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Summer camp
: A function was organised on the final day of the four-week long summer camp at the military station here on Sunday. Stallion brigade AWWA chairperson Paramjit Kaur informed that as many as 134 children took the training which included yoga, dances, karate, computer basics and English speaking. The chief guest and AWWA chairperson gave prizes to best performers, including Sanchita, Kartik, Kshatriya, Isha, Amit, Shaurya Kshatriya, Puja, Neetu and Nishchal. 

Dental college
: Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan, has been recognised by the Centre. Dr Amarjit Singh Gill, director-principal of the college, said on Tuesday that the Centre had issued the orders in this regard on June 26. The institute  caters to the students of the region, including parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. 

Anandpur Sahib
SGPC agenda on Dera
: The SGPC has demanded the immediate sealing of Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa. Condemning the episode of killing of innocent Sikh youth in Mumbai, the SGPC executive committee passed an agenda on Tuesday asking government to seal the aforesaid dera and arrest the anti-panthic activities of the Dera chief.Also it was announced that a grand congregation will be held at Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda marking 300 years of Guru Granth Sahib on October 20. 

Suspension of train service
: The Lok Chetna Manch flayed railway department‘s decision of sudden closure of the Bathinda-Dhuri Express train. Its secretary Ram Sharn Goyal said that railways started this train on an experimental basis 40 days back. When the passengers started getting familiar with the train, the railway announced its sudden closure. Criticising the short period for checking economic viability of the train, Goyal demanded that the train be run again and its trial period be kept to six months for minimum.

Medical camp
: Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) organised 10th free multi-specialty medical checkup camp at Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development Centre on Tuesday. The camp was inaugurated by Prof Hardarshan Singh Mejie, patron, MBCT, while Hassan Mejie, advisor, MBCT, presided over the camp. A team of doctors led by Dr T.P. Singh, MD, cardiology-endocrinology and nephrology from Prime Heart Institute Mohali, examined more than 300 patients. 

Councillor honoured: Thr Arthia Association of Bassi Pathana held a function to honour newly elected councillor and daughter-in-law of renowned freedom fighter Lt Dr Ved Parkasha Sharma Renu Happy for winning the council election with the biggest margin. The function was organised under the presidentship of Surinder Singh Bhangu, general secretary of the District Arthia Association. 

Faridkot school tops NTSE
: Dasmesh Public School, Faridkot, has topped in the state in class X and class VIII written national tests conducted by NTSE of the NCERT by securing as many as 41 positions. 

Dr B.C. Roy Award
: Faridkot Medical College alumni Dr Ajay Kumar has been awarded the Dr B.C. Roy national award for his pioneering work in the field of socio medical relief for 2007. Dr Kumar, who is presently working as a senior consultant in gastroenterology and hepatolgy at Apollo Hospital, Delhi, has also worked at the PGI, Chandigarh, and ,GB Pant Hospital, Delhi. 

: Balwinder Singh (30), a labourer of Pakka Chisti village, was electrocuted while he was drinking water from a tubewell motor. 

Case registered
: The city police has registered a case under various sections of the IPC against unidentified persons for perpetrating violence and unprovoked firing in ward number 8 during the MC elections on Monday thereby injuring two persons. The injured, including a reporter of leading vernacular daily, were hospitalised and were discharged after treatment. According to Tirlok Singh, SHO City, both Congress and Akali workers entered into arguments outside the polling booth at H.M. Senior Secondary School, which turned violent. During the scuffle, some unidentified person fired shots. 

Truck kills man
: Abhishek Kumar, a resident of Rahar Malpur, was killed in a road accident near Nahar fabric factory on Monday. Abhishek was crushed under the wheels of a truck when he was on his way to the factory. The police said truck driver Hira Lal was driving rashly and the vehicle ran over Abhishek. The truck driver fled from the spot. The victim died on the spot and a case has been registered under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against the truck driver. The body was handed over to the family after postmortem. 

4-year-old raped
: A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by 50-year-old Om Parkash at Sandour village, near here, on Monday. According to DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand, the police has arrested the accused after registering a case under Section, 376, IPC, against him on Tuesday. An FIR was lodged by Shankar of Sandaur village in this regard. A medical examination of the girl was done in the local Civil Hospital. 

UFO in Mansa!
: Some people of Mansa had claimed of sighting a celestial spectacle in the sky on Monday night. According to them, it was like a lightning, which had gone up and down at high speed. It is notable that these type of scenes in the sky surprised people during the last few days around the world. On the other hand, officials of the civil aviation and Air Force Station, Bathinda, denied any information about any such spectacle in the sky. 

New branches
: Vijaya Bank will open five new branches in Punjab in the current financial year. Currently the bank has 25 branches and 10 ATMs in Punjab and 10 new ATMs are likely to be installed in the current financial year. 



Theft at college
: Thieves decamped with a safe containing cash from a college in Tangori village, near here, on Tuesday. The safe was lying in an almirah on the first floor of the building of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology. The removable safe was apparently thrown down from the first floor to the ground and taken away. A report indicated that there was at least Rs 27,000 in the safe, though the college authorities could not be contacted for confirmation. 



Blood donation camp
: Deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by All-India Chartered Accountants’ Institution at Ambala city on Tuesday. As many as 66 people donated blood on the occasion. 

Azad govt’s dismissal sought
: Slamming the decision to take back land allotted to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, BJP leader and former minister Ram Bilas Sharma demanded dismissal of the Jammu and Kashmir government and imposition of the President rule there. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Sharma demanded that the Amarnath yatra be commenced again and the shrine board’s land be returned to it. He said the BJP had announced to observe “Bharat bandh” on July 3 for its demand to return land to the shrine board. 

Woman dies of snakebite: A woman died of snakebite while she was working in the fields at Haripur village. The deceased has been identified as Nirmla. The police handed over the body to relatives after the postmortem examination on Tuesday. 

Dowry harassment: 4 booked: The police has booked four members of a family for allegedly harassing a woman for dowry. Mamta of Kelanga village, who got married to Sanjay of Delhi, lodged a complaint with the police that she was subjected to dowry harassment soon after her marriage. In-laws used to allegedly beat her up for bringing more dowry. The police has registered a case under the Dowry Act against husband Sanjay, father-in-law Madan, mother-in-law Hemlata and Subhash. 

Kidwai turns 89
: The 89th birthday of Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai was celebrated at Raj Bhawan here on Tuesday in a simple but gracious manner. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, senior officers of the state government and officers and staff of the Haryana Raj Bhawan congratulated the Governor on his birthday by presenting him bouquets. 

Snag in ATM
: Repeated snags in an automatic teller machine (ATM) installed at the local branch of HDFC bank have become a cause of inconvenience for consumers. The bank has a large number of consumers, but its ATM machine is often found out of order. Consumers complained that the ATM had been again out of order for the past two days. Neha Sheoran, deputy manager of the bank, said some lizard or rat had died inside the ATM rendering it out of order. She said authorities had been intimated and it would be repaired soon. 

2 commit suicide: Two persons committed suicide on railway tracks at two different places in the district on Tuesday. Sham Lal (60) ended his life by throwing himself before a running train near Bhattu Kalan railway station. He used to work as a helper in farms in the village. In another incident, the body of a youth was recovered from railway lines near Dhansu railway station of the district. The youth aged about 20 could not be identified. 

1 killed in accident
: Pritam Singh (65) was crushed to death by a speeding truck on National Highway 22, in Pinjore on Tuesday. Pritam Singh was riding his scooter when a speeding car hit his scooter near Mallah chowk. A speeding truck coming from behind crushed his head and Pritam died on the spot. The deceased hailed from Ambwala village near Pinjore and Ajmer Singh’s father who is a member of block Congress. Drivers of the truck and car fled from the spot and the truck was impounded. 

Youth run over by train: Bhagwan Dass (22) was found crushed under train on Monday night. Body of Bhagwan Dass, a resident of Kona village of Pinjore block, was recovered on the Kalka-Ambala rail track near Pinjore-Nalagarh railway crossing near Model Town. 

Flood-control measures
: Irrigation and PWD minister Ajay Singh Yadav reviewed flood control measures and other allied works at a meeting with senior officials of the district here on Sunday. Referring to flooded fields in Mundi, Nangal and several other villages caused by water originating from Nanakwas-Mehtawas in Alwar district, the minister directed the officials concerned to expedite the elevation of the Mundi-Pranpura and the Mundi-Bitodi roads to ensure safety of residents. The department had set up a flood-control room with phone number 254460 to monitor the flood situation in the district. 

Motorcyclist looted: Four miscreants reportedly looted a motorcycle and a purse containing Rs 350 and an ATM card from Sandeep Kumar Yadav on the Rewari-Jhajjar road near Palhawas village on Monday. The miscreants also thrashed the victim mercilessly. The incident occurred when Sandeep, a resident of Lilodh village, was going on his motorcycle from Lilodh to Delhi via Rewari. The police has registered a case of causing hurt while committing robbery under Sections 394, 506 and 34 of the IPC in this regard. 

Woman commits suicide: A woman, Brijesh Sharma (35), wife of Sunder Lal Sharma, reportedly committed suicide by setting herself afire at Mundi village, 12 km from here, on Tuesday. The police said they recorded the statement of Ram Kumar Sharma, father of the deceased, who reportedly made no complaint whatsoever against her daughter’s in-laws stating that she took the extreme step out of frustration caused by her protracted illness. Consequently, the police treated it as a case of suicidal death. 

1 killed in mishap
: Tony of Hisar was killed while his co-passenger Neeraj was injured when the car they were travelling in collided with another car near Chormar village, about 35 km from here, on Monday. Both of them were going to Dabwali and the car was coming from Sriganganagar. 

Cash, jewellery stolen
: Gold ornaments and cash over Rs 22,000 was reportedly stolen from a house in Shastri Nagar colony in Gannaur on Monday. The police has registered a case on the complaint of the owner of the house, Pradeep. The incident came to light on Tuesday morning when Pradeep found that an outer room in the house was bolted from inside and the miscreants had escaped by removing a window grill of the room. Family members were reportedly sleeping in other rooms of the house. 



ENT camp organised
: More than 50 patients were treated at a free ENT camp organised by the Vivekananda Kendra Kangra and Repudhman Charitable Trust at Gopal Bagh on Monday. Dr. Sanjay Sachedeva, Director of Fortis and head of the ENT Department, examined and treated the patients. Free endoscopic surguries were carried out in Dr. R.P.Govt. Medical College Tanda by Dr Sachedeva free of cost last month. 

One killed in accident
: Naresh Kumar (39) was killed and Rattan Singh was injured when their motorcycle (No. HP 18 A- 3989) collided with another motorbike at Kansiwala, near Nahan, on the Nahan-Paonta road on Monday evening. Naresh Kumar was immediately rushed to the Nahan district hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was a resident of Bohlio village in Nahan tehsil.

Books on tourism released
: Chief Minister P.K.Dhumal released two books on tourism jointly authored by Dr Arun Sharma and Dr Kulwant Pathania here on Tuesday. The book entitled “Tourism in India” and “Eco-tourism” contain a wealth of information about tourist places and the emerging areas like medical tourism, adventure tourism and ecotourism useful for all those connected with tourism. The Chief Minister said tourism was now developing as an industry and the state had immense potential for all sorts of tourism activities right from pilgrimage tourism to adventure sports. Places of interest had been discussed at length in these books which would certainly help boost tourist traffic.



Azad faces tough task in Jammu
: As the Kashmir valley returns to normalcy, the Jammu region seems to be taking the same violent way, which Kashmir earlier followed till the government took over the arrangements of the Amarnath yatra.Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who has to prove a magic figure of 44 on the floor of the House by July 7 to save his government, has a tough task ahead as to how to restore peace in Jammu, said Congress sources. The Hindu organsiations have accused the government of succumbing to the pressure from Kashmir-centric parties. “The Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS), a conglomerate of the BJP and other Hindu organisations have already extended the Jammu bandh by another 24 hours in protest against the government’s decision and Azad, already walking on razor’s edge, undoubtedly faces a Herculean task,” said a party leader. 

Pull out troops from govt land: Separatists: After agitating against the diversion of 800 kanals of forest land to the Amarnath Shrine Board, the separatists have shifted to the demand for withdrawal of troops occupying private and the government land in the state. Chief of Tehrik Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani has made it clear that “our agitation was not directed against the board but was aimed at clearing all the state and private land from the occupation of the troops.Recently, the Army authorities vacated several buildings of school and hospital and some orchards in response to the demand voiced by PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. According to the figure, beside 340 sq km, the Army and central security forces still have occupied 50,000-acre land of the state. 

2 girls die in landslide
: Two girls died while a housewife was critically injured in a landslide in Arai village near Mandi area in Poonch district this morning. Police sources said cousins Fareeda Begum and Razia Begum died on spot while their relative Saleema Bi was injured after a rock rolling down from the hillock hit them. The trio was cutting grass when the incident happened. The earth had loosened due to recent rainfall. “While the sisters died on the spot, Saleema was taken to the district hospital, Poonch, from where the doctors referred her to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H),” the husband of the injured said. Her condition is stated to be critical. Meanwhile, the district administration has reportedly announced a compensation of Rs 5,000 for the deceased. 


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