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BJP office-bearers
: The district BJP president, Mohinder Partap Dhingra, has approved the list of office-bearers of the party’s city unit, a release issued here on Saturday said. The re-organised executive committee will have Ravi Setia as president, Jagdish Chuchra, Ashok Chhabra and Tulsi Devi as vice-presidents, Navneet Jaiswal as general secretary, Suresh Pahuja, Manish Sharma and Vinod Juneja as secretaries and Shanti Lal Jain as treasurer. Sonu Phutela, Mona Jaiswal, Ramesh Dholpuria and Guljari Lal Chalana have been appointed as presidents of youth, women, Scheduled Castes and intellectual wings, respectively.

Martial arts academy
: The Buddha Dal group has decided to set up a martial arts academy here. Chief of the group Baba Balbir Singh said here on Friday that the academy would be set up in the organisation's ward No. 9 land. He said the organisation was seriously working to improve the reputation of Nihangs in society. “I have come to know that some Nihangs are caught in the evil of drug addiction. They will be identified and taken to task,” he said.

Summer camp
: An eight-day summer camp organised by the B.V.M. Convent School concluded on Saturday. About 300 students from various schools participated in the camp. Parmod Arora, director of the school, said that the open-to-all camp was aimed at inculcating creativity among students, who learnt paper craft, music, dance, games, cookery classes etc during the camp. The students were also taught time management and a sense of responsibility. The camp was free of cost, he said. Emphasising the need for summer camps, Arora said that it replaces the traditional classroom teaching and students feel relieved  from the rigours of daily routine. 

One arrested with smack:
The police has arrested one person for possessing smack. SSP Naresh Arora told mediapersons here on Friday that the police had arrested Vijay Kumar, alias Shakti, of the local Kapoori Gate, from the Dharampura Colony area and seized 15 gm of smack from his possession.

Power cut
: Due to the underground laying of cables from the Canal Bridge to the TV tower, power supply on GT Road, Ganesha Basti, Aggarwal Colony, Pukhraj Cinema, Pukhraj Colony, Azad Nagar and its adjoining areas will remain switched off from 8 am to 7 pm daily from June 1 to June 30.

Aid distributed: Local unit of the National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) distributed aid among needy persons at several villages on Saturday, including Sivian, Bhokhra, Gill Patti, Guru Nanak Nagar and Kothe Amarpura. NFL officials handed over eight tricycles, four sewing machines, two rehris and cycles to the needy. 

Convicted: The Additional Sessions Judge G.K. Dhir on Thursday sentenced one Rajinder Singh to rigorous imprisonment for two and a half years and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 in a case of poppy husk smuggling. As per the reports, the Kotwali police had set up a check-post at Basti No. 4 under Bir Talab locality and recovered 20 kg of poppy husk from the possession of Rajinder Singh, a resident of Tarkhanwala village. The police, after arresting him, also registered a case under the NDPS Act against the accused.

IIT-JEE: Sumit Kalsi and Gunjan Bansal of Harbhajan Institute have bagged the 147 and 1319 rank in IIT preliminary examination, Director of the institute Harbhajan Singh informed this here on Friday. Around 14 students have managed to clear the examination, he added. 

Benefits for ex-Armymen: All ex-army personnel who were wounded in the 1962, 1965, 1971 wars and are drawing pension can become the member of the War Wounded Foundation and avail of extra facilities. The District Sanik Welfare Officer, in a press release, informed this. Appeal was also made to all ex-servicemen falling under the category to submit details like name, address and phone number before June 5 to the District Sainik Welfare Officer.

Students excel: Students of Police Public School have fared well in the CBSE class X exam. The first three positions were bagged by Kush Garg (94.6 per cent), Darpan Garg (94 per cent) and Harshita (90.2 per cent). Three students of Springdale English School scored over 80 per cent. 

House burgled
: Some miscreants stole Rs 50,000 and gold jewellery worth Rs 1.50 lakh from a house in Model Town on Thursday. The police said house owner Anita Sharma had gone to her friend’s house and when she returned she found the house locks broken.

Varsity topper:
HMV College student Kanika Chopra has topped in the B.Com (professional-I) examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University. Sahiba Julka of the same college has stood third. 

Team selected: The following have been selected by the Punjab and Sind Bank for their junior and sub-junior hockey academies. Junior academy: Gurvinder Singh, Harbir Singh, Mehtab Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Spoor Singh, Mandeep Singh, Amlok Singh, Ranjodh Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Taranjit Singh, Pardeep Kumar and Amandeep Singh. Sub-junior academy: Kamalpreet Singh, Amandeep Singh, Harjot Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Harpal Singh and Jaswinder Pal.

Woman stabbed to death
: Two unidentified youths stabbed to death a woman who was facing charges in a number of criminal cases. The incident took place when she was standing outside her house in Quila Mohalla late Saturday evening. Channo, who had once accused a local journalist of rape, died on the spot. The police said that the youths came on a bike, stopped near her at about 8:15 p.m., and pounced on her with sharp-edged weapons.

Goods gutted in fire
: A timber store and saw mill, Jiwa Timber Merchants, on the Milkh Road area were gutted in a fire here on Friday. Gates and other finished goods worth Rs 20 lakh were destroyed. Fire tenders were unable to control the fire fully due to unavailability of water in storage tanks of the Fire Brigade, alleged Sahid Parvej, owner of the timber store. A case has been registere. 

No Tobacco Day
: The local civil hospital observed the World No Tobacco Day on Saturday. Dr Subodh Gupta presided over the function. On the occasion, psychologist and drug de-addiction expert Harpal Singh Sran said the usage of tobacco and cigarettes led to diseases like asthma and tuberculosis. One who smokes not only risks his life but also of those around due to passive smoking, he said. He informed that in India, nearly 10 lakh people died every year due to tobacco use. 

Yoga training: The Yoga Committee, district Mansa, would organise a yoga teachers’ training camp at Vidya Bhartiya School from June 4-18, for which the registration has begun, Ishwar Goyal and Yadvinder Singh, the office-bearers of the committee informed on Saturday.

Aggarwal Sabha: A meeting was held at Sardoolgarh to form the Aggarwal Sabha. Chiranji Lal Garg, state president of the Sabha, presided over the meeting. On the occasion, Satpal Singh and Amitpal Babby were elected as the president and the secretary of the Sabha, Sardoolgarh, respectively.

Traffic jam: The CPI (ML) has alleged that the traffic police was becoming a hurdle in the smooth flow of traffic in the city. Releasing a statement here on Friday, district secretary of the party Bhagwant Singh Sammaon and city secretary Sukhcharan Singh informed that some shopkeepers on the road from bus stand to the DC’s residence and on the Anaj Mandi roads had made encroachments. But no action was being taken against them. Long queues of vehicles could be seen when the traffic cops stop the vehicles for checking, which result in traffic jams, they added. They demanded that the traffic police should ensure the smooth flow of traffic. 

Canal water supply: A deputation of the Democratic Employees’ Front met the XEN, Canal Department, on Friday to apprise him of the problems that the employees were facing. The deputation, including Jaspal Kokhar, Sikandar Gharangna and Satish Kumar Bikhi, met the XEN who assured them of solving their problems  at the earliest. 

Dharna on June 12: At a meeting held here on Friday, the Bhakra Canal Kisan Bachao Action Committee has decided to hold a dharna on June 12 at the office of the canal department in Chandigarh for the proper supply of water to the canals. The leaders of the Committee, Lal Chand and Hachand Singh, informed that supply of water to the Bhakra canal was quite low and was made only for a week in a month. Due to this, farmers had been facing problems in watering their crops and were compelled to use contaminated water for the same.

Cop dies in road mishap
: Tirath Singh of Ladhpur village was killed in a road accident near Barach village, 45 km from here, on Friday. The deceased was posted as Hawaldar at Qadian police station and was going to his village on his scooter when it collided with a tree resulting to his death.Rajesh Kakar,SHO,Qadian, and Joginder Singh, SHO, Kahnuwan, handed over the body to his relatives after filing a report.

Flesh trade racket busted
: The Dhuri police on Saturday claimed to have busted a flesh trade racket by arresting six persons, including three women, from the house of a woman in a basti at Dhuri, 13 km from here. A case has been registered against them under Sections 3, 4 and 5, Immoral Traffic Act, 1956. Dhuri city in charge Sukhdev Singh said all six persons were remanded in police custody for two days.

Class X results 100 pc: All 138 students of the local General Gurnam Singh Public School have passed Class X examinations, conducted by the CBSE, New Delhi this year, by securing first division. According to Kulwinder Singh, principal, Gurdeep Singh Somal stood first in the school by securing 96.6 per cent marks. Twentythree students had scored more than 93 per cent marks, while 102 students passed the examinations by scoring more than 75 per cent marks. 

IIT-JEE ranks: Local students Sandeep Bindal, Rohit Singla and Puneet Chhabra have brought laurels to the city by bagging different ranks in the IIT-JEE, 2008. Sandeep’s rank is 593, Rohit’s 741 and Puneet’s 1013.

In charge, BSP: Retired SP Madanjit Singh has been appointed in charge of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency, according to district president Jagtar Singh Changal. 

Members appointed: President of the Punjab unit of the BJP Rajinder Bhandari has appointed Vasdev Arya (Dhuri) and Inu Singla (Sangrur) as members of the state executive of the BJP, according to district president of the party Jatinder Kalra.



Leopard kills cattle
: A leopard is said to be active in the Bakroa panchayat areas near here as it killed a Jersey calf of a villager, Onkar Singh, on Thursday night. Earlier, this leopard was responsible for killing a goat and seriously injuring another goat of Pritam Singh of the same village. A number of village elders said here on Friday that the village is virtually under the grip of terror and panic of this predator. They demanded payment of immediate suitable compensation to the affected farmers and also to catch this leopard.

Thakur flays BJP: Former health minister Ramlal Thakur has objected to the Dhumal government’s alleged campaign against prominent Congress leaders and former Chief Minister in collaboration with the Vigilance Department and some mediapersons at Shimla. He said this was nothing but an attempt to tarnish the image of these leaders. He said this while addressing mediapersons here recently. Rejecting charges levelled against him, he said he had done nothing wrong and did not fear any inquiry in that regard.

Forum lodges protest
: The district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Senior Citizens’ Forum has lodged its grouse about mistreating them while they go to offices for some task. In a press release issued here on Friday, P.C. Oberoy, district president of the forum, alleged that senior citizens were being overlooked and were not being given honor in letter and spirit. He urged the government to deal with their complaints stringently. 

SFI condemns attack: The district unit of Students Federation of India (SFI) has condemned the attack on SFI activists in the Himachal Pradesh University campus and demanded stringent punitive action against the guilty. A meeting of the SFI to this effect was held here on Saturday under the chairmanship of its district president Omkar Singh.

Camp concludes
: A 40-day ‘National Nature Study Camp’, which was organised by the Youth Hostels Association of India, concluded at the Youth Hostel Dalhousie on Friday. As many as 522 students from eight states participated in this camp, which consisted of seven batches. Each batch stayed for six days and took part in activities like trekking, rappelling and river crossing. Chamba DC Munish Garg said such camps help the students to adjust with one another, know more about teamwork, culture and habits of students from other states through such camps.

CM thanked
: Sobha Singh Memorial Art Society, the Andretta gram panchayat, art lovers and admirers of Sobha Singh have expressed gratitude to Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal for restoring the Sobha Singh Art Award and birth anniversary functions. Secretary general of the organisation Harday Pal Singh said the award would be a source of inspiration to budding artists.

CM thanked: Sobha Singh Memorial Art Society, the Andretta gram panchayat, art lovers and admirers of Sobha Singh have expressed gratitude to Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal for restoring the Sobha Singh Art Award and birth anniversary functions. Secretary general of the organisation Harday Pal Singh said the award would be a source of inspiration to budding artists.

HPU incident condemned
: State president of the SFI Joginder Kumar has condemned the incident of violence on the campus of HPU, Shimla. He accused ABVP activists for allegedly attacking the SFI students and said such attacks would not be tolerated. 

Probe demanded: The Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has demanded a high-level probe into the circumstances leading to suicide by Dr P.C. Verma. General secretary of the association Jiva Nand Chauhan said Dr Verma, who allegedly committed suicide on last Sunday by consuming some poisonous substance, was quite disturbed after being arrested under the PNDT Act a few months ago. He said it would be most appropriate to get the matter investigated by an independent agency to ascertain the circumstances that forced Dr Verma to take the extreme step. 

Religious function: The 6th state-level one-day Sant Samagam by the Sant Nirankari Mission will be organised at Sujan Pur on June 1. In charge of publicity of the mission Kirpa Sagar said the samagam was likely to be attended by 60,000 devotees. All arrangements for the same had already been made, he added.

Rigorous imprisonment
: D.S. Khenal, Additional District and Session Judge-cum-special judge Fast Track Court, Kullu, has convicted Lal Chand, son of Dharam Chand resident of Narhani of this district on Friday for possessing 740 grams of charas and sentenced him for two-and-a-half-year rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000. In the event of non-payment of the fine the accused would have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for additional one year.

Panchayat chief ousted: Bhuntar Nagar Panchayat president Meena Thakur was ousted on Saturday by a no-confidence motion that was moved earlier by five of the seven member local body. Six members were present in the meeting while five members participated in the discussions of the motion and one member Daljit Dogra abstained from participating in the discussions. 

Award for minister
: Minister for social justice and empowerment Sarveen Chaudhary has been given the Rashtriya Gaurav award by a Delhi-based NGO, India International Friendship Society. The award was given to her by Bhisham Narayan Singh, former Governor of Tamil Nadu, at a function held in New Delhi on Saturday. The ward has been given in recognition of her contribution in the fields of social development, women uplift and welfare of SCs and STs over the past 10 years. 

Bar chief elected
: Duni Chand Sharma was elected as president of the District Bar Association, Mandi, on Saturday for the third time. The post of the president was lying vacant for the past one month as the earlier president expired on April 25. A meeting of the members was convened on Saturday afternoon in which Sharma was elected unanimously as president of the association.



Film festival
: A two-day film festival on “Faith, Conflict and Peace” was organised by Yakjah, a voluntary organisation, at the Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University. “Floating lamp of the shadow”, a documentary portraying the journey of a nine-year-old son of a militant, was the high point of the festival. Other documentaries screened during the film festival included “Crossing the Lines: Kashmir, Pakistan, India”, “Independent Intervention” and “Tell them the tree they had planted has now grown”. 

2 held with arms: Two members of a gang were arrested during a raid in Paloura area of the city on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off that a gang was plotting to kill a contractor, the police raided a hideout in the city and arrested two gangsters. Three others managed to escape. Two loaded country-made pistols and sharp-edged weapons were recovered from their possession. 

Woman dies
: One person was drowned, while a woman died and three others were injured, in the Kashmir valley on Saturday. Official sources said the body of an unidentified man was fished out from a canal in Ganderbal. Meanwhile, Kulsuma, wife of Mir Assadullah and riding pillion, died on the spot after a vehicle hit their motorcycle at the Sheri Bhat Zadibal. In another incident, two women were injured when a three-wheeler hit them at Shopian in south Kashmir. One Ghulam Mohammad Malik was also injured after being hit by a motorcycle in Pulwama. 

World Anti-tobacco Day: “Rid-Tobak”, a product to help addicts quit tobacco, was introduced by the Unani Hospital and Panchi Karma centre on Saturday. The product would be available at different hospitals across the valley, Dr Naseer Ahmad Haqueem, director, Unani Hospital said on the occasion of World Anti-tobacco Day. Dr Haqueem said Rid-Tobak had been successfully launched in the US, Italy, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, Europe, South East Asia and Asia Pacific countries.

Two killed: A labourer working with BEACON was among two persons killed in Leh district on Saturday. Official sources said Tsring Morup of the 55-RCC GREF (BEACON), died when he came under a huge landslide near Lamayuru in Leh. Meanwhile, the body of Sonam Stebdan, who was mentally challenged, was recovered near a Tibetan Colony in Leh. The cause of his death could not be known. 


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