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Batala
Mahajan is district BJP chief
:The election to president and general secretary of the district BJP was held at Balle Balle Resort here today under the supervision of Jangi Lal Mahajan (Mukerian). Chief parliamentary secretary Jagdish Sawhney was present with other party leaders. Mahajan Mahajan was unanimously elected president after Vivek Sharma’s papers were rejected. Harinder Singh, was elected general secretary.

Plantation programme: Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club Batala, a unit of Rotary International-3070, in a joint venture took up a tree plantation project and planted about 110 saplings of ornamental plants on the premises of SL Bawa DAV College here on Sunday. The project was carried out under the leadership of new president R.K. Gupta and Usha Gupta of Manik Nursing Home, Dharampura Colony. Gupta said it was their first joint project which aimed at keeping the city green and clean. 

HOSHIARPUR
Purse snatched
: The Model Town police has registered a case under sections 356 and 379 of the IPC against two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths. The accused allegedly snatched a purse containing Rs 1200, gold ornaments, a mobile phone and an ATM card from Usha Devi, a resident of Central Town, on Saturday night and fled. 

Dowry harassment: The Model Town police has booked Rakesh Kumar, Reshma, Meena, Gagandeep and Ramandip, residents of Kahna Dasian village of Noormahal under section 498-A of the IPC for allegedly torturing and maltreating Meena Bala, a resident of Gokal Nagar, on Saturday evening. According to the police, Meenu Bala alleged that she was maltreated and tortured for dowry by her husband Rakesh Kumar and others. 

Jalandhar
Fire in gurdwara
: A minor fire broke out in Gurdwara Nanak Darbar in Amrik Nagar here on Monday. No major loss of property was reported. However, a few mattresses and fans got damaged. Residents of the area helped control the fire from spreading. 

NAWANSHAHR
Special camp
: District education officer Balbir Singh Saini organised a special camp at the block primary education office, Saroya, on Monday to provide transparent and hassle-free delivery of services. As many as 36 ACP cases of teachers were cleared on the spot. Besides, the DEO also conducted inspections of government primary schools at Begumpur and Hiyatpur Jatan villages. 

Phagwara
‘Give army cover for pilgrims’:
Bajrang Dal Punjab has immediately demanded the resignation of J&K Chief Minister Gulam Nabi Azad for his failure to provide adequate security cover to the Amarnath pilgrims. While talking to newsmen here today, Bajrang Dal assistant convener Naresh Pandit demanded deployment of army for the protection of the lives of the pilgrims. 

Samrala
Schools raided
: SDM Sukhdev Singh Mahal on Sunday raided the local Government Senior Secondary School for Boys and Government Senior Secondary School for Girls and found more than four teachers absent. The SDM instructed both principals to ensure that teachers come on time, otherwise action would be taken against them. 

Seminar: A seminar for milkmen was organised at the local Shahi Palace.Verka chairman Ajmer Singh Dhillon was the chief guest. Five hundred milkmen, including 100 women, took part in the seminar. Milkfed director Kuldeep Singh assured to hike the rate of milk within two days. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Demolition
: The Himachal Education Department on Saturday ordered the demolition of newly constructed examination hall at Government Senior Secondary School, Barthin. Prominent village leaders said the building was constructed under the aegis of school management committee about three years ago on expenditure of Rs 5.50 lakh and was now being demolished. The building was unsafe and constructed of low quality materials and could collapse any moment. The DC has asked the Education Department to get proper safety certificate or demolish it. Incidentally no body has been held guilty for this lapse and public money worth Rs 5.79 lakh has gone down the drain. 

Resign: Prominent ex-servicemen leaders belonging to the Congress and the BJP have resigned from their party along with their supporters and have joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday. District president Ex-servicemen Union Captain Brijlal, joined by other ex-servicemen leaders Dharm Singh, Kuldeep Ranote and Onkar Singh strongly criticised the Congress and the BJP saying both parties had given false assurances before elections but had forgotten them while in power. 

Youth drowns: Yashwant Singh (25) of Padohari village here was drowned while crossing the Seer khud on Sunday evening. Yashwant, a home guard, was a good swimmer. He slipped while crossing the khud and probably his head struck against a rock. He fainted and was washed away by the strong current. His body was recovered. A case has been registered. 

Meeting: DC Rajendra Singh has exhorted district officers to ensure coordination with other departments for better implementation of various government programmes. He was presiding over a meeting of District Efficiency Committee here on Monday. He also spoke about various development projects being undertaken in the district. 

CHAMBA
Panel formed
: The following have been elected office-bearers of a committee of residents constituted to ensure proper arrangements for pilgrimage to the shrine of Jot Garh Mata Mandir in Salooni tehsil of Chamba district: president - Dharam Singh Pathania; vice-president - Nand Lal; general secretary - Prakash Chand; secretary - Darshan Kumar Sharma; cashier - Bhagat Sharma; and adviser - Tek Chand. 

KUMARHATTI
Astrology camp
: A two-day free astrological consultation camp will be held at Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Subathu on July 28 and 29. Renowned astrologer Madan Gupta ‘Spatu’ is organizing the camp. The ‘Spatu’ family will also distribute school uniforms to the needy children at the camp. 

Nurpur
Nagni fair
: The historical fair began at Nagni mata temple, 9 km from here, on Saturday. Thousands of pilgrims pay obeisance during the fair. The Nagni fair was declared a district fair two decades back. People of all communities have faith in Nagni mata as snakebite victims become hale and hearty in the temple. The district Nagni fair will be celebrated on August 4. 

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