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Ex-head granthi dead
: The SGPC condoled the death of former Akal Takht head granthi Giani Kashmir Singh here on Thursday. Dalmegh Singh, secretary, SGPC, said Giani Kashmir Singh, who was head granthi from 1986 to ’87, died at a Seattle (USA) hospital. He would be cremated at his native village Bude Nangal when his body would possibly arrive by May 10. 

19 jhuggis gutted
: As many as 19 jhuggis were gutted in a fire at Kutabpur village on Thursday night. The fire broke out around 11 pm. According to the information, three persons were partially burnt and a loss of Rs 1.60 lakh was estimated. 

Chain snatched: Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain of two tolas from Ranjit Kaur on Friday. The victim along with her mother was returning to her house when the accused appeared. A case has been registered. 

Dry days: District magistrate N. K. Wadhawan has ordered closure of all country made foreign liquor and country made liquor vends for May 12 and May 14. He has instructed hotels and clubs not to stock and sale any of liquor during these days. He has further imposed section 144 of the CrPC banning carrying of arms in the district till May 31. 

Rs 2.5 lakh stolen
: A sum of Rs 2.5 lakh were stolen from Innova in broad daylight by breaking a windowpane of the vehicle.The incident took place at 12 in the noon. According to the police, Himanshu came to DHL Courier Company for some work along with his friend after withdrawing the money from the local ICICI Bank, situated near Lajpat Nagar. However, when the duo returned to their car, the bag in which the money was kept was missing. 

Godown gutted:
Cosmetics and garments worth thousands of rupees were reduced to ashes when a godown of a dealer in cosmetics at Field Ganj caught fire here today. The dealer, Rishi Dev, used to store goods in his godown where the fire was spotted by neighbours at 8 am. 

Man found dead: The body of a 40-year-old resident of Haibowal was found here today. Jaswinder Singh Jassi, the victim, used to live alone in his house. His neighbours complained of foul smell emanating from his house and they informed the police. 

Suicide by youth: A 28-year-old man of Moti Nagar in Focal Point reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his house. He has been identified as Harbhajan Singh. He was married a year ago. 

Walk for health
: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH), a Horlicks factory, here organised a health walk on the World Red Cross Day on Thursday to create public awareness in the town to stop drug abuse. The chief guest for the event was Dr Purushotam Goyal, assistant civil surgeon. Vishal Dhingra, manager, GSKCH, gave the welcome address and Dr I.D. Goyal, senior medical officer, flagged off the walk at 5.15 pm from Patiala Gate. More than 250 volunteers participated in the walk. 

Rally against police inaction
: More than 100 residents of Barriar village staged a dharna on the Amritsar-Pathankot road near Barrier, 35 km from here, on Friday, against the inaction of the police in the Geeta murder case. Geeta, daughter of Kartar Chand of Barriar village, was found dead in mysterious circumstances and a case was registered against husband Balkar Chand and mother-in-law Shindo Devi. 

: Thirty meritorious boys and girls from different schools of Punjab have been selected to undergo a seven-day ‘Motivational Contact Programme for Talented School Students’, being organised by the Punjabi university’s department of forensic science. 

Law entrance test: Punjabi University will conduct a state-level law entrance test (three-year and five-year streams) on June 22. Giving this information, Dr G.R. Kataria, chief coordinator of the test, said the prospectus would be available from May 19, while the last date for applying the test had been fixed as June 5.

: Police here arrested two people with 50 kg ‘bhukki’ during a special naka laid at Ambala road on Friday. A case in this connection has been registered at Rajpura City police station. The accused have been identified as Rajinder Singh and Malvinder Singh. 

: The assistant mechanical engineer of Punjab Roadways, Ropar, A.P.S. Kalra has been booked for showing disobedience and intervening in public functioning. Kalra was posted as supervisor for zila parishad elections. SDM Kavita Singh, the returning officer for zila parishad polls, said Kalra neither attended rehearsals nor replied to the show-cause notice served to him. 



: Panchkula deputy commissioner Rajender Kataria has appointed Maheswar Sharma, HCS, sub-divisional officer (Civil), Panchkula, to convene a meeting of newly-elected members of the local municipal council to administer the oath of allegiance to the remaining members and for conducting election to the post of president and vice-president of the civic body. 



Holiday on May 22
: On account of the byelection, May 22 will be observed as a public holiday within the jurisdiction of the Indri, Gohana and Adampur Assembly constituencies so that employees can cast their votes. The holiday shall also be observed under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. 

KU exams from May 16
: The Kurukshetra University (KU) postgraduate annual examinations are going to start from May 16. Stating this here on Friday, KU examinations controller Hukam Singh said all roll number slips along with date-sheets of eligible candidates had already been dispatched. In case the candidates do not receive the roll number slips up to May 13, they are advised to contact the concerned result branch to collect the duplicate roll number slips during office hours. 

Packaging industry: “Packaging industry is going to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy in our country,” vice-chancellor of the Kurukshetra University (KU) R.P. Bajpai said. He was here to inaugurate a three-day workshop on Milk and Milk Products, Packaging Technologies organised by the university here on Friday.

Housing society poll
: The process for the election of the Management Committee of the Rohtak Model Cooperative House Building Society Ltd here began on Thursday with the display of voter list. The voter list and election programme have been sent to the secretary of the society, who is also the election manager. 



Seminar on poultry
: A state-level seminar on poultry production, management and disease control including bird flue will be organised at Hotel Hamir on Saturday. Farmers, poultry consultants, breeder and several experts are likely to attend this seminar. 

Man crushed to death
: A man was crushed under the rear wheels of a bus when he was trying to get down from it at Lakkar Depot near Barotiwala on Friday evening. Arun, who ran a rehri business, was trying to get down from the bus when he lost balance. The bus driver started the vehicle suddenly thereby killing him on the spot. A case has been registered. 

Mason dead: A mason died as he fell into a water tank at Baddi on Thursday evening. Rajinder (45), who hailed from Bihar, was engaged as a carpenter at the under construction Sun City. As per information available, the deceased could not notice the tank, as he was heavily drunk. His body was noticed on Friday morning by another labourer. 

himsen inspects district office
: Principal secretary, information and public relations and excise and taxation, Bhimsen inspected the district office on Friday. He urged the officials to bring about qualitative change in the services and positive coordination with different departments to communicate public opinion to the government. He also took stock of the excise and taxation department. 

Sports meet inaugurated: Gopalpur MLA Inder Singh Thakur inaugurated the three-day long ITI sports meet at Paddal stadium on Friday. He said over Rs 12.62 crore was being spent on sports in the state. Over 250 students are participating in the meet. The state-level ITI sports meet will start here from May 26. 


2 held with heroin
: Two persons were arrested and 1 kg of heroin was recovered from their possession in Jammu on Friday. Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested Yashpal and Sahil from Bari Brahamana area in the district and recovered heroin from their possession. The heroin’s worth was Rs 1 crore in the international market, the police said. 

Fire damages Sufi poet’s shrine
: The shrine of Sufi poet Socha Kral was partially damaged in a fire in south Kashmir on Friday, official sources said. The fire broke out in the shrine at Inder in Pulwama district and caused partial damage to it. The fire was controlled by the locals, they added. A matador was damaged in a fire at Chatloora, Dangiwacha in Baramulla district, while two houses and two shops were reduced to ashes at Kalaroos in Kupwara. 

Police arrests two HM militants: The police has arrested two more Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants in the frontier district of Kupwara, official sources said on Friday. They said the special operation group (SOG) of the state police and the 125 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a joint operation at Handwara in north Kashmir. During the operation, two HM militants, Mohammad Saleem Sheikh and Abdul Hamid War, were arrested. One AK rifle, two magazines, one grenade, wireless set and 49 rounds of ammunition were recovered from their possession. 

144 B Ed colleges: As many as 144 B Ed colleges in the private sector besides, two in the government sector, are functioning in the state. However, out of 1.13 lakh teachers, only 40 per cent are trained so far, while efforts are on to train the remaining teachers. Khazir Mohammad Wani, secretary, higher education, said the two BEd colleges in the government sector, at Srinagar and Jammu, with an intake capacity of only 900 teachers was not able to suffice the increasing requirement for teachers training. 

March session: The government has decided to introduce March academic session in the Kashmir valley, while ensuring minimum 180 teaching days. The November session in higher education is giving way to the March academic session in the valley making it at par with rest of the country in respect of the conduct of examinations and holding of academic classes, minister for higher education Gulchain Singh Charak said.


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