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Certificates distributed
: More than 350 girls who had completed training under the Swaran Jyanti Rozgar Yojna were awarded certificates, Rs 300 as allowance as well as the clothes stitched by them during the period of training at the valedictory function held in the municipal town hall here on Monday. 

Tributes paid to club founders
: To pay their respects to those who contributed to the formation of Sahara Club, Talwandi Sabo, the activists of the club on Monday organized a programme. Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, area in-charge, Talwandi Sabo, flagged off a new ambulance on the occasion. Rimpy Mann, Sukhdev Soingh, Sukhchain Singh and other dignitaries marked their presence at the function. 

Sahit Sabha meeting: Punjab Sahit Sabha, Bathinda, organised its monthly meeting at Teachers’ Home under the presidentship of Gurdev Pakhar.Sukhwinder Danoya presented his story "Adhoori Ahass" on the occasion. Gurjant Singh Sidhu and Jasraj Singh Gill presented their poems. Amarjit presented a ghazal. Gurdhar Garg presented two stories while presented a poem at the meeting. Jagdish Ghai, Tarsem Sharma, Mohanjit Singh, Ranjit Grover, Ranbir Rana and Navkiran Singh were also among those who took part in the debate. 

Protest by forest union: Janglat Forest Union, Punjab, Bathinda, district president Jasvir Singh has called for a stir. Members of the union are agitated over the fact that a range officer was absent for three days and did not listen to their problems. The range officer had gone to Beed Talab to pay their salary for five months which they alleged was only Rs 1400. But the union mmebers wanted full payment of their salary. They are demanding action against the officer. 

IMA function
: The Punjab government will soon enact a law to safeguard the life and property of doctors in the state, said local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia. The minister made the announcement at a cultural show organised by the members of the Jalandhar chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) here on Sunday night. 

Lok adalat
: Nine out of 28 cases presented in the quarterly lok adalat, organised at the district courts here on Saturday, were disposed off on the spot. Four benches were set up under the presidency of the district and sessions judge Fatehdeep Singh. The cases solved pertained to Hindu Marriage Act and of civil nature. The judge asked the litigants to avail the benefit of lok adalats. 

122 examined at  eye camp
: An eye camp was organised at Universal Disabled Care Taker Social Welfare Society, Padiala village, by IMA Hospital, Sector 35, Chandigarh. Dr S.K. Brar and Dr Kamal, along with their team, examined 122 patients. The hospital also provided free medicines to the patients. The spokesperson of the society said similar camps would be held on every second Sunday till December 14. 

Meeting of farmers
: Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) discussed several issues concerning farmers at a meeting here on Monday. District president of the organisation Ram Singh Bhainibagha presided. The members decided to intensify the membership campaign in the villages. 

Painting contest for kids: The Children’s Welfare Council of Mansa has decided to hold a painting competition. Deputy commissioner-cum-president of the council Surjit Singh Dhillon presided over the meeting. Painting competition for kids would be held at the Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Mansa, on August 26 at 10 am. The contestants would be clubbed into five groups as per their age. Their would be a group for physically challenged kids. Interested children could submit their entry fees at the Red Cross office till August 21.

Staff union meet: Food and Supplies Staff Union grade-I held its state committee meeting on Monday. State president of the union Hardeep Singh presided over the meet. The members criticised the purchase policies of the state government and poor storage arrangements. 

Engg institute inaugurated
: The North West Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dhudike in Moga, was inaugurated by chairman Lakhbir Singh Gill. Speaking on the occasion, Gill said that the institute would enable students to shape their technical skills and to enhance their participation in the progress of the nation. The NWIET offers different courses in engineering. The institute has well-equipped infrastructure with highly qualified staff. Principal V.K. Sharda thanked all the students and their parents.

8-yr-old child strangulated
: A 25-year-old woman has allegedly strangulated her neighbour’s eight-year-old child Nannu at Patti village. In his complaint to the police, the child's father Pan Singh stated that Dilkhush,his neighbour’s wife, had killed his son. A day before both neighbours had had a  feud over some minor issue. The police has booked Dilkhush. 

Family counselling
: A counselling session was held at the Family Counselling Centre being run under the aegis of the District Red Cross Society here under the chairmanship of Prajakta Nilkanth. A family dispute was amicably solved in the session with the help of the village panchayat and relatives of the couple concerned. Besides, an Italy-based NRI was providing help by providing the requisite assistance from the embassy concerned. 

Office-bearers: Nirmal Pandhi and Dr Jaspal Singh Randhawa have been elected president and general secretary, respectively of the Principals’ Association of Non-government Colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Pandhi and Randhawa, who would be serving for a second consecutive term, said they would be working for academic excellence and better relationship between the university and colleges.

Boy killed in road mishap
: Twelve-year-old Ajay of Damtal was killed when he was hit by a Qualis while crossing the Damtal-Pathankot road here on Monday.The injured boy was rushed to the Civil hospital here where he succumbed to his injuries. A case has been registered. 

Lightning kills one: Amrik Singh of Sujanpur was killed after lightning fell on him here on Monday. According to family sources, lightning fell on him at about 6 am while he was working in the open space of the house. 

Cop dies in road mishap
: Just six months before retirement, police constable Ajaib Singh of Benra village and posted in Sadar police station at Sunam, was killed in a road accident at Sunam on Monday. Ajaib had been returning from a village on his two-wheeler when his vehicle and a car collided. The car driver has been arrested. 



Rs 22 lakh grant received
: Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu received Rs 22 lakh from the Central government for carrying out development works in his constituency. Sidhu said amount was received from the discretionary funds of union minister for tourism Ambika Soni. The amount would be spent on the development of schools and dharamshalas. 



Trader’s death: 1 held
: The police has arrested one person in connection with the death of a trader Vijay Kumar (42), who died under mysterious circumstances at the regional hospital here on Sunday. Vijay had come to Minjar fair from Ludhiana with his brother Ashok Kumar who had set up a shop of readymade garments in the fair. A case was registered under Sections 304 and 34 of the IPC by the police on the compliant of Ashok Kumar. He had named three persons in the case. 

Labourer killed
: A labourer of the Public Works Department was killed after getting trapped in debris that slid down a hillside after the area witnessed heavy downpour near Taragarh in Bhattiyat subdivision of Chamba district on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Mahesho Ram (58) of Taragarh. The body was handed over to his relatives after a post-mortem examination.

Teachers’ demand
: The Himachal Pradesh Government Teachers Union has demanded that the state government should set up a separate Bench of the high court to settle teachers’ cases that were pending with the State Administrative Tribunal. Secretary general of the union Subhash Pathania said the government should provide financial and seniority benefits to the teachers who had rendered services on ad hoc or tenure basis in the department. 



No pro-Pak slogans raised
: Refuting reports that district Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president of Chenani Sharif Khan had raised 'Pakistan zindabad' slogans during a recent rally at Chenani, state LJP president Rafiq Malik clarified today that Khan had raised 'Paswan Zindabad' slogans, which were misinterpreted by some BJP workers present at the rally. Malik said frustrated with Muslims of Jammu supporting the agitation over the Amarnath land row, some mischievous elements were trying to create a divide. Malik appealed to the administration to lift the curfew as protests during the past couple of days have been very peaceful. 

Ban on PDP demanded: The Sangharsh Movement on Monday demanded a ban on the PDP and the arrest of its president, Mehbooba Mufti, on treason charges. Extending full support to the ongoing Jammu agitation Sangharsh Movement president Ranjeet Sharma said: " Due to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who is the mother of all turmoil, the state continues to boil for the past over a month now." He also criticised the PDP president for her recent remarks wherein she had strongly supported the threat of the Fruit Growers' Association, Srinagar, for a march towards Muzzafarabad. "She had said that her party shall lead the move in crossing the border, which shows anti- national policies of the PDP," he added. 

10 hurt in mishaps
: Ten persons were injured in separate road accidents in the Kashmir valley on Monday. Official sources said nine persons were injured when two buses collided with each other near Palhalan, Pattan, on the Srinagar-Baramulla road. The injured were hospitalised. In another incident, a person was injured when his vehicle collided with another vehicle at Malshibagh in Ganderbal district. He too was hospitalised. 

Woman commits suicide: Bilqeesa, commited suicide in the Kashmir valley on Monday. Official sources said Bilqeesa, wife of Abdul Rehman Khan, consumed a poisonous substance at her Kawari Trehgam residence in Kupwara district. She was immediately rushed to the sub district hospital at Trehgam where she later died. The trend of committing suicide has not shown any decline despite a fatwa being issued by Muslim ulemas against it. Almost two persons, mostly women, reportedly commit suicide daily in the Kashmir valley. 


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