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Gang of thieves busted:
Five members of a gang reportedly involved in several inter-state crimes have been nabbed by the Pallu (Hanumangarh) police with the help of the Haryana police. Officials said three unarmed constables on Thursday cordoned off a farmhouse near Kalanwali on a tip-off and requested the Haryana police to join the operation. This led to the arrest of Laxman Singh, Vinod Kumar, Manpreet Singh, Jagsir Singh and Amandeep Singh. The gang members had allegedly looted a car on October 22.

Junk shop gutted: A junk shop at Arya Nagar here was gutted in fire on Friday. The fire broke out at 2.30 am. A short circuit is stated to be the reason. As the local firefighting unit found it inconvenient to control the flames, fire tenders were called from Fazilka and Malout. The staff assisted by residents doused the fire after four hours.

3 convicted for smuggling: A court has sentenced three persons to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and also imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh each under the NDPS Act.

Fatehgarh Sahib
RTS applications cleared:
The Right to Service (RTS) Act has been strictly enforced in all government offices in the district. Of the 46,430 applications received from January to November at various Suvidha Kendras, 45,443 were disposed of within the stipulated time frame. Speaking to the media, Deputy Commissioner Arun Sekhri said the remaining 987 applications were under process.

AAP holds protest: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers on Friday burnt the effigy of the state government and the Punjab Police, in protest against the detention of around 150 AAP activists at Teachers' Home in Bathinda on Thursday. Party workers gathered outside the DC office in Jalandhar and raised slogans against the state government and the police.

Technical fest kicks off:
'Aranya', one of north India's biggest technical festivals organised by Thapar University every year, got off to a colourful start on the campus here on Friday. University director Prof Prakash Gopalan inaugurated the three-day extravaganza in which about 8,000 students from various schools and colleges are participating.

Wine shop looted:
Three unidentified armed robbers struck at a wine shop in Dashmesh Enclave here on Thursday and snatched Rs 55,000 from an employee, Bishan Dass, at gunpoint. The police have registered a case, but no arrest have been made so far.

Peddler gets 10-year jail:
A fast-track court has sentenced Gurpreet Singh of Kanjla village near Morinda, to 10-year imprisonment. He was arrested in a case under the NDPS Act. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also slapped on him.

IIT convocation today: Over 120 B.Tech students will be awarded degrees at the annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, here on Saturday. Professor Goverdhan Mehta of the Hyderabad University and former director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, would be the chief guests.

Tarn Taran
Sikh conference begins:
The 65th World Sikh Educational Conference, organised by the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD), started in Tarn Taran on Friday.



Slogan-writing competition: The Institute of Educational Technology and Vocational Education (IETVE), PU, celebrated Bal Diwas. PU Registrar Col GS Chadha (Retd), IETVE chief coordinator Prof Nandita were present.



Varsity don honoured: Dr RK Salar (in pic), chairperson of the department of biotechnology, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, has been awarded the best paper award with KACST medal and $5000. His paper was titled ‘Stress influenced increase in phenolic content and radical scavenging capacity of Rhodotorula glutinis CCY 20-2-26’.

Woman found dead:
A woman, Mandip Kaur (26), was found dead in the fields at Urjani village on Friday. The police have registered a case on the complaint of her father Shrawan Singh. He said Mandip had gone out of the house but did not return. Amarjit Singh, village sarpanch, spotted her body and informed the police.



Chamba vs Solan on Nov 22: The Senior Citizens Cricket Team will play a goodwill cricket match against the Senior Citizens Cricket Team of Solan in the T-20 Veterans’ Cricket Championship at Solan on November 22. The Chamba team consists of Maj SC Nayyar (Captain), Dr Sunit Puri, Pawan Amrol, Vijay Sen, Sushil Kumar, Anil Kumar, Surinder Bhandari, Roshan Parvez, Rajinder Bakshi, Surinder Kumar, Kishan Singh, Rattan Kumar, Shiv Dutt, Ishwar Puri, Yaduveer Chona, and Sunil Thakur as manager.

Workshop on reporting on Nov 18: The School of Journalism, Mass Communication and New Media, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, will hold a one-day workshop on “Development Reporting: The Changing Paradigms” on November 18 at TAB, Shahpur.

Kaal Bhairav Ashtami celebrated: Kaal Bhairav Ashtami was celebrated on Friday with enthusiasm and religious fervour in Kangra and Jawalamukhi. Idols of Lord Bhairav were worshipped and day-long yajna was performed to please the deity. A large number of devotees visited temples and paid obeisance.

Three held with charas in Mandi
: The police arrested three persons for possessing cannabis during the past 24 hours in the district. The police said Ranjit Singh of Sirat in Indora (Kangra) was held for carrying 800 gm of charas in a vehicle (HP-01D-3589) at Galu. Ram Singh of Bheru in Jogindernagar tehsil was held with 90 gm of charas. Beli Ram of Sihada in Kullu district was held with 78 gm of charas at Bhawarna. The police said the accused were booked under the NDPS Act.



Nehru remembered:
Congress paid tributes to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on his 125th birth anniversary on Friday. A function was held at the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) headquarters where several leaders remembered his contributions. JKPCC president Saifuddin Soz, the chief guest at the function, described Nehru as the ‘chief architect of modern India’.

Winter vacations in schools from Nov 24: The Valley schools will close for winter vacations from November 24 for Classes I to VIII and from December 8 for Classes IX to XII. The schools will remain closed till February 23. Mir Tariq, Director Education, Kashmir, said all government and private schools should strictly implement the directive and any violation of the directive would be dealt with strictly.

5 hurt in separate mishaps: A motorcyclist, Riyaz Ahmad Khan of Kreeri, was injured when a tractor hit him near Sangrama. In another accident, a Sumo, on way from Zurhama to Kupwara, injured three children at Kawari, under Police Station Trehgam. The driver of a Maruti car, Jahangir Ahmad Wagey, a resident of Nai Basti Tral, was injured when his car collided with a Wagon-R at Drangbal, Pampore.

Arms recovered:
Security forces recovered arms and ammunition from two separate hideouts in Rajouri and Poonch on Friday. The cache of arms and ammunition recovered included an AK-56 rifle and 41 bullets of AK-56.In another operation, Army and Special Operations Group of Poonch recovered one AK-47 rifle and nearly five kg IED.



Corbett, Rajaji parks to reopen today: Both Jim Corbett National Park and Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand will open for tourists on Saturday after the monsoon break. The authorities at both parks have completed all preparations and have repaired all culverts and other forest roads. The rest houses and lodges in the parks have been spruced up for tourists.

Panic after leopard seen in Rishikesh residential area: A leopard entered the Sturdia factory residential area in Rishikesh on Friday, leading to panic in the locality. The Dehradun district administration along with Forest Department officials rushed to the area and deployed two armed forest guards there. The forest officials said that they were patrolling the area as a precautionary measure.

MLA distributes wollens among students: Cantonment MLA Harbans Kapoor distributed woollen garments among students of primary schools in the Shastrinagar and Indiranagar areas of Dehradun on Friday. Kapoor reiterated his commitment to working for students belonging to poor families and unprivileged sections of society.

Peyjal Nigam on dharna for 50 days: The dharna of Peyjal Nigam employees in Dehradun continued for the 50th day on Friday. One of the agitating employees, Pitambar Dutt Lohani, said they would hold a massive demonstration outside the state Assembly on November 25 if their long standing demands of better pay and perks were not met immediately.

State second in All-India Forestry Games: The Uttarakhand Forest Department stood second in the 21th All India Forestry Games held in Goa recently. While the Chattisgarh Forest Department stood first, the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department got the third position. A total of 25 teams, including from central forest institutes, took part in the games.

Regularisation of service: The Uttarakhand Diploma Engineers Association at a meeting held here on Friday sought regularisation of the services of contractual diploma engineers working in various departments of the state. General secretary of the association Ram Kumar said the association would be forced to stage an agitation if the issue was not addressed at the earliest.


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