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Man with revolver held:
A police patrol party nabbed Ramesh Kumar for allegedly threatening girls with a loaded revolver outside a girls college here on Thursday. However, the SSP denied this, adding that the police arrested the accused for possessing a .32-bore revolver, which is registered in the name of S.R.Sandhu.

International conclave:
The Guru Gobind Singh Foundation has planned an international conclave at Chandigarh to mark the 300th anniversary of investiture of spiritual authority (Gurgaddi) on Adi (Guru) Granth Sahib by Guru Gobind Singh.

Khalsa Heritage Complex: A part of the Khalsa Heritage Complex will be open to the public on April 13. Sources said preparations in this regard were being made at the official level. US-based Israeli architect Moshe Safdie was here on Friday to give a presentation to ministers and others concerned.

Transfers: The Punjab government has appointed Mohinder Pal as joint commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, and Bir Pal Singh, PCS, has been posted as DDULB, Ludhiana, with immediate effect. 

5 DIG-level officers shifted: The Punjab Government on Friday shifted five DIG-level officers. R.L. Bhagat is DIG (Security), S.L. Gakhar DIG (Commandos), Bahadurgarh, Tehal Singh Dhaliwal DIG, at IRB, Jalandhar, Ishwar Chander DIG (Administration) at PAP, Jalandhar, and P.S. Sarao DIG at IRB, Patiala.

Ex-cop booked:
In a land grabbing case at Dhariwal, the police has booked a former Punjab policeman and three others for fraudulently getting power of attorney from Hira Singh of Kalyanpur for selling his 21-kanal land. The police has booked Harjit, Kashmir, Puran Singh and Malkiat Singh. The suspects are absconding.

Judge inspects Central Jail:
Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inspected the Central Jail near Basti Adda here on Thursday. He was accompanied by District and Sessions Judge of Jalandhar Gurdev Singh and other members of the judiciary posted in the city.

Three booked:
The police has booked three persons on Friday on the charge of hurting religious sentiments of a particular community. According to information, some persons allegedly damaged the welcome gate and hoardings erected by residents of Mohalla Ravi Dass Nagar near Idgah in connection with the celebrations of Guru Ravi Dass birthday.

Noor is Sahitya Akademi VP:
Punjabi litterateur Satinder Noor has been elected vice-president of the Bharatiya Sahitya Akademi. In the elections held on Wednesday last in Delhi, Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay, editor of Desh, was elected president of the Akademi, while Noor was elected unopposed. Besides, senior academician Deepak Manmohan of Chandigarh was elected convener of the Akademi's Punjabi wing as he defeated Punjabi novelist Ajit Kaur of Delhi by 13 votes. 

2 killed in accidents:
Darshan Lal was killed in a road accident near Sainik Mandir, Gurdaspur road, here on Friday. He was going with his grandson Sahil Kumar on his scooter when a car hit his vehicle. Sahil was rushed to hospital where his condition was said to be critical. In another accident, Raju was killed on the Pathankot-Amritsar road, near Rashpalwa village, here on Friday when his car collided with a truck.

Father, son held: The police has arrested Naresh Kumar and his son Amit Kumar, residents of Basurpur village, in Sujanpur here on Friday for their involvement in a case of an attempt to murder. They were arrested on the complaint of Romesh Kumar, brother of Naresh Kumar.



Child caught:
Police here have caught a child while he was attempting to steal a bag from a car on Thursday. According to police, Amarnath had parked his car in Sector 4, near his showroom, where a girl broke the windowpane and tried to escape with his bag. However, some passersby overpowered her and handed her over to the police.

‘Swachchta rath’: In order to create awareness regarding health and hygiene among the poor masses, deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria flagged off a ‘swachchta rath’ on Friday. The ‘rath’ would distribute toothbrushes and nail-cutters to members of around 40,000 families living below poverty line in the district.

Para-sailing camp: The Haryana sports and youth affairs department has organised a para-sailing and gliding camp at the Pinjore aviation institute, near here. The camp would last till March 26. Around120 boys and girls participated in the first phase of the six-day camp at the civil aerodrome of Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation. In the second phase the number would be 240.

Theft: Thieves broke open the window pane of the car of a local resident, Ashok Pawar, and escaped with a bag containing Rs three lakh here on Thursday. Ashok is a property dealer.

Dogs vaccinated
: Around 100 stray and pet dogs were vaccinated against rabies at an animal welfare camp organised in Phase V by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in association with the Animal Husbandry Department, Punjab, on Friday. The dogs were also given medicines for skin diseases and worm infestations.



Scooterist killed
: One person was killed in a road accident on Ambala- Hisar road, near Kalka chowk, here on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Om Prakash Bhatia, a local trader. Om Prakash was crossing the church compound when a speedy truck coming from opposite direction crashed into his scooter. He died on the spot.



Death mourned
: The Himachal Pradesh State Beopar Mandal has mourned the death of their president Hem Chand Sood and his wife Prakashwati in a road accident in Una district a few days ago. Addressing mediapersons here on Friday, state beopar mandal vice-presidents Navin Chand Sood (Palampur), Janak Raj (Kullu), general secretary Jai Kumar, state executive members Rajpal Sankhyan and Sitaram Mahajan said Sood, who was a founder member of the mandal, served the organisation continuously for more than 25 years as its elected president.

New registrar:
R.S. Jasrotia, a senior of the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services has today joined as registrar of the Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at Palampur. He started his career in the year 1990 and has held various administrative posts in the state.

Charas seized:
The police seized 750 gm of charas from two bus passengers at Dharampur, near here, on Thursday. A Shimla-Chandigarh HRTC bus was stopped for routine checking at a naka at Dharampur. The police seized charas from bus passengers Joginder and Sita Ram, hailing from Aani in Kullu district. A case has been registered.

Workshop ends: A two-day All India workshop for regional underwriters concluded in a hotel at Parwanoo on Friday evening. The workshop was organised by the National Insurance Company Limited. During the workshop various new products in the pipelines were deliberated upon. The workshopfocuss on various challenges being faced by general insurance companies in the current tariff free regime in the region. 

Two cows burnt: Two cows were burnt alive when a cowshed owned by Chajju Ram resident of Ser Manon village in Bhanat Panchyat under Rajgarh subdivision went up in flames on Friday. Eyewitnesses said the fire started from backside where a sawmill is located and soon engulfed the whole cowshed under the flames burning the cows to death. The district administration has sought a report in this regard.

Held for theft:
Residents of Talara village caught a person identified as Ravi Kumar, of ward number seven of Nurpur town, red handed while stealing telephone cables meant for 20 telephone lines of the village on Thursday night. The villagers immediately informed the BSNL authorities and the police recovered a part of the cable from his possession. Kumar was produced in the judicial court on Friday and was sent into police remand.


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