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PSEB privatisation decried:
The Technical Services Union on Wednesday has condemned the Punjab State Electricity Board Management for misleading employees as well as consumers on privatisation in a resolution adopted at a meeting here said struggle would continue till the Electricity Bill 2003 was scrapped. Hem Raj, circle president Muktsar, vice-president Krishan Kumar Ghayal, secretary Balwinder Singh, joint secretary Lajja Ram, divisional presidents Piara Lal Gidderbaha, Mukhtiar Singh Malout, Amarjit Pal Muktsar, Shiv Charan Abohar, Sunder Pal Badal and Suresh Singh convener Fazilka division also attended the meeting. 

AMRITSAR
Man beaten up, dies: A person of Uthia village under Ajnala police station died when some residents of the same locality beat him up here late on Monday in a property dispute between three brothers to which he was not linked. Three brothers Gurvinder Singh, Pritam Singh and Kulwinder Singh of the same locality had a dispute. Kulwinder Singh ran away and hid himself in a dera run by Kashmir Singh and Baldev Singh. When Pritam and Gurvinder reached the dera they asked the dera owners to handover their brother to them. But the dera owners said their brother was not hiding in the dera. Gurdev Singh along with others arrived on the site and after arguments Gurdev Singh fired in the air from his revolver. People gathered at the site beat him up and due to severe beating he collapsed on the spot. The police have registered a case.

PCCTU unit office-bearers: Elections of the office-bearers and delegates of DAV College unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ union (PCCTU) were held on Tuesday. R.K. Kaushal was elected president, and Rajneesh Popi Secretary, Sameer Kalia Joint secretary, Vivek Aggarwal finance secretary. Ashima Walia was nominated vice-president, Following were elected delegates R.K.Kaushal (political science); Baldev Sachdeva (Commerce); Gurdas Das Sekhon (economics), B.B.Yadav (Physical Education), Kapil Goyal (Computers) and Vikas Bhardwaj (Physical Education).

Fatehgarh Sahib
MINISTER URGED: The Assistant Public Relation Officers’ Association has urged minister for public relation Bikram Jit Singh Majithia to fulfil their demands. President of the association Jai Krishan has said the vacancies in the public relations department, particularly of DPROs, have been affecting work.

Hoshiarpur
Nawanshahr man looted:
Two unidentified persons snatched Rs 3,400 cash, a mobile phone and a tool-kit from a Nawanshahr resident while the latter was on his way from village Mohawal to Mola Bahadpur. According to the police, the victim identified as Pawan Kumar, was on his weekly tour, selling prepaid cards to dealers in the Garhshankar area. At around 5 pm, the accused confronted him while he was on his motorbike and forcibly took away cash and valuables.

‘Diesel’ thief: Gagan Singh, a salesman at Surjit Petrol Pump, Miani Road, Dasuya, has complained to the police that a truck came to the filling station at around 3 am on Tuesday morning and its driver asked him to fill a 3,200-litre diesel tank lying in the vehicle. After getting it filled, the driver demanded a bill and when Gagan went inside to fetch it, the latter allegedly sped away with the vehicle. The cost of diesel is stated to be Rs 94,592. A case has been registered.

Drug sale to be regulated: The sale of Sildenafil Citrate tablets, which are used for sexual enhancement, will now be made available only on the prescription of competent authority and chemists will have to maintain a complete record of their sale. This decision was taken in the meeting of state drugs advisory committee held at Chandigarh under the chairmanship of Dr Sukhdev Singh, director health services, Punjab recently. According to Dr Dharambir Kapur, a panel member, who attended the meeting, said to curb the illegal sale of medicines it has been decided that stern action would be taken against the chemists who flout norms. “Their licences would be suspended for 15 days for the first offence. For subsequent violations, a three-month suspension or cancellation has been proposed. Also it has been proposed that not more than 2 retail licences should be granted up to population of 2,500. For proper storage, the druggists have been asked to install air conditioners in their shops.

Liquor seized: The Hoshiarpur police on Tuesday arrested Bhajan Lal of local Naloian area and seized 17 boxes of country-made liquor and rum from his possession. His accomplices, Ravinder Singh, son of Harjinder Singh of local Roopnagar, and Sanjiv Kumar managed to flee.

Patiala
DEMANDED: The Punjab State Karamchari Dal has demanded a 6 per cent increase in the DA instalment with immediate effect on the pattern of the Central Government. General secretary of the association Kulbir Singh Sidkheri told this to mediapersons here on Wednesday.

FELICITATED: A national-level function of DAV institutions was organised in New Delhi in which nearly 20,000 students participated. Students of DAV Public School, Patiala, who qualified their CBSE examination with 90 per cent marks and above, were felicitated. The students are Sonia, Simrat, Parul, Harshbir, Anshul, Gitanshu, Sanya and Diksha.

Literacy workshop@@Hoshiarpur: With a view to impart education to illiterate women sarpanchs and panchs of district under Accelerated Literacy Programme, a 15-days workshop organised by the Regional Resource Centre, Chandigarh was organized at Government Senior Secondary School, Dhamian Kalan, near here. The workshop was attended by four 4 illiterate women sarpanchs and 21 Panchs of the nearby villages. Addressing on this occasion, the Deputy Commissioner D. K. Tiwari said that according to the recent survey of the district literacy samiti, as many as 450 illiterate women sarpanchs and panchs had been identified in the district. — OC@@@@Garg new DC@@Nawanshahr: The district witnessed a major reshuffle in civil and police administration here during this week. Deputy Commissioner, Krishan Kumar, ADC, Kulbir Singh, SDM, Ashwani Kumar, SSP, Arun Pal Singh were transferred. While Bhawna Garg and B. Chandershekhar have joined here as Deputy Commissioner and SSP respectively. Pritam Singh Johal has assumed the charge of ADC and Arshdeep Singh Thind, earlier SDM Balachaur would replace Ashwani Kumar. — OC @@@@Dal-atta scheme@@Nawanshahr: Deputy Commissioner Bhawna Garg, in a press release issued here today said that the all arrangement for conducting survey for identifying beneficiaries under the scheme for providing ‘atta’ & ‘dal’ at cheap rates have been completed. As many as 440 booths have been set up and 880 employees have been put on duty for smooth conduct of the survey in the district. The rehearsal will be organized on Friday at Nawanshahr, Banga and Balachaur for imparting training to the enumerators. The survey would be done from April 9 to 22, she added. — OC@@@@Reward pours@@Nawanshahr:Deputy Commissioner, Bhawna Garg presented cheques amounting to Rs. 3 lakh each to panchayats of villages Gadhani and Sekha Mazara for improving the sex ratio in the age group of 0-6, here on Thursday. Garg exhorted other villages to emulate the dedicated and concerted efforts for launching a crusade against the sex based discrimination and female foeticide. Civil Surgeon, Dr. Balbir Singh, while giving details, said that while in village Gadhani there were 1500 girls as compared to 1000 boys, in village Sekha Mazara the number of girls was 1412 as per 1000 boys in the age group of 0-6. — OC @@@@DAV function@@Amritsar: Punjabi gazals, bhajans and folk numbers marked the valedictory function held to celebrate silver jubilee year of DAV School, here on Thursday. The event was kicked-off with lighting of the lamp by chief guest Joginder Singh, former CBI director, along with BR Abrol, vice-president of DAV management. The highlight of the function was a Punjabi number, Heer, sung by Didar Singh `Pardesi’ from Kenya. A colourful ballet ‘Uthaan' also enthraled the audience. Prepared jointly by the students and staff, the item was presented using a unique technique of ‘shadow dancing’ to symbolically portray the five senses and their significance.— TNS



CHANDIGARH

honoured: The fourth Yuva Patrakar Samman Divas was organised by Simmi Marwaha Charitable Trust on the 29th birth anniversary of late journalist Simmi Marwaha. Panjab University topper Ambika Bamezai of Delhi, Sachin Arora of Jalandhar, Madurendra Kumar and Kuljeet Dyalpuri were honoured with silver mementos. Writer Santokh Singh Dheer and Vipan Pubby, resident editor, Indian Express, were present on the occasion and honoured the young journalists. — TNS

Deaddiction camp: More than 80 per cent people suffering from drug and alcohol abuse do not seek treatment due to the high cost of treatment, and loss of wages. This was revealed by professor B.S. Chavan, professor and head of department of psychiatry, GMCH, at a de-addiction camp at Khuda Ali Sher village, here on Thursday. 29 patients were admitted at the camp, including seven children. The 10-day camp was conducted by the GMCH with help from the village panchayat at a dharamshala near the gurdwara in the village. — TNS

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

MANDI
Talks fail: The talks between the Bharat Mazdoor Sangh-supported striking workers and the Satluj Motors company failed on Wednesday as both parties remained stuck to their stand. The workers alleged that the company had suspended some of their colleagues because they formed a union on March 7, while Satluj Motors MD Mohan Guleria said some workers had gone on strike and the company had to suffer huge losses.

NURPUR
Charas seized: The police conducted a raid in ward number 5 on Wednesday morning and seized 1.1 kg charas from the possession of a woman living there. The woman was arrested.

SHIMLA
Air Marshal congratulated: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has congratulated Air Marshal J.K. Gupta on his elevation as the Director-General of the Indian Air Force Medical Services. Gupta belongs to Arki in Solan district.

SOLAN
One killed: Mohan Singh of Chokar village in Sirmaur district was killed when the tractor (HP-14-9995) he was driving overturned near Kothi-Chapla village and rolled into a deep gorge. He was killed on the spot. He was going to Subathu when the mishap took place.

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