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Two killed in mishaps
: Officials of the Punjab and Rajasthan police took two hours to decide who would shift the body of a road-mishap victim. According to the available information, one Nirmal Singh of village Jhotianwali, was returning after selling wheat husk in the neighbouring area of Sriganganagar, when his tractor-trailer, overturned near the Sadhuwali canal bridge, killing him on the spot. After about two hours, the Khuyiansarwar police of the Abohar sub-division agreed to shift the body to the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital late in the night. The same was handed over to the bereaved family after conducting post-mortem in the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here on Saturday, sources said. In another mishap, Sonu of Fazilka was killed while returning from Abohar, when the car that he was driving collided with a bus near village Dangarkhera, seven km from here, on Abohar-Fazilka road at about 10 pm on Friday.

Seminar on education: Yogesh Sharma, representative of the Akhil Bhartiya Gaytri Parivar Shantikunj, Haridwar, along with inaugurated the first “Teachers-Students-Parents” seminar in Amrit Model Senior Secondary School here on Saturday. Sharma said the teachers and students were the future builders of the nation. Others who spoke included senior educationists like O.P. Sharma, B.S. Chaudhary, K.C. Kalra, Ravi Dutt Kaushik, Hira Lal Chauhan and N.K. Bhatia. Principals of many institutions were also present. Raj Kishor Kalra, patron of the Bhartiya Sanskriti Gyan Pareeksha, exhorted them to ensure participation of maximum number of students in the test to be conducted soon to acquaint the youth with rich Indian heritage.

4 imposters held
: The district police has nabbed four persons, who were impersonating as sales officers and intercepting vehicles by laying check-posts on highways and outskirts of the city to loot people. The accused were identified as Makhtool Singh of Dhaul Kalan village, Sukhwinder Singh of Kot Majlas village (Batala), Harjinder Singh of Gobindpura and Harjinder Singh of the Chheharta area here. However, their fifth accomplice Jagtar Singh of Darshan Avenue managed to escape.

Badrukhan (Sangrur)
Secy terms it ‘friendly match’
: BJP MLA Arunesh Shakir, who is chief parliamentary secretary, has termed the elections by the SAD and BJP candidates as a “friendly match”. In reply to a question here on Thursday, Shakir said both parties would not suffer in the elections as each had their own vote bank. Shakir was here to campaign for a BJP candidate from Badrukhan Block Panchayat Samiti  zone.

Youth commits suicide
: Surinder Singh (28) of Sandoha village allegedly using .12 bore gun of his father shot himself to death in his fields at village Sandoha on Friday night. Sources said he was under some kind of mental depression. Maur police after registering the case under section 174 of the CrPC initiated the inquest proceedings.

Man arrested
: The police has arrested one Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Kokri Kalan village in Moga, today and recovered fake stamps of district transport officer from his possession. Gurmeet is a part of well-organised gang that has been forging stamp of DTO, preparing documents of cars and selling them in neighboring states. Four people have already been arrested in this connection.

Election duties: Election duties were assigned to different government agencies, including the administration, police and other departments during a meeting held in the presence of election observers. Instructions were issued to the returning officers, security in charges to oversee the election process. DC and SSP of Fatehgarh Sahib attended the meeting.

Suicide by woman, two sons
: Domestic disharmony due to alcoholism of husband led a woman, along with her two sons, to commit suicide at Mehalanwali village, 10 km from here, on Thursday. According to SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill, Poonam Sharma (38), wife of Ajay Sharma, along with her sons Sahil (12) and Gautam (10), committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at their house. Ajay, an employee of the Water Supply and Sewerage Board at Una in Himachal, was away on duty at the time of the incident.

One held for molestation
: One person was arrested on charges of molestation, here today. In his complaint to the police, a resident of Sante Majra Colony said on Friday Sapinder Singh from the Colony and Jagmohan Singh from Sector 47, Chandigarh, took away his daughter, a class seventh student of BSM Khalsa Girls High School, on their motorcycle to Chandigarh. They kept her locked in a room for four hours and molested her. Later, they dropped her in Kharar at around 1 pm. While Sapinder has been arrested, Jagmohan is still at large.

Sabharwal’s term extended
: The Punjab government has extended the term of S. C. Sabharwal, member (Transmission), of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for one year. Sabharwal has served the Board for more than 34 years. As chief engineer (Transmission) Sabharwal played a significant role in strengthening the transmission system of the PSEB thereby improving the quality of power supply to consumers. Sabharwal is also member of site selection committee for thermal power plants in Punjab. He has been instrumental in adding 708 circuit kilo meters of 220/132/66 KV transmission lines to the existing transmission network of Punjab in2007-08, the highest during the past 10 years.

BJP to fight without symbol:
The BJP has decided to contest the ensuing Panchayat elections, but without its party symbol i.e. lotus. For contesting the Panchayat elections, the local BJP units will tie up with the SAD. The BJP high command will not interfere in it. This was stated by state BJP president Rajinder Bhandari here on Friday.



Purse snatched
: Two youths snatched the purse of a woman from near the Phase IV gurdwara on Saturday evening. According to reports, Asha Negi, a resident of Phase VI, was with her friend Deep Mala, when the two youths on a motorcycle snatched her purse. She claimed that her purse contained jewellery worth Rs 15,000, a mobile phone, an ATM card and Rs 3,000. A police complaint was lodged in this regard.



Tributes paid:
Several Hindu organisations and political parties organised functions to pay tributes to the martyrs of 1857 uprising, which is know as the first war of independence here today. Several education institutions also celebrated the occasion.

Immunised: Around 4 lakh children between the age group of 1 to 15 year will be immunised from Japanese Encephalitis, said Mohammad Shayin, Ambala DC. He said by given a single dose of this imported injection, children would be immunised like Polio, DPT disease.

Virk is Bar assn chief
: Joginder Singh Virk was elected president of the District Bar Association, Fatehabad, on Saturday. He defeated Ramesh Monga by a margin of 57 votes. Virk polled 218 of the total 382 votes polled in the election, while Monga got 161 votes.

Five arrested
: The police has arrested five persons, who were planning to loot a petrol pump. A .315-bore country-made pistol, 9 mm pistol, 4 live cartridges, 1 khukhri, 1 knife, 1 gandaasi and an iron pipe have been recovered from their possession. District police chief Amitabh Dhillon on Saturday said the arrested had been identified as Hoshiar Singh, Pradeep Kumar, Vijender Singh, Prehlad and Satish. Their accomplice, Sandeep, absconded. They were produced in a local court, which remanded them to police custody till May 12.

Dowry death
: The police has arrested Dhirender of Gujjar Ghatal village in connection with the dowry death of his wife, Mamta (23), who died of severe burns at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on May 6. Dhirender on Saturday was remanded to judicial custody. A case of brutal treatment and dowry death was registered against Dhirender, father-in-law Ram Rattan and mother-in-law Santra Devi.

Office-bearers elected: O.P. Mehndiratta has been elected president of the District Tax Bar Association. Mahesh Chawala has been elected the vice-president while M.S. Chouhan and Sushil Kamboj general secretary and joint secretary, respectively. While addressing members of the Bar association, Mehndiratta stressed the need for good administration in the excise and taxation department. He said facilities like better sitting arrangements for traders should be improved in the department office.



Poetess’ meet
: The two-day national poetess meet in which participants from 18 states and union territories are participating started in the Kullu valley on Saturday. Over 30 poetess from different states are participating in the meet organised by an NGO of scholars Mahila Sahityakar Sansthan.

Body found
: The police on Saturday recovered a decomposed body of an old man, from the Beas river downstream from Pandoh. The body was sent for the post-mortem examination to the zonal hospital, Mandi. The report revealed that the man had died about two weeks ago. However, there were no injuries on his body. The police has began the inquest proceedings as the body remained unidentified so far.

Case registered: The police has registered a case of suicide as Meera (32), wife of Hansraj, a labourer in Mandi from Tili village, after her body was found hanging from a tree, about 5 km away from her village three days ago. But her parents have raised doubts on suicide, as she never had any problem with her husband. The medical examination of her body revealed that she had around eight folds of common rope around her neck that raised suspicion. Meera’s body as per medical examination did not bear any marks.

Vidya Upasak’s meeting
: A large number of primary teachers participated in the district-level meeting of the Gramin Vidya Upasak and Primary Assistant Teachers Association held at Paonta on Saturday. It expressed deep anguish over the attitude of the state government for not issuing notification despite its assurance to increase their wages. Maya Ram Sharma, president, said it was a shameful state of affairs that the teachers who were working in the hard areas of the district were being paid far less than minimum wages announced by the state government. By adopting a resolution the union had strongly opposed to put their services under the panchayats. It demanded to formulate a policy to regularise their services.

Jeep falls into gorge, 8 hurt: Eight persons were injured, seven of them seriously, when a Bolero jeep (HP-02 N- 0101) fell into a 200-m-deep gorge at Bharari village, about 150 km from here, on Saturday. The occupants of the vehicle were on their way to Nohra Dhar. One person has been admitted to Nohra Primary Health Centre and seven critically injured had been rushed to Solan district hospital. Those injured were: Kalyan Singh, Bali Ram, Rama Nand, Joginder, Puran Chand, Niranjan, Ganga Dutt and Naresh Kumar, all local residents.

One killed
: One person was killed and another seriously injured when an HRTC bus (HP-25-0787) hit them due to a brake failure near a barrier on the outskirts of the town. The bus the Reckong Peo depot had already faced a brake failure near Matiana. The driver of the bus got off at the bus stand and it was while the vehicle was being taken to the Tara Devi workshop of the HRTC that the mishap took place. The victims were standing along the roadside. The injured was taken to Ripon Hospital.



Quake hits Bhaderwah
: An earthquake of mild intensity shook Bhaderwah town in Doda district on Saturday, official sources said. However, there was no immediate word on loss to life or damage to property, while the magnitude of the quake was yet to be recorded, they added. “People came out of their houses in the open as the quake lasted a couple of seconds,” an official said.

Consumer commission
: The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed New India Assurance company to pay Rs 5,31,320 to one Haji Ghulam Rasool Sofi of Handwara whose insured stocks in trade were gutted in a fire incident in March 1997, an official release said on Saturday. The commission also directed the company for making the payment within two months failing which the complainant would be entitled to interest at the rate of 8 per cent per annum from the date of loss. In another case, the commission has directed general manager, BSNL, Srinagar, to pay Rs 10,000 to one G.M.D. Baba besides, Rs 4,000 as appeal cost for disrupting telephone connectivity between June 23 to December 18, 2005.

Agricultural management: A meeting of the academic council of the State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) was held under the chairmanship of director, SAMETI, on Saturday. The chairman emphasised the need for trainings to improve agricultural productivity in the state, involving line departments, experts, bank officers, NGOs and scientists. Thrust areas in the field of crops, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, sericulture and allied sectors, were identified and their execution by SAMETI, discussed by departmental and SKUAST representatives.

Rs 39 lakh distributed: The social welfare department has distributed financial assistance of Rs 39 lakh among 2,258 beneficiaries under various schemes in Gurez tehsil in Bandipore district during the last financial year. This was stated during a meeting of officers concerned held under the chairmanship of Sub-divisional Magistrate, Gurez, at Dawar.

Employment scheme: Under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, 54,000 job cards had been distributed by the rural development department in Kupwara district since February 2006, while registration for other persons was on throughout the district. About 900 rural works have also been taken up.


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