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Vendor robbed of Rs 3,000
: A rehri vendor was robbed of Rs 3,000 by two youths in a busy market of the city on Saturday. According to police sources, Chibba and Gurjit Singh, both of Bassi Khawaju, allegedly snatched Rs 3,000 from rehri vendor Vinod Kumar, resident of the local Mohalla Kamalpur, by threatening him with a sickle and a dagger at the Bassi Khawaju market. They fled after snatching the money. A case has been registered.

DC visits flood prone areas
: Deputy commissioner J.M. Balamurugan visited several flood prone areas around the Dussi bund on the Beas in the district on Saturday. He was accompanied by officials of drainage department. The DC first visited Baguwal village and took stock of the water level in the Beas river near the village. Addressing the villagers, he said all possible measures would be taken to prevent floods during the rainy season. 



Foundation Day: The Manimajra unit of Shree Mahashakti Shitala Mata Mandir Committee celebrated the annual foundation day of the temple with religious fervour at Pipalwala Town, Manimajra. A large number of devotees thronged the temple on the occasion, according to Sahdeo Sharma, committee president. The programme started with a ‘havan’ followed by other religious ceremonies. A ‘bhandara’ will also be organised on Sunday as a part of the celebrations.

Chief administrator, GMADA, plants saplings in Sector 66 in Mohali
Chief administrator, GMADA, plants saplings
in Sector 66 in Mohali
on Saturday

Green drive in Mohali
:Chief administrator, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority, Vivek Pratap Singh, today planted saplings in Sector 66 inaugurating the vanmahotsav drive in the township.The executive engineer, Horticulture, H.S. Dhaliwal, said almost 1,000 saplings would be planted in the sector during the current monsoons. He added that other than this, 300 saplings would be planted in Sector 67 on the side of the choe. The parks in Sectors 79 and 80 were being developed on a war-footing and trees were also being planted on the roadsides 

Residents meet MC officials: A delegation of the East End Residents’ Welfare Association, Sector 71, here met the MC and PUDA officials on Saturday to apprise them of their problems. They rued that the parks in their area were in a bad condition. They pointed out that particularly the park in front of house Nos. 1100 to 1106 needed filling up, proper lighting and walking track while the park in front of house Nos. 1120 and 1124 needed regular weeding and tiling around it.  



Cow, bull electrocuted
: A cow and a bull were electrocuted near Dhana on the Bhiwani-Dadri road on Saturday. Following the incident, irate residents block traffic for an hour near the Dadri gate. Police chowki in charge Satbir Singh and junior engineer of the electricity department Narain Prakash pecified the protesters after which the blockade was lifted. The protesters alleged that innocent animals fell victim to the carelessness of employees of the electricity department.

Armed youths attack three: A group of five armed youths attacked three persons at Haluwas village on Thursday. The three victims sustained injuries and have been admitted to a hospital. Satbir, Balbir and Anil of the village were proceeding towards their houses when five armed youths attacked them with lathis, canes and axe. The assailants threatened the trio of dire consequences. The police has registered a case against the accused.

Directions for cyber café owners
: District Magistrate Vikas Gupta through an order promulgated under Section 144 of the CrPC has directed the owners of cyber cafes of the district to maintain a register containing names, address and mobile numbers of users, reason for using internet and the time at which it is used. The cyber café owners have also been directed to install web cameras in the café to ensure close watch on the users. The orders have been issued to check activities of some users who could cause tension, annoyance, injuries to human lives and properties. 

Man duped of Rs 34,000
: Two persons travelling in a jeep allegedly intercepted a truck on the Jaipur-Delhi highway near Rasiawas village and forcibly extorted Rs 34,000 from its driver Pawan Kumar, a resident of Rohtak district, on Thursday. They decamped with the booty soon afterwards. The incident occurred when the truck was on its way from Jaipur to Rohtak. The police has registered a case of extortion in this regard.

Research on Napoleon: Amit Swami, executive assistant to the International Napoleonic Society (INS), on Friday said it was a matter of vital significance that the discovery regarding the poisoning of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte earlier made by Dr Ben Weider, president of the INS, had now been finally clinched by the latest scientific research and evaluations made by the world’s leading forensic toxicologist Dr Pascal Kintz. Dr Fourneiur, a respected medical specialist in the US, after having evaluated all tests had accepted, supported and agreed with the analysis and scientific work done by Dr Kintz. Before their findings, it was commonly thought that Napoleon died of cancer.

10 held for gambling
: Ten persons, including Bittu, Neeraj, Vikas, Ramesh, Ramchander, Satish kumar, Jagdish Munjal and Mahavir, were caught red handed while gambling in hotel Gazal here by the police on Friday night. According to SSP Navdeep Singh Virk, the police seized Rs 1,25,400 from them. Two separate FIRs have been registered against them under the Gambling Act in the sadar police station and they all have been arrested.



Dhumal’s assurance to class IV employees
: Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal assured the state class IV education department employees union that their long pending demands would be considered and accepted on merits within next 15 days. This was stated by association state vice-president Nand Kishore Thakur after a deputation of the association met the Chief Minister earlier here. They presented a demands charter which demanded that rural water carriers should get honorarium equal to that being given to those in town schools, preparation of their seniority list for their promotions and stoppage of procedure under which they have to get an agreement signed in their favour from the panchayat president every year.

Two arrested for stealing telephone cable: The police here has nabbed two persons - Manoharlal, son of Basantram (Dabar village) and Vijay Kumar, son of Premlal (Saloa village), who have been accused with the theft of telephone wires. SP K.K. Indoria said here on Saturday that these arrests have been possible with active co-operation and help of the people of the area. A case has been registered against them. The police recovered stolen telephone wire worth Rs 9,750 from them.

Anjuman Islamia
: The Anjuman Islamia has warned those organisations, which are indulging in false propaganda creating misconceptions against the Anjuman Islamia amongst the public of this region. In a statement issued here on Saturday, Dildar Ali Shah, district president of the Anjuman Islamia, advised such organisations not to hatch conspiracy against its working otherwise its functionaries would be forced to resort to punitive action against them.



IED seized
: Security forces recovered 20 kg improvised explosive device (IED), planted by militants on the Bharat Road on Saturday. Troops of the 8 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) recovered the explosives-filled IED on the Doda-Bharat road.The entire area was cordoned off and traffic was suspended.

Ration cards
: The State Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department has decided to issue fresh ration cards to consumers in the city under the targeted public distribution system (TPDS) as per census 2001 population. The director, CAPD, Jammu, said all ration card holders were asked to collect declaration forms from their respective ration dealers and return the same duly filled up in all respects to them within seven days.

Two injured: Two persons were injured when a three-storeyed hotel collapsed, following heavy rain, in the city on Saturday. Police sources said the hotel in the Jewel Chowk area collapsed after its foundation and basement developed some cracks, following heavy rain. A portion of the collapsed building fell on an adjoining building. Two persons were injured in the mishap.

Fire in Shankeracharya hills
: Panic gripped the Dal Lake area when a fire broke out in the bushes of the Shankeracharya hills. The fire was noticed in the buses from the Nehru park side, a fire brigade official said. Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was brought under control. About 100 trees were destroyed in the fire, he said. This is the second incident of fire in the area. 

Girl attempts suicide: Another girl attempted suicide in the Kashmir valley on Saturday. Despite a fatwa being issued by Muslim ulemas, incidents of suicide have been on the rise. Official sources said today Ulfat Jan, a resident of Anantnag district consumed some poisonous substance. She was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.


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