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PO ARRESTED: The CIA staff has arrested a proclaimed offender wanted in cases like possession of illegal arms, fraud and armed dacoity. The PO, Gurtej Singh, had cases registered against him in Kotkapura Sadar, Mehna and Baghapurana police stations. He was at large since 2002. Sources said he was arrested on Wednesday night near Talwandi bypass and his Maruti Zen car was seized.

SEMINAR: A seminar was organised by the district administration here on Wednesday to create awareness about the menace of drug addiction. The SSP, Mr M.F. Farooqi, and the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, addressed it.

DISBURSED: Mr D.K. Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, disclosed on Wednesday that till March, 2005, banks in the district disbursed loans worth Rs 625.21 crore among different segments of the priority sector against a target of Rs 616.16 which was higher by Rs 134.49 crore as compared to loans disbursed during the corresponding period of last year.

SAMMELAN: A “panch-sarpanch sammelan” was organised at Balachaur, about 20 km from here, on Wednesday, with a view to creating awareness regarding the preservation of environment among the masses. The programme was organised as part of a series of such programmes being organised by the district administration in connection with World Environment Day. Mr Balwinder Singh, ADC, presided.

INAUGURATED: A new showroom by Spice Mobile company was inaugurated here on Thursday in the main bazaar by Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, local MLA, while Mr Jasvir Singh Dhillon, president of the municipal committee, was the chief guest.

Tarn Taran
MURDERED: Jaswant Singh (36) of Dhotian village was murdered with a blunt weapon at his native village by five persons, including three women of the nearby Bhathal Bhai Ke village.



health camp
: At least 450 persons were diagnosed and given medicines at a free health camp held at Government Senior Secondary School at Rattewali village in the District on Monday. The camp was organised by the District Red Cross Society in collaboration with the state Health Department. Stating this an official spokesman said health specialists of General Hospital, Sector-6, Panchkula diagnosed the patients at the camp.

Health awareness camp: The district health authorities today organised an awareness camp at Burj Kotian to create awareness to stop the outbreak of malaria, dengue and Japanese encephalitis. The residents were asked to maintrain sanitation in their surroundings, not to allow water to stagnate at a place. They were also asked to avail of healthcare services at the Primary Health Centre or Community Health Centre immediately in case of outbreak of any these diseases was reported.

Restaurant: A franchise of Yellow Chilli in Panchkula is all set to offer a wide range of mocktails and cocktails from Friday. The cocktail lounge bar at the restaurant offers cocktails using rum, tequila, vodka and gin, while the mocktails being offered are a fine blend using orange juice, lemonade and mixed fruit juices as the base ingredient.



Body recovered
: The police has recovered the body of a middle-aged man from the Chotpa minor from the Natusari area in the district. The deceased is reported to be a resident of Sarhind where he drowned in the canal along with another person. According to police sources, both were reported missing around two weeks ago.

Hurt: At least six persons received injuries after a jeep overturned at Shekhupuria village. According to the police, the accident took place on Wednesday evening when the driver of the jeep lost control over the vehicle and it overturned. All injured were given first aid and were reported to be out of danger.

DRIVER KILLED: A truck driver, Gurnam Singh, of Shahabad Markanda was killed when he was hit by a Canter while he was changing the punctured tyre on the GT Road, near Bahalgarh Chowk, about 10 km from here, on Thursday. The police has registered a case against the Canter driver on the charge of rash and negligent driving and causing death of Gurnam Singh and launched a hunt to apprehend him.

FINE IMPOSED: The District Consumers Redressal Forum has imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on a cable operator of Gohana by disposing the complaint of Mr Amit Mittal, a resident of Gohana, who had filed a complaint on December 17, 2003, alleging that he was harassed by the cable operator.



DEAD: A freedom fighter, Gurditta Mal, a resident of Chamba town, who had fought World War II as a soldier of the Azad Hind Fauz died here on Wednes day of throat cancer. He was 83. The mortal remains of Gurditta Mal were cremated at the local crematorium with full state honour in the evening. Wreaths were placed on the body of the freedom fighter on behalf of the Himachal Governor, the Chief Minister and local MLA and Animal Husbandry Minister Harsh Mahajan.

: Those who help the Forest Department save forests from fire will be honoured and a “certificate of honour” will be given to them. Mr R.S.Banyal, DFO, Nachan, said on Wednesday that it was decided at the division level to honour the local persons who used to help the department in firefighting thereby saving valuable forest produce and wild life. He further added it was decided to honour a unit of Home Guard jawans of the Jasan unit in Gohar subdivision.


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