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Villagers join Cong
: A large number of residents of Pandori Mehma village led by sarpanch and panchayat members today joined the Congress and extended their support to party contestant O.P. Soni. Senior Congress leader Sukhdev Singh Shehbazpuri was also present on the occasion. — TNS

Firing in court complex:
Two booked: The Civil Lines police today booked about a dozen persons for opening fire on each other outside the court complex. According to the sources in police, groups of Ram Chand and Nachattar Singh of Bathinda on Monday came to appear in court in connection with an old case. While leaving the court, they opened fire and pelted stones at each other. The police rounded up 11 persons on the spot. Later, a case under section 160 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against only two persons by name while the others were freed after terming the accomplice as unidentified. — TNS

Fashion institute holds exhibition
: Guru Harikrishan Industrial Training Center has organised a two-day exhibition on its premises. The exhibition began today. Lakhdev Singh, chairman of the institute, inaugurated the exhibition. Final year students of fashion technology exhibited the articles prepared by them, which included garments, canvas paintings, emboss, clay and pots. — TNS

Ehsaas da Safar’ released: Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, released a book “Ehsaas da Safar”, written by noted Punjabi poet Bhupinder Singh at a function organised by the University’s Directorate of Youth Welfare in collaboration with Sarthak Music World, here, last evening. The function was held under the ongoing ‘Students awareness campaign’ of the directorate. Dr Satish Kumar Verma, Director, Youth Welfare, said cash awards of Rs 21,000, 11,000 and 5,100 would be given to the students cornering first, second and third positions, respectively, in the music competitions which would be held every year.—TNS

‘Jodian Jag Thodia’ staged: The National Theatre Arts Society, Patiala, staged “Jodian Jag Thodian”, adapted in Punjabi and directed by duo Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal at its 94th garden theatre programme at Baradari Gardens, here yesterday. The play, a powerful satire on the global curse of treating woman as a commodity and India’s dowry system, consisting artistes like Gurjit Kaur, Sharanjit Kaur, Lovedeep Kumar and Gourav Goyal, was appreciated by audience. The other items, including songs by Kamaldeep Singh Gill, Rubina, Ravleen Kaur, and dance by Sanjay Sinha, a special child and “Jago Voter Jago”, a one-man humorous presentation by Pran Sabharwal, was also praised by the audience.—TNS

SBoP signs MoU with Hero Honda: State Bank of Patiala has entered into a tie-up arrangement with M/s Hero Honda Motors Ltd for financing purchase of two wheelers of the company. Sources in the bank said under this MoU, the SBoP would finance two wheelers of the company on liberal terms. The bank would specially focus on loans to agriculturists in rural areas which would contribute to the priority sector benchmarks of the bank, he added. — TNS



Yoga meet
Free yoga, martial art and different self-defence workshops will be conducted in various schools and colleges of the tricity by Chandigarh Sixth Sense Associates. The association will also conduct the Chandigarh Open Surya Namaskar Yoga Championship-2009 from May 19 to 20 in Kundan International School, Sector 46-B. — TNS


Pak national nabbed
:The BSF arrested Manzoor Hussain (55) of Charja Beesa in Okara district of Pakistan from the border in the Makwal area of RS Pura on Sunday night.However, nothing incriminating was found from his possession except a water bottle, official sources said. The Pak national had crossed zero line and reached close to the fence, they said.After preliminary questioning by the BSF, he was later handed over to the local police. — TNS

11 hurt in mishap: Eleven persons mostly government employees, including five women, were injured in a road accident at Muradpur, near here, on Monday morning. The injured persons received minor injuries after the over-speeding matador, they were travelling in from Rajouri towards Garati village in the Keeri area, turned turtle at Muradpur, police sources said. They added that most of the injured were discharged after first aid. —TNS

2 KU students win US scholarship
:Two Kashmir University students will visit the USA under the prestigious South-Asian Undergraduate Student Leaders Programme. The selected students are Naveed Iqbal of the English Department and RizwanJaveed Sheikh, a BA LLB student. While Naveed Iqbal will go to the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Rizwan Javeed goes to Green Rive Community College, Seattle, for a youth leadership programme The programme shall be held from June 28 to August 9. — TNS

DGP reviews security :DGP Kuldeep Khoda on Monday reviewed the situation and security arrangements for the Lok Sabha elections in Srinagar, Baramulla and Ladakh. Addressing the meeting, Khoda ordered adequate security at all sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling stations. He also called for close coordination between all security agencies and the civil administration. — TNS



Elephant calf found dead
:The carcass of an elephant was found in Laldhang area of the Landsdowne forest division today. Forest guards came across the dead calf during patrolling on Sunday night. Laldhang falls in one of the important wildlife corridors. — TNS

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