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Career counselling
: Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC) is organising career counselling camps for students. The group will organise 20 camps, out of which four will be held at Nepra village and the remaining will be organised in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Assam. Anshu Kataria, chairman of the group, said the initiative aimed at creating awareness among students about various courses and job opportunities.

Narcotic injections seized
: The police seized 425 narcotic injections and 50 gm of narcotic powder and arrested Sunny during patrolling the Mohalla Dara Salam here on Tuesday. A case under Section 22 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

70 pirated CDs seized: The police arrested Balwinder Singh with 70 pirated CDs during a special naka. A case under Sections 51, 52-A, 63, 66 and 68 has been registered.

Man arrested with narcotic powder: The police seized 200 g of narcotic powder from Jaswinder Kumar of Bhagatpura and Gurjit Singh of Sant Nagar, Quadian. A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

vel coupons for cancer patients: Now cancer patients will get bus travel coupons from the office of the civil surgeon in their respective districts. These coupons, for travelling in PRTC and Punjab Roadways buses, will be for the patient as well as his attendant accompanying him. These coupons are of different denominations, Re 1, Rs 5 and Rs 10 and will carry the patient’s I-card number and date and place of travelling. The office of the Bathinda civil surgeon has also received eight bags of coupon packets (worth lakhs) which will be made available to the cancer patients on demand. District Health Officer Dr RS Randhawa said the coupons would be given to cancer patients for visiting hospitals like the PGI in Chandigarh, and Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital in Ludhiana. In five districts of Malwa-Bathinda, Mansa, Faridkot, Barnala and Ferozepur-thousands of persons are suffering from the deadly disease.

3 booked for firing at woman
: A woman had a narrow escape at the grain market, Golra Mandi, when a father and his two sons fired at her. According to police sources, Manjit Singh, his brother Ranjit Singh and father Gajan Singh, all of Randhawa Colony, Mukerian town, allegedly fired with a licenced double-barrel gun of Gajan Singh at Harbans Kaur, wife of Amrik Singh of Mehnadipur, at the grain market, Golra Mandi, on the night of April 25 with an intention to kill her. But Harbans Kaur saved herself by hiding behind a tree. On the complaint of Harbans Kaur’s husband Amrik Singh, the Mukerian police has arrested Manjit Singh under Sections 336, 506 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, whereas his brother and father are still at large. The sources said there was some minor dispute between the accused and the complainant.

Mahant booked for embezzlement: On the complaint of sarpanch of Dagan village Pawan Kumar, the Hajipur police has booked Mahant Shankar Giri of Bhujol, Fatehgarh district, Uttar Pradesh, under Sections 295, 295 A, 406 and 420 of the IPC. According to police sources, Pawan Kumar alleged that Mahant Shankar Giri disrespected portraits of Baba Nahar Singh, Baba Ichhadhari and Mata Nagani at Baba Buda Temple of the village and made embezzlement in the account of the temple and school of the village.

Visit: Around 150 students of GGS-Sachdeva Group of institutions visited HMT, Pinjore. Students were shown tractor plants. Various sections such as assembly section covering manufacturing of pistons, crank shafts, cams, and cams shafts, section dealing with manufacturing of different types of gears (spur gears helical gears and gear trains), shafts, and manufacturing of different agro products were also shown to students.

Rs 5 lakh donated to charitable trust
: The management committee of Gurdwara Baba Gurditta Sahib, Chandpur Rurki, has donated Rs 5 lakh to the Guru Nanak Mission International Charitable Trust, Nawangran - Kulpur, as part of their contribution to enable the trust to provide better healthcare services to the people of the backward Kandi area. Baba Budh Singh Dhahan and Balbir Singh Bains, president and secretary, respectively, of the trust, lauded the gesture.

Gold chain snatched from teacher:
A motorcycle-borne miscreant snatched a gold chain from a schoolteacher when she was going to the school with her husband near Shahkot here on Wednesday. The victim, Parminder Kaur, told the police that when they were on the way to school, the miscreant, whose face was covered with a cloth, started following them on a motorcycle. When they reached near Mohalla Azad Nagar, the miscreant snatched her gold chain and she and her husband fell down, adding that her husband went after the snatcher, but in vain.

Man confesses to wife’s murder
: The Phagwara police has solved the murder case of Gurjinder Kaur with the arrest of her husband Kulwant Singh of Kangniwal village. On Tuesday, the accused was produced before the local Judicial Magistrate who sent him to police remand for two days. According to Phagwara DSP Sandeep Sharma, Gurjinder, Kulwant and their three-month-old daughter had gone to Nangal Majha village to meet some relatives on the night of April 18. The couple started quarrelling in the car on their return. Kulwant hit his wife on the head twice with a sharp-edged weapon (takua) killing her. To get away, he hit himself, took his wife’s jewellery, put it in a handkerchief and buried it in a ditch and concocted a story of armed robbery. He then got admitted to Johal Hospital, Rama Mandi, said DSP Sharma. On Kulwant’s discharge from the hospital, the police took him into custody where he confessed to the crime.

Licence of medical store cancelled
: Taking action against retail medical stores selling drugs to addicts, the state Drug Controlling and Licensing Authority has cancelled the licence of a medical store and suspended the license of three others for 90 days. The actions follows the seizure of 28 types of drugs, many of which contain one or more narcotics drugs or psychotropic substances, from these medical stores during inspection by the Sangrur drug inspector. The medical store owners failed to maintain/show the purchase record and corresponding sale records of those drugs. Sources identified the medical store whose retail sale drug licence was cancelled as Arya Medical Hall, Sunami Gate. They added that the drug stores whose licences were suspended for 90 days were Navi Medical Hall, Patiala Gate, Arun Medical Hall, Railway Road, opposite Municipal Committee and Sai Medical Store, Dhuri Gate, Sangrur.

Tarn Taran
One held with poppy husk:
The Sadar police arrested Ram Singh of Ranni Wallah village with 4.250 kg of poppy husk at a naka on Tuesday. The police said a case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

Man, son booked for fraud: Jaswant Singh and his son Gulzar Singh, residents of Ratta Tibba village, falling under Lehra police station in Sangrur district, have been booked under Section 420 of the IPC by the Patti police for defrauding people luring them with jobs in the Deputy Commissioner office. Gurmukh Singh, Kulwant Singh and other residents of Jaura village, 15 km from here, in their complaints to the police alleged that the duo took Rs 6.90 lakh from them luring them with jobs in the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC). Three years had passed but they neither got them jobs, nor returned the money.



Kho-kho trials:
The Chandigarh Kho-Kho Association will be conducting trials to select probables for the 47th Senior National Kho-Kho Championship to be held at Pongal (Andhra Pradesh) from May 27 to 31. The trials will be held at MDAV High School, Sector 22, on April 30 at 5 pm. Interested players can contact Surinder Singh Bhandari (9814630280) for further details.

Ambulance donated: Prof HR Pajni, a renowned entomologist from the department of zoology, donated an ambulance to the Health Centre of Panjab University on Wednesday. Dr Pajni handed over the keys and papers of the vehicle to registrar Prof AK Bhandari.

CGA putting meet for kids : Chandigarh: Twentynine children undergoing training in the junior training programme of the CGA Golf Range will take part in a putting competition to be held at the CGA on April 29. Prizes will be given to winners by CGA president JS Cheema. — OC



Three held: The police has claimed to have busted a gang of dacoits by arresting three of its members. District police chief Ashwin Shainvi said when the police tried to intercept the vehicle in which the miscreants were travelling, they opened fire on the police. The police stopped the vehicle and arrested the trio identified as Mahender, Ravi and Pradeep, alias Chikiya. The arrested youths have confessed to commit several crimes, including loot and dacoity. The accused committed 18 such cases,” said the SP. He said Mahender was a proclaimed offender. The police recovered three pistols, four cartridges and a pick-up vehicle from their possession.

Murder charge
: The Khol police has arrested a migrant harvester, Bijender Kumar, a resident of the Malpura area of Tonk district in Rajasrthan, for allegedly strangling to death a co-harvester, Kanha Ram (22), at a farmhouse at Kanwali village, near Khol, on the night of April 20. He was on Wednesday produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate Lokesh Gupta, who remanded him in judicial custody. Sources said Kanha Ram was strangulated to death by Bijender Kumar following a dispute over distribution of cooked food. A case of murder has been registered against Bijender.

Man shot at
: Two motorcycle-borne youths allegedly barged into the house of Shiv Kumar at Ding Mandi on Tuesday night and shot at him. The victim was rushed to the general hospital, Sirsa, in a serious condition. A case has been registered against Tej Pal and Rajinder, both residents of Ding Mandi, but no arrest has been made so far.

Office-bearers: Om Prakash Dahiya was reelected president of the Tika Ram Education Society after defeating Sanjiv Dahiya by a margin of 528 votes in the tri-annual elections of the society held here on Sunday. SDM Jag Niwas was the returning officer. Dharam Pal Rathi was elected vice-president and Bhupinder Singh Dahiya general secretary of the society. Former chairman of the Sonepat MC Sat Pal Goyal was elected treasurer. Dahiya is the father of the state general secretary of the INLD. All elected office-bearers of the society are from Om Prakash Dahiya’s panel.








Rajbhasha training workshop: Union Environment and Forest Ministry’s Rajbhasha Director Suresh Prasad Chaubey said a strong will was needed to promote Hindi in the offices. Addressing a Rajbhasha training workshop at the Indian Council of Forestry Research Education, Dehradun, Chaubey said while there have been efforts to promote Hindi, a strong will is needed to make it an effective language of communication in government offices. A total of 300 employees took part in the workshop.

Wellness centre: HelpAge India has started a physiotherapy and recreation centre at Indira Nagar under Age Care Service Hub: Fitnes and Wellness centre. The centre was inaugurated by the Director-General, Health, Dr Asha Mathur.

Indefinite fast: Former president of Prantiya Rakshak Dal (PRD) Hith Sanghthan Vir Singh Rawat’s fast indefinite fast entered its fifth day on Wednesday. The association is demanding hiring of trained PRD jawans in the government departments rather than the “untrained ones”. The jawans of the PRD on Tuesday closed down the PRD Directorate at Tapovan, Raipur, and also the district office at Survey Chowk.

Manch protest: The protest of Uttarakhand Andolankari Sanyukat Manch entered its eighth day on the premises of the court at the Shaheed memorial here on Wednesday. The association has slammed the state government for ignoring its demands.

Kumaon Briefs
Seven shops gutted:
Seven shops were gutted by fire in the crowded Matar Gali market of Haldwani town on Tuesday. The cause of the fire is said to be a short circuit in one of the shops in the area. The shops that were burnt down dealt in readymade garments. The losses incurred were about Rs 15 lakh. The fire was finally brought under control by fire tenders. The local shopkeepers also joined in the efforts to bring the fire under control. Matar Gali is among the most crowded markets of the entire Kumaon region.

Mismanagement in LPG supply: Mismanagement in the supply of LPG cylinders in the region has once again come to the fore. The situation worsened to such an extent that LPG cylinders had to be distributed under police protection in the Ramnagar area of Nainital district. It is learnt that there is a pending supply of as many as 3,400 gas cylinders causing delay in gas supply to the consumers. The recent holidays have led to fewer cylinders being refilled at the bottling plant at Mota Haldu that has added to the woes of the consumers.

Girl dies of burn injuries: A 15-year-old girl from Rudrapur died after sustaining burn injuries. According to the information available, Ruksana had sustained major burn injuries while cooking at her residence in Paharganj locality of Rudrapur on Tuesday morning. She had been rushed to the Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Bus services sought: Several parts of Nainital are deprived of proper bus services despite having proper road connectivity. The people of these localities are at the mercy of private Jeep owners or taxi operators who charge high rates from them. The areas seeking a regular bus service include the villages en-route to Hairakhan, Ramgarh and Naini Jageshwar. The residents of these areas allege that repeated requests to the administration for providing proper transport services have proved futile.

Youth drowned: A youth was drowned while bathing in the Sharda river at Tanakpur on Tuesday morning. According to the information available, efforts by the police to retrieve his body was yet to yield any result. The identity of the deceased remained a mystery. It was learnt that the youth was in his early twenties.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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