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Security up for Samjhauta Express:
Security has been raised for Samjhauta Express and the Delhi-Lahore bus following Intelligence reports on possible terror strikes. A senior police official said they planned a three-tier security for the bus by involving the Amritsar-Rural police, SWAT teams and the Punjab Armed Battalion. “We are not taking the Intelligence inputs lightly after the suicide bomb attack at the Wagah border on the Pakistan side earlier this month,” the officer said. He said the Government Railway Police had been told to keep a close watch on the movement of suspects at the Attari railway station. 

Financier held:
The police on Monday nabbed Naresh Gagneja, a financier of New Suraj Nagari, for allegedly committing fraud. The Anti-Fraud Squad took action as Ram Chander of Chak Banwala alleged that Naresh had duped him on the pretext of providing him a tube well connection. Investigation reportedly indicated that the signatures of all concerned were fake.

5 booked in dowry case: The police booked five of a family after their daughter-in-law's body was found hanging on Sunday. Krishan Lal of Goniana alleged her daughter Rupali (28) was being harassed by her in-laws for more dowry. Victims' parents on Monday took away the body from her in-laws' house in Kesarisinghpur.

2 held in robbery case: The Sriganganagar police on Monday arrested the kingpin of a Barnala gang of robbers and a goldsmith, who purchased stolen ornaments from them. The two have been identified as Babu Ram (50) of Bhadargarh and Hardeep Soni. The gang had reportedly looted ten women in Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh. They have been remanded in custody till November 27.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Lok Adalat on Dec 6
: The National Lok Adalat will be held on December 6 at the Fatehgarh Sahib district court complex, said Sanjiv Berry, District & Sessions Judge, and Chairman, District Legal Services Authority. He said efforts would be made to settle all pending cases by way of compromise and other mode of alternative disputes resolution mechanism such as mediation, conciliation and arbitration. He called upon the public to take benefit of this programme.

Rape: SC panel seeks action
: Rajesh Bagha, Chairman, Punjab SC Commission, on Monday met aggrieved the family of a rape victim at the district hospital in Nawanshahr. He assured the girl's father of Herrian village that those involved in the crime would not be spared. Bagha also met Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra and SSP Sanmeet Kaur and directed them to arrest the culprits at the earliest. The SSP told Bagha that the SC/ST Atrocities Act had been added to the FIR. Five police teams have been set up to nab the culprits, he added.

Man kills father, booked:
Bagga Singh of Mallan village in Gidderbaha sub-division killed his father Darshan Singh (55) on Sunday. Victim's brother Balwinder Singh said Bagga attacked the victim with a sharp-edged weapon when he refused to give Bagga  some money.

Two killed in clash:
Two persons belonging to the gujjar community were killed when several armed unidentified assailants attacked them at Burj Kandhari and Barr Majara villages. Both of them belonged to separate deras. The deceased persons were identified as Jammu of Burj Kadhari village and Mango Rni of Baharr Majara village. The police termed old enmity to be the cause of the attack. The Behram police have registered a case.

Children fest concludes:
The five-day National Children Festival concluded on the premises of SEABA International Public School, Lehragaga, on Monday. Around 400 children (8-12 years old) from 17 states took part. The children participated in various activities such as drawing, painting, rangoli making, mehandi applying etc. A programme "Bharat ki Santan" based on different languages of the country was organised.
Children take part in a painting contest at Lehragaga on Monday. tribune photo

Watchmen continue protest: Satgur Singh Majhi, president, Pendu Chowkidar Union, was shifted to the local Civil Hospital after his condition deteriorated on Sunday. He has been on fast since November 18. The union has been demanding Rs 8,635 per month as wages to chowkidars (rural watchmen) against Rs 800 per month at present. Other office-bearers of the union continued their protest out the DC's office on Monday. There are over 11,000 rural watchmen in the state who are backing the agitation.



African citizen held:
The Kurukshetra police arrested a West Africa citizen on charges of drug smuggling near Pipli Chowk on Sunday. A police team arrested Franktim and recovered around 36 gm heroin and 14 gm cocaine from his possession. He was produced before a local court and sent to one-day police remand. 

Ten hurt in cylinder blast
: Ten labourers sustained injuries in an LPG cylinder explosion at a room in Noorwala on the Barsat road here on Monday. The injured are reportedly out of danger. The police are investigating the matter. 



Minor kidnapped:
A minor girl was allegedly kidnapped by unknown persons at Karsog in the district. In a complaint to the police, a woman alleged that her minor daughter had been kidnapped by unknown persons on Sunday. A case under Sections 363 and 366A of the IPC has been registered at the Kasog police station and investigations are on.

3 held with charas: The district police have arrested three persons with cannabis in the past 24 hours. The Sadar police on Monday seized 500 gm of charas from the possession of Nidhi Singh at Mangwain. About 450 gm of charas was seized from the possession of Vinay Sharma of Lahshan at Jawalamukhi tehsil in Kangra district, during a naka in Bhangrotu. Also, 180 gm of charas was seized from the possession of Rafique of Sangrur district in Punjab from Nagchala.

Conference of armed forces
: The Army Training Command (ARTRAC) will host a conference of the armed forces in Shimla on November 25 and 26. Commanders-in-Chief of the Training Commands of the Army, Navy and the Air Force would jointly chair the conference, a spokesperson for ARTRAC said on Monday.



Protest by challenged persons: Specially-abled persons protested here today. The agitators expressed concern that memorandums were submitted many times to the state government but their demands are still pending. Basant Kumar Thapliyal, state president, Nanda Devi Nirdhan Viklang Kalyan Association, said that pension to specially-able persons and government jobs are the pending demands.

Unemployed pharmacists: The agitated diploma unemployed pharmacists have said that the state government is yet to take steps to appoint them in health centres across the state. Manoj Tripathi, state president of unemployed diploma pharmacists (Allopathy) association said 2840 posts are lying vacant in health centres.

Nishank for trauma centre: Haridwar MP-cum-former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank met Union Health Minister JP Nadda in New Delhi today. He said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare should sanction a trauma centre in Haridwar. He said Haridwar was an important tourist destination of Uttarakhand, and setting up of a trauma centre would prove beneficial.

Amrita seeks tulip garden: Former Cabinet Minister and Ramnagar MLA Amrita Rawat has written a letter to CM Harish Rawat demanding establishment of a tulip garden at village Choi in Nainital district. 


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