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: Dr. Tirath Singh, 45, a social worker of the town and son of a former SAD (B) city president, died in his house on Sunday after falling from the roof of his house while repairing cable net work wires. He was cremated today. Dr. Tirath Singh came to his house at 7.30 pm on Sunday after attending the cremation of a senior Bharat Vikas Parishad member, who died due to a cardiac arrest. The representatives of various social, political and religious organisations condoled his untimely death.

Poppy husk seized:
Police seized more than two quintals of poppy husk from a truck on Sunday. A police party headed by DSP Raj Pal Singh and inspector Partap Singh of narcotic cell, Amritsar, held a special naka on GT Road, Batala, on the basis of secret information.

102-year-old dies
: Death prevented a 102-year-old resident of village Bhankarpur near Dera Bassi from exercising her right to franchise. Just as Akki Kaur was about to enter booth No. 8 for casting vote in the Gram Panchayat elections, she collapsed and was immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where she was declared brought dead.

Nursing week
: Nursing week was observed at the Victor Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Sciences, Ranwan, near here. Throughout the week competitions like panel discussions, quiz, rangoli, debate, sports and poster-making competitions were organised.Insitute’s principal Arvind Kaur highlighted the importance of this profession and nurses to work with utmost dedication. Its director B.S.Garcha was also present on the occasion. Results: Poster-making: Meena Ist and Shikha IInd; Rangoli-making: Neha Ist and Daljeet IInd. Quiz: Team A: Aarti, Lakhwinder, Rupinder and Kamaljeet Kaur stood Ist.

: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Monday condoled the death of Vidyawati Jain, mother of former MP and BJP in-charge Himachal Pradesh, Satpal Jain. Badal visited the cremation ground today and placed wreath on the body of Vidyawati, who passed on Sunday evening after brief illness at PGI. Besides Badal and Dhumal, health minister Himachal Pradesh Rajiv Jindal, Punjab cooperation minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh, deputy commissioner Rahul Bhandari and SSP R.S. Khattra too were present. Vidyawati is survived by four sons.

Ladies club:
The new executive of the Lakshami Ladies Club was elected for the year 2008-09. Neena Bawa was elected chairperson followed by Sukarma Kalra’s as club’s president and Rajni Goyal as its vice-president, while Swaran Talwar became treasurer. The post of secretary went to Shammi Bindra with Meenu Aggarwal elected as its joint secretary.

Martyrdom day: The 292nd martyrdom day Baba Banda Singh Bahadur will be observed at Gurmat Sanchar Gurdwara in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here on June 9. This was decided at a state committee meeting of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Manch here on Friday. Manch convener Baldev Bawa said the martyrdom day would also be observed in Canada and in New Jersey (USA). The meeting was also attended by vice-president Hari Das Bawa, general secretaries Bawa Ravinder Nandi, Jiwan Das Bawa, Vikramjit Singh Rauni, Rajinder Bawa, Buta Singh Bairagi, Tarlochan Das Bawa, Balwinder Bawa, Rajiv Bawa, Kanchan Bawa and Varinder Bawa.

Awareness session: An awareness session on 'Total Productive Maintenance', a Japanese management system for improving overall effectiveness in industry, was organised under the aegis of Laghu Udyog Bharti here on Saturday. Sachit Jain, executive director, Vardhman Textiles, was the chief guest while Vinod Jain, vice-chairman, SSI Development Board, Punjab, was the guest of honour. S.S. Pandit of Vardhman Group explained how the system could help industrial units attain efficiency and cost competitiveness, improve productivity and better their quality. Vardhman Textiles also displayed their range of products.

Counselling centres
: The Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust plans to start a number of educational institutions. The trust also has plans of setting up couselling centres for providing counselling and guidance to the educated youth for career and job opportunities and seek coordination and cooperation of educational institutions for the purpose. Dr A.S. Sekhon, dean of the Gian Sagar Colleges told The Tribune that the trust also plans to set up and run adult education centres and coaching centres.



Liquor seized
: As many as 1,000 boxes of liquor were seized by the CIA staff at a naka laid near the PCL chowk. According to the police, the liquor was being illegally transported in a truck. On suspicion the police signaled the truck to stop. During checking, 1,000 boxes of liquor were recovered. The driver of the truck was arrested and the vehicle impounded. Action under Sections 61/1/14 of the relevant act was initiated in this regard.

Foundation day
: The Institution for Secretarial Practices & Development (INSPIRE) celebrated its 15th foundation day at Zirakpur on Monday evening. According to the secretary general of the INSPIRE, Vinod Dhiman, a carnival, a lot of other cultural programmes, quiz and drawing competitions for children were held on this occasion. The chief guest on the occasion was N.K. Sharma, a former president of the Zirakpur municipal council, appreciated the efforts and role of INSPIRE in developing professional competence of its members by holding various training programmes.



Roads for Kaithal
: The Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board (HSAMB) and public works department have constructed 106.81-km long 30 roads during the tenure of the present state government and 83. 29-km long 25 roads were under construction in the district. Deputy commissioner Vikas Gupta said this on Monday. He said 226.34-km long 92 roads were repaired at a cost of Rs 968 lakh.

2 gangsters held
: The police on a tip-off arrested two gangsters, Lalit and Rinku, of Rewari during a raid which it conducted at a hideout near Dharuhera on Saturday. However, their two accomplices, Sandeep and Rahul Saini, managed to escape. They were reportedly planning to loot a petrol station at Dharuhera. The police, which registered a case of attempt to commit robbery, on Sunday produced the accused in a local court, which remanded them to judicial custody.

Girl killed in mishap
: A girl was killed and three youths were injured in accidents on railway tracks here on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Himanshi (12) of Kakroi village in Sonepat district. The injured - Sanjay from Bhiwani and Neeraj and Sunny of local Ekta Colony - were admitted to the PGIMS here for treatment. The government railway police (GRP) has registered separate cases in connnection with the two mishaps. According to sources, Sunny and Neeraj were sitting on the railway track here on the Rohtak-Panipat section of northern railway when a passenger train heading towards Panipat hit them. While Neeraj lost one of his legs, Sunny lost one of his arms in the mishap.



: Legal Aid Authority organised one-day seminar for panchayat representatives here on Sunday. Rajesh Chauhan, civil judge and sub-division level Legal Aid Authority chairman at Gahar, said any family having annual income less than Rs 50,000, poor and destitute families, women, SCs, STs, OBCs families and those with mental problems could be provided free legal aid by the authority on a simple application.

BJP thanks voters: BJP state spokesman Randhir Sharma expressed party’s gratitude towards voters of the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency, who reposed faith in BJP’s policies. He added that the victory of Anurag Thakur was result of the united efforts of the BJP workers. He said the Hamirpur result proved that the Congress had lost its credibility among the masses and none of its allegations against the BJP was able to cut ice with the voters.

70 sheep, goats washed away
: Around 70 sheep and goats were washed away in a flash flood as a sequel to the cloudburst in the Chobia belt area of Bharmour tribal subdivision in Chamba district on Sunday night. The affected shepherds reported the incident to the ADM, Bharmour, on Monday and claimed compensation for the loss. ADM N.K. Lath confirmed the incident and directed the revenue officials to rush to the affected area and assess the loss.

Doctor commits suicide
: Local doctor P.C. Verma, who ran a diagnostic centre here, reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. The body was found in a forest near Bhota on Sunday. Verma’s diagnostic centre was raided by the police in connection with pre-natal tests recently.

: Mr Justice R.B. Mishra on Monday said the sentence required to be awarded in an appropriate manner keeping in view the criminal act in each and every case. He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on “Sentencing policy” for the judicial officers of the state. He said the main object of the policy was to protect society and deter criminals. The workshop was organised by the HP State Judicial Academy. Director of the academy George said the academy had so far conducted 157 training programmes and workshops in which 2,665 judicial and executive officers had undergone training.



Parliamentary team
: A four-member parliamentary team visited the international border here to assess the prevailing security situation, Border Security Force (BSF) sources said on Monday. The parliamentary sub-committee on border fencing and floodlights installation, led by Mohan Singh, paid a one-day visit here on Sunday.

Kumaratunga meets CM
: Former president of Sri Lanka Chandrika Kumaratunga visited Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's house on Monday, an official spokesman said. Kumaratunga arrived here on Sunday to participate in the inaugural function of the Institute for Kashmir Studies at the Kashmir University and later met the Chief Minister at his residence. Shamima Azad, the Chief Minister's wife, presented a Kashmiri shawl to Kumaratunga.

Two attempt suicide: Two teenagers tried to commit suicide in different incidents on Monday. Nusrat Jan of Nusoo village in Bandipora allegedly consumed some poisonous substance at her residence, a police spokesman said. She was rushed to SMHS hospital where her condition was stated to be critical. In another incident, Itefaq Ahmad Beigh (17)also consumed some poisonous substance at his residence at Kralweth in Baramulla district. 

Jawan killed: A jawan was killed in an encounter with militants in Kupwara district on Monday, official sources said. Rifleman K.J. Singh was killed when militants opened fire on a search party in the Lalpora forest area. The troops fired back but the ultras fled after a brief gunfight.

Poppy destroyed: The police on Monday destroyed poppy crops over 20 kanals in south Kashmir on Monday. Official sources said acting on a tip-off, a special police party raided Lerv, Okey, Honad Chellan and Punipora villages in Kulgam. During the raid, the police destroyed poppy crops and registered cases against owners of the land.


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