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ABOHAR
Rape cases
: A resident of the government seed farm colony alleged that two motorcycle-borne miscreants of the same locality raped his minor daughter on Wednesday. In another case, a Delhi resident alleged that her brother-in law raped her. She said he took her to wheat stores located on the Fazilka road under pretext of meeting her sister and raped her. Medico-legal reports in both cases had been sent to the police. 

Arrested: Lal Chand of Alamgarh village was arrested on Thursday for allegedly killing his two-month-old daughter Mukta and attempting to kill Simran (5) by throwing them from the roof of his house under a tantrik’s influence. The police recovered the body of Mukta from the village cremation ground in the presence of naib tehsildar Narinder Singh Saini. 

BARNALA
Stolen
: Thieves decamped with gold jewellery and cash from a house in Tapa on Wednesday. Lakshman Dass of Sukhnand Colony complained to the police that his family had gone to Chintpurni temple to attend a religious function. The thieves entered the house and broke open the almirahs. 

BATHINDA
IMA meeting:
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab unit, will hold a meeting of its state working committee on August 12 to work out the strategy to protest against the alleged atrocities being committed on medical professionals. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Amrit Sethi, president of the unit, said cases were being registered against doctors by the authorities concerned under political and media pressure. 

Taken charge: Harinderpal Singh Nagpal has taken over as chief engineer, distribution (west zone), Bathinda, on Thursday. In a press note issued here, Satwant Singh Aulakh, information officer, PSEB, said Nagpal was having 34 years experience in different fields in the PSEB. 

Bereaved: The father of SAD MLA Balbeer Singh Gunus, Nahar Singh, died on Thursday following a brief heart attack He was 80. His funeral pyre was attended by SAD and BJP leaders. 

HOSHIARPUR
Rally: Workers staged a rally at Shaheed Udham Singh Park here on Wednesday and demanded formation of a special law for labourers of the unogranised sector to protect their economic and social rights. They also blocked rail traffic at a crossing at Garhshankar. 

3 die in road accidents: Three persons, including two brothers, were killed in two different road accidents on Wednesday evening. The victims, identified as Joginder Singh and Swarn Singh, sons of Sant Singh, died on the spot when a tractor-trailer hit their scooter near Mallewal villge. In another accident, Harjinder Singh of Chattowal succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday evening. Harjinder was seriously wounded when a vehicle hit his motorcycle near Kurala village. Cases have been registered with the Garhdiwala and Tanda police.
Dowry case 

booked: The Hariana police has booked Dinesh Kumar, his father Multan Chand and mother Shakuntla Devi on the complaint of his wife Manisha Rana. In her complaint, Manisha had stated that she was married to Dinesh, a resident of Chandigarh, on April 30, 2005. She alleged that her husband and in-laws had been torturing her for more dowry. 

Agent booked: The Mukerian police has booked Sikander Singh for allegedly duping Makhan Singh of Rs 3.50 lakh on the pretext of sending his son to Italy.In his complaint Makhan Singh alleged that Sikander took money from him. He neither returned the money nor sent his son to Italy. 

Kapurthala
Accord to Bawa:
The union government has recognised Bawa Industries, Phagwara, as a star export house on the basis of its performance. Bawa Industries is a 100% exporting company. According to AK Kohli, managing director of the company, the recognition has been accorded by joint director-general foreign trade (ministry of commerce and industry) as per export-import policy for 2004-09.

MANSA
Inaction alleged
: A former chief manager of State Bank of Patiala Shavinder Singh Sidhu has alleged that the police has failed to arrest the culprits who were involved in demolishing the boundary wall and stealing bricks from a plot owned by him. He said a case was registered against them about a year ago and the then Mansa’s additional session judge declined their anticipatory bail applications. Paramjit Singh, SHO of the city police station, said the file pertaining to this case had been lying with one of the readers of the DIG, Faridkot range. 

SANGRUR
Theft
: Two scooter-borne thieves on Thursday stole Rs 40,000 by breaking open the dickey of a scooter outside Sunami Gate here. Devinder Kumar, a local resident, reportedly withdrew Rs 49,000 from a local bank. He kept Rs 40,000 in the dickey. When he entered a shop for some work, the thieves committed the crime. 

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CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh
CELEBRATED: The Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) celebrated the "Youth Congress Day" at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, here, today.Led by the CTYC chief, H.S. Lucky, the youth activists took a pledge to fight against corruption, female foeticide, AIDS, dowry menace and illiteracy.Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Pradesh Congress Seva Dal, organised a prabhat pheri in ward number 13 comprising Sectors 50, 51 and Colony No. 5 in connection with kranti divas. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

DHARAMSALA
Crushed to death
: Fifty-year-old Saroop Chand was crushed under a train in-between Nagrota Surian and Baryal railway stations on the Pathankot-Jogindernagar railway track on Thursday. The Railway Police recovered the body and sent it for a postmortem examination at Dehra.

HAMIRPUR
Indefinite fast
: Four workers of the Social Justice and Women Empowerment department, who were sitting on an indefinite hunger strike infront of the DC office since Monday, were admitted to the zonal hospital on Wednesday night. Baldev Raj, Harnek, Chanchlo and Maya were picked up after their condition deteriorated.

SUNDERNAGAR
Charas seized:
The sessions judge, Mandi, on Thursday convicted Shams Kabir, resident of Andheri (Mumbai), for possessing 500 gms of charas and sentenced him to rigorous imprisonment for two years. He was directed to pay a fine of Rs 20,000. In case of default of payment he would have to undergo further imprisonment for three months. The police party had nabbed the convict along with one Luxami Kant on July 18.

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