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Students win award:
The students of Swami Keshwa Nand Memorial College here while participating in the Nipun Rover/Rangers Training camp organised by the state unit of Bharat Scouts and Guides have bagged "A" grade leadership award. Coordinator G.L. Nagpal informed on Tuesday that Arshdeep Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Deepak Chhabra, Rajan Huria, Sunil and Krishan Kumar, who had been trained by Balbir Singh, have brought laurels in their first attempt.

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12 shops raided:
The district health department on Monday took samples of various food items from a few shops in the Sirhind area. District health officer Jagpal Singh along with a few other doctors has collected samples from around 12 shops. The samples were of the desi ghee, flour and the milk. A team of doctors also warned the shopkeepers against using adulterated food items, which could cause serious health problems to residents of the area. They said stringent action would be taken against those found indulging in such practises. 

Scribes pay homage:
The media fraternity paid homage to the recent Mumbai terrorist attack victims at Punjab State War Memorial here today. The journalists observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the martyrs and the innocent people who lost their lives in the terror attacks. Organised under the aegis of Punjab Press Club, the scribes expressed the need to maintain solidarity at this moment of crisis. They paid floral tributes and lit candles in their memory. 

ETT students threaten stir:
The students who have done ETT from Jammu Board are an anxious lot these days as they are not being considered eligible for jobs in Punjab. The state president of Jammu ETT union, Kuldeep Singh Khokhar, said that when their delegation met the officials of the education department, they were told that the Jammu ETT was not recognised by the Punjab government. The students threatened that if their demands were not fulfilled, they would launch a stir. 

Two killed:
Two persons, including an eight-month-old child, were killed in a road accident and one was injured at nearby Alachaur village on Tuesday. The deceased have been identified as Jagjit Kaur (27) and her son Inderjit Singh (8 months) of Soeta village. Sukhwinder Singh (29), his wife and son were going to Bhagwain village on their scooter when they were hit by a truck near Alachaur village situated on the Nawanshahr-Garhshankar road.

Rath Yatra:
A Rath Yatra was taken out in the city by a few religious organisations, including the Chetnya Maha Prabhu Harinaik Sankirtan Mandal. A 50-foot high chariot built for the occasion was pulled by a large number of women. The yatra begin from Sanatan Dharma Mandir and passed through various religious places within the city. 

CPI, CPM seek fulfilment of economic, social demands:
Activists and members of the CPI and CPM on Tuesday jointly took out a march through the town and held a dharna outside the DC office complex here for the fulfillment of economic and social demands of people. The demands included cut in the prices of petrol, diesel, LPG in the light of decrease in the prices of crude oil in the international market, control over rising prices, implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) throughout the country, social security pension to all eligible persons and effective steps to ensure security of countrymen. 

5 held for smoking in public: In its continuous drive against smoking in public places, the local police on Tuesday arrested five persons while smoking at public places, hospital and bus stand areas of the town. Earlier on November 29, the police had arrested 10 persons in this connection from different local areas. The police said all five persons had been arrested as they had violated the ban, imposed on smoking at public places. They had been produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), who imposed a fine of Rs 100 each on them. As the violators of the ban on smoking deposited the fine, they were allowed to go, the police added. 

3 booked for murder bid: On a complaint of local advocate Gurbinder Singh Cheema, who in a property dispute case had reportedly sustained a gunshot injury on his hand near a local marriage palace on the Sangrur-Patiala road on November 30, the local police has registered a case against three persons. SP (D) Bhupinderjit Singh Virk said this evening that the police had registered a case against Balkar Singh, Jaspal Singh and an unknown person for allegedly making an attempt of murder on advocate Cheema under Sections 307 and 34, IPC, and Sections 25, 54, 59, Arms Act. However, no arrest had been made so far, he added. 



Bodies found:
The police recovered two bodies on Monday evening. Body of a 48-year-old was recovered from near the railway track, while the another body was recovered from near the Lalru road. The police is investigating the case.



Additional charge:
The state government has given the additional charge of special secretary, finance, to Siddhi Nath Roy, special secretary and director, archeology, museums and archives department and member-secretary, State Administrative Reforms Commission, in addition to his present assignment with immediate effect, relieving V.S. Kundu of this charge. 

Two held on duping charge:
The police has arrested two persons - Arvind of Sonepat district and Baljit of Jhajjar district - for allegedly duping Dharma Vir and numerous other persons of about Rs 1.5 lakh on the promise of getting them loan from a company or get them a job. The police also recovered Rs 10,000 from them. On a complaint filed by Dharam Vir, the police registered a case of cheating and criminal intimidation against the duo who had been living in a shopping complex here for the past several weeks. They were produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate on Tuesday who remanded them in police custody for two days. 

3 killed in accidents: Three persons were killed while two others injured in road accidents in the district during the past 24 hours. Two youths - Laxmi Narain of Shahjehanpur area of Alwar district and Vijay Pal Yadav, a resident of Seka village of Mahendergarh district, were killed on the spot when the motorcycle they were riding on was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the Delhi-Jaipur highway on Monday. In another incident, Balwant Singh, a resident of Mohalla Sanghi Ka Bas, here, died while his two associates were injured when the car they were travelling in reportedly rammed into a trailer on the Jhajjar-Rewari road here on Monday. 

Prohibitory orders:
The district authorities in Sirsa and Fatehabad on Tuesday promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in the vicinity of 10 km from the Rajasthan border. District Magistrate S.K. Goyal said in his orders issued that carrying of any kind of firearms and other arms would be banned in the area of 10 km with the Rajasthan border in the district. The orders will remain in force on December 3 and 4. In Fatehabad the order will remain in force till December 8. 

Man gets 10-yr RI:
A resident of Shmilepur, Ashok Kumar, was sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor by a local court here on Tuesday. The accused was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 2,000. The police revealed to the court that the incident took place when a 15-year-old girl was alone at home. Usha Rani, who was known to the minor, visited her house and took the girl to her home in the same village. Ashok Kumar, who was already present in Usha’s house, raped the minor. The police had registered a case against Ashok Kumar under Section 376 of the IPC on June 7, 2007. 


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