling artistes participated in “Mr Haryana Tashan 2009” modelling competition held under the auspices of Viva Entertainment here on Sunday. It was sponsored by Kite Computer. While film producer Raju Karia and TV artiste Vandana Dhankhar were the chief guests, fashion designer Ajay Malik and international bodybuilder Roky graced the show as distinguished guests. While Himanshu Rao was awarded the title of “Mr Haryana Tashan 2009”, Vivanshu Dua and Lokesh were selected Mr Photogenic and Mr Physique, respectively.

Sexagenarian crushed to death: Om Prakash (65) was crushed to death by a speeding Bolero near the bus stand in Nahar village, 35 km from here, on Monday. The Bolero, which was going from Kosli to Kanina via Nahar, reportedly got imbalanced at a speed breaker after which it trampled upon Om Prakash, who was playing cards with some villagers there. The driver reportedly fled from the spot after the accident. The police has registered a case of negligence in this regard.

Bhagwan Parshuram jayanti: A district-level convention of the Brahmin Samaj was held under the auspices of the District Brahmin Sabha at the conclusion of the 14-day celebrations of Bhagwan Parshuram Jayanti here on Sunday. While former Minister Venod Sharma was the chief guest, the sabha chief Ram Sharan Mudgil presided over the convention. Through The convention decided to set up a Brahmin Educational Institution here for the welfare of poor Brahmin children. Besides by another resolution, it resolved to install a statue of first Chief Minister of Haryana late Pt Bhagwat Dayal Sharma at Sector 4 Chowk here and also to name the Chowk after him.

Boy crushed to death: Akhil Parnami (14), a student of class IX of Holy Child Public School, was crushed to death by a speeding truck on the Rewari-Dharuhera road, near the Rezangla War Memorial, here on Monday. The mishap occurred when the boy was on his way to school on his bicycle and the truck laden with pebbles was plying to Gurgaon. The school will remain closed tomorrow to mourn his sad demise. Meanwhile, the police has registered a case of negligence under Sections 279, 304-A of the IPC against the truck driver, who reportedly absconded soon after the accident.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Dharamsala
ISI ‘agent’ held:
The Pathankot police has arrested Charan Singh, an alleged ISI agent and ex-serviceman, who was allegedly working as jail warden at Dharamsala jail. Sources available here told that Charan Singh has been arrested on the information provided by Pakistan national Javed Iqbal, who was coordinating ISI agents in the border areas of Punjab. They said Charan Singh retired from the Army in 2000and started working for the ISI in 2007.

Shimla
Officer assaulted:
The police arrested three persons for allegedly assaulting HAS officer Amarjeet while he was on way to drop his children to school on the Forest road today. According to SP RM Sharma, the incident took place in the morning when the three accused, Umesh Akre, Rajinder Makkar and Dinesh, allegedly assaulted Amarjeet, posted as Additional Director, Rural Development, following a heated argument over some issue. “The officer was allegedly beaten up with a walking stick. He has sustained injuries and a fracture,” he said.


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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Srinagar
Four file nominations for Hazratbal byelection:
Four nomination papers were today filed for the Hazratbal Assembly byelection on May 30. Those who filed their nomination papers included Asiya Naqash of the PDP, Mohammad Yaqoob Dunoo of the NPP and Abdul Ahad Mir and Sardar Khan, Independents. In all six forms have  been filed so far, including Sheikh Mustafa Kamal of the NC and Mufti Nazimud Din, Independent. The scrutiny of nomination papers will take place tomorrow.


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