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82 donate blood
: Eightytwo persons, including women, on Saturday donated blood to mark the beginning of 82nd birthday celebrations of Sathya Sai Baba.

Dharna: 6 labour unions organised a dharna at the new grain market here on Friday to express resentment over “illegal detention” of Pawan Kumar, an employee with a local commission agent, for the past five days. Pawan Kumar had been detained allegedly in connection with the theft of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Traffic blues: A consumer movement deputation, led by its chairman Sat Pal Khariwal, in a representation to the SSP during his visit here on Friday regretted that the traffic police and transport authorities had failed in implementing the blanket ban imposed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on plying unregistered peter-engine four-wheelers.

: Satpal Singh of Khudi Kalan on Friday killed his elder brother Bikar Singh for not giving him his share of money from the sale of a piece of land. The murder took place around 9 pm when the family was busy in celebrating the birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The two exchanged hot words following which Satpal Singh hit his brother with a stick. Bikar Singh died on the spot. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered against Satpal.

: Malkit Kaur, handicapped woman of Khialiwala village of this district, committed suicide on Saturday by setting herself on fire when she failed to tolerate the alleged harassment by her husband Kulwant Singh.Her husband was away at the time of the incident.A case has been registered under Section 306, IPC against Kulwant Singh, who was yet to be arrested.

Narcotics seized
: The district police has arrested three persons including a woman and seized 88 kg poppy husk from their possession. The Mahilpur police raided house of Rajwinder Kaur and seized 40 kg poppy husk from her. The Tanda police also arrested Karam Chand and his son Kamal Chand and seized 48 kg poppy husk from them.

Three booked: Sanjay Kumar of Railway Road, Jagraon, along with two unknown persons, allegedly blackmailed Jaspal Singh, chief editor of Heran ‘Pahredar’, a Punjabi Daily. He allegedly extracted Rs 5,000 forcibly from the chief editor and threatened to collect a similar amount as ‘hafta’ every week if he was to continue the publication of his newspaper. A case under Sections 384, 506 of the IPC has been registered.

KIDNAPPING: The local police has registered a case under Sections 323, 382, 365, 506, 120-B, 34 of the IPC against four unknown persons on the charges of kidnapping and snatching. According to information, Jaspal Singh @ Raju of Kothe Khawajabaju along with three unknown persons, armed with iron rods, base ball bats and sticks, allegedly kidnapped Jasmel Singh of Gagra, snatched a golden chain and Rs 10,000 cash and assaulted him.

theft: Manjit Kaur Sarpanch, Rajwant Singh and Jasvir Singh, all of Pakhowal, allegedly trespassed into the shop of Gurdip Singh of their village and stole PCO articles. They also damaged the shop articles. A case under Sections 452, 380, 429 of the IPC has been registered.

assaultED: Nikku, Karamjit Singh, Gabber and his brother, all of Malah, allegedly assaulted Gurmeet Singh of their village. A case under Sections 323, 341, 427, 148, 149 of the IPC has been registered. 

: Som Parkash, chief administrator, PUDA, on Saturday inaugurated here the 10th branch of IndusInd Bank. Harinder Singh Thakral, regional head, Punjab, IndusInd Bank, said the management had identified locations in Punjab to open more branches of the bank. Competition

Dera issue
: Protesting against a Punjabi daily for its derogatory report about dera chief, activists of Nari Shakti Jagriti Samiti blocked traffic and burnt copies of the publication at Chandigarh Chowk here today. Rachhpal Kaur, Samiti president said the Punjabi daily had levelled fabricated allegations of exploitation of sadhvis by the dera chief. She demanded imposition of ban on publication of the newspaper and registration of case against it.

Bhagat Singh remembered
: All India Lawyers’ Union celebrated the birth centenary of Bhagat Singh at District Courts here on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, Anupam Gupta said, “The infamous contempt of court case against ‘Mid-Day’ was as revolutionary as the trial of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.” He stated that both cases stirred the conscious of the whole nation and unearthed the repressive attitude of judiciary of British Empire and of the present day. Harbhajan Singh Deol, former commissioner, Linguistic Minorities of India and chairman of National Integration Chair, Punjabi University, Patiala, stated that personalities like Bhagat Singh are relevant in all times and regions of the world. A play “Chippon Ton Pehlan”, based on the life of Saheed Bhagat Singh, was also staged on this occasion.

PHAGWARA: To increase police efficiency, DGP NPS Aulakh has instructed all SSPs of the state to conduct a competition wherein the performance of each police station will be assessed after one month. This was confirmed by SSP, Kapurthala, here on Saturday. The winner police stations would be awarded excellent, good, fair and poor grades on 25 points. 

NSS camp concludes: A 10-day NSS camp, which commenced on September 20 at Government Mohindra College, concluded here on Saturday. The 10-day camp attracted as many as 190 volunteers. The principal of the college, Dr D.I.S. Brar, was the chief guest on the occasion. Camp coordinator Dr S.K. Kaushik read the progress report of the camp. Dharminder Singh, a student of MA-I (Hindi) bagged the best overall NSS volunteer prize. Best NSS camper was Sukhpreet Singh and best water service was Amit Kumar.

CELEBRATED: The SDM courts celebrated the birth centenary Shaheed Bhagat Singh here today with great pomp and show. On the occasion, Sukhdev Singh Mahal, SDM, Samrala, and member SGPC Jathedar Kirpal Singh Kheernian, highlighted the history and sacrifices made by Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

LOK ADALAT: Lok Adalat was held here in Samrala Courts today. A total of 33 cases out of 90 were decided on-the-spot and total recovery of Rs 35,15,425 was also decided. Five matrimonial cases were also compromised.

NSS CAMP: A 10-day NSS camp is being held at National College for Women, Machhiwara,in which, 50 girls are participating. The camp was inaugurated on Sept 28 by college principal Dr Parminder Singh Benipal. 

Red tape: Nitesh, a former student of S D High School here, has lost two academic years as the Punjab School Education Board failed to correct his father’s name from Rakesh Kumar to Rajesh Kumar. Nitesh had passed the matriculation examination in 2005. The school management had given the required information and documents to the board but red tape stalled Nitesh’s entry to the next class. 

DA instalment
: The local Government Pensioners Welfare Association today asked the Punjab government to release the DA instalment on the pattern of the central government for its pensioners and employees with effect from July 1 before the Dasehra festival. This was stated by patron of the association Viney Kumar. 



Congress meeting
: A Congress meeting to encourage and mobilise workers was held at Aggarwal Bhawan, Sector 16, on Saturday. Acting president, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Kuldeep Sharma, addressed the meeting. During the speech, he requested the workers to reach Jhajhar as president of All India Congress Committee, Sonia Gandhi, is arriving there on October 7 to lay the foundation stone of a thermal plant. 

Camp for disabled: The National Handicapped Welfare Council, Haryana, is going to organise a welfare camp on the premises of National Institute for the Disabled, Sector 12-A, here on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. Senior vice-president of the council K.C. Wadhawan said, “The camp is for free distribution of artificial limbs, prosthetic aids and appliances to all categories of disabled persons. Those interested to avail the opportunity must be a permanent resident or having domicile of Haryana state. The person must not have an income of more than Rs 6,000 per month.” Those interested persons can contact Wadhawan at 9316638284. 



Prize distribution
: The annual prize distribution function of DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Ambala, was held on Saturday evening. Union minister Kumari Selja was the chief guest while Sheetal Sharma was the guest of honour. The function was held to honour the meritorious students who had secured more than 90 per cent marks. The programme commenced with the recitation of Vedic mantras. The school students exhibited their talent in various items including dance, skits and monodrama. Earlier in the day, a multimedia hall was inaugurated in the pre-nursery wing of the school.

Fighters for air show: Fighter aircraft, Jaguar and MiG 21, based at Ambala are going to be part of the 75th anniversary air display, which is going to be held at Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad. An officer said that an air display of 75 aircrafts would form part of the Air Force Day parade-cum-investiture ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of Indian Air Force on October 8. He said that the air display would be an enthralling experience. The Surya Kiran team comprising nine aircrafts had recently practiced at the Ambala Air Force station.

Dalit murder case: Ram Niwas, an accused in Rakesh, alias Lara murder case was produced in the court of Special Magistrate for CBI cases R.N. Bharti on Saturday. The Magistrate remanded him to judicial custody till October13. The CBI had arrested Ram Niwas on September 19 on charges of his alleged involvement in the murder of Lara, a Dalit youth of Gohana. Earlier, the court had remanded him to police custody for 10 days. The counsel of Ram Niwas has also filed an application in the court in which he requested that Ram Niwas be shifted to some other jail as he was not safe in the Ambala jail. 



Boy thrashed
: The Chowari police has registered a case against a person, who has beaten up a school student for his personal vendetta. School student Subham Rahi, alias Chandan, was on his way to school, when he was waylaid by a person, who without saying anything, began beating him. As a result, Subham became unconscious and fell on the roadside. He was rushed to Chowari hospital and was admitted for medical treatment.

Haj pilgrimage: As many as 108 members from the state have been selected for Haj pilgrimage. According to sources of the All-India Haj Committee, the expenditure to be incurred on the Haj had been worked out and accordingly the expenses would be contributed to the committee by the selected members. 

One killed: One person was killed on-the-spot and another seriously wounded when a canter rolled down the hillside near Trilochan Mahadev on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Raman, a resident of Chamba, while injured Virender was rushed to the regional hospital where he is undergoing treatment. Reports revealed that the vehicle had been hired by a hydroelectric project for muck disposal. The police has registered a case. 

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