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Two jailed for smuggling
: Additional Sessions Judge G.K. Dhir on Monday sentenced two persons, including a woman, to 10-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each for smuggling poppy husk. The accused, Jagraj Singh and Manjit Kaur, both residents of Dabwali, were arrested in June 2003, for carrying 120 kg of poppy husk.

Dalits hold
rally: Members of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan, Phillaur, led by Mr Harjinder Kumar Jhumber, staged a rally at local Mahilpur Adda on Monday in support of their demands which included implementation of minimum wages fixed by the government and reservation for Dalits in private sector. The members also presented a charter of demands to the state Chief Minister through the office of the local Deputy Commissioner.

Held for graft: Sat Pal, Inspector, Food and Supply Department, posted at Nandachaur, was allegedly caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 for preparing a ration card from Sadhu Ram of Phambian village on Monday.

DC issues ban orders: The district administration has ordered all cyber café and PCO booth owners to remove black films from their window panes. According to information, Deputy Commissioner Sameer Kumar issued the orders on Monday to keep check on these establishments. The DC also issued orders to all chemists and medical stores in the district not to sell medicines which can be used as sedatives without prescription slip of a doctor.

Grant announced: Under the supervision of Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a lok suvidha camp was organised at Lehragaga on Monday. Deputy Commissioner Husan Lal and other officers of the district were also present at the camp. Addressing the gathering, Ms Bhattal said all promises made by the Congress in its election manifesto were being fulfilled by the Amarinder government. She announced a grant of Rs 35 lakh for the development of several villages in the area.

Man stabs wife to death: The police on Monday arrested Gurmej Singh allegedly for stabbing his wife Baljit Kaur (32) to death. According to information, the accused suspected that his wife had illicit relations with Vicky of same area.



Ram Leela Maha Sabha: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Kendriya Ram Leela Maha Sabha, Sadhu Ashram, Sector 23-D: President — Mr Subhash Kataria; senior vice-president — Mr Jai Singh Bisht; vice-presidents — Mr Vijay Goyal and Mr Prem Singh Gosain; general secretary — Mr Bharat Singh Negi; assistant secretary — Mr R.D. Chawla and Mr Raghubir Singh Kharola cashier — Mr Satish Joshi; auditor — Mr Jagdish Bangari (Rawat); organising secretaries — Mr Vikas Gautam and Mr Ripudaman Singh Rawat; and chairman — Mr Sohan Singh Gosain.

NSS camp: A one-day NSS camp was organised at the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here on Tuesday. Students were taught how to manage a difficult situation in life. They were given an incomplete situation which they had to complete by giving a solution. Amongst various groups, group-1 was declared best in which they focused on teamwork and emphasised on the joys of sharing. Sonali Dala, Rajbir, Suman, Nemisha, Shivangi, Satinder and Harpreet of BA-I were given prizes.



Loan on fake papers: Two persons, including a woman have been charged with availing loan from the Haryana Finance Corporation on the basis of forged and fictitious papers for setting up an industrial unit at Charkhi Dadri. In a complaint filed with the police, the branch manager of the corporation, Mr Ashok Tiwari, alleged that Ram Kishan and Santro Devi of Charkhi Dadri (Bhiwani) availed loan in 1995 to set up an industrial unit.

PWD workers stage dharna: Members of the Haryana Government PWD Mechanical Workers Union stagged a demonstration outside DC's office here on Monday in protest against the state government for banning ex-gratia services to the kin of deceased employees. The employees raised anti-government slogans and termed the decision dictatorial.

Appointed: Mr Subhash Sharma, a former Principal of Daya Nand College, has been appointed director of the educational institutions run by the Manohar Memorial Education Society. The society runs a degree college, a college of education and an institute of technology and management at Fatehabad.

Students boycott classes
: Protesting students of University College boycotted the classes, demanding revival of the status of government college. Slogan-raising students have given the deadline to accept their or they would start a strike on September 6. Students said the state government had done a gross injustice to the educationally backward district by attaching the Government National PG College as University College of Ch Devi Lal University. Students, including girls, marched in the town and reached the mini-secretariat.

: Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Goel on Tuesday disqualified Mr Raj Singh, sarpanch of Jatheri village, under Section 175 (1 Q) of the Panchayati Raj Institutions Act in the wake of public complaints that he had three children and he was not authorised to remain in the post of the sarpanch.

Relief for farmers: An assessment of the flood-affected areas would be conducted soon and adequate compensation would be given to the farmers. This was stated by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda while talking to reporters after launching the commencement of construction work of Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal plant here on Monday.



Two killed in accident: Two persons were killed and another injured when a truck in which they were travelling fell into a khud near Danoh Ka Ghat here on Monday. The deceased have been identified as Mohammed Rafi and Bansiram.

Appeal to gaddis
: The Revenue Minister and local MLA, Mr Sat Mahajan while addressing members of the Gaddi community which had migrated from tribal area of Chamba district and settled in Kangra, on Monday called upon them to show their unity in the forthcoming panchayat elections so that their own identity could be established. He said the state government officials would be present. He advised the Gaddis to participate in meetings of the gram sabhas to solve their problems.

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