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: Saloni Vij, a student of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here, has got the second position in the Annual Akhil Bhartiya Dharam Shiksha examination that was conducted by the Arya Vidya Sabha, New Delhi, all over India, in January this year. While felicitating Saloni during the morning assembly on Friday, principal Neelam Arun Mittu and Usha Ranade, head of Sanskrit department, said the Arya Samaj in Anarkali Bazaar area in the union capital would honour her at a function on May 24. The exam was aimed at inculcating moral values among the youth besides, acquainting them with the ideals of the Arya Samaj. 

Mann lashes out at govt
: If SAD (A) candidate Ram Singh is voted to power, he will raise the question in the state Assembly about the disposal of the mortal remains and place of cremation of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. Stating this to the media here on Monday, Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), said the Union government had failed to provide information in this regard. Lashing out at the state government for failing to raise the issue of invaluable books on rich culture and Sikh history of Sikh Reference Library taken away by the Army during Operation Bluestar, Mann said Ram Singh would raise this issue too in the Assembly. 

May 26 exams put off: Guru Nanak Dev University through a notification issued here on  Friday postponed all annual and semester theory examinations scheduled to be held on May 26 due to ensuing Panchayat elections in Punjab. Dr R.S. Bawa, registrar, said the revised notification of the  postponed examinations showing new dates had already been sent to principals of all affiliated colleges, heads of  all university departments of all three  campuses at Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Jalandhar and all centre  superintendents. 

Welfare officer nabbed
:The Punjab Vigilance Bureau team, led by S.S. Sandhu, DSP, has nabbed Pathankot tehsil welfare officer Pushpa Chaudhary for accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from a Rajpura-based man. Acting on a complaint of Lakha Ram, a team of the bureau arrested the officer red-handed from her office here on Thursday evening. After registering a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the woman officer was sent to jail. 

Blood donation camp
: During a blood donation camp at GGS College of Modern Technology, 125 units of blood were collected here on Friday. The camp was held on the occasion of launching of the website tricityplus.com. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, co-operation minister of Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion. 

Teachers stage protest
: A delegation of the Democratic Teachers Front, Science Teachers Association, SC/BC Teachers Union, ETT Teachers Union and Government Teachers Union met the DC on Friday but when they felt that their problems were not being considered, they walked out of the meeting and raised slogans in front of the DC office. After that, the administration again held a meeting with the leaders of the above organisations. The administration agreed to spare unmarried women, widows, pregnant ladies and handicapped employees from election duties. The employees would be dropped at their home by buses after the completion of election duties. 

ETT teachers demand: The ETT Teachers Union demanded from the Punjab government that Zila Parishad related government primary schools should be taken over by the education department and the salary of the ETT teachers must be released. These demands were raised in the letters written to the Punjab chief minister by the ETT Teachers Union. District president of the union, Hardeep Singh Sidhu, alleged that the ETT teachers didn’t get salaries for the month of March. He said that now, the matter of paying salaries had been given to the BDPOs and this problem had become very serious. He warned that if the salaries of teachers were not released, then the struggle would be intensified. 

Journalist dies: The members of different organisations at their respective meetings held here recently expressed deep sorrow over the death of Darshan Mittwa, a senior journalist, famous writer and publisher. Leaders of the Journalists Association, Darshan Singh Coach, Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, Gurchet Singh Fattewalia and Joginder Singh Mann, leaders of the Radical Peoples Forum, Jaspal Khokher and Sukhdrashan Natt, CPI leader Buta Singh and a local government college lecturer Jagtar Singh felt that the death of Darshan Mittwa was a big loss to the literary world. 

: Punjabi University’s Centre for South West Asia Study (Pakistan-Afghanistan) will organise a seminar on ‘Cooperative Movement in Socio-Economic Development in South West Asia’ at the university campus on May 16. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperation minister, will inaugurate the seminar while Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor, Punjabi University, will preside over the event. 

Nursing week: Bhai Gurdas Nursing College celebrated International Nursing Week on the college premises, under the chairmanship of Prof Baldev Singh Baluana, here on Friday. On the occasion, students delivered speeches on the life of Florence Nightingale. The students of GNM course presented a skit on female foeticide and a cultural programme. 

PSEB JE arrested
: A team of the local Vigilance Bureau, led by DSP Roop Singh Maur, has arrested junior engineer (JE) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Gurdev Singh,who was posted at Amargarh, in a case registered against him under Section 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant), IPC, and Section 13 (2) 88, Prevention of Corruption Act. 

15 tricycles distributed: Pepsi Foods Private Limited, Concentrate Division, Channo, gave 15 tricycles to physically challenged persons, including four women, of 16 villages at a programme organised in a government school at Channo village, about 40 km from here, on Thursday. The programme was presided over by Sangrur Civil Surgeon Satwant Bhalla. 



Liquor seized
: Thirty-six cases of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) were seized by Kalka police from a truck, near here on Friday. The liquor was being smuggled to Solan from Chandigarh. The cases were found concealed in a chamber built inside the truck. The driver of the truck, who belongs to Dehradun, said he was hired by someone to leave the truck at Solan. A case has been registered. 

Polio camp: A day-long camp to diagnose patients of polio and distribute appliances among the physically challenged persons free of cost will be organised by Narayan Sewa Sansthan at Gauri Shankar temple, Sector 17, on Sunday. The camp would be held in collaboration with the department of social justice and empowerment, Government of India. 

ASI dismissed
: ASI Paramjit Singh, posted in Phase VIII police station, was dismissed from service on Friday. The ASI was facing a trial following a criminal compliant. “He was convicted by the court today following which his services in the police have been terminated,” said SSP SAS Nagar RS Khatra. 

Arrested: Nayagoan police have arrested two students following a clash outside a shop, which left at least three persons injured. The two, Gagandeep and Ramanjit, are from Abohar and are living here as tenants. Yesterday evening they entered into an altercation with a grocery shop owner, which led to the clash. A case has been registered. 

Killed: Nazima, daughter of a labourer, was crushed under a truck on Mubarakpur road on Friday. The truck driver fled from the spot. However, a case has been registered. 



Awareness programme
: The Red Ribbon Club of MM College of Education, Mullana, organised an awareness programme on HIV/AIDS on their campus here on Friday. Dr Jagdish, professor of medicine, MM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, was the main speaker during the event. D.D. Khosla, managing director, Chaman Vatika, Ambala, was the guest of honour. 

Grant for kinnow orchards
: The Haryana government has earmarked a sum of over Rs 20 crore for establishing kinnow orchards over an area of 5,000 acres in Sirsa district under the National Horticulture Mission. An official spokesman on Friday said besides kinnow orchards, orchards of malta, plums and guava would also be set up in the district. Grant for setting up these orchards had already been sanctioned.

Man booked for killing wife
: The district police on Wednesday booked a man for allegedly killing his wife, whose body was found in a forest area of Uttar Pradesh on April 15. According to the police, Arshad, son of Yamin and resident of Malkpur village in UP, had been booked for killing his wife Imrana. The police said Arshad was a drug addict and hooked on to liquor. He used to beat his wife, following which she left him and started living with her parents. However, Arshad went to his in-laws’ house and brought her back. Following this, Imrana reportedly went missing on March 24. 

Man electrocuted
: Rawat Singh (38), resident of Siha village, was reportedly electrocuted on Thursday while rectifying a defective transformer. Irate villagers held a demonstration against the apathy of the DHBVN authorities demanding adequate compensation for the family of the deceased. 

Gangsters arrested
: Three armed gangsters were arrested on Thursday by the Gannaur police while they were planning to loot passersby at gunpoint on the Gannaur-Shahpur road. They have been identified as Rambir of Khanpur Kalan, Sandeep of Gumar and Balwan of Atta village in Panipat district. SSP Navdeep Singh Virk on Friday said the police had seized a country-made pistol, a revolver, a knife, seven cartridges and a stolen car from their possession. A case had been registered.

Spurious liquor
: A team of excise officials and the excise police on Thursday raided an abandoned house in Atam Nagar in Jagadhri and claimed to seize material and equipments used for preparing spurious liquor. The team lead by excise inspector Bhushan Kumar raided the house rented by one Praveen Kumar. During the search the team recovered a bucket containing three liters of concentrates (some unbranded liquor), funnels, test tubes, hydrometers and other things. The collected material has been sent for chemical examination. A case has been registered.

Drive to check anaemia: A large number of students of primary schools in the district are suffering from anaemia and worm infection. To tackle the problem, a campaign to “de-worm” primary schoolchildren of the state has been started with a target of giving oral pills to 13,63,466 students. The children will be given a tablet of albandazole (400 mg). 



2 labourers buried alive
: Two labourers of the state Public Works Department (PWD) were buried alive when they were at work on the Dakog-Banni Mata road in the hilly terrains of Bharmour tribal subdivision in Chamba district on Thursday evening. The PWD officials reported the incident to the police. The deceased has been identified as Doomnu Ram and Rama of the nearby villages of Bharmour tribal subdivision.

Pharmacists boycott classes: In the first phase of its agitation launched by the SCVT Ayurvedic Pharmacists Association, the pharmacists undergoing training in pharmacy diploma course expressed their resentment by boycotting their classes against the decision of state government for not recognising their pharmacy diploma for the purpose of government jobs on Friday. District president of the association Pawan Kumar said the agitation would be intensified at the state level, if the government failed to formulate any concrete policy for safeguarding their career. 

Scheme for Harijans: The state government has introduced a scheme called the Guru Ravidas Civic Amenity Scheme for the restoration and improvement of ‘Harijan bastis’ in the district. According to official sources, under the scheme, in the first phase, four harijan bastis will be identified by the MLAs of the respective areas and detailed reports drawn for the improvement of these bastis will be submitted to the Rural Development Department of the government for sanctioning the funds. 

Highway washed away: A portion of the Chamba-Bharmour highway was washed away in the gushing flood waters following heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorm near Mehla, about 12 km from Chamba, on Friday. A cow along with cowshed and agricultural fields of wheat crops were also washed away. Chamba SDM Sandeep Negi along with other officials rushed to the incident site to take stock of the situation and carry out relief and rescue operations. 

Dental camp
: The 90 Infantry Brigade of the Indian Army on Friday organised a free medical and dental camp at Guglehar village in Gagret constituency on behalf of the Gurj Division. The camp was inaugurated by Brigade Commander Brig C.V. Raveendran and Commanding Officer of 4-Sikh, Col M.S. Chahal. According to the Army sources, more than 650 patients were benefited. The camp was a goodwill gesture by the Army authorities around the area where a military exercise is in progress. 



5 held for murder
: Five persons were arrested on Friday in connection with the murder of a youth in Reasi district, the police said. The deceased was allegedly attacked by the five accused with sticks and rods during a clash which took place in a marriage party at Gandli in Reasi district on May 2. The police added that the victim later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The five accused, who went underground soon after the incident, were nabbed during a raid in the district. They had been identified as Sansar Singh, Ankar Singh, Parshotam Singh, Ramesh Singh and Sansar Chand. 

Narrow escape for tourists
: Seven tourists from Mumbai had a narrow escape when their boat capsized during rafting in the Lidder river in Pahalgam on Friday. A senior police officer Manzoor Ahmad said rescue teams immediately swung into action and saved all seven tourists. The tourists were later taken to the Army hospital, where they were discharged after being given first-aid. 

Poppy bung destroyed: In its continued war against drugs, the state police destroyed poppy bung cultivation on 500 kanals in south Kashmir on Friday. On May 10, the police destroyed poppy over 1,000 kanals. Official sources said the police along with a team of the Excise Department conducted raids in different areas of Lidder Mud village and Kawani Awantipora in Pulwama district, following a tip-off that some villagers had cultivated poppy in their field. The team destroyed the poppy and registered a case against the owners of the land. 

8 model villages: A model village, each in eight blocks, at a cost of Rs 9.20 crore, is coming up in Budgam district, where 738 rural works have already been completed at a cost of Rs 7.20 crore. An official spokesman said an amount of Rs 9.20 crore was being incurred in raising basic infrastructure in eight model villages in all blocks of the district. He said 290 income generating units and 120 self-help groups were set up under a centrally-aided scheme in the district. 

4 houses gutted: Four houses were damaged in a devastating fire in north Kashmir on Friday, official sources said. The fire broke out in the house of one Mohammad Syed Check’s at Lontha village in Kupwara. However, before it could be controlled, the leaping flames also engulfed the nearby houses. There was no casualty reported. 


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