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Train suspended
: The 4525/4526 Ambala-Sriganganagar Intercity Express will remain suspended on November 15 and 16 owing to some urgent repair work on the Bathinda-Sriganganagar section, officials said today.

TSU to stage protest: Criticising the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for its recent reported decisions which were allegedly not in the interests of the employees, the Technical Services Union (TSU) today decided to organise protest rallies and demonstrations in all the sub-divisional offices of the board on November 14. Briefing newspersons after an emergency meeting, Shankar Dass, state treasurer, and Balwinder Singh, circle secretary of the TSU said that the PSEB which was reeling under losses had decided to not release any amount from the GPF if the employees put demand for this for emergencies besides suspending payment of the traveling allowance. The circle committee thus had to give a call for rallies at the circle and sub divisional offices on Friday, they informed.

Kanika shines in contest: Kanika, a student of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here, has won second prize in the Poster Making Contest that was held at Guru Gobind Singh Pharmacy College, Chandigarh on environment, a release said today.

Pilgrim draws attention: A youth drew attention of the morning walkers today as he moved in "pranaam" state on the city roads. Identified as Tulsi (17) said he had started his pilgrimage from Shirdi in Maharashtra about nine months back and would be reaching Shri Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu region after 5 months to fulfill a pledge for some gain. He starts his "yatra" at 5 am and continues it till 7 in the evening. His father Hari Gaur moves on the bicycle on the same route to keep his morale up. They only accept refreshment from the persons who halt them on the way and politely reject offers for monetary contribution.

Consumer forum chiefs: The government has appointed Sanjay Garg to the post of presiding officer of the district consumer forum of Ferozepur. Garg is a practicing lawyer at Sangrur. Pritam Singh Dhanoa, an additional sessions judge, has been appointed president of the district consumer forum of Mansa. Paramjit Singh, a former director of prosecution, will head Kapurthala district forum in place of A.K.Sharma, who had been shifted to Jalandhar.

Girl kills herself
: Her father’s addiction to liquor and threat of selling her allegedly forced a girl to commit suicide by consuming poison on Sunday. Before dying, she reportedly told her mother that she was tired of daily beating by her father and his threat to sell her off. The Sadar police has registered a case against girl’s father Khanda Ram under Section 306 and arrested him.

Doaba school students shine:
Students of Jagjit Singh Sachdeva Asha Kiran School, a special school for mentally challenged children, Jahan Khelan, secured 21 medals - three gold, six silver and 12 bronze - in various events of the 11th Punjab State Special Olympics held in Ludhiana, according to a press note issued by principal of the school Shally Sharma here . Apart from wining the medals, students also secured fourth and fifth positions. As many as 15 students of the school participated in the special Olympic .Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner Nilkanth Avhad on Wednesday honoured and praised students of Tara Singh Kahma Memorial School who have excelled in the 11th Punjab state special Olympics held at Ludhiana in October. As many as 21 medals were won by the school team which included Suraj Arora, Sukhjinder, Harpreet, Sunny, Manpreet, Sandeep Kaur and Davinder Kaur. The school is being run for providing educational facilities to the children belonging to the underprivileged.

BCM wins quiz contest:
BCM Senior Secondary School organised Sahodya Inter-school east zone quiz contest here on Wednesday. The inaugural ceremony was performed with the lighting of a lamp by the chief guest S K Mehta, the manager of the school and principal D P Guleria. Questions were asked with the help of projector in different rounds. BCM Senior Secondary School stood first in the contest and second and third prize were won by Green Grove Public School, Khanna and Sacred Heart Convent School, Khanna.

Aman nominated fertiliser panel member
: The Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers has nominated Aman Sharma, local president of Lions Club and leading stockist of fertilizers in the area, as member of the National Fertilizer Advisory Forum of the department from Punjab state. A notification in this regard was issued by R,N. Juneja under secretary to the union government, last week.

Science day:
The 64 students of the Rainbow Science Club and Sir C.V. Raman Science Club, Government Senior Secondary School Bharta Kalan under the guidance of district science supervisor Baliharh Singh Bains, were taken on an educational tour to Science City, Kapurthala to mark International Science Day on Monday. School principal Khushi Ram and schoolteachers accompanied the students.

Man commits suicide
: Ashok Kumar Syal (47), a resident of Sunam and brother of Vijay Syal PA to Sangrur DC, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Sunam, 13 km from here, on Tuesday. He died at a hospital in Ludhiana. He is survived by wife, two daughters (20 and 16) and a son (12). Sunam DSP Joginder Singh Sandhu said on Wednesday that the police had registered a case against two persons, Sukhwinder Singh from Sunam and Balwinder Singh from Kammomajra Khurd village, under Section 306, IPC, as both persons were allegedly harassing him on account of money matters.

White paper sought: The Protection of Human Rights Dal on Thursday asked the state government to issue a white paper on the incidents of female foeticide occurred in the past 10 years in the state. President of the dal Harmohan Singh Sakrali said the government could expose the persons involved in the female foeticide by disclosing their names and addresses in the “white paper”.

Thieves steal gold ornaments: Thieves stole lakhs of rupees and gold ornaments from the house of cloth merchant Sham Lal at Sunam, 13 km from here, on Wednesday. Sunam in charge Harjinder Singh said Sham and family members had gone to Patiala, while his two sons were at the shop at the time of the incident. The thieves stole about 21 tolas of gold ornaments and cash worth Rs 2 lakh. A case under Sections 454 and 380, IPC, has been registered.

Factory worker killed
: A factory worker, Devinder Singh (20) of Johal Raju Singh village, died on the spot on Thursday while working in Kochhar Sunghp Acrylic Ltd, Gohalwar, 14 km from here. His shirt got entangled in the machine and he got trapped in it. In spite of the best efforts done by the other workers and the factory officials Devinder could not be saved. A case has been registered.



One killed in accident
: A resident of Bhagwaspura village, Derabassi, was killed in a road accident near bus stand on Wednesday night. According to the police, Parmod Kumar, a speedy motorcyclist hit from behind. The motorcyclist Satnam Singh failed to discover the man and knocked him down. The injured was immediately rushed to Derabassi Civil Hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead. A case has been registered.


Tiranga March on Nov 16
: A state-level Tiranga March will be organised by MP Naveen Jindal on the premises of Dronacharya Stadium here on November 16. Thousands of youth are likely to participate in the march and take a pledge to respect the Tiranga. Stating this here, a spokesman for the local Jindal House said they got inspiration from Rahul Gandhi’s philosophy of “Mera Tiranga Mera Dharam”. He appealed to the youth to join hands to fight against terrorism and decisive forces and develop a society where everybody hailed the Tiranga and lived up to the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s vision of “Mera Bharat Mahan”.

4 booked for dowry harassment
: The police has booked Rekha’s husband Manoj, father-in-law Har Lal, mother-in-law Pista Devi and brother-in-law Vinod, all residents of Jarthal Ki Dhani village, on charges of harassment for dowry, causing damage, criminal intimidation and causing hurt. A case has been registered against them on a directive of the court of JMIC Rajesh Garg, who has issued it on a petition earlier filed by Rekha. She had alleged that she was not only subjected to cruelty for dowry but she was also forced to go in for abortion twice by her in-laws. Rekha and her sister Manisha got married to Manoj and Vinod in February 2003.



Dharmani party observer
: Rajesh Dharmani, district Congress president and also Congress MLA from Ghumarwin constituency, has been appointed as a party observer in Assembly elections in Rajasthan on directions of national president Sonia Gandhi. A party notification said here on Wednesday that the party high command had deputed Dharmani as election observer for two Assembly segments of Sangaria and Hanumangarh in Rajasthan and he had been directed to report at his posting at the earliest and present a status report immediately.

Bridge construction: The state government would spend Rs 2.19 crore on construction of the Bhallu-Balyor bridge over the Seer khad. This was stated by BJP MLA Rikhi Ram Kaundal while addressing a public meeting at Bholi Baloh village after laying the foundation stone of Rs 1 lakh mahila mandal bhawan on Thursday, about 70 km from here. The bridge would be completed within a record period of one year so that difficulties of thousands of people of the area are solved at the earliest.

Charas seized
: The police party on Wednesday arrested Man Bahadur, a resident of Nepal, for carrying 3.5 kg of charas near Bhalei Nallah in Churah subdivision. On suspicion the police party intercepted him and recovered charas from his possession. A case under Section 20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act was registered.

Festival ends
: Thousands of pilgrims from all over the state on Thursday visited the Jayanti Mata temple on the last day of the Panch Bishim festival. Fortunately, everything went off peacefully, said the police. The pilgrims from Bengal were seen paying obeisance in the temple who visit the shrine every year in large numbers. The visiting pilgrims were being provided with langer prasad by a philanthropist family from old Kangra during the entire festival.

Two injured
: Two youths sustained serious injuries as their motorbike (A/F) collided head-on with a truck (HP-14-2491) here on Wednesday. The youths were going towards Dharampur, when on a sharp curve they could not notice the truck coming from opposite direction. Local people rushed to their help and provided them with first aid. Both were without helmets. One of the youth was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, while the other was admitted to Zonal Hospital, Solan. A case has been registered.

Jeep impounded
: The Bangana police on Thursday impounded a jeep (HP72-0349) carrying 92 cement bags without permit at Beri on Hatli-Piplu road during checking of vehicles. The bags were marked “not for sale” and “HP government supply”. The police has arrested a hardware shopkeeper at Bangana Ashok Kumar, driver Anil Kumar and Dev Raj of Hatli.



Road projects
: Vohra reviewed various road projects taken up in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions by the Border Roads Organisation through the BEACON, SAMPARK and the HIMANK projects at a high-level meeting held here this morning.

236 in police net
: The Crime Branch arrested 236 persons, including 73 government employees, for their alleged involvement in misappropriation of funds, misusing CST, GST numbers, land grabbing, bogus finance companies and cheating in the past six months in the valley.

All-women tourney: An inter-block tournament for women of district Srinagar was organised on Wednesday after the block-level competition was held over the last one month. Twelve schools (three each from four blocks) participated in the competition.

DD to run sequel to ‘Milay Sur’: Buoyed by the success of “Milay Sur”, a talent hunt and reality show, Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar, is set for another series of the programme, to be telecast from next week on DD Kashmir, every Friday-Saturday at 7.30 pm. The DD in a statement said the second series of the talent show would provide a platform to budding singers and showcase their talent in a big way.



Cultural evening
: To mark the eighth anniversary of Uttarakhand, a cultural evening was organised under the aegis of the State Khadi Gram Udyog at Parade Ground on Thursday. A team from Almora performed a dance drama - ‘Ma Nanda Sunanda Doli’. Another performance by the Sangam Sanskriti Manch called ‘Mela’ was well received. Earlier, the event began with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the director information and secretary culture Suverdhan.

New offer by Tanishq: Jewelry brand Tanishq has announced exciting offers on the occasion of its third anniversary. It entitles Tanishq customers across the country to a 0.5 gm gold coin on every purchase of 15 gm of 22K gold jewelry.


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