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Milk products banned:
District Magistrate Bhagwant Singh has put a ban on the preparation and sale of cheese, khoya and sweets, besides other milk products, till June 30. The consumer movement had a few days ago submitted a memorandum to him in this regard.

Consumer cards seized: The Department of Food and Civil Supplies is not in a mood to investigate into the reported recovery of 71 LPG consumer cards from a roadside shopkeeper at Arniwala village on Friday. Besides this, a large number of two and four wheeler drivers were illegally using LPG cylinders in their vehicle in Abohar and its neighbouring areas. 

Scared of stray dogs: Farmers working near a sub canal at Gumjal village are scared of stray dogs. Wild dogs roaming around the cremation ground, located near the tail end of the sub canal, drag out bodies and feed on them. When they feel disturbed by the presence of human beings they try to attack farmers. In the past few years wild dogs have eaten old persons and minors. However, district authorities have failed to check this menace so far. 

Bulls found dead: Five bulls were found dead near a railway track in the old Suraj Nagri locality here on Friday. Preliminary inquiries indicated that they were poisoned. 

Fellowship awarded:
Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Harpreet Kaur has been awarded Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) Canadian Studies Doctoral Fellowship for undertaking a research work on the Sikh diaspora in North America and its role in the Punjab crisis. 

Pulse polio postponed:
The pulse polio programme scheduled to be held on May 20 and 21 has been postponed till further orders. This was disclosed by Dr Balbir Singh, civil surgeon, Barnala. 

Mystery shrouds manís death:
A 27-year-old person was found dead under mysterious circumstances here on Saturday. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Raju. He was resident of Hathi Gate. Police sources said Raju was an addict and he might have died due to a drug overdose. The body was sent for the post mortem  examination.

Synthetic milk factory:
In a joint raid conducted by district Health authorities and the police, a factory manufacturing synthetic milk was unearthed at Aklia village of this district. One person, who was running the factory, has been arrested.Dr Kasturi Lal, district health officer, when contacted, said the accused was manufacturing synthetic milk by mixing refined oil and maltose. 

Chain snatched:
Two unidentified motorcycle- borne youths snatched a gold chain from Santosh Sethi wife of Subhash Chander, resident of local Central Town, back side of Maharaja Palace, while she was returning to her home from the bazar in a rickshaw, near his house this afternoon. According to the police after snatching the gold chain the robbers fled on their motorcycle. A case has been registered. 

Man Ďkillsí wife:
A resident of Dyalpur village in Subhanpur on Friday allegedly burnt his wife to death owing to a feud between the couple over manís extra-marital relations. The deceased has been identified as Bindu (25).

Shortage of potable water:
A large number of Muslim women on Friday protested against the non-availability of potable water in the city. Later, they submitted a memorandum to local executive officer Ved Parkash Singla. They also approached SDM Jaspal Singh Jassi. 

Body found:
The police recovered a body of 21-year-old pregnant woman here on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Lalita Kumari, wife of Muna Kumar, resident of Lucknow. Kumar is working at a stone crusher near Shani Matim Pur. 

LPG blast:
Panic spread among residents of Hadiabad locality here on Friday night following an LPG cylinder blast in one of the houses. No one was hurt in the incident as the occupants of the house, including a child, managed to come out in time.

NRI councillor:
NRI Lakhwinder Singh Pabla, a resident of Naura village, was elected councillor of Derby-Shire in the United Kingdom a few days ago.



Vaccination of animals:
To combat foot-and-mouth disease among the sheep and goats and other livestock in tribal areas, the state animal husbandry department has decided to examine and vaccinate around 17,000 animals in Holi sub-tehsil of Bharmour tribal subdivision during the current year. MLA from Bharmour Assembly constituency Thakur Singh Bharmouri said here on Saturday that veterinarians and allied staff would be engaged in the task. Around 9,000 animals were so examined and vaccinated last year, he added. 

Tibetan cultural festival ends:
The four-day Tibetan cultural festival jointly organised by the Himachal Pradesh Language and Culture Department, the North-Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, and the District Chamba Padmachhokerlin Bodh Tibetan Association concluded at Bhanodi in Churah subdivision of the district on Friday. According to Director of the Department of Language and Culture Prem Sharma, folk dance, sugam sangeet and bhoti dance were the main attractions during the festival. A number of local people and visitors from outside the region attended the festival.

Cong expels samiti official:
Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) chief Viplove Thakur has expelled Dile Ram, vice-chairman of the Naggar panchayat samiti in Kullu district, for a period of six years. This, she said, had been done due to his anti-party activities.


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