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Stir threatened
: The Bhartiya Kissan Union Ekta Ugrahan today warned the city police that sit-in would be staged at the main police station here on April 4 if the accused in Karanjit murder case was not arrested by April 3. The union at a meeting alleged that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued arrest warrants against the accused on March 14 but the police here was not executing the same allegedly under some pressure. Karanjit, a former student of the D A V College, was killed in 1996. 

Woman still traceless: A government railway police (GRP) team, from Behranpur of Madhya Pradesh, that arrived here last night could not trace Luxmi Devi (30) who had reportedly gone missing since February 8. Her mother Sushila Devi, who accompanied the team, said Luxmi was seen boarding a train at Behranpur and further inquiries confirmed that she was given shelter for few days on reaching here by a Dalit family in village Balluana near here. However, the family told the police that they had accommodated Luxmi on humanitarian considerations but she abruptly left the house after a few days without informing them. This has deepened the mystery over her missing. 

Farewell function: Even when they were teaching at distant places the students of B.Ed correspondence course 2006-08 today made it a point to attend the formal farewell function in D A V College of Education here to relive the happy moments they enjoyed here. The colourful function was conducted by Manjit, Harvinder, Era and Harpreet Singh. The participants presented old songs, folk songs, skits and monoacting items to add colour to the event. Principal Venita Singh exhorted the participants to continue process of learning to update their skill in teaching besides enriching general knowledge. She complimented those who had excelled in the last academic  session. 

Central status for GND varsity sought: Making a strong case for upgrade of Guru Nanak Dev University to a Central university, the faculty of the university has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, listing its achievements in academics, sports and culture. The move follows an announcement made by the Prime Minister’s Office that 30 more Central universities would be set up across the country. The Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association has also sought an audience with the Prime Minister on the issue, said Dr Sukhprit Singh, secretary of the association. It also performs the parenting role of directing and monitoring the academic programmes of more than 150 colleges located in districts of Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur (border districts) and Jalandhar. 

Two held for smuggling
: Local police has arrested two persons for allegedly smuggling a large chunk of country-made liquor. Handiaya police post in-charge Manjeet Singh said that at a naka staged at Khudi Kalan- Jodhpur road, the police during search of a tractor found about 360 bottles of liquor. Police seized the same and arrested Ajmer and Jaswinder singh. A case under Excise Act has been registered. 

Sangat Darshan
: DC Megh Raj today exhorted all district officials to redress the genuine problems of the poor and needy people at a priority basis. The DC was addressing officials during the 64th Sangat Darshan held here today in which 38 complaints were received, out of which 12 were redressed on the spot and rest 26 were marked to departments concerned. On the occasion, the DC expressed concern over the pending cases of complaints, which were sent to officials concerned. The DC instructed DSSO to provide tricycles, sewing machines to some needy families.

Raids on chemist shops go on: The health department led by district drug inspector Jasbir Singh raided Manoj Medical Agency in the Guru Arjan Dev complex in Bassi Khawaju on Tuesday. The department seized thousands of intoxicated capsules, pills and syrup. Jasbir said legal proceedings would be initiated against the owners. 

Office-bearers: R.P. Dhir was elected president of the District Bar Association (DBA), Hoshiarpur, on Monday. Dhir defeated R.K. Menon by 50 votes. Kamaljeet Singh was elected vice-president, whereas Vishal Nanda secretary. 

POs arrested: The Tanda police arrested three proclaimed offenders (PO), Abdul Abhi, Raunqi and Gurmito of Kalwan village. The trio was wanted in a case registered at Moga on July 27, 2007. 

Bag snatched: Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched a bag containing Rs 60,000 cash from Gurbachan Kaur of Ghalrian village here.

New IMA chief: Dr Kapil Gupta has been installed as president of the IMA Jalandhar branch for 2008-09 at a function organised in a city hotel. In his presidential address, Dr Gupta congratulated the outgoing team for its excellent work. He welcomed healthy criticism in his future plan of implementation of various innovative ideas, including IMA blood bank, IMA hall, various cultural and academic feasts. 

Smack recovered
: The police apprehended one Sukhdev Singh and recovered 1 kg smack from his possession. Dharamkot police station registered a case under the NDPS Act against him here on Tuesday. 

Budget aimed to divide people: BJP: Punjab BJP president Prof Rajinder Bhandari on Sunday came down heavily on the Union government for making special provisions for minorities in the Budget. He said the Budget had made it clear that the Congress was hell bent on dividing people of the country on the basis of caste and creed.He said youth of the minority community, who had remained unattended, were now being focused with a special provision of Rs 3,000 crore. BJP general secretary Kamal Sharma also spoke.They were accompanied by district president Ravinder Singh Ginni, kisan cell district president Randhir Singh Khangura and Vinod Kalra. 



Appointed: The Chandigarh education department on Tuesday appointed Gurdip Singh, superintendent grade-II, as registrar, education (Schools). Gurdeep Singh has been promoted to this position following the retirement of A.L. Nanda. 



Protest against price rise: The Haryana Janhit Congress (Bhajan Lal) has decided to hold demonstrations in each block of the state on Wednesday in protest against price rise. Satpal Kaushik, a close associate of party president Kuldeep Bishnoi, here on Monday, said Bishnoi had directed block presidents of the party to stage dharnas to highlight the failures of the ruling Congress in checking galloping inflation, which had made the life of a common man miserable. 

Dowry case against five
: The police has booked Manju Devi’s husband Mukesh Kumar, Priyanka’s husband Raj Kumar, their father-in-law Surender Kumar, mother-in-law Bimla Devi and sister-in-law Shakuntala, all residents of Pali village of Mahendergarh district, on charges of dowry harassment, criminal breach of trust and criminal intimidation. A case under Sections 498-A, 406 and 506 of the IPC has been registered against them. Earlier, Manju of the Hans Nagar colony here filed a petition against them. 


Probe sought
: The District Non-Gazetted Employees Association has urged the Chief Minister to order a probe into the alleged carelessness by some officials who did not bother to ensure payment of medical reimbursement and TA bills of employees under the HP-PWD 10th circle here. Association district president Chet Ram Verma, general secretary Anil Chadda and press secretary Bhupender Dogra said the government had sanctioned Rs 25 lakh on March 27 for these payments, but the information and sanction was conveyed to the offices concerned only on March 31 at 3 pm. This led to the lapse of grant and put beneficiaries to inconvenience, they alleged. 

LIC agent found dead
: LIC agent Parveen Kumar (21), a resident of Sadwan in Nurpur tehsil of Kangra district, was found dead in a field alongside Pulani Nala, near Bharmour, on Monday. A case had been registered at the Bharmour police station and the body sent for a post-mortem examination. 

Exorbitant school fees
: The District Consumer Protection Organisation has urged private schools to charge genuine fees at the time of admission. The president of the organisation Deepak Sharma said many private schools had been charging hefty amounts at the time of admission in the garb of providing facilities. Asking the parents to be vigilant Sharma said his organisation would keep an eye on such activities by the private schools.

Shop gutted
: A kariyana shop owned by one Gurpal Singh, a resident of Paonta, situated at the Bangaran Chowk in the town, was reduced to ashes, as fire broke out in the shop in the wee hours on Tuesday. The police has registered a case in this connection and started investigating regarding the cause of fire and loss to the shopkeeper. Sources said the store was having articles for more than Rs 10 lakh, which were completely destroyed, however actual loss was still to be calculated. 

Three houses gutted
: A sudden fire broke out in kutcha house of a gujjar family at Kathgarh, 6 km from Indora in this subdivision, today and rendered three gujjar families homeless. According to the Indora Police, house of Vashir Mohammad caught fire at 10 am when he and his family were away. The fire spread and engulfed adjoining houses of Makkan Deen and Pappu Deen. All three houses gutted before the fire brigade from Pathankot reached the spot. However, no loss of life was reported in the mishap. A loss of Rs 4.80 lakh has been estimated in the preliminary investigation made by the police. 

Committee constituted
: The government has constituted a committee under the Chief Secretary to rationalise the existing administrative units, including the need for creation of new units, taking into account the existing sub-divisions, tehsils and blocks in the state. The principal secretary, revenue, rural development and GAD, would be the members of the committee and all divisional commissioners the special invitees. The secretary, revenue, would be the member secretary of the committee. 


Policeman arrested
: A policeman was arrested on Tuesday after 108 rounds of AK-rifle were allegedly found in his possession in Kathua district. On a tip-off, the police raided the house of havaldar Abdul Gani in Basholi area and recovered the ammunition. A case has been registered. Meanwhile, troops of the 157 Territorial Army Battalion arrested a woman roaming near the Zero-line in Kanachak area of Jammu district. She was identified as Poonum Rani of Haryana. 

SHRC’s notice to DGP: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday issued a notice to the DGP to seek a report from the authorities of Tihar Jail in New Delhi regarding the alleged maltreatment of Kashmiri detainees there. A notice had been sent to the DGP for collecting complete information from the superintendent, Tihar jail, with respect to the allegations that appeared in a local newspaper, acting chairman of the SHRC, Habibullah Bhat, said. The commission has listed the case for hearing on May 1. 

Water supply schemes: An amount of more than Rs 10 crore was being expended in different water supply schemes in Leh of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said on Tuesday. He said Rs 2.80 crore was expended on various water supply schemes against an allocation of Rs 2.97 crore under the district plan for the current fiscal year. 

Steel bridges: To provide more connectivity to people of remote border areas in Karnah sub-division, the government has started construction of four bridges at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore, an official spokesperson said on Tuesday. He said work was in progress on all four steel girder bridges, including Butha Moji and Tazooni. 

Co-operative bank: The Jammu and Kashmir Co-operative Bank has done a business of Rs 2,000 crore in the financial year 2007-08, through its network of 210 branches, while its credit deposit ratio has increased to 40 per cent, state agriculture and cooperatives minister Abdul Aziz Zarfm said on Tuesday. 

IED blast in Pulwama: Militants triggered an IED blast in Pulwama district, official sources said on Tuesday. The explosion took place on the Rajpora-Pulwama road in the wee hours from where a police patrol party and the CRPF were expected to pass. However, no one was hurt in the blast. Police sources added that no militant outfit had claimed responsibility for the attack so far. 

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