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Man killed
: Baldev Singh of 15 Sikh Regiment was killed after a canter reportedly hit his motorcycle near Gumjal village, on Abohar-Sriganganagar road, on Tuesday morning. The Khuyiansarwar police has registered a case under Sections 304, 279 and 427 of the IPC against canter’s driver Ravi Kumar who fled from the spot.

Eye check-up camp
: Achleshwar Mandir Kar-Sewa Trust organised a free eye check-up camp on Saturday at Achleshwar Dham near here. Jagdish Sawhney, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab donated Rs 50,000 to the trust from his personal pocket. About 525 patients were examined.

: The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed National Insurance Company to pay a death compensation of Rs 1 lakh with 9 per cent interest to a Warriach village resident. Forum members Veena Mohindru and S.S. Sandhu have also directed the company to pay Rs 3,000 as litigation charges within 45 days.

Chain snatched: Two unidentified motor-cycle borne youths snatched a gold chain weighing about 35 grams from Harjit Kaur, a resident of Slarian village, at Mahilpur town, 55 km from here this afternoon. Harjit Kaur had come to the town to purchase household articles. While buying a mobile recharge card from a shop on Police Station road, two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths aged about 20 to 25 years snatched her gold chain and fled. In another incident, some miscreants stole nose and head gold ornaments worth Rs 10000 from the idol of goddess Sitla Mata in a temple near local Mata Rani Chowk. Sources said when the priest of Sitla Mata temple came in the morning, he found that the locks of the door of temple were broken and gold ornaments from the nose and head of the idol were missing.

Medicines for poor: A new scheme to provide medicines to very poor patients in the local Civil Hospital, in the memory of Swami Sarvanand Giri Ji Maharaj, was inaugurated by D. K. Tiwari, deputy commissioner, here today. Under the scheme Rs 5 lakh would be provided for purchasing medicines for the poor patients annually. NRI Lajpat Rai of Nangal Shahidan village, who has given funds for this scheme, said poor patients admitted in the local Civil Hospital can contact the office of the DC and Civil Surgeon to avail benefits of the scheme. He further said Rs 20 lakh had already been placed at the disposal of a Mohali based hospital for poor patients who were suffering from bone diseases. Dr Kamaljit Kaur, civil surgeon, expressed gratitude to Lajpat Rai for providing funds for this unique scheme.

Dialysis unit inaugurated: A dialysis unit set up at a cost of Rs 16 lakh for patients suffering from renal failure was inaugurated by the D. K. Tiwari, deputy commissioner, at local Civil Hospital here today. Tiwari said patients suffering from kidney failure would not have to go to hospitals outside the Hoshiarpur for routine dialysis. He further said with the installation of two units along with a RO system in the local government hospital, patients of kidney failure can get dialysis done at subsidised rates. Dr Kamaljit Kaur, civil surgeon, said two medical specialists, Dr Satpal Gojra an Dr Daljit Khela, had got training from dialysis centre of PGI, Chandigarh, along with para-medical staff to run the dialysis unit in local Civil Hospital. Dr Majit Kaur, Deputy Medical Commissioner, Dr Gurdev Singh, Senior Medical Officer were also present on this occasion.

Toll plazas: The District Sangharsh Committee has called upon the state government to remove the toll plazas installed on the (BOT) roads - Balachaur-Dasuya (110 km) and Hoshiarpur-Tanda (28 km) - by July 1.

Insurance claim: The District Consumer Forum, Hoshiarpur, has ordered the New India Assurance Company to pay Rs 1 lakh to Paramjit Kaur, wife of late Surinder Singh of Bishanpur village, with the applicable interest alongwith litigation expenses of Rs 1,000 within a month.

Protest: Members of the Bet Bhalai Committee, Garhshankar, blocked traffic on the Binewal-Kharali link road in Rattanpura village, 55 km from here, on Tuesday. They were protesting against water scarcity and unscheduled power cuts.

3 killed: Three persons were killed and one seriously injured when their car rammed into a tree near Jandwal village (Mukerian), about 60 km from here, on the Pathankot-Jalandhar NH on Tuesday morning. The deceased were identified as Amritpal of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, Amritsar, Kartar Singh of Kathroli and Sanjay Bhat of Shakti Nagar (J&K).

Found murdered: Naga Sadhu (60) was found murdered with sharp-edged weapons before his shanty on Phagwara road at Mahilpur town, 25 km from here, on Tuesday morning. According to police sources, some unidentified persons brutally assaulted Naga Sadhu on his head while he was asleep.

Suicide bid
: A minor girl tried to immolate herself in front of the house of a youth against whom she had got a rape case registered last month, on the Idgah road on Sunday evening. The girl, belonging to Sunam, was arrested after the youth’s mother complained to the police and a case was registered.

Link roads
: Punjab PWD B&R minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on Saturday said link roads in rural areas would be widened to 18 feet. He said this after laying the foundation stone for the widening, raising and strengthening of the 9.10-km long Raidharana-Shadihari road in this village.



Dog bites 3
: A rabid dog attacked three persons in Barthin village before people succeeded in killing it. All three victims are being treated in a local clinic. Village leaders complained that the local primary health centre did not have anti-rabies injections and such treatment in private clinics is very costly. They urged the Chief Minister to ensure the provision of these injections in government institutions.

: The following were elected office-bearers of the All-India Social Bodies Federation: president - D.D. Dogra; senior vice-president - Narinder Arun; vice-presidents Subhash, Ishwar and Laxmi; general secretaries - Hari Singh and Rakesh Sharma; press secretary - S.S. Pramar; and treasurer - P.S. Chauhan.

Inaugurated: A five-day course on repair and maintenance of electronic and electrical gadgets was inaugurated by Prof I.K. Bhatt, director of the NIT. The course is being organised by the department of electronics and communication engineering, NIT, Hamirpur. More than 40 participants from various polytechnics, ITIs, vocational school teachers, lab staff and unemployed youths of the area are attending the course.

: Pharsu Thapa (19), who worked in a private restaurant at Kala Amb, was electrocuted on Tuesday morning. He was reportedly working in the restaurant around 5 am when he touched a pipe that had come in contact with some electric wire. He died on the spot. His body was handed over to his family after a post-mortem examination.

Man dies: Anandi Das died after he fell from stairs in a colony of Jai Bharat Saria on Tuesday morning. His family members, however, said he died due to electrocution. He was rushed to Narayangarh hospital where he was declared ‘brought dead’.

MC budget passed
: The Rs 1.99-crore annual budget for 2007-2008 was passed unanimously by the local municipal council (MC) on Monday. The budget proposals of the MC reflected its poor financial condition. According to Mahesh Dass Sharma, executive officer, no new taxes have been imposed. The MC had proposed Rs. 1.42 lakh as a grant-in-aid from the government. He revealed that the MC had to recover Rs 35 lakh from the inhabitants of the town as a house tax.

14-yr jail
: The Sessions Judge, Mandi, has sentenced Swaran Singh of Ahmadpur Latinwala in Kapurthala (Punjab) to 14-year rigorous imprisonment for possessing 195 kg of poppy husk and 500 gm opium. A fine of Rs 1 lakh has also been imposed and in case of default in payment, the convict will have to undergo imprisonment for two more years. Swaran Singh was arrested by the Sundernagar police with contraband on February 15, 2003. The police filed a chargesheet in the court and examined 15 witnesses in its favour. The court held the convict guilty under Sections 15 and 18 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.




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