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Scouts join fight against social evils
: About 200 scouts, guides and their trainers participated in a rally that was taken out from the base camp in the government senior secondary school for boys here on Thursday. They were dressed in uniform and carried placards and banners to spread message against increasing drug trafficking, female child foeticide, dowry and resurgence of militancy in the north region. While marching through the main roads of the town, they raised slogans to attract the attention of the citizens and denounce social evils. The rally was part of the five-day training camp that would conclude on Friday. 

BJYM holds meeting: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) at a meeting convened jointly by Sunil Phutela and Ajitpal Singh, presidents of the north and south mandals here, gave final touch to preparations for the Yuva Kranti Rally being organised by the organisation at New Delhi on August 9. Morcha vice-president Ankur Garg said that buses carrying workers from the sub-division would leave on Friday night for New Delhi from Arorvansh Dharamshala here. 

Docs observe token strike
: To lodge their protest against the assault on some doctors, all the doctors of Barnala district under the banner of Indian Medical Association, Barnala, observed a token strike for two hours from 9 to 11 am on Thursday. IMA Barnala president Tirloki Nath said that the strike was observed to lodge a protest against the assault on K.G. Singla and his wife Renu Singla. He said that a meeting of the IMA was held here. The doctors passed a resolution unanimously. They condemned the assault on Singla Nursing Home on July 12 and Dr Ashok Hospital Samana and implication of doctors, which is against the Supreme Court ruling. 

New SHO takes over
: Sub-inspector Surjit Singh Dhanoa took the charge as new SHO of Bassi Pathana on Thursday. He replaced inspector Dalip Singh, who was sent to police lines. SSP Kaustubh Sharma had issued orders of Dalip’s transfer. While talking to mediapersons, Dhanoa sought the cooperation of public in maintaining law and order and urged them to maintain peace and communal harmony.

Jaggery seized
: A team of the district health department led by Dr Sardul Singh conducted a raid on Rihana Kalan village and seized 15 quintals of suspected adulterated jaggery from Bhajan Lal.  In a press release issued here on Thursday, civil surgeon Dr S.K. Gupta said the samples had been sent to the Chandigarh laboratory for tests.

Science exhibition
: Police DAV Public School will host a regional science exhibition of CBSE-affiliated schools of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir on Friday and Saturday. The students will display exhibits under various themes. Regional director of CBSE and other prominent dignitaries will attend the event. 

Ballet show: Kids of Little Blossoms School put up an impressive ballet show at Red Cross Bhawan on Sunday. Dressed up in frill-frocks, stockings and flat buckled shoes, the participants presented three different forms of ballet. The programme was choreographed by Vivek Aggarwal. 

Dharna enters day four
: The dharna launched by labourers of Guradi village entered into 4th day on Thursday. The protesters have been staging a dharna in front of the deputy commissioner’s office, Mansa, demanding implementation of Rs 104 per day wage and against the alleged social boycott by landowners. 

Capt’s selection welcomed: District Congress president Ajitinder Singh Moffer welcomed the selection of former Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh as chairman of Congress campaign committee. He said that Amarinder Singh could provide adequate leadership to the party. After his selection, morale of Congress workers would boost-up, he added. He said that nearly 35 vehicles would leave for Sambhu barrier to welcome Amarinder Singh on August 8. 

2 die as bike rams into tree
: Rajiv Nayyar (25) of the local Fateh Nagar and Nikhil Aeri (22) of nearby Jadla village were killed on the spot when their motorcycle rammed into a tree near Kahma village on the Nawanshahr-Jalandhar highway on Wednesday. According to the information, both the victims were working with HDFC Bank and they were returning from Jalandhar. 

Eye donation: The District Eye Donation Society on Thursday received two donations - one from Hari Dutt Sareen (87) of New Teachers Colony and the second from Gurmit Kaur (65) of nearby Bakapur village. 

Saplings planted: The Sankalp Welfare and Awareness Society (SWAS) organised vanamahotsav at JSFH Khalsa Senior Secondary School here on Thursday. District education officer Prem Chand Gupta inaugurated it by planting a sapling. As many as 100 saplings of different varieties were planted on the occasion. 



Elected:Following have been elected office-bearers of the Residents Welfare Society (House Owners), Sector 26: President —- Major Singh Malhan; vice-president — Reet Ram Goel; general secretary — Pritam Singh Bhardwaj; joint secretary — Prem Singh Hooda; cashier — Satish Kumar Sharma; legal advisor — Raj Kapoor Malik; and auditor - Chander Sharma. 

: A resident of Phase II died when he was hit by a three-wheeler near the Phase IV market here. According to the police, the victim, Anil Jain, was walking with his brother-in-law Satish near the market on Wednesday night when he was hit. He was seriously injured and later died in a Chandigarh hospital. 

Training programme: A district-level training programme was held at Civil Surgeon office, SAS Nagar. It was inaugurated by Dr Avtar Singh, Civil Surgeon, SAS Nagar. During the training, block-level officers/employees were present. In 2007, NRHM recruited 250 ASHA workers at village-level for improving rural health services. After the training session these officers/employees will impart training to the ASHA workers in their respective blocks. 



Hooda for naming airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh
: The Haryana government has no objection if the proposed Chandigarh international airport is named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh as suggested by the Punjab government. Stating this here on Thursday, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said he had no objection to this name because Shaheed Bhagat Singh was a national hero and belonged to the entire country. Hooda was talking to newsmen here after the signing of power purchase agreements. When newsmen repeatedly questioned him whether he would reshuffle his cabinet before the monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha, Hooda said: “Most probably.” The next session of the assembly is likely to be held in the first or second week of September. 



Body recovered
: The body of a married woman was recovered from a well at Dhaned village on Thursday. Bimla Devi (47) was found dead in the village well by villagers when they went to fetch water. The police have registered a case and were investigating the matter. 

Body found
: The police recovered the body of a two-and-half-year old boy from Jalal khud near Kamlahad village under Dadahu sub-tehsil on Thursday. He was a resident of Mahipur village and was missing since August 4. His parents had lodged a complaint with the Renuka police and had expressed possibility of his washing away in the khud because his footprints were reportedly found on the bank of the khud. After a post-mortem his body was handed to his parents. The police sources said he died due to drowning. 

: The government has promoted two conservators of forests to the rank of chief conservators of forests. Conservator of forests, wildlife, Lalit Mohan has been promoted and posted as chief conservator of forests, protected wildlife area and biodiversity. The conservator of forests, Kullu, has been promoted as the chief conservator of forests, working plan and settlement, Mandi. 

Free travel: As announced by the government, all women in Himachal will be entitled to travel free in the Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses on raksha bandhan and bhaiya dooj. Managing director, HRTC, T.C. Janartha said the free travel facility would be available for travelling within the state only. 



Pilgrim dies
: A Vaishno Devi pilgrim died of heart attack en route the cave shrine at Ban Ganga in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Indra Devi (55), hailing from Patna, collapsed at Ban Ganga in Katra belt, while trekking to the Vaishno Devi temple, official sources said. She was shifted to a hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. Doctors said Indra died of a heart attack. The body was handed over to her family after a post-mortem. 

SPO dead, 2 hurt
: A special police officer (SPO) was killed when his weapon went off accidentally, while two persons were injured in a road accident, in the Kashmir valley on Thursday. Official sources said SPO Imtiyaz Ali Mir was critically injured when the weapon he was cleaning at the special operation group (SOG) camp at Kulgam went off accidentally. Imtiyaz was rushed to the district hospital at Kulgam where he succumbed to his injuries. Meanwhile, two persons were injured when the motorcycle they were riding met with an accident at Hayan Trehgam in Kupwara district. They were hospitalised later. 


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