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Varsity toppers:
Students of Jalandhar-based Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyalaya have bagged top positions in examinations conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University.The toppers are Mamta (first in BSc-I economics), Kamaljit Kaur (first in BA-I), Shikha Karir (first in BSc-I non-medical), Renu Soni (second in BA-I), Heena Kochhar (third in BSc-I economics), Nikita Chawla (first in BA-II), Minkle Malik (first in BSc-II computer science) and Neha Bhardwaj (third in BSc-II computer science).

PWD union begins hunger strike to press for demand
: Members of the PWD field and workshop union started hunger strike here on Monday. Six union leaders sat on hunger strike to lodge their protest against the non-increase in the wages of the contract workers. Press secretary of the union Surinder Kumar said that six union leaders led by branch president Tar Singh Gill had sat on the weeklong hunger strike in support of their demand. He said that the SDO sewage board agreed with the union to increase the wages of the employees working on a contract basis but even after the passage of three months, the higher authorities did not fulfill its promise.

MP’s gesture: Member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has sent a cheque of Rs 75,000 for the construction of community hall at the Aggarwal Bhawan, Barnala. Aggarwal Sabha president Jhanda Ram Bansal said that SAD leader Bhola Singh Virk had given the cheque to them as second installment. He said Dhindsa during his visit to Barnala had announced a grant of Rs 1,50,000 for the community hall from his MPLAD fund. He said that a meeting of the sabha was held today to express gratitude towards Dhindsa.

SSPs transferred
: The Punjab government on Monday affected the transfers of SSPs in five districts, besides making other postings. While Bathinda SSP Naunihal Singh has been shifted to Sangrur relieving Arun Pal Singh, his former post has been filled by SP (City), Ludhiana, Ashish Chaudhary. SP (Intelligence) Naresh Kumar has been posted as SSP, Batala, relieving R.N. Dhoke. Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, deputy director Shiv Kumar Verma has been posted as SSP, Barnala, relieving Paramjit Singh Grewal of this charge. Pawan Kumar Rai, SP (CID), Amritsar, is the new Jalandhar SSP relieving Arpit Shukla. Arpit, SSP, Jalandhar, has been posted as SP, Special Intelligence, Chandigarh, against a vacant post. Parag Jain has been transferred on return from training as IG, Computer and Telecommunications, Punjab.

Two killed:
Two persons, including a woman, were killed in separate accidents here since Sunday night. According to the police, Parkash Kaur (70) of Pandori Mehatma was run over and killed by a passenger train on Monday. In another accident 40-year-old Avtar Singh was killed when his scooter skidded near Jalalpur.

Factory raided: A team of the district health department led by health officer M.L. Puri raided a jaggery factory at Chagran and seized 34 quintals of jaggery suspected to be adulterated. Dr Puri said six samples had been sent to the public analyst at Chandigarh for examining the material used.

Pension distribution camp:
The Shri Chinta Haran Mahadev Railway Triveni Mandir committee has organised a 4th pension distribution camp for handicapped on Sunday. Nearly 55 handicapped persons received pension of Rs 200 each. On this occasion, president of Mandir committee Ashok Lali, convener Om Parkash Vallia, chairman Kanwal Kumar Singla were present.

Drugs seized
: Deepak Mittal alias Sonu, son of Prem Nath Mittal of Harinder Nagar, Patiala, and Kuldeep Singh, son of Hukum Singh of Batta Bagh Colony, Nabha, were caught with a sack of illegal drugs and from the Marian road, Tripuri, informed the SHO of the Tripuri police station. Deepak managed to flee the spot but was later arrested. A large number of drugs, injections and cash were seized from his Accent car (No. PB 26C- 2007). Deepak accepted the charges levelled against him.

World meet: Patiala-based eye surgeon Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai attended the World Ophthalmology Congress-2008 held in Hong Kong from June 28 to July 2. Dr Boparai was the only doctor from the Patiala district to attend the meeting. He interacted with world’s leading eye surgeons on the latest in phacoemulsification and lasik laser.

Incomplete bridge
: Villagers and activists of the BKU on Monday blocked road for about two hours at the Tohana barrier, near Moonak village, in protest against the non-completion of a bridge on the Ghaggar. Agitators warned the administration that if work on the bridge did not start in 15 days, they would stage a dharna in front of the office of the Moonak SDM.

Employees’ demands: District president of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union Raj Kumar Arora said here on Monday that the Badal government had failed to give promotional scale to its employees after four, 9 and 14 years of service. Arora also urged the government to give DA instalment from January 2008 in cash to the employees on the pattern of the Central government.



Youth killed
: Bharat Raj (25), a resident of Indira colony near Mansa Devi Complex was killed in a hit and run incident here on Monday. According to the police, Bharat, who deals in crockery at Mani Majra, was found lying injured on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road near Suraj Theatre at around 4.30 in the morning. He had left his home on motorcycle for old Panchkula. The police rushed him to the Sector 6 civil hospital, from where he was referred to the PGI where he succumbed to his injuries.

Science Olympiad: Eight students of Bhavan Vidyalaya-Rashi, Divyadeep, Shirish, Shreshtha Kesari, Saurabh Sihag, Anshul and Sahil-remained winners at the second level of the National Science Olympiad-2008. Anshul Singh of Class X has secured the 10th position at the national level for which he has been awarded a cash award of Rs 11,000. Principal Shashi Banerjee has also been given the best principal award by the same foundation.

: Sherry, owner of Envogue Tress and Beauty Lounge, has lodged a police compliant that a generator motor was stolen from near her shop at Baltana. The owner said a guard was on night duty when the incident took place. The police has registered a case. The investigation is on.



Students injured
: Four ITI students of Ambala City were injured in a group clash on Sunday noon. The injured- Tej Pal, Sandeep, Manoj and Ramesh- were admitted to the local civil hospital. Sharp-edged weapons and iron rods were used in the scuffle. Two students sustained serious injuries. An old revelry between two groups is said to be the cause of the clash. The police has registered a case.

3 killed in mishaps: Three persons were killed and three others injured in two separate road accidents in Ambala on Monday. According to information, Raj Kumar and Bharat Bhushan died when their Maruti car collided with a truck on the Naraingarh-Sadhora road near Naraingarh on Monday morning. Three others, who were travelling in the same car, sustained injuries and were admitted to the local civil hospital. The truck driver managed to flee. In another accident, cleaner of a truck died on the spot when the truck rammed into a tree near Punjokhra village on the Ambala-Naraingarh road on Monday noon. The police has registered two cases.

: Dr Surinder of Ropar had a miraculous escape when a truck rammed into his Santro car (no-PB-12-F-6303) and dragged the vehicle into an eight foot-deep ditch. The incident took place at around 4 pm on the NH-22 near Kali Mata temple. The driver of the truck no-HR-29-G-3585 succeeded to flee from the spot. The police is investigating the matter. Both vehicles were lying on the spot till the filing of this report.



‘Amend’ promotion list: The Himachal Promoted School Lecturers Association has expressed surprise over the recently issued list of senior school lecturers promoted as headmasters by the Education Department. It has urged the director (education) to take immediate steps to amend the list giving benefit to the deserving senior lectures who had been waiting for these promotions for the past several years. This was stated by district president of the association Laxman Thakur while addressing mediapersons on the issue on Monday. He was accompanied by six other leaders.

Snakebite claims life
: A youth died from snakebite in Jangla village, Bhattiyat sub-division, of Chamba district on Sunday. According to a report received here on Monday, the youth was identified as Shakti. He was working in his fields when a snake bit him. He died on the way to hospital.

Leopard skin trade: The police has arrested two persons, Kewal and Om Raj, with leopard skin near Chowari. A case was registered under the Wildlife Protection Act. This shows that clandestine smuggling of the animal skin trade is going on in the region.

NGO federation
: P.C. Verma has been elected as the district president of the NGO federation for the fifth time here on Monday. State president of the NGO federation Surender Thakur said the election process for the district bodies of the NGO would be completed from 16 to 21 July and the election for the state NGO federation would be held in Shimla on 28 July. Office-bearers, who have been elected to the district body of the NGO, are: senior vice-president - Tliak Raj Sharma; vice-presidents - Sudesh Chand and Man Chand Rana; and general secretary - Rakesh Bakshi, besides others.

Student found dead
: Karan Raj Singh, an engineering student at Kangra Polytechnique College, who was here for a private training for the past few days, was found dead in a hotel room here on Saturday. Raj Singh was a resident of Anchan village in Baijnath. The police has ruled out any foul play after conducting the post- mortem at the zonal hospital.

6 held for vehicle theft
: With the arrest of six persons, the police has claimed to have solved a number of cases of motorcycle theft. Ten motorcycles have also been recovered. Chaman Lal of Batahar (Mandi sadar), who ran an auto workshop at Sundernagar, was arrested in connection with vehicle thefts. Later, Chint Ram of Hara Bagh and Prithvi Singh of Sarkaghat were also arrested and 10 motorcycles were recovered. Three of these motorcycles were further sold to Lal Singh and Surjan of Maloh (brothers) and Hans Raj of Banjar. These persons have also been arrested. The accused have been booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.



Jawan killed mistakenly
: In a case of mistaken identity, a jawan of the 20 Rashtriya Rifles was killed on Monday by his colleagues near the Line of Control in Kupwara district. The police said sepoy Satish Kumar was moving along with his party to Kakwa Gali in Karnah sector to do post duties when another party of the Army, on operational duty, fired at him, apparently taking him to be a militant. The police said it had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. The Army will be carrying out a court of inquiry to ascertain the reasons behind the death of the soldier. The Karnah sector witnessed fierce encounters between militants and security forces in a five-day-long operation last week, which left 12 militants and six Army personnel, including three junior commissioned officers, dead.

Tributes to departed leaders: The state Legislative Assembly paid rich tributes to six former members of the House who passed away in recent months at its one-day special session here on Monday. The six leaders included Babu Parmanand, Mohammad Maqbool Dar, Shivcharan Gupta, Sanji Ram, Mirza Mohammad Iqbal and Qari Saif-ud-Din. Moving obituary reference, speaker Tara Chand described late legislators as leaders of high calibre and integrity. He said late Babu Parmanand and Mohammad Maqbool Dar, by virtue of their hard work and character, not only made their entry into the state legislature but also rose to high political posts. He said that Shivcharan Gupta, Sanji Ram, Mirza Mohammad Iqbal and Qari Saif-ud-Din also played their responsible role within and outside the legislature to highlight public issues. Ghulam Nabi Azad said he was very much impressed by high qualities of Parmanand and Dar and had association with these leaders. The House also observed a two-minute silence for the departed leaders.


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