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Lohri celebrated in Pak’s Bhattiya village:
Lohri was reportedly celebrated for the first time at Pakistan’s Bhattiya village since the Partition. Bhattiya is the ancestral village of the protagonist of famous Lohri balad ‘Sunder Mundriye --- Dulla Bhatti Wala’. Surinder Kochchar said his friends in Pakistan Prof Asad Salim Sheikh, Mohammad Bashir Diwana and advocate Malik Tanveer conveyed him over the phone that Lohri was celebrated at Bhattiya village, also known as Pindi Bhattiyan, today.

Man held with intoxicants: The police arrested Dheer Singh of Guru Nanak Pura with 380 grams of intoxicant powder. Dheer Singh was booked under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The police also booked Rakesh Kumar of Gurbax Nagar and an unidentified person after seizing illicit liquor from a car. They were booked under relevant sections of the Excise Act. The police seized six boxes of whisky which were kept in a car. The accused fled the scene after seeing the police party.

Aggarwal Sabha office inaugurated:
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sarup Chand SIngla today inaugurated the office of Punjab Aggarwal Sabha on the Bibiwala road. He also issued the membership form on the occasion initiating a membership drive for the Sabha. He called upon the people to increase the number of members in the Sabha.

Man commits suicide:
A 35-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his house at Jamalpur road here today. The man was identified as Sarabjit Singh (35). Sarabjit was employed in a cloth manufacturing unit. Sources said that his mother had recently died due to which he used to remain depressed.

No trace of missing boy:Nearly a week after the mysterious disappearance of Sarabjit Singh (13), who went to fetch milk, the police has failed to trace him. The parents of the missing boy suspect that the boy might have been drowned in a pond located in village Mundian. The police, along with some volunteers emptied the entire pond to locate the boy but Sarabjit could not be found.

Minor girl kidnapped:A 15-year-old girl has been kidnapped by some unidentified persons. Girl's father said that his daughter went to school located near Sufian Chowk yesterday, but did not return home. After searching her for the whole day, the girl's father reported the matter to the police.

Man held for raping minor:
The district police on Sunday arrested Karan Singh, a resident of Bhangalan village at Nangal, for allegedly raping a minor girl here. The victim stayed with her parents, who work as labourers, in the same village. The girl said, on Saturday evening when her mother was not at home, Karan took her to an abandoned building nearby and raped her. The police has arrested the accused and has registered a case against him, said Nangal Station House Officer Kesar Singh.

Couple booked for abducting teen:
The Longowal police on Sunday evening registered a case against Misra and his wife Rajbir Kaur, both residents of Boha village in Mansa district, under Sections 363 (kidnapping) and 366-A of the IPC for allegedly abducting a minor girl. None of the accused has been arrested so far. The Longowal SHO Subeg Singh said Binder Singh, a resident of Ratoke village, had alleged that Misra and his wife had abducted his 15-year-old daughter from his house on January 11.



Man held under Arms Act:
The police has arrested Gurjinder Singh, a resident of Ramgarh village, from Ladwa in the district, under the Arms Act for allegedly possessing a country-made pistol. He was produced in a local court which remanded him in judicial custody.

PO arrested: Raj Kumar, a proclaimed offender and resident of Jinda Farm, Umri, was arrested. A case under Sections 148, 149, 323 and 34 of the IPC was registered against him at the Pipli Police Station on April 24, 2010, and a local court had declared him a proclaimed offender on August 16, 2012. He was produced in the court which remanded him in judicial custody.



Ajay Sharma is new DC:
Ajay Sharma has joined as the new Deputy Commissioner (DC) here on Thursday. An officer of the IAS, Sharma has earlier served the state government in various capacities, including the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, and also the Special Secretary, HP Finance and Public Works Departments. Sharma has replaced Ritesh Chauhan, who has been transferred as the Managing Director (MD) of the Himachal Road Transport Corporation, Shimla.

Press Club  elections: Senior journalist Sanjay Sharma was unanimously elected president of the Bilaspur Press Club in a general house meeting here on Saturday. Kul Bhushan Chabba was elected general secretary, while Sunita Thakur was made treasurer of the club. Senior journalist Rajender Gauttam presided. Present on the occasion were Kuldip Chandel, Shakti Upadhyaya, Rakesh Sharma, Vanshi Dhar Sharma, Rajeshwar Thakur, Ashiwini Pandit, Vijay Kumar, Sanjay Bhardwaj, Ajay Upadhyaya, Ishan Akhtar and Anil Patyal etc.

4 held, 850 gm charas seized:
Four persons, including a woman, belonging to Ludhiana and Bulandshehar areas of Punjab were arrested for smuggling 850 gm of charas in a vehicle at zero point Jassourgarh in Churah subdivision of Chamba district on Saturday. This was stated here by Superintendent of Police BM Sharma. A case under Sections 20 and 29, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act, had been registered against the accused at Tissa police station.

Case filed against 5 Army men:
Bharat Bhushan, a masalchi working in the transit Army camp at Palchan near Manali, accused five Army personnel of thrashing him after he allegedly committed a theft in the camp. The police has lodged an FIR at Manali police station against the five he named in his complaint under Sections 342, 147, 149 and 323, IPC. The police has started inquest proceedings in the case.

1.17 kg charas seized, 1 held: The Kullu police arrested Balbir Singh of Sarvari under the NPDS Act after it recovered 1.17 kg charas from the car (HP 01K-1672) he was travelling in from the Lug valley to Kullu on Friday evening. He was caught by the police at Khalada Nalah and further probe was on.

CITU workers not paid salaries:
Workers under the banner of the Confederation of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) on Friday lodged a complaint before the government-run Beas Valley Corporation and demanded immediate payment of wages as the private contractor has not paid them their salaries for the previous month. CITU leader Kushal Bhardwaj said some workers in the 105-MW Uhal project had not received their salaries even for the past two months. He said the corporation that was executing the project was not taking action against the private contractor for the non-implementation of the labour laws.

Theft committed in mobile shop:
The local police on Wednesday registered a theft case under Sections 380 and 457, Indian Penal Code, following a complaint by Sher Khan of nearby Rehan town. Burglars had broken into his mobile shop and decamped with 50 mobile phones and one laptop. In another case, thieves stole telephone cables at Dunga Bazar here on Tuesday night. This was stated by SDO, BSNL, Nurpur Tilak Thakur.


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