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Workshop held:
While inaugurating a one-day workshop on “Census Data Dissemination”, vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Dr Jai Rup Singh said the data collected in the Census of India - 2001 had now become obsolete. The workshop was organised by the Directorate of Census Operations, Punjab, at university premises on Monday.

4 arrested: The district police on a tip-off has held Charan Kaur, a resident of Anngarh area, seizing 105 gm of toxic powder from her. Similarly, Jaspal Singh of Jannia village and Sunil Kumar of Algo Kothi village (Tarn Taran) have been arrested with 5 gm of smack each. Pawan Kumar of Anngarh has also been held with 30 intoxicant injections. 

Postponed: The five-day film festival being organised by the Bal Chitra Samiti, in collaboration with local administration, has been postponed and will be held from September 17 to 22. 

DSP booked:
SSP Parmjeet Singh Garewal has booked DSP Surinder Pal Singh under corruption charges and transferred three policemen, including an SHO, to police lines. The three are SHO Harmeek Singh, HC Harjinder Singh and Ajaib Singh. 

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31 carts given away:
Thirty-one rickshaw carts were distributed free of cost among members of the Schedule Caste living under below poverty line at a function at the municipal council office on Monday. Council president Sunita Malhotra along with SAD leader Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli handed over the carts to the beneficiaries. However, those left out of the list resented their exclusion. They alleged that those close to leaders and from well-to-do families got the carts.

Seminar on blood donation:
Around 60 per cent of the required blood in the country comes through voluntary blood donation, stated medical superintendent of Saint Joseph Hospital Daizy here today. While inaugurating a seminar, “Promote voluntary blood donation and use of blood components”, organised by the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immune-haematology in association with the health department, Daizy said due to old taboos and ignorance even healthy persons between 18 and 60 years of age hesitated to donate blood in India. 

NRI among 3 dead in accidents:
Dixita, a resident of Basti Gujan, was killed and her friend was injured when their scooter was hit by a bus of a private institute at BMC Chowk here on Monday. The police has arrested bus driver Jagdish and registered a case. Meanwhile, an NRI woman Palo of Nawanshahr was killed on the spot, while three others were injured when the Tata Indica car, in which they were going to Delhi, was hit by a mini-bus near Chachoki village on the Phagwara-Ludhiana highway on Monday. The injured were admitted to the local civil hospital. A case has been registered.

Mann case hearing adjourned: A city court adjourned on Monday hearing in a case of sedition filed against SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann on May 18. Additional sessions judge Fatehdeep Singh fixed October 13 as the next date of hearing in the case. It may be recalled that the sedition case was registered against Mann and 20 others five days after their arrest on May 14 under sections 107 and 151 of CrPC for “dishonouring” late chief minister Beant Singh’s statue installed at the BMC chowk. 

Residents of Saini Mohalla near the Bajri company locality held a protest against the attitude of the Municipal Council authorities here on Monday.Surinder Kumar, president of the Mohalla Committee, said they were being supplied muddy and sewerage mixed water for the past two months. 

Exhibition on drug abuse:
The Health Department on Monday organised a state-level function on drug abuse and female foeticide at Patran in which Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, Punjab, was the chief guest. An exhibition was also organised which depicted the various topics of public interest. The literature to educate the people was also distributed. A play on drug abuse was organised by the staff of the Civil Surgeon office titled “Din Kal Da Kadon Chade” which was appreciated by the minister and the audience.

Saplings planted: Multani Mal Modi College organised Vanmahotsav in the college premises here on Monday. Chief guest Karamjeet Singh Jattana, district forest officer, inaugurated the campaign by planting a sapling. About 100 saplings are planted on the campus. NSS volunteers and NCC cadets organised a paper-reading contest on this occasion. Simranjeet Kaur, a student of MSc-I presented a paper on “Plant Trees” and “Save Life”, which was adjudged the best.

Couple pledges bodies: A couple, Chander Setia (30) and Priya Setia (25), has pledged to donate their bodies after their death to the anatomy department of local Government Medical College for educational purposes. The couple has already filled in the requisite declaration form for body donation. The childless couple is engaged in social activities.

Train rams into tractor trailer:
The traffic on the Phagwara-Nawanshahr rail section remained suspended for about two hours and several passengers of the Jejon bound Beas-Jejon special train had a miraculous escape when the running train rammed into a tractor trailer near the local Shivpuri unmanned rail crossing last evening. Railway sources said the tractor trailer was dragged with the train for a distance of 300 metres.

Police remand:
Balkar Singh of Baggu Wala village, who was arrested last night from the border area with a heavy consignment of arms and ammunition smuggled from Pakistan, was sent to a seven-day police remand on Monday.



National Fisheries Federation In charge Dr Hemlata on Monday expressed shock that the state government was charging 15 per cent royalty on the price of fish-catch from fishermen. Addressing a meeting of Gobind Sagar Fishermen Union at Bhakra, she said no state government had ever thought of taxing poor fishermen and it was strange that Himachal government was charging such a tax. 

President of the local municipal council R.K. Mahajan on Monday was nominated as the non-official member of the State Ground Water (Regulation and Control) Development and Management committee known as Himachal Pradesh ground water authority. 

Accident: Narinder, alias Vicky (25), of Dhayal village, succumbed to his injuries on the way to the local civil hospital on Monday. He was injured seriously when his motorcycle collided with another motorcycle at Matholi on the Jassur - Dhameta road. Promod Kumar of Chakki Haryal village, near Pathankot, who was driving the other motorcycle, has been admitted with serious injuries to a private hospital at Pathankot. The police has registered a case. 

One killed:
Anuraj (19) died on the spot and his friend Parveen was injured when their motorcycle dashed against the parapet of the B.B.M.B Canal near Naresh Chowk on Sunday night. The police said the duo was going back after having dinner in a hotel at about 11.30 pm when their motorcycle dashed against the parapet of the canal. Anuraj died on the spot and Parveen was taken to the hospital. Anuraj was a resident of Kothi in Shimla district. The police has registered a case.


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