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Ludhiana
GNG girls shine
: Students of Guru Nanak Girls College Model Town brought laurels to the college by bagging the top positions in Panjab University MSc-I Chemistry. Gurkirat Kaur stood first and Navjot Kaur second by scoring 70.09 per cent 69.9 per cent marks, respectively.

LMA annual day: The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) held its 33rd annual day function in Hotel Majestic Park Plaza. Chief guest Shivraj V Patil, Governor of Punjab, and Administrator, Chandigarh,  was the key speaker. Dr KNS Kang, general secretary, Ludhiana Management Association, read out the annual report and highlighted achievements of the LMA. Shivraj V Patil presented the LMA-Vardhman award to Gautam Thapar, chairman, Vedanta Group, Gurgaon. Trident award was presented to Amit Jain, president, Shingora Textiles Limited, while OP Munjal, chairman, Hero Cycles Limited, was conferred Sat Paul Mittal lifetime achievement award.

Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil  addresses a gathering in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil addresses a gathering in Ludhiana on Wednesday.


120 students recruited: Tata Consultancy Services visited Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College on September 6 to recruit students. GNDEC became the first college in PTU to host a placement drive for the batch-2012. TCS offers a wide range of IT services, outsourcing and business solutions. The recruitment process started with an online aptitude test. In all, 120 students were recruited.

Patiala
Probe into herb scam sought
: Human Rights Care Organisation, Patiala, has once again demanded an immediate action against the erring officials in the alleged medicinal herb scam to the tune of Rs 2 crore. Even as one month passes after the completion of the inquiry, the Health and Family Welfare Department has not initiated any action against the officials involved in this scam.



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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Retail sale rates of eatables fixed
: District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Ritesh Chauhan has fixed retail sale rates and prices of all essential commodities and eatables etc from Wednesday. A notification here ordered all shopkeepers to stick to these rates and fix this rate list at a prominent place. 

HAMIRPUR
Illicit pistol seized, 3 arrested: The Hamirpur police has seized an illicit countrymade pistol, along with live cartridges, and arrested three persons under the Arms Act. SP Kuldeep Sharma said the trio was creating a nuisance after having drinks in a rented room on Tuesday night at Annu. The police recovered an illicit pistol and cartridges from their scooty and a khukari from the room.

MANDI
Car, scooter set on fire
: Some unidentified persons set on fire a car (HP 28 A 5050) and a scooter (HP 28 A 0686) belonging to a father-son duo, residents of Sarkaghat town, at midnight. Though the police has lodged an FIR, it suspects some foul play in the whole incident as residents who stay nearby spotted the fire when both vehicles were in flames and reduced to ashes. Besides, the owners of the vehicles lodged the complaint late on Wednesday.

NURPUR
Woman held with poppy husk
: The Indora police in this subdivision seized 9.5 kg of poppy husk from the possession of a woman Kamla of Milwan on Tuesday evening during patrolling. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, the police stopped a woman hailing from the Sansi community and during a search recovered poppy husk from her possession. She was arrested and a case lodged against her.

Two booked for theft: Following the direction of the judicial court here, the local police registered a theft case on Wednesday evening against Jagdeep and Roop Singh of Kotla Mangwal village. It is alleged they had stolen 20 quintals of mangoes from the orchard of complainant Bakshish Singh and his brother Baldev Singh and sold his produce in the fruit market causing him a loss of Rs 20,000.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Leh
Expedition to Siachen Glacier 
: To promote adventure tourism at the Siachen Glacier, the annual civil-military expedition to the glacier, led by Major Manish Rawat and having 25 members, was flagged off by the GOC, Fire and Fury Corps, Lt-Gen Ravi Dastane, from Leh on Wednesday. The team would undergo specialised mountaineering training at the Base Camp of the glacier till September 17.

Srinagar
Jurist Menon calls on Governor
: N. R. Madhava Menon, jurist and scholar, called on Governor NN Vohra here on Wednesday. During the meeting, the Governor and Menon discussed several important issues relating to Centre-state relations as also matters pertaining to the eradication of corruption. 

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DEHRADUN

Dehradun
Lawyers to strike work today
: The Dehradun Bar Association has decided to go on strike on Thursday to register their anger against the terror attack outside the Delhi High Court and to offer condolence to the families of those who died in the blast at the court complex on Wednesday. Manmohan Kandwal, president of the DBA, said the advocates all over the state would take part in the strike.

BJP media advisory panel: Vice-president of the Uttarakhand BJP Media Advisory Committee Ajendra Ajay has accused the state Congress of creating obstacles in the development of Uttarakhand. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Ajendra Ajay said the Congress didnít have any issue and thus was issuing misleading statements. He pointed out that the Congress had five MPs and one among them is a union minister. They have so far failed to take up the issues of the state with the Centre, he added.

Man arrested: The Vikasnagar police has arrested a man who allegedly persuaded three minor girls into fleeing with him with the intention of selling them off. They were enticed to flee on the pretext of launching them in films, the police said here. According to the police, Ramesh of Solan has been sent behind bars. He knew the girls and had approached them with an offer to work in the film industry. However, when the girls got to know of his intentions of selling them off, they informed the police. He has been booked under Sections 363, 366A of the IPC. 

Kumaon Briefs

Shortage of LPG cylinders: With a shortage of LPG cylinders continuing unabated in the Kumaon region, cylinders are being distributed under police supervision to prevent chaos and unruly scenes. Over the past few days, cylinders are being distributed under police supervision in the Kaladhungi, Ramnagar and Bhimtal areas of Nainital district. There is no let-up in the gas crisis and people from both urban and remote areas spend a major part of their day in their struggle to procure a cylinder. The claims of the administration and gas agencies with regard to streamlining the supply chain have proved to be a mirage till now.

Residents for relocation of factory: Following an inferno at a turpentine factory situated in the populated Damuadhunga area of Haldwani on Tuesday, residents have demanded the relocation of the factory. They said the factory was a hazard for the people residing in the area. There had been a massive fire at the factory on Tuesday morning. It had taken more than an hour for three fire tenders to douse the fire. Two Fire Department personnel had also sustained injuries in the exercise.

Chain-snatching incident at Haldwani: A chain-snatching incident has been reported from the Rampur Road area of Haldwani. Kamla Jantwal of the Panchayat Ghar area was taking a walk outside her house when two motorcycle- borne persons approached her on the pretext of asking someoneís address. Before she could understand anything, the duo allegedly snatched her chain and fled the spot. Investigations are on in the matter.

Rajiv Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalaya: Almora District Magistrate DS Garbyal has said that 60 students have been selected for admission to Rajiv Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalaya in the distrct. The selection was made through the lottery system. A total of 466 students from across the district had applied for admission to the school. The majority of the students admitted are from the Tadikhet and Bhikiyasain blocks with their figures standing at 14 and 13, respectively. There have been no admissions from the Dhauladevi and Takula areas.

Womanís body found" The body of an aged woman was found from the Kosi riverbed near Chara village of the Garampani area, Nainital. The body was first noticed by villagers of the area on Tuesday morning who informed the matter to the revenue police. The deceased has been identified as 62-year-old Lacchmi Devi. She had been missing from her house since Monday.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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