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ABOHAR
Protest
: The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-ugrahan) took out a protest march in the sub-division on Monday. The BKU leaders said they had supported the SAD-BJP alliance in the Vidhan Sabha elections as the SAD chief and the alliance candidate had assured that debts of malia and electricity charges would be waived off. However, the administration was now harassing the farmers for recoveries, they complained. The union would organise a rally in the sub-divisional complex on Thursday. 

Dead: Chairman of Guru Nanak AV Senior Secondary School and Guru Nanak Mahila College Milakh Raj Angi died after a prolonged illness on Monday at a New Delhi hospital. He was associated with many other social and religious organisations. Angi, better known as ‘Topiwala’, began his career as an ordinary vendor but emerged as a multi-millionaire sweetmeat dealer in the region. 

AMRITSAR
Suicide
: Sonu (28), a resident of the Housing Board Colony, Ranjit Avenue, committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his house. Sonu, who has two children, had returned home late on Monday evening. When he did not come out of his room till Tuesday morning, his parents broke open the door and found his body hanging from a ceiling fan. The deceased’s wife was away to her relatives at the time of the incident. A case has been registered. 

Transfer policy: The PCMS Specialist Doctors’ Association, Punjab, has condemned the Health Department for adopting a “pick-and-choose policy” in the transfers of doctors. A meeting of the association’s senate was held on Sunday. — TNS

Counselling: Guru Nanak Dev University on Tuesday released the counselling schedule for MET-2007/PAM-CAT-2007 to be held on July 17 for admission to two-year MBA course and three-year MCA course in the affiliated institutions of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Punjabi University, Patiala; and Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar for the academic session 2007-08. 

BATHINDA
Launched
: United India Insurance Company Limited launched three new health insurance policies on Monday. The policies - platinum, gold and senior citizen - would replace the existing Mediclaim policy, stated company’s divisional manager Gobind Aggarwal. 

Boy drowns: Pargat Singh, a student and a resident of Dan Singh Wala village of this district, drowned while taking a bath in a tank of the water works on Monday evening. Though some people reportedly tried to save Pargat, they did not succeed. After a rescue operation stretching for one-and-a-half hours, Pargat was rushed to a private hospital where he was declared brought dead.

HOSHIARPUR
Breach: Water entered into the fields in Talwara block on Sunday evening due to a breach in the old Shah Nehar at Bhavnali village that was caused because of a flashflood. Fields belonging to Ramesh Chand, Ram Singh and Jagan Nath were submerged. Official sources said crop on about 190 acres in Miani, Akbarpur and Gandowal villages was also submerged. 

JAGRAON
Calendar: At a meeting at the Officers’ Club, Jagraon, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, released the press calendar on Tuesday. The calender contained the names of all members status and telephone numbers. Gurjit Singh Romana, SP (HQ), was also present on this occasion. 

Complaint: A group of representatives of the All-India SC/BC/ST Ekta Bhalai Manch, led by Jagdish Rai national president of the manch, met G.P.S. Bhullar, SSP, and complained against the atrocities of the local police for detaining Manpreet Kaur Dhaliwal in illegal confinement on July 21, 2005. They alleged that Manpreet was tortured and demanded registration of the case against the cops. Bhullar assured them of complete justice and invited the representatives for July 12. Manpreet Kaur and Darshan Singh Dhaliwal were also present along with the manch representatives. 

Gambling: The police arrested Ashwani Kumar of Mohalla Balochan, Jagraon, on charges of gambling in the Bhanger Gate area and recovered Rs 450. Ashwani Kumar was alluring the people to multiply their money by investing it in number game. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered. 

LUDHIANA
Competition
: Kirtan competitions were held at Gurdwara, BRS Nagar. There were participants from eight divisions of the city. Winners of the competitions belonged to the team of the Kot Mangal Singh circle, while the second prize went to the team of the Pakhowal Road circle and the Daba circle team bagged the third prize. The judges gave a special prize to Manjit Kaur of the Dugri circle team and Karamvir of the Pakowal Road circle team. 

Elected: Sanjeev Jain was re-elected chairman of the Ludhiana chapter of cost accountants, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. Other office-bearers were J.L. Chawla, vice-chairman, and Rakesh Sharma, joint secretary. 

SAMRALA
Council chief: Jasveer Singh Jassi, president, Nagar council, Samrala, suffered heart attack on Monday. After given first aid, he was referred to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H), Ludhiana. According to Amrik Singh Dhillon, a former MLA Samrala, his condition is out of danger. 

Accident: Mahant Bharpur, head of the Udasian Dera Gehlewal, met an accident on Monday on his way back from Dera Gehlewal, 5 km from here, to Samrala. His leg was fractured and was sent to Ludhiana after giving first aid at the Civil Hospital, Samrala. 

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CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh
Radhika second in BSc II
:Radhika Trikha, daughter of Rajan Trikha, AGM (public relations), State Bank of India, has stood second in BSc (bio-technology) II conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. TNS

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Pension
: A total of Rs 2.94 crore was being spent to provide social welfare pensions to 11,661 needy persons here in district during the current financial year. Bilaspur Sadar MLA Tilak Raj Sharma said while presiding over a district-level welfare committee meeting here on Monday.

Beopar mandal: The Himachal Pradesh State Beopar Mandal has launched a protest against a recent government notification which made changes in the input tax credit under VAT system of taxation introduced in the state two years ago. Beopar mandal state president Hem Chand Sood and vice-president Janak Raj said here on Monday that the amendment had been made unilaterally by the government and the mandal had not been taken into confidence regarding the new provision.

Man killed: Surjeet Kumar, son of Krishanu Ram of Kallar- Jhandutta village, was crushed between two trucks and was killed on the spot at Barmana Chowk 18 Km from here on Sunday evening. The police has registered a case and the body was sent for a post-mortem examination.

Hamirpur
Nine injured
: Nine passengers, including four children, were injured when a car(HP -40 -9389) and a truck (HP 38- 5995) collided at Bhota, 16 km from here on Monday. The injured were taken to primary health center, Bhota.  

Caught taking bribe: A kanoongo was caught redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000. Sources said Prabhat Chand had complained that Phoola Singh, posted as kanoongo at Sujanpur, was asking for money for some revenue work. 

Kumarhatti
Arrested
: A youth who allegedly disappeared with a minor girl a year back from Purla, near Parwanoo, was arrested at Baddi on Sunday. Declared a proclaimed offender, he was employed with a firm at Baddi. The youth has got married to the girl and has a six-month-old daughter.

NAHAN
Challaned
: Staff of the Weights and Measures Department carried out a random check on 53 traders on Monday and challaned 7 persons at Renuka and Paonta Sahib. The offenders were found violating the regulations in measuring quantities when the random inspection was carried out in the market. As many as 6 traders were challaned on the spot. 

Boy kidnapped: Bhagwan Singh (21), alias Rinku, of Baya Kuan village under Paonta subdivision has been missing since July 5. The police has registered a case of kidnapping after family members of Bhagwan Singh named four of his friends in a complaint filed with the Paonta Police. 

SHIMLA
Workshop
: A six-day workshop on “Recent advancement in Forensic Sciences and Examination of questioned documents” was held at the State Forensic Science Laboratory, Junga, for judicial officers. Director of the HP State Judicial Academy George inaugurated the workshop.
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