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Tech fest on April 24
: The Abohar Polytechnic College located on the Seetogunno road here will be hosting the third state-level Tech fest on April 24. Chairman Sanjeev Midha and principal Iqbal Singh Romana said today students from different polytechnic colleges will exhibit their projects in computer, mechanical, ECE, civil, electrical and automobile streams besides presenting cultural programme. Naresh Nagpal, additional director, department of technical education, will be the chief guest.

Smack seized
: The authorities of Amritsar Central jail have seized 37 g of smack from Gurwant Singh who is facing life imprisonment in a murder case. The police registered a case under relevant sections of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic substances act.

Water concerns
: The non-installation of water taps at the public posts on the water supply pipelines in Hoshiarpur and its surrounding villages has been causing wastage of potable water for which activists of the Pooran Swarajya Sankalp Society (PSSS) showed their deep concern at a meeting held here. Society founder Sanjeev Talwar said the society had identified 84 public water distribution sources in 24 wards of Hoshiarpur and 20 villages around it where potable water was being wasted due to non-installation of water taps.

Two killed in mishap
: Two youths in their twenties were killed on the spot as their scooter collided with a private bus at Jandhusingha on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road. According to police sources, the deceased, identified as Ved Prakash and Mathew, were going to their residence near the Air Force station in Adampur when their scooter collided with a bus of the Doaba Transport Company which was on its way to Jalandhar from Hoshiarpur. The bus driver managed to flee. A case has been registered.

Wheat crop gutted
: Wheat crops standing on nearly 17 acres of land were gutted today at village Ramdittewala near Mansa. Accroding to information, the crop of Jagroop Singh, Mela Singh, Jagga Singh, Davinder Singh and Mukand Singh was burnt. The reason for the fire could not be ascertained. Farmers demanded compensation for loss.

Man run over by train: An unidentified person was killed when he was run over by a train near railway gate number 206 on Friday morning. According to railway police, the deceased aged about 35 years was wearing grey coloured cloths and was clean shaven. Railway police said that the body has been kept at the Civil Hospital, Mansa, for 72 hours for the identification purpose.



IMA condemns attack
: The Indian Medical Association state branch strongly condemned the brutal attack and arson at Suraya Hospital, Hisar. Dr Vinod Tayal, state president, IMA, Haryana state, demanded immediate arrest of culprits and registration of the criminal case. Dr VN Sood, state secretary, IMA, Haryana state, said all members of the IMA would bear black badges from Saturday and if the action was not taken within the reasonable time we would be compelled to take direct action.

World Heritage Day
: The Rewari chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has again urged the chief secretary of Haryana to expedite the framing of the Heritage Conservation Act to safeguard the fast-dwindling Heritages in the state. The demand was raised at its meeting held to commemorate the World Heritage Day here on Saturday.

Phones out of order
: Hundreds of telephones have been lying “dead” after damage to telephone cables during the construction of railway over bridge here. Officials of the BSNL have been busy in repairing the cables but it may take them a few days before all telephones were set in order. According to reports, four telephone cables of 1,200 connections each have been damaged rendering these telephones out of order, either completely or partially.

Body found
: The body of Tez Singh, a resident of Kilorad village, was found lying in a room in the fields of one Ram Phal of Murthal village on Saturday. The body was sent to civil hospital for postmortem and on the complaint of victim’s brother Hoshiar Singh a case had been registered. Hoshiar said on April 15, Tez had gone to Murthal village to meet Ram. But he did not return home. In another incident, Amar Singh, a resident of Uttrakhand, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a fan on Friday.



Power shutdown
: In order to carry out maintenance works and replace worn out droppers and jumpers of 131.5 KV grid station at Bari-Brahmana (BB-I), the power supply to Gangyal, Vijaypur, Jakh, Kartholi, industrial area at Bari-Brahmana, being fed from BB-1 station, and adjoining areas will remain suspended on Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm. The PHE, MES installations and other essential loads will be affected during the period. According to chief engineer, M&RE wing, Ajay Gupta the shutdown is subject to fair weather conditions.

35 cell phones stolen: Some unidentified burglars stole 35 cell phones from a shop in the Talab Khatikan area on Friday. Official sources said Neeraj, owner of the shop, came to know about the incident on Saturday morning when he found the locks of his shop broken. The police has registered a case at the Pir Mitha police station.

Omar leaves for Umrah: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday left for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. He would return to the state on April 21.

2-day exhibition inaugurated: First Lady Usha Vohra inaugurated a two-day annual exhibition - Tatva - of the JD Institute of Fashion Technology, here today. At the exhibition, which is open to all, creations of students of the institute in interior decoration, fashion, jewelry and textile designing are on display and sale. She evinced keen interest in the designs on display and appreciated the creativity of the students. She also interacted with staff and students of the institute.

AIDS awareness workshop: The State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (SPACS) in collaboration with the State Institute of Education, Directorate of School Education, Jammu, launched an adolescent education programme for AIDS awareness here on Saturday. A four-day training workshop for teachers, students of government schools of the Jammu province was inaugurated by SPACS project director Dr MA Wani.


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