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2 Pak women held: Security agencies nabbed two Pakistani women, mother-daughter duo, at Attari International Railway station on Monday with documents which had been tampered with to extend their stay in India. Intelligence sleuths said Zebun Bai and her daughter Roshan Bai allegedly tampered with the visa by extending it from 45 days to 90 days. The Ministry of External Affairs put the entire visa records on the Internet and detected the flaw. A case has been registered under various sections of the Foreigners Act. 

Raids on chemist shops: The state drug controller on Monday conducted raids on chemist shops in Pathankot for dealing in wholesale and confiscated huge amount of drugs stocked illegally. The chemists had allegedly been selling the drugs in retail and had not maintained records of it. State drug controller Bhag Singh, along with a team of drug inspectors comprising Gurvinder Singh from Gurdaspur, Sanjiv Garg from Amritsar, Rajesh Rani from Ludhiana, Manjinder Dhillon from Barnala, Kulwinder Singh from Ferozepur, Karan Sukhdev from Kapurthala and Jasbir Singh from Hoshiarpur, conducted the raids.

Religious function: The Sri Gita Prachar Samiti, Panchkula, organised a religious function at Polo Ground in which a large number of devotees participated. More than 1,000 copies of Srimad Bhagvadgita in Punjabi, a rare manuscript written 373 years ago, were released by Swami Sri Giana Nanda Ji Maharaj. The first book-of-its-kind released in Punjabi will uphold the requirement of the devotees of Punjab.

Seminar: The Patiala branch of Northern India Regional Council (NIRC) of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organised a seminar on VAT. Alok Krishan, a CA from Chandigarh, enlightened the participants. Atul Gupta, treasurer of the NIRC and author of various books on service tax, explained the service tax proposals and latest amendments B.S. Gill, assistant commissioner of central excise, Patiala, was the chief guest.

Brick-kiln workers’ stir ends: Following the acceptance of their main demands, brick-kiln workers of the district, who had been agitating for the past month under the banner of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union (LJPBMU), held a victory rally here on Friday. The rally was addressed, among others, by state general secretary, LJPBMU, Tarsem Jodhan, district secretary, CPI (ML) Liberation, Harbhagwan Bhikhi, district president, LJPBMU, Kulwinder Longowal and district secretary, Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Pargat Singh Beer.

Unidentified body found: A body of an unidentified man was found near the Dhakoli barrier here on Monday morning. The police so far ruled out any foul play behind the death, however, it was yet to assert whether it was an accident or a case of suicide. The deceased was wearing black clothes. According to residents, the man was roaming in the area for the past few days. After the postmortem, the body of the deceased has been sent to the mortuary in Dera Bassi Civil Hospital

Hit and run: Baljit Kaur, working in government hospital, Banur, was hurt after being knocked down by Indigo car at Chatt bus stand on May 19. She sustained several injuries and where immediacy taken to the GMCH-32. A case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving has been registered against the driver of the Indigo car.



Vehicle thefts: The residents have reported the theft of four vehicles in a single day. Sunil Kumar, a resident of Phase 3A, informed the police that his Bolero parked outside his house was missing. Avtar Singh, a resident of Sector 67, said his Maruti car had been stolen from outside his house. Pradeep Kumar, Phase 10 resident, and Sukhvinder Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, complained to the police that their respective motorcycles were stolen from Phase 10. The police has registered cases.

Man assaulted: Garav Latava, a resident of Mullanpur Garibdass, here was alleged bashed up by at least half a dozen youth late last night. According to the police, the victim was injured in the attack and has been admitted to the Phase VI Civil Hospital here. The police said a case has been registered and one of the six assailants has been identified as Lucky.

Accident: Sanjai Bansal, a handicapped shopkeeper of Phase V, was allegedly hit by a truck near the PCL light point here today. The victim was rushed to a local hospital from where he was shifted to the PGI when his condition worsened.

Liquor seized: The district police has seized a truck load of liquor at Mouli near Raipur Rani here on Sunday night. According to the police, a naka was set up on specific information at Mouli. The police personnel when searched a truck coming from Chandigarh side, a total of 901 cases of liquor were found in the vehicle. The driver of the truck Surjit informed the police that the liquor was being smuggled to Gujarat.



Office-bearers elected: Satya Parkash Gupta was elected president of the Tax Bar Association, Fatehabad, on Monday. He defeated Mohan Lal Gilhotra by 13 votes. All other office-bearers of the association, who were unanimously elected, are Sushil Goyal, secretary; Satish Jindal, cashier; Rajiv Goyal, vice-president; and Gulshan Sardana, joint secretary

DC’s orders on bypoll: Deputy commissioner Deepti Umashankar on Monday imposed a ban on the entry of unauthorised persons and carrying of cellular phones, wireless sets, cordless phones and pagers by people within 200 metres of the Silver Jubilee hall of Panchayat Bhawan here on the day of counting of votes on May 25. She also ordered closure of all liquor vends, bars and clubs where liquor is served or sold from 5 pm onwards from May 20 to 22 till the polling ends. These orders will remain in force on May 25 from morning till the end of counting of votes.

Eye check-up camp: A free of cost eye treatment camp was organised by Om Prakash Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan at Pindarsi village, 10 km from here, on Monday. A senior Congress worker, Ram Kishan Namberdar, inaugurated the camp. The eye specialist, Dr Rajesh Saini, checked over 300 patients, who were also given free of cost medicines. Dr Saini said 39 cases of cataract and 180 cases of long sightedness and short sightedness were detected. The patients, who had cataract, would be operated by the sansthan and the 180 patients would be given spectacles free of cost.

Foundation stone laid: Commissioner and secretary of the Haryana youth welfare department Sarban Singh laid the foundation stone of a rural sports stadium at Khanpur Roran village on Monday. He said such sports stadiums would be constructed only in those villages, which had more than 50 per cent of the population of the Backward Classes. In such cases, 5 per cent of the construction cost would be borne by the village panchayats. This sports stadium would cost Rs 23 lakh and would be spread over 7.5 acres.

Cop commits suicide: Sudhir Kumar (23), newly-enlisted head constable of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and resident of Rasoolpur village in Mahendergarh district, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in a field near Bawal, 14 km from here, on Saturday. The police after holding an inquest under Section 174 of the CrPC said apparently aversion to his recruitment in the ITBP led him to take the extreme step.



Cleric held for rape: A Muslim cleric, Mohammad Shafi, was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping a minor girl in the Gool area of Ramban district, police sources said. The 10-year-old girl had come for religious teaching and was raped by the Imam at his residence. After committing the heinous crime, the Imam fled from his house leaving the girl in an unconscious state. “After regaining consciousness, the girl brought the matter to the notice of her parents, who lodged a complaint with the police,” sources said. The medical examination of the girl confirmed rape. The Imam was later arrested and a case was registered against him.

Security reviewed: DGP Kuldeep Khoda on Monday reviewed the security arrangements for President Pratibha Patil's five-day visit to the state beginning from May 23. Chairing a high-level meeting of officials from the BSF, CRPF, state police and intelligence agencies, Khoda asked them to ensure high degree of alertness in order to foil the designs of militants during the President's visit and the forthcoming Amarnath yatra.

Bus set ablaze: A bus was set on fire by miscreants in the Kashmir valley. Police sources said some persons took away a bus at Hardboura in north Kashmir and later set it ablaze at Tangmarg. The police has arrested one accused and launched a massive hunt to nab the other miscreants. Meanwhile, a man, posing himself as a gunman, entered the house of one Mohammad Abdullah at Burden in Budgam district and demanded money from the inmates.

3 killed in mishaps: Adil Hussain (7) was among three people killed, while 11 others were injured, in separate accidents in Kashmir, official sources said on Monday. Sources said Adil was injured by a vehicle at Chati Singhpora in south Kashmir. He was immediately shifted to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. 

Civil defence programme: A civil defence awareness programme was organised by the Civil Defence Organisation, Budgam, on Saturday. Deputy commissioner, Budgam cum-Controller, Civil Defence, said land would be provided to the organisation for imparting basic civil defence training to the people. In all, 19 civil defence volunteers participated in the daredevil show. Out of these, 11 volunteers were awarded certificate of excellent performance and 8 others were awarded cash prizes.


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