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Judicial custody: Lal Chand, a daily wager from Azeemgarh, who was arrested for allegedly raping his minor daughter, was on Monday remanded in judicial custody. The case was registered after the deputy commissioner directed to get the victim medically examined at a civil hospital.

Crushed to death: A drunk truck driver rammed his vehicle into three roadside kiosks in Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, on Sunday. Mani Ram (40) died on the spot, whereas Hazari Lal (28) was seriously injured. Both were daily wage earners. The driver was overpowered by labourers. A case has been registered.

Two dead: Rajinder Kumar of Bhakranwali village was crushed to death when his the tractor turned turtle after hitting a blue bull on Sunday. In another incident,Jasbir Singh, who was seriously injured after a vehicle overturned near Gogamedi village on May 7, succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

Procurement target
:The district has recorded 9,55,731 metric tonne procurement till date. This exceeds the allocated target of 9,42,000 metric tonnes. This was stated by deputy commissioner Bhagwant Singh while presiding over a meeting of officials from various government procurement agencies on Monday.

SDM flayed:
The media fraternity of Hoshiarpur strongly condemned the decision of SDM Karnail Singh, of barring the media from entering the election venue to witness ongoing election of president of the Municipal Council for press coverage, here on Monday.
Karnail Singh was deputed by the Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur as an election convener.

Branch opens: Tikshan Sud, minister for Medical Education and Research, Forest and parliamentary affairs, Punjab, inaugurated the branch of Dena Bank here on Monday. S. K. Jain, Deputy General Manager of the Dena Bank, Delhi zone, said that the Dena bank had 1177 branches in the country including 11 in Punjab. — OC

Three booked: Bulhowal police has booked Surjit Singh, his father Tirath Singh and mother Leela Devi, all of local residents for torturing, maltreating and beating Kulwinder Kaur daughter of Gopal Singh of Kotli Jand (Tanda) last evening. Kulwinder stated that she was married with Tirath about 5 years ago. Soon after the marriage she was allegedly tortured, maltreated and mercilessly beat by the aforesaid members of her in-laws family.

Three injured: Three persons were brutally attacked by Shiva, Deepak Sharma both of local Ravi Dass Nagar, Dalbir Singh of local New Guru Nanak Nagar, Sita along with their 8 accomplices during last night. Model Town Police has booked all the aforesaid accused.

Without water for seven days
: Residents of Mithapur, a suburb of the city, have not reportedly been getting drinking water for the past seven days. Residents blame it on the officials of the department concerned who have stopped the water supply on the pretext of some repair work. Iqbal Singh Puri, a resident, said that they had been complaining to the authorities but no remedy is forthcoming. The department simply sent water tanks which did not meet the requirements of the residents, he said.

NRI Jagtar Singh Bains, has donated one thousand pounds in memory of his daughter Paramjit Kaur Bains towards the District Red Cross Society. He presented the donation to the deputy commissioner, Bhawna Garg, here on Friday. 

Two nabbed: SSP, B.Chander Shekhar, in a press release issued here on Friday said the police had seized 4500 ml country made liquor from Rachhpal Singh of Talwandi Fattu village and one kg poppy husk from Raj Kumar of Jabbowal village.

Dental camp: A dental care-cum-check-up camp was organised at KC Public School here on Monday. Dr Sushm Sharma, Dr Mandip Singh and Dr P.H. Krishanan examined more than 200 students. The needy students were given free medicines.

90-yr-old dies of heat wave

Hoshiarpur: The heat wave claimed a life in the city on Monday evening. 90-year old Mani Singh was found unconscious due to heat wave near his residence and was admitted in the Civil Hospital where he breathed his last. An unidentified dead body of a woman aged about 60 years was found floating in the canal near village Gajjan last evening. Hariana police after taking the body in its possession, sent it for postmortem. — OC

Narcotics seized

Hoshiarpur: The District Police has booked four persons under various sections of the NDPS Act during the last 24 hours and recovered 24 gram smack and 1.5 Kg poppy husk from them. According to the police Sital Ram, Paramjit Singh and Charanjit Singh were arrested and narcotics seized from them. Mahilpur police arrested Kashmiri Lal son of Chanan Ram of local Ravidass Nagar and seized 1.5 Kg poppy husk from him. — OC

Vigil stepped-up

Hoshiarpur: Even though no incident of any clash between the followers of Sacha Sauda and activists of SGPC and various Sikh organisations has been reported from any corner of the district today following yesterday clash at Bhatinda, but keeping in view the stray incidents of such clashes in other cities of the state today, security arrangements had been tightened to avert any untoward incident in the district.

Anita Punj, SSP, Hoshiarpur said the security personnel had been deployed at all the vulnerable points in the district and mobile patrolling had been intensified. — OC

Gurdwara loot

Hoshiarpur: Some miscreants stole Rs 3500 from a golak (cash box) after breaking its lock from the Gurdwara Dharamshala Bhai Diwan Singh at village Nadalon (Mahilpur) on Monday night. According to the police, Granthi Satnam Singh who was sleeping in the room of the Gurdwara, found the lock of the golak broken and the cash stolen from it in the morning today. — OC

Plea for DA relief

Jalandhar: Welcoming an increase in the dearness allowance to 35 per cent to pensioners by the Punjab government, the All-India Central Government Pensioners Association has demanded grant of DA to those 3,000 widows who were given jobs on compassionate ground. — TNS



Elected: P.C. Sanghi has been elected president of the Citizens' Association, Sector 21, at the biannual election held on Sunday. Sanghi secured 460 votes against 367 secured by his rival Dr A.P. Sanwaia.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Following have been elected office-bearers of the Government Museum and Art Gallery Employees Union, Chandigarh: chairman - V.P. Vadhera; president - S.M. Dhami; vice-president - Narinder Sharma; general secretary - Seema Gera; joint secretary - N.P. Singh; cashier - F.S. Padda; executive members - Shashi Dhingra and Sangeeta Sharma.

ELECTED: S.S. Bhullar and Ajit Salani have been re-elected president and general secretary of the All-India Punjabi Journalists Association, respectively, at the meeting held here on Friday. Around 84 journalists belonging to different states were present. Other office-bearers who have been elected are B.S. Saral (Calcutta) and G.S. Sangha (Nanded, Maharashtra). Anil Puri of Jag Bani is vice-president and Tarlochan Singh becomes secretary. Madandeep, B.S. Walia and Maninder Singh Deol were nominated conveners of Chandigarh, Haryana and Delhi unit, respectively.



2,000 cattle vaccinated:
As preventive measures in the wake of any outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the area, a team of doctors of the Animal Husbandry Department vaccinated about 2,000 cattle in Salooni tehsil of Chamba district. The camp was organised under the ‘green gold project’ on Sunday. Among the veterinarians who examined and vaccinated the livestock were Dr Sanjeev Katoch, In charge of Saloon veterinary dispensary and Dr Deepak Sankhayan, In charge of Kihar veterinary dispensary.

Hooch lands 3 in hospital: Three persons were admitted to the Bharmour civil hospital, around 65 km from here on Sunday, after they started vomiting after consuming alcohol. Doctors said they were out of danger and recovering. These persons had reportedly consumed hooch during a function.

Fire destroys seven shops: At least seven shops were burnt in a devastating fire which broke out at Bathri village about 12 km from here on Sunday night. The Chamba DC confirmed about the occurrence of fire incident here on Monday. The DC said the relief and rescue operations were on and a loss of 70 lakh was assessed.

Man commits suicide: A 33-year-old man on Monday committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house in Abdullahpur village near here the police said. Investigating officer Kamal Chouhan said the victim, Des Raj, was working as a mason and had strained relationship with his wife Sudha Devi and his mother Manju for the past one and half years. He said Des Raj had been living separately from the two in the same house and was a alcoholic. No suicide note was recovered. The body was sent for a post-mortem examination.

Yoga camp at Bhitulu: Founder trustee of the Shri Niramayam Trust Ramesh Ganeriwal inaugurated a week-long yoga camp at Bhitulu here today. The camp will end on May 20. It will be conducted by Salil and Anita, students of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), Chennai. Based at Hyderabad, the duo has been teaching yoga for several years. Hatha yoga and Vedic chanting classes will also held during the camp. Ramesh Ganeriwal spoke on the importance of yoga. Besides local residents, some foreigners are were participating in the camp.

Panchayat secretary threatened: Kangra BDO has approached the Kangra police that a Panchayat secretary Gopal Chand had been receiving threatening of liquidation on the phone asking him to get himself shifted from Tiara. The police are looking in to the matter.

Experts for joint strategy: Experts from the judiciary, the police and the NCB Monday agreed upon a joint strategy and coordination among different organisations, including revenue, forest and panchayts, to check the growing drug menace in the state and urged the Central Government to provide liberal funds for the effective implementation of the NDPS Act. These experts were attending a three-day workshop that concluded at Nagwani, near Kullu.

One killed in mishap: One person was killed and seven injured after the bus, they were travelling in, crashed into a hillock in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday night, police sources said on Monday. The accident occurred at Pandoh, around 22 km from here, killing one person on the spot and injuring seven others. The dead and the injured were yet to be identified, the sources said.

Pensioners’ body election
: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Government Pensioners Association of the local unit: President - Rajnikant Sharma; vice president - Krishana Gupta; general secretary - Subash Sood; cashier - Brijbhushan Sharma and press secretary - Yogeshwar Mahajan.

Body found near Yamuna
: A body was found lying on the banks of the Yamuna near the Radha Krishna temple. According to police sources, the deceased looked like a Nepalese who had not been identified so far. The post-mortem of the body was done in the Paonta Hospital. The cause of the death could not be ascertained.

Man crushed to death: Suraj 18, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was crushed to death by a speeding truck on the Kala-Amb -Trilokpur Road on Sunday. After off loading the consignments in the industrial area at Kala-Amb, the truck was heading towards Trilokpur when the mishap took place. The victim died on the spot and his body was sent by the police for a post-mortem examination to a local regional hospital.

Office-bearers elected:
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Financial Corporation Officer’s Association: president - Rajeshwar Singh Kanwar; vice-president/organising secretary- Vinod Kumar Gupta; general secretary - Ram Paul Sandhu; treasurer - Ashok Sharma; advisor - Bhupinder Singh Thakur and auditor - Suresh Kumar.

IPH engineers’ body: The following have been elected officer-bearers of the H.P IPH Mechanical Engineers’ Association: president - D.R. Sharma; senior vice-president - R.K. Sharma; vice-president - R.L. Dharoch; general secretary -Ganga Ram; joint secretary - Harsh Sharma; finance secretary - R.L. Gautam; chief advisor - L.R. Bhardwaj; advisor - Gulshan Rai; organising secretary - H.R. Saini and press secretary - P.L. Bansal.

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