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Murder case:  2 held: With the arrest of two persons, Iqbal Khan and Sukhjeewan Singh, both of Barnala, the local police solved a blind murder case within 10 days. Paramjeet Singh Garewal, SSP, Barnala, told reporters here on Friday that Manjeet Singh was beaten brutally on July 15 and succumbed to his injuries on July 17.

Poppy husk seized: The police has busted a gang involved in the smuggling of poppy husk.Three persons, including the kingpin, have been arrested while two managed to flee. The police seized 10.5 quintal of poppy husk from a truck during checking.

BATHINDA
3 hurt
: Three persons were injured, including two seriously, when lintel of the fifth storey of an under-construction shopping mall near the District Court complex fell suddenly on Thursday. The injured were identified as Balwinder Singh, Raju and Amandeep.

Hoshiarpur
Jobs for teachers: Nearly 10,000 vacant posts of teacher would be filled by the state government soon. This was revealed by Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, Mohinder Kaur Josh while delivering appointment letters to the newly-recruited teachers of art and craft at mini secretariat here on Friday. She said as many as 140 Adarash Schools were being opened, where free education to poor students would be imparted. A sum of Rs 2.50 crore would be spent on infrastructure in each school. The project would be started within next four months.

‘Be punctual’: The minister for revenue, rehabilitation and disaster management Ajit Singh Kohar has asked the revenue officials to be punctual to avoid harassment to the public. Talking to mediapersons at Mahilpur here on Friday, Kohar said corrupt employees would not be spared. He said the rates of land in the state had increased tremendously. There was a great difference between the market rate and the government rates on which the registries were being done. The state government would revise the rates for registration fee according to the prevailing market rates which would enhance department’s revenue.

JALANDHAR
Girl crushed  to death
: A 23-year old girl, Dolly, died in an accident at Urban Estate Phase-II on Friday. The deceased was walking by the roadside along with her uncle when a speeding truck ran over her. A case has been registered at police station number 7 under Section 304 of the IPC.

Man kills self: Thirty two-year-old Kamaldeep, a resident of Sant Nagar, committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance late Thursday night. He was reportedly mentally unwell. He died at a private hospital. According to the police a case has been registered.

NABHA
Plantation drive
: Veteran Akali leader and former Cabinet minister Raja Narinder Singh inaugurated a plantation drive launched by the Student Organisation of India (SOI) here on Friday. Convener, Pigeon Eco Club, Patiala, Lt Col Bishan Dass, district president, SOI, Gursewak Singh Golu, DSP Rajinder Singh Anand, tehsildar Moti Lal Sharma and other officers, along with the principal and teachers of the college, were present on the occasion.

Inquiry ordered: Deputy director, Local Government, Patiala, Ashwani Sharma has ordered an inquiry into the alleged pooling in allotment or tenders by the Nabha Municipal Council. The contractors of the council, including Karan Vir and Vijay Kumar, had alleged pooling in the allotment of tenders for development works.

NAWANSHAHR
Van Mahotsav: The local Lions Club organised a 'Van Mahotsav' at nearby Barnala Kalan on Tuesday. President Iqbal Singh inaugurated the event. As many as 100 saplings were planted in the Sports stadium and the cremation ground of the village.

SANGRUR
Spurious petrol seized: A police party, led by Sunam’s CIA in charge Ashok Mohan, on Thursday seized five drums of adulterated petrol and arrested two persons, Karnail Singh and Tejwant Singh, from Mangwal village,near here, in this connection. A case under Section 420, IPC, and Section 7, Essential Commodities Act, has been registered.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Hamirpur
Seminar
: A national seminar on ‘Emerging trends in computing and communication’ was inaugurated by S.C. Sahasrabudhe, director of DA-IICT, Gujarat, at the NIT auditorium on Friday. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the NIT is organising this seminar in which 92 participants from renowned institutions would present their papers. The main objective of this seminar is to create awareness about modern developments in the area of computers and communication, besides promoting research and development.

BJP flayed: Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president Rajinder zar has accused the state BJP leadership of adopting two sets of principles about corruption. While former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had never ordered an inquiry into the allegations of corruption levelled against him during his tenure as Chief Minister he was now demanding a high-level inquiry into the unfounded allegations against the Congress leaders just to mislead the people. Zar said the BJP leaders were trying to pose as friends of employees just to garner their support in the coming elections. The government employees had suffered the most during the BJP regime and all democratic rights of peaceful agitations were snatched from them and the no work, no pay principle was slapped on them.

MANDI
Awareness
: Women leaders of the leftwing Janvadi Mahila Samiti on Thursday urged women and people to fight social evils like female foeticide, dowry, alcoholism and crimes against women, including women harassment at work place. State president of the samiti Santosh Kapur said the samiti was spreading awareness about social evils and discrimination against women in the state. They also held a rally in the town.
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