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3 run over by train
:Three labourers were run over by a train while working on the rail track today.As per information gathered, 35 migrant workers were deployed on the Arjunsar-Mahajan rail track for work relating to upgradation.Meanwhile, the 4887 Kalka-Barmer Express left the Mahajan railway station at 11.40 am on Thursday and passed past pillar number 202/3-4 where the migrant labourers were working. All were crushed to death on the spot. The victims have been identified as Kameshwar Prasad, Manoj Kumar and Uday Yadav of Aurangabad, GRP said. 

Blackmailing: Accused arrested:Narinder Puri, wanted for alleged involvement in cases of blackmailing, fake currency racket and indecency to women, has been arrested.Special teams have intensified search for his accomplices identified as Goverdhan Singh and Hanuman Singh Parihar.Kotgarh police station said Puri was nabbed on Thursday morning in the court complex at Bikaner.Commercial tax officer Kundan Lal Bohra had lodged an FIR against these persons alleging that they were trying to blackmail him. 

F’pur commissioner visits grain markets
:The commissioner, Ferozepur division, Raminder Singh today visited the grain markets of Muktsar district.Taking first hand information, he accepted that there was delay in lifting of the procured wheat but assured to solve the problem in three-four days. About complaints regarding discrepancies in weighing of wheat, he said the government had ordered all the deputy commissioners to tackle the menace on priority and ensure proper lifting by all means. 

Info centre for farmers opened:Taking the initiative of establishing single-window facility for the farmers, authorities of the jaikisan.org opened a Kisan Soochna Kendra (farmers' information centre), here today.Inaugurating the centre, the Deputy Commissioner, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh said that centre would enable the farmers of the district to be in touch with the administration as well as the business community to avail any required information. 

One held with opium, poppy husk
: A resident of Lalheri village, near Khanna, has been arrested with 5 kg poppy husk and 200 gm opium. The accused has been identified as Sandeep Kumar. He was arrested from near Bhagwanpur village in Samrala. A case in this connection has been registered against the accused. 

Rs 132-cr grant
: The government has released Rs 132-crore grant for the development of the Gill assembly constituency. Dakha MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik said the grant would provide sewerage to over 155 PUDA-approved colonies in the Assembly. He said Ward no. 58 would be spruced up. 

TT tourney begins today:The second edition of the Ludhiana Open Table Tennis Tournament will be held here at Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines branch, from April 23 to 26.

Sarpanch shot dead
:A sarpanch of Daudhar village in Moga district was shot dead late on Thursday night. The sarpanch Rachpal Singh was affiliated to the ruling SAD. The incident took place at around 10.45 pm.Confirming the incident, Joginder Pal Singh, SHO, Badhnikalan police station, said the incident appeared to be the result of an old enmity. The sarpanch died in the firing while two others were learnt to have been injured.Further investigation is on, the SHO said.

Woman commits suicide
: A villager reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a train near the local railway station today. She has been identified as Paramjit Kaur. She was stated to be mentally upset due to the delay in her marriage. The Government Railway Police has registered a case and sent the body to the local civil hospital for a post-mortem examination. 

Dharna staged: A large number of forest department employees staged a dharna in support of their long-pending in front of the district forest officer’s office here yesterday. The protesters led by Amrik Singh and Bhola Singh, both union leaders, submitted a memorandum to district forest officer Chaman Lal. They were demanding regularisation of the services of ad hoc employees and better pay scales.

Village woman commits suicide: Village woman Paramjit Kaur reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a running train near Phillaur railway station today. Mental depression was said to be the cause of suicide. The GRP has registered a case and sent the body to the local Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. 

Dharna by forest officials: Hundreds of employees of the Forest Department held a demonstration and sat on dharna in support of their long-pending demands before the office of the District Forest Officer here on Wednesday. The protesters, led by union leaders Amrik Singh and Bhola Singh, submitted a memorandum to DFO Chaman Lal. The major demands include regularisation of the services of ad hoc employees and grant of better  pay scales. 

4 run away leaving car behind at naka
: The Phagwara police impounded a Zen car (PB-8AH-3457) at a police naka in Hargobind Nagar this afternoon. The police said here today that when the car was stopped at a naka, its four occupants ran away leaving the car behind. The police seized two sharp-edged weapons, two more number plates and registration certificate from the car, which was in the name of Jatinder Singh of Adampur.

Teacher offers free service: Local educationist Prof Ashok Chadha has announced to continue teaching without any salary for one year in the college from where he retired after putting in 34 years of service yesterday.The announcement was made by Chadha in the presence of Chairman Harjit Singh Parmar and staff during his farewell party in Guru Nanak Nav Bharat College, Narur Panchhat. Chadha also donated a computer to the college. 



Passenger coach on display:The Railways has put on display a narrow gauge passenger coach No-NRGS 341 today. The coach has been installed at the complex of Divisional Railway Manager’s office in Ambala Cantt. The said coach, which had an automatic buffer coupler, was built in 1978 in Jodhpur. 

Conference:The Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh, will organise a two-day All-India Conference on Target 100 per cent Voluntary Donors on behalf of the Federation of Blood Donor Organisations of India on April 24. Leading motivators from across the country will assemble to discuss ways and means to make more “safe blood” available for patients. 

Seminar: Home Secretary Ram Niwas on Thursday appealed to the city residents to opt for rain water harvesting structures at their homes, as level of ground water was depleting day by day. While addressing audience at a seminar “Meri dharti mera dharam” organised by Own Fantasy Own Art at the Press Club in Sector 27, he said there was a need to sensitise youngsters on environmental issues.

Elected:The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries. President: Naveen Manglani; vice-president: Sandeep Sahni; general secretary: Inderjit Sethia; joint secretary: Rajwant Singh and finance secretary: Rakesh Goyal. —

Appointed:Advocate Saurabh Joshi and Vinod Chodha have been appointed observers for the District Bar Association’s polls scheduled for April 23. Joshi is a known student activist of Panjab University and former secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Chandigarh chapter.

Uniforms given
:Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (Shahpur) distributed free uniforms among 122 poor students of Government Senior Secondary and Elementary School, Phabat, today. 



Silent protest by Youth Cong
:District Youth Congress leaders and office-bearers today staged a silent protest march by covering their mouth with a piece of black cloth against the police excesses on the Congress workers in Shimla.The leaders marched in the town and assembled outside the DC office. They later submitted a memorandum to the ADM for the Governor demanding action against the guilty. 

Rs 150 cr for rural scheme
:A sum of Rs 150 crore has been provided for the financial year 2010-11 for carrying out development works under the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the state.This was stated by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today.He said this was the first instalment received from the Centre to the rural development department of the state for the month of April.



Chain snatched
: Sharda Devi, a resident of Muthi, filed a complaint with the police alleging that two motorcycle-borne youths snatched her gold chain at Ashok Nagar on Thursday. The Gandhi Nagar police said a case had been registered. 

Couple killed in mishap: A couple was killed when their scooter was hit by a truck at Dallian village, Nowshera, in Rajouri district this morning. The police said Omkar Nath and his wife, Sunila Devi, residents of Nowshera, died on the spot. The truck driver was arrested. 


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