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Dharna put off
: The Parbandhak Committee of Gurdwara Suhdar Lehar on Tuesday decided to put off its proposed protest dharna on Thursday. In a joint statement, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, an SGPC member, Bhai Ram Singh, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Kanwarpal Singh of Dal Khalsa and Bhai Mohkam Singh, a spokesman of Damdami Taksal, said that next line of action would be announced at the protest convetion, on November 8 at Ludhiana. They said that there was anger among the Sikhs against attack on Mr Simranjit Singh Mann and leaders and workers of his party at Kathunangal by activists of Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

ASI nabbed: A Vigilance team has nabbed an ASI Karamjit Singh red handed for taking bribe from Jagir Kaur of the same village. He is chowki in charge of Buttar Kalan under Mehta police station of Majitha police district. Mangal Singh, a brother of the Jagir Kaur, in a complaint to the Vigilance department, said that Karamjit was demanded Rs 8,000 from his sister to release a scooter, which they lifted from her house.

Boy rescued
: A 10-year-old boy was rescued by passers-by from the clutches of abductors at Kharar Accharwal village. According to police sources, Varinder Singh, a student of Class IV, had gone to his fields on Saturday evening. Two scooter-borne youths came there and abducted him. They took him to the nearby bushes. On hearing the cries of the boy, Surjit Singh and Pawan Kumar from Lakshian rescued him. They overpowered one of the abductors who was identified as Seepa, son of Gole from the same village, and handed him over to the police. His other accomplice managed to flee. The unconscious boy was admitted in the Community Health Centre, Mahilpur.

Protest rally: On the call of the Punjab Students’ Union, students, including girl students, of ITIs and Polytechnics went on a two-day strike on Tuesday to protest against the proposed selling of technical institutions by bringing them under the Society Act. They also voiced their concern at not filling the vacant posts and not holding the annual sports and cultural programmes. The students led by Hardip Singh, president, Students’ Union of Government Polytechnic, held a rally in front of their institutions and blocked vehicular traffic for more than an hour on the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar road. Sukhjit Pal Dhat and Kulwinder Singh Chahal, both student leaders, condemned the state government for its “anti-student policies”.

RAPED: A 22-year-old girl, resident of Shaffipura, was allegedly raped by Charanjit Singh, alias Chani, resident of Madhepura, and Kulwinder Singh, alias Chandi, resident of Sidhwan Bet, on October 11 and threatened by the accused of dire consequences if she disclosed the incident to anybody. But after a gap of 20 days, an FIR has been registered by the Sidhwan Bet police on the complaint of the victim. 

THIEF HELD: The local police has arrested Om Shanker, local resident, for committing theft. The accused allegedly entered the house of Tejinder Kumar of Mohalla Hargobindpura, Jagraon, on Tuesday night and stole an earring and a wrist watch, but the people of the locality nabbed him and handed him over to the police after thrashing him.

COP INJURED: Constable Jaspal Singh was injured in an accident involving a car and an auto-rickshaw on the GT Road near the gate of Gurusar Kaonke on Tuesday. The local police has registered a case against Amarjit Singh of Patti Kakar, Tihara, on the complaint of Rajinder Singh of Botta Singh Wala, Patiala.

VOTER ID CARDS: A special campaign for the preparation of electronic voter identity cards for residual voters in the Jagraon constituency is scheduled to commence on November 11 and will continue till December 9. Mr Gurpreet Singh Khaira, Electoral Registration Officer-cum-SDM, has appealed to the residents to get their voter identity cards made.

Body of newb
orn found: The recovery of the body of a newborn girl from a garbage dump early this morning in Ram Nagar locality created a flutter in the area. The railway police officials sent the body to the local Civil Hospital, where it would be kept for two days for identification purposes. A case under Section 318 of the IPC has been registered against some unknown persons by the police authorities. The infant’s body was wrapped in a cloth and was lying on a heap of garbage. When residents of the area got information about it, they informed the police. — TNS

DEBATE: Jaspreet Hundal and Rashi Yadav from Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, won the first prize in a debate competition held on its premises, near here, on Tuesday. The second prize was won by Bhim Kaul and Atulya Kant from the Rayat Institute of Engineering and IT, Rail Majra, while the third prize was won by Lovneet Singh and Hema Chopra from Gyan Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology.



Blood donated: As many as 72 NCC cadets donated blood at a camp organised by the Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC Directorate here on Tuesday. It was conducted in collaboration with the General Hospital, Sector 16. The blood donation drive will continue for the next two days.

Medical camp: To mark the adoption of Alipur village, near here, by the Air Force Station, High Grounds, a free medical camp was organised. The camp was inaugurated by the Station Commander, Gp Capt B.K. Sood. The president of the local chapter of AFWWA, Ms Preetika Sood, distributed food among children and women of the village.

Elected: Brig Sant Singh (retd) has been elected president of the Chandigarh chapter of the Indian Ex-Services League. Other office-bearers are Col Malkiat Singh (senior vice-president), Sub Maj Ram Kumar (vice-president), Sqn Ldr G S Deol (general secretary), Hony Capt Sadhu Singh (joint secretary), Lt Col Birbal Sharma (publicity secretary) and Hav Dalbara Singh (treasurer).

Office-bearers: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the Welfare Association, Sector 44-C : president — Mr Ram Mittal; vice-president— Mr Malkiat Singh; general secretary — Mr V.K. Chowdhary; joint secretary — Mr Kulwant Singh; cashier — Mr O.P. Gautam; legal adviser — Mr J.S.Sandhu; and executive members — Mr A.P.Kaushal, Mr Sardul Singh and Mr Roshan Lal.

Camp: Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya will organise a free health awareness camp on Saturday at Sukh Shanti Bhavan, Phase VII. Registration for the camp is open till Friday.

Nagar Kirtan: A nagar kirtan will be organised on Friday in connection with the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. According to Mr Joginder Singh Sondhi, president of the Gurdwara Coordination Committee, the nagar kirtan would start from Gurdwara Gobindsar and would terminate at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Phase XI.



SANKALP DIVAS: Sankalp Divas was observed at DAV College, Ambala City, on Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner O.P. Langyan said those who sacrificed their lives for the nation would be remembered by generations to come. He paid floral tributes to Indira Gandhi.

3 held
: Three persons including a woman, were arrested under Sections 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the Immoral Traffic Act here on Tuesday. 

Dharna held
: Activists of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti on Tuesday held a dharna in front of the local mini secretariat demanding arrest of the owner of a fake pesticide and seed factory, which was recently unearthed by the authorities. Both the district units of the Haryana Kisan Sabha and Kisan Club, Fatehabad, participated in the dharna. 



Remanded in custody
: A prime accused Chaman Lal in the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus conductor assault case was remanded to police custody for three days by the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Dalhousie, on Tuesday. He would be produced before the court on Thursday. On last Friday, the accused Chaman Lal, accompanied by his other three accomplices, had attacked conductor Ravinder Kumar of the HRTC Chamba-Dehradun bound bus near Nainikhud.

One killed
: One person was killed when a car carrying him rolled down into a 100-feet-deep gorge near Ramshehr on Tuesday. The accident took place at Mahadev village on Ramshehr-Shimla road. Raman Kumar, a junior engineer with electricity department, lost control while negotiating a curve.

Probe ordered
: After a complaint by a widow Sheena Bibi of Thakurdwara village in this subdivision the local Subdivisional Magistrate, Mr N.K. Lath, has ordered a departmental inquiry against a patwari and a kanungo for demanding a bribe from her. Ashok Sharma, patwari and Tahal Singh, kanungo, were demanding Rs 40,000 for doing mutation of the property in favour of the successors of Sheena’s husband who died in January 2005.


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