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Child crushed to death
: A child was crushed to death by a tractor-trailer late Thursday evening. As per sources, Gurcharan Singh (9), son of a Dabwali resident Sukhwinder Singh, was going to the village along with a friend Mandip Singh on a bicycle. A tractor-trailer hit them killing Gurcharan on the spot while Mandip was injured and rushed to the hospital. The driver of the tractor was handed over to sadar police.

Held under NDPS Act: The city police has arrested Manjit Kaur, a resident of the government seed farm, here under the NDPS Act on the recovery of 4 gm smack, official sources said here on Friday. Another police party intercepted a Maruti car on the Hanumangarh-Abohar road near Bahavwala village and recovered 40 kg poppy husk being smuggled from Rajasthan. Car driver Parveen Kumar, resident of Gidderbaha, was arrested under the NDPS Act.

AMRITSAR
Refresher course
: The three-week refresher course in economics at Guru Nanak Dev University, which was scheduled between June 6 and 26, has been rescheduled from June 7 to 27.Academic Staff College, director, Dr H.S. Bhatia said on Thursday that economic teachers could apply for the course on the prescribed form available at the college of the university or it could be downloaded from the website of the university, www.gnduonline.org. Professor, Punjab School of Economics, Dr A.S. Sethi had been appointed as the subject coordinator of the course, he added.

2 booked for taking bribe: The Vigilance Bureau here on Friday booked District Food and Supplies controller Tarwinder Singh Chopra and his middleman Kishore, alias Bittu, for accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000.On a complaint received by Gurvel Singh, a team of the bureau conducted a raid and found that Chopra had demanded a bribe of Rs 1 lakh which was later settled at Rs 50,000 for passing a bill of 65,000 bags of wheat. The team laid a trap and seized the marked notes from his possession and registered a case against him, said SSP (Vigilance) Sukhdev Singh.

BARNALA
50 donate eyes: Inspired by a deceased eye donor Ajaib Singh, whose shradanjali function was held here on Friday, 50 persons pledged their eyes. These persons got their names registered by filling voluntary eye donation agreement forms to the Eye Donation Society, Barnala. Interestingly, the Joginder Pal of Nawanshahr and Gafoora Begum of Malerkotla, who received cornea (eyes) of deceased Ajaib Singh, also attended the shradanjali function. This information was given by Jagir Singh Jagtar, PRO of the society.

MALERKOTLA
2 held in murder case: The Malerkotla police on Friday claimed to have solved the murder case in which Kaur Singh, son of Jagga Singh of Panjgrain village in Faridkot district, was murdered and his body was thrown in the fields near Sangala village here.DSP Gurpreet Singh Walia said the police had arrested Kulwinder Singh, alias Raja, son of Rajpal Singh of Paharpur village in Nabha, and Gurcharan Singh, alias Charna, son of Gurdial Singh of Faizgarh village in Khanna, under Section 302 of the IPC. The DSP further said Kaur Singh’s wife Balwinder Kaur had illicit relations with brother-in-law Kulwinder Singh. They murdered Kaur Singh by strangulating him.

Puneet Pasricha heads CoS @@JALANDHAR: Dr Puneet Pasricha, plastic surgeon in Pasricha Hospital, has been elected president of the Council of Superspecialists (CoS) here. Dr Sushant Srivastva, cardiothoracic surgeon from BBC Heartcare, has been appointed secretary of the council. The CoS was launched in 2002 and the doctors with a degree in superspeciality are eligible to become its members. — TNS@@@@Five booked @@Hoshiarpur: The Tanda police today booked Rajbir Singh, his mother Balwinder Kaur, sister Harpreet Kaur, Nishan Singh, Palwinder Singh alias Manna, all of village Manpur and one unknown person for murdering Nihal Singh and injuring his father Ajit Singh, of the same village. On a minor dispute, the aforesaid accused allegedly assaulted Nihal Singh and Ajit Singh, with sharp edged weapons. — OC @@@@Prostitution den@@Hoshiarpur: District Police has unearthed a prostitution den at local Dagana Kalan and arrested Sukhdev Singh of Barala, Raj Kumar of Garhdiwala, Raghubir Kaur of local Mohalla Premgarh and Bhajno of Dagana Kalan, under sections 3 and 4 of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act 1956/1986, last night. — OC@@@@Smack seized @@Hoshiarpur: The city police has arrested Gurjit Singh alias Wadda a resident of Kamalpur and seized 10 gram smack from him. A case has been registered against him. — OC @@@@Burglars strike@@Hoshiarpur: A general merchandise shop at Mukerian was burgled and currency notes garlands worth Rs 20000 and other goods were looted on Friday night. According to the shop owner Pritam Singh the estimated loss was about Rs 50000. — OC 


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

HAMIRPUR
Man killed in truck mishap: One person was killed and other seriously injured, when a truck rolled into a gorge on Wednesday night near Bhota. Vinod Kumar 23, son of Teli Ram, a resident of Nepal, died on the spot and Subhash Chand driver of the truck was seriously injured in the mishap. The accident occurred when the truck was on its way from Bhota to Kehdroo and it reportedly lost control and the vehicle plunged into a deep gorge. The injured has been taken to Zonal hospital.

SHIMLA
10-year RI for carrying charas
: District and Sessions Judge R.L. Raghu today awarded 10-years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs One lakh to accused Sunil Kumar, resident of Sudambari Nepal, for carrying charas. The accused will have to undergo further imprisonment of two years in case of default of payment of fine. The Sadar police had seized 1 kg charas from Sunil which he was carrying in a polythene bag on November 22, 2006.

MANDI
Accident claims two lives: Two persons died in a road mishap, when the vehicle they were travelling in plunged into a deep gorge near Nagan on the Ani road, about 6 km from Ani in Kullu district on Thursday evening. The victims have been identified as Parkash 30, a resident of Kotla, and Suraj 29, a resident of Baragaon, both in Shimla district, said the police. The district administration announced a relief of Rs10,000 each to next of kin of the victims.

Trout fish farms a hit: Animal Husbandry and Fisheries minister Harsh Mahajan on Friday said the brown trout fish farm would promote Tirthan river as angelers' paradise. He said trout fish produced in the state had found its market in Delhi and Mumbai, and was fetching a good income for private fish entrepreneurs in the state. Mahajan laid the foundation stone of Rs 2.35 crore brown trout fish farm at Hamni in Banjar sub-division of Kullu district. He said private entrepreneurs were reaping rich harvest from trout as fisheries had caught up their fancy.

Tributes paid to 1857 martyrs: The All India Freedom Fighters and Family Welfare Federation (AIRRFWF) today paid their tributes to the martyrs of the revolt of 1857 or the first war of independence of the country. AIRRFWF's secretary general, K.C. Sharma, urged the youth to fight corruption and various communal forces in the country. He said people should stand united and fight the evils of caste and join hands to fight corrupt politicians, and religious bigots. This would be a befitting tribute commemorating 150 years of the first war of independence, he added.
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