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Bodies found: Bodies of a truck driver and his assistant were recovered from the Dangarkhera sub-canal, 7 km from here, on the National Highway No. 10 on Tuesday evening. The victims were identified as Satbir and Darshan Singh, residents of Malout area. Ravi Nagpal, owner of the truck, told the police that the victims had left for New Delhi after getting rice loaded from the government  warehouse at Jalalabad West. A case has  been registered under Sections 302 and 382, IPC.

Dumping  site: SAD councillor Vijay Nagpal lambasted officials, during a meeting of the municipal council, for ignoring instructions from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on removing a garbage dumping site. Nagpal later produced the letter in which the CM had clearly directed that the dumping site be removed within seven days as the residents had complained of unbearable pollution for the past so many years.

: Hundreds of students on Wednesday held a demonstration in front of S.D. College here to protest against the Punjabi University’s decision to refuse regular admission to students who have got compartment in a subject. The students raised anti-university slogans. Punjab Redical Union leader Nav Kiran said the other universities of Punjab were giving admission to the students who had a compartment. He appealed to the university to take back the decision.

Training course
: Nineteen students completed course in basic computer science and applications at the farmer training centre of Punjab National Bank at Mehraj village in this district on Wednesday. Senior regional manager, PNB, Ajit Jaitley gave away training certificates to the students.

New director: Gurmeet Singh Butter has been appointed director of the local regional station of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Butter was working as senior crop scientist in the regional station before becoming its director.

Constable nabbed: The district police has arrested a police constable and a class four employee of the department on charges of snatching a woman’s purse on Tuesday. The police said constable Daljeet Singh along with a Class IV employee of the department, Jeet, had been arrested at a naka at Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar here on Wednesday. The snatched purse of Monica Khurana has also been recovered from their possession, he added. A case has been registered under Section 382 and 34 of the IPC.

Tax centres
: To bridle the inter-state tax evaders travelling on the Pathankot-Dalhausie and Pathankot-Nurpur road, the Transport Department set up a tax collection centres in the Mamun Cantonment area, near here, on Wednesday. District transport officer P.S. Padda formally inaugurated the centre.

Train schedule: The Railways has announced a change in the schedule of two trains from Wednesday. Railway sources said Sialdeah Express and Jhelum Express would not reach Jalandhar City Railway Station, but would be diverted from Jalandhar Cantt Railway Stations onwards to Jammu Tawi. Passengers would have to come to Jalandhar Cantt Railway Station to board these trains.

Rail mishap: Hundreds of rail passengers travelling in Nanded Sahib-bound 2716DN Sachkhand Express had a miraculous escape when a speeding Scarpio (PB-46E-002) rammed into the running train after breaking through the closed level crossing near Gohawar, between Goraya and Phagwara, on Tuesday. Railway Sources said the Scorpio was smashed in the mishap. However, its driver jumped out and escaped. A case has been registered.

Gang busted: The police here on Wednesday busted a gang of inter-state drug smugglers and arrested its three members. It seized 1 kg heroin worth Rs 1 crore from them. DSP H P S Khakh confirmed the arrest of the three suspects, identified as Darshan Singh, assistant junior engineer, posted at Jalandhar, Jaswinder Paul and his brother Jatinder Paul, both of Jalandhar.

Youth held for raping minor: The police has arrested Balli Kumar, a resident of of Kirpa Nagar locality, for allegedly abducting and repeatedly raping a minor girl here on Wednesday. SHO Sarwan Singh Bal said the accused abducted the victim on May 11. he was taking her to various places and raping her on the assurances of the marriage. The Police has also recovered the minor girl.

Two killed: Two unidentified persons were run over by two trains near Chaheru and Goraya railway stations on Monday night. The dead bodies have been sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem examination.

Robbed: Two scooter-borne miscreants allegedly robbed Gurvinder Singh, an employee of an iron trader of Mandi Gobindgarh, of Rs 2.17 lakh on the railway road here on Wednesday. Gurvinder Singh told the police that the miscreants snatched his bag, containing the amount, while he was returning on foot after collecting payments from local iron traders.

Tyres stolen: Miscreants allegedly stole around 32 tyres of trucks and buses from the shop of M/s Arihant Steels at Moonak on Tuesday night. The police said on Wednesday that the tyres were worth Rs 3.75 lakh. A case has been registered.

Suicide: A 21-year-old youth allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of theLudhiana-Jakhal passenger train near Bahadur Singh Wala village, about 7 km from here, on Tuesday night.According to the local Railway police, the youth seemed to be a migrant from Bihar. Investigations are on under Section 174,CrPC.

CAMP: Under the supervision of Dr Harwinder Singh, Senior Medical Officer, a largely attended blood camp and drugs ediction camp was held here on Wednesday near Bank of Baroda Branch in which more than 100 donors donated blood units. The camp was inaugurated by the local SDM, Sukhdev Singh Mahal and Mr Bhulla Singh DSP Samrala while the local MLA Mr Jagjeewan Singh Kheerian presided over the function.

SAPLINGS: In the court complex of the Tehsil Office, Judicial office and SDM Courts, the Van Mahotsava was celebrated on Wednesday. Baldev Krishan, reader to SDM Samrala planted saplings. On this occasion, the Naib Tehsildar Hira Lal congratulated the employees who took keen interest for planting saplings.



Two die: Two persons died in separate incidents in Chamba town on Wednesday. Hukmi Ram, a resident of Sahoo village, was crushed to death by a jeep at Baloo at the outskirts of the town. The police has arrested the driver, JoginderMeanwhile, a girl studying in B.Sc in the local government college committed suicide in her house.

Appeal: The farmers of Kihar area in Salooni tehsil of Chamba have panicked as a disease has hit their tomato crop. The farmers reported that about 3,000 tomato plants had been affected which has caused losses to them. They have urged the state government to help them.

: The fast-track court of Kangra district based at Dharamsala on Wednesday convicted a 19-year-old youth for having tried to rape a five-year-old girl in the cantonment area here, early this year.

BBNDA office: The Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA) opened its satellite office at Nalagarh on Wednesday. The office would ease the work pressure at Baddi office. The new office would cater to the needs of villagers in and around Nalagarh.

Expenditure: Vice-president of the State Forest Corporation Raghu Raj on Wednesday said Rs 22 cr had been incurred in the past three years under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan in Solan to bring qualitative changes in education. He said 154 schools were provided with drinking water facilities, adding that fencing walls had been set up in 94 schools and 450 toilets constructed.


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