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Prizes given to talent hunt winners
: Poonam, Neha Chugh, Arshdeep, Harminder, Santosh, Santosh, Babita, Sandeep, Sonia, Ravi, Sumit, Gaurav, Manpreet, Aman Sharma, Amanjot, Svenika, Dipender, Raman Brar, Sugandha, Diljot, Sumit, Mohit, Shayla, Kiran and Nitika were among the winners of the Talent Search contests held in Swami Keshwa Nand Memorial College here, coordinator G.L. Nagpal informed on Monday. Inder Mohan Verma, A R Talwar president and secretary respectively of the managing committee gave away the prizes to the winners on Monday. 

Donation camp
: Late professor D.N. Mittal Memorial Trust organised a mega eye donation-cum-check-up camp here on Monday. Hundreds of people attended the camp and a team of eye specialists from PGI checked the patients. More than 50 people from the town filled the forms voluntarily to donate their eyes after death. More than 350 patients were checked up, 50 of them were recommended for operation, which would be conducted at PGI free of cost by the trust. 

Fatehgarh Sahib
: A meeting of Sri Rama Krishna Dramatic Club was held here on Monday, wherein Harish Aggarwal was elected president of the club. Sanjeev Kumar, chairman, Rajinder Sharma, secretary, Rajiv Sood, Mohanjeet, Ravinder Kumar and others participated in the meeting. It was decided that Ram Leela would be held at the municipal council stage from September 27. 

Two kids die as bus overturns
: Two children, Nisha Rani (2) and Sumit Chaudhary (2), both of Narangpur village died and five other injured when a minibus overturned near Sansarpur village today. According to police sources, all injured persons were admitted to civil hospital, Dasuya. 

Woman electrocuted: Sunita Devi of Bhunga was electrocuted today. According to police sources, Sunita Devi went to a government orchard in the area for some work, where accidentally touched a naked live wire lying in the orchard. 

Health camp
: “Women for Women”, a social organisation will hold a medical camp from September 11 to 13 at Johal Hospital, Rama mandi. Health experts from across the country would examine the patients. A spokesperson of the organisation said the surgeries would be planned for patients and entire camp would be contolled and managed by female doctors and staff. 

Committee formed
: Sunny Enclave Residents Welfare Committee, Kharar, has been formulated here on Monday. Rajinder Singh Rangpuri and Ashok Kapoor, president and general secretary of the committee, respectively, said the body will work for upliftment of the area and will try to resolve problems of the residents. 

Fire at shop in Ludhiana
: Appliances worth lakhs were reduced to ashes at Navrang Electronics here on Monday. The fire was caused due to shot-circuit. Meanwhile, Manjit Singh, president of the market committee, got injured while trying to douse the fire. A boy standing close to the shop got electrocuted when he came in contact with a high-voltage wire, which was hanging loose. 

Councillor booked
: The Malerkotla police on Monday booked municipal councillor Mohammed Nazir and six others on the charge of beating three persons. According to DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand, the police has registered a case under Sections 324, 323, 506, 148 and 149, IPC, against these persons. The injured persons have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. 

Journalist killed in mishap
: A journalist with the Punjabi Tribune from Sardulgarh, Balbir Singh Parmar, died on Monday. According to sources, he had sustained injuries in an accident four days ago near Sardulgarh bus stand. The incident happened when he was going to Sardulgarh on a motorbike. A cow suddenly came on the road and became the cause of mishap. He was later admitted to a hospital at Hissar in Haryana. He succumbed to his injuries on Monday. Journalists of several newspapers have expressed deep grief over his untimely demise. 

MMM stages rally: Mazdoor Mukti Morcha (MMM) on Monday held a rally at Boha in support of demands of labourers. Addressing the rally, state secretary of MMM Bhagwant Singh Sammaon said that full wage should be given to labourers who work in cotton fields. He alleged that village land owners had decided to give less wages for work in the cotton fields. He said that the labourers would go on strike on September 10 in support of their demands and to protest against their alleged social boycott. He demanded that the administration should take appropriate steps to ensure full wage and respect to labourers. A struggle committee has been formed under the presidentship of Ranjit Kaur to fight for the rights of the labourers. 

Khatri Sabha directory
: The state Khatri Sabha has decided to publish a directory of office-bearers of its 165 units by the end of October this year. Talking to The Tribune on Monday, state president of the sabha Daljit Singh Zakhmi said this directory would be released at a state-level function of the sabha in November. 

Medical firms told to pay: The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed T.M. Thakore Pharmaceutical Labs, Mumbai, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited, Dholka, Ahmedabad, and Garg Medicos, Sangrur, to pay Rs 10,000 to Balraj Singh, a local resident, in lieu of the consolidated amount of compensation. Balraj alleged that due to consumption of cough syrup, he suffered dehydration, vomiting and loose motions. 

Drugs seized: The district health authorities raided a godown of medicines near the Kishanpura road, here on Saturday evening and seized drugs worth Rs 16 lakh from it. As many as 25,35,700 tablets, 54,272 capsules, 10,516 bottles of cough syrups and 15,950 injections were seized. Necessary proceedings have been initiated against the medical firms. 

LS polls: BSP to go alone
: Predicting an early election for the Lok Sabha, the BSP has decided to go all alone and field its candidates for all 13 seats in the state. This was stated by Narinder Kashyap, national general secretary of the party, while addressing a district-level rally under the Jan Hit Chetna Andolan. Party leader Babu Kanshi Ram appealed to the youth to become a part of the movement. 



Blood-donation camp: The Tribune Employees Union will organise a blood donation camp on September 9 to mark the death anniversary of the founder of The Tribune Trust, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia. This will be the 31st camp of the union. A team of doctors from the department of transfusion medicine, PGI, Chandigarh, will conduct the camp. 

Power: Power supply will be suspended on Tuesday to parts of Sectors 35, Minister house, 39 A&B from 10 am to 2 pm; to part of Sector 45-A and Burail from 10 am to 3 pm and to part of Jassu Khudalahora village and Sarangpur village from 10 am to 4 pm.

Strike by residents: The Association for Welfare of Chandigarh Residents held one-day strike on Wednesday. The association demanded employment for all and 70 per cent reservation for youths. Upgradation of facilities in schools was also sought.



Poster-making contest held
: To commemorate the communal harmony and national integration, a poster-making contest was organised in Dubaldhan Government College here on Monday. Ritu (BA-I) and Mukesh (BA-III) bagged the first and second position, respectively, while Chinki (BA-III) emerged as the third winner in the contest. 

Literacy Day celebrated
: To mark the International Literacy Day, the district literacy committee on Monday organised cultural programmes and rallies in all six blocks of the district. Participants in the rally carried placards and banners with slogans stressing importance of the literacy. A large number of women participated in it and urged people to make children literate and to give them proper education for better future. 

Beggar raped
: A middle-aged man of Raipur village of Jhajjar allegedly raped a beggar (55) near the gate of the Haryana Roadways’ bus stand here on Sunday .She raised the alarm following which passersby rushed to her help. Later, police personnel manning the post at the bus stand reached the spot and arrested the accused, Attar Singh. 



Road blocked
: The highest road from Chamba to Killar crossing over the Saach Pass situated at an altitude of 4413 metres linking the isolated Pangi tribal valley with its district headquarters at Chamba has been blocked due to the first snowfall of the season on the high peaks of mountains, informed G. R. Bharti, Resident Commissioner of Pangi, in an official communiqué issued here on Monday. As a result the vehicular traffic for light vehicles, including the movement of pedestrians, was disrupted. 

Holy dip: Nearly one lakh devotees of Lord Shiva, including tourists from different parts of the country, had a holy dip in the icy waters of the famous Manimahesh Lake at an altitude of 4170 nestled in the mountainous ranges of the Himalayas in Chamba district on Monday.. The pilgrims also had a vision of the sacred image of Mount Kailash situated at an altitude of 5656 metres on this auspicious occasion of Radhashtmi. 

Educationists’ plea
: Educationists of the state have expressed resentment over the decision of the state government to convert 3,000 BEd science seats into arts seats. Former deputy director of education and convener of the Himachal Educational Consultants Forum R.D. Sharma said on Monday that the decision was aimed at pleasing the authorities of the 68 private BEd colleges in the state. He said an average school required two BEd science teachers for teaching science and maths and two arts teachers for teaching English and social studies. “Then why the government was magnifying the already existing huge gap between the two streams by allowing conversions of seats.” He demanded that the decision should be revoked in the larger interest of quality education in the state. 

Kullu Dasehra
: The Kullu Dasehra would start on October 9 and end on October 15. This was decided at the district-level Dasehra Committee meeting at the Bachat Bhawan here on Monday. The meeting was presided over by Khimi Ram, Deputy Speaker, Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha and Chairman of the District Dasehra Committee. It was resolved that the allowance of the local folk dance parties would be increased from Rs 750 to Rs 1000. 

LPG helpline
: In order to redress the complaints relating to erratic supply of cooking gas refills in the area the local administration has set up a helpline at the office of the SDM, Nurpur, with telephone number 220024. In view of acute shortage of LPG local MLA Rakesh Pathania on Monday convened a meeting of the officials of the civil supplies corporation, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the police and the administration. It was decided to launch a special drive on September 15 to detect fake LPG connections in the area. 



Thief held with stolen gun
: The police arrested a thief along with a stolen gun of a village defence committee (VDC) member and solved several cases of theft in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources here said on Monday. “Several raids were conducted yesterday on the basis of specific information and the accused along with a stolen .303 weapon was arrested from a hide-out in Mendhar tehsil,” police sources told UNI. The accused has been identified as Mohd Zuber, resident of Chhanga village, Mendhar. 

Fire destroys houses, shops: Eight shops and four houses were destroyed in two incidents of fire in Doda and Ramban districts on Sunday. The police here said fire broke out at Gund Tethar, Banihal area of Ramban district destroying four shops. In the other incident, an LPG cylinder in the house of policeman burst and four houses and as many shops were gutted. However, no casualty was reported. 

SP dies in road mishap: Superintendent of Police (SP) Nazir Ahmed Sheikh was killed on Sunday and his son critically injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Ramban district. The SP and his son Asif Ahmed Sheikh were coming from Srinagar to Jammu when the incident happened, DIG Ramban-Kishtwar range Himant Lohia said. While the SP died on the spot, his son was injured and has been shifted to hospital, he said. 

6 hurt in bear attack
: Six villagers were injured when a bear attacked them in the Loran area of Mandi tehsil in Poonch on Saturday. The injured, identified as Muhammad Ashraf, Bashir Ahmed, Muhammad Sultan, Sultan Mohammad, Abdul Majid and Ghulam Mohammad, were shifted to Poonch district hospital. 

BSF jawan commits suicide
: A BSF head constable shot himself dead in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said. They said panic gripped the 27 batallion BSF camp at Kupwara when some fire shots were heard from a barrack. Later, head constable Shantano Kumar Singh, who had shot himself with his service weapon, was found in a pool of blood. However, before he could be shifted to hospital he died. It was not, however, immediately known why he took this extreme step. About 30 security personnel have so far committed suicide while 12 have been killed by their colleagues in the Kashmir valley during the past two years. Family disputes is one of the reasons for security personnel to end their lives. 

Woman kills herself: A 35-year-old woman committed suicide, while the body of another woman, was fished out from a nullah in the Kashmir valley on Monday. Official sources said Zahida Akhter, 35, wife of one Nisar Ahmad Shahid, had consumed some poisonous substance in her Nanil house in Anantnag district. She was declared brought dead to the hospital. Meanwhile the body Shaheena Begum (35) was fished out from the Kehmil nullah at Pushpor village in Kupwara district. The police has registered a case and started investigation. 

One dies in mishap: Driver Zahoor Ahmad Jalali, a resident of Jammu, was killed after his jeep collided with another car in south Kashmir, official sources said. The accident happened at Vessu Qazigund. 


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