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PUNJAB

Abohar
Booked
: Seven persons have been booked by the police under Sections 498A, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC for allegedly torturing Savita Rani, daughter or Babu Ram.
Sources said that Savita was married to Bhim Sain six months ago. She said in her complaint that her in-laws had been physically torturing her with burning cigarette and electric shocks as her parents were unable to meet their demands.

Amritsar
NABBED: Mohammad Quasim, a resident of Bangladesh, was nabbed by the BSF while he was illegally trying to cross over to Pakistan from the Rorawala Khurd post here on Wednesday. A case has been registered under Sections 3/34/20 of the Indian Passport Act and Section 14 of the Foreign Act.

SEMINAR: The Rotary Club, Amritsar Midtown, will hold a seminar on ‘Restoring Glory to Amritsar’ on Friday. Mr A.R. Bhardwaj, president of the club, said the city, founded by Sri Guru Ram Das, had a glorious heritage and rich history.

CONTEST: Police DAV Public School will hold an inter-school declamation contest on biodiversity and its conservation on Friday. Dr A.P. Vij, Department of Botany, Guru Nanak Dev University, will be the guest of honour.

Batala
COMPETITION: The Commerce and Advertisement Department of R.R. Bawa D.A.V. College for Girls organised an advertisement show and an advertisement competition, on the college campus here on Wednesday. The college students presented advertisements on drug addiction and no-to-drugs themes.

Gurdaspur
ELECTED: The following have been elected new directors of the Milkfed: Mr Kulwinder Singh, Ms Balwinder Kaur, Mr Piara Singh, Mr Raghuvir Singh Dhindsa, Mr Bhupinder Singh Khalsa, Mr Joginder Singh, Mr Gurbachan Singh, Mr Gurmail Singh, Mr Harbhajan Singh and Mr Ajaib Singh.

Moga
Suspended
: The District Transport Officer, Mr Surinder Singh Sidhu, whom a vigilance team caught red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 5,000, has been suspended. The Baghapurana SDM, Mr Harcharan Singh Sandhu, has been given the additional charge of the DTO.

ACCIDENT: A labourer’s legs were amputated when a rail engine hit him while he was unloading goods from a train at the local railway station on Wednesday. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital. The victim Harbhagwan Singh was a resident of Mohan Singh Basti in Moga.

Nawanshahr
SAINIK WELFARE: A meeting of the District Sainik Board was held under the presidentship of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, here on Wednesday. The Deputy Commissioner said a sum of Rs 20.86 lakh had been earmarked for the welfare of the ex-servicemen of the district. An ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh was given to a sepoy, who was injured in J & K recently. Besides, a scheme to provide power connections to ex-servicemen was also started in the district.

TRAINING CAMP: A two-month-long training camp for the educated rural youth, will be organised from August at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Langroya, to impart training for self employment ventures like production of highbred seed, bee-keeping, mushroom cultivation, dairy farming, poultry farming, cultivation of fruit and vegetables etc., informed Dr B.S. Kanga, Deputy Director (Training), KVK, Langroya, in a press release here on Wednesday.

Patiala
SELECTED: Seven students of Government Mohindra College here have been selected for scholarship by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan on the basis of their performance in the subject. The students are Jyoti Pahwa ,Sandhya, Chanchal, Anshumali Shukla, Meena Rani, Mandeep Kaur and Venus Bansal. 

DEMANDED: The TIET Employees Association on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the director of the institute demanding regularising the services of work-charge staff working in the construction and maintenance sections. They also demanded the implementation of promotion policy for the technical staff. They further demanded 50 per cent reservation of posts for the post of assistant Registrar and 25 per cent for the post of Deputy Registrar.

Phagwara
HAILED: Former state vice-president of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Mr M.P. Singh Goraya, on Wednesday hailed the handing over the probe of the Mahilpur rape case to the CBI, in which a teacher of the Brilliant Computer Centre, Mahilpur, was raped and murdered at Mahilpur on June 21 last year.

SAMRALA
OORJA DIVAS: The birthday of former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi will be celebrated as Oorja Divas on Friday, Mr J.S. Jassi, SDM, said here on Thursday. A meeting of the Principals and Headmasters of the schools of the subdivision was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Jassi and it was decided that a declamation contest and painting competition would be held for schoolchildren of Machhiwara and Samrala.

WELFARE OFFICER: Mr Swaran Singh has taken over as Tehsil Welfare Officer of the subdivision here on Thursday in place of Mr Amar Chand, who has retired. Mr Swaran Singh was posted at Sangrur earlier.

SUB-COMMITTEE: Mr J.S. Jassi, SDM-cum-president of the Samrala Community Centre, has constituted a sub-committee of the centre and nominated Mr S.S. Guron, Mr Shakti Anand, Mr Rupinder Singh Rooby, Mr Rakesh Khullar and Mr Tejinder Singh Cooner its members. The committee will give its decision regarding any dispute among the members of the club.

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CHANDIGARH

Panchkula
CONCERN EXPRESSED: The Citizen’s Welfare Association has expressed concern over the alleged failure of the Municipal Council in maintaining cleanliness in the township. In a press note, the president of the association, Mr S.K. Nayar, said though the expenses on the sanitation works had increased from an initial Rs 2.75 lakh per month last year to Rs 10. 50 lakh per month now, the sanitation services had gone for a six. He said the tenders for sanitation works were allotted for Rs 13. 50 lakh and public money was being misutilised.

PROGRAMME: A cultural programme was organised at Blue Bird High School as part of Teej celebrations. Tiny tots came dressed in traditional clothes and jived to the tune of various songs on monsoon. A mehndi competition was organised for senior girls.

CLEANLINESS: Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Zirakpur, on Thursday launched a cleanliness drive in the flood-affected areas of Zirakpur to avoid spread of the epidemic. They went around the affected areas with posters and banners.

DISTRIBUTED: The Social Welfare Society of Hansraj Public School on Thursday distributed clothes and eatables to slum dwellers affected by the recent floods at the Sector 14 rehabilitation camp. They also contributed Rs 10 each. 

Celebrations: Teej was celebrated with great fervour by students of Nav Bal Niketan School, Sector 12, here on Thursday. On the occasion a colourful cultural programme followed by a mehndi competition was also held.

COMPETITION: Arvind Sharma of Chaman Lal DAV School, Sector 11, won the first prize and Rs 1,000 at the Rajiv Gandhi Akshar Urja Divas Inter-School Painting Competition held at DC Model School on Thursday. Rekha of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, won the second prize and Rs 750, while Urvashi Gulati of Hansraj Public School won the third prize. The competition was organised by DIET, Panchkula, and the Municipal Council as part of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary celebrations. Prerna Sharma and Mohit Sharma won the consolation prizes along with cash prize of Rs 200 each.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
Produced: The Maheshnagar police on Thursday produced Gaurav Sharma and his mother in a local court here. They were arrested on Wednesday in a dowry case. The court ordered to send Gaurav to police custody for one day while his mother was released on bail. The police had registered a case on the complaint of Pooja Sharma.

Bhiwani
AKSHAY URJA DIVAS: The birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi will be celebrated as ‘Akshay Urja Divas’ on Friday, according to the District Congress President, Mr Ramesh Masta.

Jind
DHARNA: Employees of Haryana Roadways, Jind, depot, staged a dharna here on Wednesday in protest against the transfer of union leaders. The union leaders alleged that the General Manager of the depot had adopted indifferent attitude towards the demands of the employees. They demanded the cancellation of their transfers.

Katihal
FLAGGED OFF: Mr Dharam Pal Chhot general secretary, Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress flagged off a truck of foodgrains for the flood affected people of Bihar from here on Wednesday evening. This consignment of foodgrains is reported to be part of the food being collected on the initiative of Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, secretary, AICC which will be sent to Assam and Bihar on the birth anniversary of late Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi.

DEVI RAKSHAK RELIEF: Deputy commissioner H. S. Malik delivered a cheque of Rs 1 lakh each to four widows under ‘Devi Rakshak’ scheme at a function here on Tuesday. These women had lost their husbands in accidents. Last week also five women were given cheques for Rs 1 lakh each under the scheme. At another function at Red Cross Bhavan here, the Deputy Commissioner presented for people’s use an air-conditioned ambulance equipped with emergency equipment.

Kurukshetra
WORKSHOP HELD: A one-day workshop on the state wise analysis of assessment report was held in the Senate Hall of the university here on Wednesday. The workshop was sponsored by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore.

MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical check-up camp was organised by the Rotary Club Kurukshetra on the premises of Kesri Devi Lohia Public School, Lohar Majra, 10 km from here, on Wednesday. According to the club president, Dr Vijay Sharma, over 200 students were examined by a team of doctors including Dr Rakesh Bhardwaj, Dr O.P. Lalit, Dr Surinder Sahai, eye surgeon, Dr Rajesh Saini, general surgeon, Dr Surinder Mehta and Dr Vikas Goyal.

Rewari
CELEBRATED: The Haryana Sampoorna Kranti Manch held a function to felicitate Dr Shanti Swaroop Data, a Gandhian and veteran freedom fighter of the Haryana-Rajasthan region, on this 88th birthday here.

Sonepat
BEATEN UP: Amit Dagar (10), a student of Class V, was allegedly beaten up by a teacher of Bharat Modern High School at Rewli village, 6 km from here, on Thursday. According to a report, the student became unconscious during the beating for about 90 minutes at a stretch and he was rushed to the local Civil Hospital for treatment. The police is investigating into the case.

ARRESTED: The Kharkhauda police on Thursday arrested Satbir, sarpanch of Saidpur village, under Sections 406, 409 and 420, IPC, on the charge of misappropriation of panchayat funds. The police has seized the cash book of the gram panchayat for investigation. The police action followed lodging of an FIR by the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Kharkhauda, on the directive of the Deputy Commissioner.

LOK ADALAT: A one-day Lok Adalat will be held on August 21 in the judicial complexes at Sonepat and Ganaur. According to a report, cases relating to the Hindu Marriage Act and the motor accident claims would be settled.

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