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Amritsar
LOK ADALAT: As many as 105 cases were settled through compromise and Rs 34.62 lakh relief given at a lok adalat held here on Saturday under the supervision of Mr M.R. Batra, district and sessions judge.

TRAFFIC SAFETY: Nearly 75 students were given tips on traffic safety rules at a seminar organised in Khalsa senior secondary school here on Saturday under the guidance of Mr Kultar Singh SSP.

Hoshiarpur
TRAVEL AGENT BOOKED: The police here has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against travel agent Mohan Lal son of Sarna Ram of Gobindpuri Delhi. Mohan Lal allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Harbhajan Singh for sending him Kuwait. He neither sent him nor returned the money.

CASE OF ABDUCTION: The Garhshankar police has arrested Makhan Singh Paramjit Kaur, Sunita Rani and Vikramjit Singh of Birampur village under Section 361, 366, 34 of the IPC for abducting Sandip Kaur of the same village on June 28, 2004. The police recovered the girl from them.

ARRESTED: An undertrial prisoner, Bahadur Singh of Mahilpur, escaped from the police custody in the district courts here on Friday. Later, he was arrested from Mahilpur.

GANG BUSTED: The Majitha police has busted a gang of vehicle thieves and recovered two scooters and two pistols from them. Gang members were Paramjit Singh, Ranjot Singh, Harjit Singh, Amandeep Singh and Kartar Singh, all residents of Kot Tarkhana in Majitha district, were arrested here on Friday.

CASE REGISTERED: Mr Pooran Singh, assistant lineman, PSEB, has alleged that Bagicha Singh of Jodh Singhwala village, misbehaved with him while he was on work here on Friday. A case under Sections 353, 186 and 506 of the IPC has been registered.

Nawanshahr
CLERK BOOKED: Som Nath, an octroi clerk of the Municipal Council, here was booked for embezzling of Rs 1475.

MERIT HOLDERS: Ritu Sharma and Sandip Kaur Sandhu B.Sc (Nursing) students of Guru Nanak College Nursing, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr) near here have topped the merit list of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. Ritu Sharma got 1532 marks out of 1900 (80.6 per cent) Sandip Kaur Sandhu got 1005 out of 1250 (80.4 per cent) said Ms Saroj Sharma, principal on Saturday.

ARHTIYAS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Arhtiya Association, Punjab: Nawanshahr district unit: president — Mr Bakhtawar Singh; secretary — Mr Surinder Kumar Khosla; vice-president — Mr Chajju Ram Aggarwal; propaganda secretary — Mr Hari Dev Marwaha; and treasurer — Mr Maninderjit Singh Walia.

GROUSE AGAINST ADMN: Mr Ram Kishan Kataria, former MLA, Balachaur and Mr Tirath Ram, finance secretary, Maharaj Bhuriwale Garib Dasi Education Trust, Pojewal (Nawanshahr) has accused the district administration of ignoring the Trust while honouring institutions for social service. The trust set up in 1984, has opened schools, colleges and hospitals etc at Pojewal, Rattewal, Mansowal, Tibba nangal, Tapparian Khurd, Burmi villages in Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur, Ropar and Ludhiana districts.

BLOOD CAMP: The Blood Donors Council here organised a blood camp in memory of Bhagat Puran Singh, Pingalwara Ashram founder, here on Thursday. As many as 50 units of blood were collected.

Patiala
COAL SUPPLY ADEQUATE: Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Chairman Y.S. Ratra on Saturday said power plants in state were getting coal supply and there was sufficient stock of coal in plants. Mr Ratra said after rail traffic disruption on the Ambala-Amritsar section coal supply issue was taken up with the Coal Ministry and the Railway Board and coal reached the Ropar thermal plant on Friday via the Rohtak-Jakhal-Dhuri highway.

TREE PLANTATION: The Bharat Vikas Parishad (South) organised a tree plantation function at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Pheel Khanna, here on Sunday. As many as 100 saplings were planted on the occasion. The project has been sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala, Aurobindo Bhavan branch. The manager of branch, Mr Ved Parkash, was the chief guest.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab State Services Federation: district president — Mr Baljit Singh; district president (urban) — Mr Jaspal Mehra; president, Trade Union Co-ordination Committee — Mr Surinder Singh Walia; president, Government Teachers Union — Jasbir Singh Pannu; president, Ministerial Staff Association — Mr Nand Lal Singh; president, Kriti Kisan Dal — Gyani Singh and president, Working Women Association — Ms Sarbjit Kaur.

SEND-OFF: Ms Gurbinder Kaur Chahal, who was superannuated from the IAS recently, was given a farewell party by various local organisations here on Sunday.

Phagwara
BREAST-FEED WEEK: At a function at Civil Hospital here on Thursday SMO Dr Subhash Sharma, doctor Mrs Sapna Bhalla, and Dr Joginder Singh highlighted importance of breast-feeding..

Phillaur
SNATCHED: Two unidentified armed robbers shot at and wounded Vijay Kumar of Phagwara, and snatched 14 tolas of gold ornaments from his wife and sister at gunpoint, near Ghurrka village in Phillaur subdivision on Saturday.

Samana
BAILED OUT: Sudarshan Kumar Mittal, Municipal Commissioner, who was arrested on the charge of extortion, was granted bail by the court of the Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, Samana, and another accused, Satish Kumar, husband of Ms Nishi Bala, Municipal Commissioner, was sent to judicial lock-up up to 
August 20.

Sangrur
BREAST FEED WEEK: The World Breast-Feeding Week, celebrated by the Lions Club at the Breast Feeding Promotion Network of India (BFPNI), concluded at a function here on Saturday with a pledge to protect, promote and support breast-feeding for new borns. Members of the Lions Club, BFPNI, students of ANM training school and staff of Civil Hospital attended the function.

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CHANDIGARH

INAUGURATED: A mammography unit and a dental clinic were inaugurated at the charitable diagnostic centre at Indira Holiday Home here on Sunday. Swami Brahmeshwaranand, secretary, Rama Krishan Mission, inaugurated the unit. Director of the diagnostic centre Ajay Dutta said the centre is providing the facility of medical care to the general public on no-profit no-loss basis for conducting X-ray, ECG, ultrasound and pathological tests. The function was presided over by the vice-president of the Holiday Home Society, Mr K.K. Dhir.

CAMPAIGN: A week-long campaign to disseminate information about female foeticide concluded in Ropar district on Sunday. The campaign was organised with the help of students, local panchayats, mahila mandals, volunteers and health workers. The north-west region Directorate of Field Publicity organised 12 essay-writing competitions and eight healthy baby contests at various places. Information about the legal provisions of Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act was given to the public. The participants expressed concern about the declining sex ratio in the region and hoped that the situation would improve.

HEALTH CAMP: A free health camp was organised at Sector 29, Baba Balak Nath Mandir and Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Sector 27, by the City ACU and Health Centre here on Sunday. More than 220 patients visited the camp for treatment of migraine, arthritis, cervical, blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Two machines — a blood circulatory massager and a needleless acupuncture machine — were inaugurated. 

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HARYANA

Jagadhri
PRESENTED: All top office-bearers of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) would be provided with new vehicles and party offices opened in all districts before August 15, stated INLD President and Haryana Transport Minister Ashok Arora after handing over keys of new jeeps each to INLD General Secretary and Radaur MLA Banta Ram and coordinator of women’s wing of the party Ms Kailasho Devi.

LOK ADALAT: As many as 90 cases settled at a special Lok Dalat held at the Judicial Complex here on Saturday. District and Sessions Judge and President of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) S.K. Sardana supervised the adalat.

Sonepat
DOWRY DEATH CASE: On the complaint of Mr Baleshwar Tyagi, a resident of Malikpur village, the police registered a dowry death case against Ganga Prasad and other members of his family in Ghasauli village here on Sunday. The complainant said his daughter, Sangeeta, was married to Ganga Prasad but she was harassed and tortured by her husband and members of the in-laws’ family.

FOUR ARRESTED: Four persons, Rajesh, alias Boda, Yashpal of Bayyanpur village, Ajay of harsana Kalan village and Joginder of Harsand Khurd village were arrested in connection with the alleged murder of Ram Karan of Nasirpur village on August 2 last.

RESTORED: Normal power supply was resorted after more than 15 hours of load sheding enforced by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) in old section of Sonepat city. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
ACTION: The Truck Operators Cooperative Society, Barmana, has decided to take strict action against those truck drivers who sell diesel to others from their trucks. Mr Ramdass Thakur, president of the society, said here on Saturday the pilferage of diesel from trucks was causing huge losses to truck operators. He further said if any truck operator was found purchasing diesel from truckers, his truck would be “blacklisted” and would not be allowed to transport cement at Barmana.

GREETED: Himachal Pradesh Forest Minister Ram Lal Thakur was given a rousing reception by people of Bilaspur during his visit to Rajghati, about 25 km from here, on Saturday.

Dharamsala
INSPECTED: Transport and Tourism Minister G.S. Bali visited the rain-affected areas of Baijnath subdivision along with local MLA Sudhir Sharma and SDM Sandeep Kumar. He inspected the rescue and relief operations being carried out in the area.

Kumarhatti
CRITICISED: The BJP organised a procession to criticise the government’s wrong policies and its failure on crucial matters affecting the state at Kasauli on Saturday. The party workers led by Mr Rajiv Bindal, party spokesman and other senior party leaders of the constituency submitted a memorandum to the Governor.

Nahan
INAUGURATED: Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Speaker G.R. Musafir inaugurated the BRC building at Saranha here on Saturday. He said a hostel would be constructed for the benefit of students of remote areas.

FIR LODGED: The Renuka police has registered an FIR against the two persons, Kamal and Tanuj, on the complaint of Mr Mahesh Kumar, vice-president of gram panchayat, Dadahu in Nahan tehsil here on Saturday. He also alleged that the duo came to his shop, beat him up and threatened to kill him.

Shimla
REFORM PROGRAMME: The state electricity board has chalked out a Rs 196-crore working plan for the improvement of the electricity system under the Power Development and Reform Programme. Under this programme, projects like replacement of defective meters, installation of low-tension and high-tension lines, replacement of wooden poles would be undertaken.

SEWERAGE SCHEME: The Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Mr Kaul Singh, here on Saturday said the Rs 47-crore Shimla’s sewerage scheme, which had been hanging fire for the past about 10 years, would be completed by the end of next month.

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