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Mountaineers honoured
: Six students of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College, who had participated in the nine-day mountaineering camp recently organised by the Youth Welfare Department of the Panjab University at Nauni-based (HP) Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, were given a warm reception on their return here on Wednesday. The team, headed by lecturer Neha Jain, comprising Upasana, Rima, Hina, Rupali, Kanchan and Manju had excelled in intellectual activities due to positive thinking, devotion to duty and leadership ability, principal Neelam Arun Mittu said. She specially complimented Rima who had been adjudged as 'Best Actress' in cultural competitions held during the camp.

Orientation course
: Dr Surjit Pattar, an eminent poet and former professor of PAU, Ludhiana, presided over the valedictory function of a four-week general orientation course organised by the Academic Staff College (ASC) of GND University here on Wednesday. More than 20 teachers from colleges and universities of the country participated. Laying stress on teaching skill, Dr Pattar said not cosmetic but radical change in society was the need of the hour. Earlier, Prof H.S. Bhatia, director, ASC, also spoke.

Refresher course: Kalpana Das Gupta, member, National Knowledge Commission, New Delhi, will deliver inaugural address to participants of a three-week refresher course in library and information science at GND varsity here on July 18. Dr H.S. Bhatia, director, Academic Staff College of the university, said forms could also be downloaded from the website www.gndu.ac.in.

One held for theft: The city police on Wednesday arrested Sonu of Moradabad, UP, after he had snatched a bag containing Rs 40,000 cash from a man near the bus stand here. A dagger and the cash were recovered from the accused. A case of robbery has been registered at Ram Bagh police station here.

2 nabbed with  6 kg opium: The police today arrested two persons with 6 kg of opium smuggled from Rajasthan. The accused, identified as Gian Singh of Ami Shah village and Jagjot Singh of Aima Khurd village, both in Tarn Taran , were notorious drug-peddlers.

Diabetes awareness camp
: The Mehar Baba Charitable Trust, in collaboration with village panchayat, Fatehgarh Neuwan, organised the first diabetes awareness camp on Tuesday. A team of doctors and field workers of MBCT took the blood samples of 76 persons between the age group of 18 to 80. The trust also arranged a meeting of the panchayat members, women and girls. 

Cattle electrocuted
: Three buffalos and a cow were electrocuted near Barwala road, Kuranwala village, Derabassi. This was noticed by the owner of the electrocuted animals Narsingh. He reported that the animals were eating grass when they got stuck with some naked wires near a small room at the back of the spinning mill in the fields. He alleged that the naked wires were the cause of the accident and it was clear negligence on the part of the management. A case has been 

Fruit vendor killed
: A fruit and vegetable vendor allegedly killed his colleague following a dispute over space to set up his stall in the main bazaar of this town, on Wednesday. The police after registering a case under section 302 of the IPC arrested the accused. Police said that Monu, a fruit and vegetable vendor quarrelled with his colleague Bhinda (42) to set up his stall at a particular place. Monu had first beaten up Bhinda and then threw off the two-kg 'iron weight' forcibly on Bhinda’s chest following which the latter fell unconscious. He was taken to the local civil hospital where he died.

Scrap VAT: BSP
:Punjab Bahujan Samaj Party general secretary P.D. Shant today criticised the Punjab government for not releasing the next instalment of dearness allowance to its employees. In a press release here, he demanded immediately release the DA instalment with effect from January 1, 2008.Supporting the demand of the sports goods manufacturers, Shant said the state government should withdraw the value added tax (VAT) on sports goods on the pattern of Uttar Pradesh.

: Rattan Kaur, mother of Gurvinder Singh, vice-chairman, Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutes, passed away on Tuesday morning after a brain hemorrhage. Rattan Kaur (70) is survived by two sons and three daughters and was cremated at Purkhal village in Garshankar.

Man robbed
: Ram Lal of Dunera in Dhar block, 30 km from here, was robbed by co-passenger of Rs 4,000 and some other belongings here on Wednesday. According to Ram, who was admitted in an unconscious condition to the Civil Hospital here, a co-passenger had given him a cup of tea, drinking which he fell unconscious. His condition is improving.

Spic-Macay function: The 23rd convention of Spic-Macay, a cultural organisation was held at Kohima, Nagaland. Mannu Sharma, coordinator, said 1,200 delegated from different parts of the country participated in the convention and Union minister Manishankar Ayyar was the chief guest.

SBoP centre shifted
: State Bank of Patiala shifted its centralised pension-processing centre (CPPC) to Urban Estate, Phase- II, on Tuesday. A.C. Varma, managing director of the bank inaugurated the new 

Concludes: The 23rd one-month long annual free theatre workshop concluding function was held at NTAS garden theatre complex on Tuesday. Subhash Sharma, winner of the highest Rotary International ‘Service Above Self’ award was the chief guest. 

Awarded: The National Theatre Arts Society conferred Bhagat Munshi Ram Humanity Award-2008 on three local personalities Mohan Lal Gupta, foundation president of Bir Ji Foundation; Ravinder Dheer, senior vice-president, Sanatan Dharam Sabha; and Bhushan Kumar Bansal, principal of SDSE Senior Secondary School at a function organised by NTAS on Wednesday. 



: A computerised token system was inaugurated at the local Civil Hospital by T.R. Sarangal, secretary, health, and managing director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, here on Wednesday. He said it was difficult for the old and pregnant women to wait in queues and the token system would be a big relief for them. Sarangal also planted a sapling of a neem tree as part of vanamahautsav on the hospital premises.



Gangrape: 1 more held
: The police has arrested one more accused involved in a gangrape case. Four youths of Dhanana village in the district had allegedly abducted a girl of the same village on June 30. They took her to Rohtak where they allegedly raped her. The accused have been identified as Dilbag, Narender, Subhash and Ashok. The police arrested Subhash on Tuesday while Dilbag was arrested on July 4. 

Warning to auto dealers
: Auto dealers and mechanics, who do not shift their business establishments and workshops in the new auto market set up on the Bhuna Road, will loose their shops. The authorities have decided to get tough with those who got allotment of sites in the new market but are continuing their work in the town. Their allotments would soon be cancelled. Deputy commissioner O. P. Sheoran issued these orders while presiding over the monthly meeting of officers on Tuesday. 

Patwari held on graft charge
: A Vigilance Bureau team led by Rajender Yadav on Wednesday caught a patwari taking a bribe from a farmer of Kaloi village in the district in lieu of getting an entry of “intekaal” made. According to information, Joginder had gone to revenue office for getting the said entry of “intekaal” made in the record for his land at Naurangpur village. Patwari Subhash demanded Rs 3,000 for the job. Joginder made a complaint against Subhash at the Bahadurgarh Vigilance Bureau office. The vigilance office constituted a team to investigate the matter. The team on Wednesday conducted a raid at the patwari office and caught Subhash "red-handed" while accepting the bribe. The patwari has been taken into custody and will be produced before the court on Thursday. 

: Balbir Chaudhary and Erik Aurther have been elected president and general secretary unanimously of the Baptist Church Committee, Kalka, respectively in the annual election of the committee under the supervision of Father Bernard. Kaineth Massey was elected cashier, Thomas and Gian have been elected auditors and Gabrial Purti, Sushil William, Sandhya Purti and Nilima Dutt have been deputed 
members of the committee, said a press release.

Eye check-up camp
: As many as 412 patients were medically examined at eye check-up camp held at Jainpur village on Tuesday. The camp was held under the auspices of Om Prakash Jindal of the Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan. According to a spokesman, eye specialist Dr Aman Aggarwal operated upon 38 patients, while spectacles were given to 132 patients. 

Rewards announced
: DGP Ranjiv Dalal has announced cash rewards of Rs 50,000 and Rs 20,000 each for providing information that could lead to the arrest of the two absconding murder accused. Sunil Sharma and Surender had allegedly murdered Dalip Singh (56), manager of a co-operative society, over a land dispute in Dhani Jetpur village on April 18. While one of the accused, Ombir was apprehended by the police recently, the other two accused are still at large.

INLD calls for Sirsa bandh
: The INLD has called for a Sirsa bandh on July 11 to protest against scant power and water supply in the district. INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said if the government did not arrange proper power and water supply in the district by Wednesday, they would go ahead with the proposed strike. He said the strike would be peaceful and people from all walks of life would be urged to participate in it.

Man ‘kidnapped’ by in-laws: Suicide threat by Sunita Rani of Kirti Nagar eventually woke up the police from slumber to register her complaint at city police station here today. The complainant alleged that her husband Baldev Raj was allegedly kidnapped by her father, brothers and others some days ago. She had married Baldev few years ago against the wishes of her family. The police registered case against her father Gulab Singh Godara, brothers Puneet and Parveen, former municipal councillor Atma Ram, one Ram Lal and several others.

: Pardeep Singh Gautam has been appointed the president of district Congress committee (urban) by HPCC president Phool Chand Mulana.



Support for Left action
: The Himachal state committee of the CPI has supported the withdrawal of support to the Congress-led government at the Centre. CPI committee assistant secretary Pravesh Chandel said on Wednesday that they were firmly behind the Left parties on the issue. The decision by the Left parties to oppose the nuclear agreement was in the interest of the country, he added.

: With a view to conserving and preserving the ‘gompas’ of the Buddhists in the Pangi tribal valley of Chamba district, Rs 10 lakh each would be provided to the five “gompas” in the valley. This was announced by Speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Tulsi Ram while laying the foundation stone of a rest house to be constructed by the state Public Works Department near Dharwas in Pangi tribal subdivision of the district on Tuesday. 

Road mishap
: Pawan Kumar (32), a tractor driver, was killed in an accident at Nagahada village under the Nadaun police station on Tuesday. Kumar’s tractor overturned when he tried to save the cattle on the road. Kumar was referred to the Tanda hospital but he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

District teachers’ union
: Following have been elected the office-bearers of the Kangra District Government Teachers’ Union on Tuesday: president - Onkar Rana; general secretary - Subash Pathania; senior vice-president - Rakesh Katoch; vice-president - Manohar Sharma; and cashier - Ranbir Chowdhary. 



Ultra aide held
: Security forces have arrested one OGW (overground worker) of a militant organisation and seized a satellite phone from him in Poonch district, official sources said on Wednesday. Troops raided the house of Mohammad Naseem, also a PDP activist, in Narool village of Mendhar tehsil in the district and recovered one satellite phone from his possession, the sources said, adding he was currently being interrogated to find the name of the outfit he worked for.

Ex-gratia relief sanctioned
: The state government has sanctioned an ex-gratia relief of Rs 12.58 lakh in favour of militancy-affected families in the south Kashmir district of Kulgam, official sources said on Wednesday. They said the district screening committee had sanctioned Rs 4 lakh in favour of next of kin of four persons killed in different militancy-related incidents in the district. The sources added that Rs 5.18 lakh were sanctioned in favour of 6 property damaged cases, while nine injured persons were sanctioned Rs 3.40 lakh. 

3 teachers suspended: Concerned over the reports about teachers and other officials of Education Department not attending their duties properly, the director, Elementary Education (DEE), has launched a massive drive to conduct surprise checks of different educational institutions. Official sources said a team of senior officers headed by DEE inspected various educational institutions on Wednesday and took stock of the educational system. The team while inspecting the Higher Secondary School, Tral, found teachers - Surinder Singh, Bashir Ahmad Mir and Mehmood Dar, absent from duty. All three teachers were later suspended by the director. 


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