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One booked in  dowry case
: The police has booked a resident of Raipur for demanding dowry. In her complaint, Randeep Kaur, alleged that her husband Amrik Singh was demanding a car from her parents. Meanwhile, Amrik Singh could not be contacted. A case under Sections 406, 498 A IPC has been registered in this connection. 

Big Bazzar penalised: The Market Committee, Dera Bassi, has charged Rs 1 lakh penalty from Big Bazzar in Zirakpur for not submitting relevant documents to get the concession from market fees. This was informed by Surinder Pal Singh, chairman of the Market Committee, Dera Bassi, while talking to mediapersons here on Thursday. He appealed to all businessmen who have been using the agriculture commodities to submit relevant documents to avoid the penalty. 

Course discontinuation invites protest
: Girl students of the Government Industrial Training Institute for Women today blocked vehicular traffic and staged a demonstration in front of their institution for more than two hours to protest against the discontinuation of cutting and embroidery classes from the new academic session and a shortage of teaching staff. They raised slogans against the Punjab Government and Principal of the ITI. A spokesperson of the agitating students stated in a press release that students were suffering in their studies due to a shortage of staff. They alleged that students were not provided any stipend. Discontinuation of cutting and embroidery course would be a big setback to the students. They demanded continuation of the cutting and embroidery course and appointment of teaching staff. 

Man electrocuted:
Hardev Singh (40), a resident of Kaunke Khosa village and a daily wager, was electrocuted by the thunderbolt during the rains today. Hardev Singh had to marry his elder daughter tomorrow. The ill-fated incident happened at around 11.30 am today,  when he had gone  to the fields of his master to save his day’s wages and was  killed by the  thunderbolt.

: Hundreds of labourers belonging to different labour union hold a demonstration and sat on a dharna in front of the Block Development Office, Nakodar, today. They were protesting against indifferent attitude of the officials while implementing MGNREGS. 

Adalat for defence pensioners
: To remove pension-related grievances of defence pensioners of Pathankot and its adjoining areas, a two-day defence pension adalat was inaugurated by Mrs U.G. Antony, Additional Controller-General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi, at Mamun Military Station here today. Being organised under the aegis of Gurj Division by the Pension Controller of Defence Account (Pensioners), Allahabad, to provide on-the-spot redress to a large number of defence pensioners of the region. Mrs Antony assured the defence pensioners that all efforts would be made to redress their grievances. The event concluded with a few bountiful efforts by the Army in providing the necessary amenities for defence pensioners, including a CSD outlet and free medical and eye check-up camps. 

Train-rider hit by pole, critical: Rishi, a local resident, sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a pole while travelling in the Malwa Express train here yesterday. Rishi was standing at the door of the train as it reached near Pathankot railway station. He was hit by a pole while he was looking out of the train. He sustained a head injury and was rushed to Civil Hospital where his condition is said to be critical. 

Financial aid
: The District Sainik Bhalai Board distributed financial aid of Rs 1.27 lakh to 72 different non-pensioners and ex-Servicemen in a function held here today. Board officials said Sainik Bhalai board will accelerate its campaign to initiate for the welfare of ex-Servicemen. 

Vice-president of Cong cell: Shivi Batta of Phagwara has been appointed district vice-president of the urban development cell of the Congress. The appointment was announced by the cell’s district president Ashok Wadhwa here today. He said the appointments at the ward, tehsil, block and district levels would be announced soon. 

Prez, PM urged to save Indians in UAE: Activists of the Guru Ravi Dass Tiger Force submitted a memorandum to SDM Amarjit Pal today to forward it to the President and the Prime Minister urging them to initiate steps to save the lives of 13 Indians, including three youths from Phagwara subdivision lodged in UAE jails after implicating them in false cases by the Dubai police. The force activists, led by chairman Kashmir Bhularai, urged the Union government to send a leading lawyer to the UAE to plead the case of the Indians and bring the youths back to India. It may be recalled that three youths of Mohalla Prempura, Bhularai and Hardasspura here were lodged in UAE jails. 

More facilities at Suvidha Centre: The Suvidha Centre set up in the Phagwara SDM’s office has now started working to provide two more facilities to the people. SDM Amarjit Paul, while talking to newsmen here on Thursday, said that now the facility of documentation, attestation and registration of marriages would be provided at the Suvidha Centre, which was already providing facilities like affidavits and their attestation, issue of photo identity cards, ration cards, birth and death certificates, Punjab residence certificates and OBC certificates. 

BSP wants Mamata to quit: The Bahujan Samaj Party, Punjab, has held Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee responsible for the increasing rail mishaps in the country and demanded her immediate resignation on moral grounds. Talking to newsmen here yesterday, general secretary Harmesh Singh Bharpuri alleged that neither the Centre nor the Punjab Government were working responsibly to tackle various problems facing the people. He said the SAD-BJP government could not control flood-like situation in the state. He demanded adequate compensation to the families of all those killed in rail mishaps.

Mobile phone shop burgled
: A mobile phone shop was reportedly burgled on Railway Road here last night. According to a report lodged by the Mobile World owner with the police today, the burglars took away new and old mobile phones worth Rs 35,000 from the shop. 

Monkey scare among villagers: A stray monkey has created panic among residents of Bachhowal, Shahpur, Goraya, Chota Rurrka, Mansurpur, Bhattian and Atti villages in Phillaur subdivision for the past few days. Though villagers had made efforts to nab the monkey, the simian has been damaging their goods and clothes. No efforts have been made by the Forest Department to nab the monkey till now. 



Gold chain snatched: Two unidentified motorcyclists snatched a gold chain from an elderly woman in Sector 46 on Thursday afternoon. The police said when Joginder Kaur (69), a resident of Sector 46, was talking to her neighbours, two motorcyclists snatched her chain and fled. She said the miscreants were wearing helmets.

Vehicle stolen: Harsimran Singh, a resident of Mani Majra, reported that someone had stolen his Mahindra Bolero (PB-08-AK-2213) from in front of his house on Tuesday night. 

Radio show
: AKSIPS-65 held a radio show. Class IX students gave a 15-minute presentation that covered topics like interviews, role-play, advertisement, song, news, short-play, entertainment reviews and games. In compliance with the CBSE guidelines, the school is laying a lot of stress on co-curricular activities. The class was divided into groups. 

Green Day celebrated: Pre-primary wing of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali, celebrated the “Green Day” with zeal. Students planted saplings to make environment green and pollution free. 

Abduction: A Matour resident has accused his neighbours — Sushil Kumar and Nitlesh — of abducting his 15-year-old daughter. The police has registered a case. 


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