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Fire engulfed eight acres of jungle near the NFL township here on Sunday, but fortunately, no casualty was reported. Ramesh Mehta, president of the Aasra Welfare Society, informed that his volunteers along with fire-fighters of the NFL and the Bathinda Municipal Corporation jointly brought the fire under control. In the above picture, fire-fighters can be seen dousing the flames.

Dr Prem Lala Sood, ex-civil surgeon, has been nominated as member, State Level Authorisation Committees formed under Transplantation of Human Organs Act to check illegal transplant of organs.

Woman held with  smack, charas:
The CIA staff of the Ropar police today arrested a woman with 290 gm of charas and 5.25 gm of smack near Nangal. The accused has been identified as Rekha, alias Bhabhi. The CIA staff in charge Gurcharan Singh said Rekha and her husband Des Raj were known drug peddlers of the area. The police said she had been selling smack to youth and women in the area. A local court remanded her in one-day police custody.



A clarification: Reacting to the news-item “Minor fire in Sector-35 office”, published in these columns today, the owner of the Austral Asia Immigration Consultant, Amrinder Singh Gandhi, said the fire broke out in the junction box on the ground floor of the building. It was inadvertently mentioned in the news that the fire broke out in the junction box of the immigration consultant’s office. Amrinder claimed that the fire caused no damage to the records in his office. He, however, added that employees of the offices on the first floor came to his office, as the staircases were choked with smoke and were rescued from the premises by firemen.

Cricket tourney from July 1: First Kundan Cricket Academy Under-13 Cricket Tournament will start from July 1. Four teams will participate in the tournament. All three league matches will be played on Kundan Cricket Academy ground, Sector  46-B. The players should bring the birth certificates on the date of the match. Entry fee will be Rs 3,000, including refreshment and the ball will be provided by academy itself. Interested teams may contact to Dhanwant Tiwari (99880-25685).

Cricket trials  on July 1: Trials for the selection of Chandigarh team for the upcoming All-India Under-19 National Tournament to be held in Hoshiarpur from July 7 will be organised at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium at 3 pm on July 1.

Cultural show for special kids:
Saksham Rehabilitation Society, an NGO working for upliftment of women from oppressed families and children with special needs, will be organising a cultural programme at the open-air theatre, Yavnika, on July 5. The president of society, Rajneesh Sharma, said entries for the programme should be submitted at the society’s office by Thursday.



6,772 take UGC test:
The UGC NET for lectureship and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship was conducted by Kurukshetra University at 27 centres here on Sunday. Prof Raghuvendra Tanwar, Registrar, KU, said 6,772 out of 8,612 candidates, who were registered, took the test. There were 27 observers, 18 from the UGC and nine from the university, to keep a watch on the conduct of the exam.

Run organised:
The youth wing of the local Brahmakumaris organised a National Integration Youth Harmony Run - 2009 - for the local people on Sunday. Dr KC Bhardwaj flagged of the run in which several prominent persons of the town participated. Civil Surgeon Dr Narinder Chaudhary and BK Kailash, chairperson of the northern zone of the youth wing of the Brahmakumaris were among those present on the occasion. Kailash said the youth wing was celebrating its 25th anniversary and the run had been organised in as many as 1,000 cities and towns of the country.


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