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Martyrdom day: Activists of the Anti-terrorist Front, Punjab, on Wednesday celebrated the martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh, falling on July 31. Workers of the front led by Mohinder Singh Sidhu, senior vice-president, organised a homage function and garlanded the statue of the great martyr situated outside the Hall Gate. They raised slogans such as “Shaheed Udham Singh Amar Rahe”.

18 hurt in road mishap: Eighteen passengers were injured when a tempo coming from Panjetan village towards Kohara collided with a truck coming from Bhaini Sahib to Koom Kalan on Tuesday evening. The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, and the more serious ones referred to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

New society
: To develop Mahilpur as an international football centre and for its overall development, a Mahilpur Development Society (MDS) has been formed.Deputy commissioner N.K. Wadhawan, presided over a meeting of the officers-bearers of the MDS on Wednesday.

Death mourned
: Guru Amar Dass Public School mourned the untimely death of Punjabi icon Ishmeet Singh in the Maldives yesterday who had won the hearts of millions of Indians with his magical voice. He had made the Sikh community proud and become the cynosure during his short stint as the “STAR Voice of India”. The school observed a two-minute silence to pray for the departed soul. Guru Amar Dass Public Schools at Model Town and Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar will remain closed tomorrow.

Dental camp held
: Rotary Club, Kharar, organised a dental check-up camp at Government Elementary School, Mundi Kharar, yesterday in association with Kalhon Dental Clinic. Around 180 students were examined by Dr Kanwerdeep S. Kahlon. Project chairman Ashok Sharma and others distributed tooth brushes and tongue cleaners to the students. Seven students were awarded for maintaining clean and healthy teeth.

Booked for rape: The Purana Shala police on Wednesday booked Lashkar Singh under Section 376, IPC, for allegedly raping a woman. Jaswinder of Bhaini Paswal village, in a complaint to the police, alleged that Lashkar of the same village raped her on July 1, 2008, in a sugarcane field on the outskirts of the village. She further said she had disclosed the whole episode to village panchayat, but the panchayat did not take her narration seriously, following which she approached the police.

Free diet for patients
: Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital has introduced a scheme of providing free diet to patients admitted to the hospital. Brig C. M Adya, medical superintendent of the GSMCH, said here yesterday that most hospitals did not cater to this essential service to the patients while they were recovering. He said vice-chairman of the Gain Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust, Dr Sukhwinder Singh addressed this problem .

Counselling schedule: Counselling for admission to MBA and MCA courses from Punjabi University, Patiala, will start from August 2. The detailed schedule of counselling, changes in seats and information about new institutues, is available on website www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in. Candidates are advised to come with all required documents and counselling fee of Rs 2,500 on the scheduled date based upon their marks in the entrance test.

Workshop for cops: Police personnel play a key role in dealing with people who are at a risk of acquiring AIDS. Therefore, it is important to impart knowledge to them about HIV prevention. This was stated by Punjab Police Academy director-cum-DGP R.S. Gill at a state-level sensitisation workshop organised at the Academy here on Tuesday. Earlier, Ranjan Dwivedi, technical officer for security forces, presided over the function. The workshop was inaugurated by IGP (Training) S.K. Sharma. Dr N.M. Sharma, additional project director, PSACS, talked about the role of police in HIV-prevention programes.

Drugs seized: District drug inspector Kamal Kamboj conducted a raid at a medical hall situated on the bus stand road here on Tuesday and seized drugs, which could be misused as intoxicants, worth Rs 1.67 lakh from there. Sangrur civil surgeon Dr Dalip Kumar was also present at the time of the raid. Kamboj said the drugs had been kept by the owner in the shop without any bills.

Sultanpur Lodhi
Man succumbs  to injuries
: Harbans Singh (50) of Laduka Mandi village of Fazilka in Ferozepore district succumbed to his injuries in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Harbans, along with his friend Mohinder Singh (40), was seriously injured after both of them fell into a well in the fields at Phauji Colony, near Karamjeet village, in Sultanpur Lodhi sub-division on Tuesday. While Mohinder Singh died on Tuesday, Harbans, whose condition was critical, died in a private hospital in Jalandhar.


Cops booked
: The local police has booked cops Satvinder Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Kulwant Singh for allegedly taking money from vendors in the vegetable market in Phase 11. The were booked on a complaint lodged by Tasleem Ahmed of Phase 10. He told the police that he rented batteries to vendors at the mandi. On Monday, the three cops came and started demanding bribe from him and even threatened him. The cops have been booked under Sections 323 and 341 of the IPC and Sections 7, 13, 2 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Rotary president: Rotarian Balbir Singh was installed as president of the Rotary Club, SAS Nagar, in a well-attended function held at MIA Bhawan here on Tuesday. Rotarian Chetan Aggarwal, district governor-elect of Rotary District 3080 was the chief guest at the function. The president enumerated the various projects he will undertake, including polio plus, eye camp, blood donation camps, etc.

Gang busted
: The CIA staff of the local police claims to have solved at least half a dozen cases of theft with the busting of a gang of burglars here on Wednesday. All four members of the gang, belonging to UP, have been arrested.


New assignments: The Haryana government has issued the posting orders of two IAS officers and two HCS officers with immediate effect. Mahavir Singh, director and special secretary, urban local bodies department, has been given the additional charge of project director, Swaran Jayanti Shehri Rozgar Yojna and State Urban Development Society. Ashok Kumar Yadav, administrator HUDA (HQ), will also look after the work of additional director, urban estates, Panchkula. Devinder Kaushik, SDM, Naraingarh, has been given the additional charge of land acquisition officer, urban estates, Panchkula. The government has placed the services of Samwartak Singh Khangwal, flying squad officer, excise and taxation department, at the disposal of the Chandigarh administration.

Couple commits suicide: A couple allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide in Kariwala village here on Monday. Chander Shekhar (25) and his wife, Parbati (22), belonged to Bihar and were working as farm labourers in the village. Sources said on Monday they had come from Surewala village after meeting Parbati’s parents and allegedly consumed pesticide in the evening. The couple was rushed to a hospital but was declared brought dead.

Painting competition: Over 1,200 students from different schools of the district participated in the national painting competition organised by the District Child Welfare Council at Bal Bhawan here on Wednesday. The first-prize winners in different categories include Shivam, Mahak, Swaty and Nandini Yadav.


Manimahesh pilgrims
: Though the famous Manimahesh pilgrimage in the mountainous region of Bharmour here is yet to commence on August 24, on the occasion of Krishna Janamashtmi, the pilgrims and devotees of Lord Shiva hailing from neighbouring states have started making a beeline for the sacred shrine of Manimahesh. The pilgrims are simultaneously visiting the International Minjar Fair of Chamba en route to the holy centre of the pilgrimage.

Payment awaited: Residents of Sarahan panchayat in Chamba district have expressed their resentment over the inordinate delay in making payments of their wages for which they have been waiting for the past one and a half year.The residents had worked as labourers on the Chamba-Jamuhar road which was constructed under the ”Prime Minister Gram Sarak Yojna”.

Workshop: MP Anurag Thakur inaugurated an agriculture and horticulture workshop at Badsar on Wednesday. He asked farmers to diversify horticulture to become self-reliant. He said under the horticulture mission, 247 hectare land had been brought under vegetable cultivation, 2,35,641 plants distributed to 6,394 horticulturists and Rs 4.74 crore spent in Hamirpur district. He said a project under the mission had been submitted to the Centre for 2008-9 to promote floriculture, vegetable production and cultivation of medicinal plants etc.

ITI candidates’ plea: ITI-trained candidates in the electronic trade have urged Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal that they should be considered for the posts of radio mechanic advertised by the Himachal Pradesh Service Selection Board. They said their course was more advanced than the qualifying course required for the post.

Religious ceremony: The Art of Living chapter, Hamirpur, organised the “Maharudrabhishek” ceremony in town hall on Wednesday. About 500 Shiv devotees participated in the ceremony.

Two washed away
: Abdul Rehman and his brother Abdul Bahawab were washed away in the Yamuna river near Paonta Sahib this afternoon. Police sources said they were taking a bath on the confluence of the Yamuna and its tributary Bata river when the incident occurred. The police has registered a case and efforts are being made to locate their bodies.

Sainik Welfare Dept: B.K. Aggarwal, secretary to the Chief Minister who holds the charge of language, arts and culture, will also function as the secretary to the Sainik Welfare Department. The department was created by the state government recently for effective implementation of the various programmes pertaining to the welfare of ex-servicemen.


Boy’s body fished out from Jhelum:
The body of a boy, who was drowned in the Jehlum on Monday, was today fished out near the old city, official sources said. Yesterday navy divers were pressed into service to recover the body, but they could not find the body. However, this morning, the body was seen at Habba Kadal, about 1 km from the spot where he drowned, at Amira Kadal. The body was handed over to the boy’s parents without conducting a postmortem as desired by them, the sources said.

CRPF jawan dies: A Cental Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan died near the Amarnath cave in south Kashmir on Wednesday, official sources said. Constable Ram Pratap Jat of the 40 Battalion of the CRPF was deployed at the shrine ever since the two-month-long pilgrimage commenced on June 18. Ram collapsed and died before he could be shifted to a medical camp. The cause of his death was being ascertained, sources added. Meanwhile, more than 50 persons, including three local residents, have died since the pilgrimage began. A majority of them died due to heart attack. More than 5 lakh pilgrims have so far visited the shrine from the Baltal and Pahalgam routes.

3 hurt in bear attack: Wild bears attacked and injured three persons, including two women in separate incidents in the Kashmir valley on Wednesday. Official sources said a bear suddenly appeared at a marriage function in Hatmulla in Kupwara district. As the guests ran for cover, the bear attacked two women - Gulshan Begum (28) and Khalida (30). However, the bear bounded away into the nearby forest. In another incident, a bear attacked one Abdul Rahim Lone near Sathran in Budgam. The injured had been hospitalised. More than 30 persons have been killed or wounded by wild animals since January this year.

Date extended for VAT return: The state government on Wednesday ordered Amendment of Rule 28 of the state’s Value Added Tax (VAT) rules. An official spokesman said the government had decided to extend the date of filing of returns by dealers for the first quarter of the year 2008-09 by a period of 30 days in view of extraordinary circumstances. The Chambers of Industries and Commerce, Jammu and Kashmir, had been pleading for this relief. Governor N.N. Vohra took a view on the demand and the decision was taken accordingly, the spokesman added.

Water supply scheme: Under the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) a water supply scheme is coming up in north Kashmir at a cost of Rs 3.61 crore. Chief engineer, Public Health Engineering (PHE), said the department had conceived the Gulshanabad-Maidanpora water scheme to augment water supply in the area. He said due to the increase in population, the demand for water had also increased. However, he denied the outbreak of any epidemic in Shahgund village and said the matter had been verified by the block medical officer, Hajjan. The chief engineer said as a precaution, the department had collected water samples from all sources of water supply in the area, and sent them for testing.

Challan against ex-engineer: The Vigilance has produced a challan against a former executive engineer and others in a local court in a corruption case.A Vigilance spokesman said the challan was produced in the court of Special Judge Anti-corruption, Kashmir, against Nazir Ahmad Shah, then executive engineer, Noor Mohammadd, then Storekeeper Roads and Buildings Division Sopore and about half a businessmen for misappropriation of Rs 6.34 lakh in purchase of stores at highly exorbitant rates. He said the officials have purchased plastic water storage tanks, paints, primer, warnish, distemper, rapidite and reflective road studs from these favourite dealers on highly exorbitant rates during the period 2001-2003.

2 Beacon labourers among 4 killed in mishaps
: Two labourers of the Beacon were killed and seven others were injured, four of them critically, when a vehicle, in which they were travelling, rolled down into a deep gorge at Bhalla on the Bhaderwah-Doda road on Wednesday. According to the police, the driver of the JCB-cum-tipper lost control while negotiating a curve. The labourers were heading towards Pranoo.The deceased have been identified as Ananyatullah of Durbani Bhalla and Parvez Ahmed of Gazot, Bhalla. In another accident, two youths were killed when the motor-cycle they were travelling-in collided with a truck at Nagrota area on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The deceased have been identified as Amit Singh and Raman, the police said, adding the bodies have been handed over to their families after postmortem.

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