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New release
: Avtar Singh Makkar, the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), today released the first part of “Mukh Vak Prakash” written by Golden Temple granthi Giani Mal Singh to commemorate the 300th centenary of Guru Gaddi Divas. The SGPC chief said the book would help in understanding the gurbani as enshrined in Guru Granth Sahib. He appreciated the efforts of Giani Mal Singh for writing this excellent reference book to understand the meanings of gurbani.

Saplings planted: As many as 20,000 saplings of different varieties of trees were planted in New Amritsar (Khasa) military station by Brig S.K. Gadeock, Commander of the Flaming Arrow Brigade, to provide an enhanced green cover on the occasion of Vanamahotsav-2008. Meanwhile, Mission Aagaaz-earth and resources care group and pollution control committee also planted about 70 saplings of kaner, chandani, neem, Darek, etc along the Government Polytechnic road here. 

KMV girls top in BA exams: Students of Kanya Mahavidyalaya (KMV) College, Jalandhar, got top positions in the BA parts I, II and III (Hons School) examinations in English conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University in the provisional merit list released by the university here today, Rinkle placed first in BA-I (Hons School) in English by securing 441 marks out of 600, while Gurjinder Kaur remained second with 425 marks. In BA-II Astha Saini got the top spot while Astha Sharma secured the second position by attaining 440 and 410 marks, respectively. Sonia Singh and Natasha Singh were placed first and second in the BA-III examinations by scoring 1267 and 1172 marks, respectively. 

Voters’ lists
: Subdivisional magistrate-cum-assistant returning officer J.S. Grewal said here today that a revision of the voters’ lists of the Batala assembly constituency for the ensuing parliamentary elections had begun under the supervision of tehsildar Balwinder Pal Singh. All the officials concerned would go door-to-door for preparing votes. The revision of the voters’ lists would be completed by July 15 and objections and counter-objections could be made up to July 23, according to AERO Parampreet Singh Goraya. 

Smack seized: Jarnail Singh of the local Guru Nanak Nagar was arrested with 40 gm of smack by the police here. DSP (HQ) Gurmej Singh said the accused was held at a naka laid at the Hansli bridge, Jalandhar Road. A case has been registered. 

MC re-poll: Two electronic voting machines were broken by some hooligans in Wards 5 and 6 of the Qadian municipal council, 20 km from here, on June 30. The repolling on these wards was conducted peacefully today. In ward no. 5, Congress candidate Jatinder Kumar won the Ward 5 seat by 61 votes and in Ward 6 SAD candidate Hardeep Kaur won the seat by 77 votes. The results were declared by Gurdaspur DDPO-cum-assistant returning officer Ranbir Singh Mudhal in the evening. 

Suicide case
: Harbhajan Singh of Mepalpur committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on Monday. The police handed over the body to the family after conducting a post-mortem examination. 

Absconding UT held
: An undertrial, who escaped police custody after a hearing in Sardoolgarh, was arrested with another person, who allegedly helped him flee. According to police sources, Nanak Singh, son of Teja Singh, a resident of Maur, was brought to the court of the sub-divisional judicial magistrate, Sardoolgarh. But after the hearing, when the police was taking him to Bathinda Jail, he ran away with the help of two motorcyclists. Later, police arrested him with Gurpreet Singh. Police recovered two pistols from them. After registering a case, police had started search for the third person who was involved in this case.

Sangat darshan held
: About 42 complaints related to various departments were settled during the district-level sangat darshan held here, on Tuesday. A total of 56 complaints were received by the district administration. District Magistrate (DM) of Moga, Satwant Singh Johal said that 20 new complaints were also received that had been sent to the authorities of the departments concerned for sending inquiry reports. During the sangat darshan, the DM asked the district-level officials of all the departments to address the grievances of the public at their level on a priority basis. The DM said the complaints of NRIs were also being given top priority as per the directions of the government. 



Snakebite kills 1
: Satish Kumar (44), sales man of a liquor vend at Behna Jattan village, near here, died after he was bitten by a snake. Reports here on Tuesday said Kumar was sleeping in the shop when he was bitten by the snake. He was rushed to the regional hospital here but could not be saved. 

Truck mishap: Pushp Raj (23), cleaner of truck, was killed on the spot when a truck (HP-11-4161) rolled into a gorge near Braham Pukhar near here on Monday. While driver Baldev Singh of Janjaili, Mandi district, was injured seriously and was rushed to the regional hospital here. 

Review of voters’ lists
: A special review of the voters lists with photo identity cards would be taken up from July 10. The voter’s lists would be available in the offices of returning and assistant returning officers from July 10 to 24. The persons who want to get their names deleted or amended can apply on Forms 7 and 8. 

Office-bearers elected
: The following have been elected as the office-bearers of the Vivekananda Vihar Development Committee, Kangra: president - P.R. Agnihotri; senior vice-president - Ved Vyas; vice-presidents - Santosh Kumar and Ajay Shrivastava; general secretary - Ashok Raina; joint secretary - Ashok Kumar; treasurer - P.K. Raina; auditors - Satish Gupta, C.K. Saini and adviser - Suresh Kumar Choudary. 

Dalit raped
: The police here on Tuesday lodged a case against Chhinda, a resident of Chinour, for allegedly raping a Dalit minor girl (15) of Bapooh. The victim was allegedly raped by the accused when she had gone to the fields to answer the call of nature on Monday. The police has conducted medical examination of the victim. The accused, a Dalit, reportedly fled after the crime. 

: The “queen of hills” has won the CNBC Awaaz Travel Award under the category of the best mountain and hill travel destination. 

Youth Cong head: Manmohan Katoch has been appointed president of the state Youth Congress. He replaces Sukhwinder Singh, who remained at the helm for 10 years. 


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