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14 test positive for heatitis B:
The Health Department on Saturday said all the 14 samples of blood collected from Dhaani Bishesharnath, a small village located on the city bypass, have tested positive for hepatitis B. The village has a population of about 3,000 people, who consume groundwater drawn by hand pumps as the state government has not sanctioned the water works. A team of the department organised an awareness camp at the local government school with the help of Shri Ram Sewa Samiti, an NGO, on Saturday.

Youth kills mother with axe:
A youth was arrested for allegedly murdering his mother Bhupinder Kaur (54) on Friday night at Bajwa Patti Mohalla in Barnala. The police said the incident took place after the duo had an altercation. Gaganpreet allegedly tied his mother to a cot and killed her with an axe. A case has been 

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Patwari booked for firing:
The Wadali Ala Singh police have registered a case against Patwari Talwinder Singh, a resident of Tohra village, for allegedly opening fire at a doctor, HS Aulakh, following heated arguments over a road accident. Station House Officer Satnam Singh said a case had been registered against Talwinder Singh at the Badali Ala Singh police station.

Mandi Gobindgarh
Seminar on drug abuse:
The police in collaboration with the RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a seminar on “Drug abuse and how to control it” at the campus on Saturday. Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, SSP, called upon the youth to help in eradicating the menace and to bring addicts to rehabilitation camps at civil hospitals. 

Villager attacked, 5 booked:
Sukhdev Singh of Bhakhriana village was attacked by five persons on Friday night. He was admitted in a private hospital. His condition is said to be stable. The police said old rivalry was the reason behind the attack. One of the accused opened fire in the air before fleeing. A case has been registered against Surjit Singh,Gurwinder Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Gurjinder Singh and Karambir Singh.

Police inaction sparks protest:
The family members of Gurcharan Singh (50), who was killed in land dispute on June 10, have threatened to commit suicide outside the residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. They demand that that all the persons accused of killing Gurcharan Singh of Lang village be nabbed. The police have denied the allegations.

Book released:State Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema launched a book written by Anil Bharti at the SAD office in Patiala. The book titled Treh-Bhasha Tulnatmak Gyan Vikas Padhti analyses the basics of English, Punjabi and Hindi. Bharti is a social science teacher at the SDSE Senior Secondary School. Cheema said the book would go a long way in bringing down linguistic barriers of the nation.



Rekha Arya buys nomination form:
Congress leader Rekha Arya and a Uttarakhand Parivartan Party leader purchased nomination forms for fighting the Assembly byelections from the Someshwar seat on Saturday. “Amid opposition from a group of Congress workers led by Sachin Tamta, Rekha Arya purchased a nomination form on Saturday to fight the Assembly byelection from Someshwar,” said Sindar Ram, a Congress worker from Someshwar.

Winners by draw of lots:
Official on vote counting duty on Saturday resorted to a draw of lots at various places to declare the winners as candidates had secured an equal number of votes in the panchayat elections. In Shivlalpur village in Ramnagar, Tamli and Dhakla Badola villages in Champawat district, poll officials held a draw of lots to decide the winners.

Rs 21 crore for highway:
The state government has sanctioned Rs 21 crore to renovate the Madi to Nainital national highway in Nainital district. “The idea is to attract Nainital-bound tourists so that they could stop at places developed on the way to Nainital,” said Ranjit Singh Rawat, Chief Engineer, PWD.

Tanakpur residents protest:
Residents of Hanuman Garhi in Tanakpur town of Champawat district have threatened to begin an agitation if flood relief works were not completed by June 30.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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