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Yoga & health centre
: Councillor Surinder Vij inaugurated on Tuesday a free Yoga and Health Centre at the Nehru Park here. Convener Anil Sethi said that morning walkers would be educated on health awareness besides developing good environment during one hour session in the morning. Dr Naveen Sethi, heart specialist, while delivering a lecture on preventive measures to avert heart ailments, advised the visitors to have balanced diet besides making exercise a habit.

Power cuts:
The Punjab State Electricity Board added to the woes of the residents who were already affected by the intense heat wave by enforcing five to six hours power cut on Wednesday. Several industrial associations have urged the government to manage more power from power surplus states, especially during the summer months.

Barnala DC takes charge
: Dr Harnek Singh Sidhu on Wednesday assumed the office of Deputy Commissioner, Barnala. Talking to media, Sidhu said that he would make all possible efforts for clean administration. A diploma holder in journalism, Sidhu expressed the hope that the press would cooperate with him.

Shagun scheme
: The Punjab government has distributed cheques worth Rs 30.45 lakh among 203 families in Batala under the Shagun scheme. Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary Jagdish Sawhney said the scheme was restarted after the Lok Sabha elections.

Ban on auto-rickshaw for ferrying students
: Taking a serious view of the spurt in road mishaps during past few months, the Directorate of School Education in Rajasthan, has prohibited use of auto-rickshaw and rickshaws for ferrying students all over in Rajasthan, sources said.

Youth killed in road mishap
: A youth was killed in a road accident late on Tuesday night when the scooter on which he was travelling rammed into an unidentified vehicle near Bughipura village in the Moga. He has been identified as Gurpreet Singh (28), son of Shinder Singh, a resident of Butter village. He was on his way back to home after work when he met with an accident. The police had registered a case under section 304 of the IPC against unidentified persons. The body has been handed over to the family members after post-mortem examination on Wednesday afternoon.

Labourer dies: A labourer fell from the roof of a building under construction and died on the spot at village Duneke on Tuesday evening. Indentified as Bhola Nath son of Sita Ram, he originally hailed from Gajipur district of Uttar Pradesh and was working as a labourer with a building contractor of Ludhiana who had taken the construction work, here. The police had initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC into the incident. The body has been handed over to the family members after post-mortem examination on Wednesday afternoon.

IAS coaching classes from June 15:
The IAS and Allied Services training centre of Punjabi University here is starting coaching classes from June 15 for PCS Executive (preliminary) and PCS Judicial (preliminary). Giving stating this, KS Sohal, director of the centre, said interested candidates should contact the director on 0175-3046351 and 3046352.

Taekwando camp concludes: A Taekwando camp organised by Our Lady of Fatima Convent Schooland State Bank of Patiala concluded on its campus here today. Around 100 students attended it under coach Satwinder.They were trained in martial arts and were taught self-defence techniques.

Tarn Taran
65-year-old killed
: Sahib Singh (65) of Thathgarh village under Chabal police station was killed by a person of the same village on Tuesday evening. A case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against Swarn Singh. Police sources said here today that the accused hit Sahib with a sharp-edged weapon on his head.


3 injured in clash: Three persons were injured in a clash between two motorcycle-borne groups who were laced with hockey sticks and rods today evening near Kalibari, Sector 30. According to the police, the injured have been identified as Amit, Gurjeet and Jaswinder, all residents of Chandigarh. Two of the injured have been admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital while Amit is undergoing treatment at the PGI.

Sapna Sehrawat has taken over as a joint secretary of the District Bar Association of Panchkula here on Wednesday. Sehrawat was selected for  the reserved post for women in the bar following the elections of the bar held on May 29. Kuldeep Sharma, Tarsem Lal, Sunil Narang, Rakesh Rana, Mahesh Bansal, and Manpreet Singh Sidhu, were also declared as executive members of the bar.


Attack on Sikhs flayed:
The District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Jammu, has accused the state government of failure to check the attacks on members of the Sikh community in the Rangret area of Budgam district last week. “We condemn the attack on Sikh families and a local Gurdwara, which has incited and insulted the minority community in the state,” a statement issued by the committee said. The committee has also demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter.

Fake migrant certificates: The Crime Branch has started investigations into a case of fake migrant certificates allegedly obtained by four Muslim students from Budgam district in the Kashmir valley. They had obtained the certificates to seek admissions under special category in a college outside the state, official sources said. Four youths, identified as Mehrajudin Wani (Kawoosa), Showkat Ibrahim (Palpore), Mir Irfan Bashir and Waseem Rafeeq (both from Gowharpore), had allegedly secured fake migrant certificates and had submitted these to a college in Pune for admission under special migrant category. The certificates were sent to Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner Vinod Koul for verification, which were found fake last week.

Drug peddler arrested: The Government Railway Police (GRP) on Wednesday nabbed a drug peddler from Jammu railway station and seized about 2 kg of charas from him. Shahid Ahmed Sofi of Bijbehara tehsil in Anantnag district was arrested while trying to board a Baroda-bound train. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

CM calls on Governor: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah met Governor NN Vohra here on Wednesday evening. During the meeting the Governor and the Chief Minister discussed various important issues, including the overall situation in the state. The Chief Minister also briefed the Governor about various developmental and other issues.

Medical workshop: The police will hold a two-day workshop from June 29 at the local Police Hospital on endoscopic sinosal and anterior skull base surgery. Live surgeries would be carried out during the workshop, besides holding lectures and discussions on the rapidly growing field of endoscopic and anterior skull base surgery. Leading medical experts, including Dr Sanjay Sachdeva, Director, ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, Fortis Health Care, New Delhi; Dr KK. Handa, senior consultant and unit head, AIIMS, New Delhi; and Dr AK Singh Director, Neuro Sciences, Fortis Health Care, New Delhi, will attend the workshop.

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