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Thieves decamp with gold:
Thieves on Friday broke in to two houses at Tharajwala village and decamped with 30 tola gold ornaments and Rs 50,000. According to Raj Bahadur Singh and Jasveer Singh, owners of the houses, the thieves broke into their houses last night, when their families were sleeping in the verandah. The Lambi police reached the spot with a dog squad. The investigations are on in this regard.

Poppy husk seized: The Muktsar police on Saturday seized 5.4 quintal of poppy husk after arresting three persons from across the district. On Friday, a Swift Dzire car was intercepted near Einakhera village in Malout and 12 bags of poppy husk were seized from its occupants. The police arrested Beant Singh, a resident of Moga district, in this regard. However, another accused, identified as Harmeshinder Singh, managed to escape after leaving the vehicle behind. A case has been registered in this regard at the Sadar Malout police station.

Four commit suicide:
Four persons reportedly committed suicide in and around the town in separate incidents on Friday. A student of Lovely Professional University, Nitin Rai of Preet Nagar, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself. In another incident, Parminder Kaur of Nangal Kherra allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison. In third incident, Ramandeep (19) reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Sahni village. In another incident, Neeru Bala (38) of Khalwara Gate allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with the ceiling fan in her parental house. Her parents alleged she was being harassed by her in-laws for dowry.

Two killed in mishap: A cyclist and an ice cream vendor were killed when a speeding SUV hit them near Hanumant School on the Goraya-Phillaur highway on Friday. The victims were identified as Harbilas of Rurrka-Khurad village and Manu of Sitapur (UP). The Goraya police has arrested the SUV driver Ajmer Singh of Muthhadda-Kalan village.

Manager caught taking bribe:
A team of Vigilance Bureau, Sangrur, on Saturday arrested Gurwinder Pal Singh, Assistant Manager, Sangrur Primary Co-operative Agriculture Development Bank Limited, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from Jagpal Singh of Longowal village. Inspector Gurcharan Singh said Jagpal Singh had got a loan of Rs 10 lakh sanctioned from the bank and in lieu of that, the Assistant Manager had been demanding Rs 50,000 from him. A case has been registered against the Assistant Manager.



Heat over power, water shortage
: In a protest against the erratic power and drinking water supply, residents of Jawahar Nagar and Subhash Nagar blocked the main road passing through the colonies for around two hours by putting iron beams on the road today.



Guv condoles death of PC’s mother:
Governor NN Vohra has condoled the demise of Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s mother. The Governor conveyed his sympathy to Chidambaram and other members of the bereaved family.



Book released:
“Congress Architects and Stalwarts,” a book on the history of Congress by Devki Nandan Pandey, was released here today. Union Minister of Water Resources Harish Rawat released the book. Rawat praised Devki’s writing ability. He said Devki had already penned 17 books.

Youth duped of 2 Lakh: An unemployed youth Najim was duped of Rs 2 lakh by Rajkumar and Veer Singh, who assured him to get job in the Uttarakhand Police. Rajkumar and Veer told Najim that they had good connections in the Uttarakhand Police Department and would get him placed as constable. Acting on Najim’s complaint, Vikasnagar police has registered a case and started investigations.

Four held for theft: The Dehradun police has arrested four persons, including a night watchman, for theft at Sai Temple located on the Sahastradhara Road. The identity of all the four is yet to be revealed by the police as the interrogation was under progress. A few days back, some miscreants took away all the ornaments from Sai Temple in Dehradun.

Football tourney: ONGC’s BS Negi Memorial Football Tournament will begin from June 9. A total of 18 teams will be participating in the tournament, which will be played on knock-out basis.

SSB intensifies border patrol:
The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has intensified checking at the Indo-Nepal border in Dharchula sector after reports of illegal transportation of leopard skins to Nepal by the smugglers from the Indian side through secret routes. “Besides giving an alert call to all borders out posts at Indo-Nepal border, we have increased number of our jawans at Dharchula, Jauljibi and Baluakot bridges,” said SD Sherkhane, an ITBP official at Didihat.

Doctors manhandled:
Relatives manhandled doctors and medical staff at Almora base hospital on Saturday after a patient died Friday evening. A similar incident occurred in Pithoragarh hospital last week. “We had informed the relatives of the patient in advance of his serious condition. Still the doctors were manhandled without any fear of law. We have asked the district administration and hospital management to act against the culprits and give us security at work so that we can work in the hospital without any fear,” said Dr Anil Dhigra, a senior doctor of the hospital.

PhD entrance on August 11:
Kumaon University has decided to take examination of pre-PhD on August 11 for which 346 seats are available in 29 disciplines. “Those who have qualified NET are exempted from this examination as they are eligible to register for PhD with the university,” said Prof Manvendra Pathak, director of research and extension, Kumaon University.

Two fined for illegal phones:
Two Nepalese possessing illegal satellite phones were let off by a Champawat court after punishing them with fine of Rs 2,000. The police has said the satellite phones would be released only after the basic documents relating to the real owner of these phones were provided to the police. “The release will also depend on court’s order,” said Karan Singh Nagnyal, SP, Champawat.

College without teachers:
Students of Khetikhan Intermediate College and their parents are waiting for their physics lecturer from last 21 years. The lecturer had gone on week’s leave, but did not return since then. “Our results are dropping year by year as teachers of science subjects besides the physics teacher have absented themselves from the college for past several years,” said DL Varma, principal of the college.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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