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ABOHAR
Vanamahotsav
: Members of the Rotary Club Abohar-Midtown and the Innerwheel Club, led by presidents R. L. Narang and Kanta Narang, respectively, celebrated Vanamahotsav by planting 450 saplings in the military station here on Tuesday. NSS students of the Alpine Institute, led by R. L. Khattar, planted saplings inside the school complex during a one-day camp to celebrate the festival. 

Man arrested: The police has arrested Mohinder Singh, a resident of 10GD village, under the Khajuwala police station, for taking away a minor girl from Shergarh village in this subdivision. The girl has been recovered from Rawla town, sources said on Tuesday. 

AMRITSAR
Varsity closed today
: All teaching, non-teaching departments and administrative branches of the university will remain closed on Wednesday on account of the municipal corporation elections. 

Course: Guru Nanak Dev University will organise a three-week refresher course in mathematics for university and college teachers from August 9. Prof Sarvajit Singh, Professor Emeritus of the CSIR, New Delhi, will inaugurate the course. 

BATALA
Gang busted
: The Dera Baba Nanak police arrested three members of a gang that had carried out loots at a number of petrol stations of the area. District police chief R.N. Dhoke said here on Tuesday that a pistol and a stolen motor cycle were recovered from them. Those arrested have been identified as Jagroop Singh and Jaswinder Singh, alias Sona, both residents of Khehra Sultan village, and Parminder Singh of Kaar village.

FAZILKA
Patwari held
: Satish Kumar Kalra, a patwari posted in Mohali district, was arrested on Monday evening on the charges of criminal conspiracy and preparing fake documents and their use. He reportedly facilitated a loan to Joginder Singh of Behak Hasta Uttar village on fake documents. 

Hoshiarpur
Husband booked in suicide case
: The police booked Lehamber Chand on Sunday evening, after a complaint was lodged by Tirath Singh, for allegedly compelling his sister Jaswinder to commit suicide. The complainant Tirath said his sister got married to Lehamber 18 years ago. “Lehamber, an alcoholic, used to beat Jaswinder on petty issues. Due to his atrocities, Jaswinder, out of frustration, swallowed some poisonous substance. She died on her way to the hospital,” said Tirath. 

Agent booked: Sawinder Singh of Pandori has complained to Tanda police that Arun Saini of Ward 2 took Rs 4 lakh from him to send him to Cyprus. But he neither fulfilled his promise not returned the money. 

Narcotics seized: Bulhowal police arrested Avtar Singh of Pandori Phagoore under sections 21, 651 and 85 of the NDPS Act last night. According to the police sources, seven grams of brown sugar has been seized from the accused. 

Factions unite: Two factions of the Rajput Maha Sabha, Punjab, led by Col K. Mohinder Singh of Hoshiarpur and Thakur Davinder Singh Darshi of Pathankot respectively, have decided to merge to maintain unity in the Rajput community. In a joint statement here today, Col K. Mohinder Singh and Davinder Singh said a joint meeting of the Sabha would be held soon. The announcement of new office bearers would be made after the meeting. 

NABHA
Scholarships
: The local unit of Glaxo Smithkline Consumer Healthcare Ltd awarded scholarships to 10 girls of Government Senior Secondary School at a function held on the school premises. General manager of the company B. Jagdish Rao presided over the function. 

Fee hike: Parents of students of the local Dayanand Public School on Tuesday staged a dharna at the gate of the school in protest against the fee hike. They alleged that despite taking a hefty admission fee, the school management kept on extracting money from students on one pretext or the other. Principal of the school Kusum Kaushal refuted the charges. 

Nawanshahr
Seminar held
: A tehsil-level students’ science seminar on the topic “Global climatic changes and its impact” was organised by the State Institute of Science Education and district education department at Government Girls Senior Secondary School. Gurdeep Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Thopia, won the first position.

PATHANKOT
Nine booked
: The district police booked nine persons under the NDPS and Excise Acts in the district during the past 24 hours. District police chief Lok Nath Angra said intoxicating capsules, poppy husk, charas and 13.5 litres of illicit liquor were recovered from their possession. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Meeting
: The Himachal Pradesh State Unemployed Trained Graduate and Postgraduate and C&V Teachers Union has criticised the government policy of filling vacant posts by allegedly adopting backdoor methods of PTA and para-teachers etc. A meeting of the state executive of the union was held here on Tuesday. It was presided over by state president Sushil Kaushal and attended by representatives of all district units. Union general secretary Anil Thakur and state joint secretary Sunil Kumar said a dharna would be held outside the office of the state education directorate at Shimla on August 20 and a memorandum presented to the Governor. 

Art of Living: A seven-day Art of Living basic part-1 course ended here at Lakhanpur on Monday. District in charge Arun Dogra said chief instructor Sushma Sharma guided the “sadhaks” and gave them training in Sudershan kriya, yoga, sadhna, seva and satsang. Thirty persons participated in the shivir. 

Appointed: Bhag Singh Thakur, former district president of the BJP Kisan Morcha and president of the Charol gram panchayat, has been appointed member of the Himachal state Kisan Morcha executive committee. A number of BJP leaders, including Ram Kumar Sharma, Ranjeet Singh Thakur, Suresh Chaudhary, Savitri Thakur, Madan Lal Thakur and Roshan Thakur, have welcomed appointment. 

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