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AHMEDGARH
TWO BOOKED: The police has booked two persons, including a self-styled saint heading a ‘dera’ at Barundi village, under Section 18 of the NDPS Act. According to sources, the police nabbed ‘Swami’ Brahmanand, a disciple of ‘Swami’ Shankaranand, and Major Singh of Chhapar village. The former was found possessing of 250 gm of opium.

PROs’ CONFERENCE: Mr S.P. Jindal, the PRO of Lions Club, District 321, has stated that a district PROs’ conference will be held at Payal Palace, Pohir road, on Sunday. Mr N. K. Grover, will be the chief guest on the occasion. A declamation contest on ‘Lionism: kal, aaj or kal’ and ‘Image and reputation of Lionism’ would also be held.

HOSHIARPUR
BOOKED: On a complaint of Mr Udham Singh of Phillaur, the police on Thursday registered a case under Section 306, IPC, against his daughter’s husband, Rajpal, father-in-law, Amin Chand, mother-in-law, Amro, brother-in-law, Satnam Singh, and sister-in-laws, Ranjit Kaur and Gurdev Kaur, all residents of Hukran village for allegedly compelling her to commit suicide.

STOLEN: A sum of Rs 400, two sets of ear rings, four wristwatches and a briefcase with clothes were stolen from the house of Gurdev Kaur at Sahbagpur village on Thursday. In another case of theft, Rs 80,000 and an FDR for Rs 30,000 were stolen from the scooter of Harbhajan Singh of Mola-Wahidpur.

WINE SEIZED: The police seized 9,000 ml of rum each from Gurbachan Lal of Bohan and Gurdas Ram of Shah Talai on Thursday. It also seized 75,000 ml of English wine from Bahadur Singh of Kahri.

JALANDHAR
ORGANISED: The prize distribution function of the local S.D. Public School was organised on Friday. The Punjab Information and Public Relations Minister, Mr Natha Singh Dalam, presided over the function. He said the state government had earmarked Rs 25 lakh as scholarship for brilliant students.

KHARAR
BODY FOUND: The local police on Friday found the body of Jagdev Singh at the local bus stand. According to the police, the man was stated to be upset.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Ropar District Petroleum Dealers Association: president —Mr Sushil Kaushal; vice-president — Mr Sudarshan Kumar Garg; secretary — Mr Rajinder Singh; and treasurer — Mr Sher Singh.

LUDHIANA
SWEATERS DISTRIBUTED: The Ludhiana Cultural and Social Welfare Club distributed sweaters to 100 schoolchildren at Guru Nanak Khalsa Girls High School here on Saturday. Mr Buta Singh, Additional Commissioner (Income Tax) presided over the function and gave away prizes.

MALERKOTLA
KILLED: Jeet Singh (45) of Manki village was killed when a car hit his bicycle at Sandour village, near here, on Friday. A case has been registered.

COUNCILLOR BEREAVED: Meena Begum, mother of Municipal Councillor Arshad Dali and Ms Rajia Sultana, executive member, PPCC, died of a heart attack here on Friday. Her cremation was largely attended.

MOGA
BANNED: District Magistrate Kanwalbir Singh Sidhu has banned the use of Army uniforms and plying of Army colour vehicles by civilians in the district with immediate effect. Bursting of big crackers has also been banned.

DEVELOPMENT PANEL: A meeting of the district development committee was held here on Saturday. While addressing the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Kanwalbir Singh Sidhu, said the district administration had completed the work on focal points at Singhanwala, Sadda Singhwala, Rajeam Sekhakalan and Kot Mohammad Khan villages at a cost of Rs 88 lakh. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr HL Kumar, was also present.

MEETINGS HELD: A meeting of villagers was held at Kili Chalan village in the district on Saturday. While addressing the meeting, Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh announced a grant of Rs 9 lakh for the construction of a road at the Kokari Phulewala village. Another grant of Rs 1 lakh was announced for the construction of a dharamshala for the harijans in the village. A similar meeting was organised at Chuhar Chak village. The minister announced a grant of Rs 30 lakh for the construction of a road connecting Kili Chalhan and Chuhar Chak villages of the district.

NARNAUL
SEMINAR ENDS: A seminar on natural calamities organised under the chairmanship of Mr Balwan Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, concluded here on Friday. Addressing delegates, Mr Balwan Singh stressed the need for the mutual cooperation and coordination among district administration and public. Mr Mukul Kumar, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, also spoke.

NATURAL CALAMITIES: A two-day camp on natural calamities administration in which NSS, NCC and Scouts participated concluded at Panchayat Bhavan here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Dr R.B. Langyan, Deputy Commissioner, said after the devastating floods in Orissa we should take more precautions and administration was ready to extend all help to the public.

EFFIGY BURNT: An effigy of Gen Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, was burnt by activists of the district Youth Congress under the leadership of Mr J.P. Saini, district president of the Youth Congress, at the local Azad Chowk in protest against the terrorist activities in the country.

PATIALA
AWARD GIVEN: Punjabi University Patiala on Saturday awarded the Maharaja Ranjit Singh award for national integration and world peace to the founder and chief of the Guru Nanak Sikh Mission of America, Mr Daljit Singh. Speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, expressed concern over the ‘mushrooming’ of Sikh saints in Sikhism and called it ominous for the future of the religion. 

RAMAYANA RECITATION: The employees of the Aviation Club would hold a Ramayana recitation session on Thursday. It would be followed by ‘bhog’ on Friday. This was stated in a press note released by the club on Saturday. 

SUNAM
CAMP HELD: The local Leo Club organised a camp for issuing learner's driving licence to the applicants here on Thursday. Mr Parminder Singh Dhindsa, local MLA, was the chief guest. Mr Praneet Bhardwaj, SDM, who was the licensing authority said 506 licences were issued to the applicants at the camp. Mr Dhindsa announced a grant of Rs 15,000 to the club.

TARN TARAN
ILLICIT LIQUOR: Mr Gurdeep Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here on Friday said 40 kg of lahan was seized from Balwinder Singh of Jandoke Sarhali village. As much as 34,200 ml of illicit liquor had also been seized from Gaggara Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Baldev Singh.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
TWO SHOPS GUTTED: Two shops located on the Ram Bagh road, Ambala Cantt, were gutted in a fire which broke out late Friday night. The shop of a tailor and an adjoining sweetmeat shop were gutted. The cause of the fire was not known.

KAITHAL
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local District Bar Association: president — Mr Krishan Bhardwaj; vice-president — Mr Harpal Singh; secretary — Mr Gopal Krishan Bhatt; and joint secretary — Mr Surender Ravish.

BLOOD DONATION: As many as 150 students, including girls, donated blood at a camp organised by the District Red Cross Society at Bapu Anant Ram Janta College, Kaul. Ms Kanta Dagar, wife of the Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp.

SIRSA
SIX JAILED: Babu Ram and Satnam Singh of Nejadela Kalan and Arjun of the local Housing Board were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, while Lajpat Ram of Khairpur, Zile Singh, licence clerk, and Najeem Ahmad of Mumbai were sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for forging arms licence. However, the Judge acquitted Minaxi of Delhi and Pyarelal of Mansa. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against them.

ALLEGATION: Mr Jagdish Nehra, former Haryana minister and AICC member said here on Thursday that farmers of the state, especially the cotton cultivators, were under financial burden following the destruction of their crop by American bollworm. Their voice has fallen on deaf ears as the government has shown little concern to redress their loss, he alleged. The Congress leader alleged that whereas the Punjab Government had got various packages for the farmers from the Centre, but the Chautala government had not been able to do so.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The CIA, Dabwali, raided Desujodha village on a tip-off and seized 15 kg of poppy husk from a resident of the village who managed to escape. The Rori police also seized 7 kg of poppy husk from Nafe Khan, who was arrested under Sections 15 and 16 of the NDPS Act.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

KULU
FUNCTION HELD: The annual prize distribution function of Archangel School was held at Sultanpur, near here, on Friday. Minister of State for Primary Education Karan Singh was the chief guest. He said 1,119 rooms would be constructed under Operation Blackboard in the district by March 31.

SHIMLA
INAUGURATED: Mr G.B. Singh, former Additional Deputy Comptroller and Auditor-General, inaugurated the induction training programme of the 2001 batch of probationers at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts here on Friday.
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