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Pilgrims progress
: Under the banner of Shri Amarnath Langar Sewa Samiti, the first batch of 60 volunteers left this sub-divisional town on Friday. They took along four canter-loads of food and other items that were required for running the ‘bhandara’ (free kitchen) during the pilgrimage at Pissu Top, located at a height of 11,000 feet on the Pahalgam-Chandanwari route. The ‘bhandara’ would be inaugurated on June 18. — OC

Refresher course
: The Academic Staff College (ASC) of GND University, in collaboration with Department of Library and Information Science of the university, will organise a 3-week refresher course in library and information science on "Recent Trends in Library and Information Science" from July 18 at premises of the college. Dr H.S. Bhatia, director, ASC, said the prescribed application form could be downloaded at www.gndu.ac.in. Dr Amritpal Kaur, head of the department, is the subject coordinator of the course. — OC

Six-month-old girl abandoned
: The parents of a six-month-old girl abandoned her in government hospital here. The child, who is too weak, was found crying on a chair in front of the outdoor patients department. Civil hospital senior medical officer Gurdev Singh said the girl was left at about 1.30 pm on Friday. The baby was brought in, tended properly in the emergency ward and then a search was launched for the parents. The hospital authorities have informed the Model Town police in this connection. — OC

PU’s gesture to girl child: Appreciating the decision of Panjab University (PU) to reserve one seat for the girl who is a single child of her parents and another seat for cancer and HIV patients in all courses offered by the university and the colleges affiliated to it, MP Avinash Rai Khanna has demanded a similar type of reservation in all other universities falling in the affluent regions i.e. Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Khanna has stated that it would not only help in correcting the unbalanced sex ratio, but also curb female foeticide. — OC

Two nabbed
: The BSF headquarters Punjab frontiers have nabbed two Indian smugglers and seized 4 kg of heroin from their possession. The PRO of the force said Pipal Singh and Balwinder Singh, both residents of Tarn Taran, surrendered on the night of June 11 in the Khemkaran sector on this side of the border security fence. — TNS

Dalits protest boycott
: Hundreds of labourers of village Khadal Kalan submitted a memorandum to the DC, Mansa, against the social boycott of Dalit labourers by the rich people of this village. This delegation was led by state secretary of the Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Bhagwant Singh Samaon. In the memorandum, they demanded the implementation of eight hours’ work and action against those who had socially boycotted the labourers. After addressing the labourers, Bhagwant said it was very shameful that the Dalits had been facing the social boycott even after 60 years of Independence. — OC

Hiking, trekking camp
: Rajesh Chandel, vice-principal, Kirpal Sagar Academy, near Rahon (Nawanshahr), has been selected camp commandant for the hiking and trekking camp scheduled for June 18 to 27 at different places in Manali by the Directorate of the Youth Services, Punjab. About 120 campers will participate in the camp. — OC

‘Field Day’ held:The District Soil and Water Conservation Department organised a "Field Day" at nearby Langroya village on Thursday to make farmers aware about the drip irrigation system. Dr Amarpal Singh, ADC, presided. About 300 farmers participated. — OC

ITI students hold protests
: On a call of the “ITIs Bachao Front Punjab”, students of the ITIs on Thursday burnt effigies and held demonstrations throughout the state against the proposed handing over of ITIs to private companies, registration of a case against 425 students, harassment of the families of students by the police, and attacks on the ITI students and employees by “anti-social” elements. — TNS



Indri to be subdivision soon
: Speaking at the second thanksgiving rally here on Friday, the state congress leadership gave credit to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for adopting some good polices which, they claimed, had consolidated the party’s base in the state, leading to the win in the byelections. The thanksgiving rally brought cheer on the faces of many as the Chief Minister announced to grant the subdivision status to Indri soon. — TNS

Family excommunicated
: The panchayat of Mirjapur in Ellenabad subdivision on Friday excommunicated Mitu and his family for eloping with a mother of three minors. Confirming the development, sarpanch of the village Gurmail Singh said they had to take the step in the interests of villagers. A carpenter, Mitu (28) allegedly had an affair with a 35-year-old woman of the same village, who is a mother of three. — TNS 

Traffic blocked : Raising slogans against the state government, residents of the Gaushala road, Balmiki Mohalla and those residing around Nohria Gate on Friday blocked vehicular traffic in protest against poor power supply and non-availability of 
potable water. — TNS



HPASA office-bearers
: The following were elected office- bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Agricultural Services Association (HPASA). Chairman - Ramesh Gupta; vice - chairman - Des Raj Sharma; general secretary - Rajender Thakur, joint secretary - Tek Chand; Press secretary - Hans Raj; treasurer - Hem Raj; adviser - S. K. Bhambota; chief adviser - A.S. Kanwar; state delegates - Yogeshwar Mahajan and Roop Lal Chauhan. — OC

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kullu unit of the Sanchar Nigam Executives Association comprising Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti districts here on Thursday. President - Anil Mahant; senior vice-president - Suresh Chaudhary; vice-presidents - Tej Singh and Chande Ram; district-secretary - Khushal Chand; deputy district-secretaries - Amarjit Singh, Bansi Lal Sharma and Amar Nath Bodh; press secretary - Ajay Vats and treasurer - Suresh Rathore. The house also elected three Central Executive Committee members: Ranjeet Singh, Deepak Gupta and Mast Ram, while S.P. Sagar and Kripal Singh were elected organisation secretary and auditor, respectively. — OC

Police inaction resented
: Hundreds of villagers of Talara village in this subdivision on Friday assembled at the police station to express their resentment over the police inaction in a group clash. Tilak Raj and his family members were severely beaten up in the group clash by accused Sushil Kumar of the same village. The police has registered a cross FIR against both clashing parties. — OC



Woman found hanging
: The body of Sandlo Devi was found hanging at her house in Udhampur district on Friday, police sources said. The family members of Sandlo said they found her body hanging from the ceiling in their house in Blanel village. The police registered a case and the body was sent for a postmortem examination. — PTI

Jawan commits suicide: Immanuel Hmar (31), of the 59 Rashtriya Rifles died after he shot himself with his service rifle at his residential quarter at Deolmarg in Reasi, defence spokesperson Lt-Col S.D. Goswami said. Immanuel hailed from Churachandpur, Manipur. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident and a case has been registered at the Reasi police station, he added. — UNI

Relief sanctioned
: The state government sanctioned Rs 51 lakh as ex-gratia relief to 87 victims of militancy in Pulwama district on Friday. The relief was sanctioned by the District Screening Committee in a meeting with the district development commissioner, Mehraj Ahmed Kakroo, at Pulwama. Senior civil, police and Army officers attended the meeting where Rs 31 lakh was sanctioned in favour of the next of kin of 31 killed, Rs 3.63 lakh in 22 injury cases and Rs 16.69 lakh in 34 property damage cases had been made. — PTI

Two killed: Two people were killed and six others were injured when two vehicles collided in Pulwama district on Friday. Official sources said a tipper collided with a SUV at Pathil Bagh, Pampore, about 12 km from here, resulting in injuries to eight persons. The injured were admitted to a hospital, where two of them died, they said. — UNI

Body recovered: The body of a businessman missing since March was recovered in south Kashmir on Friday. Official sources said Abdul Hamid Bhat, a resident of Makandpora, Kulgam, went missing on March 21. The police conducted massive search operations, but failed to trace Bhat. Abdul’s decomposed body was found from an orchard at Ram Garh, Kulgam. — UNI

Condolences paid: Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has expressed profound grief over the sudden demise of Muhammad Iqbal Mir, regional transport officer, Kashmir. Mir (50) suffered a heart attack and died before he could be taken to hospital on Thursday. Azad conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. — UNI


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