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Nirjala Ekadashi observed
: The sincere efforts made by the residents to beat the heat on the Nirjala Ekadashi on Saturday by arranging scores of stalls on all teh main roads in the old city area bore fruit as the Sun relented in the afternoon. The mild showers also provided relief from the scorching summer. Interestingly, not only stalls of sweet water were run till the afternoon but some enthusiastic residents served watermelons and halwa also to hundreds of the visitors. 

Appointment flayed
: Criticising the appointment of Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia as the vice-chancellor of Sri Guru Granth Sahib University, the SAD (A) has threatened to gherao him during his appearance in court in alleged molestation cases pending against him. Ram Singh, general secretary, SAD (A), said here on Friday that the appointment of Ahluwalia as VC by Avtar Singh Makkar was against Sikh tenets, as allegations of molestation were levelled by students of Punjabi University, Patiala, during his tenure. He said they would also write to the Women’s Commission as to how the Punjab government was appointing persons facing charges of moral turpitude in public positions. 

Fake currency seized: The rural police arrested two persons and seized fake currency amounting Rs 60,000 from them. The arrested have been identified as Sohan Singh and Chamkaur Singh. SSP Iqbal Singh said the CIA staff had information that Sohan and Chamkaur, along with Rakesh Kumar, were running a fake currency racket. He said efforts were on to arrest Rakesh. 

Computer teachers’ meet
: The District Computer Teachers Union held its meeting at the local Chintu park to discuss the deployment of computer faculty on general duties. District president Mahinder Pal said district education officer (secondary), Nikka Singh, had deployed the duties of computer faculty at tehsil office of Dhnaula and Barnala. Mahinder Pal said these duties had been against the directions issued by director, general school education, Krishan Kumar. The computer teachers had not got their salaries for the past three months. Now, they had to spend money on bus fare which amounted to minimum of Rs 50 per day. The union decided to take up the matter with the director, general school education board, to get relief in the matter. 

31 filed nominations
: On the third day of filing nominations 19 candidates filed their nominations on Saturday. Poonam Deep Kaur, SDM-cum-returning officer, said 31 nominations for 13 wards of the council were received so far. She said June 15 and 16 would be holidays and the nominations would be filed on June 17, the last day for filling nominations. 

Taekwondo summer camp
: Suman Preet and Arti bagged the first and second place respectively in the below class IX and open girls category in the fourth Taekwondo Summer Camp that concluded at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, here today. While Vijay Kumar and Jaswinder were the winner and runners-up in the below class IX and open boys category organised by the Bathinda Taekwondo Sangh (BTS). Around 400 students were trained during the summer camp, said Shiv Prakash Shukla, secretary general of the sangh. 

Inspection room
: Gurdaspur became the first district in Punjab and Haryana to have an inspection room for advocates and litigants in the premises of the District Court complex here on Saturday. While the room was inaugurated by District and Session Judge M. S. Chauhan, Gurmit Singh Janday, president, Bar Association, along with other members, were present on the occasion. Harjinderpal Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate, said in the inspection room unattested copies of judicial record would be available for the litigants and advocates on the payment of nominal fee. 

Labourer killed
: A migrant labourer was killed in a road accident near village Desu Majra on Friday night. Ramesh Kumar and his cousin Pawan Kumar were riding from Kharar towards village Ballo Majra on their cycle, when a vehicle hit them. Ramesh died on the spot. The police has booked a case against the unknown driver. 

Hony coordinator
: Saghir Hussain Zaidi has been nominated honorary coordinator of the National Commission for Minority Education for Sangrur district. Zaidi said here Saturday that the function of the commission was to protect the educational rights of minorities guaranteed under the Constitution. 

Protest rally
: Activists of the district unit of Berojgar Adhiyapak Front held a protest rally from Baradari Garden to the deputy commissioner’s office here on Saturday. The agitators were protesting against the alleged dilly-dallying in issuing appointment letters to the 14,000 teachers selected two months ago. 

Gang of thieves busted
: The police on Saturday busted a gang of thieves, which was active and operating in the Pathankot and Himachal Pradesh areas, and recovered nine engines of water pump, one car, one TV set and golden ear-rings.They have been identified as Harbhajan Singh of Badal, Rajinder Kumar, Victor Masih, Ali Husain, Murid and Nura of Vanknu. A case under Sections 379, 411 and 420, IPC, has been registered against them. 

369 groups get bank loans
: A meeting of the district advisory committee was organised under the presidentship of ADC (Development) Harnek Singh by the State Bank of Patiala here on Friday. District lead bank manager T.K. Gupta said 475 self-help groups had been formed by the District Rural Development Agency in the district, of which 369 groups had already been given loans by the banks. Under the Prime Minister Rozgar Yojna, loans had been given to 560 unemployed youths to start business. 

3 booked for gangrape
: The Patti police has registered a case under Section 376, IPC, against three persons for gangraping a Dalit teenaged girl of border area Rajoke village, 40 km from here. The victim was a worker at a brick-kiln at nearby Dhigana. District police sources said here on Friday that the victim in her complaint alleged that the accused, Dilbag Sigh, Raju and Puran Singh, workers at the same brick-kiln, gangraped her three days back when she had gone to answer a call of nature in the village fields.The accused are absconding. 



Beer launched: Impala Distillery and Brewery and Real Liquors, Gwalior, launched its two brands - King’s Strong and Belo Larger - here on Saturday. Addressing mediapersons, company CEO Mahendra Nathani said with the turnover of around Rs 500 crore, the company, besides exporting its products to Canada and the UK, was looking to extend the areas of its business operations. 

Blood donation
: On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, a blood donation camp was organised at Fortis Hospital on Saturday. Over 140 persons, including a number of Fortis employees, donated blood. Dr Ashok Chordiya, medical director, said it was very important that eligible donors donated blood regularly to meet national requirements for specific blood groups and blood components and thus ensure access to safe blood transfusion. The blood bank functioned 24 hours and ensured the availability of safe blood and its components to patients in Fortis as well as outside the hospital.

One arrested
: An attempt to rape a five-year-old girl was made by Lakhwinder Singh (30), a caretaker of Garewal farmhouse, Rampur Kala, near Chhatbir, here on Saturday. According to the police, the girl, daughter of a migrant labourer was playing near the farmhouse when the accused took her inside the farmhouse and tried to rape her. The labourers working nearby immediately reached the spot on hearing the cries of the victim who later informed the police. The police has arrested the accused, and a case under Sections 376 and 511, IPC, has been registered. 



Teachers urged
: Forests minister J.P. Nadda has exhorted teachers to accept change in their present “routine attitude” and be prepared to accept new challenges of changing situations in educational scene and ensure that students excel in statewide and nationwide competitions. He was presiding over an annual prize distribution function of Government Senior Secondary School, Kandraur, near here, on Saturday. He also distributed prizes to talented students who excelled in various activities while principal Rajiv Sharma read out the annual report of the school. 

Dowry death: 3 held: The police has made three arrest in connection with the alleged suicide by 23-year-old Pooja Devi, whose body was found hanging in her room at Jejwin under the Talai police station. Those arrested are: Vivek Kumar, Rattan Lal and Kamla Devi, husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law of the deceased, respectively. The arrests were made after Vimla Devi, mother of Pooja, lodged a complaint against her in-laws. Pooja was married to Vivek on February 22 this year. 

Oxen killed 
: Two oxen were killed and four injured when a utility vehicle carrying them collided with a truck (HP 12 B 6173) coming from opposite direction near Baddi on Friday night. The driver of the utility vehicle was allegedly driving the vehicle recklessly. He fled from the spot after the accident. The injured oxen were taken to the veterinary dispensary at Baddi. Truck driver Yashpal also sustained minor injuries. 

One dead in mishap
: Pawan Kumar (40), a resident of Mogi Nanad village, was killed and his brother Ved Prakash was critically injured in a Tata Sumo (HR 05-K- 2899) and truck collision, which took place near Sainwala on Saturday. Tata Sumo was on its way to Nahan from Kala Amb when it collided with a truck coming from Nahan side. Pawan Kumar, driver of the Tata Sumo, and his brother were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh. Kumar succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital. 

Killed in accident
: Madan Singh (35) of Geora village was killed after he was hit by a private bus at Jassur chowk on Friday evening. The mishap occurred while Madan was trying to board another private bus. He was taken to the Civil Hospital in a serious condition where he succumbed to his injuries. A case has been registered against Sudharshan and Ashok, drivers of both buses. 

No generation at Nathpa for fourth day
: With generation at Nathpa-Jhakri remaining suspended for the fourth day today, power supply to the northern states has been adversely affected. The silt level today came down to 6,330 ppm from the initial 7,300 ppm when generation had to be stopped four days back. “We are hopeful that generation would start in a day or two as the water flow has reduced considerably,” said an official. The project is incurring a loss of Rs 9 crore daily for the fourth consecutive day. 



Army defuses shell at Samba
: A major mishap was averted when a shell lying in a field in Samba district was defused by Army personnel on Saturday. Official sources said the shell was spotted lying in the fields at Charka village by villagers who informed the officials. A team comprising experts rushed to the site and defused the shell. 

Hideout busted at Rajouri: The Army recovered 5 kg RDX explosive and 30 detonators from a militant hideout in Rajouri district on Saturday. A search party of the 48 Rashtriya Rifles unearthed the hideout, concealing a haul of explosives, including the RDX in Thanamandi forest area in Rajouri, defence spokesperson Lt-Col S.D. Goswami said. 

HDFC Bank opens branch at Anantnag
: HDFC Bank launched its branch in Anantnag town on Saturday. Seshan Ramakrishnan, branch banking head, North & East, HDFC Bank, while inaugurating the branch said it was the sixth in the state. The branch would offer its customers banking services such as savings account, fixed deposits, current account, mutual funds, lockers, NRI services and Demat. It would also provide sophisticated direct access banking channels such as ATM, phone banking, net banking and the bank’s international credit and debit cards. 


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