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Racket busted: The police busted a major flesh trade racket here on Sunday. DSP Parampal Singh said a New Delhi-based woman Sakeena was the kingpin. Sakeena had reached a contract with Palak, another accused in the case, under which the latter was to pay Rs 20,000 per month for these girls. 

Merit holders: Nine students of Sarvhitkari School, Barnala, have been named in the merit list of Punjab School Education Board’s class VIII examination. One student has been ranked 20th in the state, while others have secured marks from 87 per cent to 92 per cent. Jatinder Kumar, principal of the school, gave this information.

Body found: A former woman sarpanch of nearby Mallian village was found dead in mysterious circumstances. Angrej Kaur (50) is survived by her husband and six children. The body was found at Cheema-Ugoke village on Sunday morning. A passerby saw the body and informed the police. ASI Pritam Singh said a case had been registered in this regard. 

Yoga camp: The Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Barnala district, has decided to organise a preliminary yoga teachers training camp at the local Shanti Hall from June 1 to 11.Giving information, samiti president Madhu Gupta said those deemed suitable for the camp would get extensive training at Haridwar later on under the guidance of Swami Ram Dev. 

Rehriwalas told to pack up: The Batala Improvement Trust has ordered removal of over 300 rehris from near the main bus stand. The directions have been given on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, said SDM Sandeep Rishi, while talking to media persons here on Monday. The rehriwalas have been given time till June 3 to vacate the area. If they fail to do so the trust will forcibly remove their belongings at their cost, said the announcement. 

Suicide: Bhola Singh, a resident of Phulewala Kothe village of the district, committed suicide by jumping in front of a running train on the Bathinda-Dabwali rail section here on Sunday. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa took the body to the Civil Hospital, here. A case was registered at the railway police station. — TNS

Seminar: The Press Club, Fazilka, organised a seminar on the International Media Day on Sunday. Dr Harjinder Singh Walia, head of the Department of Journalism, Punjabi University, Patiala, said on the very onset of the Dera row that the electronic media repeatedly displayed a burning tyre in Jammu trying to highlight that Punjab was on fire.

Polio vaccine administered: The district health authorities on Monday undertook a door-to-door campaign to administer polio drops to children below the age of five years. The two-day programme has been launched for those children who could not be covered on day one of the campaign launched on Sunday. Civil Surgeon Dr Kamaljit Kaur said only 1,30,192 could be covered on Sunday.

Assurance on demands: Chief parliamentary secretary and Kartarpur MLA Avinash Chander has assured the representatives of the Pendu Mazdoor Union ( PMU) that their demands will be considered sympathetically. Stating this in a press note, district unit secretary Kashmir Singh Ghugshor has said that Avinash Chander held a meeting with the representatives of the union over the announcement by them to launch an agitation on June 1. Their demands include providing wheat flour and pulses at cheaper rates to all landless labourers, waiving of power bill of the labourers and cancellation of different FIRs lodged against labourers during agitation.

Suicide bid: A mother, along with her three daughters, made an attempt to commit suicide by consuming poison. Frustrated over poverty, Rekha allegedly consumed some poisonous substance after administering its dozes to her daughters Priti (8), Sweety (4) and Dimple (2), in the absence of her husband Ranbir Singh. After primary medicare they were rushed to the Civil Hospital in Kathua where the elder daughter died. 



Red Cross fair: A Red Cross fair was organised at the Chowgan here on Monday. It was inaugurated by Dharamsala divisional commissioner B.K. Aggarwal. Government officials, people of the area and various school children participated in the fair. A souvenir was also released on this occasion. 

Auditors’ training
: Governor V.S. Kokje on Monday inaugurated an orientation training programme for newly promoted Indian audit and accounts services officers organised by the National Academy of Audit and Accounts, here. He said, “The auditors should bear the responsibility of evaluating government inadequacy in terms of management, performance and results.” 


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