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Two brothers arrested: Kamal Soni and his brother, Ratan, were arrested in connection with the death of Kanchan Soni under mysterious circumstances from their Jawahar Nagar residence at Sriganganagar, neighboring Abohar, on Tuesday evening, sources confirmed on Wednesday. Mr Raj Kumar Soni, a resident of Sirsa, told the police that his daughter, Kanchan (26), had told him last month that her in-laws had asked her to bring a new motor cycle from Sirsa. As money could not be arranged, the in-laws got annoyed. They told neighbours that Kanchan had become unc onscious due to a fit. By the time the parents reached Sriganganagar, she had died.

3 held with pistol: Three youths were arrested and a pistol and a live cartridge was seized from their possession here on Tuesday. They were reportedly planning a robbery at the time of their arrest. They were identified as Vikram, Kuldeep, and Rajan. A case has been registered against them under the Arms Act.

Office-bearers: The new team of Rotary Club has been elected. Mr Faqir Chand Garg has become the new president of the club. Other office-bearers include Mr Amar Nath Bansal — vice-president; Dr Kamal Sharma — secretary; Dr K.K. Bajaj — joint secretary; Dr Surinder Garg — treasurer; Dr S.K. Bansal — Sergeant at Arm.

Examination dates: The authorities of Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital (GGGSMCH) has finally announced the dates of practical examination of Anatomy subject of the first year students of MBBS. The examination, which was delayed due to non-availability of experts, would be held on August 27 and 28. — OC

Bail granted: A local court on Tuesday granted bail to a farmer of Beelewala village, who was allegedly involved in the case of assaulting another farmer of the same area. Senior Sub-Judge Jarnail Singh after accepting a report of the three-member panel of Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital and an application filed by the district police withdrawing the charges against the accused passed the orders.

Liquor seized: The Sadar police, Hoshiarpur, raided the house of Joginder Pal at Mohalla Aslamabad and seized 1,80,000 ml of country-made foreign liquor on Monday. Joginder Pal escaped from the house. A case under Sections 61, 1, 14 of the Excise Act has been registered. The city police, Hoshiarpur, also intercepted a motor cycle (PB-18E-9942) of Janak Raj of Batala and seized 36,000 ml of country-made foreign liquor from it. Janak Raj was arrested. The Mahilpur police seized 200 litres of lahan from Jawahar Singh.

Man dies of poisoning
: Baldev Singh (30), resident of Talwandi Malhian, 30 km from here, died after consuming rat killing tablets. According to Sukhdev Singh, brother of the deceased, Baldev Singh was a mason by profession and was married 3 years ago.

State-level award: Dr Ravi Verma, president of Helpline (an NGO) and a local social worker, was given the state award at the Independence Day function in Mansa on Monday. The award has been given for his work in minimising the traffic problem and encroachment in the city and for his contribution to the cause of women. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 11,000 and a “Parmaan Patra”  of the Punjab Government.

Road repair: In addition to making sufficient arrangements for purchase of paddy this year, the repair of 40 km of roads falling in the area of the market committee would be completed by March 31, 2006. This was stated by Mrs Sukhjinder Kaur Rana, MLA, Kapurthala, here on Tuesday. Ms Rana who was here to distribute cheques for Rs 4.95 lakh to 12 victims of accidents.

PO arrested: The Sadar police on Wednesday arrested proclaimed offender Gurmejar Singh of Muzafarpur village falling under Jalandhar Sadar police station. According to DSP Navjot Singh, the proclaimed offender was wanted in a case of kidnapping and wrongful confinement registered against him and three others on
April 5, 2000.

Showroom inaugurated: A showroom of Hero Honda motor cycles was inaugurated here on Wednesday by Jathedar Kirpal Singh Kheernian, an SGPC member. He was accompanied by Mr Kuldeep Singh Gharkhana, a former chairman of the market committee, Samrala, and Jathedar Mukhtiar Singh Otal.



Farmers penalised
: In a unique decision, a village panchayat of this district has imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on three farmers for running their tubewells during the period when only two phases of power were available. According to reports, the Karandi panchayat has imposed restrictions on running tubewells during the periods when only two-phase power was available. The villagers have resolved that the violators would be severely dealt with. The panchayat has also resolved that it would reward those who would provide information about violators.

Grant sanctioned
: The DC Suprabha Dahiya said here on Tuesday that Rs 65 crore had been sanctioned by the state government for repair of government offices and widening and strengthening of roads in the district. She informed that about Rs 7.80 crore would be spent on construction of a diversion road surrounding Jhajjar town while Rs 3.75 crore and Rs 5 crore would be spent on construction of roads inside the township and roads leading to villages, respectively. The Centre had also sanctioned the widening and strengthening of four major roads, including Jhajjar to Badli, Bahadurgarh to Badli, Badli to Ikbalpur and Bahadurgarh to Najafgarh at a cost of Rs 15 crore, Rs 14 crore, Rs 8.28 crore and Rs 3.21 crore, respectively.

3 booked for kidnapping
: The Kosli police has booked Rohtash, his brother-in-law Anil Kumar and mother-in-law Sarla Devi, residents, of Shahbazpur village, near Narnaul, on the charges of Kidnapping and keeping in wrongful confinement Surender Kumar (25), husband of Anita, a resident of Nahar village, near Kosli. The case under Sections 365 and 34 of the IPC has been registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by Anita who alleged that the accused, after extracting Rs 2.60 lakh, had taken Surender Kumar on June 28, 2005, to Chandigarh where he had been promised a clerical job in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Youth killed in accident
: A youth was killed and another injured when the car in which they were travelling met with an accident near Murthal Chowk on the GT Road, 8 km from here, on Tuesday night. The police has sent the body for a post-mortem examination. The injured youth was hospitalised.


Best cadet award: Paras Gautam of Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Bilaspur, was declared the “best cadet” while his school got nine medals in various events in the 12-day joint training camp of the HP Naval N.C.C. unit which concluded at Lethayani near here on Monday.N.C.C. officers Laxman Singh Thakur and Yograj Pathak said Amar Jamwal also got the gold medal. Cadets of the school achieved the first position in line area competition. Camp Commandant PS Chaudhary distributed the prizes at the concluding function.

Inaugurated: The Speaker of HP Vidhan Sabha, Mr GR Musafir on Tuesday inaugurated the additional accommodation of Government Middle School, Ghadasar in Pachhad area of Sirmaur. He said basic facilities were being upgraded in schools under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan with emphasis on schools located in remote areas of Sirmour. He announced Rs 1.5 lakh for repair of the primary school building at Ghadasar.

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