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2 trouble woman cops, held:
Two youths were arrested for misbehaving with woman constables when they were on patrol duty here. The accused have been identified as Lovpreet of Mohlan village and Navdeep Singh of Panniwala Fatta village in Muktsar district. A case has been registered on a complaint filed by Rimpy and Shimla Rani, the woman constables.

Man run over by truck: Darshan Singh, a daily-wage labourer of Dhaani Bishesharnath, was run over by a truck on Saturday evening. The police said the truck driver fled from the spot with the vehicle. In another case, the body of an unidentified person was found near the Alamgarh bypass. Eyewitnesses said the deceased had been roaming around for the past few days.

110 arms licences cancelled:
The district administration has cancelled 110 arms licences after conducting a probe into the list of fake licences provided by the Patiala police. The police had busted the racket in October last. The licence-holders had failed to furnish their residential proof. Additional District Magistrate Jasbir Singh said action was taken under the Arms Act. The administration had cancelled 429 licences in June.

Pak national repatriated: The BSF on Saturday repatriated a Pakistani national who had inadvertently crossed over to Indian territory two days ago. The BSF said Bilal Khan (17) of Green Town in Lahore was found innocent during questioning and nothing objectionable was recovered from his possession.

Rs 1.7 lakh for flood relief: The staff of the Defence Services Welfare (DSW) Department, Punjab, has donated Rs 1.7 lakh to an Uttarakhand flood relief programme. Several thousand people died in the Uttarakhand floods in June this year. A check for the aforementioned amount was handed over to the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday. As many 15 officers and about 200 staff members are posted in the department.

Man booked for murder:
More than a year after a youth died of poisoning under mysterious circumstances in a commercial complex, the police have booked the building owner on the charges of murder. Reports said a youth, identified as Parveen, died on September 18 last year in Kaka Plaza, a commercial building owned by Vinod Goel, a local businessman.

Undertrial escapes:
Gurjinder Singh, alias Ginda, of Mehandpur village, who was brought from the Kapurthala jail for a court hearing, escaped from police custody in Balachaur on Saturday. Arrested in a car theft case, he was accompanied by policemen Jaswinder Singh, Parmod Kumar and Amarjit Singh.

Farmer union to hold protest:
The Kirti Kisan Union has decided to hold a rally on Monday in protest against the removal of farmers from forest land at Fatehpur and Bhangala villages last week. It was on November 19 and 20 that the Forest Department had removed farmers from 83 acres of land amid protests. A protesting woman from Bhangala village had died on November 27 allegedly due to internal injuries suffered during protests.


Good price for sugarcane:
Sugarcane farmers are demanding a good price for their crops after Cabinet minister Harish Chandra Durgapal inaugurated the crushing session of the year at the Kiccha sugar mill on Saturday. He expressed displeasure at the decreasing sugarcane production in the region. “Till the government determines right prices for sugarcane and pays all dues to the farmers, its production in the Terai region can not be increased,” said Rajesh Shukla, BJP MLA from Kiccha.

BSNL to install 37 towers:
BSNL will install 37 towers in Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts, including 19 towers in Nainital district, to improve mobile phone connectivity in remote blocks of the district, BSNL general manager Mahendra Srivastava said. Srivastava said to establish community information centres in 768 villages in eight remote blocks of Nainital district, the department had taken up these villages in the Ramgarh, Ramnagar and Haldwani blocks in the first phase of the scheme being implemented under the supervision of the Bharat Brass Band Nigam. “We are in a position to introduce the fibre-2 scheme in these districts to take the 3-G facility to every home as we have enough equipment,” he said.

Lawyers boycott work:
Lawyers boycotted work in the local court on Saturday in support of their demand for the establishment of a court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge in Ramanagar town that was approved five years ago. Other associated court staff also came out in support of the lawyers. “Litigants from local villages are not getting quick justice in the absence of a court of Additional District and Sessions Judge in the town,” said Lalit Tiwari, president of the Ramnagar Bar Association.

2 sisters killed in mishap:
Two sisters, Ruksar and Neha, were run over by a speeding truck and killed on the Khatima-Panipat National Highway on Saturday. The two sisters were killed when the truck hit the motorcycle they were traveling pillion along with their brother. “Over 200 persons have been killed on the highway this year. The highway has not been four-laned even though the proposal was passed several years ago,” said Rajiv Gupta, a local resident.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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