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Bankers’ meet
: A meeting of the District Consultative Committee of bank officers held here on Friday wherein the district administration, line department and the bankers jointly reviewed the performance of banks. Mr Parveen Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, presided over.

Refresher course ends: A three-week refresher course in “Emerging Trends in Biosciences” concluded at the academic staff college of Guru Nanak Dev University. Dr S.S. Marwaha, Director, Biotechnology, Punjab State Council for Sand Technology, Chandigarh, presided over the valedictory function and highlighted the benefits of biotechnology. 

Foundation day
: The local branch of the State bank of India celebrated its foundation day here on Saturday. A function was organised to mark the occasion. The bank honoured three social activists of the area — Punjabi writer Om Parkash Gasso, Mahant Sukhdev Muni and Sant Magar Dass.

Held with smack: The police has arrested president of the local women cell of the Shiv Sena Manjit Kaur, wife of Ram Singh of Moholla Dharampura, Qadian, 20 km from here, for possessing 10 gm of smack. In another incident, Gurmeet Singh, son of Sardool Singh of Leel Kalan village, was arrested with 25 gm of smack.

Body found
: The body of an unidentified man was found from a passenger train’s lavatory at the local railway station on Friday. According to sources, the man appeared to be in the age group of 30-35 years. Some capsules were also recovered from the pocket of the deceased.

Held for graft: The Vigilance Bureau on Friday nabbed Ziledar of Rama canal section while he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 from a Ramsara resident here. SSP S.S. Sidhu said the accused, Surjeet Singh, had sought Rs 1,500 from Mandar Singh for providing him canal water on priority. 

Poppy husk seized
: The Bulhowal police intercepted a truck (PB-08J-9845) and seized two quintals of poppy husk during a special operation in the area on Thursday night. 

2 policemen dismissed: SSP R. N. Dhoke has dismissed Head Constable Roshan Lal and Constable Mahesh Chander, both posted at Garhshankar subdivision, from the service for their alleged links with the anti-social elements. The action followed a report by DSP Ashwani Kumar, which held them guilty.

Stone laid: Deputy Commissioner D. K. Tiwari laid the foundation stone of the 8th Block Resource Centre at Government Senior Secondary Girls School, Railway Mandi, on Friday. He said out of 10 blocks in Hoshiarpur district, seven had already been constructed under the Sarav Sikhiya Abhiyan.

Principal takes charge
: Professor Desh Bir Sharma, Head of the Department of English, Government College Hoshiarpur, on Saturday took over the charge as the Principal of the college. Professor Sharma, who is also a social worker, has been teaching English language and literature for over 30 years. Apart from being one of the oldest colleges of the region, the college is the alma-mater of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

Protest staged
: Shiv Sena (Bal Thakeray) burnt the effigy of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, here on Friday to protest against corruption, unemployment and the increase in prices of essential commodities. Several party workers gathered at the Santhan Dharam Sabha and reached the district courts in a procession. Later, they submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. 

Vehicle thief held
: The local police has arrested Talwinder Singh, a vehicle thief active in the area. SSP P.S. Umrananagal said Talwinder used to steal vehicles, change its number plates and sell them after preparing fake documents.

PSEB reduces weekly off
: The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has now reduced the industrial weekly off from two to one. The industrial weekly off would now be on every Sunday only. Stating this, PSEB Sr XEN Sanjeev Kumar told newsmen here on Saturday that the board had announced this relaxation due to improved power  situation.



Waqf Board officials held
: Mr Saiful Ansari, Estate Officer, and Mr Abdul Jalail, Rent Controller of the Waqf Board, were caught red-handed by a team of the State Vigilance Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,500 from Mr Pawan Rao at the board’s office here on Thursday evening. A case under Sections 7/13/44/88 of the Anti Corruption Act as well as Section 120-B of the IPC has been registered. Mr Navin Sehgal, DSP, headed the vigilance team while the City Magistrate, Dr Subhita Dhaka, acted as the duty magistrate. Mr Pawan Rao, a resident of the old Truck Union Office area here, had complained to the Vigilance Bureau that the board officials were demanding a bribe of Rs10,500 from him to transfer the lease of a board’s plot in Sadhu Shah Nagar here in his name.

Widow assaulted: A widow, Leelawati, was mercilessly beaten by some people who later locked her in a room of her house on Friday. A land dispute between her family and a neighbour at Kamalpur village, near here, is said to be reason behind the attack. After receiving information in this regard from Mr Mahavir Singh, brother of the victim, the police intervened and got her released from confinement. Injured Leelawati was taken to the local Civil Hospital, where the doctors referred her to the PGIMS, Rohtak. On a complaint by Mr Mahavir Singh, the police registered a case under the IPC as well as the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against seven persons, including three women. It arrested Lali Yadav, her son Harpal Yadav and Sanju Yadav.



Freedom fighter dead
: Freedom fighter Risalu Ram died at his native village Rinna, near here, on Thursday. Eightyfour-year-old freedom fighter had joined the British army in August 1940 during the Second World War. He was captured by Japanese forces on February 15, 1942, and kept in Bidadari and Neesun prisoners camps in Singapore from February 15, 1942, to April 14,1945. From there he joined the Indian National Army (INA) in the guerrilla Regiment on a call by Netaji Subas Chander Bose. On joining the INA, the British ordered him to be captured dead or alive. He was awarded Tamra Patra on August 15, 1972.

Film CD released
: The premier of Himachali film “O Meri Kangna” was held in Hotel Dhauladhar here on Thursday. The Transport and Tourism Minister, Mr G.S. Bali, released the CD of the film. The film starring debutant Shivani Thakur and Ashutosh has been directed by Mr Suraj Bhardwaj and produced by Mr Ramesh Sharma. Mr Sharma has produced Hindi films like “Game” starring Rahul Roy and Naseerudin Shah, “Ek tha Raja” with Suni Shetty in the lead role and “Baghi” with Sanjay Dutt and Manisha Koirala.


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