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:The city police-2 on Wednesday arrested Krishan Rajput, resident of government seed farm colony, under the NDPS Act on the recovery of 20 gm smack from his possession. 

Action sought: A deputation of the Sadar Bazar Association met the SDM here on Wednesday and demanded action against the employees of the electricity board for causing a fire that gutted a beauty centre in the bazar in the morning.The employees had gone to deal with a fault in the shop next to the beauty centre, but the wrong handling of the wires caused the fire,it was alleged. 

Crushed under train
:Atma Singh, a farmer of Bhai Bakhtaur village of this district, died under mysterious circumstances after he was crushed to death under a running train near the Maiser Khana area on the Bathinda-Mansa rail section on Wednesday morning.Volunteers of Sahara Jan Sewa, an NGO, who took the body to the local Civil Hospital, said Atma Singh was under psychological pressure. A case under Section 174, CrPC, has been registered. 

Heat kills one:The rising temperature in the region has claimed the life of a destitute belonging to Uttar Pardesh in this town on Wednesday. Though volunteers of Sahara Jan Sewa took the deceased to hospital, he died on the way.So far, about four persons have died due to sunstroke in the city in the past two weeks. 

Youth murdered
: A youth Kor Singh (28), son of Jagga Singh of Panjgrani village (Faridkot), was allegedly murdered by some unidentified persons and his body was thrown in a field at Sangala village, near here, on Wednesday. Kor was missing from his residence since last week.A case under Section 302,IPC, has been registered.After a postmortem examination at the Civil Hospital here,the body handed over to the relatives. 

Lawyers show solidarity
:The Lahore High Court Bar Association has expressed gratitude to the Punjab unit of the All-India Lawyers Union (AILU) for expressing its solidarity with the lawyers across the border in their struggle for independence of judiciary, according to AILU president D.S. Dhillon.

Buddha Purnima:The Buddha Vihar Trust celebrated Buddha Purnima at Sofi Pind here today.Followers assembled at Buddha Vihar in the morning and congratulated each other. Children from Kendriya Vidyalaya-2 at Jalandhar cantonment, Elementary School at Sofi Pind and Dr Ambedkar Public School at Bulandpur also participated in the event.

11 arrested
:The police has arrested 11 persons under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act and seized 1,21,500 ML liquor from them.The Mahilpur police arrested Major Singh and Surjit Singh, both resident of Sarhala Khurd and seized 36,000 ML Shole rum from their possession. 

In-laws held:The Tanda police has arrested Amandeep Vij, his father Subhash Chander and mother Komal Vij, all of Jalandhar, under Sections 498-A and 406 of the IPC for torturing and maltreating Suman Bala, daughter of Yashpal Bajaj of Salempur.

Awareness rally
: District level NGOs Coordination Society, UPKAR, mobilising the masses against female foeticide and drug addiction, took out a rally in villages falling under Balachaur sub division in the district. ADC, Pritam Singh Johal flagged off the rally. 

: Students of DAV Public School, Bhupindra Road, presented a play “Path Finder”, written by Hermon Ould on the occasion of Labour Day, on the school premises here on Tuesday.“Save me father, save me” were the words of slave boy-come-actor of an English-African play, on the theme of slavery in Africa. It was followed by another play “Rani Laxmi Bai”, presented by students of Class VI.In the series of events, the students also made dustbins and dusters for their school with the spirit of “work is worship”. School principal S.R. Prabhakar urged the students to believe in dignity of labour. He also highlighted the importance of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings. 

NO TOBACCO DAY: The Generation Saviour Association observed "No Tobacco Day" at Senior Secondary Model School, Punjabi University, here, on Wednesday. An inter-school painting competition was organised by students of this school on the theme "Smoke Free Environment". Principal of the school S.K. Nirmal Goyal made the students aware of the abuses of tobacco. The main objective of the competition was to make the children aware of the deadly consequences of drug addiction. Dr B.S. Sandhu, dean, College Development Council, presided over the function and advised the students to keep themselves away from drugs. The participants from various schools held a rally on the university campus. 

World Asthma Day: The World Asthma Day was celebrated at the ANM Training Centre in the local Civil Hospital on Tuesday. Sangrur civil surgeon S.K. Bansal was the chief guest at the function, which was attended by ANM students, staff members, women of the Lions Club and others.A child specialist,Dr V.K. Ahuja, told the gathering that asthma affected about 10 per cent of the children, but more than 80 per cent of asthma could be diagnosed by six years of age. He also emphasised on the need of keeping pollution under control to check the disease. 


: Meenu Singla of Chandigarh College of Pharmacy, Landran, stood second in the third semester examinations of B.Pharma conducted by Punjab Technical University scoring 83.1 per cent marks.At least 21 students of the college scored above 70 per cent marks in the third semester whereas nine students scored above 70 per cent marks in the results declared for the first semester exams for the said course.Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, president, announced a cash prize of Rs 5,000 for Meenu Singla.

LECTURE: A lecture on simulation and modelling was organised for the students of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, on Wednesday. Delivering the lecture, Dr Kawaljit Singh, director, Panjabi University, Patiala, highlighted the significance of simulation and modelling for analysis of diverse real-life phenomena and their applications using case studies. Dr D.S. Hira thanked Dr Singh for apprising students of the new developments in simulation and modelling and making them understand the concept better.

PLACEMENT: A team from H.N. Hardware Technology Networks visited Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology, Kharar, on Wednesday to conduct campus interviews of EE, ECE and CSE final semester students. As many as 15 students participated in the placement process. Vinay Singla, Neeraj, Ram Lal Verma and Gagandeep Kaur were selected. 


Spurious liquor seized
:The police on Wednesday seized 600 bottles of spurious liquor from a liquor contractor at Jamalpur Shekhan village under Tohana sub division. The liquor, Jagadhari No. 1, was being manufactured by a Sonepat-based illicit unit. Saurabh Singh, SP, said the police acted on a tip-off that Baljeet Singh, resident of Kanheri village near Tohana and a liquor contractor from Jamalpur Shekhan had been selling spurious liquor. 

Wife hacked to death: A man reportedly hacked his wife to death at Gochhi village of the district on Wednesday. The accused Jai Bhagwan attacked his wife, Sunita, with an axe. The victim died on the spot. Sources said the husband suspected his wife of having an affair with someone. 

Villagers protest
: Protesting against alleged police inaction, irate villagers of Meherda, blocked the Jind-Rohtak road on Wednesday. The villagers stated that a married woman had been missing from their village for the past over 10 days and the police did nothing to trace her. Later, SDM Mahenderpal pacified the protesters and persuaded them to lift the blockade. 

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Panipat Yarn Association: president — Ramesh Narang; vice-president — M.L. Shahi; general secretary- Surinder Rewdi; joint secretary — Anoop Chawla; and treasurer — Manohar Lal Rewdi. 

Gangster held
: The police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested one of the most wanted criminals identified as Sandeep of Bhatgaon village, who was wanted in more than 12 cases of dacoity, loot and firing. A joint team of Murthal police station, CIA, SIT, and Kundli police station, conducted the raid and arrested him from near Devi Lal Park on GT Road. 



Lightning plays havoc
: Lightning and cloudburst, followed by hailstorm, played havoc in Rajeendu belt of Sahoo valley in Chamba district on Tuesday evening, according to reports received from the residents of the area here on Wednesday. One person was wounded due to lightening and a few cattle heads were perished in the cloudburst. The Sal rivulet, a tributary of the river Ravi also remained flooded on Tuesday night. 

Dowry case registered
: In-laws of Sumana Devi, a resident of Dagrana under Badsar Tehsil, have been booked under the dowry Act. Joginder Singh, husband of Sumna Devi, and his other relatives have been named in the FIR. 

Man killed in accident
: At least one person was killed when a Swaraj Mazda truck (HP-66-0579) rolled down into the Beas, around 30 km from here, on Tuesday. There were reportedly several persons in the truck and they might have been washed away by the gushing water. The police, however, said there was no other causality and the body of the driver was found stuck in the truck itself. He was identified as Sant Ram of Paddar in Mandi district. 

Army recruitment rally
: Director, Army recruitment office, Mandi Col Arun Sehgal said the Army would conduct a recruitment rally from Thursday to Tuesday at the 3rd India Reserve Battalion, Pandoh grounds. IPH minister Kaul Singh Thakur would inaugurate the rally, he added. 

BJP faction-ridden: Cong
: With the BJP yet to finalise names of candidates in four wards for the municipal corporation elections, the Congress today said the indecision only reflected the factionalism and bickering within the BJP. The Congress, which had issued the list of candidates for all 25 wards said it had already won the first round. “Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and state Congress chief Viplove Thakur sat together and decided the candidates for all wards, which clearly shows that the Congress is completely united and on a firm footing,” HPCC general secretary Kuldeep Rathore said on Wednesday. 


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