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7 hurt in mishaps
: Seven persons, including an eight-year-old girl, were injured in two incidents here on Friday. Mr Tilak Raj Setia, a resident of Fazilka, was travelling in his Esteem car along with four others when the car collided with a truck near Sukhmani Chowk. Besides Mr Setia, those injured in the accident were Mr Gurmukh Dass Makkar, Mr Subhash Setia, Mr Ashok Kumar and Mr Krishan Kumar. The truck driver fled. A tractor hit a vendor, Bhure Lal, and his eight-year-old daughter near Sunder Nagar. It also hit and injured Krishan Lal who was standing nearby.

School function: Brig V.P. Singh, VSM, Commander, Infantry Brigade, addressed an elite gathering at the annual day celebrations of Kendriya Vidyalaya here on Friday evening. Principal S. Sambanna in his welcome address, spoke on the progress of the institution during the past 18 years. The management planned to upgrade the vidyalaya to senior secondary level, besides modernising it labs, library and the sports complex.

Bank theft: Gurdip Singh, a resident of Kantakhera village near Fatehabad, was arrested on Friday in connection with a theft committed on the night of April 13, 2001, at the Balluana branch of the Punjab National Bank here. The police said other members of the inter-state gang involved in the Rs 2.72 lakh theft had been nabbed from Haryana and Rajasthan but Gurdip Singh had been evading arrest.

Held for rape: Vijay Kumar, a resident of Khuikhera village, has been booked under Section 376 of the IPC for raping the wife of his tenant at Ghallu village, official sources said on Saturday. The woman has alleged that Vijay Kumar forced entry into her room on the night of April 19 when her husband was away and raped her. The police took the action after a medical examination.

PUNJABI PUBLISHERS: The Punjabi Publishers Association has expressed grief at the demise of Mr Charanjit Lal, a Punjabi publisher. Mr Kulwant Singh Suri, president of the association, said Mr Charanjit had served the Punjabi language by publishing a number of Punjabi books.

POLL RALLY: Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra SAD-BJP candidate for the Ropar Parliamentary constituency, was weighed against coins at Bulepur village, during an election rally on Friday. Mr Yadwinder Singh Yadoo, sarpanch, Mr Ranveer Singh Khatra, Gurmukh Singh, Jaspal Kaur, Ajmer Kaur, Ramian Mohammad all panches, cooperative society president Inderjit Singh and Nambardar Avtar Singh were among those who addressed the rally. 

Chain Snatched: A scooter-borne youth snatched a chain from a woman in the Gulmohar Nagar area on Saturday. The woman Monika, Jalota, a schoolteacher, was returning home when the incident happened. She said the chain was artificial. 

FREE COACHING: The Punjab Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT), Mandi Gobindgarh, will start a free coaching programme for students aspiring to take admission to MBA and MCA courses from May 15. The programme will focus on helping candidates improve their business aptitude and skills in mathematics, general knowledge, current affairs and English. Students would also be trained in group discussions and interviews, said Dr O.P. Sahni, Director. 

Farewell party: Students of Institute of Management Studies, Model Town, organised a farewell party for students of outgoing batches of BBA, BCA and MBA. Mr Gurbir Singh, president of the trust, presided over the function. Prabhjot Kaur, Shivani Nayyar and Smriti Sidhu were declared Miss Farewell, first and second runners-up, respectively. Ms Dilmeet Kaur, Director, wished the outgoing students good luck.

SIX ARRESTED: As many as six persons involved in dara and satta gambling have been arrested. Those arrested include Pragat Singh Tikku, Kumar Tej Paul, Kuldeep Singh Palli and others.

SEIZED: The Moga police on Friday arrested Gurtej Singh, a resident of Daddahur and seized about 7000 ml of illicit liquor.

LIONS CLUB: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lion Club, Pathankot: President — Mr Subash Gupta; vice president — Mr Anil Dara; secretary — Mr Vijay Passi; treasurer — Mr Rakesh Mahajan; and P.R.O. — Mr Yash Gupta.

APPOINTED: The following have been appointed office-bearers of the General Samaj Manch: vice-president — Mr Fateh Singh Parmar; general secretary — Mr Girish Sharma; secretary — Mr Mahesh Marhia; treasurer — Mr Sudesh Sharma; and assistant treasurer — Mr Shanker Dhir. Mr Madan Mohan Bajaj is the convener of the manch.

FARMERS’ CAMP: A two-day farmers’ camp, organised by Mohindera and Mohindera Tractors, concluded here on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by the SDM, Mr J.S. Jassi, on Friday. Prizes were distributed by P.S. Batra, general secretary of the Punjab Lambardar Union. A cultural programme was also organised.

REHEARSAL: Mr Saravjit Singh, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, had said that despite the declaration of holiday on May 3 on the occasion of Milad-Ul-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed, by the Punjab Government, rehearsals for the polling staff would be held on May 3 as per the schedule.



LIFE SENTENCE: The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Randhir Singh, on Friday sentenced two persons accused of murder to imprisonment for life and fined them Rs 5,000 each. Nihal Singh, a resident of Rawatwas village had allegedly killed his brother Mohar Singh on the night intervening October 22 and 23 with the help of Bansi Lal, a resident of Dhangar village. Nihal Singh, according to the prosecution, wanted to usurp the agriculture land of Mohar Singh.

MEETING HELD: The IG, Mr B.L. Lal, held a meeting of officials of Sirsa district at the local Police Lines on Thursday. Mr Lal called upon the officials to ensure free and fair elections.

VHP CAMPAIGN : The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) will launch a campaign to propagate its Hindu agenda, according to Hisar division secretary Suresh Vatas. The all-India secretary of the VHP, Dr Surinder Jain, would address a number of functions and seminars in Sirsa, Fatehabad and Hisar districts. Bajrang Dal workers would launch a campaign on educating the masses about the 11-point Hindu agenda.



HELD WITH CHARAS: The Kangra police arrested a drugs smuggler from Palampur and recovered 600 gm of refined charas from his possession, the police said here on Friday. Sandeep Kumar, alias Mintoo, a resident of Kuland Nagri village, was nabbed while carrying charas at Sukandi. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

LIC STAFF PROTEST: Class III and IV employees of the Life Insurance Corporation office, Parwanoo, held a protest against Mr K.S. Rana, Divisional Manager, on Friday. The employees, led by the North Zone Insurance Employees Association, wore black badges against Mr Rana’s decision to terminate the services of Mr Pawan Kumar, caretaker of the LIC guesthouse at Shimla. The employees raised slogans against the DM.

MUSLIM BODY PLEA: The state Atal Bihari Vajpayee Himayat Committee has appealed to the minorities, particularly Muslims, to support the BJP in the Lok Sabha poll. Mr Syed Naseer Ahmed Gelani, state patron of the committee, said here on Friday that the Vajpayee government had made sincere efforts to improve the lot of Muslims. The BJP government had initiated a move to set up a separate Wakf Board for the state and ensured better facilities for Haj pilgrims.


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