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Photo exhibition
: A three-day photo exhibition, “SOS - From the Conquerors of the Sky!” was organised by photo-artist Arsh Rup Singh at the Art Gallery here on Thursday.Eye specialist Daljit Singh inaugurated it.

Jal yatra: Water activist Rajinder Singh and ecological activist Gopal Krishan will lead the Punjab Jal Saksharta Yatra being organised by the Kheti Virasat Mission from July 18 to 20, Umendra Dutt, a senior functionary of the NGO, said on Friday.

4 POs nabbed
: Four persons who were declared proclaimed offenders in various cases have been arrested. The nabbed persons are Dilbagh Singh of Fattubhila village, Satnam Singh Satta of Mattewal village, Sukhdev Singh of Tur village and Mukhtar Singh of Fattuwal village.

Three arrested under Arms Act
: Garhshankar police arrested Satnam Singh, Surinder Pal and Kiran Bhushan under the Arms Act and Sections 336 and 34 of the IPC on Thursday evening. Satnam Singh in his complaint to the police said three persons came to him on Thursday last week in his village to snatch his licenced pistol. He alleged that he was forced to fire shots in the air. During inquiry it was revealed that the allegations by Satnam Singh were false. 

Travel agents booked: The police booked two travel agents Jagjit Singh and Amarjit Singh on Thursday. The complaints were made on the basis of a complaint by Harwinder Kaur, a resident of Khadiala, on Thursday. Harwinder Kaur alleged that the duo took Rs 2.20 lakh for sending her husband Balbir Singh to Italy in March 2005. But Balbir Singh was sent to the forests of Murako. 

Two commit suicide: Balbir Singh committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance on Friday. According to the police, Balbir Singh was upset due to division of their ancestral property. His dead body was handed over to his relatives after a postmortem. In a simillar incident, an employee of the Punjab home guard, Gurmail Chand, a resident of Fatehpur Kothi, Mahilpur consumed poison after a brief domestic quarrel. 

Erring Cops
: All-India Ekta Bhalai Manch representatives, under the leadership of its national president, Jagdish Rai Dhosiwal, submitted a memorandum to SSP, G.P.S. Bhullar on Friday seeking the arrest of SHO Gurinder Singh and P.P in charge, Rajbir Singh. The two were accused of allegedly harassing Manpreet Kaur Dhaliwal and her family on July 21, 2005. The cops had detained Manpreet and her husband, district president, Darshan Singh Dhaliwal alongwith their children Harinderpal, 13, Satinderpal, 15, illegally. They also accused the two cops of gang raping Manpreet Kaur. The organisation has demanded the registration of a case under the Atrocities Act 1989, for rape, misuse of official powers and breach of human rights. Dhosiwal, who is national president of the manch threatened to launch a stir if no action was taken within 15 days. 

World Population Day: On the occasion of World Population Day inter-house competitions such as quiz, declamation and singing contests were organised. The programme was held under the patronage of S. Joginder Singh Aulakh, Principal, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Jagraon. Voicing his concern over social evils and environmental pollution, he motivated the students to develop scientific and rational outlook in life. Jagdish Lal, S. Harbhajan Singh and S.Piara Singh spoke on this occasion. Gurdeep Kaur Dhaliwal of DAV Public School, and DIET staff members S. Lakhvir Singh, S. Harminder Singh, S. Khushminder Pal Singh and Amritpal Kaur were present.

Excellent results
: The BBA 6th and BCA 6th students of GGN Institute of Management and Technology have brought laurels to the institute by scoring excellent marks in May 2007 examinations conducted by Punjab Technical University (PTU) recently. Amrit Kaur of BBA 6th stood first in the college by securing 78.28 per cent marks. Akash Suri and Amrish Chopra of the same class bagged second and third positions with 76.85 per cent and 76.57 per cent marks, respectively. Pooja Nanda, a student of BCA 6th semester bagged first position in the college with 92 per cent marks, Yogesh Kumar Sharma of the same class stood second with 87.4 per cent marks and Pardeep Kumar bagged third position with 86.14 per cent marks.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
: The local unit of Rotary Club felicitated Lakshey Singla, son of Vijay Singla of Lake View Colony, for securing 50th position in PMET, the result of which was declared two days ago. The felicitation was done a function organised at M G M N Senior Secondary School on Wednesday. According to Pardeep Sharda, secretary of the club, Lakshey had secured 688 marks in the entrance exam.  

: As part of an crackdown on anti-social elements in the town, the police on Friday picked up nearly 24 youths from various parts of the city. 

Bank branch
: To provide banking facilities to about 20 villages falling in the remote bet area of the district, the extension counter of Punjab & Sind Bank situated at Kirpal Sagar Academy, about 14 km here, was converted into a full-fledged bank branch on Thursday. 

8 arrested
: Lok Nath Angra, SSP, said here on Friday that Raj Kumar and Dalip Singh, members of an inter-state gang engaged in the smuggling of bhukki. 6.5 kg of bhukki was seized from them. A case has been registered 

It’s raining miseries
: Friday showers brought with them miseries for scores of Phagwara residents. The streets were inundated and at many places water even entered the houses. Commuters, including daily office goers and school kids, were the worst hit. “The town does not have a proper drainage system. We have taken up the matter with the authorities time and again but all our complaints have fallen on deaf ears,” rued a resident. 



TRADERS’ MEET: The State Bank of India organised a traders’ meet, here on Friday. Fifty-five non-customer traders, of the 100 invited by its four branches in Mohali and Mataur, attended the meet. Chief manager of the bank A.K. Bhandari welcomed the participants and the traders.



APPOINTED: Dr D.S. Goel has taken over as president of the Indian Medical Association, Ambala Cantonment, unit. Dr Goel is a consultant physician and heart specialist. 


CAMP: More than 30 volunteers donated blood at a camp organised by SC Johnson Products Private Ltd., here on Friday. Dr N.K.Gupta from the Civil Hospital, Solan, led the team.Hotel owner sentenced 

Youths attack drive
R : Four youths on Friday allegedly attacked and injured Narendra Pal Singh of Ludhiana, who is a taxi- driver and took away his Scorpio (PB -23 D- 0097) near Toba enroute to the shrine of Naina Devi ji. The youths hired the taxi for the shrine at Samrala and when night fell, they asked the driver to stop the car and two of them reportedly hit the driver with a sharp-edged weapon and took the car away. 

CJM: Chamba CJM R. K. Chaudhary has convicted a local hotel owner and sentenced him to pay a fine of Rs 3 lakh on the basis of a complaint filed by K. L. Mastana, district tourism officer, Chamba, in 2002 about the violation of the Himachal Pradesh Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1988 (amended 1995).According to the judgement delivered on Thursday, the owner had been running his hotel without registration since 1999. When it was found that the hotel owner did not have any registration certificate, a criminal complaint was filed against him. In default of payment of fine, he would undergo simple imprisonment for four months. 

Navratra fair: The ten-day annual Shrawan Ashatmi Navratra fair would be held at the famous shrine of Shri Naina Devi Ji from August 13 to August 22 and the government would make proper arrangements for about 20 lakh pilgrims which are expected to visit the shrine during these days. Rajendra Singh, DC, said 900 security personnel would be deputed. Additional bus services would be run during mela period and only limited free “Langars” would be allowed, while offering of coconuts and halwa at the temple and beating of drums and other noisy instruments, including microphones would be banned. 

Body found
: The Paonta police found the body of an unidentified Nepali, aged about 50 years, from the Bata river near the Bata bridge in the Paonta area on Friday evening. Police sources said it appeared that the man was drowned in the river. The body had been sent for a postmortem.

Jail term
: Additional sessions judge Rajan Gupta on Thursday sentenced Surinder Singh to rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of Rs 1 lakh for keeping charas. In case of default of payment of the fine, the accused will have to undergo imprisonment for further three years. The police had last year arrested Surinder Singh while driving a Maruti van near the Majhori Badani jungle on the Theog-Tiyali road with a bag containing 2.65 kg of charas. 

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the HP Tours & Travels Association, Shimla: chairman-Chander Shekhar Sharma, vice-chairman--Swaran Dadwal, general Secretary--J.P.S. Rawat, joint Secretary--Vinod Kumar, president-Atma Ram Sharma, senior vice-president--Suneel Sood, vice-president--Chandrajeet, treasurer--Gurdesh Chandel and adviser--Vishal Behl. 



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