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Workshop for teachers held:
The Kenway College of Education here organised a workshop for the teachers to train them at hands free painting besides other creative works. Rakesh Kumar Sain, creative craft coordinator from Fevicol Ideal for Fine Arts and Crafts, while imparting training exhorted the teaching fraternity to inject dimensions in teaching-aids to make the learning more interesting and useful. Vice-principal Dr Sushila Narang honoured the expert.

Books for jail inmates: The prisoners in the district jail in Sriganganagar will be provided with books regularly. In-charge of the district library, Ram Narayan Sharma along with Poonam Sharma, district information officer Ram Kumar Purohit and Satya Parkash Goyal president of an NGO Pathak Manch visited the district jail to enroll the under trials and prisoners as members. Jailer Mool Chand, while appreciating it hoped that this step would help in bringing the prisoners back to the mainstream. Sharma informed that books in different languages and streams will be exchanged after each fortnight. The NGO has also offered to supply some reputed magazines so that the prisoners can update their knowledge and do not feel completely isolated.

ANANDPUR SAHIB
2 held with charas:
Two residents of Ropar were held on Saturday with 1.5 kg of charas being brought from Kullu. ASI Daljit Singh and his team stopped a Santro car on Patalpuri Chownk in Kiratpur Sahib at 2 am. The occupants of the car were identified as Roshan Lal and Sunder Nath, both of Meera Bai Chownk in Ropar. The police recovered charas from them and booked them.

AMRITSAR
Varsity exam postponed:
Guru Nanak Dev University has postponed its annual theory examinations to be held on May 6 and 7 to May 12 and 17, respectively, due to the Lok Sabha elections in the state. Gurnam Singh, Professor In charge (Examinations) of the varsity, here on Saturday said it was also advised to the students either to contact principals of colleges concerned or superintendents of exam centres for fresh dates.

Drugs seized: The health department team today raided two medical stores situated in Katra Sher Singh in the walled city and seized huge quantity of intoxicants to the tune of Rs 1.5-2 lakh. According to sources, the raiding team seized 49,000 tablets, 19,500 capsules and 100 injections from Mega Enterprises and an unlicensed medical store.

PNB ATM: The Commander, 55 (Independent) Mechanised Brigade, inaugurated an ATM of Punjab National Bank at the main gate of the military station at Beas today. V.M. Upadhyaya, Senior Regional Manager, PNB, said this would immensely benefit all serving and retired personal.

Batala
Body found:
The body of Ladda Mash (35), resident of Bahadurpur, was found by his family near his house here on Saturday. Ladda Mash had gone to his duty at Tanda Umar on Friday morning but did not return home.

Two injured: Two youths Simatjeet Singh and Aman of Naushehra Majha Singh were seriously injured when an Indica car hit their motorcycle from behind on Friday night. The accident happened near Udhowal village They have been admitted to a private nursing home.

Bathinda
GSP nominates Jaura
:The General Samaj Party, which has emerged in Bathinda, has announced Lachman Singh Jaura as its candidate for the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat. In a one page long 12 point election manifesto, leaders of the party termed it as the the voice of the poor and promised to fight for their rights.

PNB to hold blood donation camp on Monday:The Punjab National Bank (PNB) would hold a blood donation camp on Monday, being its foundation day. The camp would be held in collaboration with the Goodwill Society, Bathinda. It would be held at Lala Jgan Nath Jain Goodwill Public School, Paras Ram Nagar, at 8:30 am.

Bathinda:The Eastwood International School celebrated Baisakhi and Easter festivals. A special assembly was organised and cultural programme symbolising ripening of wheat. Beena Rao, dean of the school, joined the students in giddha performed by the senior girls.

Mansa
Ex-Dy Speaker quits SAD:
Former Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and SAD leader Jaswant Singh today quit the party in protest against the policies of the SAD. Addressing the media, he said he had been serving the party from the time of Sant Baba Fateh Singh till the present time of Sukhbir Singh Badal. But he did not receive due respect that he deserved. As a result, he quitted the party. He was Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha from 1986 to 1989 and he also served as Bathinda district president of the party for 18 years. During the 1997 Assembly poll, he was denied the party ticket and from then he was feeling ignored.

Ludhiana
BRS Nagar  residents  without water:
Residents of the E-block in BRS Nagar are a peeved lot, as there has been no water supply to the entire locality since Thursday. Talking to The Tribune, BS Chana, a resident, complained: “A team of the municipal corporation visited the locality yesterday. However, there has been no result on the ground. Only a few ground floor houses received a trickle. Rest remained without water. We were promised results yesterday itself.”

‘Reject nomination of tainted leaders’:The Kidwai Nagar Welfare Society has urged the Election Commission not to accept nomination of tainted candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. In a press release, society’s general secretary RR Katyal said the parliamentary system had completely changed in India since 1952. He suggesting the commission to make some amendments like allowing only politicians with educational qualifications to contest.

Villager saves monitor lizard:An animal lover of Ballowal village saved a monitor lizard being hunted for its meat by some nomads in the village here today. Raghbir Singh discovered the trap outside the lizard’s hole. When he reached near it he saw nomads trapping the lizard. After he raised an alarm they left it there and fled from the spot. He informed wildlife officials and an animal rights activist, Dr Sandeep Jain. However, no action could be taken against the nomads.

Ludhiana candidate: Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) acting president Avtar Singh Mullanpuri today announced Master Girdhari Lal as Lok Sabha candidate for the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency. Girdhari Lal is a former teacher and banker. He is contesting for the first time. Mullanpuri, who was earlier announced party candidate from Ludhiana, said he had to withdraw since he had to campaign for party supremo Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, who was contesting from Sangrur this time.

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CHANDIGARH

Meeting: A meeting of local unit of the Trinamool Congress was held under the chairmanship of Shambhu Banerjee, president of the unit, here on Saturday. The state executives of the medical cell, women cell, minority cell and education cell of the party were formed.

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HARYANA

BHIWANI
Exam fee refunded
: The Haryana Board of School Education has refunded the examination fee to the students whose results were declared as re-appear in the examination held in September. Secretary of the board A Sriniwas said the schools concerned had sent the examination fee through HDFC Bank to the board office. The examination fee of as many as 2,352 schools out of a total of 2,450 such schools had been refunded whereas banks were being enquired due to non-matching of bank statements with the deposited examination fee of 67 schools.

KARNAL
Widow gangraped
: A 28-old-year widow was allegedly gangraped by three persons in Dirdindari village on Friday. The father of the victim, in his complaint, alleged that his daughter had gone to Mohinder, a resident of Saag village, working as a servant in the fields in Dirdindari village, for bringing milk. However, when she reached the village, Mohinder and two other persons, Bali and Balwant, raped her in the fields. A case under Section 376 of the IPC has been registered.

KURUKSHETRA
Man gets 7-year jail
: Dr Neelima Shangla, Additional Sessions Judge, Kurukshetra, in a judgment announced here on Saturday, sentenced Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Mirzapur village near here, to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 under Section 307 of the IPC and 25 of the Arms Act for firing at Tejvir, who received injury on his arms. Ramesh fired at Tejvir with an intention to kill him on June 11, 2006 over a hot argument, as Tejvir was elected as member panchayat of Mirzapur village.

REWARI
Body found
: A body of one Hanuman Singh (35), a resident of Dausa district of Rajasthan was found in Khandora village, near Bawal, on Friday. The body bore head injuries. Police sources said Hanuman Singh was a driver in Jaipur. Some persons, who reportedly hired his pickup from Jaipur on Thursday, apparently brought it to the Khandora area where he was done to death after which the miscreants decamped with the pickup, his mobile phone and other important documents are missing. The police has launched a drive to trace and apprehend the culprits.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
SSP’s death condoled
: DGP CID Dr Ashok Bhan on Saturday expressed shock and grief over untimely death of SSP Showkat Hussain Kanth, who was presently posted in the CID Headquarters. Two minutes silence was observed at the CID Headquarters. IGP CID Farooq Ahmed, IGP Home Guards and Civil Defence Dilbagh Singh, DIG CID AG Mir, SSP CID SB JL Sharma, SSP CID Nisar Ahmed and SP CID Counter Intelligence Romesh Jalla were also present there.

Bootlegger arrested: The police seized 13 pouches of illicit liquor from a bootlegger at Arnia area on Saturday. Reports said 13 pouches of illicit liquor were seized from the possession of Vipan Kumar of Sheikhpura in Arnia. A case has been registered.

Vaishno Devi jagran: Mandir Maa Vaishno Devi will organise the 15th annual jagran and bhandara of Goddess Vaishno Devi at its premises in Vikas Lane, Gole Pulli on Sunday. Special prayer and hawan followed by bhandara would also be organised.

Birth anniversary: The Mahajan Sabha, Jammu, will observe the 119th birth anniversary of Justice Mehar Chand Mahajan, the first Prime Minister of the state at Garden Estate, Trikuta Nagar, tomorrow. According to the statement issued here today, Mahajan Parivar Milan would be organised by the sabha and cultural programme also be presented on the occasion.

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