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No booking of telegrams:
Telegraph terminals at most of the post offices located at the sub divisional level in Punjab have been snapped with effect from September 1, sources confirmed on Tuesday. BSNL had asked sub-postmasters at Abohar, Fazilka, Malout and Gidderbaha and four other centers in the Ferozepore Telecom Circle to stop booking telegrams after August 31. BSNL had not been able to make an alternative arrangement due to shortage of staff.

Pak national held:
A Pakistan national was arrested by the BSF at Rora Wali village while he was trying to sneak into the Indian territory on Tuesday. According to BSF officials, the infiltrator has been identified as Shakin son of Bau Khan. the cops have recovered Rs 30 and a mobile phone from him.

Scientist invited: Dr Surinder Singh, a scientist in the field of nuclear geo-physics and a senior Professor in the Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been invited to attend the South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association Conference (SPERA-2006) at Melbourne on October 9. Dr Surinder will present four research papers on environmental radioactivity in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh with special emphasis on uranium analysis in water and the environmental samples.

Overbridge opposed:
The move of the Punjab Government to construct an overbridge over the level crossing on the Dera Road, near Gandhi Chowk, Shukarpura villlage was opposed by businessman of Dera Roa and Shukarpura here on Wednesday. Those who opposed the overbridge were Mr Kamal Verma, president, Shiv Sena, Mr Rakesh Rampal, president, Chemists Association, and Mr Dev Raj Chachowalia, president, Dera Road Shopkeepers Association.

Sewing centre in Central Jail:
The District Hospital Welfare Society (DHWS) under the aegis of the Red Cross Society opened a knitting and sewing centre for the women inmates in the Central Jail here on Tuesday so that they could spend their time during imprisonment in a productive manner and, at the same time, become self dependent. While inaugurating the centre, Mrs Santosh Singh, Chairperson of the DHWS, said all those women inmates who completed the three-month course in knitting and sewing would be provided sewing machine and other equipment at the time of their release.

Proclaimed offender held:
The police has arrested a proclaimed offender wanted in a murder case and involved in various criminal activities. He has been identified as Shingara Singh. A case of murder was registered against him at Joga police station on August 11. He was nabbed from Sardulgarh.

Teachers’ Day:
The Lions Club, Nawanshahr city, on Tuesday organised a function at Vishavkarma Public High School on Teachers’ Day. Mr Iqbal Singh, region chairman, presided over. Mr Ranjit singh and Mr Parmod Chander, school teachers, were honoured for their commendable contribution.

Competition held: The Lions Club, Nawanshahr city, organised an essay-writing and poster-making competitions on female foeticide at Vishavkarma Public High School here on Tuesday. As many as 25 students participated. In the essay-writing competition - Harpreet Kaur, Inderjot Virk and Jasmeen and in the post-making competition- Kajal, Rohit Lakha and Avinash Virdi won the first three prizes respectively.

Conference: The Panchayat Union, Punjab, organised a state-level conference of sarpanches at Punjab Mata Vidhywati Bhavan here. Mr Sukhdev Singh Barike, state president, presided over. The unior expressed resentment over the non-implementation of 73rd Constitutional amendment in its true spirit. Mr Harmesh Virdi, sarpanch of Pandi Mathwali village was elected state general secretary of the union.

Tarn Taran
6 robbers held:
The district police has busted a 10-member robbers’ gang with the arrest of its six members. Two country-made revolvers and two cartridges were recovered from them. They have been identified as Manpreet Singh, Gurpartap Singh, Partap Singh, Jaimal Singh, Gurpreet Singh, and Jagir Singh.

Atrocities on Dalits: A deputation of the Dalit Dastan Vorodhi Andolan led by Ms Sunita Kumari on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner here against atrocities on Dalits at Jaffargarh village in Haryana.



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