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2 held under NDPS Act: Raj Kumar Babla, a resident of Anand Nagri, was arrested for possessing 21 gm smack on Friday. Old city police SHO Sanjeev Setia registered a case under sections 21,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. CIA staff incharge Gurbhej Singh arrested Radheyshyam, a resident of Sundi village, Kokadisar PS, Madhya Pradesh, for possessing 1 kg opium. A case has been registered under sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. 

Course for poor students
: An NGO, Gyan Sewa Trust, is organising a crash course for poor students at Khadoor Sahib. The course, which will end on May 12, is free of cost and the expenses are being borne by writer Patwant Singh. Sant Bawa Singh of Khadoor Sahib will provide free boarding and lodging. Trust chairman H.S. Phoolka said 36 students from Banga, Rahon, Nawan Shehr, Talewal, Raikot and Khadoor Sahib had been selected for the course. Punjab education minister Dr Upenderjit Kaur will address the students at Khadoor Sahib on May 12. 

Three booked for murder
:Three persons, Partap Singh, Sukhjinder Singh and Pardeep Bobby, were booked for murdering Balkar Singh, a resident of Chak Ram Singh Wala village. Sources said Balkar Singh was found lying in a watercourse of the village in a serious condition. He died while he was being taken to a Ludhiana hospital for treatment. SHO of Nathana police station Harnek Singh said a case under Section 302 of the IPC had been registered against the accused, who were still at large. 

Visit: Director General of Ordinance Services (DGOS) and Senior Colonel Commandant Lt Gen DDS Sandhu visited the local Chetak Corps and interacted with its general officer commanding and senior officials on Friday. Lt Gen Sandhu said the corps had ensured unflinching logistical support to the Indian Army even in demanding terrains and inhospitable climates. He also interacted with the civilian workers in the field ordinance depot and presented the DGOS commendation card to outstanding civilian employees. 

Mishap: Jagjit Singh, former chairman of Cooperative Bank, Tapa, died in a road accident near Maur Mandi town of the district on late Thursday night. A case has been registered at the Maur Mandi police station. 

Heroin worth Rs 8 cr seized
: Jawans of the 20th Battalion of BSF recovered heroin worth Rs 8 crore near the Indo-Pak International border across the barbed wire fencing in the Fazilka sector. Official sources said during patrolling on Thursday evening, the jawans found the contraband in a pit. The officers of BSF are tightlipped on the matter. The DIG who was to brief a press conference, which was later called off, has reportedly left the headquarters. 



Office-bearers elected:The following have been elected the office-bearers of the District Bar Association, Fatehabad: president - Suba Singh Dandiwal; vice-president - Rameshwar Gajroia; secretary - Rajiv Godara; finance secretary - N S Malik; and joint secretary - Viney Sharma. 

Man gets life imprisonment
: The court of additional district and sessions judge sentenced a murder accused, Rakesh, to life imprisonment on Friday. The accused, a resident of a Rohtak village, had reportedly killed his friend, Jai Kumar, a goldsmith, in October 2005. Kumar’s body was recovered from near an embankment in Dhaur village. 


Panel for hydroelectric project
: Taking into account resentment among people living in the environs of the proposed Hull hydroelectric projects in Jadera and Sillagharat area of Chamba district, deputy commissioner of Chamba Pushpendra Rajput has constituted a high-level committee to work out a viable strategy to protect the environment and safeguard the rights of the residents. The committee, headed by the DC, will interact with different organisations and various quarters of the society to reach a conclusion, ADM of Chamba Gopal Sharma said here on Friday 

Govt partial, says BJP leader
:Hamirpur district BJP general secretary Vinod Thakur has accused the administration of adopting double standards. While the administration had allowed Congressmen to burn effigies at Una, cases had been registered at Hamirpur against BJP activists for doing the same. He charged the returning officer of Hamirpur with acting in a partisan manner and the party would write to the Election Commission about this. 

Dogra elected president:The Fire Brigade Workers Federation has formed its state unit by electing Bhupinder Pal Dogra as its president. The federation highlighted its demand for restoring gazetted holidays, which were earlier given to them, and not to change the roster system of shifts adopted in 1980.

Poll arrangements reviewed: Himachal Pradesh chief election commissioner Manisha Nanda has reviewed the election arrangements for the Hamirpur bypolls. Deputy commissioner Hamirpur Rajneesh Kumar told Manisha that voters’ lists have been brought out on April 10 and these would be made available to all political parties. He added that 414 polling booths, 478 EVMs and other election material would be provided to assistant returning officers by May 7. 

Rs 2,500 crore for roads
: World Bank has sanctioned Rs 2,500 crore to the Himachal Pradesh Government for upgrading of roads. It has given 90 per cent of the amount as grant and 10 per cent as loan. This was stated by irrigation and public health minister Kaul Singh Thakur, here at a conference in the Circuit House on Thursday. He said the government had fixed target to metal 10,000 km roads and Rs135 crore had been earmarked in the state budget this year.

Effigies of Modi, Katara burnt
: The District Congress Committee today burnt effigies of Gujarat Chief Minister Narender Modi and BJP MP Babubhai Katara for having brought disrepute to the nation by indulging in corrupt practices. The Congress men, comprising of general secretary Sanjay Awasthi, president Shanti Pundir Arvind Gupta, president district Mahila committee Subhdra Bhardwaj, Seva Dal state organising secretary Hari Mohan Sharma and activists of Youth Congress, took out a protest march in the town’s Mall Road and later burnt the effigies of the two BJP leaders. Sanjay Awasthi, while terming the deeds of the BJP leaders as shameful, said they had belied the hopes of the people who had elected them to power. While the Modi government had executed fake encounters, Katara was caught for human trafficking. 


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