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2 crushed under jeep: A jeep crushed Subhash Chander (23) and his sister Sushila (21) to death, besides injuring their mother, Tulsi Devi, near Dhaani Bakhtawar Singh outside Nathwana village in the Sangria area on Sunday. They were returning home on their motor cycle when the accident took place. Tulsiís 18-month-old granddaughter remained unhurt.

Injured in mishap: A person travelling by car sustained injuries when it collided with a truck near the Police Lines on the Sriganganagar-Abohar road. Meanwhile, a person was crushed to death under a truck near Arayianwala village on Sunday. The truck driver fled away on another four-wheeler.

Man beaten to death: A 65-year-old man, Pema Ram Bawri, was allegedly beaten to death by his son, daughter-in-law and her paramours at Kikarwali Johri village in the Sriganganagar area on Sunday. The victimís body was handed over to the kin after a post-mortem examination on Tuesday. Pema Ramís daughter, Mukhtiar Kaur, who tried to intervene, was also stabbed. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where the police recorded her statement and registered a case.

Function postponed: The SAF-Madanjit Singh scholarships distribution function to be organised on May 22 at Guru Nanak Dev University has been postponed due to the Punjab bandh. This was stated by director, centre for distance education of the university, M.S. Dhillon, on Monday.

Motor cycle set on fire: A motorcycle parked outside the premises of the local truck union was set on fire by some unidentified persons after a minor clash took place between two groups of union to take over the possession of same. The police has taken two persons into preventive custody. Deputy commissioner Rahul Bhandari said clash between two groups of local truck union took place for the post of its presidentship.

Inter-state  gang busted: Eight members of an inter-state gang, including its leader, Balwinder Singh, alias Ghucha, of Noorpur Machiwara in Zira have been arrested by the police. They were wanted in over 24 cases of bank robberies, snatching, murder and other heinous crimes. The police also seized one .32-bore revolver, two .315-bore pistols, one .12-bore rifle, along with ammunitions, Rs 1.20 lakh and a few sharp-edged weapons used in committing crimes.

Accused flees from custody: Kamal Kumar of local Vakilan Bazar, who was arrested by the police on the Saturday for gambling, escaped from the police lock up. According to the police, Kamal Kumar complained about his ill health at about 3:30 am and asked the duty constable to get him out from the lock up for getting some relief. A case has been registered against the Head Constable, Home Guard Jawan and Kamal Kishore.

Abduction case: On the complaint of Lakhu Ram the district registered a case against father of three children Bhag Chand on Sunday evening for allegedly abducting formerís 15-year-old daughter Reena on Thursday.

House burgled: Some miscreants broke into the house of Roop Lal of Pandori (Mukerian) on Sunday night and decamped with Rs 25,000 cash, 15 tola gold ornaments, 1 Kg silver ornaments and two watches. At the time of burglary, all the family members were sleeping on the roof.

Narcotics seized: The district police arrested Sarabjit Kaur of Santpura and Malkiato of village Gana and seized 50 kg poppy husk from them. Both were booked under NDPS Act. Meanwhile, the police also arrested Mohinder Singh of Mugalpura and seized 4.5 Kg. poppy husk from him.

Appointed: Congress worker Ravi Wadhawan has been appointed general secretary of the District Congress Committee, Jalandhar (Urban).

Power supply: Power supply to local Onkar Nagar, Rattanpura, Shivpuri, Sham Nagar, GT road, Central Town, Gobindpura, Basant Nagar, Nangal Khera, Bhanoki, Jagatpur Jattan, Mauli and Pandva will remain suspended from 9 am to 2 pm on May 22 due to urgent maintenance works on  power lines, according to senior XEN Sanjeev Kumar.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Mata Sahib Kaur Khalsa Girls College of Education celebrated its second annual prize distribution function here on Monday. The function was presided over by Kanwarjit Singh, DPI (Colleges), Punjab.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest and presented the annual report. Students presented a cultural programme.

Dr Singh congratulated the students. He motivated the students to serve the rural people and guide them. He further said if quality education was imparted to the students, then only the evils prevailing in society would come to an end.

Trekking expedition: Col Manoj Kumar of 15th Guards will lead an Army trekking expedition. It was flagged off by GOC of Gurj Division Major-Gen P.C.S. Khati at a formal ceremony organised at Mirthal, near here, on Monday. The expedition members will visit the Zanskat and Himalayan ranges in Kinnaur and Lahul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. They will camp at Chander Taal.

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Patwari nabbed: A team of vigilance bureau (VB) arrested a patwari posted at village Dhun Dhai Wala while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a farmer. The accused identified as Dalip Singh had demanded Rs 15,000 from one Hardev Singh for entering the Intqal in the revenue records. A case has been registered.




SPICE OFFER: Spice Telecom has announced a 50 per cent slash in tariff rates of its mahabuck pack. Mahabuck is a lifelong recharge voucher for pre-paid subscribers. The slash in tariffs is in tune with the companyís endeavour to make mobile communication more accessible and affordable for the people of Punjab. The pack is available in two denominations and is targeted at the lower-end users. óTNS



SUMMER CAMP: A 10-day summer camp at Lord Mahavir Jain Public School, Ambala Cantonment, started on Monday with a function.
Dinesh Jain, president, Digambar Jain Sabha, was the chief guest. Students performed Saraswati vandana followed by solo and classical dance performances. A speech on how to spend holidays was delivered. The function came to an end with the Rajasthani folk dance.



Tipper driver killed: A tipper driver named Shravan Kumar of Amritsar was killed on the spot when his loaded tipper fell into a deep gorge at Shalughat near Malokhar about 40 km from here on Sunday night. Another person, Manohar Lal, of a near by village Sai Brahmana, who was also in the same tipper, was injured seriously and has been rushed to the IGMC, Shimla. The tipper belonged to JP Cement Factory. The police has taken the body of the driver into custody for a post -mortem examination and a case has been registered.

Inquiry ordered: Revenue officer Dev Raj Bhatia has come under scanner of the State Election Commission and the state commissioner has ordered an inquiry into his alleged breach of the code of conduct here during the Parliamentary by-election in the Hamirpur constituency. SDM Payre Lal Akela has been deputed as an inquiry officer and has been asked by the state election commissioner to present a report at the earliest.

NIT lab inaugurated: The newly established lab of the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department at NIT was inaugurated by institute director Prof. I.K. Bhatt. ECE head of the department Dr Rajeevan Chandel said infrastructure for the lab had been received from the Ministry of Information Technology under the SMDP-II project which would benefit research and engineering students. 

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