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PUNJAB

BARNALA
Electrocuted: A youth of Cheenewal Kalan village, 14 km from here, died of electric shock on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Malkeet Singh (21), son of Chand Singh.He had gone to his fields to water paddy, and was trying to start the electric motor.

Youth missing: Even after 11 days there is no clue of the missing 27-year-old youth of Barnala. Surinder Pal, a municipal committee emloyee and resident of Jandawala road, in a complaint to the police stated that his son Rakesh Kumar had gone to see the Chapaar mela on September 26 but never returned home.The police only found Rakesh’s scooter (HR-31B,7683) near the canal on September 27.

Bassi Pathana
Blood donation camp
: A blood donation camp was organised by Basant Welfare Society at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan here today. Dr B.S. Cheema, former director health services, Punjab, inaugurated the camp. Addressing the gathering, he called upon the people to serve the needy and the down trodden section of the society. He said every drop of blood saves one precious life. He also urged the social organisations to come forward for this noble cause. More than 200 units of blood were donated on the occasion.

Bathinda
2 beaten up
: A truck hit the wall of a flour mill at Goniana Mandi, near here, last night.Sources said Jasmel Singh and Ajaib Singh, the driver and the conductor of the truck, respectively, were allegedly in an inebriated condition. Residents of the mandi stopped them from moving the truck as the road was congested, but they did not pay any heed to them. Meanwhile, the truck barged into a nearby flour mill. After a heated exchange of words, the locals allegedly thrashed them. The police reached the spot and took them to the Civil Hospital.

Remembered: The Swami Vivekananda Study Circle organised a function here on Sunday in remembrance of the speech given by Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religion in 1893. The audio recording of the speech was also played on the occasion. C.S. Talwar, IAS, was the chief guest, while Vijay Jade was the guest of honour.

One injured: Manjit Singh, a truck driver, sustained injuries in a road mishap inside the National Fertilisers Limited plant here late Saturday night. The incident took place when his truck stationed there was hit by another truck coming from the rear side. The failure of the brakes allegedly caused the incident. The injured was rushed to the Civil Hospital here.

Hoshiarpur
Gun seized
: The police seized two live cartridges of .12 bore gun from an Army deserter Tejpal Singh, a resident of Gogra. The police said at a check post near Hardokhanpur they police signaled Tejpal to stop, but he tried to flee. However, he was nabbed and during search, police recovered two live cartridges from him.

Two arrested: The Garhshankar police arrested two persons, identified as Shindo and Paramjit Singh, and seized 15 and 8 gram of smack, respectively. Both the accused were residents of Denowal Khurd.

KHARAR
Conductor arrested: A bus conductor was arrested for his alleged involvement in the death of an ex-serviceman on Sunday. The Gharuan police arrested Shingara Singh, the conductor of PRTC bus, who has been accused in the death of ex-serviceman Dharampal Singh. Shingara would be produced in court tomorrow and the police would seek his remand for further investigation of the case and will inquire about the whereabouts of the driver Balwinder Singh. Both Shingara and Balwinder were booked on October 3 for the death of Dharampal Singh due to negligence.

Ludhiana
Research project:
A research project on "endoscopic management of the blocked nose due to birth defect", undertaken at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here by Dr Manish Munjal has been awarded Tuli Sunder Dass Memorial Award at the annual conference of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India held at Amritsar.

MALERKOTLA
Lok Adalat: A Lok Adalat was organised in the local courts complex here on Saturday. Sixtynine of the total 114 cases were settled on the spot. Advocate Rajesh Rikhi, member, Lok Adalat, giving this information said Justice Pushvinder Singh, Addl Civil Judge (senior division) and Justice T. S. Bindra, Civil Judge, were the presiding officers.

Nawanshahr
Mobile, cash snatched
: Two motorcycle borne miscreants reportedly snatched Rs10,000 in cash and a mobile phone worth Rs 7000 from Rajnish Sharma, who runs a wholesale chemist shop at Rahon, on Saturday evening near Mehndipur village here on Garhshanker Road. The victim was coming from Garhshanker on scooter. A case has been registered.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office bearers of the Arya Samaj (Ved Mandir), New Teachers Colony here on Sunday - president, Harbans Lal Taneja; general secretary, Sulakshan Sareen; vice presidents, Anil Laroyia, Inder Mohan Dutta, Prem Chopra; secretary, Rajinder Chopra; deputy secretary, Des Raj; treasurer, Joginder Pal Bali; information secretary, Jatinder Murgai; propaganda secretary, Baldev Raj Verma; librarian, Hitesh Sehgal and legal advisor, Gaurav Sareen.

PATHANKOT
4 cops held: Four constables deployed at Naka on the inter-state border of J&K at Madhopur, 15 km from here, were arrested on Sunday. Main accused ASI Ajit Singh, however, managed to give the police a slip. Tarsem Lal, Shamsher Singh, Jagjit Singh and Pardeep Kumar were arrested while accepting money from truckers.

PATIALA
Car stolen: Munish Sharma, an employee of Centurion Bank of Punjab, in his FIR registered at the Tripuri police station, said his accent car was stolen on late Friday night. The car was parked in front of his house, he said. A case has been registered.

Phagwara
Teacher looted
: The police arrested two members of a gang on the charges of looting a school teacher Ranjit Singh near Mauli village. Confirming the arrests, DSP H.P.S. Khakh said the accused had snatched a mobile, wrist watch, an ATM card and Rs 9,000 cash from Ranjeet Singh last month. The accused were produced before local judicial magistrate and were sent to police remand till Monday.

SANGRUR
Inaugurated: President of the Institute of Charted Accountants of India (ICAI) Sunil H. Talati inaugurated the local branch of the Northern India Regional Council (NIRC) of the ICAI at the Ranbir Club here on Sunday. Principal secretary, Local Government, Punjab, D.S. Bains presided over the function. Bains announced land for the building at a reserve price.Founder chairman of the local branch of the NIRC G.K. Garg, member of the Central Council of the ICAI Amarjit Chopra, chairman of the NIRC Pankaj Tayagi and secretary of the NIRC Baldev Garg also addressed the function.
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CHANDIGARH

CHHATBIR
Wildlife week ends: The weeklong wildlife week celebrations at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir, concluded on Sunday with a pledge to preserve the fauna. Five-month-old white tiger Gullu was also put on display. Minister of forest and wildlife preservation Tikshan Sood emphasised upon the need to preserve the wildlife. He honoured the winners of various competitions held during the week. Outstanding staff members of the zoo, NGOs and volunteers were also honoured. Chief wildlife warden M.P. Rai stressed upon the need for scientific management of wildlife. He added that government had already identified 12 wildlife sanctuaries and two community reserves in the state for conservation. He also said efforts were being made to declare Shivalik forests as Shivalik National Park.
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HARYANA

FATEHABAD
1 killed: A motorcyclist, Dinesh (22), was killed when his bike collided with a tractor coming from the opposite direction on the Ratia-Tohana road on Saturday.

4 injured: Four schoolteachers, including three women, were injured seriously when the jeep in which they were travelling overturned after its driver lost control over the vehicle on Saturday. The teachers were going to Ratia from Baliala village to attend a seminar organised by the Education Department.

Man jailed: Additional district and sessions judge J.S. Dahiya sentenced a drug trafficker to six months’ rigorous imprisonment for trafficking of poppy husk on Saturday. Kala Ram, a resident of Aherwan, was arrested on February 21, 2003 with 5 kg of poppy husk.

Protest march: Activists of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha on Saturday organised a protest march against the Central government and its tourism and culture affairs department for releasing some objectionable posters relating to Lord Krishna.

JHAJJAR
Youth killed: A youth was stabbed to death by some unidentified assailants at Asaudha village of Bahadurgarh subdivision here on Saturday. A dispute over a piece of land led to the murder, said sources. A complaint has been registered in this regard.

SIRSA
Indian Air Force: The district administration has decided to celebrate the platinum jubilee of the IAFon October 9 at Dalbir Singh stadium.

YAMUNANAGAR
Talent hunt: As many as 150 students took part in a two-day talent search programme, which concluded here on Saturday, organised by Ganpati Knowledge Temple, Bilaspur.

Blood donated: As many as 100 units of blood were donated at a blood donation camp organised by the Rotary Club of Yamunanagar at DAV Dental College here on Saturday.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
Cyclist dies in accident
: Nand Lal (50) of Bagghad village, near Kandraur, was killed on the spot when his bicycle was hit by a jeep near Delag on the Shimla-Pathankot national highway near here on Saturday evening. The cycle was totally crushed in the accident. The police has registered a case and arrested jeep driver Bhangnu Ram.

Youth festival: Deputy commissioner Rajender Singh presided over the four-day HP University (group A) Inter-College Youth Festival at Ghumarwin on Saturday evening. He exhorted youths to channelise their energy for constructive activities. The following emerged winners in various contests: spot painting - Subhavna Sharma (HPU, Shimla) and Suresh Kumar (Govt College, Dharamsala); poetic symposium - Poonam (Govt College, Palampur), Mridul (Dharamsala); Rekha (Kullu) and Mitali Yadav (Mandi); collage making - Puja Sharma (Solan), Gitika (Joginder Nagar); declamation contest - Shagun Sharma (HPU, Shimla); clay modelling - Sonika Sharma (Bilaspur), Naresh (Kotshera, Shimla); rangoli making - Shobha Sharma (Hamirpur), Shivani (Dharamsala), Sapna Thakur (Kullu). In all, 314 girls and boys from 39 colleges competed in these events.

CHAMBA
Arrested: Vijay Bahadur, a Napalelese, was arrested while driving a stolen scooter at Tunnuhati barriers on the Chamba-Pathankot highway, around 68 km from here, on Saturday. He was going towards Pathankot. Documents of some other vehicles were also recovered from his possession. A case has been registered.
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Regional potpourri

Motivating youth

Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, a Jalandhar-based NRI, being honoured at a function held in Vancouver recently
Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, a Jalandhar-based NRI, being honoured at a function held in Vancouver recently. Olympian Charmaine Crooks is on the extreme right.

Armed with posters, pamphlets and documentaries, he has been a common sight in educational institutes of Jalandhar and nearby towns, where he counsels youth against AIDS, drugs and prostitution.

Now, this Jalandhar-based NRI settled in Canada, Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, has added another feather to his cap by becoming the first Asian to get the Leisure Care Lighthouse Award – 2007 at a function held in Vancouver recently. He got the award for philanthropy.

The Lighthouse Awards have been launched in the USA by leisure care retirement communities based in Seattle. The awards recognise adults aged above 62 who have made a difference to their communities through volunteer service or by serving as an inspiration or role model for others.

Dr Bains was given the award by minister of community services, British Columbia, Ida Chong, while five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks read out the citation.

Having returned from Canada after the honour, he says his mission to sensitise the common man, particularly students, will continue.

He is quite popular among the youth for his motivational talks. Every year, he spends a few months in Jalandhar.

He is concerned about the rise in drug abuse and AIDS cases in Punjab. “The use of drugs, especially by Punjabis, throughout the world is on the rise. Unemployment, lack of parental care and rise in incomes are factors responsible for this,” he feels.

He says counselling can help drug addicts kick the habit, but the success rate is low.

He is a recipient of various national and international awards, including the Order of British Columbia, and author of the Encyclopedia of Sikhism that covers Sikh religion, history, culture and heritage.

Educationist honoured

Col Man Singh of Pathankot receives the Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award in New Delhi for his contribution in the field of education
Col Man Singh of Pathankot receives the Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award in New Delhi for his contribution in the field of education.

An educationist and founder chairman of Angel’s Public School, Pathankot, Col Man Singh, was conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award for his outstanding contribution in his field at a function held at New Delhi some time back.

The award was presented by the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. This is the second consecutive award for him in a year for his role in the field of education.

Earlier this year, he was awarded the Rashtriya Rattan Award by Dr Bhisham Narayan Singh, former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam.

After having served in the Army Service Corps (ASC) for over three decades, he decided to step in to the field of education. His wish was fulfilled 15 years ago, when with the support of his family members and friends he laid the foundation of his dream school.

His aim is to provide quality education to the students keeping in view the fast changing global trends, he says.

Contributed by Vishal Gulati and Bharat Bhushan Dogra
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