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Couple commits suicide:
A couple allegedly committed suicide by hanging themselves at their house in Mehal Khurd village in Barnala district on Saturday. SHO Sardara Singh said the duo committed suicide due to poverty. The deceased have been identified as Beant Singh (36) and his wife Rani Kaur (35).

15 injured in mishap:
At least 15 persons, including women and children, were injured when a private bus overturned on the Amritsar-Gurdaspur national highway near Satkohia village, 23 km from Gurdaspur, on Saturday. The police rushed the injured to the Gurdaspur Civil Hospital.

Another extension for staff:
Aiming to defer the payment of retirement dues by another year, the Punjab Government on Saturday allowed one-year additional extension in service to its employees. The government had earlier extended the retirement age from 58 to 59 years and it has now extended it to 60 years. With this, the state's payment of retirement dues worth Rs 1,000 crore will be deferred by a year.

Revenue body elects chief: Kanwar Narinder Singh, Tehsildar, Payal, was on Saturday elected president of the Punjab Revenue Officers Association in an election held at Phillaur. He will head the body for three years.

Ex-reader gets jail:
A judicial officer's former assistant was on Saturday sentenced to life by Faridkot district and sessions judge for killing a youth. Following a tiff, Gian Chand, former reader, and his son Yashu shot a youth named Vishal Chopra dead with a revolver in Kotkapura in December 2011. Yashu is still on the run.

Woman robbed of R
s 50,000: Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a bag containing Rs 50,000 cash from Sudesh Rani in Mukerian on Friday. Sources said the unidentified youths robbed Sudesh after she had withdrawn the money from a Punjab National Bank branch in Mukerian. A case has been registered.

City gets new ADCP
: Swapan Sharma was posted as the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police-4 (ADCP-4) on Saturday. Earlier, he was transferred to the security of the Chief Minister from the city. During the term of the ADCP traffic, he initiated the tow away drive effectively.

Married woman kills self:
A 35-year old woman, Charanjit Kaur allegedly committed suicide by electrocuting herself in Baghapurana town of Moga district on Friday. Her father Surinder Singh alleged she had been harassed by her husband Surinder Mohan for the past few years. A case of abetment to suicide against Surinder Mohan has been registered.

Hockey tournament kicks off: The two-day school hockey tournament being organised by the Rupnagar Hockey Academy began at Gobind Valley, began here today. As many as eight teams are participating in the tournament.



Five booked
: The police has booked five persons, including an NRI from the UK, Jeevan Singh, and Nawab Singh from Patiala, for allegedly implicating a Mohali resident in a rape case. A case was registered on the complaint of Amarjit Singh Virk.



Man killed in mishap:
A person was killed and two others were injured in a road accident. The police said Ashu of Tunda Majra district, Saharanpur, his grandmother Chambhi Devi and his aunt were injured when a motorcycle hit their motorcycle near Dabdalan village on Friday. Chambhi Devi succumbed to her injuries during treatment at LNJP Hospital here on Saturday. The police has registered a case.

Two held for kidnapping: The police has arrested Jabbar and Narender Kumar, both residents of Babain, for allegedly kidnapping a minor girl on the pretext of marrying her. The police had lodged a complaint on July 29 this year in this regard. They were produced in a local court, which remanded them to police custody for five days.

Teenager kidnapped:
A teenaged girl (19), a student of the BA (Final) studying in a local college and resident of the nearby Mundi village, was allegedly kidnapped by a youth on September 14. When a week-long search by her parents remained fruitless, her mother Kamlesh Devi on Friday filed a complaint.

2 held with cough syrup bottles: The police last night seized large qualities of medical intoxicants from two persons at Kalanwali in the district. The police stopped a car at Kalawali and seized 720 bottles of cough syrup containing codeine, 90,000 tablets of diphenoxylate and atropine and 730 gram white coloured powder from the car.



Father protests son’s arrest:
KD Mishra, father of arrested JNU student Hem Mishra, has said he will sit on an indefinite fast if his son was not released soon. The Maharashtra Police has arrested Hem on the charge of involvement in Maoist activities. “The Maharashtra Police has tortured my son in the Garchiroli jail from where I am coming after meeting him. I have decided to sit on an indefinite fast until he is released. My son may be a Leftist but definitely not a Naxalite,” said KD Mishra, a retired teacher.

NSUI candidates victorious:
Congress-supported NSUI candidate Lalit Singh Patni and four others of his group were declared winners in the students’ union election held in Degree College at Lohaghat in Champawat district on Saturday. The BJP-supported ABVP candidates could win only one seat in the five-member executive. “The NSUI candidates also won the students’ union elections in Pithoragarh, Haldwani and Didihat colleges and were likely to emerge victorious in Almora and Tanakpur colleges,” said Rishendra Singh Mahar, a former students’ union leader in Pithoragarh district.

Seminar on water conservation:
The Institution of Engineers, Uttarakhand state centre's two-day seminar on ground water conservation started in Dehradun today. Inaugurating the seminar, Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat stressed on efforts for checking the fall of ground water level in parts of the country. Civil Engineering Board Chairman HCS Berry also addressed in the inaugural session.

MLA's dharna at CM house: Uttarakhand's Ganshali BJP MLA Bhimlal Arya today staged a dharna at Chief Minister's residence in Dehradun alleging neglect of his constituency. Arya alleged that the condition of roads in his constituency was pathetic. He said further long-standing demand of his constituency for making Maletha a separate gram panchayat was not being considered. He pledged to continue with his protest till the genuine concerns of his constituency were not addressed.

Cheque for relief fund: Kumudam Publications Private Limited today handed over a cheque of Rs 31 lakh to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna as part of the contribution to Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund. Kumudam Publications Private Limited's Group Editor Koshalram handed over the the cheque to the Chief Minister.

Hunger strike by jobless: Seeking employment, BPEd Unemployed Employees' Association today started a relay hunger strike in Dehradun. The protesters alleged that there should be at least one physical education instructor at every high school. Vikram Singh Chandpuri, Vijay Tiwari, Ramesh, Rajiv Semwal, Ramesh Padiyar and Harish Dangwal were prominent among the protesters.

NHPC loses R
s 1 crore daily: NHPC is suffering a loss of Rs 1 crore per day as its powerhouse and dam on the Dhauliganga have remained closed for the last three months after flash floods in June. According to NHPC sources, the project has so far suffered a loss of Rs 400 crore due to the disaster. “We have deputed a private company to clean the slush from the dam and the powerhouse of the project. It has earmarked four months to clear the project of slush so that we could resume electricity generation from April, 2014,” said VK Singh, director of the project.

Jhirna zone open to tourists:
Businessmen at the Corbett Park were happy that the Jhirna zone of the Corbett Tiger Reserve was thrown open to tourists from Saturday. The zone remained closed for the last three months because of heavy rains in the area. “The tourist flow to the zone will not only benefit businessmen near the Corbett Tiger Reserve but also give the impression that except some remote areas, the rest of the state is safe for tourists,” said Saket Badola, deputy director of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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