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HOSHIARPUR
Four booked under NDPS Act
: The district police booked three persons under the Excise Act and NDPS Act in separate incidents on Thursday. The arrested persons have been identified as Kamaljit Singh, Balbir Singh and Mohinder  Singh.

NGO lauds last rites by daughter: Activists of Savera, an NGO for social awareness, appreciated the relatives of late Lalit Kaalmore of Baitool (Madhya Pradesh), for inspiring his five-year elder daughter Sona to perform the last religious rites of her father who died on May 20 last which she acceded.

KAPURTHALA
Kribhco conference: Kribhco organised a cooperative conference in collaboration with the cooperative department and the krishi vigyan kendra here on Thursday. PAU regional station director G.S. Mahal was the chief guest, while Kapurthala cooperative societies deputy registrar Daljit Sharma presided over. More than 100 cooperative officials attended the conference.

Nawanshahr
9 ASIs promoted
: SSP B. Chander Shekhar, as per the instructions of the DGP, has issued orders to promote nine 9 ASIs as sub-inspectors in the district. The ASIs, who have been promoted are Lekh Raj, Varinder Kumar, Parshotam Lal, Narinder Singh, Bhag Singh, Gurmail Singh, Raj Kumar, Rupinderjit Singh and Satnam Singh.

Phagwara
Man falls to death from train
: Abdul Razzak (50) of Bhagalpur in Bihar fell off a moving train at Phagwara railway station on Wednesday night. GRP personnel took him to the local civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. According to GRP in charge Pavittar Singh, the deceased fell off the Jammu-bound Superfast train at around 10.45 pm.

PHILLAUR
Suicide by NRI youth in Canada: Canada-based NRI youth Iqbal Singh belonging to nearby Behram village reportedly committed suicide by hanging with a rope at his residence in Vancouver on Tuesday night. According to reports received here on Wednesday, the deceased was married last year but his wife had not got visa for Canada till now. Mental stress was said to be the cause of suicide.

Meeting put off: A joint meeting of the coordination committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was scheduled to be held on May 25 at the residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh, has been postponed due to the Dera Sacha Sauda episode. This was confirmed by Punjab BJP secretary Raj Bhatia while talking to newsmen here on Wednesday.

Woman dies in car mishap: Usha Rani Aggarwal, a resident of Phagwara, died on the spot when the car in which she was travelling dashed against a tree near Chaheru village on Wednesday night. According to police Usha along with her husband and son, was on her way from Jalandhar to Phagwara when the driver of the car lost control over the car and the car dashed against a tree.

SANGRUR
Ministerial staff association: Rakesh Jain and Gopal Singh have been elected president and general secretary respectively of the Ministerial Staff Association Education Department (Sub Office) Sangrur district for two years, according to returning officer for the association’s elections Pawan Kherra.

Farmer commits suicide: A marginal farmer of Kular Majra village of Barnala district committed suicide by shooting with his licensed revolver on Wednesday, the police said. Jagdev Singh who owned three acres and was said to be suffering from depression due to indebtedness for the last couple of months, they said. A case has been registered.

31 students selected: As many as 31 students of the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) have been selected for jobs by the private companies at a two-day campus placement activity, organised at the BGIET a couple of days ago.

Inspected: District drug inspector Sanjiv Kumar on Thursday inspected Arya Medical Agency in Kaula Park, and Arya Medical Hall in Sunami Gate and seized 1,200 injections of oxytocin, 2,700 tablets, 5,650 capsules and 65 bottles of syrups. He said the seized medicines were being used by drug addicts. He said a detailed report would be sent to the state drug controller soon.

Seminar held: A seminar on laser land leveler was organised by the Punjab Agricultural University’s (PAU) Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at Kherri village on Wednesday. Additional deputy commissioner (development) Harnek Singh was the guest of honour. The function was attended by 95 participants from various government departments, farmers and unemployed youths. Additional director, Extension Education, PAU, Dr S.P. Mehra emphasised on the need of laser leveler for the use of irrigation water at the field level. Assistant professor (Agriculture Engineering), KVK, Manpreet Singh said this technology could save irrigation water to the tune of about 25 per cent and ensure better crop stand and improved weed control efficiency.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Chamba
Bharmour areas cry for roads
: Ulansa and Mindhar in Bharmour subdivision of this district are popular for their apples. The land in these areas is fertile and the climate conducive for the cultivation of apple. But in the absence of roads, people living in these areas have to trudge long distances to reach the main road. Since these areas that are rich in natural resources lack link roads, the pace of all-round development in these belts cannot be accelerated. Mini hydel projects can be set up here to harness snow-fed water streams in these areas.

Kullu
CIC Rana visits E-soochna centre
: Chief information commissioner of Himachal P. S. Rana on Wednesday visited the ‘E-soochna and Right to Information Centre’ here to overview the pioneering initiative taken by this district in the implementation of the Right to Information Act. ADC Abhishek Jain, the man behind the installation of the first ‘E-Soochna Centre’ in the state, said one could easily access the details of vehicles registered at Kullu just by entering the number of the vehicle. The application forms under the RTI Act for both information and inspections could be accessed at the ‘E-Soochna kiosk’. The results of various examinations in the state would be displayed through the ‘kiosk’.

SHIMLA
11 hurt in mishap: Eleven passengers were injured in a bus-truck collision near Dumair village in Shimla district on Thursday. The bus with 17 passengers was on its way to Shimla from Rohroo when it collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction.
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