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Chakar boxers honoured:
Boxers of Chakar village were honoured amid a impressive gathering. Hockey Olympian Gurmail Singh was the chief guest of a function organised by the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar. Boxer Sukhdeep Singh, who won gold medal in the Punjab School Games and a silver medal in the national school games. The winners of three gold, three silver, two bronze, and Punjab university medallists were also honored on the occasion.

Seminar on health and nutrition
: A large number of bodybuilders and gum owners attended the seminar on health and nutrition organised by the Ludhiana Bodybuilding and Fitness Association with the help of Iovate Health Sciences, the US and Double H Nutrition, here today. Hemant Aangrish said the food supplements were imported with the permission of the Food and Drug Authority and these items were approved by the World Health Organisation. He expressed hope that the health food supplement industry would grow at a rapid pace.

Body found: An unidentified body of a middle-aged man was found near Jagraon bridge here last night. The man was reported to have fallen from the bridge. The body has been sent for a post mortem. The police is looking for the relatives of the youth.

Sikh advisory board formed: The Delhi Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DSGPC) announced the formation of an advisory board, the Sikh Salahkar Board, here today. The announcement was made by Paramjit Singh Sarna, president of the DSGPC, here today. Sarna said the decision of forming the advisory board was taken during a meeting with leaders of various Sikh organisations from the country and abroad held in Delhi recently.


PGI wins 54 prizes: The horticulture wing of the PGI won 54 prizes in the All-India Winter Rose Show held at New Delhi. The two-day show was organised by The Rose Society of India on December 20 and 21. The institute won 33 first prizes, 17 second prizes, and 4 third prizes. The institute also won the NN Mohan Challenge Trophy, Tehri Garhwal Challenge Trophy and Gujramal Modi Challenge Trophy. 

NSS camp ends: The 10-day NSS camp concluded at Government Model Senior School, Sector 32-C. Volunteers inculcated the dignity of labour and developed the capacity to meet the emergencies and national disasters during the programme. Cleanliness of school ground and visit to some villages were some of the other activities that took place.

Aman emerges topper in MAT: Aman Gupta has emerged topper by scoring 100 percentile in the Management Aptitute Test, the result of which was declared, here today. Aman scored 800 marks out of 800. He is a computer engineer and took coaching at the Pace Setter Academy, Sector 9. This test is conducted by the All-India Management Association and its score is accepted by more than 350 B-schools across the country. As per an estimate, over 100 students in the city have scored more than 80 percentile in MAT.


1 killed in accident: A person was killed and six others were injured in a road accident near Chandpur village here on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Wazir, a resident of Atayal village here. The incident took place when two tractor-trolleys collided head-on. Wazir allegedly died on the spot while Vijay, Vinod, Ramlal, Kalia, Roop Singh and Daulat Ram received injuries.

Body found: The body of a youth was found from Dulhera minor on the Badli-Bupenia road here on Saturday. The body bore multiple injury marks. Locals informed the police, which fished out the body from the minor.

Cyclist killed: A person was killed when the cycle he was riding on was hit by a truck near Khanouda village on the Kaithal-Kurukshetra road on Saturday. The deceased identified as Parveen Kumar of Bandrana village was employed as a security guard at a mobile tower in Teek village. The incident took place when he was on his way back home. He was hit by a stone-loaded truck, which overturned and he got buried under the truck. The driver and cleaner reportedly absconded from the accident site. The body was extricated with the help of a JCB machine.

Eye check-up camp: As many as 241 persons were examined at an eye check-up camp organised by O.P. Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sanstha in Garhi Nazir village on Saturday. Baba Balbir Singh inaugurated the camp. Dr Rajat Mathur examined the patients. In another camp organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Manav Seva Samiti, a large number of patients suffering from various diseases were given treatment through acupressure and Suzok methods free of cost near Ambedkar Chowk here on Saturday. The camp will continue till December 30.

2 commit suicide
: Darshan Singh (47), a resident of Vishwakarma Colony of Kosli, reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a train near Kosli station here on Saturday. Sources said he took the extreme step out of desperation because of disturbed domestic life. In another incident, Surender Kumar (38), a resident of Shiv Colony of Kosli, reportedly ended his life by jumping before a train near Kosli station on Friday.


Machinery provided: YMAD (Young Make A Difference), a US-based NGO, has provided requisite apparatus and machinery free of cost for the emergency patients for the intensive care ward set up recently in the regional hospital at Chamba. According to Dr Rakesh Verma, medical superintendent of the regional hospital, it was for the first time that a foreign NGO, which was providing yeoman’s service to the poor ailing humanity in the field of health, had identified Chamba district.

One tourist killed: A tourist was killed and three injured in an accident involving Zen coming from Solang Nallah to Manali on Friday evening. DSP Sanjay Sharma said the car went out of control and rolled down into the Beas river, near Nehru Kund, on the Manali-Leh road, about 7 km from Manali. The deceased was identified as Jitender (40), a resident of Kapurthala in Punjab. The injured include Manish Kalia, Suesh Kalia and Amarjeet Singh. They were admitted to the Lady Willington Hospital, Manali.

Funds earmarked: The state government has earmarked a sum of Rs 2,097 crore for educational activities during the current financial year. This was stated by Chief Minister PK Dhumal while speaking at the annual day function held at the Government Boys Senior Secondary School here on Saturday. Dhumal said capital expenditure had been increased by 142 per cent and Rs 197 crore had been spent on infrastructures and buildings.

Cut in bus fares sought: The Congress on Saturday demanded that the state government must reduce the hiked bus fares in view of decrease in the prices of petrol and diesel. In a statement issued here on Saturday, a sitting Congress MLA Subhash Manglet said the Dhumal regime had failed to fulfil its commitment of reducing the fares. He lashed out at the government for making no efforts to give relief to the people by making reduction in VAT.

336 schemes approved: A total of 336 water supply schemes had been approved in the state under the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Scheme (ARWS). This was stated by the principal secretary, IPH, Narinder Chuahan, while presiding over the Swajaldhara project for institutionalisation of community participation in water supply and sanitation sector for 2008-09, here on Saturday. He said these schemes were mainly for areas having population of less than 100 and Rs 14,112.38 lakh would be spent on these under the ARWS.


HuJI commander’s father held: Three persons, including father of a self-styled divisional commander of the Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI), were arrested in Kishtwar district on Saturday, police officials said. Acting on the interrogation report of HuJI self-styled divisional commander Sohial Khan, alias Muzaffar Ahmed, who was arrested in Jammu on December 22, the police arrested his father Gulam Ahmed and two militant supporters - Alamdin and Din Mohmmad from Chatroo area of Kishtwar district.

Militant hideout busted, arms seized: The Army busted a militant hideout and seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition in Rajouri district, official sources said on Saturday. Acting on a tip off, the troops raided Khyon forests in Kalakote in the district and busted the hideout, the sources said. The troops seized 59 AK rounds, two AK magazines, 8 Chinese rounds of pistol, five Chinese grenades, two-and-a-half kg of RDX, one kg gunpowder, two IED sticks and other explosives.

Pakistani intruder killed: The BSF gunned down a Pakistani intruder while trying to sneak into the Indian side late friday night. According to S. Balasubramaniam, Deputy Commandant the BSF, troops deployed on naka 4 of the Chawani border outpost noticed a Pakistani national moving suspiciously near the fence. “Our troops challenged the intruder and when he did not stop the naka party opened fire, killing him on the spot.” he said. The body of the intruder was later handed over to Arnia police station.

Ban on SMS lifted: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has said that it will restore its SMS facility from Sunday. As per the press note, the state government has lifted the restrictions imposed on the SMS facility. In the wake of Amarnath land row, the government has suspended the services in August.

Cop among 2 injured: Two persons, including a head constable of the police were injured in road accidents, official sources said on Saturday. A motorcycle reportedly hit and critically wounded head constable Haifzullah near the Zakoora police station on the outskirts of the town when he was returning from his duty. In another incident, an Ambulance from Anantnag to Bijbehara hit and injured a pedestrian near Khanabal on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

15 houses gutted: As many as 15 houses and other structures were reportedly gutted in a fire in the valley on Friday. The sources said the fire broke out at Gassi Mohalla Safakadal in the downtown city on Friday night. However, before the fire tenders could reach the spot, leaping flames reduced to ashes 15 houses and other structures. However, no one was injured.


Bus falls into gorge, two dead: Two persons died while 13 others were injured after a bus fell into a gorge on Saturday afternoon. The officials of the State Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre disclosed that the bus was going from Haldwani to Babdiya but on its way, the bus fell into a 30-feet-deep gorge at Patta, some 23 km from Padampuri. The injured were rushed to Haldwani Hospital. Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri, while expressing grief, ordered a magisterial probe into the incident and offered compensation to the families of victims.

Soon, CCTVs at Har-ki-Pauri: Uttarakhand DGP Subhash Joshi on Saturday convened a meeting with the top brass of the state police. During the meeting, security preparations for the Maha Kumbh slated for 2010 in Haridwar were reviewed. The DGP instructed the cops to install CCTVs at Har-Ki-Pauri and other Kumbh areas. He also directed the officials to shortlist the personnel for the anti-riot force so that their training could be started soon.

SSP reshuffles five SIs: Dehradun SSP, Amit Kumar Sinha has reshuffled five sub-inspector rank officers. According to the information, SI Bhaskar Lal Shah has been transferred from Dalanwala police station and promoted as senior sub inspector (SSI) Patelnagar police station. In place of SI Vimal Tamta, SI Girish Chandra Sharma has been made incharge of Chakarata police station. SI Vimal Tamta has been posted as SSI in Dalanwala police station. SI Balak Ram has been promoted to SSI Mussoorie and SSI CC Naithani, who is posted at Patelnagar police station, has been demoted as SI at the same police station.

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