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Abohar
2 bar girls held
: The police arrested two bar girls and eight persons in a raid on a posh hotel on the Suratgarh road (national highway No. 15) near Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, at 1.30 am on Thursday. Those arrested included sons of a former vice-president of the municipal corporation and a reader in a civil court, besides younger brother of the owner of the hotel. They were identified as Sandeep Kumar, Ramesh Damodar, Gauri Shankar Chunawadh, Om Parkash, Bhagirath, Madan Mohan, Rajinder Sharma and Sikander.

Arrested: The CIA staff on Thursday arrested a drug trafficker, Asha Rani, and her daughter Rajni and seized 400 gm of smack from them. The CIA staff intercepted them near Diwankhera village on the Sriganganagar-Abohar road and a search led to the recovery of 400 gm of smack. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

AMRITSAR
Taken charge
: Harbhajan Singh, joint registrar of Panjab University, Chandigarh, has taken over as controller of examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University here on Thursday. Harbhajan Singh has 37 years in administrative work at various universities.

Introduced: Guru Nanak Dev University has introduced environmental studies as a compulsory subject at the undergraduate level from the current academic session. Moreover, private candidates will not be eligible for MA music (vocal and instrumental) from this academic session. This was stated by R.S. Bawa, registrar.

BATHINDA
CA exam
: Ashish Singla, a local boy, has brought laurels to this district by scoring the 23rd place in the country in the final exams of CA held by the Institute of Charted Accountants of India. Ashish Singla, who is a graduate in commerce, achieved this distinction among nearly 50,000 students who took the 
exams.

Doctors’ meet: Doctors of this town participated in a meet organised by the State Bank of Patiala, Bathinda, with regard to its products. N.K. Mehta, deputy general manager, presided over the meet.

GURDASPUR
Rape
: A minor girl of Pahara village was allegedly raped by two youths of the same locality on Sunday. The incident came to light after the girl’s father, Manamasi, complained to the police that Mana and Happy forcibly took his 14-year-old daughter on a motorcycle to a hutment in a nearby field and committed the crime. A case has been registered.

Hoshiarpur
House burgled
: Some unidentified thieves broke into the house of Varinder Singh, a resident of local Mohalla Basant Vihar, on Wednesday and decamped with gold ornaments and a laptop worth Rs 1.25 lakh. According to the police, in his complaint the victim said at the time of incident none of the family members were at home.

One booked for duping: The district police has booked Hans Raj Kalsi under various sections of IPC and Immigration Act for allegedly duping Rajwinder Singh, son of Ujjagar Singh of village Satnaur, of Rs 52000 on the pretext of sending him to Lebanon.

Woman arrested with liquor: The Tanda police claim to has arrested Neelam, a resident of local Ward 8, and seized 4500 ml illicit liquor from her possession. A case under various sections of the Excise Act has been registered against her.

Youth commits suicide: Upset over domestic problems Vadesh Kumar, son of Babu Ram of Pareeka (Mukerian), committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling fan at his residence on Thursday.

Jalandhar
Mother poisons self, two children
: Gurbaksh Kaur (30), a resident of Mianwal Araiyan in Shahkot allegedly poisoned her two children Rohit (7) and Anjali (5). The woman who according to the Shahkot DSP, Dalwinder Singh Dhillon, had estranged relationship with her husband Amarjit Singh allegedly poisoned her children with Celphos before consuming it herself in the afternoon when the children returned from school. Her daughter Anjali died while Rohit and Gurbaksh Kaur are in a critical condition. The three were first admitted to a private hospital in Shahkot from where they were referred to a private hospital in Jalandhar and were later shifted to the Civil Hospital here, said the DSP.

Nawanshahr
Computer training workshop
: A special computer training workshop for the teachers was inaugurated by deputy commissioner Bhawna Garg at the Government Senior Secondary School here. The training was organised by the Punjab Integrated Computer Training education Society (PICTES) in collaboration with Intel.

Phagwara
Poppy husk seized
: Police arrested two members of a family today and seized 40 kg of poppy husk from their possession. The accused have been identified as Sushila Devi and her son-in-law Rajesh Kumar. According to the information Rajesh, who was a truck driver, used to supply poppy husk in various parts of the state.

2 killed in road mishaps: Two persons were killed, while one sustained injuries in two different road accidents here on Thursday. One of the victim, who has been identified as Bajinder Partap was on a motorcycle with his brother-in-law Aditya. The motorcycle was hit by a Tata Indica Car between Phagwara and Goraya. Bajinder died on the spot, while Aditya chand was taken to the civil hospital. In another incident an unidentified person was killed on the spot when a speeding vehicle hit him near Chiherru on Phagwara-Jalandhar national highway today.

SANGRUR
Workshop
: Expressing concern over the increasing number of Punjabis getting infected with leprosy, district TB-cum-leprosy officer Surinder Singla on Thursday said in the past three months 13 patients of leprosy had been detected in the district, which included four Punjabis. He was addressing a workshop organised at the local civil hospital on leprosy.


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HARYANA

Ambala
DIED
: An aged man was found dead near Jagadhari Gate, Ambala City, early this morning. He was later identified as Om Prakash, a rickshaw-puller. Prakash is believed to have died due to health reasons. The body has been taken to the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, for postmortem.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Honoured
: Two freedom fighters of the Praja Mandal freedom movement, K.L. Dabra and N.D. Shastri, were honoured in a function on Thursday, organised by the Department of Language and Culture in collaboration with the District Council in connection with the completion of 150-years of the freedom movement. District public relations officer Anand Sohar presided and a number of writers and journalists spoke about the role of Lala Lajpat Rai, Shahid Bhagat Singh and Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the freedom movement.

CHAMBA
Cattle perished
: At least two cattle perished when a cowshed in which they were tied was washed away in Kharauti village of the Chamba district, following a heavy downpour on Wednesday. Other livestock in the cowshed was evacuated to a safer place by the owner. The district administration has asked the revenue officials of Salooni to assess the loss and provide relief to the affected farmers as per the relief manual.

DALHOUSIE
Book release
: Himachal Governor V. S. Kokje will release a book on ‘Landmark Achievements’ of the NHPC, made in the mountainous regions of Himachal Pradesh since the NHPC came into operation; Region-II NHPC executive director Nain Singh said here on Wednesday. The book would be released at a function of the inaugural ceremony of the eight-day-long international Minjar fair jubilee begining on July 29 in Chamba town.

Probe sought: The Alpine Region Welfare Council has sought a probe into the ongoing unauthorised and illegal constructions in Dalhousie. The council has noticed that the structures were being raised in the green patches secretely even during the night hours under the nose of local civic body and the functionaries of the government. The council’s press note revealed that it would move the court if the local civic body did not adhere to curb the menace of constructions.

Hamirpur
Ultrasound machine sealed
: CMO P.K. Poonam has sealed an ultrasound machine of a private clinic at Sujanpur. During a raid on Wednesday a team led by the CMO found that Dogra Clinic where this machine was installed had no trained staff to operate the machine, which was mandatory under the government guidelines. The CMO said the owner of the clinic had been given four weeks to appoint trained staff .

Suicide: A married woman committed suicide by putting herself ablaze on Wednesday. Rajani(23), who was married to Rajesh, reportedly had some argument with her husband after which she put herself ablaze in Baletov village. She was taken to the local zonal hospital, which referred her to Dharamsala. Rajni, however, succumbed to her injuries on the way to Dharamsala.

Drowned: Daljeet Kumar of Bani panchayat was drowned in a well in his village on Wednesday. According to sources, Daljeet (38) was trying to fix a pump in the well, which was covered from the top. He felt unconscious due to oxygen scarcity and fell into the well. By the time his family members and villagers extricated him from the well he had died.


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