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AWWA summer camp
: A run for children marked the opening of the Summer Creative Camp organised under the aegis of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) of the Amogh division at Sadhuwali Cantonment on NH 15 on Monday. Interestingly, the junior most officer of military station at Sriganganagar, Lieutenant Priyanka Gahlawat, flagged off the run in presence of officers and other ranks of the division. Scores of children aged between 8-19 years were participating in the 12-day camp which aimed to enhance their skills in various personality development activities including, dance, music, shooting, tennis, calligraphy, swimming, boating, etc, a spokesperson for the AWWA said. They would be visiting the Air Force station at Suratgarh also.

VHP organises programmes:The Durga Vahini, one of the Vishav Hindu Parishad’s offshoots, was expecting participation of 150 girls from different districts of the state in the “Shakti Sadhna” camp to be held at Gurdaspur in the age-group of 15-35 years from June 16-22, said Lila Dhar Sharma, district president of the principal organisation. The camp was being organised under women empowerment drive launched by the VHP. The participants would be ensured intellectual, physical and mental development to meet any situation, he added. Sharma further informed that the Bajrang Dal would also be organising a state-level camp at Rampura Phul in Bathinda from June 14 to 22 . About 200 youths were expected to participate. 

NIS courses
: The NIS academy has launched two certificate courses in retail act and retail lead. NIS senior vice-president Manoj Chawla said there was a phenomenal growth in the retail sector and it required energetic and skilled workforce to take on the retail revolution. 

Mgmt skills: An education excellence program was organised at Spring Dales Senior School. Dr Senthi Kumarana, senior counsellor from CII institute of quality, Bangalore, conducted the program. School staff was taught about quality management skills in the field of education. 

Sidhu to brief CM on project: Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, who has initiated a project to improve infrastructure of the city with a Rs 100-crore grant from the Punjab government, will make a presentation to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in this regard on Saturday. The project includes revamp of the road network, decongestion of streets and lanes, restructure of traffic roundabouts. 

GND varsity results: The results of B.Com (Professional) Part II examination of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April, 2008, will be declared on Wednesday. The results will be available on the university website www.gndu.ac.in after 5 pm. 

Damdami to open course: Editor of the Punjabi Tribune Sidhu Damdami will inaugurate a four-week general orientation course at GND University here on Thursday. Dr H.S. Bhatia, director of Academic Staff College, said the course was being organised for college and university teachers. 

Entrance test: GND University here will hold an all-India entrance test on June 20 for B. Tech (Sugar and Alcohol Technology) degree course. The eight-semester degree course, approved by the All-India Council for Technical Education. 

Demand raised
: The president of the Ferozepur district unit of the Congress and former member of the National Agriculture Price Commission, Gurnaib Singh Brar has demanded reduction in the taxes of petroleum products to give some relief to the common people. He said that the union government has given a call to all the state governments to cooperate on the issue of price rise of petroleum products because there was no other way out other than to hike the prices. He further added that the Badal government should realise this and come forward with some relief measures. 

Man found drugged
: A man was found in a drugged state in municipal committee park on Tuesday. Morning walkers found him lying unconscious at around 7 am. He was taken to the Kharar Civil Hospital. Later, he disclosed that he was Davinder Singh, a resident of Gharuan, and was working as a driver. However, the doctors said his statements could not be recorded, as he was medically unfit. The police suspects the man might have been drugged. 

Theft case solved
: The police claims to have solved two incidents of vehicle thefts and recovered both vehicles. Rajwinder Singh of Navipur truck had been stolen on Sunday. The police arrested Lakhbir Singh of Hardoshani in this connection and also recovered the truck. 

21 qtl wood seized: The sadar police recovered 21 qtl khair wooden here on Tuesday. Harpal Singh, SI, said the wood loaded in a vehicle was stopped at a naka at Ghyala near the railway crossing. On seeing the police, all accused fled from the scene. 

Body found: The Pathankot police recovered an unidentified body of a man from Kotli village, 12 km from here, on Tuesday. The body was hanging from a tree. It has been sent for the post-mortem. 

Tarn Taran
New charge
: “I would try my best to improve education standards with the existing infrastructure in this border district.” This was stated by Sri Guru Arjun Dev Government Girls Secondary School principal D.K. Mahia, who has been given the additional charge of the district education officer (secondary) Friday. 



Theft at Mohali
: Cash, gold, silver ornaments and household items were stolen from a house in Jhujhar Nagar. Lalit Bhardwaj, owner of the house, said his family had gone to Himachal Pradesh on May 31 and came back on Tuesday. He found the lock on the gate broken by thieves. On entering the house he saw that it had been ransacked. Things were lying scattered as thieves searched the house for valuables. He said the thieves had decamped with Rs 10,000, gold and silver ornaments and other household items. A complaint to the police was made in this regard. 

Office-bearers elected
: Dhanna Singh has been elected president of the Gobind Vihaar Residents’ Welfare Association, Kansal. Sant Ram is vice-president, Ujagar Singh is secretary, G.C. Bhatti has been appointed joint secretary while Manu Sharma is cashier. 

Poll commissioner bereaved
: Dr V.P. Dubey, former Punjab IAS officer and elder brother of A.K. Dubey, Punjab state election commissioner, died at GMCH-32, Chandigarh, on Sunday following a brief illness .He was 76. After his retirement, Dubey worked as a member of the Punjab Public Service Commission and professor at Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh. His son Naresh Dubey is assistant excise and taxation commissioner in Punjab. His kirya will take place at Shiv Mandi, Sector 9, on June 20 from 2 pm to 3 pm. 

Rs 1.5 lakh stolen
: Thieves decamped with jewellery and cash after breaking into a locked house in Dhakoli on Tuesday. According to the local police, Tej Pal, a resident of Dhakoli, who was out of station since the past few days, alleged that he found the locks of his house broken open when he came back. The owner informed the police that jewellery worth Rs 1.50 lakh and Rs 70,000 cash was missing. A case has been registered. 


Jewellery, cash stolen
: Thieves took away jewellery and cash from Sai Baba temple at Ambala City late Monday night. The temple priest noticed the incident on Tuesday morning. He found the locks of the main gate tampered with. The donation box of the temple was also broken. He informed president of the temple management committee Ravinder Kumar. Kumar said the thieves took away around 7 kg of silver jewellery and Rs 40,000 cash from the temple. The matter has been reported to the police. 

New commissioner: Mohinder Kumar, a 1992 IAS Haryana batch officer, took charge as commissioner of Ambala Division on Tuesday. Kumar (55) earlier held the post of deputy commissioner of Ambala, Jhajjar, Rewari, Bhiwani and Panipat. He had joined the HCS in 1979. Addressing the media on Tuesday, he stated that his top priority would be to fight female feoticide in the district and division. He also emphasised on carrying forward and implementing the state governments policies. 

2 women held
: The police on a tip off arrested two women of the Bawaria tribe during a raid in a temple complex near the Civil Hospital here on Monday. A knife was also seized from their possession. The women had reportedly made a bid to loot a woman’s purse in the Punjabi market. The women have been identified as Sarita (55) and her married daughter Rekha (30), residents of Mandola village. They were remanded in judicial custody on Tuesday. 

Raghu Yadav’s yatra: Former legislator Raghu Yadav, president of the Sarvjati Janata Panchayat, a political outfit of south Haryana, along with a large number of party activists began the second phase of his “Nigrani (vigilance) padyatra” from Gothara village, 22 km from here, on Monday. Addressing village-level meetings on the route, Yadav said the government announcement regarding the establishment of the Sainik School in Rewari was commendable. 

HJC campaign from June 15
: The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) will launch a “Jan jagran abhiyan” in the state to mobilise support for the party and tell people about the failure of the state and union governments on all fronts from June 15. The district unit of the HJC chalked out a plan during a meeting held here on Monday. 



Govt criticised
: The state non-gazetted employees federation has criticised the Central Government for its wrong economic policies, which have ultimately resulted in present unprecedented rise in prices of essentials. Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, federation state president Ram Singh accompanied by six NGO leaders said the employees and labour have been the most hard hit along with common man with this price rise and the Centre had no explanation how it is going to compensate them for this unfortunate situation. 

Ghumarwin NP chief: Reeta Sehgal, a member from ward No. 5 in Ghumarwin, was unanimously elected president of the Ghumarwin Nagar Panchayat (NP) on Monday. Earlier, some members revolted against president Satpal, resulting in his removal from this post. The meeting was presided over by SDM Sumit Khimta. This post is reserved for a member of the Scheduled Castes. 

Foundation day: Chetna, a prominent social organisation of this area, organised its annual foundation day here on Tuesday. Retd DIG Ashok Vaidya presided over it. Special children presented a programme on cultural songs and dances. 

2 killed in mishap
: Two persons were killed when their car (PB-5404) plunged into the Ravi, near Gehra, about 35 km from here, on Tuesday. Those killed were Shashi and Sanju, residents of nearby villages. The bodies were later on fished out from the river. 

: Shushma (29), a resident of Kakroh village, committed suicide here on Monday night by eating some poisonous substance. She has left behind two children. She was found unconscious by her family members and was admitted to the Government Hospital, Bhoranj, where she was declared dead. 

Short-term course: A week-long course on ‘Hands on Practice in Electrical and Electronics Equipments’, organised by the Electrical Engineering Department of NIT, was inaugurated on Monday by director of the institute R.L. Sharma. He stressed on the need of such short-term courses under the Technical Quality Improvement Programme. 



Jawan goes missing
: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan reportedly went missing from his place of posting at Sunderbani in Rajouri district, police sources said on Tuesday. Constable Daleep Kumar of “A Company” of the 52 BSF Battalion in Sunderbani, went missing on June 6, they said. Daleep belonged to Kerala and was posted at Sunderbani since the past one year. 

2 die in mishap
: Two persons were killed and three others were injured in the Kashmir valley on Tuesday. Official sources said three persons were injured when a truck collided with a tractor at Mirbazar on the national highway. Injured Javed Ahmad Bhat and Rayees Ahmad succumbed to their injuries at a hospital. The third injured Bashir Ahmad was referred to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura. Meanwhile, Hajra (53) was injured when a truck hit her near Shampora, while another woman, Kulsuma, was injured in a road mishap on the Srinagar-Leh national highway. 

Two ultras killed: Two militants were killed and three soldiers were injured in an encounter in north Kashmir on Monday night. Official sources said the 8 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry conducted a search operation near Hanuman Post in the Kupwara district, following a tip-off, about the presence of the militants. Later, an encounter ensued in which two militants were killed and three soldiers were injured. 

Jawan commits suicide: A jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in central Kashmir on Tuesday. Police sources said constable Lal Singh of the 89th Battalion shot himself while he was on duty at the Khan Sahib camp in Budgam district. The police had started investigations and was trying to ascertain the motive behind the incident. 


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