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Free healthcare:
The Punjab Government would create a fund for providing free medical treatment and healthcare facilities to the BPL families of the state in private super-speciality hospitals.A decision to this effect was taken by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the 8th meeting of the Board of Directors of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority here recently.



Pak national nabbed near LoC:
The security forces arrested a Pakistan national near the LoC in the Balakote forward area of Poonch district on Tuesday. Official sources said 19-year-old Sajjad Mohammed of Marda Sharda village in Kotli tehsil of occupied Kashmir was found roaming near the fence. He was immediately arrested by a patrol party of the 13 Dogra Regiment and the 76 Battalion of the BSF. They said the teenager had crossed the LoC early Tuesday morning. A sickle and a blanket were recovered from his possession, the sources added.

Man dies of poisoning: A 32-year-old man allegedly committed suicide after consuming some poisonous substance at his house in the Gangyal area here on Wednesday. The police said Sunny Kumar was brought to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here after he had consumed some poisonous substance at his house. However, he died in the hospital. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of CrPC in the case and has sent the body for post-mortem.

6 chargesheeted for fraudulent land sale:
The state Crime Branch on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against six persons, including two revenue officials, for selling a piece of land belonging to a migrant Kashmiri Pandit here. The chargesheet was filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate here after it was proved that the accused had grabbed the piece of land belonging to Shakar Koul, a spokesman for the Crime Branch, said. He said the Crime Branch on a complaint in 2006 had registered a case.

Modern gadgets to prevent animal attacks: The state government is planning to introduce modern gadgets to prevent attacks of wild animals in which 56 persons have lost their lives and over 600 suffered injuries in the past three years. “The government is initiating some more steps to strengthen the Wildlife Department with the latest technology and equipment for the protection of human lives from the attacks of wild animals,” Forest Minister Mian Altaf Ahmad said.

Seminar on counter-terror operations: A two-day seminar organised by the Army at Haiderbeg in north Kashmir to enhance mid-career interaction between the Army, the police, Central police organisations and the district administration concluded on Tuesday. The theme of the seminar was “The Principle of Counter-Terrorist Operations and its Application in Various Theatres” and was attended by more than 100 officers from different organisations involved in counter-terrorist operations.

Sale of combat uniforms banned:
The district administration has imposed a ban on the sale, purchase, stitching and use of services uniforms by civilians. In an order passed by the District Magistrate, Baseer Ahmed Khan, the ban also covered the use of uniform’s pattern cloth by unauthorised persons as well as the use of Army-type painted vehicles by civilians throughout the jurisdiction of Udhampur district. The order shall have an immediate effect and shall remain in force for a period of two months.



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