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Opium bag found abandoned
: Opium weighing 2.640 kg was found abandoned in a bag at Mamdot near the international border on Thursday. Earlier, the police had arrested Sukhdeep Singh, son of Harbans Singh, and recovered 1 kg opium from him. The district police also arrested Sat Pal, son of Ram Chand, near Malwal Jadeed village and recovered 520 gm smack. 

Aid disbursed: Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, on Thursday disbursed Rs 1 crore to panchayats under the Assembly segment for various developments works. The municipal council was given Rs 11 lakh, whereas seven government schools in rural areas got Rs 1.70 lakh each for basic amenities. Besides, 146 Dalit families were given Rs 15,000 each under the Shagun scheme.

Doc couple held in raid: A team of the Health Department on Thursday carried surprise inspection of some nursing homes all over the district to check female foeticide. A case under Sections 4 and 5 of the MTP Act has been registered at Arniwala police station against a couple running a private nursing home at Arniwala. The couple was reportedly taken in custody.

3 held with poppy husk
: Hilal Ahmed of Pulwama district, Rais Ahmed and Mohammad Abbas residents of Anantnag district, were nabbed with 474 kg poppy husk in a truck (JK-03-7021) at a naka near Lightan Wala chowk on Thursday. A case under Section 15/61/85, NDPS Act, has been registered at Sri Hargobindpur police station.

Three duped by travel agents
: Three persons were duped of Rs 3 lakh each by travel agents at Nagal Isher village of the district. According to police sources, Sub Gurmit Singh alleged in his complaint that Navjit Kumar Chopra of Mohalla Rajputan Rahon, Nawanshahr, NRI Ajit Singh and Malkiat Singh of Labhpur Langeri, PS Banga, took Rs 3 lakh each from him for sending his son and two others to a foreign country. But he neither sent them abroad nor returned their money.

Youth stabbed
: Rakesh Kumar, a resident of the local Ghas Mandi, sustained abdominal injuries after being stabbed by unidentified assailants while returning from Tilak Nagar after collecting money on Thursday night. He said five men stopped him on Dashmesh Road and demanded money. When he refused, they attacked him with sharp-edged weapons.

Action flayed: Condemning the use of force against girl students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University in Ludhiana, the Rural Medical Service Providers’ Association has expressed shock over the treatment meted out to the protestors by the Punjab Police. They said the government had also not given them any assurance on their demands.

PSEB men booked
: Three employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) have been booked for power theft here. Sources said upper division clerk Rajinder Singh and two assistant linemen Hari Singh and Neer Bahadar were found guilty of stealing power during a special checking at 220 KV substation Power Colony. An amount of about Rs 66,000 has been recovered from them. The police has registered a case.

Memo submitted
: A delegation of the local unit of the Rural Medical Service Providers Association, Punjab, led by its president Dr Mandeep Singh, submitted a memorandum demanding regularisation of the services of rural medical service providers to Mr Parkash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, for submission to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Blood donation camp: The Gram Sudhar Sabha, Mukandpur, near here, in collaboration with the local Blood Donors Council organised a voluntary blood donation camp. Mr Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp, where 30 units of blood were collected.

Camp of cattle organised: The local branch of IFFCO organised a cattle check-up camp at nearby Garhi village. A team of veterinary doctors examined cattle suffering from different ailments. The medicines were also given free, informed Mr Prem Singh, field officer.

1 held for cheating woman
: The police has arrested Des Raj, resident of Pathankot, under Section 420 of the IPC for allegedly duping Parveen Kumari, here on Thursday. Parveen had lodged a complaint with the police saying that Des Raj along with Darshan Lal posted as Superintendent in the Railways at Ferozepore had taken a sum of Rs 35,000 from her in 2002 for getting her son employed in the Railways but they failed to get him job. Meanwhile, her son died. When the complainant demanded her money back, they started harassing her.

20-ft breach in canal
: Due to 20-ft breach in a ‘rajwaha’ (small canal), near here, on Thursday the canal water entered the standing paddy crop fields in about 20 acres. Mr Gurtej Singh, SDM, Sangrur, disclosed on Thursday that the breach occurred in the small canal due to increase in pressure of water upstream in the canal as a loaded truck fell in it near the local Police Lines. 



PNB offer: With the onset of festive season, Punjab National Bank (PNB) is launching a “Festival Bonanza” from September 23 to December 31, offering attractive concessions to prospective customers under its retail loan schemes. The bank will offer 50 per cent waiver of processing/upfront fee and 100 per cent waiver of documentation charges under its retail loan schemes viz housing, car, traders (for loans up to Rs 20 lakh), super trade, doctors and gramin chikitsaks, loan against gold, mortgage, future lease rental and personal and loans.

Rural publicity campaign: Mr A.K. Garg, General Manager (Network-2), State Bank of India, today launched a rural publicity campaign in the Naraingarh block of Ambala district. Various schemes of the bank, specially designed for the welfare of villagers, were highlighted.


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