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Seminar held:
The district administration has organised a seminar on women’s lok adalat to create awareness among masses about its benefits. Deputy commissioner R. L. Mehta presided over it.

Found dead:
Ram Singh, a resident of Khajuwala village in Rajasthan, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Kotshamir village under Sadar police station of the district on Friday. According to police sources, Singh was found dead in the house of Dhanna Singh, a truck driver. The police suspect it to be a case of murder.

Killed: In a hit-and-run case, Ramesh, alias Happy, of Behman Diwana village was killed by an unidentified vehicle, on the Malout road, about 6 km from here, on Friday night. He was rushed to the local Civil Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Two children, Nanhe Ram and Goldy, also sustained injuries in the mishap. 

Sangat darshan: As many as 217 applications had been presented at the first sub-divisional level sangat darshan in the district. Eleven panchayats were present at the sangat darshan held at Malkana village in Talwandi Sabo sub-division, near here, on Friday.

Camp held: The NSS unit of Baba Farid College, Deon (Bathinda), organised a cleanliness and beautification camp on the college premises here on Saturday. Managing director of the institute Gurjit Singh Dhaliwal inaugurated the camp. 

ASI killed: In charge police post, Bhagta village, Nachattar Singh (45), was killed in a road accident, at Gondara village on the Bathinda-Faridkot national highway, 35 km from here, on Saturday. He was posted as ASI in the Punjab police.The incident occurred when his car collided with a milk van. A case has been registered. 

Bus looted: Three armed robbers have looted Rs 10, 000 from the conductor of a government bus on the Mansa road here. The PRTC bus (PB 03 Q 9025) was going to Dabwali from Chandigarh when three persons, who were in the same bus, forced the driver at gunpoint to stop the vehicle near Misarkhana and Chanarthal village.

2 die in mishap: Two persons, including a one-year-old child, Gaurav, and a woman, Gej Kaur, died on the spot while 17 others were injured when a private mini bus collided head-on with a tractor near Jodhpur Romana village on the Bathinda-Dabwali road on late Friday evening.

Eight arrested:
The district police has arrested eight persons under the NDPS and Excise Act and seized intoxicating capsules and illicit liquor from them. They had been identified as Gulzar Masih, Nirmla, Ratni, Rajesh, Shakuntla, Ashwani, Gurbachan Singh and Balwinder Singh, said Lok Nath Angra, SSP, here on Saturday.

Sunita Williams
: Fourteen students of Blossoms Senior Secondary School, who have got themselves registered for the “Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition” had a chance to meet astronaut Sunita Willaims at Gurgaon recently. The students were also shown a documentary on how Planet Earth came into existence. Sunita Willaims shared her experiences of her recent space odyssey with the students and also answered their queries pertaining to her six-month stay in space.

Students of New Delhi Public School celebrate jungle day in Patiala on Saturday.Jungle day at school: The staff and students of New Delhi Public School, Shanti Nagar, Urban Estate, celebrated jungle day as part of wildlife week at the school’s premises here on Saturday. The students dressed up to look like various animals. Students also learnt from their teachers about how animals stayed in jungles and also learnt about their habitat. The principal of the school, Gagandeep Kaur, said the day was celebrated to make children more aware of the actual wildlife around them.
Students of New Delhi Public School celebrate jungle day in Patiala on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph.

Managenment seminar
: Aryans Business School (ABS) organised a seminar on “Operations Management-Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” here on Saturday. In his keynote address, chief guest Prof D.K. Banwet spoke about operations management, supply chain and logistics management. Addressing those present, Prof S.P. Singh said such programmes provide an added edge to the management students to add practical value to their degree course.

Body recovered:
The body of PSEB employee Ram Singh of Gehlewal village, near here, was recovered near water channel of Bondli village on Thursday. Darbara Singh, his brother, said Ram Singh fell into the canal and died. 

Chemists warned: To control drugs, a meeting of sports clubs and chemists falling in Samrala subdivision was called by DSP Daljit Singh Rana and SHOs of Samrala. For the success of this anti-drug campaign, the DSP sought cooperation of the public. 

Buta Singh (30), son of Mukhtiar Singh of Lehra, has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree. The Lehra police said Buta Singh, who had been working at a milk dairy, was disturbed for the past some time as his wife allegedly had an affair with someone. A case has been registered against the wife of the deceased and her lover under Section 306, IPC.



Sanitation concerns
: A municipal councillor has urged the director of the Department of Local Government to direct the Municipal Council to maintain proper sanitation in the town, which was in a state of neglect. Kuljit Singh Bedi said that Mohali was a town, which was gaining international importance and as such it was necessary to keep the town clean. He said the civic body had given the work of sanitation on contract and according to the terms of the agreement two sets of employees had to be got engaged to look after general sanitation and other group after the cleanliness of curb channels. But it was seen that only one type of safai sewaks had been employed who took care of sanitation work only.

Wildlife week
: The visitors at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir, got an opportunity to touch serpents at the ongoing Wildlife week. The Wildlife Conservation Society, Nawanshahr, provided this opportunity to all visitors to touch the reptiles. Four non-venomous snakes including three rat snakes and a checkered keelback were displayed in public. Nikhil Sanger, the founder president of organisation said, “Our basic aim is to reduce the fear for serpent family. These snakes were rescued during various rescue operations and will be let go in the jungle on Sunday.”



Teaching workshop: A two-day seminar and workshop for teachers began at Murlidhar DAV Senior Secondary School, Ambala on Saturday. The seminar is being organised by DAV College managing committee, New Delhi. Indermani Jain, course counsellor, inaugurated the performance enhancement programme for the teachers of class X and XII in the subjects of English, social science, mathematics and chemistry. School principal Reena Nagrath stressed on the need for such seminars in the present-day scenario of modern education. The changing CBSE pattern of evaluation and teachers with modern techniques of the teaching-learning process was the main aim of the programme. About 150 teachers from various schools of northern region participated in the seminar. On the first day, Chitra Sriniwas introduced teachers with the blueprint and sample paper for the subject of social science for 2008.

Man killed: A resident of Gulab Mandi in Ambala Cantt died after he was attacked by youths armed with iron rods on Saturday morning. The incident took place when Rakesh, aged 20, resident of Gulab Mandi, had gone to a vacant area to relieve himself. A group of youths armed with iron rods attacked him. He sustained serious injuries. He was rushed to Civil Hospital where he breathed his last. The attack on Rakesh is believed to have taken place due to an old animosity.



Freedom fighter dead:
Freedom fighter Mansha Ram (86) died at his Behran-Kotlu village on Friday evening. Mansha Ram took active part in the freedom movement under Mahatma Gandhi and also participated in Praja Mandal activities here in the district. His funeral on the bank of Seer Khad was largely attended, where leaders of panchayats, political parties and social organisations paid their tributes to him. The naib tehsildar handed over Rs. 5,000 on the behalf of the government to the family of the deceased.

Manimahesh yatra:
The administration of Bharmour tribal subdivision collected around Rs 1.25 lakh at the barrier set up for the vehicular traffic at Patti Nala en route Manimahesh lake during the pilgrimage that concluded on September 20. The amount of offerings by pilgrims and devotees of Lord Shiva was around Rs 1.14 lakh, sources said.

Two persons, including the driver were wounded, when a private vehicle in which they were carrying a ‘dead body’ from Pathankot swerved off the road and fell into a 15-metre-deep gorge on the Chamba-Pathankot via Jot highway at Chatoli about 55 km from Chamba on Friday evening. According to official sources, the injured Surjeet and Maneesh, who belonged to Pathankot area had been admitted to a nearby Chowari hospital and were under medical treatment. The cause of accident could not be ascertained.

BSNL meet:
BSNL organised a customers’ meet at Hamir hotel on Friday evening. District and sessions judge V.K. Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion. BSNL gave away prizes to its branches for the highest collection and sale of BSNL telecom services. General manger of the Hamirpur unit of the nigam S.L Singh also spoke on the occasion. 

The Mid-Himalayan Project Mazdoor Sangh on Saturday urged the state government to regularise the services of over 123 workers of the Kandi project which was completed in October 2005, as they had completed over 15 years in service. In a press release sangh leaders said there were over 123 workers who had not been regularised even after putting over 15 years in services with reasons best known to the Forest Department. He said workers in other departments had been regularised after putting in 8 years of service, but the government denied the same to them. They demanded that the discrimination be ended. 

Shops gutted:
Three shops were gutted when a fire broke out in Mashobra Bazaar on Friday night. A short-circuit is said to be the cause of fire. The fire which broke out around 11.30 pm started from the house of Subhash Chand and spread to the adjoining shops. Three shops owned by Om Prakash, Som Nath and Kamla Devi were completely gutted. A damage of over Rs 10 lakh was caused by the fire.


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