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KILLED: Maninder Singh, son of Avatar Singh, a resident of Mubarakpur in Dera Bassi region, was crushed to death when a truck hit his scooter, on the Fazilka road here on Wednesday. The driver of the truck has been booked by the police under Sections 304A and 279 of the IPC. He, however, fled from the scene.

INJURED: Two persons were injured when they fell down from the Bathinda-Abohar passenger train near the outer signal here on Wednesday. Both were admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

TSUNAMI RELIEF: Wives of migrant Garhwalis presented a bank draft for Rs 6,001 to the SDM, Mr Jaskiran Singh, for helping the families affected by tsunami waves, here on Wednesday.

HEROIN SEIZED: The anti-smuggling staff along with officers of the intelligence Bureau (IB) and Customs seized two kg of heroin, worth Rs 2 crore in the international market, from a hotel situated opposite the railway station here. The contraband was smuggled from Pakistan by international smugglers to Indian side through Jammu and Kashmir border. It was to be delivered to local smugglers.

INAUGURATED: Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh, GoC, Western Command and the Chief of Army Staff-designate, inaugurated the newly constructed administrative building of 10 Corps here on Thursday. His wife, Ms Anupama Singh, also accompanied him. She inaugurated the children's park at the local military station and attended the Army wives' meet.

3 BOOKED: A case of duping of Rs 4.25 lakh by so-called travel agents on the pretext of sending people abroad has been reported by an ex-sarpanch of Naddo village in Mahilpur police station on Thursday. In his complaint, Mr Darshan Singh, ex-sarpanch, alleged that Gurmej Singh alias Gaji, his wife Satiya and son Amandeep of Kharodi vilage had taken Rs 4.25 lakh from him for sending his son, Amrik Singh, to Greece. They neither sent his son nor returned the money. Mahilpur police has registered a case under Section 420, 120-B IPC against the husband, wife and son.

CHARAS SEIZED: The Garhshanker police has arrested Salim, son of Ilhas, of district Saharnpur (UP) presently residing at Saila Khurd under Section 20, 61, 85 of NDPS Act and seized 40 grams charas from him on Thursday evening.

Couple booked for theft
: Kamaljit Kaur alias Kamal and her husband, Tarsem Singh of Partap Nagar, Jagraon, allegedly stole Rs 12,700 and other items of Harish Chand of their locality. The police has registered a case under Sections 380 and 381 of the IPC on the complaint of Harish Chand.

Motorcyclist dies: A motorcyclist was killed and the another one hurt in mishap on Sidhwan Bet road near Leelan Megh Singh, 7 km from here. According to the information, Balbir Singh and Charanjit Singh of Kishanpura were going on a motorcycle the previous night when their motorcycle hit a cart near Leelan Megh Singh, killing Balbir Singh on the spot, whereas, Charanjit Singh received injuries. 

RELIEF: The local Ladies Club on Thursday handed over a cheque for Rs 21,000 to Ms Joginder Banga, Chairperson, Muktsar Hospital Welfare Society, as a help for the tsunami victims.

TSUNAMI DONATION: The office-bearers of Nabha Social and Cultural Club on Friday presented a bank draft for Rs 65,000 for the victims of tsunami hit to the SDM, Nabha, Mr Navtej Singh. This amount was collected from the audience during the recently organised 13th Nirmal Singh Nehla memorial “Mela Nabhe Da” on Thursday.

FARMERS’ PROTEST: Thousands of farmers, belonging to the Bharti Kisan Union, on Friday held a protest dharna in the local courts and criticised Punjab Government for its anti-farmer activities. Addressing the farmers, national president of the BKU, Balbir Singh Rajewal, said the cooperative and private sugar mills had not still paid Rs 78 crore to the farmers which were pending for the last two years. As a result the cultivation area under sugar-cane had been reduced from 2.25 lakh to 72,000 hectares. He added that for the past 7 years, Punjab Government was paying Rs 100 per quintal for this crop whereas the production cost had gone up drastically. He rues that even Haryana had fixed an MSP of Rs 125 per quintal.

ACCIDENT: Sohan Singh, son of Nanak Chand, was killed in a road accident on Wednesday evening when he was coming from Shallian Garota village on his moped. His moped collided with a truck (PB-10-N-9735) at Nalwa bridge near here. The police has registered a case.

COMPLAINT: Residents of Shahpur chowk and adjoining areas have complaint about the supply of contaminated water. Ms Shushma Arora, resident of the area, alleged taht the Municipal Council authorities had been adopting an indifferent attitude towards their problems.

LICENCES ISSUED: The local Lions Club orgainised a camp for issuing driving licences to applicant here on Wednesday. Mr Amarjit Pal, SDM, who is the licensing authority, said 450 licences were issued at the camp.

LEGAL AID: The Sub-Divisional Legal Aid Committee, Phagwara, met on Friday with Ms Ramesh Kumari, Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, Phagwara cum Chairperson of the panel, presiding over the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Ms Ramesh Kumari said the panel had last year given legal aid/advice to 302 persons in Phagwara sub-division. Twentyeight lok adalats were held in which 1226 cases were settled and compensation of Rs 2,84,24615 awarded. Besides 16 free legal aid camps/seminars were held, she added.

MEDICAL CAMP: One hundred and twentyfive children were on Friday checked in a medical camp for physically and mentally challenged children, the first ever of its kind to be held in Kapurthala district. It was organised with the cooperation of artificial limbs-making company of Kanpur(ALIMCO). SDM Pritam Singh inaugurated it. A team of doctors, including Dr Daljit Singh Bains, SMO, Dr G.S. Virdi, eye specialist, Dr Narinder Singh, (orthopaedist), Dr Ajay Kumar, medical specialist, Dr Kamal Kishore, ENT specialist, checked the children.

RENOVATION: With a view to giving a facelift to the district library and open air theatre in the library complex here, Mr Husan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, visited the district library and open air theatre on Friday. After taking a round of the district library and open air theatre, Mr Husan Lal formed a six-member committee, headed by Mr Balwant Singh Shergill, ADC(D), Sangrur, to improve the condition of the district library and open-air theatre.



SENTENCED: Mr P.D. Goel, Sessions Judge, Chamba, convicted Rumi Ram, a resident of Bhanauta village in Churah tehsil, for offence under Section 20 of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act for possessing 2.5 kg of charas on Thursday. the convict was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and fined Rs 1 lakh by the court.

ALLOWANCE: A delegation of employees of the district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation, led by its state president, Mr Lakshmi Singh Machhan, met the Himachal Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, at Dharamsala with regard to the long-pending demand of granting compensatory allowance to Chamba employees on par with Palampur employees, Mr Sat Pal Thakur, district president, said here on Thursday.

DONATED: The staff of the Tuberculosis Sanitorium, Dharampur, have donated one-day salary. The amount Rs 27,520 has been handed over to the Chief Minister's Tsunami Relief Fund.

RESEARCH: The Director of Agriculture, Dr R.C. Rana, said here on Wednesday that research would be initiated as per requirements of farmers. He said farmers could buy insecticides and pesticides, but subsidy would be given to them only on the basis of rate contract.


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