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Amritsar
Akhand path for Dera chief’s health:
Bhog of akhand path for the speedy recovery of Sant Niranjan Dass, head of Dera Sach Khand Ballan (Jalandhar), who was injured in a shooting incident at a gurdwara in Vienna, was performed here today. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had arranged bhog for the recovery of Sant Niranjan Dass and for peace and harmony in Punjab.

BATHINDA
Tips for PMT candidates on All India Radio today:
The Bathinda station of All India Radio would on Saturday broadcast an hour-long special live programme to give tips to those students who are appearing in the Punjab pre-medical entrance test (PMT). According to Rajeev Arora, programme executive, the programme is scheduled to be broadcast from 7 pm to 8 pm. A panel of experts would give tips to medical aspirants regarding the strategy to be adopted to perform better in the entrance test. Those having any queries can call the experts during the broadcast on phone number (0164) 2240331. The programme would be broadcast on the FM band.

Counselling held: The Bulls Eye organised an interactive-cum-couselling session for MET-2009 aspirants with its ex-student Boota Singh, who had topped the test in 2008. The session was largely attended and the students found it beneficial. The Bulls Eye has been providing coaching to the MET aspirants for the past four years in Bathinda.

Chandigarh
Summer vacation declared:
The state government on Friday declared the summer vacation from May 30 to July 7 (39 days) in all government-aided schools. Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the School Education Department said this decision had been taken after due considerations of various suggestions submitted by the teachers’ union to the department. The department has merged the autumn vacation to be held from September 8 to 14 (seven days) into the summer vacation. He also said the duration of winter vacations had not been altered and these vacations would be continued as earlier from December 25 to 31.

Hanumangarh
One killed in mishap:
One person was killed and five others were seriously injured as two jeeps collided on Sriganganagar-Hanumangarh road and one of them subsequently collided with a tractor-trolley. Driver of one of the vehicles Uggarsein from village Ummewala died on the spot. The injured were rushed to the district hospital.

Mansa
Priest commits suicide:
A priest committed suicide on Friday allegedly after consuming poison in Mansa. According to police sources, Narinder Kumar (25), son of Dhani Ram, a resident of village Khuri district, Bharatpur (Rajasthan), was living in Mansa and serving as priest in a temple. He got married at Boha in Mansa district two years back. Manesh Kumar, brother of the deceased, informed that Narinder was upset for some time. Police has registered a case.

Moga
Youth consumes poison:
A 22-year-old youth committed suicide by consuming poison due to failure in love at village Kokri in Moga district, late last night. Amritpal Singh, son of Amar Singh, was in love with a girl of nearby Galib Kalan village. For the past two weeks, his parents did not allow him to go out of the home and strictly warned him not to meet the girl. On Thursday evening, Amritpal allegedly consumed some poisonous substance. He was rushed to a private hospital in Ludhiana district where he died. A case has been registered.

NABHA
Free heart checkup camp:
Dr TP Singh, DM, cardiologist from Prime Heart and Vascular Institute, Mohali, is organising a free heart checkup camp at Sahni Hospital, Nabha, on June 4. Dr TP Singh said the free fasting complete lipid profile, blood sugar test and ECG would be done at the camp and blood samples for the tests would be taken from June 1-2 and free consultation with the results of the tests would be given on June 4 by him.

Nabha school excels: Students of Dayanand Public School, Pandusar, Nabha, have brought glory in the class X results of the CBSE. Navnoor Kaur stood first by getting 95 per cent, Chandan Shahi second with 94.8 per cent and Deepakshi Aswal third with 94.6 per cent. Principal Kusum Kaushal and president of the school Om Parkash Jindal congratulated the students, parents and faculty members.

Sangrur
Anti-Tobacco Day:
The district health authorities on Friday organised Anti-Tobacco Day at Government Raj Senior Secondary School here. About 300 students took part in the programme, which was presided over by civil surgeon Dalip Kumar. District health officer Ramesh Bansal, while explaining the ill effects of tobacco products to students, appealed to them to keep themselves away from such things.

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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Service commission:
The Haryana government has given additional functions to the Haryana Public Service Commission to recruit persons for posts carrying a pay band of Rs 9,300-34,800 plus Rs 5,400 grade pay or above under a local authority or under a body corporate. An official spokesman said the Haryana Public Service Commission (Additional Functions) Amendment Ordinance, 2009, had been promulgated by the state government for this purpose. The recruitment would be made in accordance with the ordinance.

FATEHABAD
Vocational courses:
The State Bank of Patiala has started vocational courses for the unemployed youth of the district under its State Bank of Patiala Rural Self-Employment Training Institute. Local branch manager Harish Khurana said students of the institute would be provided loans to start their own ventures. The training would be free of cost and the first batch would start from June 1. He said training in motor winding, pump repairing, repair of two-wheeler, photography, beauty techniques, repair of air conditioners, TVs and mobiles was provided in the institute.

REWARI
Farmer duped of Rs 9 lakh:
Ashok Kumar Yadav, a farmer from Padayyawas village here, was reportedly duped of Rs 9 lakh by a group of alleged cheats in a land transaction here recently. The police has registered a case against seven persons - landowners Pawan Yadav and his brother Prahlad Yadav, property dealer Umesh Kumar, Yogender Yadav, Mahesh Yadav and two others. The police said Yogender and Mahesh had already been arrested. When Ashok Yadav approached Umesh Kumar for land purchase, he got an agreement executed for a piece of land owned by Pawan and Prahlad in Dhani Kolana village. Consequently, Ashok paid Rs 9 lakh on April 10, 2009. However, when he failed to get the registry of the above land in the tehsil office here, he filed a complaint.

ROHTAK
HJC meeting:
The Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) has organised a meeting of its district unit here on May 31 to review the results of the parliamentary elections held recently. According to a press release issued here on Tuesday by the defeated HJC candidate from the Rohtak LS constituency, Krishan Murti Hooda, a special meeting of the party would be held on Sunday to discuss the election results and to chalk out the strategy for the next state Assembly elections due to be held in February next.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Students’ strike:
The Students Scholars Joint Action Committee’s (SSJAC) strike on Thursday entered seventh day. Student activists of the SSJAC burnt the effigy of the Registrar of the University of Jammu. The university students extended their support to the SSJAC and boycotted their classes. While addressing the gathering, Varinder Singh Chib, leader of the committee, warned the university administration that if their demands were not met out soon, then the administration should be ready to face the dire consequences.

Sect leader’s death mourned: The Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Jammu, on Thursday organised a meeting of prominent persons of the city to pay homage to the departed soul of Swami Ramanand Dass, who was murdered during a shootout in Vienna. Speakers strongly condemned the killing of the sect leader and said religious differences could not be sort out through bullets. They appealed to people, particularly the followers of Ramanand Dass, to maintain peace and not to tarnish the social fabric and harmony.

Rajouri
IED recovered, defused:
The police averted a major tragedy by detecting and defusing an IED in Rajouri district on Thursday, police sources said. Police sources said a police party recovered an IED, weighing 5 kg, in a plastic bucket from near Panchayat Ghar in the Kewal area, Buddhal, here on Thursday. Later, the police defused the IED.

Udhampur
Sports meet:
The inter-zonal sports tournament of Udhampur district started on Thursday at Government Higher Secondary School, Jaganoo. District Development Commissioner (DDC) Ajay Khajuria declared the tournament open in which 430 students from all 11 zones of the district are participating. In the tournament, competitions like kho kho, kabaddi, volleyball and wrestling would be held. In the inaugural match Tikri zone defeated Jib zone in kho kho.

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