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BJP councillor granted bail: District and Sessions Judge MS Randhawa has granted bail to BJP councillor Ravi Makkar who was arrested on June 2 after the recovery of 500 gm of opium from his car. Makkar had alleged that he was falsely implicated due to political vendetta. BJP state president Ashwani Sharma had visited Abohar and given a clean chit to Makkar.

4 booked for  raping nurse: The police has booked four persons under Section 376 and 506 of the IPC for allegedly raping a private nurse in a village near here. In her complaint, the victim alleged that one of the accused, Rajinder Kumar, sought her services for some problem that his wife had following pregnancy. As she accompanied him to a house, the three other accused too reached there later and raped her, she alleged.

3 head constables suspended: Three head constables, Harpal Singh, Darshan Singh and Jagmel Singh, posted at the police lines in Sangrur were detained for interrogation by the Rajasthan police in Hanumangarh, 65 km from here, after an undertrial escorted by them managed to escape. The undertrial, Harnam Singh (24), was facing trial in four cases registered under the NDPS Act by Sangrur and Hanumangarh police separately.

Three held with  prohibited drugs: The CIA staff and the police have arrested three persons in two separate cases after the recovery of a huge stock of prohibited medicines from their possession. While 55,000 prohibited medicines were allegedly seized from a car — its occupants Vivek Bhateja of South Avenue and Amit Kumar of Nai Abadi were arrested — on the Killianwali bypass, Suraj Kumar of Azamwala village was nabbed with 4,100 prohibited capsules.

9 PCS officers transferred
: The Punjab Government on Thursday transferred nine PCS officers. While Jaspal Singh has been posted as SDM, Tapa, Mukand Singh Sandhu goes as DTO, Moga. Gurmit Singh would be the new SDM of Talwandi Sabo while Ajay Kumar Sood has been shifted as SDM, Ludhiana (East). Other postings include: Charandev Singh Mann (on deputation with PGIMER, Chandigarh) as SDM, Fazilka; Tejinder Pal Singh, SDM, Gurdaspur; Sukhmandar Singh, SDM, Budhlada, with additional charge of ADC, Mansa; Manmohan Singh Kang, SDM, Amritsar-II and Bhupinder Singh, ADC, Barnala.

18 held under anti-piracy Act: Acting on a tip-off from the Indian Music Industry (IMI), the Punjab police conducted raids in different parts of the state and seized pirated material, including computers, card readers, DVD writers and MP3s. The raids were conducted at various shops in Mohali, Barnala, Moga, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Nawan Shahar, Faridkot and Gurdaspur. Eighteen persons have been arrested and booked under the Copyright Act, a statement said.

Gabria inaugurates new jail in Nabha: Hira Singh Gabria, Minister of Jails and Cultural Affairs, on Thursday inaugurated a high security jail here. About Rs 14 crore was spent on its construction. Gabria said a sum of Rs 308 crore would be spent on the construction of new jails in Mansa, Ropar, Kapurthala and Faridkot and 910 new employees would be recruited.




EC bar on 65 candidates:
The Election Commission of India has disqualified 65 candidates who contested the Haryana Assembly elections held in October, 2009, from being chosen as a member of either House of Parliament or of the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council of a state or union territory for three years.

9.8 kg of poppy husk seized:
The police today seized 9.8 kg of contraband from a drug trafficker. A police spokesman said Kailash Chander of Khiror village of Rajasthan, was caught near Vishwakarma Chowk. Upon his frisking, the police seized 9.8 kg of poppy husk from him.



Gusheni-Pekhari road inaugurated: State BJP president and MLA Khimi Ram Sharma on Thursday inaugurated the Gusheni-Pekhari road constructed at a cost of Rs 2.09 crore and also flagged off an HRTC bus on the same route. He said the government was committed to link difficult areas by roads in the Tirthan valley of Banjar subdivision in the district. He said Rs 5 cr was being spent on the Nalgari-Sarchi road and Rs 3 cr on the Bathad-Mashiar road.

Girl’s body found hanging
: The body of 18-year-old Chura Devi, who was married about one and half years ago, was found hanging at her in-laws’ house at Jarol village, near here, on Wednesday. The police has registered case of murder under Section 302, IPC. Bhagi Ram, father of the deceased, of Aani tehsil, Kullu, has lodged a complaint with the police that his daughter’s husband Rakesh Kumar of Jarol tehsil, Sundernagar district, used to harass her. He suspected that she had been murdered by him.



Constable dies in accidental gunfire
: A constable died in an accidental gunfire at a police camp at Arizal in Budgam district on Thursday. A police spokesman said the constable, Rajesh Kumar of the IRP-20th Battalion, was injured in the abdomen when the gun of his colleague went off accidently at the camp at Arizal. He was admitted to Sub-District Hospital, Beerwah, from where he was referred to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh, Hospital, here. He later died.

Union Secy calls on Governor: The Union Secretary, Rural Development, BK Sinha, called on Governor NN Vohra here on Thursday and discussed issues relating to the establishment of Panchayati Raj institutions. Sinha informed the Governor that his ministry would provide all required support and expertise to enable the state to establish Panchayati Raj in the state.



Anupama murder: Brother records statement: In the sensational murder of Anupama, whose body was cut into several pieces by her husband, the Sessions Court on Thursday started taking statements of the witnesses. Brother of Anupama Srijan Pradhan came to the court and recorded his statements to the judge. The date for the next hearing is July 27. Rajesh Gulati, software engineer, had murdered his wife on October 17 last year. He had later cut her body into several  pieces and kept it in the freezer for about two months.

Minor fire at SBI branch: A minor fire broke out at a branch of the State Bank of India on Saharanpur Chowk on Thursday. Fire officials said the fire broke out at 3:10 pm and was doused in about 50 minutes. A fire tender was pressed into service. The fire broke out due to a short circuit. The firemen said it was a minor incident and was controlled by them easily.

Truck falls into gorge, driver killed:A goods truck fell into a gorge resulting in the death of the driver here on Thursday in Rudrapryag district. Till the filing of the news report, the identity of the deceased could not be confirmed. The police and locals were doing the rescue work. Two more persons, who were said to be travelling in the vehicle, were injured.

Kumaon Briefs
Champawat DM tells officials not to take leave:
With the Meteorological Department predicting a heavy rainfall, the District Magistrate in Champawat district, Dr Pankaj Kumar Pandey, has put an embargo on government officials availing leave. This has been done keeping in mind that the bad weather may lead to disruption in transport, water and power supply and health services. Pandey has announced that no government official would be allowed to proceed on leave over the next fortnight. He has also asked the officials deputed at the district headquarters not to leave the station without his permission.

Adarsh Pathshala Samiti formed: The administration in Udham Singh Nagar has constituted the Adarsh Pathshala Samiti under the chairmanship of the District Magistrate, Dr BVRC Purshottam. The samiti has been constituted with the purpose of helping children from poor families attain good education and catering to their health needs. At a meeting held in Rudrapur on Thursday, it was stated that the samiti would be registered soon and a corpus would be created with the help of a lottery system for helping students from poor families. A number of industrial units have come forward to adopt various primary schools and provide various facilities there. This has brought about an improvement in the level of education in these schools.

Sasbani Drinking Water Scheme: Cabinet minister Gobind Singh Bisht has announced that the state government has sanctioned Rs 17 lakh for the extension of the Sasbani Drinking Water Scheme in the Letibunga area of Nainital district. Touring the area on Thursday, Bisht said the extension of this scheme would put an end to the problem of water scarcity in the area. The minister also undertook an inspection of various schools in the area. He has given directions to the Principal of Government Girls Inter College at Bhateliya in Mukteshwar to issue transfer certificates to the students who have cleared their plus two examination at the earliest.

14 langurs captured: As many as 14 irate langurs were captured by the personnel of the Forest Department from different parts of Nainital district. The drive to capture langurs was carried out following a large number of complaints from the local residents citing incidents of people being bitten by langurs. The animals were later released in the forest areas outside the town. The areas from where these animals were captured include Ayarpata, Longdale and Rajbhawan.

Power cuts hit industry: Industrial hubs in Udham Singh Nagar are reporting a fall in production following the erratic supply of power to the industrial units. According to reports, the production in certain units have come down by 25 per cent on account of the unscheduled power cuts that are coupled with frequent tripping in power supply. The entrepreneurs have been complaining that not only has the production come down but the costs of production have also gone up. In addition to this the quality of produce has also been affected.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khannna)


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