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Bassi Pathana
One killed, 1 hurt in accident
: A man was killed and another seriously injured when their motorcycle had a head-on collision with a speeding Innova (PB-02AQ-1211) near Usha Mata Mandir on the Bassi Pathana-Morinda road on Saturday afternoon. According to the police, the victims have been identified as Maghar Singh and Onkar Singh, both residents of Kurali, who were going from Bassi Pathana to Kurali. Maghar Singh was driving the motorcycle, while Onkar Singh was sitting pillion. As they reached near Usha Mata Mandir, a speeding Innova hit their motorcycle and both received serious injuries. They were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh. Onkar Singh died at the PGI, whereas Maghar Singh was battling for life. The police said the driver fled away, but had been identified as Amandeep Singh, a resident of Bhellowal village in Amritsar district. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 304-A and 427 of the IPC.

Nurses Day celebrated
: The State Institute of Nursing and Para Medical Sciences, Badal, celebrated the International Nurses Day on Wednesday in the college campus. Principal Anjli James delivered a welcome address and briefed about the activities and achievements of the college. The chief guest was Dr DS Sidhu, Registrar, BFUHS, Faridkot.

Sudents shine in CET, AFMC exam: Meedical and non-medical students of the Harbhajan’s Institute have done the city proud by registering ranks in the AFMC examination, result of which was declared recently. Bharigu Jain, Prabhsimran, Dipin Goyal, Abhilash, Gurprit Singh, Amrinder Singh, Sanya, Gurjinder Singh, Siddharth, Navpreet and Jannat were among those selected to the AFMC. Meanwhile, Jimnish Singla, another student of the institute, has been ranked 28th in the CET, Punjab, while Rahul Singla stood 38th. Managing Director of the Institute Harbhajan Singh said he already knew that the students will bring laurels to the institute as special training was imparted to them.

Students of Delhi Public School understanding things related to internet inside the Google bus in Bathinda on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Google bus at DPS: Google’s Internet bus, having traversed South India, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, rolled into the campus of Delhi Public School (DPS) here on Saturday. Teachers and students learnt how to utilise Google as a search engine for information, education, entertainment and communication. DPS students tried out their new-found knowledge on the computers provided in the bus. They were briefed about the lesser-known sites as well as translation into regional languages. The students were especially keen to find out about Internet connectivity on mobiles and promised to follow the Internet bus on the Google site itself.

: Irate railway employees held a demonstration in protest against the alleged beating up of employee Ram Bharose by a GRP constable near Maal Godown here today. The protesters demanded suspension of the constable.


Book release: “Mahaan Guru da Mahaan Banda”, a book authored by Kulbir Singh, a former IAS, will be released by Prof SS Johl at the Institute of Sikh Studies in Sector 28 on Sunday at 3 pm.

Launched: College students of Panchkula and Chandigarh on Saturday launched GEOCOOL, an independent organisation to crusade against global warming. The club aims to sensitise residents about the ill effects of global warming and ways to combat it. They will be organising awareness campaigns, sensitisation workshop and seminars to achieve the aim. The club kick started by organising a painting competition.

Donated: Kavita Sehgal, president, State Bank Ladies Club, Chandigarh, donated one deep freezer to inhabitants of the Jyoti Sarup Kanya Asra Society, Kharar, Mohali. The society provides shelter and takes care of the education of orphan/abandoned girls and helps them to settle in their life.

Yellow Day: The little ones dressed up in different shades of yellow celebrated Yellow Day at St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, on Friday. Nearly 90 students participated in this fun frolic activity. The motive behind the whole show was to teach the students the concept and impart importance of yellow in their lives.

School elections: Ritesh Sood and Akshay Gulati were declared captain and vice-captain during the elections held at Saupin’s School. Principal Upasna Babuta congratulated them and handed them the responsibility to lead the school to glory.

Truck driver commits suicide: A 30-year-old man committed suicide by jumping into the well in Nada village located in the outskirts of the town on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Ramesh, a resident of Nada village, who was working as a truck driver. The SHO said the villagers had spotted the body in the village well this morning and informed the police. He said a diving team from Karnal was pressed into service, which fished out the body and handed it over to the police. Villagers told the police that the deceased was having a rift with his in-laws, which could be the main reason behind this extreme step. A case has been registered in the Chandimandir police station and the body has been sent to the General Hospital, Sector 6, for the postmortem.

65-year-old killed in mishap
: Lakhan Singh (65), a migrant labourer, lost his life in a road mishap that took place on the Chandigarh-Ambala national highway in Zirakpur on Saturday. According to sources, Lakhan was hit by a speeding truck when he was crossing the road, killing him on the spot. The driver of the truck managed to flee from the spot leaving his truck behind. The police has impounded the truck and initiated further proceedings and body of the deceased has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for conducting postmortem. Lakhan originally belonged to Moradabad (UP) and used to make baskets in Zirakpur to earn his living.


Defence varsity: The decision of the Union Cabinet to set up the first defence university of the country near Gurgaon not only puts Haryana on the national defence canvas but also meets a long-pending demand of the people of the state. This was stated by CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who said, “We are thankful to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister AK Antony for making it possible.”

Four hospitalised: Four school students were hospitalised after inhaling ammonia gas which had leaked from an ice factory near Parav Chowk here on Saturday. The school is situated above the factory. The gas from the ice plant leaked creating panic among the the students and residents of nearby areas. Several students became unconscious. Four of them were taken to a hospital. Angry shopkeepers stoned the factory and later assaulted the owner.

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