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: Devinder Kumar Dhundhada alias Manu of the BJP and Rajinderpal Singh Brar of the SAD (B) were elected as chairman and vice-chairman of the Khuyiansarwar panchayat samiti during a meeting convened here by SDM N.S. Brar on Friday. 

Farmer shot dead: A farmer was shot dead by some persons while he was sleeping at his residence at Nizaam-ud-din village falling under Makhu police station of the district on Wednesday. The police believe that the farmer was murdered following a dispute of land with some persons. The police had registered a criminal case on the complaint of Baljinder Singh, son of the deceased person, and Jaswant Singh, son of Pritam Singh, under Section 302, IPC, against unknown persons. However, no one has been arrested.

Protest against SMO: The villagers belonging to Nava Bareke led by Sukhdev Singh, president of the Panchayat Union, held a sit-in outside civil surgeon’s office against senior medical officer on Thursday. The villagers blamed that the SMO had falsely given a medico legal report (MLR) in a case to help a particular party. The protesting villagers submitted a memorandum to the civil surgeon and demanded action against the erring persons.

: A 40-year-old resident of Lalru committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan of his house on Thursday. The victim Kishore Kumar was an alcoholic and was under depression, the police said. The police said Kishore locked the door from inside and hung himself from the ceiling fan with a dupatta. The deceased was spotted hanging by his wife and was taken to Derabassi hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The body has been handed over to the family after postmortem. 

Appeal against use of drugs
: The All India Progressive Women Association demanded that the government should issue orders for closing liquor vends till elections get over. In this connection, the association had submitted a memorandum to DC Mansa. Leader of the association, Ikbal Kaur, said that chemist shops should be raided to recover drugs, which might be distributed by candidates to win the elections. She appealed to the people that they should not support those candidates who had been serving liquor, drugs, opium and poppy husk. 

PO arrested
: The police arrested Harjit Singh Patwari of Bhakhatpur here on Thursday. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B, IPC, was registered against him at Dhariwal police station in 2001 and he was absconding.

Two arrested
: Residents of Dakala village held a government vehicle on Thursday night. The occupants of the car were distributing money and liquor in the village in order to buy votes for the coming panchayat elections. They were identified as Janak Raj and Chiman Lal, a Congress worker from Patiala. The DC was informed about this incident.

Woman held with gun: Paramjit Kaur, wife of Surinder Singh, was held with one desi katta (gun) along with three live cartridges in Rajpura on Friday. The accused is a resident of Babial, Mahesh Nagar, Ambala. 

Theft: Some unknown persons stole Rs 5,000, submersible wire (40m), 30 KD copper wire and an amplifier from Nabha on Thursday. Complainant Ajay Mittal, son of Mangat Ram, informed the police about the theft. No arrest has been made  so far. 

Truck stolen: Dilbagh Singh of Rajpura has complained to the police that an unidentified person stole his truck (No. HR-37A-3525) on Friday from Rajpura. A case has been registered but no arrest has been made so far. 

Jeep stolen: An unknown person stole a willy jeep (No. USS-9429) on Friday from near officer’s mess, 660 Army ABVN, Patiala. An Army officer got the complaint registered. No arrest has been made so far. 

World Music Day: In an attempt to ease pain, World Music Day was celebrated on Thursday by Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre. Speaking on the occasion, eminent ophthalmologist, Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai, head of the center, said music healed and so does medicine. “Music can soften pain and is a therapy in itself,” he added. Dr Boparai, who has two instrumental CD’s in the market by the name of Emotions I and II, played live for the guests on keyboard and Spanish guitar. Rajpal Channi and Parmjit Parwana, radio and TV artists, mesmerised the audience with their songs.

Ex-councillor booked
: Dr Tarsem Singh Golan, an SAD leader and former municipal councillor, and his three accomplices have been booked for shooting and injuring a neighbour and three others, namely Vicky, Jasbir Singh and Bittu, here in Gali Masteran Wali on Thursday morning. Harinder Singh Chahal, SSP, said a case under Sections 307, 336, 452, 324,148 and 149, IPC, and 25, 27, 54, 59, Arms Act, had been registered against them. The SSP clarified that the incident had no connection with the forthcoming the municipal council poll.

Man kills wife: Balbir Singh of Naushehra Pannuan township, 15 km from here, strangulated his wife on Thursday night. The Sarhali police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC. The deceased, identified as Sukhjinder Kaur (32), was married to the accused about 13 years back and the couple has two kids. The accused is absconding.



Man electrocuted
: A 28-year-old construction worker was electrocuted to death in Sector 80 here on Friday evening. The victim Subodh was carrying an iron bar on the roof of the house under construction when it touched a high-tension wire overhead. Subodh was electrocuted to death. The victim was from Bihar and lived with his wife and a son in a colony here. The police has started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CRPC.

Motorcycle stolen: Ashwani Sharma has complained to the police that his motorcycle parked outside his house in Phase I has been stolen. Another scooter has been reported stolen from Phase I and a cycle has been reported stolen from village Teor.

Purse snatched: Deepti Pasi, resident of Phase 3B1, has told the police that her purse was snatched by miscreants near the Phase III market when she was returning from her office on her two-wheeler. Another purse snatching has been reported by Nidhi Agarwal of Phase IV.



DPR office shifted
: The office of the DPR at Ambala now has a safer address - Panchayat Bhawan, Ambala City. The office, functioning from Ambala for the past 40 years, was earlier situated in a 100-year-old building on court road which earlier housed the electricity department. The old building was in a shambles.

Byelection tomorrow: Byelection of Mithapur village of block Saha of Ambala will be held on June 22. This information was disclosed by Ambala deputy commissioner and chief election officer Mohammad Shayin. He also said this by-election was being held as the earlier sarpanch had expired. Till now, seven nominations have been received for the poll. 



RI for husband, mother-in-law
: J. N. Yadav, additional sessions judge, fast track court, Chamba, on Monday convicted Rahul Gupta, alias Lucky, and his mother, Beena, alias Bholi, of Churipul village under Bharmaur police station, in a dowry death case. Both were sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for seven years and to pay a fine of Rs 20,000 each. In default of payment of the fine, the convicts shall further undergo rigorous imprisonment for six months. Rahul Gupta used to beat and torture Jyoti on the instigation of his mother, Bholi. Both were found guilty of killing Jyoti, who was found burnt to death on September 29, 2004, by her father, Shyam Lal. Her body was found emitting
kerosene smell. 

: The Joginder Nagar Durga Jagran Samiti, Chandigarh, will organise a Vishal Bhagwati Jagran on June 28, at Devi Chaturbhuja mandir, Basahidhar, Jogindernagar, in Mandi district.

Leaders’ transfers opposed
: The HPSEB Employees Union has condemned the transfers of its office-bearers at many places in the state. General secretary of the union Kuldeep Singh Kharwara said “many divisional and state-level office-bearers have been transferred to distance places in violation of norms by the HPSEB management which the union has strongly opposed.” He said “many people on the verge of retirement have also been transferred and the union will launch a statewide agitation to oppose the victimisation of union leaders.”



3 held for murder
: Three persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of a youth in Jammu district on Friday. Raids were conducted by the police in Phinder area of Jammu district and three persons, accused in a murder case, were arrested, the police said. The arrested were identified as Anchal, alias Ram, his brother, Shina, and father Swarn Lal, they said, adding Lilu, brother, was still at large. The trio have been booked under Section 302 (murder) and the Arms Act. Koushal Kumar, was shot dead on Wednesday by Anchal at his residence in Phinder village in Jammu district. 

Lion kills girl
: Khusbhu (6) was killed by a lion in north Kashmir on Friday. Official sources said Khusbhu was standing near her house at Laridora in Baramulla, when a lion appeared and attacked her. However, before her parents could do anything, the lion lifted her and went inside the woods. Her body was later recovered from the forest. People near the forests continue to live in fear because of the increasing incidents of man-animal conflict which has claimed about 60 lives and injured more than 325 during the past three years in the Kashmir valley.

Rs 2.5 cr for resort: Yousmarg, a picturesque tourist resort in Budgam district is all set for a facelift with Yousmarg Development Authority (YDA) planning to spend Rs 2.5 crore on various development works in the resort. An amount of Rs 53 lakh had been spent on various development works during 2007-08, said Ghulam Nabi Lone, chairman, state legislative council, during his visit to the resort. Lone stressed on the creation of basic infrastructure and other necessary facilities for visitors. He also directed the forests and tourism department officials to sort out petty issues and review the ongoing projects and action plan for the current financial year. 

Project inaugurated: State minister for industry and commerce, Nawang Rigzin Jora, inaugurated the 25-KW Community Micro-hydel Project in Yangthung village of Leh district on Friday. The project constructed under the Integrated Rural Energy Programme of Science and Technology Department at the cost of Rs 16.21 lakh would provide electricity to 35 households in the region, he said. He said the government was considering to provide electric facilities to Risdong Gonpa area in the future. He said the Nima-Bassgo power project was expected to be commissioned in 2010 and would cater the power demand of the district. 


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