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Diabetes awareness camps
: Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised diabetes awareness camps in six villages on Friday. Hassan Mejie, advisor, MBCT, inaugurated these camps. A team of doctors and field workers of MBCT took the blood samples of the villagers between the age group of 18 to 80 years. Majority of persons were found to be diabetic.

Abandoned child found: The police found a 5-year-old abandoned child from Mehdoodan village on Friday. SHO Surjit Singh Dhanoa told that as soon as he received the information in this regard he dispatched a police party and brought the child to police station. He said the boy looked like that of a migrant labourer and told his name was Rahul. He added that they were sending him to orphan house in Patiala.

: The Dera Bassi police has registered a case of forgery against a local property dealer following a complaint lodged by Gurbaksh Singh. According to the police, Gurbaksh Singh, a resident of Preet Colony, Zirakpur, had alleged that he made a payment of Rs 30 lakh to Dhanwant Singh, a property dealer at Dera Bassi, for purchasing a house. Gurbaksh alleged that full payment for the house was made to the accused, but the latter registered the same in someone else’s name.

Four held for drug peddling:
Ferozpur police has arrested four persons for allegedly indulging in drug peddling and recovered two kilogram opium from their possession. According to the police sources, the arrested persons have been identified as Suresh, Inderjeet Singh, Karamveer and Suresh Kumar.

Youth commits suicide: A youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in a hotel room situated on the Mall near the stadium. According to sources, the youth identified as Prince Rana who was working in the same hotel allegedly had an affair with some women. He left behind a suicide note saying that he was taking this extreme step due to unsuccessful affair. SHO Sarbjeet Singh said that the police has started investigations into the case and it was yet to authenticate the veracity of the suicide theory.

One killed
: Ghanshyam, a resident of Parwanoo, was killed in a road accident near Dappar village on Friday. According to the police, Ghanshyam was on his way to Chandigarh from Ambala when his canter collided with a stationary truck. The victim was rushed to Dera Bassi Civil Hosptial, where doctor declared him brought dead. A case has been registered and the body was handed over to the family after the postmortem.

Farmers gherao secretariat
: Under the banner of the Anti-privatization Coordination Committee, hundreds of labourers and farmers on Friday gheraoed the district secretariat for a few hours in protest against the alleged privatisation policies of the government.

Two get three years in jail
: A local court on Friday sentenced two persons to three years of imprisonment for causing grievous injuries to a person. Sources said that Beant Singh and Basant Singh were found guilty of causing grievous injuries to one Sardul Singh following a dispute over monetary exchange.

Drugs seized
: An unlicensed godown was seized in Nabha during a raid conducted by chief medical officer Dr Avtar Singh Grewal, along with Dr Amit Duggal and Dr Vikas Goyal. The godown belonged to Verma Medal Agency. A large number of drugs were seized. In another incident, the same team raided Paras Vet Pharma in Patiala, owned by Harpal Singh, and seized a large number of drugs like injections, capsules, intoxicants etc in huge quantity.

Honoured: Patiala Sahodaya School Complex organised a programme at Central Library on Friday in which the toppers from Apollo Public Senior Secondary School were honoured by S.K. Ahluwalia, divisional commissioner, Patiala. Reema Singla (Class XII), Ravneet Virk (Class-X), and Gaganpreet Sharma were among those who were honoured.

Society formed: The residents of SST Nagar and surrounding areas of Chotti Nadi on Friday formed a Chotti Nadi Society. J.S. Dardi was unanimously elected its patron. He inaugurated the campaign of sapling plantation at Chotti Nadi. The residents unanimously elected office bearers: convener- Pran Sabharwal, president- Sukhdev Singh, vice-president- Ashwani Kumar, general secretary— Kanwaljit Singh, secretary — Kuldeep Dhiman, joint secretaries — S.S. Lambaand and J.P. Malhotra, treasurer —H.R. Dhiman.



Girl found dead
: The body of a 22-year-old girl was found in a well at Dadlanwar village in Raipur Rani here on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Geeta of the same village. According to the police, she had been missing from her house since August 5. A complaint in this regard was also lodged with the police by the family. The police is yet to ascertain the facts of the incident. Meanwhile, the body has been sent for autopsy after registering a case.



Pedestrian killed
: A senior citizen was run over by a Punjab roadways bus on Thursday night. The police sources said the deceased had been identified as Inderjit Sarana (60), a resident of Vishva Karma Colony, Pinjore, who was a retired HMT employee. The incident occurred on NH-22, Main Bazaar, opposite Shiva Complex, when Sarana was crossing the road. The police has registered a case and is investigating the matter.



Stop flaying Nadda: BJP mandal
: The Bilaspur (Sadar) mandal of the BJP has criticised Congress leaders that held forest minister J.P. Nadda responsible for the August 3 Naina Devi stampede and demanded his resignation on moral grounds. A meeting of the mandal was held here. It was presided over by president Brijlal Thakur. The members said instead of being praised for taking immediate steps to tackle the situation, the minister was being targeted because of political reasons. A resolution adopted in the meeting said by no stretch of imagination Nadda could be held responsible for the tragedy and the Congress leaders should stop criticising him for an event that was not in control of anybody.

Panchayat samiti poll
: BJP-supported members of the Pangi Panchayat Samiti have captured the seats of the chairman and the vice-chairman after overthrowing Congress-supported members through a no-confidence motion. The election took place under the supervision of G. R. Bharti, resident commissioner of Pangi, on Thursday. While Bhani Chand Thakur was elected chairman, Sansar Chand was elected vice-chairman of the samiti.

Bank directors’ poll
: Former chairman of the Kangra Central Cooperative Bank (KCCB) and former BJP MLA Babu Ram Mandial has accused the state government of adopting unfair means for the election of the bank directors. Talking to media persons at Nadaun on Friday, he said, “The democratic norms are being violated and the ruling party people are resorting to goondaism to ensure the victory of people sponsored by it in the election.” He said while cooperative department employees were being given threats of transfer, members of cooperative societies were being coerced by different means. He said several voters had been wrongly enrolled and a BJP leader was misusing the name of the Chief Minister to woo voters.

Additional force at Jawalamukhi
: Additional police force was rushed to the Jawalamukhi temple in the town on Friday to avoid any tragedy due to heavy rush of pilgrims during the Navratras, the police said here on Friday. Kangra district police chief Atul Fulzele said additional force was rushed to Jawalamukhi shrine to maintain law and order and regulate traffic of pilgrims for the last two days of Navratras, which would conclude on Sunday.

Unidentified body
: An unidentified body of a person was found near Bhadroya by the police on Friday. According to the police, the deceased had no identification with him. He was wearing a blue pant and a white shirt. His locked bicycle was found near his body. The police suspects no foul play in the death of the identified person, who was likely suffering from a fatal disease. There were no external injury marks on his body. The body was sent for post-mortem and a case under Section 174 of the CrPc was lodged for further investigations.

Landslide cuts areas: Landslide has cut off Kherian, Minjgrah, Lambanal and Vahi Pathiar gram panchayats in this subdivision. The landslide has blocked the Khushinagar- Minjgrah link road. Thousands of villagers are facing a lot of inconvenience. AK. Abrol, executive engineer, PWD, Nurpur division, said department machinery was pressed into service to restore road connectivity to these gram panchayats.

Govt decision welcomed
: The Himachal IPH Engineers Association has welcomed the government decision to create a new zone at Hamirpur and a circle office at Bilaspur. Members of the association met the Chief Minister on Friday to convey their appreciation of the decisions. Press secretary of the association Suman Vikrant said the opening of a new circle would not only help in giving impetus to development works but also provide promotional avenues to engineers and other supporting staff.

Deaths mourned: The Cabinet on Friday condoled the death of 146 pilgrims who were killed in the Naina Devi stampede on August 3. It adopted a resolution expressing shock and grief over the tragedy and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families. It also wished speedy recovery to those injured in the mishap. It also decided to hold monsoon session of the Assembly from September 1 to 5.



Uri people threaten to snap power supply
: Threatening to snap power supply line to the northern grid if the “economic blockade” of Kashmir continued, people at Border town of Uri on Friday took to the streets demanding reopening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road for trade. For the first time in about two decades, hundreds of supporters of different political parties, cutting across the party lines, took out a procession in the town and blocked traffic. A security force convoy had to wait for several hours as protesters did not allow any vehicle to ply on the main road. They also demanded reopening of the Jehlum valley road for trade with Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Pay ex-gratia to victims’ families: Panthers
: The Panthers Party has demanded, for the purpose of creating a congenial atmosphere in Jammu for resolving the land row, the government should pay ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 to 10 lakhs to the kin of those killed in police firing in recent days. The party general secretary and spokesperson, Harsh Dev Singh, today said, “the government should lift curfew restrictions so the members of the All-Party delegation arriving in Jammu tomorrow could talk to various sections of people for finding a solution to the land dispute.” He also demanded release of all those who languished in jails for agitating against the revocation of the land order. He said, “the ongoing agitation in Jammu has become a people’s movement and the Centre should directly take a decision on the issue.”


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