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Meeting held:
The Bus Stand Save Action Committee held a meeting at a local hotel on Tuesday against the government policy to shift the bus stand outside the city. A resolution was passed unanimously by all participants that they would meet Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on October 14 at Bathinda. Meanwhile, the committee members announced that on October 7, a meeting would be held to discuss the mode of further struggle. 

Murdered: A woman, Ratna Bai of Kot Fatha village, was allegedly murdered by her brother-in-law Jyona Ram on Wednesday. Police sources said Jyona asked Ratna about the whereabouts of his wife. When she could not reply to his question to his satisfaction, he became angry and killed her with an axe. A case has been registered. 

Fake currency:
The local police has busted a gang involved in making fake currency. The arrested persons are Harjeet Singh, Dalbir Singh and Narinder Pal Sharma. SSP Parmjeet Singh Garewal said the police held a naka at Cheenewal Kalan village and arrested three persons. About Rs 59,000 of Rs 100 denomination were seized from them. During the investigation, the three accused revealed that they used a scanner and a CD for making fake currency. A case under Section 489-A, B and C had been registered.

Yoga camp: The Patanjali Yog Peeth, Hardwar, will hold a yoga camp from October 7 to 14 at Barnala to deal with obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Madhu Gupta, district president of the Peeth, gave this information adding that it will be a free camp.

PTU toppers:
Students of RIMT Institute of Management and Computer Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, Hina Bansal and Sofi Garg have brought laurels for the institute by securing the first and second position, respectively, in the BCA-IV semester examination conducted by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, held in May-June 2007. Chairman of the RIMT Group of Institute Hukam Chand Bansal congratulated the students. Director general Dr B.S. Bhatia lauded the efforts of the students and the staff members. Hina Bansal secured 649 marks and Sofi Garg got 628 marks in the examination.

MC president election: The elections for the president of Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib Municipal Council scheduled for Wednesday had to be postponed as Akali councillors failed to turn up. The previous president had put in his papers on September 5 following pressure by the Akali councillors. MC president Charanjit Singh (Congress) was on a foreign trip when the Akalis moved a no-confidence motion against him. On returning, he decided to resign. Now, two Akali leaders - Sher Singh and Ashok Kumar Sood - are vying for the post. It was learnt that the Akali councillors held a meeting with Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti, where they could not reach a consensus. The new date for the election would be announced later.

Function held:
The district administration held a function at the mini-secretariat on Tuesday to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. SDM Karnail Singh paid floral tributes and along with participants took the pledge to follow in the footsteps of Father of the Nation.

Narcotic seized: The Sadar police seized 10 kg of poppy husk on Tuesday while patrolling the Mehlanwali-Jahankhelan link road. The police party noticed a person carrying a plastic bag under suspicious circumstances. The accused was able to flee under cover of darkness but threw his bag. On recovering the bag the police found poppy husk in it. A case has been  registered.

Minor raped, one arrested:
The police arrested Gurpreet Singh of New Kartar Nagar here today on the charge of raping a minor girl in her house in the same locality last evening. An FIR under sections 376 and 506 of the IPC was registered against him in this regard.

New president:
Sikh National College principal Jaspal Singh Randhawa has been elected president of the Sports Council of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Randhawa said his top priority would be to develop infrastructure in the colleges, especially in rural and semi-urban areas, for the promotion of sports. 

Book release: Punjabi book “Satlej Gavah Hai,” on the life and philosophy of Shaheed Bhagat Singh was released by Prof Jagmohan Singh, a nephew of the Shaheed-e-Azam, at a function held at Khatkar Kalan on Monday. The book is written by NRI Ajit Singh Rahi. 

Dry day violation:
The police arrested liquor shop employee Sohan Lal on the charge of opening his liquor shop on Tuesday declared as dry day by the Kapurthala deputy commissioner. The police nabbed Pankaj with a bottle of liquor he had purchased from the shop where Sohan was employed. 

Blood Donors Day:
The Patiala branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) on the eve of National Blood Donors Day on Tuesday organised a “Continued Medical Education Programme-cum-Seminar” on the appropriate and safe blood donation. Dr Kulbir Kaur, Director of Life Line Blood Center, Patiala and former head of the Department of Transfusion Medicine, Government Medical College, Patiala, chaired the CME. Dr Kusam Thakur, blood transfusion officer from Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, spoke of measures for appropriate use of blood. IMA felicitated Anil Bajaj, senior deputy mayor of Patiala, who attended as a special invitee.

Body found @@TARN TARAN: The Chabal police has found a decomposed body of an unidentified Sikh man of about 37 years on Wednesday night. Sources said a report under section 174, CrPC, has been registered. The body, after a post-mortem examination, was cremated by the local municipal council on Thursday. — OC@@@@One arrested @@TARN TARAN: Jarnail Singh of Mohalla Tonk Kshatriya was nabbed for possessing .12-bore countrymade revolver with two cartridges by the Khemkaran police on Wednesday night at a naka. Police sources said here on Thuersday that the accused was nabbed near a border village of Gazzal. A case under section 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the accused. — OC @@@@5 booked @@TARN TARAN: Five persons were booked under the Gambling Act by the Harike police on Wednesday night from the township. A police party during a raid seized Rs 10,350. The police identified the accused as Balraj Kumar, Gagan, Tersem Singh, Balbir Singh and Sukhdev Singh. A case under section 13-A/3/67 of the Gambling Act has been registered. — OC@@@@Medical camp@@Nawanshahr: The Doaba Social Welfare Society, in collaboration with Sri Guru Nanak Gurdwara Charitable Trust, organised a free medical check-up camp at Gurdwara Guru Nanak Nagar on Tuesday. A team of doctors comprising Dr Ranjiv, Dr N.P. Sharma, Dr Amrajoth Sandhu, Dr Jatinder Sapra and Dr Amit Saini examined 150 patients and gave them free medicines. — OC@@@@Rural games @@Hoshiarpur: The sports department of Punjab has decided to organise the Punjab state rural games 2007-08 (u-16) from October 10 to 12 at outdoor stadium in Hoshiarpur. Assistant director (sports), Punjab, S.L. Lotey said here today that more than 1,800 rural players from all over the state would participate in athletics, archery, tug-of-war, hockey, kabaddi, kho-kho, weightlifting, 
volleyball, wrestling and football events. — OC



Dr Lipi Singh, research scholar, department of general surgery at PGIMER, was honoured with the ‘Best Paper Award’ for research in the field of chronic pancreatitis entitled ‘Role of Chemokines and their Receptors in Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Chronic Pancreatitis’ at the annual conference of Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology, recently held at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The research paper gives insight into the pathophysiology as well as pathogenesis of inflammatory disease, chronic pancreatitis. 

82 DSPs transferred: The Punjab government has ordered the postings of 64 newly promoted DSPs and 18 existing DSPs. Amarpreet Singh has been promoted as DSP, detective, Ropar, while Manjeet Singh is DSP, detective, Patiala. Pritam Singh is DSP, subdivision, Ropar, and Raka Ghira is DSP, traffic, Mohali. Karnail Singh and Satnam Singh go to the 3rd Commando Battalion, Mohali.



Mr & Miss Fresher:
The International Institute of Fashion Design organised a Mr and Miss Fresher competition on Tuesday. The Miss Fresher title went to Ankita, while Ranish was crowned Mr Fresher. The function was organised at Chaupal on GT road, a press note stated. 



The Himachal Pradesh State Fire Brigade Employees Federation has expressed resentment over the non-filling of 129 regular posts of firemen as decided by the Cabinet more than a year ago, while a large number of posts in other departments had been already filled although the Cabinet had cleared these only recently. Senior vice-president of the federation Bhupendra Pal Dogra said the delay was affecting functioning of the department. 

Paper reading: Puja, Devanand and Dikchan bagged the first three positions in the paper reading contest organised by Department of Information and Public Relations on “prohibition” at Jawahar Navodya Vidyalya, Kothipura, on Tuesday evening. Among juniors, Brajesh, Varsha and Kanika emerged winners. In quiz, the group of Monika, Pranay and Shivani emerged first, while Raghuvir, Satish and Shailaja stood second and Vishal, Varun and Anuja were declared third. 

The Nadaun police has arrested a person for allegedly attempting to rape a minor girl. Police sources said on the complaint of Deep Chand, father of the girl, Fateh Chand, alias Beeku, belonging to Bakal Dhar was arrested on Wednesday. The father of the girl had alleged that accused took his 8-year-old daughter to a cowshed while coming back from her school at Batehad on Tuesday and tried to rape her.

Camps: The Health and Family Welfare Department has decided to organise family planning camps at Badsar, Bhota, Bijhdi, Badagran, Bhoranj, Bhareri, Nadaun, Galod, Dhaneta, Sujanpur, Jangalberi, Tohni Devi, Nalti, Uhal and regional hospital Hamirpur from October 10 to 19. This was stated by the chief medical officer, Hamirpur. 

Dharna: The local unit of the BJP organised a dharna at Gandhi Chowk here to oppose the Sethusamundram Project on Tuesday. Party activists raised slogans against the Central government or playing with the sentiments of lakhs of people. 

Hike allowance: The district unit of Himachal Government Teachers Union has urged Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to enhance the medical allowance of the government employees to Rs 350 per month on the Punjab pattern. District unit president Daler Singh also sought a hike in the retirement age from 58 to 60 years. He urged the Chief Minister to concede other demands of the union as well. 

Assurance: Col B.C. Lagwal (retired), chairman of the State Ex- Servicemen Department of the Congress, has assured ex-servicemen of taking up their demands with the state and central governments. He said this while presiding over a meeting of ex-servicemen at Hamirpur on Tuesday. He asked ex-servicemen to support the Congress which had always protected their rights. 

Multimedia classes
: La Montessori School, Kelheli, about 15 km from here, organised ‘multimedia science classes on interactive teaching strategies’ for students of class X and teachers of various schools of the district. Professor K.J. Singh of Panjab University, Chandigarh, and his associate Harpreet Kaur delivered lecturers on science through live computer demonstration. Around 150 students participated in the event. 


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