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Nine hurt in mishap
: Nine students of the Government Senior Secondary School, Shergarh, sustained injuries as they were hit by branches of a tree while they were travelling on the rooftop of a bus on Wednesday. Sources said the students were going to Malukpura village to participate in the district-level school games. Those admitted to the civil hospital here were identified as Arvind, Harjinder, Rajinder, Balbir, Bhajan Lal, Om Parkash, Daulat Ram, Rakesh Kumar and Bhim Sain.

Anandpur Sahib
Man, son killed in accident
: Three persons, including father-son duo, were killed when a truck and a canter collided head on near Gara village on Thursday. Onlookers said the Tata truck, coming from Jhajj chowk towards Anandpur Sahib, rammed into the Canter head-on when a 10-wheeled truck, laden with cement bags, abruptly came on the road. Two persons died on the spot while the third was declared dead in the PGI. The driver of 10-wheeled truck has absconded, said the police.

Medical camp held
: Hundred of patients were checked for various eye and teeth ailments at a medical camp organised by 07 battalion, BSF, at Mamdot, about 15 km from here. The camp that was specially organised for women concluded on Wednesday. IG, BSF, Punjab Frontier, Himmat Singh, M.L. Wassan, DIG, BSF, Ferozepur sector, commandant and officials of the battalion were present on the occasion. Doctors from BSF provided free medicines to the patients at the camp. Salinder Kaur, Premdeep Singh, Ashu Sharma, Parminder and Pankaj checked close to 350 patients belonging to various border villagers along Mamdot.

Orissa violence condemned
: Criticising the saffron brigade for torching 12 churches in Orissa in protest against the killing of the eader Laxmanananda Saraswati, the Dal Khalsa said here on Tuesday that there is lawlessness in most parts of the country because of the “intolerant behaviour of the Hindutva forces”. Party president H.S. Dhami blamed the BJP for the flaring up of communal passions in the country to gain electoral benefits. Dal Khalsa leaders also condemned the Centre for adopting a strict stance in Kashmir. While the agitation in Jammu was being dealt with a soft approach, Kashmiris were facing the worst state repression, they alleged. They condemned the arrest of Hurriyat leaders.

Obscene calls: On the complaint of Rajni Maini, wife of Ravi Kumar Maini, of local New Jagatpura, the police registered a case under Sections 294 and 506 of the IPC on Wednesday evening. In her complaint, Rajni alleged that some unidentified persons had been making obscene  calls on her phone and threatening her.

Ear-rings snatched: Some unidentified persons snatched gold ear-rings from Parminder Kaur, wife of Bahadur Singh, of Indra Colony, near NRI police station here on Wednesday morning. The police has registered a case under sections 382 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code in this connection.

Power cuts
: Though the Punjab State Electricity Board has withdrawn long power cuts in the state, the residents here are yet to get respite from the frequent faults in the power supply. This has made the life of the people miserable. However, the local authorities attribute the problem to an increased power load due to the prevailing intense heat. The PSEB has started unscheduled power cuts again. Besides, a blast at the 132-KV substation has compounded the problem. The power supply was restored in the evening, said the authorities.

Awareness programme: The District Blindness Control Society in collaboration with the District Eye Donation Society organised an awareness programme at Government Senior Secondary School here on Thursday. Civil surgeon Dr Kuldip Kaur Sahni and programme officer Dr Davinder Dhanda said according to a survey, 20 lakh people in India had been suffering from blindness.

: Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association, Patiala, organised a seminar on joints pain at the Central State Library, here on Thursday. Orthopaedic specialists Dr Manoj Wadhwa delivered a keynote address on the occasion and association president B.S. Walia highlighted the role of the association. Dr Wadhwa said that about 10 crore people were suffering from arthritis and suggested measures for alleviating joints pain.

Donated: In continuation of the community banking services, State Bank of Patiala general manager (planning and development) Dinesh Bhatia on Thursday donated a water cooler to the representatives of the cremation grounds at Rajpura road in a ceremony held at SSD Kumar Sabha Dharamshala. Bhatia also praised social worker Dasondhi Ram for and sought his cooperation in future also.

Widow killed for land
: Narinderpal Kaur (35), a widow, was killed at her in-law’s Ram Singhwala village under Valtoha police station on Wednesday night. A case under Sections 302, 34 of the IPC was registered against Gurchet Singh, her brother-in-law (younger brother of her husband) and Swarn Kaur, mother-in-law at Valtoha police station. The accused reportedly wanted to grab Narinderpal Kaur’s land. The husband of the deceased had expired in 2004 and she had two daughters. Both accused have been arrested.



: The president of the Women Welfare Forum, Paramjit Kaur, has filed a complaint that a green tree was axed in a Phase IV park at the behest of a junior engineer. She said that locals had gathered to stop the official from getting the tree axed, but to no avail.

Body found: A body of an unidentified person was found hanging from a tree near the sports complex in Phase IX here on Thursday. A passer by saw the body and informed the police. The body was later sent to the Phase VI Civil Hospital for post mortem.

: The creativity workshop, organised by the British School, concluded here on Thursday. This workshop was conducted by an educator from Poland, Urszula Papajak. The aim of this fortnight-long workshop was to enhance the power of expression and expanding the horizon for imagination. As many as 100 children and four teachers participated in this workshop.



Man shot at
: An aged man, Sukhbir Singh, was shot at by three motorcycle-borne youths in Mandothi village here on Wednesday. The incident took place when Sukhbir Singh was going towards the village bus stand from his residence. As he reached near the bus stand, three motorcycle-borne youths opened fire on him and fled the spot. Sukhbir Singh was taken to the Civil Hospital with a bullet injury from where he was referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. The police has registered a case. The condition of Sukhbir Singh is stated to be critical. Earlier, Ramchander was allegedly shot dead by three persons in the village due to old enmity.

Husband held
: The police has arrested Vikram Singh Yadav of Nehrugarh village, who had reportedly been evading arrest for the past two months in a case of dowry death, in which his wife Manju Yadav was allegedly set afire by her in-laws in the last week of June. Vikram was produced in the court of the Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate on Thursday, who remanded him to 14-day judicial custody. Earlier, the police had arrested the other two accused, Manju’s father-in-law Ranjit Singh Yadav and mother-in-law Chameli Devi, who had also been remanded to judicial custody.

Tributes paid
: Students and teachers of journalism and mass communication department of Chaudhary Devi Lal University paid rich tributes to journalist Satyapal Saini on his death anniversary here on Wednesday. A senior staff correspondent of the Dainik Tribune, Satyapal Saini, died of brain hemorrhage in 1999. Virender Singh Chauhan, chairperson of the mass communication department, said Saini was a prolific writer and used his pen to raise the issues that affected the life of the common man. The Haryana government had instituted an award in the name of Saini that was annually given to a distinguished journalist of the state for his contribution to this field.

Lineman electrocuted
: Devender, a lineman of the power nigam, was electrocuted while he was repairing a fault in a transformer in Bhatana village on Tuesday. The incident took place when another employee at the substation, Sumit, allegedly switched on the electricity supply of the same feeder. The police has registered a case against Sumit. After receiving a complaint of a fault in the transformer, Devender reached the Mahra substation and switched off the supply on the particular line. However, when he was repairing the fault, the power supply was restored and he died on the spot.



1 killed in accident
: One person was killed and three others were injured seriously when car in which they were travelling, collided with a passenger bus near Kutheda on Wednesday. All injured along with driver were rushed to Ghumarwin hospital from where they were referred to regional hospital here. The accident occurred on the Kutheda road and the bus was bound for Jahu while the car was coming to Ghumarwin from Bhambla. The police has registered a case.

Boy shoots himself
: A 19-year-old boy shot himself dead using a licensed gun of his father at his house in Ripal Balh village on Tuesday. According to the police, Ramkrishan, a BAI student, was dejected over his non-selection in the Army. A case has been registered.

Four arrested
: Four persons were arrested near Senior Secondary School, Mohal, possessing 36 gm smack on Wednesday. Alleged drug peddlers were suspiciously moving around the school while people informed the police. The accused were identified as Sanjay Kumar, Jyoti Prakash, Deendayal of Kasol village and Kamal Kishore of Shishmati of Kullu district.

Suicide bid
: The police has registered an FIR under Section 309 of the IPC against Raghubir Singh (29) of ward No 1 for allegedly making an attempt to commit suicide by slitting his throat using a sharp-edged weapon on Tuesday. He was taken to the civil hospital from where he was rushed to the CMC, Ludhiana.



Panthers advocate separate Assemblies for 3 regions
: Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh said today reorganisation of the state has now become inevitable in order to bring lasting peace, prosperity and reconciliation among Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu regions. In a statement released here, he hoped that it would solve the differences among regions, which enjoy totally different, cultural, linguistic and geographical entities and would pave the way for overall growth. Elaborating the concept of reorganisation, he said separate legislative assemblies should be set up without tinkering with the federal structure of the state. It would provide liberty to the regions to preserve, protect and promote its distinct identity while remaining integral part of the Indian union within the meaning and scope of the amended Article 370.


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