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Shivani, Ishant best campers:
The chief guests lauded the spirit behind the three-day Youth Leadership Camp for the students of the Brahmrishi Mission School here. Shivani Reliya and Ishant were adjudged best campers. Winners in different competitions were: Kamaljeet, Shagun, Nandita, Sushant, Anita, Kunwer, Komal, Kamaldeep, Keshav, Dishant, Geetanjali, Ganga, Shelja and Prabhleen. The programmes were conducted by noted writer Tirlok Singh Dhillon, Ankita, Monika and Aarti.

B Tech entrance test  on June 26
: The Department of Applied Chemical Sciences and Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, will conduct the all-India entrance test for admission to the four-year BTech (Sugar & Alcohol Technology) course on June 26 here. The last date for the receipt of the application forms is June 19.

Police pensioners: The district unit of the Punjab Police Pensioners Welfare Association has unanimously re-elected retired IPS officer Sukhdev Singh Chhina as its Chairman for the next two years. The association has its members from constable to superintendent of police.

Tanya BhatiaBathinda girl cracks AIEEE:
Local girl Tanya Bhatia has cleared the AIEEE and is ranked 140th in the state. She did her class XII from the St Xavier’s scoring 95 per cent in Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Regular and planned study besides teachers’ guidance and parents’ continuous support had been the reasons for her success, she said. “My teachers at the Toppers’ Zone, from where I took coaching, had more faith in me than what I had,” she said. Tanya said she used to spend at least 10 hours a day on studies. For her juniors, she suggests that sincere planning plays an important role in cracking the competitive exams. She believes that quality is better than quantity. She has already cleared the IIT exam. For now, she wants to do B. Tech from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan. She also has plans of doing a course in computer science from a reputed institute. Besides, she says, she wants to try her hand at the civil services exam.

Pickpckets take away cash: A glass of Chabeel water proved costly to one Manjeet Singh of Manawala village as pickpockets took away his wallet on the Bathinda Gonaia road on Sunday. As per the details available, Manjeet was enjoying the offered glass of sweet water when a pick-pocket went away with his wallet, which reportedly had Rs 10,000 in cash. The victim said he was carrying the money to purchase a second-hand motorcycle from the two-wheeler bazaar organised on Bathinda-Goniana road every Sunday. Later, the matter was reported to the Civil Lines police, which rounded up a young child of adjoining slum area for interrogation.

Cartridges in well
: Two live cartridges of SLR gun were found here on Friday evening when cleaning the water well at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Hazipur, was on. Former panchayat member Onkar Singh handed over the cartridges to the Hazipur police.

Tantrik kills stepdaughter: A tantrik on Friday allegedly killed his stepdaughter for the improvement of his tantrik powers. Tantrik Mohd Nadeem of Basti Nawab Ganj near Sunami Gate here allegedly came to know that his powers would increase if he immolates his daughter. He caught his stepdaughter five-year-old Shalu and murdered her by repeatedly dashing her against the ground.

Retired staff for pay panel benefits:
The Mansa Retired Employees Welfare Association on Saturday held a meeting and decided to get registered newly retired employees. For this purpose, a committee has been formed under the leadership of Savinder Singh Sidhu. This committee would registered all retired employees and give them information about the achievements of the association. The retired employees have decided to build a pressure on the government to get benefits from the Fifth Pay Commission.

Medical camp
: The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, would organise a free medical check-up camp to mark the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev from June 8 to 13. Trust president Amarjit Singh Kaler said a team of doctors from the hospital run by the trust would examine patients. Free medicines would be given to the needy OPD patients and concessions to the needy indoor patients.

Foundation stone laid: Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal laid the foundation stone of a Rs 20-lakh project to augment irrigation facilities in the Chhatwal area of Pathankot subdivision, 16 km from here, on Sunday. He said the conjugation of rivulet expected from the Chakki river would facilitate the farming community to irrigate more than 200 acres of cultivable land.


Contractor looted: Some persons reportedly robbed a contractor’s car on Thursday night. Sources said the incident took place when the contractor identified as Sombir was returning to Dighal village in his car from Bhiwani. The robbers forcibly took his car and other valuables and decamped with the booty. The contractor has lodged a report with the police.

Clarification on pensions: The Haryana government has clarified that in case of those pensioners who are receiving both civil and military pensions, the floor ceiling of Rs 3,500 will not apply to the two pensions taken together and the individual pension will be governed by the respective pension rules. Accordingly, the floor ceiling of Rs 3,500 will apply individually to the civil and military pensions. A letter to this effect has been issued by the Finance Department.

Move opposed: The Haryana Unemployed Teachers Union has opposed the proposed move of the state government to enhance the retirement age of government employees. Dalip Bishnoi, state general secretary of the union, said on Thursday that the government’s proposed move would shatter the dream of lakhs of unemployed youth. He said their union would oppose the proposed move of the government and claimed that the opposition of lakhs of unemployed youth would “cost the present government dear”.

Woman commits suicide: A 26-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Sector 4 here on Saturday. The deceased identified as Ishu is from Hoshiarpur, Punjab, and had shifted here a few years ago to work here. She was working as an engineer in an IT company. According to police officials, Ishu was unmarried and under depression from sometime.

Fire in factory: A fire broke out in a packaging factory here on Sunday. Short-circuit is said to be behind the incident. According to eyewitness, security guards tried to control the fire before the fire brigade reached the spot, but it went out of control. The fire was brought under control after about four hours. Ten firefighting engines were used in the operation. The firm, Salasar Packaging Pvt Ltd, is situated in Saraswati Enclave in Sector 10 here. No loss of life was reported in the incident.

Record power supply: The Haryana power distribution utilities supplied a record 916 lakh units of power in the state on Thursday as compared to 770 lakh units supplied on the corresponding day last year. The figure is the highest for total supply on a single day this year so far. A spokesman of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam said here on Friday that in the area of the nigam, power was supplied for 22 to 23 hours to domestic consumers in urban areas. Industrial consumers were supplied power for 20 to 22 hours. The power utilities have arranged for additional 482 MW of power from Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir through purchase and banking systems for June.

Steps to check spread of diseases: The district administration has stepped up efforts to check spread of diseases during summers. The district public health department has launched a special drive to ensure supply of safe drinking water. Besides, the health department has geared up to undertake fogging operations. A complete ban has been imposed on sale of cut fruits and officials have been instructed to keep a close watch on any activity that could affect the health of local residents. The public health department has launched a special drive to check any leakages in the existing water pipelines and undertake whatever repair is required.

DPS wins trophy: The district administration has constituted a first-of-its-kind running trophy to be given to schools that promote environmental concerns amongst children. Stating this here on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner Vijay Singh Dahiya said the trophy would encourage children to understand their responsibility in protecting the environment. The district education department had invited claims from the schools in the district that had participated in the programme. As many as 20 schools had come forward to compete for the trophy. A panel of officials analysed the entry and decided to give the trophy to DPS for doing good work in the said field by organising a number of programmes.

2 killed in accident: Two persons, including an aged woman and a teenaged boy, were killed while nine others were seriously injured when the autorickshaw they were travelling in was reportedly hit by a truck on the Delhi-Jaipur highway at Banipur Chowk, near here, on Friday. The deceased have been identified as Sharwan Devi (70) of Saban village and Divy (14) of Jaliawas village. The mishap took place when the autorickshaw was on the way to Bawal from Dharuhera while the truck was on the way to Jaipur.

Professor awarded: Dr Virender Kadian, assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, has been selected for the Germany-based prestigious AO fellowship. He is the youngest orthopaedic surgeon in the university to be awarded the coveted fellowship. The young orthopaedic surgeon has nearly 10 research publications in various national and international journals to his credit.


Bypass demanded: The Nagar Sudhar Sabha at Ghumarwin has demanded that the government should take suitable steps to construct a bypass to Ghumarwin town, which is flooded with heavy traffic. This was stressed by the sabha as its deputation apprised SDM Sumit Khimta regarding day-to-day difficulties of the citizens there. It demanded that steps should be taken to keep the town clean while drains should be constructed on both sides of the roads and those who defecate near the bazaars should be sternly dealt with. Khimta assured that steps would be taken at the earliest to solve several difficulties of the citizens.

Three arrested: The police has arrested Meera Devi’s husband Satish Kumar, mother-in-law Jamuna Devi and father-in-law Ram Dass, as her father Rattan Chand alleged that the three were maltreating her for dowry and she was forced to take her life due to their torture. Earlier reports said Meera allegedly took some poison to end her life and was rushed to the Regional Hospital here in unconscious state, but was declared brought dead. Rattan Chand got an FIR registered and the trio was arrested under Sections 498 and 306 of the IPC.

1,380 poly houses: A total of 1,380 poly houses are to be set up in the district with an expenditure of Rs 3.13 crore during the current financial year under Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Kisan Bagwan Smridhi Yojna. This was said by state Director of Agriculture Dr J C Rana on Saturday after his whirlwind tour of the district. Rana said this was an ambitious project of the department. He also addressed a meeting of the officers concerned and exhorted them to meet all targets in this matter.

Memo submitted: A deputation of the executive committee of the Himachal Pradesh State Agriculture Extension Officers Association, led by state president Rattan Lal Thakur and general secretary Raj Kumar, met Chief Minister PK Dhumal at Shimla on Friday and presented him a memorandum of their demands. Rattan Lal Thakur and Raj Kumar said here on Saturday that the deputation stressed their main demands of enhancement in the basic salary of the extension officers commensurate to the importance of their work and also declaring them ‘class two officers’ on the pattern of other such officers.

Kaundal resigns: President of the District Home Guard Welfare Association Vikram Singh Kaundal has resigned from his post as protest against the state government’s “indifferent” attitude towards their long-pending demands. In a press release issued here on Saturday he said, “I have decided to resign from my post since the state government is not considering our demands despite our repeated pleas.” He said, “We have met Chief Minister PK Dhumal several times who has been assuring us to look into our demands but nothing much has been done in the direction of finding solution to our problems.”

Windscreens smashed: Windscreens of around 25 vehicles were smashed by some miscreants on Saturday night. These vehicles were parked along the roadside from hotel Shivalik to Naubahar on the forest road. Three persons, including taxi driver Hem Raj and two senior secondary students, have been arrested by the police in this connection.

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