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Bassi Pathana
Blood donation camp
: Blood Donor's Society, Bassi Pathana, organised its 88th blood donation camp on Monday at Aggarwal Dharmshala. A team of doctors from PGI led by Dr Usha Rao conducted the camp and more than 100 units of blood were donated. 

Dera Bassi
Cyclist killed
: A 40-year-old cyclist died on the spot after he had a head on collision with a truck on Wednesday. According to the police, Suraj Prakash was a migrant labourer and was residing in Bhankapura village near Dera Bassi. Autopsy of the deceased was carried out at the civil hospital, Dera Bassi, after which the body was handed over to the deceased’s family. A case has been registered. 

Fatehgarh Sahib
Held with poppy husk
: The Fatehgarh Sahib police on Wednesday arrested a resident of Sidhupur Kalan with 6 kg poppy husk from near his village. The accused has been identified as Baljeet Singh (40). The police recovered the narcotics from a bag he was carrying with him on a bicycle. A case has been registered. Investigations are on. 

HIV case
: An HIV positive case has been detected at local civil hospital here on Wednesday evening. Senior medical officer Dr Gurdev Singh told that a 62-year-old woman patient of local Mohalla Bhim Nagar was tested positive today. 

Power shutdown
: Power supply will remain suspended to the areas falling under 66-KV substations at Children Park and TV Centre from 10 am to 1 pm, and to the areas under 66-KV substation, Chugitti, and 132-KV substation, PIMS, from 9 am to 5 pm due to some repair work. 

Beaten up
: Residents of the Top Khana maur area bashed district BJP president Balwant Rai and some of his party colleagues on Wednesday. The residents were protesting against the ‘indifferent’ attitude of the MC authorities in lifting garbage from the area. They raised slogans against deputy mayor Sonia Devi, who is closely related to Balwant Rai. This provoked Balwant Rai and a tiff ensued. The residents retaliated against Balwant Rai and beat him up. A shopkeeper, Budh Ram, and some others also got injured. All of them sustained minor injuries. 



Drugs to be burnt
: Contraband drugs seized by the police under the NDPS Act will be burnt here on Thursday in presence of A.K. Dhull, inspector-general of police, Hisar Range. A committee, headed by the IG and comprising Fatehabad SP Saurabh Singh and Sirsa SP Amitabh Dhillon, will also inspect seized contraband drugs at Sirsa on Thursday, said a police source. 

200 couples examined
: At least 200 couples from Rewari, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Mahendergarh and Narnaul (Haryana), Bhiwadi and Alwar (Rajasthan) participated in a three-day infertility check-up camp, which concluded at the Lalita Memorial Multi-specialty Hospital and Test Tube Baby Centre here on Monday. Dr Bhavin Balakrishnan, infertility specialist of Mumbai, who inaugurated the camp, said increasing intake of fast food and other readymade dishes, hefty office schedule of young women professionals and increasing pollution were some of the factors that led to infertility among couples. 

Selja to address seminar
: Union minister of state for housing and urban poverty alleviation Kumari Selja will address a seminar on “Environment and Man” in the local Panchayat Bhawan on Friday. The seminar is being organised by an NGO, National Welfare Organisation, headed by Jagdish Nehra, a former Haryana minister. Nehra said the minister would also address mediapersons before the seminar. The minister would visit several places falling under the Sirsa parliamentary constituency on that day. 



Rajesh Dharmani, Congress MLA from the Ghumarwin constituency, has been appointed Congress party district president. Dharmani said he was informed about it by state unit president Kaul Singh Thakur on phone from Delhi on Monday evening. Reports said the party was not satisfied with the working of the earlier set-up of the district unit here and this was an exercise to revamp and energise the party keeping in view the forthcoming parliamentary elections. 

Charas seized
: The State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau on Tuesday arrested three Nepalese couriers, including a woman, Asha, at Fadenli bridge in Kullu under the NDPS Act and seized 32 kg of charas from them. This is biggest drug haul seized by the vigilance so far. The trio was arrested at a naka near the bridge. Those arrested have been identified as Bal Bahadur, Deep Bahadru and Asha. They were produced before a judge who remanded them in police custody for three days. 

Renuka board EO resigns
: Executive officer (EO) with the Renuka Development Board Mitter Singh resigned from the post on Tuesday. He was appointed by the previous Congress government. He announced his resignation at a press conference at Dadahu. 

Heritage walk to mark tourism week
: The Department of Tourism Administration of the Himachal Pradesh University will organise a heritage walk as a part of the celebrations of the tourism week, which is being observed till September 27. The director of the Institute of Vocational Studies, S.P. Bansal, said the main objective was to highlight the heritage status of the erstwhile summer capital of the British. He said the students of the department would hold a skit at the historic Ridge from where the heritage walk would be flagged off tomorrow. He said Shimla and Himachal must be projected as tourist destinations. He added that various activities would be organised during the tourism week by the students. 

Teachers’ protest: The Himachal Government College Teachers Association on Monday expressed its resentment against the delay by the UGC in implementing the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. The university and college teachers wore black badges as a mark of protest against the delay on the part of the UGC in announcing the enhanced salaries. He said all teaching work would be suspended after 12 pm, but important work relating to examination would continue. 

2 die in mishaps
: Two persons lost lives in separate incidents in the area. Ymeshwar (14) of Drumat Behali was killed while working near his house when lightning struck around 4 pm on Monday. A post-mortem examination was conducted at the local civil hospital. In another incident, Isha (4) was drowned in a nullah at Richani village of Karsog subdivision on Monday. She and her mother had gone to bring grass for cattle. They were crossing the nullah when the incident took place. Some passers-by managed to save the woman, but the child could not be saved. The administration has given Rs 10,000 to the families of victims in each case. 



SBI manager in CBI net
: A manager of State Bank of India was caught red-handed by the CBI while taking a bribe of Rs 3,000 for clearing inflated bills of a computer company in Ramban district of the state. K.S. Khajuriam, branch manager, SBI, Ramsu, was arrested and a corruption case was registered against him on Tuesday, a CBI official said. Khajuria was demanding Rs 5,000 from representatives of the computer company for clearing inflated bills with excess amount for data installation but a deal was struck at Rs 3000, they said.

Exhibition of Koran manuscripts ends
: The three-day exhibition of centuries’ old rare manuscripts of the holy Koran concluded here on Wednesday. Organised at ‘Saqafat Ghar’ or Cultural House complex of the Jammu and Kashmir, Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, people flocked to see the rare collection of 35 such manuscripts. 

Bear injures villager: A wild bear attacked and injured a villager in the Kashmir valley, where more than 80 persons were killed and others wounded in animal attacks during the past two years. About a dozen wild animals were also killed by the agitated people during the period. Official sources on Wednesday said a wild bear appeared at Kaigam village in Shopian when people were busy in their routine work. The bear attacked and injured Mohammad Rajab Ganai. However, he was rescued by other villagers and later shifted to a hospital.

Industrial units to be set up: The Khadi and Village Industries Board is setting up 200 industrial units in Bandipora district of the state to promote the traditional business of blanket and woollen weaving. The board will provide 30 per cent subsidy on loans besides technical know-how to rural artisans of Gurez area for setting up their weaving units, an official spokesman said here on Wednesday. The board would also set up three training centres in Hassangam, Gujran and Barnai remote villages where women beneficiaries would be imparted training in different crafts, the spokesman said.


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