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2 arrested with poppy husk: The CIA staff has arrested Raj Singh under the NDPS Act at Bahawalbassi village. About 12 kg poppy husk, smuggled from Rajasthan, was seized from his possession. The Khuyiansarwar police has nabbed Veeru Ranjha Ram of Mahuana Bodla village and seized 7 kg poppy husk from 

Case registered: The Khuyiansarwar police on a complaint filed by BJP activist Shiv Kumar Bhadu has registered a case against Mohan Lal Bhadu and Madan Lal. Bhadu told the police that he was waylaid by a few persons while he was going to his farm on a motor cycle and fired at. He sustained minor head injury in the process. 

2 kids drowned: Two children, Laddu and Pappi, reportedly got drowned while they were taking bath in a water tank constructed by a former sarpanch of Azamwala village. Another child was saved by villagers, sources said.

Man caught with poppy husk:
The Batala police claim to have arrested one Prince Kumar, a resident of Urmar Tanda, and recovered 20 kg poppy husk from his possession. In a press note issued here, Batala SSP R.N. Dhoke stated during interrogation Prince disclosed that in November 2006, he along with his companion Manjit Singh, had raped a girl after forcibly taking her to a room. The duo had threatened the victim not to disclose about the crime. However, the police had registered a case on the complaint of the victim. Manjit was arrested in December last year. 

One dies:
A 60-year-old man died of sun stroke on Friday. The intense heat wave, which has been sweeping the region for the past two weeks, has claimed eight lives in the past three weeks.

Woman held: A woman drug peddler was arrested and 450 gm of smack seized from her possession on Thursday. The SSP said the house of Gejon, wife of Mohan Lal, at Sarhala Kalan was raided and smack worth lakhs of rupees in the international market seized from her residence. An FIR under various sections of the NDPS Act has been registered against her.

Dharna: Residents of Hariana town, led by four municipal councillors, staged a dharna and blocked the traffic for more than one-and-a-half-hour on the Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road, near the local Primary Health Centre on Friday, in protest against the shortage of potable water for the past six days. 

Travel agent booked: Model Town police booked a fake travel agent for duping an innocent person on the name of sending him to United Kingdom, here on Thursday night. According to the police, Davinder Kumar, a resident of local Premgarh, alleged that Mangal Singh took Rs 1.50 lakh and his passport for sending him to UK. However, the travel agent neither sent Davinder abroad nor returned his money. 

Purse snatched: Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched a purse containing about Rs 20,000 cash, a mobile phone and an ATM card from Gian Kaur, a resident of local Dr Ambedkar Nagar, while she was returning to his house, near Basant Vihar this afternoon. According to the police, Gian Kaur, a teacher in Senior Secondary School, Bassi Kalan, withdrew Rs 15,000 from the local HDFC bank branch through automated teller machine. On her way to home, the masked motorcycle-borne youths snatched her purse containing the above said valuables and fled. 

One killed:
One person was killed and three were injured in two road mishaps. Lakhwinder Singh of Bajamarar was killed and Surjit Singh and Gurnam Singh of Ludhiana were injured near Toose village when their car was hit by a canter. The Sudhar police has registered a case. The injured have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. In another mishap, Amarjit Singh of Moga was injured near Agwar Lopon when his car was hit by another car. He has been admitted to DMCH, Ludhiana.

Liquor seized: In two incidents, the Sidhwan Bet police has arrested three persons for possessing illicit liquor. The police seized 52,680 ml of illicit liquor from Mukhtiar Singh and Lachhman Singh of Baghian. Mukhtiar Singh was arrested but Lachhman Singh fled away. In another incident, Harwinder Singh and Jasvir Singh of Khurshaidpur were arrested from Rasulpur while they were carrying 6,930 ml of illicit liquor. Cases under the NDPS Act have been registered.

Three booked: Jasvir Singh, Rupinder Singh and Amarpal Singh of Agwar Lopon, Jagraon, have been booked on charges of forcibly occupying the plot of Darshan Singh of their village. They have been booked under Sections 447, 434 and 379, IPC. 

Found dead: Seventy-year-old Raj Kaur died under mysterious circumstances at her residence near Chotti Id Gah here on Friday. Her ‘husband’ Surjan Singh alleged that Raj Kaur was murdered by his grandson’s wife who gave her some substances like ‘mitha sodha’, ‘jamal ghota’ and ‘tabila’ in excess. Interestingly, Raj Kaur and Surjan Singh were not married, but were living together for the past 40 to 45 years.The police is investigating the case. 

Nawanshahr comes under NRHM:
Deputy Commissioner, Bhawana Garg, in a press release issued here today informed that Nawanshahr district had been chosen under National Rural Health Mission. The centre government had allocated a sum of Rs 162 crore under the scheme. In the first phase Nawanshahr, Gurdaspur and Muktsar districts would be covered under the scheme. Under the scheme residents of the district would be provided with health care services, nutritious diet, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities till year 2012. 

Coaching for rural students: With a view to impart training for competitive examinations to the promising students from rural areas, a Chandigarh-based NGO, International Sikh Confederation, would start special coaching classes at Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur from June 11. Apart from coaching, free books would also be provided to the meritorious students, informed principal Dr. Atamjit Singh.

Diabetes camp organised: Baldev Nayyar, district chairman (diabetes awareness) organised a free diabetes detection-cum-awareness camp at Rai Heart Hospital, Banga on Friday. As many as 83 persons were examined, out which 33 were diabetic. 

DTF to hold dharna: The Democratic Teachers Front (DTF), Punjab, would be holding a dharna in front of the office of the DPI(S) at Chandigarh on July 12 to condemn the lathi-charge on the protesting computer teachers at Kapurthala. The decision was taken during its executive meeting held here. The members also condemned the Badal government for its dilly dallying attitude to implement their pre-poll promises with the teachers. 

Man dupes wife, booked: The district police have booked Harminder Kumar, a resident of local Kothi Road, for allegedly duping his wife Pullotova Nargiza, hailing from Uzbekistan. In her complaint, Nargiza (26) stated that she fell in love with Harminder following which the duo tied nuptial knot in Tashkent (Russia) about 6 years ago. The couple has two daughters. “I sold my entire property and came to Punjab to live with my husband. After grabbing the entire money, Harminder started beating and later deserted me,” said the complainant. Meanwhile, Nargiza would be going to meet Girija Vyas, chairperson, National Women Commission and authorities of Uzbekistan Embassy in New Delhi.

2 die in mishap:
Gurdawar Singh and his wife, Rajwinder Kaur, were killed on the spot when their motor cycle was hit by a speeding car, which also overturned and fell into a ditch on the Phagwara-Nakodar road near Zandiala Manjki village on Thursday.The four occupants of the car also sustained injuries. A case has been registered.

Meeting: A meeting of the ex-servicemen association committee was held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Maj Harchand Singh. During the meeting, it was felt that the civil administration should be concerned about the difficulties of defence personnel. 

Impersonation: Depot holders of Samrala tehsil met the local MLA on Friday and told him about a person who was harassing them by impersonating them as an inspector of the food and civil supplies department. They said the inspector often checked their records and even threatened them to cancel their depot licence.



Patwari caught
taking bribe: A vigilance team led by DSP Jagjivan Singh caught red-handed a patwari of Hatwad patwar circle in this district while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Ravinder Kumar of Kotalu village in that area. Reports said here on Friday that Ravinder Kumar had been repeatedly visiting patwari Ramesh Chand for revenue documents to enable him to get his vehicle financed from a bank but the latter demanded Rs 10,000 for the documents. Ravinder Kumar informed the vigilance wing regarding this demand. A trap was laid and the patwari was arrested while accepting the bribe. 

Shops inspected: The Weights and Measures Department challaned 38 shopkeepers and trading establishments in Bilaspur and Una districts during the past few weeks. Weights and measures inspector Prem Chandel said here on Friday that 215 inspections were done and traders were warned against overcharging and weighing cardboard boxes with sweets and other eatables items. 

DCC meeting:
President of the Hamirpur DCC Balak Ram Sharma said a review meeting would be held on June 10 in which reports from five blocks would be discussed to find out the reasons for the defeat of the party's candidate Ram Lal Thakur in the Hamirpur Lok Sabha byelection. 

Best Wushu players: Kamlesh Kumari and Naveen Kumar have been adjudged as the best Wushu players after the 12-day training camp which concluded here. In the senior section, Devanand, Kulbir and Sonu were declared first, second and third, respectively. In the junior section Pooja Kumari was declared first and Priya second. At the sub-junior level Madhu Bala won the first place and Ramnik the second. 

Girl assaulted: A nine-year-old girl was sexually assaulted allegedly by her cousin on Thursday night. The police said Nanha (25) entered the tent of her cousin and raped her. The girl told her mother, Phato Devi, who reported the matter to the police. The police is looking for the culprit who absconded after the incident. 

Cable thieves: The police has arrested a gang of cable thieves in the Sujanpur area. The arrest of Kahnu and Kishori helped the police to reach the kingpin of cable thieves Rajinder Kumar. The police recovered 5 kg of copper and 1,500 meters of cable from one waste material trader. 

Foundation day:
The Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology (IHBT), Palampur, celebrated its foundation day on Thursday. Director of the institute P.S. Ahuja elaborated on the activities of the institute. 

Sessions judge P.C.Sharma on Friday convicted Panipat resident Ajay Kumar and sentenced him to five-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 for possessing 500 gm of charas. The convict would undergo one-year RI in the case of default of payment of fine. 


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