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ABOHAR
Smack seized
: The police arrested Ravinder Kumar, a resident of Seetogunno, under sections 18, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act on recovery of 10 gm smack from his possession. He was intercepted near village Bishanpura, sources said. 

Art of Living: The Art of Living camp will be held from November 27 to December 2 at LRS DAV Senior Secondary School here, Parveen Bhardwaj, spokesperson of the organisation, said on Friday. 

Self-immolation: One Narayan Dass Meghwal (34), resident of Peelibanga reportedly indulged in self-immolation after putting his house on fire on Thursday. The police shifted the charred body to the civil hospital after controlling the fire with the help of other residents.

Cancelled: The Sriganganagar district magistrate B.S.Detha on Thursday ordered the cancellation of 15 arms licenses, bringing the tally to 25 in the fake arms licenses scam. The DM had earlier suspended 300 licensees on the basis of investigation taken up by the CID (CB) branch of the police. It is pertinent to mention that the police had registered a case against many public servants including two former additional district magistrates.

AMRITSAR
London mayor visits  Golden Temple: “In my childhood, pictures of the Golden Temple used to fascinate me,” said Kenneth Robert Livingstone, mayor of London, who arrived here on Friday on a two-day personal visit. “The soothing tranquility that envelopes the Golden Temple despite a sea of people coming here every day, makes it all the more intriguing,” he said after paying  obeisance there. 

Kenneth Robert Livingstone

Kenneth Robert Livingstone

New posting for Kirpal Singh: Additional municipal commissioner Kirpal Singh has been appointed ADC (General), Tarn Taran. This puts an end to the controversy over the appointment of his six-year junior DPS Kharbanda as commissioner of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation last week. The appointment of the 1992-batch PCS officer, DPS Kharbanda as commissioner, superseding the 1986-batch Kirpal Singh, who was working as additional commissioner had sparked a controversy following a bureaucratic reshuffle on November 5.

BANUR
SeminaR:
A seminar on pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacology was organised in Swami Vivekanand College of Pharmacy, Ram Nagar on Thursday. The keynote speakers were Dr Pramil Tiwari, associate professor, department of pharmacy practice, NIPER, Mohali, and Dr Sonu Malhotra, clinical pharmacologist, Fortis Hospital, Mohali. The seminar was organised as part of the celebrations of National Pharmacy Week which is being celebrated through out the country from November 18-25, 2007. Over 200 persons participated in the seminar. 

Bathinda
Theft:
Chiman Lal, the owner of a hotel reported to the police alleging that his servant Ajay Kumar took around Rs 55,000 and ran away on Thursday. Police sources said some one handed over the sum of money to him for delivering it to the owner of the hotel. Receiving the money he got dishonest and escaped. Kotwali police has registered the case of criminal breach of trust against the accused but could not nab him till filing of the report.

Arrested: The Talwandi Sabo police arrested Jagga Singh and Hakam Singh, both of mandi Maur for carrying 10 kg of poppy husk. The police sources said the accused were riding on a scooter and when police intercepted them they tried to escape. On checking them a bag of 10 kg poppy husk was recovered from them. The police registered a case under the sections of the NDPS act.

Blood donation camp: On the eve of the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Aas welfare society, Bathinda arranged a blood donation camp and collected 51 units of blood, at MC park, here on Friday. The camp was organized with the help of Red Cross and civil hospital Bathinda. Assistant commissioner Amit Dhaka inaugurated the camp. 

Assault: Raman police has registered a case against Sukhdev Singh and Kulbir Singh of village Raman and Gurjit singh of village Jassi Bag Wali for allegedly assaulting Harminder of Gulabgarh. Police sources said the above named accused had assaulted Harminder on November 13. The case has been registered on Thursday on the basis of the X-ray report. However, no arrest has been made till filing the report. 

Aids patient admitted: Acting upon the guidelines of Punjab health minister, the civil hospital Bathinda admitted an HIV positive pregnant lady. After the delivery of a baby, the lady and her baby both were in healthy state. Civil Surgeon, Maninderjit Singh said the all the victims of HIV aids are given preference for treatment in the hospital and names of the patients are not disclosed to anyone. 

Gurpurab: Tiny tots of Lord Rama Public School set an example of unity in diversity by liting colourful candles and floating earthen lamps on the eve of Gurpurab, here today.

Golden Jubilee: All India State Bank of Patiala (SOBP) Employees Federation is organising its Golden Jubilee Conference on November 24 and 25 at Polo Grounds in Patiala. General secretary of the CPI, A.B.Bardhan, will inaugurate the conference. President Rajan Nagar, general secretary C.H.Venkatachalam, joint secretary, Lalitha Joshi and All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) will be present on the occasion. Delegates and observers from all over India and more than 800 delegates and observers from Bathinda zone are participating in the conference. 

Hoshiarpur
V’ball tourney:
Punjab state sub junior volleyball championship for boys and girls was inaugurated by Sant Baba Charan Singh at Bhikhowal, 12 km from here today. As many as 400 boys and girls from all over the state are taking part in the three-day championship. 

Jalandhar
‘Taxed’ traders:
The Federation of Jalandhar Industrial and Traders Associations has demanded that the 4 per cent entry tax on iron, steel, sugar, chemicals and other items be withdrawn. In a press conference, Gursharan Singh, president of the body, said the tax had led to increase in prices of these items. He said Punjab was already getting raw material at higher prices because it was coming from other states. With an additional tax, the prices of the finished products would increase further, making the state industry incapable of competing with other states.

Mansa
Case registered
: The Boha Police registered a case against five persons posing as journalists. DSP Budhlada Mukand Singh Malli informed that the accused now identified as Ajaib Singh, Sanjeev Kumar, Jagdish Rai, Jaspal Singh and Jagjit Singh had blackmailed a shopkeeper Surinder Kumar of Rs 25,000. —OC

Phagwara
Lahore bus:
Lahore-bound Pakistan bus was diverted towards Banga road as national highway was disrupted due to overturning of a tractor trolley near under construction Satnampura railway over bridge on Friday.

Dowry: Woman commits suicide: A mother of two small children committed suicide by consuming poison at nearby Gandhwan village last night. Narinder Kaur, daughter of Shinder Ram of Gandhwan village, was married to Surinder Ram of Zandiala Rangarra village, in 2000. She was being tortured physically and mentally by her in-laws for more dowry. Police has booked her husband Surinder Ram, father-in-law and mother-in-law, but no arrests have been made so for. The body was handed over to the parents after post-mortem.

Tarn Taran
Man murders wife:
Raj Kaur, alias Rajwinder Kaur (35), was allegedly murdered by her husband Kuldeep Singh at Shakri village on Thursday. The Sarhali police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC. The deceased was a mother of three kids and married to Kuldeep about 16 years ago. A case has been registered.

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CHANDIGARH

CHANDIGARH
Follow Guru Nanak’s  teachings: CM
: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has urged the people to create a casteless society as propagated by Guru Nanak Dev. In a message issued on Friday, on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Hooda described him as a great saint who showed the path of salvation to the humanity and spread the message of fellow feeling and communal harmony. 

Speaker to visit UK: Haryana Vidhan Sabha speaker Raghuvir Singh Kadian will visit the UK from November 26. He is visiting London to participate in a four-day international conference on “Climate Change — Tackling Causes; Managing Impacts” which is scheduled to be held from  November 26.

MOHALI
March
: Students of Asmah School took out a march to Gurudwara Angeetha Sahib in Phase VIII on Friday to convey the message of the first Guru to the masses. Dressed smartly in their school uniforms, the little ones turned up in large numbers and sought the blessings of the Almighty by paying obeisance at the gurdwara. 

PANCHKULA
Admn gets tough
: The local administration has decided to get tough with persons indulging in damage to public property. In a circular to various heads of the departments, the district magistrate directed them to book the violators, who indulged in damage to public property, including various civic amenities. The circular ordered the heads to register FIR against such people as these offences could be tried by the courts. 

Yoga camp: A yoga camp was organised by Swami Lal Ji Maharaj at Chaman Lal DAV School on Friday. The yoga guru focussed on young children so that they cultivated the habit of regular exercise for a healthy life. He also imparted tips to the students and faculty of Sarva Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 8, on stress management. Prominent among those present were Haryana DGP R.S. Dalal, president of the local municipal council Seema Chaudhary and A.R. Dahiya, chairman of the Dahiya Group of Companies.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
Rally:
The Uttar Railway Karamchari Union held a meeting on Friday outside the DRM complex in Ambala Cantonment. Union central organising secretary Ashwani Kumar and zonal working president Ashok Kumar arrived at Ambala Cantonment railway station from where a rally of the union was taken out before culminating outside the DRM office complex. The meeting was presided over by R.C. Sharma who spoke about the forthcoming railway union elections. He said the existing railway unions had failed to address the concerns of the employees during the fifth pay commission.

Appointed: Om Prakash Malik was appointed organising secretary of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee on Thursday. Malik has been the vice-chairman of Haryana Pradesh Congress legal cell. The appointment letter was issued by Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Phool Chand Mullana.

Bhiwani
Sarpanch suspended
: Exercising powers under the Panchayati Raj Act, deputy commissioner T.L. Satyaprakashon on Friday placed sarpanch Babita Rani of Gujrani village under suspension. The sarpanch has been asked to hand over the record and other properties to the next panch having a majority. She has been prohibited from attending any meeting of the panchayat.

School syllabi on website: The Haryana School Education Board has placed the syllabi of all classes on its website. A spokesman for the board said teachers, students and parents could now see the syllabi of all subjects of the board examinations on the website.

Kaithal
Panchayat bans DJs
: The panchayat of Sirsal village of the district has banned the usage of DJs on marriages in the village. The defaulter will have to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 to the panchayat. Sarpanch Hukam Singh said the use of DJs had polluted the rural culture and also disturbs peace. He said the decision had been taken unanimously by the panchayat with the consent of elders. 

KALKA
Lecture
: The women cell of Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, organised an extension lecture on the ‘Legal Rights of Women’ in the college on Friday. Hawa Singh Hooda, advocate-general of Haryana, was the speaker. Principal R.S. Mann said the need of the hour was to make girls aware of their legal rights. He emphasised on women empowerment and spoke on the reproductive, domestic, political, property and educational rights of a girl child. He also discussed various women welfare schemes.

Rewari
Newly-wed dies
: Poonam Yadav (19) died just 24 hours after her marriage at her marital home in Gajjiwas village, 4 km from here, on Friday. It is reported that she was rushed to a private hospital here when she complained of sudden indisposition, but was declared brought dead. A senior police official said in view of the present state of affairs no offence was made out as family members of the deceased too had expressed no apprehension whatsoever in this regard.

Two suspended: Inder Singh, managing director, Central Cooperative Bank, Rewari, and D.K. Vashishtha, district manager, Hafed, have been suspended by the commissioner-cum-secretary of the state cooperative department, Chandigarh. Their suspension is being attributed to some irregularity alleged to have been committed in the recently held elections of president and vice-president of the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society, Bawal.

Rohtak
Bhajan promises SYL water
: Former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Bhajan Lal has stated that he will bring SYL water to Haryana. He was talking to mediapersons after inspecting the site of the proposed “janhit rally” here on Friday. Bhajan Lal claimed having the support of several sitting MPs and MLAs, but refused to divulge their names 


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