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Two booked for evading fee:
The Bathinda police registered a case of fraud against two persons of Fazilka and Muktsar for evading market fees by running trade under the names of fake agro-firms. Police sources said the case was registered on a written complaint by the chairman of the Bathinda market committee. It was also disclosed that a broker was booked for negotiating illegal deals in the name of such firms. Officials of the Mandi Board informed that during the investigation, it came on record that the firms were also evading the VAT and other taxes. When contacted, Darshan Kumar, secretary, Market Committee, Bathinda, said, “We are still investigating the records and it is expected that some others would come under scanner.” 

Drama contest begins: Eighteen teams are participating in a state-level drama competition being held at Dashmesh Public Senior Secondary School here. The two-day competition was inaugurated by Satwinder Kaur on Friday. Teams from Amritsar, Bathinda, Muktsar, Moga, Mansa, Faridkot, Barnala, Ferozepur, Sangrur, Tarn Taran, Ropar, Mohali, Ludhiana, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Nawanshahar and Jalandhar are taking part in the event. 

New Pollution Control Board chief:
The state government on Friday transferred four IAS officers with immediate effect. VK Meena becomes Special Secretary, PWD (B&R); Vijay N Zade has been posted as Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot; Rajat Aggarwal is new Chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board; and Varun Roojam will be new Deputy Commissioner, Muktsar. 

BKU meeting on Nov 3: If farmers of the state wish to save their families from economic crunch, they will have to adopt the slogan, “Grow less and earn more” in the future. This was stated by president of the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) Balbir Singh Rajewal here on Friday while reacting to the announcement of bonus of Rs 50 per quintal on paddy by the Union government. “We should work to reduce area under wheat to reduce production”, he said. Rajewal said he had called a meeting of the BKU in Chandigarh on November 3 to chalk out future strategy. 

Health scheme: The Bhai Ghanhya Trust at its meeting held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister on October 21 appointed ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company as insurer for the Bhai Ghanhya Sehat Sewa Scheme. Of the total 6.45 lakh beneficiaries, nearly 29,369 have availed the benefit of treatment worth Rs 39.37 crore during October 1, 2008, to September 30, 2009. Dr G. Vajralingam, Registrar, state Cooperative Societies, here on Friday signed a tripartite agreement with ICICI Lombard GIC and MD India, Pune, in this regard. 

1 held with 325 pirated CDs:
The police has arrested Vikrant Gupta, a resident of SCF 4, Mohali, for selling downloaded content without any licence or permission. The police arrested the accused from his shop in Mata Gujri Enclave, Kharar, on the complaint of junior investigator Varinder Kumar from ISI company, Mohali. The police raided his shop and recovered 325 pirated CDs and a computer that was being used to replicate copied content into CDs. He has been booked under Sections 51, 52, 53-A, 58 and 63 of the Copyright Act, 1957. 

Fast paddy procurement sought
:Principle secretary to the CM Darbara Singh Guru on Friday visited the grain market of Mansa and directed the officials concerned to expedite the process of lifting and procuring paddy.
DC Kumar Rahul said nearly two lakh and twelve thousand paddy had been purchased in Mansa so far and 93 per cent payment was offered to the farmers till now, he added.

Workshop on blood donation
: The department of blood transfusion medicine organised a workshop on promotion of voluntary blood donation. The workshop was held at Government Rajindra Hospital in association with the Punjab State AIDS Control Society in which representatives of various organisations participated. While delivering the key-note address Dr HS Lamba, SMO, Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, said efforts should be made to reach the target of voluntary blood donation as it had been proved in medical researches that they were the safest donors.

SC Chabba, working as deputy chief engineer (civil) in Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, has been promoted and posted as chief engineer (civil design and construction), PSEB, Patiala. Chabba has been associated with this super thermal plant for more than 22 years in various capacities and during this period he supervised construction of this thermal plant. He is presently senior vice-president of PSEB engineers’ association. 



The building that caught fire in Ambala City on Friday.Goods gutted in Ambala office:
A fire broke out in the office of a private company located on the second floor of a commercial complex near old Sessions Court at Ambala City on Friday. The furniture, computers and other goods of the private company were destroyed in the fire. The fire tenders reached on the spot and it took them two hours to control the fire. The cause of the fire was not ascertained so far. SDM, Ambala, Arvind Sharma also reached the spot to take stock of the situation.
The building that caught fire in Ambala City on Friday.A Tribune photograph



Villagers submit demands:
Villagers of Khundel panchayat have submitted their demands with regard to the destruction caused to natural water sources due to ongoing mini and micro hydel projects in the area during a gathering organised under the programme “Prashasan janta ke dwar” at Bataut village on Thursday. 

Driver killed:
Driver Bhim Singh of Patta village of Hamirpur district was killed on the spot when the tipper he was driving alon e, suddenly fell into a 40-ft-deep gorge on the National Highway-88 near Delag village on Thursday night. The body was brought here for a post-mortem examination.

Man held with charas:
The police arrested a person on Thursday night for possessing 310 gram charas. According to sources, a police party, headed by ASI Chaman Lal, on a naka intercepted a Maruti car (HP-02-6120) in which Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Jail Road, Mandi, was travelling. On search, the police recovered the contraband from him and arrested him under the NDPS Act. 


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