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Man consumes insecticide, condition critical
: The owner of a farm house, located on the Hanumangarh road, was found crying to save his son's life at the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital on Wednesday. The latter had reportedly consumed an insecticide and is struggling for life. The father said that he had sent his son to Patiala for higher education after he did his matriculation here but he had fallen prey to drugs there. Worried over reports received from Patiala, the father asked him to return home. Hoping he would give up drugs after marriage, the father arranged for his marriage but regular visits to upper streets of Nai Abadi and Government Seed Farm Colony confirmed that he had not been able to come out of the grip. The son has two children also but his lifestyle speaks volumes of the drug menace that continued to hit the region. The youth denied he was an addict and said the insecticide was consumed by mistake. 

Free medical camp: About 300 students were examined during a free medical camp organised by the Red Cross Society of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here on Wednesday, principal Neelam Arun Mittu informed. Eye specialist Shyam Dhuria and Dental surgeon Gitika Dhuria provided services at the camp that was held with assistance from the Abohar circle of Sikh Missionary College and Guru Gobind Singh Study circle. 

Babus transferred
: The Punjab government on Wednesday transferred and posted four IAS officers and one PCS officer with immediate effect. Ajoy Kumar Sinha is chief administrator, Greater Ludhiana Development Authority, Ludhiana. Bhawna Garg becomes special secretary, Revenue; Ashok Kumar Singla has been posted director, Grievances and Pensions; C.S. Talwar goes as additional secretary, Health and Family Welfare, and MP Arora is additional director-cum-additional secretary, Local Government. 

Congress releases list: The Punjab Congress on Wednesday released the list of office-bearers after the appointment of Mohinder Singh Kaypee as president of the party unit in the state last month. The list includes 28 each vice-presidents and general secretaries, two treasurers, 92 executive members and 34 permanent invitees. Kewal Singh Dhillon, Tej Parkash Singh, Harmohinder Singh, Darshan Singh Brar, Harchand Kaur and Kanwarjit Singh Brar, all MLAs, have been appointed vice-presidents while Ripjit Singh Brar, MLA, has been appointed general secretary. The permanent invitees include union tourism minister Ambika Soni and union minister of state for industry Ashwani Kumar. Besides, the party announced its eight-member Disciplinary Action Committee headed by Gopal Krishan Chatrath. 

Placement drive
: Eleven MBA students from Doaba Group of Colleges were selected by Synergy Management Services for their office at Lucknow. College spokesperson claimed that the selected students would get Rs 1.8 lakhs during their training period. 54 students were short listed after a written test, group discussion and the final selection was made on the basis of HR interviews. 

New Mansa DC takes charge
: Newly posted deputy commissioner of Mansa Kumar Rahul has assumed office. Kumar Rahul is an IAS officer of 2000 batch and had served as additional secretary in health department, secretary PSEB, additional secretary of finance department. After taking charge, he said that he would try his best for the development of Mansa. 

Students selected
: A team of Army selectors under Colonel Rajiv Joshi from Corps HQ Jalandhar visited Bhai Maha Singh College of Engineering, Muktsar and shortlisted students for the final interview. The students, if selected, will get rank and pay of lieutenant from 7th semester onwards and their final year training will be conducted at IMA, Dehradun. After completion of training, they will be given the rank and pay of Captain which will be around Rs 30,000 per month. The names of students selected are Mukesh Mishra, Sukhvinder Singh, Giriraj Kumar, Dhiraj Kumar, Mohit Aggarwal, Jaideep Tarana, Sachin Ganeriwal, Sukhpreet Singh, Dhirak Kumar Singh, Jashandeep Puri, Director principal D.S. Grewal and dean T & P Vikas Monga congratulated the students on their selection.

Freshers’ party
: Ragging is a heinous crime and colleges should sincerely tackle it to save students, said Usha R. Sharma secretary, animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries, Punjab at a welcome party for hostel girls at IET Bhaddal. Students presented various cultural items, including quiz and skit. Avineet Kaur was awarded as Miss Fresher, Simarpreet Kaur - Miss Congeniality, Shruti- Star of eve and Navriti as best performer. IET Chairman Dr G.S. Chahal also addressed the students and gave them a hearty welcome. 

Relief material for Bihar
: Two truckloads of relief material worth lakhs of rupees were sent by followers of Dera Sacha Sauda for Bihar flood victims from here on Wednesday. After reaching Sirsa, the headquarters of the Dera, the trucks will be flagged off by the head of the Dera for Bihar. The relief material include towels, clothes, shoes and food items. On the occasion, among others, a member of the 25-member state committee of the Dera Harinder Sharma was also present. 



Orkut on Spice: The Spice customers would be able to connect with their Orkut friends without using Internet. The Spice mobile service has made, Orkut, a social networking website available to its customers on mobile phone. The customers would be able to send, receive and respond to scraps with their Spice mobile anytime anywhere through text messages. All Spice customers could use this SMS driven service as the service works on all handsets said one of the officials. 

President elected: The Chandigarh State Cooperative Bank Ltd. , in its board of directors’ meeting, elected Gurdial Singh as president and Jujhar Singh as vice-president of the bank for a term of one year. The board of the bank includes 12 elected directors and three as government nominee. 

Funds collected
: Students of the Army Institute of Law, Sector 68, here contributed amount worth Rs 37,000 to the chief minister’s Relief fund in Bihar. Fourth year Law students collected funds, clothes and other essentials from the college and surrounding sectors. The Institute has planned to organise a blood donation camp for the flood victims. 

Tumour removed: Doctors at the Cheema Medical Complex, Mohali, have successfully removed a ovarian tumour weighing 4.3 kg from an elderly woman, Angrez Kaur. Dr Ajaiwant Cheema, MD of the medical complex, said the tumour was removed from the area surrounding pelvis and involved complicated surgical procedure, including laparotaomy. 

Students’ screening: A team of army officials headed by Brigadier Sanjay Aggarwal visited Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology college campus to screen students who had applied under the University Entry Scheme. 

Dengue threat: The consumer protection and grievances redressal forum has asked the municipal council to improve the state of sanitation in the town in order to check the spread of dengue fever and other communicable diseases. Twelve cases of dengue fever were reported from different parts of the town. President N.S. Gill said the condition was brought to the notice of the authorities concerned around mid-August but to no avail. 



Rs 486 crore for development works
: The Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board has earmarked Rs 486.75 crore for various development works like construction of link roads, special repair of link roads, mandi works and deposit works during the current financial year. An expenditure of Rs 166.82 crore had been incurred on the construction of link roads till July, agriculture minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha said here on Wednesday. 

Fish production target: The Haryana fisheries department has raised the level of fish production to 68,000 metric tonnes during this financial year from 61,000 metric tonnes in 2007-08, thereby keeping a growth rate of 10 per cent. Stating this here on Wednesday, agriculture minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha said fish productivity would be raised from 5,048 to 5,200 kg per hectare per year. Similarly, water area under fish culture would be raised from 13,000 hectares to over 14,300 hectares by the end of 2008-09. He said efforts would be made for diversification of traditional carp fish culture to culture of high valued fish species such as magur, sol, singhara, ornamental fish and prawn. 

Orissa violence
: Condemning the attack on Christians in various parts of Orissa, the Masih Shakti Sangthan, a Christians’ organisation, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident. In a representation, signed by Krishan Kumar Chauhan, national president of the MSS, which was sent to the President through the deputy commissioner here on Wednesday, the organisation has also demanded imposition of ban on bodies fanning communalism in Orissa. The organisation has also demanded payment of compensation for the loss of life and property and adequate compensation to those injured in the Orissa violence. 



Scheme dedicated
: PWD minister Gulab Singh Thakur on Wednesday dedicated the Rs 25.30 lakh irrigation scheme for the Mamaan village in Ladbharol, giving villagers an opportunity to grow cash crops. Addressing a public meeting at Maman in Jogindernagar, Thakur said the fertile Ladbharol area had vast potential for growing cash crops. The Rs 1.65 crore irrigation scheme for the Utpur area was under fast progress and would soon be dedicated to the villagers, he added. 

One washed away
: Namdev Singh (16), a resident of Faridkot, was washed away in the Yamuna near Govind Ghat on Tuesday. The police said four boys had come to Paonta from Faridkot on Tuesday to pay obeisance at the gurdwara. Three of them went to take bath in the Yamuna. But, Nam Dev Singh and his friend Mangal Deep went into deep waters. Ajay Kumar (18) of Devi Nagar jumped into the river and got hold of the youths. He managed to save Mangal Deep but could not save Namdev Singh. 

1 held for rape attempt
: The police on Wednesday arrested Arun Kumar, a migrant labourer from Bihar, for reportedly attempting to rape a six-year-old minor girl at Gurchal. When he allegedly attempted to rape the girl, the minor raised an alarm. On hearing the cries of the victim, the family of the girl reached the spot and the accused fled the spot. The police has registered a case under Sections 511 and 376 of the IPC against the accused and sent the victim to Tanda Medical College for medical examination. 

Boy drowned: Ayush (10), a student of DAV school, Bagni, drowned in a water tank at his house in Danni village on Tuesday. He was rushed to the civil hospital here in a serious condition. His parents took him to a private hospital in Pathankot, but he died on the way. 

Blood donation camp
: The Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) under the aegis of the State Red Cross on Wednesday organised a blood donation camp. Sheila Dhumal, wife of the Chief Minister, inaugurated the camp where 75 police personnel and their families donated blood. Dhumal said more such camps should be organised so that patients and their wards do not face any inconvenience in arranging blood. She added that awareness must be created among the people to donate blood. 



17th Karmapa arrives in Ladakh
: Head of the Karma Kargupa of Buddhism arrived here on Wednesday on a 10-day trip with thousands of people waiting to receive his blessings. The 17th Gelwang Karmapa Rinpochey is expected to visit Changthang, eastern Ladakh and Nubra valley in northern Ladakh. He will deliver a one-day religious discourse at Choglmasar in Leh, Disket in Nubra and Mahey Gonpa in Changthang areas. Rinpochey was earlier scheduled to visit Ladakh on July 26, but the visit was postponed as the Centre did not give clearance for his visit until the Beijing Olympics ended. 

Lake conservation
: The Dal and Nigeen lakes would be mapped in consultation with the Hyderabad-based Directorate of Remote Sensing. “The state government is consulting the Directorate of Remote Sensing to ascertain the latest status of the twin lakes”, chief secretary S.S. Kapur said here on Wednesday. While addressing the 10th meeting of the coordination committee constituted for the conservation and reviving of the water bodies, Kapur said two new sewage treatment plants would soon be installed in the city. Kapur said an amount of Rs 25.84 crore had been earmarked for efforts aimed at arresting soil erosion and reducing the silt and nutrient load into the lakes. The meeting also approved the purchase of lake cleaning machines and decided that manual de-weeding would also be carried out wherever possible. 

2 hurt in mishaps: Two persons were injured, while an equal number of houses were gutted in the Kashmir valley on Wednesday. Official sources said a girl was injured after being hit by a security force vehicle at Palhala, Pattan, on the Srinagar-Baramulla road. She was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition. Later, hundreds of people took to the streets and protested against the security forces. Demanding arrest of the driver, people blocked traffic for an hour. Meanwhile, a scooterist was injured after being hit by an Army tanker at Malanpora in Pulwama district. The scooterist was hospitalised and a case was registered. In another incident, two houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Ibrahim colony in Bemina. The cause of the fire was not known, said sources. 


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