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: To commemorate World Disability Day that falls on December 3, a seminar over the issue was conducted at Lovely Institutes here Wednesday. The key speaker on the occasion was Dr Harsimran Singh Oberoi, orthopaedic surgeon and social activist. He informed about various physical disabilities common in the region and their causes. He said many of such disabilities could be partially treated in case physiotherapy was started at the right time. Dr Monika, Principal, Lovely Institute of Pharmacy, and Dr Sunaina, lecturer, Department of Physiotherapy, also gave their presentations.

18 Boys clear NDA exam
: As many as 18 Plus Two students of Sainik School, Kapurthala, have cleared the UPSC written examinations for NDA, the result of which was declared on the Internet Tuesday evening.
It is perhaps after several years that so many students from the school have managed to clear the examination, the faculty members said. Among those who have cleared the test are the School Captain Navjot Singh and House Captain Guriqbal Singh. Both the students said the special classes conducted for them during the summer break and a series of mock tests in the school had helped them. The students said they were now waiting for the announcement of the date of interview and medical examination.

Help to prisoners: More than 800 prisoners and under-trials were provided free legal services in the district by the District Legal Authority, Kapurthala, and 71 prisoners were helped in filing their appeals, bail applications, review petitions in the high court. This was stated by Mr Sham Sunder Gupta, District and Sessions Judge, Kapurthala, here Wednesday. Justice Gupta, who was addressing the prisoners in a seminar organised by the District Legal Authority, Kapurthala at district jail, stated in his address that District Legal Authority was committed to aware the prisoners and common people about their legal rights.

One held: The district police has arrested Hans Raj, a resident of Mardi village under police station Phillaur, for allegedly duping Gurmit Kaur, a resident of Saidpur village, of Rs 5.65 lakh, here on Wednesday. According to the police, the accused promised Gurmit Kaur to send her two sons, Surinder Singh and Parwinder Singh to Italy for which he demanded Rs 9.5 lakh in 2003. 

: Ankit Jain and Rishab Marwaha of Kundan Vidya Mandir were awarded CBSE merit scholarships and a cash scholarship of Rs 6,000 per year for their outstanding performance in Class XII examination held in 2005 by Union Minister of Human Resource and Development Arjun Singh at a function in Vigyan Bhavan last week.

Sports festival
: A sports festival will be organised in the village school ground from December 5 to 8 in memory of Malvir Singh Khattran, a former member of the Block Samity. This information was given by president of the local sports club, Mr Sukhwinder Singh. Competitions in kabaddi, carts races, dog races etc will be held.

Court work affected: Lawyers, typists and document writers practising at the Civil Courts, Samrala, abstained from work on Wednesday due to the death of the mother of a senior advocate. A number of prominent persons attended the cremation.



Missing: Jatinder Gupta , 15, a resident of Mani Majra, has been missing since November 6. He was working a s a motor mechanic in the Mani Majra motor market. The police has lodged a DDR on the basis of a complaint made by the father of the boy, Mr Ramesh Gupta.

Combing operation: In view of threats from anti-social elements, the Chandigarh Police conducted operations in Bapu Dham Colony on Wednesday under the supervision of DSP, East. As many as 200 policemen and PCR vehicles took part in the combing operation. During the operation, 74 persons were rounded up in Bapu Dham colony and another 174 persons were rounded up in the Grain Market area. The persons were released after verification of their antecedents.

Honoured: Three police personnel, Sub Inspector Harjit Kaur, Constable Mahi Pal and Sanjiv were honoured on Wednesday with cash rewards by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Satish Chandra, for saving a Samrala resident from drowning in Sukhna Lake .

Gold chain snatched: Two unidentified scooterist snatched a gold chain from a woman in Sector 22 last evening. In her complaint to the police, 75-year-old Sushila Sharma alleged that at around 8:50 pm she came out from her house to buy vegetables from a vendor. At the same time two scooterists passed by and pulled away her gold chain.



Youth beaten to death: A teenaged boy was reportedly beaten to death by a father and his son at Chhara village in the district on Wednesday. According to information, deceased Sandeep (16) was having an affair with a daughter of Kaliram, a labourer on a brick-kiln, in the village. Ravi, a brother of the girl, reportedly caught both of them in objectionable position on Tuesday night. Enraged over this, the brother and the father of the girl thrashed the youth with lathis. He succumbed to the injured before reaching hospital. The police has registered a case against the two accused.

Body recovered
: Police recovered body of a minor in a mutilated condition on railway track near Samalakha, on Monday. Though police is investigating the matter, family members of the deceased termed it as a murder. The police recovered the body on the rail track with head placed a few metres away from the body. The police has registered a case.

Electrocuted: A seven-year- old girl of a labourer was electrocuted, here on Tuesday. Hospital sources said that the girl was admitted in a critical condition after she touched the naked wire while playing.

Probe demanded: Ms Kamla, a 40-year-old woman, died during treatment in the Civil Hospital here on Wednesday. According to a report, she belonged to New Kabirpur village on the outskirts of this city. She was operated upon in this hospital. It is alleged that she was given expired injection which caused her death. The parents of the deceased demanded a high-level inquiry into the causes of the death and stern action against the erring doctors.

Sugarcane crop: Standing sugarcane crop in seven bighas of land was burnt in fire which broke out from sparks from the high-voltage power cable passing over the fields at Garhi Bala village, about 15 km from here, on Wednesday night. The municipal fire engines rushed to the site after receiving information and brought the fire under control.

BKU mahapanchayat: The district unit of the BKU is holding a one-day mahapanchayat on December 2 in this city to discuss the issue of acquiring land by the state government in various villages of this district. According to a report, it has appealed to the farmers to attend the mahapanchayat and express their solidarity with the BKU for increasing the rates of the land being acquired by the state government.

Killed: Yad Ram, resident of Mohalla Kot, was run over and killed by a running train near the railway station here on Wednesday. According to a report, the GRP has sent the body for post-mortem.


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