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BEd entrance test result out:
Jasvir Singh (Roll No. 22777), resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Bathinda, stood first in the state-Level BEd entrance test-2009 conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University for admission to the BEd course on behalf of the Punjab government on August 2, the result of which was declared on Sunday evening. Test Coordinator MS Hundal said a total 26,935 candidates appeared in this test, while the results were available on the university website http://www.gndu.ac.in. Students could download the Result Card-cum-Counselling Form from the website. The counselling would start from August 16. Kirti Rani (Roll No. 20356), resident of Maya Devi Bhawan, Barnala, bagged the second position, while Amarjyot Kaur (Roll No. 50376), resident of New Green Model Town, Jalandhar, secured the third position. This test was conducted by the university in colleges of education in Punjab and affiliated to GND University, Amritsar, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Lovely Professional University, Phagwara. 

Dal Khalsa on separate panel: The Dal Khalsa on Saturday urged the Central government to allow the Sikh Gurdwara Election Commission to hold a referendum to gauge the general mood of the Sikh community in Haryana. Advocating a middle way approach to address the contentious issue of a separate body for Haryana gurdwaras, Harcharanjit Singh Dhami and Kanwar Pal Singh Bittu, president and spokesman of the body, respectively, said the sole right whether to remain with the SGPC or to have their own separate body rest with the Sikhs of Haryana. 

Offices of DC, ADC shifted:
Office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) was shifted today to the courts complex from the market committee complex, situated near new grain market here. Besides, offices of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Assistant Commissioner (General) and the Suvidha Kendra have also been shifted to the courts complex. Addressing a gathering, DC Harkesh Singh Sidhu asked the officers to perform their duties in a transparent manner. He also appealed to the public not to put pressure on the officers to get the work done by any unfair means. On the occasion, those who were present included Additional Sessions Judge Vivek Puri, SSP Shive Kumar Verma, chairman of Zila Parishad Gurtej Singh Khudi Kalan, chairman of Improvement Trust Inder Pal Singh, SGPC member Ajaib Kaur Bhotna and secretary of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Bharat Bhushan Menon. 

Offices of DC & ADC shifted: The office of the deputy commissioner (DC) was on Monday shifted to the premises of the local courts complex (near Kachehri chowk) from the Market Committee building complex, situated near the new Grain Market here.Besides, the shifting of office of the DC, the offices of the additional deputy commissioner (ADC), assistant commissioner (general) and the branches, associated with the offices of the DC, the ADC, the AC (General), and the office of the Suvidha Kendra have also been shifted to the courts complex.Addressing the gathering, the DC Harkesh Singh Sidhu asked the officers to perform their duties in a transparent manner in the new building complex. He also appealed to the public not to put pressure on the officers to get any wrong work done by using unfair means. He said his doors were open for the public round-the-clock. 

Anand Utsav concludes:
The programme 'Jago' stole the show on the second and final day of Anand Utsav organised in Fazilka by Graduate Welfare Association, Fazilka (GWAF) with the help of Punjab Heritage and Promotion Board. A cultural programme was also organised, which continued till late at night. It was presided over by Istri Arya Samaj president Sudesh Nagpal, Youth Akali Dal state general secretary Parmjit Singh Pamma, Dr NKSethi, Dr Vijay Sachdeva, retired principal Pritam Kaur. The children presented skits on the life of great martyr Bhagat Singh and against dowry system. 

Residents stage dharna:
Resenting shortage of teaching staff in the Government Elementary School, the residents of village Chak 29 DW, locked the institution and staged a sit-in (dharna) for an indefinite period on Monday. The villagers had now served an ultimatum on the district authorities to fill the sanctioned posts by August 10, failing which, the school will be locked.

Swine flu precautions:
Deputy Commissioner Ajeet Singh Pannu has directed the Jalandhar Civil Surgeon to take adequate precautionary measures to control swine flu in the district. A meeting in this regard was held here today. He said special teams have been formed at the district and sub-divisional hospitals to curb this disease. The DC asked the civil hospital authorities to help create awareness regarding the precautionary measures among the local residents. “The residents should get the suspected patients admitted immediately to the local civil hospitals for treatment,” he added. 

HMV staff strike work: The non-teaching staff union of Hans Raj Mahila Vidyalaya today wore black badges and held a strike against the non-implementation of the 5th Pay Commission recommendations. Kulwant Singh, president of the union, lambasted the state government for indifferent attitude towards the education sector. He maintained that the union would observe statewide protests in case the government failed to meet their demands. 

‘We’re first to start institutional studies on Ayurveda’: Dayanand Ayurvedic College organised an inter-college quiz on ayurveda here today. Speaking on the occasion, Principal Dr Raj Kumar said their college is the first ayurvedic college of India which has started institutional studies on ayurveda. Panchkarma Department Head Dr Sanjeev Sood said a number of people coming to the college for panchkarma was on the rise. There is tremendous increase in the number of patients in the OPDs, he said. He added that they would organise the 11th panchkarma course for doctors in September. Dr Utpala Singh, manager, scientific services, Rajeev Sabharwal and Anuj from Himalaya Drugs organised the quiz contest.

The annual general body meeting-cum-seminar of New Hope, an NGO, was held on Sunday at Punjabi Bhawan. The seminar was presided over by president NS Nanda. The annual report was read by general secretary Kuldip Maria, which was approved by the house. Nanda thanked the members for re-electing him as the president. He announced that the total number of body donors had reached up to 411 and it would cross 450 soon. 

Proper power supply sought:
People have been facing difficulties in daily life due to long power cuts during day and night. They blamed the state government to make false promise of providing 24 hour power supply. Farmer leaders Ram Singh and Mahinder Singh Romana criticised the state government and electricity board for not providing three phase power supply for the tubewells for eight hours. They said farmers have been getting only five hours power supply during the paddy season. Jagsir Singh, a resident of Gahle village said farmers have been facing difficulties due to power cuts. The residents demanded proper power supply. 

Heart check-up camp ends:
Dr GS Kalra, Director, Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, and Dr Amarjit Singh Sahweny, a local cardiologist, held a free heart check-up camp at local Jain school on Monday. Two hundred persons were examined for possible heart ailments. Tests like echocardigraphy and ECG were done on prone persons free of cost. Dr Kalra also suggested healthy tips to heart patients. Dr Sahni emphasised the need to adopt regular walking and exercise in order to keep the heart fit. 

2 held with narcotics:
The Gurdaspur police arrested Pirer Masih of Chhichrewal and Harjot Singh of Gurdas Nangal and seized 500 g of poppy husk and 320 g of narcotic powder from them at a naka on the Gurdaspur-Amritsar road here on Monday. The police has registered a case under the NDPS Act. 

2 killed in bus-truck collision:
Two persons were killed while 12 others were injured in a head-on collision between a PRTC bus and a truck on the Sangrur-Barnala road near Kunran village, 13 km from here. The deceased included conductor of the bus Harbhajan Singh. The injured were admitted to the Sangrur Civil Hospital from where two persons were referred to Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, and two others were referred to a hospital in Bathinda. The truck was going towards Barnala, while the bus was coming from Bathinda towards Sangrur. Dr Prabhat Kumar said the conductor of the PRTC bus was declared brought dead, while 12 persons had been admitted to the hospital. He added that three injured had been referred to different hospitals for further treatment. SHO of Dhanaula police station Rajesh Kumar said over phone that Gurjant Singh, who was referred to Patiala, died today. A case has been registered against the driver of the bus.



Water supply to be hit today:Due to leakage near Rurki village and in Water Works, Kajauli, Ph-I and II, their will be no supply of water between 1 and 2 pm in the city tomorrow. A spokesman of the corporation said there would be full pressure of water from 4 to 10 am, but the pressure would be low from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Little Flower, Ryan champions:
Little Flower Convent School of Panchkula and Ryan International School, Sector 49, Chandigarh, won the Under-13 and Under-16 trophies, respectively, in the first Clive Shear Memorial Six-A-Side Cricket Tournament at JR Institute of Cricket Technology Stadium in Barwala near here on Sunday.



Office-bearers appointed:
The INLD has appointed former Deputy Speaker Gopi Chand Gehlot as the district president of Gurgaon while advocate Sunil Yadav has been appointed district president of the Rewari INLD unit. State INLD president Ashok Arora said more office-bearers would be appointed soon to further strengthen the INLD organisation.

Two arrested:
A team of the CIA branch of the district police arrested two persons with two country-made loaded pistols, who were planning to loot passing vehicles near Jind drain bridge here on Sunday. Both the accused were produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate here on Monday, who sent them in 14-day judicial custody. The accused have been identified as Gulab Singh of Deoban and Shish Pal of Devigarh village. 

Woman commits suicide:
A woman, Munni Devi (30), reportedly set herself on fire following an altercation with her husband Gajraj at Gadla village, 30 km from here, on Saturday. The family members admitted her to the PGIMS, Rohtak, where she succumbed to her burn injuries. Consequently on a complaint filed by Davender, elder brother of the deceased and resident of Dhamla Ka village, near here, the Rohrai police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against Gajraj. 

Landline phones out of order:
Landline phones in nine villages went out of order following a theft of instruments and equipments in Nahra telephone exchange of the BSNL on Sunday. On the complaint of TTA of the exchange Ranbir, a case has been registered against unidentified persons. The thieves had taken away a battery set of 600 A, three air-conditioner fans and one air-conditioner from the exchange. According to police, the case was being investigated and no arrest had been made so far. 



Bid to loot bank foiled:
An unsuccessful attempt to loot the local branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) was foiled by the alert watchmen of Palampur Beopar Mandal last night.
According to the police, three persons broke open the shutter of the PNB at about 1.30pm. When the burglars were about to enter the bank, the two watchmen reached there. All burglars fled away leaving behind their implements, including a hexa blade, hammer and iron rods. A case has been registered, but no arrest has been made so far. 

28 kg charas seized:
Around 28 kg charas was seized today from the possession of one Budh Ram, son of Parmanand and a resident of Kastha Kathi-Kukari, near Fozal, in a naka organised by the district police near Dobhi.
This was the third big consignment caught after 108 Kg seized in 1999 in Manali and 23 kg in 2003 in the district. 

Woman dies in mishap: Manju Devi, wife of a labourer, Ram Chand from Bihar, died in an accident while she fell down from a speeding tipper truck near Bajaura last evening. The woman was rushed to Regional Hospital here where she succumbed to her injuries today. Police sources confirmed that the driver of the tipper fled from the scene. 


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