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House gutted:
A fire broke out reportedly due to crackers, gutted the house of a daily wage earner at Arya Nagar (a locality dominated by downtrodden families) near the railway station here today. Sources said that Ramu Painter and his family were away for work. Ramu's neighbours noticed smoke emanating out from the locked house. According to eyewitnesses, a cracker had hit the compound of the house. Most of the valuables kept inside the house were reduced to ashes due to fire, which, however, was controlled before the arrival of fire tenders, sources said. Another fire was reported from Sadulshehar about 30 km from here on Abohar-Hanumangarh road. Short circuit was believed to be the cause of fire that gutted a part of the Niranjan Dal Mills, sources said.

Gang of thieves busted: In a joint operation, the CIA staff and the Anti-Goonda wing of the local police busted a gang which was considered responsible for major thefts. CIA staff in-charge Gurbhej Singh said that during patrolling, one Sant Lal alias Bablu, a resident of Lalgarh and his accomplice Jaspal Jassa of village 7KND of police station Rawla, both in Sriganganagar district, were nabbed today. The police recovered a laptop and gold ornaments which they had stolen from the Sunder Nagari residence of Inderjit Singh block development officer, presently posted in Fazilka. Cash and goods stolen from the house of Naresh Kumar in Nai Abadi locality, Amit Kumar in Sunder Nagari, were also recovered. 

Cyber cafes under scanner:
District Magistrate Rahul Tiwari, under section 144 CrPC, has directed owners of all cyber cafes to prohibit the use of their outlets by unknown persons. He ordered them to maintain a visitor's register, make entry in handwriting of visitors, mentioning their name, address, telephone number, address and signature. The order, which will be in effect till December 11, also says that the photo identity card of visitors should be asked for and in case of any suspicious activity, the nearby police station should be informed.

Protest by farmers: Activists of the Punjab Kisan Sabha began a three-day protest march at Goniana, Aklia Kalan, Daan Singh Wala, Ganga Ablu, Mehma Sarja, Har Raipur, Jeeda, Khemuana, Jandawala and Khialiwala, all mandis falling under the jurisdiction of the Goniana Market Committee. They were protesting against the alleged irregularities in paddy lifting and purchase. The activists further warned that if the problems were not resolved by Wednesday, they would block the road at Goniana. 

DPS tourney: The Inter DPS football tournament which commenced on Saturday ended on Tuesday with a grand closing ceremony at DPS Bathinda. The senior students performed a bhangra on the occasion and participants were awarded a trophy. DPS Pinjore won the final beating DPS Chandigarh by a margin of 5-4 goals. Qazi Muhjib of DPS Pinjore was declared player of the tournament.

At a recently held function, the Faridkot Dussehra Committee honoured Inderjeet Singh Khalsa, president of the Baba Farid Society, with Faridkot Rattan award in Faridkot. Dignitaries hailed Khalsa for his exemplary services towards development of Sheikh Baba Farid's regional institutions. He was given credit for holding Baba Farid Mela and operating various educational, health and religious institutes of the society. 

Blood donation camp:
A blood donation camp was organised at village Akalian by Malwa Yuvak Bhalai Club with the collaboration of the village panchayat on Tuesday. The blood bank, Mansa, received 35 units of blood from donors. A team of the doctors led by Ajay Kumar Gupta and Balbir Singh was present for collecting the blood on this occasion. Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, Kumar Rahul was the chief guest on this occasion. Club president Sohan Singh thanked all. 

AAGMAN-2008 held:
AAGMAN-2008 for new entrants of B Tech and MBA was organised at the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) campus here on Tuesday. DIG, Patiala Range, Paramjit Singh, who was chief guest, inaugurated the event, while chairman of the Bhai Gurdas Group of Institutions Hakam Singh Jawandha was the guest of honour. Director, BGIET, Dr Tanuja Srivastava spoke on the achievements of the BGIETians in various fields.



MAT exam on Dec 7: All-India Management Association (AIMA) will conduct Management Aptitude Test (MAT) exam on December 7. The last date of submission of the forms is November 17 and the application forms can be obtained from Ashirwad Institute, SCO 30, and Sector 15 C.



Man found murdered:
Kaka (24), a resident of Bank colony who was working as a help at a grocery store, was found murdered here on Tuesday in mysterious circumstances. The victim was reportedly employed at a grocery store on Bhagart Singh Chowk here. His family members have reported that his employer on Monday came to their house and asked him to go to another station, along with him, in connection with his business. However, his body was found at the Dhand road.

1 booked for cheating: A case of alleged cheating by a Delhi-based dealer of ready-made garments has been reported to the local police. Rajinder, a resident of the Kurukshetra road here, has lodged a complaint to the police that he had deposited Rs 6 lakh with Manoj Kumar, proprietor of a ready-made garments company of Delhi, as advance payment for a consignment of garments. However, the latter neither supplied the garments nor returned the money. 

1 killed in accident:
Bimla Devi (52), resident of Hans Nagar colony here, was reportedly crushed to death by a Haryana Roadways bus on the Rewari-Bharawas road on Tuesday. The mishap occurred when the woman was trying to cross the road. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the driver who reportedly absconded. 



Car challaned:
The police challaned a Delhi to Manali bound car (DL 2C-8676) for violating traffic rules at Barmana, about 18 km from here, on Monday evening. It was occupied by a representative of a TV channel from Delhi and was carrying a red beacon light on it without any valid authority. The police removed the red light from the vehicle and fined Rs 500. 

Three kiosks burnt: Three roadside kiosks were totally destroyed when a fire suddenly erupted from one of them at Ghaghas Chowk on National Highway No. 21, about 9 km from here on Monday night. Reports said entire merchandise kept in these kiosks was burnt. The timely arrival of fire brigade saved other kiosks and shops from burning. A total loss of Rs 1 lakh has been reported while cause of the fire has not been ascertained. There is no power connection in these kiosks and short circuit has been ruled out. 

NIT blocks inaugurated:
Director of NIT Prof I.K. Bhatt on Tuesday inaugurated new blocks of Civil, Mechanical, Computers and Electrical Departments built at the cost of Rs 5 crore at the NIT campus. The faculty members and registrar of NIT A.L Sharma were present on the occasion. 

Boy drowned:
Arun, a resident of Jawalamukhi, was found dead in a pond in Jawalamukhi temple town on Tuesday, the police said. DSP O.P. Jamwal said Arun (20), a student of class XII, was reportedly missing for the past two days. However, no missing report was lodged in this connection. His body was found floating in Devi Talab in Jawalamukhi and was sent for a post-mortem, which indicated death due to drowning. 

Two killed in accident:
Two persons were killed in an accident near Kothi on the Manali-Rohtang pass road on Monday night as a truck (HR-68-8006) rolled down into a deep gorge. The deceased were identified as Harbans, the driver, and Varun, the cleaner, of the ill-fated truck. Their bodies have been sent for a post-mortem on Tuesday. The police said the relatives have been informed. 

Army recruitment:
The local recruiting medical officer Vijay Kumar said here on Tuesday that the havildar education were being recruited for the Army Education Corps to impart education to the troops. Candidates possessing requisite educational qualifications and prescribed physical standards could apply to avail the opportunity. The minimum educational qualification for Group X is BA or BSc with BEd or MA or MSc. For Group Y the qualification is BA or BSc without BEd. The last date for receipt application is October 31. 

Sood elected: A local restaurant owner Sanjay Sood has been elected as the joint-secretary of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India. Vijay Pande from Uttar Pradesh has been elected president of the association representing hoteliers of Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. 

CMs assurance: The president of the local Sood Sabha has thanked Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal for the assurance given by him to provide suitable land to the sabha for the construction of a multipurpose community bhawan in the city. He also expressed gratitude to him for giving nod to the proposal to construct a parking lot at the crematorium located on the main bypass road.



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