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Bathinda
Man shot at:
Gurtej Singh, a resident of village Sidhana, was attacked on January 27. In his complaint to the Phool police, Gurtej Singh stated that at around 6.30 pm, he was standing in his fields when three unidentified men in an SUV attacked him with a weapon and fired a shot, which hit his shoulder. Police have registered a case.

50 bottles of liquor seized: Police seized fifty bottles of liquor in Gillpatti village. The police said Shivraj Singh, a resident of Gillpatti village, was carrying the bottles when he was caught. The accused, who had violated the model code of conduct, was later released on bail.


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HARYANA

FARIDABAD
Labourer died: A labourer died on the spot and one got injured when a wall of a building under construction at NIT collapsed. The deceased has been identified as Sachin of UP. The police has registered an FIR against the contractor involved in construction of the building. 

Surajkund Mela: Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Gupta has directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the local authorities to repair the roads connecting the venue of the Surajkund Crafts Mela, which will be inaugurated on February 1. The directive was issued following a joint meeting of senior officilas of the district convened by him to review the preparations relating to the mela. He also reviewed the security arrangements along with the police authorities. 

Three booked: The police has registered a case against a person, his father and sister for alleged harassment of his wife for dowry. Khusboo of Rahul Colony complained to the police that her daughter was being harassed for Rs 25,000 and a gold chain as dowry. The marriage took place in 2008. The mother alleged that Rs 2 lakh had already been given as dowry. 

Kurukshetra
Three held:
The police has arrested three persons, including two women, for beating Ved Prakash, an auto-rickshaw driver, and snatching from him Rs 8,700 on January 25. Those arrested have been identified as Mohit and his wife, Pammi, of Kurukshetra and Suman, daughter of Alamgir of Karnal. During interrogation, the accused confessed they were involved in the crime. They were produced in a local court and were sent to judicial custody. 

Rewari
Life term:
VP Gupta, Additional Sessions Judge, has sentenced Jagdish and his son, Sanjiv, proprietors of Shaheed VK Gas Agency of Bawal, to life imprisonment holding them guilty of the murder of a cooking gas customer, Anil, who was shot dead by the duo at their above gas agency on December 23, 2010. Besides, the judge has also imposed fines of Rs 6,500 and Rs 6,000 on Jagdish and Sanjiv, respectively, under various sections of the IPC.



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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Srinagar
21,953 mentally ill patients treated in 2011
: About 21,953 patients suffering from various mental ailments were provided medical treatment at different mental health institutions of the Valley during the last year. The District Mental Health Programme, launched in July 2008, was part of the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP). TNS
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DEHRADUN

Kumaon Briefs

Freedom fighter cremated with state honours: Freedom fighter Gauri Dutt Pande (93) died at his home in Jyolikote near Nainital after a prolonged illness. He was cremated with full state honours at Chitrashila Ghat in Ranibagh on Sunday. Born in the Chitai area of Almora on April 26, 1919, Pande had participated in several movements against the British rule. He had been imprisoned for eight months in 1942. He had been a close associate of Barat Rantna Pandit Gobind Ballabh Pant, former Defence Minister KC Pant, Shyam Lal Verma and former Chief Minister ND Tiwari. His wife and two sons had passed away earlier. He is survived by a daughter who is married to a retired aviation official.

Drive to check power theft in Haldwani: The Power Department has initiated a special drive to check power theft in Haldwani and its adjoining areas. According to information, the department has come across several instances of a large-scale power theft. It is estimated that the power theft that is taking place is as high as 51 per cent of the transmission. Officials say a sum of Rs 75,000 has been imposed as fine on a single entrepreneur alone for indulging in power theft. The drive is expected to continue over the coming few weeks.

Next B.Ed session may be delayed: Students enrolled in the BEd course in several private colleges across Kumaon are agitated over the delay in the renewal of recognition of the colleges. This has led to a sense of insecurity among the students and it is once again expected that the next BEd session would once again be delayed. The Kumaon University authorities said the report of the panel constituted for the purpose was awaited. There are about 15,000 students enrolled in various colleges for the course.

Admin help sought to check mishaps: Residents of the Peerumdara area near Ramnagar have demanded that immediate steps be taken to check the growing instances of accidents on NH-121 that runs through the area. They said most of these accidents are fatal. They have sought that the administration take steps to curtail the increasing number of such accidents.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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