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Whisky smugglers nabbed
: The police on Wednesday arrested two smugglers involved in the sale of smuggled whisky and recovered 30 bottles of whisky from them. DSP Rajwinder Singh Sohal said on the directions of SSP, a special drive to nab anti-social elements was launched. He said the police during separate nakas arrested two persons. He said they were identified as Amandeep Singh, resident of Giljian Mohalla, and Naresh Kumar, resident of Chaudhry colony, Bassi Pathana. He said they admitted that they used to sell whisky and intoxicants to youths in rural areas. The police registered the case under Section 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

Congress seeks CM’s resignation
: Punjab Pradesh Congress chief Mohinder Singh Kaypee has lashed out at the state government for reportedly indulging in favouritism while implementing the pension scheme. Demanding the resignation of CM Parkash Singh Badal on moral grounds, Kaypee said, “Glaring irregularities in the old-age pension scheme in the Chief Minister’s native village squarely point the finger of wrong-doing at the Chief Minister”. The Congress demanded an immediate indepth inquiry into the alleged pension scam.

Police chowki demanded
: Administration of nearly six engineering colleges demanded a police chowki near colleges to avoid untoward incidents. Representatives of Swami Parmanand Group of Colleges and Punjab Group of Colleges have demanded this here on Wednesday. They said some disputes among students had come into the notice outside college complexes so the need of police chowki was must.

Toppers felicitated
: The PSEB Class X merit holders of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School were felicitated at a function on the school campus on Wednesday. Manpreet Kaur, who stood first in the entire block with 88.5 per cent marks, was honoured by vice-president Prof Balwant Singh Pangli. Prabhjot Kaur and Kirti with 85.3 and 85.1 per cent marks stood second and third, respectively.

2 held with smack, opium
: The Kharar police on Wednesday arrested two persons for smuggling smack and opium. The accused have been identified as Salim Khan and Yashpal Bhatia, both residents of Nabha. The police said the accused were arrested during a special naka laid near Landran following a tip-off. They were going to sell off the contraband in Mohali. The police has recovered 250 grams of smack and 2.2 kg of opium from their possession. A case in this connection has been registered. The accused would be produced in the court on Thursday.

Assault on urologist condemned
: The state chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, has condemned the alleged beating of Dr Rajesh Sachar, an urologist at Bathinda, by some anti-social elements four days ago and the attack on the hospital being run by him. Doctors of Rajindra Hospital here have also condemned the incident.

Duped man attacked
: A villager, Manjit Singh, was allegedly attacked and critically wounded by some assailants, supporters of Phagwara resident Punit Kumar, from whom he went to get his money (which Manjit was duped of) back. Punit had allegedly duped him of Rs 26 lakh, on the pretext of sending him and his wife to Canada, but attacked him when he went to Hadiabad today to collect his money. Manjit was admitted to the local civil hospital. While talking to reporters in the hospital, he alleged that Punit made a deal of Rs 26 lakh with him to send his family to Canada, and the amount was given to Punit, but neither Punit returned his money back, nor sent them to Canada. Manjit said, after repeated demands, Punit gave him a cheque, which could not be cashed from the bank due to less balance in the account of Punit. Manjit alleged that when he approached Punit again, he (Punit) asked him to collect the money from the Hadiabad office. But when Manjit went there to get his money back, Punit and his supporters attacked him.

Tarn Taran
Constable dies in accident
: Kashmir Singh (40), a PAP constable and resident of Kairon village, 16 km from here, was killed when his scooter was hit by a tractor-trailer late last evening. Major Singh, the driver of the tractor-trailer, has been booked under sections 304 A, 279 and 427 of the IPC by the Patti police. Kashmir Singh had come on a two-day leave from his place of posting and had been coming to the town via Shahabazpur when his scooter was hit by the tractor-trailer.



Woman dies outside temple
: A 50-year-old woman collapsed at the gate of a temple on the outskirts of the town on Wednesday. According to witnesses, a woman of Pathiar village had visited a private hospital here, but when she reached a temple near Rehalpura village along with her son and daughter she collapsed. The children started wailing. They did not even have money with them to take home the body of their mother. However, some people there collected a few thousand rupees within minutes and helped the children to take the body home in a vehicle. The immediate cause of her death was not known.

Blood donation camp: Twentyfive persons donated blood during a blood donation camp at GAV Senior Secondary School on Wednesday which was jointly organised by the school and the Sewa Bharti. Organiser of the camp Neeraj Sood said a team of doctors from Dr RP Government Medical College at Tanda collected the blood for their bank. The Kangra SDM declared the camp open. He said blood donation was not only helping needy in distress but also helpful to the donor to maintain personal physique. A water cooler was also donated by the Sewa Bharti to the school.

Rain at Palampur
: The city and its adjoining areas received first pre-monsoon showers on Wednesday evening. Lower areas of the region were lashed with heavy rain while upper hills experienced snow. There was considerable fall in the temperature. A spokesman of HP Agriculture University said early monsoon would boost the sowing process of paddy in lower areas of the state, while in upper hills it would be highly beneficial for the apple crop.


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