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Anandpur Sahib 
Two die at Hola Mohalla:
Two devotees died of cardiac arrest, while two elderly women fell unconscious at Hola Mohalla on Friday. The deceased have been identified as Harpreet Singh (24) of Munak Kalan near Tanda Urmur and Gurpreet Singh of Tarn Taran. The two unidentified women were admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

NRI acquitted
: A local court has acquitted 13 persons, including a Revenue Department official, in a property deal case. Dimple of Srikaranpur (Rajasthan) had alleged that Canada-based Balkaran Singh, in connivance with then Naib Tehsildar Major Singh, had got registered a sale deed of her father-in-law's property in his name. The Department had transferred mutation of the property with unprecedented haste, she said.

Fatehgarh Sahib
2 booked for fraud:
Two "travel agents" have been booked for allegedly duping a resident of Kalour, Bassi Pathana, of Rs 26,80,350 on the pretext of sending him abroad. The accused, Amandeep Singh and Mishra Singh of Sangrur, neither helped Manpreet Singh in going abroad nor returned his money. The accused are still at large.

Youth held with charas
: The police arrested a youth from Bhagat Nagar area of the city and seized 150 gram charas from him. During routine checking, the police intercepted the accused, Mukesh Kumar, on Thursday evening at a barricade and found contraband from him. He has been booked under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Polio campaign from April 6: On the direction of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a three-day campaign against polio will be launched here from April 6. Dr Ajay Bagga, Nodal Officer for the campaign, said here today that all Senior Medical Officers in the district had been directed to identify areas where migrants live by March 20.

BJP expands panel: The BJPís district unit on Friday expanded its migrants' cell. Cell convener Vishwanath Singh announced an executive committee, comprising 13 co-conveners and 25 executive members. 

2 held for illegal mining:
The police have arrested two persons and seized three canters and a tractor-trailer laden with sand for alleged illegal mining. The accused, Phira Khan of Mandi Kalan and Jagtar Singh of Raoke Kalan were carrying the sand to Bathinda when they were intercepted at a check-post in Dharamkot sub-division of the district. Two other persons managed to escape.

Labourers protest:
Labourers and farmers have been staging dharnas at Moonak in Sangrur district and Barnala in Barnala district demanding possession of plots allotted to them by the state government. A member of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Harbhagwan Moonak, said there were over 600 such plots in Moonak, Andana and Lehragaga areas. These plots had been allotted to labourers in 1972-73 but the possession had not been given to the beneficiaries, he alleged. 

Mandeep Singh SidhuSSP Sidhu awarded: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu has been awarded the DGP Commendation Disc for being an outstanding police administrator. In his 25 years of service, Sidhu has won several medals, including the Presidentís Medal, the Chief Ministerís Medal, the Kathan Sewa Medal and the Golden Jubilee Republic Day Medal.


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