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BATHINDA
Silver Oaks celebrates I-Day: To mark the 63rd Independence Day, Silver Oaks School organised a function which was presided by Inderjeet Singh Brar, chairman of the school, on Saturday. The function started with the hoisting of the national flag followed by the national anthem. The students presented a patriotic song and a skit on the Independence-Day theme. The function concluded with the distribution of sweets among children.

Ex-servicemenís protest: Thousands of ex-servicemen carried out a protest in Moga, Muktsar, Faridkot, Bathinda and Mansa against sixth pay commission not being implemented fully. They wore black ribbons on their arms to mark the protest.

FEROZEPUR
Four Pak nationals held for smuggling: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday foiled the smuggling of arms and narcotics into India. At a press conference here, Rajesh Gupta, DIG, BSF, said four Pakistanis who were trying to enter the Indian territory were caught at 3 am from near border pillar 177/10 between the border outpost Tapu and Kulwant, along the border in this sector. He added the intruders were spotted by BSF jawans with the help of thermal imagers (HHTI). Two kg of heroin, two China-made pistols, two magazines with 17 rounds, Pakistani mobiles with SIM cards, besides Rs 1,451 in Pakistani currency were recovered from them. All intruders were between 20 and 25 years of age.

JALANDHAR
Police recruitments: Recruitment of male constables to the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) will be held from September 2-7. DIG Ishwer Singh said candidates for the Patiala range, comprising the revenue districts of Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, SAS Nagar, Sangrur and Barnala, would have to bring relevant documents at the Police Lines, Sangrur, on September 2 at 8 am; for Ferozepur and Faridkot ranges, comprising Moga, Ferozepur, Muktsar, Faridkot, Bathinda and Mansa, they should reach the In-Service Training Centre, PAP, on September 3 at 8 am; for Jalandhar and Border ranges and other states, comprising Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, SBS Nagar, Tarn Taran, Amritsar and Gurdaspur, they should reach Police Lines, Kapurthala, on September 7 at 8 am; for the Ludhaiana range, comprising Ludhiana, Khanna and Rupnagar, they should reach the Police Lines, Rupnagar, on September 4 at 8 am.

Dental Youth Festival: MP Feroze Varun Gandhi will address the 1st Dental Youth Festival of North India, being organised by the Punjab Chapter of the Indian Dental Association (IDA), here on Sunday. Varun will land at Amritsar airport and after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple he will visit the Jallianwala Bagh before reaching Jalandhar. Dr Puneet Girdhar, secretary, IDA, Punjab, and Dr Sachin Dev Mehta, Secretary, IDA, Jalandhar, said dentists from 20 dental colleges in North India were expected to participate in the festival. Tikshan Sud, Minister for Medical Education and Research, Punjab, would inaugurate the festival, while Dr Anil Kohli, president, Dental Council of India, would preside over. Master Mohan Lal Sharma, Punjab Transport Minister Manoranjan Kalia, Punjab Minister for Industries and Commerce would be keynote speakers.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
Medical camp
: Ailments like anemia and gastroenteritis are caused due to the lack of health awareness among residents of slum areas and members of the lower middle class. A team of doctors, who examined at least 200 women, were of this view during a medical camp organised by the health authorities at the local civil hospital.

SANGRUR
Saplings planted: On the occasion of Independence Day and birthday of chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, a target of planting 6.50 lakh saplings of various trees in eight hours a day in Sangrur district was fixed by followers of the dera. Stating this, a member of the 25-member state committee of the Dera Sacha Sauda Harinder Mangwal claimed here on Saturday that within some hours the followers had planted about five lakh saplings in the district. He said the dera followers had been planting saplings from 9 am in Sangrur, Sunam, Lehragaga, Malerkotla, Dirba, Dhuri, Ahmedgarh, Amargarh and Moonak etc in a big way.
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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Posts of teacher vacant: The Haryana Staff Selection Commission has invited applications for 12,643 posts of teachers. Out of these posts as many as 866 posts are for backlog of SC category. Giving details of the posts of teachers, a spokesman of the commission said that out of the total 12,643 posts, 9,647 posts are of JBT teachers including 349 posts of backlog of reserved categories of Rohtak and Sonepat districts.

REWARI
Worker dies in  factory: Nain Singh (28), a resident of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, died after he was reportedly hit by a sharp-edged blade of the machine on which he was working. He was working in Wheel India Limited in the HSIIDC Industrial complex, near Bawal, on Thursday night. Sources said he had recently joined the factory.

Woman dies of snake bite: Phool Mati, wife of Jai Singh, died of a snake bite at Dhanora village, 35 km from here, on Friday. She was reportedly bitten by a snake when she was working in the field.

Baby girl found: A six-month-old girl child was reportedly found lying on the outer plank of a shop by owner Gyan Chand at the Naiwali Chowk here on Friday. He informed the city police that entrusted the baby girl to the civil hospital authorities here. A case of abandonment was registered.

Sarvajati mahapanchayat: Supporters of Raghu Yadav, former legislator and politician of the Ahirwal region, from various parts of Rewari, Gurgaon and Mahendergarh districts, participated in sarvajati mahapanchayat held on the occasion of Janmashtami here on Friday.
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Youth held, poppy  straw seized
: A youth was arrested and one kg of poppy straw seized from his possession in Ramban district, the police said on Friday. On specific information, the police intercepted the youth, identified as Mohammad Ashraf, at Chanderkote on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district on Friday and about one kg of opium was seized from him.

Pilgrim dies: An 85-year-old pilgrim from Delhi died on his way back from the cave shrine of Vaishnodevi in Katra belt of Reasi district. Babu Ram of Shastri Nagar in New Delhi died due to cardiac arrest on Friday while he was returning to Katra, the base camp of the shrine, the police said. Babu  Ramís body has been handed over to his family.

UDHAMPUR
Educational tour: The 7 RR Battalion has organised an educational and motivational tour for 35 children from the state under the Operation Sangam. The tour was flagged off from Jammu. The children visited various heritage and historical places in Chandigarh, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Ajmer. They interacted with vice-president AWWA, Northern Command at Udhampur today after the completion of the tour. Children shared rich experience with the vice-president, AWWA, Northern Command.
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