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Couple under threat: Ms Anupriya, a daughter of an ASI in the Punjab Police posted at Malout, and Mr Simran, son of Mr Om Parkash Kalra, a resident of Sunder Nagari, here have sought security cover from the city police. They claimed to have solemnised marriage at a local temple on February 21, 2006. Anupriya said her parents tried to fix her marriage with an addict who belonged to a rich family but she opposed it. The “couple” said that their life was under threat as the ASI refused to approve the marriage and threatened them with dire consequences.

Fatal collision: Balwinder Singh, a resident of Usmankhera village, died on the spot as the motorcycle he was driving collided with a cow near Maujgarh village on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road here on Saturday. His pillion rider wife Sukhwinder Kaur received minor injuries.

Smack seized: The district police has arrested three persons — Ashwani Kumar of Islamabad, Jagtar Singh of Chowk Chintpurni and Gora of Dhab Basti — for allegedly possessing Rs 20 gm smack in three separate incidents. Separate cases under Sections 22/61/85 of the NDPS Act have been registered.

Students clash: Students belonging to MBBS and BDS clashed on the medical college hostel premises in which one student was reportedly injured. According to information, the students had organized a dance party at the hostel premises in which a quarrel took place in two groups of students over a minor issue. However, Dr J.S. Dalal, Principal, Medical College, said that it was a minor issue and has been settled.

Killed in mishap: Mr Mohinder Singh (73), father of Jugraj Singh, alias Toofan Singh Toofan, a top militant leader, was killed in a road accident at Srihargobindpur, about 60 km from here, on Saturday. He met with an accident on the roadside when a speedy vehicle hit him in the wee hours at Srihargobindpur.

Camp for farmers: Mr Harpratap Singh Ajnala, MLA, said the state government would soon introduce a new scheme for helping farmers to usher in second green revolution. He was addressing a farmers’ training camp held at Dana Mandi, Ajnala, near here on Saturday. He said that the Central government had awarded the National Productivity award to Punjab from 1991-1992 to 2002-2003. Dr Gurdial Singh, Joint Director, Agriculture Department, Punjab, cautioned the farmers to wisely use ground water otherwise the state would turn into desert within 20 years.

6 injured: A Tata Sumo (No. PB-02-B-4949) turned turtle at the Aliwal bypass on Saturday resulting in serious injuries to six of its occupants. It was going from Batala to Fateh Garh Churian and overturned while it was overtaking a canter No. PB-13-C-9457. The police has registered a case and impounded both the vehicles. The injured were brought to the Civil Hospital, Batala, for treatment by the police.

Bank men show solidarity: A meeting of members of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation (affiliated to All-India Bank Employees Association) was held here on Saturday on the premises of Union Bank of India under the presidentship of Comrade Kishan Lal to show their solidarity with the striking staff of SBI. A resolution was adopted in favour of the demands of the SBI staff, saying that if the government remained adamant employees of the other banks may resort to agitation in their support.

Case withdrawn: The Vigilance Bureau has withdrawn a corruption case against Dr Ramesh Maheshwary posted at the local Civil Hospital after the Health Department termed it as “an attempt by somebody to entrap the doctor”. It was alleged that Dr Maheshwary had accepted an illegal gratification of Rs 4,000 from the complainant, Surinder Kumar, a medical representative.

Rains lash region
: A few days before Baisakhi, sudden rains lashed over standing crops across the region on Sunday evening. In Kapurthala, there were also reports of hailstorms. The clouds had started building from early morning and strong winds had been sweeping the region. Experts said that this short spell of shower would not affect the crops ready for harvesting.

One hurt
: One person was injured in dispute over property when he was allegedly hit with bricks by his brother at the nearby Sangatpur village here on Saturday. According to sources, Harjit Singh, a resident of Sangatpur, had a dispute over a piece of land in the village with his brother. A settlement was reached in the Rawalpindi police station, with the intervention of the village panchayat. Witnesses said that when the demarcation of the land was being done, Harjit’s brother, along with his family members, “attacked him with bricks, causing serious injuries to Harjit”. The police had been informed of the incident.

Three held: A police team headed by the Phagwara ASP, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, raided three different places in the town and arrested three persons for forward trading and seized Rs 1,210 in cash and a large number of slips used for it here on Sunday. Those arrested were Mahesh Kumar, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Parminder Singh from Goraya and Pawan Kumar, from Mehli Gate.

Prisoner dies: Karamjit Singh (35), a resident of Joga village in Mansa district, who was undergoing a 10-year imprisonment in a case under Section 15 of the NDPS Act in the District jail here, died in the local Civil Hospital during the intervening night of April 7 and 8. He was a cancer patient. The local police said earlier he had been admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, for treatment. At present, he was under treatment at the local Civil Hospital.


The following have been elected office-bearers of the Panchkula Welfare Association, Sector 8: president - Mr Shiv Kumar Gupta; senior vice-president - Mr G.C. Kansal; vice-president - Mr Naresh Aggarwal; general secretary - Mr Tilak Raj Tuli; secretary - Dr V.P. Sood; and finance secretary - Mr S.P. Gupta.


Motorcyclist killed: A youth was killed when a truck hit the motor cycle that he was riding at Jharmajri near Baddi on Friday. The deceased was later identified as Vikram Chandel. He died on the spot. The truck driver fled from the spot.

Charas seized: Following a tip-off, the police conducted a raid on a house in ward No 2 here on Friday and seized 150 gm charas from Pawan Kumar. The accused has been arrested under the NDPS Act.

Exhibition inaugurated: Governor V.S. Kokje inaugurated the All-India Art Exhibition-2006 here on Friday. It is being organised by the Language, Art and Culture Department at the State Museum. The Governor said the holding such events helped in promoting art and culture. Over 200 artifacts created by 120 artists from all over the country are on display at the exhibition.

Held for firing: Bhim Singh, a resident of Bani village in Kasauli tehsil, was arrested on Friday for firing at a private vehicle Mahindra Max (CH-23-P-8151) belonging to Rakesh Kumar around 9:00 p.m. near Odda village when the latter refused to drop him to his native village. Rakesh Kumar, in a complaint to the police, stated that Bhim Singh first restrained his vehicle and then urged him to drop him home. His refusal to do so led Bhim Singh to brandish a gun and fire at the vehicle. The police has registered a case under Sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act and 341, 336 of the IPC.

Governor’s plea: The Himachal Pradesh Governor Mr V. S. Kokje has urged the teachers to inculcate high values in the students for the uplift of society. He was addressing students and staff of Chinmaya Vidyalaya at Nauni on the occasion of their annual prize distribution function on Saturday.

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