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Yoga camp concludes: A week-long yoga camp at village Nihalkhera near here concluded with the performance of a yagya at the Gaytri Shaktipeeth, organiser of the camp Hira Lal Chauhan informed on Monday. Chairman of the Khuyiansarwar panchayat samiti Devinder Kumar, sarpanch Ram Kumar Gedar, Peeth trustees, Parkash Dhundhara and Vinod Kumar, were among the hosts.

Man run over by vehicle: A vegetable seller identified as Jaswant Singh was run over by his own vehicle as he fell down while returning home in Ajit Singh Nagar here late on Sunday evening. His friends said the victim was driving the vehicle and lost control. He was first taken to his house, and was later shifted to the civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Opium seized, woman held
: The Zira police arrested a woman for drug peddling and recovered 500 gram of opium from her possession. ASI Jatinder Singh informed that the woman was identified as Kiran Devi, resident of Mahanpura village, district Bhagalpur, Bihar. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

Constable killed: Tejpal Singh, a constable with Zirakpur Police Station was killed in a road accident near Natraj Dhaba, here late on Sunday night. According to the police, Tejpal, a resident of Batoli village, was on his way to Ambala when his motorcycle was hit by a speeding truck from behind. The police said the truck driver was driving rashly and immediately fled from the spot. The victim died on the spot and case has been registered under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against the truck driver.

Baby girl found: An abandoned two-day old newly born baby girl was found at the backside of Singh Sabha Gurdwara near the Raikot Road here on Monday. Some unidentified persons had thrown the baby girl near a drain. When the baby started crying, people from nearby area gathered there. DSP Grupreet Singh Sikand reached the spot with a police party and the girl was sent to the local Civil Hospital by the administration. Later, tehsildar Amandeep Singh reached the hospital and took stock of the situation. The police registered a DDR in this regard.

One booked: The local police booked Jagjit Singh of Mohalla Kajipur, Lamini, here on Monday under Sections 363 and 366, IPC. Mohan Singh of Bank Colony, Sunder Nagar, had complained that his daughter Jasmin Kaur was kidnapped by Jagjit on Saturday night when she was sleeping in the house.

Office-bearers elected: A meeting of 66 KV Grid Colony Residents Welfare Association was held here on Monday in which new office-bearers were elected unanimously. The are: Janendar Sharma (president), Brij Bhushan (vice-president), Pawan Tandon (general secretary), Ramesh Arora (finance secretary), K.K. Modgil (advisor) and Bhupinder Singh, Bikram Singh, Raj Kumar, Jatinderpal Singh, Surjit Singh Dhillon, Rajesh Goyal and Bhagwan Singh are executive members of the association.

Petrol station looted: Some youths on motorcycles allegedly looted a petrol station at Ghanaur Khurd village (near Dhuri) on Sunday night. The looters looted around Rs 4,500, two mobile phones and fuel from the petrol station. This was stated by Dhuri DSP Swaran Singh said on Monday. A case has been registered against unknown persons under Section 392, IPC.


MC chief poll: The election for the post of the president and vice-president of the Zirakpur Municipal Council would be held on July 23 at council’s office here. According to executive officer (EO) R.K. Mittal, the DC had appointed ADC General Jaspal Mittal as convener of the election meeting. The EO also said he had informed all the winning councillors of the Zirakpur Municipal Council.



Vocational guidance: A Vocational Guidance Week will be celebrated by the Divisional Employment Exchange, Ambala, from July 21 to 25 in various secondary and senior secondary schools situated in Ambala with a view to acquaint the outgoing students of vocational guidance facilities available in the employment exchange. “Avenues of self-employment, facilities and concessions being made available by the government and other related information of various careers will also be provided during the week,” stated Jasbir Bhasin, divisional employment officer, Ambala.

Admission date extended: Maharshi Dayanand University, here, has extended the date for admission of foreign students till July 25. A university spokesperson said the foreign students could get admission also after July 25 till August 30 with a late fee of Rs 1,000.

'Matka todh' protest
: To protest against the state government’s failure to provide water and regular power supply, a 'matka todh' rally was organised by the Indian National Lok Dal here on Monday. Starting from the Kisan Mandi, the rally culminated at the mini secretariat. Along the way the protesters broke earthen pots they had been carrying.



Liquor seized: The police seized 13 cases of illicit liquor at Parel on the Chamba-Pathankot highway. The liquor was being transported in a vehicle. Dharminder, driver of the vehicle, had been arrested and a registered against him.

Opium seized: The police seized 150 gm illicit opium from Pritam Chand Baghela at Bhareri village under the Bhoranj police station on Monday. Pritam has been arrested and a case registered against him under the NDPS Act. The contraband was seized during a raid on the house of the accused.

Illicit cement seized: The Vigilance Department has seized cement and GI pipes allegedly belonging to the Irrigation and Public health (IPH) Department from the house of a contractor and arrested him. A raid was conducted on the house of local contractor Shayam Singh Shama following a tip-off on Monday afternoon. During the raid, 39 GI pipes of different gauges and 24 cement bags, allegedly belonging to the IPH Department, were seized. The contractor has been arrested and a case registered.

Award: Harjinder Singh Majhail, director principal of Dagshai Public School at Dagshai, 4-km from here, has been selected for the Rashtriya Vidya Saraswati Puruskar. The award will be presented to Majhail by the International Institute of Education and Management on August 19 in New Delhi.

Office-bearers: Following have been elected the office-bearers of the Sirmour unit of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees organisation on Sunday at Paonta - president: Anil Gupta; general secretary: Geta Ram Tomar; senior vice-president: Rambhaj Tomar; vice-presidents: Prem Lata Thakur, Beli Ram Sharma, Naresh Sharma, Rajender Singh Thakur; joint secretary: Husan Singh Thakur; and chief advisor: Chaman Tomar. Surender Thakur, executive state president, said the elections of the state executive of the organisation would be held in Shimla on July 28.

Justice Chanderchud remembered: A full court references to mourn the demise of Justice Y.V. Chanderchud, former Chief Justice of India, was held in Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday. Chief Justice Jagdish Bhalla said Justice Chanderchud was a person of dynamic vision and great innovations. Advocate General of state high court R.K. Bawa, chairman, Bar council of Himachal Pradesh, Ramakant Sharma, president, high court Bar Association, Balbir Chauhan and Assistant Solicitor General of India Sandeep Sharma also read out their condolence massages. Two minutes silence was also observed.

Green campaign: J.P. Nadda, forest minister, who launched the ‘Jan Jan Sanjivni Van Abhiyaan’ here on Monday, said as many as 12.5 lakh saplings and other medicinal plants would be planted by all households in the state on August 3 as a part of the statewide Van Mahotsav. Rajiv Bindal, ayurveda and health minister, on the occasion said growers were encouraged to grow useful medicinal plants and a tie-up was being worked out with the pharmacy of Baba Ramdev, who had promised to buy various plants.


Banihal blast
: The police has arrested four people in connection with Friday's Banihal grenade attack on a CRPF vehicle, official sources here said on Monday. Thirty-four people were injured, including four security personnel, when militants lobbed a grenade on a CRPF company in Banihal town of Ramban district. “The suspects have been put under sustained questioning in connection with the grenade attack,” sources said. However, security has been beefed up in the entire area, including mountainous Ramban, Batote, Ramsoo, Banihal, Chanderkote and Patnitop areas, while alert has been sounded.

Photo I-cards
: Hilal Ahmad Parray, Kupwara deputy commissioner, on Monday convened a meeting of supervisors and booth level officers of the district to review preparation of electronic photo identity cards and electoral rolls. During the meeting, it was informed that over 1.21 lakh EPICs, which constitute 38 per cent of the total EPICs, were ready for distribution. In another meeting of supervisors and officers of Handwara and Langate constituencies at Handwara, it was given out that against 1.28 lakh forms distributed among the electors of the two constituencies, 48,330 forms have been completed while the process for filling up of other forms was in progress.

3 drowned
: At least three persons including two children were drowned in separate incidents while a body of an unidentified person was fished out from a river in the Kashmir valley. Abid Ahmad Kharadi, 18, drowned into the Jhelum near Ashai Kocha Fateh Kadal here yesterday, the police said. The body of the deceased was fished out later. Two children, Zaman Farooq (8) and Shaid Yaseen (10), residents of Habakadal here, were drowned in the Lidder river at Yenad Park in Anantnag.


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