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AMRITSAR
VC addresses staff
: Dr Jai Rup Singh, Vice- Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, on Thursday addressed the ministerial staff and sought their cooperation for improving the academic standards of the university.

Vanamahotsava: Mr G.K Sawney, Zonal Manager, PNB, planted a sapling to inaugurate the Vana- mahotsava function at Government Medical College, on Thursday.

BATHINDA
Two arrested with arms
: The CIA staff arrested Abhishek Kumar, alias Rinku, a resident of Bihar, and Deepak, alias Deepla, a resident of Haryana, during a search operation conducted on the Bikaner-Bathinda train on Thursday. The police recovered two 9 mm pistols, one .315 bore pistol and 33 cartridges from them, according to SHO Kuljeet Singh. 

NAWANSHAHR
2 robbers arrested
: The police on Wednesday arrested Lakhvir Singh, alias Beera and Surinder Singh, alias Neeta, both residents of Langroya village, Mr Surinder Pal Singh Virk, SSP, said on Thursday. The police has recovered a country-made .315 bore pistol and two live cartridges from them. A case under Sections 307, 34 of the IPC and 25 /54 /59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them, the SSP added.

SANGRUR
IOC donates ambulance
: Indian Oil Corporation, Northern Region Pipelines, donated an ambulance van to the Civil Hospital under its community development programme, at a function held on Thursday.

Milkfed to check adulteration: Mr V K Singh, Managing Director, Milkfed, has directed the field staff to check adulteration in milk procured from their respective areas and also to expose erring traders. 

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CHANDIGARH

Builders’ directory: Unique Enterprises has come up with Builders Directory, which has reference of builders, architects, interior designers, consultants and contractors, dealers of building material and accessories. Mr Anil Sharma and Mr Raj Kumar, who have brought out the directory, said they had not charged anything for listing names in the directory and this was being distributed free of cost. 

Sunita Monga Chief Architect: Ms Sunita Monga will be the new Chief Architect, Chandigarh. She has been working as Senior Architect with the Urban Planning Department and belongs to the Haryana cadre.

Held for drug peddling: The Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police has arrested Kaku of Sector 30 on allegations of selling and injecting sedatives. He had been operating from his residence. Several prohibited drugs were found from his possession, said a police officer. A case has been registered in this regard. 

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sri Ram Leela Committee, Sector 27: chairman — Tarlok Nath Modi; president — Dharampal Gupta; senior vice-presidents — G.C. Kalia and Mr Sudhir Gupta; vice presidents — Venod Khosla, Sandeep Sharma and Lalit Kumar Modi; general secretary — Mamu Ram Goyal; joint secretary — Inder Singh; and finance secretary — Rajesh Modi. 

First prize: Nav Bal Niketan Model Middle School, Sector 29, has won the first prize in bhajan gayan during the Rita Kapoor memorial competition being organised by the Brahmrisi Yoga Training College, Sector 19, Chandigarh, from August 3 to 5. Sukhpreet of Class V of the school won the second prize in fancy dress. Several schools from the city, Panchkula and Mohali are participating in the competition. 

AA function: As part of its seventh anniversary celebrations, the Disha Group of Alcoholics Anonymous will hold a public information meeting at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-A,on August 6 at 10.30 a.m. These meetings are being held by alcoholics who are on the way to recovery. They will talk of their experiences and encourage suffering alcoholics to give up the drinking habit. 

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HARYANA

Yamunanagar
Books released
: The Haryana - Punjabi Sahitya Akademi has planned to translate literature of other languages in Punjabi with a view to promoting Punjabi. Mr Harmohinder Singh Chatha, Haryana Agriculture Minister, said this while speaking at a function at MLN College after releasing books by two Punjabi writers - principal of the college Dr Ramesh Kumar and director of the akademi C.R. Modugil.

Survey begins: The District Red Cross Society on Thursday started a survey to identify physically challenged persons in the state and 64 volunteers to the District Literacy Committee, Jyoti Punj were given training regarding the survey on the first day. Physically challenged persons would be given special identity cards. Mr J.P. Kaushik, Deputy Commissioner informed that Union Minister Kumari Selja would distribute artificial limbs, wheelchairs and other equipments to physically challenged persons on Saturday. 

Inspector held: The Vigilance Bureau on Thursday claimed that it had arrested an Inspector of the Food and Supplies Department while taking a bribe of Rs 1,000 in the Bilaspur block. Inspector Pawan Kumar was allegedly caught red-handed while taking the bribe money from a depot holder, Aman Kumar of Bhatuwala village, for allocating extra quota of kerosene. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Hamirpur
Protect saplings, says Dhumal
: BJP leader and former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, on Thursday stressed the need of protection saplings planted in the various plantation campaigns across the state. Mr Dhumal was speaking at a tree plantation camp organised by the Sarv Kalyankari Sanstha at Patlander. 

Mandi
New hostel soon
: The Irrigation and Public Health Minister and Drang MLA, Mr Kaul Singh Thakur, has said the government will construct a hostel for students of the postgraduate college and will start law classes from the next session. He was Addressing the general house. meeting of the NSUI. 

Shimla
Book released
: Mr G.R. Musafir, Speaker, Himachal Vidhan Sabha, released a book “Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar - A Political Biography’, written by Dr Rajinder Attri, here on Thursday. The book would bring to fore the diverse facets of Dr Parmar’s life and his vision which shaped the future of Himachal Pradesh.

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