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1.05 kg of smack seized; 2 arrested
: The narcotics cell of the Punjab Police has recovered 1.05 kg of smack in two separate incidents. The contraband is valued around Rs 50 lakh. Superintendent of Police Varinder Singh Brar said 1 kg of smack was seized from a motorcyclist, Prem Singh, near Danewala Satkosi village on the Hindumalkot-Abohar road. In the other incident, the CIA staff arrested Boor Singh after seizing 50 gm of smack from his possession. 

Govt takes steps against ragging
: Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister Anil Joshi has issued instructions to all government and private polytechnics and ITIs to get anti-ragging undertakings from students as well as their parents at the time of admission. He said the students and parents can download the form from the UGC website www.antiragging.in and helpline@antiragging.in.

371 workers regularised: The state government on Thursday regularised the services of 317 daily wage and 54 other employees of Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation Limited. These employees were given appointment letters by Industries and Commerce Minister Anil Joshi.

Man, 2 sons held in murder case
: In a suspected case of honour killing, a man along with his two sons was arrested for allegedly killing his daughter's boyfriend at Aulakh Khurd village in Gurdaspur district, police said on Thursday. The girl is also missing, it said. The police said the youth, identified as Soni, had an affair with Paramjeet Kaur but their families were against the relationship. On the night of June 24, Soni tried to meet Paramjeet but he was caught by her family members who dragged him into their house and beat him to death, they said. On the statement of the deceasedís mother, the police has arrested Paramjeet's father Jagir Singh and two brothers Arvinder and Mangal. 



Man found hanging from tree
: Prem Singh (42) of Markand-Maakadi village was found hanging from a tree near a water source, 30 km from here, on Thursday. Reports said Prem worked in the fields all day, came home late in the evening, took his dinner and retired to bed. The police registered a case and handed over the body to his family after conducting postmortem at the Regional Hospital here. He is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters. 

Man sentenced to six-month jail: Vivek Sharma, Judicial Magistrate, Ghumarwin, near here, has sentenced Anil Kumar of Khairiyan Bharadi near Ghumarwin to six monthsí imprisonment and a fine of Rs 500 for rash driving. The Judge found Anil guilty under Sections 279 and 337, IPC. 

Proclaimed offender arrested: The police on Tuesday arrested Jagdish Sisodia of Tikkari Nebal village in Shimla district seven years after his committing a crime. He was arrested from his village by a police team, led by Head Constable Bodh Raj, and comprising constables Sanjiv Kumar, Raj Kumar and Ravi Kumar. The accused was declared a proclaimed offender by a court in 2006. He was facing charges under Sections 279 and 338, IPC, at Ghumarwin police station. 

Tomar is HPPSC chairman
: KS Tomar, a journalist, was on Wednesday appointed chairman of Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC). He replaces CM Sharma, who completed his term early this week. Tomar has over 30 years of experience in journalism and has also served in Kathmandu as a foreign correspondent. 


Guv flags off two trucks of relief material
: Governor Aziz Qureshi flagged off two trucks of relief materials, including food, water bottles and medicines, for the disaster-hit people from Raj Bhavan here on Thursday. The relief material worth Rs 20 lakh has been sponsored by Nestle and was received by the Udham Singh Nagar branch of the Indian Red Cross Society.

The second truck was sent by Progressive Farmersí Forum, Faridabad, Haryana, through Hairsh Kohli. Members of the Muslim community and several organisations of Haridwar have donated Rs 2 lakh through Haji Nayeem Qureshi and Haji Rafiq Khan.  

14,000 pilgrims rescued: Uttarakhand Minorities Commission chairman Narendrajeet Singh Bindra has expressed gratitude to the state government for taking prompt initiatives towards rescuing Hemkunt pilgrims. The last batch of the rescued pilgrims reached Joshimath from Gobind Ghat on Thursday. Bindra said a total of 14,000 pilgrims were rescued from the Hemkunt region. 

Relief fund: The Uttarakhand Congress Committee has decided to form a disaster relief fund to help the victims. The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Congress state headquarters and presided over by state party chief Yashpal Arya.


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