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Police busts gang of looters:
Busting a gang of looters, the police arrested two persons and recovered stolen materials here today. The arrested were identified as Krishan Kumar of Bharat Nagar and Rajesh Kumar of Jodda Phatak. The police recovered 96 mobile sets, a computer LCD, a CPU and cosmetic material.

Art exhibition at DCE:
An art exhibition — “Canvas Art” — by Amneet Kaur, author of Art and Craft Books and lecturer of fine arts, Doraha College of Education (DCE), was held in the college today. One of the fine arts work, based on the theme of ‘feminine recitals’, depicted various ways and means to improve the performance of women in society. The exhibition was visited by faculties of different schools and colleges. The ideas succeeded in gathering praise for the young artist.

Foundation day:
Foundation day of USPC Jain Public School, Chandigarh road, was celebrated on Monday with great zeal. The school has completed its 24 years. A function, including a cultural programme, was organised to celebrate the occasion.

Proclaimed offender arrested:
The Shahkot police arrested a proclaimed offender (PO), who had been absconding since 2008.The PO was identified as Satnam Singh of Salaicha village. Acting on a tip-off, the police party went to the Amritsar airport and nabbed Satnam Singh.

Girl dies in road accident: A girl, student of plus two, died in a road accident near Baloki village in Mehtpur this evening.The deceased has been identified as Sandeep Kaur, resident of Talwandi Paron village. The girl and her brother were going to meet their relative on a motorcycle when a tractor hit their bike from the back. The girl sustained head injuries and died on the spot, police sources said. After the accident, the tractor driver fled and his vehicle was impounded by the police. The body of the girl has been sent for postmortem to the Civil Hospital.

Two passengers killed:
Two passengers were killed on the spot, while 25 others including seven women and three children sustained serious injuries, when a Goraya-bound minibus dashed against a tree on Zandiala-Goraya road here today. The bus driver lost control over the vehicle, it was learnt. The deceased were identified as Harsh Kumar (23) of Rurrka-Kalan and Gurmit Singh (80) of Lohgarh village. The injured were admitted to different private hospitals, including Mahal Hospital and Gyan Hospitals Goraya.



Rally against corruption
: The Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC) will organise a car and scooter rally on April 10 against corruption, price rise, deteriorating law and order situation and neglect of city’s architecture heritage. Members of FOSWAC will assemble at the Rally Ground in Sector 25 at 11.30 am, a press note stated here this today.

Laptop stolen: Thieves fled away with a laptop by breaking the window pane of a car at Punjab Engineering College here today. Manuj Sharma, a resident of Sector 23 B, reported that someone has stolen his laptop by breaking the glass of his car number CH-01AC-3776 from near parking auditorium, PEC, Sector 12, today. A case has been registered.

Suicide bid: A 38-year-old man attempted suicide by jumping from the first floor of the Emergency ward at the PGI yesterday. The police has booked Umesh Kumar under Section 309 of the IPC and his condition is said to be stable. Umesh, a resident of Mauli Jagran, is a labourer. He was admitted to the hospital with injures on the face.



3 of family hurt in cylinder blast:
Three members of a family were critically injured when a LPG cylinder blasted at their home in Kishtwar district on Monday evening. Sakina Begum (50), wife of Ghulam Hussain, and her sons Mohammad Muneer and Munim Ahmed were injured in the blast that took place when Sakina was cooking meal in the kitchen. The injured were admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital here on Tuesday.

7 soldiers hurt in grenade blast: At least seven Army soldiers sustained splinter injuries when a grenade exploded accidentally in the hands of one of their colleagues during a practice session in the Nowshera area of Rajouri district on Monday evening. The grenade exploded in the hands of Army jawan L Balaji, the police said. Balaji’s hand was severed and his right eye was badly damaged in the incident. Six other soldiers, who were standing near Balaji, also sustained splinter injuries.

Army builds rooms at school: The Chenab Brigade on Tuesday handed over the possession of two classrooms constructed at Government Primary School at Kukarhan and a dormitory with two bathrooms for the Red Cross Society at Udheywala. It also gave three computers with accessories and furniture to Government High School, Marh Bagh.



14-year-old girl raped by waiter:
A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a waiter at her Haripurkala-based residence on Sunday. The police has arrested the accused and sent him to jail. According to the police, Narender Singh Rawat, who resides in the same locality as the girl, raped her at her house. She later told her family about the incident. The victim’s father, who is a florist, lodged a compliant with the police. The police has registered a case under Sections 376 and 452, IPC, at Raiwala police station.

Girl’s abduction case registered: A daughter of a resident of Resham Mazari Laltapad was allegedly abducted by a known man. According to Kuldeep Kaur’s compliant, her daughter was kidnapped by one Naveen. He forcibly took her away in a car. The police has registered a case under Section 363 and 506, IPC, at Doiwala police station.

Six injured in leopard attack: At least six persons were injured in a leopard attack incident in the Mori block of Uttarakhand. The injured were rushed to the local health centre with the assistance of EMRI 108 ambulance. Meanwhile, forest guards have asked the villagers to be on the alert as leopard could attack more people. The forest authorities have also put up cage to nab the beast.

Wind up gymkhana construction on time, DGP to officials:
Almora District Magistrate (DM) DS Garbyal ordered initiation of action against persons responsible for the improper construction of a gymkhana at Someshwar and also ordered immediate repairs of the premises prior to the forthcoming visit of Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. At a meeting on Tuesday, the DM took stock of the various developmental activities in the district and ordered the officials to ensure the completion of work on time.

Indira Awas Yojana: DM seeks ways of reaching the deserving: Udham Singh Nagar District Magistrate BVRC Purshottam has sought an explanation from Chief Development Officer YK Pant and project director of the Indira Awas Yojana DD Pant, following reports of various irregularities with regards to the implementation of the scheme. The irregularities included the deserving disaster victims not getting benefit of the scheme, the beneficiaries not being given the benefit of the differential rate of interest (DRI) and failure of the district to achieve the set targets under the scheme during the past financial year. In this regard, the DM sought a proposal for giving the benefits of the scheme to all the flood-affected people in the district, who were hit by the rain-related disaster last year. At a meeting, Purshottam also took stock of the basic amenities being provided to the displaced people of Kotkharra village in Kitcha.

Chaiti fair: Maintenance of law, order stressed: The annual Chaiti fair in Kashipur started with a large number of people from the region arriving to participate in the event. DM BVRC Purshottam asked the officials to ensure that there was proper maintenance of law and order during the fair. He also asked the officials concerned to take steps to check the use of alcohol and drugs, indulgence in gambling and other anti-social activities during the fair. Special emphasis was laid on providing fire security.

Cyclist crushed to death by truck: A cyclist was crushed to death by a speeding truck at Sitarganj on Monday. According to information, the accident occurred on the Kitcha bypass crossroads when a truck loaded with sand hit the cyclist. The victim, Hamid, 30, belonged to Pandri village. The driver’s loss of control over the vehicle is said to be the cause of the accident. The driver fled the scene after the accident. The incident was followed by a massive traffic jam. The police took the truck into their possession and were trying to locate the absconding driver.

Liquor vend relocated after protests: Succumbing to the pressure of women at Pati village of Champawat district on the issue of opening of a liquor vend in their village, the administration decided to relocate the liquor vend to Devidhura. The women had been agitating on the issue for several days. When the administration opened the liquor vend, the women guarded the area and did not allow anyone to come near it. The vend was eventually relocated to Devidhura under police protection.


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