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AMRITSAR
Counselling
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The two-day counselling for JET (undergraduate) - Sciences 2007 conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University for admission to B. Pharmacy and B.Sc (honours school) in chemistry will commence from July 2. The result of the test and the counselling schedule is available on the university website www.gnduonline.org. Subodh Kumar, coordinator of the test, said all candidates of the reserved categories are required to appear for counselling on July 2 at 10 am in the chemistry department, while the counselling for the general category candidates (rank 1 to 100) would be held on July 3 at the same time and venue.

Stamp duty: The Amritsar Consumers Welfare Forum has urged the state government to reduce the stamp duty and provide hassle-free information under the Right to Information Act. Vijay Mehra, its general secretary, said the government should charge the stamp duty from the men and women buyers of properties at the rate of 6 and 4 per cent, respectively, on the pattern of New Delhi.

ABOHAR
Trident issue
: The Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) on Monday decided to gherao the deputy commissioner’s office in Ferozepur on June 25. District secretary Gurmail Singh Burja said the Chief Minister had changed his stand on the Trident land dispute after forming the government. The union has decided to continue its agitation for getting compensation for the land acquired in Abohar.

Ferozepur
Opium seized:
The police has arrested Surjit Singh of Sirsa and seized 2 kg of opium from his car. During interrogation, the accused said that he was going to deliver the opium to Baldev Singh at the railway station. The SSP said a case had already been registered against the accused at the Dabwali police station and presently he was on bail.

HOSHIARPUR
Doc booked for molestation
: Police booked Dr R. K. Sharma of Hoshiarpur Scanning Centre, near Old Sabzi Mandi, under Section 354 of the IPC last night. A resident of Mohalla Raian, Khanpuri Gate in her complaint to the police alleged that the accused forcibly molested her when she along with her husband went to his 
clinic for getting her abdomen scanned. She alleged that the hospital staff did not allow her husband to enter the scanning room while she was inside.

MALERKOTLA
Kidnap bid: The local police on Monday arrested three youths, Mohd Yaseen, Mohd Rashid and Mohd Nasir, on the charge of an attempt to abduct a minor girl of Naro Majra village, near here, while one accused, Shaukat Ali, managed to escape. A case under Sections 354, 341 and 506 has been registered.

NAWANSHAHR
Nayyar awarded
: Veteran Lions club member, Baldev Nayyar, from Banga has been honoured with the Lions Gaurav Award by the district governor, Lions Club, district 321-D, for community service. Similarly, Rajesh Kumar of Banga has been given the Best Zonal Chairman Award by the club.

Phillaur
Cop dies
: CID Inspector Gurmaij Singh died due to heat stroke on Sunday night. The deceased was posted at Phillaur.

Mass marriage: Fortyfive couples were married at the fifth mass marriage ceremony organised by the Gurdwara Shaheedan Singh Dera Baba Jarnail Singh at a gurdwara here on Sunday. The marriages were performed according to Sikh rites. The couples were also given some necessary items such as sewing machine, folding beds, crockery and clothes, besides some gold and silver jewellery. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, blessed the newly-weds on the occasion. 

Phagwara
One lakh looted
: Two youths allegedly robbed Sanjiv Kumar, an employee of a money-exchanger, of around Rs one lakh from his office near Nehru Nagar, here in the afternoon on Sunday. In his complaint, Sanjiv said two youths, with their faces muffled, first asked him exchange rates of pound and dollar and then robbed him of Rs 70,000 in Indian currency and 300 pounds in foreign currency and fled. He said the duo had knives with them.

Club upgraded: Lions Club Phagwara Royal has been upgraded from three star status to five star status. This was announced by Satish Mahindru, district governor, while addressing a meeting of the club held here on Friday. Rakesh Gogna was also honoured for being best PRO of the region XIII.

SANGRUR
Electrocution:
Amrik Singh, son of Mohinder Singh, died due to electrocution at Gharachon village, near Bhawanigarh, on Sunday evening. He was electrocuted when he was reportedly starting the motor of the tube well in the fields.



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CHANDIGARH

ELECTED: Following have been elected office-bearers of the Bangiya Sanskritik Sammilani, Chandigarh: president - Dr S.R. De; vice-president - Debendu Das and Saibal Sanyal; general secretary - Chandan Banerjee; joint secretary - Partha Sarathi Sarkar; treasurer - Anindu Das; executive members - Abul Kashem, Bidyut Haldar, Biswajit Sen, Geeta Saha, Nirmalendu Dakshi, Rajib Mitra, S.N. Sen; internal auditor - Pranab Sen and returning officer - T.K. Roy.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Markfed Officers Association (accounts), Chandigarh: vice-president - Manjinder Singh Sandhu; general secretary - Anil Ghazan; treasurer - Pardeep Nagpal and executive members - Kanti Suri, Surinder Pal Bhatti and S.K. Walia. Manjinder Singh Sandhu said, “It was resolved that the post of the president will be offered to one of the officers either to deputy chief accounts officer and senior accounts officer.”

Mohali
DECISION HAILED: The Residents Welfare Association has welcomed the decision of the GMADA to start a 24-hour helpline (6533398) for the convenience of public.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
New DC:
Rajender Singh joined here as new deputy commissioner on Sunday. Rajinder Singh was earlier working as director of Youth Services and Sports before his posting here as Deputy Commissioner, replacing Manish Garg only few weeks earlier to the byelection.

Man jumps into gorge: A devotee reportedly jumped into a gorge from a height of 100 meters from hilltop shrine of Naina Devi ji, on Sunday and was grievously hurt. Chand Ram (40) of Galode Village in Patiala district in Punjab paid obeisance to the deity at Naina Devi and is said to have suddenly jumped from the temple premises. Two Homeguards Rajender Singh and Ramesh Kumar immediately took him out of the gorge. He was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a serious condition.

Devotees pickpocketed: At least three devotees lost their entire money apart from important documents at hands of the pick-pockets at the Naina Devi ji shrine on Sunday. Kiran Kumar of Kaithal lost Rs 2,000 and some important documents, while Harbans lal of Ahmedgarh lost Rs 5,000 and M.S. Virk of Ropar lost Rs 3,000 and his driving license along with identity card to the pick pockets.

KANGRA
Office-bearers
: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Choudary Hari Ram Memorial Saba Himachal Pradesh; president — Col. Uttam Chand Choudary ( Retd); senior vice-president — Col. Shakti Chand Choudary (Retd); vice-presidents — Prakash Choudary, Pawan Choudary and Mohan Singh, secretary — Rabhat Choudary; Treasurer — Foja Singh; assistant treasurer — Kishori Lal; press secretary — Mohinder Singh Choudary; chief adviser — Ram Lal and chief patron — Om Prakash Choudary.

KULLU
Competition
: The state-level wrestling competition was held on Monday at Mohal about six km from here to commemorate the sacrifice given by martyrs in 1857 freedom war. Abhishek Jain, DC, inaugurated the competition. He announced Rs 3,100 for the promotion of cultural programme


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