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Three held
: The police impounded a truck and car laden with 3,420 kg of poppy husk and arrested three persons. Mr Devinder Singh, DSP, said here on Thursday that the vehicles were impounded at a check post at Handiaya Chowk, Barnala. Raghbir Singh, Jaswant Singh and Bhalwinder Singh were arrested while Manjit Singh escaped. 

: The Institute of Indian Foundrymen, affiliated to the World Foundrymen Organisation organised a seminar at Batala Club here on Wednesday. Mr K.S. Satyanarayan, president elect (India) of the institute, was chief guest. Around 100 delegates attended the seminar. 

Murder accused held
: Jasbir Singh, alias Jassa, who had been wanted in the murder of NRI Mohan Singh of Hardo Purala village of Jalandhar district, was arrested by the police on Wednesday. The police had announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for Jasbir’s arrest. He was handed over to the Jalandhar police.

Celebrated: The 120th anniversary of formation of the Indian National Congress was celebrated by Congress workers at the district Congress office here on Wednesday. Dr Kuldip Nanda, president, District Congress, Hoshiarpur, highlighted the history and ideology of the Congress. 

Cow skin seized: The police raided the houses of Jagtar Chand, son of Jagga Ram, and his nephew Vijay Kumar at Jhans village and seized a cow skin and its meat on Wednesday. An FIR under Sections 3, 8 and 9 of the Cow Slaughter Act and Section 429 of the IPC has been registered.

Camp: To create awareness about blood donation among the students of national service scheme, a camp was organised in collaboration with the District Health Department at Government Senior Secondary School, Chohal, 12 km from here on Wednesday. In his presidential address, Principal of the school Baldev Singh appealed to the students to make voluntary blood donation a way of life. 

Sewerage, water bills: Resentment prevails among the residents of the city against the Municipal Council (MC) for sending sewerage and water supply bills on enhanced rates from 2003 despite stay granted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in some of the cases. At a meeting held here on Wednesday under the presidentship of Dr Chaman Lal Hoshiarpuri, the residents condemned the MC authorities. They are contemplating moving the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Attack condemned
: The All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations (AIFUCTO) on Thursday condemned the attack on the participants at the International Academic Conference at the Indian Institute of Science (IIS). In a release issued here, the AIFUCTO termed the attack as a heinous crime against science, scientific temper by fundamentalists. It was an organised attack aimed at thwarting the country’s scientific progress and to deter international scientists from making India their academic destination, the release added.

Bill payment machine: The Electricity Bill payment machine was inaugurated on Thursday at the Civil Lines. The customers would not have to stand in long queues for payment of the bills as with the help of the machine the job could be done smoothly in minutes, chief engineer zonal G S Gill said. The machine would accept Indian currency of Rs 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 for the payments, besides bank cheques of local branches. The payments can be made during 24 hours. The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has spent Rs 8 lakh for the installation of the machine. Mr Gill said that the transformers were being improved and old transformers were being changed for the same.

Annual function: Delhi Public School celebrated its annual function today. The pre-Primary wing students welcomed the guests. Mr P.S. Gill, IPS, Jalandhar Range, was the chief guest. Among those present on the occasion included the DPS Society president, Mr Narendra Kumar.

Deras: The Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front, known for attacking the alleged wrongdoings of Baba Poohla, is now targeting the babas and mahants heading various deras in the region. Addressing media persons here on Thursday, the chairman of the front, Col G.S. Sandhu (retd), said the mushrooming dera culture in the region, irrespective of religion, was a dangerous trend. He urged the SGPC to take corrective measures. The colonel cited the case of the CBI probe against the Sacha Sauda Dera at Sirsa. He also levelled allegations against two babas based in Chicago, US.

Complaints redressed
: As part of the ongoing consumer week, Mr Amarjit Singh, Regional Passport Officer, Jalandhar, heard passport-related complaints of people and redressed them on the spot at the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Wednesday.

Small-scale industry
: The local MLA and the Chairman, Punjab Agro and Foods Corporation, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, said the Punjab government would safeguard the interests of small-scale industries in future as had been done in the past. He said this while addressing the exporters and industrialists, who had gone to his residence to convey their thanks to Mr Mann and through him to the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, for reducing VAT from 12.5 per cent to 4 per cent on diesel engines and their spare parts. The delegation told Mr Mann that Phagwara was among the top cities of the country in manufacturing and trading of diesel engines and their parts and exporting these to various countries of the world, including the developed ones, besides supplying these to the domestic markets. The Local Laghu Udyog Bharti president, Mr Ashok Gupta, the Federation of Phagwara Small Industries’ president, Mr Sudesh Sharma, the Small Industries’ Association president, Mr Ramesh Chhabra, and Diesel Engines Exporters’ Association president Om Uppal, were among those who were present there.

Theft: A purse containing 25 tola golden jewellery worth over Rs two lakh, two passports having stamps of visas for Canada, two foreign tickets and Rs 30,000 in cash, was stolen during a marriage ceremony at a religious place here on Wednesday. It was learnt from sources on Thursday that when Rajwinder Kaur from Kharka village, Kaithal, Haryana, and Jaswinder Singh from Dhak Aujla village near here, were tying thenuptial knot during an “anand karj” ceremony at a local gurdwara, mother of the bride, stood up to perform ‘shagun’ ceremony leaving her purse at the place where she was sitting. It was alleged that a jean-clad 13-year-old girl and a ten-year-old boy decamped with the purse as they were caught committing the crime in the video film of the marriage. The girl’s father has brought it to the notice of the local police.

Fancy dress : A fancy dress contest was organised jointly by GDR Day Boarding Public School and GDR Convent School on the premises of GDR Convent School here. More than 100 students in the age group of three to 10 years participated in the competition. The students appeared in various get-ups, including those of joker, bride, nomad and fairy. Among those present on the occasion included Principal Sarita Sood, Mr Anil Sharma and Mr Kapil Kumar Seth.



Competition: Students of The Finesse Institute for Languages, Sector 32, participated in a public-speaking competition in English. Lalit Bansal and Madhu Vaidya, Aditi Rana and Pradeep Samayal and Baljinder Singh and Gopal K.C. were adjudged first and second in level III, II and I, respectively. 



Radiographer held
: The Vigilance Bureau has caught red-handed Surinder Pal, radiographer in Government Hospital, Kaithal, while accepting illegal gratification of Rs 2,000 from Mr Baljit Singh of Kaithal in lieu of issuing the MLR of the complainant and to admit his brother in the hospital for further treatment. A case under Sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, has been registered. 

Youth killed
: An unidentified youth was run over and killed by a train near the Sonepat Cooperative Sugar Mills here on Thursday. The police has sent the body for a post-mortem examination. 

Woman burnt: A young housewife, Anju, was allegedly burnt to death by her in-laws’ family at Mundlana village, about 50 km from here on Wednesday. According to a report, the police has registered a dowry death case against her husband and other members of the family and started investigations. 

Mini-truck stolen: Four unidentified miscreants are reported to have snatched a mini-truck loaded with sand from its driver and cleaner at the pistol point on National Highway No. 1, near Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, about 15 km from here on Thursday morning. 

Landlord killed
: A landlord of Balachaur village in Chhachhrouli block here, Samunder Singh (42), was killed in his dera on Tuesday night. This is the second such murder in less than eight days in the district. The body of Samunder Singh was noticed by his son, Gurwinder Singh, in the morning. A pedestal fan, lying in the dera, is suspected to have been used as the weapon of crime. 


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