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The girl sitting in a police station in LudhianaLudhiana
Four-year-old found on train
: Passengers of the inter-city train from Chandigarh to Ludhiana found an abandoned four-year-old girl and handed her over to the Government Railway Police (GRP) on Sunday. The girl was identified as Aasak and her parents as Mehboob and Sarjann. She has been handed over to an NGO, Child Helpline and the Chandigarh Police Control Room has been informed.
The girl sitting in a police station in Ludhiana.

Moga DEO inspects Adarsh School
: District Education Officer Pritam Singh Dhaliwal inspected Adarsh School at Manawan village in the district on Monday. The school was reopened a couple of days ago after a gap of more than two months. District Magistrate AS Thind constituted a 16-member committee under the chairmanship of JS Dhaliwal, chairman, BIS Group, to manage and run this state-sponsored school, which remained closed due to an unrest created by a section of teachers and some "politically motivated" people of the area.

Teachers to protest on August 10
: The Master Cadre Union has decided to gherao Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa at his residence in Sangrur on August 10 in support of their financial demands. These include issuance of requisite sanctions for releasing salaries, arrears and other bills lying pending in the treasuries, announcing DA installment, pay protection under assured career progression and implementation of increased grade pay from January 1986. Harminder Singh Uppal, vice-president, said the union had decided to launch a stir against the "anti-teacher" policies of the government.

Former principal gets 2-year jail: A local court on Monday sentenced a former principal of Government School Harpalpur in Rajpura to two years in prison for misusing his authority. He was also fined Rs 10,000. The accused Amarjeet Singh was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act in April 2008 by the Vigilance Bureau.

Farmers demand 8-hr power supply
: Members of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur), led by district president Baljit Singh Jollian, on Monday held a demonstration outside the office of the Senior Executive Engineer (XEN) of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) here. They demanded uninterrupted 8-hour power supply to tube wells; withdrawal of hike in the price of power; completion of work on grids in rural areas; and issuance of power to tube wells. Jollian said their paddy crops were drying as PSPCL supplied power for only four to five hours. He said the state government had forgotten its promise of supplying power for 8 hours in the paddy season.


Seed producers elect office-bearers
: The following have been unanimously elected office-bearers of the Haryana Seeds Producers Association: Ravinder Kumar Gupta (Hisar) - patron, Pal Singh Dhaliwal (Kurukshetra) - president; Ram Kumar (Hisar) and Shyam Mehta (Sirsa) - vice-presidents; Hansraj Kalra (Kurukshetra) - general secretary, Anil Kalra (Sirsa) and Surat Singh (Hisar) - secretaries; and Krishan Lal Janak (Indri) - treasurer.


Manimahesh yatra:
Though officially the Manimahesh pilgrimage is to begin on August 28, Sri Krishna Janamashtami, pilgrims and devotees of Lord Shiva have started arriving in Bharmour in large numbers. According to unofficial reports, pilgrims from adjoining areas of Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti, besides other parts of the bordering states, have started arriving in private vehicles and buses.

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