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‘Bharat Ko Jaano’ contest:
Both the branches of Bharat Vikas Parishad here have decided to jointly organize the “Bharat Ko Jaano” (Know India) competition for local educational institutions in Swami Keshwa Nand Senior Secondary School here on Sunday morning. Renu Thareja, in-charge of the project, informed. 

Drug peddler held:
Sleuths of military intelligence (MI) along with Special Narcotics Cell (SNC) team on Friday apprehended a drug peddler from Talwandi Bhai area and recovered 1.5 kg of ‘charas’ from his possession. However, his accomplice managed to escape. Sources said the arrested drug peddler was identified as Vijay, a resident of Ajit Nagari, Talwandi Bhai. During interrogation of Vijay, his accomplice was identified as Mohinder, a resident of Dana Mandi, Ferozepur City. 

Ornaments stolen from temple:
Gold and silver ornaments and cash were stolen from the Kali Mata temple near bus stand here in the early hours on Friday. Two crowns of Lord Krishna and Radha and one of Kali Mata, ‘chhattar’ and gold ornaments of the goddess and cash Rs 15,500 were taken away by the thieves. The value of the stolen things was estimated to be around Rs 1 lakh. A case has been registered under Sections 457 and 380, IPC. 

Rice miller gets jail:
A local court on Friday sentenced a rice miller to three years of imprisonment on having been found guilty of illegally selling rice worth Rs 1.37 crore belonging to the 'Markfed.' Revealing this to The Tribune, Lakhvir Singh, additional public prosecutor, said that the court of Kewal Krishan while agreeing to the arguments put forth by the prosecution side has sentenced Yashpal a local rice miller to three years of imprisonment. A fine of Rs 10,000 was also slapped on him by the court, he said.

Children’s Day celebrated:
General Gurnam Singh Public School on Friday celebrated Children’s Day by organising a function at its campus here. Neeru Ohri, wife of Sangrur deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri, was the chief guest. The day was also celebrated at Akal Academy, Cheema (near Sunam). Sangrur civil surgeon Dalip Kumar presided over the function. The Lions Club Sangrur Greater also organised a free medical camp for children in a slum area. 



Gurdass Mann live today:
A Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists is organising ‘Gurdass Mann live’, a gala cultural evening, at Choice resort in Zirakpur on Saturday evening. Some other known artistes will also be performing. 



HJC for Rs 200 as cane price:
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) has demanded that the price of sugarcane should be fixed at Rs 200 per quintal in the state. The party has also criticised the state government for not announcing the rate of sugarcane so far as well as for delaying the crushing operations by the sugar mills in the state. In a statement issued here on Thursday, party spokesman Satpal Kaushik said growers had been compelled to sell sugarcane to “khandsari” units at unremunerative prices in the absence of the official rate of sugarcane and the delayed start of the mills.

Seven institutes  challaned:
A team of the department of labour, Panchkula, consisting editor S.S. Rana, labour officers R.K. Nain and Kiran, and labour inspector Anjna Goel conducted a raid on various shops and institutions in Kalka on Friday and found that 11 minors were working in these shops and institutions and challaned seven of them under the Child Labour Act. They said there was a provision of either imprisonment of three months to one year or fine of Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000 for the violation of the Act.

Traffic jam claims life: A traffic jam on the National Highway 21-A claimed a life on Thursday evening. According to information, the condition of Kulwinder Singh (25), a resident of Vasdpura village, 3 km from Pinjore, deteriorated and the family members were taking him to a private hospital in their car. However, due the heavy traffic, it took them more than 30 minutes to reach the hospital, where Kulwinder was declared brought dead.

2 booked for cheating:
The police on Thursday registered a case of cheating against Malkiat Singh and Charan Singh, residents of Kapurthala in Punjab, on court directions. Narinder Kumar of Amin village in Kurukshetra had alleged that both accused had taken Rs 7 lakh from them on January 22, 2005, for sending his brother Surinder to the US, but he was instead sent to Moscow. When they asked Malkiat and Charan Singh to send Surinder to the US, the duo demanded Rs 9 lakh more which they paid on February 18, 2005, but even after paying Rs 16 lakh, Surinder had not reached the US and his whereabouts were not known. 

2 booked for abduction:
The police has registered a case against Bijender Yadav, and his sister, residents of Mastapur village, for allegedly abducting a girl, following a complaint lodged by the girl’s father, Manohar Lal of Jatusana village. Sources said Yadav, who frequently visited Manohar Lal’s house, developed intimacy with his daughter Kavita, who then allegedly eloped with Yadav on November 10. They reportedly planned to enter into wedlock, following which Yadav and Kavita on Wednesday presented themselves in a local court. However, when the girl’s father arrived there, the duo reportedly slipped away. Subsequently, Manohar Lal filed a complaint and a case was registered.

INLD-BJP alliance:
The RSS as well as 90 per cent of party workers were against the INLD-BJP alliance and it would break before the Lok Sabha elections, said Ram Kumar Gautam, BJP MLA and member of the national executive of the party, while talking to mediapersons here on Friday. He also hoped that the RSS would prevail upon the leadership to break this tie up with the INLD. He recalled that INLD supremo and former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala had left no stone unturned in using abusive language against the BJP and its leaders.



NCC camp concludes:
The annual training camp conducted by the 2 HP (Indep) National Cadets Corps (NCC) Company at Dalhousie culminated with cultural evening. Commanding officer Col Jasdeep Sandhu gave away prizes. Meanwhile, a blood donation camp was also organised as part of the NCC week in the morning. It was organised by deputy commissioner of Chamba Munish Garg. 

Man commits suicide:
A 35-year-old man identified as Sanjay Kumar of Naganpat village reportedly committed suicide on Thursday by hanging himself from the roof of his room. The DSP said there was some family dispute and Sanjay had an altercation with his wife on Thursday night after which he committed suicide. He said the investigation in the case was in progress. 

Addl school premises:
The state government has earmarked Rs 61 lakh for the construction of additional school premises of the local BTC Government Girls Senior Secondary School. This was stated by local MLA Rakesh Pathania while presiding over the annual prize distribution function organised on the occasion of Children’s Day on Friday. He said Rs 3.5 lakh more would be spent on the construction of school toilets. He also inaugurated six newly built schoolrooms.



Retarded youth held:
Security forces apprehended a mentally challenged youth from the Indo-Pak international border in the Makwal area of R S Pura on Thursday evening, the police sources said. “The troops of the 1 JAK LI arrested a youth, who was later found to be mentally retarded,” the police sources said. The youth was handed over to the police. His identity was ascertained as Nepali, resident of West Bengal, they added. 

CRPF jawan stabs colleague: A CRPF jawan of the 38 Battalion was arrested on Friday for allegedly stabbing and critically wounding his colleague during duty hours at the Jammu railway station, the police said. Constable Som Nath had a verbal duel with constable Raju Dhar in the morning, after which the duo clashed with each other and Nath stabbed Raju in his neck and back injuring him critically, the sources said. Raju was hospitalised by his colleagues. Police has arrested Nath and registered a case of attempt to murder against him. 

Peddler held with 8 kg poppy: A drug peddler was arrested on Friday on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Jammu with eight kg poppy, the police said. On a tip-off, the police intercepted a vehicle at the highway and arrested Muzaffar, a resident of Kulgam district of Nagrota belt of Jammu. 

12 houses gutted: Twelve houses were completely gutted and 11 others partially damaged when a fire broke out in a remote hamlet in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said. Fire broke out in a house and spread to entire Sajar village in Paddar valley of Kishtwar district on Thursday night, they said, adding that local people assisted by Army troops extinguished the fire. The authorities have sent food, money, medicines and beddings to the village. 

Woman tourist dies:
A woman tourist from Maharashtra died at a local hospital here on Friday. Official sources said Vimla, wife of Multan Malkhotri, was rushed to the SMHS hospital after she complained of pain Vimla was staying in a hotel along with her family members here. However, she later died at the hospital. 



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