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Bathinda
AICTE permits more BTech seats:
The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has allowed Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Engineering and Technology situated at Ferozepur to increase the number of seats in B.Tech mechanical engineering from 20 to 30 from the current academic session. Dr T.S. Sidhu, director of the college, said students could try for these enhanced seats during the second round of PTU online counselling beginning from July 17.

CHANDIGARH
Sekhri is Cong spokesperson:
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee today appointed Ashwani Sekhri as spokesperson of the PPCC. Sekhri is an MLA from Batala. During the LS elections, he was made the convener of the Congress Campaign Committee. Kaypee also announced the division of Punjab into three zones to boost the election campaign during the ensuing by-election of the three Vidhan Sabha constituencies. According to Raj Pal Singh, general secretary and media in charge, all ex-MPs, MLAs, ex-MLAs, office-bearers, district presidents and chairmen of frontal organisations and cells to contact zone in charge concerned Pratap Singh Bajwa, MP for Kahnuwan, Preneet Kaur, MP and Union Minister of state for External Affairs for Banur, and Jagmeet Singh Brar, ex-MP and member, CWC, for Jalalabad by July 20 positively and stay there till the elections are over.

SAD meeting on July 13: SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal has convened an important meeting of the core committee of the party on July 13 at Ferozepur. According to party spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema, the meeting will finalise the poll strategy for the Assembly by-elections of Jalalabad, Kahnuwan and Banur. The Chief Minister and party patron Parkash Singh Badal will also attend the meeting, he said.

Hoshiarpur
Poor water supply:
Residents of Ward 15 burnt the effigy of Hoshiarpur DC, staged a dharna and blocked vehicular traffic for more than an hour at Sessions Chowk on Thursday to protest against the Municipal Council for not taking effective steps to maintain regular supply of water.

Jalandhar
Youth dies in accident:
A youth was killed and another wounded when the motorcycle they were riding on collided with a Jalandhar-bound Punjab Roadways bus near Bidhipur railway crossing, falling under Maqsoodan police station, today. According to police sources, the deceased has been identified as Kulwinder Singh of Sansarpur village, near Jalandhar cantonment. The police arrested the bus driver and registered a case against him.

‘Say no to polythene’: A drive to eradicate polyethylene was launched by the Vajra Corps in Jalandhar cantonment on Saturday. The drive saw the participation of Army personnel, besides civilians of the cantonment. Emphasis was laid on removing polyethylene from the unit areas, family accommodation, shopping complexes, parks and common areas. Later, the cantonment board disposed of the collected garbage.

Ludhiana
Stamp paper scam: Capt promises to nail culprits:
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today promised to take the fake stamp paper scam to its logical conclusion when his party would return to power in the state. Alleging that Akali leaders involved in the scam were being patronised by the government, Capt Amarinder cast aspersions that the case would be hushed up. He said even if the government succeeded in getting the case swept under the carpet, the Congress government would reopen it and nail the culprits.

mansa
Drug peddler held:
Mansa police held one Dharam Pal with 300 gram opium under NDPS Act on Friday.

Nawanshahr
Blood donation camp:
The police in collaboration with the Blood Donors Council organised a voluntary blood donation camp at the BDC Complex here on Wednesday. SSP Rakesh Aggarwal inaugurated the camp in which 68 policemen donated blood.

Sangrur
20-foot breach in canal:
Following heavy rain in the area, about 20-ft-wide breach on Saturday occurred in the Rajwaha, a small canal, near road over bridge, situated over the Sangrur-Dhuri road. Water entered the paddy crop in fields and spread over several acres. Talking to The Tribune, SHO (City) Sanjiv Goyal said as the breach could not be plugged till this evening, so the water was continuously entering the standing paddy crop in the fields. The SHO further said he had talked to the executive engineer (XEN) of Irrigation Department to get the breach plugged.

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HARYANA

HISAR
Electrocuted: A private security guard deployed at the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam head office here was accidentally electrocuted on Friday night. He was on duty at the swimming pool where a competition was to begin on Saturday. The incident took place when he was trying to push aside a live cable lying on the ground. He died on the spot. He has been identified as Vijender (19), a resident of Azad Nagar locality.

REWARI
Suicide by woman: A woman identified as Kavita Yadav (40), wife of Madan Lal Yadav, allegedly ended her life by setting herself ablaze at Jharoda village, near Kosli, on Thursday night. Afflicted with severe burns, she was brought to the local Civil Hospital, from where she was referred to Delhi. However, she succumbed to her burn injuries on her way to Delhi. The police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against her husband, father-in-law Ram Kishan, mother-in-law Lilawati and one another on a complaint filed by the deceased’s father, Rattan Singh. He alleged that his daughter was subjected to severe cruelty by her in-laws that forced her to take the extreme step.

SONEPAT
Youth dies in bid to save woman: A youth was allegedly burnt to death while he was attempting to save a woman who had got trapped in a fire that broke out in residential quarters on Friday night. The deceased has been identified as Ajai, a resident of Brahmanpur in Balram Pur district of Uttar Pradesh. The woman’s condition is also stated to be serious. Ajai succumbed to burn injuries while being shifted to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
Medical camp:
Child Rights and You (CRY) in collaboration with the Health Department organised a medical camp on World Population Day at Rajiv Nagar here on Saturday. More than 300 persons participated in the camp. CRY project holder Deepika Thussoo, coordinator of the camp, said the main objective of the camp was to provide better healthcare facilities to slum dwellers, especially children.

Leh
Integration camp begins:
A 12-day All-India Special Integration Camp organised by the state NCC directorate started at Army transit camp, near Leh airfield, today. Over 200 cadets, representing various states of the country, are participating in the camp. GoC, Fire and Fury, Lt Gen SK Singh opened the camp at Rinchan Auditorium Hall. NCC officer Tsewang Paljor said the venue for camp had been shifted from Srinagar to Leh due present turbulence in the Kashmir valley. Various cultural programmes were presented to depict the glimpse of different cultures of the region - Changthang, Shyam, Nubra and Zangkar. During the camp, the cadets are likely to interact with important dignitaries, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora, Governor NN Vohra and Defence Secretary Vajay Singh.

Srinagar
Corporate meet:
Addressing a corporate meet - Vintage 2009 - organised by the Wighan & Leigh College of India (WLCI) here, TPS Arora, chief operating officer, said on Saturday that the college syllabus acquainted a student with professionalism that was essential in contemporary corporate world. He said the college had been offering professional courses in media, fashion, hospitality management and graphic designing that gave students an edge over others.

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