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Scheme to support the girl child: The state government on Saturday launched the first phase of Bebe Nanki Laadli Beti Scheme to improve the sex ratio in the state. As many as 456 newborn girls from poor families would be provided Rs 61,000 from time to time till they are 18 years old. Deputy Commissioner Tanu Kashyap said only girls born after January 1, 2011 would benefit from the scheme. "The scheme has been launched to help poor people bring up baby girls and ultimately change the mindset of the people," she added.

220 more free medicines for poor: Poor patients will soon get 220 more medicines free of cost at government hospitals in the state. Vinni Mahajan, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said the number of free medicines supplied in government hospitals would now cross 300. Mahajan was here to review the health services in the district. She directed health officials to properly implement various schemes, including Janani Surksha Shishu programme, and stressed deliveries should be conducted by ASHA workers.

4 held under NDPS Act:
The Ghagga police on Sunday claimed to have arrested three persons, including a woman, with 210 kg poppy husk. The three are identified as Kashmir Singh, Shinder Kaur and Cheeku Ram. In another incident, the police arrested Vikas Kapoor for allegedly selling psychotropic medicines. The police recovered medicines and Rs 17 lakh cash. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

Handle complaints efficiently, engineers told: KD Chaudhri, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, in a meeting held here today, instructed engineers to attend to consumer's complaints efficiently. He told them to deal with complaints dealing interruption in power supply and replacement of damaged transformers on priority.

Patiala dentist invited to US: Punjabi Dental Society in the USA has invited a Patiala-based dentist, Dr Vinay Goyal, to present a practical paper on the contemporary cosmetic dentistry. The event will be held on August 24 in San Jose. As many as 100 dentists from across the world are expected to participate.

Tarn Taran
Tarn Taran police books 4 for harassing college girls:
The Sadar police on Sunday registered a case against four residents of Jodhpur village for harassing college girls. They have been identified as Romesh Singh, Daljit Singh, Jasbir Singh and Ranjit Singh. Two of them have been arrested. The case was registered on the complaint of Satwant Singh, a resident of Jodhpur village. Sources said the accused attacked a police party that visited the village to probe the matter. A section of residents staged a dharna in front of the DCís office alleging that the case was false.


Graduation results:
The University of Jammu (JU) declared the results of graduation first-year here this evening. According to an official spokesperson, a total of 30,368 students appeared in the examination this year. However, the pass percentage remained dismal as only 35 per cent students successfully cleared the examination. The results have been uploaded on the university website.

School board postpones todayís exams
: The State Board of School Education (BOSE) has postponed the examinations that were scheduled for tomorrow. A spokesman for the State Board of School Education here today said that the examinations which were scheduled for tomorrow had been postponed in the Kashmir Valley.

Man found dead in Kargil river: The police recovered the body of an unidentified man from a river in remote Kargil district yesterday. The body of an unidentified man, who is aged around 25 years, was recovered from a river at Matayan in Kargil near Drass town, a police spokesman said. The body had been kept at the sub-district hospital, Drass, for identification, the spokesman said.

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