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23 held under NDPS Act:
In a special drive against the drug menace, the police have arrested 23 persons, including two women, from various parts of the district and seized 7,300 sedative pills, 47 gm smack, 201 capsules, 5kg poppy husk and 250 gm drug powder. The police have registered 23 cases under the NDPS Act.

Retired SMO dies in mishap:
A retired Senior Medical Officer (SMO) was killed in a road accident near ABC Paper Mill in Saila Khurd on Tuesday. The mishap occurred when the car that Dr Sukhjit Singh Bains was driving skidded off a bridge. He was taken to the Civil Hospital in Mahilpur where doctors declared him brought dead. The deceased was a resident of Basant Vihar in Hoshiarpur.

20 drug peddlers held: The police have arrested 20 drug peddlers and three illicit liquor traders as part of a special drive over the last 24 hours. Of them, seven persons were arrested in Tanda.

Demand for facilities:
Relatives of a large number of freedom fighters belonging to the district on Wednesday held a press conference at Kotbhai village and alleged that they were not being given any facility by the district administration. Jaspreet Singh, chairman, Asra Charitable Foundation, alleged that the relatives of a number of freedom fighters had not even been issued freedom fighter’s certificate, which was vital for availing benefits.

PSEB results today:
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will on Thursday announce the Class XII results of open school category regular candidates. PSEB secretary Gurinder Pal Singh Bath said, “The candidates can also view their results on www.pseb.ac.in and www.indiaresults.com on May 23 after 11 am.” He said 26,527 students of the total 44,995 had cleared the exam with a pass percentage of 58.96.


Man gets 10-yr RI for carrying charas:
Special Judge, Chamba, RK Sharma today sentenced Chaman Lal of Banjar village here to undergo rigorous imprisonment (RI) for 10 years and also fined him Rs 1 lakh. He was held guilty for carrying 3.8 kg charas. In a press note here, District Attorney HS Dhiman said on December 6, 2012, Inspector Jagdish Chand and other officials overpowered a person who was running away on seeing them. His baggage was searched and the charas found from it. 

Interior design academy opens
: Bollywood star Mahek Chahal launched an academy of interior design being opened by the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) here on Tuesday. Mahek said a regular design education was a must for students to establish themselves as designers. INIFD Managing Director Sat Pal Sharma said the academy was being launched to take interior designing to new heights through specialised training and reach out to aspirants in the region. 

Man sentenced to 1-year RI in theft case:
Kangra Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Abay Mandiyal on Wednesday sentenced Mangloo (40) of Gaggal village to one-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) for committing a theft in a shop at Gaggal town here on February 2, 2007. He was also fined Rs 10,000. Assistant District Attorney Anil Awasthi said Mangloo, along with his three other accomplices, had stolen 20 GI pipes from a hardware shop. However, the court acquitted the three other persons for want of evidence.

One gets 6-month jail for rash driving:
Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Indora, Niranjan Singh on Tuesday sentenced Mangal Singh of Gholli here to six-month imprisonment and also fined him Rs 2,200 for rash and negligent driving. Deputy District Attorney, Indora, Vijay Rihalia said a case had been registered against Mangal by the Indora police in September 2008 following a complaint by Krishan Kumar of Kothi-Matholi. He said on the Jassur-Indora road Mangal’s bike hit the complainant’s bike injuring him seriously. 

Jalandhar resident found dead in Una
: A middle-aged man was found dead in a private guest house opposite the Una bus stand Tuesday morning. As per police sources, the deceased, identified as Virender Rana (47), was a resident of Jalandhar. He was identified on the basis of his driving licence. He had checked in on May 18. The police said he had reportedly consumed sulphas tablets and a suicide note was found near his body.

One held with 46 kg poppy husk: The Haroli police recovered 46 kg of poppy husk during a raid conducted at Badewal village under Haroli panchayat here on Tuesday. The police had received a complaint against local resident Amrik Singh regarding his involvement in trading of the narcotic substance. A police party, led by Haroli SHO Harjit Singh, raided the residence of the accused and recovered the contraband from a box. SP Anupam Sharma said a case had been registered under the relevant sections of the NDPS Act and the accused arrested. 

Barowalia is court Registrar General: In a minor reshuffle, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday posted CB Barowalia as its new Registrar General. As per the notification, Sushil Kukreja has been posted as Registrar Rules, Arvind Malhotra Vigilance, Yashwant Singh Judicial and Judges branches and Dr Baldev Singh Administration. 



Rajiv Gandhi remembered in Kashmir valley: Former prime minister and Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi was remembered on his 23rd death anniversary that was observed here on Wednesday. The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) held a function at the party headquarters located on the Maulana Azad road to pay tributes to Gandhi. Various Congress leaders as per the JKPCC spokesman spoke on the occasion to highlight the works undertaken by the former prime minister. The speakers urged the party workers to follow the path shown by Rajiv Gandhi and adopt his ideals in their lives. They said following the principles of the late leader would be the best homage to the departed leader. The function was attended by MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga, MLC Mohammad Muzaffar Parrey and other Congress leaders, including Gulam Nabi Mir Lasjan. 

College to host seminar on physics, computer science: The Department of Physics, Government Amar Singh College, Srinagar, will be organising a two-day national seminar on "Towards New Horizons with Interplay between Physics and Computer Sciences" on June 9 and 10 on its campus. Around 250 researchers from various institutions are expected to participate in the seminar. The seminar will have technical sessions. Besides, eminent scientists from all over the country will deliver lectures on emerging technologies such as quantum computing, spintronics, nanotechnology, material sciences and crystal engineering. The seminar is aimed to bring together the academicians, researchers and students from various science disciplines for development of ideas.

Army School shines in CBSE Class X results:
Seven students of Army Public School, Srinagar, have secured 10 CGPA in the CBSE Class X results, which were declared yesterday. As many as 58 students appeared in the CBSE Class X exams, who fared extremely well as per the official handout of APS, Srinagar. Principal Sandeep Marhatta congratulated all students.


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