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Basketball tourney
: Ludhiana boys beat Gurdaspur 35-15 during the first match of the Punjab state basketball tournament organised jointly by Punjab Police and Abha Sports Club at the GD Senior Secondary School here. Lok Sabha member Sher Singh Ghubaya inaugurated the tournament. He sanctioned Rs 1 lakh for the event from the MPLAD funds. Ferozepur range DIG Dr NK Arora also boosted the morale of the players during a visit recently. In the second match for boys, Ferozepur beat Kapurthala 38-16. The third match that was played between girl teams, Mansa trounced Ferozepur eves 27-8 while Muktsar was trounced by Faridkot 8-30. In the next match, Jalandhar beat Kapurthala 27-23. In the last match of the day, Amritsar trounced Sangrur 26-4.

Institution of Valuers: Raj Kumar Agarwal was elected chairman of the Institution of Valuers (IoV) during a meeting held here on Sunday. The Amritsar branch of the institution comprises the districts of Amritsar, Bathinda, Faridkot, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Mansa, Moga, Tarn Taran and Muktsar and Jammu and Kashmir. Other office-bearers include vice-chairmen Sumant Sood and A.S. Tuli; secretary Arun Agarwal and treasurer Vinod Sharma. The executive members include J.S. Walia, Pawan Kumar Verma, Charanjit Singh Sethi, Bina Bansal, C.S Bhasin, Rominder Kumar, O.P Manchanda, R.K Mittal, G.S Arora and C. Kaul. B.K. Garg has been nominated patron of the organisation.

Youth commits suicide:
A youth, Vinod Kumar, committed suicide by consuming poison at his residence here on Saturday. Vinod reportedly took the extreme step after he was pressurised to return money, which he borrowed from Bery and Jasbir Kaur. The police has initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Narcotic powder seized: The police seized 300 g of narcotic powder from two persons, Hira Lal and Gurjinder Singh, from different places here. Cases under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act have been registered.

Check-up camp: The Police Department organised a free medical camp for its personnel here on Friday. Five specialist doctors of EMC Hospital, Amritsar, examined 152 police personnel.

Virsa 2011 organised:
The polytechnic wing of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Engineering and Technology organised a techno-cultural event, ‘Virsa 2011’ on the institute premises recently. Gaganpreet Arneja, faculty in-charge said the function was organised under the aegis of AREB (Association of Revolutionary Engineering Bees). The students participated in various events. Arneja said Dr TS Sidhu, director of the institute, presided over the function. Rahul Chopra, chairman, AREB, thanked the faculty members and the students for their support during the event.

168 cases settled in lok adalats:
As many as 290 cases of various nature were reported in the monthly lok adalats at Hoshiarpur, Mukerian, Dasuya and Garhshankar, of which 168 were settled amicably and compensations worth Rs 1,30,51,583 given to aggrieved parties on Saturday. According to the District and Sessions Judge, Ashok Kumar Singla, 44,631 cases of various nature were settled in 155 lok adalats in Hoshiarpur district and compensations of Rs 1,06,75,64,133 given to the aggrieved parties till yet.

Resolve promotion issue: Revenue staff
: Members of the Punjab Revenue Officers Association would be meeting on May 14 in Bathinda to discuss their future course of action to protest the non-acceptance of their demand regarding promotions by the state government. The association had demanded that requisite amendments be made to the rules for promoting revenue officials to PCS cadre. The members said that they would launch an agitation in case the government did not meet their demand by May 14.

Energy conservation fortnight: The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and the Punjab Energy Development Agency are organising an energy conservation fortnight to create awareness of the need to save electricity. The inaugural ceremony will be held at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology at Kabir Nagar on Monday.

RBC centre to be set up at Alachaur:
Darshan Kaur, District Education Officer (DEO), in a press note issued here informed that a Residential Bridge Course (RBC) centre for providing education facility to the children in the age group of 7-14 would be set up at Government High School, Alachaur. A warden, two trainer volunteers, cook, helper, washerman and a chokidar would be appointed for taking care of the children at the RBC centre. The interested candidates could attend interview on May 2 at Government High School, Alachaur, she added.

Dentist awarded: Dr Ashwani Dhir, founder president of the district unit of the Indian Dental Association, has been awarded the All-india Business & Community Award-2011 at a national-level function held in New Delhi recently. Sunil Shastri, Chairman, Lal Bahadur Shashtri Foundation, presented the award to Dr Dhir for providing better dental care services to the people.

RMOs threaten to launch agitation:
Members of the Rural Medical Services Association have decided to launch a stir in case their demand pertaining to salary was not met within a week. Association president Dr Aslam Parvez said the government had, after regularising their services, fixed their salary at Rs 15,600 even though they used to get Rs 30,000 while on contract. Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Ranjit Singh Brahmpura had assured them of resolving the issue and thus they would be joining duty from May 2 but in case the matter was not resolved, they would launch a state-level agitation, he added.

Wheat crop in 85 acres gutted:
Wheat crop in more than 85 acres was reduced to ashes in three different fire incidents at Kirpalpur, Zandiali and Mehtan village on Saturday. Fire tenders worked hard to control the fire. The exact cause of the fire could not be known yet. The loss is being estimated.

10 injured in 3 mishaps: More than 10 persons sustained injuries in three different road mishaps around the town on Saturday night. All injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital. Four vehicles were damaged in these mishaps, the police said.

One killed, 1 hurt: One person was killed while another was injured in two separate incidents here on Saturday. Sudama Shah (40) was killed when his scooter was hit by a truck near Barna village. The police has registered a case against the truck driver who sped away after the accident. Nine-year-old Preeti sustained 40 per cent burns at her house in Bhularai village. She was admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Lovely university reopens today: The local police has made elaborate security arrangements around Lovely Professional University that reopens tomorrow after the death of a Mizoram student by African students during a football match on April 27. Three African students, two from Sudan and one from Tanzania, arrested under Sections 302/34, have been sent to jail in Ludhiana. Nine others, eight from Sudan and one from Tanzania, were released on bail by Phagwara SDM Amarjit Paul.

Gold chain snatched from woman:
Three armed motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched a gold chain from a woman, Gyano, near bus stand at Omarpur village, near Bilga, in the subdivision on Sunday. The victim was returning home when the robbers struck, who sped away after snatching the chain. The police has registered a case.

Youth’s body to reach tomorrow
: The body of Lakhwinder Singh, a 28-year-old youth of Raimajra village who was murdered in Melbourne (Australia), would be brought to India on Tuesday. A non-Australian national, Thy Sok, had allegedly slit Lakhwinder's throat on the intervening night of April 21-22. While Lakhwinder's wife had arrived in Rajpura a week before his death, the victim too was expected to visit the country soon. Balbir Singh, a relative of the deceased, said Thy had been remanded in police custody, but they still had no idea about the reason behind the killing.

Army holds medical camp
: Apprehending that most of the people living in village Udaipur Godaran, surrounded by huge sandy heaps in Suratgarh sub-division, might bear the brunt of soaring mercury, the Army held an awareness and free medical check-up camp there. Over 300 patients were benefited by the services provided by Captain (Dr) Vishal Dogra and his team.



Minors on fast:
Farmers agitating against the acquisition of their land for the Gorakhpur Atomic Power Project added a new chapter to their agitation when two minor children sat on a 24-hour fast at the dharna site on Sunday. Aman Siwach (10) and Sachin (13) started their 24-hour fast against the proposed nuclear plant in their village at the dharna site in the morning. Aman is a grandson of Hans Raj Siwach, president of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, which is agitating against the project.

Secy suspended: Vijay Singh Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner, has suspended Naresh Kumar, secretary of the District Red Cross Society, after an audit conducted by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) pointed out financial irregularities in the ambulance services managed by the Red Cross in the district. The DC has also asked Ashok Kumar Meena, ADC, to conduct a thorough inquiry into the case and submit his report within a month. The audit had found that there was tampering of bills of usage by the District Red Cross to inflate the amount claimed from the NRHM.

Cop suspended: Shamsher Singh Dahiya, DSP (Headquarters), has suspended a head constable for allegedly creating a scene in the local Masjid Street on Thursday. Irate residents, who assembled outside the local city police station, complained that Pritam Pal allegedly came to the street under the influence of liquor and started misbehaving with women. When some residents tried to stop him, the cop allegedly started abusing them. When the residents got together to tackle him, Pritam Pal fled leaving his motorcycle and wireless set.

Quota sought:
The Brahmin community in Haryana too has jumped onto the reservation bandwagon. The Haryana Brahmin Samaj Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti has demanded that the community should be extended the benefit of reservation in jobs in case the government gives this benefit to other communities. A resolution to this effect was passed at a meeting of community leaders held here under the chairmanship of Umesh Sharma, convener of the samiti. It said the Brahmins were included in higher castes but their economic status had worsened to the extent that most Brahmins were now among the poorest sections of society. They were not getting government jobs in proportion to their numerical strength.

10 hurt in mishap:
As many as 10 passengers were injured, six of them seriously, when the Mathura-Bhiwani passenger train abruptly hit the rear of a dumper, which was dumping stones along the rail track near Sudhrana station, 32 km from here, on Friday. While the grievously injured were referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak, the other four were hospitalised at Charkhi Dadri. Meanwhile, the Government Railway Police (GRP) of Charkhi Dadri has booked the dumper driver, who absconded after the incident, for gross negligence.

4 cops get bail:
The four cops, who were booked by the district police for allegedly torturing two Dalit women - Neelam and Jaiwanti - while investigating a case of theft that had taken place in the refinery township, were granted bail by the high court. Earlier, the district court had issued arrest warrants against the four cops, including a woman constable. The court had also got a notice published in the newspapers asking the four to surrender in the court before May 30, following which the four had moved the high court for anticipatory bail. The accused included in charge of the Bohali police post Balbir Singh, constables Hakam Singh and Rajbir and woman constable Reena.



Proclaimed offender held after 11 years:
The police here has arrested proclaimed offender (PO) Desraj, alias Sonu, son of Rattan Lal of Hatwaad village in this district, 11 years after he had committed a theft in a shop at Dehra village. A case of theft under Section 379, IPC, was registered against him on September 15,1999. Desraj had been on the run since then. He was declared a PO on August 8, 2008. SP Santosh Patial said here on Sunday that Desraj was nabbed by a special police team at Kiratpur Sahib in Punjab on Saturday after a tip-off.

7-day book fair concludes: District and Sessions Judge Sushil Kukreja presided over the concluding function of the seven-day book fair here on Saturday evening. The fair, organised by the Gayatri Parivar Trust, had more than 3,500 books, including the Vedas, the Ramayana, the Gita etc. These were available at almost at one-10th of the prices normally charged in the market for such books. Ghumarwin MLA Rajesh Dharmani was the chief guest. He said Gayatri Parivar founder Acharya Sri Ram Sharma could never be forgotten.

7 injured in road mishaps:
Seven persons were injured in two road accidents in this subdivision. Kangra district police chief Daljeet Singh Thakur said here on Sunday that five persons were injured when a jeep trolley rolled into a 25-foot-deep gorge near the Bathu bridge on the Matour-Shimla national highway. He said the jeep was on way to Dharamsala from Una. The injured included driver Jaspreet of Jalandhar and four others identified as Anil, Sahil, Arun and Ravi, all residents of Nangal. The injured were admitted to the Tanda Medical College and Hospital and were said to be out of danger. In another accident, two motorcycles coming from the opposite directions collided at Nagrota Bagwan leaving both the drivers injured. They were rushed to Tanda Medical College Hospital. The injured were identified as Satish Singh of Hatwas and Partap Chand of Chambi. The police has registered cases of rash and negligent driving.



Job quota:
Pradeep Kukreti, district president of the Rajya Andolankari Manch, has welcomed the positive response of the Chief Secretary to their demands of extension of 10 per cent reservation in the government jobs from August 2011 to 2020 and issuing of identity cards to statehood strugglers under the title of ‘Rajya Nirman Sainani Card’. Kukreti said they were still working on persuading the state government to providing pension, and other facilities such as free education, health facilities, transport to all statehood strugglers.

Drugs recovered: The police recovered a huge quantity of contraband drugs from a resident of Gorakhpur Chowk on Saturday at Shimla bypass chowk. The accused has been identified as Subhash, alias Shibu. The police arrested him during a checking operation in the area. The cops said they were questioning the man to find out from where and how he got the banned drugs.

Ornaments stolen: Ornaments were stolen from an almirah of a house at Ajabpur Khurd. The police on Saturday registered a case after it received the information. Salman Khan has lodged a complaint with the police. The police has registered a case under Section 380, IPC, at Nehru Colony police station.

Kidnapped boy found at Pantnagar:
A boy, who was earlier kidnapped from Bareilley, has been located at Pantnagar by the police. Two of the alleged kidnappers have been arrested, while the third is still absconding. According the information available, 11-year-old Mohit of Barkana village was kidnapped while returning from school, and brought to Pantnagar. The boy was spotted in a car parked near Sainik Farm by a police official. Hearing his screams, the police van stopped near the car. The kidnappers panicked at the sight of the police. The boy managed to open the car door and ran towards the police van. The police has managed to nab two of the tree kidnappers. The arrested have been identified as Firasat and Nazim of Rudrapur Kheda, while Asad Khan of Rampur Khajuria is absconding. Efforts are on to nab him.

Stringent action against practice of manual scavenging: Vice President of the State Sanitation Workers’ Commission Ajay Rajaur has warned the officials that they will be facing stringent action if any instance of manual scavenging comes to light. At a meeting held in Rudrapur on Saturday, Rajaur ordered the Social Welfare Officer Neeraj Chilkoti to get a survey conducted to see if manual scavenging is still on in Udham Singh Nagar. He said if anyone was still practising it on account of poverty, the administration should help him get loan to start another enterprise so that he could earn a decent living.

Students escape unhurt as classroom ceiling falls: Students of a primary school in Kashipur had a narrow escape when the ceiling of their classroom fell down on Saturday. 17 students studying in class III had just vacated the room when the incident took place in the school. The loud noise caused by the fall created panic among the students, who had to be pacified by the teachers. The District Education Officer at Udham Singh Nagar has ordered a probe into the matter.

20 rounded up for illegal liquor consumption: The Haldwani Police rounded up 20 persons for illegal consumption of liquor at various eating joints in the Mangal Padav area of the town on Saturday night. The police confiscated at least a dozen bottles of liquor from these joints. Owners of many eating joints closed their shops and left for the day when the search operations were going on. According to the information available, those rounded up included two restaurant owners. Cases were registered against them under the Excise Act.

Girl killed as car hits tree: A girl died in a car accident near Nayagaon on the Kaladhungi-Ramnagar road on Saturday. According to the information available, the car in which she was travelling hit a tree when the driver tried to avoid a collision with another car which overtook them by. The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Preeti Arya, who was a student living in the Bengali Colony of Kashipur. She, along with her family members, was on her way home when the accident occurred. The injured were rushed to a local medical centre.


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