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Granthi among 5 booked for rape:
Five persons, including a gurdwara granthi of Naseerpur village, were booked for raping a 16-year-old girl. Victim’s father Mangal Singh of Naseerpur village, falling under Rangar Nangal police station, named Gurmeet Singh, a gurdwara granthi of Naseerpur village, his wife Dalbir Kaur, Harjit Singh of Bhamboi village, Sarabjit Singh of Shahpur Jajjan village and his wife Rattanjit Kaur in the FIR. Batala SSP Gurdeep Singh said a case was registered under Sections 376, 366, 363 and 120 B of the IPC against the five. But in spite of medical reports, which confirmed rape, nobody has been arrested yet.

Headless body found: The police recovered a headless body of a youth on the premises of the old civil hospital, which lies abandoned, near Nehru Gate here on Thursday. The police got the information from a junk collector. The head was also found at some distance from city police station. Later the body was identified as Rajinder (17), son of Sanju, a slum dweller near BECO, Batala. The victim was also a junk collector. The deceased’s father said his son had been missing since January 27 and he had informed the police about this but did not get any information. He requested the police to arrest the killer. Batala SSP Gurdip Singh said the police was investigating the case from every angle and the post-mortem of the body would strengthen the ongoing investigation. In this respect, the Batala police registered a case under Section 174 CrPC.

2 held with intoxicants: The police seized 610 g of intoxicant powder in two separate incidents. In the first incident, the police seized 400 g of intoxicant powder from Sukhdev Masih of Thikriwal village during patrolling at Tatlay village. The police party seized another 210 g of intoxicant powder from Mukesh Kumar of Gandhi Camp during a special naka at T-Point Police Lines.

BJYM to observe awareness fortnight:
To create awareness among the masses against corruption, rising prices and in favour of bringing “black money” back from foreign banks, the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP, will observe an awareness fortnight from May 1 to May 15. State president of BJYM Rajesh Kumar “Honey” said here on Saturday that marathon runs and bicycle rallies would be organised throughout the state.

State to recruit 5,342 teachers:
The Punjab Government on Saturday made an attempt to end the various agitations being organised by unemployed teacher unions by announcing that it would recruit 5,342 teachers. The agitation by various unemployed teacher unions has led to the creation of a law and order problem during rallies addressed by the Chief Minister, Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal and even the Education Minister. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took this decision following a meeting with deputations of different unemployed teacher unions.

UPA trying to defer SGPC poll: Cheema: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has accused the Congress-led UPA government of “deliberately” deferring the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee general election so as to “benefit” the non-SAD panthic organisations. SAD secretary and spokesperson Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said on Friday that it was intriguing to notice that the Gurdwara Election Commission had made elaborate arrangements for conducting these polls and had twice recommended the dates but the Union Home Ministry was least bothered to hold any meeting.

Bus conductor attacked:
Some students, travelling in a bus, attacked conductor Sucha Singh after he objected to their bus passes, whose validity had expired. The incident, which happened near JCT Mills, left the conductor injured. The injured conductor was admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The police is investigating the matter.

Police trainees hurt while dousing fire:
Eight trainees of the Punjab Police Academy here sustained burn injuries while trying to douse a fire that broke out in a wheat field on Saturday. Academy Director Ishwar Chander Sharma said a major tragedy and damage to farmers was averted due to the efforts of the trainees.

Tarn Taran
2 held with Rs 5 lakh fake currency:
The police arrested two persons with Rs 5 lakh fake Indian currency. Identified as Darbara Singh of Gandiwind village and Mandeep Singh of Chhehtra township, the duo was nabbed at a naka in border area Bhikhiwind. The police said Darbara possessed 80 notes of Rs 1000 denomination, 180 of Rs 500 and 1,300 of Rs 100. Mandeep carried 100 notes of Rs 1000 denomination, 100 of Rs 500 and 500 of Rs 100. A case under Sections 489A, 489B and 489 C of the IPC has been registered against the accused, said SSP Preetpaul Singh Virk in a press conference here today. The SSP said the duo were also responsible for looting a petrol pump at Marri Nau Abad village six months ago. Part of a five-member gang, they looted a cash of Rs 37,750.

Five booked for assault:
Five persons were booked for attacking Butta Singh of Umriawal village here. Butta Singh alleged Kulvir, Jasvir, Makhan, Debi, all residents of Umriawal, and Manjit Singh of Baopur village barged into his house and thrashed him with sticks. Butta sustained serious injuries following which he was admitted to the hospital. A case has been registered against all five.



The police today arrested four persons for snatching a purse and a mobile phone from Saket Vist near railway underpass in Mansa Devi Complex on April 21. The accused have been identified as Gurvinder, alias Lingad, Tajender, alias Kanna, Rishi, alias Golu, all residents of Bhainsa Tibba village, and Sumit, alias Rinku, alias Ghotna. They were produced in a local court, which remanded them in judicial custody.



Advocate Rakesh Kataria has been elected president and CA Rajesh Tanwar secretary and Praveen Goel treasurer of the District Taxation Bar Association in the elections held during the general body meeting here on Friday. The new body has been elected for 2011-12. Others who have been elected are Rajesh Popli-vice-president, Gopal Sharma-joint secretary, Bar in charge-Kailash Sharma and welfare fund in charge-Pawan Jain. Kataria assured the Bar that he would work with dedication for the welfare of the association.

Award welcomed:
The Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh has welcomed the institution of a state-level award for excellence in teaching in the name of Sushila Kumari, who was allegedly murdered while on duty as an invigilator in Hisar in 1993. The association had been seeking recognition to the sacrifice made by the young teacher, who preferred death than to allow copying in examination.

Rape attempt:
Rajinder (52) of Nizampur Majra village allegedly attempted to rape a seven-year-old girl of the village in his shoe shop at the village bus stop on Friday. However, the girl managed to escape when a customer happened to enter the shop. On the complaint of the girl’s father and on the basis of the medical report, a case of attempt to rape was registered against the alleged accused and he was arrested. Irked over the incident, villagers blocked the Kharkhoda-Farmana-Gohana road for an hour on Saturday.

Collector rates: The state government’s motive behind increasing the collector rates of land by 70 to 100 per cent was to charge maximum amount in the shape of house tax, property tax and fire tax from people. Alleging this in a press statement issued here on Saturday, state media in charge of the BJP Rajiv Jain has demanded withdrawal of increase in the collector rates before imposing the house tax. The party would launch a campaign to make people aware about the anti-people policies of the government, he added.

Staff found absent: A number of officials were found absent from the offices when Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal along with SDM Jag Niwas conducted surprise raids at the offices of the District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO), District Welfare Officer (DWO), Executive Engineer, Panchayat Department, and the credit counselling branch of PNB on Friday. As many as 12 officials out of 16 were found absent in the office of the DSWO. The DC ordered for deduction of one-day salary from the pay of absentees.



Book fair from today:
The Gayatri Shakti Peeth will organise a seven-day book fair of its own publications and other allied books in collaboration with the State Department of Language and Culture from April 24 to 30 here. Gayatri Parivar spokesperson Principal Nanak Ram Bhardwaj (retd) said here on Friday that Education Minister ID Dhiman would inaugurate the book fair. Director, State Language and Culture Department, Dr Prem Sharma will preside and DC Ritesh Chauhan will be the special guest.

17,841 job cards issued: The departments concerned should ensure that maximum area is covered under irrigation facilities and farmers are encouraged to grow cash crops in place of traditional crops so that they can improve their economy at the earliest. Chief Secretary Rajwant Sandhu said this while presiding over a meeting of district officers at the Bachat Bhawan here on Wednesday. Sandhu said though 17,841 job cards were issued in the district, only 3,738 villagers came forward to take advantage of the MNREGA scheme.

PWD Chief Engineer nominated
: PWD Chief Engineer, Central Zone, Mandi, BD Joshi has been nominated member of the National Advisory Board of the construction industry which is hosting the 17th Asia Construction event shortly in New Delhi. Eleven countries, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Hong Kong, are likely to participate.

4-day training camp begins:
The first phase of the four-day basic training camp for newly elected representatives of gram panchayats in Nurpur Development Block started on Wednesday on the premises of the Block Development Office here. Kangra district panchayat officer Rajinder Dhiman said training was being imparted by the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department to educate elected panchayat pradhans, up-pradhans and ward members of 52 gram panchayats here. The second, third and fourth phases of this camp will be organised on April 25, 29 and May 3 to cover all 52 gram panchayats on the Nurpur Development Block.

Tractor owners form union: Police challans against tractors carrying sand, grit and stones forced tractor owners to form a union at Letri near here on Friday. Gurbakash Singh and Sukhdev Singh were elected its president and vice-president. The union submitted a memorandum to local MLA Rakesh Pathania who assured it to take up the issue with Chief Minister PK Dhumal.

3 women held in fraud case: The local police arrested Radha Devi, Ladies Village Development Coordinator (LVDC), presently posted in the Indora Development Block of this subdivision, Sandhya Devi and Dimple, both residents of Baduee, in a fraud case. The local judicial court remanded them in judicial custody for 14 days on Thursday. According to the police, an FIR had been registered against them under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B following a complaint lodged by Roop Lal of Jikli Khanni on September 9 last year.

Skill development projects for youth:
The government has decided to implement two skill development projects to impart training to youth belonging to the minorities. Director, Rural Development Department, RN Batta said this while presiding over a meeting regarding the upliftment of minority communities here on Wednesday. He said the projects would be implemented in Chamba, Sirmaur, Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Una districts by HIMCON and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (ILFS).

Cabinet sub-panel meeting: A meeting of the Cabinet Sub-Committee regarding the implementation of the 85th constitutional amendment will be held here under the Chairmanship of Revenue Minister Gulab Singh on April 25. An official spokesman said here on Wednesday that the Sub-Committee comprising ID Dhiman, Education Minister, Ravinder Singh Ravi, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Kishan Kapoor, Industries Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Mohinder Singh Thakur, Transport Minister, and Rajwant Sandhu, Chief Secretary, would submit its recommendations.

Harassment by in-laws alleged:
Baddi resident Shruti Sharma has registered a complaint of harassment against her husband Ricky Sharma and in-laws at Baddi police station. She alleged that her istridhan was embezzled and she was mentally and physically tortured by her in-laws for not meeting their demands. An FIR under Sections 498-A, 406 and 120-B, was filed. According to the FIR, Shruti was married to Ricky on December 2, 2010, at Panchkula as per the Hindu customs, but soon after her marriage she was subjected to harassment by her in-laws. Shruti alleged that her in-laws tried to oust her from the matrimonial house several times and her stridhan was embezzled. She alleged that her three-month-old foetus was aborted due to severe beating meted out to her and she had to take refuge at her parents’ house in Delhi. She said she continued to receive threats on the phone. The police was yet to make any arrests.



26 on poll duty suspended
: The District Election Officer, Budgam, Rafi Ahmad, on Saturday ordered the immediate suspension of 26 officials, who were found absent from the election duty during the third phase of the panchayat poll. The suspended officials included two lecturers, two headmasters and 17 schoolteachers.

466 cops promoted: The IGP, Kashmir Zone, SM Sahai, has promoted 86 head constables as assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and 380 constables as selection grade constables.



Demand for jobs
: Vir Singh Rawat, former president, Prantiya Raksha Dal (PRD) Hith Sanghthan, sat on an indefinite fast at PRD directorate in Raipur in favour of the association’s demand. Members of the association are also sitting with him on protest. The association has been demanding jobs for a long time now. It alleges that untrained persons are being given jobs due to their good connections, while trained PRD jawans are being left out.

4th day of protest: The protest of the Uttarakhand Andolankari Sanyukat Manch entered its fourth day on Saturday.The association said until its six-point demands were not fulfilled, it would not bow down in front of the government. The members of the association said that their agitation would go to the next step if the government didn’t pay heed to their demands.

Nuclear energy: Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies GC Tewari has emphasised the role of nuclear energy in energy security of India and abroad, thus asserting that it was necessary for students to learn more about nuclear technology. Inaugurating a conference on the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) campus on Saturday to discuss the vast potential and advantages of nuclear energy, Prof Tewari said many misconceptions and aberrations regarding dangers of nuclear energy needed to be clarified. UPES Director Arun Dhand said that this was the first event of its kind being held at the UPES and more such events would follow.

RBI warns against low-interest loans:
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appealed to the people to be beware of allurements in the form of lotteries, low-interest loans, etc. Deputy General Manager of the RBI Rajiv Dwivedi said at Rudrapur that the people must be careful about the allurements coming their way in the form of SMSes, emails, mobile phone calls and even postal letters. He said such people asked the receivers of such messages to deposit funds in various accounts in the name of clearance charges, transaction fee, processing and conversion charges and then vanish with the money.

3 incidents of fire reported: Goods, including valuables, lying inside a locked house were destroyed when a fire broke out in the premises in Line Number 16 in Haldwani town on Friday evening. It was the neighbours who saw smoke coming out of the house, belonging to one Saddiq. The house owner had gone out along with his family after locking the house. The cause of the fire is said to be a short circuit. Two more incidents of fire have been reported from Lal Kuan and Bindukhatta. In both incidents, the fire spread as women in the households were cooking in the kitchens.

Man hangs himself: In a shocking incident reported from Kashipur, an old man hanged himself from a mango tree in the presence of several people. The incident occurred on Friday at the Teerth Dronasagar orchard where several people were taking a stroll. By the time people could realise what the old man was up to and rushed to rescue him, he had died. The victim is yet to be identified. He is said to be about 60 years of age. The police sent his body for postmortem and is now making efforts to get him identified.

Ample water for wild animals: The authorities at the Jim Corbett National Park claim to have made ample water arrangements for the wild animals living in the vicinity of the park. The artificial water storage facilities have been repaired and filled with potable water. In addition to this, water holes have been developed and artificial ponds have been created so that the animals can have their fill of water during the summer months. Providing an ample amount of drinking water to the wild animal has always been a difficult task that the authorities have been carrying out year after year.

Govt ‘fails’ to grant mining licences: Having a dig at the BJP government in the state, the Lok Sabha member from Pauri, Satpal Maharaj, has criticised the government for failing to grant licences for mining in Dabka and Kosi rivers till now. In a statement, Maharaj has stated that while the Ministry of Forests and Environment has been prompt in clearing mining operations in Gaula, Kosi and Dabka rivers, the attitude of the state government with regard to the latter two has been negative.


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