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4 kg heroin seized: In a joint operation, the BSF and the Punjab police on Monday seized 4 kg of heroin worth Rs 20 crore in the international market from across the barbed border fencing near Tota border post at the Indo-Pak border here. Deputy Commandant Lakhbir Singh said Pakistan smugglers had concealed the contraband underground near a tree near a border pillar which was to be taken by smugglers of this side.

One booked: The Chheharta police registered a case on Sunday against Monu of Marwaha Wali Gali for allegedly killing Pankaj Kumar who was hacked to death by three motorcyclists on Saturday. According to sources, Monu was Pankaj’s neighbourer.

TSU to join sit-in
: After a meeting, the Technical Services Union of the Punjab State Electricity Board on Monday resolved to be a part of the sit-in to be staged at the DSP office here on June 18, secretary of the union Balwinder Singh informed. The TSU said the Field and Workshop Workers Union of the Department of Public Works had decided to stage the dharna to protest against the alleged failure of the sub-divisional police to arrest the culprits, who had assaulted a union activist in Jhurarkhera village.

Free medical camp: A team led by Sandeep Singh Bhullar examined about 150 patients during a free medical camp organised by the Triveni Devi Sanatan Dharam Hospital under its Rural Health Development programme at Sayyedwala village near here on Sunday.

Sat Pal adjudged best singer: Students competed in dance on sad songs during the Rukhsat-2008, organised on Saturday in DAV College of Education here, where Virender was adjudged the winner. Sat Pal was the best singer. Principal Venita Singh awarded the best performers of the session. The awardees included, Rakesh and Parnam Singh (best actors), Jagmeet and Pardeep Kaur (best creative minds of the session), Himanshi (best in academics), Neetu (best dancer), Champa (best singer). Randeep Kaur and Palwinder Singh were honoured as personality of the evening in female and male categories respectively.

Boy hurt as wall collapses
: A 12-year-old boy got injured, when a wall of a vacant plot collapsed over him. As per the information, Tony (12) was passing through Aakalgarh Basti when all of a sudden, the main boundary wall of the vacant plot fell over him and he got buried under it. Listening to his screams, the people gathered at the site and rescued the child who also suffered head injuries. He was immediately hospitalised.

2 held in rape case
: The district police have arrested two persons in connection with rape and abduction of a minor girl here. Talking to mediapersons, Swinder Singh, SHO of civil lines police station said the accused, identified as Deba and Jodhi, both residents of Navin Abadi, Umarpura, were arrested by a police party headed by SI Narinder Singh.

Office shift: The income tax office has been shifted to a new building at Shastri Nagar here. The new office was inaugurated by Sunil Chopra, chief commissioner, income tax, Amritsar. The construction of the building was completed in 14 years. Chopra disclosed that the Batala office had realised Rs 3.05 crore as income tax against a target of Rs 2.17 crore during the 2007-08 financial year. He said that tax collection by the central agencies was targeted at Rs 325 crore for Amritsar region but the actual collection was Rs 516 crore.

Accident victim dies
: 23-year-old Nisha Khanna, a resident of Jagraon, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, today. Nisha had come to meet her maternal uncle at Sunny Enclave in Mundi Kharar and met with an accident on June 12. Nisha and her aunt Promila Behl were riding a scooter that collided with a car near a petrol pump in Balongi. Both were rushed to the Phase-VI civil hospital, Mohali, and from there, they were referred to the PGI. A case has been registered against the driver of the car.

Aaina ranked 5th in matric
: Aaina Goyal and Shivani of the Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary Vidya Mandir, Mansa, got 5th and 8th positions in the state respectively by securing 92.7 per cent and 92.1 per cent marks respectively. Acting principal of the school, Jaswinder Singh Chahal, informed that 18 more children of this school are in the merit list. This was the result of schoolteachers and management committee, he added. He said that around 39 students of VIII class were in the merit list of this school. Renu Jindal and Priya Jindal of Shri Tara Chand Vidya Mandir Bhikhi Mansa have also secured high positions in the matric examination.

Principals’ demands: The Association of Principals of Non-government Colleges (GND University) has demanded the lifting of the ban on recruitment against vacant posts covered under grant-in-aid scheme, professor’s scale for principals and enhancement of grant as per the present liabilities. Dr Jaspal Singh Randhawa, secretary of the association, said here on Monday that more than 110 posts of teaching and non-teaching staff had been lying vacant in privately managed government-aided colleges in the state since October 2004.

Hiking camp: Kirpal Sagar Academy vice-principal Rajesh Chandel has been selected as camp commandant by the Punjab directorate of the youth services for a hiking and trekking camp to be organised from June 18 to 27 at Manali. The camp which aims at inculcating discipline and leadership qualities would witness participation of 120 persons. 

Head-on crash leaves 5 hurt
: Five persons sustained critical injuries in a head-on collision between a Jalandhar-bound car and a tanker near Chachrarri village between Phagwara and Goraya on National Highway-I this evening, the police here stated.According to reports, the car after ramming into the road divider smashed into the tanker in the parallel lane. The car driver apparently lost control of the vehicle that led to the mishap. The injured, all of whom were in the car, were admitted to the civil hospital here.

Smack seized: The police as a part of a special drive launched against drug and illicit liquor smugglers and other bad elements arrested Balwinder Singh of Aman Nagar, Gurdaspur, here on Monday and recovered 5 gm smack from him. A case under Sections 21,51 and 85 has been registered. 

Office-bearers elected :The following have been elected office-bearers of the Mand Budhi Manav Vikas Samittee, Pathankot: president-Jagmohan Mahajan; vice-president -Munish Goyal; and general secretary-Avneesh Choudhry.

49 donate blood: Fortytwo men and seven women donated blood at a camp, organised by the Kalgidhar Trust Baru Sahib at Cheema, about 15 km from Sunam, on Monday. The camp was inaugurated by deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri. On the occasion women donors were honoured. Certificates were also issued to the blood donors.



Commandant Ishwar Singh Duhan inspects the ITBP parade at the first Raising Day of the 37 Battalion in Panchkula on Monday.
Commandant Ishwar Singh Duhan inspects the ITBP parade at the first Raising Day of the 37 Battalion in Panchkula on Monday.

Raising Day
: The 37 Battalion of Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) celebrated its first Raising Day here on Monday. The founder of the battalion Commandant Ishwar Singh Duhan took the salute from a parade. A total of 700 recruits and 198 other ranks took part in the parade. Harinder Pal Singh, commandant, ITBP, gave details of the battalion’s activities. Sports events and cultural programmes were organised for the battalion personnel and their family members.


Blood donation camp
: A blood donation camp was organised by Kalgidhar Sewak Jatha at the Phase IV gurdwara on the ocassion of the Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev here on Monday . As many as 41 units of blood was collected. The camp was inaugurated by Jasjit Singh Bunny, area incharge of the SAD. 

Condemned: The Consumers Protection Forum condemned the Punjab government for playing a cruel joke with the people of the state by announcing a reduction in the rates of petrol, diesel and LPG which was merely an eyewash. The forum said the government had announced to bring the rate of petrol down by 65 paise per litre and diesel by 13 paise per litre. The price of an LPG cylinder, which had gone up by Rs 50, was reduced by Rs 1.10 paise. VAT at the rate of 27.5 per cent was being imposed on petrol while it was only 12.5 per cent in the case of liquor.

Body found: The body of Chandigarh resident Mool Chand (31) was found lying on the railway line near Jagatpura village here today. No suicide note was found from him. Residents of the area saw a body lying on the line and informed the police which in turn informed the Railway Police. According to reports, the deceased worked in a courier company. The police has initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



HCS officers transferred
: The Haryana government has posted and transfered three HCS officers with immediate effect. R.K. Garg, subdivisional officer(C)-cum-additional collector, Dabwali, has been posted as deputy secretary to government, Haryana, Urban Local Bodies, against a vacant post. Shiv Parshad, subdivisional officer(C)-cum-additional collector, Bhiwani, and estate officer, HUDA, Bhiwani, goes as subdivisional officer(C)-cum-additional collector, Siwani, in addition to his present assignment in place of S.C. Gaba, who has been posted as subdivisional officer(C), Dabwali.

Sports complex: The Haryana government has decided to name the Tejli Sports Complex, Yamunanagar, after former minister and sports lover Late Rajesh Sharma. While announcing this here on Monday, Haryana Chief Minister said the decision to name the sports complex after the name of Rajesh Sharma was taken so that the budding sportspersons could derive inspiration from his life.

Teachers’ meeting: To discuss the prevailing education policy and the matters relating to the problems faced by teaching community, a meeting of 50 organisations will be held at Jind on June 18. Stating this here on Saturday, state deputy general secretary Jai Parkash Shastri and president of the district Adyapak Sangh Baljeet Singh said the representatives of the organisations would discuss the problems confronting teachers and a strategy would be chalked to wake up the state government about the drawbacks existing in the prevailing state education policy. 

Sanskrit camp
: A 12-day Sanskrit speaking training camp organised by Sanskrit Bharti was inaugurated by Kurukshetra additional deputy commissioner Sumedha Kataria on the premises of Shri Krishan Dham here on Sunday. Kataria said Sanskrit was one of the best languages to express one’s feelings and to know the India’s heritage. 

2 die in accidents: Two persons died while four others were injured in separate road accidents in the district on Sunday. Kuldip Singh of Rajpura village was killed while the pillion rider Sunil of Dhani Bhandor village injured when their motorcycle collided with a vehicle on the Rewari Narnaul road. A case has been registered against the absconding driver. In another incident, Balwan Nath of Jaitrawas village died while three other occupants, including the driver Dharambir, were injured when the Qualis they were travelling in overturned after it struck against a broken electric pole lying on the Sulkha Bawal road, near Sulkha village, 10 km from here. 

Youth run over by train: Amit (20) of Kathuwas village, 12 km from here, was reportedly run over by a passenger train while he was crossing a railway line near the Bharawas railway crossing here on Sunday. The train was going from Hisar to Jaipur. The Government Railway Police, which held an inquest, has treated the case as an accidental death.

DC honoured: Sonepat deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi has been honoured with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his services. While serving as the Jhajjar additional deputy commissioner, he arranged the education facilities for children of the migrant labourers at the brick kilns in Jhajjar district by opening seasonal schools at the kilns. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam gave the award to Joshi in Delhi.

3 commit suicide: Three persons have reportedly committed suicide during the last 24 hours in the district. Rohtas (55) committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in his house on Sunday. A family quarrel is suspected to be the reason behind the suicide. Jagdish of Sainipura was found dead near the sugar mill here on Monday. The postmortem of his body confirmed that he had consumed poison to end his life. The Railway police today recovered the body of Bhupinder of Shastri Nagar, Gannaur, from the railway track near the Gannaur railway station on Monday

Zila parishad okays plan: The Zila parishad has approved an action plan under the NAREGA, which includes works related to water conservation, tree plantation, link roads to villages, digging new ponds and renovation of old ones, irrigation channels and their cleanliness and other development schemes to be carried out in villages. Additional deputy commissioner Narinder Singh said the officials concerned had been given proper training so that they could carry out the projects properly.

More polling booths: The district administration is contemplating to set up 54 more polling booths so that voters do not need to move for more than 2 km to cast their votes. A meeting of leaders from different political parties was held at the office of the deputy commissioner here on Monday after the delimitation of constituencies.

Body found: Body of Mohan Lal (22), who was washed away in Avardhan canal here on Friday along with his nephew, was found struck in the canal near Indri, Karnal on Monday. The two had gone to perform some religious rituals when the accident took place. Efforts were on to trace the two since Friday. However, there was no report about his nephew Chetan. 



Ban on “tabliki-jamat” sought
: The Anjuman Islamia, a leading social organisation of the Muslims, has urged the government to impose a complete ban on the entry of missionaries like “tabliki-jamat” in Chamba district from outside the state. Presiding over a meeting of the Anjuman Islamia here on Sunday, its district president Dildar Ali Shan said preachers of ‘tabliki-jamat’ religion were forcibly entering into the houses of Muslim families here and when they were refused, they quoted norms of the constitution. 

Relay fast by EGS instructors: Hunger strike of the employment guarantee scheme (EGS) instructors entered the 19th day, while their agitation entered the 29th day on Monday. These instructors have been demanding the regularisation of their services. District president of the EGS instructors’ association Dev Paul Singh alleged that the state government was suppressing their peaceful agitation by adopting repressive methods. The instructors had planned to take out a massive rally on June 17 in the main bazaars of Chamba, Singh said.

Wild on the prowl : Bear and leopard are on the prowl in the terrains of Diur, Kandhwara and Bhadela panchayats of the Salooni tehsil here. Some villagers have been wounded by these beasts. The representatives of these panchayats have reported the mater to the forest department. A boy of Gulel village in the Kandhwara panchayat became a prey of this leopard, the residents reported. They demanded to ensnare these animals. The forest officials, however, maintained that they were constantly monitoring the situation so that suitable decision could be taken. 

: The Centre for Geo-informatics, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Natural Resources Data Management System and union ministry of science and technology will jointly host an expert committee meeting on Bio-Geo, Marine & Environmental Databases, based on geospatial technologies, on June 19. Dr Tej Partap, vice-chancellor, will release a book entitled Standards for Bio-geo Database.



Woman washed away
: A woman was drowned and five houses were damaged in Doda and Reasi districts, following heavy rain and flash floods in the Basantar, Chenub and Tawi, official sources said on Monday. Over 300 acres of farmland was also destroyed, while over 100 heads of cattle were washed away in the floods. The Chenub was flowing at 28 feet, just two feet below the danger level at Akhnoor in Jammu, while large swathes of land in Udhampur, Samba, Kishtwar and Ramban remained under water, sources said. 

Burglar shot at: A former special police officer was injured when a merchant whose shop he tried to burgle in Chingus in Rajouri district, shot at him, before having him arrested on Monday. Inderjeet Singh fired at Nisar Ahmed who entered his shop with three accomplices to burgle it. The police said Ahmed was admitted to a hospital and a case had been registered. A hunt has been launched to nab the other three accused. 

Landmine defused: The police averted a major tragedy when they spotted and defused a landmine in Jammu district on Monday. Official sources said villagers informed the police about explosive devices in Bhore camp area. The police rushed to the site and defused the landmine.

IED recovered: The Army on Monday recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) fitted with 10 kg of RDX planted on a road in Doda district. During routine patrolling, troops of the 8 Rashtriya Rifles detected an IED at Arnola, said defence spokesman Lt-Col S.D. Goswami. A bomb disposal squad defused the device.

Woman commits suicide: Ishrat Bano committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance in Kupwara district. Ishrat, a resident of Ganie Mohalla Kalaroch in Kupwara, was rushed to the hospital where she died, official sources said on Monday. It was not immediately known why she took the extreme step. On an average, one to two persons daily commit suicide in the valley.

Boy injured: Muntazir Nazir Laway (7) was injured in a blast in south Kashmir on Sunday. Official sources said Muntazir, a resident of Gaffa village in Kulgam district was fiddling with an explosive device when it exploded. Muntazir was later hospitalised. However, it was not immediately known from where he got the explosive device.

Bear attacks man: A 26-year-old man was injured after a bear attacked him in Anantnag district on Monday. Official sources said Narinder Singh was standing near a temple at Mattan when a bear appeared. Before he could do anything, the animal attacked him. He was rescued by villagers and admitted to a district hospital.


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