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Ms Manminder Kaur sister of Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, former secretary of the SGPC, died in Kolkata on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. She was 50.

Seminar: Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a career guidance seminar at Bedi Model School, Patti, here on Wednesday. Mr Chetan Gupta, director of the institute, said the faculty of institute discussed about the scope and job opportunities of different professional course like MBA, MCA, BCA, BMIT and hotel management.

ANTI-ENCROACHMENT DRIVE: The local municipal council has launched a 10-day anti-encroachment drive to vacate council land and government land. All platforms constructed by residents in a haphazard manner on drains will be dismantled to drain out storm water.

A woman died and eight other injured when a Tata Sumo in which they were going to Mohali collided with a truck near Bahowal, about 20 km from here, on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road on Wednesday. All injured persons were admitted in the Civil Hospital, Mahilpur.

Suicide: Jit Singh of Bahowal village committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling of his room in the village on Wednesday. According to the police, he was doubtful about the character of his wife.

Farmers’ meet: The branch of Punjab National Bank Adda Kot Patoohi organised a “Kisan Ghoshti” (farmers’ meet) at Adda Kot Patoohi which was attended by large gathering of farmers from various villages of Mahilpur and Garhshanker blocks on Wednesday. Mr T.S. Ahluwalia, Senior Regional Manager, Hoshiarpur region, presided over the meet. The farmers were apprised of the latest schemes of the bank. Mr Ahluwalia highlighted the performance of the bank and congratulated the branch officials for maintaining first position in the region in deposits.

rail safety:
A seminar on ‘Role of manufacturing units in enhancing rail safety’ was organised at Rail Coach Factory (RCF) here on Tuesday. Mr R. Rajamani, former Chief Commissioner of Rail Safety, was the key speaker. Addressing the officers, he said the railway authorities were doing a lot for enhancement of safety in train but still a lot more had to be achieved. He appreciated the efforts made by the RCF in introducing Alstom-LHB coaches on the Indian track.

CAUGHT : A vigilance team caught a clerk while accepting Rs 1,500 as bribe here on Wednesday. Dr Balbir Singh, a farmer from Bukadwala village, who had purchased a plot and got it registered, was being harassed by a clerk working in the registry office, Harpreet Singh, for the copy of the registry. When Harpreet Singh was handing over the copy of the registry after accepting the bribe, the vigilance team caught him red-handed.

TWO KILLED: Two labourers from Bihar working at Ammiwala village died after reportedly consuming some poisonous food on Monday night. They were admitted to a private hospital at Kot Ise Khan, where they died during treatment. Their bodies were sent to the civil hospital at Moga for postmortem examination.

BSP MEETING: The president of the Punjab unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, had a tough time when he faced sloganeering from party workers during a party meeting here on Wednesday. They raised slogans against the expulsion of BSP leaders Satnam Singh Kainth, Devidas Nahar, Shingara Singh and Mangat Ram. A police party reached the venue and brought the situation under control.

SEWAGE DISPOSAL: Eight per cent of the works on the disposal of sewerage water and the gram sabha hall under the Composite Rural Programme have been completed in the district at a cost of Rs 129.75 lakh, said Deputy Commissioner G. Ramesh Kumar here on Wednesday. Works on the disposal of sewerage water had been completed at Ajitwal, Mahla Khurd, Sangla, Rerwan and Kokri Kalan villages at a cost of Rs 32.7 lakh.

LOAN DISBURSEMENT: In order to boost dairy-related vocations in Muktsar district, Rs 1.5 crore will be distributed as loan during the current financial year, said Deputy Commissioner B.R. Banga here on Thursday. He instructed officials to tackle the sewerage water problem in the low-lying Gandhi Nagar area.

15 injured:
Fifteen persons of a marriage party were injured on Tuesday near Ranipur village, near here, when the driver of truck in which they were travelling lost its control. According to sources, they had come from Mangwal village (H.P.) and were going to attend a function at Shahpurkandi. The injured were shifted to RSD Hospital where the victims were reported to be out of danger.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The police has arrested a person and allegedly recovered 400 gram of poppy husk from his possession. According to police sources, the alleged accused, Narinjan, a resident of Kairon village of Amritsar district, was caught by the police on a tip-off on Tuesday when the police laid a special naka near Simbal chowk. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

AGRICULTURE CREDIT CAMP: Oriental Bank of Commerce on Thursday organised an agriculture credit camp at Malwa College (Bondli), Samrala. The function was presided over by Mr G K Sachdeva, General Manager of the Bank. Mr Sachdeva handed over sanction letters to the loanees of Machhiwara, Khanna, Doraha, Sahnewal, Ikolaha, Jamalpur Awana and Samrala branches amounting to Rs 2 crore and addressed the gathering. Mr Rajiv Rishi, Dy General Manager of the bank, also spoke on the occasion.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Panjab Patwar Union (unit Samrala Sub-division) here on Thursday; president — Mr Budh Singh, Sr vice president — Mr Jagtar Singh, Jr vice-president — Mr Ashwani Kumar, general secretary — Mr Parminder Singh Toor, cashier — Mr Ram Pal and joint secy — Mr Gurbachan Singh.



Resentment: Showing resentment over the qualifications laid down for the appointment of radiographer by the UT Administration, the zonal secretary of the Society of Indian Radiographers have claimed that the listed qualifications are in violation of the norms laid down in the guidelines of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Government of India. The society has forwarded letters expressing their resentment to various offices concerned in the administration. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Market Welfare Committee, Sector 30-D, Chandigarh: chairman—Mr Subhash Sethi; president— Mr Dev Raj Singla; vice-president—Mr Ujjal Singh; secretary—Mr Anil Kumar; general secretary— Mr B.D. Sharma; and treasurer— Mr Sandeep Luthra. 

INVITED: Dr Kamaldeep Sandhu, a Chandigarh-based dermatologist and alumnus of the PGI, has been invited by the British Association of Dermatologists to present a paper on psoriasis at its 84th annual meeting to be held from July 6 to 9 at Belfast in the UK. 


One killed in mishap:
One person was killed and seven others injured when tyres of Tata Sumo in which they were travelling bursted on the Loharu road on Wednesday. The vehicle turned turtle. The deceased has been identified as Mangla Ram (63).

The murder of a youth at Bhattu Kalan in this district has brought local leaders of all political parties to one platform. They have constituted a panchayat and have been demanding arrest of all accused in the case. Prominent political leaders, including a former minister Mr Jagdish Nehra, former MLA Ran Singh, INLD leader Partap Singh, HVP leader Ravi Lamba, CPM leaders Harpal Singh, Ajit Singh and Devi Lal on Wednesday met the SP, Mr Saurabh Singh, and the ADC, Mr Nitin Kumar Yadav, in this regard and demanded arrest of all accused immediately. The Sangharsh Samiti constituted for this purpose has threatened to give a bandh call on July 10 in case the accused were not apprehended by then.

Employees found absent:
The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Pankaj Yadav, in a surprise raid conducted in offices here on Wednesday found 37 employees of different offices absent. The ADC has directed the concerned drawing and disbursal officers (DDO) to deduct one-day salary of the absent employees.

INAUGURATED: A charitable dispensary was inaugurated by a local philanthropist Prem Thaapar on the premises of Shri Dakshinmukhi Pracheen Hanuman Mandir situated on the northern bank of Brahamsarovar here, on Tuesday. According to the samiti patron, Mr Prem Kumar Sharma, the patients would be examined free of cost by a team of doctors on every Tuesday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Medicines free of cost would also be given to the patients, Mr Sharma added.

Hundreds of women took out a procession here on Thursday to protest against the inadequate and erractic supply of drinking water in the city and the failure of the Public Health Department authorities to ensure the regular water supply. They marched through various parts of the city and reached the office of the Executive Engineer of the department in Model Town where they held a demonstration and raised anti-government slogans.

One held: The Sadar police has arrested a youth, Sanjay of Bawana village, in connection with the dowry harassment case registered against him on the complaint of his wife, Ms Babli, a resident of Garh Shahjahanpur village, in this district. The woman has alleged that she had been harassed by her husband since her marriage solemnised three years ago for not bringing adequate dowry.


CHARAS SEIZED: The Chamba police arrested two persons and seized 2.5 kg of charas from their possession. District police chief J.R. Singh said CIA staff nabbed the alleged culprits, Sandeep Singh and Dalveer Singh, both from Jalandhar in Punjab, during a naka at Kandla on Chamba-Tissa highway, some 30 km from here. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered and the car in which they were travelling has also been impounded, Mr J.R. Singh said.

SENTENCED: Additional District and Sessions Judge of fast-track court Pritam Singh sentenced a man to 10-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh for possessing 1.5 kg of charas a year ago. The convict, Krishan Kumar, is a resident of

MURDER ATTEMPT: Following a complaint by Mr Suresh Chand, a resident of Rakkar village, the police has registered a case against his wife Dimple and Ravi Kumar on a charge of attempt to murder. The complainant alleged that on Monday night, the two accused intoxicated him by mixing tablets in his food and later tried to suffocate him to death with pillows.

TRAINING CAMP: A three-day training camp, organised by Kandi, Nahan for the capacity building of the farmers of this region, concluded on Wednesday at Dhaulakuan, Regional Research Centre of Dr Y.S. Parmar Horticulture and Forestry University of the state. Farmer representatives of 20 village development committees, participated in the camp.

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