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Supply suspended
: The vendors suspended the supply of newspapers to libraries run by the municipal council due to unpaid bills on Saturday. The decision was taken unanimously at a meeting of the vendors after the council ignored a 15-day notice given to it. The unpaid bills by the council had reportedly mounted to Rs 15,000. Though the regional deputy director, Local Bodies, had asked for expediting the payment, no cheque had been issued till now, rued the vendors. The officials refused to comment on the issue.

2 dead: Inder Mohan Sethi, a banker, who had been referred to Ludhiana after being bitten by a pest while he was sleeping on the roof of his house, passed away. A teenager, Sunil Kumar, drowned after he slipped into a water reservoir in the fields in Sayeedwala village on Friday.

SGPC college
: Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) would set up a girls’ college at the birthplace of Baba Budha in Kathunangal. The announcement regarding the same was made by information and public relation minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia during a ‘Sangat Darshan’ programme here on Saturday. This would fulfill the long pending demand of the area residents, said Majithia.

Clash: 1 held: The Rajasansi police arrested Malook Singh of Dhariwal village in relation to the Akali-Congress group clash case on Friday. Two brothers, Sarup Singh and Kewal Singh of the Akali Dal, were killed while six others had sustained injuries in the fight.

Fatehgarh Sahib
CONVOCATION: As many as 24 nursing students got their degrees from the Universal College of Learning (UCOL), New Zealand, through the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS), at its Jalvehra campus near Sirhind, here on Saturday.

Agent booked
: Hariana police has booked Avtar Singh, a travel agent, for duping Badri Prasad of Rs 4.5 lakhs on the pretext of sending his son abroad. In his complaint, Badari alleged that Avtar Singh took money from him for sending his son Sachin to Italy. But accused neither fulfilled his promise nor returned the money.

Couple booked
: Rajbinder Singh and his wife Sarabjit Kaur of Heran took Rs 10,00,000 from Rachhpal Singh of Rama Tehsil Nihal Singh Wala in April 2006 with assurance of sending him abroad. The couple promised that they would manage all the affairs for sending him aboard and posed themselves as travel agent. Neither did the duo send Rachhpal abroad nor did they return the amount to the victim. The couple has been booked by Sudhar police under Sections 420, 120-B of the IPC.

Illicit liquor: Sidhwan Bet police conducted raids at Sidhwan Bet village and held Harbhajan Singh of Bhaini Gujjran. He was arrested while distilling illicit liquor. The police recovered 60 kg of lahan and 4,680 ml of illicit liquor. In another case, Paramjit Kaur of Salempura was arrested from her village. The police seized 3,750 ml of illicit liquor from her possession. Cases under the Excise Act have been registered against the accused.

Electric motor stolen: Harpreet Singh and Surinder Singh of Kailey allegedly stole two electric motors worth Rs 6,000 from their village. The motor belonged to Kherdeen Chowkidar. The Sudhar police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC.

: An election meeting of Bharti Kisan Union, Lakhowal Block Khamano was held at Gurdwara Sahib Ranwan, near under the chairmanship of vice-president Punjab Shamsher Singh Gharuan. In the meeting, Preetinder Singh Sarpanch of village Jatana Newan was elected as president of block Khamano.

MLA displeased: Local MLA Kaka Randeep Singh on Saturday expressed displeasure over a meeting conducted by DIG Patiala Range Paramjit Singh Gill on Friday. He said it was unfortunate that the local administration had not invited him for the same. Casting aspersions on the function of the local police, he said this incident indicated that the officers had no respect for the elected representatives. He also criticised the arrest of almost two dozen youths on the charges of eve-teasing without any verification.

3 cops held: The district police arrested three traffic police cops while accepting bribe from a truck driver at Bariar byepass, near Gurdaspur, 30 km from here, on Saturday. SSP Lok Nath Angra said head constable Gurnam Singh and constable Amrik Singh were deployed at the Bariar byepass. Head constable Kultar Singh joined them without any authorisation and they laid a naka on the Pathankot-Amritsar NH. Angra said they received complaints that the three were extorting money from people.

Faith factor
: Thousands of devotees thronged different Shani temples today to pay obeisance on the occasion of Shani Amavasyia. Long queues of devotees carrying mustard oil and black mash were seen outside many temples since morning.



Crushed to death: Nine-year-old Rajni of Nerali Brahamana village was crushed to death near Gambhar bridge on National highway No-21 on Friday afternoon. Rajni was returning from her school when she became victim of a speeding truck. Her body was brought for a post-mortem examination and a case was registered. The driver has been arrested.

One killed: Ganga Ram, 65, of Garohad village was killed instantaneously when he fell head on from a mango tree on Friday. Ganga Ram, a mason by profession, had climbed up the tree to collect dry branches for performing a ‘Hawan’ but his foot slipped and he fell down. He has left behind two sons and a daughter.

Herbs seized: The police seized 127 bags of medicinal herbs of various species from a vehicle near Tissa on Friday.

Telecom services hit
: Telecom and internet services in Baddi, Batoriwala and Nalagarh area remained completely cut-off for the past 24 hours, after the JCB machines cut the BSNL cables at many places, near Marawalan village on Friday. Landline, mobile and internet connections in BBN area went out of order at 5 pm. The machines involved in road broaden work damaged the underground cables on atleast four-five places. The services could be restored by this evening.

Man killed: An unidentified vehicle hit a pedestrian on the Pathankot- Mandi national highway at Bodh on Friday evening, killing him on the spot. The deceased has been identified as Saligram, a middle-aged resident of Bodh who was returning home from Nurpur when the incident occured.

Cement seized: Following a tip-off, a team of state Vigilance-cum-Anti Corruption Bureau, Dharamsala, on Friday conducted raids at Bani village and confiscated 79 illicit cement bags meant for government supply from the possession of Ghian Chand and Bachitar Singh. According to SP vigilance Prem Thakur a case under Sections 406, 411 and 120 (B) of the IPC has been registered.

Theft in shop: A theft was committed in Pathania Garments in the main bazar on Friday night and the thieves decamped with garments worth Rs 18,000. The owner, Jagdish Singh, found the locks of the shop broken this morning. A case under Sections 379 and 457 of the IPC has been registered by the police.

Couple killed: Budh Ram and Parma Dorjee were killed on the spot when the Maruti Alto car (HP-62-0993) they were travelling in skidded off the road near Narkanda, around 65 km from here, on Saturday. The couple hailed from Murang village. They were coming back to Shimla when the mishap took place.

SBI meet
: In order to tap business potential in the fast growing trade and services sector, the State Bank of India, Kullu branch, organised a Trader’s Meet today under the SBI Traders’ Bonanza, which is being celebrated from June 16 to Aug 14. The meeting was presided over by S.K. Sharma, chief manager, (CSC), Regional Bank Office, Mandi.


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