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Abohar
Hospitalised
: Four farm workers, Lalu, Virender, Shambhu and Anand, were hospitalised as they fell unconscious after consuming meals on Tuesday night in village Dhinganwali. After getting the information, the owner of the orchard, where the farmers worked, rushed them to the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital where doctors said that it appeared to be a case of food poisoning. Some poisonous ant might have fallen in the food during preparation in the dark, they observed.

SAD function: Circle SAD president Jathedar Kaur Singh has said that Gurdas Singh Badal, younger brother of the Chief Minister and former MP, would attend a thanksgiving ceremony at Gurdwara Singh Sabha here on Monday. The Balluana unit of the SAD is arranging an ‘Akhand Path’ at the Gurdwara from Saturday. District SAD general secretary Surinder Saluja said that SAD MP Zora Singh Mann would be visiting the villages here on December 18, 19 and 20 to distribute grants from the MPLDA for development projects.

Dead: One Shanker Lal, son of Jagan Nath, resident of Jandwala Hanwanta village was crushed to death when the tractor he was driving reportedly overturned after he lost control over it near the Bhagsar sub-canal in village Sadhuwali on  Tuesday night.

Lecture: A lecture on technological skill was delivered at the Kenway College of Education here on Wednesday where Jishu Jaskanwer said the would-be teachers should involve students in the syllabus to make teaching more interesting and value-based. He emphasised on the use of computers, projectors, LCD, CD player, TV, cameras and screening of educational films. He also responded to the queries made by the students and teachers during the session.

Barnala
Inspection
: Krishan Kumar, the state project director of Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan, conducted a surprise inspection at a senior secondary school in Mehalkalan and found one Jagdev Singh, assistant science laboratory, absent. The director has recommended Jagdev’s suspension from the post. The director had checked the attendance of students and the progress of syllabus under the Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan scheme. The state director was accompanied by block education officer (primary) Roshan Lal. The officer said that necessary action would be taken against the lab-assistant in due course of time.

Bathinda
Bid to outrage modesty
: Nathana police has registered a case of  outraging the modesty of a five-year-old girl, against Keepa Singh of Mandi Bhucho, on Tuesday. Police sources said the case was registered on the complaint of the father of the girl.  The case has been registered under section 354 of the IPC.

Opium seized: Dyalpura police arrested Balvir Singh of Jand Wala village with 500 gms opium, at Kotha Guru village, on Tuesday. A case had been registered.

Jalandhar
Girl commits suicide
: Kulwant Kumari (22) of the Kot Ram Dass locality committed suicide by jumping before a power engine near Chugitti railway crossing on Wednesday. Confirming this, GRP SHO Manjit Singh said action had been taken under section 174 of the CrPC. While the cause of suicide could not be known, the body was sent to the local civil hospital for post-mortem examination.

Three booked: The police booked three persons for allegedly breaking windowpanes of Green hotel by throwing empty soda and liquor bottles on Tuesday. Confirming this, SHO Vibhor Kumar told The Tribune that an FIR had been registered under section 427 of the IPC against Amanvir Marwaha and his two accomplices on the statement of hotel owner Harcharanjit Singh. Earlier talking to mediapersons, Harcharanjit Singh had requested security for himself and his family as he was being threatened earlier too.

KHARAR
Woman, minors held: Two minor girls and a woman were held with Rs 1 lakh on Tuesday. They had stolen the cash from a wedding at SS Farms, Landran road, on December 9. Harvinder Singh, a resident of Sante Majra village, lodged a complaint with the Kharar police that a bag of Rs 1 lakh was stolen from his sister’s wedding. Acting on the complaint, Kharar police arrested two girls aged nine and 18 and a woman Shyama (35) from a children's amusement park at Swara village on Tuesday evening.

PATIALA
Presented: The World Sikh Intellectual Council, led by its president Baldev Singh Baluana, presented chief minister Parkash Singh Badal with two volumes of the Guru Granth Sahib on the occasion of his 81st birthday celebrated recently. In a press release, Baluana disclosed that after receiving the copies of the holy sikh scriptures, the chief minister assured the WSIC member that he would be keeping the volumes in his room at his official residence and would recite gurbani from them everyday.

Phillaur
Snatchers held: Local police has arrested three persons who allegedly assaulted Des Raj of village Talwan and snatched his mobile phone near Uppalan village on Tuesday. The accused have been identified as Ravi Kumar,Gurdip Singh and Goldy. Phillaur DSP Rajinder Singh Sohal told newsmen here today that police has also arrested a woman, identified as Bholi of Mandi village and seized 30 gm of smack from her.

Sangrur
TV reporter held for ‘extortion’
: The Khanauri police on Wednesday arrested Ganesh Kumar, a reporter of private TV channel from Khanauri, for allegedly “blackmailing” eight persons of the Khanauri area and “extorting” Rs 1.5 lakh from them. Moonak DSP Balraj Singh said on phone the reporter had been arrested under Section 384 of the IPC (punishment for extortion).

TARN TARAN
Airlines donates PCs to school: Singapore Airlines donated five personal computers to Amarpuri Public School, Goindwal, 24 km from here, on Wednesday. The airlines also got school’s six PCs upgraded. General manager, India, of the airlines Foo Chai Woo told newspersons that the PCs were loaded with the latest software.

Boy drowned in village pond: Prabhjit Singh (8), son of Dilbag Singh of nearby Mughal Chak Panuan village, about 10 km from here, was drowned in the village pond on Tuesday. Surjit Singh, Budh Singh, Bhajan Singh and Tota of the same village, who had allegedly dug up the pond without panchayat permission, have been booked.
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CHANDIGARH

MOHALI
Conference: NIPER, SAS Nagar and the Association of Carbohydrate Chemists and Technologists (India) are jointly organising a three-day conference on "Carbohydrates: Chemistry, Biology and Industrial Applications" from December 13 to 15 at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research. The objective of the conference is to focus on the latest developments that have taken place in the field of carbohydrate research.

Suicide: A 23-year-old resident of Phase 3B1 allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope from a ceiling fan at his residence on Tuesday afternoon. The victim, Randeep Singh, was the only son of Jagtar Singh, a property dealer of Mohali. Randeep used to help his father in his business. Jagtar Singh told the police that they had suffered major losses in the business recently due to which their son was depressed. The police said the family had come from Jharkhand some years back where they were involved in mining business. The police has started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.

PANCHKULA
Body found: An unidentified woman was found murdered near Mallha crossing at Pinjore near on Wednesday. According to police, they got information around 7 pm that a body was lying on the spot. On reaching there, they recovered a body of a woman in her 30s. Prima facie it seemed to be a case of hit and run, said the police. The body has been sent for post mortem at CHC, Kalka.

Khula darbar: In order to redress the grievances of people on the spot, a “khula darbar” will be organised by the deputy commissioner at Dhatogra village near Pinjore on Thursday. The personal as well as community problems can be raised at the darbar scheduled to start at 10 am. All officials from all over the district will remain present on the occasion.
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HARYANA

AMBALA
Youth fest from Dec 17: Deputy commissioner of Ambala Mohammad Shayin said on Tuesday the 14th state youth festival would be held from December 17 to 19. Shayin said 850 participants from different parts of the state would participate in the youth fest. The competitions would be held at Rukmani Devi hall, Arya Girls College and Bal Bhavan, a press note stated.

3 held for fraud: A local court today sent three members of a fake currency racket to police custody for three days. Fake currency of 500 denomination amounting to Rs 5,000 was recovered from them on Tuesday. A computer, printer, scanner and other material were also recovered from their room. The police had got information that a youth had been cheating a shopkeeper by giving him fake notes. The youth was nabbed during a raid. Later, during investigation, he disclosed that two of his friends were also involved in the trade. The police then raided their residence near Tangri river and arrested the them.

Chandigarh
Panchal state YC gen secy
: Amit Panchal has been appointed general secretary of the Haryana Youth Congress. According to a letter sent by the chairman of the sports and cultural cell of the Indian Youth Congress, Panchal will look after the sports and cultural cell of the Haryana wing.

KARNAL
Health camp on Dec 16: A health camp will be organised at Government Senior Secondary School in Gharonda on December 16. Karnal MP Dr Arvind Sharma will inaugurate the camp. Civil surgeon Dr D.P. Lochan on Wednesday said the needy would get medicines free of cost. An exhibition would also be set up at the venue and a ‘rath yatra’ would be taken out in the district to highlight the female foeticide issue.

Rewari
Office-bearers elected
: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Haryana School Lecturers Association: president - Anil Kumar Yadav (Rewari); acting president - Ramphal Sehrawat ( Sonepat); senior vice-president - Ashok Kumar Kundu (Rohtak), vice-presidents - Pawan Batar (Yamunanagar), Om Prakash Sangwan (Jhajjar) and Ranbir Jaglan (Panipat); general secretary - Jasbir Dhankhar (Rohtak); joint secretaries - Pramod Sharma (Karnal) and Arbail Singh (Sirsa); organising secretaries - Basant Dhillon (Sonepat) and Harender (Ambala) and Press secretary - Baljeet Singh (Kurukshetra).
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Anantnag(Srinagar)
Small scale units
: About 4230 small scale units at the cost of Rs 41.03 crore have been established in current year under the district credit plan in this district. The amount was advanced by various banks to these units till September, District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, G. A. Peer said addressing a meeting of district-level consultative committee lead bank on Wednesday.

Jammu
Railway clerk dismissed
: A booking clerk, who had illegally allotted tickets worth Rs 3 to 4 lakh by allegedly stealing blank paper ticket (BPT) books, has been dismissed by the railway authorities, official sources said here on Wednesday. Ashok kumar, a ticket booking clerk was fixed for his role in fraud in ticket books at Jammu railway station by the special investigation team of the Railways.

Foreign liquor: At least 6,000 bottles of India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), being illegally 'imported' to Jammu and Kashmir, were seized on the National Highway at Lakhanpur toll post, official sources said on Wednesday. The state excise department officials on the Lakhanpur toll post on J & K-Punjab border on Wednesday recovered 150 cases of the IMFL from a vehicle, which was supposed to carry wheat as per the challan, sources said.

Srinagar
5 flights cancelled
: Five scheduled flights from the Srinagar International Airport were cancelled on Wednesday due to inclement weather. However, two Haj flights to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia took off from the airport this afternoon, official sources said.

UDHAMPUR
Dwivedi appointed: The government has appointed M.K. Dwivedi as Additional Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. He will assume office on January 1 next year.Talking to The Tribune, he said “My priority would be expansion of the shrine board besides ensuring better facilities for pilgrims from Jammu right up to the cave shrine.”
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