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DEALER BOOKED: The police has booked a local fertiliser dealer under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act and Sections 420 and 467 of the IPC for smuggling fertiliser from Rajasthan without authorisation. This follows the seizure of phosphate from the sale outlet of the firm concerned at Rajpura.

COPS SUSPENDED: The Majiha police has suspended three policemen, including Head Constable Jasbir Singh and Constables Gurnam Singh and Partap Singh, posted under Majitha, Beas and Mehta police stations, respectively, for consuming liquor while on duty. This was stated by Mr R.P.S. Bajwa, SSP, Majitha police district, here on Saturday.

ALLEGED: The All-India Hindu Shiv Sena has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, drawing his attention to the “uncalled for interference of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in religious affairs of Hindus.” Mr Surinder Billa, the sena chief, alleged that Mr Sayeed was creating hurdles in the Amarnath Yatra.

PILGRIM KILLED: One pilgrim died and 40 were injured when a truck carrying them to Baba Balak Nath Temple, Deot Sidh, fell into a gorge near Pandoga, about 25 km from here on the Hoshiarpur-Una road in Himachal Pradesh, on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Gian Chand.

BJP UNIT: A BJP MLA, Mr Tikshan Sud, said on Saturday that no written communication by the state BJP president had been sent to the district unit president regarding the dissolution of Hoshiarpur unit of the party. He said the old district unit was functioning as usual. It may be recalled that Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and president of Punjab BJP, had dissolved the district unit of the party and constituted an ad hoc body in its place soon after the Lok Sabha elections.

CASE REGISTERED: On a complaint of Ms Balwinder Kaur of Saidowal village, the Dasuya police has registered a case under Sections 420, 406, 506 of the IPC against travel agent Suman Kumar and his wife of Mittapur in Jalandhar. Ms Balwinder Kaur had alleged that they took Rs 2.50 lakh from her to send her son Lakhbir Singh to Canada. They neither sent her son abroad nor returned the money.

CONDEMNED: The local unit of the Shiv Sena Hindustan has condemned the Jammu and Kashmir Government for curtailing the period of annual pilgrimage to Amar Nath to be started in the second week of July. Mr Vijay Sud, president and Mr Sanjiv Thakur, general secretary of the local unit, said the party would start a campaign to lodge protest against the aforesaid decision of the Jammu and Kashmir Government.

BOOKED: On a complaint of Mr Yogesh Behl of Darapur, the Tanda police has registered a case under Sections 363, 366, 120B of the IPC against four women and four men for allegedly abducting his sister Palvi. The complainant said Palvi went to a sewing centre of Tanda on June 20 and did not return. He alleged that Bunty and Ajay Kumar of Ahiayapur, Roshal Lal, his wife Sukho, Rajni Devi, Sonu Sukhwinder and his wife had kidnapped his sister.

SUICIDES: Jiwan Kumar son of Nathu Ram allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at his village, Shri Pandian in Talwara, on Friday. The wife of the deceased, Suman, told the police that her husband had committed suicide due to poverty.

Police employee Rajinder Singh of Rajpur Bhaian village died in Ludhiana on Friday. He had allegedly consumed poison and was taken to the DMCH in Ludhiana, where he died. Rajwinder Kaur, a student of Class VIII of Sajjna village also died allegedly due to consumption of some poisonous substance. Rajnit Singh son of Joginder Singh of Thakowal village under Garhshankar police station died at the Civil Hospital here on Friday. He had allegedly consumed poisonous substance.

VISITED: Railway Board additional member B.M. Lal visited the Rail Coach Factory RCF here on Saturday. RCF General Manager M. Sirsjuddia gave him a technical presentation, apprising him of manufacturing facilities. He was also shown salient the features of the new German design coach and fire proof coach.

WOMAN ROBBED: Unidentified miscreants snatched Rs 7,000 from a woman at Friends Colony here on Saturday. Ms Baljinder Kaur, a resident of Ghal Kalan, was about to get into her car when two motor cycle-borne youths snatched her purse and sped away.

ATTACKED: Five employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board, including a junior engineer, were injured during a bill recovery drive here on Friday. The incident occurred when the junior engineer objected to overloading at a ‘dharamshala’ in the Agwad Budheka area. Incited at his remarks, a few persons assaulted the electricity board staff.

2 Killed
: Two persons, including a five-year-old girl, were killed and three injured when a portion of a wall under construction collapsed in the Industrial Growth Centre area here on Saturday. The deceased have been identified as Surinder Singh 35, of Akhwana village and Divya 5.

SALE OF SEDATIVES: Despite orders of the District Magistrate, Gurdaspur, prohibiting the sale of psychotropic drugs without doctors’ prescription, some chemists are selling such drugs and sedatives to schoolchidlren and drug addicts with impunity. Mr Manminder Singh SP, said the police had launched a drive to check the practice and 12 Chemists had so far been arrested in this regard.

REFRESHER COURSE: A four-day refresher course organised at Army School, Mamun, here concluded on Thursday. Brig T.C. Ibrahim and Dr Dinesh Sharma, inaugurated the course and taught techniques for learning English.

WOMAN INJURED: A 35-year-old woman, Rama Rani of Guru Nanakpura, was brought to local Civil Hospital with 80 per cent burn injuries sustained under mysterious circumstances on Saturday. She was rushed to DMC, Ludhiana, in critical condition. Investigations are on.



MEDICAL CAMP: The Servants of People’s Society organised a medical-cum- awareness camp at Maloya colony here on Sunday in collaboration with the State Aids Control Society, Chandigarh. The camp was attended by nearly 300 persons. They were informed about AIDS/HIV and their reproductive rights and responsibilities. Dr Rachneet Kohli examined and provided free treatment to about 10 STD patients.

OLD STUDENTS: The Shishu Niketan Old Students Association (SNOSA) organised a dance and dine party for its members here . Around 100 new members of the outgoing class XII also joined the party. The founder president of the association Ms S.Khorana, and the principal of the school Ms Amita Khorana, were present.

STIR POSTPONED: The National Federation of Blind’s (NFB) proposed indefinite agitation, which was to begin in the city from Saturday, has been postponed. Giving this information here on Saturday, the general secretary, NFB, Mr Rajesh Mohan, said the decision to postpone the agitation was taken following the scheduled meeting between the Punjab unit of the NFB and Secretary, Social Security, Punjab.

RESOLUTION: The local Action Committee for the development of villages on Saturday passed a resolution saying that it wanted the regularisation of constructions made outside the lal dora of the villages. It also sought powers to the Zila Parishad, panchayat samiti and panchayats for providing basic civic amenities in villages. The committee will launch a protest against the “anti-villager” attitude of the Chandigarh Administration, decisions to this affect were taken at a general conference of the action committee held at Hallo Majra village on Saturday. The conference elected a new executive body to run and manage the affairs of the action committee. This will comprise all 71 members, including sarpanches of the villages, Zila Parishad members and panchyat samiti members.

RALLY: The 15th Gita Gopal Himalayan Rally will be flagged off on July 2 from Anaj Mandi in Ambala Cantt. About 120 persons will participate on 55 motor cycles, a Tata 407 and a Tata 207. The Haryana Governor will flag off the rally.

LECTURE: The local chapter of the association of British Scholars organised a lecture-cum-presentation on ``Your precious eyes ‘’ at the Grewal Eye Institute in Sector 9 here on Saturday. Dr S.P.S. Grewal demonstratied the latest technique of surgical procedure of treating cataract. Dr Grewal showed the latest 11-minute surgery for treating cataract.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Wadhawa Welfare Society constituted by residents of Wadhawa Nagar, Dhakauli, NAC, Zirakpur: president — Mr Prem Singh Saini; senior vice-president — Mr Kuldeep Dhiman; vice-president — Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal; general secretary — Ms Sneh Lata; secretary — Mr R.D. Gupta; and treasurer — Mr Rajinder Kumar.



CONVOCATION: Dr. V.N. Rajshekharan Pillai, Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission, addressed students at the convocation function of M.M. Engineering College and M.M. Institute of Computer Technology and Business Management at Mulana here on Sunday. The Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Home and Technical Education, Haryana, Mr Dharm Vir, and the Chairman of M Education Trust , Mr Tarsem Kumar Garg, were present. As many as 450 students of MCA and B. Tech were awarded degrees.

MEDICAL CAMP: A calcium-detection camp will be organised on July 1 at Sarwal Hospital, Ambala City. The Director of the hospital, Dr Ashok Sarwal, said the quantity of calcium in the body would be detected through bone densitometer computer machine on a concessional rate. A team of specialised doctors would also examine the patients, he said.

BLOOD DONATION: Sant Nirankari Mandal, Ambala Cantt, organised a blood donation camp at Ambala Cantt here on Sunday. Around 290 persons donated blood. The chief of the local Nirankari Mandal, Ms Manjit Kaur, was present.

DIABETES CAMP: A free diabetes-detection camp was organised in Ambala Cantt. Dr Anil Longia, Dr Alikh Ahemad, Dr Shashi and Dr Rajesh examined a number of patients. Free medicines were also given to patients.

1 DIES IN MISHAP: One person was killed and four others injured seriously when a private bus over-turned on the Gurgaon road near Dadri The village in the district on Friday evening. Sixtyfive-year-old Om Prakash of Suhra village was killed on the spot while the four seriously injured were referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak.

TWO ARRESTED: Two persons absconding since June 21 last, when a flesh trade racket was busted, were arrested on Saturday. Identified as Salinder Kumar and Rajesh Kumar, they were produced before the Duty Magistrate, who remanded them in judicial custody for 10 days.

PATWARI HELD: A patwari was caught red-handed by the Ambala Vigilance team while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 from Sukh Ram, a farmer of Jogna Khera village, near here, on Saturday. The money — 15 signed currency notes of Rs 100 denomination each — were recovered from his pocket. He was arrested and booked under the Anti-Corruption Act.

YOUTH INJURED: A youth, Amit, was injured when a pistol went off accidently while he was on his way from Gumar village to Ganaur town on a motor cycle on Saturday. He was taken to the community health centre at Ganaur, from where he was referred to the civil hospital at Sonepat. The police registered a case.

INSPECTED: Officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department inspected the equipment used for supplying petrol and diesel to consumers on the GT Road here on Sunday. The officials ordered supply of petrol at a petrol station to be stopped after detecting irregularities and a faulty machine.

HELD FOR RAPE: The police has arrested a youth, Ramesh, in a rape case. He was produced before a Judicial Magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody.

4 HURT IN MISHAP: Four persons were injured when an autorickshaw overturned on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near Ahmadpur village, about 5 km from here, on Saturday night. The injured were identified as Ram Chander of Kabirpur village and Vinod, Dalip and Sanjay of Sonepat.

MAN ROBBED: Three unidentified armed motor cycle-borne persons robbed Mr Ram Awadh Yadav near Saidpur village, about 25 km from here, on Saturday night. They snatched Rs 60,000 from him at pistol-point and fled. The police registered a case.

TWO KILLED: Two persons, including the driver of an autorickshaw, were killed on the spot when a Haryana Roadways bus of the Rohtak depot collided with the autorickshaw on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Sant Kirpal Ashram, about 20 km from here, on Saturday night. One of the victims was identified as Jai Bhagwan of Pakasma village. The police registered a case.



DISMISSED: The executive committee of the Himachal Pradesh State Draughtsmen (PWD and IPH) Association has dismissed its secretary Ajay Sharma (Una) from his post. This was stated here on Saturday by the association president, Mr Ram Singh.

SEMINAR: The district police organised a seminar at Barmana, near here, for truck operators in connection with the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in collaboration with the District Truck Operators Cooperative Society. The function was presided over by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Sajuram Rana.

RATION CARDS: The Deputy Commissioner of Sirmaur, Mr M.L. Sharma, has said new ration cards were being issued to the consumers in Sirmaur district. These cards can be had from fair price shops in urban areas and pradhans of village panchayats in rural areas free of cost. The inspectors concerned will also issue these ration cards on payment of Rs 5.

ARRESTED: The Jawalamukhi police on Saturday arrested Bali Ram, his wife and son Ajay Kumar of Ghalor village in connection with the death of Anju Bala (24), wife of Ajay. A case under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against them. Anju Bala reportedly committed suicide on Friday by consuming some poisonous substance. Anju’s father, Mr Lal Chand, has alleged that his daughter had been strangled.

MORTUARY: The construction of a mortuary on the premises of the Civil Hospital here was stopped again on Saturday following protests by local residents. Employees of the Public Works Department (PWD) were forced to stop construction work following a protest demonstration by some women, who staged a dharna on the construction site. The residents have been protesting against constructing the mortuary near a vacant serai and canteen on the hospital premises.


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