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Stove burst
: Seema Rani, a resident of Indira Nagri here, sustained burn injuries when a stove burst at her house on Friday night. She was admitted to the Civil Hospital by her neighbours. According to doctors, she received 70 per cent burns.

Training camp: Participants at the 30-day entrepreneurs development programme camp conducted by NITCON were given practical training in tomato sauce and purée in the laboratory, run by the Horticulture Department, here on Saturday. 

2 booked: Het Ram, home guard, and his brother have been booked under Sections 22,61 and 85, NDPS Act, DSP Parampal Singh said here on Saturday. A police patrolling party nabbed Pawan Kumar, brother of the home guard, near a drain outside Khubban village and recovered huge quantity of prohibited medicines, including injections used for the termination of pregnancy without valid documents. Het Ram could not be nabbed.

Smack seized:Jagiro Bai, a resident of Government Seed Farm Colony, was arrested with 2 gm of smack. The CIA staff arrested Jagdev Singh and his brother Sukhdev Singh of Karamgarh-Malout with 7 kg poppy husk after intercepting their car on the Khatwan-Shergarh link road. All had smuggled narcotics from Rajasthan. 

: Dr Vimal K Sikri, principal of Government Dental College and Hospital here, has been unanimously elected president of the Punjab Dental Council for a period of four years. 

NRI helpline: For the redressal of grievances of NRIs, the district administration will soon launch a special helpline. This was disclosed by deputy commissioner K.S.Pannu, who is also chairman of the NRI Sabha, here on Friday. He further said land records in the city would be computerised by March 31, 2008. 

Environment Week
: As part of an environment week, a cleanliness drive, quiz on environment and contests in paper bag-making, poster-making and slogan-writing were held at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, here on Saturday. The principal of the school called upon students and teachers to be ready to do their bit for protecting environment. 

Six held
: The district police arrested six persons, including four women, namely Usha, Sheelo, Asha and Bindro, under the Excise and NDPS Act, on Saturday. The district police chief said 65 intoxicating capsules and 360 litres of illicit liquor were seized from their possession. 

FIR lodged
: The police on Friday booked unknown persons involved in tripping four units of the Sri Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant. The incident took place on July 18. The engineer at the thermal plant noticed that unit Nos. 1,4,5 and 6 had tripped. Had the tripped unit not been rectified, it could have led to blackout in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and other states. SHO Sadar Preetam Singh conducted an inquiry into the case and found that some employees, hired by contractors, had done this. The case has been lodged under the Prevention of Government Property Damage Act and Sections 3, 4 to 7 and 511, IPC.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Guru Gobind Singh Nagar Residents Welfare Association, Dhakoli, Zirakpur: president - Satnam Singh Sondhi; secretary - R.C. Dang; treasurer - Harjeet Hans; and nominated members - P.K. Sharma, Harbans Lal, Parveen Goyal and Ashok Malik.

FOUNDATION DAY: The Family Planning Association of India, Mohali branch, celebrated its 58th foundation day, here recently. Honorary secretary Kamaljit Saini welcomed the audience, while senior volunteer Bhupinder Singh Dosanjh highlighted the achievements of the association.

EXTENDED: City traders have welcomed the Union Territory's decision to extend the last date of submitting the Form 'C' till September 30. Earlier the last date was June 30 which was extended till July 31. The form pertains to inter state business transactions. 


Road mishap
: Duni Chand (19), travelling in a truck, was killed on the spot, when the truck skidded off the road and fell some 100 m into the gorge on the national highway near Jamli on Friday evening. Duni Chand belonged to Sarad - Deoli village, near here. Reports said the truck driver and the cleaner escaped with minor injuries and fled from the scene of accident and villagers helped the police in pulling out the body, which was brought here for a post-mortem examination. A case has been registered. 

Campaign: The state unit of the NSUI would launch a 9-day “Green Himachal- Clean Himachal” campaign throughout the state from August 2 and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh would inaugurate the campaign at Shimla. Addressing mediapersons, NSUI state president Keval Singh Pathania said this would make the state more beautiful. 

Gram Shilp Mela
: The Council for Advancement of Peoples’ Action and Rural Technology of the Union Ministry of Rural Development will organise Gram Shilp Mela during the Minjar Fair from July 29 to August 5. This was stated by Anupam Kashyap, member convener of the council, on Saturday. 

Booked for rape
: Virender Singh, a resident of Shivpur village under Sangrah tehsil, was booked on Friday on the charge of raping a girl of Ranfua village. The girl has alleged that she was raped by the accused on December 5, 2005. After she told about it to her mother and the matter was taken up with the family of the accused, he agreed to marry her. He continued to have sexual relations with her on the pretext that he would marry her ‘very shortly’. She gave birth to a girl in September last year. The accused refused to accept her as his wife and the girl as his daughter. When she raised the issues with Virender Singh and his family, she was shunted out of the house. A case has been registered under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC and efforts are on to arrest the accused.



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