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Cadets felicitated
: Seventeen cadets of the Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College who had participated in the 10-day annual training camp organised by the 5th Punjab Girls Battalion were warmly received by principal Neelam Arun Mittu on their return to the college campus. NCC in-charge Anita Singh informed that the college cadets topped in line area. Munmun Sharma and Gagandeep bagged third position in dance and firing, respectively. Four cadets, namely Puja Yadav, Gagandeep, Jasleen Kaur and Noor Rupinder have been selected to compete in the inter-battalion competition for selection for the Republic Day parade. Puja Yadav was also selected as the second best trainee. 

Accused arrested: An accused in an attempt to murder case was arrested seven months after the crime here on Tuesday. As per information, at a meeting aimed at resolving a dispute concerning sale of land at chamber No. 17 in the sub-divisional complex on December 17, 2007, some persons who were a party to the dispute allegedly started beating up Sat Pal Bansal, a property dealer who had brokered the land deal. Someone allegedly snatched the sale agreement and fled. His accomplices also followed him. The other faction allegedly opened fire injuring two persons. The city police had registered an FIR against five persons but only one of them could be arrested. ASI Bhupinder Singh of the city police on Tuesday reportedly raided the house of a sub-divisional engineer of the irrigation department (posted out of Abohar) in Gobind Nagari and arrested Ranjeet Singh Bhullar, the second accused in the case, sources said. 

7 IAS officers transferred
: The Punjab government on Tuesday transferred seven IAS officers.
Karan A. Singh has been appointed as MD, PSIDC, S.S. Rajput as MD, PSIEC, and Jasbir Singh Bir as secretary, Department of Personnel, Punjab, and in addition as secretary, General Administration. Kulbir Singh is secretary, PWD (B&R), S.K. Ahluwalia commissioner, Patiala Division, and in addition commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Patiala, Iqbal Singh Sidhu is MD, Punjab Warehousing Corporation, and Anurag Verma is appointed special secretary, Revenue.

DIG bereaved: Suresh Kumar (38), an advocate in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, died after a brief illness here on Tuesday. He was a brother of Ishwar Singh, DIG, Ludhiana Range. He belonged to Amin village, near Kurukshetra. He is survived by his wife.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Plantation drive
: A sapling plantation drive was launched in Fatehgarh Sahib with the deputy commissioner planting a sapling at Mata Gujri College. The drive was launched with the help of the Students Organisation of India (SOI). DC Ashok Kumar Singla said the decreasing number of trees in the area was a matter of concern. He exhorted the people to come forward to plant more and more saplings so that the new generation could breathe in fresh air. Principal of the college Dr Gurmohan Singh appreciated the efforts of the young boys. 

Schools to remain closed
: Ferozepur deputy commissioner Megh Raj has issued instructions that all educational institutions in the district will remain closed on Wednesday in view of the bandh call given by certain Sikh organizations. The DC further said that the elections for the post of sarpanch which was scheduled to be held on Wednesday, had been postponed.

Adampur visit
: Air vice-marshal Naresh Verma, senior officer-in-charge administration, Western Air Command, today visited the Air Force Station, Adampur.

50 vehicles challaned
: DTO R.L. Jassal challaned about 50 vehicles for over-speeding here on Tuesday by putting up special nakas on Banga Road and Rahon Road. The speed of the vehicles was judged with the help of high tech “ Interceptor IB”.

Kisan loan mela: The State Bank of India organised a kisan loan mela at nearby Samundra village on Tuesday. DGM A.K. Palit distributed loans amounting to Rs 1.10 crore among 52 farmers and Rs 1.24 crore for housing and other purposes.

BEd counselling put off
:Punjabi University, Patiala, has postponed BEd counselling scheduled to be held on July 23 and will now be held on July 24. Co-coordinator, BEd entrance test, Dr Balwinder Singh said due to bandh call given by some organisations on July 23, the university has postponed it.

IMA writes to CM
: In a letter to CM Parkash Singh Badal, the IMA has urged him to take action against miscreants involved in the attack on the local Singla Surgical Hospital after the death of a young woman patient there recently. National secretary general of the IMA S.N. Misra had also conveyed resentment over the registration of the FIR against Dr K.G. Singla and his wife Dr Renu Singla in violation of the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court.

Medi-claim policy case: In a medi-claim policy case, the local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed National Insurance Company Limited to pay remaining amount of Rs 37,769 along with interest at the rate of 9 pc per annum from the date of discharge i.e. May 24, 2006, till realisation to complainant Narinder Kumar of Barnala. Narinder has already received two cheques for Rs 2,85,172 from the company.



French award
: Dr Navdeep Bajwa, a post-doctoral research associate and former student of Panjab University, has been given award for contribution in the field of science and application of nanotubes by the organising committee of the ninth international conference held Montpellier (France). Her contribution to science has been selected from amongst 100 poster communications. Her study is regarding making of viable sensors which respond and recover rapidly to reflect the concentration of the analyte.

Injured in mishap
: Pechelal (50) and Rajeshwari (10), both residents of Peer Machala, were seriously injured in a road accident that took place near Sector 5 here on Tuesday. The victims Pechelal and Rajeshwari, who were on their way to Sector 5, were hit by a school bus loaded with students of Little Flower School. The bus driver fled the spot. The victims were immediately taken to the general hospital. Condition of the injured is said to be critical.

Killed in mishap: 25-year-old Bintu and his four-year-old niece Bhawna were killed when a trolley driver lost his control at a ‘T’ point near Raipur Rani on Tuesday evening. Bintu, along with his father and niece, was on his way to Naraingarh when the accident took place. Both siblings died on the spot while their father got injured. He was admitted to the PGI. According to information, the trolley driver fled the spot. 

Traffic disrupted
: The breakdown of an Uttar Pradesh roadways bus on the Ghaggar bridge on the national highway 22 disrupted the traffic for more than an hour on Tuesday. People had a tough time due to hot weather. The traffic in charge revealed that the bus was removed from the bridge with the help of a JCB machine. He said the traffic was resumed after one and a half hour.



Effigy burnt
: Members of the BJP’s local unit burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Ambala City on Tuesday. The party workers were protesting against the alleged unethical tactic adopted by the ruling party to save the government. They raised slogans against Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi and demanded their resignation. Senior leaders of the party Faquir Chand Aggarwal, Sanjay Sharma, Sandeep Sachdeva, Sushil Aggarwal, Vinod Garg and Satpal Maggo were present.

Woman commits suicide: Bhupinder Kaur of Nagla Nanku village near Ambala City committed suicide by hanging herself at her in-laws house. The deceased's father, in his complaint lodged with the Panjokra police, said her daughter had got married to Sandeep around eight months back. He alleged that her in-laws had been demanding dowry from her. The police has registered a case against the husband and in-laws. They were produced in the local court today noon which remanded them in judicial custody.

3 get Rajiv Gandhi fellowship
: The University Grants Commission has awarded the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship to three students of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar. Giving this information on Monday, a university spokesperson said the students, Sunder Singh, Asha and Anita Rani, were pursuing PhD in botany. Under the fellowship, the research scholars would be provided Rs 8,000 per month for research and education purposes.

Diesel seized, 2 held
: The police here on Tuesday arrested two persons on the charge of black marketing of diesel. They have been identified as Ram Kishan of Lalpur village and Krishan Yadav of Alwar district. The police seized 525 litres of diesel from their possession. Later, they were remanded into judicial custody. The police has registered a case under the Essential Commodities Act.

Relief sought for martyr’s kin
: Members of the Rashtriya Jat Mahasangh (RJM) on Tuesday urged the state government and the Centre to provide proper facilities and compensation to the family of a martyr, Subedar Ranbir Singh, of 16 Jat Regiment. He had killed four militants in an encounter on July 3. However, later he was killed in a hand grenade blast caused by the militants in Jammu and Kashmir. The RJM submitted a memorandum to the district administration for the Chief Minister in this regard.



Summer school concludes
: A two-week-long summer school on Design Techniques for VLSI & Nanotechnology (DTV-08) concluded on Monday. It was organised by the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of NIT, Hamirpur. Prof I.K. Bhatt, director of the institute, was the chief guest. Rajeevan Chandel, head of the department and coordinator of the programme, said the VLSI designers and electronics engineers were in high demand and there were many job opportunities for them. 

3 temples looted
: Unidentified burglars looted three temples near Nalagarhon Monday. The Durga Mata temple’s donation box was broken open and a sum of around Rs 20,000 stolen. Members of the temple committee sleeping in the temple could not notice the thieves. The second theft case was reported from the Shiv Temple at Kawarni. Here, the thieves took away the donation box with them. Nobody was in the temple during the night. In the third case, the Baba Balak Nath Temple was looted at Jabbal. 



AIDS awareness
: About 72,000 persons have voluntarily got themselves tested against AIDS through counselling centres opened in 92 per cent areas in the state under awareness programmes launched by the AIDS Prevention and Control Society. This was stated by M.A. Wani, director, AIDS Control Society, during an HIV/AIDS advocacy seminar organised by the Rural Development Department, in Baramulla district on Tuesday. Wani said intensive awareness programmes through electronic and print media had already been launched and under religious advocacy programme, 840 Imams had been trained besides, two teachers in 2000 high and higher secondary school, 17,000 workers of the social welfare department and 2400 sarpanches and panches had also been trained.

Fare revision ordered
: The government on Tuesday ordered a revision in the fare structure of various types of stage carriage and contract carriage. An official spokesman said a notification was issued by dint of which the state transport authority had been directed to revise the fare structure with 14 per cent increase in the existing rates in respect of 52 seated buses and mini buses, 11 per cent in respect of Tata Sumo Contract carriage and 10 per cent in respect of auto-rickshaws. As per the notification, the fare per passenger per km by 52 seater buses would be 48 paisa, while for mini buses upto three km, it is Rs 3. While Rs 5 will be up to five kms, Rs 6 up to six kms and so forth. The passenger fare for auto-rickshaws up to first km has been fixed at Rs 12, with Rs 9 for each subsequent km. The decision to revise the tariff was taken after the passenger transport services were suspended for four days from June 9 to June 12 last.

Directorate for tribals: The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to create a separate directorate for tribal welfare in the state. “The Governor-in-council has approved of a separate directorate for tribal welfare for facilitating socio-economic uplift of tribal communities in the state,” chief secretary S.S. Kapur said at the council meet here on Monday. The council also approved the introduction of common seniority for direct recruits of junior Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officers irrespective of the departments. The decision to induct 50 officers of seven feeding services into the KAS was also taken up in the meeting, Kapur said. The council also approved the creation of electric subdivision for Karnah, two posts of project officers in watershed projects were sanctioned for Leh and Kargil districts. 


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