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Amritsar
Protest held
: Over 125 shopkeepers of the Ghanta Ghar Chowk area held a protest against the notification of their shops under the beautification plan of the surroundings of the Golden Temple.

Commission raised: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has raised the commission to have more PCOs in the urban and rural areas. The General Manager, Telephones, BSNL, said here on Friday that commission was on non-graded basis. He said for 8,000 calls per month the commission would be at 32.5 per cent and for 10,000 and above the commission would be up to 35 per cent.

Submitted: The Rattan chand Road Welfare Association on Friday submitted a memorandum to the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, against the illegal constructions in their area.

Hoshiarpur
Funds released:
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP, on Friday released Rs 5.88 lakh from the MP Local Area Development Scheme Fund for the completion of a causeway being constructed at the Bhangi Choe bed at Gaushala Bazar. He also appealed to Mr D.K. Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, to get the causeway completed as early as possible.

2 SUCCUMB TO INJURIES: Vidhi Chand, an employee of BDPO office, Talwara, succumbed to his injuries at BBMB Hospital, Talwara, on Friday evening. He was seriously injured when his scooter suddenly slipped at Adda Amvi due to which he fell down from it. Satpal Sharma of Daulatpur Chowk also succumbed to his injuries in BBMB Hospital. He and his wife Kamlesh Rani had been seriously injured when a speedy bus (No. PB07E-6797) hit their scooter near ITI Chowk, Talwara, on Friday. Kamlesh Rani was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

SUICIDE: Puran (35), who was running a dhaba at the local Tanda bypass road, consumed some poisonous substance at the District Court complex here on Friday. He was admitted to the local Civil Hospital where he breathed his last. It is reported that he took a loan from some financier and could not return it. The financier filed a case against him in the local court. Puran came to the court but in frustration committed suicide.

Kapurthala
Cell connections:
BSNL is installing 1,000 additional towers in Punjab to increase its mobile phone connection capacity to 13.5 lakh from its present capacity of 4.5 lakh connections in the current year. This was revealed by General Manager (Telecom), Jalandhar Telecom District, Mr S.K. Chownk at an open house session with local subscribers and mediapersons.

Nawanshahr
Cremated:
Keshavananda Kalia, a local veteran Arya Samajist, who died on Thursday following a massive heart attack, was cremated here on Friday. A large number of political and social leaders of the area were present. The local Arya institutions remained closed as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Nabbed: A team of the Vigilance Department led by DSP, Mr S.S. Sandhu, caught red-handed Rajinder Singh, a patwari, while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2000 from Sohan Lal of Mehatpur Ulladhani village on Friday.

TOPPERS: Nisha Sharma and Maninderjit Kaur, first-year students of BSc (IT), of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, have brought laurels to the college by getting first and third positions in the merit list, respectively, in the examination conducted in April by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Nisha secured 644 marks and Maninderjit 616 marks out of 900, informed Dr Gurjant Singh, Acting Principal.

ABOVE 90 PC: As many as six students, Deepak Soniyare, Sukhmanpreet Kaur, Aditi Sareen, Jashandeep Singh Gill, Harsimranjit Kaur and Dipesh Kumar, of the local Shivalik Public School have got more than 90 per cent marks in the matriculation examination conducted by the CBSE in March this year. As many as 141 students of the school appeared in the examination and remained successful, informed Dr Darshan Singh Bedi, Principal, here on Saturday.

Pathankot
TRIBUTES PAID: Rich tributes were paid to Rana Chhaju Ram, a noted freedom fighter on his fourth death anniversary here on Saturday. Those who paid the tributes included local MLA, Ashok Sharma, former Punjab Minister Master Mohan Lal and Bar Association president Thakur Ravinder Singh.

INAUGURATED: The Gazetted Officers [Class II] Club was inaugurated by Chief Engineer Ranjit Sagar Dam of Bhalinder Singh at Shahpur Kandi Township, near here, on Friday. Mr N.P. Dhawan, spokesman of the Diploma Engineersí Association, said with the setting up of the club the long-standing demand of the union had been fulfilled. 

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CHANDIGARH

BLOOD DONATED: As many as 160 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the employees of Groz-Beckert Asia Pvt Ltd at Industrial Area here on Saturday. The camp was organised under the supervision of the Director of Blood Bank Society, Sector 37, Dr R.S. Shah. Mr Walter Kissinger, Managing Director, Groz Beckert Asia, inaugurated it.

PANEL FORMED: As many as 50 persons of different religions on Saturday gathered on a platform to work for global harmony. An ad hoc committee, Sarv Dharam Vichar Sabha, was formed with Mr Balbir Singh Wadhawan as convener.

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HARYANA

Jind
ATTACKED: Eight employees of the local electricity department were injured when some anti-social elements attacked them at Bishanpura village on Friday. Mr Kartar Singh, a Junior Engineer, received serious injuries. He was admitted to the local general hospital. The employees had gone to Bishanpura village to check the theft of power.

TOPPER: Sandeep Gera, a student of the local Moti Lal Nehru Public School, has topped in the northern region comprising Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, J & K and Himachal Pradesh in the matriculation examination of the C.B.S.E. by securing 97.6 per cent marks.

Rewari
ARRESTED: Jorawar Singh, alias Habadiya of Bhalkhi Majra village, and Chetan of Ahrod village, who were involved in the murder-cum-robbery case of a jeweller, Vijay Khanna, have been arrested by the district police from two different places. Dr C.S. Rao, SP, said the police seized three countrymade pistols, 17 live cartridges, a knife, a motor cycle, Rs 14,000 and a brief case.

Sonepat
KILLED: Shamshad Singh, a farmer of Muzzaffarnagar, was killed in an accident on the G.T. Road near Kundli village along the Haryana-Delhi border, about 25 km from here, on Saturday.

FIRE: A fire broke out in a showroom of shoes on the Gohana road, 35 km from here, on Friday. Short-circuit is said to be the cause of the fire.

SUICIDE: An aged woman, Ompati, reportedly committed suicide by taking celphos tablets in her house at Lehrara village, 3 km from here, on Saturday. According to a report, she took this extreme step to get rid of her prolonged illness.

YOUTH MISSING: A 14-year-old boy, Joni, has reportedly been missing from his house since May 24 from Mohana village in this district. According to a report, he had left his house for purchasing household items but did not return. Parents of the youth have lodged a complaint with the police in this connection.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Kangra
SWAMI GIRIís PLEA: Swami Virendranand Giri, President of the HP Maath Mandir Suraksha Samiti, on Friday stressed on the Jammu and Kashmir Government that the Amarnath pilgrimage routes both from Pahalgam and Baltal should be handed over to the Army in view of the escalation in the militant attacks in the valley and blowing up of the vital bridge between Pahalgam and Chandanwari. 

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