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Yoga campaign: As per the directions of Swami Ram Dev, the district unit of Pitanjali Yog Samiti launched yoga awareness and anti-social evils campaign here on Monday. A team of yoga instructors especially trained by Swami Ram Dev visited more than 12 villages and interacted with the people.

Dera Bassi
Woman hangs herself:
A woman, identified as Reena of Habetpur village, today committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her house. According to the police, family dispute might be a reason behind the suicide. Her body had been kept at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, and a post mortem would be conducted tomorrow, the police said.

Placement drive for MBA students
: Placement fest was held for MBA  students at Rayat Bahra Bio-Technology Centre of  Excellence, Mohali. During a press conference,  Gurvinder Singh Bahra, chairman of the Rayat- Bahra Group, said department of career development  and placement organised the fest for MBA students of Rayat Bahra Institutes of Mohali, Ropar and  Hoshiarpur campuses. MNCs that participated in fest included Pelsoft Labs, Embee Group, Hero Group, Ranbaxy, Reliance Communication, Saber Papers, Metlife India, Kapsons Retail and Aspire India and  Grey-B Services.

Research papers: Prof SK Taneja, UGC emeritus fellow, department of zoology, PU, has achieved a rare distinction. Two of his publications based on the research of his PhD students- Reshu Mandal, K Birla Singh and Sanjam Girhotra have been included in the first 15 articles at the US National Library of Medicine’s List of World’s Top 50 Recent Biomedical Research Findings related to “Metabolic Syndrome-X”. One of these two papers has been placed on the ninth position with a rating of 63 per cent and the other one with 39 per cent rating has been placed on the 14th position.


Best city award: Chandigarh has been adjudged the best city in terms of quality sanitation under the national rating and award scheme for sanitation for Indian cities by the ministry of urban development, Government of India. The city scored 73.48 points. Mysore has been placed second and Surat as third, while New Delhi is at number four and Delhi Cantonment has been placed at number five in this national-level survey.

Top position: Preeti of New India Senior Secondary School has got the first position in the district by securing 93.17 per cent in Class VIII exams of the Haryana Board. She got 559 marks out of 600, thus sharing the top honours with Swati of JP Gurukul, Pinjore, who has also got the same percentage.



Temple mahant booked: The police has booked Mahavir Das, mahant of Baba Mohandas temple of Bharawas village, and 10 of his supporters on charges of rioting, criminal trespass, causing hurt, mischief, causing damage and criminal intimidation. A case has been registered against them on a complaint lodged by Krishna Bala, daughter of Roomal Kaur of Bharawas village. The complainant alleged that the assailants recently made a violent attack on her and her son Neeraj inflicting injuries on them. Besides, they barged into her fields and damaged the standing crop. She further alleged that the assailants were bent upon dislodging her from the above piece of agricultural land, which she and her family had been cultivating for the past four decades. The mahant claimed that the land belonged to the temple.

Tractor driver killed: Tractor driver Rajender (50), a resident of the Kotkasim area of Alwar district in Rajasthan, died while his associate Daya Ram (20) sustained injuries, when a tractor-trailer rammed into their tractor-trolley, laden with chaff, on the Jaipur-Delhi highway, near Asalwas village, 12 km from here, on Sunday. The incident took place when Rajender was on his way to Kotkasim while the tractor-trailer was going towards Delhi. Driver of the tractor-trailer reportedly absconded after abandoning his vehicle, which was later impounded by the police.


Ramgarh (Vijaypur)
3 killed over pungent smell
: Dispute over pungent stink emanating from a poultry farm allegedly led an ex-serviceman to kill his three relatives in Sham-e-Chak village, over 40 km from Jammu, on Monday. The victims included two brothers. The accused, Rajinder Singh, a 70-year-old retired Subedar, who was upset over the constant smell from the poultry farm, allegedly fired eight bullets from his .12 bore gun and killed his distant relative Gian Singh, 75, who ran the poultry farm, and his two nephews. Rajinder was arrested.

School timings changed
: In view of the census operation, the state government has changed the timings of both government and private schools up to higher secondary level in the valley. The schools falling within Srinagar area would function from 8 am to 2 pm while other schools would operate from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm from May 14, an official spokesman said.

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