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3 booked for fraud
: Three persons, including a woman, have been booked for allegedly selling a piece of land on the basis of fake documents and pocketing Rs 60 lakh. According to the police, the accused, Jaspinder Singh and his wife Gurpreet, residents of SKS Nagar, along with a property dealer, Narinder Singh, sold a plot located on the Pakhowal road to Kamiker Singh of SBS Nagar for Rs 60 lakh. Later Kamiker Singh found that the documents were fake. The accused have been booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC for fraud and criminal 

‘Krishi Expo’ concludes@@Sriganganagar/Abohar: The three-day farmers fair ‘Krishi Expo’, an event that was organised by the Sankalp Samaj Sewa Sanstha, a voluntary organisation concluded at Sriganganagar last evening with “Save Water” call. In his valedictory address, International Cooperative Alliance director, Surinder Kumar Jakhar advised the farming community to bid adieu to the centuries old practice of flooding the fields with water. Additional DC, Hanuman Dass Bittu, exhorted the villagers to maintain ponds and wells to overcome the water crisis that the region was facing. The PAU vice-chancellor, Dr MS Kang exhorted the farming community to increase area under vegetable and fruit cultivation. Dr BS Sidhu, in-charge of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, said water woes can be solved by switching back to less water intensive crops. — OC@@@@Suspect’s sketch released@@Sriganganagar/Abohar: The district police has released computerised sketch of the suspect, who had fired at a trader during an unsuccessful loot-bid in Kesarisinghpur on June 15. The sketch is based on the identity of the main culprit by the victim Ramesh Singhal, SP Rupinder Singh said. Two masked motorcycle riders had intercepted a trader Ramesh Singhal when he was walking to his home in ward 2. One of the miscreants tried to snatch his bag from Ramesh near Devakinandan Park, however, he gave tough resistance. Frustrated over this, the other miscreant shot at Ramesh and escaped. He was shifted to the district hospital at Sriganganagar.His condition was stated to be stable. — OC @@@@BBS summer camp @@Bathinda: The BBS summer camp concluded after providing a great fun and learning experience to kids recently. The camp began on June 5 with the celebration of the Environment Day marked by planting of saplings of more than 70 plants. Kite flying, bugles and drums of the band was another highlight of the camp. The group chairman announced the names of the MBM scholarship winners and distributed prizes. Jessica Saini of Class VIII scored the highest marks while Avtaj Singh of Class IV and Guryodh of Class III won the second prizes. On the way back to Moga, students visited the excavated sites of the Buddhist Vihar and the stupa at Sanghol. — TNS@@@@Opium recovered, two held@@Fazilka: Fazilka police, during its routine patrolling, arrested two persons and recovered five kilograms of opium from their possession, on Friday. Police sources said two smugglers identified as Bhubhuta Ram and Kheta Ram, both residents of Badmer district of Rajasthan, were standing at the Dekawali bus stand, located on the Fazilka-Abohar road, when the police party developed some suspicion on their activities. During a search of both of them in presence of the DSP, Jalalabad, both were found possessing 2.5 kilograms of opium each. A case in this connection had been registered under the NDPS Act and both the accused had been 
arrested. — TNS



Course in MSc: The department of university centre for instrumentation and microelectronics, Panjab University, has started a new course in MSc instrumentation. The eligibility for the course is BSc with physics/ electronics/instrumentation science/ computer science/ vocational physics/electronics or BE (E & TC)/instrumentation with 50 per cent marks in aggregate. Last date for submission of the forms is July 1, 2010. 

Test: The University School of Open Learning, PU, will conduct an entrance test for admission to MBA (off-campus) on July 4. The last date for submission of the forms is June 25. 

Property website: The Chandigarh administration has posted the data on city’s property on its official website http://chandigarh.gov.in. This has been done as the estate office’s website, www.sampada.in, had failed to turn out as an authentic source of information for the public. The earlier site was reportedly infected with some virus, sources said.



Oil unit raided
: A police party from the IG staff today raided an edible oil unit on the local Rania road after complaints of adulteration. The police said they had a tip off that the unit was selling adulterated mustard oil. Government Food Inspector Subhash Chaudhary also accompanied the police party. 



Drive to remove encroachments
: Mandi Divisional Commissioner Ashwani Kapoor has directed all revenue officials to seek required support from other departments to remove encroachments and realise recoveries. Addressing a meeting of revenue officials here yesterday, he said they should settle all revenue cases on priority in a time-bound manner. He said removal of encroachments should be taken as a campaign and officials facing any difficulty carrying this drive should bring this to the notice of Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Jain. 

Fake pension cases: In the wake of fake pension cases, the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has withheld the grant of pension to about 395 beneficiaries in Chamba district, official sources revealed here on Friday. The sources said the action was initiated when the department found that some widows were doing government jobs and simultaneously deriving benefit of pension from the department. 

Two killed: Two persons were killed and one injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling failed to negotiate a curve and fell down into the Ravi riverbed on the Chamba-Bairagarh highway on Thursday. The person who died at the district hospital was identified as Dilawar. Another person was feared to be washed away in the waters of the Ravi and could not be identified. The third person had jumped out of the vehicle at the time of accident and was injured. A case has been registered.

Woman dies of burns: A 30-year-old housewife died of burn injuries at Dr RP Government Medical College at Tanda, on Thursday. According to the police, Lalita Devi of Mamta village received 65 per cent burn injuries and her husband Vinod Kumar too received burns while dousing her flames. The police said Lalita’s clothes allegedly caught fire from kerosene stove. A case has been registered under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Teachers raise demand: State government teachers have demanded exemption from BEd be granted to those contract lecturers who were regularised recently and had been appointed prior to the amendments in recruitment and promotion rules. Onkar Rana, president, Himachal Government Teachers’ Union, Kangra, said here that 4-9-14 ACP scheme be implemented. He urged the government to enhance allowances from January 2006, release due DA instalment, etc. 


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