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PUNJAB

Abohar
SARPANCH BOOKED: The Sadar Police has booked Mr Chander Pal, Sarpanch† of Bishanpura village, Jagdev Singh, Mithu Singh, Sarwan Singh and a dozen other persons under Sections 452/427, IPC, official sources said on Monday. Mr Raj Ram, a daily-wage earner, had appeared before the DSP Mr Narenderpal Singh, to complain that the Sarpanch had become vindictive against him for not obeying his instructions to support SAD candidates in the last elections. According to the complaint, the Sarpanch and his colleagues allegedly intruded into Raja Ramís residence to teach him a lesson. The intruders allegedly razed his mud house to the ground using a tractor.

FARMERSí CAMP: Dr Lal Singh, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Department, said the department was going to take up free vaccination to save cattle from MFD (mouth foot disease). He was addressing a gathering at a farmers welfare camp held at Khubban village, near here, on Monday. A total of 490 heads of cattle were treated by doctors led by Dr Harbans Singh Sidhu. At another camp held at Danewala Satkosi village in this subdivision, a total of 360 heads of cattle were treated. Dr Mahesh Kumar Chuchra, Senior Veterinary Officer, apprised the farmers of the Adarsh Pashu Dhan scheme and inspired them to take up dairy farming. goat and sheep farming and develop more fish farms. He assured that health services would be provided in each ideal village selected under the scheme. The farmers were also told about improving green and dry fodder to increase milk production.

Bathinda
YOUTH ARRESTED: Mr Sanjeev Garg, a local youth, was arrested on Sunday while he was roaming about in a state of intoxication. Police sources said Mr Garg had earlier been convicted by the court in a murder case and had come out of jail on bail after filing an appeal against his conviction. A case under the NDPS Act had been registered against him.

Doraha
CAUGHT RED-HANDED: An RTM of the Punjab State Electricity Board posted at Maloud was caught by the Doraha police as he was collecting money from the customers by posing to be an authorised cashier of the city sub-division at Doraha, on Tuesday. Jagjit Singh who is working as a Regular T. Mate at Maloud electricity board allegedly accepted money from the customers at Doraha subdivision by posing to be a cashier by way of preparing fake receipts and issuing the same to the public by collecting their bill payments, till he was recognised by one Gusha Singh of Doraha village.

LUDHIANA
FAREWELL PARTY: Dr S.C. Ahuja, who served as the Principal of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) for five years, was given a farewell party by students and staff of the DMCH on Monday. Dr Jagdeep Whig, Professor, Chest Medicine, who has been appointed Vice-Principal and Dr S.C. Chopra, Professor and Head Department of Pharmacology, who joined a new Dean Academics, DMCH, were welcomed on the occasion.

Woman held: The police on Tuesday arrested a woman on the charge of smuggling narcotics in the city. According to the SSP, Veena of Khud Mohalla has been booked under the NDPS Act for smuggling 300 gm charas. 

Samrala
RALLY: All lawyers of the local bar association, under the leadership of Mr Harbans Singh Diwa, a senior advocate, held a rally on Tuesday here in front of the local courts Later, they met SDM J.S. Jassi and submitted a memorandum regarding Legal Services Authorities (Amendments) Act, 2002, Implementation of Section 30 of the Advocate act and deletion of Section 34 (I) of the Advocates Act, 1961.

SPORTS FESTIVAL: In Khattran village, 3km from here a sports festival was organised by the Sports Club and Gram Panchayat on Tuesday, said Mr Malvir Singh Khattran, president of the club and member, block samiti. The festival was inaugurated by Lambardar Malkiat Singh and Mr Jarnail Singh of Lakhanpur was the chief guest. The prizes were given by Mr Harbans Singh, president of the PTA.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Hamirpur
CITU SAMMELAN: The Himachal Pradesh unit of CITU has decided to hold a state-level sammelan of all trade unions and employee organisations in Mandi on January 4, 2004, to chalk out strategy in view of the decision of the Supreme Court to ban strikes in the country. This was stated by Mr Kashmir Singh Thakur, general secretary of the state unit of CITU, here on Monday.

Kumarhatti
CHARAS SEIZED: The police seized 1.400 kg charas valued at Rs 1.50 lakh from an Ambassador car on the Oachghat - Sultanpur link road on Monday. Mr Mangat Ram driver, Baba Manhant Balgiri and Chanderful, all from Hisar district, have been arrested. The car has been impounded.

Nahan
REVIEWED: The Public Account Committee under the Chairmanship of Mr I.D. Dhiman, along with a five-member team, on Monday reviewed the position of accounts audit paras, concerning different departments, of Sirmaur district. 

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