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Liquor seized
: CIA staff seized 800 boxes of illegal liquor near Dafarpur village on the Dera Bassi-Ramgarh road and impounded the truck in which liquor was transported. Truck driver Bant Singh, a resident of Durali village, Ambala, was arrested and a case was registered against him under the Excise Act at the Dera Bassi police station. Bant Singh had been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. A CIA official informed The Tribune that this illegal country made liquor was to be used during the upcoming panchyat elections of Haryana. 

Pensioners’ grievance: Pensioners of Punjab are not able to put their grievances before the government as the department concerned had not held any meeting of the Pensioners’ Welfare Advisory Committee since 2008. Shiv Lal Dehar, member of the committee, said pensioners had been facing many problems, but they were unable to put these before the government. Arrears of many pensioners were not provided till now, he added. He demanded increase in medical allowance of pensioners from Rs 300 to 1,000 per month. Meanwhile, the director of pension and pensioners welfare department, Ashok Kumar Singla, said he had written to the minister of the department, Sewa Singh Sekhwa, regarding the meeting of Pensioners’ Welfare Advisory Committee. He claimed that most cases of pensioners were solved who had retired this year.

Theft at showroom
: A trickster decamped with cash and mobile recharge coupons worth lakhs of rupees from a mobile showroom in old Sabji Mandi in broad daylight here today. Aged about 20-22 years, the man reached the showroom and demanded water from showroom owner Vinod Kumar. As Kumar went to get water for him, the youth took away a bag containing cash and mobile recharge coupons worth lakhs of rupees from his seat. The shopkeeper sounded an alert but failed to spot the man in the locality. A case of theft has been registered on his complaint. 

Role of students
: The District Legal Services Authority in collaboration with the Education Department organised a seminar on “Role of Students’ Legal Literacy Clubs and Legal Aid Clubs” here at Shivalik Public School on Friday. As many as 116 “Students’ Legal Literacy Clubs” comprising 25 students each had been constituted in different schools of the district for the purpose. The clubs which would excel in propgating the message would be given a cash award of Rs 2000. 

: Ludhiana resident Arjun Singh reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at the old Sultlej Bridge last evening. Mental stress was said to be the cause of suicide. 

Phagwara Resident Sangeeta Sekri, student of B-Com III in Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, bagged first position in Guru Nanak Dev University examinations. She secured 1621 marks out of total 2100. College Principal Kusum Verma honoured the student in the college today.

4 injured in accident: Four persons, including a couple, received injuries in an accident on the Chandigarh-Rajpura road on Friday. The injured, all residents of Barnala, were on their way towards Chandigarh in a Scorpio. Their vehicle collided head-on with a truck, which was coming from Chandigarh towards Rajpura. The injured were rushed to the local civil hospital where their condition is stated to be out of danger. A case has been registered against the truck driver.

Tarn Taran
One held with pistol
: Lakhbir Singh of border area village Mari Nau Abad has been nabbed by Khemkaran police with a country made pistol and three cartridges. A case under sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against him. 

Girl commits suicide: An 18-year-old girl allegedly consumed some poisonous substance on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Ruchika, a resident of Dhakoli. The investigating officer stated that Ruchika’s parents stated that she was depressed from the past few days. On Thursday night she started vomiting and they rushed her to the government hospital, Panchkula, where doctors declared her dead on arrival. An inquest proceeding has been initiated.



Probe sought: Employees of the Punjab School Education Board held a meeting in front of the board office here on Friday, demanding a probe into the declaration of wrong result. The employees also gave a deadline till June 30 to remove the contractual employees who were reinstated after retirement. Addressing the rally, Gurdeep Singh Dhillon and Amar Singh Dhaliwal alleged that the result had not been set up in a systematic way and the official website had created confusion. 

Cancer Survivors Day: The Cancer Survivors Day was celebrated at Fortis Hospital here on Friday. The survivors of different kinds of cancer participated in the celebrations giving a message that cancer was curable and a healthy life could be lived after treatment. Dr Navin C Raina, senior consultant surgeon, Fortis Hospital, said there was a need to make masses aware that cancer was potentially curable if detected at an early stage and managed adequately. 

New Commissioner: HK Mittal, an officer of 1982 batch of the Indian Revenue Service, has taken over as Commissioner of central excise, customs and service tax, Panchkula. The jurisdiction of Panchkula Commissionerate extends to districts of Karnal, Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Ambala, Kurukshetra and Panchkula. An alumnus of Panjab University, he has done MBA, LLB and MSc fiscal studies (University of Bath, UK). 



153 site plans cleared: The Ambala Deputy Commissioner, Sameer Pal Srow, cleared 153 site plans pending for approval in the office of the municipal corporation at Ambala. Srow said on Friday that the site plans, which fell in the corporation limit, had been cleared and the other cases would also be dealt with speedily. 


Six hurt in road mishaps
: Six persons were injured in road accidents across the Kashmir valley on Friday. A truck driver was injured when his vehicle collided with another truck at Sangam Chowk in Anantnag. In another incident a truck hit a Maruti car on the national highway at Palpora in Kulgam injuring three persons, namely Kuljeet Singh, Jasbeer Kour and Agai Kour, all residents of Chiki Shaitloo in Baramulla. A woman, Haseena, was injured when a Maruti car hit her on the national highway at Singhpora in Baramulla while a motorcyclist, Imtiyaz Ahmad Ahangar, was injured when a Tata Sumo hit him at Chogal Handwara. 

Poppy cultivation destroyed: In its drive against the poppy cultivation, the police on Friday destroyed the poppy crop spread over eight kanals of land in Aglar Kandi, Kanigam and Dargund villages falling under the jurisdiction of police station Rajpora, Pulwama. 

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