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Banga
Man arrested with poppy husk
: The Behram police arrested Manjit Singh and seized 8 kg of poppy husk from his possession at Ladian village, near here, on Wednesday. As per sources, a police team, led by SHO Gurdip Singh, had laid a naka on the Ladian-Katarian road. The policemen signalled a scooterist who was going to Mahilpur from Banga. The scooterist tried to speed away but was intercepted by the policemen on duty after a brief chase. During the search operation, the police seized 8 kg of poppy husk from the dicky of the scooter.

BATHINDA
Theft
: National saving certificates, kisan vikas patars and stamps worth Rs 4000 were stolen from a sub post office located in Paras Ram Nagar of this town. Police sources said the theft took place on the night of Tuesday. A case has been registered.

MALERKOTLA
Robbery
: Robbers looted nickel and copper wires reportedly worth about Rs 1 lakh from a factory located on the Nabha road here on the night of Tuesday. According to information, a complaint has been lodged with the police that some robbers entered forcibly in Sunrise Oil Mills. They beat up the chowkidar and three other employees of the factory and locked them up in a room.

NAWANSHAHR
Plea
: The Gazetted Educational School Services Association, Punjab , has urged education minister Upinderjit Kaur to adopt seniority-cum-merit policy while making appointments of school cadre officials in the state.

Rising prices: Beating empty tins, the activists of district units of the CITU, Punjab Kisan Sabha and Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, took out a protest march in the town here on Wednesday to raise voice against the rising prices.

Blood donation: The NSS unit of the Doaba Institute of Engineering and Technology, in collaboration with the Rotary Club, Garhshankar, organised a blood donation camp on the campus on Wednesday. Dr Baljit Singh Kapoor, director, Doaba Group of Technical Institutes, was the first one to donate blood.

Phagwara
Labourer dies
: Labourer Shiv Kumar died at a brick-kiln in Manawali village after he was bitten by a snake on Tuesday. He was brought to the civil hospital where he was declared brought dead.

SANGRUR
Relief
: The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Airtel, Bharti Tele-Ventures Mobile, Mohali, to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation and Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses to Mukesh Kumar for deficiency in service and unfair trade practice. Mukesh , who is an advocate, said though he had been denied the outgoing calls facility on the pretext of non-submission of identity proof for only three days, but it caused a lot of harassment to him.



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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Panchayats get first instalment
: The gram panchayats elected unanimously have been provided the first instalment of Rs 2.50 lakh each for spending on suitable development projects in their areas. District panchayat officer Nand Lal said these panchayats were Kallar, Charol and Kothipura in Bilaspur Sadar block, Barotta and Talwara in Ghumarwin block and Berry-Miyan in Jhandutta block. He said all these panchayats would be given Rs 10 lakh each as reward from the government for electing their panchayats unanimously and the remaining amount would be disbursed to them in phases.

Kangra
Cable stolen
: Telecom cable worth over Rs 50,000 was stolen from the Zamanabad bridge in the wee hours of Tuesday, leaving more than 350 telephones out of order. According to the police, this is said to be the biggest theft of this nature in this subdivision. It is learnt that cable thieves earlier stole cable of 10 to 20 pairs but this time they had stolen cable of 200 pairs in one stroke. As many as 350 telephones were out of order in Zamanabad, Abdullahpur, Samirpur, Dherian and other localities in the outskirts of this town, telecom sources said.

KULLU
Shobha yatra
: The District Brahman Sabha organised a shobha yatra on the eve of Bhagwan Parshuram Jayanti on Wednesday. The procession started from Ramshilla and went through Akhara Bazar, Sarwari and Dhalpur and ended at the camp temple of Jamdagini Rishi in the historical Dhalpur ground. More than 3,000 devotees participated in the yatra and performed “pooja” at the temple.

SHIMLA
HPU prospectus price up
: The Himachal Pradesh University has increased the price of the prospectus for Law and other entrance based tests. The Registrar of the HPU, V.D. Sharma said the price of the prospectus and entrance test fee here was far less as compared to other universities. He said this time the entrance fee is inclusive in the cost of the prospectus, which had been increased from Rs 380 to Rs 400. The cost of prospectus in M.D. University Rohtak and Kurukshetra University was Rs 500, Rs 600 in Punjabi University, and Rs 1,100 for three-year course and Rs 1,300 for five-year course at Panjab University.


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