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Biomedical waste norms implemented:
All the 173 hospitals working under the Punjab Health Systems Corporation have implemented the biomedical waste management system, said Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal on Sunday. He said these hospitals had entered into a contract with the Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility, identified by the Punjab Pollution Control Board for provision of colour-coded bags for collection of biomedical waste from hospitals and disposing these of as per the guidelines.

Man found murdered in Moga village:
A 27-year-old man was found dead on the outskirts of Khosa Randhir Singh village on Sunday. Sources said the victim, Harmel Singh, had worked in a juice factory at Saleena village. He had gone missing on Saturday following which his family had informed the police. The body, which bore injury marks with sharp weapons, had been sent to the district hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Tarn Taran
Three arrested for illegal mining:
During a special campaign against illegal mining in the district, the police on Sunday seized five tractor-trailers loaded with sand. Sources said the Harike police had arrested Kawaljit Singh and Gurwinder Singh, while Amarjit Singh, Balkar Singh and Malkiat Singh managed to escape. Similarly, the Patti police had arrested Milkha Singh, a resident Bhangala village.

23 drug peddlers held in Tarn Taran: The police has arrested 23 drug peddlers and seized 5 kg of poppy husk, 8,400 intoxicant tablets and other drugs from their possession. Sources said the Goindwal Sahib police had arrested Jagtar Singh with 5 kg of poppy husk. The Sarhali police seized 50 gram of heroin from Bhagwant Singh. Kulwinder Kaur was arrested with 10 gram of heroin by the Sadar police. In the past four days, the district police had arrested over 100 drug peddlers, the sources said.

Three arrested for stealing wheat: The Sadar police on Sunday arrested three persons for stealing government wheat. The fourth member of their gang managed to escape. The police said as many 20 bags weighing 10 quintals of wheat had been seized from their possession. A case has been registered. The accused have been identified as Sawinder Singh, his son Satnam Singh, and Balwant Singh, while Balwant's son Harjinder Singh managed to escape.



Financier shot at:
Two motorcycle-borne youths shot at a financier on Saturday near Milan Chowk of Tohana. The victim, Parminder Singh, of Kudni near Tohana, was critically injured and shifted to a private hospital for surgery, where his condition is said to be stable. Parminder had come out of a hotel and was walking towards his car when the accused shot at him.

Man held for  ATM fraud:
The police arrested Ajay Kumar of Behrana in Jhajjar district on Friday for allegedly withdrawing Rs 15,000 from an ATM by tampering the machine. The police said during the interrogation Ajay admitted that he, along with his two accomplices, had withdrawn the amount from the ATM of Punjab National Bank near the Chattha complex here on August 3. He was produced in a court here on Saturday, which remanded him in judicial custody.

ASI caught accepting bribe:
Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Daya Nand of the Kharkhoda police station was caught red-handed by a Vigilance team while accepting a bribe of Rs 8,000 from Mukesh of Sisana village on Friday. The ASI had allegedly demanded Rs 10,000 from Mukesh for quashing a complaint lodged against him by Rajbir of Matindu village for beating the latter.



Man jumps from fifth floor:
A 32-year-old man had jumped from the fifth floor of the market committee building near bus stand in the Meat Market here on Thursday. Jogender Singh (32), son of Prem Dass of Sanny Majra village in Solan district, is a barber at IRB Junga in Shimla. The police rushed him to the Regional Hospital where his condition was stated to be critical. He was further referred to the IGMC, Shimla. He has suffered from multiple fractures. The cause of the suicidal attempt was not known and the police is investigating the matter.

Thieves smash ATM at Ghumarwin: Thieves totally smashed an ATM of UCO Bank at the Kutheda bazaar near Ghumarwin on Wednesday night. Reports said the fact was discovered next morning when bank Manager Madan Lal arrived in the office. The police, led by DSP Anjani Jaswal, arrived and inspected the scene of the crime. It was stated that the thieves first cut the power connection of the ATM and then took away one of the CCTV cameras fixed there, but they failed to open the cash box. They also failed to break one more CCTV camera fixed inside the machine. Madan Lal said earlier in the day Rs 8 lakh was deposited in this ATM cash box.

One killed in road mishap: Baldev Raj of Markand-Maakadi village, near here, was found dead on National Highway-21 near Chadol Jattan-Berry (Barmana) village on Thursday. Baldev was reportedly driving a motorcycle. Manoj Kumar of the same village was riding pillion with him and was seriously injured in the accident. The police rushed to the spot and took the injured to the Regional Hospital here, where his condition was stated to be serious. Baldev's body was later handed over to the family after a post-mortem. A case has been registered.

500 examined at medical camp:
A seven-day free multi-speciality camp concluded here on Friday. The camp was organised by the Health and Family Welfare Department at the Community Health Centre in Gangath near here. As many as 500 patients were examined during the camp. Neerja Gupta, Block Medical Officer, said the camp was organised under the NRHM programme. Around 200 patients were given free ultra-sound facility and 53 patients operated upon for different surgical ailments at the camp. A team of specialist doctors from a private hospital in Shimla examined the patients.

Officers assn elects gen secy:
Rajesh Sharma was elected unopposed general secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Secretariat Gazetted Officers Association here on Friday. Besides Sharma, Vivek Jyoti too was elected unopposed for the post of joint secretary. Elections for other posts, including that of the president, will be held on September 17.

269 volunteers donate blood:
As many as 269 volunteers donated blood at a camp organised by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) on the premises of the Officers Club here on Friday. A team of three doctors and nine paramedical staff, headed by Dr Arindam Roy from the Mandi Zonal Hospital, helped in organising the camp. BBMB Additional Chief Engineer ML Gupta inaugurated the camp. Project Medical Officer JC Sharma said the BBMB had made necessary arrangements for the volunteers. The chief guest honoured the 15 volunteers, who had donated blood more than 10 times.


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