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MC councillor passes away:
Councillor Parwinder Kaur, who was seriously injured in a road mishap on May 28 near Loonkaransar, breathed her last at a private hospital in Bikaner, family sources said. Hundreds of mourners including district Congress secretary Dr BK Chawla and chairman of the Municipal Council Pawan Aggarwal visited her residence at ward number 12 of Hanumangarh. As the news shocked the town, work at the Municipal Council was suspended.

Two killed in separate road accidents:
Two persons were killed in separate road mishaps, which occurred in the district today. An unidentified vehicle hit two motorcycle-borne youths on the Bhucho-Tungwali road in the district this morning. In the mishap, Sukhpal Singh, who belonged to Kaile Bandar village and worked as a labourer at a brick kiln, died on the spot while Santosh Kumar sustained injuries. Santosh also worked as a labourer at a brick kiln. In another accident, one Joginder Singh of Pakka Kalan village succumbed to his injuries that he had sustained when he fell down while he was boarding a bus at his village.

Protest rally held: Activists of the Employees Federation, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), in a press release here said they were against the Electricity Bill, 2003, and it should be withdrawn. In this regard, they held a protest rally outside the PSEB regional office here today. They would lodge a protest at the PSEB head office in Patiala on June 15.

Curfew lifted from hypersensitive areas:
Curfew was totally been lifted from the hypersensitive city today. This step has been taken after Dera Sachkhand deputy leader, Sant Rama Nand, was cremated. Vikas Garg, District Magistrate, said the curfew had totally been lifted in division Nos. 4,6,7, Basti Jodhewal and Salem Tabri. These areas were under curfew since May 25.

Celebrations at Kiddies Paradise: The Kiddies Paradise School organised a tree plantation activity in connection with the World Environment Day celebrations here today. Tiny tots participated in the activity with enthusiasm. Randhir Singh, director, highlighted the importance of this day and encouraged students to plant more trees.

Sher Singh rly pensioners assn chief: Sher Singh, a retired chief reservation supervisor of the Northern Railway, has been re-elected chairman of the Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association. Office-bearers are: Patron- NS Grewal; president-Sukhdev Singh; general secretary-Tarvinder Singh; senior vice-president-Janak Raj; chief treasurer-Gian Chand; vice-president-BR Monga; secretary- Sewak Singh; joint secretary-Pritam Singh and auditor-Surjit Singh.

Pbi varsity holds arts workshop:
The three-week workshop in music, dance, art and craft, being organised by the Punjabi University’s Women’s Club for the kids falling in the age group of 4-12 years, got underway at the Gurmat Sangeet Bhawan on the university campus here today. Lady Vice-Chancellor and President of the Women’s Club, Dr Jagjit Kaur, inaugurated the workshop, in which 55 boys and girls have enrolled themselves for training in fabric painting, straw painting, thumb painting, clay modelling, semi-classical dance and vocal and instrumental music.



Kataria, 10 others held; get bail
: Rattan Lal Kataria, senior BJP leader who lost the recent parliamentary elections from Ambala, and 10 other leaders of the BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad were arrested by the Maheshnagar police on Friday in a case registered against them on August 13 last when they blocked the Ambala-Jagadhri road in protest against the Amarnath shrine land row. A resident of Nohni village had died when the three-wheeler in which he was being taken to hospital got stuck in the jam. Kataria and the others were produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Parveen Gupta, who granted them bail after they furnished a personal bond of Rs 20,000 each and a personal security of an equal amount. Later, talking to mediapersons, Kataria said he and his party workers were falsely implicated in the case.



Release of Sayeed flayed
: The Jammu Joint Students’ Federation (JJSF) on Thursday held a demonstration against the release of Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks and chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The protest was held in front of GGM Science College where they burnt an effigy of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zadari and raised slogans against him. JJSF Partap Singh Jamwal also condemned the delay in the execution of Afzal Guru, the main accused of the Parliament attack.

Dental camp: The Health Centre of the University of Jammu on Friday organised a dental camp in which children below five years were examined.About 35 children of Surbhi Lab Nursery School of Home Science Department, University of Jammu, were examined. Dental caries were found in 18 children while gingival (collection of calculus on teeth) was detected in a majority of the children.

Quiz contest: The Chunun Club, north zone, Amballa, organised the 58th inter-house quiz contest at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khudabaksh, on Thursday. Of the 12 students who participated in the contest, Ashima, Mushtaq and Ahisa were selected for the inter-school quiz competition. United Public School, Guru Tej Bhadur Higher Secondary School, ASN United Public School, Sishu Niketan School and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khudabaksh, are participating in the inter-school competition.

Youth run over by train: An unidentified youth was run over by a train at the Channi-Himmat railway crossing here on Friday. According to reports, the youth, aged around 23 years, was run over by Haridwar Express near KM 94 at Channi Himmat railway crossing. Body of the deceased was shifted to Government Medical College here for identification and autopsy.

Attack on Sikhs condemned: Various local Sikh organisations have condemned last night’s attack by members of the majority community on the houses of Sikhs in the Rangreth area of Budgam district in Kashmir. In a statement issued here the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Jammu and Kashmir, said the act of vandalising the houses and a gurdwara had hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community. “Such violence and attack without any substantial reasons are uncalled for and need to be condemned by all right-thinking people. This is an attempt to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the valley, ” the statement read. The All-Kashmiri Displaced Sikh Forum also condemned the attack.

Environment Day observed
: Environmental Day has been observed at the Northern Command Headquarters, Udhampur. An Army spokesperson said various military units had adopted local villages where lectures were delivered to create awareness among locals about preservation of ecology and environment. Activities like preparation of pits for saplings, planting of hedges, disposal pits for biodegradable waste at various colonies and a drive for all military vehicles to undergo emission checks were organised on the occasion. Children of the station also took part in the ‘Green Day’ ecological march.

Workshop on AIDS: A three-day workshop on 'HIV/AIDS: Treatment & Care' was inaugurated at Command Hospital, Northern Command, on Friday. The primary objective of the workshop is to provide an interactive platform for all delegates, on the myriad of issues on HIV/AIDS with respect to the treatment, care, stigma, legal & ethical aspects, with the experts on the field.


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