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Scribe bereaved: Santosh Rani, wife of Shiv Kumar Garg, chief editor of an evening newspaper here, died on Thursday after prolonged illness. The Chandigarh-Punjab Journalists Union and Press Club members have mourned the demise.

BPL families get cheques: The heads of 30 BPL families from a dozen villages received cheques of Rs 50,000 each from Balluana legislator Gurtej Singh Ghuriana during a brief ceremony held at his residence here on Wednesday. The grant is to be utilised for construction of house by the persons, who had annual income below Rs one lakh. Sub-divisional welfare officer, Baljinder Bansal, circle SAD president, Kaur Singh, Improvement Trust chairman, Prahlad Khatwan and Devinder Mannu, chairman of the Panchayat Samiti were among those present. Ghuriana assured that grants for the houses that had got damaged due to any calamity in the recent past would also be arranged.

Poppy husk recovered
: The police arrested a person on Thursday and recovered 10-kg poppy husk from his possession. The police stopped a suspicious person with a heavy bag during patrolling near Gurdwara Sahib Isherhail. He tried to run away but was overpowered after some chase. During search the police recovered 10 kg of poppy husk from him. The accused was identitified as Jasvir Singh, alias Jessie, a resident of Jatana Niwan village, and admitted that he was involved in the sale of drugs in the area. He was produced in the court and sent to judicial custody.

Cong launches mass contact drive: The Congress launched a mass contact and workers’ mobilisation campaign in view of the coming mini All-India Congress Committee session. Punjab Congress vice-president M.M. Cheema, along with P.C. Pyasa (ex-Deputy Commissioner, Excise and Taxation, Punjab), held a meeting at Shahabpura village here on Thursday.

Biker killed
: A motorcyclist was killed in a road accident near here on Thursday. According to information, a mini bus had hit a motorcyclist on the national highway when he was going from Dera Bassi to Ambala side. The deceased was identified as Raja Ram Bansal, a resident of Kaithal, Haryana. Though the bus driver fled from the spot, the number of bus was traced as PB11-B-5716. The police has registered a case against the unidentified bus driver.

Rajni tops BSc-III: Rajni Sharma, a student of Mata Gujri College, topped BSc-III (biotechnology) exams conducted by Punjabi University. Rajni Sharma secured 81.85 per cent marks. In a press note released by the college authorities, it was stated that the students of Mata Gujri College got three of the top 10 positions in the university. Harlovelen Kaur got second position by securing 79.6 per cent marks.

Poonam shines in spoken English: A summer camp was organised at Ashoka Public School wherein students from nearby areas participated. The children learnt various skills like dance, painting, arts and craft, music and underwent personality development and spoken English courses during the camp. Poonam and Himani got first position in spoken English competitions held during the camp, while Supreet and Deepinder got second position. In dance competitions, Jaranjit, Simaranjit and Harman got the first position, whereas Sahil, Sanjana and Mayank got second positions.

Two smugglers held
: The special team of Narcotics Cell (Ferozepur) succeeded in nabbing two notorious smugglers from the border village Mauzam, who are reportedly involved in many smuggling and theft cases. The police party has also recovered one country made unlicenced 12 bore pistol and two live cartridges and a stolen bike from Rakesh Singh, a resident of Dharmuwala and Joginder Singh, a resident of Kanalwale Jhuge. As per details, 22 cases of liquor smuggling have already been registered against Joginder Singh at different police stations. As per official sources, an informer of the police informed the Narcotic Cell that two thieves are planning to sell stolen motorcycles in the border area.

Two booked for cheating:
Khajan Singh alias Khami and Rachpal Singh, both residents of village Rao Ke Hitad of this district, have landed in trouble after they allegedly committed a fraud with Amandeep Singh, a resident of village Betu Kadim to make a quick buck. Police sources said a case under sections 420 and 120 B of the IPC was registered at the police station, Mamdot, against these two accused for selling off a fake gold brick to Amandeep Singh for Rs four lakh.The case against the two accused was registered after an inquiry into the case was conducted by a senior functionary of the police. No arrest had been made so far in this connection, sources said.

4-yr old killed in road mishap
: A four-year-old boy, identified as Santosh, died in a road accident near Mamupur village when a speeding truck hit him. Bhagwan Das, father of the deceased, in his complaint alleged that he was standing at the roadside near Mamupur village, along with his son and a speeding truck hit them. The police has booked the truck driver. The driver was identified as Surinder Kumar, a resident of Jammu.

Transport policy for students
: State president of Student Organisation of India (SOI) Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna informed that SOI had framed a transport policy for the students and would implement it soon to solve various transport problems being faced by the students. He said this during the conclusion of the two-day annual convention of SOI at the Circuit House, Patiala, on Wednesday. Throwing light on the transport problem, he said earlier the government did not pay money to private transporters, as a result they did not allow the students to travel. But now, the government would pay money to them and the students will be allowed to travel in both private and government buses on pass.




July 6, 10 declared holidays
: The Haryana government has declared holidays on July 6 and 10 under the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1958 (Punjab Act 15 of 1958) for all shops and commercial establishments falling within the jurisdiction limits of Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak, Hisar, Gurgaon, Rewari and the gram panchayat, Siwanamal and Naya Gaon, and Siwanamal Block Safidon in Jind district where elections are to be held for gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads on these dates.

Date extended
: The Chaudhary Devi Lal University on Thursday extended the last date of submission of application forms for admission to various courses till July 5. The entrance tests for admissions will begin immediately after this. The university had earlier announced June 25 as the last date for the acceptance of application forms.



Ammunition, arms seized:
The security forces seized some arms and ammunition from a forest area in Rajouri district last night, a defence spokesman said here today. The seizure included 20 metres of cordex wire, one AK magazine, 112 rounds of AK ammunition, 8 rounds PIKA ammunition, two Chinese grenades, said defence PRO, Lt-Col Biplab Nath.

arms recoverd
: Three illegal firearms were recovered by the police in Sriganganagar district on Wednesday, sources confirmed. In Srikaranpur, the police booked one Baljit Singh of Dhiragawali under the Arms Act.

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