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Police fails to arrest smugglers: The police failed to arrest two narcotic smugglers from Rajasthan on Monday. The accused, identified as Rajinder Singh Jaat and his nephew, Vikram Singh, escaped while their accomplice, Om Prakash, was nabbed by the police. The accused took advantage of the heavy rain, according to DSP Amrik Singh Minhas. The police seized 10 bags of poppy husk weighing 35 kg each from the jeep.

BATALA
One arrested for rape: The police on Monday arrested Narinder Singh of Mann village on charges of abduction and rape of a girl of the same village. The arrest was made on a complaint by the father of the victim, Harjit Singh. A Case under Section 376 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.

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KUMARHATTI
Camp concludes: The two-day annual awareness camp organised by the Indian Association of Muscular Dystrophy at Barog concluded on Monday. Patients were examined by a team of doctors. Wheelchairs were also distributed at the camp.

Mandi
Residents seek repair of road
: Residents of Tarna hill near the historic Tarna temple area have complained that the road beyond the Circuit House is filled with potholes and need urgent maintenance. The drive from the Circuit House to the Tarna temple is steep. Pilgrims have to negotiate dicey curves.

NURPUR
Yoga training camps: Under the banner of the Patanjali Yog Samiti, Mandi Dabwali (Haryana), Viyogi Hari Sharma, a disciple of Guru Ramdev, organised a yoga camp in Bachat Bhavan here on Monday for police officials. A similar camp was also organised in the workshop of the Himachal Road Transport Corporation at Jassur, near here. He also organised a camp in DAV Public School, Bagni, near here.

SHIMLA
Plea to SPICMACAY: The Governor, Mr V.S. Kokje said on Monday that SPICMACAY must organise programmes during fairs and festivals. He also called upon the government to provide funds for the same. He said that students should be taught Indian classical music and art in schools and colleges for better career opportunities. He was addressing the meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Advisory Board of the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY).

Solan
Camp
: Stressing the need for genetic counselling of expectant mothers, the Indian Muscular Dystrophy Association has emphasised that this could avoid the birth of children with congenital defects. Mr Vipual Goyal, general secretary of the association, addressed muscular dystrophy patients at a camp at Barog on Saturday. Ms Sanjana Goyal, association president, said muscular dystrophy patients should not be categorised with the disabled.
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