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Fake lottery ticket:
Pawan Kumar of Alamgarh village, near here, who had purchased a Punjab state monthly lottery ticket (B 534411), was shocked when he was told by a dealer at Malout that his ticket was fake when he came to claim the first prize in the draw held on June 14. Pawan said he had purchased it for Rs 20 from a vendor at the Malout railway station. The ticket bore the stamp of a Ludhiana-based distributor. 

INTACH: Welcoming the Centre and the state government’s decision to preserve the original character of Ram Bagh, convener of the state unit of INTACH Sukhdev Singh said on Wednesday that it was heartening to know that the Centre had sanctioned a special grant for its proper upkeep. He offered technical know-how and undertaking of conservation work if the government sought its help.

Special cell: A special cell will be set up in Bathinda to get the encroachments on land belonging to the Punjab Wakf Board removed. A decision to this effect was taken at a state-level meeting of the board held here on Thursday. Razia Sultana, chairperson of the board, along with seven members, was present at the meeting. Later, she visited the local Rajindra Government College, stadium and the heritage village. 

Racket busted:
The district police on Wednesday arrested five persons from Kotkapura town for their alleged involvement in printing and circulation of fake currency notes in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Fake currency notes worth Rs 5.06 lakh, a computer, a scanner and three colour printers were seized from them. Those arrested have been identified as Rajesh Kumar, Mohit Kumar, Jagsir Khan, Buta Khan and Buta Singh.A case has been registered in this connection. 

Found dead:
An addict, Gurcharan Singh (48) of Kauni village in Muktsar district, killed his wife and committed suicide at Ghattianwali Jattan village, 22 km from here, on Thursday. According to Palvinder Singh, in charge Sadar police station, Fazilka, he used to fight with his wife Karamjit Kaur (45) over his addiction. When Dilbagh Singh, a villager, received a call from Lakhbir Kaur, their daughter, he went to call her mother. But he found the door of their house bolted from inside. On breaking it open Karamjit Kaur and Gurcharan Singh were found dead. The case has been disposed under Section 174.

HONOURED: The Punjab Girls NCC Bn organised a function here on Wednesday wherein Commanding Officer Rupinder Singh honoured Ramandeep Kaur, widow of Rajbhinder Singh who had died in an accident on April 14, and presented her a cheque for Rs 10,000.

One dead:
One person was killed in a mishap near here on Wednesday. A mason, Mehar Singh (65) of Dhanaula, was killed on the spot while two labourers Raj Singh (30) from Kunran village and Makhan Singh (40) from Bahadurpur village, were injured when a parapet fell on them while they were working in a gurdwara at Kunran village. In another accident a car collided with a military vehicle on the Gurdwara Nankiana Sahib road near here on Wednesday. Four occupants of the car, including Jaswinder Singh, son of a former Pucca Kalan MLA Gurjant Singh, were injured.



DRIVE: A cleanliness fortnight was started by the municipal council, here on Wednesday. The campaign, which began on the directions of the minister for local government, started from Phase I and will cover the entire town. The employees will clean road berms, curb channels, road gullies and will also remove Congress grass and debris lying at various places in the town.



ROBBED: Two youths on a scooter snatched the cash and mobile of a woman in Sector 1, Ambala City, on Wednesday. Rajni, a resident of Jaggi Colony, had gone to meet one of her relatives in Sector 1, when two youths on a scooter snatched her purse containing a mobile phone and cash of Rs 3,000. A case has been registered. 

PROTEST: Hundred of persons demonstrated in front of the Palm Bihar post office at Ambala Cantonment, on Wednesday. They alleged that the postmaster had not been depositing their power bills. On the other hand, the postmaster clarified that he had been directed to take the power bills of only a few colonies. 



Plea to post teachers:
Rooplal Sharma, president of the Kacholi panchayat, and vice-president Madan Lal, who is also president of the Parents and Teachers' Association, on Thursday lamented that though Government Middle School at Baddoo-Dadogh had been upgraded as a senior secondary school, not a single new teacher had been appointed or posted in this school. There were only six teachers in this school. The headmaster was transferred as soon as the school was upgraded some time ago but none had been sent to replace him.They threatened to launch an agitation and a dharna here if teachers were not posted in the school soon. 

Gastro cases:
A team of doctors from Bharmour, accompanied by paramedical staff, is camping in the Runukothi area of the Bharmour tribal region where around 100 gastroenteritis cases have been reported. According to official sources, the team had brought the spread of the disease under control and the affected persons were recovering well.

Demand: The Chamba Welfare Association, an NGO, has urged the state government to declare the Pathankot-Bharmour main road as the national highway. Association president M.C. Marwaha said the road was catering to the needs of three major hydroelectric projects besides facing heavy traffic of pilgrims. The road had already been widened by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation so there should be no hurdle in making the declaration, he added. He also urged the Union Government to link Dalhousie and Chamba with Pathankot through rail link.

Liquor seized:
The police has seized 50 boxes of illicit liquor from a house in Awah Devi. Police sources said this liquor, brought from Punjab, was stored in the house of Kamla Devi, which had been given on rent to Payare Lal, who has absconded. 

Condemned: The BJYM has accused the government of duping the youth in the name of giving them employment. BJYM national executive member Kamal Nain said though the Congress government had promised to give employment to one youth from each family it had not only failed to do so but also could not ensure 70 per cent employment to local youths in private units set up in the state. The BJYM would conduct a survey on the total employment given in the private sector to Himachalis. 


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