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Lioness dies at Chhatbir
: A fifteen-year-old lioness died at the Chhatbir Zoo on Sunday afternoon after a brief illness. Doctors were treating the lioness since May 17. She was given intravenous drips after it got paralysis attack. Zoo officials said the lioness was given tonics and medicines. A board of doctors conducted the post-mortem at the zoo. 

Youth hurt in train accident: An unidentified youth who was seriously injured in a rail accident near Dera Bassi on Saturday is waiting for his relatives at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The 25-year-old youth was injured after falling from Sadbhawna Express at Mubarkpur village. According to police, the injured youth could not give any statement. However, the police informed that he was wearing black jeans and green T-shirt and had Channi/Neelu written on his right arm. Sadhbhwana Express, in which the youth was travelling, was going from Ambala to Chandigarh.

Doctorate degree: Prof MS Saini, Dean, academic affairs, Punjabi University, has created history by being the first teacher of the university to get the degree of Doctor of Science. The voluminous research work submitted by Dr Saini for this degree covers 12 volumes and 230 research papers. Dr Saini, with his research team, has discovered 453 new species and 14 new genre of sawflies during the past 30 years from the entire Himalayan belt and the South Indian hills. MSc gold medallist of his times Dr Saini has already been bestowed with the honour of being the first recipient of the prestigious Janaki Ammal Award from this region and Fellow National Academy of Science. For two of his best books, Punjab language department, Patiala, bestowed him twice with MS Randhawa Award. During his research career, Dr Saini has produced 18 PhD and 12 MPhil candidates. 



Club function: Chandigarh Lions Club celebrated 32nd Charter Nite at Vocational Training Centre, Sector 30. Vinod Khanna, former International director, was the chief guest. He honoured president of the club CP Vohra by presenting him a certificate for his achievements as a mountaineer. Sushil Kapoor, secretary of the club, listed the activities, including conducting free medical camps, regular sewing classes, and blood donation camps etc. 

Hooda congratulates Saina: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today congratulated Hisar-born ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on winning the Indonesian Open Super Series - her third badminton title in three weeks. She had earlier won the Indian Open Grand Prix and the Singapore Open Super Series. “Saina is a role model to the millions of the girls for her achievements, determination and commitment”, he added.

Dance winners
: Manvi Jindal, Bhoomika Bansal and Aarzo Upadhyay have won accolades at the 24th All-India Dance and Drama Competition, organised at Solan in Himachal Pradesh recently. Manvi stood first in the junior solo category, Bhoomika second in the sub-junior solo category and Aarzo second in the senior category (above-15) in dance. 

Man booked for assault: The police on Sunday booked a resident of Baltana for assaulting his neighbour. According to the police, Nisha, a resident of Saini Vihar, Phase V, Baltana, said a man who lives in their colony forcibly entered their house on Saturday evening. She alleged that he started assaulting her and also tore her clothes. A case has been registered. 



Polytechnic student arrested with revolver
: The police today arrested a polytechnic student, Praveen Nehra, of Jind and seized a country made revolver from his possession. According to sources three youths were wandering outside a liquor shop at Jagadhari Gate, Ambala City, in a suspicious manner. On a tip off the police arrested Praveen whereas two others managed to escape. The arrested youth was produced before the special magistrate today and remanded in police custody for two days.

10 injured in road mishap: Ten passengers, including five women, were reportedly injured in a road accident near Seewan Majra village under the Barara police station when a speeding truck hit a three-wheeler. The truck driver managed to flee from the spot after the accident. The passengers who were seriously injured include Purni Devi, Roshni Devi, Meena, Pooja, Harjinder, Mukesh, Harnol and Keshar who were admitted to the civil hospital. A case has been registered against the truck driver.

2 killed in mishap
: Two persons, including a four-year-old daughter of a serving Colonel, were killed while two others sustained serious injuries when a truck overturned after its axel broke near a sugar mill on the Karnal Meerut road here on Friday. Col Arvind Kumar of Meerut division was going back from Kasauli with his family when the tragedy struck. The truck was loaded with liquor which spilled on the road after the accident. The truck overturned when the driver suddenly applied brakes at a speed hump and its axle broke down. The truck fell over the jeep and Trishala, daughter of Colonel Arvind, and his gunman Chela Duria, hailing from Tamil Naidu, died on the spot while his driver, wife and son sustained injuries.

Science quiz contest
: The state-level science quiz contest - 2009-2010 - will be organised by the Haryana State Council for Science and Technology (HSCST) on the premises of Gita Niketan Awasiya Vidyalaya here on Monday. According to Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal, in this quiz contest, zonal-level winner teams of each category i.e. four teams from each zone would participate. He said to popularise science among the schoolchildren in the state, the HSCST had been conducting various science programmes such as essay writing competition and science quiz competition. SS Prasad, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary to the Haryana government, Science and Technology Department, will give away prizes.

7,600 take UGC-NET: Kurukshetra University on Sunday conducted the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) in which nearly 7,600 candidates took the examination at 35 examination centres. This was stated by KU Registrar Prof Raghvendra Tanwar. He said proper arrangements were made to provide direction of exam centres to the students by creating two information centres at the two entry gates of the university. Keeping in view the scorching heat, arrangements were made to provide drinking water to the candidates. Seventeen observers appointed by the UGC ensured the smooth and fair conduct of the test. 

New Delhi
Code Violation
: The EC has expressed displeasure over CM’s “acts of violation” of the code of conduct during the Ellenabad bypoll. In an order, the EC asked him to be “careful and law abiding”. 

: The Fort Ramgarh is providing a two-day package. Stating this in a release Saturday, managing director Amitabh Singh Chandel enumerated the features of the programme, which is based on the concept of healthy living and rejuvenation.

Man held for raping daughter
: The city police has arrested Amar Singh, a resident of Mohalla Nai Abadi here, for allegedly raping his 20-year-old daughter repeatedly. He was on Friday produced before the Duty Magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody. In her complaint, the victim alleged that her father had been sexually assaulting her for the past several years. She said recently when she made things known to her mother, she too preferred to keep mum for fear of social stigma. However, when her father’s perversity crossed the limits, she approached the police with a complaint following which the police registered a case of rape and arrested the accused.


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