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Students stop buses
: Students of a privately run Industrial Training Institute on Thursday prevented movement of private buses near Alamgarh village on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road to express resentment against alleged misbehavior by the conductor of a bus with some students. The management of the institution said that complaints made against the dictatorial attitude of the drivers and conductors of some privately owned buses to the authorities had not been attended to.

Death mourned: The death of renowned poet Jamal Hoshiarpuri, who died in Pakistan, was mourned at a condolence meeting at the Punjabi Department of DAV College here on Thursday. While paying tributes, Dr Janmit Singh, Principal of the college, said after Partition, Jamal Hoshiarpuri migrated to Pakistan in 1947, but later settled in the USA. He had come to Pakistan to meet his family members. He said Jamal Hoshiarpuri did commendable job for the promotion of the Punjabi literature in Pakistan.

Suicide bid: Constable Lalji Ram of 4th Indian Reserve Batallion, deployed as security guard at the State Bank of Patiala, Garhshankar, has made an attempt to commit suicide by triggering his SLR under his chin on the bank premises at about 8.30 on Wednesday night. According to police sources, he was seriously wounded and was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, under critical condition. The police has registered a case under Section 309, IPC, against him.

: Thirteen former principals and lecturers who had completed their 25 years or more of their service in MGN College of Education, were honoured at a golden jubilee function organised at the campus here Wednesday.
Two old students of the college, Master Mohan Lal, former Education Minister, and Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, eminent educationist and social activist, were also honoured on the occasion. The duo shared their fond memories in the college. Mr Rajinder Singh Kumar and Ms Uttamjit Kaur, former lecturers, also recalled the old days in the college. Dr Amit Kauts, Principal of the college, and Mr Gurinder Singh Narula, chairman of MGN Educational Trust, were also present on the occasion.

One held: The police has arrested four members of a gang allegedly involved in the smuggling of narcotics from Nepal into India. Around 9 kgs of Ganja, 400 grams of Charas were also seized from them. Those arrested are Tulsi, Rakesh, Raju and Ramesh. "The gang leader, Tulsi, allegedly used to smuggle narcotics from Nepal and its members used to sell it in the city," the police said.

training: A training programme on safe driving for truck drivers and helpers was organised at Indane Bottling Plant Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. here. Mr Satnam Singh, Sub-inspector, Incharge Traffic Education, Jalandhar, provided valuable guidance and training inputs to the drivers regarding safe driving and traffic rules during the programme, organised by Mr A K Agarwal, Senior Plant Manager, a press release issued here on Thursday said.

Teachers’ Union:
Members of the newly-formed Elementary Teachers’ Union and the Unemployed Teachers’ Union have alleged that the police was arresting many of their leaders. In a release issued on Thursday, the members said a meeting was held to condemn the act. They added that the unions would hold a protest rally against the issue in Lambi on December 17.

Gajjan Singh, a former Sarpanch of Fatehgarh Sikri village, recently found a packet carrying Rs 10,000 in it outside a bank. He picked it up and handed it over to the bank manager. On enquiry, it was found that the money belonged to one Pritam Singh, who had withdrawn the amount from the bank.

Mass contact programme: Under the ongoing ‘Mass Contact programme,’ the local MLA and Chairman, Punjab Agro and Foods Corporation, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Thursday addressed grievances of villagers at Tanda Bhagana and Narur villages. Mr Mann claimed that there was a massive public response to this novel drive of taking government machinery to the doorsteps of the rural folks. The minister also gave Rs one lakh grant each to both villages for the developmental works. Addressing the gathering of villagers on this occasion, Mr Mann hailed various concessions given to bazigar clan by the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.


Employees’ warning: The Haryana Karamchari Maha Sangh has warned the state government that if it passed the Employees Contributary Pension Bill-2005 during the current Assembly session, it will have no option but to launch a statewide agitation as the fresh recruited employees will be deprived from the pension benefits from next year, Mr M.L. Sehgal, general secretary of the state unit of the maha sangh, said here on Thursday.

Teachers found absent: Mr Rajinder Singh Dahiya, Joint Director of the Education Department and in charge of the flying squad in Rohtak Division, conducted surprise raids on a number of government schools and offices of the Education Department here on Thursday and found two women teachers absent from duty. Mr Dahiya ordered a departmental inquiry and disciplinary action against the absentees.

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