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Man held for raping niece:
The police on Saturday arrested Ramesh Talwar, resident of the Model Town area, for allegedly raping his niece for four years. The incident came to light when the 20-year-old girl ran away from clutches of her uncle and approached the Senior Superintendent of Police, who immediately ordered for registering an FIR. A case under Section 376, IPC, has been registered against him.

Rs 270 cr for roads, bridges
: PWD (B&R) Minister Punjab Parminder Singh Dhindsa said the state and the Centre were trying to complete several development projects in stipulated time. In the ongoing projects, Rs 173.20 crore had been spent out of Rs 270 crore during four phases.

Power cuts:
The areas of Baba Vishkarma, Cold Store, Transport Nagar, Focal Point-I and II , Randhawa Masanda, D.I.C, Uttam, Balla, Guru Amardass Nagar, Industrial-I, Udyog Nagar and Ram Vihar will witness power cuts from 10 am to 1 pm on July 26 due to maintenance work at 66 KV Focal Point sub station.

Bank meet: The effect of global slowdown on the entrepreneurs of micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) of Jalandhar city was discussed in a meet of State Bank of Patiala here on Friday. Over 150 entrepreneurs were present in the meet. Some of entrepreneurs drew the attention of the officials of the bank in delay in sanctioning loan. They suggested a time-frame should be fixed for sanctioning or rejecting the loan.

Miss PTC Punjabi audition:
Audition for the Miss PTC Punjabi 2009 will be held at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women on July 29, a press release said here today. The audition will be preceded by road shows at different venues on July 28. Various anchors will interact with students at different venues. On July 28, road shows will be organised at Master Tara Singh College for Women, Ramgarhia Girls College, Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Arya College for Girls and also at markets in Model Town and Mall Road. Also, the event will be organised at Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Ferozepur. Five top finalists for the Miss Punjabi will get a direct entry into regional Femina Miss India contest, the press release added.

Tisha tops in marketing mgmt: Tisha Sharma, a student of BCom (III), Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana, has won gold medal for securing top position in marketing management (hons) by scoring 84 per cent marks. She secured 164 marks out of a total of 200. The college principal Dr Prem Kumar and Col PS Choudhry, general manager (education and administration) congratulated Tisha and all faculty members of the college for putting their hard work. This is the third gold medal in a row for the college.

Court complex inaugurated
: Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Tirath Singh Thakur inaugurated court complex at Dhuri, about 15 km from here, on Saturday. The court complex has been constructed on 7.5 acres of land and an amount of Rs 5.97 crore had been spent on it.

Book fair
: With a view to inculcating the habit of reading good books, a three-day book fair was started by KC Public School in collaboration with Scholastic India Private here on Thursday. More than 10,000 books on different subjects have been displayed. Principal Gurdip Singh Bajwa, publication manager Shailender Karwal, headmistress Navita Joshi and librarian Sandeep Walia made the students aware of the importance of reading good books.

Man run over by train: An unidentified man got crushed under a train here today. The man, in his early thirties, was trying to cross railway lines near Rajpura flyover when the train ran over him. The police is on the trail to identify the victim. The body has been kept at the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for identification.

Dogs devour body of man: Stray dogs tore body of a mentally challenged person after a vehicle near Sarhali Kalan village crushed him here on Friday night. Sources revealed that the deceased had been identified as Balbir Singh (35) of Sarali Mandan village. On receiving information, the police took the body. A case had been registered under Section 304-A, IPC. The post-mortem examination was conducted at the Civil Hospital.



Sheds auctioned: The UT administration auctioned temporary sheds in the Sector 26 ‘mandi’ yesterday. The sheds had not been allotted for past four months.

Vijay Divas today: Tricity will pay homage to Kargil martyrs at Maj Sandeep Shankla memorial in Panchkula to commemorate the Vijay Divas tomorrow. A medical camp will also be organised on the occasion. It was on this day, 10 years ago, that Armed forces finally drove away Pakistani intruders from the icy heights of the Kargil sector in northern part of Jammu and Kashmir.

BSNL offers discount scheme: BSNL has extended its trade discount scheme for its landline customers. Under this scheme lucky draw will be held for three additional bill cycles i.e. bills issued in June, July and August for all landline customers. Eligible numbers should not have any outstanding up to the latest bill and should not have been disconnected during the past six months. The 20 numbers selected in the draw for each billing cycle will be given free ITC/Call Now Card of value equal to the current bill of the customer. This was stated in a press note issued by the company. 

RBI organises quiz contest: An inter-school quiz competition was organised by the RBI as a part of its platinum jubilee celebrations here on Saturday. About nine city schools took part in the competition. St Kabir won the first prize. St Stephens and Sacred Heart Convent School won the second and the third prize, respectively.

100 donate blood: More than 100 persons, including sportsmen, donated blood at a voluntary blood donation camp organised by Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at its tennis stadium here today.


Workers hold rally
Workers of Gurgaon and Rewari organised a rally under the banner of the Trade Union Council, Gurgaon, to reiterate their resolve to fight for their rights here today. The rally took place outside the mini secretariat, from where four years ago one of the most  bestial attacks on workers in the country had  been unleashed by the police.

Teacher ends his life
A teacher allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan last night here. It is alleged that he took this extreme step after facing humiliation and maltreatment at the hands of principal and manager of a school that he had left some time back. The deceased had reportedly left a suicide note in which he had held functionaries responsible for his death. The teacher has been identified as Rakesh Mittal, a resident of the Radhaswami colony on the Kaithal-Ambala road.

Road blocked over death
Number of people from the housing board colony, along with family members and relatives of building construction contractor Sanjay, who died allegedly due to poisoning last evening, today blocked the Sonepat-Murthal road for around two hours to demand registration of the case against Anoop Singh Dahiya, former president of the Sonepat Bar Association. The blockade was lifted when the police assured that a case would be registered after receiving the postmortem report.

Farmers’ training programme
: A Farmers Training Programme was organised by SBI, in Kurukshetra University auditorium, here on Saturday, in which more than 200 farmers participated. The programme was presided over by Dr DN Balodtu, director SBI, central board. Kurukshetra University Vice-Chancellor Dr RP Vajpai was the guest of honour. Earlier, Chandigarh SBI general manager Sudipan Bhaduri informed the gathering that the Bank la pioneer is providing finance for agriculture. Various schemes and products have been devised to meet the short term and long term financial requirements of farmers and to facilitate them to have anytime anywhere banking facilities, he added.

2 die, 4 hurt in mishaps: Two persons, including a truck driver, died while four others were injured in separate road accidents in the district on Friday. Laxmi Devi, a resident of the Qutubpur colony here, died while four other occupants were injured when the three-wheeler they were travelling in, reportedly collided with a trailer on the Rewari-Jhajjar road near Guraora village on Friday. The accident took place when the three-wheeler was coming from Jhajjar to Rewari while the trailer was on its way to Jhajjar. In a second incident, truck driver Shaitan Singh (32), a resident of Ajmer district of Rajasthan, was electrocuted when the truck got electrified after the uppermost part of the gas tank, which the truck was carrying, abruptly touched the overhanging high tension wire on the Rewari-Jhajjar road near Rohrai turn on Friday.

Four booked for forgery: The Kasaula police has booked Sarpanch Dharam Vir and Savita Devi, Nangi Devi and Salla Devi, all women panches of the Kamalpur-Mundanwas village panchayat for allegedly grabbing the old age pension of Kalu Ram Gujjar, a senior resident of the village. A case of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation under various sections of the IPC has been registered against them on a directive of the court of JMIC Ishwar Dutt, who has issued it on a petition earlier filed by Kalu Ram. The petitioner alleged that the sapanch, in connivance of the women panches, fraudulently grabbed his old age pension of March.

Panel to check ragging
: DC Yudhvir Singh Khayalia has constituted a committee for checking ragging in the district. The committee headed by Khayalia, includes SP Subhash Yadav, District Information and Public Relations Officer Amit Panwar, District Education Officer Asha Kiran, SDM of Sirsa, Dabwali and Ellenabad, Chaudhary Devi Lal University registrar, Sirsa, secretary of the NGO Disha Surinder Bhatia and principals of all colleges and technical educational institutions of the district. Khaylia said the committee members would visit educational institutions of the district and would keep vigil against ragging.

DCC (rural) gen secy
: Om Prakash Malik, a resident of Bhainswal Kalan village, has been appointed general secretary of the District Congress Committee, Sonepat (rural) by HPCC president Phool Chand Mulana. Malik had thanked Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Mulana, MPs Deepender Singh Hooda and Jitender Singh Malik, MLA Jagbir Singh Malik and Haryana Ayurvedic and Unani Board chairman Sanjay Atri.



Death mourned
The Full Court reference to condole the sad demise of Sessions Judge (retd) Manohar Lal Koul and advocate Pyare Lal Koul was held here on Friday under the Chairmanship of Justice Nirmal Singh. Rich tributes were paid to the departed souls on the occasion. Justice Nirmal, Justice Virender Singh, Justice Sunil and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar were present on the occasion, besides members of the Subordinate Judiciary and members of the Bar Association, Jammu, were also present.

Educational tour
: The White Knight Corps under Operation Sadbhavana will organise an educational-cum-motivational tour for the children of this region to Delhi and Jaipur. As many as 24 students will have the opportunity to see the historic city of Jaipur and national capital New Delhi from July 25 to August 2. The children will witness the rich traditions and culture of different states and spread the message of peace.

Mushaira organised: A multilingual ‘mushaira’ has been organised by the District Information Centre, Udhampur, on the premises of Government High School, Kalwanta. Local poets recited their compositions in Hindi, Urdu, Dogri and Punjabi, focusing mainly on social issues like dowry, early child marriage, drug addiction and environmental protection. The poets appreciated the efforts of the department for organising the ‘mushaira’ at far off place from the District Headquarters and urged the authorities of the J&K Information Department to hold such programmes in other parts of the district.


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