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Agriculture authorities raid illegal godown
Pathankot, October 17
The local Agriculture Department authorities today raided an illegal store of DAP fertilizers in Samrala village here. A local trader had hoarded fertilizer in the store to create a “shortage” in the market.

LAW & ORDER: III
Kidnapping cases up in Hoshiarpur district
HOSHIARPUR: Though no major case of law and order problem has been reported from the district this year, there has been a slight increase in kidnapping, burglary, abduction, robbery and rape cases during this period. There has been decline in murder cases.

One more suspected case of dengue
Kapurthala, October 17
One more suspected case of dengue has been detected in the district. Earlier, six suspected cases of dengue were found in different parts of the district. Out of them, two patients were confirmed as suffering from dengue.




 



Health employees’ spat with NRI interrupts polio drive 
Phagwara, October 17
A three-day pulse polio campaign that started here on Sunday was interrupted till noon today due to a verbal duel between an NRI family and two staff members of the local Health Department yesterday.

Railways to install SBI ATMs
Phagwara, October 17
The Railways has decided to install State Bank of India ATMs at all railway stations in the North.

Marriage palace owner fined for power theft
Gurdaspur, October 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities raided the premises of Mohan Plaza, a marriage palace here. According to sources, the authorities found an illegal kundi connection operating at the plaza. They fined the owner of the plaza Rs 42,000 that was deposited by the accused on the spot. A compliant has also been filed in the city police station, Gurdaspur, by the PSEB authorities against the owner of the plaza.

Badminton title for Nawanshahr team 
Nawanshahr, October 17
The badminton (U-19 boys) team of Nawanshahr district has won the Punjab School Games Championship held at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. Abhishek Bedi and Prabhjit Singh defeated the team of Amritsar in the final match played on Wednesday.




Badminton players from Amardeep Memorial School, Mukandpur

Badminton players from Amardeep Memorial School, Mukandpur

 

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Agriculture authorities raid illegal godown
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, October 17
The local Agriculture Department authorities today raided an illegal store of DAP fertilizers in Samrala village here. A local trader had hoarded fertilizer in the store to create a “shortage” in the market.

The agriculture authorities raided the store on a tip-off and recovered hundreds of bags containing the fertilizer, it has been learnt.

Interestingly, the Agriculture Department authorities did not book the owner of the store who had allegedly hoarded the fertilizer. When contacted, the agriculture officials present on the spot claimed that they had not booked the hoarder of the fertilizer so as to facilitate farmers.

“There is a shortage of the fertilizer in the area. So, we called the farmers and sold the fertilizer to them on the spot,” they maintained

However, sources revealed that the accused in the case was not booked due to alleged pressure from local politicians. The “connivance” of certain Agriculture Department officials was also alleged.

In every wheat-sowing season, farmers in the state face shortage of the DAP fertilizer.

The DAP fertilizer is imported into the country. Traders try to take advantage of the situation by hoarding and creating “scarcity” of the fertilizer.

Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, in a recently-issued statement had warned that traders who were not declaring the stock of the fertilizer with them would be booked and dealt with strictly.

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LAW & ORDER: III
Kidnapping cases up in Hoshiarpur district
Ravinder Sud

HOSHIARPUR: Though no major case of law and order problem has been reported from the district this year, there has been a slight increase in kidnapping, burglary, abduction, robbery and rape cases during this period.

There has been decline in murder cases. Twenty-one cases of murder were registered from January 1 to September 30. Last year during the corresponding period, 27 cases were registered.

Though the number of attempt to murder cases has been increased from 22 to 33 as compared to the last year, all of them had been solved.

As many as 631 cases of local and special law and 260 cases of the Excise Act have been reported till September 2006 as against 914 and 499 during the corresponding period of last year, respectively.

Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, said one case of dacoity, three of robbery, two of abduction, four of kidnapping, 17 of burglary, three of poisoning, two of rape, seven of theft, 44 of cheating, eight of criminal breach of trust, 12 under the NDPS Act and two under the Arms Act had been increased in the district during this period as compared to the corresponding period of last year.

He said eight pistols, three revolvers and 52 cartridges had been seized as against four, three and 34, respectively, during the corresponding period of last year. Apart from these, one carbine had also been seized.

As much as 2.85 kg of opium, 1,569 kg of poppy husk, 1.55 gram of charas and 691 gram of smack has been seized during this year.

As many as 163 cases under the Gambling Act has been registered and Rs 2.73 lakh recovered.

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One more suspected case of dengue
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, October 17
One more suspected case of dengue has been detected in the district. Earlier, six suspected cases of dengue were found in different parts of the district. Out of them, two patients were confirmed as suffering from dengue.

According to information, Ishwar Kaur from Bariar village falling under the Begowal police station in Bholath subdivision has been suffering from fever for about a fortnight.  She was getting her treatment from the village itself.

Meanwhile, she got herself examined at two different laboratories in Jalandhar and Kapurthala where initial reports suggested that she is affected from dengue disease.

When contacted, the Kapurthala Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Mr Arjun Singh Gill, confirmed that the suspected case of dengue had been found in the district the previous day itself. Mr Gill said Ishwar Kaur had been referred to the Jalandhar Civil Hospital for further investigation and treatment as the atmosphere there was more secure than that in the Kapurthala Civil Hospital.

Earlier six suspected dengue cases had been reported in different parts of the district. Three such patients were sent to the PGI, Chandigarh, two of them were admitted to the DMCH, Ludhiana, and one to Sacred Heart Hospital, Jalandhar.

One of the suspected patients admitted at the DMC, Deepak Sharma from a locality near GB Hospital, Phagwara, and the other patient admitted at Sacred Heart Hospital, Jalandhar, Harpoor Singh from a locality near Markfed Colony Kapurthala city, were confirmed as suffering from dengue.

Dr Gill said while Deepak had already recovered from the disease, whereas Harpoor Singh was recovering. Harpoor’s platelets were found as 65,000, he added.

A meeting of medical officers and Executive Officers of Municipal Councils was held a few days before to further strengthen the precautionary measures taken to avoid spreading of the disease. The meeting was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner and SDMs and DDPOs also participated in the meeting.

The CMO appealed to the general public to take precautions themselves by putting a spoonful of oil, petrol or kerosene on stagnated water to check growth of larva.

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Health employees’ spat with NRI interrupts polio drive 
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, October 17
A three-day pulse polio campaign that started here on Sunday was interrupted till noon today due to a verbal duel between an NRI family and two staff members of the local Health Department yesterday.

The Health Department staff, instead of conducting the pulse polio drive, sat on a dharna and held a demonstration in the local Civil Hospital complex.

They demanded the immediate arrest of the family members of NRI Jatinder Singh who had allegedly misbehaved with the hospital staff.

It has been learnt that the staff members had gone to his house yesterday to administer polio drops to his child.

On the other hand, NRI Jatinder Singh alleged that the staff members had forcibly attempted to give polio drops to his six-year-old daughter Navjot who had already been immunised against the disease in the UK as she was a British citizen. 

The matter was, however, resolved amicably with the intervention of prominent citizens, including Phagwara SMO, Dr Yash Mitra, and Dr Davinder Chhabra. Later, the dharna was lifted. 

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Railways to install SBI ATMs
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, October 17
The Railways has decided to install State Bank of India ATMs at all railway stations in the North.

An agreement in this regard has been signed between the SBI and the Railways.

More than 250 ATMs would be installed, including 12 in the Ferozepore division. 

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Marriage palace owner fined for power theft
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, October 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities raided the premises of Mohan Plaza, a marriage palace here. According to sources, the authorities found an illegal kundi connection operating at the plaza. They fined the owner of the plaza Rs 42,000 that was deposited by the accused on the spot. A compliant has also been filed in the city police station, Gurdaspur, by the PSEB authorities against the owner of the plaza.

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Badminton title for Nawanshahr team 
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, October 17
The badminton (U-19 boys) team of Nawanshahr district has won the Punjab School Games Championship held at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. Abhishek Bedi and Prabhjit Singh defeated the team of Amritsar in the final match played on Wednesday.

Giving this information, Mr Rajinder Singh Gill, team coach, said both these players had also been selected for the national team.

Besides, Akshit Bedi (u-17) and Neelam Kumari (u-19) have also been selected for the national team.

All players are product of the badminton academy, Amardeep Memorial School, Mukandpur. The state Education Department has decided to honour coach Gill. The Punjab badminton team coached by Gill had won gold medals in National School Games held in 2000 and 2002 and bronze medal in 2004.

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