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AMRITSAR
UGC eligibility test on Dec 30: The University Grants Commission (UGC) national eligibility test for junior research fellowship and lectureship scheduled to be held on December 16 has been postponed to December 30. This was stated by in a press note here on Friday by Prof M.P. Mahajan, coordinator, UGC-NET. 

Documentary on Partition : “The Sky Below,” a documentary on Partition by US film-maker Sarah Singh, was screened for the first time at the Thakur Singh Art Gallery here on Friday.According to K.S.Pannu, DC-cum-chairman, Indian Academy of Fine Arts, the film depicts a cross-section of history and culture across time and places- Kutch to Kashmir and Karachi to the Khyber Pass. The film won the Best Film Debut Award at Film South-Asia in Kathmandu last October. 

Three brothers hurt in shooting : Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Bal Kalan village, and his two brothers Major Singh and Kulwinder Singh were seriously injured when they were shot at by Laxman Singh and his associates when they were having lunch at their shop situated on the Majitha Road here on Friday. They were admitted to Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital here. A case under Sections 307/34, IPC, and 27/54/59, Arms Act, has been registered. Both accused have been arrested and the weapon recovered.

ABOHAR
Surrender: Two residents of Kothi Faiz locality, Vicky and Rupinder Singh Rupa, surrendered before the police on Friday. They were among six persons, blamed for indiscriminate firing at the residence of ASI Kuldeep Sharma on Seetogunno road here last month. They reportedly wanted to ‘teach’ him a lesson for raiding their houses in connection with a land grab complaint. The city police had registered a case against six persons after the incident. 

Arrested: The police nabbed Kulwant Kaur, a resident of the Government Seed Farm, here on Friday under the NDPS Act on recovery of 6 gm smack from her possession. The police also arrested Vijay Kumar and Major Singh, of Tibba Panjpeer and Gurnam Singh, of Government Seed Farm colony, but the nature of their crime was not known at the time of their arrest. 

Death: Santokh Singh, a resident of Daulatpura village, who had received injuries in a road mishap on Wednesday, died at the civil hospital on Thursday. Mandeep Popli, who also had been injured as some vehicle hit his motorcycle on Malout road, had been referred to Sriganganagar, sources added.

BATHINDA
Yoga camp: District Employment Officer Harpal Singh lit the lamp and inaugurated the fifth-day of the yoga camp at Dashmesh Pubic School here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, he said that man had become a machine in this age and had no time in taking care of his health. He talked at length in praise about the age-old techniques of Yoga. Paramjeet Kaur Sidhu, president of the women’s wing of the Ek Noor Welfare Society, said such camps would be organised in other schools too. Yoga teachers, including Kamal Garg, Chinu Garg, Vajinder Sharma and Ratan Kumar Garg also helped the participants.

Annual Day : Wonderful performance by the tiny tots on the themes of sex determination, non-violence and drugs marked the annual day at the Blooming Buds School, on Friday. Mahak Kapoor and Anmol Arora were crowned as the best girl and boy model, respectively. Member of Parliament, Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed the prizes to the winning students.

Children’s Day : NRM Holy Heart School, Budhlada, celebrated the Children’s Day in a unique way by inviting grandparents and sharing their experience. Forgetting their age and fitness problems, a large number of senior citizens took part in a variety of programmes including sports meet, musical chair and other competitions organised for them by the students. Earlier on the day, the SG Public School also celebrated the Children’s Day in the rose garden by remembering ‘Chacha Nehru’ .

Abduction : Pawan Kumar of Aggarwal street, Sirki bazaar here in his report to the police alleged that one Ashwani Grover of Ajit road, his mother Sudesh Rani, his brother Ashwani Kumar and one Shakti Mittal abducted his daughter Lovely on Thursday.Police sources said the complainant in his complaint lodged on Thursday said that the accused abducted his daughter on Wednesday night and were absconding.The Kotwali police has registered the case under sections 363, 366 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code.

Fazilka
Electrocuted
: Hukum Singh (50), a resident of village Parbhat Singh Wala, was electrocuted on Thursday evening. According to available details, Singh had gone to irrigate his fields beyond the barbed wire fencing and touched a live electric wire accidentally, resulting in his death on the spot. 

Snake bite: A child died of a snake bite here on Friday. Lakhwinder Singh (9) of village Aliana was bitten by a poisonous snake in the wee hours on Friday while he was sleeping along with his parents in the courtyard of their house. He died soon after, Swaran Singh, father of the boy said.

KHARAR
4 cops injured: Four Ropar cops were injured in a road accident on Wednesday. The incident took place at around 8 pm near Majra village. All four cops namely head constables Joga Singh, Hakam Singh and Tilak Raj and constable Manjeet Singh were on their way to Ropar from Chandigarh. While on their way back, a speeding truck collided head-on with their vehicle. Truck driver Nirmail Singh, a resident of Singhpur, Lalru, had been arrested. Sources in the police said the driver was drunk. All the injured were admitted to Kurali civil hospital.

MALERKOTLA
Man kills brother after quarrel: Gurbaz Singh, son of Gamal Singh of Jhunda village, near here, was allegedly killed by his brother Pal Singh and their friend Magghar Singh. This was stated by Bhupinder Singh Virk, SP(D), said on Thursday. Pal and Magghar beat up Gurbaz after a minor quarrel due to which Gurbaz received injuries and later he died.A post-mortem examination of the body was done at the Civil Hospital here.Some persons have been rounded up in this case.

PATIALA
Annual function: Guru Nanak Foundation Public School celebrated its annual function on Friday. The event was inaugurated by S.K. Ahluwalia, divisional commissioner, Patiala. Manohar Singh, director of the school, welcomed the chief guest. Students presented a cultural programme on the occasion.

SANGRUR
One killed as 2 vehicles collide: A resident of Dhaula village and driver of Tata 407 Sukhdev Singh was killed on Thursday night when his vehicle and a truck collided on the Sangrur-Patiala road near Bhindran village. The truck was on its way towards Sangrur from Chandigarh while the Tata 407 was going to Bhindran village from Barnala, according to the local police on Friday.A case under Section 279 and 304-A, IPC, has been registered.


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CHANDIGARH

MOHALI
Annual day: Students of Dashmesh School celebrated the annual day with great enthusiasm. Cabinet minister for cooperation Capt Kanwaljit Singh presented the trophy to the principal of the school as an award of honour since the school had scored 100 per cent result in board examinations. A colourful cultural programme was presented by students. 

Child labourer rescued: SDM Raghbir Kaur Khaira, on Friday, rescued a minor girl who worked as a domestic help in two houses in Phase 3B2, Mohali, in violations of the rules. The SDM raided three houses and rescued Shakuntala who was sent to the local civil hospital for a medical examination. Khaira said child labour was an offence and offenders would be asked to pay a fine of Rs 40,000 apart from imprisonment for three months. 

Auction: An auction for availing reserve vehicle registration numbers of the PB 65 - F series will be held in the district transport office on November 30. According to a press release, interested persons can apply for these numbers on any working day and give a demand draft for taking part in the auction. The highest bidder will have to get the vehicle registered within seven days.

Certificates given: As many 28 students of tailoring and dress making course were awarded certificates in a function organised by Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), Mohali, at its field office in Roorki Pukhta village. Dildar Khan, director of the sansthan, Anand Mohan Sharma, deputy director of the sansthan, Gurmukh Singh, panchayat member of the village, Ravinder Singh, sarpanch of Bhago Majra village were present.

Workshop: Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences organised an interactive workshop for the future information technologists with USA delegates on Thursday. Over 200 students of computer and IT and all the faculty members of the department participated in the session. 


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HARYANA

AMBALA
4 children injured: Four children were seriously injured while several others sustained minor injuries when a school bus turned turtle near Bhanokheri village on Friday. The bus, loaded with students from rural areas, apparently developed some snag in the engine leading to the accident. The seriously injured students were admitted to a private hospital while the rest were given first aid, informed police sources. 

HSEB employees protest: The HSEB Workers’ Union protested against the suspension of a junior engineer on Friday. They alleged they had been directed by senior officials to take action against the defaulters but when JE Pravin Kumar disconnected the meter of a defaulter, he was suspended as the defaulter was related to a politician. They said if the suspension order is not cancelled by Saturday, then power supply to offices under Ambala circle would remain closed on Monday. 


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
BSF martyr  cremated: Martyr Kamlesh Kumar of the 31st BSF Battalion and of Sandyar village of Barthin near here, was cremated with full military honours at the cremation ground of his village on Thursday afternoon. The funeral was attended by a large number of people and representatives of panchayats and political parties. Sub Inspector A S Khan, who led the BSF contingent which brought the body of Kamlesh to his village earlier morning, said that Kamlesh was on patrol duty alongwith his comrades in a Naxal infected area in Chattisgarh when his unit was ambushed and suddenly attacked by a large number of terrorists. Kamlesh died fighting in the ambush. 

Tax evader fined: A team of the Excise and Taxation Department caught a trader at Suharghat barrier with jewellery worth Rs 3.2 lakh on which no tax had been paid. A fine of Rs 70,200 was charged from him on the spot. Trader Dharam Singh was coming from Amritsar in his car with jewellery. He tried to run away when he was signalled to stop the vehicle. He was later caught and tax evasion detected.

Kullu
Couple found murdered
: A couple was allegedly murdered in sleep at Duara village, about 18 km from here, on Thursday night. Sonam Dolma (73) and her husband, Raju Nepali (50), were found dead on Friday morning at their kiosk when their son, Karma Tenzin, opened the door. Initial investigations confirmed that the couple was murdered. A case has been registered.


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