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Nominations filed
: Nominations were filed for the municipal council elections today. From 10 wards of Bassi Pathana area, two nominations were filed. Similarly, for the Sirhind municipal council elections, just one nomination was filed from ward No. 5. 

One booked
: The police registered a case under sections 420 and 406 of the IPC against Raj Kumar on the complaint of his employer Mohinder Singh Chaudhary here on Tuesday. Chaudhary, who is a petrol station owner, said Raj Kumar had been working at his petrol station for the past 15 years and had allegedly embezzled Rs 9 lakh. When the accused was questioned about it, he allegedly consumed some poisonous substance. 

Three robbed: Six motorcycle-borne youths robbed three persons near Paldi on Tuesday night when the latter were returning to their homes after a function. According to information, Jaswinder Kumar, Sanjiv Kumar and Balwinder Singh were on their motorcycle when the accused equipped with sharp-edged weapons and sticks appeared before them. They threatened them and snatched Rs 4,000 and a gold chain from Sanjiv, Rs 3,540 and a mobile phone from Balwinder and Rs 220 from Jaswinder. A case has been registered. 

Trucks collide
: Two trucks collided at the Landran T-point at 5.30 am on Thursday. One of the trucks was loaded with cattle. While two animals died on the spot, two died later. Soma, the driver of the truck carrying bovines, sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the PGI. The police was investigating the case. 

Counterfeit currency seized
: Counterfeit currency worth Rs 40,000 and 800 grams of opium were recovered from a Saharanpur resident near Kakka village here on Thursday. The accused has been identified as Mohammad Javed. 

Tractor rally to Himalayas
: A Himalayan tractor expedition (journey to Himalaya) of 3500 km, sponsored by Preet Agro Industries, was flagged off on Wednesday from here. It will go via Nabha,Gobindgarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil, Zanskar, Leh, Khardung La ( ,18380 feet high motorable pass), Nubra valley, Sangla Pass (world’s third highest motorable pass 5486 metres), Pangong lake ,Henle(world’s highest observatory),Tso Kar, Tso Morari, Tanglangla Pass(world’s second highest motorable pass), Manali, Chandigarh and back to Nabha. Message of ‘one nation and ‘brotherhood’ will be conveyed en route. Jasbir Singh organiser, said this was first event of its kind covering 3500 km on tractor in 20 days. 

: Five students of journalism and mass communication department of Punjabi University, Patiala, have received offer letters from the PTC News Channel, New Delhi. Earlier, 10 students of the same department were selected for one-month internship in the channel from March 15 to April 15. There was a placement drive on the university campus from June 7 to June 11. Infosys has selected 113 candidates and TCS gave offer letters to 65 candidates. 

Demonstration by ETTs
: More than 100 members of the J&K,ETT(Elementary Teacher Training) demonstrated at local municipal park here on Thursday.They were seeking recognition for the certificates issued by the ETT of Jammu & Kashmir government for employment in Punjab. 

Two killed in accident
: Two persons, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed on the spot at Badrukhan village, near here, when a truck hit their bicycles on Thursday. One of the deceased was identified as Nachhattar Singh (26) of Kunran village, while the boy could not be identified. The police has registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC in this regard. 



Chain snatching
: Two motorcycle-borne robbers fled after snatching an elderly woman’s chain near Milap Nagar in Ambala City on Thursday morning. One of the robbers also attempted to snatch her earrings. In this attempt she fell down on the road and sustained injuries on her face. She was rushed to local civil hospital. Around half a dozen chain-snatching incidents have occurred in the city and cantonment area during the past six months. 

Kabiraj is Ambala SP: Sibash Kabiraj took charge as superintendent of police, Ambala, on Thursday evening. He relieved SP K.V. Ramana, who will join as SP of Sirsa. Sibash Kabiraj was SP of Hisar before joining here. The transfer orders were issued yesterday. 



Car snatched
: The police is searching for four youths, who have attacked and injured a car driver, Mukhvinder Singh, of Kheda village, Ludhiana, Punjab. They ran away after snatching his car (13K-3322) on way to the Naina Devi shrine, about 55 km from here, on Wednesday. A case has been registered in this regard on Thursday. 

Two killed, 20 hurt in bus mishap
: Two persons were killed and about 20 were injured when an HRTC bus fell into a gorge at Kanjiar Mor, about 20 km from here, on Wednesday. The bus (HP-48-7520), which was carrying about 40 passengers, was on its way from Chamba to Sirhkund. The deceased are Parkash of Barodhi village and Subhash of Kotha village. Residents of the surrounding areas helped in the rescue operations and brought the injured passengers in their own vehicles to the hospital. The police has registered a case. 

Relay fast: The employment guarantee scheme (EGS) teachers of Chamba district on Thursday took out a demonstration and blocked the vehicular traffic at the zero point near here, which continued for about one-and-a-half hour. But with the intervention of the police, the transportation services were restored. The relay fast of the EGS teachers entered its 15th day on Thursday. These EGS teachers were demanding regularisation of their services as they had completed about eight years of service. 

Bhuntar NP president
: Nirat Ram Sharma was unanimously elected president of the Nagar Panchayat, Bhuntar, on Thursday. Five of the seven members of the committee present in the election meeting. Ousted president Meena Thakur supported Nirat Ram. S L Saini, SDM, presided over the meeting. Nirat Ram Sharma said he would ensure uniform development of the town and lay emphasis on cleanliness. 

Centre restores rice quota
: The Centre has restored the monthly rice quota being given to the state under the public distribution system (PDS). Food and civil supplies minister Ramesh Dhawala said here on Thursday that due to the efforts of the state government the rice quota, which was to be discontinued from June, had been restored. In order to ensure that the people did not face any inconvenience, the state government had given rice from its own godowns this month. 



Mehbooba to visit Berlin 
: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti would attend the official guest programme on “Cross-border Cooperation between India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran” being organised by the German Government at Berlin from June 16 to 20.A select group of eight high-ranking decision-makers from India, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan will attend the programme which will give visitors an opportunity to discuss the issues of cross-border cooperation in the region with the German experts. Mehbooba Mufti was the only invitee from India, a PDP spokesman said. 

HM ultra held: In a joint operation the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Thursday arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant, Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, from Taharthpora area in Handwara district. Acting on a tip-off regarding the presence of militants, the police launched a joint operation with the 125 Battalion of the CRPF. They cordoned off the area and arrested Ghulam. The police also recovered one Chinese pistol, one pistol magazine and four pistol rounds. Sheikh was assisting other militant outfits in Ramhal area by guiding them and providing logistics. 

Labourer found dead: A labourer was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Leh district on Thursday. Shamby Ram, working with the General Reserve Engineering Force, was found dead inside his rented room at Spang-Nyoma in the border district, a police spokesman said. Inquest proceedings had been initiated by the police to ascertain the cause of Ram's death. 

Ladakh Sindhu Festival: The three-day Ladakh Sindhu Festival started on Thursday with a colourful ceremony at the banks of the Indus. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated the festival. The members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Art, Culture and Tourism, currently on a study tour of Ladakh, also witnessed the event which included cultural items performed by Ladakhi artistes. 

Hostel for Gujjar kids
: Lt-Gen S.K. Sinha (retd) inaugurated the Pir Panchal Hostel for children of nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals here on Thursday. The hostel has been constructed by the White Knight Corps under Operation Sadhbhavana by Uniform Force of the Army. It is spread over 9 kanal of land offered by the Reasi civil administration. The hostel will house 50 children hailing from the remote areas of Reasi, Rajouri and Ramban districts. 


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