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Basketball tourney
: The basketball team (under-19 category) of the G.D. Senior Secondary School defeated the team from LRS DAV Senior Secondary Model School in the final match of the sub-divisional tournament being held at the Government Senior Secondary School for Boys here, chief organiser of the tournament Ajinder Singh informed. However, the players of the school went down to the Army School in the under-17 and under-14 category in the same series. In other events, the school’s girls’ team emerged winners in under-17 category and would now compete in the district-level tournament slated for September 1.

2 arrested with stolen junk: The Seetogunno police has arrested two persons along with a truckload of stolen junk material here on Wednesday. Sources said the police intercepted a truck loaded with junk material and questioned its driver and his assistant, who reportedly revealed that the goods were stolen from Sriganganagar and were being transported to the sub-division for being sold. The culprits identified as Chhinderpal of village Rathanwala near Sadulshehar in Sriganganagar district and Krishan Lal of village Rampura of this sub-division, have been booked under sections 379 and 411 of the IPC, sources confirmed.

Use of force in Lambi flayed: The Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta Ugrahan has denounced the use of force by the Punjab police on ‘peaceful’ farm workers during a protest march to Lambi, the home turf of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Thursday. BKU district general secretary Gurmail Singh Burjan said the protesting farm workers were intercepted by the police near village Kheowali on their way to Lambi and were cane charged injuring many of them. The police had fortified the Lambi village to prevent the entry of protesters.

Manju Kalwa brings laurels: Manju Kalwa has topped the sub-division in the B.Ed examination conducted by the Panjab University. She is a student of the DAV College of Education here, principal Venita Singh informed on Wednesday. The college has achieved 100 per cent result with as many as 53 students securing over 70 per cent marks. All other students got first division. Anjali and Jaideep Bishnoi secured second and third positions in the college respectively.

Suicide case
: A woman committed suicide here on Wednesday night by jumping in front of a train (11ABVP) which was on its way to Pathankot from Amritsar. This was disclosed by the railway force to mediapersons here on Thursday. The railway police registered a  case under section 174 of the CrPC and the body of the woman was sent to the civil hospital, Batala, for a post-mortem examination. However, the woman has not been identified as  yet.

Tipsy man beaten to death
: Surinder Singh of Chack Narial was beaten to death by two youths of his village last night. According to police sources, Surinder Singh, after consuming liquor, went outside the house of Milkha Singh and started shouting. Enraged, Milkha Singh’s sons Harvinder Singh, alias Palla, and Palvinder Singh, alias Pamma, came out from their house and started beating Surinder Singh with lathis, which led to his death. The Mahilpur police today registered a case under section 302 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

NGO to the help of flood-hit
: An NGO, Helpline, has been providing food, medicines and other articles of daily use to the flood-affected people of Kapurthala since August 17. The team, led by its president Dr Ravi Verma, visited affected villages, including Mandala, Didwindi and Kutliwal, along the Dhussi bundh and provided relief material to the people. Dr Verma said since the government did not have enough infrastructure to cope with this calamity, NGOs like theirs were providing relief to the people.

Scribe’s death mourned: Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal has expressed grief on the accidental death of Punjabi Tribune correspondent Kultar Singh Saini. A resident of Dhanowa village in Mukerian tehsil of Hoshiapur, Saini (50) succumbed to head injuries he sustained after his motorcycle met with an accident in Mukerian on Sunday.

KMV school shines: The basketball and the volleyball teams of the local KMV Collegiate Senior Secondary School won the inter-school zonal tournament held on August 19. Principal Atima Sharma congratulated the students on their win.

: Over 200 engineering students participated in a special placement drive for recruitment to Indian Army held here on Thursday. The drive was organised at Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Railmajra. It sought young recruits among engineering students for permanent commission in the Indian Army. The recruitments are to be made under 18th university entry scheme for permanent commission in Indian Army for July 2009-2010.

Prohibited drugs seized
: A team from the health department, led by civil surgeon, Mansa, conducted raids on the medical stores here on Monday and seized prohibited drugs worth Rs one lakh. Civil surgeon G.S. Nagi said that strict vigil would be maintained in the city to check the sale of drugs. Drug inspector Janak Raj Bansal said nearly 35,000 tablets of various salts were recovered during the raid.

Shift vegetable market: District secretary of CPI (ML) Bhagwant Singh Sammaon and leader of Radical Peoples Forum Jaspal Kokhar in a statement here alleged that though local vegetable market had been shifted to a new site the arhtiyas were selling their produce at the old place only as they did not want to lose business. Resultantly, the residents were forced to buy the vegetables from the place where dirty water had accumulated due to the ailing sewerage system. They feared that the residents may get infected with fatal diseases like jaundice and malaria. The leaders demanded that vegetables should be sold at the new and clean place.

Concern over water problem: District Congress president Ajit Inder Singh Moffer has expressed concern over the water problem in the villages of this district. He visited Chhapiyawali, Raipur and other villages and found them inundated with water even entering the houses. Moffer said the state government was only releasing statements that it cared for the people but in reality, things were the other way round. He demanded compensation for the loss that people have incurred due to rainwater.

Demonstration against ASI
: Activists of the CPM led by Raj Kumar Sarna held a demonstration against the ill attitude of ASI Makhan Singh for misbehaving with the aggrieved party, who had lodged a complaint with police here on Thursday. After hearing in the local court on the issue of dowry between Deepali and Mukesh Kumar, it is said both the parties clashed outside of the court. When Deepali’s brother and relatives went to the police station to inquire about the action taken against the opposite party, the said ASI instead of giving them an appropriate reply misbehaved, following which the CPM workers demonstrated in front of the SP office. The SP had ordered a probe into the incident.

Pbi varsity courses
: Punjabi University, Patiala, has extended the last date of admission to non-entrance based courses to August 30. The vice-chancellor said this had been done due to excess application forms keeping in view the demands of the students.

Appointed: Dr D.S. Bhullar, a senior forensic medicine and toxicology consultant from Government Medical College, Patiala, and president of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, has been nominated as advisor of the Indian Society of Toxicology by its national president Dr V.V. Pillay from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kochin, Kerala.

Godown raided
: After a tip-off , a team of the district health authorities, including civil surgeon Dalip Kumar and drug inspector Kamal Kamboj, today raided an unlicensed godown of the medicines at Dirba Mandi, and recovered general medicines from there. Kamboj said this afternoon that the health authorities had got information about this godown of medicines, so a raid had been conducted about 25 km from here. During the raid the medicines worth Rs 1 lakh that were discovered would now be produced in the court tomorrow for taking custody orders.



Chatha panel report
: The Haryana government is expected to table agriculture minister H.S. Chatha’s report on separate gurdwara body for the state in the forthcoming assembly session beginning September 1. Meanwhile, the 15-day deadline set by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at the August 6 cabinet meeting, asking Chatha to submit his report, expired on Wednesday. The Chatha committee, constituted in 2005 to know if Haryana Sikhs favoured a separate SGPC, had received nearly three lakh affidavits which weighed in favour of its creation.

Talent search programme
: A talent search programme and pledge taking ceremony were organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India late Rajiv Gandhi in Dubaldhan Government College here on Wednesday. Students and faculty members of the college took a solemn pledge to maintain communal harmony and work for national integration under the leadership of college principal O.P. Ahlawat. Lecturer Sunit Mukherjee put light on the life and contribution of late Rajiv Gandhi on the occasion.

1 held with fake currency
: The police on Thursday arrested Kala of Vamdoli village in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh and recovered fake currency from his possession. The police said the accused bought some articles from a hawker at the local vegetable market and gave him a fake note of Rs 500. The hawker immediately recognised it and raised the alarm.

Anti-hoarding order
: To prevent hoarding of five essential commodities, the state government has promulgated order regarding declaration of stocks under clause 10 of the Haryana prevention of hoarding and maintenance of quality order, 1977. The implementation of this order will ensure better market availability of wheat, rice, pulses, edible oils and oil seeds, said deputy commissioner Mohamand Shayin here on Thursday. He said it was mandatory for wholesalers and retailers of these commodities to declare any stock of food items that were in excess of the minimum limits prescribed.



CGHS dispensary
: Jammu has became the 25th city in the country to have the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary that provides complete medicare facilities to the central government employees, pensioners and their family members. The scheme provides hundred per cent healthcare coverage under one roof and a dispensary under the scheme is set up in the police liens area here, said state Health Department officials.

2 cops suspended: The police on Thursday suspended two cops and ordered disciplinary action against them for beating up a doctor, which led to a strike by medical staff in Jammu hospitals. Vineet Gupta was beaten up by the policemen at the Janipura area check post during curfew hours when he was on his way to the GMC hospital yesterday.

Timber smugglers held: Two persons were arrested on Thursday after the police intercepted a load carrier with forest timber in Doda district. The police today foiled a smuggling bid after they intercepted the vehicle with 41 timber logs in the Dandi area of Bhaderwah tehsil.

Govt recalls Raju, shifts Bhan to CID
: The Governor’s Advisory Council on Thursday approved the recalling of R.V. Raju, a 1975 batch IPS officer, from central deputation with immediate effect. The council also transferred Ashok Bhan, vigilance commissioner, and posted him as DG, CID, in his own pay and grade. Bhan will be replaced by S. Gopal Reddy.


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