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SUICIDES: Neelam Rani (28), wife of Darshan Lal, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself with the ceiling fan inside their house in Nai Abadi here on Tuesday. Pardeep Kumar, an electrician, committed suicide also by hanging with the ceiling fan at his rented house in Dharam Nagri here on Tuesday. His wife Kaushalya Devi said some members of a finance company had been intimidating him for not repaying the debts.

KIDNAPPING BID: An attempt to kidnap 18-month-old child from Anar Gali here was foilled here on Tusday. Residents said a person roaming about to pick plastic material from the garbage in the streets was nabbed on the spot.

3 FALL ILL: Three contract workers Jyoti Kumar, Mukesh and Rakesh fell unconcious in street No. 5 here on Tuesday as they were trying to remove silt by entering a manhole of the sewerage system. Two of them were referred to Patiala later.

ZOON ISIS DAY: As many as 103 dogs were vaccinated by the doctors at the Civil Veterinary Hospital at a free camp held in connection with the World Zoon Isis Day.

ELECTED: The following have been elected the office-bearers of the Punjabi Human Rights Forum of the Amloh Unit, according to a press note issued here today : Chairman Mr G.D. Bector; General Secretary Mr R.D. Sharda; Press Secretary Mr Dev Rattan Sharma; Finance Secretary Mr Gopal Krishan Garg; Executive Members Dr Kishore Chand Sharma and Mr Yadwinder Sharma. The appointments were made during a general meeting organised at the residence of the councillor, Dr Kishore Chand Sharma, the noted added.

REVIEW DECISION: Expressing anguish over the removal of Prof Darbari Lal from ministry, working of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, led by general secretary Sanjeev Arora, on Tuesday urged AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to review their decision. In a press note, Mr Arora said Amritsar was given representation in every government whether it was of the Congress or the BJP-SAD government. He said Prof Darbari Lal, who was the Education Minister, had been serving the party for the last more than 45 years.

ELECTED: Mr Sarbajit Singh Sultanwind has been nominated as senior vice-president of the Sikh Students Federation (urban), Mehta group. This was informed in a press note here on Tuesday. The other nominated are Mr Gurcharan Singh Grewal, national president, Mr Rajinder Singh Mehta, chief advisor, and Mr Jaswinder Singh Tot, president of federation.

HEAT CLAIMS LIFE: Heat stroke has claimed first life in Fazilka town. The victim has been identified as a migrant labourer, Noor Mohammad (23), a resident of Jhinvar Mohalla locality here. Noor Mohammad was rushed to the local Civil Hospital on Tuesday with hyperthermia and heat stroke in critical condition. He died after some time. He belongs to Thalpur village of Zahanabad district Bihar.

COMPENSATION: Mr Ranjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, distributed cheques for Rs 10,000 each to next of kin of the victims who were killed in bus accident while going to Dera Radha Swami Satsang Beas on Sunday. Mr Ranjit Singh disbursed the cheques from the funds of District Red Cross Society and delivered these personally at the residences of the victims. He also distributed financial assistance of Rs 2,500 each to 12 injured persons of the bus accident.

CAUGHT: The Vigilance Bureau on Tuesday caught a traffic wing constable of the Punjab Police in Nawanshahr while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 for returning the registration certificate of a motorcycle, which was confiscated after challaning the vehicle, to its owner instead of forwarding the same to the authorities concerned. Mr Tulsi Ram, SSP, said Rattan Chand of Kajla village in his complaint alleged that Amrik Singh, a traffic constable, was demanding Rs 500 for not forwarding the challan documents of his motorcycle to the authorities concerned. Subsequently, a trap was laid and the constable was arrested. A case has been registered.

LIQUOR SEIZED: Mr M.F. Farooqui, SSP, in a press note issued here on Tuesday said the police had arrested Manjit Singh and Malli and seized 20 boxes of English wine from their vehicle during a checking at a police naka near Thandian village. The wine was being smuggled from Chandigarh. A case has been registered under Sections 61/ 1/ 14 of the Excise Act at Banga police station. The police has also arrested Santokh Singh of Shahabpur village and seized seven bottles of illicit liquor from his possession.

BUSTED: Mr Navjot Singh, DSP, in a press note issued here on Tuesday said the police had busted a gang of thieves by arresting Rajwinder Singh of Garupur village, Harpreet Singh of Aur village and Lakhbir Singh of Malla Bedian village. The gang was involved in a number of theft cases.

FUNCTION: Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, about 20 km, from here, organised a function on the college premises on Tuesday. Mr Mohan Singh Kandola, a UK-based NRI and member of the College Trust, was the chief guest and Dr Sardara Singh Johal presided over the function. Mr Kandola laid the foundation stone of the girls’ hostel and announced to donate £ 20000 for the construction of the hostel. Mr Baldev Singh Aujla, vice-president, College Managing Committee, announced a donation of Rs 1 lakh and Mr.Balbir Singh Dhindsa, member, Oversees Committee, announced donation of £ 1500 for the construction of the hostel.

VISIT: A team of B.Sc. and M.Sc. students of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, visited the farm of a progressive farmer of international repute, Mr Mohinder Singh Dosanjh, at Jagatpur village, about 25 km from here on Tuesday. The students experienced practical knowledge about cultivation of different kinds of herbs, mulching of paddy straw for sugarcane sowing, different varieties of floriculture and horticulture etc. The students also interacted with farmers of the village and exchanged traditional and new techniques with them.

BLACK DAY: Technical staff of the Punjab State Electricity Board observed a Black Day on Wednesday to protest against the proposal of Micro-Hydel Project on contract basis. Employees wearing black badges staged gate rallies at Samrala city, Kohara-Samrala suburb, Katani Behlolpur, Machhiwara and Khamano. The rallies were addressed by the Circle President, Mr Sikander Singh.

ROAD BLOCK: Roads in the city are in bad shape as trenches to lay sewer pipes have been dug. In this connection, a deputation led by Mr Nausheharvi, a Punjabi writer, met the local SDM, Mr J.S. Jassi. The deputation urged the authorities to get the Khanna Road, the Ottalan Road, the Chawa Road and the Machhiwara Road repaired, and clear the way to the local Civil Hospital.

PENSION DEMAND: The Punjab Raj Pensioners' Maha Sangh has thanked the Punjab Government for favourable consideration of its demands. The sangh members had staged a dharna at Chandigarh on June 17. Later, Director of the Pensions and Family Welfare Department invited the sangh representatives to submit copies of various notifications in connection with their pending demands. The deputation, comprising Mr Ajit Singh Bagri and Mr Darshan Singh Kheri, was assured that the Punjab state pensioners would be provided facilities not given by the Central and the Haryana Governments.Top


ELECTROCUTED: A factory worker was reportedly electrocuted here on Tuesday. The victim, identified as Sunder of Umravat village, was working with a plastic unit, located at the Loharu road. In another incident, the Railway police recovered a body near Manheru village.

BOY SODOMISED: The police has arrested three youths on the charge of sodomy. According to police sources, Dhillu, Sukhbir, Tinku, alias Vijender, and Azad sodomised a boy of Samaspur village on July 3 and they threatened him with dire consequences. The police had registered a case on the complaint of the relatives of the victim.

DOWRY CASE: The police has booked a husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law for harassing their daughter-in-law for dowry. In her complaint, Nisha, daughter of Partap Singh of Siwada village, said her in-laws had been harassing her for more dowry. No arrest has been made so far.

THREE HURT: Three persons, including the president of the District Congress Committee (Rural), Mr Sandeep Singh, was injured in an armed scuffle that took place between two groups during a ragini competition held at Tigrana village, on Monday.

Poppy husk seized: The district police have seized atleast 480 kg of poppy husk in two different cases. According to police sources, following a tip off a task force party intercepted a Tata-608 (RJ-13-G-3594) and seized 440 kg of poppy husk at a naka in Ramgarh village under Dabwali police station. The occupant Sadhu Singh was arrested while another person Balwinder Singh fled away from the spot. In another incident, the police seized 440 kg poppy husk from the possession of Mithu Singh and Lala Singh from Rori village. The police have also impounded their vehicle (PJL-3556) and cases under the NDPS have been registered in both the cases.

COUPLE ENDS LIFE: A newly wed couple allegedly committed suicide under mysterious circumstances. According to the police, Kuldeep (23) and his wife Anju (20) ended their life after consuming some poisonous substance. The reason of taking the extreme step is yet to be ascertained. They got married about a fortnight ago.

FISH KILLED: A large number of fish worth several thousands of rupees were killed when some unidentified persons allegedly threw poisonous substance in the pond at Garhi Bala village, near here on Tuesday. Sham Chand, a contractor, has lodged an FIR with the police in this connection.

DEMONSTRATION: Large number of residents held a demonstration in front of the power house of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) at Kailana village, about 15 km from here, on Wednesday in protest against the frequent unscheduled power cuts and erratic power supply.

FOUR INJURED: Four persons were injured in a clash that took place between employees of the toll tax post and drivers of a Tata 407 at Ferozepore Bangar village, about 25 km from here, on Wednesday.

STUDENT HURT: A class VIII student sustained injuries when he fell down from a school bus on the premises of the Civil Hospital here on Tuesday. According to a report, the injured student was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

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