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Man ends life:
A man reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a train. Khushwant Singh, ASI, told mediapersons that at 2.20 pm he was informed on the phone that a body was lying on the rail tracks near Sugar Mill. He said the body was sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem.

Freshers’ party:
A freshers’ party was held at Green Land Public School, Jalandhar bypass. The school was decorated and students came dressed in beautiful attire. They danced to the tune of rocking numbers. Balloons and sweets were distributed among them.

World Health Day: ABC Montessori School celebrated World Health Day in collaboration with the Rotary Club, Laudhiana. Dr Sanjeev Uppal, president of the club, was the guest of honour. Prof Puneet A Pooni from the department of pediatrics, DMCH, and Dr Rajan Bir Singh Thind visited the school for a routine check-up. Dr Pooni motivated parents to inculcate healthy eating habits among children and told them about positive parenting.

Fake travel agent booked:
The police has booked a fake travel agent, Purdhumman Kakkar, resident of Nakodar, under Sections 420 and 506 of the IPC for duping a local resident, Purshotam Lal, of Rs 6 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. The travel agent neither sent Purshotam Lal abroad, nor returned his money.

Tarn Taran
Married woman sets herself afire:
A married woman, 26-year-old Mandeep Kaur, of the local Muradpur locality reportedly set herself ablaze last night. Mandeep has been admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar in a critical condition. The city police has registered a case under Section 498-A and 34 against her father-in-law, mother-in-law and her sister-in-law after the local Judicial Magistrate recorded the statement of the victim.

1 held with illicit liquor: The Valtoha police has arrested one Tarsem Singh, a resident of Amarkot village, with huge quantity of illicit liquor and lahan after a raid at his distillery.



Zirakpur to get 5 tubewells:
Dera Bassi MLA, NK Sharma, while inaugurating a tubewell at Pabhat village said that five new tubewells would be installed in Zirakpur in the coming days. Talking to mediapersons, Sharma said soon the residents of Zirakpur would get proper water supply as the council had planned to install five more tubewells in Zirakpur.



First LED-lit village
: Shimla Mulana village of Panipat district has become the first village in Haryana to be completely illuminated with light emitting diode (LED) lamps. The Renewable Energy Department has provided power and solar energy equipment worth Rs 13.27 lakh to the village. 

Govt ro raise 650-cr loan: The Hayana government has notified the sale of Haryana Government Stock (Securities) of 10-year tenure for an aggregate amount of Rs 650 crore. A notification to this effect has been issued by the Finance Department, Haryana, an official release said. The proceeds of the loan will be utilised for financing capital expenditure in connection with the development programmes of the state government, it said. 

Two arrested for looting truck
: Two out of eight members of a notorious gang were arrested on Friday for looting a truck here in the wee hours on Wednesday after overpowering its driver and his helper. According to a police spokesperson, the two gangsters were arrested in Gwalior where they had escaped after committing the crime. The vehicle looted by them has also been recovered from Gwalior.

Mishap after surgery claims woman’s life
: A 70-year-old woman, Suman Rani, who was returning home after a successful surgery at the PGIMS, Rohtak, died when a car in which she was travelling hit a tree near Dariyapur village on the Sirsa road today. Vinod Bansal, the victim’s son, who was driving and his friend, Yash Pal, were seriously injured. Vinod suddenly lost control over the vehicle near Dariyapur on the national highway and his car hit a tree. Suman Rani died on the spot while Vinod and Yashpal were admitted to the General Hospital. 

Flyover sought in Ballabgarh: Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sharda Rathore met Union Minister for Surface Transport CP Joshi yesterday and pleaded for a flyover along the 1800-metre stretch from Gurgaon canal to the railway overbridge on the national highway No 2 in Ballabgarh, near here, to decongest the city. Rathore met the minister along with the Faridabad Municipal Commissioner and the SDM, Ballabgarh. 

Bar association office-bearers
: Following were declared elected as office-bearers of the District Bar Association, Kurukshetra, by Returning Officer KK Kaushik here on Thursday. Jagroop Singh- president, Animesh Bhardwaj- vice-president, Ashwani Goel- general-secretary, Sandeep Sodhi- joint secretary and Ram Kumar- treasurer. 

MLA acquitted
: A local court on Thursday acquitted Ratia MLA Jarnail Singh and 18 others in a case of rioting. The case was registered against Jarnail Singh and others in June 2008, when he was in the HJC. Drowning of a man and his four-year-old son in the Ghaggar due to collapse of a bridge and subsequent failure of the authorities to trace their bodies had sparked protests during which roads were blocked and vehicles of government officials were stoned. 

CPI seeks bonus on wheat purchase
: The CPI has demanded Rs 200 per quintal as bonus on the purchase of wheat by the government. The demand was made at a meeting of the district committee of the CPI at Rania in Sirsa today. The party passed several resolutions in the meeting, demanding timely payment of old-age pension and providing BPL status to the poor left out of the beneficiaries’ lists. 



7 lakh devotees visit Naina Devi:
More than seven lakh devotees, who visited the Naina Devi shrine during the 10-day Navratra fair, offered Rs 1.1 crore to the deity, which is Rs 36 lakh more than that offered in the fair last year. Temple Officer Sukhdev Thakur said the devotees also offered 396 grams of gold and 14 kg of silver at the shrine during the fair.

Rs 5 lakh for mela ground: The Himachal Government has implemented a number of beneficiary schemes for farmers and orchardists of the state that have resulted in the improvement of their economy. This was stated by Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur after inaugurating the five-day “Greesh-motsava” festival at Ghumarwin, near here, on Thursday. He announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the improvement of mela ground.

Lightning kills woman:
A woman died on the spot when she was struck by a flash of lightning at Tanotu village on Thursday night. SDM Chamba Rohit Rathour said the deceased was identified as Sumitra Devi. A relief of Rs 10,000 for the kin of the deceased has been sanctioned.

Two held with 41 cement bags:
The Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau on Friday arrested two persons under Sections 403, 406 and 120-B and recovered 41 bags of cement meant for government supply from them. They have been identified as Chandramani and Hardev, both brothers and residents of Brang, Dharampur.

700 examined at eye camp:
As many as 700 patients, most of them women and elderly, were examined and treated at a free eye camp organised by the Nurpur Press Club in collaboration with Help Age India, an NGO, at the civil hospital here on Friday. At least 100 patients were operated upon at the camp.

Philips’ low-cost mobile phone:
Electronics major Philips is planning to launch its Android-based smartphones and introduced low-cost 3G phones. R Mahendran, CEO, Conplex Telecom India Limited, national distributor of Philips, said the feature-rich phone (E122) would cost Rs 1,549 and comes with all multi-media capabilities and one-year warranty.



4 labourers suffer burn injuries:
Four labourers received burn injuries when their tent caught fire in the Tikri area of Udhampur district on Friday. The police said the labourers, who were working on a road, were present in the tent when it caught fire. The injured were taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital. The victims included Jatinder Kumar, Jeetu and Sanjay Kumar, all residents of Punjab. They were stated to be out of danger.

Six hurt: At least six persons, including two teenagers, suffered injuries in two road mishap in the Jammu region on Friday. The police said two brothers, Sehaq (15) and Shalok (11), sons of a Delhi resident, were injured after they were hit by a vehicle at Kathua on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway on Friday morning. The two were shifted to the District Hospital, Kathua, from where they were referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital. Also, Manoj, Madhwa Anand, Meenika and Pratima, all residents of New Delhi, suffered injuries when their vehicle collided with a speeding minibus in the Nagrota area on the outskirts of Jammu city. They were shifted to the GMCH.



2 boys held for stealing vehicles
: Two boys, Akash Thakur, 19, and Akash Chaudhary, 17, were caught by Vasant Vihar police today at Balliwala Chowk where they were riding on an Activa, which was stolen by them in the month of February. Both the boys later admitted to stealing two Maruti 800 cars as well. They are students of Cambridge School. Thakur, who lives on Kanwali Road, is son of advocate Ashok Kumar. Chaudhary, who hails from Saharpur, has a humble background as his father sells fancy birds on Kanwali Road. Chaudhary, who worked with a car mechanic for some time in the past, used his skill for wrong reasons. It was to afford their taste for expensive electronic gadgets and branded clothes that Chaudhary and Thakur hit upon the idea of stealing vehicles parked in secluded place. They stole one car, Maruti 800, from Biharigarh a few days ago. Another car, which belonged to Satish Kumar, jeweller, was stolen from Vikasnagar on April 2. The Activa was stolen from Khudbuda.

Bolero stolen: Vikesh Aggarwal, owner of Aggarwal Bakers and resident of Nehru Colony, must be repenting for being careless on Thursday night when, despite having sufficient room to park his Bolero vehicle inside the house, he let it remain parked on the main road. The vehicle was found stolen in the morning. The police has registered a case in this regard. It was just a week ago, a car parked on the road at night time was also found missing in the morning in Nehru Colony. The thieves in both the cases have not been arrested so far. 

Kumaon Briefs

Rickshaw puller run over by train: A rickshaw puller was killed after he was run over by a Kathgodam-bound train in Haldwani. It is learnt that his body was found from railway tracks in the Rajpura area of the town. The deceased has been identified as 36-year-old Bhagwan Das Gupta. It was pointed out by his neighbours that he was in the habit of drinking. It is being assumed that he fell before the train in a state of inebriation. His hut was located adjacent to the railway tracks.

2 nabbed for killing deer: Officials of the police department in Champawat have nabbed two persons on the charges of killing two deer in the forest area adjoining the town. The vehicle in which the two were trying to transport the dead animals has also been impounded and some weapons and mobile phones have been seized. The killed animals were females . Those nabbed have been identified as Bhagirath Rai and Mahesh Rai of Lohaghat.

Bank staff seek transparent policy: The employees affiliated to the union of the Kurmanchal Nagar Sahkari Bank have demanded a transparent policy regarding their salary increase and transfers. The demands were raised at the annual general meeting of the union. It was said that the bank management had promised to address the two issues raised by the employes by April 30. Representatives from all 24 branches of the bank were present at the meet.

Motorcyclist killed in accident: One person was killed when a motorcyclist was hit by a trawler in the Sitarganj area of Udham Singh Nagar district. The accident took place on the Khatima-Panipat highway. The deceased has been identified as 25-year Shivsurat Chauhan of Nanakmatta. Two others were injured in the accident. The driver and cleaner of the trawler fled the spot after the accident. Police efforts are on to nab the two.

One die, 3 hurt in road mishap: One person was killed and three others were injured in a road accident involving a bus, a tractor and a car. The accident took place near Pipliya Mod near Kitcha in Udham Singh Nagar district. The deceased has been identified as Bantu Sharma of Shahbad in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. He was accompanying a friend’s family to Kitcha. Sources say that he died while being taken to Haldwani for treatment. His friend Udit Gupta, his wife Shashi Gupta and their child Vansh sustained major injuries in the accident.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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