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: A buffalo was electrocuted when an electricity supply wire suddenly fell on the animal at Sappanwali village here on Saturday.

Four killed: Four persons were killed in mishaps on Saturday. Veer Bahadur Singh who had driven a canter from Sheharpur village (Ludhiana) died on the spot as his vehicle collided head-on with the mini-bus of a ghee factory on the Abohar-Fazilka road here.Kanwaljit Singh (25), resident of Ghuriana village, was killed as a tractor-trailer reportedly hit his motorcycle near Panniwala village on the Abohar-Muktsar road. Balbir Singh of Mohammad Peera Dhaani village was run over by a tractor-trailer near Amarpura, 8 km from here. A motorcyclist, Mahesh Kumar died as his vehicle went out of control and hit a roadside wall near village Khairpur.

One shot at
: In an incident of looting, one person was seriously injured while his companion had a narrow escape near Heir village on the Amritsar-Ajnala road here on Saturday. Amrik Singh, a resident of Kohali under Lopoke police station, was hit by a bullet when four unidentified motorcyclists shot at him. The police has registered a case.

Cylinder burst: A house caught fire when a gas cylinder burst at Banarsi Dassí house here on Saturday morning.The total loss has been estimated about Rs 1 lakh. Two fire brigade from Barnala were pressed into action to take control of the fire.

Threat: Bimla Deviís 17-year-old daughter, Pooja, has been missing for the past 17 days. She fears that her daughter has been sold off to flesh traders in Ahmedabad. She has threatened to immolate herself if no action is taken to recover the girl within a week.She said Ganesh Bihari and her husband Ranjeet Singh worked at the spinning mill in Barnala. Meenu, wife of Ganesh, became friendly with her daughter. Her daughter went to Meenuís house and after that both had been missing. She complained to the police, but they did not even file a case.However,SHO Harmeek Singh said an inquiry was on.

Rain a mixed bag
: Residents have urged the municipal council to take steps to prevent spread of epidemic diseases because of rain. They have welcomed showers bringing down temperatures which began at about 3 am and continued for about nine hours on Friday. Residents of low-lying areas had a hard time as the rainwater accumulated in front of their houses and formed muddy ditches. Mosquito breeding places because of rainwater poses threat of dengue, malaria and intestinal diseases.

1.5 lakh tonne of wheat procured
: The government agencies and traders have procured 1,48,787 tonne of wheat in the district up to June 15, said Hoshiarpur deputy commissioner D.K. Tiwari here on Saturday. Tiwari said out of the total procured wheat, 22,136 tonne had been purchased by the traders. Rs 110.68 crore had been paid to the farmers which is 92.32 per cent of the total procured wheat. Out of the total procured wheat 99.8 per cent had been lifted and was sent to the godowns of Pungrain, Markfed, Punsup, Punjab State Ware Housing Corporation, Punjab Agro and FCI.

BSNL staff stage dharna: On the call given by their central body, members of BSNL Employees Union, Hoshiarpur staged dharna in front of their office at Naloyian Chowk, here today in protest against the Central government for not accepting their various demands. Their demands include improvement in their wages, reduction in the difference of salaries of employees and officers and a complete ban on 

Jaundice returns to Phagwara
: Eight residents of Rattanpura were treated for jaundice on Saturday. The supply of contaminated drinking water is said to be the reason behind the disease. A visit to New Model Town and Rattanpura revealed patients visiting private doctors for treatment.

Woman killed in road mishap: A woman was killed while her husband sustained injuries in an accident on GT Road on Saturday. According to police, the woman, identified as Poonam, and her husband were going to village Pharala when their motorbike collided with a cycle. As a result of the collision, the woman fell down and was crushed under a truck coming from behind. Police has registered a case and sent the body for postmortem examination.



Man beats wife to death
: Hito Devi was allegedly beaten to death by her husband Mansa Ram following an altercation on some trivial domestic issue at Aghar village of Baloth panchayat in Chamba district on Friday. On the complaint of a local representative of the panchayat, a case has been registered and efforts were on to arrest the accused.

Leopard attacks woman: Suba Devi (55) was seriously wounded when a leopard attacked her in the Brangal area on Friday evening. She was taken to the Dalhousie civil hospital and later referred to Chamba regional hospital. Her condition was stated to be out of danger.

Short-term course ends
: Five-day course on repair and maintenance of electronic and electrical gadgets organised by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, concluded here. Dean academics A.S. Sigha was the chief guest at the concluding function. Head of the ECE Department Rajeevan Chandel said fortysix participants from polytechnics, ITIs, vocational school teachers, laboratory staff and unemployed youth of the area attended the course.


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