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Van Mahotsav celebrated
: The Bharat Vikas Parishad celebrated Van Mahotsav at Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here on Monday where as many as 61 saplings were planted by NSS volunteers, principal Neelam Arun Mittu said. The volunteers were led by Seema Somani, in charge of the college’s NSS unit. The event was organised in the memory of Hanuman Dass Sinhmar, former chairman of the market committee and progressive farmer of the region.

SDM gets notice
: The Punjab state information commissioner has served a notice to SDM, Batala-cum-public information officer (PIO) for his failure to provide requisite information on the complaint of Lakhwinder Kaur of Baba Deep Singh Avenue here. Lakhwinder had sought a certified copy of the registered will executed by her father Teja Singh of Chataurgarh village before his death which the PIO had not provided till now.

Bassi Pathana
: Shri Ram Katha by renowned scholar Gopal Bhardwaj Ji Maharaj started here at Aggarwal Dharmshala with much fanfare on Monday. The nine-day katha is being organised by Shri Ram Sewa Dal with the help of various social organisations of the town. A procession was taken out through the main market before the katha started. A large number of people came to attend the function.

Cold water stall set up
: The Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) set up a cold water stall in the Post Office bazaar on the occasion of Janmashtami. The Rotaract Club, Bathinda, also set up a cold water stall near Durga temple in Ganesha Basti. The stall was open from 7 am till 12 at night.

Blood donation camp: To observe 21st death anniversary of trade union leader, Krishan Lal, Railway workers and Young Men Welfare Club with the help of United Welfare Society organised a blood donation camp, here on Monday. At the camp, 51 units of blood were collected during the camp.

Members elected
: Four members have been elected for the district planning committee on Monday. The elections were held at the deputy commissioner’s office under the directions of Harjeet Singh, ADC, Barnala. Out of the total 75 votes, 70 votes were polled. Those elected are: Baljeet Kaur Bhadaur, who secured 56 votes, Ritika Chowdry (51 votes), Gurmeet Singh Kala of Dhnaula (62 votes) and Mahinder Pal Singh of Handiaya (62 votes).

Hike in quota sought: The Physically Handicapped Association at a meeting held on Monday decided to hold a district-level rally on September 1 at the local grain market, informed Bhan Singh, district president of the association. He added that the association demanded increase in the reservation (from 3 per cent to 10 per cent) for handicapped persons in government services and admissions to professional colleges as their number was growing due to the rising number of accidents.

CD released
: A spiritual and devotional CD of Japji Sahib and shabad kirtan rendered by Bibi Harsharan Kaur and Pooja Dhaliwal was released on Sunday at the Sikh Religious Society (SRS) of Wisconsin, Brookfield in the US. While Bibi Harsharan has rendered the Japji Sahab, Pooja has performed the shabad kirtan. Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, renowned businessmen in Milwaukee, and preacher Gurbax Singh Gulshan from the UK were present on the occasion.

Mother, son killed
: Sarbjit Kaur and her son Ramanjot Singh, residents of the Shakkarpur locality of Batala, were killed when the motorcycle on which they were riding dashed against a tree near Kalanaur on the Batala-Kalanaur road on Monday.

Caparo students join DAVIET
: The students of PTU-Caparo school today joined classes at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology. A function was organised to welcome 87 students. Sarojini Gautam Sharda, registrar, hoped that students would fulfill their aspirations and do better in future.

Varsity toppers
: Hardeep Kaur and Anju Devi of SAI College of Education, Jadla, bagged first and third positions, respectively in the PGDCA (TE) examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Similarly, Shelly Arora has got merit position list of the B.Ed examination.

Scribe honoured: Dainik Tribune’s senior staff correspondent Kamlesh Bhartiya, a resident of Nawanshahr, was honoured with “Dhiraj Trikha Samriti Shresth Sahitayak Patarkarita” award at a function in Kaithal, Haryana, on Sunday. The journalist was honoured by Haryana Sahitaya Academy director Desh Nirmohi and Dr Chander Trikha.

Office-bearers: Following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the BJP - Sudesh Sharma (president); Dr Shiv Kumar Tejpal (general secretary); Dinesh Gautam (vice-president); Harkesh Singh Rana (vice-president); Pritpal Bajaj (vice-president); Ram Kishan Jakhu (secretary); Jolly Chandel (secretary); SP Singh (secretary); and Madan Lal Manchanda (cashier).

250 kids examined: About 250 children were examined by child specialist Dr Ravinder Mehta at a free medical check-up camp organised by the Gateway Education and Welfare Society, Sangrur, at the Kaula Park Market here on Sunday. Medicines were given free of cost to the patients. The camp was inaugurated by a social worker Prof Uday Partap Singh.



Election to NAC challenged
: The election of Arjan Singh from ward number 9 (Kansal) of NAC, Nayagaon, has been challenged by Harmesh, who had also contested elections. In a petition before the Election Tribunal, Mohali, Harmesh contended that Arjan Singh’s election should be declared void as he was not a member of the NAC under Section 89 (d) (1) and Section 11 (i) of the Punjab State Election Commission Act, 1994. The case has been adjourned to September 19.

Relay fast
: The members of the Sri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS), protesting against the cancellation of land allotted to Amarnath shrine board in Kashmir, started a three-day chain hunger strike here on Monday. As many as 11 members of SAYSS, including Gyan Chand Gupta, Satya Narain Verma, Ishwar Jindal and Surinder Bansal, sat on hunger strike at the Old Labour Chowk on Monday. On Tuesday, as many as 11 youth would observe hunger strike, followed by 11 members form the women wing on Wednesday.



Interaction programme
: Shri Atmanand Jain Institute of Management and Technology, Ambala City, organised an orientation-cum-industry interaction programme for its MBA and MCA students. CEO of Nhar Group S.S. Aich was the chief guest while S.C. Garg, HR manager, Steel Strips Co, was the guest of honour. Aich acquainted the young students with the latest trends in the corporate sector. S.C. Garg also gave valuable advice to the students. Director of the institution S.C. Aggarwal highlighted the achievements of the college.

Govt staff training
: The Haryana government has said the administrative department may depute government employees for training within India at their own level if the duration of training course does not exceed 60 days. However, the 60-day condition will not apply in case of training and refresher courses organised by the Haryana Institute of Public Administration, Panchkula, or any other institution under the Haryana government and refresher courses organised by different departments.

Farmer dies
: Rajesh (27), a resident of Bhawar village here, died after he reportedly inhaled poisonous gas while spraying insecticides in his fields on Sunday. Rajesh died before he could be taken to a nearby hospital.

: Niilm School of Business (NSB), Bangalore, one of the top 20 business schools of India affiliated to Allgappa University, organised a counselling programme for graduates at Sai Mandir Hall. At least 50 graduates of the area attended the programme conducted by Himanshu Dhingra, business development executive of the NSB. More such programmes would be organised in Karnal, Noida, Gaziabad, Meerut and Barelly.

Body found: The unidentified body of a youth was recovered from a river along the national highway near Kali Mata Temple on Monday. According to information, some boys, who were taking a bath in the river, noticed the body stuck in a huge stone in the river. They raised an alarm and a passer-by informed the police. The body was sent to the Kalka civil hospital.

Mahila Cong to hold meeting
: In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the state unit of the Mahila Congress has decided to hold a meeting of the state leaders of the women cell here on August 29. Stating this here on Monday, president of the state unit of the Mahila Congress and legislator Sumita Singh said the meeting would be attended by all district units of the Mahila Congress. The main agenda of the meeting was to gear up the party rank and file for the Lok Sabha elections. She said the meeting would be conducted by the president of the All-India Mahila Congress, Prabha Thakur.

Student killed in mishap
: Rahul (17), a student of class XI, died on the spot while Sunil Kumar was seriously injured when the scooter they were riding on reportedly collided with a dumper on the Cheelarh-Rohrai road near here on Monday. The accident took place when they were on their way to Karawara Manakpur village from Pataudi station. Sunil was admitted to a private hospital here. The police has registered a case.



Role models
: Saraswati Vidya Mandir School were giving traditional education based on high-value ethics and were proving an asset to the state and society while this was in contrast to the education being provided in other schools where education was influenced by ill effects of western countries. This was said by MP Anurag Thakur while presiding over a concluding function of teachers’ refresher course here on Friday. He said the teachers should be cautious regarding their public conduct and behaviour as the same had great impact on young minds whom they were guiding in classes.

House gutted
: A house at Lower Anukalan was damaged in fire on Monday. The house belonged to three brothers Gurdeep, Gunjan Lal and Satish. The fire reportedly started from a short circuit and caused an estimated loss of Rs 1.25 lakh. The administration has given an immediate relief of Rs 3,000 to Gurdeep and Rs 2,000 each to Gunjan Lal and Satish.

Patrika released: Nandita Gupta, Hamirpur DC, released Hamir Vigyan Patrika, published by Hamir Science Education Society, on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, Gupta asked to eradicate social evils and misconceptions from the society through science and ancient wisdom. She said maintaining ecological balance and fighting issues like global warming were of utmost importance.

Snakebite claims life
: Bobby (16) died today from a snakebite. He was rushed to the civil hospital in a serious condition, where he died. Local MLA Rakesh Pathania said he would release government aid to the bereaved family.

Bhaj Govindam ends: A three-day Bhaj Govindam programme concluded here in the local municipal council community hall. It was organised by Divya Jagriti Sansthan, Noormahal (Jalandhar), in collaboration with the local municipal council. Thousands of devotees attended this religious programme. R.K. Mahajan was the chief guest on the concluding ceremony and the disciples of Shree Ashuthosh Maharaj, the founder of the sansthan, recited bhajans to pay obeisance to Lord Krishana.

Body found
: The body of a 10-year-old boy was found near the banks of the Sutlej river in Rampur on Monday. According to the police, the boy appears to be of Nepali origin but has not been identified as yet. It appears that the boy died after having fallen from a great height as there are injury marks on his head and face. It was this morning that the body was spotted on the riverbank just below the girls school. A case has been registered in the Rampur police station.



Jawan commits suicide
: A jawan on Sunday committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in the district, official sources said. Ashwani Kumar of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) had gone to his village in Gaddi in the Jidiyan belt of Jammu district to perform the last rites of his father. The 24-year-old jawan later consumed poison and died on the way to hospital.

Bid to torch hutment: Some miscreants on Sunday tried to set ablaze an abandoned makeshift hutment (Kullah) in Belna village of Hiranagar tehsil in Kathua district. Despite curfew, a strong mob on Sunday gathered at Belna village and protested against the Amarnath land revocation order.

Bus service suspended: The bus service between Poonch and Rawalkote in Pakistan-administered Kashmir was on Monday “suspended” for the time being, due to curfew clamped in Poonch following communal tension, official sources said. The bus service was suspended due to curfew in entire Poonch district, the sources said, adding that “the bus service, that started with an aim to develop friendly relations with neighbouring Pakistan, was suspended earlier also by the administration due to the curfew restrictions.

Two youths die: A youth allegedly shot himself dead, while another boy died after he was attacked by bees in two incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, the police said on Monday. Dev Raj (23) alias Kuldeep shot himself dead with a 303 rifle in the wee hours on Monday in Matlote village of Mahore tehsil in Reasi district, it said, adding that the rifle belonged to Kuldeep’s brother, who is a member of Village Defence Committee.

1 killed in Bandipore
: Mehboob-ul-Haid Dar and others have allegedly killed one person, Farooq Ahmad, by using a sharp-edged knife in Aloosa village of Bandipore district on Saturday. The police here said Farooq’s father, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, filed an FIR at the Bandipore police station.


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