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PUNJAB

AMRITSAR
SCRUTINY OF RECORDS: Vigilance sleuths scrutinised appointment records here on Friday. The team was seeking details of some specific case of recruitment to the corporation last year.

INQUIRY ORDERED: Mr Rajan Gupta, IG, Border Range, has directed the SSP, Tarn Taran, Mr Narinder Bhargav, to conduct an inquiry into the complaint of Dalbir Singh, a resident of Goindwal Sahib. In an FIR, the complainant alleged that Dilbagh Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Bhagwant Singh attempted to set him ablaze after pouring kerosene on him while he was returning here from Goindwal Sahib.

FELLOWSHIP: Dr Sajid Husain, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been selected for the Indian National Science Academy fellowship for his work on HIV/AIDS.

HOUSE BURGLED: Harjot Singh, in a complaint lodged with the police, said his house was burgled on Friday evening when he was not at home. The culprits decamped with nine tolas of gold jewellery and other valuables, he said. A case has been registered. Meanwhile, the police has apprehended Amarjeet Singh and Manjinder Singh, and seized 20 and 15 grams of smack, respectively, from them.

GURDASPUR
GRANT GIVEN: Brig Gurpal Singh, Station Commander, Tibri Garrison, distributed Rs 50,000 among needy dependants, mostly widows of ex-servicemen, as distance grant on Friday. A medical camp was also organised, in which medicines were distributed free of cost.

HOSHIARPUR
DEATH ANNIVERSARY: The 17th death anniversary of Balbir Singh, a socialist leader, was observed here on Friday. He was gunned down by terrorists in 1985. Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, Mr Avinash Jaiswal, Mr Kamal Chaudhry, Mahant Ram Parkash Dass, Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, Mr Upkar Singh Randhawa, Mr Jai Kishan Saini, Mr Bhagwan Singh and others paid tributes to Balbir Singh.

LOOTED: Three youths looted Rs 1.38 lakh at gunpoint from the cashier of the Oriental Bank of Commerce at Jalalpur village, 39 km from here, on Saturday. According to police sources, they arrived at the bank at 1 p.m. and told the gunman that they wanted to meet the Manager for obtaining a loan. On entering the bank premises, one of them went to the chamber of the cashier and looted the money at gunpoint.

JALANDHAR
RAIDS CONDUCTED: The Vigilance Bureau (Jalandhar Zone), in its bid to check absenteeism among employees of the Health Department, conducted raids at various primary health centres in Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur on Friday and found about 12 doctors and paramedical staff absent from duty. A detailed report in this regard would soon be submitted to the Chief Director of the bureau.

MOGA
TANKER IMPOUNDED: The district police on Saturday impounded an oil tanker carrying 12,000 litres of spurious kerosene oil and arrested its driver, Ranjit Singh. According to the district police chief, Mr Varinder Kumar, the driver, who was on his way to New Delhi from Amritsar, intended to sell the oil on the black market.

GANG BUSTED: The district police on Saturday claimed to have busted a gang of thieves operating in various towns of Punjab with the arrest of its leader, Paras Ram, alias Dharma, and his four accomplices. A large number of stolen goods worth lakhs of rupees were seized from their possession. The SSP, Mr Varinder Kumar, said the accomplices had been identified as Baj Singh, Harpal Singh, Darshan Singh and Shalinder Singh.

OBSERVED: The Bhartiya Yog Sansthan Panjikrit on Sunday observed its "sthapana divas" on the premises of Guru Nanak College. The president of the organisation, Mr Narinder Sood, addressed the gathering.

UNSAFE BUILDING: Employees of the block development office at Baghapurana town in the district are concerned over the dilapidated condition of the office building, which is very old and on the verge of collapse. Officers of the department concerned have been requested to either demolish it or get it repaired. 

PATHANKOT
LIQUOR SEIZED: The local police seized 34 bottles of liquor from a shop on the Kali Mata Mandir road here on Saturday. A case under Section 61 of the Excise Act has been registered against the proprietor of the shop, Vishal Kumar, a local resident. The liquor was being smuggled from Himachal Pradesh for being sold in Punjab, the SP, Mr Bachan Singh Randhawa, said.

PHAGWARA
GIRLíS BODY FOUND: The body of a young girl was found in mysterious circumstances in the fields at Jamalpur village, near here, on Sunday. The police suspect that somebody threw the body after strangulating the girl. A case has been registered. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

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HARYANA

KAITHAL
TRAINING PROGRAMME: Financial institutions should play an effective role in rural development so that there were more employment opportunities in villages. This was stated by Mr R.S. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, on the concluding day of the five-day training programme for senior district officers organised by the Haryana Institute of Public Administration here on Friday.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

DHARAMSALA
DEAD: Sunita Sharma (23) of Badhui village died in the Nurpur Civil Hospital on Saturday. In her dying statement to the SDM she is reported to have said that she had consumed sulphas tablets mistaking them for a medicine and that nobody is to be held responsible for her death. Tara Chand, a labourer, was crushed to death when part of the wall of rest house collapsed while being dismantled in Ghulangda village on Saturday.

HAMIRPUR
EFFIGY BURNT: BJP dissidents of the Nadaunta Assembly segment burnt an effigy of Mr Baldev Sharma, MLA and district BJP chief, at Bijheri, about 30 km from here, on Friday in protest against the failure of the party leadership to take action against him. Mr Dhian Chand Sharma, convener of the Nadaunta Bachao Baldev Sharma Hatao Manch, led the dissidents.

KULU
DHARNA STAGED: Members of the District Congress Committee, Lahaul and Spiti, led by Mr A.N. Vidyarthi, member, All-India Congress Committee and PCC, staged a dharna and observed a fast in front of the Deputy Commissionerís office at Keylong on Friday in protest against the Gujarat carnage and the failure of the Modi government to protect the lives and property of people. The members demanded the dismissal of the Gujarat Government.

MANDI
ACCIDENT: One person was killed and two were injured when a three-wheeler in which they were travelling met with an accident on the Mandi Sundernagar road on Saturday. The deceased has been identified Chandermani of Dudar village.


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