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Amritsar: The results of B.Sc (IT), Part-II, and BBA, Part-II, held by Guru Nanak Dev University in April, will be declared on Tuesday. Dr R.K. Bedi, Professor In charge (Examinations) said, the results would be available on the university’s website, www.gndu.ac.in, on the same day after 5 pm. — TNSbhangi choe (seasonal rivulet) was also flooded. According to the official sources, 27.375 mm rainfall was recorded throughout the district.

Bassi Pathana
Lions Club chief
: The following were elected office-bearers of the local Lions Club in a meeting held here on Monday: president- Lalit Mohan Bhardwaj; senior vice-president- KS Bhambhra; vice-president- Amarjit Singh Kohli; secretary- Shyam Gautam; joint secretary- Gurmeet Singh; cashier- Sanjay Singla; astt cashier- Pardeep Sharma; PRO- Jaspal Malhotra. Newly elected president told that Van Mahotsav would be celebrated on July 26 by planting trees in the town and a free medical check-up camp would be organised on August 2, in which the doctors from the Army would check up the patients. 

Jagir fears threat to life
: Constable Jagir Singh and his family is allegedly facing threats to life from the DSP and the head constable after the registration of the FIR against them. “I am presently posted at New Delhi on security duty with a property dealer but my family is still living in the Police Lines at Ferozepur who are regularly receiving threats from the accused police officials,” he told The Tribune while talking over the phone from Delhi. He further alleged that the local MP Sher Singh Ghubaya is protecting the alleged accused police officials and no security has been provided due to political pressure even as he has made several requests to the senior authorities.

Fatehgarh Sahib
One held for theft
: The police has arrested a scrap dealer for stealing 10-quintal scrap. The police acted on a tip-off and raided Sucha Singh’s house, a resident of Dheerpur, running a scrap shop near Dubhali village. Police officials said the accused had stolen the scrap from the Satluj-Yamuna link canal and kept it in his shop. He was produced before the Magistrate after being booked under Section 379 of the IPC.

Streets flooded after rain
: Heavy rain in Hoshiarpur and its surrounding areas in the morning led to considerable fall in the temperature. Following two hours of rain, almost all the bazaars and lanes in the city were flooded. Even the rain water entered the houses and shops in the low-lying localities. The GND varsity results today

Clash at juvenile home: A clash between two groups of inmates of Bal Sudhar Ghar (juvenile home), Ram Colony Camp, took place here today evening. The police, along with the SDM, Hoshiarpur, Capt Karnail Singh (retd), rushed to the spot and controlled the situation. Police force had been deployed in the complex to avert any mishap. SSP, Hoshiarpur, Parmod Ban said more than a half dozen inmates were injured.

Office-bearers elected
: The following have been elected as office-bearers of the BRP/DRP Welfare Union, Ludhiana, for resource personnel of the Sarv Sikhsha Abhiyaan: President- Harpreet Singh Pandher; vice-president- Varindra Praveen (Ludhiana I); general secretary- Gursimrat Singh (Sudhar); secretary- Mukesh Saini (Ludhiana II); joint secretary- Mela Singh (Dehlon); spokesperson- Charanjit Singh and treasurer- Jagdeep Singh (Samrala II).

9 gastro patients admitted
: Nine patients of gastroenteritis and diarrhoea were admitted in the Civil Hospital emergency ward on Monday. The hospital has admitted 25 patients in past three days. Some cases of gastroenteritis and diarrhoea were also reported from local private hospitals. Residents alleged that the reason for the rise in the patients was the mixing of sewerage water with tap water in areas of Bhumsi and Maler. Executive Officer Ravneet Singh was not available for comments.

Bank staff strike
: On a call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) comprising of all nine unions representing 12 lakh bank employees will observe a full-day strike on August 6 and 7. Amar Singh, president of Associate Banks Officers’ Association, said the banks’ officers and employees had been forced to go on a two-day strike as the IBA had failed to keep its word on wage revision. 

2 held for stealing: The police arrested Gurmeet Singh, son of Ram Singh of Old Bisan Nagar, Patiala, and Zoarawar Singh, son of Karam Singh of Bhuri Majra, and recovered a Bullet motor cycle bearing a fake number (PB-11-AG-2317) and a Bullet motor cycle bearing a fake number (PB-11-AJ- 7172) along with a Maruti car without number. A case has been registered at the Civil Lines police station, Patiala. They admitted that they were involved in stealing Bullet motor cycles, scooters, cars and other vehicles from surrounding areas of Patiala and prepared their fake papers and sold them to people. 



School cabinet formed
: DAV Senior Secondary School at Surajpur near here on Monday formed school cabinet and house cabinets during school’s investiture ceremony. In pip ceremony and oath taking, Gaurav Khanna and Namita Dhupar were made boy captain and girl captain, respectively. Principal of the school RP Anand blessed the students on the occasion. 



Recommendations for awards
: The government has asked all Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to send recommendations for Padma Puraskar (Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan) to the state government by August 31, 2009. A letter to this effect issued by the chief secretary states that the recommendations should be submitted in prescribed pro forma and should have full name, address, date of birth of the person, important events of his life, his occupation or details of his office (in both languages Hindi and English).

Statue of Ambedkar unveiled
: DC CG Rajini Kaanthan said on Monday that it was unfortunate to link the national leaders with particular caste and said these leaders belonged to the whole nation. Rajini Kaanthan was speaking on the occasion of unveiling of the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar in a park in the vicinity of the mini secretariat. The DC said the voluminous Constitution prepared by Dr Ambedkar was as relevant today as it was 63 years ago. The function had been jointly organised by the Ambedkar Sabha and the district authorities after the statue earlier installed in the triangular park near the Bhattu road diversion was shifted near the mini secretariat to give a new look to the Ambedkar chowk and also to make it more traffic friendly.



Teachers to intensify stir
: The PTA teachers, who have been carrying out agitation against the present government against their removal, have now threatened to take their fight to Delhi. President of the PTA Teachers Association Vivek Mehta, while talking to The Tribune, said, “If the state government fails to yield to our demand and stops removal of the PTA teachers from service, all of us would surrender our voter identity cards to the President of India on July 29,” he said.

China’s ruling on Tibetan language flayed: Tibetan authorities-in-exile have flayed the alleged move by Chinese officials against using Tibetan language in entrance examinations for jobs in Tibet. The spokesperson of the Tibetan government-in-exile alleged that a recent case of forcible prevention of candidates from using the Tibetan language as a medium in examinations in Tibet has clearly exposed the Chinese government's policy. They are enforcing the use of Chinese language in order to marginalise the traditional language of Tibetans and the denial of equal rights to the nationalities in Tibet.

House looted
: Three unidentified miscreants beat up a family and fled with cash, jewellery and valuables from the house of one Kamal Kumar, a resident of Malkhumajra village in Baddi late last night around 2.30 am. According to the police, three unidentified miscreants entered into their house and inflicted severe beatings to the trio with rods and sharp-edged weapons. The trio then looted the house and vanished with some cash, two ATM cards, jewellery and other valuables. 

Plantation drive
: Public Works Minister Gulab Singh Thakur today launched a plantation drive aimed at enhancing greenery along the roads by planting a sapling of weeping willows (Majnu) at Bani near here today. He said this year 3 lakh saplings would be planted as against 1.50 lakh planted last year. As a large number of tourists visit the state every year, the roadside trees would add to its aesthetic beauty, making the landscape more enchanting. “Various ornamental and fruit trees are being planted and species, including weeping willows, rubinia, gistropha and mangoes, were being raised in the nurseries of PWD,” he added.



Plea to induct Sikh  into Cabinet
: Various Sikh organisations have appealed to the state and central governments to induct a Sikh representative into the Omar Cabinet. Senior Sikh youth leader Avtar Singh Khalsa expressed gratitude to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and JKPCC president Saif-ud-Din Soz for inducting Raman Bhalla and RS Chib into the Omar Cabinet. Khalsa said the victory of Raman Bhalla in the Assembly elections had become a reality after Mahant Manjeet Singh of Dera Nangali Sahib, Poonch, asked the Sikh community to vote for him. 

Plea to reorganise dept: The Ministerial Employees Association of the Power Department of the three regions of the state has urged the government to reorganise the department. The association alleged that despite being the backbone of the department the ministerial staff was being neglected by the government. “The ministerial cadre has always got step-motherly treatment from the department as the workload was much more vis-a-vis the staff strength The association also supported the call for a state-wide strike given by the EJAC. 

Health checkup camp: The Power Grid Employees Welfare Association (PGEWA), Jammu, organised a free health checkup camp for employees and their family members at Panama Chowk here on Monday. The medical camp was orgainsed in collaboration with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Amritsar. Around 150 patients got themselves checked from renowned specialists like Dr. Arun Chopra (cardiologist), Dr. Mohit Arora (joint replacement surgeon), Dr. Rohtaz Kalse (internal medicine) and Dr. Jitendra Salaria (neuro and spine physician).. Free ECG and blood sugar testing etc were also conducted in the camp.

Landmine seized, defused: BSF troopers on Monday averted a major tragedy when they seized a landmine from a field in Ragal village, a forward area in Samba sector. Official sources said a farmer Avtar Singh spotted the landmine while working in his field in Ragal village. He immediately informed the BSF picket in the village and a bomb disposal squad rushed to the spot. They said the BSF team seized the landmine and later defused it at an isolated place.

Clarification: Responding to the news item “Booked Army jawan detained”, Lt-Col Biplab Nath, PRO (Defence), Jammu, clarifies that no conclusive evidence of sepoy Ram Lal’s involvement in the boy’s kidnapping has yet been found .The villagers and the panchayat have supported the Army, blaming instead ill-treatment by the boy’s stepmother and father for his running away from the house . Cooperating with the police, the Army has withheld the posting of the sepoy.

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