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ASI team reviews projects:
A high-level team, led by Director-General of Archaeological Survey of India, KN Srivastva, accompanied by Principal Secretary Gitika Kalla and Director of Tourism DP Reddy, on Wednesday reviewed major tourism projects that are under conservation and renovation. The delegation has urged the government to take urgent steps to transfer places of historical significance, including Ram Bagh Gardens, Sarai Amanat Khan and Pull Kanjri, for taking up conservation work.

Bag containing cash snatched:
One Ramji Dass of Namdev Nagar lodged a complaint with the Civil Lines police that two motorcycle-borne youth snatched a bag containing cash Rs 50,000 from him when he alighted from a rickshaw outside his house on Wednesday evening. The police has registered a case under sections 382 and 34 of the IPC.

Theft at computer shop: The Kotwali police today registered a case of theft in a computer shop located on Amrik Singh road here. As per the police sources, owner of the shop has estimated the loss at about Rs two lakh, including a laptop. The thieves broke the roof to enter the shop at night.

NRIs donate for school land:
With donations from three German NRIs, local NGO Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum has succeeded in purchasing a piece of land measuring 1,900 sqyd near Thalesan village for its three projects, including the construction of a school building for mentally challenged children, starting a school for normal children and a day-care old-age home. President of the forum AS Mann says in the proposed school for normal children, no fee would be charged from the intelligent children from weaker sections.

Milk samples taken in Sangrur dist: The district health authorities on Wednesday collected eight samples of milk from four tankers here and at Bahadurpur village. District health officer Ramesh Bansal said on Thursday that he had taken two samples from a tanker carrying milk from Nestle. The samples had been sent to Public Laboratory at Chandigarh.



Bank looted:
Two pistol-wielding youths looted Rs 1.47 lakh from Canara Bank’s Parao Chowk branch here on Thursday. The youths came to the branch around 2 pm and slapped the manager. They proceeded to the cashier’s cabin, pointed the pistol at him and ordered him to hand over the entire cash. After collecting the money, they escaped. The police reached the scene soon after. Investigations are on but no arrest has been made so far.

Cloning of SIM cards:
The Karnal police investigating the SIM cards cloning case has urged Tata Teleservices to allow access to its “machines” for a thorough probe. Ashwin Shenvi, ASP, said preliminary investigations had revealed that all 1,888 activated cloned SIM cards were of CDMA technology.It might be the first instance of cloning of CDMA SIMs in India. The head of the Information Technology Department of Tata Teleservices has sought two days’ time to consider the request of the police. The original SIMs, matching the cloned ones, were in the store while the activated cloned SIMS had flooded the market. The fraud came to light when a distributor messaged for the activation of a SIM card sold by him and got a message in return that “there is no such service”.



Passbook system sought:
The district unit of the Small Savings Agents Organisation here has demanded that like banks their commission income accounts should also be maintained under the savings bank passbook system which should contain all accounts of their income and annual TDS deductions. This was stated by their district president Ram Krishan Sharma after a meeting of the organisation here. He said there are many persisting complaints regarding non-maintenance of TDS accounts of the agents by the main post office here.

11 rehris removed:
The local Municipal Council has removed 11 rehris who were carrying out their business along the main road of the town near the SBI’s old building to another identified site at the Sapri Bazaar. MC’s executive officer DR Choudhary revealed here on Thursday that 11 rehris and phadis were removed and shifted to another identified site. In the next move, about 30 such rehri/phadiwalas operating in Chowgan number-3 would be removed to whom 24-hour notices would be served. So far 29 notices have been served by the council on them as well as to the encroachers in the municipal area, Choudhary revealed.

‘Get ready for PRI poll’: State BJP in charge Satya Pal Jain has called upon the BJP leaders and workers to spruce up for the election of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) in the state scheduled for next year. Jain, who is touring Chamba district to ascertain facts about the BJP’s bleak performance in certain parts, said the BJP’s turnout was low as compared to the Congress in some panchayats in the recent LS elections though the credit greatly goes to the hard work put in by the rank and file of the BJP for Rajan Sushant’s success.

One killed:
One person was killed as an Alto car (HP34B-0757), which he was driving, rolled down into a 100-m deep gorge, near Manikaran, on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Tara Chand, son of Toti Ram of Chhalal village. Police sources from Manikaran confirmed that the victim was immediately taken to the nearest NHPC Health Centre by the police where doctor declared him brought dead.

Girl charred to death:
A five-year-old girl, Kiran, was charred to death when her house in Shifty village, near Chopal, was gutted in a devastating fire. According to the police, the incident occurred on Wednesday night when the four-room house of Mangat Ram caught fire. His niece Kiran was charred to death as she was sleeping inside the house. A calf also died in the fire. There has been a loss of over Rs 3 lakh in the fire.


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