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Pak national arrested:
Pakistan national Sikandar Hayat was nabbed here on Friday night when he entered India at border checkpost 103/18. BSF jawans noticed the movement and challenged the intruder who surrendered to the patrol team. Assistant commandant Hanuman Parshad said Sikandar, a son of Sultan Mahmood of Nawa Kot in Pakistan, had been handed over to the police for further investigation. He said Hayat entered India without any documents and the  BSF was trying to ascertain his motive. 

Prisoner escapes: V.K. Choudhry, an accused under the NDPS Act, who was undergoing sentence at the central jail, escaped from police custody on Saturday while he was being brought back to the jail after a hearing by police guards. According to information, Choudhry was being taken to the central jail after his appearance in the court when the handcuffs got unlocked accidentally. Taking the advantage of the situation, he escaped from custody. A case has been registered at the Sadar police station.

One found dead: Dilbagh Singh, who was working as chowkidar in P&G Company, was found dead on the company premises here on Saturday. According to information, some robbers entered the building by jumping the wall of the godown. They tied Dilbagh, thrashed him and fled after looting. A case has been registered.

Suicide attempt:
A youth tried to commit suicide by consuming sulphos tablets allegedly after being jilted in love. The youth, whose condition was stated to be critical, was rushed to the civil hospital by volunteers of the Naujawan Welfare Society. It is learnt that Harnek Singh (name changed), a resident of Dilwan, had gone to propose to a girl in NFL township but the girl reportedly spurned his offer. Dejected, he took the extreme step, it was stated.

Youth dead: An unidentified youth was found unconscious near the home for the aged on Amrik Singh road. He was taken to the hospital but was declared dead. Even after the passage of 72 hours, the body could not be identified and it was finally handed over to an NGO for performing the last rites. 

1 held for duping:
The Tanda police booked Sajjan Singh on Friday evening for allegedly duping Blair Singh of Rs 8.26 lakh on the pretext of sending his son to a foreign country. However, the accused neither sent Blair’s son abroad nor returned the money.

Food poisoning:
19-year-old Nirmal Singh, a resident of Nawanshahr Badala, died of food poisoning at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Nirmal Singh and his friend Jasvir Singh took some eatable from a shop on Friday night. Both of them fell ill and started vomiting the next morning. They were taken to the PGI where Nirmal Singh died while Jasvir's condition is critical. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Pak spy nabbed:
The police has nabbed an alleged Pakistan spy who has been collecting vital information about Army ammunition depots besides helping banned terrorist groups to become active again. The police would make public the details of the arrest tomorrow.

Recruitment rally:
Thousands of youth thronged to the open combined recruitment rally organised in here for general, technical, clerical and nursing categories of soldiers in the Army. The recruitment drive was for the nine districts of Ludhiana and Patiala divisions. About 20,000 aspirants, mainly belonging to poorer sections of the society, appeared and 7,000 were screened for the drive.

Drugs seized:
In a biggest-ever seizure of drugs (which may be misused as intoxicants) in Sangrur district, drug inspector Kamal Kamboj, along with civil surgeon Dalip Kumar, on Saturday seized drugs worth Rs 16 lakh from two premises here. Kamboj said 16,70,940 tablets, 2,44,480 capsules, 2899 bottles of syrup and 2060 injections were also seized from the two premises.

BJP workers’ conference:
Balbir Punj, BJP national secretary and in charge for Punjab, has asked party workers to make people aware of the alleged malpractices of purchasing MPs by the UPA to win the confidence motion. Punj was here on Saturday to address a district-level workers’ conference in which leaders, including Prof Rajinder Bhandari, state president of the BJP, too addressed. 

Body found:
An unidentified migrant labourer, in his mid-20s, was found dead near Singhpura village, Zirakpur, on Saturday morning. The incident came to light when a passer-by informed the police. The police said it seemed a vehicle had hit the victim on Friday night. The body was sent to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where doctors declared him brought dead. The postmortem was carried out and a case has been registered. 



Young champions:
Eleven students of Creative Arts and Brainobrain Kids Academy, Sector 8, were declared champions at the 11th Regional Abacus Competition-2008 held in Ludhiana on Sunday. As many as 23 students from the academy participated in the competition. Remaining 12 students were also awarded as toppers. The champions include Kanika, Bhoomika, Bhavika, Roopangi, Parikshit, Muskaan, Abhinav, Avasyu, Aru, Aayu and Yuvraj. The toppers include Aakriti, Ishangi, Avni, Yatharth, Tushaar, Alisha, Akankasha, Prableen, Aaditya, Arpit, Rhea, and Ankit.

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised at Saupin’s School on Saturday. A team of doctors from General Hospital, Sector 6, conducted the camp with the support of the Red Cross Society, Panchkula. The students were shown an educational film, Red. The film, directed by Dr Gaurav Chhabra and produced by the SBTC, Chandigarh, clears some misconceptions regarding blood donation. Vinod Bagai, a renowned entrepreneur of Panchkula, was the guest of honour.



Villagers beat up liquor contractor:
Irate villagers beat up a liquor contractor and took him hostage in Pirthala village in this district on Friday. The villagers refused to allow the police to come near the liquor shop. They were protesting against the opening of the liquor shop again after it was closed by villagers over the beating up of two villagers by the contractor’s men. The villagers later set the contractor free after the police assured them that the accused would be arrested soon and the liquor shop shifted outside the village. They alleged that Ram Dhari and Hans Raj of their village were beaten up and injured by men of liquor contractor Daljit Singh on June 28. The villagers alleged that though the police registered a case, it did not arrest the accused. 

Drug pedlar gets 10-yr jail: Additional District and Sessions Judge N.P. Dewat on Saturday sentenced a poppy husk trafficker to 10-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh. The Fatehabad police had recovered six bags of poppy husk from a car on May 29, 1999, near Rozanwali village in this district. The police had arrested Joginder Singh in this connection and had booked him under the NDPS Act.

Chief secy gets award:
Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai presented the Distinguished Fellowship Award - 2008 to Haryana chief secretary Dharam Vir for his outstanding contribution to the field of public administration at a function organised to mark the 19th foundation day of the Institute of Directors at India Habitat Centre here on Saturday. Dharam Vir is an IAS officer of the 1973 batch. The award was also presented to secretary, corporate affairs, Anurag Goel, secretary, industrial policy and promotion, Ajay Shankar, secretary, literacy, A.K. Rath and secretary, urban employment and poverty alleviation, H.S. Anand.



CPI flays BJP:
Jagdish Bhardwaj, president of the AITUC, said here on Friday that the Dhumal-led government had deceived the public by scarping the State Administrative Tribunal. The decision would hit the government employees, he said. In its manifesto, the BJP had assured to strengthen the tribunal by opening its Bench at Dharamsala. But it had betrayed the public, he alleged.

One commits suicide by consuming poison:
Bablu (30), resident of Mohalla Amarpur, Nahan, committed suicide by consuming poison on Friday. The police said Bablu was rushed to the Nahan district hospital by his family and neighbours, where he was declared brought dead.

Hindi typing competition:
The Language and Culture Department organised a district-level Hindi typing competition here on July 26. As many as 52 employees from various government and other organisations participated in the competition. Shamsher Singh of Una secured the first position, Ashutosh of Nagar Parishad, Una, grabbed the second position and Balbinder Kumar of Ghanari bagged the third position.

Employees’ meeting: Meeting of the Judicial Employees’ Welfare Association was held in Una on Thursday. Vinod Kumar Sharma, vice-president of the association, in a press note issued here on Friday, said the Supreme Court accepted the recommendations of the Shetty Pay Commission in favour of the subordinate judicial employees of the state. Sukhpal Naib Nazir was unanimously elected as the cashier of the Una association. 



2 Hizbul men nabbed:
The police apprehended two over ground workers of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) from Kangan in Ganderbal district on Saturday. The two were identified as Munawar Lone, son of Samad Lone, and Abdul Majid Sheikh, son of Ibrahim. Police sources said both were not active militants but provided help in terms of logistics. “They had delivered messages and consignments to HM militants several times. There has been a spurt in militant activities in Ganderbal district. Recently two Pakistani militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were gunned down by the security forces, while several attempts to attack Amarnath pilgrims had also been foiled. Three days back, CRPF personnel also seized an improvised explosive devise weighing 2 kg, hidden under a bridge.

One dead, 7 hurt: A fire service employee died, while seven others were injured in the Kashmir valley on Saturday. Official sources said Ghulam Qadir Dar was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his quarter at the Fire Services at Maisuma, Srinagar. In another incident, five passengers were injured when a bus collided with a truck at Handwara in north Kashmir. The injured were later hospitalised. Meanwhile, a girl was injured after being hit by a vehicle at Kunzar Bazar, while another one was wounded when a motorcyclist hit her at Kralgund. Both were hospitalised. 


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