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In-laws arrested:
The police have arrested Harjit Singh and his father Balwinder Singh, who had been booked under section 304B and 34 of the IPC on May 19 in connection with the death of Harpreet Kaur at her in-laws' house under mysterious circumstances at village Alamgarh on May 2. The in-laws had reportedly lamented that she got electrocuted in the bathroom while the parents alleged that she had been  strangled and then burnt.The Sadar police had initiated proceedings but parents of  the victim got the investigation of the case transferred to the CIA staff, which recommended registration of the case,  sources said.

Funds for drinking water: Divisional Commissioner Pritam Singh while presiding over a high-level meeting in Hanumangarh recently asked the district administration to utilise the Rs 30 lakh that had been granted by the state government to streamline the supply of drinking water. Taking cognisance of the report that 66 villages in the area were still to be provided with drinking water, he  suggested that handpumps should be installed in such areas immediately besides replacing the damaged filters in the existing pumps.

Book released: "Sochan de charaag", a book of 200 Rubaais, penned by Harbans Singh Bath, was released by an eminent poet Dr Harnek Singh Komal, Dr JS Anand, principal of the DAV College, Bathinda, and Prof Bhupinder Singh Jassal, at a function organised by the Punjabi Lekhak Manch at Malout, 30 km from here.

Rickshaw-puller kills two sons:
A rickshaw-puller killed his two sons Dilbar Singh (7) and Sunil Singh (5) by giving them poison and tried to commit suicide over alleged illicit relations of his wife. The incident took place in Fatahpur village on Monday night after Chanchal Singh’s wife left them. The children died on the same night. He regained consciousness in the morning and narrated the incident to a friend, who informed the police.

CET for Law: Guru Nanak Dev University will hold the state-level entrance test (CET-LAW-2009) for admission to five-year BA LLB (hons), five-year BA LLB and three-year LLB Law courses for 2009-10 session in the institutes situated in the state and affiliated to the university, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Punjabi University, Patiala, on July 4, at the notified centres. Application forms can be submitted without late fee by June 20. The university has also issued notifications regarding the new dates of postponed annual/semester theory examinations of May 26, 27 and 28.

Two arrested: The police nabbed Judge Singh of New Kot Atma Ram Sultanwind Road and Jaspal Singh of East Gobind Nagar and recovered one stolen motorcycle from their possession. A police party laid a naka and arrested the two. A case under sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered.

Jewellery store opens: A diamond jewellery store was opened in the city. The store, Goggi Jewellers, would provide diamond jewellery, certified by Hallmark like GII and BIS. Ravi Handa, gemologist, said diamond jewellery priced less than renowned brands would be available at the store. He said 92 per cent of the amount would be returned upon sale of the jewellery including appreciation of its rates. He said jewellery of AISHPRA brand would be available.

Rajasthani exhibition: Dress material, bed sheets, quilts and wall hanging with miniature work from Rajasthan displayed at the art gallery here have attracted the city residents. Rajesh, organiser of the exhibition, said bangles and earrings displayed at the exhibition have created a craze among the city girls. Besides this, specially designed garments were also  available for the men folk.

Surgeon on a rare mission: Orthopaedics surgeon Dr Avtar Singh would join the team of eight doctors from across the world to invent most efficient artificial knee till date. The project is the brainchild of a German company Aesculap Academy and the knee would be able to bend by 160 degree while at present artificial knee could bend by 135 degree. Dr Avtar Singh said the invention would be a boon for Asians as most of the artificial joints are designed according to the bone structure of Europeans and Americans but this joint was being invented to suit Asian bones and lifestyle.

Pre-recruitment course: The District Sainik Welfare Office would hold pre-recruitment course for wards of ex-servicemen and economically weaker section from June 8. Col J.D. Singh Bhullar (retd) here on Tuesday said the course was to impart coaching to candidates to appear in the nine-day recruitment rally for youth of Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran to be held at Rayya from July 12. Interested candidates must be matriculate, age between 17 and a half to 21 years, height 170 cm, chest between 77 to 85 cm and weight 50 kg.

Dental check-up camp today:
A dental check-up camp would be organised on the premises of the Adesh Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Barnala Road, Bathinda on June 3 and 4, a press release issued here said. Dr Rajiv Aggarwal, director principal of the Institute said that during the camp, all dental related problems would be dealt with by specialists. No registration charges would be taken from the patients, he added.

PPCC secretary appointed:
A youth Congress party leader, Sukhwant Singh Brar, resident of village Khippanwali of this sub-division has been appointed secretary of Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) by Lal Singh, acting party president. Earlier, Brar was general secretary of the Youth Congress Punjab. Addressing a press conference, Brar said that he would work to strengthen the party.

Racist attacks condemned:
Condemning the racist attacks on Indian students in Australia by local residents there, former MP Kamal Chaudhary said the innocent Indian students should be provided safety and security by the Australian government. If the Australian government had taken strict action against the assaulters in the very first incident, the present state of affairs could have been averted, he said. Though Prime Miniser Dr Manmohan Singh had already taken up this issue with his Australian counterpart, no positive results have come so far.

Flood control:
Deputy commissioner of Mansa Kumar Rahul held a meeting on Tuesday with the district officials regarding the control of floods in Mansa. The DC inspected arrangements at Sardulgarh regarding the water disposal of the Ghaggar river.  He said that camps would be set up to provide relief to the flood affected people. In this regard, control rooms had been set up in the district and sub-division land. The DC also issued necessary instructions to officials in this regard.

Employees welfare meeting: A meeting of the Retired Employees Welfare Association was held under the leadership of B.S. Dhaliwal at the  pensioners hall, District Court Complex in Mansa on Tuesday. In the meeting, Vinay Kumar Singhla, retired DEO, Sangrur, and other officials participated. Malkit Singh, Attar Singh, RK Singhla, Dyal Chand Gupta and VP Rana were also present.  All the participants said that in the 5th Pay Commission, report, the government has not paid attention to the plight of the pensioners.

New dates for exams:
Punjabi University, Patiala, postponed its May 26 and 27 annual, semester, regular and correspondence courses exams in the state. The university has notified the new dates of postponed exams. Students can contact the head of the departments concerned, college principals, head, Correspondence Courses Department or Centre Superitendents regarding the new dates of these exams. There is no change in the timing and examination centres. Students can contact on phone numbers 0175-3046370, 3046374 or 3046395 for more information. New dates can be seen on university website www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in.

Minor Dalit raped:
A minor Dalit girl (15) was allegedly raped by a boy in Sunder Basti here on Monday night. The police has registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC. The police said the boy allegedly raped the girl when she had been sleeping on the roof of house.



1 killed in accident:
A man, identified as Anil Kumar of Girawar village, was killed in a road mishap near Giravar village on Tuesday. The incident took place when the motorcycle he was riding on reportedly collided with a tractor coming from the opposite direction. Anil was taken to a hospital here where he succumbed to injuries.

Gold, cash looted:
About 20 tola of gold and cash was reportedly looted from a house in Sector 4. The incident took place when the family had gone to attend a function at Patiala. The victim, Ravinder Pal Singh, said his parents had gone to attend the function while he had gone to Samara Mandi for some work. When they returned on Monday, they found the house ransacked. A case has been registered.

One booked:
Following a complaint filed by Bharati Devi (20), the police has registered a case of harassment for dowry, causing hurt and criminal intimidation against her husband Satish Kumar of Bodia Kamalpur village. Bharati, who got married to Satish in March 2007, alleged that her husband beat her up with an iron rod after she failed to bring more dowry.

Dowry case against 3:
Three members of a family of Kanhi village have been booked by the police on charges of demanding dowry and attempt to murder. Those booked are victim Saroj’s husband Rakesh, father-in-law Hawa Singh and mother-in-law Saroj Devi. Ram Kishan of Panipat said his daughter Saroj got married to Rakesh of Kanhi village in Rohtak about three years ago. Her husband, father-in-law Hawa Singh and mother-in-law Saroj Devi had been harassing Saroj and the trio set her afire on Saturday after their increasing demands for dowry could not met, he alleged. A case has been registered.

3 killed in mishaps:
Two women were killed while a three-year-old girl was injured in a mishap near Chhoti Pawni village on the state highway here on Monday. Sunita and Kiran died on the spot while Sneha sustained serious injuries. The mishap took place when Sunita, who was driving a scooter, and pillion rider Kiran carrying Sneha, were on their way to Yamunanagar. A jeep coming from the opposite direction hit them. In another incident, Subhash was killed while Jagdish was injured in an accident on the Saharanpur-Kurukshetra highway. The mishap took place when their motorcycle reportedly collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction.



New DC joins duty:
Nandita Gupta, an IAS officer of the 2001 batch, joined as the Deputy Commissioner here on Tuesday. She replaces JS Rana, who has been reposted as the Shimla DC and has joined his new posting there on Monday. Rana had joined here just before the election, as he was the DC of his home district.

Accident victim dies:
Kishen Chand, an occupant of the ill-fated Bolero which met with an accident on the Chhatrari-Kunr link road on May 29 and was gasping for life in coma at PGI, Chandigarh, breathed his last on Monday, police sources said.

Speed limits for vehicles:
With the peak tourist season in the hill stations of the state, including Dalhousie sanatorium, the Police Department is all set to regulate the traffic congestion and has taken all preventive measures thereby coping with the prevailing traffic overcrowding. ASP DK Choudhary said here on Tuesday that speed limits for vehicles had been prescribed at the identified vulnerable points and police officials were constantly on their job managing parking at the right places earmarked by the local civic body.



LS poll: PDP alleges misuse of state machinery:
The PDP today exhorted its workers to effectively highlight problems of the masses to expose the ‘misdeeds’ of the Congress-NC coalition. Addressing a meeting here to review the LS result in Jammu province, party leaders claimed that the ruling coalition had managed to win the Lok Sabha elections due to misuse of the official machinery. The meeting pointed out that the coalition regime had not implemented even a single promise.

Summer camp begins: Banyan Tree School, Babliana, organised a nine-day summer camp for school-going children on Monday. The camp includes activities like yoga, vocal and instrumental music, western and classical dance, art and craft, skating, gymnastics, lawn tennis, personality development and grooming classes. The day opened with yoga classes.

Training for teachers: Prof Varun Sahni, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, inaugurated a 21-day in-service training for teachers at Sainik School, Nagrota on Monday. Over 100 teachers from 23 Sainik Schools across the country participated in the function. The VC was the chief guest.

Blood donation camp: The SBI organised a blood donation at its Trikuta Nagar learning centre in which 21 officers, including newly recruited probationary officers donated blood. The camp was organised by the bank in collaboration with the local Indian Red Cross Society.

Goods exchanged:
Indian and PoK traders exchanged goods worth more than a crore of rupees through the Poonch-Rawlakote road in Poonch on Tuesday evening. About seven traders from India sent goods worth more than Rs 59 lakh loaded in 22 trucks to their counterparts in the PoK. Banana, garlic, onion, coconut and lemon comprised the main items exported by the Indian traders. Six PoK traders exchanged goods worth more than Rs 1 crore.


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