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Sukhbir dispels poll violence fears
: Punjab’s Home Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has guaranteed violence-free parliamentary polls. Rubbishing Congress’ apprehensions of violence during the polls, Sukhbir said: “Let the poll be held in two (as announced) or 13 (number of parliamentary seats) phases and as Home Minister of the state I assure every Punjabi a fair and violence-free poll”. “I am making this statement as Home Minister of Punjab (in-charge of law and order) that the election will be peaceful,” he said.

Dera bassi
7 hurt in group clash
: Tension prevailed when two groups allegedly clashed with each other in Kheri Gujra village here late evening. According to the police, the clash that took place late in the evening between the groups, left seven persons injured from the both sides. The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Derabassi. The cause of the clash was an old rivalry, the police added. However, till filing of the report, no case was registered. The police reached the spot and started further investigation.

2 minors abducted
: Two cases of abduction of minor girls have been reported at Tanda and Garhshankar police stations of the Hoshiarpur district last evening. Mohinder Lal of Dadial alleged in his complaint that Laddi and Deepa of the same village abducted his minor granddaughter Pinki. In another case, Sukhwinder Kaur, resident of Chak Gujran, alleged that Jassa of the same village abducted her 15-year-old daughter Harmesh Kaur.

Man killed by wife, paramour
: The police claimed to have solved Jaspal Singh murder case with the arrest of two persons including the wife of the deceased. Nakodar DSP Amarjit Singh today claimed that Jaspal Singh, a dhaba owner, was killed by his wife’s paramour Ashok Kumar of Dharamkot, who took help of another accomplice, in the intervening night of February 24-25. The police found Sukhwinder Kaur to be the mastermind of the murder. She and Ashok Kumar admitted to have killed Jaspal Singh, claimed the DSP.

Teachers held for ‘helping’ students in exam
: A Punjab School Education Board team today nabbed two teachers in Khanna for “helping” students during the mathematics examination of class X. Teachers from a private school were writing answers to questions on the black board. It is alleged that yesterday students of class VIII  were also helped in a  similar manner.

Hospital inaugurated
:After Mohali, Grecian Hospital opened its branch here today. The hospital was inaugurated by Transport Minister, Punjab, Master Mohan Lal. Expressing his happiness over the new facility in the city, the minister expressed the hope that the hospital would provide quality healthcare to the people of the area. Dr Shivpreet Singh Samra, managing director of the hospital, said the institution would provide affordable and quality healthcare to heart and cancer patients in and around the city.

Honoured: The District Congress Committee (DCC) and the Youth Congress honoured Amarjit Singh Oberoi, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, secretary, for being declared as a member of the All India Pharmaceutical Advisory Forum. DCC president Jagmohan Sharma said he was rewarded for his contribution towards the party.

DJ booked:The Division No 5 police has booked a disc jockey (DJ) under various sections of fraud and Copyright Act for playing music without getting licence from the statutory body. The accused DJ Abdesh Kumar was nabbed while he was playing music AT Gulmohar Hotel last night.

‘Adhere to code of conduct’
:Malerkotla Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu today, while addressing a joint meeting of party representatives of all political parties in his office, called upon them to extend cooperation to implement the model code of conduct in letter and spirit during campaigning ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Copies of the model code of conduct were also provided during the meeting. He asked them to abide by the directions of the Election Commission to ensure free, fair, smooth and impartial elections.

Lecturer dies
: Prof I.S.Walia, lecturer and head of the department of economics of the local AB College, died in a private hospital here on Friday. He had sustained head injuries when an autorickshaw had hit his scooter on the main road on Saturday. He was admitted to the local Raavi Hospital where he succumbed his injuries today. He was 59 and was due for retirement in September. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

House burgled
: Material worth Rs 1 lakh was stolen from the house of Omna, a woman residing in the Govind Colony area of Rajpura. In her complaint to the police, she said her husband worked in Ludhiana. She found a laptop, jewellery and cash stolen from her house when she and her husband were away from the house. A case in this connection has been registered by the police.

One killed in accident: Shanti Devi, a resident of Jansua village, was killed in an accident on Friday afternoon. She was trying to cross the Rajpura-Chandigarh road when a speeding bike hit her. She was rushed to local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. A case in this connection has been registered. The body would be handed over to the relatives of the deceased after conducting postmortem.

Woman arrested: The Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested a woman with 15-kg poppy husk from Rajpura railway station on Friday. The accused has been identified as Pushpa Devi, a resident of Jalandhar. The police got a tip off about a woman carrying poppy husk and during a special checking she was arrested with the contraband. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. The police is investigating.



Infant burnt
: A partially burnt body of a four-day-old girl child was found abandoned in a garbage box near PTL factory this evening. According to the police, the infant was wrapped in a cloth and dumped in the garbage box. For removing the evidence, the unidentified persons put the garbage box on fire, the police added. The body of infant was sent to the Civil Hospital, Phase 6, for post-mortem.


ASI in judicial custody
: An ASI of the Haryana police posted in this district, who was arrested in a bribery case on Wednesday by a vigilance team, was sent to a 14-day judicial custody by the court of CJM Ajay Parasher on Thursday. ASI Wazir Singh Kundu, in charge Titram police post on the Jind road, was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from a liquor contractor, Sat Pal who was running the vend near the police post.

22 officials found absent
: As many as 22 officials were found absent from duty during a surprise raid conducted by the new Deputy Commissioner, Chander Prakash, in three offices, including the Municipal Corporation, Karnal, District Town Planner (DTP) and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). These included 10 officials of the MC, seven officials of the DTP and six officials of the HUDA. Show-cause notices have been issued to these employees asking them why disciplinary action should not be initiated against them.

Two booked
: The police has booked two persons, Tejpal Yadav and Hari Singh Yadav, residents of Hansa Ka village, near here, for allegedly kidnapping a the wife of Hoshiar Singh Yadav from the village in December 2007, keeping her in wrongful confinement and raping her for about 14 months. A case under has been registered against them on a directive of the court of the ACJM. The woman alleged that she was abducted by the duo from her farmhouse on December 28, 2007, and then taken to Karnal, where they repeatedly raped her till she managed to escape on February 18.

Kisan rally
: The Haryana State Committee of the All-India Kisan Sabha will organise a state-level “kisan rally” in the local grain market on Saturday. General secretary Harpal Singh on Friday said NK Shukla and Amara Ram, joint secretaries of the sabha, would address the rally. He said the rally assumed special significance in the background of unrelenting agrarian crisis that was bound to aggravate due to global recession. He said a two-day conference would also be held that would focus on plight of peasantry in Haryana.



NC block chief quits party
: NC leader Ranjit Singh Chib, block president, RS Pura, has resigned from the party membership on the grounds of indiscipline in the party. Chib had developed differences with provincial president Rattan Lal Gupta and a member Romesh Lal Mottan, forcing him to submit his resignation.

Dental camp held: With a view to apprise the students about oral hygiene, a dental camp was conducted on Friday in which a group of students from Banyan Tree School visited the Institute of Dental Sciences, Sehora. The camp was conducted under the supervision of Dr Bhavneet Kour. He emphasised on oral hygiene and regular dental check-up at least every six months. Twentyseven students from Class V of the school visited the institute. They were also taught the basics of the oral hygiene.

JU to set up tourism management institution: Business School, Jammu University organised a seminar on Tourism in India-Challenges Ahead, here on Friday. Varun sahni, vice-chancellor, JU, presided over the function while Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora was the chief guest. In his keynote address, Prof Sahni revealed that the varsity was going to start a tourism management institution at Patnitop that will educate students in the field of tourism management.

Symposium held
: Varsha Sharma, a student of Sunray’s Children Institute, Udhampur, was adjudged first in a symposium on the Disaster Management organised by the district information centre, Udhampur. Shubham Pathania and Kaima Shah stood second and third, respectively, in the competition while as consolation prizes went in favour of Roopali and Deepali. Councilor Vijay Kumar Sharma was chief guest on the occasion while principal of the school Lalita Sharma presided over the function.

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