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3 held with smack:
The police arrested Ranjit of Shanker Nagar, Rohit of Jalandhar Cantonment and Shivam of local Civil Hospital under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act last evening. According to police sources 15 gm each smack has been recovered from Ranjit and Shivam whereas 20 gm smack from Rohit. All of them have been booked under separate cases.

30 kids tested for deafness:
In its Project Deafness campaign, meant for diagnosing deafness at early stages, the Rotary Jalandhar (Central), in collaboration with the Vision Punjab, held a free hearing camp here on Thursday. Dr Sanjiv Sharma, president, Vision Punjab, inaugurated the camp. Around 30 kids, 10 below the age of six months, were screened with the latest techniques available. As many as three kids were found suffering from various degrees of deafness. The kids were subjected to the otoacoustic emissions test, through which deafness can be diagnosed even in the one-day-old kid. Experts at the camp said diagnosis of deafness at the early stage of life is important. If goes undiagnosed till the age of three-four years, it ultimately leads to irreversible hearing and speech defects, added experts. Dr Sharma said Rotary Jalandhar (Central) would conduct such camps every month. Rotarians Dr Suman Sharma, Rajesh Dutta, K.K. Sharma, Dr J.P. Singh and Dr H.S. Ghuman were present in the camp. 

Pirated CDs, DVDs seized:
The police has booked four persons and seized 329 pirated CDs and DVDs. The police said 90 pirated CDs and DVDs were seized from the owner of Nayak Telecom, Lakhbir Singh, while 85 from Keemat Singh, both residents of Shahkot. At a naka in Malsian, near Shahkot, 110 pirated CDs and DVDs were seized from Kewal Krishan of Khurampur, while 94 from Sandeep Kumar of Bilga village here.

Shahkot gets new DSP: Jasvir Singh took over as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Shahkot on Thursday. Earlier, he served as DSP at Ferozepur subdivision for three years. He sought help of the public to tackle crime. To curb drug addiction, he said, the police would hold anti-drug campaign in educational institutions and would make youths aware about the ill-effects of drugs. 

9 labourers fall unconscious:
Nine labourers fell unconscious after eating meal in their house at Uchapind village in the subdivision on Wednesday. All labourers were admitted to the Civil Hospital. According to reports received here last evening, 12 Bihari migratory labourers were residing in the house and were working for a farmer in the village. One of the labourers cooked meal in a liquid pesticide mistakenly in place of oil and nine labourers took the meal and fell unconscious. The condition of all labourers - Gabbu, Ramu, Mazuna, Dinesh, Kishore, Pallu, Gaurav, Ram Parkash and Luchan - was stated to be stable, said the attending doctors. 

Narcotics seized:
The police arrested Gulam Ali, Shakeela Begum, Shamsher Singh (all residents of Jammu and Kashmir) and Ganshayam Dass of local Sujanpur with narcotics near the local bus stand on Wednesday. He said police was trying to find out the local links of these drug peddlers. A case under NDPS Act has been registered against them. 

Ration distributed: The Vidya Education Society distributed free ration to 11 families at a function here on Wednesday. Vijay Passi, who heads the unit made an appeal to the people to come forward to help those who belonged to downtrodden section of the society.




5 held on theft charge
: The police booked five persons on the charge of trespassing and theft. The police said a case had been registered against Victor Masih, Pardeep Kumar, Amrik Singh, Shakeel and Anil Bhandrai on the complaint of Ram Mehar, a resident of Ravindra Enclave, Baltana. A case has been registered. City cager for Youth Olympics: Chandigarh: A city-based boxer, Shubam Gulati has been selected to represent the country in the Cuban Youth Olympic Games to be held at Havana, Cuba, from July 18 to 30. The Indian Boxing Federation has selected Shubam to compete in the 64-kg category.



Net-downloaded marksheets for admission okayed:
The Industrial Training Department has allowed the 10 and 12 pass students, seeking admission to ITIs, to enclose their Internet-downloaded self-attested marksheets with their admission forms. A spokesman of the department said the students would, however, have to give an undertaking at the time of admission that they would produce the original marksheets within 10 days of admission falling which their admission would be cancelled. 


Youth drowned in khud: Bhupender Singh (23) of Sangrur got drowned in Shukkar khud near Shah Talai in the district as he and his friend Mahender Singh got down to take bath on the banks of the khud on Wednesday. Bhupender probably slipped into deep water. Mahender and some other people accompanying them raised an alarm to save him. Some labourers working in that area rushed to save him, but he had already died. The police has sent the body for postmortem examination. 

Man held for wife’s suicide: The police has arrested Bishan Dass of Falehada village (Badaar) under Jaddu Gulzar gram panchayat for the suicide of his wife Sumna whose body was found floating in the Gobind Sagar near Chonta village last Tuesday. Savitri, elder sister of the deceased, got an FIR registered saying that Bishan Dass used to harass Sumna for more dowry.

Jewellery worth Rs 2.5 lakh stolen: Thieves have stolen gold jewellery from two temples, the Kali Mata temple in Raghunathpura panchayat and the Jalpa Devi Mata temple in Rajpura panchayat at Sagirthin village, near here, on Wednesday night. The value of ornaments is estimated to be Rs 2.5 lakh. 

3.5 lakh ml liquor seized, 5 held: More than 3.5 lakh millilitre of illicit liquor was seized on Thursday by the police during five raids and five persons, including a woman, were arrested. SSP Diljeet Singh Thakur said 36 boxes carrying illicit liquor were seized at the Purana Matour area from Avtar Singh. Illicit liquor was also seized from Thatholi, Ghatot and Ranchi Mod. Sushma Devi and Krishen, Balwant Singh and Charan Jeet were arrested under the Excise Act

Academy to honour HP writers: The National Sahitya Academy (NSA), Delhi, will honour Dr Pratyoosh Guleri and Gautam Chand Sharma, Himachali writers, with the Sahtiya Academy Award on July 2 at Holiday Home, Shimla. This honour with Rs 25,000 as cash award will be conferred on them. Dr Vishavnath Prashad Tiwari, vice-president, NSA, will present the awards. 


2 girls consume poison:
Two girls were admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital here after they allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming poison in separate incidents today. Though the police was investigating the matter, hospital sources said that Supriya (20), a resident of Bantalab and Nidhi (21) of Nagrota, consumed poison at their houses. Both the girls were responding to treatment. The reason behind the extreme step was unknown.

Labourer electrocuted :A labourer was electrocuted while he was working in Shri Guru Kripa Factory at Samba today. He was rushed to the GMCH in a serious condition. The labourer was identified as Rajan, a resident of Samba. 

Sadhu dies in mishap: A sadhu died here today at the GMCH where he was undergoing treatment after he was hit by a vehicle in the Domana area a couple of days ago. The police said Kanshi Ram (70), a resident of Andhra Pradesh, was hit by a tipper on June 23. 



Reshuffle of Circle Officers’ duties: A minor reshuffle of duties of the Circle Officers was done in Dehradun. According to the SSP office, DSP Manikant Mishra has been given the charge of the Nehru Colony police station and Special Operation Group besides the Patelnagar Police station, which he already has. Navneet Singh Bhullar has been given the charge of the Clement Town police station besides the Basant Vihar police station. Sarita Dobhal will have the Doiwala and Shaspur police stations. Brinderjit Singh will have the Kotwali, Cantt and GRP police stations along with the Police Lines. Premendra Singh Dobhal will retain Dalanwala, Raipur police stations and the summon cell. The other DSPs will have the same duties. 

Jumbo in kitchen: An elephant of the Rajaji National Park entered a house in a village of the Majari Grant area. The locals were scared to see the elephant in the residential area. The animal reportedly ate flour and rice from the kitchen of a house. He first damaged the kitchen and then ate the stuff available there. Youth Congress general secretary Bhankar Singh said elephants entered the residential areas and created trouble frequently. 

Foreigner cheated: A foreign woman was allegedly sold fake gold by a jewellery shop at Rishikesh. Saneva, a native of Japan, has lodged a complaint against the owner of the showroom at Laksham Zhula. She had bought the jewellery on June 19. 

Ramnagar-Haridwar Express from July 1: A new train from Ramnagar to Haridwar, which was announced by former Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee during her rail budget speech this year, is all set to start from July 1. The train, Ramnagar-Hardwar Express, will be leaving Ramnagar at 8.35 am and reach Haridwar at 2.30 pm. It will leave Haridwar at 6.40 pm and reach Ramnagar at 11.40 pm.

Shortage of docs at health centre: Residents of the Kaladhungi area of Nainital are irked over the failure of the administration to depute doctors at the Community Health Centre, which is reeling under an acute shortage of doctors. According to reports, there has been no child specialist at the centre for almost a year now. Locals said though a child specialist was deputed at the centre a year ago, he did not come. The residents have threatened to launch an agitation if their concern was not addressed at the earliest.

Man’s body found in vehicle: The recovery of a body from a vehicle in Lama Chaur, Haldwani, on Wednesday evening led to a commotion in the area. The deceased has been identified as 38-year-old Lal Singh Negi of Badripura locality. According to sources, his neck was tied with a string to the roof of the vehicle. Sulphas tablets were also recovered from the vehicle. The police has sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

Tanker carrying LPG overturns: A major accident was averted when a tanker carrying 18 quintals of LPG overturned at a bottling plant at Mota Haldu near Haldwani on Wednesday evening. The driver of the tanker is learnt to have sustained injuries. However, there was no leakage of gas. The authorities at the plant reached the spot and took the driver, Suresh Yadav, to a hospital. Police personnel have been deployed at the spot and arrangements are being made to get an emergency recycling vehicle to empty the gas tanker before it is removed from the spot.

Engine derails near Ramnagar station: An engine of a goods train derailed near the Ramnagar station on Wednesday. The incident took place during shunting. It is learnt that action has been ordered against the engine driver.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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