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Hoshiarpur
Connivance
: The Model Town police station on a complaint of Joginder Singh of the local Sunder Nagar had registered an FIR. In it he stated that his brother, Mohinder Pal, was kidnapped by a few persons from near the Bhangi choe on April 28, 2007. The police came to know that Mohinder Pal was residing in Jalandhar. Mohinder Pal, who was in love with a girl of his locality, had in connivance with his brother cooked up his abduction story for taking revenge from girlís family. A has been registered against both brothers for misleading the police. 

Wheat procured: As many as 119617 tonne of wheat had been purchased by the various procurement agencies of state as well as of Central government in the Hoshiarpur district till Wednesday for which payment of Rs 84.19 crore which is 93 per cent of the total value has been made to the concerned farmers, said deputy commissioner D.K. Tiwari, Hoshiarpur, while presiding a meeting convened by him to review the procurement arrangements. 

Spice penalized: The District Consumer Forum, Hoshiarpur, directed the Spice Communications, Mohali and Vig International Hoshiarpur to activate 18 mobile connections of the complainant, New Standard Opticals, on submission of proper 
documentation. 

Malerkotla
PSEB employee killed
:PSEB employee,Gurdass Singh, died of electric shock while repairing wires at a feeder near Bhogiwal village here on Thursday. Another employee,Purna Ram,was also injured in the accident. The body of Gurdass was handed over to the relatives after a post-mortem examination. 

Nawanshahr
24 held with smack
: SSP B. Chandra Shekhar said in a press release here on Thursday that under a drive launched against anti-social elements, the police had arrested 24 miscreants and seized smack, poppy husk and cash from them. As many as 15 cases of under different sections had been registered at Banga, Balachaur, Behram and Nawanshahr police stations, he added. 

Phillaur
Vandalised
:Twenty days after the foundation stone of Master Gurwanta Singh Memorial Community Hall was vandalized by a few miscreants, it was the turn of new Dana Mandiís foundation stone on Thursday. Both foundation stones were laid by former Chief minister Amarinder Singh a few months ago. 

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CHANDIGARH

Panchkula
15 jhuggis gutted
:At least 15 jhuggis were destroyed in a fire which broke out in Saketri village here this evening. An official of the fire department said one of the jhuggi was completely damaged in the fire. The loss could not be ascertained. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
Teachers seek regularisation of services
: The Himachal Pradesh Government Primary Contract Teachers Association has demanded the state government regularise the services of 689 teachers working on contract basis in the state, who have completed eight years of service. Virendra Thakur, state vice-president of the association, urged the state government to eliminate the condition of two years regular service for promotions. Meanwhile, the following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the association: President - Brij Bala Chambiyal, general secretary - Shashi Pal and cashier - Raman Kanta. 

HAMIRPUR
213 cases of liquor seized
:A joint team of the police and the excise and taxation department recovered 213 cases of Indian-made foreign liquor from Kalanjhadi village in a raid on Wednesday night. DSP K.G Kapoor said the liquor was stored in a rented house by one Jaswant Singh, who was not present at the time of the recovery. Kapoor said investigations were on. 

BJP activists stage protest:BJP activists on Thursday burnt effigies of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and transport minister G.S. Bali at Gandhi Chowk to protest an attack on BJP activists at Kangra. The activists raised slogans against the state government and accused it of not protecting the life and property of the people. The district BJP committee later submitted a memorandum to the Governor demanding an inquiry by an independent agency into the incident. 

Youths flee without paying:Two motorcyclists on Thursday brandished a revolver at a petrol pump employee and absconded without paying for petrol near Nadaun. Sukhdev, an employee of the petrol pump, said the two youths came to the petrol station at about 4 am. After getting their bikeís tank filled, they began driving away without paying for it. When Sukhdev tried to pull the pillion rider, he brandished a revolver at him and managed to escape. The police has registered a case and are making efforts to nab the culprits. No arrest has been made so far.

NAHAN
Theft in shop
: A theft in a shop at Rajgarh has been reported. The Rajgarh police said thieves broke open the shutter of a shop owned by Gopal Krishan and took away 37 mobile phones and ready made clothes worth Rs 1.34 lakh. The police is investigating into the matter. 

SOLAN
Job fair from May 5:With a view to provide employment opportunities to the youth of Himachal Pradesh, the CII, in collaboration with the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Industries Association (BBNIA), is convening itís second two-day job fair at Mandi on May 5 and 6. General secretary of BBNIA Arun Rawat said 50 industrial units, including renowned names like Vardhman Textiles, Birla Textiles, Winsome Textiles, Macleods Pharmaceuticals and Sarup Tanneries, are expected to participate in the fair. This initiative is aimed at bringing the industry and job seekers on a common platform. 

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