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World Blood Donors Day:
To celebrate the World Blood Donors Day, a special camp was organised at the civil hospital here with the help of some NGOs, DAV College and DAV College of Education. Raju Charaya, president of the Nar Sewa Narayan Sewa said that people under the age of 25 contribute an estimated 38 per cent of reported voluntary blood donations adding that a survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has revealed this fact. Lakshmi Narayan and Mohan Lal, sarpanch and former sarpanch of village Alamgarh, donated blood.

House gutted
: Fire broke out in a house at nearby Mairran village on Monday night. The neighbours noticed smoke coming out of one of the rooms. The house was locked as the owner of the house, Karam Singh, had gone somewhere along with his family members. A neighbour informed the police, which took control of the situation with the help of villagers. The police said goods and furniture had damaged in fire. The cause of fire could not be ascertained. 

Modgil is dist BJP chief
: Vivek Modgil has been nominated as the district president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Batala, in place of Naresh Mahajan with immediate effect. A fax message from state BJP president Ashwani Sharma was received here. Local rank and file of the BJP welcomed the nomination of Modgil who is a known RSS loyalist. 

Campus Placement: Webart Softech, an offshore IT Software Solutions company in Haryana, visited Sukhmani institute of Engineering and Technology for campus placement. The placement drive was conducted for students of Btech, BBA and BCA stream. The recruitment drive conducted included rigorous rounds of technical written test and HR round for selection. As many as 110 students appeared for the placement.

Judicial remand for terror suspects: Five alleged terrorists of the Babbar Khalsa International have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days by the Dera Bassi court on Monday. Earlier, these terrorists were in police custody. According to information, terrorists sent to judicial remand include Balbeer Singh, alias Bhootna, Nirmal Singh, alias Nimma, Avtar Singh, Daljit and Deepak. The accused had reportedly been involved in terrorist activities and arms and ammunition were also seized from their custody. 

Drugs seized: District drug inspector Ramandeep Kaur raided some chemist shops at Dera Bassi and Lalru on Monday and seized illegal drugs. She said drugs worth Rs 7,550 have been seized from Saini Medicos, Dera Bassi. About 2,165 capsules of spasmoproxyvon, 10 bottles of codeinesyrup and 5,100 tablets of microlite were seized during the raid. She said raids to check sale of illegal drugs would continue in the future. 

Youth booked for rape
: A schoolgirl was abducted and raped by a youth of Dhudiawal village (Kapurthala) on the evening of June 12.The Tanda police has booked Jaswinder Singh, son of Surjit Singh of Dhudiawal, under sections 363, 366, 367 and 376 of the IPC in this connection. According to police sources, the victim’s father alleged that the accused bundled his daughter in the car when she came out of the school after appearing in an examination at Slaempur village. Later Jaswinder Singh allegedly raped her. 

Children film festival in August:
The district administration in association Children Film Society of India (CFSI) would be organising a 10-day children film festival here from August 23 to 31. As many as 42,000 children would be shown the film festival highlighting subjects like sports, education, art and culture. The shows would be screened daily from 8 am to 9.30 am. Addressing a meeting, Deputy Commissioner Priyank Bharti said the district administration had hired as many as seven cinema halls in the district. “We have hired city based cinema halls-Mehak, Narinder, Laxmi, Aftaab and Mehtaab. While Nakodar and Goraya-based cinema halls would also be used for this purpose,” he added. 

Minorities’ front: Punjab Minister for Public Relations Sewa Singh Sekhwan and national president of the Minorities and Dalit Front today said the front would be expanded on a large scale. Addressing a meeting at Circuit House, the minister said elections for strengthening the Minorities and Dalit Front would be held at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall on August 8. Sekhwan said the state government was committed to ensuring welfare of the minorities and Dalits. 

Medical camp
: A homeopathic camp was organised in memory of social activist Mohinder Pal Gupta in Shivpuri here today. Doctors examined at least 250 patients. 
BK Moudgil, an astrologer, inaugurated it. 

Godman’s bail plea rejected
: The additional district and sessions judge of Moga SK Aggarwal on Monday rejected anticipatory bail to a local spiritual guru, who has been accused of sexually abusing a Dalit woman. As per the details , the self-styled guru, Baba Avtar Singh sexually abused a Dalit woman on the intervening night of June 4 and 5 after giving intoxicants to her husband and other family members, sub-inspector, Bhupinder Singh, said. After conducting a preliminary inquiry and a medical examination, an FIR under section 376 of the IPC was registered against the guru at the city police station (south), on June 8. Since then, the Baba was eluding arrest.

Girl commits suicide, 1 booked:
A case has been registered against Ashu, resident of Ferozepore, under section 306 of the IPC on the basis of a complaint lodged by Raj Kumar, resident of the local Fateh Nagar. In his complaint, he has alleged that Ashu had met his 17-year-old daughter at a dera about one and half years ago and he even gave her a mobile SIM card and since then they remained in touch through telephone. Ashu had been pressurising his daughter for marriage and even threatening to either kill himself or her if she did not marry him. Consequently, his daughter committed suicide, he alleged. 

Man kills self: Harinder Singh of local Guru Angad Nagar has allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison. The police has registered a case under section 306 of the IPC. 

Burglary bid: A burglary bid was made at the Suvidha Centre situated at the District Administrative Complex here. The miscreants broke into the Suvidha Centre and picked up computers and some other items during the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, but they could not take the articles away as a nearby resident awoke and informed the police. The police reached the site but the miscreants taking the benefit of darkness managed to flee leaving the articles. The police has registered a case. 

Seminar on RTI Act : Darbara Singh Kahlon, State Information Commissioner, asked the officials of different departments to ensure timely and proper implementation of the RTI Act. He was presiding over a seminar on the Act here on Monday. He stressed upon the need to create awareness among masses to convert it into a mass movement. Deputy Commissioner Shruti Singh also spoke on the occasion.

Schoolchildren during an awareness rally on the occasion of the World Blood Donors Day at Government Medical College in Patiala on Monday. Blood donation camp: Government Medical College, Patiala, in association with Punjab State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, and Punjab State Blood Transfusion Council, observed the World Blood Donors Day on its campus on Monday. Voluntary blood donors and NGOs were also honoured and Dr Surinder Singh, principal of the college, gave away the prizes. A painting competition under the theme of voluntary blood donation was held in which both school and college students participated. 

Schoolchildren during an awareness rally on the occasion of the World Blood Donors Day at Government Medical College in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Woman killed:
An unidentified middle-aged woman was run over and killed by a train near Gobindpura level crossing here late last night. The railway police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. 

Grant announced:
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced a grant of Rs 106 crore to the Animal Husbandry Department. Former district governor Sat Paul Sethi, urged the CM to direct the authorities concerned to keep sending veterinary doctors to examine cows at gaushalas. The state government has sanctioned Rs 62.97 crore for the construction of nine poly-clinics at Fatehgarh Sahib, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Tarn Taran, Mohali, Nawanshahr, Amritsar and Moga. The work would start by next year.

Honoured: The UK government has honoured Sher Singh Rana, an NRI, for his exemplary social services. Rana, who hails from Phagwara, has been involved in various fund-raising activities. Before leaving for the UK, Rana used to teach at Arya High School in Phagwara. 

Blue bull shot dead:
Two cases of hunting have been registered under section 9/51 of the Wildlife Act, Sriganganagar district police sources said on Sunday. Devi Lal of village 13G in Chunavadh area said in the FIR that a blue bull was shot dead by unidentified persons, who were noticed dragging the animal by tractor. When challenged, the culprits escaped leaving behind the vehicle and carcass. Another report lodged by village 5SKM resident Bansi Lal Bishnoi said unidentified persons shot a blackbuck dead on the periphery of the Chak 19GD village and escaped. 

Farmer commits suicide: Malkeet Singh, a farmer, committed suicide at village Jodhewala. Chunavadh SHO said the victim was found hanging inside his house on Monday. Inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated. As per another FIR, one Jagarjang Singh (31) of village Munda in Tarn Taran district was killed as the oil tanker that he was driving reportedly collided on the way back from Bikaner with a truck during the wee hours on the Peelibanga road. A case has been registered in the case. 



Conference: The conference of the Punjab National Bank Officers’ Association, Haryana, was held here on Sunday. General secretary Kumar Arbind, All-India Punjab National Bank Officers’ Federation, inaugurated the conference. Field general manager Ashok K Gupta, Punjab National Bank, Chandigarh, graced the occasion as the chief guest and circle head AK Loomba, Chandigarh, was the guest of honour. A website www.pnboahry.com of the association was launched by Gupta. Meanwhile, the following were elected as office-bearers of the association: president-GS Oberoi; general secretary-TR Verma; and treasurer-YP Sharma. 



Cow found dead: A cow died after falling into an abandoned well in Sector 7, Ambala City. The incident came to light on Monday when some of the residents of the sector noticed foul smell emanating from the well. Later it was found that the body of the cow was lying there for past 3-4 days. According to the residents, the well was lying abandoned for last several years. The boundary wall of the well was also broken, they added. They said the matter was brought into the notice of the municipal council a number of times, but in vain. They added that this well could lead to some serious mishap as children generally play in the ground near this well.

Woman attempts suicide: A 43-year-old woman tried to end her life by pouring turpentine oil on her body. The police said Rani, wife of Sanjay Tanwar, is a resident of Dharam Colony, Pinjore. She sustained 95 per cent burn injuries. She was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where her condition is said to be critical. The police further added that Rani was mentally upset since long. 

One held for murder: The Pinjore police has arrested Ashok Kalu in a murder case. According to the police, the accused had murdered Salim, a resident of Pinjore, on April 17. The accused had confessed to the crime. He was produced in a court on Monday from where he was sent to judicial custody till June28. 



: No loss of life in Kulgam: On directions of the District Development Commissioner (DDC), Kulgam, Farooq Ahmed Khan, a team of officers visited Kongwattan, Kounsarnag and some other areas in the higher reaches of the district to assess the loss of life and property due to the recent rain and snowfall onSunday. The team after conducting an aerial and ground survey reported no loss of human life . 

2 drug peddlers arrested: The Crime Branch of the Kashmir police has busted a gang and arrested two drug peddlers so far. It conducted a raid on the house of Abdul Majid Sumji at the Fruit Mandi, Parimpora, and seized 1,250 grams of brown sugar from Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a resident of Tangmarg, who was living in the house. Meanwhile, on Bhat’s disclosures Abdul Majid Sumji was also arrested. — TNS

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