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LLM topper
: Rabia Gund of Guru Nanak Dev University topped in LLM fourth semester as she scored 245 marks out of the total of 300. She also received a scholarship from the Balbir Kaur Memorial Trust.

Ex-FM in Abohar on Aug 25
 : Former finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal would visit the sub-division on August 25. PPP spokesman Surinder Saluja, former district SAD general secretary said here on Monday. Manpreet plans to address party workers meeting at Arorvansh Dharamshala here. His father Gurdas Singh Badal, former MP, will also be present. 

Health week
: CJS Public School celebrated a 'Health Week', which included activities like making sandwiches, salads and sprouts salad. The pre-primary and primary wing students were also told about healthy eating habits and tips were given about a balanced and a healthy and balanced diet.

Vanmahotsav: Vanmahotsav was celebrated at MGN Public School, Adarsh Nagar, in which the students planted saplings in the school premises. Principal Satwant Gakhal emphasised on saving the environment.

Three killed, 7 hurt in mishap:
Three persons, including a baby, were killed on the spot, while seven were injured when their car met with an accident at Gehri Butter village, near Sangat, on the Bathinda-Dabwali road on Monday. The injured have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. According to information, the occupants of the car were returning to Barnala from Rajasthan when their car collided with a truck, which was coming from Bathinda side. The deceased have been identified as Amar Singh (55), his wife Krishana Devi (50) and their 3-year-old granddaughter Khushi. 

Top rank: Prabhjot Singh has topped the list of successful candidates in Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Bathinda, in the MBBS university exam conducted by the BFUHS, Faridkot. He was ranked third in the university. Harsimran Kaur was second. 

Awarded : The MD of Different Convent School MK Manna has been selected for the Global Education Leadership Award 2011 by the International Achievers Conference. 

Cong gears up for Mansa ‘morcha’: A meeting of the Congress workers was held under the presidentship of district president of the party (Urban) Ashok Kumar at the DCC office here on Monday in connection with preparations for the morcha, to be launched by the Congress from September 2 at Mansa against the acquisition of land from farmers of Gobindpura village for constructing a thermal plant. Local MLA Harminder Singh Jassi said duties had been assigned to the block presidents and other party leaders to make the morcha a big success.

Keep a watch on Guru, CS tells DCs
: Chief Secretary SC Aggarwal has asked all Deputy Commissioners to report if the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, DS Guru, has been indulging in any political activity with an eye on contesting elections on the SAD ticket. The move was initiated after the Election Commission of India wrote to Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, Kusumjit Sidhu, asking her to submit a factual report on this issue. 

BSP ex-MLA joins Manpreet’s PPP: Former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator from Bhadaur Nirmal Singh Nimma today joined the Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP). Welcoming Nimma into the PPP fold, party president Manpreet Singh Badal said the BSP leader had joined the crusade against corruption. He said Nimma was an honest and laborious gentleman who had decided to support the PPP unconditionally. — TNS

Medical college girls ‘molested’:
A few girls of the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital were allegedly molested by a group of unidentified youths while they were returning to their hostel. Three of their classmates who rushed to their rescue were also attacked. They were rushed to the hospital where the condition of one of them was stated to be serious. The girls were “molested” by the youths who were in an “inebriated” condition, as per an FIR. 

Traders protest against NHAI:
More than 400 shopkeepers and several other trade organisations of the nearby town Sarna protested today against the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

Anil Dara and Manoj Sethi, president and general secretary, respectively, of the Sarna unit of Punjab Beopar Mandal in an appeal to the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal criticised the construction of the four-lane road on the Pathankot-Amritsar Road through the main road of the town. 

4 held with poppy husk: The police arrested four persons, — Rakesh Kumar, Des Raj, Kuldip Raj and Ram Murti of Sidhwan village — with 20kg of poppy husk near Madhopur on Pathankot-Jammu Road on Monday. A case under Section 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered. 

Alumni meet:
The annual alumni meet of Government Bikram College of Commerce was held on the college campus. It was attended by eminent figures like Dr RK Sharma, Harbans Lal Bansal, Prof KC Garg, former principal KK Saksena and Dr Neelamjeet Kaur. Also, office-bearers were elected unanimously by the members. They are: chief patron - Satinder Kaur; president - Mohinder Singh Mann; vice-president - Rajeev Goel; general secretary - Dr Vaneeta Garg; finance secretary - Anil Arora; joint secretary - Reetu Kapoor. 




Floods abate as water recedes
: Floods in the villages of the two districts lying along the Yamuna have started receding as the water level in the river started subsiding since Sunday night. According to Executive Engineer, Irrigation, Palwal, RK Singla, water in the river downstream Okhla was about 63,000 cusecs at about 4 pm on Monday.

Boy found dead: A 21-year-old boy was found dead in Sector 14 here on Monday. The deceased was identified as Tinku, of Ranwar village, and his mother had suspected some foul play. “Somebody came and took away Tinku with him on Sunday and he did not return after that,” she alleged. A case had been registered against one person and a team of forensic experts and a dog squad had been called from Madhuban to assist the investigations. 

Couple commits suicide: A young couple committed suicide by jumping before a train at Jagadhari Workshop Railway Station on Monday. The boy was identified as Sanjeev, of Barara in Ambala district, whereas the girl was resident of Sadhaura in Yamunanagar district. According to eyewitnesses, both jumped before the train coming from Guwahati to Jammu, which had no stoppage at the Jagadhari railway station. No suicide note was recovered from the spot.

Mobiles worth Rs 30 lakh stolen: A gang of burglars decamped with mobile phones worth Rs 30 lakh from a Mobile Mall in Yamunanagar on Sunday night. Abhey Jain, owner, noticed the theft when he came to open the shop on Monday morning. He immediately informed the police. According to the police, burglars gained entry into the shop by breaking main shutter. The police has collected IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers of the stolen mobiles to track their usage. A Forensic team and fingerprint team also visited the spot and gathered evidence.



Man sentenced to 3-year RI: Rajinder Sharma, Additional Sessions Judge, fast track court, Ghumarwin, while at a camp here has found Manohar Lal of Khalota village guilty under Sections 326, 324 and 506, IPC, and convicted him to three-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and an additional fine of Rs 16,000. The court further ordered that Rs 10,000 be paid out of this amount to Dharam Paul, son of Dila Ram, and his mother Shakuntala Devi as compensation for the injuries caused by the accused to them. Earlier, public prosecutor RK Barwal told the court that on April 7, 2009, the accused attacked Paul and Shakuntala in the courtyard of their house after some arguments between them and seriously injured the latter with a large sickle. 



Omar’s greetings on Janamashtami: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has extended greetings to the people on the occasion of Janamashtami, wishing them well being and prosperity. In a message, the Chief Minister expressed the hope that the auspicious occasion would bring peace, development and progress to the country and the state as well. 

Governor hosts iftaar: Srinagar: Governor NN Vohra hosted an iftaar at Raj Bhawan here on Sunday. Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, First Lady Usha Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Mohammad Akbar Lone, Acting Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifullah, and GOC, 15 Corps, Lt-Gen SA Hasnain participated in it. 


Purola on the boil: Purola in Uttarkashi district continued to be on the boil with residents organising traffic blockades and protests on Monday to press for their demand for declaring Purola a district. Offices and schools remained closed and the protesters raised slogans against the government. While some organisations have raised the pitch for declaring Purola a district, the others are demanding that it be made the headquarters of the newly announced district of Yamnotri. The BJP leaders are maintaining that the representatives of Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank would be holding discussions with the residents on August 24 in Purola. 


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