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BBMB bags award:
The Bhakra-Beas Management Board has bagged the second prize in boards and autonomous bodies category of the Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Awards for implementation of the Official Language Policy during 2013-14. The award was received by board's chairman AB Agrawal from President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

Terror suspects remanded:
The Jalandhar rural police brought three terror suspects of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) on production warrants on Friday. They were produced in a court that remanded them in three-day police custody. Terror suspect Daljit Singh was brought from the Nabha jail, Harpreet Singh Pintoo from the Kapurthala Central Jail and Gurpreet Singh Gopi from the Gurdaspur jail.

PSEB manager suspended:
Punjab School Education Board chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal put district manager of board's Jalandhar office Sucheta Sharma under suspension with immediate effect on Friday. The action was taken against Sucheta following several complaints by her colleagues. "Allegations of misbehaviour with her staff were made against the official. We have received several complaints in this regard. During an inquiry, the charges against her were found right, following which we suspended her," Dhaliwal said.

Jail for 3 in fertilizer scam:
Additional Sessions Judge Rajinder Aggarwal sentenced three accused to four-year imprisonment in the fertiliser scam on Friday. Those sentenced are Swarn Singh Dhillon (Modern Agro Chemical Industry managing director), Rajinder Singh (joint director in the same firm) and Mangaljit Singh (Additional Development Officer, Jalandhar).

Woman held with drugs:
The Goraya police have arrested Jasbir Kaur of Gannapind and allegedly seized 300 gm of intoxicant powder from her possession. The police also arrested Ajay Kumar of Litrra village and seized 115 gm of narcotic powder from him.

Gas firm officials booked:
The district police on Friday booked nine persons, including officials of the Mumbai-based Prachi Gas Bottling Company, for allegedly duping three local residents of Rs 2.57 crore. The accused include firm MD Ramesh Panday, general manager Ajit and senior sales executive Sunil Saini. Jujhar Singh of Morinda, Sanjiv Kumar of Nurpur Bedi and Kulwinder Kumar of Anandpur Sahib had alleged that they were dealers of company that failed to supply them gas despite depositing Rs 2.57 crore.

Constable dies in mishap:
Malkiat Singh (43), a constable in the second India Reserve Battalion (IRB), posted at Ladda Kothi, near Dhuri, was killed while another constable Mohinder Singh was injured in a road mishap near Ladda village.

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5 booked in dowry case:
The police have registered a case of dowry against Gurwinder Singh, his father Gurbax Singh, mother Beero, sister Mandeep Kaur, all residents of Basarke village; and Harpreet Kaur of Kalsian village.



10-yr jail for two smugglers:
A district court of Ambala has sentenced two smugglers to 10 years in prison. It has also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on each of them. The police had recovered 72 kg poppy husk from their possession last year. The Ambala police had stopped a truck coming from West Bengal on the GT road in Ambala Cantt and had recovered poppy husk from driver Jagbir Singh and his assistant Beer Singh.

Ban on social functions in sports stadiums:Haryana Health, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij today banned the holding of social and cultural events in all sports stadiums across the state. He has directed the Additional Chief Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, to take appropriate steps in this regard.

Youth booked for rape:
The police have booked Uttam of Mehuwala village in Fatehabad on the charge of raping a 20-year-old on the pretext of marrying her. The girl alleged that the accused had been raping her the past one year. She said he raped her last on November 7.

Science fest at KITM:
Kurukshetra Institute of Technology and Management (KITM) organised a science festival on its campus on Friday. Nearly 1,500 students of classes XI and XII of 85 schools across the state participated in the fair. Prof PJ George, Director Principal, KITM, said, “The initiative was taken to promote science in schools.”

Pehowa DAV College principal awarded:Dr Kamdev Jha, principal, DAV College, Pehowa, has been awarded Vayakaran Kesari Award by the Akhil Bhartia Vidut Parshid, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

Boy held for stealing gold ornaments:
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for stealing gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 2 lakh from a house at Nejadela Kalan near Sirsa. The boy has been sent to a juvenile home.



495 gm charas seized:
A pedestrian identified as Sonu was arrested with 495 gram charas near Banikhet, 6 km from here, on Thursday; Superintendent of Police, Chamba, DK Chaudhary said here on Friday. He said when a police party was on patrol at the Banikhet barrier, they saw a pedestrian carrying a  bag. On suspicion, the  police checked his bag and recovered charas weighing 495 gram. A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act was registered.

Youth held with charas:
A 22-year-old youth, Sachin Choudhary, was arrested by the police and 45 gm of charas was seized from him at Gurkhari on Friday, the police said. He was arrested under the NDPS Act. Meanwhile, the police arrested Ajay Singh of Rehloo and recovered 9000 ml of countrymade liquor from his possession and a case under Section 39(1) of the Excise Act had been  registered against him, the police said.

One held with 2.1 kg charas:
The Bhuntar police have arrested Khem Chand, son of Chet Ram, of Bhosa Dhar in Dayar valley of this district and seized 2.1 kg charas from him Thursday. The police said the accused had been remanded in police custody till November 23. Kullu SP Surinder  Verma said a case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act had been registered.

Scooterist killed in mishap:
A scooterist was killed in a road mishap at Mathanayul in Padhar subdivision here on Friday. The police said Ashwani Kumar of Silag was killed when a tourist bus (HP-01-3557), on its way from Paonta Sahib to Jogindernagar, hit his scooter (HP-32-0822). A case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the bus driver.

Two held with charas:The police arrested two persons with charas at Dayodhdhar here on Friday. The police said 412 gm of charas was recovered from Saras Sood of Chotta Shimla and Girish Kumar of Ghangal in Sundernagar tehsil of the district during checking when the accused were coming from the Kullu side by motorcycle (HP-31A-4899). A case under the NDPS Act had been registered.



Plans to improve lot of minorities: CM:Chief Minister Harish Rawat has stated that various plans are in the pipeline for improving the social and economical status of the minority class in the state. After inaugurating a function to celebrate minority day here on Friday, the Chief Minister has said beneficiary schemes would be launched for residents’ welfare.

Bar association members protest:Uttarakhand Bar Association members protested in Dehradun on Friday against the recent hike in circle rates of lands in the state. They protested in front of the registry office and demanded from the state government that circle rates of lands be reviewed.

Senior citizens visit IMA:Anugraha, an NGO, organised a visit by 70 senior citizens to the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun on Friday. The elderly were overwhelmed by special attention, refreshments and a token memento — A red cap gifted by IMA. Rakesh Dhawan, founder trustee and Dr Aabha Chaudhary, chairperson of Anugraha, extended warm gratitude to IMA.

Homoeopathy pharmacists to continue protest:Agitating diploma homoeopathy pharmacists have decided to continue with their protest till their demands are met by the state government. The agitators, under the banner of Uttarakhand Diploma Homoeopathy Pharmacists, protested in Dehradun on Friday. They raised slogans against the state government and demanded appointment in health centres across the state.

Shiksha Acharyas express resentment:Agitating Shiksha Acharyas have expressed resentment that a memorandum highlighting their demands has been submitted to the state government many times, but their demands are still pending. The agitators, under the banner of Shiksha Acharya Anudeshak Sangathan, protested in Dehradun on Friday. The agitators demanded government jobs in the state’s Education Department. DS Bisht, Prahlad Ram, Khem Singh, Amrish Rana and many others were present.


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