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Teacher raped
: A teacher posted in Jalandhar was allegedly raped by a youth who misinformed her that her son had met with an accident and was admitted to a hospital. A resident of Khobra road, Phagwara, the teacher in her complaint lodged with the Sadar police said she immediately rushed to Amritsar after receiving the phone call from the accused. The accused had told her that he and her son Soni had come to Amritsar for getting training in a company but met with an accident and was admitted to a hospital in Verka. She said she reached here at about 6.30 pm and called the accused on his mobile phone. She alleged that the accused on his motorcycle (PB-02-4258) after roaming in the city for a long time took her to a secluded place where he allegedly raped her. The accused also took away Rs 20,000, gold chain and the mobile phone after threatening her with a sharp-edged weapon. The police has registered a case. No arrest has been made so far.

Tree plantation drive
: Like every year, the Goodwill Society, Bathinda, launched a tree plantation drive in the city on Monday. This gesture of the society aimed at making ecology free from pollution. The society started its eco-friendly drive some 30 years ago. Satish Arora, chief of Hotel Association, Bathinda, planted a sapling at Panchwati Park here to begin the endeavour. The society distributed nearly 50 saplings. In his address, Arora said the society does not only aim at planting a sapling but it also make efforts to ensure its growth.

Wheel chairs donated: The Sahara Jan Sewa, Bathinda, handed over four trolleys and two wheelchairs to the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, on Monday. Social activist Janak Raj Garg gave the same to SMO Dr Vinod Garg in a simple function.

Yoga camp begins: The Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Bathinda, on Monday started a free yoga camp at the local Old-age Home. The camp would help senior citizens staying at home to keep themselves fit and healthy, the members of the samiti said. The samiti also organised a tree plantation drive at Bangi Kala village in the district. The samiti has been organising yoga classes in the village since July 20 this year.

CM to lead MLAs  panel to Delhi: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will jointly lead a high-powered delegation of SAD-BJP MPs and MLAs to Delhi on August 26 to call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Agricultural Minister Sharad Pawar. They have been seeking a special package and higher MSP of paddy in view of severe drought conditions in the state.

Rs 288 cr for road project: The World Bank has approved the Punjab State Road Sector Project at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore. This is the largest road sector project undertaken in the state, in which about 1,100 km of roads will be improved. Disclosing this here on Monday, PWD Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said the total expenditure on the project for 2008-09 was Rs 288.80 crore and it was scheduled to be completed by June, 2012. On the resettlements and rehabilitation side, more than 95 per cent of the land for the project had been acquired.

Fatehgarh Sahib
District rural games
: District education officer (secondary) JP Singh and district sports officer Gian Singh Bhangu today said the district-level rural games would be held at Mata Gujri School, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, wherein, winning teams would take part from different zones.

Cop kills wife, flees:
Police constable Harjinder Singh of Police Line allegedly killed his wife Ranjit Kaur at his house yesterday. According to the police sources, Harjinder Singh, who was posted in Quick Reaction Team, allegedly beat up Ranjit Kaur with baseball bat resulting in her death. After the postmortem today, the police handed the body over to the relatives for cremation. Ranjit was married to Harjinder for 15 years. After murdering his wife, Harjinder along with his daughter and two sons fled. The police has booked Harjinder under section 302 of the IPC and started a hunt for him.

Snatchers nabbed: Passers-by foiled a snatching attempt by two miscreants, who tried to steal a purse of Gurdarshan of local Phagwara road. The snatchers, identified as Amarjit Singh of Ajowal and Kuljit Saini of Dashmesh Nagar, were caught and later handed over to the police. They have been booked under sections 387 and 411 of the IPC. The incident happened when Gurdarshan was going to her house last evening. She immediately raised an alarm after which some passers-by came to her rescue. After a brief chase the passers-by overpowered the snatchers.

21 booked for assault: The police has booked Sukhdev Singh, Surinder Singh, Sudesh Kumar, Jatinder Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Jasbir Kaur and 15 of their accomplices under relevant sections of the IPC for assaulting, destroying property and stealing. Raksha Devi of Mehadpur in her complaint alleged that the above said persons of the same village came to her residence last evening and mercilessly beat her up, broke the boundary wall of her house and decamped with Rs 20000 cash and her gold ornaments.

Decomposed body found
: A decomposed body of a man was found in Passiewal village falling under Bholath police station on Monday. Bholath SHO Parminder Singh said the body was found in the fields of Jagir Singh, a resident of nearby Nadala. The body was reduced to a skeleton and was beyond recognition, he said adding that a torn shirt helped the police to ascertain that the body was of a man. To a query, the SHO did not rule out the possibility of murder. The police initiated proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC. The body was sent to Kapurthala Civil Hospital for autopsy.


Deepika INSO chief: Deepika Thakur, research scholar in the department of environment and vocational studies has been elected as president of Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) at Panjab University. The election was held during the INSO annual meeting at the university’s chemistry canteen. CHANDIGARH: Power supply will be suspended on Tuesday to parts of Sectors 18, 19 and 23 A, B, C from 10 am to 2 pm.

Champions Trophy today: St Joseph’s Champions Trophy Cricket tournament is being organised at St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, tomorrow. Eight teams are taking part in the tournament and opening match of the trophy will be played between Satluj Public School and Swami Ram Tirth School. The other participants are included as St Joseph's, St Anne’s, Doon Public School, Saupin’s, Ryan's International, APJ School of Kharar.

Shweta wins women chess title: Shweta, a student of Panjab University, won the Chandigarh Women Chess Championship held at St Xavier’s High School on August 22. Shweta scored three points. While Arunima Goel of Sacred Heart School got second prize, Simran stood third and Tanya Kaushal got fourth prize. These four girls are selected to represent Chandigarh senior women category for national women chess championship being held at Nagpur in September.


2 IAS, 2 IPS officers shifted: The Haryana government has issued the posting and transfer orders of two IAS officers and two IPS officers, including the Faridabad DC and the Mahendragarh SP. Brijender Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad, has been posted as Joint Secretary, Public Health Engineering Department, against a vacant post and Parveen Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Land Use Board, and ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, Gurgaon, will be the new DC, Faridabad. Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, SP, RTC, Bhondsi, Gurgaon, and Jagwant Singh Lamba, SP, Mahendragarh, will swap their places of posting.

Book released: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda released a book entitled “Hamara Karyakal - Pragti Ke Misal” written by former Kalayat MLA Geeta Bhukkal here on Monday. The 184-page book is a compilation of the developmental works undertaken in the Kalayat Assembly constituency during the tenure of the present state government. Appreciating the initiative taken by Bhukkal, the CM said other legislators should also bring out similar books on developmental works undertaken in their respective constituencies to create awareness.

Wrestler dies: A youth, who was injured in a wrestling competition held in Kirdhan village here on August 21, succumbed to his injuries in a Jaipur hospital on Monday. Daya Nand (18), a youth from Jandwala Bagar, was injured when a youth from Ramsara and he took part in a wrestling competition on August 21. He sustained injuries on his neck and backbone and was rushed to Agroha Medical College. He was later shifted to Swai Man Singh Medical Hospital, Jaipur, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Media coordinator appointed: State president of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Ashok Arora has appointed a Kurukshetra-based senior journalist, Ram Pal Sharma, as media coordinator for four districts comprising Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Ambala and Panchkula. Thanking the INLD, Sharma said he would leave no stone unturned in performing the responsibilities assigned to him by INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala.

Four booked: The police has registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against four persons, Ombir, Rambir, Sher Singh and Manohar Lal, all residents of Jaisinghpur Khera village. The case has been registered on a complaint filed by Lila Devi, wife of the deceased identified as Mahender Singh of the same village, on Sunday. She alleged that after the accused had consumed liquor with her husband in the fields in Mohanpur village on Saturday evening, they berated her husband, following which he ended his life by jumping into a tubewell.

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