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Punjab Briefs
Liquor sale banned:
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr V.K Janjua, has banned the sale of liquor in the district and issued directives to keep all liquor shops closed from September 3 to September 9. He said to maintain law and order during the elections it was necessary to close all liquor shops and 'ahatas' selling country liquor and foreign liquor.

Murder case solved:
The district police has solved the murder case that took place at Bulhowal village. Santosh Kaur has been arrested in this connection. Disclosing this here on Friday, Mr R.P. Mittal, SSP, Hoshiarpur, said a naked body of a young man was found in the fields near the village on August 19. The body, which bore injury marks of a sharp-edged weapon, was identified as that of Chanchal Singh.

TB patients:
Six TB patients have been adopted by the local Rotary Club in the first free anti-TB and chest diseases camp held at Ranjit Hospital here recently. Dr H.J. Singh, President of the club, said here on Friday that 12 free TB camps would be organised this year.

Marriage palaces:
The District Magistrate, Sangrur, Mr Anirudh Tiwari, has asked the owners of marriage palaces in the district to get no-objection certificates from the SSP, SDM, Municipal Council, Chief Electrical Inspector, PWD Department, and the Fire Officer.

Telephone connections:
Several customers in the town awaiting new telephone connectionson Friday protested against the alleged out-of-turn connections being given to some persons by the Telecommunication Department. They alleged that officials of the department were accepting bribe for these connections.

Mr M.D. Asthana, Secretary, Food and Supplies Department, Government of India, on Friday visited the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Langroya, and Banah village in the Balachaur subdivision of the district to interact with farmers of the area. Mr Asthana advised them to sow the IR-8 variety of paddy.

Medical camp:
A free medical camp was organised on Friday at Lodhwa village by the Lions Club. More than 500 patients were examined and medicines distributed among them.

Posters removed:
On the instructions of the Chief Election Commissioner, all posters and banners placed on unauthorised sites were removed on the orders of the local SDM, Mr Baldev Singh, on Thursday. The SDM has warned the public and the candidates that those found placing posters on unauthorised sites would be fined.

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Chandigarh Briefs
Nutrition education: The Dietetics Department of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, will organise a nutrition education programme for the parents of the children enrolled with the Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC), Sector 32, on September 1 and 2.

Day's salary: The officers, staff and all members of service associations and unions of the north-western circle, Survey of India have decided to contribute one day's salary to the Army Central Welfare Fund. An amount of Rs 1.52 lakh collected by the north-western circle has been sent to the Army Central Welfare Fund through the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, a press note of the circle said here on Friday.

Skill workshop: The Chandigarh Institute of Modelling and Arts, Sector 35, would start its week-long skill enhancement workshop from August 30 to impart training on modeling, acting, news reading, dancing and portfolio making.

Moral values:
Religion is losing its importance due to degeneration of moral vaules in society, Ms B.K. Prem, in charge of the Rajyoga Centre, said while addressing a joint session of the Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club here on Saturday.

Haryana briefs
The District Magistrate, Ms Jaiwanti Sheokand has prohibited the movement of more than two vehicles in a convoy, including two wheelers, from 8 p.m on September 4 till the midnight of September 5 in the whole district. However, this restriction would not apply to vehicles being used for election duty.

The Haryana Educational Ministerial Staff Association has submitted a memorandum to the state government urging it to accept their demands. A deputation of the association handed over the memorandum to the Director, Secondary Education.

Punishment: The district Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Rastogi, has said any person found spoiling the beauty of educational institutions, private buildings and public properties by writing election symbols, slogans and pasting posters on walls would be punished with a six-month imprisonment or fined Rs 1,000 under the Haryana Property Distortion Act.

Banned: The District Magistrate, has promulgated Section 144, CrPC, from August 27 to October 6 as a precautionary measure in view of the elections and banned the opening of shops, hotels, dhabas and other business establishments from 10.30 p.m till sunrise.

Arrested: The district police chief, Mr Manoj Yadav, said the police had arrested Pritam Singh and Kulwant Singh from the local bus stand on Thursday and seized 4.5 kg opium from them.

The police claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of vehicle lifters on Friday with the arrest of one of its members. This was disclosed by Mr B.S Sandhu, SSP, on Saturday. Two jeeps have been recovered from the accused, Major Singh.

Minor girl: The police recovered a minor girl of Panjuana village from the Rewari railway station on Friday. According to sources, she was allegedly abducted by Rajinder Singh of the same village on August 23. A case had been registered against the accused on a complaint of the girl's brother.

"Satta players": Mahavir Pehalwan, who was on an indefinite dharna, has decided to end it following an assurance from the district police chief, Mr B.S. Sandhu. Mahavir was demanding that gambling in the city be stopped. Mr Sandhu assured him that action would be taken against the "satta players" and requested him and other non-government social organisations to cooperate with the police in eliminating this social evil.

Lions Club:
Mr Shiv Dutt Sharma, President of the Lions Club, and other members of his team were installed at a function held here on Friday. Five tricycles and one wheelchair were distributed free of cost among handicapped and disabled persons on the occasion. As many as 750 saplings were planted on the campus of GVM Girls College by members of the club and college staff. Free books, stationary, fruits and sweets were also distributed among children at Rajinder Nagar, a slum colony of the city.

Himachal Briefs
Rally held:
The students' wing of the Himachal Vikas Congress held a rally at Government Degree College, Ghumarwin, 33 km from here, on Thursday. The rally was held in support of their demands which included requisite staff for the college, construction of a stadium and a rain shelter and installation of water coolers.

Danger allowance: The district unit of the HPSEB Technical Employees' Union, Ghagus, on Thursday urged the state electricity board management to implement the declaration of the Chief Minister at a conference in Hamirpur a few weeks ago that the technical employees of the board would be given a "danger allowance". The union warned that it would start an agitation if their demand was not met

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Vishal Himachal Pradesh Class IV Employees' Confederation: President - Mr Harpal Singh; Senior Vice-President - Mr Khajana Ram; Vice Presidents - Mr Milkhi Ram and Mr Harvansh Sharma; General Secretary - Mr Vikram Raj; and Treasurer - Mr Pratap Chand.

Allegations denied:
The Principal of the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hamirpur, Mr B.B Garg, has denied allegations that he beat up a schoolteacher on August 15. In a press note issued here on Friday, he alleged that the teacher mentioned in a media report abused and misbehaved with him on that day in the presence of others. He said the report in this regard was untrue and contrary to the facts.

Six passengers were injured when an HRTC bus, on its way to Chandigarh from Joginder Nagar, overturned at Tundi Da Bagh near Batha on the Dharamsala-Chandigarh highway on Friday. According to the police, the bus overturned while giving a pass to a van.

Section 144 imposed:
The Deputy Commissioner on Friday imposed Section 144 in the district till October 10 in view of the Lok Sabha elections. Carrying of arms and ammunition in the district has also been banned.

Resin seized:
Officials of the Forest Department intercepted a truck which jumped the Dhami check post and recovered 177 tins of illicit resin from it. Mr A.K Gulati, Conservator of Forests, said the truck driver along with two accomplices, who were escorting the truck on a motor cycle, had been arrested by the police.

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