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AMRITSAR
Seminar
: The Dal Khalsa will hold a seminar to discuss and analyse the condition of Sikhs in the 60 years of free India. The seminar will be organised on August 22 in Jalandhar. Kanwarpal Singh, general secretary, said their aim was to provide a platform for discussing key issues related to Sikh community. 

BARNALA
Forumís initiative
: The Writersí Forum here under its president Pritam Singh Rahi has taken an initiative to bring to light the plight of farmers. As many as 10 writers have been selected to put their work together in the form of songs and poems to be included in a book.

Bassi Pathana
Held
: Harjeet Singh alias Jeeta of Chakri Mohalla, Bassi Pathana, was held for selling smack. About 4 gm of smack was recovered from him. According to D.S.Rana, DSP, Bassi Pathana, the police had arrested the accused after a tip off and a case has been registered under Sections 22,61,85 of the NDPS Act. 

MALERKOTLA
Minor raped
: A minor girl of Bina Heri village was kidnapped and raped by a youth, working as a labourer with a contractor of a construction company. A case was registered in this connection on Monday. Amarjit Singh kidnapped the girl from Alipur village in Amargarh block where she had come to meet her maternal uncle. The police arrested the culprit on the Amargarh-Mulabuddha road and recovered the girl. 

NABHA
Killed
: A 12-year-old school student was crushed to death by a roadways bus on Tuesday at the Patiala Gate of the town. Harvinder Singh was studying in class VI of New Indian Public School. According to sources, the driver turned the bus to a side to save a girl and hit Harvinder, who was on a cycle. A case has been registered.

Phagwara
Boy dies in fire: A young boy, identified as Himmat Kumar of Gobindpur village, was burnt to death when a fire broke out in his STD PCO on Monday night. The boy was rushed to the hosipital, but he succumbed to his injuries there. According to the sources, short circuit is said to be the cause of fire. However, the dead body has been sent to the civil hospital for the post-mortem. 

Man crushed: An unidentified person, reportedly under the influence of liquor, was run over by a running train near Khotrra village on Phagwara-Banga railway section on Monday night. The deceased was unable to see the approaching train while crossing the railway track. 

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CHANDIGARH

Panchkula
Rape attempt
: The police arrested a rickshaw-puller for allegedly attempting to rape a nine-year-girl of his locality in Bhaise Ka tibba village, here, late last night. According to police, the victimís father, also a rickshaw-puller, alleged that the gory incident came to light when his wife reached home and found the accused sexually assaulting the girl. The girl was crying badly and was in pain. Police was informed about the incident. A case of attempt to rape has been registered on a complaint lodged by the victimís father in the Mansa Devi police station. 

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