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AMLOH
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the SC/BC Teachers Union of the Amloh block: president — Parmajeet Singh Faizulapur; general-secretary — Baljeet Singh Salana; secretary — Mehar Singh Rajewal; organising secretary — Lakwinder Singh and treasurer — Avtar Singh Bhambari.

Amritsar
ARREST DEMANDED: The Tarksheel Society criticised the alleged sacrifice of a two-year-old child in Phagwara on Tuesday. The society demanded immediate arrest of the accused for the heinous crime

PROTEST RALLY: The employees of Bharati Sanchar Nigam Limited and the National Federation of Telecom Employees union held a rally here on Tuesday in protest against the Central Government’s policy to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) in the telecom sector, civil aviation and insurance companies from 49 per cent to 74 per cent.

Bathinda
WORKERS URGED: Mr Malkiat Singh Saini, general secretary, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant Employees Federation, urged the activists of the union and the employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to get ready for an agitation against the management move to privatise the PSEB.

Faridkot
FACELIFT PLAN: The district administration plans to give a facelift to this historic town, named after the Sufi saint Baba Sheikh, by the end of 2005, according to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar.

CHALLAN PRODUCED: The police has produced a challan in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate against the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leader and former Chairman of the Market Committee, Mr Harjeet Singh Bholuwala, and Mr Bachitar Singh on the charge of trading of votes during the Lok Sabha elections in May this year.

SECRETARY BOOKED: A Panchayat Secretary of Bhana village has been booked on the charge of insulting and intimidating Dalit sarpanch Jagtar Singh. The police has registered a case under Section 3 and 4 of the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989, and Section 506 of the IPC.

FOUR BOOKED: Four persons of a family were booked in dowry harassment case here on Wednesday. Two of the accused were produced in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Jagjeet Singh Chauhan. The court sent the complainant’s husband to two-day police remand, while his sister’s husband was sent to 15-day judicial remand. The complainant said she got married to Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Bathinda in January, 2004 She alleged that after the marriage her in-laws started harassing her for dowry. The police registered a case under Sections 498-A, 406 and 34 of the IPC.

Hoshiarpur
DHARNA: Mr Tikshan Sud, MLA, Mr Gopi Chand Kapur Mr Shiv Sud, both Municipal Councillors, and local leaders of the BJP alongwith......... with some shopkeepers staged a dharna in front of the city police station here on Tuesday. They were pootesting against the rounding up of a local shopkeeper and a rickshawpuller by the police. Later, both were released.

LUDHIANA
RELIEF: The Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha and the Lala Jagat Narayan Nishkam Seva Sangh will organise its 84th monthly widow pension and ration distribution function at the Gyan Sthal Mandir, near Subhani Building, here on Sunday. A total of 651 needy widows will be given rations and items of daily use.

Machhiwara
PU Senate poll:
Dr Mukesh Arora, a senior lecturer of S.D. Government College, Ludhiana, filed his nomination papers for the Senate poll of Punjab University, Chandigarh on Tuesday. The election is scheduled to be held on September 19. Dr Arora is a candidate from graduates constituency. Dr Arora has already won this election twice in a row. At present he is a member of the PU Syndicate.

MANDI GOBINDGARH
MEDICAL CAMP: For curing skin diseases, a medical check-up camp will be organised by Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital from August 9 to August 14. The camp will be held on the campus of the college. This was stated in a press note issued by the Principal of the college, Mr R.C. Jain. A team of doctors will examine patients free of cost. Treatment will be given through the panch karma therapy.

Phagwara
WOMEN’S CELL MEETING: The local women’s Cell held a meeting held here on Tuesday. In a press note, the cell claimed that it had got 86 complaints during this year. Of these, 45 cases were settled through “razinamas”.

Phillaur
DECISION WELCOMED: The Indian Medical Association, Punjab, has welcomed the directions of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission against quackery in the state.

Tarn Taran
DHARNA: The Punjab State Electricity Board “struggle committee” staged a dharna here on Tuesday in front of the office of the Deputy Chief Engineer against the proposed privatisation of the board.

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CHANDIGARH

Celebrated: Tiny tots of Little Hearts School, Sector 38, celebrated “Friendship day” with fervour. The children playway to Kindergarten, exchanged friendship bands with each other. The Principal, Ms Harpreet Kaur, was elated to receive one from them. The teachers told the children about the significance of the day while the tiny tots recited poems on the occasion. The event concluded with a dance party.
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HARYANA

Hisar
AUGMENTED: The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has augmented the capacity of its 33 kv substation at Bawania in Mahendragarh district from 5 MVA to 9 MVA at a cost of Rs 20 lakh, an official spokesman said here on Tuesday.

Kaithal
SENTENCED: The Additional Sessions Judge, Kaithal, has convicted and sentenced Rajinder Parshad, a junior engineer of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Siwan, of Kaithal district to rigorous imprisonment for five years and fined him Rs 800 following allegations of taking a bribe of Rs 10,000.

Sonepat
FOUR INJURED: Four persons were seriously injured when their car was hit by a vehicle on the GT Road near Murthal Chowk, about 8 km from here, on Tuesday.

HELD: The Civil Lines police arrested Pradeep of Uttar Pradesh in connection with an alleged cheating case. A case was registered against him on a complaint of Praveen of Gandhi Nagar, Ganaur.

ARRESTED: The Murthal police has arrested three persons namely Jagir Singh, Kirpal Singh and Sharadha Ram on a charge of committing a theft. A case has been registered against them.

WOMAN DUPED: A trickster duped a woman and escaped with cash and gold ornaments on Tuesday. The woman was identified as Munesh. The police has registered a case.

DEMONSTRATION: A large number of people held a demonstration in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police here on Tuesday. They were protesting against the inaction of the police to arrest the suspect involved in the murder of Raju, a driver of a three-wheeler of Rajpur village.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Kulu
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers’ of the Sanchar Nigam Executives Association (I) for Kullu Telecom District: president — Mr Anil Mahant; district secretary — Mr Ajay Vats, assistant district secretary — Mr Ajit Kumar, assistant district secretary II — Ms Monika; organising secretary — Mr C.R. Dhiman.

Mandi
THEFT: Cosmetics, mobile phones and cash cards worth Rs 1,22,141 were reported stolen from a local shop here on Tuesday. The police has registered a case and are investigating.

INAUGURATED: Member of Parliament from Mandi Pratibha Singh inaugurated an e-governance centre at Sundernagar here on Tuesday.

Nahan
PUNCTUALITY: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr M.L. Sharma asked all head offices to enforce a time-bound schedule in their working to achieve the target of development schemes here on Tuesday.

SUSPENDED: The Superintendent of Police, Sirmaur, disclosed that two constables Pritam Chand and Sunder Singh posted in Pacchad police station had been placed under suspension on Tuesday on a charge of negligence in duty.
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