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2 children drowned
: Two children, Nurwinder and Jaspinder of New Jawahar Nagar, were drowned on Thursday morning when they were trying to take a dip in Vallah Canal. However, their bodies could not be recovered till the filing of the report.

Barnala Panchayat Samiti
: Harpal Singh Pandher has been unanimously elected as the chairman of Panchyat Samiti here. Out of 25, as many as 18 members participated in the election that was held at the office of BDPO, Barnala. Dr Balbir Singh Pakhon Ke was elected as vice-chairman. 

Camp held
: A grand procession was taken out to mark the closing ceremony of the Vedic consciousness and personality development programme held to create awareness about female foeticide, AIDS, casteism and other social ills. The students vowed to take part in such camps even in future. 

Appointed: Gurjinder Singh Maur has been appointed as deputy director by the Punjab government. He was working as an officer at the district-level in Social Security, and Woman and Child Welfare department. He had recently visited Canada to oversee social security schemes there. 

Training programme: A two-day training programme on safety was arranged by Director of Factories, Punjab and Punjab Industrial Safety Council. It was inauguarted by Sodhi Mall, joint director, factories, and H.N. Singh, general manager, Grasim Cement, Bathinda. Sixty three persons from various industries took part. M.P. Beri, deputy director, factories, said the main objective of the programme was to bring awareness among factory workers and the management. Deepak Garg, MD, Multimelt Steels, Rampura Phul was the chief guest. Also present were Dinesh Pandey, B.S. Gupta and A.R. Goel.

Rotary Club
: J.S.Gulloo and Yogesh Goel have been unanimously elected president and secretary, respectively, of the Rotary Club, Batala Midtown. 

Radhika tops varsity exam
: Radhika Trikha, daughter of Rajan Trikha, assistant general manager, SBI, Chandigarh, has stood first in the university in the BSc (bio-technology) examination of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. She has secured 1530 marks out of 1800. 

Aid for needy
: The District Red Cross Society in collaboration with the Union ministry for social security and empowerment has identified 128 handicapped persons for providing artificial limbs. 

Hospital raided
: A team from the heath department raided J.N. Shorie Hospital, Pinjore, on Friday and sealed an ultra sound machine. M.L. Garg, district health officer (DHO), Panchkula, told The tribune that the ultra sound machine was being operated by the hospital staff in absence of the licensed operator, who was abroad these days. Dr Sangeeta Shorie denied that the machine was being operated by the doctors of the hospital. 

Holiday trains stopped: The department of railways, Ambala division, has suspended two holiday special trains running between Kalka and Shimla after July 1. Ajay kochhar, station superintendent of the Kalka railway station, said the two holiday special trains were started to cope with the heavy rush. The rail car no-101 up had also been dropped and it would run on the Kalka-Shimla section on demand, added Kochhar. 

Farmers rue power cuts
: “Farmers are in trouble during the paddy season because the PSEB has not been able to provide power to them,” said district president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), Ram Singh Bhainibagha. He informed that now in the paddy season, farmers were being provided eight hours of power supply, but they were not receiving continuous supply. 

Panchayat Samiti chiefs: Chairman and vice-chairman of Mansa, Sardoolgarh and Jhuneer Panchayat Samitis were elected. Charanjeet Kaur, resident of Chakerian, and Binder Singh, resident of Dullowal, were elected chairman and vice-chairman respectively of the Mansa Panchayat Samiti. Baljit Singh of Jhanda Kalan was elected chairman of the Sardoolgarh Panchayat Samiti. For Jhuneer Panchayat Samiti, Dev Singh Raipur and Jarnail Kaur  Jorkian were elected chairman and vice-chairman respectively. 

Blood donation
: The local Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh ITI, in collaboration with the Blood Donors Council, organised a voluntary blood donation camp here on Friday. ITI principal Jaswant Singh inaugurated the camp where 55 units of blood were donated by staff  and students. 

Diabetes camp: Banga-based social worker Baldev Nayyar organised a diabetes detection-cum-awareness camp at Rai Heart Hospital, Banga, on Friday. As many as 75 persons were examined, of which 36 were found diabetic. Nayyar gave tips on dietary habits, lifestyle and exercises for diabetes management. 

Pbi varsity results
: Punjabi University, Patiala, has declared the results of MA Hindi part-II, MA religious studies part-I, MA women studies part-I, MA English part-I, MA fine arts semester-II, MCA semester-VI, MA Buddhism studies semester-II, MA defence studies semester-IV and MA Gurmat sangeet semester-IV. Co-ordinator, examinations, Dr Gurmel Singh said the results were also available on varsity website www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in http://www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in> 

Appointed: Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Dr Jaspal Singh has appointed Dr S.S. Khehra as the registrar of the university for a period of one year. Dr Khehra is a professor in the law department. He has also appointed Dr Devinder Singh, reader in the zoology department, as director of planning and monitoring. 

Camp for farmers: State Bank of India (SBI) organised a camp for farmers under the Central Government Agriculture Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme-2008 at its Mall road branch on Friday. The camp was presided over by Shyamal Kanti Dass, deputy general manager of the SBI, who handed over the debt waiver letters to 100 farmers. He assured them of future financial help through various agriculture schemes. 

Bank inaugurated: A.C. Varma, managing director, State Bank of Patiala (SBoP), inaugurated the 45th branch of Malwa Gramin Bank at Chehal village on Friday. He reiterated that the SBoP will extend full cooperation to Malwa Gramin Bank. Ajit Singh, chairman of Malwa Gramin Bank, while explaining various schemes of the bank, appealed to the farmers to use the bank loans judiciously and avoid wasteful expenditure. 

Results declared: Punjabi University, Patiala, has declared the results of MA Hindi II, MA religious studies I, MA women studies I, MA English I, MA fine arts II, MCA semester VI, MA Buddhism studies semester II, MA defence studies semester IV and MA Gurmat sangeet semester IV. Giving this information, co-ordinator examinations Dr Gurmel Singh said these results were available on the university website www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in. 

March by ETT students
: Led by Jagtar Singh Jhabbar, president, DIET Students Welfare Association (DSWA), Punjab, and district president, DSWA, Navdeep Singh, elementary teachers training students of the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) on Thursday marched through the town and held a dharna in front of the DC’s office. They demanded that no recognition be given to ETT course done from outside Punjab, abolition of the contract system, besides starting of regular appointments of ETT teachers. 



One killed
: Chander Pal (30) was killed when a speeding car hit his bicycle here today. According to the police, the deceased was a resident of Mohali village and was coming back from work when the accident took place. He was taken to a private hospital by the driver of the car which had hit him. Chander Pal died after reaching the hospital. The deceased hailed from Uttar Pradesh and is survived by his wife and three children. The police has started the investigations. 

NIPER gets new dean: Dr Saranjit Singh, professor and head, department of pharmaceutical analysis, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), is the next dean of the institute. He has succeeded Professor K.K. Bhutani, who completed his second term of the years on July 2. Singh took up his new post on Thursday. 

Directory released: SAS Nagar deputy commissioner Rahul Bhandari released directory of the Mohali Industries Association during a special interactive session on Thursday. Members of the association interacted with the DC regarding the various problems being faced by the industrialists in Mohali. They highlighted the poor condition of the roads, power cuts and lack of cleanliness. “The DC has asked us to give a complaint to the SDM,” said Naresh Nanda of Master Line. 

Body found
: The body of Ranjha chowkidar (75) was found floating in a pond near Bhabat village on Friday. According to police, the incident came to light in the afternoon. On reaching the spot, the police found man body was floating in the water. The body was handed over to the villagers. 



: Goods worth lakhs were gutted when two shops in Ambala Cantonment caught fire early Friday morning. Officials of the fire department stated that the fire occurred due to a short circuit. Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The owners, Ashwini and Pramod Kumar, stated that they had almost lost everything. 

Man consumes poison
: Ramesh of the local MC Colony reportedly consumed some poisonous substance in his room on Friday. He has been admitted to the Civil Hospital here in serious condition. 

2 held with poppy husk
: The district police has arrested two persons under the Narcotic Drugs Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. A car and 70 kg of poppy husk have been recovered from their possession. Stating this here on Friday, ASP Mahender Singh said the arrested persons had been identified as Baghelu Ram and Darshan Singh, residents of Jalandhar. They were produced in the local court here on Friday and were remanded to judicial custody for 14 days, he added. 

Tanwar appointed dean: Vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University Prof R.P. Bajpai has appointed Dr Raghuvendra Tanwar, professor, department of history, as dean, faculty of social sciences, for a period of three years. According to a notification issued here on Thursday, Dr Tanwar will also be a member of the Kurukshetra University Court and the Academic Council. He will be the chairperson of the department of sociology too. According to another resolution, Dr Sushma Sharma, dean, faculty of education will act as chairperson, department of physical education, with immediate affect till further orders. 

Cow stoned to death
: An infuriated villager, Satbir Singh, allegedly stoned to death a cow after it refused to take the proffered food at Sulkha village, 10 km from here, on Thursday. Sources said when the cow did not take the food offered to it by Satbir Singh on the occasion of Amavasya, he got angry and allegedly killed the cow with a brickbat. The police has registered a case under Section 429 of the IPC against the accused, who reportedly absconded soon after committing the crime. 

2 killed in accident: Two youths, Narender Yadav (18) and Umesh Kumar (22), of Berli Khurd village near Jatusana were killed on the spot when the motorcycle they were riding on reportedly collided with a tractor on the Rewari-Berli road on Thursday. The mishap occurred when they were returning to the village. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the tractor driver, who absconded after the accident. 



Boy hurt as gun goes off
: An eight-year-old boy was injured when a gunshot was fired accidentally on Friday in Gugana village under the Nadaun police station. Harish was playing with the gun at his house that went off injuring him. He has been referred to Dharamshala. 

MLA’s kin dies in mishap
: Chet Singh (56) of Mina Bagh village in Sangrah tehsil was killed when an Alto car (HP B - 6465) rolled into a khad near Danoi on the Dadahu - Sangrah road on Thursday night. Chet Singh was the younger brother of Dr Prem Singh, Congress MLA from Renuka. The accident occurred when Chet Singh lost control over his vehicle while negotiating a curve near Danoi. The car was completely smashed. Chet Singh succumbed to his injuries before he could be rushed to hospital. 

Nabard funds rural projects
: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned Rs 46.58 crore to the state government for rural infrastructure projects. Out of this amount Rs 33.72 crores would be spent on construction of 16 rural roads, Rs 6.83 crore for three bridges and Rs 6.03 crore on minor irrigation projects. These works will be undertaken in Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, Shimla, Solan and Una districts. With this, Nabard has so far sanctioned Rs 1859.07 crore under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) to Himachal. Out of this, Rs 1214.97 crore had already been disbursed. 

Woman commits suicide: Seema (30) committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in the Post and Telegraph colony on the Kali Bari road here on Friday. The deceased was living in the house allotted to her father. The mishap occurred in the absence of her father who had gone to their native village, Adhwani in Dehra, after his retirement on June 30. Her brother saw Seema’s body hanging from the grill in the morning when he woke up. Seema, who had done B.Ed, left a suicide note which said nobody should be held responsible for her death. 

MLAs flay MP’s statement: BJP legislators Urmil Thakur and Renu Chaddha on Friday criticised Pratibha Singh, Lok Sabha MP from Mandi, for making a misleading and politically motivated statement with regard to development. The MLAs said the Congress MP was making statements without being aware of the factual position simply to gain political mileage in view of the parliamentary elections. They said it was on the initiative of Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal that even the Centre has been forced to consider construction of the Jogindernarag-Manali-Leh rail line. They added it was due to the intervention of Dhumal that the Bhanupalli-Bilapur-Beri rail line had been included in the railway budget. “We would like to know from Pratibha Singh as to what efforts has she made to protest the interests of the state with regard to the cancellation of licence to manufacture drugs at the CRI, Kasauli, and the Ayurveda Research Centre at Mandi,” they said. 



Vohra lauds Army role
: Governor N.N. Vohra has lauded the sustained devotion of the Army in effectively guarding the country's frontiers in the past six decades and its commitment to counter terrorism while exercising maximum restraint to ensure against collateral damage to innocent civilians. The Governor was interacting with Lieutenant General Mukesh Sabharwal, GOC of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, at the Raj Bhavan. Lt-Gen Sabharwal gave a detailed briefing to him on the obtaining pattern and extent of cross-LoC infiltration and the manner in which his echelons were dealing with the situation. He gave the Governor his assessment of the overall existing and emerging situation in Jammu and Kashmir. 

PDP unit quits
: Charging party leadership with propagating pro-militant, communal and secessionist agenda, the entire Udhampur unit of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) today resigned the from party and extended full support to the on-going agitation against decision of the state government to cancel land allotted to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB). More than 750 card holders of the PDP led by district president Sardar Surinder Singh Fouji today announced to quit the party due to failure of the PDP leadership to fulfil aspirations and wishes of the ethnic and religious minorities of the state. "Instead of protecting interests of all the groups, the PDP leadership is propagating communal and secessionist agenda,” alleged Sardar Surinder Singh and pointed out that the PDP leadership has been playing in the hands of anti-national elements. 


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