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200 kg poppy husk seized:
The Mandi Gobindgarh police has nabbed a Sonepat-based resident and recovered 200 kg of poppy husk from his 
car near Ambemajra village. The arrested accused, Ravi Bajaj, and Dinesh Chawla  of Sonepat were selling the contraband to a migrant labour. On seeing the police, Dinesh fled from the site.  A case under the NDPS  Act has been registered against the accused.

14 judges posted:
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has given postings to recently appointed 14 Additional District and Sessions Judges in the state. Jagmohan Singh Sanghe and Harpreet Kaur have been posted at Jallandhar; Dinesh Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Bishan Saroop, Sandeep Singh Bajwa at Ludhiana; Monika Goyal, Ajit Atri and Prem Kumar at Amritsar; Saru Mehta Kaushik at Mohali; Amarjeet Singh at Bathinda; Anjana at Gurdaspur; and Amarpaul at Hoshiarpur.

Robbers kill woman
: A 55-year-old Dalit woman was killed and seven others, including four of her family, were injured by unidentified robbers at a Dalit colony in Baghapurana town. The deceased, Jaswinder Kaur, had resisted the robbers and raised an alarm. The robbers attacked her and her husband Sant Ram, son Malkit, daughter Sunita, Kala Singh, Ganga and another person. They took away Rs 5,000 in cash, some jewellery and household items. A case has been registered.

Dalits flay Ramdev's remark:
Scores of Dalits on Saturday staged demonstrations on the national highway in Phagwara over yoga guru Ramdev's alleged anti-Dalit remarks. The protesters urged the Election Commission to ban Ramdev from campaigning for the BJP. Senior AAP leader Yogender Yadav, who was in Phagwara, too, condemned the statement of the yoga guru. Ramdev had in Lucknow on Friday said, "Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi goes to Dalits’ houses for honeymoon and picnic." Three effigies of Ramdev were also burnt as demonstrators blocked traffic on the highway.



Man booked for fraud:
The Chandigarh Police have booked Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Sangrur district, Punjab, for duping Gurshbir Singh, a resident of Sector 40 here, of Rs 7.70 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. The complainant stated that he had paid the amount to the accused, but he neither sent him abroad nor did he return the money.



Docs check jailed AAP candidate Cheema:
Doctors checked the health of jailed Balli Singh Cheema, AAP candidate from the Nainital parliamentary seat, who was on a fast against his arrest. Three AAP workers, including Cheema, who were arrested and jailed, had refused to apply for bail as their confinement was wrong and against the laws of democracy, said Surya Prakash, adviser to national secretary of the party who reached Haldwani to meet the arrested party leaders.

Polling day likely to be hot: MeT Dept
The temperature might rise up to 40°C in the Terai region of the Nainital parliamentary constituency on the polling day on May 7. While the election machinery has started preparing for the smooth conduct of polling by making arrangements of water, first aid and 108 emergency ambulance service near the polling booths as the voters may find it difficult to stand in a queue in searing heat. As the sun keeps minimum distance from the earth in May, the temperature might become unbearable on the polling day, said Dr HS Kushwaha, head of the meteorological department at Pantnagar university.

Congress leader killed in mishap
Two persons, including a Congress leader, were killed and another passenger was injured when their Maruti Alto car fell into a deep gorge at Lohaghat on Saturday. The car was heading towards Barakot from Lohaghat town, when the accident occurred. General secretary of the district Congress Lalit Verma (40) and Sadanand (45) died on the spot while Bahadur Singh (65) was injured. Bahadur was admitted to a local hospital with the help of 108 medical emergency service, said Manoj Raturi, SO of the Barakot police post.

Investiture ceremony:
Ankur Kumar and Anwesha Trivedi were administered oath as senior school captains of Oak Grove School at an investiture ceremony held at the school at Jharipani in Mussoorie yesterday. Priyam was nominated as captain of junior school. Principal Sandeep Trivedi gave the badges and the sashes to the students' council. Teacher Anand Kumar proposed a vote of thanks.

Voting slips given to eligible voters:
Over 300 booth-level officers have given more than 3 lakh voting slips to eligible voters in all six Assembly segments of Nainital district since April 23. “We are expecting all voting slips to be distributed by next week as the work has to be completed before May 7,” said Uday Singh Rana, deputy election officer of the district.

(Complied by BD Kasniyal)

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