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Car rally : To commemorate the 50th Malaysian Independence Day, the defence ministry of that country has organised a car rally which will enter India through the Wagah joint check-post on August 19.A communiqué received from the Malaysian government stated that the rally which commenced from Cape Town in South Africa would arrive in India from Pakistan. The rally would comprise 22 cars and be led by the deputy defence minister of Malayasia. It would traverse through New Delhi, Agra, Allahabad, Patna, Siliguri, Guwahati and enter Myanmar on its way to Kuala Lumpur.

Acid attack :Two teenaged girls were injured in an acid attack near Mallawali village here on Friday. The incident occurred when the girls were going to beauty parlour on foot. The accused came from behind on a motorcycle and threw acid on them. Sharanjit and Ekta, cousins, were getting training at a beauty parlour in nearby Gumtala area. They sustained 20 -25 pe cent burn injuries in the incident. A case of attempt to murder under Sections 307, 326 and 34, IPC, has been registered. 

Convict dies : Darshan Singh, who had been undergoing five years’ sentence in the local Central Jail after being convicted in an attempt to murder case by a Mansa court, died in the Civil Hospital here.L. K. Jakhar, Superintendent of the jail, confirming the death of Darshan Singh, said the deceased was a patient of hypertension.Fiftyfive-year-old Darshan Singh also suffered a heart attack a few months ago on the jail premises. 

Urged: A delegation of the Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee (AGTAC),Punjab, on Friday urged district police chief Nau Nihal Singh to cancel a criminal case registered against Dunger Singh, agriculture development officer (ADO), in connection with the seizure of expired insecticides from a local godown few days ago.Jaskaran Singh Kular, a representative of AGTAC, in a press note issued here, said a false case had been registered against Dunger Singh.He said AGTAC would launch a state-level agitation if the authorities concerned did not given justice to Dunger Singh. 

Cancelled: V.K Meena, DC, cancelled the licence of depot holder Gurcharan Singh of Kotsukhiya village for selling subsided wheat and pulses at higher prices here on Friday.He said following complaints from villagers, a team verified the fact and found him guilty. He informed that the depot holder was charging Rs 5 for a kg of wheat and Rs 21 for a kg of cereal.Thus, he was pocketing Re 1 more than the fixed price. 

Labourers hurt: Nine labourers, including five women, on Friday sustained injuries when they were allegedly “beaten up” by men of a contractor of a factory, situated near Bhindran village, near here. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital here.The police said there was a dispute between the labourers and the contractor over the issue of payment.The police has not registered any case in this regard. 


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