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Labourer’s body: The body of Indian labourer Manjit Singh, resident of Hoshiarpur, arrived at the Rajasansi International Airport here from Dubai by Air India’s chartered flight on Thursday evening. Gurmeet Singh, brother of the deceased, received the body. He said Manjit was working in Dubai as a labourer. He had fallen sick there and died in a hospital. His employers had made arrangements in sending the body here. The deceased has four children and a wife.

Refresher course: GND University will organise a three-week refresher course on thrust area of recent trends in library and information science from July 18 to August 7. Stating this in a press note here on Thursday, Dr H.S. Bhatia, director, Academic Staff College, said the prescribed form was available from the university or could be downloaded from the university website ww.gndu.ac.in. Dr Amritpal Kaur, head, Department of Library Science, GND varsity, will be coordinator of the course.

Patwari nabbed on graft charge
: Vigilance sleuths caught red-handed patwari Harwinder Kumar, posted at Bhangala, while he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from Sewa Singh, son of Sardara Singh of Bhangala on Friday. According to police sources, Sewa Singh lodged a complaint with the Vigilance Department here alleging that the patwari was demanding Rs 2,000 for effecting mutation of his land. On his complaint the vigilance department laid a trap to nab the patwari.

Blood donated: To celebrate the birthday of their friend Bahdaur Singh, a son of ASI Jasbir Singh of Bulhowal, Navneet Gupta, Munish Walia, Parminder Singh, Nitesh, Mandip Kaur Saini and Navneet Kaur donated blood at Bhai Ghanaiyaji Charitable Blood Bank here on Friday. They appealed youths to donate blood and not to use drugs. Bahadur Singh himself donated blood for the seventh time.

Seminar on drug abuse: On the directions of R.S. Rana, civil surgeon, Gurdaspur, a seminar on drug abuse to mark de-addiction day was organised at the hospital here on Thursday. SMO Ravi Dogra appealed to NGOs to come forward to create awareness among people about drug abuse and its serious consequences.

Charas seized: The police arrested four persons, Jatinder Kumar of Gita Bhawan, Sarifan, Sonu and Manoj Kumar of Prem Nagar, Sujanpur, here on Friday under the NDPS and Excise Act and recovered 100 gm charas and 1425 ltrs illicit liquor from their possession.

Powers delegated: The powers regarding the Assured Career Progression Scheme of school lecturers in the Punjab education department (4-9-14) have been delegated to the circle education officers on Thursday after a long battle of the Adhyapak Dal, Punjab. This was informed by Harpal Singh Teja, senior vice-president of the dal. Earlier, these powers were with the director of public instructions (schools).

Clerk held for graft: A Vigilance team, led by DSP Anil Kumar Sharma, Flying Squad, Patiala, on Thursday held Krishan Puri, clerk, Health Department, deputed for issuing birth and death certificates in the local Municipal Council, when he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from Balwinder Singh of Changali Wala village (near Lehragaga) for issuing certificate of his father’s death. The DSP said Puri had been arrested and a case under Sections 7, 13 and (2) 88, Prevention of Corruption Act, had been registered against him.

Passport office sought: The district unit of the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) on Thursday urged the Union government to set up a regional passport office in Sangrur for people of the Malwa region. District president of the party Sardar Ali said at present people of the Malwa region, who wanted to go abroad, had to visit regional passport offices at Jalandhar or Chandigarh for the purpose.

Flesh trade racket: By arresting three women and a man, the police on Friday busted a flesh trade racket at Sunam, 13 km from here, on Friday. The police has registered a case against them under Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6, Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act 1956. SP (D) Bhupinderjit Singh Virk said the arrested women belonged to Sunam, Patiala and Kanjhla village while the man also belonged to Sunam.


Free medical camp
: A free sugar and medical check-up camp was organised by the Social Awareness Group at a park in Sector 70. Chairman of the group Daler Singh Multani examined more than 100 patients. The group has been serving society for the past two years and has organised a number of camps. Hardev Singh, ACA (PUDA), sponsored the camp in the memory of his father Lal Singh, who was a freedom fighter and a close associate of Subhash Chander Bose.

Raids conducted: A team from the State Food Authority, including assistant director Dr A.K. Khullar, conducted raids at some premises in Sohana, Lakhnor, Chanalo, Khanpur and seized nine samples (two of pure ghee, two of banaspati, two of milk liquid and one of milk powder). Dr Khullar said the campaign had been launched on the special instructions by the Punjab health minister Prof Lakhsmi Kanta Chawla to check the sale of adulterated food and it would continue in the state.

De-addiction day: A district-level function to mark Drug De-addiction Day was organised at the civil hospital here. Assistant civil surgeon Dr V.K. Harjai expressed his concern over the rising trend of drug abuse in youths. He feared that if strict timely measures were not taken, this menace of drug addiction could destroy the nation. Although the government was taking measures to curb the problem, efforts were required to be made at multi-levels, he added.


Man booked for fraud: A man has been booked for allegedly cheating a woman of Jahangirpur. The complainant, Sunita, has alleged that Mohar Singh of Karimod village sold 78 kanals to her a few days ago. After purchasing the land, she came to know that Mohar Singh had already availed loan on the said land. When Mohar Singh refused the charge, she lodged a compliant with the police. The police has registered a case and started investigations.

Dowry harassment: 4 booked: The police has booked four persons, including a woman, on the charge of dowry harassment. Kuldeep Singh of Dadri had married his daughter Poonam with Ashwini of Fatehabad. In her complaint, Poonam alleged that she was subjected to harassment for dowry since marriage. The police has booked Ashwini, Suman, Kamal and Manek Chand. However, no arrest has been made so far.

Seven held for rape: The police has arrested seven persons for allegedly abducting a minor girl from Prem Nagar village on May 7. According to the police, Yashvir, Naurang, Kaalu, Jitender, Tejvir and Sunil of Bhagvi village had allegedly abducted 17-year-old Jyoti from the village. A case had been registered on the complaint of the girl’s father. The police sent the girl to Nari Niketan, Karnal, after conducting her medical examination. A case of rape has been registered against the accused.

Test dates changed: The dates of eligibility test for elementary teachers and heads to be conducted by the Haryana School Education Board have been changed. Giving this information on Friday, a spokesman for the board said as per the new schedule, the eligibility test for heads would now be conducted on August 3 instead of July 27 and of elementary teachers would be conducted on July 27 instead of August 3.

Submission of forms: Lt Gen Devender Dayal Singh Sandhu, vice-chancellor, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, on Friday said the last date for submission of application forms for admission to MTech (print and graphic communication), MTech (integrated product design and manufacturing) and MTech (optical engineering) had been extended to July 8. He said 2,748 forms had been received for admission to 519 seats for various courses in 24 different disciplines.


Assn pleads for  housing grants: The district unit of state Scheduled Castes Welfare Association has pleaded to the Social Justice and Empowerment Department to make a provision for providing housing grants for the repair of houses of the poor families of ‘swaran’ castes living in urban areas of the country. In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal on Friday, Purushottam Chandra, vice-president of the association urged that jurisdiction of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme should be extended to the urban area as the poor belonging to the Scheduled Castes and tribes in the urban areas were being deprived of employment.

One killed in accident
: One person died while another was seriously injured when a pick-up jeep rolled down a gorge near Katasun village, near Jubbal, on Thursday night. According to the police, the mishap took place around 9.30 p.m. when two brothers, Ashok Kumar and Vinod Kumar, were returning home. While Ashok died on the spot, Vinod has been admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) with serious injuries. The deceased was a resident of Katasun village.



Jawan commits suicide
: Sepoy Lalaso Godse of the 1 Maratha Light Infantry Regiment allegedly committed suicide while on duty near the Line of Control (LoC) in Keeri sector in the wee hours here today. Godse was on duty at a forward post on the LoC in Pir Badhreshwar area when he allegedly shot himself with his service rifle. He died on the spot. “Godse was unmarried and was quite irritated over the timings of his duty, which forced him to take the extreme step,” Army sources claimed. Defence sources said the Army has initiated an inquiry into the incident.

Parakaram Padak Medals announced:
DGP Kuldeep Khoda on Friday announced ‘Parakaram Padak Medals’ for personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, in recognition of their commitment while performing duties during anti-militancy operations in the state. The decision was taken at establishment board meeting at the police headquarter held today. During the meeting nomination of the cases were examined and decision about awardees was taken with due consideration and in light of norms framed by the ministry of home affairs, state police said in a statement. The awardees include SI Rajesh Kumar, Sg Ct Sanjay Kumar and constable Bilal Ahmad.

Jawan, two ultras killed: An Army jawan and two militants were killed and a junior officer was injured in a gun battle in Ganderbal district on Friday, official sources said. Based on information about hiding militants, troops of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) and the police launched a joint search operation at Kachpathri-Mawar in Kangan area, 40 km from here on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway. The militants opened fire on the forces and in the ensued encounter, which lasted for several hours, two militants and jawan Anil Kumar were killed. The identity of the militant group is yet to be established, the sources said. The injured JCO, Anchal Singh, was moved to Army base hospital here, sources added.

Hawala gang busted
: With the arrest of two persons today, the Doda police has busted a Hawala gang, which allegedly provided financial aid to militant groups active in this mountainous belt. The arrested persons were identified as Mohammed Shafi Sheikh and Ghulam Rasool Mir, both residents of Bhaarat area of Doda. An amount Rs 1.50 lakh, meant for some militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) active in Doda district, was also recovered. The security forces along with the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) along with the SSP, Doda, launched a search operation during which the duo was caught.


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