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PUNJAB

ABOHAR
THEFT: House of Congress member of the Municipal Council Manminder Singh was broken into on Tuesday night and Rs 96,000 in cash were stolen.

MONKEY NUISANCE: A monkey entered female ward of Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital on Tuesday evening and bit a woman looking after an ailing child on an alarm by the woman people gathered and the monkey left.

Amritsar
SGPC POLL: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections to be held on July 11 will have 1452 polling stations and 11,60,153 voters will participate in the elections said Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh on Tuesday. Nominations canít be sent to Returning officers of the area by June 8 evening. Date for withdrawal is June 21. Scrutining would be on June 11, he added.

KABIR BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: A state-level function will be organised on Thursday to celebrate 606th birth anniversary of Bhagat Kabir at Guru Nanak Bhavan, City Centre, Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner said here on Tuesday.

COLLEGE FOR GIRLS: Hasham Shah Memorial Trust, Jagdev Kalan will open degree college for girls from 2004-2005 session, said Mr Harjit Singh Gill General secretary of the Trust. Diploma in Computer Application (DCA), Postgraduate Diploma in dress designing and tailoring, one-year diploma in Library Science and one-year diploma in stitching and tailoring, will be the courses offered.

Jalandhar
COUPLE HELD: The police arrested Rattan Lal, his wife Trishala Rani, for selling property mortgaged to a bank for Rs five lakh loan. Rattan Lal sold his house for Rs 11 lakh three years ago. The bank issued notice to Rattan Lal indicating that the house was mortgaged for loan. After an inquiry Rattan Lal and his wife Trishala Rani were arrested and a case under Section 420 of the IPC registered. A court remanded them in police custody for two days.

Kharar
CAMP: As many as 30 patwaris and kangungos donated blood at a camp organised by the local unit of the Revenue Patwar Union, Punjab, at the tehsil office here on Tuesday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Sukhvinder Singh Gill, SDM.

Ludhiana
Eye Donation: To spread the message of eye donation, the Punarjot Eye Bank of Punjab, in association with Max New York Life Insurance, organised a public interaction for eye care and eye donation at Kariana Kalan village in the district. Dr Ramesh, Director of the eye bank spoke on eye care and motivated people to come forward for the noble cause of eye donation. He later examined 126 patients, who were given medicines free of cost. Thirteen persons pledged to donate their eyes after death to the eye bank.

Seminar: The Ludhiana branch of the Northern India Regional Council of Institute of Charatered Accountants of India will hold a seminar on accounting standards and communication skills at Hotel Maharaja Regency here on June 3. Mr Sunil Arora, chartered accountant from Delhi, an authority on accounting standards and Mr I.D. Shukla, an expert in communication skills from Chandigarh will be the main speakers at the seminar. The newly-elected members of the Northern India Regional Council of ICAI will be felicitated at the seminar.

INAUGURATED: A multi dimensional summer camp was inaugurated by Mrs Shweta Verma wife of Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma. A number of renowned artists from all over India have come to conduct classes at the camp being in Sutlej Club. Dr Mohd Rafi, a renowned theaterist, Mr Teja Khan, a choreographer, Mr Akhlaq Inam-urRehman, Charanjit Kaur, Mr Anees Saddiqi, president awardee in calligraphy Mrs Hema Aziz in vocal music and Ms Manmeet Sodhia in modelling are looking after different workshops.

ENTRANCE TEST: The common entrance test-2004 (CET-2004) for candidates seeking admission in Bachelor of Technology/Bachelor of Architecture courses in college/institutes affiliated to Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and Punjabi University, Patiala was held today. The test was organised by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.

BOOKS DISTRIBUTED: Two hundred needy students of Arya Senior Secondary School, Sabzi Mandi, were given books free of cost on Wednesday. Manager Ms Neelam Thapar, ex-education minister Gurmail Singh and Principal Prempal Kaushal, social worker Dr Chauhan, Deepak Sharma of Punjab Handloom were associated with this cause, fifty students were given uniforms too.

SHANAN PURNIMA: Shanan Purnima falls on Thursday and 2,500 persons of Orissa settled in Jagnathpuram in Chandan Nagar, Ludhiana will bathe the idol of Lord Jagnnath in the precinct of the temple. Mr Pran, general secretary Shree Jagannath Mandir Samiti, said before the Jagannath Yatra starts on June 19, bathing of Lord Jagannath is the most important ritual preformed by his devotees. Lord Jagannath is incarnation of Lord Vishnu and hence supreme.

Nawanshahr
2 MINOR GIRLS ABDUCTED: Three migrant youths reported an abducted two minor sisters from Mahalon village. Ranjit hailing from Mathura (UP) and Jugnu and Sanjay, both from Barwati village, Dholpur district in Rajasthan recently shifted to Rahon . They allegedly abducted the girls on May 29, said the father . The police has registered a case.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested six persons on charges of drug trafficking and gambling in separate raids in the district. Kulwinder Singh of Pharala village has been arrested and 4500 ml of illicit liquor was seized from his possession. Four persons were caught red-handed near the BDPO office, Saroya for gambling. Jaspal Singh of Karawar village was arrested for carrying six kg of poppy husk.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Local Bar Council: president ó Mr Mehanga Singh Banwait, secretary ó Mr Manish Kumar, vice-president ó Mr Kuljit Singh Dhindsa, and treasurer ó Ms Sukhwinder Kaur.

Patiala
ELECTED: Congress worker Raj Rani has been elected as a member of the District Grievances Committee. This was informed by Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh in a communication addressed to Ms Raj Rani.

Phagwara
UNDERWEIGHT LPG REFILLS: LPG cylinders of Gupta Gas Service here were found to be underweight by one kg to two kg. Supply of LPG cylinders to the erring agency had been stopped. Four employees of Gupta Gas Service were nabbed and their godown and office sealed on May 30 following reports of irregularities. Agency owner, Munish Gupta escaped. Manager Jaspal Parmar and another employee Hardip Singh were remanded in judicial custody.

BLOOD CAMP: The district unit of the Revenue Patwar Union, Punjab here on Tuesday organised a blood camp where 40 units of blood were collected. The unit has been organising blood camps to protest against the state governmentís attitude towards demands of patwaris.
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HARYANA

Ambala
MEETING: A meeting of the Works Committee of the Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, was held here on Wednesday. The meeting was presided over by Pandit Shankar Dass. Other municipal councillors who were present include Mr Kamal Kishore Jain, Mr Raj Kumar Garg, Ms Anita Trehan and Ms Ajay Walia. A verbal altercation took place between the BJP and Congress municipal councillors over the naming of a shopping complex near the Gandhi market. The Congress Councillors threatened to resign from the works committee over this issue. Later, the issue was referred to the House for deliberation.

Fatehabad
DCís appeal: Deputy Commissioner Mahtab Singh Sehrawat on Tuesday appealed to members of panchayats, sarpanches, members of Block Samitis and Zila Parishads to cooperate for enrolment of children in schools.

ACCIDENT: Chaman Lal was killed and Atma Ram injured seriously in an accident at Rattia, on Monday, when a tractor hit them. Chaman Lal died on way to a hospital. Atma Ram was admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

DIES IN MISHAP: Raj Kumar (28), only son of his parents, was killed when the Maruti car he was driving overturned near Dhangar village on Monday. He was coming to Fatehabad along with his wife Arti and sisters Jyoti and Sweeti when the car overturned. He died on the spot. His sister Jyoti was shifted to Hisar in a critical condition.

Artificial insemination: As many as 1678 cows and 2845 buffaloes in the district were given artificial insemination in May by the Animal Husbandry Department, said Deputy Commissioner Mahtab Singh Sehrawat on Tuesday.

Rural uplift: Mr Mahtab Singh Sehrawat, Deputy Commissioner, said here on Tuesday that 14 villages Malhar, Chindar, Ayalki, Amani, Talwara, Talwari, Chobara, Bhuna, Jandwala Bagar, Bhattu, Chuli Khurd, Sukhmanpur, Alika and Kunal had been selected for Hariyaali Pariyojana for which Rs 4.20 cr would be spent in 5 years. The scheme include process of irrigation, tree plantation and floriculture.

Jhajjar
ELECTROCUTED: One person was electrocuted in Reduwas village of the district on Monday. A lineman in BSNLís office, he was repairing telephone lines in the village. He came into contact with electricity wires running along telephone lines. He died on the spot. The body was handed over to his parents in Kasni village here.

Panipat
MPís MEMO: Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Arvind Sharma, on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Haryana Governor on deteriorating law and order, rise of crime, traffic jam on the national highway and problems of factory workers.

Rewari
The Rashtriya Navchetna: Social-cum-political outfit of South Haryana, opened its office at Dharuhera, 16 km from here on Tuesday. Vijay Somany, president of the organisation said Rashtriya Navchetna would oppose patrons of casteist and hegemonic politics in Ahirwal.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
FISHING BANNED: Mr BR Kondal, Director, Fisheries, Himachal said on Tuesday that fishing in Gobind Sagar, its tributaries and khuds and rivulets was banned from June 1, till July 31.

Dharamsala
MEDICAL CAMPS: Health camps for children will be organised at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, here on June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25. Health camp will also be held on June 19 at Kangra sub-divisional hospital, the Chief Medical Officer said here on Tuesday.

Kangra
CHARAS SEIZED: The police arrested Ankur Sood and recovered 1.85 kg of charas from him at Kandi, near Palampur, in the district on Monday, the police said here on Tuesday. He was arrested under the NDPS Act.

Shimla
INAUGURATED: Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday inaugurated new office building of the Public Relations and Department.

Sundernagar
OFFICE-BEARERS : Mr R.K. Sharma was elected President of the Association of Child Development Project Officers Himachal Pradesh. The following are other office-bearers of the Association. Mr R.P. Chauhan ó senior vice-president; Ms Premvati Mehta and Ms Chemeli Mehta, Vice Presidents ó Rakesh Bhardwaj-General Secretary, óMr P.R. Dhiman ó zonal secretary, Mr Omkar Thakur and Surender ó joint secretaries, Mr Gian Chand ó organising secretary.
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