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Protest against Rlys move
:Residents of Ram Nagar today organized a demonstration against the railway authorities for blocking the passage to their colony. The protesters regretted that the officials had fixed an iron girder to prevent the entry of the residents who had been using the passage for over two decades. The officials justified it saying it could cause accidents.

Mann opposes ‘kar sewa’ by Taksal
: SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjeet Singh Mann on Monday opposed the SGPC move to hand over 'kar sewa' of Operation Bluestar Memorial to Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh. Mann dubbed the 'kar sewa' of the memorial by Baba Harnam Singh as "sarkari kar sewa" (government-sponsored 'kar sewa') and said the Sikh Sangat would never approve it. He said the Sikhs had disapproved the 'kar sewa' of the Akal Takht by Baba Santa Singh in the aftermath of the Operation Bluestar and they will do the same in case of the memorial too. He said there was neither any plan nor any map of the memorial and the effort was a waste of Sikh Sangat's money.

Additional charge of DPI (Colleges)
: Punjab Special Secretary (Higher Education) Chander Gaind has been given the additional charge of DPI (Colleges). An official spokesman said Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka had given Gaind the additional charge of DPI (Colleges) along with his present duties. 

SAD, BJP appoint campaign heads:  Punjab BJP state president Ashwani Sharma and senior SAD leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia would be the overall incharge of the Dasuya byelection campaign. BJP spokesman Vineet Joshi said the constituency had been divided into 11 zones, each to be headed by senior leaders of the SAD and the BJP. The BJP has roped in its entire senior leadership for the campaign and has adopted the policy of making leaders of the SAD and the BJP joint incharge of each zone to coordinate the campaign for BJP candidate Sukhjit Kaur Sahi.

Need to understand Punjabi culture:
It was the time to reconnect with roots and understand Punjabi culture for children. The month-long classes of the perfect summer camp concluded recently that acquainted children with their culture. Children not only learnt mel, sithniyan, jhumar, giddha, dohe, luddi, mahiya and malwai giddha but also learnt about their origin and how they enrich the culture. 

Demolition drive on NH stayed
: In an unexpected change of events, the authorities concerned of the Moga Municipal Corporation (MC) stopped the demolition drive to remove the encroachments from the national highway within the local body limits within a few minutes after the JCB machines were set into motion on Monday. District Magistrate-cum-MC Commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind has ordered a probe to be conducted by Additional Deputy Commissioner Jeram Beda, the report of which would be submitted to the DM within 24 hours.



Heat wave claims two lives:
The heat wave prevailing in the region has taken two lives in Sirsa in the past 24 hours. The police has recovered two bodies, one near the Balmiki Chowk and the other near the bus stand. The body recovered near the Balmiki Chowk is of a sadhu.



Man killed in car-truck collision
: Vijender Kumar (45) of Tared village in Hamirpur district and employed at the IGMC in Shimla was killed and his wife Raksha (37) and son Prashant (14) were injured seriously when the Alto car (HP-34C- 0448) in which they had taken a lift from an acquaintance struck against a truck (HP-11B-7245) coming from the opposite direction at Daksetch village on the Shimla-Kangra highway on Monday. Reports said driver Khimi Ram and another woman, both from Kullu, also received injuries. Passers-by rushed the injured to the Regional Hospital here and the police sent the body of Vijender for postmortem. It also registered a case of negligent driving against the driver of the car. Naib Tehsildar Jai Gopal Sharma has given an immediate grant of Rs 10,000 from the government to the bereaved family.

50-year-old killed in road accident
: A 50-year-old woman was killed and her grandson injured when a motorcycle hit them near the Polytechnic College gate on the Dharamsala Road here on Monday evening. The police said Baisu Devi, her daughter-in-law Kamlesh Kumari (24) and grandson were on way to the Tehsil Chowk from the New Bus Stand. Baisu was rushed to the Civil Hospital from where she was referred to the DRPGMCH, Tanda, where she succumbed to her injuries. A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A, IPC, and 187, MV Act, was registered against the unknown driver. 

Woman succumbs to burns: Sunita Devi (18) of Manigran Padda village falling under Panchrukhi police station succumbed to her burn injuries on Monday at DRPGMC in Tanda. The police said Sunita was working in her kitchen on June 30 last when her clothes caught fire and she received 75 per cent burn injuries. Her husband Ram Bahadur was out on job when the accident took place. Investigation is in progress under Section 174 CrPC. 

Housewife dies of poisoning: A 30-year-old housewife of Nalto village falling under Bohranj police station of Hamirpur district died on Monday at DRPGMCH in Tanda following consumption of poison. The police said Amrati Devi had consumed some poison and was rushed to the District Hospital, Hamirpur, from where she was referred to the Tanda hospital. The body after the postmortem was handed over to her relatives. The police is investigating the case under Section 174, CrPC. 


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