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HOSHIARPUR
One killed:
Daulat Ram, an ex-serviceman and resident of Phambian village, who was hit by a scooterist on Wednesday, succumbed to his injuries at the civil hospital, Shamchaursi, on Wednesday night. The Bulhowal police has booked Dani, a resident of Dhade, under sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC in this connection.

Five arrested: The police has arrested five persons, including a woman, on the charge of drug peddling. The police seized 4.20 quintals of poppy husk from the possession of Ravi Shankar, a resident of Premgarh, Joshil Kumar, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar, Gurnam Singh, a resident of Possi, and Avtar Singh, a resident of Pakhowal. It also impounded a truck and a car from the accused. The arrests have been made under sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.  Similarly, the Garhshankar police arrested Nirmla Devi, a resident of Denowal Khurd village, and seized 8 gm of smack  from her.

Jagraon
Transferred:
On the request of the All-India SC/BC/ST/ Ekta Bhalai Manch SSP Ludhiana (Rural) transferred the erring cops who had allegedly raped a Dalit and harassed her family members. SP (D) on Thursday called members of the victim’s family and that of the Manch and recorded their statements. The in charge of PP bus stand has been transferred from here to Sidhwan Bet. Whereas, SHO Gurinder Singh has already been posted at a distant place.

Havan organised: Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, organised a havan on Thursday for its smooth functioning.

MOGA
BEd students:
The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has taken up the cause of former BEd students of Babe ke College, Daudhar, near here, whose candidature for filling posts of teacher was rejected as their university was not recognised by the UGC. Gurcharan Singh Grewal, president, AISSF, here on Thursday presented a memorandum to the district administration, urging registration of a case against the college authorities.

PHILLAUR
Abandoned:
Darshna Rani, sarpanch of Ramgarh Nangal village, saved a newly born baby girl, who was allegedly abandoned by her mother late on Wednesday. The sarpanch said she was passing by some bushes when she heard the baby cry. She brought the baby home and informed the Phillaur police. Phillaur DSP Harpreet Singh Benepal stated that the girl in question, her mother and RMP Ashok Sharma had been arrested. All three were later released on bail. The baby had been handed over to the girl.

SANGRUR
Blood donated:
Fortythree units of blood were donated at a camp organised by the local Blood Donors Society in collaboration with the local authorities of the BSNL on the latter’s campus here on Thursday. It was inaugurated by deputy commissioner S.R. Ladhar. Civil Surgeon Satwant Bhalla was the chief guest.

TANDA
House burgled:
The residence of Balbir Singh at Talla village in Tanda was burgled and Rs 1.14 lakh, 400 gm of gold ornaments, bank passbooks, fixed deposit receipts and four watches were stolen from an almirah in the house. The family members were sleeping on the roof of the house at the time of the burglary. In another incident, miscreants stole 2005-metre-long electric wire passing from the tubewells of Harbhajan Singh, Jagat Singh and Bachitter Singh, at Harsi village in Tanda, on the July 17 night.



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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
World Bank project:
The BJP Kot-Kehloor Assembly unit has alleged that the World Bank financed Mid Himalaya Watershed Development Project, implementation of which is being done under the Forest Department, has been converted in to a Congress party affair and all its benefits are being reaped by Congressmen. 

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bamta Vikas Samiti: President- Attar Singh; senior vice president-Nandlal Chaudhary; vice-presidents-Rajesh Thakur and Asha Ram; general secretary-Baldev Singh Thakur; finance secretary-Dinanath Rana, joint secretary Roshan Lal Rana; press secretary Sher Ali Chaudhary; members of executive committee- Devraj Verma, Suneel Kumar, Shankar Das, Puroshotam, Santokharam, Santram Rana, Ashok Kumar Verma, Praveen Singh Chandel, Karam Singh Pathania, Suraj Prakash, Rajesh Kumar, Thakur Das Shastri and Bhagatram.

HAMIRPUR
Gutted:
An electronic shop was gutted in a fire on Wednesday night at Meheren under Badsar subdivision causing huge loss. Surinder Kumar said electronics goods worth Rs 10 lakhs were destroyed in the fire. Tehsildar, Badsar, gave a relief of Rs 10,000 to the victim.

Criticised: The decision of the state government to kill monkeys has been criticised by few simian lovers here. Environment activists Ratan Lal Verma and Shantanu Kumar have condemned the decision to kill the animals by the Forest Department. They have urged the government to adopt more humane methods to control the menace of monkeys.

MANDI
Workshop:
A theatre workshop is being organised here by the Jagriti Kala Munch. Deputy director, information and public relations, central zone, Satish Dhar said cultural organisations should not use dramatic stage to settle political scores. Prof Ravi, a theatre expert, also spoke on the occasion. Two alumni from the National School of Drama would provide training to aspirants during the workshop.

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