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: The first phase of the Sacred Grove (Oran) Festival 2007 concluded at the Jhamku Devi Senior Secondary School at Mehrajpur Dhora village in this sub-division. Thousands of villagers visited the exhibition organised by the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, during the past three days. 

: Khalra Mission Organization (KMO), on Thursday, sought a social boycott of the former DGP of Punjab Police, K P S Gill, for his alleged involvement in the elimination of thousands of innocent Sikh youths during the militancy days and their unauthorized cremation. The spokesman of the organization said that a resolution was passed to urge the Sikh panth to ex-communicate the former DGP. 

Pak national held: The police on Thursday arrested Sayad Mujahad Hussain, a Pakistan national, when he was trying to cross-over to Pakistan here in the morning. Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, SSP said the accused did not possess a valid passport and visa. 

Teachers’ strike
: To protest against the arrest of 21 teachers on Wednesday, Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers union ,Barnala, branch observed a complete strike. A dharna was staged before S.D. College demanding the immediate release of their union leaders. 

Roll numbers: In a communiqué from the DC office here it has been stated that the roll numbers for the interview and written test for the technical staff to be recruited for Suvidha center and TNRS, DC office, have already been sent. Those who have not received their roll number or interview letter can contact the DC office on tomorrow. This statement was issued by H.S. Garcha, ADC Barnala on Thursday. 

Sangat darshan
: Adequate canal water would be supplied to all villages that fall in the Joga Assembly segment. This was stated by Jagdeep Singh Nakai, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, here.

Nakai held three sangat darshan programmes in the segment on Thursday. He inaugurated the water works at Pitho village. He gave a grant worth Rs 6 lakh to village representatives of Pitho village for construction of lavatories in the village and Rs 2 lakh for setting up streets. 

Chak de India: To lift the morale the district police authorities arranged two special shows of ‘CHAK DE INDIA’ at Ajaib cinema. SSP Nau Nihal Singh also saw the movie on Wednesday. 

Highway patrol
: The Punjab police on Thursday launched a highway police protection cell in Malerkotla sub- division. Gurpreet Singh Walia, DSP, flagged off the highway patrolling vehicle. 

: Kulwant Singh, accused in several cases of theft, attempted suicide by consuming poison at the office of DIG, Patiala, Paramjit Singh Gill on Thursday. Kulwant Singh of Ubhewal village in Sangrur district came to the office of the DIG and declared he would commit suicide in case he did not get justice as he alleged that the police was harassing him. He was shifted to Rajindra Government Hospital where his condition was stated to be out of danger.

Prof to get gold medal: The executive committee of the International Society for Ecological Communications has selected Dr Aruna Bhatia, Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University, Patiala, for the Professor E.P. Odum Gold Medal in recognition of her commendable research activities. This award will be conferred by the Governor-cum-Chancellor of Universities of Jharkhand state during the international conference on “Recent Advances in Contemporary Biology, Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development” to be held on September 29 and 30. 

Male foetus found
: The recovery of a premature male foetus from a bus stop outside Jansal village, near here, has raised concerns among the locals. They said despite the efforts of the district administration the practice of foeticide was still prevalent in certain sections of society. Villagers found the foetus and reported the matter to the police. The Rajpura police reached the spot and after conducting a through search of the area around the bus stop registered a case under Section 318 of the IPC. The foetus was wrapped in a piece of cloth and dumped there. The foetus was sent for post-mortem to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura. 

MLAs vie for morcha anniversary
: Politics is hotting up over the observance of the anniversary of the Dharam Yug Morcha near Kiratpur Sahib. Various MLAs have decided different dates and functions for observing the occasion. While MLA Ajit Singh and his party workers are observing the anniversary on September 13 at Ghanauli, BJP senior leader Madan Mohan Mittal is observing the same at Kalma village on September 8. Both factions have invited Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal at the function. Trying to have mileage out of the occasion, Madan Mohan Mittal had declared the celebrations a few days ago, while Sant Ajit Singh declared it today. 



Medical camp
: The Sector 37 Senior Citizen’s Brotherhood Chandigarh organised a free medical camp for its members and their families in Sector 37 on Tuesday. Nearly 500 tests were conducted. Dr Sudhir Garg and Dr Nitin Gupta, both of the GMCH, Sector 32, examined patients. 

CAT ELECTIONS: The following have been elected unanimously in the CAT Bar Association's elections for the year 2007-08. D.R. Sharma as president; A.S. Bhatia as the vice-president; Aseem Rai as the secretary; Pankaj Mohan Kansal as the joint-secretary; Mukesh Kumar Bhatnagar as the Teasurer and Bipin Sharma as the executive member. 



Plea to remove garbage
: The Khatik Samaj today demanded that a cleanliness drive be carried out near SS Little Angel Convent Child School, Ambala Cantt. Khushal Chand and Banwari Lal of the samaj said in a press note that despite repeated requests to the authorities concerned no effort had been made to clear the garbage dumped near the school building. They said even the school principal had made complaints but the garbage had not been cleared.

Complaint against conductor: A law student of Kurukshetra University and resident of Ambala City has filed a complaint against a conductor of a Haryana Roadways (Chandigarh depot) bus for misbehaving with him while he was returning to Ambala from Pipli. The student, Sahil Sharma, said in his complaint that on Tuesday he boarded the bus from Pipli. The conductor asked him to take a ticket and on being told that he had a monthly bus pass, the conductor refused to honour it stating that passes were not allowed in “his bus”. When Sahil resisted, the conductor forced him out of the bus at a village close to Pipli. Sahil has demanded an inquiry into the matter. 

Dadi Prakashmani remembered: Brahma Kumaris today organised a shradhanjali sabha at the Shanti Dham in Ambala Cantt to pay homage to Dadi Prakashmani. Ambala Cantt MLA Devender Bansal paid tributes to Dadi Prakashmani. He said the world had lost a spiritual leader. Rajyoga centre in charge B.K. Krishna said Dadi always inspired all to take part in global spiritual services to establish a better world.



Husband, wife receive burns
: A couple of Nagrota Bagwan, who received serious burns in their kitchen on Thursday, were referred to Dr R.P.Govt Medical College, Dharamsala. According to the police, Bindoo (32) received more than 30 per cent burns while her husband, Rajender, received 15 per cent burns when a kerosene tin fell down and caught fire from a burning gas stove. The couple of Jai village was in transport business. Badminton tourney 

Body found
: A body of a 30-year-old man was recovered from a truck parked near a gate of Hindustan Unilever Limited at Barotiwala on Thursday. Deep Singh, the deceased, who hailed from Rotla village near Nalagarh, was the owner of truck. According to the crew members of other trucks parked near Deep Singh’s truck, said he was last seen on Monday night, while going inside the truck to sleep. The body was noticed only after foul smell started emanating from the truck. 

Nahan: The Sirmaur district badminton championship concluded here on Wednesday night. In the men’s final Ashish lifted the trophy by defeating Anuj in a tough final (21-18, 21-19). In the veteran’s category Pawan Dogra won the title, defeating Ramesh Thakur (21-18,18-21,21-17). H. S. Dogra, conservator of forests, Nahan circle, gave away the prizes.

: Nurpur additional chief judicial magistrate R. P. Ranta on Wednesday convicted Thuru Ram, son of Sant Ram of Rit gram panchayat in this subdivision, for his alleged involvement in the embezzlement of funds of the Rit cooperative society last year. He was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and fined Rs 1,500 in a case registered under Sections 467 and 468 of the IPC. 

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