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: One Raju Saharan of village Amarpura was found lying in an unconscious condition outside a liquor outlet near the municipal bus stand on Monday night, sources said. Some social workers shifted him to the civil hospital where the doctors declared him as brought dead. It was the fifth case of a person being found dead outside a liquor shop this year, sources said.

Cremated: Kaushalya Devi (84), a social activist and wife of former municipal president Mukand Lal Phutela, was cremated at the Main Shivpuri Complex here on Tuesday. She breathed her last on Monday evening. Her son Suresh Phutela, a former municipal councillor, donated her eyes to Shri Jagdamba Andh Vidyalaya and Netar Hospital, Sriganganagar, through the Bharat Vikas Parishad. Her cremation was attended by some eminent personalities of the town.

One kg of heroin seized: The Special Narcotics Cell of the Punjab Police seized one kg heroin from a smuggler in the Ajit Nagar locality of the city on Tuesday morning, police sources said here. The smuggler identified as Ranjit Singh of Havelian village was intercepted by the police near Ajit Nagar and the drug was recovered from him. He was later booked under the NDPS Act.

: The railway police arrested six members of a gang while trying to steal railway track at Ragho Majra here on Tuesday, ASI Surat Singh said. During investigation, the scrap dealer, who used to purchase the stolen articles from the gang, had also been identified, he added. Those arrested are Buta Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Gurmeet Singh, Sandeep, Gurpreet and Harcharan Singh. A case has been registered.

Dead: While trying to secure a compromise between two brothers over a property dispute, Binder Singh (40) of village Deewana collapsed at Bhadur police station here on Tuesday. He was hospitalised at the civil hospital here where he breathed his last. Doctors at the hospital said Binder died due to brain haemorrhage. The body was handed over to his family after completing the legal formalities. Harpal Singh, SHO Bhadur, said Binder was a patient of blood pressure.

Sangat darshan
: At the 38th sangat darshan programme held here, deputy commissioner Bhagwant Singh instructed the district mandi officer to check all rice mills, that have stocked rice without proper bills, adding that at least five such mills should be checked every week. At the programme, public grievances were heard and redressed on the spot.

Elected: In the elections held on Tuesday for electing members of district planning board, a total of 138 votes were polled. Santosh Kumar, Sandeep Ghurian, Tarsem Singh Malha, Tarsem Lal Chaudhary and Vimal Kumar Thathai were declared elected. ADC Jaskiran Singh supervised the entire election proceedings at Zila Parishad.

Dental camp
: More than 3,885 patients were examined during a dental camp organised by  the dental health  department.

45-yr-old raped
: The police has registered a case under section 376 of the IPC against Chhinder Pal, resident of nearby Sloh village, for allegedly raping a married woman, Piaro (45), resident of the same village, on Tuesday. Piaro, in her statement, has alleged that Chhinder Pal raped her in a sugarcane field where she had gone to answer the call of nature. She fell unconscious and was brought to the local civil hospital by her family members.

FCI workers’ unions hold dharna: Members of four workers’ unions of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), All-India FCI Handling Workers Union, Lal Jhanda FCI Workers Union, FCI Food Agency Palledar Union (Azad), and FCI Workers Union, today asked the FCI management to abolish labour contract system at the earliest. State secretary of the All-India FCI Handling Workers Union Harjash Singh said here on Tuesday that the FCI management had adopted an indifferent attitude towards their other demands. They also staged a dharna in front of the office of the district manager of the FCI in this regard.

Cash memo made  compulsory in Sangrur: Issuance of bills for commodities worth Rs 100 or more to customers by businessmen and shopkeepers has been made compulsory in Sangrur district by district magistrate V.K. Ohri through an order issued under Section 144 of the CrPC here on Tuesday. Besides, he has also asked them to ensure the entry of sold goods and stock of goods in registers so that SDMs or inspector-rank officials could inspect these. The orders will remain in force till January 29, 2008.



Award for XEN
: Ramesh Kumar Nadda, executive engineer, State Pollution Control Board, Bilaspur, has been honored with “Rashtriya Gaurav Award” for his pioneering work in the field of pollution control at various places in Himachal Pradesh. This award has been conferred on him by the India International Friendship Society, New Delhi.

One killed
: One person was killed and another wounded seriously, when a JCB vehicle swerved off the road and fell into a deep gorge near Banikhet on the Chamba-Pathankot highway on Monday night. The deceased has been identified as Shashi, a resident of Dunera falling in Dhar tehsil of Gurdaspur district. A case has been registered.

Cong panel: The executive body of the district Congress committee (DCC) on Sunday evening unanimously elected Kamal Thakur as its new district president in place of former president Surinder Bhardwaj, a sitting MLA, who contesting elections from Rajnagar (SC-reserved).

CSIR programme
: A two-day CSIR programme on youth for leadership in science was organised by the Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, a constituent national laboratory of the CSIR, for motivating young minds to take up science as a career. Addressing a gathering of 40 meritorious students of the CBSE, ICSE and the Himachal Board of School Education from nine districts, Dr V.K. Kaul, senior scientist at the institute, exhorted them to learn beyond the classroom to take on the challenges of food security, climate change and global warming facing the country. A documentary on CSIR achievements was also shown to the students.


One killed in mishap
: In two separate roads accidents one person lost his life whereas two other suffered injuries in Jammu on Monday. According to police sources Des Raj Sharma, son of Sadhu Ram Sharma of Patoli Morh, expired in Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu, after he was admitted there following a road accident. In another accident two persons-Kishore Lal, son of Sita Ram of Jagti Nagrota and Muna Gupta, wife of Sunil Gupta were injured.

Pilgrim dies: A pilgrim from Basant Garth, Delhi, who had come on a pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine has died in Katra under mysterious circumstances. According to police sources Nad Kishore (60), son of Hem Raj of Basant Garth, died in Katra under suspicious circumstances. The police has started investigating the case and has registered a case under Section 174 of CrPc.

LeT militant held
: An LeT militant was arrested from Anantnag district on Tuesday, the police has said. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the Larnoo-Kokernag area and nabbed Mohammad Aslam Malik, they said. Malik is an active militant of LeT outfit, they added.

Passports pending: The Regional Passport Office (RPO) here has issued more than 12,000 passports while an equal number was still pending, officials have said. They said the RPO had issued 12,883 passports during the current year up to the end of November. During the same period, the office has received 14,718 new passport applications. However, 12,295 cases are pending in the office.


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