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2 hurt in firing: Five armed persons opened fire at the residence of an ASI posted at the Sadar police station here on Tuesday, injuring his mother and wife of a brother. A case has been registered against Vicky, Gurpreet Singh, Rupinder Singh and two unidentified persons, sources said on Wednesday.

2 die in roof collapse: Two persons, including a three-year-old child, died in a roof collapse of an old house in Islamabad area late on Tuesday. They were identified as Nonu (3) and his maternal aunt Kanwaljit Kaur. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, state health minister, visited the spot.

Honoured: Eight teachers were honoured for their commitment towards the profession by the Lions Club, Harmony, here on Wednesday. Saplings were also planted on the occasion. H.P.S.Garcha, ADC, Barnala, presided over the function.

Appointed: PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo has appointed two organising secretaries of the PPCC from Barnala district. They are Gurdarshan Singh Brar and Hardev Singh Bajwa.

Trust fined: The District Consumer Forum here has ordered the Improvement Trust to pay Rs 24,675 on account of cracks which appeared on the walls of the shop of complainant Mohinder Singh, along with Rs 47,453 on account of price of less area given to the latter with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of filing the suit. The forum further burdened the Trust with Rs 2,000 as litigation expenses.

Youth drowns in Devi Talab pond
: Ravi (22) of the Kabir Nagar locality was drowned in the sarovar of the local Devi Talab Temple where he had gone to take a dip on Tuesday night. His body was recovered today. As per sources, Ravi, along with some other youths, crossed the protecting wall while taking a bath.

Teacherís Day celebrated
: A Teacherís Day was celebrated on Wednesday at the Mata Gurdev Kaur Memorial Shahi Sports College of Physical Education, Jhakroudi (Samrala). The keynote address was delivered by professor Baldeep Singh. He said the teachers today had lost their earlier status. He held the government and race of consumerism responsible for the downfall of the teachers. The teacher is not responsible for losing his prestige and dignity. Dr Parminder Singh, principal of college, exhorted the teachers to strive for excellence in their respective fields. He advised the students to show full respect to the teachers as they are the real builders of the nation. Gurvir Singh Shahi, general secretary of the college congratulated the staff and the principal on this auspicious day. Dr Yashwant Kumar, prof Shashi Kaushal, prof Juala Singh, prof Sukhdeep Kaur, prof Sarbjit Kaur and prof Rajwinder Pal Singh also shared their experiences as teachers.

Former SGPC member dead: Jathedar Tejinder Singh Rampur, former member of the SGPC and former sarpanch of village Rampur near here, died on Monday. He was admitted in Ludhiana last week and many senior Akali leaders, including Sukhbir Badal had met him.

Two killed: Three persons were killed in a head-on collision between a car and a scooter near Ajitwal village on the Moga-Ludhiana road late on Tuesday. Two scooter-borne persons Gursharan Singh of Kukri Hera village and his friend Gurwinder Singh of Mehna village died on the spot. Sukhdev Singh, who was driving the car, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

2 hurt in clash: Two youths were injured in a clash on Mission road between two groups due to an old rivalry late on Tuesday. Shiva and his friend Harish, who were on a motorcycle were reportedly spotted by Kalu and Babla, who attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. A case has been registered against the assailants.

Two arrested
: Two drug peddlers were arrested by the police near Miherru on Wednesday. The police also recovered 1 kg of opium from the accused identified as Mukesh and his brother-in-law Amit.  A case has been  registered.

CDs seized: During a raid on Tuesday, the police seized 204 duplicate CDs from a video parlour at palahai gate. A case has been registered against the video parlour owner Kamles Kumar under different sections of copy rights act.

Body found: The decomposed body of a four-year-old boy, Chandan, was found by the local police from a small canal, near here, on Wednesday. The boy had reportedly fallen into the canal on September 1. The post-mortem examination of the body was conducted at the local civil hospital.

Road mishap: Mukhtiar Singh (50) and Sukhwinder Singh (30), both residents of Roopaherri village, were killed on Wednesday when a private bus hit their motorcycle near Roopaherri village on the Sangrur-Nabha road, about 7 km from here. The driver of the bus fled from the scene. The bus had been impounded. A case had been registered.


Labourer dies in boulder hit
: Amar Singh of Jahal village in Churah subdivision, who was working for a contractor building a road, was killed on the spot when he was hit by a boulder at Bhangi Nala on Tuesday evening. The police has registered a case. Meanwhile, legal heirs of the labourer have demanded compensation from the contractor as per the norms laid down by the government.

Suspended: The district panchayat officer (DPO) Hamirpur, Satish Sharma, on Wednesday suspended president Nirmala Devi and secretary Ramesh Chand of the Tikari Minahsa panchayat on the charges of including their favourites in the below poverty line (BPL) list and deleting genuine claimants by forging their official documents. Sharma said the panchayat president and secretary managed to include few ineligible persons in the panchayat register and deleted genuine claimants by applying fluid on the register. District project officer Ajeet Bhardwaj confirmed that after an inquiry the forgery was established.

Teacherís Day: Students of B-Tech and MBA of the Institute of Engineering and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Baddi, celebrated Teachersí Day on Wednesday. A colorful cultural show to honour faculty members was held by the students. Principal Dr R.C. Bahl said the role of teachers today was that of a friend, philosopher and guide. Tributes were also paid to Dr S. Radhakrishnan on the occasion.

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