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Rally on drug trafficking
: Informing that the national leadership of the Youth Congress was concerned over high incidence of drug trafficking in the Ferozepur district, bordering Pakistan and other states, district president Sandeep Jakhar said at a meeting here on Sunday that the campaign against the drug menace would be launched by organising a rally here on Wednesday. The workers would assemble at the Nehru Park and take out the procession to raise their voice against drug trafficking, he said. Such rallies would be later organised in each block of the district, he said.

Youth found hanging from tree: Mystery shrouds the death of  Gurminder Singh (20), a Muktsar resident here. His body was found hanging from a tree on the city bypass road. The police found a pocket diary during the search and informed his parents. They reportedly revealed to the investigating team that Gurminder came here on Saturday to pay obeisance at the Dargah of Panjpeers during the annual Sawan fair. What prompted him to commit ‘suicide’ needs to be probed, police sources said.

Stolen menthol worth Rs 1 crore recovered
: The police apprehended Dilbagh Singh of the Gurdwara Bhai Manj road and recovered 74 drums of menthol worth Rs 1 crore from him and managed to get his two-day police remand for further questioning here today. Police sources said Dilbagh Singh, a truck driver, had got the consignment of menthol from Lucknow-based Gupta Supplier Company to deliver in Jammu. However, en route Dilbagh changed the number plate of the truck to conceal the identity with an intention to sell the produce somewhere else. On a tip-off, a police team, headed by Sub-Inspector Amrik Singh, arrested Dilbagh and recovered the truck bearing fake number (MH O6K 4641), while the original number is HR 38S 5511.

Heroin seized: The police seized 400 g of heroin from Dhanwant Singh of Sarai Amanat Khan village.

Van Mahotsav inaugurated: While inaugurating the Van Mahotsav at the Air Base Station in Suratgarh, Vyjayanthi Choudhary, chairperson of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association said last evening that the tree plantation has become significant. Commanding official D. Choudhary, group captain Anand and in-charge, public relations, SVG Reddy, were also present.

The AFWWA president Vyjayanthi Choudhary plants saplings at Air Base Station campus. Photo: Raj Sadosh

Saplings to be planted: The district-level Van Mahotsav was organised at Govt Ballu Ram Godara College on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Municipal Council president Jagdish Jandu said saplings would be planted in all the wards in the district town. Additional District Magistrate Hanuman Daan Bithu, Zila Parishad, CEO, Shankar Lal Sharma, District Forest officer Surinder Singh Rathore and Raisinghnagar-based Assistant SP Mohinder Hingonia too spoke on the occasion.

Tarn Taran
‘Reopen blood bank’
: The district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded the reopening of the closed blood bank of the Civil Hospital. A deputation of the IMA, under the leadership of Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal, district president of the IMA, met Civil Surgeon Dr Balwinder Singh Kalsi here on Saturday to discuss different issues. The IMA claimed that the Civil Surgeon assured the deputation that the blood bank would be reopened soon.

Pistol recovered: The police recovered a .315-bore pistol along with five cartridges from Prem Singh, a resident of the Sarjamirja locality of border township Algo Kalan. A case under sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered.



Noor Pratap first in quiz: Students of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, brought laurels by winning prizes during the ninth “Macfair International” held at City Montessori School, Lucknow. Around 61 teams from across the country and abroad participated in the event. Saurabh Mohan of Class X and Ravleen Kaur of Class IX won the first prize in the science model display. Noor Pratap Singh and Yashoodeep Singh of Class X won the third prize in the “Green Teen- an environmental quiz”. Sugosha Ganju and Ravleen Kaur of Class IX won the consolation prize in “Twin Quinturdles”.

Vanamahotsava: Sheesham Eco Club of Government Model High School, Sector 36, celebrated Vanmahotsava. The function started with the speech of Poonam, who is in charge of the club. She spoke on the importance of trees. PTA president Santosh Sharma planted a sapling to inaugurate the plantation drive. Staff members also planted saplings.

Workshop: Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, organised a workshop for classes V, VI, VII and VIII. Gaurav Inder Singh and Simi Shrivastav from Delhi were the resource persons. The workshop covered themes like self motivation, personality development, right bite and peer pressure. An interactive session was also held.

Go Green campaign: Go Green campaign “GO GREEN” was the buzzword on the premises of DAV Public School, Sector 8-C, on Saturday. On the occasion, students planted medicinal plants. The campaign was launched to motivate and encourage children to come forward and join hands in the noble mission of respecting earth and making it worth living.

Environment week: Tiny Tots of “Pryas Sarvit Science Club” and “Eco Club” of Sharda Sarvhitkari School, Sector 40, celebrated the birthday of trees and plants during the environment week. They hugged trees to express their emotions.

: Grewal Eye Institute conducted a free public education seminar on “Diabetic Retinopathy” here on Sunday. The seminar organised at Ivy Hospital, Sector 71, Mohali, was aimed at spreading public awareness regarding the disease. More than 100 persons attended the seminar.

Plantation drive: A plantation drive was launched at Commando Complex, Phase XI, here. The Director General of Armed Police Sashi Kant was the chief guest. The drive was carried out in co-ordination with Swaraj Tractors. The director general said the plantation drive would be launched at other police stations across the state.

Sukhjot wins gold in 600m: Sukhjot Singh of IX-B, Sant Isher Singh Public School, Phase VII, Mohali, won a gold medal in 600m race and a bronze medal in 100m race during the Chandigarh State Junior Athletics Championship 2010-11, organised by the Chandigarh State Athletics Association. In the Inter-School Sports Championship (U-14), boys won a bronze medal in kho-kho and volley ball, while in the U-17 category, boys got the second position in badminton. On the other hand, U-14 girls bagged the second position in badminton, while U-19 girls stood first in badminton.

Laurels: MBA students of Quest Institute have secured an overall pass percentage of 75 per cent. DS Sekhon, chairman of the group, congratulated students. Shikha stood first with 82 per cent marks, while Pooja Arora, Pooja Garg and Deepak Negi stood second with 78 per cent marks.

Green Day: St Soldier, Mohali, celebrated the Go Green Day on the school premises. The day began with a special assembly. Students presented a skit. “Herbal Garden” was inaugurated.

Newborn saved: A premature baby weighing 610 grams was saved by a team of doctors led by Dr Sunil K Agrawal, head, department of neonatology, and Dr Shanujeet Kaur, consultant, department of obstetrics, Fortis Hospital Mohali .



Doc booked on girl’s complaint
: The Rajouri police has booked a doctor of a private hospital in Jammu under Section 376 of the RPC (charge of rape) on a complaint filed by a girl of Chandigarh alleging that he made physical relations with her on the pretext of marriage. Without divulging much information about the case, the police said it had registered a case against the doctor and a search was on to nab him.

2 killed in mishaps
: Two persons, including a girl, were killed in different road accidents across the Kashmir valley today. In the first incident, a pedestrian, identified as Mir Ahmad Khatana, of Kala Kote, Rajouri, was hit by a vehicle near Gulab Bagh Zakoora, Srinagar. The injured was shifted to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. In another accident, a tractor, which was driven by Mukhtar Ahmed Wagay of Nagam, hit and critically injured a girl, namely, Arsala Jan, near Nagam Kulgam. She succumbed to her injuries on the way to hospital. The police has registered a case in this regard.

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