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AMRITSAR
Painting exhibition
: A physically challenged and poverty-stricken painter, Balbir Krishan of Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh) has made magnificent sketches with a ball pen, which are now find its way to England. All of his seven sketches have been sold on the first day of the three-day exhibition at the Indian Academy of Fine Arts here on Thursday.

Annual function: The annual prize distribution function of Mahant Kaushal Das DAV Public School, Neshta, Attari has been held. Mr D R Gupta, Director (Colleges), DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, was the chief guest on the occasion. This was stated by Ms Anjana Gupta, principal of the school, here on Thursday.

Man found murdered: Gurdarshan Lal (60), a resident of Ghannupur Kale area under Chheharta police station, has been found murdered in his house. Mr Manoj Pal, son of the deceased, said when he returned home on Wednesday night he found the house was bolted while his mother had gone to Haridwar. He said the house was opened next day, he found the body of his father lying in a pool of blood in the bathroom. He said Rs 65,000 was also missing. A case has been registered on the complaint of Manoj Pal.

TARN TARAN
Four held for gambling
: The Khemkaran police has arrested four persons under the Gambling Act and recovered Rs 1, 610. The accused have been identified as Kashmir Singh, Resham Singh, Bagicha Singh and Suba Singh. In another incident, the Valtoha police recovered 3 kg of poppy husk from Karaj Singh of Kila Abhi village at a naka point on Wednesday.


HARYANA

AMBALA
Quake relief: The Rotary Club of Ambala has presented a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to Deputy Commissioner J.P. Kaushik for earthquake relief. The cheque was presented at a weekly meeting of the club. Mr Kaushik also honoured ASI Gulzar Singh, Havaldar Amar Singh, carpenter Jai Singh, car mechanic Harish, mason Gurnam Singh and gardner Surendra Kumar for their services towards the betterment of society.

REWARI
Man kills mother
: Sona Devi (75) was allegedly murdered by her son, Rajpal Yadav, at Zainabad village, 25 km from here, on Wednesday. It is stated that Rajpal Yadav, who is reportedly an alcoholic, resorted to such brutality after her mother refused to give him money to buy liquor. The incident came to light on Thursday when Vijay Pal Yadav, elder brother of the accused, rushed to Zainabad village after receiving information from neighbours. The police has registered a case.

Shot at: Rajesh Swami was shot at by a Divali reveller at Sangwari village, about 10 km from here, on Wednesday. He has been hospitalised. It is stated that an altercation had been erupted between Rajesh Swami and the accused, Sunder Gujjar, following bursting of crackers on Divali. However, some villagers pacified both that time. On Wednesday morning, when Sunder Gujjar found him alone in a field, he brought out his grandfatherís rifle and allegedly shot at him. The police has arrested Sunder Gujjar and seized the rifle purportedly used in the crime. A case has been registered. 

SONEPAT
11 injured
: At least 11 persons, including eight farmers, were injured when a Canter on which they were travelling overturned on the G.T. Road, near Picric Rice Mills, about 15 km from here, on Friday. The Canter was on its way to Azadpur market in New Delhi. A case has been registered.

Youth assaulted: A youth, Satish, was seriously injured when he was assaulted by two youths at Nahri village, about 20 km from here, on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Kala and Ram Kumar of the same village. An old enmity is said to be the caused of assault. A case has been registered.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Tributes paid
: A large number of leaders of various political parties and social organisations expressed grief over the sudden demise of Kishori Lal, a former Industries Minister and a prominent leader of the BJP, at Chamba on Wednesday. Those who paid tributes to the departed soul included Rikhiram, J.P. Nadda, Karamdev Dharmani, MLA, Suresh Chandel, Member of Parliament, Randhir Sharma, state party spokesman, NGOís leader Ramsingh and Jaikumar, president of the State Journalists Federation.

CHAMBA
Resentment
: Resentment prevails among the villagers of Bhatalwan area over the bad condition of the link road from Chamba-Khajjiar. The villagers have been facing a lot of problems during late hours. A deputation of the local Bhatalwan Mandir Vikas Samiti had met Prof Chander Kumar, Member of Parliament, and asked him to sanction a sum of Rs 6 lakh for the improvement of the road. Professor Kumar assured that he would provide the fund.

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