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Cricket tournament
: In an attempt to keep the youth away from drugs, local municipal council president Shiv Raj Goyal batted while councillor Ravi Makkar bowled in the Nehru Stadium here on Sunday as part of the opening ceremony of the ward-wise cricket tournament. He earlier released white pigeons in the sky. The tournament is being organised by the Shiv Shanker Cricket Club. Ankur Garg, vice-president of the Yuva Morcha, was among those present. So far, five clubs have organised similar matches in which teams representing 31 wards of the town had participated.

3.5 kg opium recovered
: The local police seized 3.5 kg of opium here on Sunday. As per information available, a team from CIA staff here, led by DSP Balraj Singh, set up a naka (check-post) near Thikriwal drain on Thikriwal–Barnala road. One Mohammad Ali was signalled to stop at the check-post. On search, the banned drug was recovered from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

Red Cross training
: The District Red Cross Society and St. John Ambulance Association of Bathinda organised an eight-day first aid training programme from August 25 to September 2 at the local Red Cross Bhawan. About 40 candidates from Muktsar, Ferozepur, Malout, Abohar, Fazilka and Dabwali attended the seminar. Lectures on various topics were delivered by Naresh Pathania, district training supervisor, of the St. John Ambulance Association. He appealed to the trainees to spread awareness about first aid in their respective areas. Proficiency certificates would be given by the Secretary, Red Cross, to candidates who are declared successful. 

One jailed under NDPS Act:
Additional sessions judge Manju Rana convicted Balwinder Kumar, a son of Lamber Singh of Balrian village under various sections of the NDPS Act on Tuesday. She sentenced him to six-month imprisonment and fined Rs 5,000. In the case of non-payment of the fine he would have to further undergo imprisonment for one month more. 

Development grant: BJP workers should go to the people, especially poor classes, for listening and redressing their grievances so that they could also realise the correct meaning of Independence, Hoshiarpur MP Avinash Rai Khanna told party representatives and workers at Garhshankar, 40 km from here, onj Tuesday. He gave Rs 40 lakh for the development of villages under Garhshankar block samiti on this occasion. 

Arthritis awareness
: World Arthritis Day is falling on October 12, and the theme for the day is to “think positive”. Celebrating the upcoming event, Satyam Hospital will organise a series of events for raising awareness on the disease. 

Cheques distributed
: Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal distributed cheques worth Rs 66 lakh to beneficiaries and gram panchayats of Dhar block under public welfare schemes of the government at a sangat darshan programme held at Forest Rest House, Dhar Kalan, 30 km from here, on Monday. In the programme 48 complaints were sorted out of total 63 complaints.

Rotary Club chief
: Jaswinder Singh has been nominated president of the newly constituted Rotary Club Phagwara (North). The governor of the Rotary Club District 3070 Dr Vinod Sharma was also present on the occasion. 

PepsiCo workers hold rally
: Worker and farmer organisations, including PepsiCo Workers Union, All-India Trade Union Congress and Bharatiya Kisan Union, on Monday held a protest rally at Channo village against the suspension of some employees of PepsiCo Limited, Channo. They demanded the reinstatement of the suspended employees without any further delay. 

Seminar on heart diseases: A seminar on “Heart diseases” was organised by the local unit of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) here on Sunday evening. Eminent cardiologist Naved Aslam from Hero Heart-DMC Institute, Ludhiana, explained the causes of various heart diseases like hypertension and heart attack. The seminar was presided over by district president of NIMA Pawan Aggarwal.


Truck cleaner held
: The police has made a breakthrough in a case where a truck driver sold the iron rods loaded in his truck and vanished without delivering them at its destination. SP K.K. Indoria said here on Tuesday that driver of the truck Amrik Singh had not delivered the consignment of iron rods at Ambala. The truck was found in Ludhiana and the cleaner of the truck, Dimple alias Dimpa, was nabbed by the police. While the driver was not arrested till now. The SP said the police was searching for the owner of the truck.

1 falls into gorge, dies
: One villager died on the spot as he fell into a gorge on Sunday, according to a report received here on Tuesday. He was crossing the damaged portion of the Bonderi-Mangli road and his foot slipped. The deceased was identified as Narain Singh of Bharwas village. A portion of the road was washed off by rains, but the PWD did not carry out the restoration work. Enraged over the death of the villager, the residents of the Bonderi-Mangli area have urged the Chief Minister to direct the authorities to register a case against the negligence of the officials of the PWD, who were responsible for not repairing the road. 

1 held with illicit liquor: The police has seized illicit liquor from the house of a person at Dhar Kulian village, about 15 km from Dalhousie, sources said here on Tuesday. The police has registered a case in this connection and arrested Bishan, the accused, the sources said. 

1 killed in mishap
: A college student was killed and two others injured when a HRTC bus on its way from Ghuma to Sarkaghat collided with a water tanker at Garsad on Tuesday. Shashi Kumar of Kotlu died in the mishap. While Akshay Kumar and Kulwant were injured, who were admitted to the government hospital at Mandi and Hamirpur, respectively. 



Youth held
: Jaya, 18, a resident of Orissa, was arrested by the BSF on Tuesday, while he was reportedly trying to cross over into Pakistan in the Ranbir Singh Pura Sector, official sources said. Jaya was apprehended, while he was trying to sneak into Pakistan via the Suchetgarh border outpost late last night, sources said. Jaya was later handed over to the police. — UNI

3 Pak-trained ultras nabbed
: Security forces on Tuesday arrested three Pakistan-trained militants - Tariq Khan of Pattan; Ghulam Mohmmad Bhat, alias Danish, of Baramulla; and Umar Ashraf, alias Rahee of Pattan, and seized Pakistani passports from them. Police sources said these militants were affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen. Acting on a tip-off regarding the presence of militants in the area, the police launched a search operation, busted their hideout and arrested the three. The police are also probing whether the militants had any links with militant organisations. — TNS

3 dead, 2 hurt in road mishap: Three persons, including a six-year-old boy, were killed and two women were injured in a road accident in north Kashmir, official sources said on Tuesday. A car, on its way to Srinagar from Baramulla, skidded off the road and dashed against a tree, resulting in on-the-spot death of three persons and injuries to two women. The deceased were identified as Inayatullah Baig, Ghulam Nabi Lone and six-year-old Zeeshan Khalid. The injured women were admitted to the hospital in a critical condition, they said. — UNI

Jawan killed: A CRPF jawan was killed when his service rifle went off accidentally on the outskirts of the city, the police said on Tuesday. Constable Sheeshpal Singh of the 163rd Battalion was on duty when the incident happened at the Hazratbal bus stand last evening. The police said Singh died instantly, adding that his service rifle had been seized and investigations were on. — PTI

Woman dies after fall
: Salima Begum, 25, died after she fell down from a mountain top in the Arnas area of Reasi district on Tuesday. Police sources said Salima, wife of Mohammad Qasim of Arnas, had gone to the forest with the cattle. She reportedly fell from a hill top and died on the spot. The police has registered a case and started investigations. — TNS

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