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ARRESTED: The Vigilance Bureau arrested Rajan Chaddha, a clerk of Block Elementary Education Office, Verka, for taking a bribe of Rs 2,700 on Monday. Mr R.P.S. Bajwa, SSP, V.B., in a press release said the accused took money from Mr Raj Chathrath of the Islamabad area for submitting the bills in the Treasury Office related to the GPF amount of his mother.

APPEALED: Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary, SGPC, appealed to Sikh leaders and organisations to be united to face new challenges. He said various Sikh organisations by levelling allegations and counter allegations against each other were providing opportunity to the enemies of the Panth.

FUNCTION: The third annual prize distribution function-cum-convocation of the “Hastshilp Industrial Training Centre was held here on Monday. Mrs Anita Bhardwaj, wife of Parneet Bhardwaj, SDM, Batala, presided over the function and gave away diplomas.

CDs SEIZED: The police seized one computer, 50 fake blue CDs, 180 black CDs and 600 fake mixed cassettes on Tuesday from the shop of Raj Kumar. A case under Sections 51, 52, 52-A and 68-A of the Copyright Act, and Sections 292 and 420, IPC, was registered against Raj Kumar at City police station.

CELEBRATED: The Indian Society for Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology, Hoshiarpur chapter, celebrated World Blood Donor Day here on Monday. The function was presided over by Mr R.S.Bhullar, DIG, BSF, Kharkan camp. A book “Jite ji rakt dan, marnoprant ang dan” written by Dr Ajay Bagga, was released by Balraj Singh (9) and Manroop Kaur (3) , who are suffering from thalassemia.

PROTEST RALLY: On the call of the state committee on Indian Trade Unions, activists of CITU led by Mr Gurmesh Singh, staged a protest rally here on Tuesday to express their resentment against the anti-labour policies of the state government, non-implementation of labour laws, creating hurdles for not registering unions of labourers of various cycle industries of Ludhiana, etc. All the speakers condemned the Punjab Government for its anti-labour policies.

LOANS: Loans totalling Rs 1461.81 crore were extended by different banks in the last financial year under various schemes in the district. Mr Ashok Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, speaking at a meeting of the district coordination committee of banks here on Monday, said officials of different banks, Bank deserved appreciation as they had achieved more than the fixed targets.

FLAGGED OFF: Seven motor cycles of PCR were flagged off on Monday by DSP Lakhwinder Pal Singh Khaira on Monday. These motor cycles were off the road due to lack of repairs.

CYCLIST KILLED: An unidentified cyclist was killed in a road accident when an Indica car hit him near Chachoki village on the GT Road. According to police sources, the car was going from Phagwara to Ludhiana. The deceased was a migrant labourer in his 20s. The police has arrested the driver of the car.

SEMINAR: A seminar on “marriage system in modern era” was organised by the Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum here on Sunday. A majority of the speakers were of the view that love marriages should be encouraged, the divorce process should be made easy and remarriage of divorcees and widows should be encouraged. A cultural programme was also organised.



SELECTED: Dr Poonam Piplani, senior lecturer, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, has been selected for the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship 2005 by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, United Kingdom. Fellowship is tenable at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K. for a period of six months, from October 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006.

TOPPED: Kunal Sablok of Ludhiana has topped. MCA entrance test of NIMCET held for nine National Institute of Technology (NITs). Kunal scored 67.5 per cent.

Album: An album, brought out by Brig Partap Singh Jaspal (retd) of the Guru Nanak Daata Baksh Lai Mission, will be telecast on the Balle Balle channel on the occasion of the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev on June 16 from 6.45 am to 7.45 am.

Body found:
The police today found a 50-year-old man dead near the HUDA market adjacent to Mansa Devi temple. The man was wearing a yellow dhoti and appeared to be a beggar.


GAMBLERS HELD: Four persons were arrested on a charge of gambling from the Gher Arayian locality. The police recovered Rs 25,000 from them. The gamblers have been identified as Rajesh, Neeraj, Naveen and Pankaj. An FIR under relevant Sections of the Gambling Act has been registered.

ARRESTED: The police on Monday arrested four thieves. They have been identified as Irfan of Gharaunda, Raj Kumar, Shekhrudin and Julfan (all of Nanhera village). According to the police, they had stolen thread from two factories, Amrit Kumar Spinning Mill and Singal Carpet Factory, four days ago.

Police action
: Officials of the Uttar Pradesh Police conducted a raid on the premises of a halwai in Mohalla Kalan here on Monday night and apprehended a youth, Sandeep of Meerut (U.P.) and his wife. According to a report, the action of the U.P. police caused panic among the people and they informed the police control room. The Sonepat police did not allow the U.P. police to take the youth and his wife to Meerut as they had been married in a court at Delhi. The U.P. police officials conducted the raid after lodging of an FIR by the father of the girl.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Law Officers’ (Attorneys) Association: president — Mr N.K. Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr C.B. Acharya; general secretary — Mr Mohinder Chauhan, secretary — Mr Sanjeev Katoch; joint secretary — Mr Nand Lal Sen and Ms Monika Malhotra and press secretary — Mr Vinod Behl.

NABBED: Officials of the Paonta forest division have arrested Sunil Kumar, a resident of Bangala Colony, Matralion village, on the charges of felling two sandalwood trees in the nearby reserve forest area.


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