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Chandigarh girl bags Miss PTC Punjabi title: Kamaldeep Kaur of Chandigarh bagged the coveted Miss PTC Punjabi 2009 title yesterday evening at Khalsa College campus here. The first runner-up was Amritsar girl Jasmine and the third position was claimed by Ludhiana girl Jasmeet. As many as 16 contestants from different parts of the Punjab vied for this title.

School celebrates founder’s day:
The junior wing of the Silver Oak school celebrated the 10th Founder’s day with great fervour and enthusiasm on the school premises on Friday. Melodious songs, rhymes and plays delivered moral lessons, while western dances made the audience tap their feet. AK Aggarwal, general manager of the National Fertilizers Limited, graced the function as the chief guest.

Cop, woman booked for threatening bank staff: The Kowali police booked a head constable of the Punjab Police and a woman for threatening two employees of a local State Bank of Patiala branch. According to details available, Jagmohan Bansal and Pawan Kumar of the bank alleged that head constable Jaspal Sharma and a former daily-wage employee of the bank, Ranbir Kaur, threatening them of implicating them in a case. They alleged that earlier, Ranbir withdrew Rs 90,000 from a stolen ATM card but later, when the matter was revealed she deposited the amount in the account. Meanwhile, Jaspal gave a cheque of the same amount as her surety. Once the matter was settled, both started seeking the money back with the threat. The police booked both the accused under sections 380, 384, 511, 506 and 120 B of the IPC.

Cop held for rape bid: The Garhdiwala police has arrested constable Tarlochan Singh of Chipra village under sections 376, 511 and 506 of the IPC last evening for his alleged attempt to rape a young woman of the same village. According to police sources, the victim alleged that Tarlochan Singh, who came to her house yesterday, ripped her clothes with a sickle and attempted to rape her.

5 deep tube-wells: Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon yesterday inaugurated five deep tube-wells at a cost of Rs 2 crore, installed by the Punjab Water Resources Management and Development Corporation, at Singhpur, Chandpur Rurki, Chandpur Khurd, Bholewal and Torowal villages, falling in the Kandia area of the district. The tube-wells will provide irrigation facility to about 600 acres of land. Later, he addressed a public meeting at Torowal village. Chaudhary Nand Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, and Darshan Lal Mangupur, Chairman, Zila Parishad, also addressed the gathering.

Indira remembered:
The Patiala Congress observed the martyrdom day of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on Saturday. Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur paid rich tributes to Indira Gandhi at the District Congress Committee (DCC) office. Former president of District Youth Congress Sanjeev Bitu was also present at the party office. Later, Preneet Kaur also kick started the membership drive of the Youth Congress.

Eye camp: The 31st free eye check-up and operation camp organised by the Vishwakarma Mandir Committee of Sanaur at Vishwakarma Temple concluded on Saturday. Over 800 patients were examined and given free medicines in the camp. A total of 65 patients were operated for cataract. Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre has been organising free eye check-up camps in the rural areas of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan with the help of non-governmental organisations and social service organisations.

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Five nabbed:
The police arrested five persons of a vehicle-lifter gang and recovered one Zen car and two motorcycles. The accused are Sukhdev Raj, Satnam Singh, Jasbir Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Baljinder Singh of Mehandipur.



Action sought against SHO: The All-India Human Rights Watch has written to the SSP, Mohali, to take action against an inspector for using blue beacon on his private vehicle. Taking up the matter with the SSP, Dr Jagmohan Sarao, president of the human rights group, said on October 26, inspector Lakhwinder Singh had gone to the Tata dealership in Chandigarh. While his driver misbehaved with the staff there, the cop posed as the DSP, CID, and on being cornered by those present there he admitted to be an inspector with the Punjab Police.

9-hr power cut in Phase IX: Two days before the One-Day match between India and Australia at the PCA, the residents of Phase IX have already started facing problems. On Saturday, the residents faced a nine-hour power cut as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was shifting the load of the phase from one feeder to another. During shifting the line tripped and the area remained without power for nine hours. Sources said though the PCA had an independent feeder, an alternative backup line was being set up. The power came at 7.30 pm.

Ex-servicemen’s front: The ex-servicemen movement has decided to raise an Ex-Servicemen Joint Action Front to pursue the case of one rank, one pension and allied problems. The decision was taken at a meeting of the joint ex-servicemen meeting held here on Saturday.

Sports teacher booked: The police has booked a sports teacher of Government School, Balongi, along with her husband Gurjant Singh and brother Prabhdeep Singh, for creating nuisance and threatening the District Education Officer at the DEO office in Phase IIIB-1 here. The teacher and his accomplice were protesting against cancellation of her duty. The police has registered a case under Sections 186, 353 and 506 of the IPC.



Table tennis tourney:
The Jammu and Kashmir Table Tennis Association (JKTTA) is organising the Jammu district open table tennis tournament at the Indoor Sports Complex, MA Stadium, here from November 3 to 6. All interested participants can send their entries to coaches Sushil Gupta and Ravish Vaid before November 3.

Husband denies charge:
Days after his 16-month-old son received a medal and Ph. D degree at the 17th annual convocation of University of Kashmir on behalf of his mother,late Syed Nasreen Rufai, her husband, Noor-ul-Mushtaq, has denied the charges levelled by the family that she had been tortured to death by her husband, settled in Dubai. “She died of lung disease which led to cardiac arrest”, Mushtaq, a businessman, conveyed from Dubai.He denied he was absconding after the death of his wife, and added that he was, in fact, trying to get back his son who was being held captive by the family.

Lashkar militant shot dead: A Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed in an encounter in Sopore on Saturday, which was suspended in the evening. DIG, north Kashmir, AQ Manhas told The Tribune that they would resume the operation in the morning. “One or more militants could be still inside the suspected house,” he said, adding that the killed militant is likely a Pakistan national. Official sources said the killed militant was Zubair, a close associate of top Lashkar commander Abdullah Owni, who had recently escaped from an encounter in which one of his associates was killed.

University festival: Sonzal, the annual festival of Kashmir University, began here on Friday. Vice-Chancellor Riyaz Punjabi inaugurated it. Riyaz termed Sonzal as a festival of creative minds of our university departments and affiliated colleges. The VC said Sonzal gave recreation to mind and could prepare students for the new challenges. Nilofar Khan, Dean Students Welfare, said the festival provided an opportunity to students of the university and its affiliated colleges to manifest their hidden talent.

Camp on martial arts ends: The four-day camp on real martial arts, being organised by the NSS wing of Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, concluded today. A large number of girl students participated in the workshop-cum-awareness camp. Sameer Singh, chief trainer, Real Martial Arts Training Association, taught the girls some techniques of self-defence.


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