R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Dry days in Abohar
: The villages located near the inter-state border in Abohar and Khuyiansarwer blocks will observe dry days from November 29 to December 1 as the polling for the Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha elections will be held in neighbouring Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh districts where the district magistrates had already issued similar orders.

Cancer check-up and awareness camp:
A cancer check-up camp was organised by the "Roko Cancer" organisation. It was organised in the memory former Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala's daughter Amrit Kaur Sandhu. About 500 persons were examined at the camp.

4 police officers transferred:
Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh has been posted as Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Security and DIG (Ludhiana Range) while, Shiv Kumar Verma has been posted as DIG (Training) and DIG (Patiala Range). Paramjit Singh has been posted as Superintendent of Police, Rajpura, and Dilbag Singh as Assistant Commandant 75th Batalion, Punjab Armed Police (PAP), Jalandhar.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Three held with Rs 1 crore heroin
:The district police on Thursday claimed to have arrested three drug smugglers with 100 gm heroin worth Rs 1 crore in the international market. The accused have been identified as Harbhajan Singh of Nausehra Panua, Sukhraj Singh alias Kala and Amrit Pal Singh alias Amrit. All of them were from Tarn Taran district. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

Woman sets herself ablaze, dies:
A 24-year-old woman of Manjhi village in the district allegedly set herself ablaze on Thursday. The victim, Arti, had passed the ETT and had worked in a local factory. The incident came to fore when her neighbours heard her cries. She died on the spot. The cause of suicide could not be established.

Home guard jawan dies in road mishap:A home guard jawan was killed in an accident on the Dasuya Miani road on Thursday. The victim, Manjit Singh of Pul Pukhta village, was returning home after duty. A Tata-Ace four-wheeler allegedly hit his bike near Abrahampur village. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Dasuya, where he was declared brought dead. A case has been registered.

Seven child labourers rescued:
Seven shopkeepers have been challaned under the Child Labour (Prevention and Regulation) Act, 1986, in the district on the fourth day of the "Child Labour Elimination Week" here on Thursday. Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra said a team led by Balachaur SDM Nayan Jassal raided 16 shops/hotels in Balachaur sub-division and rescued six child labourers. Besides, a child labourer was recovered from Banga.

Woman attacked by sambhar dies:A woman of Mio Sahib village, who was attacked by a sambhar last week, succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital here on Wednesday night. Kulwant Kaur was going to her fields to give fodder to cattle when she was attacked.

IIT Ropar to award first PhD on Nov 30:
The Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, for the first time will award a PhD degree to a student on its second convocation on November 30. One hundred students will receive their BTech degrees on the occasion. The chief guest, Dr Anil Kakodkar, DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor and former chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, will deliver the convocation address. The function will be presided over by Professor VS Ramamurthy, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Ropar. 

Farmer dies after consuming poison:
A farmer, Gurmail Singh (50), of Kamper village (near Dirba), who had allegedly consumed some poisonous substance on November 26, died on Thursday. Dirba Station House Officer Subeg Singh said Gurmail had stated that he had consumed some poisonous substance by mistake and no one was responsible for it.



Communal Harmony Week
: Communal Harmony week was observed at St Xavier’s High School, Panchkula. Staff and students pledged to build a better and secure future.



Fake seeds recovered  from shop
: Vigilance officials of United Phosphorus Limited, a multinational company in the field of crop protection, chemicals and seeds, raided a shop at Ratia in Fatehabad today. Counterfeit seeds bearing the company's name were being sold at the shop. The vigilance officials recovered 30 packs of fake mustard seeds from the shop and informed the police. Vasudev Yogi, a member of the team, told mediapersons that their office in Mumbai had been receiving complaints of fake seeds being sold in Punjab and Haryana for some time. The company had also received reports of the sale of counterfeit seeds in Ratia. The vigilance officials sent a decoy customer to the shop and when the shopkeeper was about to deliver the seeds, the officials came there and recovered the stock of the seeds.

Thieves decamp with bride's purse
: Thieves smashed the glass of a car and stole the bride's purse, containing Rs 60,000 and jewellery last evening. The car was parked outside a temple at Guraora village. The Rohrai police have registered a case of theft against unknown persons on a complaint filed by Ram Niwas Yadav, a native of Guraora village and a resident of Gurgaon. He told the police the family had come to pay an obeisance at the village temple yesterday when some thieves broke the glass of the car and stole the purse. A senior police official said efforts were on to nab the culprits.

SIT to probe rape charges
: The district police authorities have constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to look into the allegations of the rape of a girl in the district. Rohtak SP Rajesh Duggal said Inspector Sunita Devi had been asked to investigate the matter under the supervision of DSP Anil Yadav. The father of the girl had lodged a complaint alleging the rape of his daughter. Rishipal of Delhi has already been arrested in the case. The other accused in the case, Pradeep of Dhaud village in the district, and an accomplice of the accused, Jhajjar police constable Pradeep Hooda, are yet to be arrested. 



Man crushed under tree, dies:
A man was crushed under a deodar tree that he was cutting in Kandi, Kupwara, and died on the spot. Police said Abdul Ahad Lone, a resident of Sadderpora Kandi, died while cutting a deodar tree. The Kupwara Police have registered a case in this regard. Lone’s body was taken to Sub-District Hospital, Kupwara, for post mortem. After completion of all medico-legal formalities, the body was handed over to his relatives for last rites.

House, factory gutted:Two structures were gutted in separate fire incidents across Kashmir since Wednesday evening. The police said fire broke out in the house of Abdul Rashid Naikoo, a resident of Jangalnar, Awantipora, in south Kashmir, resulting in damage to the house. However, no loss of life or injury was reported in the incident. The fire was caused due to electric short circuit. In another incident, fire broke out in a plywood factory owned by Ghulam Hassan Dar of Chatergam, Srinagar. A temporary labour shed on the factory premises was completely gutted. However, no loss of life or injury was reported. The fire is believed to have been caused due to a short circuit.


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