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AISSF calls for Punjab bandh:
The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has given a call for Punjab bandh till 12 noon on Monday in support of Gandhian Anna Hazare who is fasting for Jan Lokpal Bill in New Delhi. The AISSF, led by Karnail Singh Peermohammed, in a statement, said their workers, however, would not take to the streets to force the closure of shops. He said the movement started by Anna Hazare had got the support of each household in the country. 

KMO for formation of judicial commission: The Khalra Mission Organisation (KMO) here on Sunday demanded the formation of 'National Judicial Commission' headed by Supreme Court judges to probe the killing of innocent persons whose bodies were disposed of by the police claiming them as unidentified. In a communiqué to Chief Justice of India, KMO patron Paramjit Kaur alleged that thousands of innocents were killed during militancy period in Punjab. The issue was raised by the then human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, who had claimed that the bodies of about 25,000 persons were disposed of by the police. 

3 drug peddlers held in Barnala:
The police has arrested three drug peddlers, including two women. Twenty four bottles of illicit liquor, four litres of intoxicant substance and 1,680 tablets of drugs have also been recovered from their possession. DSP (City) Barnala Rupinder Singh Bhardwaj said following a tip-off, the police sent three teams to arrest the drug peddlers from their suspected hideouts. A case has been registered against the accused at the city police station Barnals, the DSP said.

One killed, 3 injured  in mishap:
One person was killed in an accident at Aagwaan village near Dera Baba Nanak on Sunday. The deceased Amrik Singh was travelling on a scooter with his brother Subhash Singh when their scooter collided head-on with a motorcycle. Amrik Singh died on the spot while Subash Singh and the motorcycle-borne Vikramjit Singh and Ramandeep Singh were seriously injured. The injured were taken to hospital from where Subash Singh and Ramandeep Singh were referred to Amritsar.

CM greets people on janamashtmi
: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday greeted the state people on the occasion of janamashtmi, the birthday of Lord Krishana. The Chief Minister said Lord Krishna was an apostle of peace, saviour of dharma and symbol of truthfulness and righteousness. PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Rajinder Kaur Bhattal have also extended their greetings. 

Veteran Cong leader dead:
A former minister and veteran Congress leader Chaudhary Darshan Singh (90) passed away at a private hospital here on Sunday afternoon. Suffering from renal failure, Chaudhary Darshan Singh breathed his last at 3 pm at the hospital where he was admitted three days ago. Darshan Singh is survived by two sons and a daughter. Born on April 17, 1921, at Jadwal village in Faisalabad district of Pakistan, he became MLA for the first time from Nakodar in 1962. Subsequently he won from Aadampur Assembly segment in 1967 and then from Nurmahal in 1971. Meanwhile, PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh has expressed grief over the demise of Darshan Singh who also participated in the freedom struggle. 




Akshay Urja Diwas: Akshay Urja Diwas was celebrated at Government Middle School, Sector 46-D, in the memory of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary. A slogan-writing competition and a rally was organised. Headmaster Ram Singh Sandhu flagged off the rally and insisted the use of renewable resources of energy so that more non-renewable energy could be saved for the future.



45 kg charas seized: The police arrested a drug peddler and seized 45 kg of charas from his possession at Jathani Chowk on the national highway in Udhampur on Sunday. The police said 26 packets of refined charas was seized from the vehicle of Sajjad Ahmed Bhat while he was driving from Srinagar to Delhi. 



Man held for drunken driving: A man has been arrested for drunken driving. According to reports, Harsad Kumar of Rajpur Road was driving his Swift car in an inebriated condition on Saturday resulting in injuring several persons. He was produced in a local court on Sunday. A case under Sections 279, 337, 338 of the IPC has been registered against him at the Kotwali police station. According to sources, he is a student leader of DAV PG College.

BJP men join Cong: Hundreds of workers of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by senior leader Dharmendra Singh Titu of the Govindgarh ward of the city joined the Congress at a function held here today. Welcoming the new entrants to the party, senior Congress leader Suryakant Dhasmana alleged that the development had come to a standstill during the BJP state government rule. He charged that hundreds of roads in the hills had not been repaired for the past more than a year as more roads had been damaged due to rains this year. 

Youth duped: A resident of Mehuwala Mafi was allegedly duped of Rs over 12,000 on the promise of being provided with a job. According to the complaint of Prem Singh, his son Tarun was fleeced by Kamal Singh of Uttar Pradesh. The latter allegedly promised him of placing him in a firm. A case under Sections 120B, 406, 420 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Patelnagar police station. 

Kumaon Briefs
LPG supply to dist hit
The supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Kumaon has been badly hit on account of a large number of trucks transporting the cooking gas cylinders stranding in the Moradabad and Rampur areas of Uttar Pradesh. According to the reports, as many as 35 capsules carrying gas have been stranded on account of water logging and flooding in the area. Owing to the delay in the arrival of these gas capsules, the cylinder refilling plant at Mota Haldu has been non functional. The crisis of cooking gas has aggravated in the region over the past few days. The town of Haldwani had once again witnessed a traffic blockade by agitated consumers on Saturday. The administration has warned of stringent action against those indulging in the sale of LPG on the black market.

Students clash at college: A college at Haldwani, MB Degree College,witnessed a violent clash between the rival groups of students campaigning for the forthcoming student elections. Several students were injured in the clash in which sharp-edged weapons were used. The matter was resolved with the intervention of the police, which used mild force to disperse the warring groups. The police also rounded up a few miscreants who were later let off with a warning.

Two brothers robbed: Two brothers from Gadarpur in Udham Singh Nagar district, who are in the business of jewellery making, were robbed in Moradabad where they had gone to attend a wedding. It is learnt that Vinod and Arjun Verma, who were returning home after making some collections on their motorcycle, were stopped by three motorcycle-borne youths who robbed them of Rs 60,000 and jewellery worth Rs 1,50,000.

Assault on cousin: A man allegedly carried out a murderous assault on his cousin following a minor tiff in Ramnagar. Sohan Dogra of Bhawaniganj had entered into an altercation with his cousin Sunil Kumar after having consumed liquor. Following a heated exchange of words and fisticuffs, the former allegedly attacked Sunil Kumar with an axe. The injured was taken to the nearby Primary Health Centre from where he was referred to a hospital in Haldwani. A case has been registered and the police has arrested the accused.

(Compiled By Rajeev Khanna)


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