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Fatehgarh Sahib
Two injured in shootout:
Two persons were seriously injured when two groups fired at each other at nearby Reona Niwan village today. The groups clashed over a land dispute. The injured, Ishwar Singh and Amritpal Singh, were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. A case has been registered but no arrest has been made so far.

Medical practitioners to protest today: Members of the Punjab Medical Practitioners’ Association (PMPA) will hold a dharna against the state government tomorrow for not fulfilling their demands. Dr Sukhdev Singh, PMPA district president, said the government was trying to browbeat them by filing false cases against its members. Dr Ramesh Bali, state president of the association, would lead the protest and burn an effigy of the state government.

Rs 86.57 lakh spent under MGNREGA: This fiscal year, Rs 86.57 lakh were spent under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Fatehgarh Sahib district. As many as 4,077 job card holders got work for 15,422 days. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Baljit Singh said of the Rs 138.57 lakh received, 63 per cent of the amount had been spent on providing jobs to the needy in rural areas. The ADC said a total of two lakh saplings were planted during this monsoon season by MGNREGA workers. Of these, 44,500 were planted in Amloh block, 44,250 in Khamano, 36,250 in Khera and 33,500 in Sirhind block.

2 injured in blast at Ranbaxy plant:
Two Ranbaxy employees got injured when a blast rocked the company’s plant in Tonsa village near Balachaur late on Friday evening. The injured, Rajan Sikka and Rajinder Dewan, were first referred to a private hospital near Balachaur and thereafter shifted to another hospital in Mohali. Tension prevailed as villagers and labourers gathered outside the premises of the plant following rumours that a few employees had died. Kathgarh police stepped in to resolve the matter.

Unpaid pensioners stage dharna
: Perturbed over non-payment of dues, Punjabi University pensioners have been staging a dharna on the university campus for several days. They alleged on Sunday the university was in a financial mess and that it was spending huge sums on unnecessary projects. Babu Singh, general secretary of Punjabi University Pensioners’ Welfare Association, said the university was harassing the pensioners who were not even medically fit to stage a dharna. He said the authorities were not paying heed to their demands.

Seven injured in road mishap:
Seven people got injured when a bus collided with a truck on Sangrur-Barnala road near Bahadurpur village, about 10 km from here, on Saturday. The injured were taken to the local civil hospital. The victims have been identified as: Ranjit Singh (bus driver), Harjit Singh (conductor), Durgesh Mishra, Manjit Singh, Vinod Kumar, Amandeep Singh and Sukhjit Singh. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC against the truck driver at Longowal police station.


3 booked for duping man:
A case has been registered against three persons, including a woman, for allegedly duping a person of Rs 15 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Canada. District police chief Rakesh Kumar Arya said Raghubir Singh, a resident of Chahar Majra, Kaithal district, had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Vipin Kumar, a resident of Sector 7, HUDA, and a third accomplice Mishra had duped him on the pretext of sending him to Canada but neither they sent him abroad nor returned his money.


Two youths held for stealing car: The police here arrested two youths Sushil and Ankit who had stolen an Alto car (HP01A-0763) from Lakkad Bazaar in Shimla on Saturday night. SP Kapil Sharma said here on Sunday that the car was intercepted by the police at Raj Ghati near Namhole, 25 km from here, when it entered Bilaspur district in the noon. Sushil was driving the stolen car, while Ankit was sitting beside him.

Shopkeepers told to display price list: District Magistrate-cum-DC Ajay Sharma has issued a notification for enforcing maximum sale prices of essential items to customers in the district with immediate effect. The notification makes it mandatory for all shopkeepers and dhaba owners to display a price list of items being sold in their shops at a prominent place.

Aadhaar must for LPG supply: Kadam Sandeep Vasant, District Magistrate, Chamba, has issued instructions to consumers of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) to link their numbers of the Aadhaar Card and bank account with their respective gas agencies, failing which they will be debarred from getting the supply of LPG cylinders with effect from September 1.

Mahila Samiti holds protest: Akhil Bhartiya Janvadi Mahila Samiti activists staged a protest here on Friday and demanded the immediate arrest of rape accused Asa Ram. In a memoramdum submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, through the Mandi DC, women activists, led by district president Jaivanti Devi, allaged that Asa Ram had also made controversial remark in connection with the gang rape case of Nirbhay in Delhi last year.

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