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SYL: strike threat by BJP
Bhiwani, July 31
The Bharatiya Janata party has warned the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to resign from chiefministership before August 4 or face an agitation. This was stated by BJP executive committee member, Mr Om Prakash Maan, while addressing a meeting at Dhanana village yesterday.

Amarinder’s decision on water pacts wrong: Selja
Jhajjar, July 31
Describing the decision of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to abrogate the water-sharing agreements with the neighbouring states as wrong and unjustified, the Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation, Ms Selja, said the Punjab Chief Minister had never consulted the Congress high command regarding this.

Dismissal of Chautala government sought
Panipat, July 31
Hundreds of Congress mahila workers yesterday organised a protest march in the city demanding dismissal of Chautala’s government for its failure to protect the rights of farmers on SYL canal issue and to prevent the crime against women in the state.

Anarchy prevalent, says Hooda
Chandigarh, July 31
The former Haryana Congress president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today alleged that the "Chautala Government-sponsored terrorism" was responsible for the worsening law and order situation in the state.

Stress on improving dairy farming
Karnal, July 31
The Director of the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Dr Nagendra Sharma, has stressed the need for implementing need-based programmes to raise the standards of dairy farmers in the country.

Governor for SC quota in private sector
Ambala, July 31
Former Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Mr Suraj Bhan has said that reservation in jobs for the Schedule Castes candidates should be made mandatory in private as well as the corporate sectors.


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3 held for killing four of family
Rohtak, July 31
The police has arrested three persons, including a woman, in connection with the murders of four members of a family at Lakhanmajra village near here on Tuesday.

Police encounter at Patwapur under a cloud
Rohtak, July 31
Doubts have arisen over police encounter at Patwapur village near here on Tuesday in which three youths, alleged to be responsible for freeing gangster Ram Dhan from police custody, were killed.

Rules to be amended for recruitment of lecturers
Chandigarh, July 31
The Haryana Government will amend rules regarding recruitment of lecturers for teaching computer science.

649 cases disposed of at Lok Adalat
Yamunanagar, July 31
As many as 649 court cases, including 200 civil suits were disposed of at a Lok Adalat held at the Judicial Complex here today. A compensation of Rs 8 lakh was granted in 11 cases relating to motor vehicle accident claims.

Rain lowers temperature
Karnal, July 31
Karnal and surrounding areas had rain today morning lowering day temperature and giving little relief to farmers. Weather experts termed it pre-monsoon showers.

Poetry contest results
Ambala, July 31
The martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh was observed at PKR Jain Girls Senior Secondary School, Ambala City, today.

67 proclaimed offenders nabbed
Rohtak, July 31
As many as 67 proclaimed offenders (POs) and 292 bail jumpers have been arrested in the Rohtak police range during the last two months.

Free travel facility for war widows
Chandigarh, July 31
The Haryana Government has allowed free travel facility to war widows of the state in ordinary buses of Haryana Roadways.

Two killed, 15 hurt in clash
Sirsa, July 31
At least two persons, including one woman, were killed and 15 others injured in a firing incident in Rania village near here. Clash between two groups took place over a religious site in the village, 25 km from here.

Woman, two daughters jump into canal
Sonepat, July 31
A housewife along with her two daughters jumped into a canal near Mahmoodpur village here last night.

Two killed in accident
Karnal, July 31
A man and his five-year-old nephew were killed when their motor-cycle collided with a truck near Garhi Birbal village in the district today.

HC Judge inspects courts
Hisar, July 31
Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Justice V. M. Jain today inspected courts here and heard grievances of lawyers.

KU defers counselling for B.Ed course
Kurukshetra, July 31
Kurukshetra University has postponed counselling for the admission to B.Ed course for 2004-2005 session.



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SYL: strike threat by BJP
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 31
The Bharatiya Janata party has warned the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to resign from chiefministership before August 4 or face an agitation. This was stated by BJP executive committee member, Mr Om Prakash Maan, while addressing a meeting at Dhanana village yesterday. He demanded that the Punjab should restore the SYL resolution immediately. He said that party had launched Jan Jagran move and it would reach Tigrana, Dhanana, Talu villages and enter Hisar border through Mundhal chowk where senior party leader Ram Kumar Gautam would welcome the yatra. Meetings would also be held in these villages, he said.

On the other hand, ex-servicemen cell of the BJP has criticised the member of Parliament from Bhiwani Kuldip Bishnoi for misguiding people on the issue of SYL canal. In a statement released to the press here, the district unit president of the cell, Capt Krishan Dev said Mr Bishnoi was misleading villagers on this issue. He said that Haryana had been meted with step-motherly treatment. At the time of formation of Haryana state, it could not get its due share of water nor capital. He flayed Capt Amarinder Singh for his decision not to give even a single drop of water to Haryana.

Capt Krishan Dev said that Haryana was facing acute water shortage and in the wake of delayed monsoon crops were damaged. There had been great scarcity of fodder for cattle and women, in rural areas, were fetching water from far-flung areas. He said that Congress MP should make effort to fulfil the basic needs of the people instead of giving false assurances.

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Amarinder’s decision on water pacts wrong: Selja
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, July 31
Describing the decision of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to abrogate the water-sharing agreements with the neighbouring states as wrong and unjustified, the Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation, Ms Selja, said the Punjab Chief Minister had never consulted the Congress high command regarding this.

The Union Minister was addressing a press conference at Bahadurgarh township in the district after attending a civic reception organised in her honour today. She stated that the central leadership could take any action against the CM.

Ms Selja held that the Opposition parties in Haryana were bent upon raising the SYL issue in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.

The minister, who is also an MP from Ambala, criticised the Haryana Chief Minister for not making a move by taking all parties into confidence following the annulling of the water-sharing agreements.

She denied that groupism prevailed in the state unit of the party, adding that a difference of opinion of intra-party issue was bound to happen in a national party.

Earlier, addressing the gathering at the function, the Union Minister promised uplift of the poor and added that the Central Government had put their welfare on its priority list.

The DCC president and MLA from Beri, Dr Raghubir Singh Kadian, and Jhajjar MLA Dariyao Singh Rajora were also present on the occasion.

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Punjab CM’s action ‘unconstitutional’
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 31
Haryana Sangharsh Samiti convener and vice-chairman of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, legal cell, Mr Om Prakash Malik, today demanded that the Union Government must not allow the Bill passed by the Punjab Assembly annulling all water pacts to come into force.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Om Prakash Malik said the action initiated by Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was unconstitutional. “The Union Government must take a strong steps to ensure that the interests of the people of Haryana are not overlooked,” he said.

He suggested that in case the annulling of water pacts by Punjab cannot be withdrawn, then the Punjab Reorganisation Act of 1966 should be scrapped. “Territorial and water disputes have not been settled between Punjab and Haryana,” he said.

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Dismissal of Chautala government sought
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 31
Hundreds of Congress mahila workers yesterday organised a protest march in the city demanding dismissal of Chautala’s government for its failure to protect the rights of farmers on SYL canal issue and to prevent the crime against women in the state. A rally led by the president of the District Rural Congress Committee, Ms Savitri Ghangas, also submitted a memorandum to Haryana Governor through the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Mr Anurag Rastogi, in this regard.

The rally that started from the Congress Bhavan in the morning about 10 a.m reached the Deputy Commissioner’s office around 11 a.m. While addressing gathering in front of the DC office, Ms Ghangas said that due to lackluster attitude of the INLD Government the law and order situation had deteriorated to the extent that murder and dacoity has become routine affair in the state. Moreover, there was sharp rise in the crime against the women.

Ms Ghangas said that there was acute shortage in the water and extended power cuts in Panipat like other districts in the state due to delay in the monsoon. But the state government failed to take note of the farmers’ problems.

She informed that during a rally organised by the state Congress on August 9, the mahila Congress will raise the issues of crime against the women and SYL canal.

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Anarchy prevalent, says Hooda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The former Haryana Congress president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today alleged that the "Chautala Government-sponsored terrorism" was responsible for the worsening law and order situation in the state.

In a statement issued here yesterday ,Mr Hooda said the manner in which the government had pre-maturely released hardened criminals from jails, had encouraged antisocial elements. The crime rate had gone up tremendously. Murders, rape incidents, dacoity and burglaries had become the order of the day. He said in Rohtak, Sonepat and Jhajjar districts alone, at least 10 people were being murdered everyday. He said it seemed that criminals were enjoying political patronage.

Mr Hooda said what better example of the anarchy prevailing in the state could be given than the fact that people were being murdered on court complexes also.

He regretted that despite huge public outcry against the prevailing situation, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, was not concerned.

He was simply busy in implicating his political opponents in false cases. He alleged that Mr Chautala wanted to deviate the public attention from the law and order situation by holding the Congress responsible for the SYL imbroglio.

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Stress on improving dairy farming
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 31
The Director of the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Dr Nagendra Sharma, has stressed the need for implementing need-based programmes to raise the standards of dairy farmers in the country. He was addressing dairy scientists while presiding over the 26th extension council meeting of the institute here today.

He said the research approach had to be shifted from single disciplinary mode to inter-disciplinary mode of operation. He called upon the scientists to formulate research programmes, keeping in view the needs of dairy farmers and the industry. The ever-increasing population, deteriorating soil-health, water availability, environmental pollution, loss of biodiversity, imposition of non-tariff barriers and economic access to food were some of the issues that needed urgent attention, he added.

Dr Ram Chand, Head of the Extension Division of the institute, while presenting the progress report said strong viable link with the farmers of various states was established by organising animal camps, exhibitions, demonstrations, individual/group contacts, workshops and seminars. “Printed literature was distributed among more than 10,000 farmers during this year across the nation”, he said.

Important decisions taken at the meeting included providing high quality semen for up grade of indigenous dairy cattle/buffaloes, arranging proper marketing facility for fluid milk with good price, reduction of cost of production of milk, provision of good quality fodder seeds and better animal healthcare facilities along with artificial insemination facility at the village level, and making dairying commercially viable.

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Governor for SC quota in private sector
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 31
Former Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Mr Suraj Bhan has said that reservation in jobs for the Schedule Castes candidates should be made mandatory in private as well as the corporate sectors.

Talking to mediapersons here today, he said the plea taken by some big industrial houses was not correct that quality and efficiency would be affected if candidates were employed on the basis of reservation ignoring merit. He said a survey had shown that a majority of the patients who died in government hospitals were diagnosed by non-Scheduled Caste doctors.

Mr Bhan said the commission had been getting at least 100 complaints daily of atrocities Scheduled Caste employees in various government offices undergo everyday, including a few complaints of sexual harassment of female SC employees . Replying to a question, he said Uttar Pradesh and Haryana were to the fore in this regard.

Mr Bhan said the commission had also got a number of complaints that in several states a large number of non-SC candidates secured jobs under the reserved category by producing fake SC certificates. He said the commission had received around 1,000 such complaints from Bijnor district in Uttar Pradesh. He said he had written letters to the Chief Secretaries of the states regarding this and asked them to send a report to the commission within a fortnight on such complaints and on the procedure of issuing an SC certificate within a fortnight.

He said the commission had taken up the issue of two villages of Kurukshetra district recently where two non-SC candidates were elected as sarpanches to the seats reserved for SC female candidates. He said he had asked the Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra, to inquire into the matter and he had informed the commission that the two sarpanches were found guilty and were dismissed immediately.

Mr Bhan said around 45 crore acres of waste land was lying unused in the country. Out of this, 20 crore acres could be made useful for agricultural purposes. He said four crore landless SC farmers and other people living below the poverty line could be given five acres of land each. He said the commission would give this suggestion to the government in its annual report .

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3 held for killing four of family
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 31
The police has arrested three persons, including a woman, in connection with the murders of four members of a family at Lakhanmajra village near here on Tuesday.

Inspector-General of Police S.S. Deswal said today that those arrested included Ram Phal and his wife Nanhi. They were brother and sister-in-law of the head of the eliminated family of Ranvir Singh. Besides, Ram Phal’s son Sangeet was also involved in the murders and he absconded.

The three had hired three gangsters for the murders. One of them Anil had been arrested and a pistol used in the crime recovered from him. Two others were at large.

He said Ram Phal and his family suspected that his brother’s daughter-in-law was responsible for the death of one his sons, who died a year ago a day after his marriage. They believed that she had hired a ‘tantrik’ for causing the death.

Ruling out a property dispute behind the murders, Mr Deswal said the deceased did not own much property and that it was a case of revenge.

Four persons, Ranvir Singh, his wife Bimla, daughter-in-law Seema and grandson Rahul were killed in their house on Tuesday. Ranvir Singh’s son Amardeep was injured seriously and he is under treatment at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences here.

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Police encounter at Patwapur under a cloud
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 31
Doubts have arisen over police encounter at Patwapur village near here on Tuesday in which three youths, alleged to be responsible for freeing gangster Ram Dhan from police custody, were killed.

Chinks in police armour began to appear on the day of the killings itself, but inordinate delay in the post-mortem examination of the bodies further weakened credibility of the police version. Strangely, the post-mortem examination was conducted on Thursday — is three days after they were killed. No reason has been given for the delay.

According to sources, the doctors of the Civil Hospital here were reluctant to perform the examinations and had at one stage referred the cases to the forensic experts of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences who had reportedly refused to oblige. Ultimately, Civil Hospital doctors performed the post-mortem on the intervention of the higher authorities.

The police had publicly revealed identities of the killed youths within hours of the encounter although none of them hailed from the village where they were killed. How the police established their identities so quickly has not been explained. None of the deceased has been involved in a crime before and therefore there are no police records about them.

Relatives of the deceased have also expressed doubts over the encounter. They say eye-witnesses had told them that the youths had bullet wounds in their heads. This is highly unusual for an encounter of this nature.

Meanwhile, the police is maintaining stoic silence on the issue. It has refused to answer the queries raised by the media.

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Rules to be amended for recruitment of lecturers
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The Haryana Government will amend rules regarding recruitment of lecturers for teaching computer science.

The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has approved a proposal for making clearance in the National Eligibility Test (NET) compulsory for recruitment of lecturers for the subject.

Official sources said that the decision to amend the service rules had been taken following a complaint made by one Mr Pankaj Lather to UGC regarding non-compliance of UGC regulations on minimum qualifications for appointment of lecturers in Haryana. The UGC (University Grants Commission) sought comments from the state government on this complaint at the earliest.

Official sources said the state government had been following the criteria of minimum qualifications fixed by the UGC for appointment to various posts of lecturers. The condition of clearing NET was added by the UGC in the criteria for the post of lecturer (college cadre) in 1991-92. The state government revised the service rules in 1994 but the condition of clearing NET was not insisted upon for computer science because the UGC had not started organising NET in computer science until June, 1995.

The sources said that in Haryana 10 lecturers in computer science were appointed in 1997 for the first time and 13 lecturers were appointed subsequently in 2001. Even though all 23 of them were recruited after the UGC had started holding NET for computer science, these teachers were appointed on the basis of qualifications as in service rules notified by Haryana in 1994.

However, following the query from the UGC regarding compliance on its guidelines on recruitment of college teachers for computer science, the Higher Education Department moved a proposal to carry out the necessary amendments in the service rules. While the CM has approved the proposal already, it will be now presented before the Chief Secretary, the Finance Department, the Haryana Public Service Commission and the state Cabinet for formal approval.

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649 cases disposed of at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 31
As many as 649 court cases, including 200 civil suits were disposed of at a Lok Adalat held at the Judicial Complex here today. A compensation of Rs 8 lakh was granted in 11 cases relating to motor vehicle accident claims.

Mr Baseshar Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate and secretary, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) said 127 cases relating to bank loans were settled and orders to pay Rs 63 lakh were passed. Besides, orders in 300 summary cases were also passed and the accused were made to pay Rs 3 lakh.

The Member Secretary, Haryana State Legal Services Authority, Mr Sekhar Dhawan, was present on the occasion. The District and Sessions Judge and President of the DLSA presided over the adalat.

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Rain lowers temperature
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 31
Karnal and surrounding areas had rain today morning lowering day temperature and giving little relief to farmers. Weather experts termed it pre-monsoon showers.

Day temperature decreased from four to five degree Celsius in the area. The yesterday’s maximum temperature was 33.7 degree Celsius that was reduced by four degrees today.

However, rain was not up to the expectations of the farming community. “Today’s rain can only cater to the paddy crop for two or three days”, said a farmer.

Meanwhile, power cuts in rural and urban areas continued without significant improvement in power supply.

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Poetry contest results
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 31
The martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh was observed at PKR Jain Girls Senior Secondary School, Ambala City, today.

The programme was presided over by District Education Officer Rajinder Pal Singh Pawar. Poetry recitation and declamation competitions were held. In poetry competition, Tammana stood first, Manjit Kaur second and Geetanjali third. In declamation, Roopali stood first, Komal second and Neha Narang third.

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67 proclaimed offenders nabbed

Rohtak, July 31
As many as 67 proclaimed offenders (POs) and 292 bail jumpers have been arrested in the Rohtak police range during the last two months.

Giving this information at a press conference here today, Rohtak range Inspector General of Police S S Deswal told mediapersons that the police had identified 10 most wanted criminals in each of the five districts — Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Rohtak and Jhajjar — in the Rohtak police range.

The dossiers containing details of the criminal records and activities of the identified most wanted criminals had been prepared by the police and special police teams had been constituted in each of the five districts in the police range to nab three absconding criminals, Mr Deswal said, adding that the police would also give rewards those who provided information leading to the arrest of the most wanted criminals. — PTI

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Free travel facility for war widows
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The Haryana Government has allowed free travel facility to war widows of the state in ordinary buses of Haryana Roadways.

A circular to this effect issued by the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Transport Department, states that the war widows will be allowed

free travel in Haryana, Union Territory, Chandigarh, and Delhi on the production of identity cards issued to them by the Deputy Commissioner concerned.

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Two killed, 15 hurt in clash
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 31
At least two persons, including one woman, were killed and 15 others injured in a firing incident in Rania village near here. Clash between two groups took place over a religious site in the village, 25 km from here.

Bassi Bai died on the spot while Sodhi Singh breathed his last while on way to a hospital. Those injured include a 12-year-old Balwinder, Om Prakash, Bansi, Shanku, Jaila, Dhana, Jaswinder, Raju, Shera, Birla, Bhola, Malkeet, Amreesh, Krishna and Gurdeep. All injured have been admitted to Civil Hospital here and one of them Birla, who received injuries in the chest, is said to be in serious condition.

SP H.S. Doon visited the hospital and met the injured.

There was a dispute between two groups of the village over six kanal of land.

Sources said a relative of one of the former “babas”, Malkeat was allegedly behind the incident. This afternoon when a group of villagers having a faith in Baba Makhan Shah reached near the land for negotiations, Malkeat allegedly along with his groups started firing on the group from rooftop.

According to sources, the accused had illegal arms and the police has recovered arms used in the incident. The police has registered a case and rounded up five persons in this connection.

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Woman, two daughters jump into canal

Sonepat, July 31
A housewife along with her two daughters jumped into a canal near Mahmoodpur village here last night.

Some persons witness to the scene also jumped into the canal and brought out the woman alive but her two daughters died by drowning the police said.

Their bodies were also brought out by people.

The woman belonged to Mahlana village the police, said adding the woman had a quarrel with her husband and left her house along with her daughters. — PTI

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Two killed in accident

Karnal, July 31
A man and his five-year-old nephew were killed when their motor-cycle collided with a truck near Garhi Birbal village in the district today.

While Sahil died on the spot, his maternal uncle Rajendar succumbed to his injuries at the Trauma Centre, the police said.

Meanwhile, in another incident, two labourers, Ram Kumar and Amrit Lal, were buried alive in Dadupur Khurd village yesterday when the wall of the well they were digging caved in. Their bodies could be taken out only around midnight last night.

The police has registered a case. — UNI

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HC Judge inspects courts

Hisar, July 31
Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Justice V. M. Jain today inspected courts here and heard grievances of lawyers.

District Bar Association President Jaimal Singh requested Mr Justice Jain to establish two more courts in Hisar. — UNI

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KU defers counselling for B.Ed course
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 31
Kurukshetra University has postponed counselling for the admission to B.Ed course for 2004-2005 session.

Kurukshetra University Registrar, Dr J.S. Kadiyan, told The Tribune yesterday that this had been done following stay orders on admissions to B.Ed course granted by the Supreme Court of India on the petitions filed by four unaided private colleges of education for increasing management quota seats and fees.

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Revised scales for civic staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The Haryana Government will grant revised pay scales to all the employees of municipalities on the pattern of government employees with effect from January 1, 1996. Stating this here yesterday, the Director, Urban Development, said that the arrears arising out of this revision would be deposited in the provident fund accounts of the staff.

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Embroidery contest
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 31
An on-the-spot embroidery contest was held at Police DAV Public School today.
In the senior category, Staffi stood first, Poonam second and Sonia third. Consolation prizes went to Surekha, Perminder and Harneet. In the junior category, Gurwinder stood first, Isha Verma second and Sonia third. Consolation prize winners were Shardha, Dilpreet and Ritu.

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