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Amritsar
SHO SHIFTED: The district police has shifted the Gharinda police station SHO for allegedly committing atrocities on residents of Gharinda and nearby villages. A number of residents, including women and children, had earlier gheraoed the police station on July 7 for registering their protest against the police official.

ARRESTED: The Majitha police has arrested Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Kurangarh, Ajnala, for stealing a scooter from the Ajnala Civil Hospital on Saturday. The scooter was recovered within three hours of the theft. Mr R.P.S. Bajwa, SSP, Majitha police district, revealed that the scooter belonged to Gurwinder Singh of Sohian Kalan village.

HONOURED: Master Ajit Singh, a renowned social activist who worked for the well-being of children from the ‘‘locality of widows’’ of the Maqboolpura area, an area notorious for drug addicts, was honoured by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Mr Somnath Chatterjee, here on Saturday.

Hoshiarpur
WORKSHOP: The Manuscript Resource Centre, authorised by the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department, Government of India, organised a workshop on the national manuscripts mission at VVRIS &IS Sadhu Ashram here on Saturday. Teachers of various schools participated.

Jalandhar
VISIT: The District and Sessions Judge, Mr S.N. Aggarwal, visited the local Central Jail and interacted with prisoners here on Saturday. Mr Aggarwal inspected the facilities for the prisoners and listened to the grievances of the prisoners. He reviewed 77 cases involving undertrials in petty crimes and granted bail to 12 of them on the spot.

LUDHIANA
Launched:
After creating waves in Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Jalandhar, Bromark Chicken was launched here today. The All-India Broiler Farmers, Marketing Cooperative Ltd. (Bromark), was promoted by Late Padmashree Dr B.V. Rao (father of poultry industry in India) to rectify trade practices and prevent the exploitation of farmers.

Moga
PROGRAMME: Rotary Club, Moga, organised a plantation programme at SD College for Women here on Saturday. The chairperson of the Red Cross Society, Vasundhara Devi, was the chief guest. She started the programme by planting a sapling. Speaking on the occasion, she said environment conservation was the need of the hour and everyone should plant as many saplings as possible. The president of the club, Mr Ashish Agarwal, and other office-bearers were also present.

Muktsar
WORKSHOP HELD: A multi-purpose workshop was organised by the Muktsar District administration at the District Red Cross Bhavan here on Saturday. The workshop was organised to impart information to public regarding government sponsored self-employment schemes, diversification of crops and make the public aware about deadly diseases like AIDS, cancer and TB. Muktsar Deputy Commissioner B.R. Banga addressed it.

NABBED: An accused in the case of rape of a minor girl of Bheetiwala village under the jurisdiction of Lambi police station has been nabbed by the Muktsar police here. The accused Kulbir Singh allegedly raped the girl when the latter’s parents went to the fields on Wednesday. An FIR under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code was registered on the statement of the victim’s father at Lambi police station.

Pathankot
SENTENCED: Ms Kiran Bala, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, on Saturday convicted Atma Ram, a resident of Shahpur Kandi, and sentenced him to three years’ jail term. He also fined him Rs 12,000 for preparing fake documents for obtaining a job in the Ranjit Sagar Dam.

BLOOD CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised by the Sant Nirankari Mandal at Nirankari Bhavan here on Sunday. Brig Shamsher Singh (retd) inaugurated the camp. Mr Sooraj Kalra, project chairman of the camp, said that 110 volunteers of the mandal donated blood at the camp. A team of doctors from Civil Hospital led by Senior Medical Officer Ravi Dogra made the arrangements.

PATIALA
Medical Camp: The municipal coporation organised a free medical camp in ward number 23. As many as 182 persons were examined during the camp. The camp was inauguarted by Mayor Vishnu Sharma.

Appointed: Mr Harjant Singh has been appointed vice-president of the youth wing of the International Bhau Bhaichara Sangathan, Block Ghannaur(Rural). This was stated on Sunday by the president of the Bhaichara, Mr Balwinder Singh Safidipur.

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CHANDIGARH

Installation ceremony: Ms Saroj Khosla was installed president of the Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik at a meeting held at hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17, on Sunday. The president will be supported by a board of directors, including, charter president Col Harsharan S. Sandhu, secretary Himesh R. Sablok, vice-president Dr Maleeka Sachdev, club service Sarabjit Singh, vocational service Sneh Popli and international service Sandeep Luthra. Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Cabinet Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest.

Nature camp: About 200 students and teachers of Government High School, Khuda Ali Sher, and Government Senior Secondary School, Naya Gaon, participated in a function held as part of the Nature Discovery Project on Sunday. Under the aegis of the National Green Corps, children marched towards Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asian centre, PEC campus, with placards highlighting the benefits of ecological conservation. A nature camp was also organised by the Environment Society of India where students were given lecture on bird nesting boxes, lotus plantation, vermicomposting, organic farming, rainwater harvesting, etc. 

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HARYANA

Jhajjar
BUSTED: The district police claims to have busted a gang making fake vehicle registrations in Bahadurgarh town of the district with the arrest of two persons. The suspects had been duping banks by taking loans for vehicles and then selling these on fake registration. Mr Mohammad Akil, SSP, said here on Saturday that the accused had been remanded in six days’ police custody and were being interrogated.

DRINKING WATER: Hundreds of women of Beri township of the district held a demonstration against the short supply of drinking water in two colonies on Saturday. According to information, the women led by Bimla and Netram, Municipal Councillors, gathered in the main bazaar on Saturday morning and held a procession.

Kaithal
DIRECTIVE: Dr M.L. Ranga, Minister of State for Health, has directed district officials to clear public complaints without any delay and said any laxity on their part to dispose of public complaints would not be tolerated. This was stated by him while presiding over the monthly grievances committee meeting here on Saturday.

COLONY: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr H.S. Malik, disclosed on Saturday that HUDA would develop a residential colony in a selected village in each block of the district which would have all amenities. He directed the BD&POs concerned to select the village for this purpose.

Rohtak
MURDERED: Two persons were murdered in the district on Saturday. In Shimli village , a truck driver Anil was found beheaded near his truck in a plot owned by his uncle. In another case, a factory owner Suresh was found murdered inside his factory on Saturday.

Sonepat
PO HELD:
The Rai police on Sunday claimed to have arrested a proclaimed offender Suraj Parkash, alias Surje, of Bad Khalsa village who had been evading the arrest for the past about 20 years. According to a report, a case of theft had been registered against him on January 25, 1985, as he had stolen a rickshaw, utensils and cash from the house in Mohalla Kot in this city. He was arrested but released on bail by a court. Since then he did not turn up on the date of hearing this case.

RESCUED: The police on Sunday claimed to have rescued a 14-year-old minor girl allegedly kidnapped from her house at Kharkhauda town, from Sirinagar colony at Rohtak and handed over to her parents after the medical examination. A case has been registered against four persons named by the girl.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Hamirpur
CAMP: A 10-day-long Panchkarma camp started at Deotsidh temple, about 40 km from here, on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner-cum-Commissioner of the Sidh Baba Balak Nath Temple Trust Devesh Kumar opened it. The SDM, Barsar, Mr B.S. Dehal, a former MLA, Mr Manjeet Singh Dogra, and a number of district officers were also present on this occasion. This camp is being organised by the trust with the help of the Rajiv Gandhi Postgraduate Ayurvedic Mahavidyalya, Paprola.

Function: Priya, a social organisation, organised a function at the ward No. 5 here on Sunday. Ms Roshni Devi, Chairperson of the nagar parishad, was the chief guest on the occasion. A variety programme presented by children of various schools was the main highlight of the function. Fancy dress competition, dramas and a skit how to preserve the ecology were also presented on this occasion.

Kulu
INAUGURATED: Mr Raj Krishan Gaur, Agriculture Minister, inaugurated a government high school at Baragran Bihal, about 20 km from here, on Saturday. The school was upgraded from the middle standard.

PROGRAMME: A cultural troupe from the Andemans consisting of 38 artists will present a cultural programme at the Lal Chand Prarthi, Kala Kendra, here on July 12 under the inter-state cultural exchange programme. This was informed by Mr Prem Sharma, Director, Art, Languages and Culture, here on Saturday.

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