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Amritsar
Results today:
The results of bachelor of fine arts (part-IV) conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University in April would be declared tomorrow. Dr R.K. Bedi, professor in charge (examinations) said the results would be available on university's website www.gndu.ac.in http://www.gndu.ac.in after 5 pm.

Bathinda
IT return helpline:
The Bathinda branch of chartered accountants in association with the income tax department is organising a free helpline service for the benefit of small tax payers, especialy the salaried class. Income Tax Commissioner HS Sohi inaugurated the helpline. Mahesh Jindal, chairman of the Bathinda branch said at least two CAs would be available from 10 am to 1 pm from July 21 to July 31 to assist small tax payers. The helpline has been set up in room no. 114 of the Income Tax building, Bathinda.

CHANDIGARH
Rs 2 cr for setting up artisan hatt centres: The Punjab government has decided to set up district artisan hatt centres for providing marketing facilities to Scheduled Castes artisans in the state. During this financial year the Punjab government will spend Rs 200 lakh on the new scheme. Disclosing this here on Tuesday, Manoranjan Kalia, Industry, Commerce and Local Government Minister, Punjab, said the estimated cost of construction of each district and state-level artisan hatt centre would be Rs 150 crore and 2.50 crore, respectively. He further said artisan centres would be set up at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ferozepur and Patiala and a state-level artisan centre would be set up at Mohali.

In memory of Ishmeet, Tiwana: Sangeet and natak academies will be set up in Ludhiana and Patiala districts in the memory of star singer Ishmeet Singh and great dramatic artist Harpal Tiwana with a cost of Rs 20 crore. Disclosing this here on Tuesday, Hira Singh Gabria, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, said the Improvement Trust Ludhiana had been transferred 2.1 acres at Raj Guru Nagar to the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department, Punjab, to construct the Ishmeet Sangeet Academy in Ludhiana. Similarly, 1.5 acres for the Harpal Tiwana Drama Academy near the Pollution Control Board in Patiala had been also transferred to this department.

Grant for houses to SCs up: The Punjab government has decided to increase the grant for the construction of houses to houseless Scheduled Castes families in rural and urban areas from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000. Disclosing this here on Tuesday, Gulzar Singh Ranike, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Minister, Punjab, said the decision would help houseless SC families to construct a pucca house. Ranike said Rs 20,000 would be provided for conversion of kachcha house into pucca house. An amount of Rs 2 crore had been earmarked for this purpose in the budget, he added.

Award for panchayats: The Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department has come out with a novel programme to honour panchayats that excel in performance, operation and maintenance of water supply and sanitations systems in their villages. An official spokesman said an annual award of Rs 30,000 to best performing panchayat had been instituted for one for each district. He said separately first, second and third prizes of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively, had been instituted as annual awards at the state level.

Edusat coaching programme: The free coaching programme launched by the Punjab Edusat Society in government schools had shown successful results as 1,719 students had got higher ranking in competitive examinations held in this academic year. Disclosing this here on Tuesday, Education Minister Punjab Upinderjit Kaur said about 10,000 students had participated in this free coaching programme telecast from March to May, 2009, out of whom 347 students had cleared the AIEEE examination, 1,204 students PMT and BSc Nursing examinations.

Nawanshahr
AIIMS test:
Deepika Kainth of the town has passed the MBBS entrance test to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Deepika is one of the six candidates from Punjab and Chandigarh who have succeeded in passing the AIIMS test.

Pathankot
Office complex:
Bulbul Ghosh, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), laid the foundation stone of office complex of the Defence Accounts Dpartment here on Monday. She said the complex would consist of five offices, area accounts office (pay) (Western Command), zonal office (pension disbursement), local audit office (Western Command), local audit office (Northern Command) and defence pension disbursing office.

Patiala
Chess tourney from August 1:
The Punjab District Chess Association is going to organise the Punjab State Junior Chess Championship Under-15 (boys and girls) from August 1 to August 2 at Government Mohindra College, Patiala. Entries may be given to association’s president Harcharan Singh at 9216402359. The selected players in this category will represent Punjab in the forthcoming National Chess Championship.

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CHANDIGARH

Cricket tourney  postponed: The Hot Weather Open Cricket Tournament to be organised by the Chandigarh sports department from tomorrow at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather, according to joint director sports, JPS Sidhu. Fresh dates will be announced shortly.

Power Shutdown: The power supply will remain suspended to parts of Sector 7-C from 10 am to 4 pm on July 22.

Mohali
Car stolen:
Dr Rajneesh Gupta, a resident of H.no. 1151, Phase-11, has lodged a complaint with the police that his Tata Safari (CH 04 E 7502) was stolen from outside his house on Tuesday morning. Besides, the registration number of the car, bank cheques were also found from the car. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Phase-8 police station.

Shooting ball meet on July 25, 26: The District Shooting Ball Association of Mohali is organising the Open District Shooting Ball Championship at VR Mohan DAV Public School, Dera Bassi, on July 25 and 26, according to school principal Promila Dhar. Any team can stake its claim for the top honours. This sports discipline is recognised by the Punjab Olympic Association and the details are available at the phone numbers 9217555328 and 9417513304.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Mandi
Minister promises modern bus stand:
Transport and Urban Development Minister Mohinder Singh Thakur today said the state government would make modern bus stand within two years time, develop a new satellite township at Nasloh, near here, and make new parking lots to make the town congestion-free. Talking to mediapersons after a civic reception organised in his honour by the BJP, Thakur said the modern bus stand would be built within two years time.

2 held with opium: The police arrested two persons — Prem Singh, a resident of Puranadhar and Bachan Singh, a resident of Kamaradha and recovered 1.2 kg of opium, 850 gm of cannabis and 400 gm of opium from them. The police caught Prem when he was carrying the contraband on the Jawalapur road today. The police caught Bachan Singh while on patrol at Larji dam at 7 pm yesterday.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Chib’s remarks flayed:
Activists of National Secular Forum (NSF) has condemned the statement of Minister of Technical Education RS Chib in which he had supported the case of unauthorised study centres. The activists of the NSF along with students and scholars of Jammu University held a protest demonstration and burnt the effigy of minister on the university campus. State president of the forum Vikas Sharma said it was not the prerogative of Chib to comment upon the status of these institutes, which had been declared unauthorised by Higher Education Department.

Auto-rickshaw driver rewarded: Praising the police for recovering the newborn baby stolen from Shri Maharaja Ghulab Singh (SMGS) Hospital, Minister for Youth Services and Sports RS Chib has said he will recommend the name of Jammu SSP Manohar Singh for an award. The auto-rickshaw driver who gave an important lead in the case was given a cash reward of Rs 5,000 by the hospital authorities.

Kathua
20 fall sick due to diarrhoea:
One person died and 20 others fell sick due to diarrhoea in Kathua district. According to official sources, 21 persons of Kotti village, about 170 km from Jammu, in the district suffered from diarrhoea after consuming muddy water on Sunday. The condition of one of the villager became serious, following which he was rushed to a nearby hospital. However, the person died on way to the hospital, the sources said.

Srinagar
Ex-ultras to hold campaign:
The People’s Rights Movement (PRM), a group of released militants, has planned a campaign against torture and other human rights issues. PRM President Abdul Qadeer Dar said the group would undertake the documentation of torture cases to start a campaign against torture so that “such cases are not repeated. Mohammad Ahsan Untoo (48), one of the victims of torture and a human rights activist, sought an end to torture of detainees lodged in Tihar jail and other detention centres in the country.

Dockyard planned in Srinagar: A dockyard is being constructed here for the repairs of houseboats at an estimated cost of Rs 1.20 crore in Srinagar and for which Rs 25 lakh has already been released by the government and kept at the disposal of the Lakes and Waterways Authority, Srinagar. This was stated at a meeting of Minister for Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora with the representatives of the Houseboats Association here on Monday.

Udhampur
Water harvesting:
The government has devised a new strategy to encourage water harvesting in the ongoing rainy season. The authorities have decided to encourage the Watershed Development Committees and teams achieving excellence. While interacting with chairmen of various watershed committees and reviewing the performance of the Draught-Prone Area Programme (DPAP) in Udhampur district, District Development Commissioner (DDC) Ajay Khajuria made it clear that those committees showing poor performance would be considered for replacement.

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