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Theft of sub-canal water detected:
The task force formed by the farmers of the tail-end villages in the water scarcity hit region on Friday detected theft of water from a sub-canal during patrolling at village Daulatpura, sources said. As per the information, the squad led by Jaswinder Singh and Mohinder Singh sarpanches of village Usmankhera and Kallarkhera, found that water was being siphoned off from the sub-canal illegally through poly-pipes by pressing a tractor fitted with pumping set. The department lowered the level of water yesterday under rotation system that has been enforced to make water available to drinking water reservoirs only. The sarpanches flashed message to the irrigation authorities and the Khuyiansarwar police but the beneficiary farmers managed to flee. Sub-divisional engineer MS Rana confirmed over the phone that the police had taken the tractor, pumping set and pipes in custody.

4 held in murder case: The police in Hanumangarh have arrested four persons in connection with the murder of a security guard Amod Sharma on June 16 in the Haryali Bazaar area. His body was thrown near the railway track. The accused Hans Raj of village Navan, Karni and Dharampal of Satipura and Neeraj Sharma of Sureshia village were remanded to the police custody by a local court today.

World records in memory:
A nine-year-old girl and a youth from the city have set two world records in memory and got themselves registered with the Record Holders Republic - registry of official world records, a release issued by the IEBM, a memory training centre, said here today. Nandini Sankhla memorised 100 objects, which were selected randomly, in 9 minutes and 49 seconds and recalled them in sequence. She recalled it in the reverse order too. Meanwhile, Guriqbal Singh memorised mobile numbers of 100 persons along with their names in 19 minutes and 38 seconds. He recalled them with an average time of 3.5 seconds per answer.

Appointed: Sikander Singh Maluka, the district president of the ruling SAD (B), has been appointed as the chairman of the circle style kabaddi by J.S. Gehlot, president, Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India.

Revenue officials strike: The pen-down agitation of the Revenue Patwar Union, Bathinda, against the assault on tehsildar at Ludhiana, entered its fourth day on Friday, a press release issued here said.

Workshop on handwriting:
The Institute of Healthy Handwriting is organising a handwriting improvement workshop for students and doctors on June 27 and 28. Handwriting expert Mohan Ray will conduct the workshop at Eklavya kSchool here. He is a graphologist by profession and has helped scores of students in improving their handwriting. Through this methodology, people, especially the students, can improve their handwriting in just three hours.



Cyclist hit by truck, dies: A 25-year-old cyclist was hit by a truck (HR-37-A- 1899) here on the Hallomajra Chowk today afternoon. The cyclist got unconscious and was admitted to Sector-32 Government Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The deceased has been identified as Naveen Chand of Hallow Majra and was returning home when a speeding truck hit him.

Man dies of electric shock: A 22-year-old labourer died of an electric shock at IT Park today. According to the police, the deceased, Raju, was taken to Govt Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector-16, where doctors declared him brought dead. The incident took place when he went to attend nature’s call and accidentally fell on naked electric wire.

National coach to train international players: National badminton coach Surinder Mahajan, Sports Authority of India, and presently posted at Panjab University, Chandigarh, has been invited to Austria to impart training to European-ranked players and others from Germany, Poland, Salvania, Czech and Austria. This is for the first time that a top national badminton coach from Chandigarh has been invited for such an important training camp in Austria.



24-hour control room:
With a view to meeting any sudden eventuality or natural disaster in the coming summer months, Deputy Commissioner Nandita Gupta has set up a District Control Room here in the office of the Additional District Magistrate. She said the 24-hour control room would start functioning from July 1 and be controlled by the Nodal Officer-cum-District Revenue Officer KR Sehjal with telephone number 1077. Any information, guidance and other suggestions would be received any time on this phone from all parts of the district, she added.

Drinking water shortage:
Around 100 drinking water supply schemes have been affected due to the prevailing drought conditions in the district, following severe heat wave. Confirming the report, officials of the Irrigation and Public Health Department said the drinking water was being supplied by water tankers in the areas of Ligga, Hamal, Bejar, Kandla, Majeer, Sukredi, etc in the district. Even hotel owners in Dalhousie were meeting their water requirements by bringing water in water tankers from the nearby water sources.



Army jawan commits suicide: An Army jawan of 71 Field Regiment Camp at Panzgam in Kupwara shot himself dead yesterday.  In a report lodged with the police post at Kralpora, the Army said Basu Dev Sharma, an operator, committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle. The police has registered a case.

3 students hurt: Three students of a Government Middle School in Kupwara district were injured after the roof of the school collapsed, a police spokesman said here today. The roof of the building of Government Middle School at Teerna-Haril village gave in yesterday, injuring Nigeena Bano and Manzoor Ahmad (both of class VIII) and Asil Magray of class VII.



One dies in accident:
A car driver lost his life while four others were injured in an accident on Kaliyar-Haridwar road on Friday . The deceased has been identified as Mohinder Singh, a resident of Chandan Nagar, Delhi, while the injured were iidentified as Satish Sagar, Aman, Nitin and Matloob. Satish, Aman and Nitin were travelling in the Santro car while Matloob of Garhmirpura village was riding on the tractor-trolley, which hit the car from front.The car was on its way to Haridwar. The injured were rushed to Civil Lines Hospital. The driver of tractor trolley fled from the scene. The police registered the case and impounded the vehicles.


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