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One killed in road mishap
:The driver of a pick-up van was killed as the vehicle collided head-on with a truck near Raziasar town on National Highway 15 on Thursday evening, sources said. The victim, identified as Anoop Singh of Kalwatsar, had purchased an old van bearing registration number HP 65-0548 from Sriganganagar and was returning to his village. The driver of the truck fled after the mishap, sources said. — OC

Fire in IAF station
: Airman Dalbir Singh received minor burns as a fire broke out in the Air Force station near the cantonment area here on Wednesday. He was reported to be out of danger. According to sources, the fire damaged residential quarters of Air Force personnel. The Air Force has ordered an inquiry into the incident. — OC

Early paddy plantation
: Punjab Agriculture Minister Sucha Singh Langah on Thursday said if the paddy planted before June 15 was not destroyed immediately, erring officers would be suspended. In view of the further depletion of ground water, it was essential to check the early plantation of paddy. Block agriculture officers who had tilled paddy in their blocks would be suitably rewarded, he added. — TNS

Suicide attempt by undertrial
: An undertrial, Murari Lal (30), lodged in the sub-jail here, reportedly tried to slit his throat with blade besides injuring his right arm on Friday. He was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment. But since he was talking aimlessly, the doctors referred him to the psychiatry department, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot. On the report of the superintendent of the sub-jail, a case under section 309 of the IPC for attempting suicide has been registered against him at the city police station. Murari basically hailed from Arya Nagari, Abohar, and was facing trial under sections 452, 323 and 354. — OC

Body found
: Body of block samiti member Lakhbir Singh Lakhi was found near Friend Palace, Dasuya on Friday. Police sources said Lakhi left his house on Thursday and went to Dasuya on a motorcycle. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination to the Dasuya civil hospital. — OC

Man cheated: The police registered a case against Shingara Singh and his three accomplices for duping money-exchanger Puneet Sud of Rs 20 lakh on Thursday. The police said Puneet received a telephone call from Shingara on Thursday and the former told him that he had some gold coins to sell. Puneet purchased 1,000 gold coins of 2 gram each and paid the amount. However, the coins came out to be artificial. — OC

Opium seized: The Hariana police arrested Raj Kumar of Sranpur, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday and seized 1 kg of opium from him. A case has been registered. — OC

Minor abducted: The police has booked Kuldip Singh, his father Surinder Singh, mother Rano and Jasbir Singh for abducting a 17-year-old girl. — OC 

Couples booked
: The local police has arrested three couples from a resort on the national highway and booked them under the Immoral Activities Act, 1956. The police has also taken two employees of the resort into custody. — TNS

Man held for theft
: The police has arrested a man for stealing an auto-rickshaw from the Badhmajra area. Prabhu Nath Sahah, a resident of Badhmajra, had alleged that he had parked his vehicle outside a temple after returning from work last night. In the morning, he found the vehicle missing. The police arrested Raju and impounded the vehicle near Behlolpur village. Raju has been remanded in 14-day judicial custody. — TNS

New entrants in BKU (EKTA)
: The district president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Dakoda, Darbara Singh along with another 40 activists of the union have joined the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), Ugrahan. The BKU (Ekta) district president Ram Singh Bhaini Bagha informed that the union would provide full respect to the newly-joined activists. Informing about the reason for switching over, Darbara Singh said the BKU (Ekta) had been pursuing the farmers’ cause sincerely. — OC

Left protests petro price rise:The Bharatiya Kisan Union (EKTA), Ugrahan, held rallies and demonstrations in nearly 30 villages of Mansa. Farmer leaders, Ram Singh Bhaini Bagha, Mahinder Singh Romana, Inderjeet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Jang Singh and Joginder Singh, said that the central government was doing injustice to the people, particularly with farmers, by raising the prices of diesel and petrol. Meanwhile, the CPI (ML) also held a demonstration in front of DC office against the price rise of oil. — OC

Moga lawyers on strike
: The weeklong strike of the district bar association continued on the second day and affected the normal work in district courts here. The advocates are against the formation of a proposed new sub-divisional court at Nihalsinghwala. President of the association, Naseeb Singh Bawa, threatened that if the state government did not drop the idea of this new court, the local advocates would intensify their stir by further extending the period of strike. — TNS

NSD workshop at Muktsar
: The National School of Drama is going to hold month-long theatre workshop for above-16 boys and girls at sports stadium of the Government College, Muktsar, from June 15. Giving details, Preet Pal Singh Rupana, local coordinator, said that in the workshop, four teachers would come from the NSD, Delhi, and all participants would be given certificates at the workshop. — TNS

Bus overturns, 12 hurt
: Twentytwo passengers were injured when a private mini-bus coming here from Mukerian overturned due to a technical fault near Mirthal, 20 km from here, on Fri day.They were rushed to the Civil hospital here.The condition of three passengers was stated to be critical. — OC

Cattle head recovered: In a drive against anti-social elements, the Sujanpur police booked Liakat Ali of R.S. Pura (J & K) on the charge of dealing with cattle head and selling them at cheap rates. SSP Lok Nath Angra said here on Friday that the police conducted a raid at Attepur village and recovered four stolen buffaloes. A case under Sections 379 and 411, IPC, had been registered. — OC

Play staged
: The National Theatre Arts Society in its monthly Garden Theater Programme presented a powerful social satire on ill education system, Refund, at Baradari Gardens here on Friday. Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal also presented a Punjabi ‘Haas Raag Rang’ programme of music, dance and humour. 

Students excel in AIEEE
: Four local students Sandeep Bindal, Rohit Singla, Puneet Chhabra and Saranshu Singla have excelled in the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), 2008. Sandeep’s all-India rank (AIR) in AIEEE is 33rd, while his state rank (SR) is third; Rohit ’s AIR is 225th and SR 15th; Puneet’s AIR is 389th and SR 23rd; and Saranshu’s AIR is 545th and SR 29th. — TNS

FCI panel member: A Lehragaga-based journalist Brij Lal Garg has been nominated member of the consultative committee of the FCI, Punjab. His nomination has been made for two years by the Union Ministry of Consumer affairs, Food and Public Distribution. — TNS

Retirement age: An educationist and former member of high-level Education Reforms Committee, Prof Uday Partap Singh, on Thursday opposed the demand by employees’ organisations that the retirement age be raised from 58 to 60 years. He said if the demand was accepted then thousands of unemployed youths would have to wait for a long time to get jobs. — TNS

Flood control steps: Deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri at a meeting of officers held on Wednesday to review anti-flood measures directed all officers of the district not to leave station without his approval till September 30 and not to take leave without his permission. SDMs of the district and other officers also took part in the meeting. The DC said district flood control room’s landline phone No. was 01672-232304. 



Excise and taxation department officials destroy illicit liquor in PanchkulaPanchkula
Liquor destroyed
: The excise and taxation department destroyed 1,001 cases of confiscated liquor here on Friday. Deputy excise and taxation commissioner J.S. Chahal said the liquor was seized during the past four months from different places in the district while being smuggled to Rajasthan and Gujarat from Chandigarh. The cost of the liquor was around Rs 7 lakh, he said. — TNS

Excise and taxation department officials destroy illicit liquor in Panchkula on Friday. A Tribune photograph



3 IAS officers get addl charge
: The Haryana government on Friday gave additional charge to three IAS officers with immediate effect. Dhanpat Singh, MD, Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Ltd, has been given the charge of director and special secretary, agriculture, and director, renewable energy sources, in addition to his present duties during the leave period of Sumita Misra. Shiv Raman Gaur, director and special secretary, higher education, has been given the additional charge of director and special secretary, secondary education, during the foreign visit of Anurag Rastogi. N.C. Wadhwa, labour commissioner and special secretary, labour department and director, ESI health centre, has been posted as director, employment, in addition to his present assignments during the leave period of Krishan Kumar. — TNS

Maize cultivation: The Haryana government has decided to introduce a scheme to promote maize cultivation. Stating this here on Thursday, Haryana agriculture minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha said under the scheme, it had been planned to conduct 3,000 demonstration plots in order to increase the area, productivity and production of this crop. An assistance of Rs 1,000 per acre would be provided to farmers to meet the cost of seeds, fertilisers and pesticides. -— TNS

Rs 653 cr for sanitation dept: Haryana will spend Rs 653 crore during the current financial year to execute various schemes of the water supply and sanitation department. This was revealed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda while presiding over the first meeting of the State Sanitary Board held here on Thursday. — TNS

2 gangsters held: The police arrested two members of an interstate gang who were planning to loot vehicles near here on Wednesday. It also recovered a loaded pistol and an iron rod from their possession. The accused hailing from Madhya Pradesh were produced in the court of CJM Ajay Pareshar here and later sent to judicial custody. SSP Anil Rao here today said a CIA team headed by ASI Satyavan on a tip-off arrested the duo. Later, they identified themselves as Shekhar and Chintu, residents of Galkheri in Rajgarh (MP). — OC

Inaction by cops alleged
: Residents of Sector 4 here staged a demonstration at the Model Town police station here on Thursday in protest against the lackadaisical approach of the police in the matter of abduction of Vijender Sharma’s teenaged daughter (18). Sharma’s daughter was allegedly kidnapped by a city youth, Dabboo (21), from Sector 4 here on May 27. They demanded immediate apprehension of the alleged abductor as well as the recovery of the girl from his possession. — OC

Maharana Pratap remembered: A large number of citizens participated in a samaroh held to mark the 468th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap, a legendary hero of Mewar, at Maharana Pratap Chowk complex here on Friday. — OC



Workshop concludes
: A national-level workshop on VLSI and communication systems, organised by the Department Of Electronics and Communication Engineering (E&CED) at NIT, Hamirpur, concluded on Friday. Rajeevan Chandel, head of department of E&CED and coordinator of the workshop, said 67 participants attended the workshop. — TNS

State BJP meeting
:A three-day executive committee meeting of the state BJP would be held at Manali from June 19. District president of the BJP Ram Singh said the district committee met on Friday to chalk out the programme and a 13-member management committee was constituted for the purpose. — OC

Six secys promoted
: The government on Friday promoted six secretaries to the rank of principal secretary. The officers who got promotions are Arvind Mehta, P.C. Dhiman, V.P. Gupta, Narinder Chauhan, Manisha Sridhar and Rashima Gupta. — TNS

Rs 37,000 looted
: Some unidentified miscreants looted cash worth Rs 37,000 from the room of a Shiv temple priest Baba Kali Dass on Thursday night at Rotawalla village near Kharuni. According to the police, the miscreants bolted the door of Kali Dass’s room from inside and then took the keys from him and decamped away with the cash. The miscreants also bolted the door of other disciples living in the temple complex, including Mohan Lal, Naresh and Kesar. Mohan Lal, however, managed to let himself free and he raised an alarm. Though the police claim that the miscreants took away Rs 37,000 only, sources said the miscreants had taken away about Rs 2 lakh. — OC



Relief for families
: The Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation has allotted Rs 580.50 lakh under the rehabilitation scheme for the 350 families set to be evacuated from the Pul-Doda belt which would be sub-merged due to rise in water level in the Baglihar dam. “The state government has directed the PDC to release the amount at the earliest,” Doda deputy commissioner Khursheed Ahmed Bhatt said. — PTI

Hero’s welcome
: Constable Ram Singh of the Jammu and Kashmir Police was given a hero’s welcome on Friday at a function here for scaling the Mount Everest. Singh and his partner Mohammad Sajjad was received by IGP Jammu Zone K. Rajindera and other senior police officers and the duo was accorded a warm welcome. — UNI

‘Support Amarnath yatra’: The All-Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) on Friday urged the Kashmiri Muslims to extend their support to Amarnath yatra to promote peace and harmony in the state. Kashmiri Muslims should extend their support to the yatra like they did while reopening of temples like Tripur Sundri-Khanabarnain (Devsar), Shiva Temple Sagam (Kokernag) and Shiva Bhagwati (Akingam), APMCC president Vinood Pandit said here. — PTI

2 Hizbul ultras held
: Two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were arrested by security forces in Ganderbal district, a defence spokesperson said. Acting on a tip-off, troops of the 24 Rashtriya Rifles and special operation group of the police launched a joint drive at Ganderbal. During the operation, two Hizbul militants were arrested and handed over to the SOG for further interrogation. — UNI

Call for new Guv: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today asked the Centre to appoint a new governor for Jammu and Kashmir as Lt-Gen (retd) S.K. Sinha’s five-year term has ended. Party’s state secretary Mohammad Yusuf accused Sinha of degrading the prestigious office. “I appeal to the government to appoint a new governor without any further delay as the term of present governor has come to an end on June 4,” Tarigami said. — PTI

Auditorium inaugurated: Minister for higher education Gulchain Singh Charak inaugurated Rs 1.22 crore Lala Arifa Auditorium at the Government College for Women at the M.A. Road here on Thursday. The auditorium is having seating capacity for 280 persons. — TNS


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