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Roll numbers dispatched: Guru Nanak Dev University has dispatched roll numbers to regular students and private examinees for the examinations of BA/BSc, BCom/BCom (Professional) and BCA Part I, II and III and PGDCA to be held in March/April.

Ramoowalia lauds govt: President of the Lok Bhalai Party Balwant Singh Ramoowalia has lauded the Punjab government move to ensure accountability and transparency in the bureaucracy. He was reacting to news items in The Tribune highlighting irregularities committed by three (present and former) IAS officers, namely Kirpa Shankar Saroj, R.N. Gupta and S.K. Sinha, in various scams.

Bank branch inaugurated: Sangrur deputy commissioner V K Ohri inaugurated the 397th (agriculture special) branch of the Centurion Bank of Punjab, Club Chowk, here on Tuesday.

Robbery at cremation ground: Robbers struck at the cremation ground here on Monday night and looted cash from the donation box. Sources said about 10 robbers with faces covered entered the cremation ground at about 1 am. They attacked the watchman and the priest staying there with a knife. After tying them with ropes, they broke open the donation box and took away cash worth about Rs 15,000.

Body found: The police recovered the body of Piar Chand, 33-year-old employee of the Civil Hospital here on Tuesday. According to the police, Piar Chand had committed suicide by cutting the veins of his wrists. It is alleged that Piar Chand was suffering from mental pressure for the past many days.

Man held for rape of minor: The local police has arrested a middle-aged man of Kothe-Khyala village for allegedly raping a minor girl of the same village. Pathankot SP Harpreet Singh said the victim's mother Kuljeet Kaur in her complaint alleged that Desh Raj raped her daughter, a student of class VII in Government Senior Secondary School, Begowal, when she had gone to get fodder for the cattle.


UK High Commissioner: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday told British High Commissioner to India Richard Stagg that projects had been initiated to set up industrial model townships at Faridabad, Rohtak, Jagadhri and Kharkhoda. He added that two more cities would be developed in Haryana on the pattern of Gurgaon.

Youth booked: The police has booked a young man, Naresh, of Bawwa village near Kosli, on charges of the offence of adultery, trespass and criminal intimidation. A case has been registered against him following a directive of the court of the Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate, who issued it on a petition filed by the victimís husband, Mangal Dev. The petitioner alleged that on February 24, when he had gone to his fields to water the crops, Naresh barged into his house and then seduced his wife, who was alone in the house.

Yajna for Sarabjit: The issue of clemency to Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national condemned to death in Pakistan, is driving many people to come forward in his support. Saugat, a local NGO, on Tuesday organised a yajna to save Sarabjitís life. Several prominent persons of the town participated in the yajna. The participants prayed to God to save the life of the Indian national and appealed to the government to take Sarabjitís case with the Pakistan government with a sense of urgency.

Exhibition organised: The ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises organised a vendor development programme, buyers sellerís meet and an exhibition on parts used by the Railways for the benefit of local industrialists at the northern railway Jagadhri workshop here on Tuesday. Eightyfive parts used by the Railways were displayed. The northern railway purchases about 10,000 items from other states and hence higher prices on cost of transportation and delay in delivery. The idea behind the exhibition was to encourage local industrialists to supply items to Railways.


MC concern over chowgan
: The local municipal council has opposed the techniques adopted by the agencies executing renovation of the chowgan here. MC vice-president Laxmi Dhar Sharma said that the prescribed norms were not being followed while doing conservation work of the chowgan. A resolution detailing the shortcomings in the restoration work has been forwarded to the minister concerned for remedial steps.

Relay fast: One of the computer teachers sitting on the relay fast was admitted to the district hospital on Tuesday afternoon after his condition deteriorated. Other teachers who were sitting on the fast were also taken for the medical checkup. Balak Ram, who was sitting on 48 hours hunger strike showed some signs of uneasiness. The computer teachers were observing a relay fast for quite sometime at the Gandhi Chowk for redressal of their demands.

Shop gutted: A cotton spinning machine and other articles were destroyed in a shop belonging to Ramesh Kumar at Badu on Tuesday. The fire was spotted around 3.30 p.m. which probably started from a short-circuit. The loss has been estimated at Rs 1.5 lakh.

Death mourned: The State Rangers Welfare Association has mourned the death of Darang range officer Suresh Dutta, who died on Monday after slipping from a hill near Dyna Park forest while touring his forest range. General secretary of the association S.S. Kashyap praised Dutta for the work done by him. The association also sent a condolence message to the bereaved family.

Stone laid: PWD and revenue minister Gulab Singh Thakur laid the foundation stone for the community health centre (CHC) at Ladbharol in Jogindernagar on Monday. He announced Rs 2.50 lakh for the construction work. He also inaugurated the 7.5-km Gagal-Bhagher road built at the cost of Rs 87.7 lakh. The Surdhani Kala Kendra staged a play on AIDS/HIV on the occasion.

Charas seized: The police seized 3 kg of charas while checking a bus (HP 2391) at Neri Kotli on the Rajgarh-Solan road. The bus was on its way to Solan. The charas was lying unclaimed in the bus. A case has been registered.

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