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Diagnostic centre sealed
: A diagnostic centre was sealed in Banur for two months after discrepancies were found in the record of the centre few days back. Acting on a complaint, a team of doctors comprising S.B. Pandhi and Dr Kirnajot Kaur raided the City Ultra Sound and Diagnostic Centre few days back and took its record in possession. The section has been sealed for two months under Section 20 of the NDPS Act. — TNS

15 injured in mishap
: At least 15 persons sustained injuries when a private mini-bus overturned on the road stretch of Siviyan-Deon, nine km from here. Volunteers of Naujwan Welfare Society and Sahara Jan Seva took the injured to the Civil Hospital. The injured were out of danger, doctors said. — TNS

HC judge visits: Justice Ajay Lamba of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, being the inspecting judge of the district, visited the District Bar Association here on Thursday. Bar members urged that the court should open for five days a week and there should be summer and winter vacations on a par with the Punjab and Haryana HC. Justice Lamba assured that their request would be conveyed to Chief Justice. 

CT scan: A latest model of spiral (Helical) CT scan started working at GGS Medical College, Faridkot, from Wednesday. It had been installed under an agreement between Adesh Medical Centre Private Limited and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and GGS Medical College.The formal inaguration would be done by former vice-president of India, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in July. —TNS

Bank growth: The Oriental Bank of Commerce has attained a total business of Rs 1,33,184 crore, registering a growth of about 22 per cent over March 2007. The OBC has a CRAR of 12.12 per cent.— TNS

Saplings planted
: The Basant Ritu Youth Club on Thursday launched a programme by planting about 2,500 saplings in various schools, offices and parks of the city on World Environment Day. Harvinder Singh, SE, drainage circle, and Ashwani Kumar Kansal XEN, drainage division, also took part along with other staff members. Rajesh Sharma, president of the club, thanked all the participants. — TNS

Dental camp
: A free medical check-up camp was organised by the Senior Citizen Council of Rajpura, wherein 135 patients were checked. The doctors from Gyan Sagar Dental College checked the patients. Dr Sukhwinder Singh inaugurated the camp. — TNS



Body found
: The railway police has recovered the body of a 31-year-old man from the railway tracks near the Mohali railway station last night. The victim has been identified as Vinod, resident of Himachal Pradesh, who was working for a telecom company in Phase IX. The police said Vinod was travelling from Mohali to Himchal in a train and fell down. His relatives and family have however alleged that Vinod was pushed out of the train. The police has started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC and the post mortem report is awaited. — TNS

Price hike flayed: The Consumer Protection and Grievances Redressal Forum has flayed the price hike of cooking gas and other petroleum products. The president N.S.Gill said the hike would upset the budget of middle class families and the poor who were already facing hard times due to high rate of inflation. The price hike should be rolled back for the benefit of the public. — OC



HAU test
: Haryana Agricultural University has issued admit cards to candidates for its common entrance test (CET) scheduled for June 14. An official press note issued here on Thursday said all candidates who had applied for admission to BVSc and AH, BSc (Hon) agriculture and MSc in the disciplines of food science and technology, biotechnology and bioinformatics had been sent the admit cards. The candidates who did not receive these by June 10 could collect duplicate admit cards between June 11 and 13 from assistant registrar (academics) for UG programmes and assistant registrar (PGS) for PG courses during office hours. — TNS

Fine imposed
: Chief Judicial Magistrate Sukram Pal imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Ajay Sharma, a resident of Shiv Colony, holding him guilty in a cheque bounce case. Earlier, Sharma was sent to judicial custody on May 30. However, when he managed to deposit Rs 2 lakh with the court, he was released on bail. Sharma, who had borrowed Rs 1 lakh from Mahender Singh of Titarpur village in August 2002, submitted a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to Mahender Singh in 2004. However, the cheque bounced and Singh filed a petition in the CJM’s court. — OC

Postal agent booked: The police has booked Santosh Chaudhary, a postal agent of Rewari, for allegedly misappropriating Rs 54,959, which she had reportedly collected from some recurring deposit account holders of the post office here recently. A case of cheating and criminal breach of trust by a public servant under Sections 420 and 409 of the IPC has been registered against her following a complaint lodged by the senior superintendent of post offices, Gurgaon. Sources said the amount, which she had reportedly collected from the account holders, was not duly deposited in their accounts. — OC

One killed: Bikram Singh (32), a resident of Bhiwani district, was killed when the tractor he was driving was reportedly hit by a Tata Sumo on the Rewari-Dharuhera road near Masani village, 8 km from here, on Thursday. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against the driver of Sumo, who absconded after the accident. — OC

Girl kidnapped: A teenaged girl (18) was allegedly kidnapped by a city youth, Dabboo (21), from a park in Sector 4 here on May 27. After all efforts to trace the girl and her alleged abductor failed, the parents of the girl on Tuesday filed a complaint, following which the police registered a case of abduction coupled with seduction and criminal intimidation under Sections 363, 366 and 506 of the IPC against the accused, a resident of Jaswant Nagar Colony here. — OC

Directions to stone crushers
: The UHBVN has asked stone crusher owners not to run their units during peak hours i.e. from 7 pm to 10 pm or else face power disconnection. The owners had been complaining of inadequate power supply to the units and the new instruction has created more problems for them. Earlier, the nigam was charging Rs 2 more per unit of power form the units during peak hours. — TNS

Houses for slums: As many as 885 houses will be constructed in 26 slum colonies of Jagadhri at a cost of Rs 26 crore under the integrated housing and slums development programme (IHSDP). Kumari Silja, union minister of state for urban housing development and poverty alleviation, said this after laying the foundation stone in Vishwakarma colony in Jagadhri. The Jagadhri MC has sanctioned Rs 26 crore for the purpose. — TNS



Panchayat sahaiks groomed
: To strengthen the panchayati raj system, the Kangra block has taken a lead in the district by imparting training to panchayat sahaiks in financial matters and audits so that they could deal with the financial matters of the gram panchayats independently. Kangra block development officer Bacchan Singh said the programme was launched here on Tuesday and 31 panchayat sahaiks, who were appointed for the past eight years, were imparted training. — OC

BSNL services hit
: Around 150 users of BSNL landline and broadband services in the Khera area, near Nalagarh, have been suffering due to the disruption of services since May 27. “We have been unable to send data to our head office for over one week as Internet has not been working,” an HRD official of a unit in the Khera area said. Services were also hit in Nichala Khera, Nanowal Taprian and Pokhra villages after a 60-metre BSNL cable was stolen near Khera bridge. BSNL is yet to lay a new cable, lamented residents. A senior BSNL officer, however, denied any problem, admitting though that the cable had been stolen. — OC

Financial benefits demanded
: The Kangra district Government Teachers Association has urged the state government to accept longstanding demands of the government teachers. District president of the association Onkar Rana in a statement here on Thursday demanded financial benefits to tenured teachers at par with ad hoc teachers as their qualification and working condition was matching the latter. He also demanded promotions in elementary education system, rising retirement age of teachers from 58 to 60 years on university pattern, regularisation of contractual teachers, among others. — OC



LeT ultra held
: A close associate of the Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) self-styled district commander was arrested on Thursday in Doda district. Acting on a tip-off, the security forces raided Shadiwan village and arrested LeT militant Shabir Ahmed Mallah. One mobile phone and a huge quantity of incriminating material was recovered from Shabir’s possession. Police sources said he had been tasked to execute specific killings of people belonging to the minority community. — UNI

Youth arrested: Anil Kumar (22), was arrested on Thursday for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl last week. Official sources said Anil was a resident of Khursia village in Chattisgarh. The accused was related to the girl's father Ashwani Kumar. Ashwini had lodged a police complaint saying that Anil had raped his minor daughter. — PTI

Patil to visit state: Union home minister Shivraj Patil will visit Srinagar to review the security arrangements for the annual Amarnath yatra and the ensuing Assembly elections. Patil will pay a two-day visit and will review the security arrangements and reassess the ground situation in the in the advent of the yatra set to commence from June 18. He will also review the law and order situation in the state. — PTI

One dead, 4 hurt
: One person died and four others were injured in the Kashmir valley on Thursday. Official sources said the body of an unidentified person was found near Anantnag hospital. The cause of his death could not be known immediately. Meanwhile, one person was injured after being hit by a vehicle at Pantha Chowk, while another was injured in a road accident at Budgam. In another incident, two more persons were injured at Mirgund and Pulwama after being hit by vehicles. — UNI

Poppy crop destroyed: In a major drive against smugglers, the authorities destroyed poppy and other banned crops in over 70 kanal of land. The deputy commissioner, Kulgam, constituted a special squad, following reports that a large number of farmers were cultivating poppy and other banned crops. The squad raided Nehru, Pariwan, Shahpora, Khai-Jogipora, Kadar and Mohammad pora areas and destroyed the banned crops. Cases were also registered against the owners. — UNI

Abduction bid foiled: The police on Thursday said it had foiled an attempt to kidnap a teenager in the city. Omar Zahoor (15) was forced to board a three-wheeler by an unknown man near government high school, Nowpora, police sources said. The incident was witnessed by a passer-by who informed the police. A flying squad chased the three-wheeler and the kidnapper threw the boy on the road. The boy suffered minor injuries and was handed over to his parents. — PTI


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