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PTI booked
: A Physical Training Instructor (PTI) has been booked under various sections of the IPC, police sources said on Sunday. Some students put up posters on the boundary wall of Government Senior Secondary School at Tarkhanwala village near here claiming that they had found the PTI in a compromising position with an ad hoc computer training teacher inside a classroom. Resenting this the villagers held a demonstration on the school campus. The police has taken the PTI into custody, sources added.

Implication alleged
: Demanding a probe, the Shiromani Khalsa Dal and the Khalra Mission Committee on Sunday alleged that Palwinder Singh Khadoor Sahib, who was arrested by the Tarn Taran police for allegedly having links with ISI on February 3, was being implicated in a false case. In a joint statement here Mr Balwinder Singh Jhabal of the dal and Mr Jasbir Singh Padri, Chairman, KMC, alleged that the CIA staff of Tarn Taran had been harassing and torturing Palwinder, his brother Jaswinder Singh and other members of the family for the last one month.

Gang busted
: A gang of auto lifters was busted by the police with the arrest of two of the members of the gang on Monday. Those arrested are Punit Kumar and Vinod Kumar alias Tinku, both residents of Basti Sheikh. They have been booked under Section 379 of the IPC. The police has also recovered five motorcycles and one scooter from their possession. The officials said they were looking for two other members of the gang, Raju and Kali.

Decision hailed: The railway employees here have hailed the judgment given by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). The tribunal has cancelled the letter issued by Railway Board on July 23, 2004 in which it had proposed the merger of Station Master, TI, and ward masters. CAT has also instructed the Railway Board to once again give reservations under the Reservation Policy within a period of three months. The tribunal has also stalled all proceedings specified in the letter and has said that the merger would not be applicable anymore.

Art exhibition: Art Dot, a venture in visual art, organised a painting and drawing exhibition at Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall that concluded on Monday. Works of as many as 30 artistes from Kapurthala, Phagwara, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur were put on display. Ms Surjit Kaur of Art Dot said the main purpose of the exhibition was to bring about aesthetic awareness among the visitors.

Campus interview: Lyallpur Khalsa College would hold a joint campus placement for 17 colleges of Punjab on Wednesday, February 8. Representatives from Wipro Technologies choose IT graduates for its Wipro Academy of Software Excellence Programme. Also on offer are sponsorships for a four-year integrated Masters in Software Engineering at BITS, Pilani. Last year, Wipro had selected 24 candidates from the campus.

Honour: The Punjab Publishers’ Association on Monday honoured Mr Sohan Lal Khanna of Raj Publishers with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the printing and publishing industry, a press release said.

: NRI Sabha’s Kapurthala unit will hold elections for the post of the President on February 15 at Bachat Bhawan. Ms Ranjit Kaur, General Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, informed this in a press release issued here on Monday. All the members of the district NRI Sabha could participate in the election, the release added. Mr A.K. Sikka, SDM, Kapurthala, has been appointed the returning Officer.

Newborn’s body found
: The Railway Police recovered the body of a newborn male child dumped in the shrubs near the Satnampura railway track at the back of the sugarmill on Saturday.

Adventure camp
: An adventure camp organised for the students of the Dashmesh academy and neighbouring schools to inculcate trust and empower them to take the task of responsibility concluded here on Sunday. A team of professionals was called to help the students to overcome fear, trust others, work as a team, said the Principal of the academy, Mr Arun Kumar Sharma.


Convocation of GJU on Feb 14: The second convocation of Guru Jambheshwar University (GJU) here will be held on February 14. The Union Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukerjee, will be the chief guest, while the Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, will preside over the function. The state Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, will be the guest of honour. The students, who passed between 2002 and 2005, are eligible to receive their degrees at the convocation.

Prize distribution function: The annual prize distribution function of SD Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Hansi, here was held on Sunday. The Hisar SSP, Mr Arshinder Singh Chawla, was the chief guest. Apart from the outstanding students, Mr Balbir Singh, library attendant, was presented with the best worker award, said the college Principal, Dr Balbir Kaur.

BKU dharna on Feb 10
: The district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to launch a three-day dharna from February 10 on the GT Road near Asawarpur village in protest against the acquiring of agricultural land at cheaper rate by the state government for various development activities and residential sectors as well as Rajiv Gandhi Education city. Mr Braham Singh Dahiya, convenor of the Joint Action Committee of the BKU, and Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP, said on Sunday that the government had been acquiring the land at the rate of Rs 17 lakh per acre whereas the private companies had been giving between Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1 crore per acre to the owners of the land.

Chowkidars’ dharna: The Haryana Gramin Chowkidar Sabha, affiliated to CITU, has decided to stage dharnas outside the offices of the Deputy Commissioner at all district headquarters in the state on February 14 next to press it demands. Mr Howa Singh, vice-president of the state unit of CITU, and Mr Anand Sharma, general secretary of the Van Vibhag Mazdoor Union Haryana, said on Sunday the main demands included the fixation of Rs 5,000 per month as the minimum wages for the chowkidars, declaration the chowkidars as government employees, restoration of old-age pension and allotment of residential houses under the Indian Aawas Yojana.

: A postmortem examination on the body of a Jagadhri resident who was found dead in a hotel room on Saturday has revealed that he was strangulated. However, the police was yet to zero on the suspects. The body of Prakash Rana (45), with injury marks on his face, was found from a hotel room here. In the hotel’s entry register he had given an address of Faridabad. The deceased was working as accountant in a private firm.


Shop gutted :
A shop was gutted in a devastating fire that broke in Jalari village of Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, the police said. No loss of life was reported in the incident, which caused a damage of over Rs 3 lakh.

One killed in mishap
: One person was killed and her daughter seriously injured after their car rolled down into a gorge in the Sanjauli area of Shimla on Sunday, the police said. The accident occurred at about 3.30 pm in which one person, identified as Durga Dass, who was driving the car was killed. Dass’s daughter, who was seriously injured in the incident, was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC) here, where the doctors described her condition serious.


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