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Body found
: The Sriganganagar police had finally succeeded in solving the mystery behind the missing of Baba Harbans Singh Dukhia, heir to the Dera Baba Nirwan, by recovering his body from Ajit Singh Nagar here on Tuesday, sources said in the evening. Baba Birkha Dass, another contender for the religious seat, with the help of Mana Singh, a resident of Abohar’s Government Seed Farm, and Kala Singh of Pattisadiq village allegedly kidnapped Harbans Singh Dukhia from the Dera on December 8 and after a month of captivity killed him and dumped his body in the heaps of sand, close to Ajit Singh Nagar here. 

: President of the Punjab truck operators’ union, Malkeet Singh Keetu, said he had asked the agencies purchasing foodgrain in the state to settle the transportation rates for the financial year 2008-09 before the arrival of the produce in the grain markets. At a press conference here, the truck union leader said that the truck operators would, otherwise, not provide transportation to them. In the absence of the settlement of transportation rates, only 80 to 90 per cent of the total charges were paid and the remaining 10 per cent of the payment was paid only after several reminders and requests.

Youth drowns: A youth drowned in the Achleshwar Temple tank, 7 km from here, on the Batala-Jalandhar road on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Surinder Kumar (21). The police sent the body to the local civil hospital for a post-mortem examination. The youth reached the temple on Tuesday evening and jumped into the tank with his clothes on. 

Accident death: Newly wed woman Sangeeta died in a road accident on Monday evening. Vishak Seth of Qadian, along with his wife Sangeeta,a nd another person, was returning home from Amritsar in their Indica car (PB-18-J-4156). The car went out of control near Talwandi village and rammed into a tree. 

Book release: A book of short stories, ‘Jhooblian wale kaante’, written by Darshan Singh Pritimaan was released by K.K. Yadav, commissioner, MC, Bathinda and Amit Dhaka, IAS (UT) at a function held at Public Library on Tuesday. This is the fifth book by Pritimaan, after ‘First April’, ‘Eh agg kado bujhegi’, ‘Hakk mangdeya nu goli’, ‘Saka Gurdwara Sahib di lok lehar’. Others present on the occasion included Public Library’s general secretary, Jagdish Singh Ghai, senior vice-president, K K Sharma, Dr Satnam Singh, besides many others. 

Spiritual discourse: A spiritual discourse will be organised at the Durga Mandir, Model Town phase-I, here on February 7. Subrata Dasaji of the Oneness University, situated at Vardiahpalam under district Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, will deliver the discourse. Similar programme will also be organised at the Jwalamata Mandir, Ajit Road on February 8. Dasaji will explain about the Oneness Movement, its philosophy and its vision which aims to encourage people from all walks of life to pursue their own manifested faith in the manner they desire to enhance the flow of divine grace in them through their own manifested beliefs and bring together all mankind to oneness. 

Old man charred to death
: An old and infirm person was burnt to death in a fire incident which took place at Gandhi Camphere on Tuesday evening. The victim, Bihari Lal (70), was lying beside a burning “angithi” at his house. All of a sudden his quilt caught fire. He could not save himself as he was sick and was burnt to death. However, a fire engine extinguished the fire immediately. 



INAUGURATED: City mayor Pradeep Chhabra inaugurated the first Indian office of Southern Cross Student Services Private Limited (SCSS) in Sector 9 here today. It is the first guidance centre run by Australians. Addressing mediapersons, Gail Baker, director, India Operations of SCSS, stated that the company aimed at providing complete solutions to the students who aspired to study in Australia. There was no age bar for the students to apply for it. 

Govt recognition: The Haryana Government has recognised Drishti Eye Hospital, Sector 11, Panchkula, as an approved hospital from where government employees, pensioners and their dependents can get treatment. Stating this on Tuesday, an official spokesman said the employees getting treatment at the hospital would be entitled for reimbursement equivalent to those in the PGI, Chandigarh, and AIIMS, New Delhi.

: Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh expressed shock over the sudden and untimely demise of Punjab IAS, director, pensions and pensioner welfare H.R. Megh. In a condolence message, Capt Singh described Megh an upright officer who always strived for the betterment of the downtrodden of the society. He expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul. 

: Protesting against the erratic power supply, industrialists of the district organised a dharna outside Shakti Bhavan on Tuesday. The protesters alleged that long and unscheduled power cuts were playing havoc with the industrial production in the district. Repeated representations to the authorities concerned had failed to solve the power problems, alleged an industrialist C.B. Goel. 



Cattle perish in fire: Three cattle were burnt alive when a cowshed caught fire at Kangel village of Bagheigarh interior belt on Sunday night. A buffalo, a jersey cow and its calf were reportedly killed in the incident. Revenue officials had reached the spot to conduct relief and rescue operations and assess losses. 

Man found dead: In charge of Killar bus stand Ghanshyam Dass died at Tiyari village on Sunday night. The condition of driver Lekh Raj, who was accompanying him, was stated to be critical. They were going to their homes on leave via Jammu and Kashmir as the helicopter service had been discontinued as a result of snowfall. They boarded a bus from Batot on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. On the way, they stayed in a house for a night where Ghanshyam was found dead in the morning. Charcoal gas can be the reason behind the incident. 

Plea to amend rules
: The district kabbadi federation has urged the state government to amend the rules framed by the previous government for registration of kabbadi associations. President of district kabbadi federation Ravinder Singh Patial said the previous government had fixed a norm to have a participation of at least 8 teams from every block of the district for the registration of association at district level, which was not a rational decision. He said since the registration of the kabbadi association was very difficult with the above norms the state government should relax this condition by amending the rules of registration. 

MLA bereaved
: Vidhyavati (79), mother of the local MLA and former chairman of the HPTDC Rakesh Pathania, died after a brief illness. She was admitted to a private hospital at Amritsar where she died on Tuesday morning. The cremation will take place at Jachh cremation ground at 11am on Wednesday. Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, state BJP chief Jairam Thakur, speaker Tulsi Ram, ministers Gulab Singh, Ravinder Ravi, Rajiv Bindal, Kishan Kapoor and Ramesh Dhwala have mourned her death. 

DCC appointment
: Pradesh Congress Committee chief Viplove Thakur has appointed Ajit Mahajan as acting president of the Kangra District Congress Committee. Mahajan who is currently the general secretary of the unit will assist president B.B. Butail in managing the party affairs in the state’s biggest and politically most significant district. 


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