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Office- bearers:
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Canal Superior Revenue Association: president- Gurdip Singh, Faridkot; senior vice-president- Jeet Singh, Ferozepore; vice-president- Vijay Kumar Doda, Abohar; general secretary- Kanwaljeet Singh, Jalandhar; joint secretaries-Ajmer Singh, Bathinda, Angrej Lal Mittal, Johnny Mehndiratta, Ludhiana and Ratan Lal Abohar; and executive members- Darshan Singh, Ludhiana, Ajmer Singh Gill, Amritsar, Nirmal Singh Mann, Purshotam Dass Bansal, Bathinda, Babar Singh, Sangrur, Karnail Singh, Patiala, Narinder Singh, Patiala, Balwinder Singh and Iqbal Singh Gharu.

Held for satta: The city police on Saturday found that a hotel in the neighbourhood of the sub- divisional police complex was being used as a gambling den. Sources said a police party raided a hotel that was located few metres away from the police station and caught nine persons indulging in gambling using the parchi satta technique. A woman, Asha Rani, resident of Rajiv Nagar in Nai Abadi locality, was nabbed on Friday night after 20 gm smack was recovered from her possession.

Truckers’ strike: The Truck Operators Union suspended business on Saturday in protest against the allocation of transportation work by Pungrain in this subdivision to the Tractor Trolley Union. The Pungrain had this year been allocated six focal points, but the entire work was assigned to the union. The truck operators had demanded that the district authorities should enhance the prevailing rates for lifting work.

Crop gutted
: Standing wheat crop in 66 acres at Khode Bet village in the Dera Baba Nanak sector of Batala police district was burnt yesterday. Two fire engines of the municipal councils of Batala and Gurdaspur took more than three hours to control the fire.

NO SSPs: The Punjab Government has not yet posted senior superintendents of police in Batala and Gurdaspur districts. The absence of SSPs in these two police districts is causing a lot of problems to the general public in getting their grievances redressed.

Charge taken: K.S. Gill has taken over the charge of the Chief General Manager (CGM) of the local unit of the National Fertilizer Limited (NFL), here on Saturday. Gill, a graduate from Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh, was heading the Panipat-based unit of the NFL before taking the present assignment.

Road shows: Supreme Securities Limited is organising road shows in Punjab for 15 days from April 13 to promote and educate customers about the benefit provided by money transfer service MoneyGram for receiving money from abroad.

Honour for 1800: Acting president of SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal will honour 1800 representatives of about 600 organsiations who, had organised ‘Dasehra’, ‘Ram Lila’ and ‘Bhagwati Jagrans’ throughout Punjab.

Launched: K.K. Mittal, branch manager, National Insurance Company (NIC), on Saturday said the company had launched a new scheme under the name of Varistha Mediclaim for people belonging to the age group of above 60 years. In a press note issued here, he said this scheme would cater to medical needs of elderly people at the time when they would be more prone to ailments.

: Pushpinder Singh Rana, a mechanical engineering student of the KC College of Engineering and Information Technology, has stood first in the third semester examination conducted in December by Punjab Technical University.

One killed
: One person died and another was injured in a road accident at the Pathankot-Dalhousie road on Saturday. The deceased was driving his truck (HP-38-6881) from Dasuya. He lost control of the steering wheel after reaching Bungal village. He has been identified as Janak Singh, a resident of Damtal, while the injured is Tilak Raj.

Youth ends life
: An unmarried youth, Harwinder Kumar of Daddal Mohalla, reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his house on Thursday evening. A domestic dispute was said to be the cause of suicide, said the police. The body of the deceased has been sent to the civil hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Man kills wife: Amrik Singh, a resident of nearby Dinewal village, murdered his wife on Friday night when she refused to hand him over her ear-rings to purchase drugs. The deceased has been identified as Raju, alias Kawaljit Kaur. The police said a case under Section 302,IPC, has been registered against the accused who absconded from the scene.


Workshop: A one-day workshop on enhancing communication skills was organised at Agricultural University, Palampur, on Saturday. More than 50 extension specialists, scientists, officers of the Public Relations Department and officials of the university participated in the workshop. Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, Patiala, underlined the importance of content, spirit, style and language for effective communication. Editor-in-chief of Giriraj weekly and former director of the Public Relations Department B.D. Sharma also spoke on the occasion. Vindo Lakhanpal, a communication expert, spoke on telephone manners.

Katara’s effigy burnt
: The activists of the Youth Congress and Mahila Congress burnt the effigy of BJP MP Babu Bhai Katara, who was found involved in human trafficking at New Delhi recently. The activists assembled at the Gandhi chowk, raised slogans against Katara and burnt his effigy. General secretary of State Youth Congress, Ajay Sharma, said the case had exposed the BJP talking loud about morality and condemning corruption.

Leopard hides seized
: A police team seized two leopard hides from the possession of two youths during a decoy operation conducted near Oachghat village on Friday night. The two youth, Anil Pundir of Ber Jameli village in Rajgarh tehsil and Kehar Singh of Kothon village near here, were trying to sell these hides. The police acted following a tip-off and caught them red-handed.

Lawyers meet Virbhadra: A delegation of the District Bar Association, Mandi, met Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh during his one-day visit to the district and demanded setting up of a HP High Court Bench and an independent bench of the HP Administrative tribunal at Mandi. The delegation handed over a resolution passed by the association demanding the setting up of the said benches to the CM. They said the step would help ensure early settlement of cases in the area.

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