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PUNJAB

Hoshiarpur
Girl abducted
: A teenaged girl of Dilwali Kalan village has allegedly been abducted by Navleen Kumar of Chandoli. According to police sources, girlís father Rajinder Singh alleged that Navleen Kumar abducted his daughter from the village on June 23 at about 5 pm. A case under sections 363 and 366 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. 

Jalandhar
2,500 examined at medical camp
: The Rajput regiment under the aegis of the Dograi Brigade organised a medical camp at Sarai Amanat Khan on Wednesday in which more than 2,500 persons were examined. Inaugurating the camp, General Officer Commanding Panther Division Major-Gen P.S. Paul said the camp was part of the ongoing initiatives undertaken by the Army in border areas.

Trekking camp: The directorate of youth services is organising a 10-day hiking and trekking camp to Manali starting from tomorrow. Over 250 schoolboys from across the state will join the trip, camping in tents, erected in the forest area. Various other adventure activities would also be organised, said Capt I.S. Dhami, assistant director, youth services.

KHARAR
Man, son booked for fraud
: A father-son duo was booked on Thursday for duping a resident of Lakhnaur village. In his complaint to the police, Satnam Singh of Lakhnaur, alleged that on May 8, 2006 he had struck a deal with Nachhattar Singh and his son Harbhajan Singh, residents of Gaggarwal village, district Fatehgarh Sahib, for two acres of land. While Satnam had already give Rs 1 lakh in advance, the remaining payment was still pending. Satnam said the father-son duo had given him fake documents. The police booked the duo for fraud.

Whisky seized: As many as 285 boxes of English whisky were confiscated by the CIA police on Thursday. The CIA staff stopped an oil tanker near Chhatt village and found that the truck was laden with English whisky meant for sale in Chandigarh. The consignment was being taken to Rajasthan. The police arrested truck driver Haria Ram and cleaner Krishna Ram from Sanchour village in Rajasthan. The confiscated truck and both accused have been handed over to the excise department.

PATIALA
Rally on drug abuse
: State Bank of Patiala, in collaboration with Drug De-addiction Centre, Saket Hospital and traffic police, organised a vehicle rally to generate awareness on drug abuse. The rally which was flagged off by A.C. Varma, managing director of State Bank of Patiala, and V.K. Puri, secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab state branch, Chandigarh, passed through the main bazaars and terminated at the Mall Road branch of SBoP. Besides staff members of SBoP, District Red Cross cadets, Mai Bhago Brigade, Dedicated Brothersí Group, Bharat Vikas Parishad and other social organisations also participated in the rally.

Scholarships: The Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (deemed university), New Delhi, has awarded post-matric Sanskrit annual scholarships of Rs 4,000 each to 21 students of Government Mohindra College. College principal Dr D.I.S. Brar said the scholarships were awarded on the basis of excellent performance of the students in the previous class.

Phagwara
Factory burgled
: Thieves broke into a factory located on the Palahi road falling under Sadar police station. The thieves decamped with material worth about Rs 5 lakh. The police was investigation the matter.

Woman killed: A woman identified Piari, wife of Buta Singh of Madhopur village, here was killed when a Phagwara-bound PUNBUS bus hit her on the highway near Chaheru while she was crossing the road.

ROPAR
Counselling begins
: Counselling for management seats began at IET, Bhaddal, campus on Thursday. Students from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, UP, Delhi and other states poured in for admissions. CEO Ravinder Singh said all management quota seats were filled according to AICTE and PTU norms and no donation or capitation fee had been collected from any student.


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HARYANA

AMBALA
Woman run over by train
: A middle-aged woman was killed at railway crossing near the wholesale cloth market in Ambala City on Thursday when she was hit by a speeding train. The deceased was identified as Anita, a resident of Jind. According to information, she had come to meet her relative two days ago. She was crossing the railway crossing when the train hit her. Anita was taken to the local civil hospital where she was declared dead. The railway police handed over her body to her relatives after a postmortem.

CHANDIGARH
Milk purchase rate up: The Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation has decided to increase the milk purchase rates by Rs 5 per kg fat from existing Rs 260 per kg fat to Rs 265 per kg fat with effect from June 25. Haryana cooperation minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha on Thursday said the rate of the milk had been increased because during the summer season milk production decreases considerably and to encourage the farmers to sell their milk to dairy cooperative societies it had become necessary to increase the rates.

REWARI
Reward for info on culprits: The 20-hour long combing operation, which was launched on Wednesday by the police contingents of Rewari, Narnaul, Mewat and Faridabad districts to nab the two culprits, who had shot at a taxi driver, ended in a fiasco on Thursday. Following the failure of the above search operations, the police personnel were sent back to their respective areas. The two had reportedly vanished into the hilly area around Khol village. The police has announced a reward of Rs 20,000 for providing clinching clues regarding the culprits.

Student killed: Vijeyta (21), a student of an engineering college and daughter of Ashok Kumar of Bas Lambi village in Gurgaon district, died on the spot after she reportedly fell from a motorcycle on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Kapriwas village, 20 km from here, on Wednesday. The mishap occurred when Vijeyta, along with a relative, was coming to Dharuhera to see her fatherís sister. It was treated as a case of accidental death by the police, which held an inquest under Section 174 of the CrPC.

ROHTAK
MDU suspends ex-CoE: The MDU administration has suspended deputy registrar (publication and inquiry) and former controller of examinations (CoE) Sukhbir Singh. According to university sources, Sukhbir Singh has been charged with wilful absence from duty. The move is being viewed as fallout of the recent MD/MS entrance row. The former CoE was named in the FIR lodged by the Vigilance Bureau regarding the matter.

SONEPAT
Petrol station looted: Five car-borne miscreants reportedly looted Rs 10,000 from employees of a petrol station near Sainipura village on the Gohana-Panipat highway on Thursday. They also sold 250 litres of petrol after locking up the employees in a room at the petrol station. A case has been registered at against the five unidentified persons on the complaint of Anil and Balwan, employees at Sandeep petrol station. The employees were taken out from the room by a resident of Sainipura.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
NSS in schools soon
: O.P.Sharma, director, higher education, Himachal, has said that the NSS has proved very beneficial for the students as well as society as it has imbibed the spirit of social service and self-confidence among students, apart from making them realise that they have some responsibility towards those living around them. Addressing a seminar of NSS programme officers drawn from Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Mandi and Una districts at Ghumarwin, near here, he said the NSS had helped students to maintain direct contact with society, besides generating spirit of national integration, goodwill, brotherhood, cooperation and qualities of leadership among them. Sharma declared that the NSS would be introduced in all education institutions. Programme officers were also provided information and training in information technology during this seminar.

SHIMLA
Blood donation camp: Tata Teleservices organised a blood donation camp here on Thursday. Around 87 persons donated blood at the camp. They were given certificates issued by the Indira Gandhi Medical College blood bank. Chief Operations (Himachal circle) Vinay Bhan said the company was fulfilling its social responsibility by organising such events.

Life term for murder: Kinnaur sessions judge D.K. Sharma has convicted Jyoti Swaroop under Section 302 of the IPC and sentenced him to life imprisonment in a murder case. As per prosecution, the accused had murdered Kala Devi on February 15, 2003. While rejecting the plea of the accused that he was mentally unsound and did not know the nature and consequences of his act, the court held him guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment.


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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
45 kg RDX seized
: Security forces recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 45 kg of RDX, from the forest area of Darhal in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said here on Thursday. Troops of the Rashtriya Rifle (RR) and the police jointly launched a search in Madun forest in Darhal area of the border district last evening following intelligence information, the spokesman said, adding they recovered a huge haul of explosives from a water tank. The cache included 45 kg of RDX, 265 detonators, 46 grenades, one AK-56 rifle with one magazine and 250 rounds, three RPG rounds, 600 meters wire, one SIM card of a Pakistan company and Rs 8,350 in Pakistani currency, he said. The explosives were dumped by Pakistani ultras in the forest area to be used later for subversive activities, he said, adding search operation was on.

Five killed in mishaps: Five persons were killed and four others were injured in two separate road accidents in Rajouri and Ramban districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Four persons were killed and four others were injured when a tipper truck, on way from Bakori to Gadyok Khwas, fell into a gorge at Kandi in Rajouri district on Wednesday evening, the police said. The deceased have been identified as driver Rattan Singh, Mohammad Sharief, Mushtaq Hussain and Mohammad Iqbal. The injured have been shifted to the district hospital at Rajouri. In another incident, Abdul Rashid Dar, the district officer of Khadi and Village Industries Board, was run over by a speeding truck at Ramban on Wednesday. The truck driver was arrested.

Srinagar
Indo-Pak match brings  relief for cops
: The one-day cricket match between India and Pakistan in Karachi on Thursday provided a brief relief to security forces who remained engaged to control the situation following massive protests in the Kashmir valley against the transfer of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board during the past three days. When the match between the two countries started, the number of demonstrators started receding. Most of the areas, which witnessed clashes were almost peaceful in the afternoon, providing much needed relief to security forces who spend sleepless nights because of tense situation. People in most areas, where scheduled power cut was to be enforced from 1300 hours till 1800 hours, said there was no power curtailment on Thursday. This, they said, has been done to enable people to watch the match.


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