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Makkar: No decision on phone ban yet:
Following reports in a section of the media, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar on Wednesday said that banning of mobile phones in the Golden Temple Complex was a big issue and they were examining it. Makkar said there have been various proposals, including installing jammers, which are under consideration. He clarified that no decision has been taken in this regard till now.

Govt allots land for cancer hospital:
The Punjab Government has allotted 50 acres of land to the Department of Atomic Energy free of cost for setting up a state-of-the-art cancer hospital in Medicity, being developed by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority at Mullanpur in SAS Nagar district. A decision to this effect was at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The hospital would be set up on the lines of Mumbai's Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital.

Education Dept kicks off green drive: The Punjab Education Department has launched a massive "Green School" drive during which students of more than 17,000 schools would plant around 50 lakh saplings. Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka said the Forest Department would provide saplings of 45 varities free of cost to state schools.

Minor ‘raped’ by two youths:
An incident of alleged rape of a 16-year-old minor girl by two youths at Bilaspur village in Moga district has come to light. The parents of the victim brought her to the district hospital at Moga where her medical examination was conducted by doctors. In their complaint, the girl’s parents alleged that she went to fetch milk from a neighbour but on way she was abducted by two motorcycle-borne youths and taken to nearby fields where she was raped. The police has started an investigation.

Three arrested for assaulting cop: A head constable posted on traffic duty was allegedly assaulted by three youths on the main square of Moga town on Wednesday. The accused allegedly tore Joginder Singh's uniform after entering into an argument with him. The police has arrested the trio after registering a case under sections 353, 332, 186, 427 and 34 of the IPC against them.



Mid-day meal workers’ wages up
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has announced an increase in the monthly remuneration being paid to mid-day meal workers from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,150. He was presiding over a meeting with mid-day meal workers and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) here yesterday.

Yoga expert killed in mishap:
Laxman, a yoga expert who had won several medals in competitions at national level, was killed when he was run over by a truck near the thermal power plant at Khedar, about 35 km from here, on Tuesday. Hailing from Bado Pati village of this district, he had gone to Haridwar four days ago to bring a ‘kavar’ (water from the Ganga). He was on his way back home when a truck ran over him near a railway crossing.

Liquor vendor booked:
The police has registered a case under various Sections of the IPC against a liquor vendor and staff of the UHBVN following the death of a liquor vend employee due to electrocution on Monday. Om Parkash, a resident of Shakti Nagar, lodged a complaint that his brother Ramesh, who was working at Pehowa Chowk Country Liquor Vend, died due to the negligence of liquor contractor and power board staff when he was opening shutter of the shop on Monday morning.

Farmers protest power shortage: Scores of farmers under the banner of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, led by Didar Singh Habri, expressed resentment over power shortage, irregular power supply, replacement of damaged transformers and delay in grant of new connections. The protesters reached Rajeev Gandhi Vidut Bhawan here and submitted a memorandum to SK Bansal, superintendent engineer, Kaithal OP Circle, on Tuesday.



One killed in car-truck collision
: Vijaya Kumari of Bardhin village near Ghumarwin, near here, was killed instantaneously as their car was hit by a truck on National Highway No. 21 (Chandigarh-Manali) near Kothipura, 15 km from here, this evening. Reports said car driver Shashi Kant of Jukhala was injured seriously and rushed to the Regional Hospital here by passers-by and villagers who rushed to the spot. The police has registered a case and taken the body of the deceased into its possession for post mortem examination. The matter is being investigated further.



Vaishno Devi pilgrim dies of heart attack:
A pilgrim died of a heart attack on his way back from Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district last evening. V Chandran Rao (75), a resident of Hyderabad, suffered a heart attack near the Bhawan area of the Jammu region. He along with his family was returning from the cave shrine in the Trikuta hills. Rao was shifted to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.


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