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Minor girl freed, 4 booked:
The city police have freed a minor girl, who was abducted three days ago, and arrested four persons during a raid in Bhikhwind in Amritsar. Sources said the accused were identified as Deepak, his father Raj Kumar, sister Raj Kaur and her husband Sunny. The medical examination of the victim confirmed rape. A case against the accused has been registered.

Dosanjh landscaping adviser:
SPS Dosanjh, an eminent landscapist has been engaged as Adviser, Landscaping, in the Punjab Roads and Bridges Development Board by the state government. He will provide technical guidance on major landscaping projects for beautifying the state. He is associated with various projects under the Beautification Committee constituted by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Woman duped of Rs 2.5 lakh:
The police have booked a female travel agent, Honey Masih, for “duping” a Sirhind resident of Rs 2.5 lakh on the pretext of sending her to Cyprus. Baljit Kaur of Aman Colony alleged the visa issued to her by Jalandhar-based Honey turned out to be fake.

Rs 38.40 lakh scholarships: The Punjab Government will provide scholarships worth Rs 38.40 lakh to poor students in Fatehgarh Sahib district under the recently launched Dr Hargobind Khurana scheme. Deputy Commissioner Arun Sekhri said that 64 students in the district, who have secured 80 per cent marks in matric, would benefit from the scheme. The scholarship amount would be deposited directly into the saving accounts of the beneficiaries.

SAD chief Sukhbir Badal welcomes Sansar Singh into the party fold in New Delhi on SaturdayNew Delhi
SAD (A) leader joins Akali Dal:
Sansar Singh, Delhi president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), joined the Shiromani Akali Dal along with his supporters in the presence of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday. Sansar Singh has been the SAD (A) Delhi chief since 2008. He had contested Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections this year.

SAD chief Sukhbir Badal welcomes Sansar Singh into the party fold in New Delhi on Saturday.
A Tribune photograph

BBMB chairman felicitated:
Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) chairman AB Agrawal has been conferred with the "CEO of the Year (Hydro) - 2013" award. The award has been given in recognition of Agrawal's "inspiring leadership" to the BBMB. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy presented the award to Agrawal during the 6th India Power Awards felicitation function in Hyderabad.

8 booked for murder bid: The district police booked eight persons for attempting to murder two crusher owners on Saturday. On the statement of victim Ajwinder Singh, the police have booked Ranjodh, Harwidner, Rinku, Jaspal, Dilpreet, Babloo, Maninder and Dilbar, all residents of nearby villages. On Friday, four unidentified fired upon Gurmit Singh and Ajwinder Singh near Nurpur Bedi. Gurmit Singh had suffered minor injuries.

Tarn Taran
6 booked for murder:
Dilraj Singh (17), who was shot at in Kad Gill village near Tarn Taran, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Amritsar on Friday night. Another youth, Jagroop Singh, who had sustained injuries, is stated to be out of danger. Six persons, Gurvail Singh, Jasmail Singh, Rustamdeep Singh, Pankajdeep Singh, Phuman Singh and Harnam Singh, have been booked. Sources said property dispute was the reason behind the firing.



Students take out a march in Dehradun on Friday. Dehradun
Pharmacy week:
Students and faculty of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Sardar Bhagwan Singh Post-Graduate Institute of Bio-Medical Sciences (SBSPGI), Balawala, observed “The National Pharmacy Week” from November 17 to 24. Several events were organised during the pharmacy week celebrations.

Students take out a march in Dehradun on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Pillion rider killed: Vijay was reportedly killed when the scooter he was riding pillion fell into a gorge breaking the railing near the Mullingar market at Landour Bazaar in Mussoorie on Friday night. The driver of the scooter was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Public info campaign ends: The three-day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign organised in the Pabo block of Pauri Garhwal concluded on Saturday. The Sarv Shiksha Rally was held in Pabo town highlighting the importance of the UPA government schemes like the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and the Right to Education Act. A cultural programme was also staged. Congress MLA Ganesh Godiyal had inaugurated the campaign. — TNS

Dance competition: The Noopur Dance Academy will organise the Jhankar-2014, a dance competition, the Officers’ club at Yamuna Colony on January 11 next year. Addressing a press conference in Dehradun, academy Director Nupur Gupta said the dance competition was meant to given an opportunity to freshers to showcase their talent.

Fake currency seized: The police arrested Irshad and Amit Kumar from the Rest Camp on Saturday morning and recovered fake 50 notes of Rs 500 each. During interrogation, the accused told the police that they got the fake currency notes from Yasin, a native of Lakhimpur Khiri.

Protest for basic facilities:
Residents of various villages falling within the jurisdiction of the Haldwani Nagar Nigam held a demonstration at the BDO office on Saturday in support of their demand for basic facilities of water, electricity and health. The villagers alleged that the government was neglecting their villages 
and enriching the town nearby, resulting in lack of basic facilities in their area. “We have sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the BDO, demanding, besides basic facilities of water, health and electricity, BPL ration cards and employment of village labourers under the MNREGA scheme,” said Shankar Datt Tiwari, a Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh leader.

Proposal to build 72 roads:
The Nagar Palika Parishad, Jaspur, has passed a proposal to construct 72 roads in the town to provide better transportation facility to the people. The parishad at a meeting also passed another proposal to construct flush latrines in the town and free 287 scavengers from the routine unhygienic and illegal work.

HC stays demolition drive:
The Nainital High Court has stayed the ongoing demolition of illegal constructions for the widening of roads in Pithoragarh town by the PWD and the district administration. On a petition filed by Gopal DuttJoshi, a resident of GIC Road, that the PWD was not properly identifying encroachments, the court gave the state Government and the PWD four weeks’ time to file their reply to the court.

Computer science in  farm sector:
Scholars from the computer science department of Pantnagar University have  said at a seminar that to  raise agriculture  productivity, application of computer sciences in rural areas is a must. The seminar titled ‘Uses of computer science in agriculture sector’, was organised by the  computer department of the university. “Scientists and farmers will have to work in cooperation to ensure the right use of computer applications in the agriculture field so that the farmers could get information about the  changes in agricultural activities at the right time,”  said Dr Bisht.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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