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6 held under mining Act
:The police have arrested six persons from the Sutlej basin in the district for their alleged involvement in illegal mining. Ten tractor-trailers and a canter laden with sand were seized by the police even as seven persons managed to escape. Three separate FIRs under IPC sections 379 and 411 and relevant sections of the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act have been registered.

2 killed in road mishap: Two persons were killed while three others sustained injuries when the vehicle they were in and another coming from the opposite direction collided at Darapur village on the the Ferozepur highway, 16 km from here, on Friday. Bant Singh (60) died on the spot while Jagjit Singh, who was behind the wheels, died a couple of hours after the accident in a hospital.

Man held for murder:
The police today arrested a man on the charge of murdering a woman of Langroya village in the district. The accused, identified as Baggo, had murdered Surinder Kaur (75) during the intervening night of August 30 and 31 when she was alone in her house. The police have seized a victim’s mobile phone from the accused. 

Official held for graft
: A Vigilance Bureau team from Patiala on Friday arrested Bhajan Lal, Soil and Water Conservation Officer, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from a local resident. According to the FIR, the accused had demanded a sum of Rs 4,000 from a local firm in lieu of clearing their cheque payments against some equipment supplied to the solid conservation department.

Shaheedi Jor Mela begins
: The annual Shaheedi Jor Mela started at Gurduwara Parivar Vicchhora Sahib at Sarsa Nangal nere here on Friday. The melas are held in December in the memory of Guru Shri Guru Gobind Singh's sons at Gurudwara Pariwar Vichhora at Sarsa Nangal, Gurudwara Bhatha Sahib at Kotla Nihang and Gurudwara Shaheed Ganj at Morinda to be concluded at Fatehgarh Sahib. The Sikh Guru lost his family at Parivar Vicchhora Sahib in the Sarsa river floods. Seven "akhand path" were started here.

Decrease in paddy arrival: The arrival of paddy in the grain markets of the district has decreased from 1,80,206 metric tonne (MT) last year to 1,73,500 MT this year so far. Rao Kaushal Singla, Food and Supply Controller, Ropar, said out of the 22 grain markets in the district, most of the paddy had arrived at Chamkaur Sahib (36,799 MT) followed by Morinda (35,518 MT). At Ropar, 21,037 MT was brought in the grain market by farmers. The lowest arrival of paddy was recorded at Ajouli (449 MT), he said.



2 held with opium: Officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Thursday evening arrested two persons with 13 kg of opium, a countrymade pistol and four live cartridges. The accused, identified as Dinesh Kumar and Ram Niwas, both hailing from Rajasthan, were arrested from the PGI. The officials have impounded an MUV and recovered Rs 3 lakh from the accused.

Cricket trials
: Delhi Cricket Club (DCC) in association with RR Sports, Panchkula, will organise the first All India Under -19 trials for North Zone region on December 15 from 9 am onwards at Sri Academy at Doon Public School, Sector 21, Panchkula. Delhi Cricket Club will sign one year contract with selected player to play in domestic league, thus nurturing their cricketing talent.

‘Mock Parliament’ held
Mohali, December [email protected]@Shemrock Senior Secondary School organised a ‘mock Parliament’ for students of Classes IX and X on its campus here. The exercise was meant to create awareness among them about the functioning of the top legislative body in the country. — OC



Probe ordered into death of man in ambulance
: The government has ordered a probe into allegations that an 80-year-old man had died after the ambulance in which he was being ferried to a hospital was stopped by traffic police for nearly half an hour because of a siren. An official said Baramulla DC had been appointed as the inquiry officer to probe the case. 


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