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ABOHAR
Killed:
Sat Pal Sharma, an employee at the judicial complex here, was crushed to death on Thursday near village Alamgarh on he Abohar-Sriganganagar road. Sources said he was returning from Sayeedwala village after some official work when his motorcycle was hit by a Punjab Roadways bus, killing him on the spot. The driver of the bus escaped. The police has registered a case.

Amritsar
MEd result:
Nimisha Mahajan of DAV College of Education for Women, Amritsar, topped the MEd exam of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April, securing 450 marks, while Jyoti Gosai of Ramgarhia College of Education, Phagwara, stood second with 446 marks, a university press note said here on Thursday.

BASSI PATHANA
Lok darbar organised:
To redress the peopleís grievances at their doorsteps, a lok darbar was organised at Ganduan Kalan village in Bassi Pathana sub-division. Son of local MLA Didar Singh Bhatti, Gurwinder Singh Bhatti, presided over the darbar. In the lok darbar, people came in large numbers to get their grievances redressed, most of them were related to the non-availability of drinking water, electricity, ration cards, blue cards, yellow cards, shortage of teachers in schools, disposal of sewer water, repair of roads, construction of drains.

Bathinda
Memorandum:
Members of the Forest Department Field Workers Union submitted a memorandum to the local range officer on Thursday regarding their proposed stir against him on October 12 in protest against th non-acceptance of their demands.

Baby found: A 15-day-old baby girl was found abandoned by an NGO in a train at the local railway station on Thursday. The baby, named Sakhshi, was found lying under a seat, wrapped in a towel, on the Delhi-Ferozepur passenger train.

Snatching: An unidentified motorcyclist snatched the purse of a bank employee, containing some cheques at the Bank market here on Thursday. According to police, Alka Soni, a clerk of Corporation Bank was on her way to the State Bank of Patiala when the crime took place. A case has been registered.

Suicide bid: Rinku (21) attempted suicide by setting himself ablaze near the bus stand here on Thursday. Sources said some persons standing nearby doused the flames and took him to the local civil hospital. Rinku, a rickshaw puller, was stated to be under depression due to his poor economic condition. His condition was stated to be critical as he had received 60 per cent burns.

Arrested: The local police on Thursday arrested four persons for allegedly carrying cattle in a truck without having valid permit to transport the same. The police intercepted the truck on the Goniana road and impounded 13 head of cattle.

Malerkotla
Four held:
The Amargarh police has arrested Gurpreet Singh, Harinder Singh, Gurtej Singh, all residents of Rangia, and Inderjeet Singh of Punnawala on the charge of forcibly taking away a Maruti Zen car from a resident of Bagrian. The police also seized Rs 42,000 looted from Mohrana village.

Nabha
Seminar:
To make the students aware about AIDS, the Nabha Foundation on Thursday organised a seminar at the local Ripudaman College. Civil Surgeon, Patiala, Usha assured the Foundation of all possible help from the Health Department in this regard. A play was staged to mark the occasion.

Pathankot
Appointed:
Dinesh Sharma, a senior lecturer of English, AB College, here was appointed principal of the same college on Thursday. He has been working in the college for the past 23 years.

PATIALA
Poster tearing criticised:
The anti-terrorist front criticised the damage to the posters of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Patiala on Thursday. Frontís district president Harpal Singh said they had installed posters of the martyr in various parts of the city to motive the youth with his ideals on the eve of his hundredth birth anniversary. However, on Wednesday, anti-social elements damaged three boards, he added. The president has demanded an inquiry into the incident. He said the front would soon submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister demanding that the photo of Bhagat Singh be printed on the currency notes.

Wildlife awareness rally: Sant Isher Singh Gurmat Academy, Chappar, organised a rally to spread awareness about the need to protect wildlife on Thursday. Earlier, the morning assembly began with the school prayer and the students spoke on various topics related to wild animals and plants. Some teachers shared their views about the protection of wildlife. School principal Annapurna Mathur also delivered a motivational speech.



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CHANDIGARH

Chhatbir
Wildlife Week:
As many as 21,000 people visited the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir, on the second day of Wildlife Week being celebrated, here on Thursday. Out of these, 4,000 enjoyed bird watching with volunteers Zorawar Singh and Jatin Sharma, who guided them with two binoculars and six bird posters. Also, 6,000 nature lovers had the opportunity to touch bird feathers, horns, antlers, egg shells of snakes and rats, weaver birdís nests, ivory tusks and other such things. Around 54 students from 15 schools of the tricity participated in the wildlife quiz. Visitors were also taken across the exhibition and shown tranquilizing guns and pistols that are used to restrain activities of wildlife during treatment and shifting.

PANCHKULA
Sterilisation workshop:
The Haryana health department organised a day-long workshop to spread information about the standards for male and female sterilization and quality assurance, here on Thursday. Commissioner and secretary, health department, Navraj Sandhu chaired the function.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Annual function:
A call to help handicapped persons and mentally challanged children was given by DC Rajinder Singh while presiding over an annual function of a social organisation Asha Kiran at Kothi near Ghumarwin on Wednesday.The DC praised the efforts of Asha Kiran and its volunteers who were providing proper training and education to 40 special children, including 10 mentally challenged girls. He announced a grant of Rs 10,000 to the organisation. Asha Kiran president Ratan Lal Chopra and its convener Barfi Devi also addressed the function.

Welcomed: President Bilaspur District Mahila Congress Pawana Sharma has welcomed the announcement of senior Congress leader R.K. Dhawan that the Congress is committed to giving 33 per cent representation to women in the Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha and that the party will give tickets to women leaders in the forthcoming elections in Himachal Pradesh. She said this announcement had unnerved other opposition parties who were opposing the reservation for women and obstructing the relevant Bill in the Lok Sabha.

Hamirpur
Rangers:
The Rangers Welfare Association has thanked Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for filling the posts of ranger and forest guard lying vacant for quite some time. General secretary of the association S.S. Kashyap has said the filling of 56 posts of ranger and 500 posts of forest guard would definitely meet the shortage of field staff. The association has urged the Chief Minister to fill 22 vacant posts of assistant conservator of forest (ACF) from their category.

Shimla
Boy missing:
A 19-year-old student of the local Government Senior Secondary School, Lalpani, has been missing from home since October 1. It was only on Wednesday that the family of the boy registered a missing report with the police. A case has been registered in Sadar police station.

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