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Lecturers unhappy over seniority list
:The Sub-Divisional Government Lecturers Association at an emergency meeting, chaired by president Jagsir Singh, strongly criticised the state government for releasing the seniority list of lecturers. Ruing that the criteria for preparing the list was not given on page 1, as was mandatory, the association said this action of the government had caused confusion mixed with resentment. 

Security for cattle
: Gau Raksha Dal, an NGO working for cattle, demanded security for animals from the clutches of traders and butchers who smuggle them to other states. A day after a truck loaded with 15 bullocks was saved by the NGO with the help of the district police, Punjab president of the NGO Satish Kumar demanded that the government needed to mull a policy to stop the smuggling of cattle. 

Man commits suicide
: Baldev Singh, alias Billu, (35) a resident of Kothe Sher Jang village hanged himself with a hook of the gate of his house using a turban last evening. The deceased was a rickshaw puller. His brother Ruldu informed the police, who sent the body to the civil hospital for postmortem. The police has registered case under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Woman held with smack: Kamla, wife of Manjeet Kumar of Sangran Rajput, Kapurthala, was arrested yesterday from near Aligarh bus stand and 500 gm smack was seized from her possession. A case under Sections 21, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Liquor seized: The Humbran police arrested Mangal Singh of Bhattian from his village last evening and seized 24 bottles of country-made liquor from his possession. A case has been registered. 

One booked for cheating
: Nirmal Isngh, a resident of Bhago Majra, was booked on Tuesday on the complaint of Tarlok Singh, a resident of Dhanas in Chandigarh. In his complaint to the Mohali SSP, Tarlok Singh complained that Nirmal had sold him four marlas of land for Rs 20,000 in the year 2000. Nirmal had transferred the power of attorney to Tarlok. The latter had made an agreement and will of land in the name of his wife Sukhjeet Kaur. Later, he came to knew that Nirmal Singh had sold the same piece of land to Narinder Kaur for Rs 24 lakh. The police booked Nirmal under Section 420 of the IPC. 

Opium confiscated: The CIA staff police arrested Major Singh and recovered 350 grams opium from him. AT around 8.30 am, the police arrested Major Singh, a  resident of Popna village, near  Badala village. 

Badal to inaugurate projects in Mansa
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will inaugurate the water supply, sewerage and water treatment plants on May 23 and 24 in  five cities of this district. Confirming this, sources in the government informed that there was a plan of Rs 89.25 crore for these projects that was aimed at providing clean drinking water and proper sewerage system to the residents of these cities.

Women exempted
: All women employees posted for the gram panchayat election duty have been exempted from the rehearsal as well as election duty. In a press statement, deputy commissioner Baldeo Purushartha stated that with 229 elections having been elected unanimously, 1,500 female employees on election duty had been exempted. "Women employees also need not report for rehearsal tomorrow," he said. 

Anti-Terrorism Day
: On the occasion of 17th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Anti-Terrorism Day was observed in the district administrative complex here on Wednesday. DC V.K. Ohri administered the pledge to the participants to oppose terrorism and violence in a big way. 

Rs 88,890 looted: Two unidentified youths, about 24 years old, looted Rs 88,890 from two employees of the Cooperative Agricultural Society, Naraingarh (near Bhattiwal Kalan village) here on Wednesday when they were going on a motor-cycle to get the amount deposited in the Bhattiwal Kalan branch of the bank. Cashier Surinder Kumar and class IV employee Jawala Singh were carrying the money in a bag when the youths snatched it on pistol point. A case has been registered. 



Smack seized
: The police claims to have recovered 200 gm of smack from a resident of Chandigarh at a naka on Tuesday night. Krishan Kumar, a resident of Sector 38, was stopped on suspicion at a naka laid near Nada bridge. On checking, the police allegedly recovered smack from him. He was produced in a court and remanded in police custody for a day. 



Additional charge
: The Haryana government has given additional charge to two IAS officers with immediate effect. N.C. Wadhwa, labour commissioner, has been given additional charge of commissioner, Ambala division, Ambala, and principal, Revenue Training Institute, Ambala, in addition to his present assignments during the leave period of Mahavir Singh. R.S. Vundru, special secretary, irrigation department, has been given additional charge of special secretary, Home-I, in addition to his present assignments during the training period of Sant Kumar. 

Miscreant held
: The police on a tip-off arrested a miscreant while conducting a raid at a hideout near the railway crossing at Bawal on Wednesday. However, his three accomplices managed to escape. The police seized a toy pistol, 2 live cartridges, a knife and four mobile phones from him. It also impounded a Bolero, which they had reportedly looted from the Jhunjhunoo area of Rajasthan. The arrested has been identified as Kuldeep of Bhiwani district. He also revealed the names of his absconding accomplices, Sushil and Ashok of Bhiwani district. 

Truck driver killed: A truck driver, Nazakat Ali, resident of Mewat district, was killed when the truck he was driving was reportedly hit by a canter on the Jaipur-Delhi highway near Dharuhera on Tuesday. The police has registered a case. 



: The following have been elected as office-bearers of the District Bar Association here: president Rajinder Thakur, senior vice-president Anurag Prarthi, vice-president Deepak Thakur, general-secretary Mohinder Singh Thakur and treasurer Anil Nayyar.

Security guard dead
: Darshan Singh (30), a security guard employed with an industrial unit at Dawalmajra village, near Baddi, was found dead in the unit on Tuesday morning. The deceased hailed from Dawalmajra and was on night duty. According to available information, he fell from the roof of the unit during night and died at the spot. The police have denied any foul play behind the incident. 

Crushed under truck: Sanjay, a unit labourer, was crushed under a truck at Parwanoo on Monday. The deceased came under the truck when he was coming out of the unit to fetch water. Ravinder Kumar, the truck driver, was taking the vehicle back when it hit Sanjay. The truck driver has been arrested. 

Body found
: The decomposed body of an unidentified man, around 30 years in age, was found lying along the Pathankot-Jogindernagar railway track near Badella village on Tuesday. A case has been registered. 

Snakebite incident: Narinder Kumar (52) of Bhangolli village died after a snake bit him on Wednesday morning. He was cutting grass in his fields at that time. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital where he died. 

Killed in mishap: Bakhat Bahadur (45) of Gurchal died after he was hit by an unidentified vehicle at Jassur on Tuesday night. A case has been registered under Sections 279, 304(A) and 201 of the IPC. 

Life term for murdering wife
: Additional Sessions Judge (FTC) Rajan Gupta convicted and sentenced accused Surinder of Jharkhand with imprisonment for life and a fine of Rs 20,000 in a murder case. According to prosecution, the accused killed his wife by giving knife blows on her stomach and face. The accused had also lodged a missing report with the Chirgoan police station, which was found false during the investigation. The accused had killed his wife as he suspected her having illicit relations with a boy of his village. 



Mild earthquake
: A slight magnitude earthquake shook Bhaderwah in Doda district on Wednesday morning. Mild tremors were felt at 5.15 am when a majority of people were sleeping. People ran out of their  houses for safety. However, there was no immediate word on loss of life  or damage to property. Earlier, a 3.8 magnitude quake shook Bhaderwah town on May 10. 

Villagers beaten up
: Denied food by the locals, militants belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) beat up 10 villagers in Kishtwar district on Wednesday, official sources said. A group of armed HM militants barged into the houses at Kuhaat village and demanded food. The villagers, who expressed their inability to provide food, were dragged and beaten up by the ultras. Security forces have launched an operation to track down the militants responsible for the act. 

Two drowned
: Two persons were drowned, while another one was killed and seven injured in Kashmir on Wednesday, official sources said. Mohammad Amin (23), a conductor, was drowned in the Wachi Nullah in Pulwama district when he was taking a bath. Efforts were on to recover his body. Sources said the body of Raheel Ahmad Khabay (12) was recovered from a canal at Shahama Alasteang. Meanwhile, a vehicle hit and critically injured one Mohammad Latief Lohar at Aripora Zewan. However, he died before he could be taken to the hospital. 

Hideout busted: Security forces busted a militant hideout in Kulgam district and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition on Wednesday, a defence spokesman said. Troops of the 15 Rashtriya Rifles busted a hideout in Darban forest and recovered 17 UBGL grenades, three hand grenades, an improvised explosive device (IED), two anti-personnel mines, two electronic detonator, two remote control IEDs and 23 fired cases. Two AK rifles, eight magazines, 293 rounds of AK ammunition, one battery, one RPG booster, one radio set with antenna and three broken antennas were also recovered from the spot. 

Poppy cultivation destroyed: Poppy cultivation spread over 15 hectares in Pulwama district was destroyed on Wednesday, a police spokesman said. The poppy was destroyed by a joint team of the police and the excise department at Panzgam village. 


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