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Scholarship scheme launch on August 1
: The Punjab Government will launch Dr Hargobind Khurana scholarship on August 1 for meritorious students of government and Adarsh schools who secured 80 per cent or above in matriculation examination, an official press release said here on Monday. As many as 3,362 students would get the scholarship. Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka said the government would spend Rs 15 crore on this scheme in two years. Each student would receive Rs 2,500 per month. 

Markfed to launch packaged water: Markfed has decided to enter the packaged drinking water market with launch of a new product under the Sohna brand. KS Sra, Managing Director, said the unit of packaged drinking water was likely to commence at Chuharwali village in Jalandhar by January 2014. He said the decision was taken after Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal approved a proposal submitted by the federation in this regard. 

Rs 2,700 crore for renovation of canals
: The Punjab Government will spend Rs 2,700 crore for the renovation of canals and their cleanliness to maintain groundwater level and its safety. This was stated by Sohan Singh Thandal Chief Parliamentary Secretary here today. He said Rs 1,500 crore for Sarhand Feeder, Rs 250 crore for Kandi Canal and Rs 211 crore for Bist Doab canal renovation and cleanliness were being spent. As many as 400 deep tube wells were being installed in the state for irrigation purpose of which 280 in Kandi area. Construction work on the Shahpur Kandi Project was going on a war footing which was likely to be completed within 5 years. With the completion of this project two power houses would also be made operational. The entire project would be completed in three phases during the stipulated period. 

Man killed in road mishap: Charan Dass, a resident of Dhat, died on the spot, while his son Sohan Singh and granddaughter Sukhpreet Kaur were injured when a jeep hit their scooter near Nanda Chaur Sunday evening. Both injured were admitted in a private hospital. The police has registered a case. 

4 booked for killing woman
: A 70-year old Dalit woman was allegedly murdered by four youths at Bilaspur village in Nihalsinghwala sub-division of the district on Sunday night. Station House Officer Swaran Singh said preliminary investigations revealed Amandeep and his three friends were passing through a locality in a car. They had a tiff with some people sitting on the street due to a power cut. Amandeep later took out a stick from his car and hit the woman, Harman Kaur, on her head. The victim succumbed to her injuries at the Nihalsinghwala Civil Hospital. All the four youths had been booked, the SHO added.

KS Jattana appointed Punjab Forests OSD
: The Punjab Government has appointed former Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Karamjit Singh Jattana as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Forests, Punjab. The appointment is aimed at giving impetus to the Green Punjab Mission. Jattana has been instrumental in taking up plantation drives in several parts of the state. Jattana had retired a few years ago as DFO in Patiala. Jattana said his focus would be to ensure that forest cover in state could be rapidly increased. 

Rs 281 crore  disbursed in state
: Punjab has become the first state in the country to disburse Rs 7,281 crore to more than 14 lakh beneficiaries across the state. Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said through the online system, Sangrur district had disbursed payments worth Rs 180.62 crore to 72,469 beneficiaries in the first quarter of this financial year. He said the Integrated Financial Management System had been monitoring online payments since its inception on April 1, and Punjab had become the first state in the country to start this programme. 

Panel: Teach girls self-defence: The Punjab State Women Commission will ask the State Education Department to include chapters on self-defence in senior secondary school. Paramjit Kaur Landran, chairperson of the commission, said it would help girls tackle incidents of domestic violence. Paramjit said the commission would launch awareness campaigns on women's rights in schools and colleges. The commission would also sensitise panchayats to tackle crimes against women in villages. She said this year, the commission had received 807 cases related to domestic violence, dowry and sexual harassment. 

Tarn Taran
Firing leads to panic in village
: A firing incident at a farmhouse in Hansawala village on Sunday led to panic in Goindwal Sahib area. The complainant, Pargat Singh, told the police that some unidentified armed persons first opened fire in the air outside his farmhouse and then fired three shots at his door. The accused also tried to break open the door with some sharp-edged weapons, he alleged. The police has starting investigating the matter. Villagers are already living in fear due to rumours of “kale kachhe wala” gang being active in the area. — OC



PGI workshop: The School of Public Health, PGI, in collaboration with the Division of Public Health of the University of Utah, US, will conduct a two-day workshop on "Public Health Leadership" at the school from Tuesday.

MBBS counselling at GMCH: The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, today held the counselling for 50 seats of MBBS course. Of these, 30 seats were allotted to the general category students and the remaining were alloted under the reserved categories. The students were later sent for medical examination.



: Jasdev (28) of Kukranwali village living in Agarwal Colony here, was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a truck on Sirsa road in Fatehabad on Sunday. He was rushed to the General Hospital, Fatehabad, where he was declared brought dead.

Students want paper re-assessed
: Students of MSc (Mass Communication) at Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, submitted a memorandum to the VC on Monday, demanding re-assessment of the examination paper in which around 20 students have failed.The students alleged that they had been intentionally given poor marks by the examiner as they had raised certain issues in the interest of students during the session.

One killed
: Randhir Singh, a resident of Dohar in Kaithal district, was killed on the spot when a tractor-trailer hit him on the Kurukshetra-Pipli road 2 km from here on Sunday evening.

9 students taken ill after consuming iron tablets
: Nine children, including four girls, were taken ill at Khatoli village in Barwala, Panchkula, after consuming iron pills given by the Health Department staff. The children are students of the local government schools. They complained of severe stomach ache and nausea after consuming the iron tablets. All the students are from class V to VII.

ITI stone laid
: Power, Forest and Environment Minister Ajay Singh Yadav laid the foundation stone of Rao Abhay Singh Government ITI at Saharanwas village on Monday. The ITI will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.73 crore. The construction will be completed by October, 2014.

Theft: A thief took away Rs 20,000 and a laptop from a car parked in Sector 6 at Dharuhera on Saturday. Amit Tanwar, the owner of the car, is a resident of Bhiwani.



Constable dies
: Gambhir Singh Tomar (22), a police constable was killed when a boulder hit him following a landslide in Uttarakashi yesterday.


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