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MBBS EXAM: The anatomy question paper of an MBBS examination held on Saturday at the Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences was reportedly not in order. Paper ‘B’ included questions from the syllabus of Paper ‘A’.

WEBSITE LAUNCHED: Magsaysay Award winner Kiran Bedi launched a website ‘www.drugaddictkids.com’ in Delhi for the citizen forum’s Vidhya Mandir, a school for the wards of drug addicts at Maqboolpura here, also known as the ‘locality of widows’. The website has been created by Mr Randeep Singh Arora.

REINSTATED: Senior PCMS doctors welcomed the decision of the Punjab Government to reinstate Dr H.S. Mahl, Senior Medical Officer, who is also the president of the PCMS doctors’ association. The doctors said the decision to suspend the said doctor was hasty. Dr Kawaljit Singh, senior vice-president of the association, also welcomed the decision.

WORKSHOP: An eight- day workshop to spread awareness on female foeticide was inaugurated at Mahavir Jain School here on Friday by the MC president, Mr Gurcharan Singh. It is being held under the aegis of the Nehru Yuva Kendra. The youth coordinator to the kendra, Mr Ranvir Singh Khara, said plays related to the topic would be prepared and staged in nearby areas. Director Ranjit Singh Bitta said 25 boys and girls were participating in the workshop. A play would be staged here on July 3.

ACCIDENT: One passenger was killed and 12 injured when a Qualis (PBO-2Y-2988) collided head-on with a tractor-trolley near Jian village, about 12 km from here, on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road on Friday afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Avtar Singh of Patti. Five of the injured passengers were admitted to local civil hospital while the remaining were hospitalised at private nursing homes.

SEWING MACHINES: The District Red Cross Society distributed 77 sewing machines among Scheduled Caste girls at a function here on Friday, according to the assistant secretary of the society. Ms Meena Chaudhary, chairperson of the District Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section, said 76 sewing centres had been opened by the society in the district. 

BAIL GRANTED: The bail plea of all the nine arrested for alleged involvement in a flesh trade racket was accepted on Thursday. Mr R.K. Garg, SDJM-cum-Duty Magistrate, directed the accused to furnish bail bonds worth Rs 15,000 along with one surety of the like amount.

DRUGS SEIZED: The police on Thursday raided a chemist shop and seized drugs which were being sold allegedly without a prescription. The police said the accused has been identified as Mohinder Pal of Supreme Medical Store. The police allegedly recovered 100 proxyvon capsules and 35 gm of powdered intoxicants from the shop. A case has been registered.

BODY FOUND: The body of a 20-year-old youth, Ashok Kumar, was found on Saturday from the railway track near Chaheru village. The body was mutilated. Foul play or suicide could not be ruled out. The youth belonged to Manowal village in Gurdaspur district. The body has been brought here for a post-mortem examination.

MINISTER’S VISIT: Punjab Social Welfare Minister Joginder Singh Mann on Saturday visited children hospitalised here with burn injuries and inquired about their health. Four children of two migrant families had sustained burn injuries in Mohalla Kaulsar here on Friday night when a wire of a fan accidentally came into contact with a high tension live wire. While three children were hospitalised here, one was referred to Ludhiana.

ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Residents Welfare Association, Hem Vihar (Phases I and II), Bartana: chairman — Mr Harbans Singh; president — Mr Hardaljit Singh Sohal; vice-president — Mr Tarsem Singh; general secretary — Mr Ram Parkash; joint secretary — Mr Kapoor Singh Sharma; adviser — Mr Parshottam Lal; cashier — Mr Milkhi Ram; and executive members — Mr Bhagwant Rai, Mr Kuldeep Rawat, Mr Jaswinder Singh, Mr Hari Chand, Mr Govind Singh, Mr Sohan Lal, Mr Ved Parkash and Mr Prem Balbh.



Appointed: A former president of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association and a senior advocate, Ms Daya Chaudhary, has been appointed as the standing council of the Central Government for a period of three years.

VISITOR PASSES: Panjab University on Saturday extended the timing for issuing visitors passes from 12.30 pm to 2 pm. This has been done on the demand of student associations, as they said that the students who had to get their result-related work done at the university needed more time.

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 cashier — Mr Sandeep Luthra.

MEETING: A meeting of the Central Government Pensioners’ Welfare Society was held here on Friday. According to a press note, the meeting demanded the payment of pension not less than 50 per cent of the minimum of revised scale of the post held by the pensioner before retirement. The recognition of the reputed private hospitals at Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula by the government for the treatment of the pensioners was also demanded at the meeting.

NOMINATED: Sushil Goyal who has been nominated region (PRO) of Lions Club International for 2004-2005.


DOWRY CASE: The City police has registered a dowry case against Lalit Kumar and his parents on the complaint of Shivali, a resident of Ambala city. Shivali alleged in the complaint that she was married with Lalit Kumar, a resident of Ludhiana a few years back. Her parents had given all the possible household goods in the marriage. Even then her husband and other members of her in-laws started torturing her to bring more dowry. She said that no option was left before her but to come to her parents house. The police is investigating the matter.

HEALTH CAMP: The Ahluwalia Welfare Association, Ambala, will organise a free health checkup camp in Philadelphia hospital at Ambala City on June 27. Under the supervision of Dr M.S. Sadik, a team of specialist doctors will examine the patients. The association will also provide free medicine to the patients attending the camp.

COACHES DERAIL: Two bogies of a goods train derailed near the Ambala Cantonment railway station on Thursday morning. The incident occurred when the bogies of the goods train were being shunted. Senior officials of the Railways rushed to the spot. The bogies were put on the track after two hours.

SYL ISSUE: The Ambala unit of the BJP youth wing has announced that it would not allow vehicles of Punjab to go towards the Delhi side through the GT road if the Punjab Government put any hurdle to implement the Supreme Court order regarding the completion of the SYL canal. The BJYM organised a meeting to pay tributes to the founder president of the Jan Sangh, Shyama Prashad Mukharjee here on Thursday. The president of the BJYM, Mr Anil Gupta said the people of Haryana would not hesitate to launch a statewide agitation if the Congress and the Akali Dal prevented the central agency from constructing the canal.

Suicide: A 20-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging himself at Babyal on Friday morning. He had a tiff with his sister following which he was admonished by his mother. Later, he committed suicide.

ASSAULT CASES: The police has booked Bharpai and her daughters Munni and Guddi for beating up Zohra Devi of Nimriwali village with rods and lathis on Thursday. In another incident, Naseeb of Khanak village has reported to the police that Amar Singh, Kartar and Kanshi Ram, along with others, had attacked him with an axe and iron rods and snatched his mobile phone, gold chain and purse.

BURN INJURIES: A woman, Meera, sustained burn injuries at Kairu village on Thursday. She was admitted to the civil hospital, from where she was referred to the medical college at Rohtak.

2 HURT IN MISHAPS: Vikas of Surpura village sustained injuries in a collision between a jeep and a motor cycle near Manphura village on Thursday. In another incident, Dharmender was wounded in an accident on the Loharu road. They were admitted to the civil hospital.

BJP PROTEST: Demanding the immediate removal of tainted ministers included in the UPA government at the Centre, the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised a protest demonstration and sent a memorandum to the President and the Governor through the Deputy Commissioner on Friday. Addressing the party workers, former minister Ram Bilas Sharma sought immediate dismissal of the state government on the issues of corruption and failure.

SEED SHOPS RAIDED: A team of the Agriculture Department raided shops of several pesticide and seed dealers at Rattia town in the district on Saturday and took samples of seeds. The samples were sent to a laboratory for testing. The raids were carried out after complaints of sale of poor quality seeds were received.

2 DEATHS REPORTED: A man committed suicide by shooting himself at Bhuna in the district on Friday. The deceased Umesh (27), was a businessman and his family owned a lot of immoveable property. In another incident, Raja Ram (60), a resident of Dhangar village died when he fell in a well on Saturday. He was mentally challenged and was standing near the well when his foot slipped.

YOUTH KILLED: A 17-year-old was killed while he was spraying pesticide in his field at Sanoli Kala village, about 20 km from here, on Friday. Janeshwar reportedly inhaled poisonous fumes of the pesticide and was found unconscious. Villagers took him to the civil hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

PROCLAIMED OFFENDER: The police said on Saturday that it had arrested Om Parkash, a proclaimed offender. He belonged to Kheri Manajat village and had been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

COP ATTACKED: Policeman Suresh was seriously injured when he was assaulted by a group of youths at Ganaur town, 16 km from here, on Friday. They reportedly snatched Rs 1,200 and his identity card.

ONE KILLED: One person was killed when a jeep overturned on the Gohana-Panipat road near Chidana village, about 50 km from here, on Friday. The victim was identified as Amar Singh of Rindhana village. The police registered a case and sent the body for postmortem examination.

14 ARRESTED: The police has arrested 14 persons in connection with a clash between two rival groups at Asawarpur village in the district recently. They were produced before a Judicial Magistrate on Saturday, who released them on bail.

ONE KILLED: A 30-year-old shopkeeper, Kishore Tyagi, was killed when a truck hit his motor cycle near the Bhai Kanhiya Sahib Chowk here on Wednesday night. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered.



80 CHALLANED: The police challaned over 80 vehicle drivers at the Brindavani barrier and collected around Rs 13,000 as fine from traffic rule offenders during the ‘Zero Tolerance’ day on Friday. Most of the offenders were challaned as they did not carry the necessary documents or did not wear helmets while driving two-wheelers on National Highway 21.

TOURISM POTENTIAL: Kangra MP Chander Kumar said here on Friday that he would work to bring Kangra and Chamba districts on the world tourism map. Talking to mediapersons, he said all tourist spots in these districts would be covered under special tourist package programmes.

ILLEGAL MINING: The SDM raided the Kandwal area on Friday to check illegal mining in the Chakki rivulet in the subdivision. Drivers of two JCB machines and two tractor-trailers were challaned.

7 SENTENCED: The presiding officer of the fast-track court here sentenced Dilbagh Singh of Majara village and Ranjit Singh and Mukhtiar Singh, of Sanoli village to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 20,000 each in connection with a clash in 1999. The opposite party, comprising Satish Kumar, Bakshish Singh, Shiv Kumar and Pawan Kumar of Majara village, were sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 each.


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