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Amritsar
Two Pakistani prisoners let off
: The Indian Government released two Pakistani prisoners, who were repatriated to their native country through the Attari-Wagah land route, near here, on Thursday. Jafar-ul-Haq (23) and Sayyad Nur Mohammad, both Pakistani prisoners, were handed over to Pakistani rangers by Border Security Force (BSF) officials. 

Chandigarh
Bhattal to address rallies in UP
: The Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, would campaign for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh. She has been asked by the AICC to address rallies at six places in two days. Bhattal would reach UP on Friday evening and address three rallies at Puranpur, Patria and Dalipur Attaria on February 25. She would address three more rallies at Gola Gokrannath, Bisalpur and Bhagatpur constituencies on February 26. 

CPM condemns Bengal killings: The CPMís Punjab State Committee has condemned the brutal killing of two CPM leaders in Burdwan district of West Bengal allegedly by Trinamool Congress goons. Pradip Tah and Kamal Gayen were district committee members of Burdwan district. Tah was an ex-MLA from Burdwan (North) assembly constituency. They were leading a peaceful procession during preparations for the February 28 strike when they were killed, claimed Charan Singh Virdi, committee secretary, in a statement. 

Faridkot
Doctor found absent
: During a surprise checking of the health dispensary at Pipli village here on Thursday, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Mohan Lal found that the doctor in the dispensary has been absent from duty for over one month. Taking a serious view of this, the ADC wrote to the Director, Rural Development, for necessary action against the doctor. 

Moga
Dalit woman raped in Moga
: A 35-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped by a few youths of her community at Vishavkarma Nagar in the town. In her complaint, the victim alleged that three women, Manjit Kaur, Nanni and Manju, who were known to her, had called her to their residence for mediating in a dispute with accused youths Manna, Shaama, Roshan Singh and Kewal Singh. She alleged that she was offered tea laced with intoxicants, following which she lost her consciousness and was raped. A case has been registered against the youths and the women. 

PHILLAUR
Man run over by train
: A man was run over by a train here last night. Sources said the deceased was crossing the level crossing when the incident occurred. The body has been sent to a hospital for an autopsy.

Purse snatched: Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a purse from a woman here last night. In her complaint, Kamaljit Kaur said the purse contained Rs 2,400 and earrings. In another incident, two unidentified youths robbed a Powercom employee Roshan Lal of Rs 1,300. Some youths snatched Rs 2,600 from Bhag Ram of Tarkhan Majra. 

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HARYANA

Kurukshetra
Film appreciation
: Media has failed to become a beacon light for cinema in India. It has adopted a helping role for the projection of cinema among the masses. This was stated by Atul Tiwari, a renowned scriptwriter for movies. Tiwari was addressing the trainees of the film appreciation course organised by the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology, Kurukshetra University, on the fourth day of the course on the university campus on Tuesday. 

Rewari
Crops examined
: A high-level team of the Agriculture Department on Thursday examined the condition of frost-affected wheat and mustard crops in farmersí fields at Saban, Asra Ka Majra, Bharangi, Sulkha, Pali, Manethi and several other villages of the district. Deputy Commissioner CG Rajini Kaanthan, who was also present on the occasion, announced that the tehsildars would get the girdawari of the affected crops conducted expeditiously. 

Police custody: The Dharuhera police of Rewarti district has brought five looters, identified as Islam, Shahid, Fazroo, Iqbal and Ilyao, of the Taoru area of Gurgaon district, on production warrant from a court in Gurgaon. They were earlier arrested in a criminal case by the Gurgaon police during whose interrogation they confessed that they had looted cash, a mobile phone and an ATM card from G Bala Subramaniam, an engineer in a private company of Gurgaon last month. They were produced in a local court on Wednesday, which remanded them in police custody for two days. 

Rohtak
Drive against drinking
: Around 28 persons were nabbed by the police in a drive to check drinking liquor at public places. Though all accused were released on a bail later, the accused would be facing the prosecution, as a case had been booked against them for violating the provisions of the law. 

Sonepat
Undertrial dead
: An undertrial reportedly committed suicide by hanging in his cell at the district jail here on Wednesday. The victim identified as Pramod of Badmalik had escaped from the jail along with seven other inmates and was rearrested by the police. The jail authorities saw the body hanging from a ceiling fan. The police took the body to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. 

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DEHRADUN

Gandhi Gram resident shot at: Ram Sharma, a resident of Gandhi Gram, was shot at in the stomach by Sonu Mishra, his neighbour, in the afternoon on Thursday. Shyam Sharma, twin brother of the victim, who was with him at the time of the incident, shouted for help. The victim was operated in Doon Hospital, where he is out of danger. Accused Sonu Mishra is absconding. It was in 2008 that Pramod Sharma, another brother of the victim, had killed brother of Sonu Mishra and is now languishing in jail for the crime. Both the families fought with each other over an adjoining wall. Ram Sharma, 20, does odd jobs to make a living whereas Sonu Mishra is a criminal. 

Kumaon Briefs

Man run over by train: A resident of the Gopipuram locality near Halduchaur in Haldwani was run over by a train. It is learnt that Mukesh was crossing the railway tracks when the speeding train ran over him. He hailed from Baheri and had been residing with three of his friends. His body was discovered by a Railway personnel in the morning. While it is being assumed to be a case of accidental death, the police is investigating the matter for the possibility of foul play. Two persons have been detained for questioning in the matter.

Truck crushes woman: A woman was knocked to death by a truck in Ramnagar. It is learnt that 35-year-old Shanti Devi Rawat was returning home to Kunjhana Malla village in the Basot area after collecting fodder from a forest when she was hit by a speeding truck. She was rushed to a Community Health Centre where she was declared dead on arrival. The deceasedís husband is employed as a security guard in a college in Ludhiana in Punjab. She is survived by four children. The driver of the truck was nabbed by villagers two kilometres away from the site of the accident. It was told to the police that the driver was involved in a race with another truck driver.

Woman consumes poison, dies: A resident of Salla Rautela in the Sheetlakhat area of Almora ended her life after consuming a poisonous substance. It is learnt that 30-year-old Kavita Mehra was rushed to the Base Hospital after she had consumed poison at her house. She died while she was being treated. The reason why she took the extreme step is yet to be ascertained. Her body has been sent to post-mortem analysis.\

Phones go dead in Nainital: The communication setup in the Bhawali area of Nainital district has gone for a toss over the last four days. It is learnt that some miscreants cut the telephone cables with a view to stealing the these but they did not succeed in their attempt. This has led to hundreds of landline telephones going dead and the Internet services being affected. Sources say that close to 800 consumers have been affected. The officials of the BSNL are doing their best to bring the system back to working order. Over the last few days, many incidents of telephone cable thefts have been reported across the region. Such instances have come to light from Nainital and Haldwani where services had remained affected.

Protest against lack of water supply: Residents of the Ghangan area of Bageshwar district are angry over the failure of the Jal Sansthan authorities to ensure a proper supply of water to them for the past five months. A large number of agitated women carried out a protest outside the office of the Executive Engineer of the Jal Sansthan on Wednesday to air their resentment. They were annoyed to find that the officials had moved away from the office on getting to know that the protesters were coming there. They have threatened to launch a mass agitation if the supply is not resumed in the next couple of days.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 

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