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3 sentenced to life
: Three residents of Amritsar have been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a canter driver in Sriganganagar, sources said on Wednesday. Gurmeet Singh Sonu, Lakhwinder Singh Lakha and Balkar Singh, all residents of Madikhera village in Amritsar had gone to Sriganganagar to meet their relatives. On January 11, 2006, they allegedly conspired to loot an onion-loaded canter. They lured canter driver, Radheyshyam, and helper, Umesh, into having intoxicant-laced tea. Later, they killed Radheyshyam with the help of an iron rod.

12 booked: About 12 three-wheeler drivers and their helpers have been booked for attacking a driver of the Punjab Roadways. Among those booked are Amarjit Singh, Prem Kumar, Jagsir Singh and Vicky. They chased a Punjab Roadways bus of Moga depot and attacked its driver, Hardev Singh, and smashed its windowpanes when the bus halted at Kallarkhera village on Tuesday.

Held under NDPS Act: A Punjab Roadways bus of the Moga depot was intercepted near Diwankhera village and its driver Lakhbir Singh Panjgrain arrested under Section 15/61/85 of the NDPS Act for possessing 8 kg poppy husk.

Rescued: A Dalit peon, Ram Kumar Tank, who was allegedly locked by a gatekeeper inside the subdivisional office of the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, was rescued on Tuesday. Tank had pulled up the gatekeeper for consuming liquor during duty hours. The gatekeeper allegedly locked him inside the office and left with the keys. Executive engineer and a subdivisional engineer were informed about the incident but no action had been taken so far.

Young scientist award
: Prof Pran Nath Mehra Memorial Trust, Patiala, has conferred the Young Scientist Award for 2006 upon Reader, Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Satwinderjeet Kaur. She had also been awarded BOYSCAST (Better Opportunities for Young Scientists in Chosen Areas of Science and Technology) Fellowship. 

Crop gutted
: Fire destroyed the standing wheat crop spread in 25 acres on Tuesday. Those fields were owned by eight farmers. Fire started at Marrianwalla village and spread towards Nawan Pind village covering 1.5 kms. Three MC fire engines were pressed into action to extinguish the fire.

One killed in rail mishap
: Om Parkash (65), a retired Punsup employee, was crushed to death under the Haridwar-Ganganagar intercity express, while he was trying to cross the railway track. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. The railway authorities have registered a case and the body handed over to the family members. 

Bail plea withdrawn: In a surprise move PPCC vice-president Kewal Singh Dhillon has withdrawn his anticipatory bail application. Earlier, he had moved the application apprehending his arrest in the liquor case. His counsel, Rahul Gupta, refused to divulge the reason behind this move.

Dal formed
: Balmiki Majhebi Christians from across Punjab formed an organisation of their own and urged the Punjab government to recruit employees into various departments from the community.
They unanimously elected Master Vinod Kumar as state president of the newly formed organisation in a meeting here on Wednesday. Kumar has been authorised to nominate the other office bearers and to form its units in all the districts of state. 

Woman ends life: Ritu Devi, wife of Avtar Singh of Bhatian Rajputan (Mukerian) committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance last evening. Following her statement in which she confessed that she had consumed some poisonous substance in a rage, Mukerian Police registered a case under Section 309 of the IPC against her.

Draw for liquor vends today:
According to the assistant excise and taxation commissioner, Jalandhar-1, the draw of lots for the allotment of liquor vends of Jalandhar-1 and Jalandhar-2 will be held at Red Cross Bhavan on Thursday at 9 a.m. 

A social worker of the area and senior Akali leader Jathedar Gurdev Singh Mushkabad was honoured here on Wednesday by Akali workers and members of trade unions on his return from the USA. Jathedar Mushkabad has offered 5 acres for an ashram for old citizens. He will get the rooms constructed after meeting local MLA Jagjeewan Singh Kheernian shortly.

Elected: Jathedar Jagir Singh Behlolpur has been elected president of the newly formed body Saini Brotherhood. The office-bearers of the body are Darshan Singh, vice-president, Amar Singh, secretary, Sardara Singh, cashier, and Bhajan Singh, Nirmal Singh, Amrik Singh and Gurmeet Singh, executive members.The body has decided to perform the marriages of needy poor girls, and help in the education of poor children of Samrala tehsil. 

41 more bank branches
: Malwa Gramin Bank, the only regional rural bank sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala, will install two ATMs in its branches at Sangrur and Patiala this year. Bank’s chairman N.K. Bansal said the bank plans to double the number of branches from the existing 41 to 82 in five years. The bank would also open its branches at Bhadaur and Nayal (Patran) villages.

Women and youth wings: The Punjab Khatri Sabha will form women and youth wings in all towns and cities for strengthening its base in the sate. Its acting president Daljit Singh Zakhmi said on Wednesday that there was a need to unite the Khatris on one platform throughout the state.

House donated: Canada-based NRI Kuldip Singh Pardesi and his wife Manjit Kaur donated their two-kanal house to the village gurdwara at nearby Malikpur village on Tuesday. The couple handed over the keys of the house to Phagwara MLA Swarana Ram and SGPC member Jarnail Singh Wahid at a brief function. They wish to open a free dispensary and a training centre for the girls in a portion of the house.



The following have been elected office-bearers of the Ropar unit of the Indian Medical Association: patron - civil surgeon ( Ropar); president - Dr R.S.Parmar; vice-presidents - Dr Jindal Ajay and Dr Sanga (JPS); secretary - Dr Sharma (IIN) ; joint secretaries - Dr Baweja Geeta and Dr Sardana (S.M.), Dr Bhim Sen; and cashier - Dr Dewan A.K.

PARISHAD: The following have been elected office bearers of the Mohali unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad: president - A.R.Kumar; secretary - Gurdip Singh; treasurer - P.D. Wadhwa. The following have been nominated office-bearers of the branch of the parishad: President - B.K.Biala; secretary - Harbhajan Singh; and treasurer - G.S.Saini.  



Bail plea rejected
: Additional District and Sessions Judge N.P. Dewatt on Wednesday rejected the anticipatory bail application of two Rattia municipal committee officials. The vigilance Bureau had registered an FIR against these officials for usurping the committee’s land. One of them was a former MC chief Karam Narain Mehta. He, during his tenure had carved out a colony on the municipal land without obtaining government’s permission. Later, he sold the plots to 34 persons, including him. A few further sold their plots on premium to others. Harvinder Singh and Ram Kumar, both MC clerks, who were among the beneficiaries, had moved an application for seeking pre-arrest bail. 

Joginder Singh (48), a lecturer, who was recently transferred from 
Government College, Nahar, Rewari, to Government College, Hodal, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan at his house in Saraswati Vihar on Tuesday. He took this step due to his wife’s sudden death a fortnight ago. He is survived by a son and a daughter. 

Buffalo falls into well: A buffalo died after falling into a well on the outskirts of the cremation ground at Garhi village, 12 km from here, on Wednesday. A villager, Mahender Singh, who entered the well to rescue it died due to asphyxiation. The administration got the carcass of buffalo fished out. 



Pilgrim drowned in Beas
: A pilgrim was drowned in the Beas while three others had a narrow escape near Manpul under Nadaun police station on Wednesday. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. when pilgrims from Yamuna Nagar, who were on their way on their way to Jwalaji in a truck (HR- 46 A- 6361), went to bathe in the river. While Arvind Gupta, Sonu and Ankit were saved after they raised the alarm, Vikram (32) lost his life. Sonu has been referred to a Dharamsala hospital. The police has sent the body for a post-mortem. 

School building inaugurated
: Forest Minister Ram Lal Thakur inaugurated the senior secondary school building built by the NTPC, which is executing the 800-MW Kol dam project on the Sutlej at Harnoda on Wednwsday. The Rs. 1.49-cr building has 11classrooms, a science lab, library and other facilities. The school has been upgraded from the middle to the secondary level and benefit children of the oustees in Bilaspur and Mandi districts. Thakur urged the NTPC to continue such development works for the oustees.

Photo electoral rolls
: Photo electoral rolls will be used in the state for the first time during the ensuing byelection to the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency to be held on June 2. Hamirpur Deputy Commissioner will be the returning officer for the elections. Chief Electoral Officer Manisha Nanda said here on Wednesday that polling parties would be formed through randomisation software prescribed by the Election Commission of India.

Former Chief Secretary dead: Former chief secretary and chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission P.K. Mattoo died in Delhi, on Tuesday. The HP IAS Officers Association held a condolence meeting to pay tributes to the former bureaucrat. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Springboard programme: A four-day Springboard women’s development programme sponsored by the British Council will be held here from April 26. Ms Indrani Mukherjee, former vice-chancellor of Indira Kala Sangeet University, Chattisgarh, will inaugurate the workshop. The principal of St Bede’s College, Sr Melba Rodrigues will preside over the inaugural function. Prof Usha Pathania and Mrs Pooja N. Sharma, licensed Springboard trainers will conduct the programme. More than 65 women have already registered for the workshop from HPU, St Bede’s College, Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya, HPU Evening College and National College.


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