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Play at DAV College:
The Sparsh Theatre Society would stage Suhail Ahmad’s comic play “Main hoon Don” in the DAV College auditorium on Saturday and Sunday, informed spokesperson of the society. Gaurav Vij, the director of the play, will play the main role.

Rajiv Gandhi’s anniversary: Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s 64th birth anniversary was celebrated by the City Congress Committee and Mahila Congress jointly at Jyani complex near Haqiqat Rai chowk here on Wednesday. Pradesh Youth Congress secretary Mangat Ram Chayal and other senior youth Congress workers organised a function at the Ek Jot Senior Secondary School to celebrate the anniversary.

Annie Varkey dead: The body of Annie Varkey, a teacher of the Assumption Convent School here, has been taken to New Delhi from where it would be flown to her native village in district Kochi (Kerala) for cremation, sources said. She was believed to have suffered a cardiac attack on August 18 and was shifted to a private hospital but could not survive. Annie was one of the most popular teachers in the region. The school remained closed on Tuesday and held a special prayer meeting on Wednesday.

Pak baby:
The body of Sunif Amin Mohammad, a baby boy suffering from congenital heart disease, was today handed over to Pakistan Rangers late in the evening today. The boy, who underwent operation in a leading heart institute at New Delhi on July 1, could not be saved despite best efforts from the specialists. Hazara Begum, the mother of the boy, brought the body from Delhi today. The BSF, which specially opened the gates on the requests of the parents of the boy, had contacted their counterparts who agreed to accept the body.

Sikh workshop: Various religious heads have urged the Sikh youth living across the country to spend their lives in the service of Akal Takht while observing the Sikh tenets. Giani Gurbachan Singh, jathedar, Akal Takht Sahib, Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president, Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor, Punjab University, Patiala, and Giani Kewal Singh, former jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, were among those who addressed the youth during a three-day workshop, organised by the Akal Purukh Ki Fauj which concluded on August 17.

Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti:
The Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti’s district unit here accorded warm welcome to a delegation of the samiti from Jammu which reached the city on Tuesday. A public meeting was also held at Nehru chowk near railway station. Swami Ram Parmannand of Jammu described the hardships being faced by the people of Jammu. He said all religions should be respected but alleged that the union government was bent upon suppressing Hindus but now it was time of awakening for Hindus. Samiti convener Ram Niwas Sharma has appealed to the local activists to join the Jail Bharo Aandolan on August 21.

Goods stolen:
Ramnik Singh, owner of Excellent Machine Tools, complained to the police here on Wednesday that his lathe machine workshop at Allowal road was burgled. Thieves took away items worth about Rs.1.5 lakh. The police is investigating the matter.

Computer training centre:
The Tata group of companies has started a vocational computer training centre in the Government College premises here. The centre was inaugurated by union minister of state for industries Ashwani Kumar here on Saturday. The minister gave Rs 17 lakh from his MPLAD funds for the centre and said youths would be trained in information technology, business process, outsourcing (domestic and international) and software. About 5,000 youths would trained in three years at the centre. Students having 10 plus II and bachelor degrees would be eligible. The students would also be trained to communicate in English, he added.

Rs 45 lakh for road repair: Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, DC, on Wednesday released funds to the tune of Rs 45 lakh for carrying out repair of roads which have suffered damages due to rains, within a week. The funds had been given by the Revenue and Rehabilitation Department of Punjab.

Two die in  road mishap:
Two persons were killed while one was injured in a collision between a scooter and an unknown vehicle near Dosarka here on Tuesday night. The deceased have been identified as Rajesh Kumar, son of Bal Krishan of Bhunga and Pardeep Kumar, son of Manohar Lal of Dhoot Kalan village. The injured, Manjit Singh of Dhoot Kalan village has been admitted to the civil hospital. A case has been registered.

Gate rallies:
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board, banks, LIC, BSNL, PRTC and MES observed strike today on the call given by various employees’ unions.Holding gate rallies in front of their offices, they criticised the government for privatisation and contract system.

Bharat bandh call:
The Bharat Bandh call by the four left parties, namely the CPI (M), CPI, Forward Block and the RSP, evoked a mixed response here on Wednesday.

TB awareness camp: The District TB Control Society organised an awareness camp at village Gurnekalan with the cooperation of the village’s sports club. During the camp, Harpal Singh, district TB control officer, sensitised the villagers about the symptoms of the disease and its available treatment. As many as 186 persons were checked at the camp. Medicines were also distributed.

Constable dead:
Rattan Lal (45), a constable of JAK Rifles, working as a tailor in the regiment at Mamun died on Wednesday after he was fell into a well situated in the area. The police has registered a case under Section 174, CRPC.

Left parties hold rally: Activists of Left parties, including CITU, AITUC and Joint Platform of Mass Organisations (JPMO), demonstrated here on Wednesday in protest against the move of the government for its proposal to privatise the public sector. More than 300 workers held a rally led by HS.Randhawa, convener, JPMO.

Poppy husk seized: The Sadar police arrested Hari Singh, alias Haria, of Rajparura here on Wednesday under Sections 15/61/85, NDPS Act, and seized 100 kg of poppy husk from him.



Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the CHB Dr Ambedkar Awas Welfare Society, Sector 56: Chairman - Shivdev Singh; vice-chairman - Kirpal Singh; president - Amar Dass; senior-vice president - Saroj Devi; vice-president - Raj Kumar Sood; general secretary - M.L. Ashok; cashier - Radha Ram; finance secretary - Baehi Ram; Meanwhile, Harjit Singh, who was holding the post of general secretary earlier, has been removed with immediate effect.



Cash stolen:
Unidentified miscreants reportedly stole Rs 1.15 lakh, a camera and important documents belonging to Sanjay Sharma after breaking the rear glass of his car on Tuesday. He alleged that he had parked his car in the Jagan Gate area. The police has registered a case.

1 held for farmer’s murder:
The police has arrested Gurdev Singh (62) on a charge of murdering a 65-year-old farmer, Jora Singh, whose body was found on August 17 by the police. Confessing that he had murdered the farmer, Gurdev Singh alleged that the deceased had illicit relations with his wife and he did not desist from it despite his warnings. Both belonged to Bhikhi town of Punjab and had been living in a house in Raghuana village. Gurdev allegedly killed Jora Singh with an axe and then called up the kin of the deceased in Punjab to inform them that his body was found lying in the fields.

2 killed in mishap:
Two youths were killed and one was injured when the car they were travelling in collided with a truck near Jharonth village on the Sonepat-Kharkhoda road on Tuesday.The deceased have been identified as Bhillu and Rinku of Bohar village, Rohtak. The injured, Vikki, has been referred to Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi. A case has been registered.



Water shortage
: Distressed over the water problem, residents of Rajera panchayat in Chamba district have registered their protest against the Irrigation and Public Health Department about the erratic drinking water supply for the past long time owing to the absence of its staff. A complaint to this effect was also made to the Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal by the residents demanding stern action against the IPH authorities accountable for the absence of its staff.

Body found:
The Paonta police on Wednesday recovered a decomposed body of a man from the Yamuna river near the Haryana border The DSP, Paonta, said that the body had been in water for long time and flood must have washed away the person from some remote place.The post-mortem examination was conducted on the spot on Wednesday which confirmed death due to drawing. A case has been registered in this regard.

BSNL extends date: In view of public convenience BSNL has extended last date for payment of landline telephone bills for consumers in Shimla till August 22. An official spokesperson said on Wednesday that the payment of bills would be done without any extra payment. The last date for payment of bills was August 20 and the date has been extended in view of the strike by BSNL employees on Wednesday.



Rajiv Gandhi remembered:
Paying tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 64 birth anniversary on Wednesday, Congress leaders like Sanjeev Mangu and Chowdhary Qamar exhorted the people to fulfil the dreams of the great leader. They also urged the people to maintain peace and harmony.

Fire damages factory: A factory and four other structures were damaged in the Kashmir valley on Wednesday. Official sources said a fire broke out in a cotton factory at Zainakote, about 12 km from here, causing damage to 10 rolls of cotton and machinery. However, no one was injured. The fire also destroyed four structures, including a shop at Chown Shopian village in south Kashmir. The cause of the fire was being ascertained.

Modern weapons for cops: The state police will equip all police stations with modern weaponry and provide additional manpower and mobility to them to deal with the law and order situation in the state. “Manpower, mobility, weaponry and other allied facilities would be provided to all police stations on priority”, DGP Kuldeep Khoda said in Baramulla on Tuesday. Field officers apprised Khoda of the problems they faced, while performing duties. Khoda said special police officers (SPOs) working in various police offices, district police lines and stations would also be given short-term training.

Modern weapons for cops
SRINAGAR: The state police will equip all police stations with modern weaponry and provide additional manpower and mobility to them to deal with the law and order situation in the state. “Manpower, mobility, weaponry and other allied facilities would be provided to all police stations on priority”, DGP Kuldeep Khoda said in Baramulla on Tuesday. 


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