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12 kg heroin seized
: The police seized 12 kg of heroin and nabbed three smugglers here on Tuesday night. The packets of the contraband bear Afghan markings. District police chief Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said according to preliminary investigations, the ISI of Pakistan was behind the supply of large consignments of heroin across the border. The police chief said the smugglers who were arrested included Vidya Sagar, a resident of Gandhi Nagar in Jammu. He had been working as a major kingpin of couriers transporting the deadly substance from Poonch border of Jammu and Kashmir. The other two were Baldev Singh of Jagraon and Rajbir Kaur wife of a notorious smuggler Satnam Singh Satta who recently escaped from the police custody. They were operating in the region along the international border. He said 11 kg of heroin was recovered from Vidya Sagar and Baldev while 1 kg from Rajbir. All were part of a gang of couriers who were supposed to deliver the consignment to a local conduit. 

One booked for murder: The police has booked Sukhjinder Singh of Gagarbhana village for allegedly killing Kewal Singh of the same village on the statement of Ajit Singh, father of the deceased. The body of Kewal was found from the fields with several injury marks. The complainant suspected that Sukhjinder had killed his son as he used to resist the attempts of the accused for luring his son towards bad habits. 

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Remand for murder accused
: The accused in the Nurpur Bedi murder case has been sent to two-day police remand on Wednesday. All four accused arrested for killing Kesar Singh Malhi, a resident of Simbal Majra village (Jetewal), were produced before a local court and the police remanded two-day remand. 

Re-registering RMPs must
: The Punjab government on Wednesday issued a notification making it mandatory for every registered medical practitioner (RMP) to get his registration renewed after every five years. Jagjit Puri, secretary, medical education, said at the time of renewal they would be required to obtain 50 hours of continue medical education, 10 hours per year on payment of renewal fee of Rs 500.

Re-employed as director: The Punjab government has re-employed Dr Baljeet Singh Sidhu as director, animal husbandry, for one year. 

Silver jubilee celebrations
: The local Army school celebrated the silver jubilee of the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES) here on Wednesday. Principal Vandana Doda said the school was founded in 1976, primarily to impart education to the children of army personnel. However, at present, 30 per cent of the students were from civilian families. Baldeesh Katula read out the ideals and goals of the AWES and its genesis. Teachers were also honoured on the occasion. 

: Jagtar Singh Sandhu of DM College of Education here was declared elected as president of the district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union on Wednesday. Although the election was scheduled to be held on May 4 but the nomination paper of his only rival, Hardip Singh Gill of AD College, Dharamkot, was rejected as it was not filled in order. Therefore, Sandhu was declared as elected unopposed. Besides, N.S. Khanna of the local DM College was the only nomination for the post of secretary and hence, he too was elected unopposed.

Cop kills son
: Police constable Makhan Singh, posted at the Police Lines, Gurdaspur, allegedly murdered his son Baljinder Singh at Sohal village, 30 km from here, on Tuesday. DSP Pradip Malik said Makhan got annoyed got involved in a scuffle with his son and attacked him with an axe, killing him on the spot. The accused is absconding. 

Book released
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal released Punjabi book “Maa Boli Ik Doctori Drishtikon” by Dr Harshinder Kaur during the All-India Punjabi Conference at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hall of Punjabi University. He also released a university souvenir. The book will also be released during a function of Bhagat Singh Foundation Trust at Auckland on May 19. 

Launched: Punjabi University launched a Punjabi search engine ‘Punjabikhoj’ developed by a team led by Dr Gurpreet Singh Lehal, director, Advanced Centre for Technical Development of Punjabi Language. Punjabikhoj is based on the Google custom search engine technology and searches all Punjabi documents encoded in Unicode. Dr Gurpreet said another unique feature of engine was that it could search for Punjabi words in Hindi and Shahmukhi (Urdu) documents as well.  



: Shalinder Anand was elected president of the Mohali Property Consultants Association at a general house meeting held in Phase V here. He has been elected president of the association for the second time. The house gave Anand the powers to select his team of office-bearers and form the executive body. 

Meditation retreat: A capsule-type meditation retreat will be organised at Brahma Kumaris Sukh Shanti Bhavan in Phase VII on May 4. The retreat will provide a chance to the participants to learn how to lead a tension-free life by empowering the mind and building self-confidence. Free registration for the retreat will be on till May 2. 

Demanded: Member of the All-India Congress Committee Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha has demanded that poor families that were being uprooted from Jheurheri village following the acquisition of the land for an international airport here should be rehabilitated. She said the adversely affected persons should be given flats and also provided employment opportunities.

Car stolen
: A Maruti car belonging to Sham Dass, a resident of Sector 9, Panchkula, was stolen on the intervening night of April 28 and 29. According to Sham Dass, the car was parked outside his residence when it was stolen. A case has been registered at the Sector 5 police station.



Showroom gutted
: A fire broke out in a showroom located at Adarsh College market here on Tuesday late night. Owner Anil Sharma immediately informed the fire office when he got the information that his showroom caught fire. Sharma said the fire ruined all goods kept in the showroom. A short circuit is said to be the reason behind the fire. 

Public grievances day
: The Haryana police will organise a state-level Open Hearing Public Grievances Day at police headquarters, Panchkula on Friday. DGP R.S. Dalal will listen and redress public grievances between 11 am to 1.30 pm. 

Municipal committee bypoll: The Haryana State Election Commission has announced the byelection programme of Ward No. 13 and 15 of the Municipal Committee, Ratia in Fatehabad district. While stating this here on Wednesday, a spokesman of the commission said the polling for these wards would be held on May 25 and the results be declared the same day. The nomination papers would be filed from May 9 to May 13. The last date for withdrawal of candidature would be May 15. 

Committee on govt assurances: Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Raghuvir Singh Kadian has nominated MLA Naresh Kumar Sharma as special invitee to the committee on government assurances with effect from April 30 for 2008-09.

Kshatriya Mahasabha: Additional advocate-general of Haryana Bijender Singh Thakur has been nominated as national general secretary of the All-India Kshatriya Mahasabha by its president Amar Singh Bhadoria. Thakur belongs to a prominent family of freedom fighters of Karnal district. His father Randhir Singh was a former MLA of Haryana. 

Yamuna panel meeting: A meeting of the Haryana assembly committee constituted to go into various aspects of the Yamuna accord of 1994, which was scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed by Speaker Raghubir Singh Kadian to May 28. Sources say the meeting has been postponed because certain witnesses called by the committee have expressed their inability to appear before the committee on Thursday.

Brahm Sarovar cleanliness drive
: About two tonnes of waste material, including polythene bags, has so far been taken out from the standing water of the sacred Brahm Sarovar during kar sewa. The cleanliness drive was launched by the Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB), which entered its seventh day on Wednesday. Confirming this, KDB chief executive officer Sanjeev Verma said kar sewaks from various social, political and religious organisations had been cleaning the sarovar ghats.

Krishak Uphar Yojna
: Draws of the ‘Krishak Uphar Yojna’ comprising farmers’ coupons given by the Rewari Market Committee as well as the Kosli Market Committee, were held under the chairmanship of Lala Ram Yadav, district development and panchayat officer, at the Rewari Market Committee Office complex here on Wednesday. The first prize of Rs 20,000 was won by Ram Mehar of Nainsukhpura village (Rewari Market Committee) and Jai Dayal of Kuhard village (Kosli Market Committee), respectively. 

One arrested: On a tip-off, the CIA police launched a search drive in the old sabzi mandi area here on Tuesday. The police arrested Tutal of Malda district of West Bengal and seized three counterfeit currency notes of a denomination of Rs 1,000 each from his possession here. He was produced in a local court, which remanded him to judicial custody on Wednesday. Earlier, a case was registered under Section 489-C, IPC. 

Man held for murder: With the arrest of Anil Rawat (30), an employee of Autofit Ltd, and resident of the Housing Board Colony, Dharuhera, the police claims to have cracked a six-day-old murder case of a newly-wed woman, Ranjana Rawat (25), wife of Miland Rawat, an employee of Bharti Health Care Ltd, Jauniawas, near Dharuhera, who was stabbed and strangled to death at her residence in Sector 6, Part II of the Housing Board Colony, on April 23. 



Charas seized
: Gyan Chand of Gagnal, Mandi district, was arrested with 1 kg charas at Palyani Ghat on the National Highway No. 21 on Wednesday morning . A hunt has been launched to arrest his accomplice who managed to flee from the scene taking advantage of darkness. The accused were travelling in an Alto car (HP-01K-1031). Gyan has reportedly revealed the identity of his co-accused driver as Sheru of Paddhar in Mandi district. The car belonged to one Gurdass of Nerla of Mandi district. 

Life term for murder
: A fast-track court here has sentenced Suren Pal to life imprisonment in a murder case. A fine of Rs 25,000 was also imposed on him. A.K. Khenal, presiding officer of the fast-track court, found Suren Pal guilty of murdering Pradeep Kumar of Kapota village. Suren, who was present in the court, was immediately taken into custody by the police. 

Rattan flays BJP: Congress nominees for Hamirpur byelection O.P. Rattan has accused BJP leaders pf intimidating employees. He said, “BJP leaders have started threatening employees and their families after the start of the election campaign.” Meanwhile, Congress spokesman Deepak Sharma accused BJP leaders of “misusing government machinery” and violating the model code of conduct. 

One dead
: Vikram Singh (18) of Jagli village, near Ramshehr, died after consuming some poisonous substances. He had taken the substances on April 28 night at his home following which he was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh. However, he breathed his last to the PGI on Tuesday. Denying any foul play, the police said the poison was taken by mistake. 

Driver found dead
: The police on Wednesday recovered the missing vehicle and body of its owner, Sunil Thakur, from a deep gorge near Tara Devi, about 6 km from here. A missing report had been lodged on April 18 with the Boileauganj police station with regard to the disappearance of Sunil Thakur of Rampur along with his Alto car (HP-52-1915). After a tipoff the police found the car in a deep gorge below Tara Devi with the body of Sunil Thakur inside the vehicle. 



Amarnath yatra
: The annual pilgrimage to holy shrine of Buddha Amarnath yatra in Poonch district will commence from August 1 from Jammu. “The first batch of pilgrims will leave for Poonch on the same day,” Rama Kant, national convenor of the Bajrang Dal and state president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad said. The yatra will continue till August 10. “This year we are expecting more than two lakh pilgrims,” Kant said. About 1 lakh pilgrims visited the holy shrine last year. 

Hideout busted: Army troops busted a hideout and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in Poonch district on Wednesday, official sources said. Acting on a tip-off, the troops busted a hideout in Baladi area of Mendhar tehsil and recovered one AK rifle, four magazines, 72 rounds, 82 snipper rounds and five UBGL grenades. However, no arrests had been made so far. 

Pak channels ban
: Four Pakistani news channels remained off the air in the Kashmir valley, following a ban by the authorities here. Meanwhile, an organisation “Reporters Without Borders” has urged the authorities to lift the ban imposed on Geo, ARY, PTV and Aaj. The cable operators had also stopped airing Indian and international channels in protest against the ban on Pak channels. The organisation, an international journalists forum fighting for press rights, urged the authorities to lift the ban on the channels at the earliest. Many political parties and separatists have also criticised the ban. 

Jawan killed mistakenly: In a case of mistaken identity, a soldier was killed by an Army's ambush party near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district on Tuesday. The jawan was killed when the ambush party fired at him mistaking him for an infiltrator near Gumgund Potakhan area. The Army was patrolling the area close to the LoC to foil any attempt by militants from across the border to sneak into the valley. 

Charas seized: The state police arrested a smuggler along with 5.5 kg of charas in Pulwama district on Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off about the movement of smugglers in the area, the police during a naka arrested Reyaz Ahmad Mir and recovered the charas from his possession. In its drive against smugglers, the police has recovered a large quantity of charas, brown sugar and other banned items and arrested more than 100 smugglers in the Kashmir valley during the past six months. 


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