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Man crushed to death: A 30-yr-old man, Rinku, was crushed to death when a tractor-trailer loaded with electricity poles overturned near a college on the local bypass on Friday. Sources said the vehicle was carrying the poles from a local factory. The driver lost control of the vehicle and jumped off with other four labourers. However, Rinku was buried under the poles.

Teachers’ rally
: The Computer Teacher’s Union, Punjab, held a rally in support of their demands here on Friday. Union president Gurpreet Singh said memoranda were given to District Education Officer Mohan Singh Cheema and Deputy Commissioner Kirandeep Singh Bhullar. The agitators want transfer of their services from the ICT project to the Punjab Education Department and confirmed regular job instead of that on contract.

Woman killed: A woman was killed and four persons were injured in an accident between a truck and a car near Harigarh village, on the Barnala-Sangrur road, on Friday. The accident took place when a speeding truck hit the car on its rear. The woman, Prem Lata (55), was killed on the spot. While Manju (25) and Rashmi (22) sustained serious injuries, two more got away with minor injuries.

2 booked for fraud
: In a case registered at the Mahilpur Police Station, the Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Garhshankar, has accused Faqir Singh, former secretary of the Agriculture Cooperative Society, Ajnoha village, and Gian Chander, examiner of the Agriculture Cooperative Society, Tuto Majra, of embezzling around Rs 62 lakh between October 25, 2002 and February 2, 2005 from the accounts of various members of the society.

Embezzlement case: On the complaint of Avtar Singh Johal, a local clearing agent of Sonalika International Tractors, the police has registered a case under Section 420, IPC, against Jaswinder Singh Ghuman and Manjit Singh Saini, both partners of Guru Nanak Motors, Dera Baba Nanak, (Gurdaspur). Johal alleged that he had supplied 25 tractors to the accused under an understanding that the tractors would be sold only after making payment to him. But they sold the tractors without making payment. On approaching them, the complainant received a cheque for Rs 7,17,042 on June 28, 2004, which was dishonoured.

Interrogation of Hardeep
: Hardeep Singh, arrested some days back from here for alleged links to terrorists of Babbar Khalsa International has been sent to the Joint Interrogation Centre at Amritsar. He is also alleged to have provided money to the terrorists through Hawala.

Two arrested: The police on Saturday arrested two persons on charges of attempting to murder a woman, Puja Anand, residing in the Green Park area. The accused, Hira Bahadur and Keshav Batari alias Krishna, both from Nepal, have been booked under Sections 307, 394 of the IPC. Hira Bahadur used to work as a domestic servant in the house of the victim. The police said the duo entered the victim’s premises on Friday and fled after hurting her and robbing valuables.



Brilliance Club: The SIP Academy India launched its ‘Brilliance Club’ here on Saturday. Their SIP Abacus and Brain Gym Programme is aimed at providing skills to enhance intelligence, memory and concentration levels among children.

Shobha yatra
: The Sadhu Sampardai Society celebrated the 629th birth anniversary of Guru Ravidass by organising a shobha yatra at Damri Bheta.



Three held
: The Vigilance Bureau has arrested Rajesh, Joni and Ashok of Laxmi Nagar, Dadri Gate, Bhiwani for carrying 250 bags of cement from the site of water works Khark Ramji for selling in the open market. Informing this today, a spokesman of the bureau said the accused had been booked under Sections 406, 409, 420 and 120-B of the IPC and a case had been registered against them.

Board practical exam: The Haryana School Education Board will conduct practical examination of those candidates on April 10 whose theory and practical examination fell on the same day on April 8 . While stating this here today, a spokesman of the board said the practical examination of those candidates, who could not give it on April 8, would now be taken on April 10. A board spokesman said 1,99,844 candidates had appeared at 800 examination centres in these exams.

Professor awarded
: Dr Krishan Kumar Jakhar, Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathology-cum-Officer in charge, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory of HAU here, has been awarded with the Rashtriya Sanman Award by the National Education and Human Resource Development Organisation in recognition of his work in the field of veterinary pathology. The award was presented to him at a national seminar held in Mumbai recently. It carries a shield and a certificate.

Life term for 9: Additional Sessions Judge Inderjit Mehta has sentenced nine persons, Sheo Chand, his two sons Rajesh and Rakesh and his brother Om Prakash, Pawan and his brother Sunil, Ram Pal and his brother Raj Singh and Balbir, all residents of Guraora village, about 25 km from here, to life imprisonment holding them guilty of the murder of Dharambir of Guraora village in December, 1999. The Judge has also imposed a fine of Rs 5000 on each of the nine convicts.

Wheat crop burnt: Wheat crop, piled up in a field, was destroyed in a fire which broke out in Daharam Singh’s field at Rohrai village , about 12 km from here, on Friday. It is stated that the fire was caused by a spark which sprang up from a burning heap of weeds in the neighbouring field. Farmer has sought relief from the district administration.



Ban on meat
: District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Mansih Garg on Saturday issued a notification banning the entry of meat of any variety from outside the state into the district with immediate effect. The notification said the step had been taken to prevent any outbreak of bird flue in the district. The police and the Health and the Animal Husbandry Departments have been ordered to set up check posts on border entry points to ensure the implementation of the order.

Phase III inaugurated: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rajesh Kumar, on Saturday inaugurated Phase III of the Institute of Engineering and Emerging Technologies (IEET) Baddi. A Techfest ‘Emanation-2006’ also began at the institute campus today. Students presented a cultural programme and prizes were given to the students.

Booked on rape charge: Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Bhadu was booked under Sections 341, 342, 323 and 376 of the IPC on the charge of rape on Thursday. The victim was a 20-year-old girl, who was taking BAI exams at the local college here. She hailed from Bhagehar village in Jogindernagar subdivision. The accused was yet to be arrested.

Documentary: The UFO, a creative group of tribal youth from Lahaul valley, has made a documentary on the valley’s presiding king, god Ghepan, and his triennial yatra, recording how he meets the local gods in the valley during the winter months. The members of the UFO said the documentary was the first of its kind.

Disease hits mango crop: The mango growers of the region, who were expecting a bumper crop this year, are dismayed over the sudden outbreak of powdery mildew disease. A number of orchards in the area have been gripped by the disease. However, experts of the Department of Horticulture say the fruit growers should not panic as the spread of the disease can be effectively checked using prescribed sprays.

1 killed in mishap: A speeding tractor overturned at Raja Ka Bagh on Friday killing its driver on the spot. The deceased was identified as Ranjit Singh of Dhaneti village. A case has been registered.


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