Killed: Ranjit Singh of village Jai Singh wala killed Charanjit Singh of the same village allegedly for not fulfilling his demand for money to buy liquor. The SHO Sangat police station, Davinder Singh, said that in his statement, Meva Singh, father of the deceased, said that Charanjit was demanding money from his son, when he refused to give him the amount, he assaulted him with a lathi causing injuries. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, but on the way, he succumbed to his injuries.After conducting the postmortem, police handed over the body to the family. A case of murder has been registered against Ranjit, but as he too received injuries, he has been admitted to the hospital under the custody of police.
Sangat darshan: Deputy commissioner Megh Raj gave a cheque of Rs 50,000 from the CM’s relief fund to one Rakesh Kumar for treatment of his ailing son at the 72nd sangat darshan programme here on Tuesday. The sangat darshan was attended by ADC Jaskiran Singh and DSP Bahadur Singh among other district officials. In all, 29 complaints were received, out of which nine were settled on the spot and the remaining were sent to the departments concerned. On the occasion, the DC instructed the district social security officer to issue pensions to four widows. He also instructed the Red Cross society to provide financial help to two needy persons for their medical treatment.
Wheat watch: Wheat procurement in 61 centres of the district is going on smoothly. This was revealed by deputy commissioner N.K. Wadhawan here on Tuesday. He said 98,603 tonnes of wheat had been procured till April 28.
Forest fire: The forest fire that had been continuing in the Shivalik range of Kandi belt at Kot, Patial and Bahera villages since April 25 has further spread. The areas which were under threat include Malout, Mehngrowal and Ram Tatwali villages. According to official sources, a team headed by forest range officer Paramjit Singh along with local residents was trying its best to control the fire.
4 file nominations: Four candidates filed their nomination papers here on Tuesday for the panchyati raj elections. The nominees were Usha Rani of Khangwari, Tajinder Kaur of Daduwal, Sukhbir Singh and Hans Raj, both from Daduwal.
Former terrorist Kulbira acquitted: A local court on Tuesday acquitted hardcore terrorist Kulbir Singh, alias Kulbira, of Barapind village under Goraya police station of all the charges he was booked under. Additional district and sessions judge B.K. Mehta acquitted the accused due to lack of eyewitnesses. He was booked in a case in 1992 at Phillaur police station in the district under sections 302, 392 and 34 of the IPC and sections 24/27/ 54/59 of the Arms Act. Earlier too, he was let off in two other cases in December 2007 and last month.
Chemists nabbed: A team comprising of officials of the civil surgeon office today raided the premises of two chemists and confiscated illegal drugs. In the first instance, the team raided the unauthorised shop of one Harbhajan Singh in Shanti Nagar and recovered 1,100 bottles of corex and ricodex cough syrups, 70,000 capsules and 1 lakh tablets. The team also raided the Sheranwala Gate residence of Harpal Singh and recovered nearly 5,000 injections of oxytocin.
Board meeting: Malwa Gramin Bank, regional rural bank sponsored by State Bank of Patiala, held its board meeting to declare the financial results of the bank for the year ended March 31. N.K. Bansal, Chairman of Malwa Gramin Bank, said that the bank has recorded impressive growth in the business during the financial year. He said deposits of the bank had increased to Rs 314.28 crore recording a growth of Rs 74.53 crore.
Inaugurated: In order to provide better customer service, V.K. Dhingra, executive director of the UCO bank, inaugurated new premises of the Patiala branch at Chhoti Baradari here today. Mayor Ajitpal Singh Kohli was the chief guest. A.K. Ahuja, chief manager of the branch, R. Murgai and B.R. Chauhan were also present.
CAMPS: The central excise commissionerate will hold a service tax registration week from May 1 to May 7 to guide the tax assessees falling under its jurisdiction. Camps will be held at two places i.e. at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, ICAI Bhawan, Sector 35, and Mohali Industrial Association Bhawan, Phase VII.
Office-bearers: The Punjab and Chandigarh Chapter of the Institute of Town Planners elected Dharam Singh Dhillon as its chairman and Gurpreet Singh as general secretary, here on Monday. Harjinder Singh Bajwa was elected treasurer of the apex body of town planners. Briefing about the decisions taken by the general body of the Institute of Town Planners, Gurpreet Singh said it had been decided to debate on the issue of local planning areas and master plans.
Bodies found: The decomposed body of an unidentified man was recovered by the police from a dilapidated room in Qutubpur Colony here on Monday. It was cremated after the postmortem examination. Simultaneously, its viscera had been dispatched to Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuban, for chemical analysis. In another incident, the body of an unidentified youth was recovered by the police from Huda Park in Dharuhera on Monday.
4 hurt in accident: Four person were injured, one of them seriously, when two motorcycles had a head-on collision at Kala Amb on Tuesday. Anil Kumar, who was riding motorcycle No. HP 18A 4516, was critically injured in the accident. He was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. Ravi Kumar, a Haryana resident riding motorcycle No. HP 18 4250, Sanjay Sharma and Tilak Raj were under treatment at a private clinic at Kala Amb. A case has been registered.
Protest march: Around 200 ayurvedic pharmacists took out a protest march at Paonta on Tuesday. They were demanding recognisation to their diplomas obtained from the SCVT training centres in the state during the tenure of the previous Congress government. Protesters raised slogans. The rally started from Badripur and went up to the office of the SDM, Paonta, after passing through the main market. They submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the SDM.
Sharda-Peeth varsity: Appreciating the role played by state Governor S.K. Sinha for the re-establishment of Sharda-Peeth University at Budgam district, the Panun Kashmir on Tuesday urged him to set up the university in Anantnag district. Terming the concept of the university as a move in the right direction, Panun Kashmir convener Agnishekhar suggested that the university be handled by the people whom the community trusted and who had a strong commitment to the project.
Peace mission: Puri Shankracharya Jagadguru Swami Adhokshjanand Maharaj is all set to begin his peace mission in the state. “We will organise Ati Maha Rudra yagya and Raj Rajeshwari Tripur Sundri Aradhana yagya for peace and prosperity of the state from May 7-15,” Shankracharya said here on Tuesday. He also expressed unhappiness over lack of basic amenities in and around the Buddha Amarnath shrine, which was a cause of hardships to the pilgrims.
Govt transfers 5 officers: In a minor reshuffle, the state government has transferred five senior officers. B.S. Dua, Irfan Yaseen, Raman Soni, Gulzar Ahmed Quareshi and Mirza Muzaffar Iqbal are the transferred persons.