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Akali leader booked:
The Amritsar Rural police has booked state vice-president of Youth Akali Dal Gurinderbir Singh for allegedly kidnapping a girl who is a teacher in his school at Gagomahal village falling under the Ajnala assembly constituency. Besides Gurinderbir, who is also Sarpanch of the village, his mother Manjit Kaur and niece Ramneet Kaur were also booked by Ajnala police station under Sections 363, 366 and 120-B, IPC. — TNS

Physically disabled stage protest march
: Scores of physically challenged persons assembled in the Nehru Park and took out a protest march denouncing the state government for delaying the payment of pension to various categories. Led by Rajesh Gupta, president of the Samaj Sudhar Sabha, they submitted a memorandum to the sub-divisional authorities listing their demands, which included enhancing of monthly pension from Rs 250 to Rs 400, waiving off the fee for getting the certificates from the civil hospitals, free medical treatment, unemployment allowance for those who had been registered in the employment offices last year. — OC

Girl tops in song competition : Hardik Batra, Aditi Bansal, Mannat Vij and Purva Chopra won top positions in the action song competition, organised by St. Alphonsa Convent School here. The chief guest Ashok Kumar Khungar gave away the prizes. Principal Jijoe Augustian and vice-principal Rejimol highlighted the activities of the institution. — OC

Students win cricket match: The Homoeopathic Medical College here has won the cricket championship in the North Zone Inter Homeopathic Medical Colleges sports meet named "Spirit-09", organised by Lord Mahavira Homeopathic Medical College yesterday in Ludhiana, principal Dr Rajinder Girdhar informed on Monday. Gurjit Singh Sandhu, having played a splendid knock of 90 runs, was adjudged as the man of the match. — OC

PPCC secretary:
Sanjeev Jindal has been appointed as the secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). Jindal has held positions earlier also in the party having been the block president of Nathana, district general secretary and state general secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress. Jindal thanked his senior party leaders for the trust imposed in him and promised to come up to the expectations of party president Sonia Gandhi. — TNS

Rahul hailed: Ex-organising secretary of the PPYC Kanwal Gupta has lauded the historic comeback of the UPA at Centre and attributed this to the "tireless campaigning" by party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, which he said was visible in the party's performance in Punjab. — TNS

Mohinder Singh (42), a resident of village Tahliwala Bodla was electrocuted while felling a tree. As per details, Mohinder Singh, along with his brother Joginder and a companion Gurmukh Singh, climbed a tree for cutting off its branches. As Mohinder Singh was axing the tree, a branch fell upon live electric wire near it resulting in Mohinder Singh's death. His companion Gurmukh Singh also sustained injuries in the mishap. — OC

Press Club staff hold dharna
: The Press Club, Nabha, held a dharna in front of the city police station here on Sunday due to the inability of the police to take action against a forest guard of Maihs Bir Sanctuary. He had locked Narinder Maan, reporter of Punjabi Daily Rozana Ajit, inside the sanctuary on May 13. The dharna was addressed by Parmjit Sahouli, president, Akali Dal (1920), Youth Congress leader Paramjit Singh Khatra, Amrinder Puri and Hardev Singh. The police called on forest guard Aman who fell unconscious on reaching the police station. He was then taken to a local hospital and later discharged after treatment. Taking a lenient view of his condition, the club had decided to take back its complaint. — OC

MLA’s claim: Randip Singh, Congress MLA, Nabha, claimed that his constituency played a vital role in the victory of Preneet Kaur, Lok Sabha candidate from Patiala. Randip said he was in charge of Rural-II segment of the Patiala constituency from where Preneet had got maximum lead of 45,000 votes. He said earlier Nabha was a part of the Ropar constituency and people of Nabha were less interested in casting vote. But with delimitation, the town has become a part of the Patiala constituency and due to the humble personality of Preneet, people thronged polling stations to vote. — OC



Yoga camp ends: An eight-day free yoga camp concluded here on Monday. It was organised by the Residents Welfare Association of Sector IV, New Shimla, under the guidance of internationally known yoga expert Prof GD Sharma from the Yoga Department of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. Besides expounding the finer nuances of various asanas, he threw light on five dimensions of the holistic yoga, including shatkarma (cleansing), asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), mudras and dhyana (meditation). Special yogic tips were provided to participants to face the challenges of modern lifestyle, which led to diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, obesity, stress, tension and posture-related problems .—TNS

IFS men meet Guvernor: A group of Indian Forest Service (IFS) probationers called on Governor Prabha Rau at Raj Bhawan, here on Monday. Addressing the group, she expressed confidence that after their induction into the service they would serve the country with dedication and sincerity. She said protecting environment, particularly forests, was the top priority. A long-term strategy should be formulated to save the eco-system from further degradation. — TNS

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