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Abohar
ET officials suspend work
: Work at the local office of the Excise and Taxation department remained suspended as all the employees and officers responded to the statewide call for strike to express resentment over alleged attack on ETO HS Sidhu by some residents in Indira Nagari here on Wednesday. The city police said a case against Parmod Kumar and Kaushalya Rani had been registered and raids were conducted to nab the culprits. Notably, the Retail Kiryana Merchants Association had earlier withdrawn its call for Abohar bandh that was proposed to protest against highhandedness of the ETO and his colleagues.

‘Save employees’ rally by PSSSF on July 17: The Punjab State Subordinate Services Federation (PSSSF) has strongly condemned the growing trend of assaulting the government officials in the state. During a meeting that was presided over by Balwinder Singh Jhurarkhera, president of the organisation here, trade unionist Lakhveer Singh said upsurge in violence indicated that the state government employees, who dare to perform their duty sincerely and honestly, are not safe. The PSSSF resolved to organise 'save employees' rally here on July 17. Office-bearers of various unions expressed solidarity with ETO HS Sidhu, who was allegedly assaulted here recently. 

Yoga camp: Some senior physicians attended the 5-day yoga camp that was jointly organised by the Gaytri Shakti Peeth and newly formed Morning Club at the Nehru Stadium here on Friday morning. Anil Sethi and Vijay Munjal lighted the lamp. Rakesh Chhabra was the chief host. Hira Lal Chauhan spoke on the challenges that threaten the environment. 

Bathinda
Gold chain snatched
: A housewife, Pintu Rani of Tagore Nagar, has reported to the police that two unidentified youths snatched her 25-gram gold chain while she was talking to one of her neighbours on Friday evening. In her statement, she alleged that the scooter-borne youths were wearing yellow and green T-shirts. The Kotwali police has started investigating. 

MC workers criticise govt: The Punjab Municipal Workers’ Union has criticised the state government’s decision of withdrawing octroi. Gurpreet Singh Walia, press secretary of the union, said that the decision had affected them adversely. They would be conducting a meeting here in this regard on July 5.

Ludhiana
Maninder for national camp
: Maninder Kaur, a Class XI student of Raikot Public School, Raikot, has been selected for the national camp of football to be held at New Delhi later this month. While talking to The Tribune, a school teacher said, “She has been selected for the u-19 football camp. The selected national team is likely to be announced by August.” 

Thieves decamp with Rs 17 lakh: Thieves broke into an industrial unit at Sahnewal and decamped with Rs 17 lakh this evening. According to the police, 12 thieves entered the industrial unit, named Nayar Sons, by scaling the boundary wall. They broke open the cash safe lying in the office and decamped with Rs 17 lakh.

 

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CHANDIGARH

30 files from Estate Office seized: The Vigilance Department today seized over 30 files from the Estate Office. The files are related to the delay in the issuance of NOCs and approval of the building plans. The surprise check at the department were part of a routine exercise to instill accountability in the various public-dealing departments of the Chandigarh Administration. 
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HARYANA

Ambala
Rail line sanctioned
: The much-awaited railway line connecting Naraingarh to Yamunanagar and Chandigarh was finally sanctioned in today’s Railway Budget much to the relief of residents. The railway line will be from Yamunanagar to Chandigarh via Sadhora, Naraingarh and Panchkula.

GURGAON
Mahapanchayat  on July 5
: A mahapanchayat for 12 villages will be organised in Samaspur village here on Sunday. Khajan Singh, district spokesperson for the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, stated this here on Friday. He said they would discuss the development works done by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. A discussion on the Assembly elections would also be done. 

KAITHAL
2 buffaloes burnt in fire
: Two buffaloes, currency notes worth Rs 40,000 and other household articles were burnt in a fire that broke out in the house of Om Parkash in Kalayat here on Thursday. The fire, which was reportedly caused due to a short circuit, soon spread and engulfed a portion of the house where buffaloes were tied with a rope. The house owner raised the alarm and a large number of people rushed to the site to control the fire. Om Parkash brought the two buffaloes out, but the animals were partially burnt. They were rushed to a veterinary hospital. They currency notes that were kept wrapped under dry fodder also caught fire.

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