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Heroin seized: The BSF sleuths have recovered three kg of heroin from an area close to the Indo-Pakistan border in Khem Karan sector on Sunday. Investigation is on in the case. No arrest has been made yet in this regard.

Applications sought for PPSC chief’s post: The two committees constituted by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to select the Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) and its four members have invited applications from eminent persons of impeccable integrity, calibre and administrative experience for the posts. An official spokesman said bio-data could be sent to the committees by November 4.

Shakir calls for a green Diwali: The Punjab Forest and Wildlife Protection Minister Arunesh Shakir today exhorted the people of Punjab to celebrate a green and clean Diwali, free from fire crackers to curtail pollution. Shakir said that it is call of the hour to celebrate an environment-friendly Diwali and that a new trend should be started by exchanging saplings with near and dear ones.

8.40 quintal mustard oil seized
: About 8.40 quintals of mustard oil, suspected to be substandard, were seized from a factory in Khanna today. According to Manoj Khosla, food safety officer, Health Department, Ludhiana, the factory from where the mustard oil was seized belonged to Amar Nath and Rakesh Kumar.

Two booked
: The local police on Sunday booked Kulwinder Singh, of Abdulapur Chauhana village near here, and his mother in the case of alleged dowry death of Gurpreet Kaur .

Nod to recruit 500 SDOs in PSPCL: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has given nod for the direct recruitment of 500 SDOs in the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). While chairing a meeting of the PSEB Engineers' Association, senior government functionaries and the PSPCL top brass at his residence in Chandigarh, Badal directed PSPCL CMD KD Chaudhri to ensure that the recruitment process was undertaken in a transparent manner.

‘Wrong’ diagnosis: Following a complaint by Patiala resident Jaspal Singh, an orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gurdeep Singh is facing charges of cheating. Jaspal complained to the police that the doctor tied plaster on his wife’s foot, despite the fact that no fracture was detected.

Girl dies of burn injuries
: An unmarried girl, Sonia, trader Tersem Lal’s daughter, died after suffering critical burn injuries at Lidder Khurd village. The girl was preparing tea on a cooking gas stove when a blast occurred, apparently due to leakage of gas, the police said.



Lecture: On the initiative of Prof Dinesh Gupta, the University Business School, Panjab University, organised a lecture by Dr SS Bhatti, former principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture, on Saturday on “An outsider’s view of MBA”. Dr Bhatti urged young audience to view their course as a growth of divinity by looking at MBA as mind-body alignment. It is an attitude, ability, aim and activity that must seek amelioration of the human condition.


Father-in-law gets five-year RI
: The Fast Track Court of Additional District Sessions Judge Rajender Sharma sentenced Uttam Chand of Susnaal village, near Ghumarwin, to five years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) and an additional fine of Rs 10,000 under Section 306, IPC, here on Friday. Uttam Chand, father-in-law of Savita, was found guilty of forcing her to end her life by taking poison on October 24, 2009, just eight months after her marriage to Rakesh, an employee in a private firm in Delhi. Public Prosecutor RK Barwal told the court that Uttam, in the absence of his son from home, had tried to molest Savita. Savita reported the matter to her husband, mother-in-law and brother Virender and sister. Ultimately, Savita committed suicide. Virender, an Army man, had lodged an FIR at the Talai police station the next day.

1 held for assaulting sister-in-law: The police at Ghumarwin, near here, arrested Subhash Chand of Kooh Langedi village in the Kooh Manjhwaad gram panchayat for assaulting and threatening his sister-in-law on Sunday. Reports here said Kanta Devi and the accused had a quarrel over her children playing in the latter’s courtyard. Kanta told the police that Subhash beat her up and attacked her with an axe. The police registered an FIR under Sections 341, 324, 504 and 506, IPC, and arrested Subhash.

Conference postponed: A state-level conference and seminar on journalism of the Himachal Pradesh State Journalists Federation which was scheduled to be held on October 30 has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons. Federation state president Jai Kumar said here on Sunday that the Chief Minister who was to be the chief guest at the annual function, would not be available as he would be attending another important engagement that day.

Ministerial staff form district body
: The Hamirpur district body of the Ministerial Staff Association was formed at the local NGO Bhawan on Saturday evening. Des Raj Barwal was elected president, Manjeet Thakur senior vice-president, Pravin Bedi and Naresh Thakur vice-presidents, Dinesh Kumar general secretary, Sanjeev Jaswal press secretary, Naresh Thakur joint secretary, Arun katna office secretary, Sanjeev Kumar organising secretary, Som Nath Jagota finance secretary, Hem Raj advisor, Lokesh Kapil legal advisor and Vipan Chopra convener.


Youth held for ‘killing’ girl
: A youth has been arrested for allegedly killing a minor girl, who was earlier enticed by the accused into fleeing with him a few days ago. The victim was a resident of Selaqui. The accused, Nazim of Moradabad, works in a medicine firm in Selaqui near Dehradun. The body of the girl was found at Kotgodam near Haldwani.

Man murdered in Rishikesh: Some miscreants allegedly killed a man and burgled his house in Rishikesh on Saturday night. The matter came to light in the morning. Till the filing of the news, the police was yet to find any clue.

Missing girl traced to Noida: Parul, who had been missing since last Sunday, was today traced to Noida by a Dehradun police team. The woman was reportedly found with a man, the police said. After her disappearance, her father had lodged a complaint against her in-laws at the Nehru Colony police station. On the other hand, the woman’s father-in-law has lodged a missing person complaint.

Musical album shot in Mussoorie
: The shooting of a Garhwali music album titled “Basanti” began in the serene surroundings of the “Queen of the Hills” on Sunday. The music album consisting of eight melodious songs is produced by Prerna music and the songs are sung by famous singer of the region Kalpana Chauhan. This is her first music album after she lost her foot and her musician brother lost his hand in the fatal accident this year.

Kumaon Briefs

Haldwani police gears up for Diwali: The Haldwani police has made ample arrangements for Diwali. The town has been divided into five sectors with regard to security management to prevent any untoward incident. Police personnel in plain clothes will be deployed in all markets to check miscreants from creating mischief. The police also claims to have chalked out a plan for effective traffic management. With just two days left for the festival, people have started thronging markets and managing heavy flow of traffic has emerged as one of the biggest challenges for law and order enforcing agencies.

Adulterated sweets destroyed: Carrying out with the drive against the sale of adulterated sweets, the administration is carrying out surprise checks across the Kumaon region. Reports from various places point to adulterated sweets being destroyed. A large quantity of adulterated and stale khoya products were destroyed in Pithoragarh. In Champawat the authorities confiscated two quintals of petha. In Ramnagar random sampling has been done at various shops. The samples have been sent for testing.

3 held for circulating fake currency: The Tanakpur police has arrested three persons while they were allegedly trying to circulate fake currency notes. An amount of RS 75,000 in fake currency has also been seized from the accused. The trio have been identified as Shivkant Gupta, Deepak Gupta and Ashok Kumar Gupta of Uttar Pradesh. They were allegedly trying to peddle the fake currency in the Purnagiri area. The mastermind behind the racket, who is a resident of Etawah, however, managed to flee. They are learnt to have already circulated Rs 25,000 in fake currency in the market.

Miscreants take away vehicle: Six miscreants allegedly beat up the driver of a dumper and took away his vehicle Rudrapur in Udham Singh Nagar district. The victim, Naveen of Rampura locality, was going towards Kitcha on late Friday night after loading a consignment of sand in the Police Lines area when he was stopped by a four-wheeler that had overtaken him near Malsa. Before he could understand anything, six persons dismounted from the vehicle and got hold of him. They allegedly dragged him to a sugarcane field and beat him up. Later, they tied his hands and feet and threw him aside. They fled with the dumper. The driver informed the dumper owner about the incident after gaining consciousness. Investigations are on in the matter.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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