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Abohar
Project assigned
: The Union Ministry of Science and Technology has assigned the science and technology entrepreneurs development project to the North India Technical Consultancy Organisation (NITCON) for Lambi block in Muktsar district. Balbir Singh, chief consultant, NITCON, said this at the closing ceremony of the six-week entrepreneurs’ skill development programme here on Thursday. It was sponsored by the Small Industries Development Bank of India and held at the Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering Technology.

Bathinda
A pledge
: Sixty inspectors of the District and Food Supply and Punsup took pledge here on Wednesday that they would be honest while implementing the atta-dal scheme. The employees took the pledge at the local Hazi Rattan Gurdwara.

Barnala
Prof awarded
: Pritam Singh Rahi of Barnala has been awarded Shastri Padamnabh Memorial Award-2007 for his contribution towards promoting Sanskrit.

Sangrur
Gang busted
: The local police has busted a gang of thieves and arrested Sunil Kumar (Nawanshahr), Gulshan Kumar (Ahmedgarh) and Manoj Kumar (Sangrur). A sharp-edged weapon, a .12-bore rifle, eight cartridges, gold ornaments, silver coins, a DVD and a mobile phone were seized from them. A case has been registered. 

Suspended: Deputy commissioner S.R. Ladhar on a complaint lodged by a local resident, Chuhar Lal, suspended Ram Nagar Sibia village patwari Jaspal Sharma on Thursday. He has been suspended for allegedly delaying in making an entry, regarding registration of transfer deed, into the mutation register. The deputy commissioner also settled 50 cases at “sangat darshan”.

Criticised: General secretary of the Bharati Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan on Wednesday criticised the state government for registering cases against farmer leaders and farmers at the Moonak and Sunam police stations for organising road blockades at Sunam and in Moonak in protest against land acquisition by the Trident Group.

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CHANDIGARH

ATM INSTALLED: The State Bank of Patiala, Dariya branch, has installed a new ATM at the Chandigarh railway station. A press note said the ATM would facilitate bank customers, especially those undertaking journey, to withdraw money anytime.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
Youth dead
: Ranjeet Singh, son of Paras Ram of Nog village, near here, died on the spot after he fell down from the first floor of his house at Barmana, 17 km from here, on Wednesday night. Ranjeet Singh was a worker at a petrol pump in Barmana. The police has brought the body for a post-mortem here.

Hamirpur
Tricycles given
: The Sainik Welfare Board on Thursday gave tricycles to two handicapped exservicemen here. Deputy director of the board Isha said exservicemen Meher Singh and Bhagwan Dass, both from Hamirpur district, were handed over the keys of the tricycles by director of the board Mohinder Singh.

Wushu camp: A 10-day Wushu camp is being organised at Jyotsana Industrial Training Institute here in which more than 60 players are participating. District secretary of Wushu Federation J.K. Chauahan said the first district wushu competition would be organised on June 16 and 17 at Lohari.

Meeting: The Himachal Pradesh SC/ST Employees welfare association will hold its state-level meeting at Bilaspur on June 10. General secretary of the association G.C. Bhatia said the meeting would take up several issues, including implementation of the 85th amendment to the Constitution, nepotism in the appointment of teachers by PTAs and filling of vacant posts in government departments.

10 houses gutted: Ten houses have been gutted in a fire at Barnol village, 10 km from Una, on Thursday morning. The fire which reportedly started around 11a.m. destroyed the houses of Jagan Nath, Ramesh Chand, Suresh Chand, Gurdev Ram, Balbir Chand, Karam Chand, Madan Lal, Som Nath, Sat Pal, Rajinder Kumar and Jeet Ram.

Girl found dead: Bheemi Devi(22) was found dead in her house at Dharampur village on Thursday morning. It is reported that one person, stated to be her maternal uncle, had come to her house on Wednesday. A case has been registered. 

Shimla
Book released
: Governor V.S. Kokje released a book on astrology “Panch Mahapurusha Yoga in Astrology” written by Neela Rajgopal here on Thursday. The book is an in-depth study of the five yogas that enhance positive indications in life.

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