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3 arrested:
The police recovered more than 50, 000 intoxicated tablets besides capsules, syrups and injections from three persons on Thursday. Anurag Goyal of Street No. 1 and Lalit Kumar Rinku from Street No. 4 were arrested as the police intercepted their scooter near a drain in Khubban village. In another case, Raman Kamboj of Balluana village was arrested under NDPS Act, with more than 11, 000 tablets and capsules near the village bus stop.

Widow raped: A widow, aged 79, was medically examined by the doctors in the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here on Thursday on account of her complaint which stated that she was raped by a drunk man who forced entry into her house on Monday night. Next morning she contacted the sarpanch and the police but none entertained her complaint.

1 cr for charity: The family of a social activist, Thandi Ram Aggarwal, has decided to contribute Rs 1 crore to form a charitable trust. Chief of the Guru Kripa Ashram Madan Lal Bhalothia said at a shradhanjali samagam here on Thursday that the trust would be formed in the memory of Mohan Lal Singla, eldest son of late Thandi Ram Aggarwal, who had died young a few years ago.

Demonstration: The Sanitation Workers Union held a demonstration inside the Municipal Complex and thrashed an effigy of the executive officer to express resentment over the delay in payment of the salary and other allowances. 

Procession: Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board held a rally under the banner of the Technical Services Union to condemn the SAD-BJP alliance government for backtracking on the promises made by senior leaders during the recent Vidhan Sabha elections. They burnt an effigy of the board chairman blaming him for going ahead with the process of privatising the department.

2 killed: Police constable Darshan Singh and his wife Manjit Kaur were killed as a tractor-trailer carrying LPG cylinders reportedly hit their motorcycle at Anoopgarh, near Sriganganagar, on Thursday. The police has arrested the driver of the tractor-trailer.

Two unidentified youths looted Rs 2 lakhs from two employees of the PSEB in Raman town of this district on Friday. The accused used firearms in the looting and took away the motorcycle of the victim Balbir Singh, cashier, PSEB. SHO Raman police station said the police had managed to trace out the motorcycle, efforts were on nab the culprits. A case in this connection had been registered, he added.

Coach derailed: Traffic on the Bathinda-Ferozepur rail section got disturbed for a long time following the derailment of a coach of a goods train near the Nahianwala railway crossing at Goniana town in this district on Friday. The coach got derailed while the repair work was under way on the rail track. 

Goods train coach derails: Traffic on the Bathinda-Ferozepur rail section got disturbed for a long time following the derailment of a coach of a goods train near the Nahianwala railway crossing at Goniana town in this district on Friday. The coach got derailed while the repair work was under way on the rail track.

Three bodies found: The police found three bodies out of which only one could be identified. According to sources, a body of keshdhari man of around 35 years, wearing saffron clothes was found adjoining to the railway track near Usman Shaheed on Jalandhar-Pathankot railway section. Another body identified as Karnail Singh of Khanoor was found near a tubewell on the outskirts of Babeli village. The third unidentified decomposed body of a migrant labourer aged about 40 years was found under a bridge at Chagran village on Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road.

Two travel agents booked: The police has booked two travel agents Surinder Mohan of Bhatrana and Raj Kumar of Bahadurpur Bahian for cheating their clients on the pretext of sending them abroad. Rajiv Kumar, resident of Fatehgarh and Naranjan Singh of Bhanna village alleged the duo duped them of Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 2.6 lakh, respectively. Surinder has been arrested while search for Raj  Kumar is on. 

Drug peddlers nabbed: The district police arrested two drug peddlers today and recovered 100 and 7 gm smack from their possession. One accused identified as Nirmal Singh of Sant Ram of Binewal Khurd (Garhshankar) was arrested after a tip off at a special check-post at Dadian Kalan choe. In the other incident, accused Kulwinder Lal of Darshan Lal of Bhungarni was arrested.

Liquor seized:
Baljit Singh of Nathowal has been arrested by the Raikot police from his village. The police has seized 4,500 ml of illicit liquor from his possession. A case under the Excise Act has been registered. 

Scooter stolen: Some unknown persons entered the house of Jeet Singh of Halwara and took away a scooter. The Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC.

2 held, poppy husk seized:
The district police held two persons and recovered nearly four quintal poppy husk from their possession here on Friday. Ajmer Singh of Khai village was held with nearly 2.50 quintal poppy husk from his residence. In another case, Sewak Singh of Bilaspur village was apprehended with about 1.50 kg poppy husk.

1 arrested:
The police arrested Pargat Singh, a resident of Kotli Mugla, on charge of raping a girl here on Friday. The SP said a case had been registered under Section 376, IPC. He said the girl of Kattruchak village who alleged that Pargat Singh had been raping her on the context of marrying her adding that he had lured her for getting her employed in a government department.

4 teens held with fake currency:
The police has arrested four teenagers accused of printing fake currency notes. Giving this information DSP H.P.S. Khakh said the accused have been identified as Manjit Singh and Vinay, residents of Preet Nagar, and Jiwan Soni and Harpreet Singh, residents of Satnampura. The accused would be produced before the judicial magistrate tomorrow. The police seized fake currency worth Rs 1 lakh in the denomination of Rs 500, a computer, a printer and a scanner from the accused. The accused printed fake currency notes in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 100 at the residence of Vinay. Vinay, a son of a bank manager, is a class XII student and mastermind of the gang. He used to spend the fake currency in the open market, informed Khakh.

urglars’ gang busted; 2 arrested:
The police arrested two members of a gang of thieves and recovered two stolen motorcycles and gold ornaments from their possession last night. Phillaur DSP Harpreet Singh Benepal told newsmen here today that the thieves were identified as Resham Lal and Kulwinder Singh of Phillaur. Benepal said both the thieves had confessed that one motorcycles (PB-32C-9557) had been stolen from outside Anmol Palace, Banga, and the other from Ludhiana. The accused were produced before the Phillaur judicial magistrate who remanded them in police custody for three days.

: In the first meeting of depot holders of the Samrala subdivision here on Wednesday, the new District Foods and Supplies Officer Gurcharan Pal Singh Brar, appealed to them to do their duty honestly and sincerely to the complete satisfaction of the general public. Brar also explained the new policy of atta-dal scheme, which is to be implemented from August 15. Gurcharan Pal Singh Brar has joined here as DFSO after the retirement of Darshan Lal Modi. The post has been lying vacant for the past two months. 

Fire brigade motor: A long pending demand of residents of the area has been fulfilled with the arrival of a new fire brigade motor acquired by the Samrala Nagar Council. This information was given by the executive officer of the Nagar Council Samrala, here on Wednesday. This motor will facilitate the area of Machhiwara, Khamano, Katani, Mohara and Bet area of the Samrala sub division.

Opium seized:
The Bhikhiwind police recovered 1 kg of opium from two army men on Thursday. DSP Bhikhiwind was present while searching the army men. The army men were deputed in west Bengal



SURPRISE VISIT: Municipal Corporation Chandigarh mayor Harjinder Kaur on Friday paid surprise visits to the paid-parking lots of Sector 8, Sector 34-A, Sector 35-C and Sector 17. The major warned of strict action against the contractors if the token system was not implemented soon. Councillors Jatinder Bhatia and M.P.S. Chawla and MCC secretary P.K. Sharma were also part of the team.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management Employees Union: president — Vinod Kumar Sehgal; vice-president — Bharti Tyagi; general secretary — Sunil Nagpal; joint secretary — T.K. Razdan; treasurer — R.K. Rana; executive members — Sanjiv Kumar, Pratik Ghosh, Paramjeet Kaur, Biju Lakshmanan and Shalini Sachedva. The other members are — Baljit Singh, P.K. Kaul, Narain Singh, Yashpal, Janardan Rai, Shri Krishan and Satinder Prasad.



EXCHANGE PROGRAMME: Sukant Jain, who hails from Ambala city and is a student of Mayo College, Ajmer, has represented his school in an exchange programme to England.



Man sentenced: A. K. Sharma, additional sessions judge and presiding officer, fast track court, (Ghumarwin) here has found Krishan Lal guilty of commission of offence under Section 302 of the IPC. He was convicted to rigorous life imprisonment and additional fine of Rs 10,000 for killing a woman along with her two-and-half-year-old child near Kosriyan village in August 2004. 

Loan target: DC Rajinder Singh has exhorted all banks to cooperate with all departments to ensure implementation of various government programmes launched not only for uplifting poorer sections of society but also for bringing economic boom in the district here. Presiding over the district-level advisory and coordination committee of the UCO Bank here today, Rajinder Singh said the district had surpassed the loan target of Rs 148 crore for the district by 108 per cent.

Fire staff: The state joint action committee (JAC)of the Himachal Pradesh Fire Brigade Unions has hailed the declaration of newly appointed director-general B.S. Thind that fire brigade sub-centers would be opened at various places to improve efficiency. JAC chairman Bhupender Pal Dogra on Friday urged the Chief Minister to invite the committee for talks so that all long-pending demands were settled peacefully. He demanded that all vacant posts should be filled through overdue promotions and pay anomalies removed at the earliest. The JAC suggested that the department should fill open posts from home guards qualified in fire-fighting training who could be employed on a contract basis if it was not possible to make regular appointments. 

Timber seized:
The anti-corruption and vigilance bureau on Friday raided a house in Tikli village in Balichowki tehsil in this district and seized 44 deodar sleepers. DSP (vigilance) Gurdev Sharma said here that a case had been registered against Hukum Ram of Tikli under the Forest Act. Efforts were on to arrest the accused. The police also seized 24 deodar sleepers and 12 logs from the roadside in Balichowki under Aut police station after illicit timber was unloaded from a truck. The police has registered a case.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of Himachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Employees Union: president-Pavinder Kumar; vice-president-Mohinder Singh; general secretary-Kuldeep Singh; cashier-Kewal Krishan; and chief adviser-Anil Saxena. 

Seven arrested:
The local police has arrested seven persons in an incident which occurred on Tuesday night at the Sheetla Mata complex near here. Two groups, one from Kalohad village and other from Dador had gone to the Sheetla Mata complex in connection with religious functions and afterwards few youths of one group after consuming liquor thrashed a youth from the other group and subsequently both groups clashed and about 12 persons were injured in the incident and few vehicles were damaged. Seven persons were admitted in the hospital were stated out of danger. The police has registered cross cases on the complaint of both parties and arrested seven persons. 


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