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SAD (1920) joins BSP:
District president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD-1920) Gurdev Singh Dhanota and his supporters joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) here on Tuesday. Mr Avtar Singh Karimpur, BSP chief Punjab welcomed them and said 29 candidates from Schedule Castes, 36 from Jat community and remaining from other castes would be fielded for all 117 Assembly seats in elections.

3 HELD FOR MURDER: The police on Tuesday arrested three persons for killing a resident of Haidrowal. The arrested are Devinder Singh, Kirpal Singh and Harjinder Rai, all of Haidrowal, for allegedly killing Gurtej Singh of the same village on December 18 night.

6 HELD, POPPY HUSK SEIZED: Six persons, including three women, were arrested and 110 kg of poppy husk seized in separate cases, the police said here on Tuesday. The arrested are women—Bimbo, Manjit Kaur and Shimla alias Babbi — all of Chotala village and seized 50 kg poppy husk from them. Auto-rickshaw driver identified as Jaswinder Singh alias Kala of Mirzapur village, however, escaped, the police said. Iswar Singh alias Manga, Naresh Kumar alias Popa and Rajdeepak, alias Babbi all of Salempur here were also arrested and 60 kg of poppy husk was seized from them.

PEDESTRIANS KILLED: Gurtej Singh and Jiwan Singh of Pakhowal were killed when a truck hit them. The Raikot police has registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC on the complaint of Raja Singh of Pakhowal against unknown driver of the truck.

PROPERTY STOLEN: Some unknown miscreant allegedly stole two monoblock electric motors worth Rs. 15,000 from Ghamnewal village on the intervening night of December 21. The Humbaran police has registered a case on the complaint of Jagir Singh, owner of the stolen property.

Centre inaugurated:
Mr Parkash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, inaugurated community centre, shed of cremation ground and link roads leading to Adharmi Basti and Baba Hiraji place at Bhan Mazara village on Wednesday. He also distributed cheques for various development works. Mr Chaman Singh Bhanmazara, Chairman, market committee, Mr Kuldip Rana, district Congress president, Chaudhari Harbans Lal, Chairman, Doaba Cooperative Sugar Mills, Mr Satvir Singh Palli Jhikki, president, District Youth Congress also addressed the gathering.

Foundation stone: Ms Santosh Kataria, Chairperson, zila parishad, laid foundation stones of various development works at Sahungra village on Tuesday. She also gave cheques worth Rs 1.20 lakh for construction of an additional classroom, Rs 2.38 lakh for drainage, Rs 50,000 each for two cremation grounds and dharamshala.

ONE DIES IN JAIL: Undertrial prisoner Sucha Ram died in Ropar District Jail here on Monday. Sucha Ram, from Jadla village in Nawanshahr district was arrested in a case of the Excise Act and was brought to Ropar District Jail on December 16.

College Stone Laid:
The foundation stone of the Rajmata Mohinder Kaur Engineering College was laid by Ms Preneet Kaur MP and Mr Surinder Singla, Finance, Health and Planning Minister, Punjab on Wednesday in the Public College Complex here.

SAFAI KARAMCHARIS: Safai Karamcharis of the Nagar Council here are on strike since Tuesday. The sanitation system of the city has collapsed. Safai Karamcharis want that those working on temporary basis for the past five years their services should be regularised.



3 labourers buried alive
: Three Nepali labourers were buried alive and one was injured seriously when a mound of mud caved in at a construction site in Bharmaur, 80 km from here, official sources said here on Tuesday. The mishap occurred at the construction site of a tunnel of the 70 mw Budhil Hydro-electric power project on Sunday night the sources said. The deceased were identified as Jang Bahadur, Pappu and Govind while the injured Rajan was admitted to hospital in a critical condition.

HPSLA’s plea:
The School lecturers are up in arms against the Director of Education describing her alleged attitude towards the teachers community as adamant, dictatorial and revengeful and demanded her removal. The Himachal Pradesh School Lecturers Association (HPSLA) said on Wednesday that lecturers were appointed to teach Plus I and II but now were being forced to teach class IX and class X students.

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