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Arhtiya robbed of Rs 1.48 lakh
: Car-borne youths allegedly robbed a commission agent of Rs 1,48,000, took away his mobile phone and assaulted him with baseball bats near Abupura village today. The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under Sections 382, 341, 506 and 34 of the IPC. It is learnt that Congress leader Suresh Kumar was going in his jeep from Gidderwandi village to Sidhwan Bet village with his driver. A black colour Esteem car suddenly stopped them, and two youths started attacking them with baseball bats. Apprehending danger, Suresh Kumar did not put the panel of the car down, whereon the youths smashed the panel, assaulted Suresh and his driver. The youths fled away in the car. On receiving information, SSP Shiv Kumar Sharma, SP(D) Vijay Kumar Sharma, DSP Bhupinder Singh, SHO Sidhwan Bet Dharampal reached the spot. The registration number of the car is said to be that of Ambala.

League rally: Col Bhag Singh, VSM (retd), senior vice-president of the Indian Ex-Service League of Punjab and Chandigarh, disclosed today that the league was organising a tehsil rally on April 19. Col M.S. Sandhu, deputy director, District Sainik Welfare Office Ludhiana, would be the chief guest and the rally would be presided over by Shiv Kumar Verma, SSP. Children shall be distributed scholarships. Issues like the sixth wage commission, electricity connection on priority basis and other problems would be discussed.

One held: Zora Singh of Bruj Hari Singh village has been arrested by the Raikot police from Siloani village and 9.8 kg poppy husk seized from his possession. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered. Coming soon: Big 92.7 FM.

The Big 92.7 FM is all set to launch its Jalandhar station within a week. Shailja Kaushal Sharma, a spokesperson for the Big 92.7 FM, said the radio service was the part of the Adlabs Films Private Limited and it had its pan-India presence spanning across 45 cities, 1000 towns and 50000 villages to reach 200 million Indians.

‘Pay damages’
: The District Consumer Forum, Hoshiarpur, has accepted the complaint of Dilbagh Singh of village Nasran Badhna and directed Rajeev Chadha, proprietor of Chadha Cement Store, Bassi Kalan, to pay Rs 20,000 as damages to the complainant alongwith 9 per cent interest per annum and Rs 1000 as litigation expenses within one month.

Youth duped
: The police on Friday nabbed Gurnam Singh of Jagjitpur village and Baldev Raj of Madhopur village for allegedly duping a youth of Rs 8 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad.



Body found
: A 55-year-old unidentified man was found dead on the railway track near Mansa Devi Complex here on Friday. Sources in the railway police said it was a likely case of a train accident rather than a suicide. The deceased was wearing a white shirt and cream pants. A post-mortem examination of the body will be conducted tomorrow.



Police inaction
: Employees of the local unit of Power utilities held a demonstration at Ambala cantt on Friday. They were demanding police action in a case of altercation. An altercation had taken place among a local resident and the employees a few days ago. They alleged that the police was not taking suitable action against the resident.


Freedom fighter dead
: A veteran freedom fighter Pheetu Ram died at the age of 92 in Panoh village under Sujanpur block on Thursday. He was a member of INA formed by Subhash Chander Bose and had under gone six years imprisonment in the Singapore jail.

Convicted: A local court has convicted and sentenced a local teacher for writing obscene remarks against a fellow female colleague. Judicial magistrate Anil Sharma found Pradeep Kumar a teacher of government senior secondary school guilty under Sections 509 and 294 of the IPC and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,000.

Electoral rolls
: The Amended draft photo electoral rolls of Bilaspur Sadar and Kot Kehloor assembly constituencies of the district have been prepared and kept for inspection in the office of the SDM here. A notification issued here on Thursday by the electoral registration officer said the rolls listed the qualified voters as on January 1, 2007, and were open for inspection by voters.

Upgrade posts
: The Non-Teaching Employees Union at Himachal Pradesh University has demanded that upgrading of the post that were approved by the executive council in August last year should be ordered. A representation in this regard has been given to vice-chancellor Anil Wilson by president of the union Waryam Singh Bains.

Book released
: The ‘Road taken to Bharmour, an Objective Perspective’ written by Dr Naresh Lath, local SDM, was released by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh during his one-day visit here on Wednesday. The book highlights the physical and metaphysical features of Bharmour.

Labourer dies
: Hari Chand (36), a labourer, was seriously injured when a wall of a house under construction, suddenly collapsed on him at Bagin village about 8 km from here on Thursday. He was rushed to the district hospital here but was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, he died while on way to the PGI.

House gutted: A double-storeyed house of Sukh Ram was gutted in fire when all members of the family were away in the fields in Kothi village of the Behna-Jattan area on Thursday evening. The fire brigade did not reach on time. A loss of Rs 4 lakh has been reported.


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