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Found dead: Rajiv Kumar, who had arrived here from Allahdada village of Kinnaur district in UP, to meet his father Suresh Kumar a few days back, was found dead in a room in the orchard at Ramsara village, near here, on Tuesday. His father had been working as a caretaker there. Family sources were quoted saying on Wednesday that the victim had consumed insecticide due to unknown reasons.

Youth festival: LRS DAV Senior Secondary Model School here has won the over-all trophy in the Mahatma Hans Raj Arya zonal youth festival for DAV schools. This was stated by CCA chief Adarsh Jain on Wednesday.

Dharna: Residents of the government seed farm colonies, near here, staged a dharna and shouted slogans against the state government and the Railway Board for resuming work on the construction of a strip in the last phase of work on the Abohar-Fazilka rail link.

Talent hunt: Sheetal Rani was adjudged the best folk dancer during the second phase of the talent search competitions held at Swami Keshwa Nand Mahila College here on Wednesday. Winners in other events were: Honeydeep (folk singing), Sonia Bathla (poetry recitation), Babita (mehandi), Madhuri (rangoli) and Dimple (flower 
decoration).

1 killed: A woman (Shaminder Kaur) was killed on the spot, while five others were injured as a car collided head-on with a truck on the Abohar-Malout road, near Pakki village, on Tuesday.

BATHINDA
Blood donation: An NGO, Naujawan Welfare Society, Bathinda, today organised a blood donation camp at Guru Govind Singh College in Talwandi Sabo. Chairman of the college Sukhraj Singh and principal Dr Narender Singh inaugurated the event.

Killed: A speeding truck crushed to death a motorcyclist, Satish Taneja, 48, who was working as field officer with the State Bank of Patiala, on the Bathinda-Goniana road, here on Wednesday morning. Taneja was a resident of Kamla Nehru Colony here.

Rape charge: Jaspal Kaur, 30, of Ghadali village under the Rampura Phul police station in the district, has lodged a complaint with the police accusing her neighbour Vishakha Singh of raping her on Monday.Investigating Officer Malkit Singh said according to Jaspalís statement, the incident took place when she was alone at home washing clothes. The accused is still at large. A case of rape has been registered.

Rape bid: Beant Kaur, 22, of Deon Khara village in Muktsar district has lodged a complaint with the Kotwali police station in Bathinda alleging that Iqbal Singh, a bank employee, had attempted to rape her on Tuesday. A case of attempted rape and criminal intimidation has been registered under various sections of the IPC at the Kotwali police station.

FATEHGARH SAHIB
Blood donation: The Lions Club, Sirhind Aam Khas, in collaboration with the Baba Uttamgiri Blood Donors Club, organised a blood donation camp on the premises of Dera Das Nami Akhara, here on Wednesday. As many as 82 volunteers donated blood at the camp that was inaugurated by Sirhind legislator Didar Singh Bhatti. Surjit Singh Bassi, who donated blood for the 63rd time, was honoured by the gathering.

NABHA
New building: The city police on Wednesday moved into the new building constructed by Punjab Police Housing Corporation Ltd. SSP Patiala, S. K. Asthana inaugurated the building.

PATIALA
Bereaved: The Old Students' Association of Government Mohindra College, Patiala mourned the death of Justice R.S. Sarkaria, retired judge of the Supreme Court of India, who was the most distinguished alumnus of Mohindra College. In his death, the country has lost a very honest and topmost legal luminary who contributed a lot in the judicial history of India. Due to his integrity and impartial views, he was respected by all shades of political and public opinion in the country, the alumni in a press note said.

Samrala
UNION meeting:
A meeting of the Computer Teachers Union of Samrala sub-division was held here today. It was presided by the district president Rupinder Singh Chahal. Gurmel Singh said Ravinder Singh was elected as president, Baljeet Kaur- assistant incharge, Balraj Singh- cashier, Gurtej Singh- chief advisor and Sareeta as public relation officer.



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HARYANA

AMBALA
Tibetan refugees rejoice:
Tibetan refugees in the city celebrated the honour bestowed upon Dalai Lama in the United States today. Tibetan refugee market association president, Sonam, said Dalai Lama will be honoured with a gold medal of the American Congress. He said they are all delighted with the honour bestowed upon him. Sweets were distributed by the Tibetan refugees. Among others, Nima Shrinig, Pasang Lahmo, Tenzin Dolkar, Netu Lahmo, Dolma, Saring Tashi, Karma, Kelsang and Dawa were present.

Campaign: The students and teachers of M.M. University, Mulana launched a campaign against poverty. The students, in a function organised on Wednesday, took oath in this regard. The Art of Living Foundation is sponsoring the campaign. Vice chancellor of the university. N.P. Mehta, who was the chief guest on this occasion, said poverty was a worldwide problem.


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