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Smack seized
: The General Railway Police on Thursday nabbed a Rajasthan resident and seized 2.75 kg of smack from him. The contraband was concealed in a briefcase. According to information, Mukesh Kumar Jogi, a resident of Bhiwani Mandi, Kota (Rajasthan), alighted from the Frontier Mail at about 6.30 am. The police stopped him and seized the contraband worth Rs 2.75 crore in the international market.

Worm in water tap: Residents of Ranjit Avenue C-block here are aghast at finding an earthworm in a water tap. The earthworm appeared from a tap at the residence of Mr Gurmit Singh, a former sales tax employee, who brought the incident to the notice of the Ranjit Avenue C-Block Welfare Association.

Research grant: The Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR) sanctioned a research grant of Rs 78 lakh to Prof Gurcharan Kaur, Head of Biotechnology Department, Guru Nanak Dev University. She would work on the research project “Juxtacrine and paracrine control of brain plasticity” in collaboration with a French scientist, Dr Vincent Prevot.

Conference: Dr Shakeen Singh and Dr Gurinder Singh from the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Plastic and Micro Vascular Surgery, respectively, of Sri Guru Ram Dass Hospital have been invited to attend the four-day international symposium on ocular trauma in Rome (Italy) from June 28.

Book released
: The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on Wednesday released a book, “Saraswati Ton Sutluj Te Sindh Tak” (Punjabi Sabyata De Triveni Sihaddle), authored by Kulbir Singh Sidhu, Commissioner, Ferozepore Division. While talking to media persons here on Thursday, Mr Sidhu said the book encompassed ethnic migrations starting from Saraswati period to the present day in the Sapat Sindhu area, inclusive of the present Punjab.

Duped of Rs 4.80 lakh
: A case of duping a person of Rs 4.80 lakh by a travel agent was reported at the Sadar police station on Thursday evening. According to police sources, Sarabjit Singh, a son of Karnail Singh of Bassi Kikran, alleged in his complaint that Davinder Kumar, a son of Chuni of Basti Gujjan (Jalandhar), took Rs 4.80 lakh for sending him abroad. But he neither sent him abroad nor returned his money.

Vaccination camp
: Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Charitable Hospital, Sarabha, organised a free vaccination camp against hepatitis-B in collaboration with Dr P.S. Jassi, Director INGOA, under the patronage of Mr Avtar Singh Grewal, Chairman of the trust. About 200 persons were vaccinated. 

Power cuts: Undeclared frequent power cuts are inconveniencing residents. For a week, electricity supply has been irregular. The PSEB blames it on heavy demand for power during summer. Traders and industrialists say day-long cuts have resulted in huge losses. 

Cheques distributed
: The Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, distributed cheques worth Rs 1.12 crore among various village panchayats under the Punjab Nirman Programme for execution of development works in their villages in the Sujanpur segment here on Wednesday. He said that another sum of Rs 3 crore would be distributed shortly among other village panchayats in his constituency.

Patwari strike
: Patwaris observed a strike here on Friday. Due to the strike, the public suffered a lot of inconvenience.

No honorarium: The Punjab Government had promised an honorarium of Rs 500 to all lambardars from April 1 but so far they haven't received the amount. Mr Amarjit Singh, president of the Tehsil Lambardara Union, said the honorarium should be released immediately.

Victory Day: While celebrating Victory Day on Friday, the Deputy Area Manager of Bajaj allianz Life Insurance Co, Mr Vishal Kapoor, told mediapersons that Bajaj Allianz Life was No 1 among other private life insurers with over Rs 78 crore lead.

MALWA COLLEGE SHINES: Science students of Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala, have brought laurels to the college by achieving 100 per cent pass percentage in the recently declared results of B.Sc-I, B.Sc-II and B.Sc-III. Besides, there is a large number of first divisions among them. It was informed by college Principal Shinderpal Singh.



Student drowned
: A Class XII student of the Jhajjar Ghati area of Charkhi Dadri, 30 km from here, reportedly drowned in the Loharu canal, near Charkhi village under Dadri subdivision on Thursday. The deceased, identified as Pradeep (17), was on his way to offer obeisance at a temple in Charkhi. He lost balance in the canal water and was drowned.

Murder case
: With the revelation made in the post-mortem report that Ritesh Devi (29), wife of Rajender Singh of Rattanthal village, about 25 km from here, that she died of strangulation on June 9, the Rohrai police has now registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC. It is stated that following an altercation, her husband and a brother-in-law first strangled her to death and then threw the body into a ditch.



Declamation contest
: The local non-government organisation, Free Thinkers Club, organised a declamation contest on”Global warming and its effects on Himalayan glaciers” at Bachat Bhavan on Thursday. Shifali Sharma of DAV School, Bagni, Sumer Singh of government school, Sadwan, and Kirti of government school, Dankwan, were adjusted first, second and third, respectively, in the contest. Mr Sat Mahajan, Revenue Minister, gave away the prizes.

Proposal dropped
: The Himachal Road Transport Corporation has dropped a proposal to install global positioning system (GPS) in its buses. The proposal was given up after trials, as the corporation did not find the system of much use for it. The GPS only helped in locating the buses as the vehicles operated on fixed route there was no such need to track these down.


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