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STRIKE: The Technical Services Union of the PSEB will organise a two-day strike on April 19 against the alleged privatisation of the PSEB, according to Mr Ram Lubhaya, president of the union.

STOLEN: Fifteen persons are alleged to have stolen 636 bags of rice weighing 50 kg each from FCI godown situated near sugar mill on a Jagraon-Moga GT Road, 4 km from here, and the police has registered a case under Sections 459, 380, 342, 353, 186, 148, 149 of the IPC. According to a press note released by Mr Rajiv Ahir, SSP, here, about 15 unidentified persons armed with sharp-edged weapons came in two trucks where Gurbaxsingh and Joginder Singh of Panjab Home Guard were deputed as watchmen. The robbers first assaulted the two watchmen and thereafter tied both of them. The assailants broke open the locks of the godown and stolen 636 bags of rice and carried the same in the two trucks and fled.

CONDOLED: A condolence meeting of the Bar Association, Khanna, was held to condole the death of Pal Singh, advocate, Districts Courts, Ludhiana, under the chairmanship of Nahar Singh, advocate, president of the Bar Association, Khanna at Bar Room here on Wednesday.

CONGRATULATED: A group of Punjab farmers led by Mr Jamail Singh Dhaliwal, ex-sarpanch, Hambran met Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and congratulated him on getting extension. 

Transplanting paddy: Farmers of the region have been advised to start transplanting paddy from May 10 by officials of the Agriculture Department by organising a camp at Sheikh Dolat village. In a press note issued here, the district agriculture authorities said that farmers had been urged to use the recommended methods and technology in agriculture operations. They were also advised to get the soil of their respective fields tested every third year. 

CAMP: The District Sainik Welfare Department in collaboration with Fortis Hospital, Mohali, organised a medical camp for ex-servicemen and their families here at Vishavkarma Mandir on Wednesday. Mr Balwinder Singh, ADC, inaugurated the camp. More than 400 patients were examined, according to Lieut-Col Jarnail Singh, vice-president, District Sainik Welfare Board.

RALLY: The Punjab Students Union organised a protest rally against the hike in fee and the proposed move to privatise ITIs here on Wednesday. Students raised slogans against the government. Mr Karam Singh, state committee member of the PSU, alleged that the state government had been commercialising education under the influence of the WTO.

ELECTED: Dr Jagtar Singh, Head of the Department of Library and Information Science, Punjabi University has been elected Director (Asia) of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), USA for 2005-2008. He will be responsible for promoting school librarianship and learning resource centres in Asian countries on behalf of IASI.

SHO SUSPENDED: Mr Arun Pal Singh, SSP, Kapurthala, here on Thursday suspended Sub-Inspector Ravinderpal Singh Dhillon, SHO, Rawalpindi police post (Sadar), for reported dereliction of duty.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The Punjab Public School, Samrala, organised its annual prize distribution function in the school premises here on Thursday. The Kirtni Jatha of ‘Simran Kendra Kotla Ajner’ performed kirtan after the bhog of Shri Sukhmani Sahib. Students who secured first three positions in each class, received prizes from the chief guest Mr Harpal Singh Dhillon, chairman, Market Committee, Samrala.

VIKAS PARISHAD: The following have been elected the office-bearers of the Uttaranchal Vikas Parishad: Mr Khushal Singh Pundeer; - president, Mr Shiv Charan Paukhrial - senior vice-president; Mr Thakur Singh Bhandari and Mr Kamal Singh Rawat — vice-presidents; Mr Surinder Singh Rawat — general secretary; Mr Darwan Singh Negi — joint secretary; Mr Ghanshyam Pandey — treasurer.



SAFAI WORKERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Safai Karamchari Union, Mani Majra, Chandigarh: Mr Subhash Tank — president; Mr Ved Pal — vice-president; Mr Mangat Ram -general secretary; Mr Jyoti Ram — cashier; and Mr Rakma — chairman.



ARRESTED: The police has arrested members of a gang of thieves and recovered a motor cycle and a .12 bore pistol from them. This was stated by Mr Mahender Singh, SP, here on Wednesday.

DEMANDED: A large number of INLD workers led by former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ram Pal Mazra organised a mute procession here on Tuesday. They were protesting against the registration of a criminal case against Pritam Kolekhan who had contested the recent Assembly election on the INLD ticket from Kalayat. They alleged that the case registered against him was politically motivated. They demanded an inquiry in this regard.

TRUCK BURNT: A truck was burnt when it collided with a bus on National Highway No 1 near Kundli village, about 25 km from here, on Thursday. The driver and the cleaner of the truck escaped unhurt.

RESENTMENT: Khewra village in the district has remained without power for the past 11 days following burning of a transformer. According to a report, villagers alleged that they had complained to the authorities concerned but of no avail. This has caused resentment among the villagers.


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