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Two notorious smugglers held
: The police on Wednesday arrested two notorious smugglers, Gubhej Singh and Satbir Singh, both residents of Maddar village (Khalra), from a local private hospital. The duo was injured in an attack by a rival group member, Gurjant Singh alias Bhola, a resident of Havelian village on the India-Pakistan border. Sources said Gurjant reportedly used an AK-47 rifle to target the injured. 

Admissions on NEET merit
: The state government on Thursday initiated the process of admissions in medical and dental colleges on the basis of NEET merit. Instructions have been issued to the Vice Chancellor, Baba Farid Medical University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, to proceed in this direction. Chunni Lal Bhagat, Minister for Medical Education and Research, said in the light of the Supreme Court's ruling in this regard, the government had sought a legal opinion. He said the admissions to various MBBS, BDS, MS, MD and MDS courses would be done as per NEET merit. 

Rajan Gupta to join as DGP, R&D: Rajan Gupta will join as DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), New Delhi, official sources said on Thursday. The 1978-batch IPS officer was holding the charge of DGP (Human Rights) in the Punjab Police. The senior-most Punjab cadre IPS officer is scheduled to retire in July 2015. Meanwhile, police officer Kulwinder Singh has been posted as SP, Central Jail, Faridkot; and Jail Superintendent JP Singh as AIG-2, ADGP Jails office. 

Govt provides financial aid to farmers
: The government has provided Rs 1,905 lakh as financial assistance to farmers. The Deputy Commissioner said Rs 1,803 lakh were provided to increase the wheat production, while Rs 66 lakh to increase pulses production. Apart, Rs 36 lakh were given under the micro management works scheme.

Eight booked in foeticide case
: On the complaint of Nirmal Kaur that she was forced to undergo abortion by her husband Lakhwinder Singh of Kammewala village in Faridkot and her in-laws after getting a gender determination test done, the Moga police on Wednesday registered a case against eight persons. Station House Officer Jasvarinder Singh said a nurse who performed the abortion was among those booked. No one has been arrested so far. 

Truck driver killed in road mishap
: A truck driver was killed in an accident at Mehlan village, 10 km from here, on Wednesday. The accident is learnt to have occurred as the driver was trying to avoid a collision with a car coming from the opposite direction. However, he reportedly failed in his attempt and the truck overturned, crushing the driver underneath. 

11 water samples from Sangrur fail test: Eleven water samples of the 20 collected from private schools by district authorities were found to be unfit for consumption. These samples were collected over the last six months this year. Bacteriological contamination was found in 10 of the 11 failed samples.



2 killed as scooter rams into truck
:Two persons were killed when the scooter they were riding on rammed into a stationary truck near the foodgrain market on the Beri-Jahajgarh road here on Wednesday late evening. The deceased were identified as Rajender Singh and Basant Kumar.



Traders fined
: Additional District Magistrate (ADM), RK Shavan, today imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 each on two traders for selling sub-standard food products under false brands. The ADM fined Vijay Paul S of Kishtwar and Ghulam Rasool Sheikh of Patimhala for selling sub-standard biscuits and candies.

Man booked for raping cousin: A man has been booked for raping his cousin sister. Joginder Kumar has been booked for allegedly raping his 19-year-old cousin at a village in Ramnagar Tehsil of Udhampur when she was alone at home. A family member of the victim lodged a complaint. 

3 hurt in bear attack
: Three persons were hurt after being attacked by a wild bear in Baramulla district. A police spokesman said a bear attacked and injured three persons at Narin 1st Botapathri near tourist resort Gulmarg. 

Man electrocuted, girl ends life: A man was electrocuted while a teenaged girl allegedly committed suicide in two separate incidents in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a police spokesperson said here today. Nazir Ahmad Khan, 50, was electrocuted to death after an electric line fell on him last evening at Dazna In another incident, a 17-year-old girl consumed a poisonous substance at her residence in Seran. She was rushed to SKIMS, Srinagar, where she breathed her last.



Theatre festival: Usha Ganguli's theatre group, Rangkarmee, and REACH (Rural Entrepreneurship for Art and Cultural Heritage), an NGO, are organising a theater festival at the AMN Ghosh auditorium from July 27. 


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