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Bathinda
Increase in B.Tech seats
: The number of seats for B.Tech courses — mechanical engineering and computer science and engineering — at Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology (GZSCET) here have been increased from 60 to 90 from this session, a press release issued here said. The dates for admission and fee deposit for the courses are from July 9 to July 13.

NRI booked in dowry case: The police has booked an NRI and his father on the charges of cruelty for dowry. According to details, Neeru, daughter of a renowned businessman of Bathinda, lodged a complaint with the SSP that her husband and father-in-law, a native of Ghaziabad, presently settled in Dubai, after their wedding was solemnised in 2005, were pressurising her to bring more dowry. The SSP marked the inquiry to Crime against Women Cell. Despite summons, the accused father-son duo did not appear to join the investigation. The cell, observing their careless attitude, forwarded the cases to book them under the IPC.

Hi-tech auditorium: Ashok Gupta, general manager, State Bank of India, Chandigarh circle, laid the foundation stone of a hi-tech auditorium with a seating capacity of 1500 at the Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences & Research here on Tuesday.

FATEHGARH SAHIB
3 held for gambling: The police arrested three persons on Wednesday for gambling at a park of Municipal Council in Sirhind. The police recovered Rs 8,000 from them. The accused were produced before the Magistrate. The accused have been identified as Major Singh of Randhawa Colony, Manjit Singh of Arai village and Karamjit Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib.
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CHANDIGARH

City librarian presents paper: Bringing rare distinction to the city, the Librarian of Dev Samaj College for Women, Jaspal Kaur, Chandigarh, has presented a paper on “Preservation of Manuscripts in Chandigarh: A Case Study”, during the International Conference on Libraries (ICOL 2009) organised at Penang, Malaysia, by the “Universitat Sains” Malaysia. Over 150 libraries and information professionals from more than 15 countries attended the conference. The paper describes how the preservation of manuscripts is being carried out electronically in three prestigious libraries.

PU don awarded: JReader, Dr Richa Puri, department of botany, Panjab University, has been awarded the “UGC research award” for two years for carrying out research on “Elite genotypes of some medicinal plants”. The award includes full salary to the awardee along with contingent grant of Rs 3 lakh. A communication to this effect has been received from the joint secretary, UGC.

PANCHKULA
Gun found: A farmer of Mattanwal village found a sten gun from his fields here on Tuesday. It was suspected that the rusted sten gun was burried long time ago. According to police, Raj Singh, while ploughing his field in Mattanwala village found the gun. He informed the police, following which a case under Arms Act was registered at the Chandi Mandir police station.

ZIRAKPUR
Man dies: A 32-year-old man died due to snakebite here on Wednesday morning. The incident took place at 3 am, when Nasir Hussain, a resident of Lohgarh village was sleeping in field at Singhpura village. After hearing his cries, his wife called one of her relatives and took him to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where he was declared brought dead.

Fee for needy girl: Rotary Club, Dera Bassi, in collaboration with Himachal-based solid waste management company on Wednesday helped a needy girl by paying her one-year education fee. Julie Rathore, a resident of Zirakpur and student of Chandigarh-based school, belongs to an underprivileged family.
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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Incentives for transport cooperative societies: The state government has decided to waive off the interest of those Transport Cooperative Societies who would deposit their principal amount within next two months. Besides this, the interest on passenger tax would also be waived off, this decision was taken at a meeting, which was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda regarding one time settlement scheme for the transport cooperative societies, according to an official release here.

KAITHAL
Workshop held: The district administration has launched a vigorous campaign to ensure 100 per cent entry of left out children in schools. Deputy Commissioner Amneet P Kumar here on Wednesday exhorted school principals and headmasters to complete a survey of left out children within a fortnight and admit such children in schools. The DC was the chief guest at the one-day workshop organised under the Sarv Shiksha Abhyan (SSA). SSA district project coordinator Jile Singh and deputy DEO Jasbir Singh also spoke on the occasion. All block education officers also participated in the workshop.

Panipat
Dacoity case cracked
: The government railway police has achieved success in solving a dacoity case that took place about eight months ago on the Bareni Express in the district with the arrest of two persons. The dacoity had taken place between Ghanor and Panipat on November 22. According to the police, Mandeep, a resident of Desraj colony, and Subhash, a resident of Denanath colony, have confessed having committed some other dacoities also. The accused were produced before a local court. A case under Section 392, IPC, has been registered.

REWARI
Cleanliness drive: Panches and sarpanches of various village panchayats of the Rewari, Bawal, Khol, Jatusana and Nahar blocks of the district have participated in a district-level workshop on total cleanliness campaign held under the auspices of the District development agency in the Gymkhana Club Complex here on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner TL Satya Prakash exhorted the panchayat functionaries to organise social awareness programmes. The DC also distributed cheques for Rs 50 lakh among sarpanches of 33 village panchayats of the district as prize money earned by them for successfully implementing the cleanliness drive in their villages.

YAMUNANAGAR
Elected: Samira Saluja has been elected as the president of Yamunanagar-Jagadhri Chamber of Commerce and Industry for one year in the annual general meeting of the chamber here on Wednesday. While Kapil Gupta has been elected as vice-president, Summit Chhabbra as general secretary, Vishal Rekhan as joint secretary, and Atul Gupta as treasurer.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Hindi works on Internet: About 1,000 poets and Hindi literary figures have their poems and other works on the Internet- available at the click of a mouse. This was stated by founder of the “Kavita Kosh project” Lalit Kumar while addressing mediapersons and literary figures of Bilaspur district in a workshop organised here on Saturday. Kumar said till now more than 20,000 pages of Hindi poetry had been included in his Kavita Kosh right from Surdas to the most modern writer like Bashir Badra.

HAMIRPUR
Oath administered: Chairman of the Himachal Pradesh State Service Selection Board (HPSSB) Harbans Sharma administered oath of office and secrecy to newly appointed board member Prakash Mishra in a function held here on Tuesday. Mishra, who had retired as engineer-in-chief from the state government on March 31, had been recently appointed as the member of the HPSSB and assumed his office.

NURPUR
Policy violation rued: The Himachal Pradesh Ayurvedic Manufacturers Association rued over the violation of ayurvedic drugs purchasing policy by the Ayurveda Department formed by it following the direction of Chief Minister PK Dhumal on May 27. General secretary of the association Upendra Gupta said on Wednesday that under the new policy the department had to purchase 70 per cent drugs from Himachali pharmacies and rest from other states’ manufacturers. “But the department is placing orders to purchase 70 per cent drugs from non-Himachali pharmacies contrary to the CM’s orders,” he lamented.

SUNDERNAGAR
Van thanas: While addressing a meeting of senior officers here on Tuesday, Forest Minister JP Nadda said 10 additional van thanas would be opened during 2009-10. He said after the receipt of permission from the Supreme Court the procedure for felling of trees from the private land would be initiated. Plantation programme, especially for the monsoon season, was monitored and decision would be taken for its effective implementation. Van Mahotsav would be celebrated in all 68 constituencies of the Pradesh by involving private and public representatives, Nadda added.
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
5 gamblers arrested,  Rs 23,000 recovered
: Five gamblers---Sona of Raipur, Ravi Dass aka Pistol, Nizam aka Umer, Gurdeep Chand and Joginder Paul, all residents of Talab Tillo--were arrested from the Talab Tillo area here on Tuesday evening along with Rs 23,000 in cash. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered against them.

Trade union leader joins PDP: Local trade union leader Rehmatullah Malik on Wednesday joined the PDP here in the presence of senior leaders of the party. Rehmatullah Malik was senior vice-president of the Low-paid Employees’ Federation.

Lineman injured: Ram Lal(33) of Billawar, a lineman of the Power Development Department (PDD), sustained injuries after he fell down from an electricity pole in the Paloura area of Domana,near here, on Wednesday. He was immediately shifted to Government Medical College (GMC) here. However, he was stated to be out of danger. He was posted in the maintenance and repairs subdivision at Canal Road.
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