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Man killed in accident
: Harpreet Singh, a resident of Thuha village, was killed in an accident late on Wednesday night. He was returning to his village in a car that collided head on with a speeding truck. The accident took place near Jangpura village. The injured was rushed to a nearby private hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday morning. A case has been registered.

NITAT test:
Swati Aggarwal stood first by securing 83 per cent in the NITAT test, which was conducted by the NIIT centre, Bathinda, on January 18. Ankur Goyal came second with 76 per cent and Manish Kumar was declared third with 67 per cent marks.

Local NCC cadet wins gold: Senior Under Officer (SUO) Bhupinder Kaur, an NCC cadet and a student of BA III in the local Government Rajindra College, came first in lecturette competition at the mountaineering camp, which was held at Uttarkashi from December 4 to December 18. As many as 20 girls had participated in the camp from all directorates of the country.

Doctor crushed to death
: Reetu, a 24-year-old doctor, was crushed to death here on Thursday by a speeding truck at the busy fountain chowk on The Mall. Reetu was negotiating a turn on her scooter when a private truck hit her. She died on the spot. The deceased had got married only seven months back. The police had arrested the truck driver and impounded the truck. A case has been registered at Model Town police station.



Protest by insurance staff

Members of the GIC Employees’ Union held a demonstration against the alleged victimisation of national federation leaders by New India Assurance Company Limited, at its regional office in Sector 17, here yesterday. They termed the victimisation a conspiracy to destabilise the trade union. They raised slogans against the authorities for its “anti-employee” stance.

Cong panel appoints secys: The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), under the presidentship of BB Bahl, appointed eight secretaries here yesterday. They are Jagdish Singh, Raman Khanna, Rajesh Sharma, Ajay Joshi, Nissar Ahmed, JS Dhami, Sandeep Bhardwaj and Ramesh Ahuja.



Special detective police
: The district police administration, taking a serious note of the increasing theft incidents in the area, has deputed special detective police force in Kalka and Pinjore. This was disclosed by DSP, Panchkula, Ram Chander, who was in Pinjore on Wednesday to chair a meeting of panches to hear the grievances pertaining to crime. The special detective police would keep special vigil on anti-social elements.


Chowkidar found dead
: The chowkidar of the state Public Works Department was found dead on Wednesday in the Jyura area of Bharmour tribal subdivision; according to delayed report received here on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Des Raj, who was deputed in the area to take care of a bulldozer of the PWD, the report revealed.

Probe sought
: Dalhousie MLA Renu Chadha has sought probe into the working of a ration depot operating at Chih in the Banikhet area of the district. The MLA complained the matter to the chairman, Welfare Committee of the state Vidhan Sabha, Rikhi Ram Kondal, who was here on a visit on Wednesday. Accordingly, Kondal ordered an inquiry, which would be conducted by the Chamba SP so that action could e initiated under the provisions of law.

Office-bearers: Following were elected as office-bearers of the Sundernagar Bar Association unanimously on Wednesday. President Joginder Singh Thakur, vice-president RS Raghwa, general-secretary Virender Singh Thakur, joint-secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and cashier Prem Singh.


Charas seized: The sleuths of the Narcotics Control Bureau on Thursday seized over 1 kg of charas from the Rajeev Nagar area of the winter capital, official sources here said. “Based on specific information, a team of the Narcotics Control Bureau raided the slum area in Rajeev Nagar and seized 1.4 Kg charas, while the accused managed to escape from the spot,’’ the official sources said. In another incident, two drug smugglers were arrested by the police and a team of the District Special Branch (DSB) on Wednesday along with 500 grams of charas from the Gujjar Nagar area. The police has registered a case under the NDPS Act.

RTO complex: In a move towards streamlining the work process to facilitate people, the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Jammu, will shift operations to the new complex by June 30. “As the present location of the RTO office at Ware House near Lt Gen Bikram Singh Chowk is not suitable for catering of crowd, a Rs 1.6 crore new office complex is being developed at Narwal,” a senior official said. Setting up a system for paperless work at the RTO is also under active consideration. Besides this, an extension counter of Jammu and Kashmir Bank is being set-up at the RTO for money transaction.

Cong MLC disqualified: The leader of the Congress Legislature Party in the state Legislature Council, Gulchain Singh Charak, has disqualified Ashok Kumar Sharma from the membership of the Legislative Council on the grounds of defection. Sharma had contested the Assembly elections from Kalakote and Jammu West Assembly seats as an Independent against the official candidates of the Congress.

Drug peddler held
: A drug peddler was arrested along with 400 grams of charas in Baramulla district, a police spokesman said on Thursday. Drug peddler Abdul Karim Gojjari, a resident of Syed Karim, was arrested while he was moving under suspicious circumstances in Baramulla bus stand on Wednesday evening, the spokesman said. In another operation, the spokesman said the police raided a cloth shop of one Narinder Singh at Tehsil Chowk Mohalla Jadeed in Baramulla district and seized 24 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession. The spokesman said Police Station Sopore seized 1,500 litres of illicit Kerosene oil from two shops belonging to Farooq Ahmed Changal and Mehraj-Ud-Din Nadroo at Sopore bus stand.

Fake currency racket: the state police on Thursday claimed to have unearthed a fake currency racket with the arrest of nine persons in Baramulla district. The racket came to light when the police, on a tip-off, apprehended one Showkat Ahmad Malik from Katapora village of Tangmarg and seized counterfeit Indian currency notes of 500 denominations to the tune of Rs 4,000 from him, the spokesman said. He said questioning of Malik, a resident of Qazipora village, led to the arrest of eight more persons involved in the racket. Counterfeit currency notes of Rs 500 denomination to the tune of Rs 47,000 were seized from them, the spokesman said.

Road projects completed: Nine major road projects have been completed under Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojna (PNGSY) in Pulwama district during the current financial year, an official spokesman said on Thursday. The road projects in the district were completed at an expenditure of Rs 4.53 crore, the spokesman said. The spokesman said Rs 4.26 crore were being utilised under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP) during this fiscal. So far, Rs. 2.11 crore had been incurred. Under IAY, Rs 1.38 crore had been distributed among the beneficiaries for construction of low cost dwelling units, the spokesman said. He said as many as 460 works were under execution at an estimated cost of Rs 6.31 crore in five model villages of the district.



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