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: Miscreants entered the house of Capt S.K. Wadhwa (retd), a senior veterinary surgeon, in a posh colony near College Road here on Tuesday and decamped with cash, ornaments and valuables worth lakhs. 

Plea: The civil surgeon, Ferozepore, has drawn the attention of the director health services towards the demands raised by Hanuman Dass Goyal, member, District Consumers Protection Committee. Goyal has regretted that the 100-bed Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here lacked facilities like the trauma ward. 

Complaint: SAD activists, led by Harcharan Singh Pappu, president, Truck Operators Union, during the inspection of the purchasing centre at Patrewala village on Tuesday found that wheat bags were short in weight. He said officials were blaming transporting agencies for pilferage. He reported the matter to senior officials. 

Resentment: Pramil Kalani, president, Arhtiya Association, in a letter faxed to the chief secretary and the director civil supplies on Tuesday expressed resentment over the poor arrangement in lifting grains purchased by the government agencies. 

Raid: Four arms and ammunition shops were sealed in Sriganganagar on Monday evening. The police team, headed by SP Vineeta Thakur, raided the shops of arms dealers who had been issuing bridge loading guns, revolvers and pistols to licences who had been authorised to have only muzzle loading guns. 

: The Punjab Human Rights Organisation has demanded the dismissal of Punjab police officials against whom it is established that they had killed innocents in fake encounters. In a letter addressed to the President of India, its deputy chairman Kirpal Singh Randhawa said certain police officials to get medals, out-of-the-way promotions and to make money carried out fake encounters. 

: A major research project has been sanctioned by the CSIR, jointly to Dr D.P. Singh and Dr J.I.S. Khattar, both of Botany department, Punjabi University. The project work involves evaluation of bacterial strains for pesticide degradation. The study in this project aimed to identify bacterial strains capable of degrading pesticides used in the fields.

Cop dies
: Ranjit Singh (48), a Punjab Police head constable, posted in Special Branch at Sangrur, was killed when he was crossing the rail track and was run over by a train at Lehragaga railway station on Tuesday morning. A case under Section 174 of the Cr. P.C. has been registered. 



: The Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) has tied up with University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), according to COO Naveen Gupta. The animators qualifying from MAAC would now have worldwide acceptability with the CIE certification.

There is already an increasing demand of the animators in India at the moment since most of the work is being outsourced to India from across the globe. The CIE certification would enhance the employability of the Indian animators, he informed.



Jeep driver sentenced
: Chief Judicial Magistrate Baldev Singh has found jeep driver Chaman Lal guilty of rash and negligent driving and sentenced him to undergo two-year simple imprisonment and to pay a fine of Rs 2500. Chaman Lal was found guilty of hitting an arm of a passenger in a bus coming from Bilaspur to Brahampukkhar via Ghagus near the Kirad Khud bridge on August 2, 1999, resulting in the severing of the arm. An FIR in this case was registered at Barmana police station.

Summer festival from May 12
: Bhagwant Mann, a known Punjabi comedian, and Jasbir Jassi, a Punjabi singer, will be the main attraction during the three-day summer festival beginning here on May 12. Playback singer Sudesh Bhonsle will regale the audience on the first day of the festival.District magistrate Bharat Khera said local folk singers like Karnail Rana and Dheeraj Sharma would also perform in the festival. Cultural troupes from the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, and Trigarth Vasundhara Rang Manch would also perform. 

Man attacked
: A man was attacked with a sickle on his head after he allegedly killed the dog of his neighbour. SP Hamirpur, Ganeshwar Singh, said Subhash Chand of Dabreda village on hearing that the dog of Prakash Chand had bit his daughter, shot the dog with his gun. In retaliation, Prakash Chand hit him on his head with a sickle. The police has registered a case. 

Five of family arrested
: Five members of a family of Santala village have been arrested in connection with the death of a daughter-in-law of the family. She had allegedly consumed poison. Reeta Devi was married to Preetam Singh nine years ago and was being tortured by her in-laws for dowry, said Pansai Nadun resident Prakash Chand, father of the deceased. Her husband Preetam Singh, father-in-law Bir Singh, mother-in-law Sukha Devi, brother-in-law Kewal Singh and his wife Sudharshana were arrested on Tuesday on the charge of abetment to suicide. 

Dowry case registered
: Meena Kumari, resident of Bhooppur, has lodged a complaint against her husband Sushil Kumar, mother-in-law Saroj Bala, and father-in-law Lal Singh, for harassing her for more dowry. The SHO of Paonta Sahib, Narbir Singh Rathore, has registered a case under Section 498 of the IPC. In her complaint, she stated that after she got married to Sushil, her in-laws started harassing her mentally and physically for bringing inadequate dowry. No arrests have been made so far. 

Govt flayed on recruitment issue: The local BJP unit has charged the Congress government with imposing unduly strict conditions for making various recruitments. BJP MLA from Paonta Sahib Sukh Ram said under the child development scheme in the recently advertised posts of 213 aganwari workers and 200 sahikayen, only one candidate could apply due to these harsh and impracticable conditions. He accused the government of playing with sentiments of Sirmaur residents. 

Working women hostel opened
: A working women hostel-cum-child care centre was inaugurated on the university campus by Vice-Chanellor of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University D.S.Rathore here On Tuesday. Constructed at a cost of Rs.98.80 lakh, the building has been funded by different agencies. It consists of 21 double-bed suites and 10 three- bed dormitories and a child care centre for 30 children. Besides, there is a common room, dining hall, kitchen, pantry and servant room etc. A hill farmers' school was also to be started soon to give vocational training to the farming community, the V-C said. 



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