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Helpline leads to arrest of eve-teaser
: An alert woman rang up the Women Helpline number of the Punjab Police to save herself from a co-passenger who was allegedly harassing her while travelling in a bus from Mansa to Sardulgarh on Friday. Mansa Senior Superintendent of Police Narinder Bhargava said the woman travelled daily to Sardulgarh where she was posted in a government office. The accused, Girdial Singh (65), has been booked under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (outraging the modesty of a woman).

SIT, 3 helplines to check illegal mining
: The Punjab government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) besides setting up three helplines so as to enable the citizen to report cases of illegal mining immediately. An official spokesperson said the SIT comprising Nirmal Singh Dhillon, IG, Bathinda Range, who would act as its chairperson, would include Indermohan Singh, SSP, Ropar and Vishav Bandhu, Joint Director, Industries as members of this team. He said three dedicated helplines had been set up, which would be functional 24x7. The helpline set up for the chairperson of SIT is telephone number 0164-2240180 and FAX number 0164-2219501. The other two helplines are telephone number 97794-64099 and FAX number 01881-228874 (SSP, Ropar) and telephone number 0172-2701226 (Director, Mining). 

Varsity releases held-up pensions
: Following The Tribune story regarding delay in release of the pensions of Punjabi University pensioners (teaching and non-teaching) for the month of May, Punjabi University, Patiala, released the pensions of around 1,200 beneficiaries pensioners today.

Freedom fighter  cremated with honours
: A 93-year-old freedom fighter, Bhagwant Singh Janal, was on Friday cremated with state honours at Janal village near Dirba. Born in 1920 in Bhai Ke Mattu (now in Pakistan), he remained a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for 12 years from 1960. He also remained Sangrur district president of the Punjab State Freedom Fighters' Organisation (till his death). His son Visakha Singh lit the pyre while a contingent of the Punjab Police reversed its arms. 

Computers stolen from Farad Kendra: Five computer LCDs were stolen by unidentified persons from the Farad Kendra building at Malerkotla on Thursday. At present, the Suvidha Centre is also being run from the building. 


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