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ABOHAR
Racket busted: Five members of a gang have been arrested in a fake currency racket, sources said on Thursday. Two dismissed police constables were among those arrested. Those arrested were Sukhminder Singh of Dwarewala, Kotkapura, Buta Singh of Gavaddi village, Ludhiana, Paras Ram of Mohla, Malout, and Fateh Singh of Tarkhanwala village, Muktsar. The accused former policemen are Hardip Singh and Fateh Singh. Some currency, besides a Maruti car and two mobile phones were also taken into custody.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Freshers' party:
The Canadian Institute of International Studies, Fatehgarh Sahib organised a freshersí party on Thursday. Maheet Sandhu (BBA-I) and Gurjai pal Singh (BBA-I) were adjudged Miss and Mister Fresher, respectively. Addressing the gathering director, CIIS, Prof M.S. Grewal said the freshers had brought a renewed vigour with them. Song and dance continued during the celebrations.

Hoshiarpur
Gold chains snatched
: Three unidentified women aged between 35 and 40 years snatched gold chains from two women of Panjora village, one of whom was Kamaljeet Kaur, while they were boarding a bus at the Kot Fatuhi village bus stop, 38 km from here, on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the snatchers escaped in a nearby parked car.

Smack seized: The police, conducted a raid at house No 404 at local Mohalla Kamalpur last night and seized 15 gram smack and Rs 71,715 from Harjit Kaur and Jatinder Singh. Hoshiarpur The accused had been booked under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Jalandhar
New RPO office
: The passport office will start functioning from its new premises in Ambika Tower on the Police Lines road from October 8. The office would remain closed from October 3 to 5. The people should submit their application forms to the district passport cells and the speed post centres during this period.

Pul Kanjri (Indo-Pak border)
Homage paid
: Advanced technology was responsible for suicides by Army jawans as it was putting more stress on them. Lieut-Genl N. Thamburaj, GOC, Vajra Corps, stated this while paying homage to martyrs of the 1971 Indo-Pak war at Pul Kanjri war memorial here on Tuesday. He said with the advent of mobile phones the jawans were living a life full of stress as their families apprised them of day-to-day domestic problems.

Rajpura
Dance contest winners
: The students of Chitkara College of Engineering Technology (CIET) danced their way to glory as they bagged the first prize in the group dance competition held during the IIT Delhi festival 'Rendezvous-2007'. There were 17 colleges which were vying for the top honours and for the final round, eight teams were selected, which included IIT Delhi, Indraprasatha College, Lady Shriram College, YMCA Faridabad, ITBHU, Shri Ram College and Matterai College. The Chitkara team was awarded a gift voucher of Rs. 25,000.

SANGRUR
Flagged off: Punjab PWD B&R minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on Thursday flagged off a group of 100 youths for Amritsar from Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial at Sunam. These youths will take part in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh birth centenary celebrations there. A group of freedom fighters of Sangrur district also accompanied them. An awareness rally in this regard was also taken out.

Tarn Taran
Four booked: Amrik Singh, sarpanch of Pakhoke village and three others of the same village have been booked for allegedly kidnapping a girl of the same village. The mother of the victim in her complaint to the police alleged that Babbu, his mother Piyari and sister Paramjit Kaur in connivance with the sarpanch kidnapped her daughter. She added that they wanted to marry her daughter to Babbu.

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CHANDIGARH

Domicile: The administration has waived the domiciliary restrictions of minimum stay in the city and the condition of passing Class X and XII examinations from Chandigarh in respect of children of serving defence personnel or ex-servicemen who seek admissions to the educational institutions in Chandigarh.

Training: A month-long computer training programme for inmates of Burail Jail concluded on Wednesday. The programme was organised by Noor, an NGO of the department of prisons, in association with Commonwealth Youth Programme. The concluding function was an opportunity for inmates to showcase their talents. Some of the inmates, sang melodious songs that surprised the jail officials.

Mohali
Placement drive
: A two-day placement drive began at GGS College of Modern Technology, Kharar, on Wednesday. Students from a large number of colleges, including Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori and Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran participated in the drive. Forty engineering students were recruited.

Campus recruitment: An Army team interviewed final and pre-final year engineering students during a joint campus recruitment drive at Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Derabassi. The preliminary selection was done to shortlist the candidates for the SSB interviews for permanent commissions in the Indian Armyís technical branches.

World Tourism Day: The Desh Bhagat Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology celebrated World Tourism Day Wednesday. CITCO GM A.K. Malhotra delivered the keynote address and the Chandigarh secretary tourism presided over the event. Owner of Aroma, Manmohan Singh, was the guest of honour. Students of hotel management and B.Sc airlines competed with replicas on themes like Punjabi, Diwali, Incredible India, Seven Wonders of the World and celebrations of tourism.


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Ambala
Maintain call records: DC
: Deputy commissioner, Ambala, Mohammad Shayin on Thursday directed STD booth operators to maintain all the call records. The DC said it had been brought to his notice that some foreign nationals, particularly those from Bangladesh, made international calls but the STD booth operators were not maintaining proper records.

HIMACHAL PRADESH

HAMIRPUR
NIT meet
: A two-day meet of the registrars of NITís will be held at the NIT on October 19 and 20. Registrar of NIT G.R. Bharti said restructuring of non-teaching staff in all NITís to bring uniformity in their working and service conditions of the staff would be discussed in the meet. Secretary of technical education, Government of India, would chair the meet.

Raped: Desh Raj (40) of Patta village in Hamirpur district was arrested by the police for allegedly raping a mentally retarded minor girl on Thursday. The victimís mother said her 14-year-old daughter had gone to wash clothes to a nearby baoli when Desh Raj forcibly took her behind a saw mill and raped her. The mother said the accused threatened her daughter in case she told the incident to anyone. Medical examination of the girl confirmed that she was raped. The accused has been arrested under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC.

SHIMLA
Appointed
: The All-India Congress Committee has appointed Ses Ram, president of the Kullu Zila Parishad, as the chairperson of the scheduled caste department of the Pradesh Congress Committee. A spokesperson of the party said the appointment had been made on the recommendation of PCC chief Viplove Thakur.

SUNDERNAGAR
Pensionersí Day: The All India Pensioners Day would be celebrated at Sundernagar on December 17. According to a press release issued by the secretary HP Pensionerís Welfare Association, Sundernagar, Roop Chand Sharma, said a decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the association held on Thursday.


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