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SGJC chief takes charge:
Manmohan Singh Brar on Saturday assumed charge as chairman of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC). Earlier, incumbent Kashmir Singh Patti, an appointee of the previous government, had resigned following a inquiry on the direction of chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh. Later, Brar paid obeisance at the Golden Temple.

B’desh national held: The BSF nabbed Mohammad Doraz Ali of Dhaka (Bangladesh) while he was trying to cross over to Pakistan through the Indo-Pak border in Ajnala sector in the wee hours of Saturday.He was handed over to Lopoke police station under the Amritsar (Rural) police district. Indian, Pakistan and Bangladesh currency, besides a Bangladesh passport, were seized from him. A case has been registered.

Aggarwal Sabha: Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bhola Singh Virk has informed that SAD MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has sent to the Aggarwal Sabha a cheque worth Rs 75,000 from his MPLAD fund as first installment. The money would be used for the construction of a community hall. Sabha president Jhanda Ram Bansal said a meeting of the sabha was held here on Saturday and after passing a resolution, the sabha members thanked Dhindsa for the donation. He further said that the Aggarwal Bhawan is under construction at Lakhi colony where Lakhpat Rai has donated 10 biswas of land.

Punjabi conference: The Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha will hold a Punjabi conference here in the first week of November, Jagdish Singh Ghai, executive member of the Sabha said in a press release issued here on Saturday. It was decided at the meeting that was held under the presidentship of Anoop Singh Virk. Foreign delegates would also participate in the conference. Various issues regarding Punjabi language, literature and culture will be discussed on the occasion.

Bangi Ruldu Zila Parishad: The double bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed the writ petition filed by Jaswinder Kaur, a Congress candidate of Bangi Ruldu Zila Parishad zone, who had challenged the rejection of her nomination papers. As per information, petition filed vide 7758/2008 dated May 15, 2008 has been dismissed by the double bench comprising Justice K.S. Garewal and Justice Daya Chaudhary and now there would be two contestant for the elections.

Cases solved: As many as 49 pending cases out of 114 were solved with mutual consent and an amount of Rs 69,59,792 was given in form of compensation. The cases were solved during a lok adalat held at Fatehgarh Sahib by the District Legal Services Authority.

PSHRC seeks information: Considering the complaint of Human Empowerment League of Punjab member Parvinder Singh Kitna regarding advertisements in the print media about medicines for improving one's health/sexual power which dupe illiterate people, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought information from the principal secretary, Health, and the director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, whether such advertisements violate any law or any instructions/guidelines on the subject.

Mid-day meal scheme: The students up to middle standard would get meal under the mid-day meal scheme in this district. This was decided in the meeting of the mid-day meal district monitoring committee on Saturday. The meeting was presided over by deputy commissioner Surjeet Singh Dhillon. On the occasion, district education officer Harbans Singh Sandhu informed that there were 287 government primary schools and four government-aided schools where 47,683 students were getting education. District manager of mid-day meal scheme P.S. Mittal said proper funds were available for the scheme. Civil surgeon Mansa was asked to check the quality of mid-day meal scheme and the health of children.

Waterlogging in Mansa : On the day of the chief minister’s visit, the streets of Mansa were flooded with water as rains exposed the drainage system. Streets like Dhir, Labh Singh, Channi Chakki and Baba Bujha Singh Bhawan, Thuthian wala road and Sabzi Mandi road were the worst affected. A resident, Jaspal Singh rued that due to rain, he couldn’t go out for work.

‘Refrain from increasing prices’: The Radical People’s Forum, Punjab, asked the central government to refrain from the increasing the prices of diesel and petrol. Forum suggested that the central government should not follow the policies favouring the USA. Forum leaders Sukhdarshan Singh Natt and Jaspal Singh Khokhar said the government had sold public sector institutions, which were profitable, and these were sold at very low rates.  If the government hadn’t sold these institutions, the money for these would have been used for controlling the oil prices.

Board exams results: Students of the Punjab Public School, Nabha, have shown excellent results in the ICSE (X) and ISC (XII) Board exams conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi. In ICSE (X), the result is 100 per cent. Sarfraz Singh Dhaliwal has stood first by securing 91.4 pc marks, while Harsimran Kaur and Irandeep Kaur shared the second position with 90.8 pc marks. Fortytwo students got the distinction while 62 students got first division.

Truck recovered: The Sadar police recovered a truck (HP-38-A-6745) from Milwan Thakur Dwara,35 km from here, on Saturday. Rakesh Kumar lodged a complaint at Nangal Bhur police station on Friday that his vehicle was missing. The police recovered it from Nangal Bhur, but the driver had fled from the scene. DSP Karamjit Singh said the police raiding to nab the culprits.

Elected: Bal Krishan Singla was, on Saturday, unanimously elected as president of S.D. Kumar Sabha, Patiala, a social organisation, which is engaged in the running of hospitals and educational institutions in the city. Outgoing president Ram Prasad Seth proposed his name which was seconded by many others.

Function: The third annual prize distribution function of Mata Sahib Kaur Khalsa Girls College of Education was celebrated at Dhamo Majra on Saturday on the college premises. Chief guest K.S. Badungar, former president of SGPC, presided over the function. Students were awarded prizes and merit certificates for their achievements during the session.

Welcomed: Residents of the town and artists of the National Theatre Arts Society hailed the decision of the Patiala municipal corporation to close the filthy drain around Bhasha Bhawan near Sheranwala Gate, which was a source of nuisance since a long time.

11 new bank branches: The Malwa Gramin Bank, with its head office here and spread over five districts Sangrur, Patiala, Mohali, Barnala and Fatehgarh Sahib, is going to open 11 new branches, eight in the first fortnight of June and three in July, in Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala and Barnala districts. With the opening of these branches, the bank is expecting to do additional business of Rs 50 crore in a year. All new 11 branches will be fully computerised.

Farmers block rail traffic: Demanding the augmentation of a power transformer from 7.5 mega volt ampere (MVA) to 20 MVA at the 66-KV grid sub-station of the PSEB at Chhajli village (near Sunam), members and activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), led by state president of the union Joginder Singh Ugrahan, blocked the rail traffic for two hours on Ludhiana-Jakhal track at Chhajli village on Friday.They wanted the power supply improved in the Chhajli area at the earliest in view of the ensuing paddy season.

Suicide: Mansa Kumari (30), an Ambedkar Colony resident, ended her life by consuming poison on Saturday. The victim was rushed to the civil hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where the doctor declared her brought dead. According to the police, Mansa Kumari was suffering from depression, which could have resulted in the extreme step. As her husband is working in Yamunanagar, she was putting up with her sister and brother-in-law at Ambedkar Colony. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.


Vaccinated: As many as 95 stray and pet dogs were vaccinated against rabies at an anti-rabies vaccination and animal welfare camp held in Phase XI on Saturday by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in association with the department of animal husbandry, Punjab.


Body recovered: The body of a youth was recovered from a drain near Vijay Nagar on Saturday. The body was identified as that of Vilas Kumar’s, a resident of Bihar. A passerby noticed the body and informed the police. A case has been registered and the body has been sent to the local civil hospital for a postmortem.

Effigy burnt: The Ambala unit of BJP burnt the effigy of union home minister Shivraj Patil for his statement in which he compared Afzal Guru, who attacked the Parliament, with Sarvjeet Singh who is lodged in Pakistan jail.

Boy crushed to death: A five-year-old boy was crushed to death when he fell from a tractor at Chang village on Saturday. According to information, the boy had climbed on the tractor when it was parked but ignition was on. Suddenly, the tractor moved and child fell down. He was crushed under the front tyre. He was rushed to civil hospital here where the doctor declared him dead.

POs arrested: The police has arrested several proclaimed offenders. Pratap Singh, a resident of local lambi gali area who had been declared PO, was arrested on Friday. Navin and Paramjit, residents of Kirorimal temple area, were also nabbed by the police.

3 arrested for murder: The police has arrested three persons on the charges of murdering a woman and burning her body. According to the reports, Manphool Singh of Bhari Jattan village had lodged a complaint that the in-laws of his daughter had murdered her and burnt her body to remove evidence. The police arrested Khila Ram, Diya and Zinda. A case has been registered.

Postgraduate classes: Local Manohar Memorial College on Saturday announced that it was going to start postgraduate and science classes along with some job-oriented courses from the coming academic session. Principal D. K. Kaushik said the college management has received no objection from the government for starting the courses on self-finance basis.

Obscene CDs: Youth held: The police on Saturday said it had picked up some youth in connection with two obscene compact discs. The police party, led by DSP (city) Nripjit Singh, picked up a cyber café owner and three others from the Arorwansh-Dharamshala road. The police also took into custody three computers. When contacted, DSP Nripjit Singh said the youths had been rounded up on suspicion and the matter was under investigation.

Sarpanch suspended: Deputy commissioner O. P. Sheoran on Saturday suspended a woman sarpanch for misappropriation of pension funds. Sarpanch Laxmi Bai is alleged to have forged thumb impression of a couple for embezzling the funds. According to reports, Shiv Kumar, a migrant labourer and resident of Dariyapur village, and his wife received old age pension from the government. While Shiv Kumar and his wife had gone to Uttar Pardesh for about three months, Luxmi Bai withdrew their pension by putting thumb impressions of some other persons.The deputy commissioner got the thumb impressions verified from an expert and when it was confirmed that the impressions were forged, he suspended the sarpanch.

Power losses
: Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has recorded a reduction of 7 per cent in line losses during the last fiscal against a target of 6 per cent. The losses have come down from 32.4 per cent in 2006-07 to 25.4 per cent during 2007-08. Ashok Lavasa, financial commissioner and principal secretary (power), disclosed this here on Saturday while addressing a meeting of senior officers of the DHBVN.


Dadahu attack flayed: The Himachal Pradesh State Beopar Mandal has condemned the Friday attack on traders at Dadahu in Sirmaur district. The mandal has urged the Chief Minister to order a strong action against the culprits so that nobody dares to repeat such incidents in future.

CM’s assurance hailed: Ramsingh, president of the Himachal Pradesh State Non-Gazetted Employees Federation has welcomed the declaration by the Chief Minister that all remaining cases of victimisation of government employees would be inquired into. Addressing mediapersons on Friday, he said cases should be registered against those found responsible for these victimisations.

Road work hits water supply: Residents of the Kuther area have alleged that the ongoing construction work on the Holi-Kuther road posed a risk to six houses in the area. They said the construction had affected drinking water supply and damaged footpaths. Officials confirmed that complaints had been received from the residents in that regard.

Course for TGTs: A 12-day in-service course for TGTs (Hindi) of KVS, Dehra Dun, Jammu and Chandigarh region began at KV, Yol Cantt, on Thursday. Brig Ashok Sharma represented chairman Maj-Gen G.S. Grewal and inaugurated the course. According to D.P. Mamgain, principal and director of the course, the KVS (HQ), New Delhi, organises in-service courses at different places in the country. Stress is on use of education technology, activity-based teaching and correct use of Hindi.

Workshop: The 50th workshop on service to community is being organised at the NIT, Hamirpur, nowadays. NIT director Prof I.K. Bhat said 49 such workshops had been organised earlier in different fields in which thousands of people had participated. He also highlighted achievements of the NIT on the occasion. Organising secretary of the programme Kamlesh Dutta said 40 participants from different fields, including schoolchildren, were participating in the workshop.

Book released: Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal released ‘Blooming Bud’, a poetry book penned by Priya, a class X student of Sacred Heart Convent. Appreciating the poems written by Priya, he said she had immense talent to write quality literature. “Such creativity among children needs to be polished and given all possible encouragement so that they can make a mark in the field of literature,” he said.


Missing persons: Five persons have gone missing in Jammu in the past few days in the city. Police sources said Mohammad Imran (16) and Sudam Hussain (13), residents of Beli Charana and Aman (16) of Bilwara Hall Malhotra Gali, Jammu, have been missing since May 21. Meanwhile, Sahil Kumar (15) of Lakhdata Gali, Jammu and Rohit Kumar (19) of Skinderpur, Jammu, have been missing since May 22.

Man injured: A man suffered minor injuries after pellets from a shell, which deviated from a firing range, hit him in Akhnoor area on Saturday, official sources said. Tara Chand (35) sustained splinter injuries when the shell from the firing range deviated and exploded in the fields at Jogwan village. The injured was evacuated from the site and admitted to a hospital.

Hideout busted: Security personnel unearthed a militant hideout in Thuroo forest area in Reasi district on Saturday. Based on a tip-off, the troops busted the hideout and recovered six UBGL grenades, a hand grenade, two IEDs with remote control device and some detonators. However, no arrests had been made so far.

5 attempt suicide: Five persons attempted suicide by consuming poisonous substances in different incidents in the city on Saturday. Police sources said Sapna of R.S. Pura; Krishan of Kotli, R.S. Pura; Manpreet Kour of Ajit Nagar Rani Bagh; Princy of Rehari Colony and Pankaj of Mawa Samba were admitted to the Government Medical College, Jammu, for treatment.

One killed, 3 hurt in road accidents: Mehran Ahmad Wani (4) was killed, while three persons were wounded and a house was gutted in the Kashmir valley on Saturday, official sources said. Mehran was hit and critically injured by a vehicle near the Zakoora crossing. He was shifted to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, three persons were wounded when two vehicles collided near the Tatoo ground, Batamaloo. A house was also damaged in a fire incident at Kokernag in Anantnag district. The cause of the fire could not be known.

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