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Dr Daljit Singh has been elected the president of the Principalsí Association of Non-Government-Affiliated Colleges, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Dr R.K. Mahajan (Principal, Mohan Lal Uppal DAV College, Phagwara) has been elected as general secretary.

Man kills self:
A man allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at Shekhewal village in Shahkot on Thursday. The body of the deceased, identified as Baljinder, resident of Jafarwal village, was found lying on the road at Shekhewal village. Sources said Baljinder had exchanged heated arguments with his family members on Wednesday night and in anger he left the house on his scooter. Later, he committed suicide and by consuming poison. The police also recovered a poison from near the body.

Three booked in dowry case:
The police booked three persons in a dowry case. Lalkhwinder Kaur of Sardarpur Colony said her husband Mandeep Singh, father-in-law Issar Singh and mother-in-law Mohinder Kaur of Bolarkalan district, Patiala, harassed her for more dowry. A case under Sections 406 and 498A of the IPC has been registered.

1 killed in accident: A man was killed while crossing a road near Lalru last evening. The deceased was identified as Kulbeer Singh, a resident of Chaju Majra, Ambala. He was on his way to Hamiaupur village from Handesra when a vehicle hit him. A case was registered against driver of the unidentified vehicle under Sections 279, 304A. The body was handed over to the family after an autopsy.

Body found
: The GRP recovered the body of a middle-aged man from the railway track near Prem Nagar here today. According to residents of the locality, they saw a body on the railway track, which was cut in two pieces, and informed the railway authorities. The GRP removed the body from the track and found some documents and identity card from the pocket of the victimís clothes, which identified him as Pawan Kumar, resident of Deega village of Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem.




Youth jumps to death in lake:
A 23-year-old youth reportedly committed suicide by jumping from a tower in the Sukhna Lake here this evening. The police found his body floating in the lake. The deceased was identified as Deepak Garg, a Sector 41 resident. The police recovered a driving licence from his clothes, which ascertained his identity. The victim was employed in the IT Park and was suffering from depression.



5 held for robbery
The Saha Police in Ambala district claims to have busted a gang of burglars during patrolling on Tuesday night and have reportedly recovered stolen goods worth lakhs of rupees from the five accused, including Pankaj, a resident of Tepla village, Rathi, Sagar, Chhinda and Gulshan, all residents of Deha Colony Kesri.

Woman held: A woman was on Wednesday sent to 14-day judicial custody following her arrest on Tuesday night for allegedly supplying hashish to her husband lodged in Neemka jail near here. According to the police, Saroj had gone to meet her husband in the jail. She took a packet containing some onions for him. About 70 gm of hashish was found in the bag along with onions during inspection.

Erratic water supply:
Residents of Satish Colony and ward number 16 of the town on Thursday gheraoed the office of the Public Health Department in protest against the supply of sewage-mixed drinking water to their locality. Angry women locked the main gate of the office and organised a dharna, demanding immediate redressal of their grievance. Women sitting on dharna alleged that they had been complaining against poor supply of drinking water to their area to the authorities but to no avail. SDM Baljit Singh assured the residents that their water supply would be made from a tubewell installed in neighbouring ward No 13.

Man arrested
: The police has arrested Sukhdev Singh of Umri village for allegedly raping a divorcee, marrying her during the life time of his wife and cheating her and grabbing her property, said district police chief Parul Kush Jain.

Woman ends life:
Nisha Yadav, wife of Praveen Yadav, committed suicide by hanging herself at her parental house in Kosli on Wednesday. The Kosli police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against her husband, Praveen Yadav, a resident of Vasantkunj Colony in Delhi, on a complaint lodged by Virender Singh Yadav, father of the deceased. He complained that Praveen who got married to his daughter on April 15 was having extra-marital relations. When efforts were made to bring Praveen on the right track, he started harrassing Nisha, forcing her to take the the extreme step.



38 bags of forest produce seized:
Three persons were nabbed by the police while they were smuggling forest produce of medicinal herbs without licence at Shikari Mor in Churah subdivision of Chamba district Wednesday evening. Revealing this here on Thursday, SP, Chamba, Madhu Sudan Sharma said a police party onchecking a private Mohindra vehicle, found that the vehicle was carrying without permit 38 bags of forest produce.

Foreignerís body recovered:
The body of a foreigner, who had been missing since Tuesday, was recovered from a deep gorge near Liptung Khod Nala in the Parvati valley in the district on Wednesday. SP Abhishek Dular said the US national was staying in a rest house at Kalga near Kheer Ganga. She went trekking on Tuesday morning, but did not return. A 15-member team, led by Chhape Ram, retrieved the body from the deep gorge. The SP further said the woman was identified as Evan Tagori (27). The information of the deceased has been given to the US Embassy in Delhi, he added.

Office-bearers of Age Care India:
The following have been made office-bearers of the newly constituted Executive Committee of the Himachal Chapter of Age Care India for a period of three years: president - NK Garg; vice-presidents - Gopal Mohan Agarwal and Capt VP Sud; general secretary - Dr VK Sharma; secretaries - ON Chandla, Dr Paramjit Kaur, DP Bhatia; advisor- SR Khajuria; and members - Dr DJ Dasgupta, Dr DS Puri, Nirmala Narula, CL Gupta, Sumati Bhanwara, GK Dang and Yatinder Agarwal.

Governor, CM wish Sonia recovery: Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister PK Dhumal have wished UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi speedy recovery. In a letter written to Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary, All-India Congress Committee and son of Sonia Gandhi, the Chief Minister said people of the state also joined him in wishing Sonia Gandhi good health.



Man held, 11 cylinders seized:
A resident of Gandhi Gram was arrested by the police for illegally filling gas cylinders. The police recovered 11 cylinders from his possession. The Kotwali police said he had been identified as Sant Ram. The police said he used to fill small cylinders from big cylinders illegally. The police acted after a man caught fire while filling the gas. The man was seriously injured in the incident and was admitted to a hospital. Following this the police got to know from local residents that Sant Ram had been doing this trade. The police raided his house and arrested him. The police also seized 11 cylinders from the place of the accused.

Bank Unions hold demonstration: Members of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) demonstrated in front of the State Bank of India on the Rajpur Road on Thursday against the privatisation of banks and announced to go on a statewide strike on Friday after their talks with the Finance Secretary, Central Government, failed. BP Mamgai, convener, said, the district cooperative banks and rural banks will also join in the strike.

Blood component machine functional: Mahant Devinder Das of the Guru Ram Rai Trust on Thursday inaugurated the blood component machine at Mahant Indiresh Hospital, whihc has become the second hospital after the Doon Hospital to acquire the machine. It has been installed at the hospitalís blood bank. The machine became operational after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued the licence.

Kumaon Briefs
Timber smugglers fell 2 sheesham trees:
The officials of the Forest Department have registered a case against certain timber smugglers charging them with the illegal felling of two trees of sheesham and decamping with the timber. According to sources, the two trees had been felled in the Patrampur Range forests. Earlier, some smugglers had reportedly chopped trees of sal and eucalyptus from the same range last month. It was on Monday that the two trees were felled. On seeing a team of the Forest Department personnel, the smugglers fled from the spot carrying timber with them. They left behind some wood and a bicycle. Two of the smugglers have been identified as Kashmir Singh and Bindu of Maldhanchaur while the others could not be identified as they had their faces covered with cloth.

Identity cards to be issued to rickshaw-pullers: The authorities in the Kashipur area of Udham Singh Nagar have decided to issue identity cards to the rickshaw-pullers and those operating handcarts in the town. These cards are to be issued to them after a verification of their antecedents by the police. These cards are to be issued by August 15 following which those rickshaw-pullers and cart operators who dot not possess the identity cards would not be allowed to operate in the town. This decision comes following instances of certain elements coming to the area to operate rickshaws and carts after having committed crimes elsewhere.

Haldwani man arrested for liquor smuggling: The Jaspur police has nabbed a resident of Haldwani for trying to smuggle liquor into Uttarakhand. According to sources, the accused identified as Ravi of Gajpura locality of Haldwani was nabbed at a check post set up following a tip-off given by an informer. A large quantity of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) was recovered from him as he was trying to smuggle it into the state in a bus. He is learnt to have brought the liquor from Haryana.

Two bodies found in Nainital district: Two bodies had been found in different parts of Nainital district over the past 24 hours. In the first instance a youth was found dead in a room of a hotel in the Railway Bazar area of Haldwani. The deceased has been identified as 22-year-old Mohan Ram of Patal Bhuvneshwar. A bottle of pesticide was also recovered from the spot which has led to the assumption that he had committed suicide. Further investigations in the matter have revealed that the victim had left his house on Tuesday and had told the members of his family that he was going to Haridwar in search of employment. In the second instance the body of a woman was recovered from an isolated spot in Bhawali. The deceased, said to be in her mid-thirties, is yet to be identified.

Villagers tie boy to tree for 4 hours: An instance of villagers taking law into their own hands has come to light at Chhoi village near Ramnagar. According to the reports, a 14-year-old boy was tied to a jackfruit tree for four hours and questioned by certain villagers after he was allegedly nabbed while carrying out a theft along with his cousin in a shop in the village. Reports say that the 14-year-old boy was let off with a warning. His cousin had managed to flee from the spot when the boy was nabbed.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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