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Function held:
The Flower Valley Public Senior Secondary School here organised a birthday function for the students of its pre-nursery, nursery and KG classes who were born during the month of April on Friday. The students, while celebrating their birthday, jointly cut a huge cake. The teachers and members of the managing committee prayed for their happiness and prosperity.

Free medical camp: The Sarojini Naidu Health and Welfare Society has decided to organise a free medical check-up and vaccination camp for children and pregnant women on Sunday. President S.K. Juneja said on Friday that a team of physicians and specialists including, S.S. Sandhu, Arun Jhamb, Harsharanjit Kaur Sandhu, Ruchi Midha and Renu Jhamb, would provide services at the Shakti Nursing Home in the Sunder Nagar locality during the camp, which would start in the morning.

MC removes hoardings:
The local municipal corporation today removed many hoardings from main chowks of the city. The large hoardings, put up by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, were eclipsing the statues of freedom fighters. The corporation has also removed the hoardings displaying big pictures of mayor Shavet Malik.

Three nabbedA: District police seized 225 grams of smack from Kirpal Singh and booked him under NDPS Act on Friday. Two satta operators Kewal Krishan and Rajesh Gupa were also arrested and Rs 3,350 were recovered from them.

IPR club launched: The Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology observed the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) Day by launching a campus club on Friday. The club aims at creating awareness on IPRs, facilitating filing of patent forms and provide patent search facilities for students and staff.

Transfer of officials hailed: The Punjab Non-Gazetted Forest Officers’ Union here on Friday welcomed the decision of the state government to transfer top officials of the Punjab Forests Corporation following unearthing of discrepancies in the stock of wood during a check conducted in all divisions of the state. Jagdeep Singh Dhillon, president of the union, said the new team would work for the welfare of the department. Those transferred include the managing director and all five divisional managers in the state.

Drunken driving:
The traffic police conducted a special drive against drunken and high-speed driving with latest gadgets like alco-meter and speed radar for the first time here on Thursday. Some drivers objected to the speed test as there is no sign board throughout the city displaying the speed limit.

Forest blaze:
The fire in the forest areas of Kot and Bahera villages which was controlled in the wee hours today, resumed again in Kot village at around 1 pm. It engulfed a stretch of six km and gutted house of Thakur Jiwan Singh. Till filing of this report, the divisional forest employees and fire fighters along with villagers were still struggling to control fire.

2 held with 4 kg heroin: Two persons, Raj Kumar of Amritsar and Surinder Pal Singh of Mustafabad, Gurdaspur district, were arrested by sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Ludhiana, on Thursday night near Mahavir Spinning Mills, Purhiran, here while they were ferrying 3.990 kg of heroin in their car to Chandigarh. Both accused were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate here who remanded them to judicial custody till May 9.

Smack, opium seized: The district police arrested Veena, widow of Vijay Kumar of ward No. 8, Tanda, and Beeru Ram of Boliwal Haveli police station, Una, and seized 83 gm smack and 7 gm opium from them, respectively. Separate cases have been registered against them.

Jagriti yatra:
The ‘jagrati yatra’ being organised for the tercentenary celebrations of Shri Guru Granth Sahib would be welcomed here on April 30. It was decided at a meeting of district officials that was held here on Friday. The members also discussed the arrangements to be made for the yatra. The meeting that was presided over by deputy commissioner Surjeet Singh Dhillon was attended by members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee also.

Annual day function:
Lala Lajpat Rai group of institutes held their annual function on their main campus near here on Friday where students presented colourful programmes, including ‘shabad’ recitation, Rajasthani dance, solo dance, group songs, ‘giddha’, choreography and skits. R.G. Tathgir, principal of Lala Lajpat Rai Institute of Engineering and Technology, read the annual report of the institutes. The chief guest at the function, revenue minister Ajit Singh Kohar, gave away prizes to the meritorious students in the fields of academics, culture and sports. The guest of honour on the occasion was chief parliamentary secretary Sheetal Singh.

ong approach flayed:
Prem Kumar Gagat, member, Working Committee, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, on Friday flayed the casual approach of the party towards the Dalits and economically backward sections of the society. In his communiqué, he said whenever the party staged protests or announced waivers, the beneficiary was largely the farming community.

Language lab:
An English language laboratory set up at the Kirpal Sagar Academy was inaugurated by the academy’s patron Surinder Kaur on Thursday.

Industrial visit:
The department of management of Patel Memorial National College, vocational courses wing, organised an industrial visit for its students to Amber Enterprises India Pvt Ltd on Thursday. Students of BBA-II and BBA-III visited the company under the aegis of Prof Bharti Madaan and Prof Reena Chaudhary.



Low water pressure:
Water supply in residential phases I to VII and industrial phases I to V will remain at low pressure on April 26 due to repair of machinery at Kajauli waterworks by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Annual day
: The 8th annual function of Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya, Mauli (Panchkula) would be celebrated on April 29. Deputy commissioner, Panchkula, Rajender Kataria will be the Chief Guest on the occasion.



Blood donation camp:
The government polytechnic, Ambala City, organised a blood donation camp on Thursday. Deputy commissioner Mohammad Shayin inaugurated the camp. Around 290 students and staff members donated during the camp. Rajinder Garg, a businessman, donated for the 136th time.

Nominated: Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Raghubir Singh Kadian has nominated irrigation minister Ajay Singh Yadav as a member of the committee of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha to inquire into the details of public properties transferred/auctioned/allotted during the year 1999-2000 to 2004-05 in the vacancy in the committee caused by the resignation of INLD chief Om Parkash Chautala.

13 students placed: Thirteen commerce students of the local Manohar Memorial College have succeeded in getting placements in Keane Worldzen, a multinational company. D. K. Kaushik, principal of the college, on Friday handed over the appointment letters received from the company to the students.

2 youths killed
: Two youths were killed when the motorcycle they were riding on was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the Jaipur-Delhi highway near Kapriwas village on Thursday. The deceased were later identified as Surender Yadav (20) of Khera Khurrampur village of Gurgaon district and Arun Kumar (20) of Kishangarh town of Alwar district in Rajasthan. The incident occurred when they were reportedly going towards Delhi. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC.

Body found: The body of Amrik Prasad (48), a resident of Mayur Vihar colony of Rewari and employee of the Haryana Tourism, Ambala, was found by the police from the bus stand in Dharuhera on Friday. The postmortem examination was conducted at the local Civil Hospital following which his viscera were dispatched to Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuban, for chemical examination. The police said the body bore no marks of injury and thus the cause of his death would be clinched only after the receipt of the report of the viscera examination.

Campus placements
: As many as 37 students of Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Vidyapeeth (JCDV), being run by a private trust, have been selected as management trainees. Kuldip Singh Dhindsa, director general of the institute, said this in a press note issued here on Friday. They were students of BTech and MBA from the JCD Memorial College of Engineering.

Cash clerk booked: Ram Krishan Sharma, SDO, public health, Mandi Dabwali, has alleged that cash clerk Rainder Singh has cheated the government to the tune of over Rs 2 lakh. The police has registered a case under Section 409 of the IPC against Rajinder Singh on Sharma’s complaint. The complainant said the accused had not submitted the money accepted from people against water works from 2002 to 2004 with the treasury.

4 held for murder
: The police has arrested four persons, Anil, alias Veeru, and Janglia, alias Hari Om, Sandeep and Dinesh, for their alleged involvement in the murder of Jai Bhagwan of Palra village whose body was recovered on March 9 from sand mine near Jat Joshi village. SSP Navdeep Singh Virk said Bhagwan’s brother-in-law had lodged a complaint that Bhagwan along with his tractor-trolley went to the sand mines for a contractual job on March 5, but did not return home. The accused have been sent to police custody.

2 killed in mishap: A youth of Pavasra village, Pramod, died on the spot and Joginder of the same village was injured when the motorcycle they were riding on collided with a pneumatic cart on the outskirts of the village on Friday. Joginder has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital whereas the body of Pramod has been handed over to his family members after postmortem. In another incident, Rajwanti from Bandepur village was electrocuted while cleaning the bathroom in her house on Friday.



Kanungo arrested:
The police arrested Raghubir Singh, a kanungo working in Nadaun tehsil office, on Friday while accepting a bribe of Rs 1000 from Mohan Lal for doing revenue-related work.A case has been registered.

Body found in Beas: An unidentified body was recovered form the Beas near Nadaun on Friday. The body was found floating in the Beas by an IPH employee in Chodu village, who reported the matter to the police. 

Copper wires stolen:
Robbers struck in a unit at Jharmajri, near Baddi, on Thursday night and stole copper wires worth lakhs. While fleeing with the wires, they were challenged by Roop Singh and Sunny Kumar, two security guards of the unit. The robbers thrashed the security guards before making good their escape. The police has registered a case.



Azad’s warning
: Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday asked students not to indulge in malpractices during exams. “I received complaints of copying in board examinations from various places. Even as a student, I had protested the practise. How can I allow this now as the in-charge minister,” he said. He was speaking at the inaugural function of the four-storey textbook and secrecy block of the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education here.

Kargil road reopens
: The 250-km-long Kargil-Zanaskar road was reopened for traffic on Friday, six months after it was closed due to snowfall. Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles carrying passengers and essential commodities reached different parts of the Ladakh region from Srinagar after the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh highway was also reopened for traffic on April 22. Asgar Karbalayee, chief executive councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil, today flagged off the first convoy to Padum, the headquarters of Zanaskar.

Cable services suspended
: Cable operators have suspended airing of Indian and foreign channels to press for their demand of lifting the ban imposed on four Pak TV channels. The services were suspended on Thursday evening and this would continue till Saturday evening. This decision had been taken in protest against the government order through the District Magistrate, Srinagar, which directed cable operators to stop airing PTV, Geo, ARY and Aaj.

Record vegetable produce: A record 1.75 lakh tonnes of vegetables and 85,000 metric tonnes of fruits were produced in the central Kashmir district of Budgam, official sources said on Friday. Khawaja Farooq Renzu, deputy commissioner, Budgam, said a record production of 1.75 lakh tonnes of vegetables was recorded in the district. He said 80,000 tonnes of vegetables were also exported which fetched an income of Rs 45 crore to the farmers.

Rs 44.87-cr for Budgam: The state government has fixed an amount of Rs 44.87 crore for the current year's annual plan for district Budgam in central Kashmir. An official spokesman said Rs 30.40 crore had been earmarked for social and general service, while Rs 6.70 crore for the roads and buildings sector. The Agriculture and allied sectors would get Rs 4.27 crore and Rs 3.3 crore had been reserved for other sectors.


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