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Pak prisoner repatriated:
A Pakistani prisoner was on Thursday repatriated through the Attari-Wagah land route after completion of his imprisonment here. Mohammad Abdul, a resident of Shaheed Ganj, Lahore, said he was caught in the Kupwara sector in Jammu and Kashmir in 1996 for illegally crossing over to the Indian territory. He was released after spending 17 years in jail.

More Afghan onions arrive at Attari: With more Indian traders placing orders for Afghan onions in view of high prices in the domestic market, 55 truckloads from Afghanistan arrived at the Integrated Check Post at Attari on Thursday. Sources said onion import from Afghanistan had gained momentum since last week.

Fatehgarh Sahib
One of terror module held:
In a joint operation with the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Uttar Pradesh (UP), the district police on Thursday arrested Janpal Singh of Rangana village in Shamli district in UP. Janpal was held with a 7.62 bore pistol and two cartridges in Nanded, Maharashtra. SSP Gurmeet Chauhan said the total number of terrorists of this particular module now arrested had now gone up to 16. Janpal, allegedly a supplier of illegal arms, was sent to police remand till September 30. Further investigation is on.

Moga hospitalís records seized:
A Health Department team on Thursday raided a private hospital at Kishanpura village in the district. The team seized record books of the hospital. A local resident had recently complained to District Magistrate Arshdip Singh Thind that the hospital was functioning for the past few years without permission. The village panchayat has also sought sealing of the hospital and registration of a case against its owner.

23 policemen promoted:
The Punjab Police on Thursday promoted 23 police officers and presented a DGP commendable disc to 48 other policemen for busting the international gang of smugglers in Fatehgarh Sahib. Ishwar Singh, Inspector-General (IG), Patiala Zone, said Hardial Singh Mann, Senior Superintendent of Police, Patiala, had busted the gang that had roots in Canada, America and other European countries and seized drugs worth Rs 554 crore, 24 luxury cars and 27 vehicles, over Rs 1 crore, foreign currency and arms/ammunition in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Protest against sale of drugs:
Naujwan Bharat Sabha activists on Thursday staged a dharna outside the district administrative complex here in protest against the rampant sale of drugs and the poor ration distribution system in the state. The protesters demanded that those ration holders who do not supply the ration to card holders should be punished. They urged the government to re-enter the names of BPL families whose names had been deleeted.The protesters also sent a memorandum enlisting their demands to the Chief Minister. They demanded that Punjab Jails Minister be removed; liquor vends be removed from main roads in state as per the directions of the High Court, and report of former DGP (Jails) on drug trade be made public.

Doctor held for aiding prisoners: The local police on Thursday arrested Dr Gaurav Sachdeva for allegedly referring prisoners at the district jail to hospitals to facilitate their home visits. Earlier, a case was registered against four head constables and a jail pharmacist in the matter. Mandeep Singh Sidhu, Superintendent of Police, said during investigations it was found that Dr Sachdeva had referred three undertrials for endoscopy or MRI tests several times in a couple of months.



Pradeep Kasni posted
: Pradeep Kasni, awaiting orders of posting, has been appointed Secretary, Administrative Reforms Department, Haryana, relieving Arun Kumar Gupta.

ATM stolen:
Six men allegedly took away a State Bank of India ATM machine installed at Pinnagaon in Mewat, which contained around Rs 19 lakh. A CCTV footage showed that six men entered the ATM kiosk around 2 am last night. As they failed o break it open, they took away the ATM machine. The police has registered a case. 



Man commits suicide: Truck driver Hem Raj of Berry Dadollan village committed suicide by hanging himself on Tuesday night. Reports said Hem had a quarrel with his wife at night and later he went to his room and hanged himself from the ceiling fan. The police arrived at the spot and found a suicide note in the room. The police took the body in its possession and got its postmortem here before handing it over to his relatives. A case has been registered and the matter is being investigated.

Thieves strike at two houses: Thieves took away gold and silver jewellery worth more than Rs 4 lakh and Rs 57,000 from the house of Rajesh Malhotra of Hira Nagar village on Tuesday night. The family had gone to a relative's house for mourning. The theft was discovered in the morning when the family returned. Thieves also took away Rs 50,000 from the house of Atte Mohammed at Cheli village under Kapahada panchayat in the same area during the night after breaking locks of the house. 

Bains is HPU council member:
Waryam Singh Bains was on Wednesday elected member of the executive council of the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) for the fourth time. The elections were held for the post of member from among the employees. Bains defeated Bipin Kumar by a margin of 223 votes. Out of the 784 votes cast, Bains got 434. Bains has also remained a member of the University Court in the past.

Director of Postal Services promoted: Ambesh Upmanyu, Director, Postal Services, Himachal Pradesh, has been promoted as Post Master General (PMG) by the Department of Posts. Upmanyu, a 1993 batch Indian Postal Services officer, has been posted as Post Master General, Ahmedabad. 


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