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One caught cheating in examination: Student Sarabjit Singh was caught cheating in an exam using a mobile phone. The student was taking exams of BA final year at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College here on Wednesday. College principal Jatinder Pal Sidhu caught him with a cell phone hidden under his turban. When the college authorities tried to get his signature on the university’s form of the UMC (unfair means case), Sarabjit ran away.

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Transformers stolen:
Officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board here have lodged a complaint with the police that six transformers of the board have been stolen from the area in the past few days. The police has registered a case of theft. The complaint states that the transformers have been stolen from Mor Thikri, Mubarakpur, Mirpur, Bankarpur, Kurawaka and Devi Nagar. 

Hardeep Singh was killed while his sister Kuldeep Kaur and 7-year-old daughter Daman Kaur, residents of Badali Ala Singh village, were injured in a road accident near Todar Majra village. They were going on a motorcycle, when a speeding car (PB 65G 0263) coming from opposite side had a head on collision. Hardeep Singh died on spot, while Kuldeep and Daman were taken to hospital. Daman was further referred to PGI Chandigarh, while Kuldeep is under treatment at Sohana. The police arrested car driver Satinder Singh, resident of phase IV, Mohali. He was later bailed out.

Blood donation
: A blood donation camp was organised in the Sran Nursing Home, Mansa, on Wednesday. In this camp, nearly 35 units of blood were donated. The Sran Nursing Home organised this camp with the cooperation of the Astha Jan Seva Club, Mansa. President of the Maharaja Aggarsain Trust ,Vijay Singla, was the chief guest and president of the Subash Drammatic Club, Ashok Garg, was the guest of honour.

Seven-yr-old sodomised:
The South City police station registered a case against Nonny, a resident of Singhawala village, for sodomising a seven-year-old. According to the police sources, some villagers brought Nonny to the police station after having been thrashed for the crime. The seven-year old victim was admitted in the civil hospital here for medical examination. 



Blood donation:
The 15th blood donation and free eye check-up camp was organised by the local Uttarakhand Yuva Manch at Garhwal Bhawan, Sector 29-A, on Tuesday. As many as 104 volunteers, including women, donated blood. The camp was inaugurated by MC mayor Pradeep Chhabra, who lauded the efforts of the manch in organising the annual camp. The manch honoured those donors, who had completed 10 donations. Dr Gaurav from the PGI examined the visitors.

Members of Ex-Servicemen Grievances Cell demanded 13 per cent job reservation in government service for ex-servicemen in Mohali district. The president of the cell, S.S. Sohi, said Mohali had not yet been posted with a single ESM in office staff. Mohali has more than 20,000 ESM and widows. He said a plot for Sainik Sadan at Phase 10 was inaugurated on December 2006, but no one has bothered to follow up with it.

Report sought: Taking cognizance of press reports regarding the bashing up of a Phase IX resident allegedly by a constable, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked DIG Crime, Punjab, for a detailed report. The commission members passed the orders on Tuesday. The DIG has been asked to submit a report by May 2. 



Youth killed: Shanker Singh (21), a truck driver and resident of Tonk district of Rajasthan, died on the spot when the truck he was driving rammed into another truck, whose driver abruptly applied brakes, on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Sangwari village, 10 km from here, on Wednesday. The police has booked the other truck driver for rash and negligent driving. 

Gold chain looted: A youth reportedly snatched a gold chain worth Rs 30,000 from a woman, Kanika, who was sitting beside her husband Pawan Kumar on a bench in Swarn Jayanti Park in Model Town here on Monday. The miscreant, along with another accomplice, who was standing outside, fled with the booty on a motorcycle. The police has registered a case of assault and theft under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC on a complaint filed by the couple.

Employment scheme: The District Industry Centre has trained 924 unemployed youths and 831 beneficiaries had been given loans to the tune of Rs 7.12 crore under the Prime Minister rozgar yojna. The district has been adjudged first in the state in distributing loans under the yojna. Deputy commissioner Nitin Kumar Yadav stated this in a press note issued here on Wednesday. He said under industrial promotion rules 2007, two meetings had been held and under the single window system, industrialists were being provided facilities like pollution certificate consent, NOC, CLU and power connection from UHBVN.

Bishnoi’s security cover : The growing popularity of Kuldeep Bishnoi and his party, the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL), had created a panic among the Congress and the state government and that was why the government has resorted to petty politics of downsizing the security cover of Bishnoi, said Satpal Kaushik, a senior HJC leader. He claimed that intelligence agencies had told the government that there was threat to the life of Bishnoi. Kaushik demanded that the security cover of Bishoni should be increased. 

Demolition drive: The district town planning department is in process of starting a major drive to demolish unauthorised constructions in Jagadhri and Yamunanagar. There are several unauthorised colonies on the Kansapur, Sasoli, Farakpur, Amadalpur and Buria roads here. Sources said unauthorised colonies were being identified. Once the identification was complete, occupants of unauthorised buildings would be issued notice. An official of the department said bulldozing of such structures was also on cards.



Ex-servicemen’s demand: The HP Ex-Servicemen League, Hamirpur, has expressed resentment over the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission over the issue of salary of armed personnel and for not granting “one rank one pension” to retired military personnel. In a memorandum sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the league has said that the armed personnel might not get their due even under the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission that came after 10 years. “The armed personnel feel frustrated when they compare their pay packets with people employed in the private sector,” the league has said. It has urged the Prime Minister to consider their legitimate demands and do justice with the serving and retired armed personnel.

Ex-servicemen’s rally: Nine Corps will organise an ex-servicemen rally at Rajendra Stadium, Yol Cantt, on Sunday. Lieut-Gen Vinay Sharma (GOC 9 Corps) will be the chief guest. Transport arrangements are being made by the Army from central points leading to Yol Camp.

Liquor seized: The police has seized 143 bottles of country made liquor in 13 separate cases in Baddi belt on Tuesday. Laying nakas at different locations at Baddi, Barotiwala and Nalagarh the police kept a close vigil to check liquor smuggling due to the last day of 07-08 fiscal. As many as 13 persons were booked under the Excise Act.

Four arrested, released: The Dehra police on Tuesday evening arrested four persons, including a woman, under suspicious circumstances in Sunait village. Dehra SDO Sita Ram said all four persons belong to Jalandhar in Punjab and have been identified as Maninder Singh, Manjeet Singh, Joginder Singh and Reetu. He said they have been arrested under Section 141(2), 109 of the CrPC. They were produced before the Dehra SDM and were granted bail.

Charas seized, 1 held : The police raided a shop at Gurkhari, in the outskirts of this town, on Tuesday evening and recovered nearly 1 kg of charas and arrested one person in this connection. Kangra SDO Umapati Jamwal said on Wednesday that the arrested person has been identified as Vikas Sharma, alias King, a resident of Kangra. He said a case under Section 20 /61/85 of the NDPS Act had been registered against him. —

Office-bearers: Chander Shekhar Gupta and Anil Sehgal were elected as the chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the CII Himachal Pradesh State Council, for the current financial year. Chander Shekhar Gupta is managing director of CS Zircon Products Pvt Ltd and also a member of the Indian Ceramic Society and Material Research Society of India. Anil Sehgal is partner in Precision Turners. 



Hideout busted: A militant hideout was unearthed in Mandi tehsil of Poonch district on Wednesday and huge arms and explosives were recovered, the police said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a hideout in the district on Tuesday, they said, adding that militants had fled away before the police reached the spot.

Sarpanch shot dead: A sarpanch was shot dead by militants in the frontier district of Kupwara on Wednesday, official sources said. They said a group of militants entered the house of Mohammad Amin Mughal at Kuligam, Kupwara, in north Kashmir on Wednesday and shot him dead. Mughal, a former militant, was sarpanch of the village, they said, adding that a massive hunt had been launched to nab the killers. 

Charge sheet filed: The state police Crime Branch (CB) has filed a charge sheet against a person for fraud matriculation certificate. A spokesman of the CB said, “We received a tip-off possessing that Shamas-ur-Rehman has submitted a fake matriculation certificate for regularisation of his services in a government department.” He said investigation was taken up during which the certificate was seized. Later, it was proved fake after verifying with the Board of School Education.

Shopkeepers fined : More than 325 shopkeepers were booked and fined for violating the Weights and Measures Act (WMA) in the Kashmir valley, official sources said on Wednesday. They said the checking squad of the Legal Metrology Department during its inspection of markets in Sopore, Rafiabad, Bandipora and Sumbal tehsils in north Kashmir collected fine of more than Rs 1 lakh from 321 traders for various violations of the Weights and Measures Act. 

Kashmir lok adalats : Kashmir lok adalats are becoming popular with 42 more cases having been solved, which were pending for decades. An official spokesman said 72 cases were taken up for hearing in the lok adalat organised by tehsil Legal Services Committee (LSC) in court complex at Shopian in south Kashmir. From them, 42 cases were settled amicably among the parties, he added. Top

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