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Mobile thieves arrested:
Two boys from Dharam Nagari, who were arrested by the police for allegedly lifting mobile phone sets from the retail counters in different parts of the town, were remanded in police custody for two days by the local court, sources said. Sources in the city police claimed that Krishan Kumar and Raj Kumar Raju were arrested under section 379 and 411 of the IPC on recovery of five mobile phones that they had stolen while posing as prospective customers from different shops recently. Both were already facing trial for allegedly stealing 23 mobile phones and carrying illegal weapons and were released on bail.

Bilga’s death mourned:
The Comrade Ram Singh Ghala Mala Memorial Committee expressed its condolences on the death of Gadari Baba Bhagat Singh Bilga. Members of the committee held a meeting to pay tribute to the departed soul. Karamjit Singh KP of the committee said Baba Bilga and Comrade Ram Singh had shared a close relation.

Talk delivered:
On the birth anniversary of Brahma Kumari Kamlesh Didi, a talk was held here on Sunday where Roop Singh, MD, Internal Medicine, told the gathering about the lifestyle for a healthy life. A medical camp was also organised.

DAV girl tops Panjab  University:
Kavita Gupta of DAV College for Women has stood first in the Punjab University BA-II examination by securing 1350 per cent marks out of 1600 marks. Pushpinder Walia, principal of the college said that Kavita had topped in BA Part I examination as well. Walia congratulated Kavita and her parents on this extraordinary performance. She also lauded the efforts of the staff members and asked them to keep up their efforts in providing quality education to the girls.

Drinking water:
As the north-west Rajasthan is reeling under hot wave conditions with mercury jumping over 45 degrees Celsius in some regions, the Youth Welfare Brigade (YWB) has erected 200 huts (pyaoos) at different places in Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh districts to make cold drinking water available to the visitors, informed Lakhjit Singh, in-charge of the  organisation.

IMS certification:
The Rail Coach Factory has acquired the IMS (integrated management system) certification recommended by a team of lead auditors headed by Ashok Kakkar from DNV on Thursday. The IMS is an integrated certification encompassing IS0:9001:2008 for quality management, ISO-14001 for environment management and OHSAS: 18001 for occupational health and safety assessment series.

Possession of govt land prevented:
Deputy Commissioner of Mansa Kumar Rahul has directed all BDPOs and SHOs and revenue officers to keep a check on the illegal possession of government land. He further informed that all the encroachments and possessions have been demolished from the panchayati land of 26 villages. Legal action would be initiated against those who would try to get forcible possession of the government land, the  DC added.

Six-day medical camp:
The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, will organise a free medical check-up camp from June 8 to 13 to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev. Three days’ medicines would be provided free of cost to the needy, said trust president Amarjit Singh.

Giddha-bhangra gold cup: The giddha team of RK Arya College has won the “giddha-bhangra gold cup” organised by TV channel MH1. As many as 50 teams from different districts participated in this reality show being telecast on the TV channel for the past few months. Earlier,  the team has won the first position at university  youth festivals.

Class XII topper: Piyush Kapoor, a student of Guru Nanak Mission Public School, Dhahan Kaleran, has bagged the first position in the district by securing 91.8 per cent marks in the Class XII (Non-medical) examination conducted by the CBSE. Besides, six students of the school, run by the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, have scored more than 80 per cent marks, said trust president Amarjit Singh.

2 killed in road mishap:
Two persons, including a woman, were killed while one person sustained serious injuries when their car and a truck collided head-on near Tur Banjara village, near Dirba, today. Dirba SHO Bakhshish Singh said today that Kulwant Kaur (40) of Bilga village in Ludhiana district and Harish Kumar, driver of the car, had been killed in the mishap, while Kulwant’s son Taranjit Singh sustained serious injuries.



Rs 15,000 looted at gunpoint:
Four miscreants reportedly looted Rs 15,000, two cell phones and a gold chain at gunpoint from a motorcycle-borne youth in Bahadurgarh town on Saturday night. The victim has lodged a complaint in this regard. Sunny, who was on the way back to his house, was waylaid by four armed miscreants near Mahabir Temple in the main market of the town and looted the cash at the gunpoint.

Protest against power shortage:
Hundreds of farmers from Asakhera, Bharukhera and Jandwala Bishnoian staged a dharna in front of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam office against the functioning of the power utility on Friday. Farmers, led by Pahlad Singh Bharukhera, district president of the Kisan Sabha, alleged that their villages had not been receiving sufficient power to run the water supply. They alleged that they had apprised the authorities of the problems faced by them but to no avail. They maintained that their dharna would continue till the power supply was streamlined.



Class XI toppers:
Vishwa Mohan Sharma, a student of Government Boys’ Senior Secondary School here, has stood first in the state in class XI examination conducted by the HP School Education Board. He got 487 marks out of total 500. Anupam Sharma of Minerva Public School, Ghumarwin, got the sixth position in state, while Shiven, also from Minerva Public School, Ghumarwin, got 10th position in the examination.

Child drowned: Sunanda, two and a half years old daughter of Vivekanand and Sonia of Fagog village is reported to have suddenly fallen into a small underground water tank in the courtyard of her mother’s parents at Gewhadwin village and drowned yesterday afternoon. Sunanda fell into the water tank while playing when nobody was around.

CM’s help sought:
The district unit of the Private Medical Practitioners’ Association has urged Chief Minister PK Dhumal save them from alleged harassment at the hands of certain authorities. A press note of the association said certain persons in authority were harassing them unnecessarily despite the fact that they had been serving the poor in tough areas. They have requested Dhumal to look into the matter.

Exhibition: To commemorate 50 years of Tibetans in exile, a three-day exhibition on contemporary Tibetan history and cultural heritage was organised by the Tibetan Welfare Department at Gandhi Chowk in Dalhousie town. Students of local Central School for Tibetans presented cultural programmes on the occasion. Director-cum-principal of Dalhousie Public School GS Dhillon, who is also the president of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society, also visited the exhibition.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kangra unit of the Himachal Pradesh Pensioners Welfare Association: president - PR Agnihotri; general secretary - HC Gulari; and financial secretary - Satish Gupta.

Missing man traced: Bidhi Chand (60), a resident of Bahari Mohalla who had been missing since May 14, was found in the vicinity of the town. He was traced by members of his family, said SDPO, Kangra, OP Jamwal. A report about Bidhi Chand’s going missing was lodged with the police by his wife Neeru Devi, he added.

Ban on trucks carrying pilgrims sought:
President of the state Sanatan Dharam Math Mandir Surksha Samiti Swami Virendranand Giri has urged the state government to impose a ban on carrying of pilgrims on tractor-trailers and in open trucks. In a statement here, Giri said these unauthorised vehicles had increased the risk of road mishaps in the state.



Body found:
The body of Ankush Sangra (24), a resident of Kootah, was found in a forest near Dhamyal village. A case has been registered in Hiranagar police station in this connection. After legal formalities the body was handed over to his family. 

School opened:BJP legislator from Nagrota Jugal Kishore Sharma inaugurated the recently upgraded middle school in Shibba village of Dansal block in Nagrota. In the absence of upgradation of Government Primary School, which started in 1954, residents of the area were not in a position to get education after class 5.

BSF jawan’s body found:Mystery shrouds the death of a BSF jawan, Jasbir Singh (40), a resident of Jodhpur, who was posted at the BSF camp Paloura. The body was brought to the Government Medical College by BSF staff. Senior BSF officials, however, declined to comment on the issue.

14-member team to visit Pak soon:A team of 14 members will soon visit Islamabad to augment cross-border trade between the two countries. Ram Sahai, president of the Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Jammu, who would be a part of the delegation, said: “Despite odds the export figures up to May 13 have touched Rs 3.95 lakh and the import figures Rs 6.56 lakh.” “Initially both governments had approved 21 items only for the cross-LoC trade, but after thorough discussions we demanded more items to be included in the list,” Sahai said.

Manmohan’s second tenure as PM feted:Various local Sikh organisations today celebrated the second successive tenure of Dr. Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister. An akhand path was held at the local Digiana gurdwara to celebrate the second tenure of Manmohan Singh as the PM. Congress legislator Raman Bhalla also participated in the celebrations and thanked the Sikh community for supporting the Congress in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections A large number of Sikhs participated in the celebrations as they distributed sweets.

Man electrocuted:
Javeed Ahmad Pir (30)of Khaipora village was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live wire in Kupwara district, the police said today. Javeed Ahmad Pir of Khaipora village was cutting branches of a tree when he came in contact with a live wire at Krumboora-Handwara village, 80 km from here, last evening, the police added.

5 structures gutted:Two shops, three stores and a Maruti car were damaged in a fire at Trikanjan market in the Uri area of Baramulla district yesterday . The police said the fire was caused due to a short-circuit. According to a defence spokesman, one of the battalions of the Pir Panjal Brigade reached the site within 25 minutes and controlled the fire. 

36 hurt  in road mishap:
At least 36 passengers were injured when their bus fell into a deep gorge near Salal Morh, about 15 km from Reasi town. The accident took place at 9.30 this morning. One of the severely injured passengers has been shifted to the Government Medical College hospital, Jammu, as his condition was deteriorating. According to reports, the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp curve near Salal Morh. The bus was on its way to Mahore from Reasi. Six of them were reportedly in a critical condition.



Auto-driver arrested: The police has arrested an autorickshaw driver after he misbehaved with a traffic policeman at Prince Chowk here on Saturday. The driver, Salim, allegedly stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road leading to traffic jam. Traffic policeman Asha Lal asked him to start his vehicle but to no avail. Asha Lal then issued a challan to Salim. Perturbed over this, the driver got furious and manhandled Asha Lal.


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