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Abohar
Pak national:
The Pakistan Rangers during a flag meeting today refused to take away the body of the 21-year-old Pak national, who had reportedly been gunned down by the jawans of the 185 Bn of the BSF yesterday. Official sources informed that the youth had crossed the Zero Line and continued to move towards the fencing despite warning. Later, the police recovered some Pakistani currency, biscuits and a Chinese wrist-watch during the search. The last rites were performed in the Indian territory on Thursday evening.

Students honoured: Festivity coupled with emotions marked the farewell function that lasted for five hours at the DAV College of Education on Thursday. The students of B.Ed and M.Ed, who had excelled in different activities during the outgoing academic session, were honoured. These included Mukesh Kumar, Vibhu, Sakshi, Baljit Kaur and Arvind. One-minute game, songs and dances contributed in the rich cultural feast. Principal Dr Venita Singh exhorted the would-be-teachers to treat teaching as passion and not the profession. Hundred per cent involvement in the noble task will help you in scaling the top horizons, she said.

Amritsar
Robbery accused gives cops slip:
One of the main accused in Rs 37-lakh bank robbery, which had been carried out in June last year, today escaped from police custody at the Tees Hazari court in New Dehli where he was taken for hearing in a similar case. Sunil Kumar was taken to Delhi by a police team led by DSP, Chheharta, Narinder Singh. According to the information, the accused escaped from police custody as soon as his handcuffs were removed to present him before the court. The DSP even opened fire in the air while chasing the accused.

Batala
One arrested, narcoticS seized:
The police has arrested Malkiat Singh, resident of the local Basant Nagar, and recovered 170 gm of narcotic powder from him. Dr Naresh Kumar Arora, SSP, said the Civil Lines police registered a case under section 22 of the NDPS Act.

BATHINDA
Info on education:
The BRILL Institute organised a seminar where information on education-based immigration was given. Col A.S. Virk (retd) from the ICL College, Chandigarh, said conditions for immigration to the UK and New Zealand had been relaxed and that an education council to look after the students immigrating to these countries was formed. Ashok and Ankur Saduara also spoke.

CHANDIGARH
Tenure extended: The government on Wednesday extended the terms of SC Sabharwal, member, transmission, and GS Sra, member, generation, Punjab State Electricity Board, for another one year. Sabharwal was instrumental in reducing transmission losses. Sra is an expert of thermal plants.

Fazilka
Body recovered:
The body of an apparently newly-married woman was recovered from a rivulet between village Odian and Kerian. The body is yet to be identified. Police said, the body of an unidentified woman aged about 25 years was found lying in the rivulet between village Odian and Kerian. The deceased appears to be dressed in bridal finery. The body has been brought to the Civil Hospital for the postmortem. Police have registered a case under section 174 of the IPC.

Polio vaccination: To eradicate polio amongst the children of the migrant labourers, the health department has decided to launch a three-day immunisation programme against polio. According to Dr YK Gupta, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Fazilka, the teams of the officials of the health department will administer polio vaccine from May 24-26, to the children of the migrant population up to five years of age. He said that the four teams and a mobile team of the health department has been constituted for this purpose. It is estimated that about 1250 children will be administered polio drops daily from 7.30 am till 2 pm on all these three days, officials of the department informed.

Hoshiarpur
Murder case: The Tanda police on Tuesday booked Kuldip Singh and Gurpreet Singh of Bagiari for murdering Iqbal Singh of the same village. According to police sources, on the evening of May 16, Kuldip Singh and Gurpreet Singh allegedly assaulted Iqbal Singh on some dispute. Iqbal Singh, who was wounded in the assault, was admitted in the local Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Body found: The body of an unidentified migrant labourer was found in the fields of Harjinder Singh at Randhawa village. According to police sources, Harjinder Singh noticed the body when he went there for irrigating the field. Marks of sharp-edged weapons were found on the body.

Nawanshahr
Anti-Terrorism Day:
The martyrdom day of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was observed as Anti-Terrorism Day here on Thursday. Deputy Commissioner, Vikas Garg, solemnised pledge to officers and employees of the different departments at Dilbagh Hall here reiterating their resolve to oppose violence and terrorism with full determination and to work for establishing peace and amity in society.

Lions Club: Iqbal Singh Transporter has been elected president of the Lions Club, Nawanshahr city, consecutively for the 18th term.

PATHANKOT
Rehri problem:
Senior Citizens Welfare Association president Shyam Chadha on Wednesday urged the district administration to take immediate steps for the removal of rehris and autorickshaws from the main road, Dalhousie Road and general bus stand for smooth flow of traffic.

SANGRUR
Govt land occupied: Led by the CPI (ML) Liberation in Sangrur district, landless labourers reportedly occupied 44 acres of government lands in three villages in the Lehragaga and Sunam areas on Wednesday. District secretary, CPI (ML) Liberation, Harbhagwan Bhikhi said the SAD-BJP government was not implementing the promise made in the Assembly elections regarding 10-marla plots for houses.

Anti-Terrorism Day: On the occasion of the 18th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Anti-Terrorism Day was observed in the district administrative complex here on Thursday. Deputy Commissioner VK Ohri administered a pledge to officers and employees to oppose violence and terrorism with full force.

Training camp: A district-level farmersí training camp on kharif crops was organised on the premises of district agriculture office here on Thursday. The camp, which was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner VK Ohri, was attended by a large number of farmers from various parts of the district. Joint Director, Agriculture Department, Punjab, Dr Tarsem Singh presided over the function.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Nurpur
Two injured in attack:
Following the complaint of Ashok Kumar of Sadwan, near here, the local police today registered a case under Sections 341, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC against Sardar Deen and Nagu Deen of Gujrer village. The latter attacked the former with sickle last night when he was returning to his village along with his friend Bajinder Kumar. The complainant and Bajinder Kumar were injured in the attack and have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. According to the police, the complainant was running a dhaba at Sadwan and had gone to nearby Gujrer village to leave his worker.

PO arrested: The police today arrested Vijay Kumar, son of Sohan Singh of Chhanni village. According to the police, a case under the Excise Act had been registered against the accused in 2000 when he was caught with illicit liquor at Mangwal, near Gangath. The local judicial court had declared him a proclaimed offender (PO) on December 13, 2007. The police had arrested the PO at Jassur following a tip-off.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
Review session:
Prof Bhim Singh, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, has appreciated the party cadre for its role played in the recently over parliamentary election. In the review session of Lok Sabha elections held here on Thursday, Prof Singh said the party workers had done a commendable job in Udhampur area in spite of scarce recourses.

Willow clefts: The police today arrested a truck driver and recovered 4,000 clefts of famous Kashmir willow at Lakhanpur toll post, 87 km from here. Sources said the consignment was being smuggled to neighbouring state of Punjab. The arrested driver, Irfan Ahmed Shah of Budgam, was later handed over to the Forest Protection Force in Kathua.

Power shutdown: To carry out maintenance of equipment and to replace worn out and damaged bus bar conductor of 33 KV Yard and rectification of weak spots of 220/132/33 KV Grid Station, Udhampur, power supply to Udhampur district, Army, Ramnagar tehsil and Chenani shall remain affected on May 23 from 6 am to 12 noon.

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