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Bodies recovered:
The bodies of two teenagers who were last week reported missing from village Dhaba Kokrian of this sub-division have been found in the same sub-canal at different locations, police sources confirmed today. The body of the boy that was found on Friday could not be initially identified while that of the girl was spotted on Tuesday and identified, sources said.

Twenty-20 cricket tourney: The Harry Pasricha National Twenty-20 cricket tournament will be held at the Nehru Stadium here from January 1-17, Dr Rajinder Girdhar, coordinator of the Chander Cricket Club informed. Rs 1 lakh will be awarded to winners and runners-up would get Rs 40,000. The man of the series will be given Rs 11,000. The prizes will be distributed by MLA Sunil Jakhar.

Check-up camp:
Leading NGO Social Welfare Society (SWS) organised the 15th free monthly sugar check-up camp at the Freedom Fighter Lala Sunam Rai MA Memorial Welfare Centre this week. According to the SWS president Raj Kishore Kalra, blood sugar samples of 122 persons were checked. SWS members Shashi Kant, Surain Lal Kataria, Dr Manohar Lal Sukhija, Rakesh Gilhotra, Bhagwan Dass Sehgal, Ajay Thakral, Sandeep Sachdeva, Ashok Kumar, Girdhari Lal Monga, Rattan Lal Grover, Parmod Juneja offered their services. Panana Laboratory and City Lab provided free services. The camp was sponsored by Teja Ram Khrait Lal, commission agents.

Arms seized: The district police confirmed on Tuesday that 3 pistols, 240 live cartridges, 14 bottles of whisky and 150 grams of opium were recovered during raids carried out at the Kataria Gun House and residence of its owner Pawan Kataria at Hanumangarh last night. Vicky Kataria son of Pawan Kataria has been arrested. Preliminary investigation conducted by police indicated that license of the gun house had not been renewed, sources said. There was information that the gun house was involved in illegal sale of fire arms.

Poppy husk seized: Joga police on Tuesday recovered 24 quintals of puppy husk from a truck and car. Three persons were arrested in this regard. SSP Hardayal Singh Mann today informed at a press conference that the police had set up a naka near Ralla village on the basis of a secret information. A truck and car that were carrying 65 bags of puppy husk were caught by the police at this naka,, the SSP said. The truck and car carrying puppy husk bags were coming from Bhikhi side and going towards Moga. Police registered a case against Sukhwinder Singh and Lakhvir Singh, both of Bhandour (Barnala), Jatinder Singh of Moga and Balvinder Singh, a resident of Mallanwala, also in Moga, under the NDPS Act. Balvinder Singh was still absconding while other three accused were arrested. According to the police, the arrested persons are part of an inter-state gang that was involved in puppy husk smuggling from Rajasthan to Punjab.

IMA unit:
The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA): President - Dr Paramjit Mann; vice-president - Dr Harinderpal Singh; secretary - Dr J.S. Nannuan; joint secretary - Dr Neelam Saini; finance secretary - Dr Davinder Dhanda; and executive members - Dr Mandip Kamal, Dr Shalini Sudan, Dr K.S. Pahwa, Dr Dilbagh Singh, Dr Rajesh Bhatia and Dr Deepinder Sandhu.

Bat smuggling, one held:
The police arrested Nirmal Singh of Lari Babeya village and seized a truck (HP-38-B-1549) with smuggled cricket bats and wood on Jammu-Jalandhar road near Sarna, 10 km from here. On a tip-off, a naka was laid at Jamalpur adda when a truck coming from J&K side was intercepted for search. The police recovered cricket bats and wood worth Rs 2.25 lakh which was alleged to be brought from Jammu illegally. He said the driver of the truck failed to produce any document of the goods. He said during preliminary interrogation the driver revealed that he was going to Jalandhar to deliver the goods. The police has registered a case under sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.



Registrar appointed:
Dr Shashi Kant Sharma, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, was today appointed Registrar of Himachal Pradesh University. He has been teaching the post-graduate classes at the university since 1990. He has earlier held an administrative assignment as he was the manager at the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Park (STEP) from 1998 to 2002 and Director of STEP from 2002 to 2006. Dr Sharma has also been a member of the executive council of HPU from 1998 to 2000.

Seven workers injured: Seven workers were injured, four of them seriously, during blasting being undertaken during execution of Koot power project near Rampur. The police said the workers got injured during blasting work on tunnel construction at the project site. The injured have been admitted to the hospital at Rampur.

3 killed in road mishap: Three persons were killed and two seriously injured when a Maruti car fell down 200 feet in a deep gorge close to Gajairi village near Theog.The mishap occurred when the ill-fated car (HP-09-2934) was on the way from Chail to Theog. Those dead include Ramesh (44), Daulat Ram (38), both of village Tihana village, and Saurabh Chauhan (22) of Ramnagar locality in Shimla. The two injured, Bharat Bhushan and Mohar Singh, have been admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC).


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