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Abohar
Motor cycle taken away
: An unidentified youth decamped with a Suzuki motor cycle outside a children hospital here on Wednesday. Sources said Mr Sajjan Kumar was buying medicines from a chemist shop at the children hospital in street 15 behind main bus stand. A youth snatched keys of the bike from the child, started the motor cycle and sped away. Some persons chased the miscreant but in vain. The police was informed within 15 minutes but the culprit could not be traced.

Amritsar
Death condoled
: Guru Nanak Dev University Vice-Chancellor Dr S.P. Singh and the university fraternity mourned the death of distinguished Punjabi poetess Ms Amrita Pritam. In the condolence message the GND varsity stated that with the passing away of Ms Amrita Pritam Punjab had lost a writer par excellence. A two-minute silence was also observed in memory of the departed soul.

Man murdered: The police on Thursday arrested Amarjit Singh of Indra Colony for allegedly murdering Lallan Singh, his neighbour after a minor dispute concerning bursting firecrackers. According to information, the accused hit the deceased with a brick on his head, which resulted in profuse bleeding resulting in his death. The police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC.

BARNALA
NCC members win laurels
: Baljinder Kaur of Class X and Ritu Singh of Class VIII, scouts guides of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station, Barnala, had won laurels in the National Jamboori held at Hardwar (Uttaranchal). This was stated by Ms T. Isac, principal of the vidyalaya, here on Thursday. She said both girls had been decorated with medals and certificates.

BATALA
Liquor smuggler held
: The police arrested a liquor smuggler, Vazeer Masih, while his two accomplices, Ashwani Bhandhari and Pankaj Bhandhari, were escaped on Wednesday. Dr Jatindra Jain, SSP, said here on Thursday that on a tip of a police party headed by Mr Swarn Singh, SHO, had set up a naka on the Hansli bridge and intercepted an Indica car (PB 18 E 8431) and seized 36 bottles of illicit liquor.

BATHINDA
Cop suspended
: A policeman has been suspended for indulging in a brawl in an inebriated state at the local Truck Union on Thursday. Sources said three persons, including the policeman, Jaswinder Singh, were nabbed following a tip-off that they were fighting on the unionís premises. All three were found to be drunk in their medical examination. The cop has been suspended for abstaining from duty and indulging in brawl. 

Power generation: The Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabat, has surpassed yet another milestone by generating 3159.4 lakh units of power against the target of 2,900 lakh units during October. This is the highest-ever generation during any month in the history of the PSEB. 

Tools worshipped: Artisans of Batala, basically industrial town having a population of about more than one lakh, worshipped God Vishvakarma on the occasion of Vishvakarma Day. All the artisans cleaned and washed their tools and machinery. Thereafter, the tools were worshipped by installing them properly in their respective stalls.

Samrala
CULTURAL PROGRAMME: The annual cultural programme at Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala, will be held on November 8, according to Mr Jasmel Singh, president of the college committee. Mr. Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon, Member of Parliament and MLA Inder Iqbal Atwal will be the chief guests while Jathedar Kirpal Kheernian, member, SGPC, will be the guest of honour. 

MEETING: A meeting of the office-bearers of the Youth Welfare Sports Club, Ottalan, 5km from here, was held here on Thursday at the local Civil Rest House, under the chairmanship Mr Dharminder Saddi, general secretary of the club, and decided to hold the three-day village tournament from December 9. Talking to mediapersons, press secretary Harjit Singh Lambardar said kabaddi, hockey, athletics, bullock cart races, girls races and volleyball will be the main events of attraction and the winner of the Kabaddi cup will be awarded Rs 71,000. 

Tarn Taran 
2 arrested
: Sukhbir Singh, a resident of Gujarpura village and a resident of Bihar, were nabbed by the Goindwal police. Police sources said stolen Hero Honda and Splendor motor cycles and a Bajaj Chetak scooter have been recovered. A case under Sections 379, 411, IPC, has been registered against the accused.

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HARYANA

Sonepat
Residentsí protest
: Three employees, including a Junior Engineer of the Public Health Department were taken hostage by residents of Sham Nagar Colony here on Thursday in protest against the continuous drinking water crisis in the colony. The officials remained in the illegal confinement of the residents for about six hours. They were let off after the JE assured them of a regular supply of drinking water.

Bodies recovered: The police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from Drain 6 near Kabirpur village on the outskirts of the city on Thursday and sent it for a post-mortem examination. The police recovered the body of another unidentified youth from Shadipur village area and sent it for a post-mortem examination. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

NURPUR
Children science congress
: Sushant Dogra, Class VIII student of Motessorie Cambridge School, Raja Ka Bagh, near here, stood first in the district-level children science congress in a survey report in junior urban category held at Brindavan on Wednesday.

Charas seized: A police patrol party headed by SHO Nathu Ram arrested Mahashu Ram of Kopra village and seized 900 gm of charas in his possession at Khazan, near here, on Wednesday. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

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