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Nagar kirtan marks Gurpurb
: Hundred of devotees participated in the Nagar kirtan processions which were organised on the eve of Gurpurb in Abohar and neighboring areas of district Sriganganagar on Wednesday. Panj Pyaras led the flower bedecked palki of Granth Sahab as Jathas recited shabad and performed kirtan with religious fervor and gaiety. Besides, students and teachers from some local schools the volunteers of Guru Nanak Sewak Dal Simran Society, Sukhmani Sahab Sewa Society and Istri Sewak Dal also made best of efforts to make the procession impressive.

Blood donation: The NSS unit of the DAV College organised a blood donation camp on Tuesday where 60 students and four faculty members donated blood.

Employees’ strike
: With the police yet to make any headway in the Rs 40 lakh GPO robbery case, the postal department employees today observed a strike, demanding revocation of suspension of three colleagues for dereliction of duties. The postal employees said if the suspension of their colleagues Sarwan Dass, Rajpal and Dharampal was not revoked immediately, they would start an indefinite strike.

Bus-tempo crash leaves 5 hurt: Five persons sustained injuries in a collision between a mini-bus and a tempo near Thekriwal village on Subhanpur Kapurthala Road here on Wednesday. The injured, identified as tempo driver Jaswant, Gian Devi, Vijay Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Anjum, were rushed to the civil hospital here from where Jaswant and Gian Devi, who are stated to be serious, were referred to a Jalandhar hospital, said police sources.

Police remand
: Mansa police got remand of Dedar Singh, accused in the Dera Sacha Sauda follower attack case. Dera follower Bhola Singh was attacked at Bhikhi nearly three months ago. Sources said that Dedar was arrested by Patiala police some days ago. SSP Manvinder Singh said that police got the remand of two other accused, namely Bhal Singh, a resident of Haryana and Makhan Singh, a resident of Sardoolgarh, in the case.

Hut gutted
: A hut constructed with bambos and straws at the residence of former Congress minister Raman Bhalla was destroyed in a fire here on Wednesday. A fire engine reached the spot and controlled the flames. The cause of the fire is said to be a short-circuit. It is said that the hut had been constructed for security guards. There was no report of any loss in the fire.


Orders withdrawn: The Chandigarh administration has withdrawn its order of constituting a single window committee to approve the plans in respect of execution of the project of development and residential and other infrastructural facilities in Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park, a press note said.


HAU, CIRB ink pact
: Haryana Agricultural University and the Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend cooperation in academic and research activities. The two institutions have agreed to extend their respective expertise and facilities to MSc, MVSc and PhD students of HAU to conduct research which matches the mandate of the CIRB. HAU registrar R.S. Dalal said earlier in 1994, an agreement was signed between both institutes for similar collaboration, but it failed to serve its purpose. Now, after a review the lacunae in the earlier MoU had been removed.

Rape bid: The police has arrested a 14-year old boy, Jaini, on charge of attempt to rape. According to police sources, the accused took an-eight-old living in the neighbourhood at Shaym Nagar to his house and tried to rape her. The police has arrested the accused and sent him to juvenile jail.

Appointed: Desh Raj Gaba, a local Congress leader, was on Wednesday appointed as the acting president of Karnal district Congress Committee in place of Sumita Singh, who had resigned two months ago.

Red Ribbon Express:
The Red Ribbon Express , a project by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and the National AIDS Control Organisation, will conclude its 9,000 km-long countrywide journey at Rewari on November 26 and 27. This information was given here on Wednesday by deputy commissioner Chander Prakash. He said during its halt, it would aware public about preventive measures required to control HIV/AIDS. Besides it, counselling and medical facilities to HIV affected patients would also be provided.

Labourers buried, saved
: Two labourers identified as Ashok and Jitan, both residents of Bihar, were reportedly buried while digging a sewer line at Sector 7, HUDA, on Wednesday. Other labourers, who were also working near the site of the incident, reportedly took them out. Later, they were admitted in the local civil hospital where condition of both was reported to be out of danger.

Inauguration: Gurgaon Gramin Bank opened its 153rd branch at Khanpur Kalan, here on Wednesday. The branch was inaugurated by Dr Pankaj Mittal. Chairman of the Gurgaon Gramin Bank N.T. Hegde said the bank recently also got license to exchange foreign currency. He said besides offering various loans to farming sector, the bank would also provide insurance to farmers and their crops.


Reinstatement: Congress leader and former chairman of the Nahan Block Development Committee (BDC) Yashpal in a press conference here on Wednesday claimed that the Himachal Pradesh High Court had set aside his removal from the post of the chairman and on the basis of this decision he had written to the district panchayat officer, Sirmaur, to reinstate him.

ABVP protest: Workers of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Wednesday protested against the infiltration of Bangladeshis, which was posing a threat for the security of the country. Traffic at Delhi Gate was interrupted for nearly one hour when protesters started a dharna by sitting on the main road. The protesters had pressurised the college authorities to lockout the college premises, but with intervention of the police locks of the college were opened. Some protesters protested against the police action in the college and started a dharna on the main road.

Literacy camp: The local subdivisional legal literacy committee on Wednesday organised a literacy camp on the court premises, which was presided over by chairman of the committee-cum-additional chief judicial magistrate P.P. Ranta. The camp was organised to observe National Legal Aid Week from November 9 to 16. Addressing litigants and members of the bar association, the chairman of the committee called upon the people to be aware of their legal rights. He advised weaker section of the society to avail the free legal aid and get justice.


Jawan drowns
: An Army jawan, identified as Satnam Singh of the 14 Sikh Light Infantry, was swayed by the fast currents of the Chenab river when he was taking bath at Hamirpur in the bordering Akhnoor sector here on Tuesday, a Defence Ministry spokesman said. Searches for his body were on, he added. Meanwhile, Lance Naik Kulbir Singh of the 157 Territorial Army allegedly tried to commit suicide by shooting himself with light machine gun at his picket in the Arnia area, police sources said. He was shifted to military hospital Satwari by his colleagues, they said.

Heroin seized: The police arrested two persons with two kg of heroin, valuing Rs two crore in the international market, near Satwari, on the outskirts of Jammu city, official sources said here on Wednesday. The smugglers, identified as Satpal Singh and Santokh Singh, both residents of Abdullian area of R S Pura tehsil, were on their way to Delhi. A case has been registered.

Pilgrim dies: A pilgrim from Bihar died under mysterious circumstances at Vaishnodevi shrine here, police sources said on Wednesday. Jagdish Prashad (62) died at the shrine's dispensary on Tuesday, the sources said. The body was handed over to his relatives after autopsy.

398 leave for Haj
: A batch of 398 Hajjis from Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday left for Jeddah by two special flights from the Sheikh-ul- Alam International Airport here, official sources said.


Man drowns: A body of a man (45) was found at the Ganga near Jwalpur. The Tribune photographer Rameshwar saw the body near one of the ghats and immediately informed the police. Rescuers swung into action and found the body but the man was already dead.

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