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Dharna staged
: The Field and Workshop Workers’ Union representing technical workers of the Public Health, B & R, Drainage, Irrigation and lining departments held a protest march and dharna against the police at the DSP’s office here on Wednesday. Union leader Puran Ram and others alleged that following a minor dispute, Ram Kumar, a field worker, was attacked by some persons in Jhurarkhera village about three months back and the culprits had threatened him of dire consequences. The protesters alleged that the police had not taken any action so far. They warned that the agitation would be intensified if the culprits were not booked immediately. 

Sonia writes success saga
: Close on the heels of Ankita, who brought laurels to the city after securing second position in class VIII examination in the state, Sonia, a student of S.B. Vidya Mandir stood second in the entrance test conducted by the Punjab Technical University for admissions to various engineering colleges of the state.

Tribune staffer bereaved
: Mahindra Wanti (82), mother of Rajinder Selly, Section Head, The Tribune, Jalandhar, died on Wednesday. She had been ailing for a long time. She leaves behind four sons and one daughter.

2 held for assault: Ram Chand, father of Jaswant Singh, a resident of Fatehullapur village, was arrested with one more person for attacking Jaswant with a sharp-edged weapon on Wednesday. In his complaint to the police, Jaswant Singh stated that his father Ram Chand, sister-in-law Balbir Kaur and neighbour Bhajan Singh attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon on June 16 near the village school. Ram Chand and Bhajan Singh were booked on his complaint and sent to remand.

Accident victim dies: An unidentified person found injured in a road accident on June 8 succumbed to his wounds at PGI on Wednesday. Avtar Singh of patrolling party number 42 had picked up this unidentified man from near Gillco valley in Kharar on June 8. He was rushed to the Kharar Civil Hospital and was further referred to PGI.

30 hurt in mishap: As many as 30 passengers, including women and children, were injured when a mini-bus in which they were travelling overturned on the roadside near Mehna police station on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur national highway, 10 km from the district headquarters, on Wednesday.The injured were immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital here. Some of them had got themselves shifted to local private hospitals. 

Free medical camp
: The Aasra Lok Seva Club held a free medical camp at Bhatta Basti near here. Teji Rani Sharma was chief guest. Child specialist Ramesh Katodia and dermatologist Naresh checked nearly 97 patients and free medicines were also distributed.



Dharna lifted: The 86-day-old dharma of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority Employees ended on Wednesday following a reassurance by Daljit Singh Cheema, advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister. Cheema visited the 54 employees sitting on a dharna outside the PUDA office in Phase VIII. These employees had been regularised by the government but not allowed to join their duties by PUDA. The employees had alleged that the other employees regularised with them had already joined.

Police remand: A local court remanded three persons to a day in police custody for indulging in flesh trade on Wednesday. The police had arrested Jagdish Kumar of Sector 56, Sanjeev Kumar of Mandi Gobindgarh and a Delhi girl from a hotel in Phase 3B2 here. The complainant in the case is DSP (city) S.S. Bains. Bains had led the police team to the hotel following information received by him. The police told the court that Jagdish was a pimp and supplied women. 



Man electrocuted: A man was electrocuted when he accidentally came into contact with high voltage wires at Bajina village. The police has handed over the body to relatives after postmortem examination. The deceased identified as Radhey Shyam was standing below the high-tension wire. He died on the spot.

Target achieved: Northern Railway Workshop, Kalka, has achieved the target of manufacturing 15 narrow gauge rail coaches in the last financial year, revealed official sources of the workshop. Sources said the NG workshop at Kalka had once again bagged the contract to manufacture eight coaches in the next financial year. Fifteen coaches have been built for Kalka-Shimla rail section. The workshop has already constructed more than 100 narrrow gauge coaches in the past 13 years.

Chemist goes missing: A Karnal-based chemist has gone missing under mysterious circumstances from the town. The local police on Tuesday registered a case as the family had failed to trace him. According to the family, Neeraj Malhotra had gone to collect money from an unknown person in his car on May 27. However, he did not return home.

One killed in road accident: Satish Kumar Yadav (27) of Kharkhara village was killed when the motorcycle he was riding on was reportedly hit by a canter on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near the village on Tuesday. Yadav succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in Dharuhera. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the canter driver, who absconded after the accident. 

Admission begins: Admissions to BA (first year) and BCom (first year) classes of the newly sanctioned Government Girls College here has started in right earnest. The classes will be held in the newly constructed building of Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Sector 4 here. Principal L.N. Sharma said the education department had sanctioned 480 and 160 seats for the arts and the commerce streams, respectively. The last date for submission of admission forms was June 28.

Murder accused held: The police on Tuesday arrested murder accused Jagdish, a resident of Mithi Sureran village here, who had allegedly killed his brother’s wife over a land dispute. Ramsaroop, father of the victim, Neetu, alleged that on June 13, his daughter demanded share in the property and peeved at it, her brother-in-law Jagdish got infuriated and attacked her with a weapon, killing her on the spot.

3 killed in mishaps: Three persons were killed and one was injured in different road accidents in the district during the past 24 hours. Jaswinder was killed when the canter he was traveling in was reportedly hit by a truck on the GT road on Tuesday. The canter driver, Sandeep, sustained serious injuries. Pale Ram of Bari village died on the spot when he was run over by a speeding car while he was crossing the GT road on his bicycle on Tuesday. Pradeep, a resident of Kangra, was also run over by an unidentified speeding vehicle on the Bahalgarh road on Monday.



Man drowned :
Bhanwari of Khaneara village was drowned in a local nullah near his village. Sources said 36-year-old Bhanwari failed to negotiate the swirling nullah and was washed away. His body was later recovered downstream by locals. The body was sent for a postmortem. 

BJP running ‘transfer industry
’: Cong: The Congress has accused the present BJP government of allegedly “running a transfer industry” in the state. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, party spokesman Deepak Sharma said, “The BJP government is running a transfer industry in the state and has transferred 15,000 state government employees within small time.” 

YC appointment
: State Youth Congress chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has appointed Ravi Rana of Mandi as general secretary of the state unit. The appointment will come into effect immediately.



Hideout unearthed: Army troops unearthed a hideout and recovered arms and explosives from an area near the LoC in Poonch district on Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, the troops conducted search operations and busted a hideout in Jallas area and recovered an AK rifle, a pistol, a grenade and two magazines. However, no arrests had been made so far.

Funds for water bodies: The Centre has assured the state government that adequate funds would be provided to the state for preservation and conservation of water bodies in the state. This was stated by Union environment and forests secretary Meena Gupta, while inaugurating a five-day workshop on wetland conservation for Northern India here. About 30 participants from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Delhi will participate in the workshop, organised by the Union ministry of environment and forest.

Officials booked: The crime branch has filed a case against three senior officers of the state education department for their alleged involvement in regularising services of six teachers on a fictitious order in Anantnag district. A chargesheet was filed against former zonal educational officers - Mohammad Ramzan Kar and Ghulam Hassan Mir and senior assistant Mohammad Akbar Dar — in the court of special judge anti-corruption (Kashmir), an official spokesman said. The trio had regularised services of six teachers by producing a fake and fictitious order in 1991.

Milk production: The Jammu and Kashmir Milk Production Cooperative Limited (JKMPCL) processes 25,000 litres of milk daily at its twin milk plants at Cheshmashahi in Srinagar and Satwari in Jammu, an official spokesman said on Wednesday. The plant at Cheshmashahi processes 9,000 litres of milk daily and is marketed under the brand name “Snow Cap”. During the last fiscal, milk cooperatives earned a profit of Rs 34 lakh. Curd and ghee would also be made available in the market shortly, he added.

Relief for militancy-hit: The state government has sanctioned an ex-gratia relief to 10 victims of militancy in Bandipora district, an official spokesman said on Wednesday. The relief was sanctioned at a meeting of the district-level coordination committee chaired by Bandipora District Magistrate Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad. In all, 14 cases were put up in the meeting and 10 were settled.


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