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PUNJAB

AMRITSAR
DC orders inquiry: Deputy commissioner K.S Pannu directed the additional deputy commissioner to look into the complaints regarding mismanagement of lodging and food arrangements to 150 youths from Haryana. The youths arrived here to participate in the national-level birth centenary celebrations of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. 

One booked for fraud: The police has booked Jatinder Singh, a resident of Assushah village, for allegedly defrauding Bhupinder Singh of Gagomahal village on the pretext of sending him abroad. Bhupinder, in his complaint, alleged that the accused took Rs 2.36 lakh from him for sending him abroad. But neither he sent him abroad nor returned the money, alleged the complainant. A case under Section 420, IPC, has been registered.

Hoshiarpur
Smack seized
: The Model Town and City police, on a tip-off, jointly 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 SSP Anita Punj said the accused had been booked under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. During interrogation, both have confessed that they used to bring smack from Kazi Mandi, Jalandhar and were selling it in small quantities in the city. The amount recovered from the accused was also part of the sale of the smack, the SSP claimed.

Jalandhar
Peace march
: Catholic Yuva Dhara, youth wing of the Diocese of Jalandhar, will celebrate International Day of non-violence by holding a peace march on October 2 here. The participants will gather at St Joseph Boys’ School where the minister of state for labour and employment, Oscar Fernandes, and Christian Medical College director Dr John Pramod, will address the gathering.

Nawanshahr
Dance contest
: Manjinder Kaur of Maharaj Lal Dass Bhuriwale Girls Collegiate School, Tapparian Khurd, won first prize in solo dance competition, while the Giddha team secured third position in competition organised by the Punjab School Education Board at the district level. 

Patiala
Plea for open-air theatre
: In a special seminary session, held as part of the Garden Theatres Foundation Day celebrations, artistes and art lovers made a plea for constructing an open-air garden theatre under the approved original plan of the Baradari Gardens. According to National Theatre Arts Society director Pran Sabharwal, the votaries of performing arts made an appeal to the Punjab government, especially divisional commissioner, Patiala, S.K. Ahluwalia to ensure the implementation of the approved project. The society also urged the authorities to furnish the lecture hall of the Central State Library with a view to make it a mini-auditorium to promote Punjabi theatre. 

Phillaur
Accident death
: Villagers protest: Minowal villagers held a demonstration and sat on dharna after a villager Ravi Kumar was killed in an accident last nigh. Ravi was standing in front of his house when a speeding mini-bus on Phillaur-Talwan road hit him. However, the police arrested the bus driver Bahadur Singh later and impounded the bus.

Tributes paid: The residents celeberated birth anniversary of Pt Shardha Ram Phillauri, who wrote lyrics of famous aarti “Om Jai Jagdish,” here on Sunday. The birthday was celebrated in a temple at Mohalla Passian, where former minister Chaudhary Santokh Singh paid tributes and described him as a Hindu fundamentalist.


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CHANDIGARH

Panchkula
Seminar on credit facilities:
The Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industries (HCCI), Panchkula, organised a seminar on credit facilities in association with the National Small-scale Industrial Corporation (NSIC), here on Friday. It was aimed at creating awareness amongst small and medium enterprises (SME) about credit facilities and availability from various nationalised, scheduled and multi-national banks, which are associated with the NSIC. Chamber’s general secretary Vishnu Goyal emphasised upon the need for credit to the SMEs and to keep up with the technological advancements in the present era of globalisation. Senior officials from Axis, HSBC and Yes Bank were present to talk about their financial products. 

Skin camp on Oct 2: A free skin camp will be organsied by National Skin Hospital, Mansa Devi Complex, to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Tuesday. Skin tests will be conducted free of cost for patients. They will also get a chance to consultant acclaimed skin specialists and surgeons. Dr Vikas Sharma, chief consultant at the hospital, said the hospital would conduct such camps on a regular basis. 


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HARYANA

Ambala
Ambala Club poll soon
: The elections to the Ambala Club will be held soon. A press release stated that deputy commissioner, who is also the club president, has directed that the tenure of office-bearers will be of one year and elections will be held every year. The post of vice-president II has been abolished. Also, the club secretary will have to be elected, unlike previous years in which the secretary was nominated.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Demanded: Former president the Himachal Pradesh State Draftsman Association, Ram Singh, on Sunday demanded that the out-going president of the association should fix the date of the annual general house and election of the state executive committee as the two-year tenure of the present state executive had expired more than one year ago. Singh said the present office-bearers had disappointed members as they had failed to work effectively. He said a large number of members felt that the association should elect an active state executive so that their problems were redressed soon.

Concluded: District Nehru Yuva Kendra concluded the Hindi Fortnight function at the youth hostel, Jabbali, on Saturday. Youth coordinator Som Dat Zard exhorted the youths to speak Hindi. He said a large number of youths drawn from yuvak mandals, mahila mandals and students participated in the function in all three development blocks of Ghumarwin, Geharwin and Bilaspur Sadar in which essay, slogan writing, debate, declamation, letter writing and cultural programs were organised.

NURPUR
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the local Arya Government College: president - Manoj Pathania; vice-president - Dhruv Singh; secretary - Tarsem Raj; joint secretary - Pratap Singh; chief adviser - Pralahad Chand; cashier - Manmohan Singh; auditor - Prem Singh. 

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