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Yag-laser machine:
Health and Family Welfare Minister of Punjab Laxmi Kanta Chawla inaugurated a Yag-laser machine at Kaushalya Devi Sanan Eye Hospital here on Sunday. The machine is helpful in post-operation complications of the eye and in surgical procedures to remove glasses and glaucoma. The machine has been imported from Japan at a cost of Rs 11 lakh.

Syndrome 2010: Runner-up spot for Muktsar college
: Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital, Muktsar, stood runner-up in volleyball and body building competition during the three-day Inter Medical & Dental Colleges Programme titled the ‘Syndrome 2010’ organised at the Govt Medical College in Amritsar. The college's volleyball team lost to Maulana Azad Medical College in finals. Jaipal Singh of stood second in body building competition.

Bus hits bike, 2 dead
: Motorcyclists identified as Hari Parkash, son of Kishore Chand of Ghanari and Narinder Kumar of Bhanjal died on the spot when a speeding bus (No PB 06C 4557) hit their motorcycle (No HP 19 2653) near Kalu Chang village (Mukerian), last evening. According to police sources, both the deceased were from Una district in Himachal Pradesh and were on their way to their village on the above said motorcycle. The Mukerian police has booked bus driver Rajwinder Singh of Nawan Pind (Gurdaspur) under sections 279, 304 A and 427 of the IPC in this connection.

405 donate blood
: As many as 405 persons, including 120 women, donated blood at a camp organised by the Sant Nirankari Mandal here on Sunday. The camp, inaugurated by Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal, was conducted by a team of doctors from the Civil Hospital.

Dera chief visits native village
: The Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was accorded a warm welcome at Rawatsar and later at his native village Gurusar Modian on Tuesday. During the spiritual discourse he spoke on the significance of Raksha Bandhan. Hundreds of followers greeted the him at village Gurusar Modian where he is expected to take up the extension project of the degree college for girls that had been raised within two weeks during his last visit. Notably, the college was immediately given affiliation by the Bikaner-based Maharaja Ganga Singh University.

IFFCO to set up dairy project: The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) is likely to set up a dairy project jointly with an overseas partner taking into consideration the growing demand of milk, chairman, Surinder Kumar Jakhar informed. A water purifying plant would be inaugurated at village Gogamedi soon, Jakhar added. He said the foreign firm would be an equity partner in the project that would require an investment of Rs 1,000 crore. Additional district collector Birbal Ram Chaudhary lauded the efforts made by IFFCO in bringing awareness among the farming community over new techniques. Dr BDS Yadav, director, Regional Research Station, motivated the farmers to adopt drip irrigation system. Prahlad Singh Gillankhera, Haryana chief parliamentary secretary, complimented the IFFCO for providing five lakh metric tonnes of chemical fertilisers to the farmers in Rajasthan. He also honoured some progressive farmers.

Jitender Kumar Soni, IAS, speaking at the Sneh Milan function in Dhannasar village
Jitender Kumar Soni, IAS, speaking at the Sneh Milan function in Dhannasar village on Monday. A Tribune photograph

IAS officials’ meet: IAS officials Sneh Milan programme was organised at village Dhannasar on Monday. Mukand Bihari, a senior Rajasthan police official, was the chief guest in the function. Ranjit Rai, engineer, former chief of the Punjab State Electricity Board and general secretary of an NGO Sankalp also spoke on the occasion. The new entrants to the IAS including Jitender Kumar Soni, Rajveer Barala and Lalit Bishnoi, hailing from different villages of the region shared their experience with the gathering. SDM Sukhbir Singh Chaudhary, sarpanch Savitri Devi, educationist Dr Satya Narain Soni hoped that the youths who had made it to the IAS would come to the expectations of the downtrodden masses.


Women constables: The police on Tuesday released a list of recruitment of 230 women constables. The list includes 122 candidates from the general category, 47 belonging to the Scheduled Castes, 37 from the Backward Classes “A”, 18 from the Backward Classes “B” and six from the ex-servicemen category. SP JS Lamba said the recruitments were subject to the clearance of medical fitness tests by the successful candidates.

Fake notes seized:
Fake currency notes worth Rs 11,000 were seized during a raid at toll plaza, 15 km from here, on Monday. The police recovered seven notes of Rs 1,000 and eight notes of Rs 500 denomination. The Bhutana police assisted by three-member team of the state crime bureau, Panchkula, raided the locker of the toll plaza. Cash worth Rs 25 lakh is collected everyday at the toll plaza. A case has been registered against the Deputy Manager and employees at the toll plaza.


Boy drowned in Dal Lake:
A teenager on Tuesday drowned in the famous Dal Lake, the police said.Saqib Aslam Wani (12), a resident of Buchwara Dalgate, drowned near Tangbag Taxi Stand.He was taken out by some locals and shifted to SMHS hospital where he was declared brought dead. However, a case has been registered and investigations were on.

Girl's body found: The police on Tuesday recovered the body of a girl from a kitchen garden in Khaipora-Tangmarg in Baramulla district of north Kashmir. The deceased was identified as Sameera (18), a resident of Khipora-Tangmarg, 50 km from here, said a police spokesperson.

Militant arrested from hospital: The police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested a militant from a hospital here. The terrorist has been arrested from SMHS hospital, where he was undergoing treatment, said a police spokesperson.

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