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ABOHAR
Medals won: Vishesh Batra and Himmat of LRS DAV Senior Secondary Model School have won silver and bronze medals respectively during 28th sub-junior National Archery competitions held at Jabbalpur, principal Kusum Khungar said.

AMRITSAR
Minister’s visit: Narender Singh Bakshi of Mumbai, who has appointed as state minister in the Maharashtra government, visited the holy city on Wednesday to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple.He said before joining the ministry he decided to pay obeisance at the Harmandir Sahib.

Hawala racket: The Amritsar (Rural) police has busted a racket of hawala operators seizing Indian currency of Rs 36.28 lakh from them. Four persons, Balwant Rai of Jandiala, Ashok Kumar of East Mohan Nagar, Harjinder Singh and Tarlochan Singh of Sultanwind Road here, have been arrested in this regard. This was disclosed by Rajpal Meena, IG, border zone, on Wednesday.

BARNALA
Uniforms distributed: The Helpline Welfare Club, Bhadaur, distributed school uniforms to the poor and needy students at the Government High School in Bhadaur on Wednesday. Around 250 woollen jerseys, 20 shawls, 22 uniforms and 200 pair of shoes were distributed on the occasion. Club president Jaswant Singh said the distribution was taking place in the memory of Jagmohan Singh who passed away last year in a road mishap. Jagmohan had rendered great service for society as a member of the Helpline Club, he added.

BATHINDA
Sweets seized: As many as 18 quintal of sweets was seized from a store at Mehna Chowk, on Wednesday. The seize followed an inspection by the food inspectors in the presence of the police. Said Sanjay Katyal, a food inspector, “Following a tip-off, we rushed to the spot and took three samples. The report will come within three days.”

Road mishap: One Chota Singh (70) on Wednesday succumbed to his injuries, sustained in a road mishap which occured on Tuesday at village Guru Sahne on the Bathinda-Dabwali road. Sources said Chota Singh, after getting out of the bus, was crossing the road when an overspeeding jeep hit him.

Fazilka
DA sought in cash
: Shashi Kant and Parmjit Singh Taneja, president and propaganda secretary of the Punjab State Pharmacists’ Association, Ferozepur unit, urged the government to make full payment of the released 6 per cent DA in cash.

HOSHIARPUR
Dairy raided: A team of doctors, headed by district health officer M. L. Puri, raided the premises of Satnam Dairy in Mohalla Singhpura of Urmur (Tanda) on Wednesday and seized 5 quintals of suspected synthetic cheese.Civil surgeon, Hoshiarpur, Dr Kamaljeet Kaur said the sample of the seized cheese had been sent to Government Laboratory, Chandigarh, to ascertain its quality.

MOGA
Youth fest: DM College secured 24th position in Punjab University’s zonal youth festival, concluded recently. S.K Uppal, principal, said that various cultural teams from the local college got top positions in their chosen fields. He informed that as many as 14 colleges participated in the youth festival.

National team: Amandeep Kaur Dhillon, a resident of non-descript Panjgrahin Khurd village, has been selected to be a part of the national team for the International Youth Exchange Programme, to be held in Japan.  The international Youth Exchange Programme will be held in Tokyo from November 15 to 27. She is the only girl from Punjab to be selected this year. She is students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Panjgrahin Kalan.

MUKTSAR
Dalit meet
:To mark the silver jubilee of the Dalit Voice, a renowned fortnightly dedicated to the deprived social classes, Dalit activists from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh will meet at Dr Ambedkar Bhawan in Chandigarh on November 11. Editor of the Dalit Voice, V. T. Rajshekhar from Bangalore, would preside over the function. At the function, different speakers, including writers, academicians and activists would deliberate on issues like condition of Dalits and religious minorities, present status of literacy, health, social welfare in our country and other areas concerning the downtrodden, Ashok Mahindra, media secretary, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights Punjab State, said here. Dalit leaders from Maharashtra and other places would also participate in the meet, he added.

PATIALA
Awarded: President of the Punjab chapter and director of Life Line Blood Centre, Patiala, Dr Kulbir Kaur received the best chapter award for the year 2006-07 from the governor of Madhya Pradesh Balram Jakhar at the 32nd National Conference of Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immuno-haematology, which was held at Bhopal on November 4.

Phagwara
House burgled
: Burglars struck at the house of NRI Sukhwinder Singh in nearby Nangal Kherra village on Tuesday night. At the time of incident, Sukhwinder’s wife Baljit Kaur had gone to see her ailing mother at Aurr village in Nawanshahr district. She learnt about the burglary only on her return on Wednesday. Besides other domestic goods from the house, the burglars took away gold ornaments weighing more than 15 tolas and foreign currency worth Rs 2 lakh.

Power cuts: A technical failure led to a blast in a transformer, installed near Taru Ka Wadda, due to which the residents of the local Banga Road had to face long power cuts on Wednesday. Fire engines took more than two hours to control the fire.

4 booked: In a dowry case, the police has booked Vijay Kumar, his father Gyan Chand, mother Surinder Kaur and sister Balbir Kaur, who have been accused of harassing Vijay’s wife Jyoti physically and mentally. No arrest has been made.

ROPAR
Life term for one: Bihar resident Raju was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday on the charges of killing Bhangomandal, a rickshaw puller, in 2001. On November 11, 2001, Raju, who worked as a farm labourer, hit the rickshaw puller on his head after entering into a verbal brawl with him. The rickshaw puller later succumbed to his injuries. A case against Raju was registered on the complaint of the sarpanch of Khauspura village.

SANGRUR
Park adopted: The local Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) authorities have adopted a public park, situated near Shahi Samadhan here, for its maintenance for three years.After planting a sapling at the park here on Tuesday evening, deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri announced that this park would be named as  BSNL Park.

400 examined: The Koshish Welfare Club, Sunam, an NGO, organised a free skin diseases’ treatment and AIDS awareness camp at the Government Senior Secondary School at Jakhepal village, near here, on Wednesday. About 400 students were examined for skin diseases at the camp.Among others who addressed the students included skin specialist Anju Singla, president of the club Rakesh Aggarwal and president of the Sunam Chemists Association Naresh Jindal.

Adalat chief: R.K. Tiyagi has assumed the charge as chairman of the permanent Lok Adalat (Public Welfare Services) here.According to an official press note here on Wednesday, cases relating to banks will also be settled by this Lok Adalat.

5 arrested: The local police has arrested five persons, Vicky, Rakesh, Ramesh, Sonu and Daya Chand, all local residents, for allegedly stealing 15 ceiling fans from a room of the Akal College Council, Gursagar, Mastuana Sahib, some time ago. The local police said on Wednesday evening that it had recovered all 15 ceiling fans from the arrested persons.



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CHANDIGARH

MOHALI
Baby found: A newborn baby boy was found abandoned in Phase VIII, Mohali, on Wednesday evening. The boy was left in the open behind the bus stand and was discovered by a woman who had gone to ease herself there. She contacted the police who rushed the crying child to the Phase VI civil hospital.


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HARYANA

AMBALA
Diwali fete: A diwali fete was organised at Major R.N. Kapoor DAV Public School, Ambala Cantonment on Wednesday. MC, Ambala Sadar president Neelam Sharma was the chief guest while Reena Nagrath was the guest of honour. A rangoli competition was held and cultural function was also organised. The students pledged to have a cracker free Diwali.

Power-saving scheme: Mohammad Shayin, DC, Ambala, said on Wednesday that the Haryana government had envisaged a scheme to replace the existing lighting fixture with energy efficient lighting in government establishments, buildings, departments/boards and corporations. All ordinary bulbs and 40 watt conventional tube light will be replaced with energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and 28 watt tube lights respectively.

Notices issued: Eight house owners have been issued notices by MC, Ambala Sadar, for violation of building bylaws. Executive officer, MC, Ambala Sadar, Pratap Singh said on Thursday that notices have been issued to eight persons for unauthorised construction during September and October. He said the notice has been issued under Section 208/181 of the Haryana Municipal Act.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Chamba
Woman beaten up, robbed
: A woman of Khagla village under Churah subdivision in this district was beaten up by a person and robbed of Rs 9,000. According to reports, the accused entered the house finding the woman alone with her four children, beat her up and looted Rs 9,000. The accused fled after committing the crime. The woman narrated the incident to her husband, Prakash Chand, who informed the police.

HAMIRPUR
SP’s advice: Hamirpur SP Asif Jalal addressed students of Government Postgraduate College, here, on Tuesday on the college campus in the light of increasing violence and group fighting on the college premises. SP has asked the students not to indulge in the violence as this can not only lead to fatal injuries but also serious legal consequences. He said students should devote more time in their studies and co-curricular activities and prove to be better citizens by contributing towards betterment of society. Principal Satish Sharma also addressed the students.

KULLU
Woman dies: Krishna Devi (30) consumed poison after getting the shocking news of her husband’s sudden death on Tuesday. She was brought to the regional hospital here on Wednesday where she was declared ‘brought dead’. The police sources confirmed that her husband died of heart failure on Tuesday she is survived by two children.

Poll meeting: Election commissioner R. Balakrishnan took stock of poll arrangements here on Monday in the presence of state chief electoral officer Manisha Nanda. Nanda advised all officials related to the election process to abide by the model code of conduct. Abhishek Jain, DC and district election officer, said there were 400 polling stations in all three constituencies. The total number of voters in the Kullu Sadar Assembly constituency is 95,651, 92, 341 in Banjar and 80,464 in Aani. As many as 45 polling stations in the district had been declared sensitive and 22 highly sensitive, the DC added.


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