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Bike stolen
: Police has registered a case against unidentified persons for stealing a motorbike worth nearly  Rs 25,000. The complainant, Iqbal Singh of Gehri Buttar village, said his bike was stolen from near Sangat
Kenchiyan by some unidentified persons. A case under section 379 of the IPC has been registered against the accused at  Santa police station.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Three booked for fraud 
: Embezzlement worth lakhs of rupees was detected by officials of Markfed during a raid. The Markfed had given 96,117 gunny bags to milling companies based at Jhampur for storing paddy. The officials, after going through the records on March 13, found 17,918 bags missing from the local office. They lodged a complaint against Dalip Singh Mann and his son Manpreet Singh and Ram Nath. 

Colonisers hail govt’s decision on illegal colonies: In a state-level meeting that was held today,  the colonisers hailed the decision of the state  government to pass a bill in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to regularise the  illegal colonies in the state and not to enhance the CLU charges being charged by the respective municipal councils  and corporations to  pass Town Planning Schemes.

BJP installation day on April 6
: The BJP will celebrate its installation day on April 6 at 160 places in Punjab. State party secretary Jatinder Kalra said the party would celebrate its installation day at three to four places each in 23 assembly constituencies where it fielded candidates in the 2012 elections. Besides, the celebrations would be held at one place each in the remaining 94 constituencies, he added. 

SMO commits suicide: Rakesh Jain (53), Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Community Health Centre, Longowal, allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Sunam, near here on Tuesday. Government Railway Police SHO Gurcharan Singh said the SMO committed suicide around 3.30 am. He succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a passenger train going towards Ludhiana from Jakhal. No suicide note was found, he added. 



Expedite work
: Patil to dept heads:UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today pulled up various department heads for not utilising the budget allocations for 2012-13 in completing their work on time. Patil also reviewed projects of the UT Engineering Department, Chandigarh Housing Board, Municipal Corporation and other departments. Patil asked the officials to expedite work on their respective projects.




Accused gets nod for treatment
:The National Investigation Agency (NIA) raised no objection to an application submitted by Kamal Chauhan, one of the main accused in Samjhauta blasts case, to court in which he sought permission to be treated for his spinal problem from a private doctor outside the jail premises. The bail application submitted by Swami Aseemanand, another accused in the case, will be taken up on the next hearing on April 9. 



Couple succumbs to injuries
: Milkha Singh (43) and his wife Rajwant Kaur (38) of Tarn Taran, Punjab, received serious injuries when they were hit by a truck (HP-64-3150) near Kallar on the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway, 35 km from here, on Sunday evening. The couple was going to the Manikaran shrine on their motorcycle. The truck driver fled the scene of the accident. Villagers rushed both the injured to the health centre here and then to the Regional Hospital, but both of them succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital. A case has been registered. 

Leopard creates panic: Pushpa, wife of Sanjiv Kumar of Parahu village in the Jhandutta constituency, had a miraculous escape from the attack of a leopard while she was cutting grass in her fields on Sunday evening. She saw a leopard about to pounce on her from nearby bushes and ran away just in time. Women with her threw stones at the leopard and chased it away.

Forest staff, locals to be awarded
: Forest officials and local people residing in the forest-fringe areas and who excel in the task of controlling forest fires will be awarded by the state government. This was stated by Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri while addressing a workshop on “Forest fire prevention and control measures” held here on Sunday. Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Protection), Bilaspur, Avtar Singh, and the Chief Conservator of Forests, ARM Reddy, were present on the occasion.

Motorcyclist held with drugs: Lekh Raj was arrested with 80 intoxicating capsules at Lahru village in Chamba district on Monday, a report here said. The report said a police party on traffic inspection at Lahru intercepted a motorcycle and seized the capsules from Lekh Raj and arrested him. A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act has been registered.

Principal to get global award
: The Balkan-Ji-Bari International has chosen Dr (Capt) GS Dhillon, Director and Principal of Dalhousie Public School, for the global award for being a distinguished academician and outstanding administrator. The award will be presented to Dr Dhillon at a ceremony in New Delhi on March 30. Earlier, Dhillon was awarded the national award for teachers in September 2011 by the then President of India, Pratibha Patil. The Balkan-Ji-Bari International was founded in 1923. 
Dr GS Dhillon

Man dies of poisoning
: A 55-year-old man died of poisoning at the DRPGMC, Tanda, on Monday night, the police said here on Tuesday. Identified as a resident of Reeta village falling under Nadaun police station of Hamirpur district, he was mentally disturbed and consumed some poison by mistake on March 17 last. He was rushed to the CHC Nadaun from where doctors referred him to the Tanda hospital. A case has been registered.

Woman dies in road mishap: Indira Devi (42) of Ghaneta village falling under Bhawarna police station was killed when she fell off from the rear seat of the motorcycle on which she was travelling with her nephew Tinku on Monday, the police said here on Tuesday. She was rushed to the DRPGMC, Tanda, where she succumbed to her injuries. A case has been registered. 

3-day anti-deafness camp held:Under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD), a three-day camp was held at the Zonal Hospital, Dharamsala, in which 12 block nodel officers were imparted training to make society deafness-free. The camp was inaugurated jointly by the Chief Medical Officer, Kangra, and Senior Medical Superintendent, Zonal Hospital, Dharamsala, Rakesh Sharma. The training was imparted by District Nodal Officer, Kangra, S Chakravorty and subject expert Bindu Sood. 

Balmiki Kalyan Board sought: The two-day community yatra organised by members of the Balmiki community to create awareness about their rights and duties culminated on Sunday after moving through different sub-divisions of the district. Kangra District Balmiki Sangarsh Samiti chief Budh Nath and general secretary Deepak Larhorda said the yatra moved through Tanda, Nagrota Bagwan, Palampur with a night halt at Dharamsala. MC, Dharamsala, chief Kamla Patial flagged off the yatra from Dharamsala. They demanded that the state government should constitute a Balmiki Kalyan Board and look after their genuine problems and mitigate them. 

2 youths killed in road accident: Two youths, Khem Singh (33) of Chogra village and Yashwant Singh (22) of Surah, both from Gohar sub-division of Mandi district, were killed and one was injured when their car dashed against a stationary truck near Dhanotu here on Sunday night. They were on their way back home after watching the Nalwari Fair at Sundernagar when driver Yadvinder lost control of the car. The two persons died on the way to the hospital while the third was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Sundernagar. A case has been registered. 



Sports items distributed: Governor Dr Aziz Qureshi today distributed sports equipment and games like chess, ludo, carrom and badminton to the security personnel posted at Raj Bhavan. He wished them a happy Holi and asked them to fulfil their duty with dedication. He said sports had an important role in the physical, mental and intellectual well-being of a person.

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