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One dies in  road mishap
: A head-on crash between two motorbikes left a man dead near Manawala village here on Tuesday night. The deceased has been identified as Balkar Singh (26) of Bhindi Aulakh village in Amritsar Rural police district.

Refresher course: Guru Nanak Dev University would organise a three-week refresher course in English from November 7. Director of ASC Dr HS Bhatia said Dr Harish Narang, professor of English at JNU, New Delhi, would deliver the inaugural address.

Clerk caught taking bribe
: Reeta Mahajan, a clerk of the Health Department, landed in the Vigilance Bureau net when she was caught red-handed accepting bribe by its team led by DSP Santokh Singh Sandhu here on Wednesday. Reeta, who was dealing in the registration of birth and death of the district, was caught when she had accepted a bribe of Rs 2,000 from Harbhajan Singh of Raud Khera village for issuing birth certificates of his son and nephew to him. A case has been registered in the Bureau police station, Amritsar, under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Robbery at computer store:
A sum of Rs 4 lakh and equipment worth Rs 3 lakh were robbed at gunpoint from a computer appliances showroom in the Guhmar Mandi area here on Wednesday. According to Ajay Bansal, owner of Big Bite Computers, four armed youths, with their faces covered, perpetrated the robbery.

Handball tourney
: Girls of the Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chhapianwali, Malout, clinched the PTU Inter-College Handball Tournament held at SUSCET, Tangori. Dr O.P. Vinocha, director-principal of the college, along with management, teaching & non-teaching staff and students of the institute, congratulated the team, Harjeet Singh Maan, officer in-charge, sports, Sukhraj Singh, DPE and others on the success.

Undertrial acquitted
: An undertrial, who was facing a murder charge, was acquitted by the Sessions Court for lack of evidence here Wednesday. As per the details available, Ranjit Singh of Budhewal village of Ludhiana district, was arrested by the police for allegedly murdering one Kulbir Singh and snatching his car in August 2005, near Fatehgarh Kortana village in the district.

Seminar on consumers Act
: The local Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum (SASWF) organised a seminar on “Consumer Protection Act” and “System in developed countries” here on Sunday evening. A member of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum Harvinder Sharma said though the Act had come into force in 1986 in India, people living in rural areas did not know much about its provisions. Even in cities people did not take bills of goods from shopkeepers.

Vigilance awareness week: A Vigilance awareness week is being observed by employees and officers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Sangrur from November 3 to 7. General manager of Sangrur telecom district K.K. Sarangal on Monday administered pledge to the employees and officers to bring absolute integrity and transparency in all spheres of activities.



1 killed in mishap
: A man was killed and five others injured when a car in which they were travelling overturned on the National Highway No 10 near the Rohad bypass in the district on Tuesday .The deceased has been identified as Kulwant Singh of Punjab. He died on the spot. The injured were taken to the civil hospital from where they were referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. In another accident, an autorickshaw driver, Kaleram of Sarai Aurangabad, was seriously injured in a collision between two vehicles.

Road blocked: Residents of the nearby colonies of Chhara chungi blocked the Jhajjar-Delhi road on Tuesday for about half an hour in protest against the erratic water supply. On getting information, SHO of the city police station Jai Singh rushed to the spot and tried to pacify them. Later, officers of the public health department reached the scene and assured proper water supply.

Teenager dies in accident
: Ajay (15), son of Ranbir Singh of Gopalpur (Sonepat) died on the spot as the canter in which he was travelling was hit by a truck near the New World Hotel on the GT road here on Wednesday. A case has been registered and the truck has been impounded. However, Bhupinder, driver of the truck, fled the scene. Police sources said efforts were on to trace him.

Varsity interviews
: Interviews for the selection of faculty members in the department of computer science and applications of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) will be held on November 15 and 16. According to officials, the interview for the post of lecturer will be held on November 15 at 10 am and the interview for the posts of professor and reader on November 16. The letters to all eligible candidates have been dispatched.



Ex-minister’s wife dead
: Purushotamu Devi (85), wife of prominent freedom fighter and former minister late Daulat Ram Sankhyayan, died of a massive heart attack at her home in Panjaittan-Jukhala village near here on Wednesday morning. Before her sudden death she was performing her daily chores, but she suddenly collapsed and dropped dead. Her funeral at the village cremation ghat was largely attended where large number of panchayat representatives and leaders of various political parties paid homage to the departed soul.

Recruitment rally
: The Army Recruiting Office, Hamirpur, is conducting an open rally for the recruitment of soldiers for general duty, technical, nursing assistants and clerical posts from November 8 to 14 in Luhnoo ground at Bilaspur. Giving this information here on Wednesday the branch recruiting officer said on November 8 and 9 general duty soldiers from Hamirpur and Bilaspur district would be selected, on November 10 general duty soldiers from Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur, NCC certificates holders, wards of serving Army men, war widows and ex-servicemen, sportspersons; and soldier clerks from Hamirpur, Una and Bilaspur would be selected on November 11. On November 12 candidates from throughout the state for technical posts would be selected and medical examination of all candidates would be undertaken on November 13 and 14.

Electoral rolls: District election officer Abhishek Jain on Wednesday held a review meeting with representatives of political parties seeking their cooperation in the revision of electoral rolls. He appealed to all political parties to help in registration of cent per cent voters under the special drive of making voter’s list with photos and make voters aware about this drive. He said at present 3, 43,762 voters exist in Hamirpur district and 3,05,537 have been issued EPIC cards.

Man commits suicide: Prabhat (45) ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance on Wednesday morning in Lundari village under Hamirpur police station. Police sources said the deceased was facing some family problems and took this drastic step after which he was admitted in the Bhota Hospital. As his condition deteriorated at Bhota, he was referred to the district hospital at Hamirpur, but he died on the way. The police has registered a case in the matter.

Verma DIG, Vigilance
: Dr Atul Verma, IPS, was posted as the DIG, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, Shimla, on Wednesday. Ashok Sharma, who was holding the post of the DIG, Vigilance, has been posted as the DIG, Armed Police and Training.

Firing incident: An altercation between two groups led to a firing incident in the Krishnanagar area of the town at 11 pm on Tuesday night with nobody being hurt. According to the police, Vijay Kumar fired with his country made pistol after there was a major altercation between two rival factions. The police has registered a case against Vijay Kumar in the Sadar police station.



SPO found dead
: A special police officer was found dead under mysterious circumstances with head injuries in Banihal tehsil in Ramban, official sources said on Wednesday. Identified as Basharat Ali, the SPO was posted with Abdul Hafiz Bhat, a sarpanch of Malothi village, in Bhaderwah town. The body was recovered from Aushar Nallah near Ukhral in the Ramsoo area, the sources said. Bhat was a resident of Panjgarian Malothi, Bhaderwah, Doda.

Girl commits suicide: A 20-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday by consuming some poisonous substance at her residence in the Nagrota area here, the police said. The girl, identified as Ruby and a resident of Utterbeni village in Nagrota, was shifted to Government Medical College, Jammu, in semiconscious state for treatment yesterday where she died later, the police said. Reasons, forcing the girl to take the extreme step, were yet to be known. The police has started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. The Body of the deceased was handed over to her family after autopsy.

10 hurt in mishap
: At least 10 people were injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling met with an accident in central Kashmir, official sources said on Wednesday. They said an overcrowded passenger vehicle met with an accident at Ranger village in Chadoora, in Badgam district, resulting in injuries to 10 people. The injured were admitted to different hospitals, they said.

Man convicted of rape: A local court in Kashmir today convicted a self-styled Muslim saint in a rape case, official sources said. Delivering the first conviction judgment in the newly created court of sessions judge at Ganderbal, Mohammad Nazir Fida said the evidence on record and weighing the totality of the circumstances of the case, in which the rape has taken place, the accused, Ghulam Qadir Ganai, was convicted of charges under Section 376 of the RPC. The victim had approached Ganai as she thought she was under a shadow of a ghost. But Ganai satisfied his biological lust, raping the victim and made her pregnant.

3 extortionists held: Panic gripped the Eidgah locality in downtown Srinagar when the police fired warning shots while overpowering three extortionists who had come to collect ransom from a trader, official sources said. Three men came in an auto rickshaw to collect ransom from a trader Fida Mohammad Sofi at Sheikh Hamza Colony in the locality on Wednesday morning but were overpowered by the police and whisked away, the sources said. Sofi had informed the police that a gang has threatened him of dire consequences if he does not pay ransom, the sources said. The identity of the extortionists is not known immediately.


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