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9 snatchers arrested:
The local police on Wednesday arrested nine persons involved in 12 cases of chain, purse and mobile snatchings in the city. Those arrested have been identified as Vishal Kumar of Ghitta Katra, Raman Kuman of Haripura, Vikram of Lohgarh, Honey, Gurmeet Singh, Harjeet Singh, Harpreet Singh and Rinku, all residents of Chehharta. The police said four motorcycles, two mobile phones and some cash were seized from them.

‘Withdraw suspension’
: Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Punjab, vice-president Davinder Pal in a statement on Thursday demanded revocation of the suspension of 11 executive officers and withdrawal of departmental action initiated against employees of the councils of Punjab. Defending the employees, Pal said none of them had committed any irregularities in view of the fund crunch faced by the municipal councils. The municipal councils had gone bankrupt because of paucity of income after abolition of octroi and water and sewer charges, he said. The employees had not been paid their salaries for months, he added.

‘Implement tobacco Act’
: To mark the World No-Tobacco Day, a district-level function was organised at civil hospital here on Thursday. Dr Manjit Kaur, deputy medical commissioner (DMC), said according to the report of World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 40 lakh persons die annually due to the use of tobacco in various forms, of which 8,000 were killed on account of lung cancer. The number of deaths due to the use of tobacco had been increasing day-by-day and it was expected that it would touch a crore-mark annually by 2020. She appealed to the people to avoid the use of tobacco.

Golden jubilee celebration
: The bomb disposal unit of the Vajra Corps will celebrate its golden jubilee on Saturday. The unit will organise a demonstration on disposal of different types of bombs as a part of its celebrations, said Defence PRO Naresh Vig.

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the Technical Services Union of the PSEB: president-Chander Sekhar Pandey; vice-president-Birbal Singh; general secretary-Mohinder Singh Saini; assistant secretary-Surinder Singh; and treasurer-Naresh Kumar.

Attack condemned by Gurjars
: The Gurjars living here at a meeting at Balachaur expressed solidarity with the community and condemned the lathi charge on them by the Rajasathan police. Parliamentary secretary Chaudhary Nand Lal, block samiti chairman Om Parkash Khepar and others addressed the gathering.

Mazdoor conference: A three-day conference of All India Farm Mazdoors Union would be held from June 3 to June 5, 2007 at Nawanshahar and would see farm labourers from across the country, said Gurmesh Singh, district secretary of CPM, Hoshiarpur, here on Thursday. Problems of labourers would be discussed and strategy would be chalked out to fight against the wrong policies of the Central government which were badly affecting a common man, he said.

Punjabi youth dies in Malaysia
: Harwinder Mahi (25), a Punjabi youth from Nawanshahr district, died in a road accident in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 25. Mahi, originally hailing from Mohalla Nai Abadi in Nawanshahr, was on his way back to home from his work place in Kuala Lumpur when a speeding car hit him, killing him on the spot. Family sources told The Tribune on telephone that Chet Ram, a councillor of the area and Prem Singh, sub-inspector of Nawanshahr police, had left for Kuala Lumpur from IGI Airport, New Delhi, to bring back the body of the deceased to his native place for last rites

Two chain snatchers nabbed: The Hoshiarpur police arrested two members of a gang of chain snatchers and brought them to Phagwara for investigation on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Anil Kumar of Preet Nagar in Phagwara and Lakhwinder of Adarsh Nagar. According to the police, the accused confessed to their crime during interrogation. The accused admitted that they used to sell snatched chains to local jewellers. Following this the Hoshiarpur and Phagwara police questioned some jewellers in Saraffan Bazaar. The police also detained a jeweller of Hadiabad for questioning for allegedly buying snatched chains from the accused.

130 teachers attend training seminar:
Under the directions of director, SCERT, Avtar Singh, a 12-day primary teachers training seminar was started at local Government Senior Secondary School (Boys) here yesterday. It was stated in a press note issued by camp in charge lecturers Niranjan Kumar and Jatinder Kumar that nearly 130 primary teachers were participating.

Principal, DIET, Jagraon, Baldev Singh and senior lecturer Jagdish Lal addressed the participants. Principal of the school Swaran Singh inaugurated the seminar. Lecturers Yadwinder Singh, Kanta Devi, Sarabjit Singh, Baljit Kaur, Avtar Singh, Jagroop Singh and Jaswinder Singh were the resource persons.

2 boys clear IIT-JEE: Puneet Aggarwal has cleared the IIT-JEE examination, the result of which was declared yesterday, securing all India rank of 1,568. Today, he got all India rank of 2441 in the AIEEE. Similarly, Gurkirpal Singh Nagra cleared the IIT-JEE examination.

Class X topper: Devinder Saini of Sant Kirpal Singh Bawa Panthic Public School, Neelon, has stood first in Samrala securing 89.6 per cent in theCBSE Class X exams. 

Power thefts: Those found indulging in power thefts would be imposed heavy fines. This was stated by SDO Amarjit Singh Uppal to Ludhiana Tribune on Thursday. He appealed to the farmers and the domestic electricity consumers to avoid unfair means of getting electricity. He said the power supply for eight hours for paddy season would start from June 10.




Top scorers
: Students of Class X and Class XII at Army School, Yol cantonment ,have excelled in the CBSE examinations with a 100 per cent result. The highest scorers in class X are Shivali Sandal (93.4 per cent), Neha Singh (92 per cent), Shilpa Rana (91.4 per cent) and Sawan Rana (91.4 per cent).

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Pensioners Welfare Association, Kangra: president - P.S. Rana; general secretary - S.L. Gupta; and treasurer - Yashpal Sharma.

Charas seized: Three persons were arrested and 7.5 kg charas seized from them in different cases in the district over the past 48 hours. Mandi SP M. Chander Shekhar said Tek Chand, a resident of Panjain in Chachiot, was arrested with 2 kg charas on the Bakhundi road in Aut. In another case, Shesh Ram, a resident of Nanyan, Chohar was arrested at Brindabani barrier with 2 kg charas. Jai Singh, a resident of Khulan was arrested with 3.5 kg charas near Rawanda.

Seven-year RI for rape:
A local court on Wednesday sentenced a person to seven-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25,000 for raping an 11-year-old girl last year. Yogender Singh, a resident of Tuhilk village in the Chopal area, was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl on October 9,2006, while she was alone at her maternal uncle’s house. The convict would have to undergo another year of imprisonment on failing to pay the fine of which Rs 10,000 would be paid to the victim.


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