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Parshuram Jayanti: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday felicitated people of Punjab on the eve of Parshuram Jayanti. In a message here they exhorted people to imbibe the ideals propagated Bhagwan Parshuram so that justice and equality is ensured in the society. Badal said, “The life and philosophy of Parshuram teach us that irrespective of our caste, religion and profession, we should fight injustice with all our might”. PPCC acting president Lal Singh also conveyed his greetings to people of the state on theoccasion. — TNS

2 held with weapons
: The police acting on a tip-off arrested Sandip Kumar of Binewal and seized one .315 bore pistol along with four live cartridges from him. The police also arrested Satnam Singh of Heera in Una district (HP) and seized two country made pistols along with 10 live cartridges from him. Two separate cases under sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act had been registered against them. — OC

Ex-servicemen to support SAD-BJP: Ex-servicemen and their families after scrutinising and comparing the election manifestos of the SAD-BJP alliance with that of the Congress have decided to support the SAD-BJP alliance in the LS elections to form the NDA government at the Centre. This was stated by national president of the ex-servicemen wing of the SAD Col Partap Inder Singh Phulka (retd) while addressing a rally of ex-servicemen at Sunam on Sunday. The rally was organised to felicitate SAD candidate from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa for raising voice in Parliament from time to time in favour of ex-servicemen. District president of the ex-servicemen wing Col SS Cheema (retd) also spoke at the rally. — TNS

132 TB patients detected: Under the revised national tuberculosis control programme (RNTCP) 132 patients, suffering from various types of TB, were detected and put on DOTS during the first quarter of the year in Sunam zone, whereas 542 such patients were put on DOTS in the same zone in 2008 against a target of 1,272 patients in the light of the annual risk of TB infection national survey. At a seminar, “Role of private doctors in the RNTCP”, organised by the Sunam branch of the IMA at Sunam on Friday night, district TB officer Dr Surinder Singla said the involvement of private doctors was of vital importance to achieve 100 pc target. — TNS

Tarn Taran
Illicit liquor seized:
The district police chief Surinder Pal Singh Parmar said seven running distils and a huge quantity of illicit liquor and lahan were seized from Kot Dharam Chand Kalan village about 11 km from here. However, some villagers said a large number of police persons descended on the village at about 4 pm and started searching some houses. Parmar said some persons were also arrested and a case would be registered under the Excise Act after the completion of inquiry. — OC

Over 2000 examined at free health camp @@Abohar: Nearly 2000 patients were examined by the doctors during the 12th free medical check-up camp organised at the Jaycee Palace here by the Seth Shanker Dass Daulat Ram Nagpal Charitable Trust on Sunday. Dr S.P.S. Grewal Mohali, Dr Raman Arora Ludhiana, Dr Ashok Gupta of Raisinghnagar, Dr Rishi Saraswa, Dr Pardeep Singhal and Dr Roop Sidana from Sriganganagar, Dr S L Vasant Faridkot, Dr Sri Ram, Dr Anil Moolri spent the day in free check-up along with their teams. Free tests were also conducted besides giving medicines. Trust chairman J.C. Nagpal honoured the visiting doctors by presenting mementos. He also thanked all for their support in making the camp a success. — OC@@@@Brahmin Sabha panel 
re-organised@@Abohar: The working committee of the Brahmin Sabha here has been reorganised under the chief patron Ved Parkash Diggaj, patrons Raj Kumar Sharma, Sita Ram Sharma and VK Nautiyal, chairman Ram Lal Sharma, vice-chairman T K Dutta, president Man Mohan Kalia, senior vice-president Captain (retd) SK Dutta, vice-presidents OP Sharma, Narinder Sharma, Sadhu Ram Sharma, general secretary Jawahar Lal Sharma and cashier Het Ram Sharma. — OC@@@@Engineer among two injured in road mishap@@Abohar: Two persons, a computer engineer identified as Pamma and his pillion riding mother Harnam Devi of village Khuyiansarwar sustained injuries in a road mishap, as the motorcycle, he was driving collided head on with a private canter on Sunday. The driver of the canter shifted both the injured to the Civil Hospital here but the doctors referred Pamma to Sriganganagar observing his critical condition, sources said. — OC@@@@Body found@@Abohar: The body of one Suresh Kumar, a resident of Nirankari Bhawan road, was found floating in water in the old water works here on Sunday. The deceased was the brother of a senior BJP worker Avinash Chander, sources said. The police have initiated proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC. — OC



Dereliction of duty: As many as 37 officials and 12 sector officers found absent during the election pilot rehearsal organised by the Bhiwani administration on Saturday. A case against the officials has been registered under Section 134 of the People Representative Act 191 and under Section 174, IPC. Bhiwani District Electoral Officer Vikas Gupta said 10 officers and officials were found absent on the third day of election pilot rehearsal, while 27 others reached late in the rehearsal. Besides, four officials were found absent during the practical training. — TNS

Death mourned: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has expressed his deep shock and sorrow on the sad demise of freedom fighter Bijender Singh Virk (93) of Kharkra village, Jind district. In a condolence message issued here on Saturday, the Chief Minister said Virk was a great freedom fighter and firm believer of the ideology of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. He had faced a number of ordeals during the freedom struggle. The Chief Minister recalled that in 1942, Bijender Singh had hoisted national flag in the DC office building at Shekhpura, now in Pakistan, and launched a crusade against the tyranny of the British Empire. — TNS

Bail application dismissed: Additional Sessions Judge Ashok Bhardwaj dismissed the bail application of Col Trinayan Saikia, GM security and safety DLF, in the lift mishap case that took place a few days ago, here on Saturday. On behalf of Col Saikia, Delhi criminal lawyer Pt RK Naseem had appeared, whereas advocates--- SS Chauhan and CK Sharma appeared for the complainant. The magistrate dismissed the application after holding that the facts of the case were good enough to attract Section 299 punishable u/s 304, IPC. — TNS

1 held in murder case: The police has arrested Dinesh Kumar of Bhurthal Jat village in connection with the murder of a youth. Vikas (20) was allegedly stabbed to death on the Kosniwas road on Saturday. However, his accomplice Amit Gujjar is still at large. Dinesh was produced before the Duty Magistrate on Sunday, who remanded him in custody. — OC

Body found: The half-burnt body of Rameshwar Dutt Kaushik (71), a senior Congress activist of Prem Nagar colony of Delhi, was found by the police on the Nangal-Mundi-Pranpura road, 14 km from here, in the wee hours on Sunday. The contents of a diary, which was lying on the spot, led to the identification of the victim. Family members of the deceased said when Kaushik did not return home till late in the evening on Saturday, a complaint was made in this regard. A case has been registered. — OC

Fire at oil mill: Fire engulfed an oil mill situated in the industrial area of the town on Saturday, causing loss of several lakhs. The fire broke out at about 10 pm in Aditya Agro Industries in which oil stock as well as the building of the mill was damaged. The exact loss is yet to be ascertained, according to proprietor Sushil Mittal. — TNS



Cong optimism: The state unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) has expressed confidence that the Congress would not only retain all its earlier three seats but also snatch the fourth Hamirpur seat from the BJP and would create another record in the state. Addressing mediapersons here on Saturday, NSUI state president Vivek Kumar said the record crowd which turned up at time of filing of nomination papers of the Congress candidate at Mandi is a pointer towards the events and results which can be expected now after the polling day. — OC

Implement UGC pay scales: The HP State Government College Teachers Association has drawn attention of the state government towards the order of the central government for implementing UGC pay scales. A detailed representation in this regard was submitted to the state government. Association state general secretary Dr Suresh Kumar Soni said here on Sunday that the code of conduct does not bar implementation of these UGC pay scales as this order was issued by the central government much earlier than the enforcement of this election discipline. — OC

Insurance scheme: Former state president of the HP State Employees Federation Gopal Dass Varma has warned the government that it must ensure quick action with regard to the Employees’ Insurance Scheme which was forced on lakhs of employees during the former Congress government rule only with an intension to financially benefit a handful of self-seeking employees leaders. Addressing mediapersons here on Sunday, he said inquiry into this matter is dragging its feet only because some of high officers are also interested to suppress the truth, as they were also instrumental in enforcing this objectionable scheme. — OC

5 farmers booked: The police on Sunday booked five farmers under the NDPS Act for allegedly growing opium plants illegally on their private land in the Aut area. According to the police, three residents of Bhet village in Bali Chowki under the police station Aut have grown opium plants in their fields. They have been identified as Dina Nath, Dave Ram and Fateh Singh. In another case, the police detected opium plants on the land of Bhagat Ram and Tula Ram of Bhet village and booked them under the NDPS Act. — TNS

PO arrested: The police has arrested a proclaimed offender, Kapil Dev of the Khaneyara road area in Dharamsala, who was wanted in a hit-and-run case (FIR No. 277/05) registered on August 2, 2005. He would be produced in a court at Jogindernagar on Monday. Kapil was declared a proclaimed offender on February 12, 2009, by the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Jogindernagar. — TNS

Liquor seized: In a naka on Friday the police seized 36 boxes of different brands of liquor being smuggled by Pawan Kumar from a private vehicle (HP01A-3280), near Magru Gala on the Mandi-Janjeli road, and 12 bottles of liquor from Chuni Lal and Bihari Lal in Gohar. Pawan, a resident of Karsog under the Gohar police station, was arrested under the Excise Act, as he had no valid permit to carry the liquor, the police claimed. It also recovered 12 bottles of country liquor from the possession of Chuni Lal, a resident of Shalla, Chachiot, and Bihari Lal, Padhan. Both accused have been arrested. — TNS

Engineer held: IPH engineer Asho Arora posted as the SDO, IPH Katola in Drang block, was sent to police remand for three days after the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau nabbed him red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 2,500 from contractor Rafi on Thursday. According to the vigilance bureau, they received the complaint and laid a trap to nab the engineer who allegedly accepted Rs 2,500 as bribe to clear Rafi’s pending bills. — TNS

Boar attacks student: Manju, a student of BA-I and resident of Kapahi, Sundernagar, was mauled by the attack of a wild boar when she was goading back her cows from the nearby field. She injured her left arm badly and was admitted to the zonal hospital Mandi for treatment. She raised an alarm and villagers saved her from clutches of the boar, which fled into the jungle. — TNS


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