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Funds for promoting sports
: Lok Sabha member, Sher Singh Ghubaya, has released Rs one lakh out of the MP Local Area Development fund for promoting sports in Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here. While giving away the cheque to principal, Dr Neelam Arun Mittu, during a visit on Saturday, he hoped efforts would be made to involve more girl students in sports. Principal Mittu informed the MP that students of the oldest local institution of girls had topped in about six PU exams in the sub-division.

SGPC elections: While addressing a meeting of the SAD workers here on Saturday, Balluana MLA, Gurtej Singh Ghuriana exhorted to get all eligible Sikhs aged above 21 years as voters during the revision of electoral rolls for the SGPC elections till June 30. He cautioned the workers against the propaganda expected to be launched by the DSGPC president Paramjit Singh Sarna and the SAD (A) chief, Simranjit Singh Mann. Presidents of the sub-divisional circles were also present.

Bassi Pathana
Family members hurt in clash
: A dispute over watering of fields turned bloody as families of two brothers clashed at Lohari Khurd village on Friday. Members of both families, including women, were injured. Bhinder Singh had a dispute with his brother Narinder Singh and Jasbir Singh over the turn of watering their respective fields. As both brothers shared a tubewell connection, Bhinder Singh tried to water his fields first to which the others objected, resulting in the clash. The local police has registered a cross-case against the family members. The injured have been admitted to the local civil hospital.

BKI activist arrested
: Another Babbar Khalsa International activist Jagtar Singh, a resident of Bhagowal village, was arrested by the CIA staff here on Friday. Batala SSP D.P Singh said the BKI activist was wanted in many murder and extortion cases. Jagtar along with Balwinder Singh and Maninder Singh were involved in the murders of Baba Dildar Singh and Baba Jagtar Singh of Tarn Taran. The accused was produced before the Duty Magistrate here on Saturday and he was remanded to police custody.

Sukhdeep tops BSc final
: Students of the Baba Farid Group of Institutions have excelled in the result of BSc (Agriculture), IIIrd year, which was declared by the Punjabi University, Patiala. The result was 100 per cent including 17 students who secured first division. Sukhdeep Singh stood first with 75.1 per cent marks, Gurpreet Singh and Sukhpreet Singh got second and third position with 74.8 per cent and 73.5 per cent marks respectively.

Quack booked
: The health authorities have got a case registered against a person identified as Ravi Sharma, who was allegedly selling medicines without any valid licence and practising as a doctor as well. As per details, a team of health officials conducted a raid at village Khunder Uttar on the basis of complaint lodged by one Rattan Lal Fauji and took the medical equipment and other items used by Ravi Sharma into custody. A case has been registered against Ravi Sharma under section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956.

Stone laid
: Budding cagers of Hargobindpur and nearby villages stand to benefit as a new basketball ground will be prepared at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School at the village. Its foundation stone was laid by Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda on Friday.

Programme: Under the community welfare programme “Udaan” of Drishti Dr RC Innovative Public School, Narangwal, sarpanches of the nearby villages were apprised of the free learning programme during summer vacations. It got an overwhelming response with 55 students enthusiastically participating in it. Apart from their academic classes in English, maths and science, students also attended yoga sessions, singing, dancing, cookery and art and craft classes. They also learnt to prepare a few quick snacks. They watched educational movies, had a feel of technology working with E-blocks. They got lessons on personal and inter-personal skills. Thus, they got an opportunity to experience the whole educational environment, including curricular as well as co-curricular activities, essential in a school. Students were full of enthusiasm and excitement. On the concluding day, they presented a hip-hop dance taught by the dance teachers, had great fun playing party games and as an appreciation for their enthusiasm and efforts, they were presented with an English story book, which they could read and share in the summer vacations.

Contest: Smart Kid Contest and Modelling Show was organised as part of the 25-day summer camp for students at Love Dale, BRS Nagar, here today. The competition was tough and judges had a tough time. Students gave their best shot. The smart kid competition was divided into three categories, and there were three rounds in each category. The first round was introduction round, second was talent round, in which students were asked to show their talent which varies from mimicry, mono acting, dance, singing and the list was endless. The third round was prop round, in which students were given different props and were asked to use it differently. In modelling, students showed their gait and style. They exhibited their talent. Students dressed for beach party and left every body spell bound with their style and tremendous confidence.

Summer camp: Jesus' Sacred Heart School, South City, organised a summer camp from June 1 to 19. Students from various age groups participated. Various activities were organised among which swimming was the most favourite. The other activities were martial arts; in which free hand exercises and self defence were taught to students. Another activity was dance, in which students tapped their feet on different dance numbers, other than folk and kathak. The next innovative activity was art and craft, in which students learnt special cartoon drawing, canvas painting, matchstick painting, word shapes and blow painting.

Mullanpur Dakha
Students excel
: Final year students of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, have excelled in the Punjab University Annual examination. Pawandeep Kaur stood first in the college by securing 86.00 per cent marks in the BSc (medical) stream, while Jaspreet Kaur and Pawanjeet Kaur with 82 and 81 per cent marks have secured the second and third positions, respectively. The pass percentage of the college is 100 per cent. More than 90 per cent students have secured the first division. College principal Dr SS Deol congratulated students.

Three held under NDPS Act
: Three persons, who were personating as Sadhus and had been allegedly shuttling between Haridwar, Abohar and Sriganganagar to market narcotics were arrested on Friday during a raid conducted by an IPS trainee, Rahul Kotaki, at the dwellings located near the railway track in Sriganganagar. Confirming it, SP Rupinder Singh said more than 16 kg of ganja was recovered besides Rs 28,450.

Shopkeeper murdered
: A shopkeeper was shot dead by some unidentified persons here on Thursday night. The victim, Balbir Singh (40), owned a sanitary hardware store at Ghanauri Gate. The assailants allegedly took away cash belonging to Balbir after the incident. The victim used to collect cash from shopkeepers in the peripheral areas of the town for the material supplied to them every week. On Thursday, he had gone to Devigarh on a scooter. On his way back late in the evening, some unidentified persons fired at him near the Bhunerheri Road and took away the cash. A case under Section 302 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against unidentified persons.

Jail inmate injures himself
: An inmate of the Patiala Central Jail, Jaswant Singh (48), sustained injuries on the right leg after he stabbed himself here on Saturday. Jaswant was taken to the Government Rajindra Hospital, where he was being treated. Jaswant, a resident of Kaithal, was serving 10 years in jail in a poppy husk case. His son Talwinder Singh had come to meet him in jail a few days ago but was arrested after the police caught him supplying smack to Jaswant. Jaswant apparently injured himself to lodge his protest. Speaking to mediapersons, Jaswant accused the jail authorities of treating him and his son shabbily. The jail officials, however, denied the allegations.

Visit by info officer
: State information commissioner Darbara Singh Kahlon visited the town and held meetings with senior administrative functionaries on Friday. He also spoke to public information officers (PIOs) and APIOs and informed them about the advantages of the RTI Act. He said the Act had already been put into practice in 70 countries. It helped people know about government works being undertaken with the use of public money collected through taxes. He also talked about fines imposed on officials who failed to release information under the Act.



Physical test on June 25
: The physical test for the post of female constables in the SC, BC, BC (B) categories will be conducted on June 25 at Dau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, here. The test is being conducted for those candidates who could not appear for the test earlier. Stating this in a press release on Friday, Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhary said the test would be conducted in races, high jump, long jump and shot put.

: Kasura Singh, a resident of Dyalpura village Zirakpur, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself near Amb Sahib colony in Phase XI. The victim, who was mentally disturbed, left his home at 3 am and allegedly ended his life. The victim used to visit the Phase XI gurdwara daily. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Students exorted to excel
: Everest conqueror Mamta Sodha today urged students to be courageous as nothing was impossible. Mamta was the chief guest during a convocation of Tulsi College of Education here. She said a lot of opportunities were available in the country and abroad for meritorious and daring girls. Addressing the students, Mamta said women could play a better role of a teacher as they had the courage to face any circumstances. She asked them to work hard towards achieving their goal. College director ML Goel and chairman HB Munjal asked students to take inspiration from the mountaineer.

BSNL service: The BSNL has launched its new prepaid CDMA-based service under the RUIM tariff plan. The customers can opt for one paise per second or 49 paise per minute through relevant ST voucher. The service will cover 80 per cent area of Haryana through 247 BTS stations, including covering 5,378 villages out of 6,768 with better wireless connectivity. Free SMS service will be available to customers for one month.

Rape victim attempts suicide
: A rape victim allegedly attempted suicide by consuming pesticide at her residence in Rattatheh village here on Friday. The 20-year-old victim was shifted to a private hospital at Ratia. The police has booked a village youth, Sikander, on the complaint of victim’s brother Charanjit Singh. He alleged that the accused raped the victim, who was alone at home, and fled away when he reached home. The victim later consumed pesticide. In another case, a minor was allegedly raped by her neighbour at Prem Nagar in Sirsa town. — TNS



Raids ordered
: In view of common complaints, Deputy Commissioner Devesh Kumar has directed the health authorities to conduct raids on medical stores to check illegal sale of psychotropic substances. The DC said those found guilty would be dealt with sternly. The authorities must ensure that without proper prescription advised by doctors any chemist should not sell such drugs.

Vigil ordered: In order to keep an eye on anti-social elements in the district, District Magistrate Devesh Kumar has issued orders under Section 144 of the CrPC as precautionary measures. These orders would remain in force from June 21 to August 19. The District Magistrate in his orders stated that many people were visiting the district to earn their livelihood by engaging in services or running their business like shawl vendors, cobblers, etc or by offering contract labour services in hydroelectric projects and as a result crime prevention had become difficult.

Two cars stolen
: Two cars were stolen from the town on Friday night. According to the police, Trilok Kumar of Banuri reported that he had parked his car outside his residence and found it missing the next morning. In another incident, Hardev Singh of Ghuggar Tanda also reported that his car was stolen from his house. The Palampur DSP said it had registered cases and teams had been sent to trace culprits and the cars. Besides, inter-state barriers have also been alerted.


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