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Yoga camp concludes
: Jandwala Hanwanta village here wore a festive look on Monday as hundreds of villagers participated in the 5-Kundi Havan Yagya held to conclude the 7-day Yoga Sadhna Shivir, which had been organised under the aegis of the Dev Sanskriti Vishav Vidyalya, Haridwar. Saplings were also planted in the cremation ground as a part of the Adarsh Gram Yojna of the organisation. Chief organiser Hira Lal Chauhan informed that second such camp would be held in Waryamkhera village.

Theatre workshop: Experts in different faculties including, Manish Joshi (New Delhi), Sanjiwan Singh (Mohali), Sohan Khungar (Chandigarh), Kulbir Malik (Faridkot) and Tony Batish (Bathinda) besides TV celebrities, stage artistes and painters like Rupinder Sabharwal, Deepak Kamboj, Pawan Mahar and Apurva made best of their efforts to impart training to over 125 students from different institutions during a theatre workshop-cum-summer camp that was organised by a theater group, Natrang, in DAV College of Education here, Bhupinder Utreja project in-charge informed during the valedictory function on Monday.

BBA part-III result today
: The result of BBA part-III examination of GND University held in April 2008 will be declared on June 24. Stating this, Dr R.S. Bawa, registrar, said the result would be available on university website www.gndu.ac.in after 5 pm.

UGC-NET roll numbers: GND University has despatched admit cards (roll Nos) to eligible candidates appearing for the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) scheduled for June 29. Dr M.P. Mahajan, coordinator, UGC-NET June-2008, said candidates who did not receive roll Nos by June 24 should contact the office of the coordinator from June 25 to 27 with two passport-sized attested photographs.

Meeting held
: The Samaj Kalyan Mahasabha on Monday held a meeting to expedite social welfare activities. Chairman of the constitution committee of mahasabha, R. N. Sharma presented the draft of the constitution before the house. After a detailed discussion, a resolution was passed to amend certain sections of the constitution. Prof. Karam Singh Bhandari said later on one copy of the draft of the constitution were delivered to each sabha for further discussion. The next meeting of the sabha will be held on July 12 to pass the constitution. Bhandari said told that Rajiv Barnala, Des Raj Jindal, Sukhwinder Singh Bhandari, Raj Pal Sharma and many others attended the meeting.

LPG cylinder bursts
: The shop-cum-residence of one Gurmeet Singh in nearby Mauzam village was reduced to ashes following LPG cylinder burst. His children had a miraculous escape. The lost is estimated to be around Rs one lakh.

Foundation stone laid
: The foundation stone of Bhai Jasbir Singh Khalsa Sangat Niwas was laid at Sohana on Sunday. The proposed inn, which is to be constructed in the memory of Panth Rattan Bhai Jasbir Singh Khalsa Khannewale, would have 90 rooms. The building would also have a hall in the basement. Trust secretary Gurmeet Singh appealed to the people to donate for this noble cause. He hoped that the construction of the inn would provide relief to the devotees. Earlier in the day, a kirtan darbar was organised.

‘Reduce special road tax’
: The small-scale bus operators’ association has demanded that the special road tax should be reduced. In a statement here on Monday state president of the association Jatinder Agra said the rate of diesel and operating cost of buses had increased a lot for which the small-scale bus operators had been facing losses. He demanded decrease in the special road tax from Rs 2.25 to Re one.

Kidnapped girl recovered
: A Muslim girl, whose marriage was to be solemnised on Saturday, was kidnapped from the local Chor Mara Mohalla in the morning by six persons. She was recovered later on from a nearby Saroud village, but the accused managed to flee. According to DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand, the police has registered a case against Hunny, son of Yameen, Sarik, son of Taj Mohammed, Faisal, son of Abdul Guffur, Arshad, son of Taj Mohammed, and two unidentified persons. Later the girl’s marriage was solemnised.

Rail traffic disrupted
: A large number of Sikh youth blocked rail traffic for one hour here on Monday. The protestors were demanding arrest of Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Mahinderjeet Singh, district president of NRI Youth Wing and All-India Sikh Students Federation from Patiala, condemned the incident of killing of a Sikh in Mumbai allegedly by the bodyguards of the dera head. Demanding immediate arrest of baba he warned that if no action was initiated in this connection the Sikh organisations would be forced to intensify their agitation.

Pharmacists’ protest
: Members of the district unit of the Rural Health Pharmacists Association, led by its state president Satpal Cheema, on Monday laid a siege to the office of the secretary (ZP) for about four hours here. Cheema said the authorities had not taken notice of their demands. Secretary Parveen Kumar hoped the matter would be resolved soon.



Dera chief’s effigy burnt
: Members of the Sikh community, along with the Central Coordination Committee of various Sikhs organisations, protested against the gunning down of a Sikh allegedly by the bodyguard of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Mumbai earlier this week. The protesters led by Gurpartap Singh, Rajinder Singh Khalsa and Major Singh burnt an effigy of the dera chief at Plaza, Sector 17. Raising slogans against the dera chief, the protesters demanded his arrest and withdrawal of the ‘Z’ security. The protesters hit the effigy before burning it. They also carried a picture of the dera chief with a string of chappals around his neck.

2 booked for theft: The police has booked two persons on the charges of breaking open the donation box of a temple in Sohana village here. According to the police, priest of the Khera temple Amar Singh alleged that Parminder and Sonu had stolen money from the donation box. A case has been registered.

Malaria awareness rally
: A malaria awareness rally will be conducted on Tuesday. Panchkula deputy commissioner will inaugurate the ceremony at the malaria awareness chowk of Sector 1. Giving this information civil surgeon of Panchkula Dr Kamla Singh said Dr Satbir Chaudhary, director, malaria, Haryana, will flag off the rally.

Gold chains snatched: Gold chains of Skuha Sood and Vimla, residents of Sectors 9 and 17, respectively, were snatched this morning. Skuha was going towards her home when the incident took place. Vimla was going to temple when presumably the same snatchers riding on motorcycle pounced upon her at 7.30 am taking her gold chain. The police has registered a case.



List of selected drivers
: The state transport department has declared list of 810 selected candidates and 81 waiting candidates for the post of drivers on contract and daily wages. An official spokesman said in the general quota, 323 selected candidates belonged to the general category, 214 candidates in list A and 92 in list B of Backward Classes category and 84 candidates belonged to the Scheduled Castes category. In the ex-servicemen quota, 57 candidates belonged to general category, nine in list A and 15 in list B of Backward Classes category and five candidates belonged to Scheduled Castes category. In Sports quota, 7 candidates belonged to the general category and one to list A and three in list B of Backward Classes category, he added.

HSIIDC invites applications: The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC) has invited applications for the allotment of 191 industrial plots in industrial estate at Narwana in Jind district. A spokesman for the HSIIDC said a state-of-the-art industrial estate was being developed in Narwana abutting National Highway No 71 on Jind-Patiala road that is about 180 km away from Delhi and 100 km from Patiala.

Award for students: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday announced that an award of Rs 10,000 would be given to every student of the state, who comes in top 10 in the national-level tests like IIT, AIEEE, MAT, CAT, GATE and other such exams. Meanwhile, a spokesman of the state counseling society said the government had also decided that eligibility of diploma holders and B.Sc. degree holders for admission to second year (third semester), B.E./B.Tech through lateral entry would be 50 per cent marks instead of 60 per cent in the qualifying examination for the session 2008-09.

Thermal unit operational: The first unit of Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Project, Yamunanagar, has been declared commercially operational following successful completion of its trial run operation on April 14. A notification to this effect issued by the Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited.

Ban on fishing: The state government has imposed a ban on fishing in the scheduled waters of the state during the fish-breeding period that is from July 1 to August 31. A spokesman for the fisheries department said strict action would be taken against those found catching fish in the scheduled waters by using nets.

CM opens youth camp
: While inaugurating a seven-day national integrity and harmony youth camp at Kurukshetra University auditorium here on Monday, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda gave a clarion call to the youth to follow the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi and maintain peace and harmony in the country. Hooda said: “Our nation would be the second biggest economic power in the world in the next 10 years and the youth could contribute their might to it.” Hooda said even small nations, including Korea and Japan, had become more developed than India due to the contribution of their youth.

2 held for extortion
: The Kosli police has arrested Gyan Singh Yadav and Ram Kishan Yadav, both residents of Jahidpur village, near Kosli, for allegedly making a bid to extort Rs 50,000 from one Anil Kumar of Bhurthala village. They were on Monday produced in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate who remanded them in judicial custody.

Man commits suicide: One Koki Ram (33) reportedly committed suicide on Sunday by consuming celphos tablets at Nangal Mundi village, about 12 km from here. The Khol police, who held an inquest under Section 174 of the CrPC, said financial stringency led him to take the extreme step.

3 Sirsa girls in merit list
: Three city girls are in the merit list of B.Com (III) of Kurukshetra University. Neha Goyal and Ranveet Kaur, both students of CMK College, were placed at second and sixth positions of the list, respectively. Neha secured 1,462 marks while Ranveet managed 1,452 out of 1,800. Mamta Lohia of S.S.S College was placed at ninth position with 1,435 marks.



Disaster management committees
: Hamirpur deputy commissioner Nandita Gupta has directed all departments to take necessary steps to stop damage from the rains and set up disaster management committees at the block and village-level. She has directed officials of IPH Department and block development offices to carry chlorination of traditional water sources. Gupta has also asked the CMO to store adequate medicines and district food and civil supplies officer to create buffer stock of essential commodities in view of ensuing rainy season.

Holi (Chamba)
Health centre awaits inauguration
: The newly constructed community health centre (CHC) at Holi, the tribal subtehsil headquarters of Chamba district, about 75 km from Chamba, is awaiting its inauguration. The 30-bedded building at Holi will provide adequate health services to over 14,500 people. At the moment, only two doctors, including a dental surgeon, along with a skeleton staff were catering to the needs of poor patients.

Woman commits suicide
: Lata Devi (38), a resident of Deeb village in Nahan tehsil, committed suicide by hanging herself from a jamun tree near her house on Sunday night. The body was noticed by villagers in the morning. The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination.



Fresh batch of pilgrims
: With a fresh batch of 2,883 pilgrims leaving for Amarnath here on Monday, the total number of pilgrims who left the base camp for their journey to holy cave shrine has reached 17,636 since it began on June 17. The fresh batch of pilgrims, including over 178 sadhus, left the base camp of Bhagwati Nagar amid tight security in 112 vehicles early this morning, officials said.

Two killed in accidents
: Two people including Shaban Akhter (9) from Uttar Pradesh were killed and Six others were injured in road accidents in the Kashmir valley, official sources said on Monday. They said a vehicle hit Shaban at Chittroo in Dangarpora. In other incident, three people were injured when their vehicle met with an accident at Bemina. The injured have been hospitalised.

RDX seized: Security forces recovered warlike stores, including RDX, grenades, detonators and other sophisticated weapons in the Kashmir valley overnight, official spokesman said on Monday. He said security forces recovered four AK rifles, 12 magazines, 1,012 AK rounds, one Chinese pistol, 107 hand grenades (destroyed), one UBGL, 67 UBGL shells (Destroyed), one rocket, one wireless set, one map, two IED and one kilogram RDX in the frontier district of Kupwara.

Salary woes: Hundreds of public health engineering (PHE) daily-wagers on Monday took to the streets in the city demanding immediate release of their salaries. Raising slogans against the state government, they said they have not been paid their salaries for the past four years. The processionists marched through different streets and staged a massive demonstration in the Water Works office near here.

Two pilgrims die: Two women pilgrims died en route the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the number of devotees killed during the ongoing yatra to 13. Kamla Devi (70), a resident of Allahabad, died at Panjtarni on the traditional Pahalgam route in Anantnag district last evening, official sources said on Monday. Devi complained of chest pain after paying obeisance at the cave and died before medical assistance could reach her.


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