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7 kg opium seized; 2 held
: The CIA staff here has seized 7 kg opium and arrested two inter-state smugglers. Mr Arpit Shukla, SSP, three persons were intercepted near an orchard on the Abohar-Kumaiyanwala road on Sunday. They tried to escape by throwing a black bag in the cotton field but two of them were nabbed. The police found 7 kg opium in the bag and arrested Sham Singh of Pawar Assa village in Madhya Pradesh and Kuldeep Ram of Kaithal.

Govt decision criticised
: Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, vice-president, state BJP, has criticised the Congress government in the state for putting teachers on election duties. She said it reflected the insincere attitude of the government towards education.

Dera Bassi
CAMP: As many as 362 patients were examined at a free medical camp organised by the Morning Star Fellowship Society at Daffarpur village, near here, on Monay. A team of doctors from the Department of Ophthalmology of the PGI, Chandigarh, conducted the game.

Municipal workers’ union
: The following were elected office-bearers of the Municipal Workers Union Jagraon: Tarsem Pal Beri— president, Narinder Kumar Sodhi — cashier, Sudhir Kumar Goyal — secretary, Raman Khanna — chairman, Jagsir Singh — vice-president, Harchand Singh — Jr. vice president, Vijay Kumar Sharma — propaganda secretary.

Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan: Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan, which was organised under the supervision of Ms Parveen Kaur, Principal; Government Girls Senior Secondary School Jagraon, in which 110 social science teachers are participating, entered its 10th day on Monday. Programme coordinator Shashi Trehan appealed to teachers to enlighten themselves as per the changing scenario. Seminar in charge Suraj Parkash Kaur, Malkit Singh, Sarabjit Singh and Manohar Singh also addressed the teachers. 

Lions Club installation
: The installation ceremony of Lions Club International of district 321-D was held here on Sunday. The new team comprises Mr Jaswinder Pal Singh MJF, vice-District Governor, and his cabinet members, including Mr CS Lyallpuri, secretary, Mr Mohinderjit Singh, PRO, and Mr Vijay Passi, district treasurer. Mr Mahendra Amarsurya, first vice-president of Lions Club International from Sri Lanka was the chief guest.

: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the Punjab Artist Society, Punjab, president — Prof Nagar Singh; vice-president — Prof Virender Singh; secretary — Dr J.S. Bhatia; and treasurer — Mr Darhan Singh.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Commonwealth Fencing Federation: president — Mrs Helen Smith (Australia); vice-presidents — Marie France Dufour (Canada), Arun Vij (India); and secretary-cum-tresurer — Mr Peter Anderson (Australia). This communication was received from Belfast through Mr Helen Smith.



Cosmetics store: Himalaya Herbals on Monday opened its exclusive store in the city. The store was inaugurated bythe CEO of Himalaya, Mr Ravi Prasad. Mr Parsad said the company was also opening another exclusive outlet in the region at Mc Leodganj.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the United Welfare Association, MIG (F), 72 general secretary-Mr Sushil Kumar Arora; joint secretary-Mr Chaman Lal Dhiman, propaganda secretary-Mr Harminder Singh; cashier-Mr Rajesh Vashisht; executive members-Mr Raj Kumar Singla, Mr Nachchattar Singh and Mr V.K. Nirmal.

PROTEST: Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) on Monday protested against the termination of a lecturer in computer science from SGGS College, Gurpreet Kaur here. Senate members highlighted the issue at a meeting. A representation from the PCCTU was given to Vice-Chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti who assured them of looking into the matter.

Press secretary
: Mr Rajwant Singh Shergill has been appointed as press secretary of the Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. The appointment was approved by Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, according to Mr Pritpal Singh Bishanpura , Chairman of the Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Cell.

Appointed: Ms Gurpreet Kaur, a resident of Phase III-A , has been appointed as general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress by Mr Raminder Awla, president of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress Committee.

Red Ribbon Club: A Red Ribbon Club was set up at Government Senior Secondary School, Jhanjeri, under the guidance of the programme officer of National Service Scheme, Mr Jatinder Pal Singh, to create awareness regarding AIDS. Two students , Daljit Singh and Ashok Kumar, were being trained in this regard. Books and relevant material were being provided to them. Later, they would train two volunteers to spread awareness in connection with AIDS.

Mass marriages: The Dalit Chetna Manch, Punjab, will be soleminising marriages of 12 girls belonging to economically weaker sections of the society on October 7. Mr Shamsher Singh Purkhalwi, president of the manch, said each newly-wed couple would be provided house-hold items worth about Rs 40,000.



LaUnched: Roadstar, a light commercial vehicle (LCV) and Sigma, a multi purpose vehicle (MPV) of Premier Limited was launched here on Sunday Mr Atul Akolkar, Head, Vehicle Sales and Marketing, Premier Limited, launched both the vehicles at a function.

Cases settled at Lok Adalat
: As many as 105 cases, including 86 pertaining to revenue, 13 civil and criminal and six under Cr.PC were settled through mutual consent at a rural Lok Adalat held on Sunday at Khanpur Kalan village under Gohana subdivision. The Lok Adalat was organised by the subdivision Legal Services Authority, Gohana.

Man killed in assault
: Sishpal (35) of Bhogpur village in Sadhoura block, died under mysterious circumstances here. He had left his house in a tractor to get diesel. He reportedly entered into an altercation with some persons who assaulted him. He was rushed to hospital but he died on the way. The police is yet to register a case.



Youth arrested with charas
: The police on Sunday arrested a youth following recovery of charas from his shop in Kachiari village on the outskirts of this town. Mr Surender Sharma, SHO, said a police party headed by him raided a shop at Kachiari village and recovered 120 gm of charas and arrested Sandeep Kumar in this connection.


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