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Special camp
: The Agriculture Department on Wednesday organised a special camp under Sir Ratan Tata Trust IPM project at Kikkarkhera village, near here. APPO Sukhdev Singh Brar, training officer Dr Vinod Kumar, APPO Dr Bhupinder Kumar, soil conservation officer Dr Hardyal Singh, ADO Chaman Lal and Dr Varsha spoke on a variety of subjects. Similar camps were held in Patti Sadiq, Kandhwala Amarkot, Azeemgarh, Dharangwala, Dangarkhera and Patti Billa. Sarpanch Ram Partap assured all cooperation in the battle against the mealy-bug menace.

Training centre: IFFCO chairman Surinder Kumar Jakhar inaugurated a sewing training centre for rural girls in the Government Elementary School complex at Khuyiansarwar village on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road on Wednesday. Another training centre will be run in Jandwala Hanwanta village. Area manager Amarjit Singh, Gulshan Singh Brar, president of the Khuyiansarwar multipurpose cooperative society, school principal Dr Sukhbir Singh Bal, R.K. Upveja and R.L. Sethi spoke on the occasion.

Protest rally
: Activists of three labour unions - Punjab Khet Majdoor Union, Dehati Majdoor Sabha and Pendu Majdoor Union - held a protest rally in front of the office of the DC here on Wednesday. They were demanding the fixation of wages in rural areas. They presented a memorandum to deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri. Jora Singh Nasrali, state president, Punjab khet Majdoor Union, addressed the rally.

Patwariís scooter stolen
: Scooter of patwari Ram Karam was stolen from Mukerian Tehsil complex on Tuesday. The incident took place when Karam had gone to the complex in connection with some official work.

Judicial remand
: Varinder Aggarwal, Chief Judicial Magistrate, has remanded a drug peddler, Amandeep, to 14-day judicial remand. The accused was arrested by officials of Directorate of Intelligence Revenue (DRI) on Tuesday and presented in court on Wednesday. The DRI also seized 5 kilo heroin from his possession.

Water shortage
: Residents of Garden Colony have been facing an acute water shortage for the past one week due to the breakdown in the motor at the water supply centre. Baljit Singh, president of the colony, urged the authorities to restore the supply at the earliest.

16 arrested: The police has arrested 16 persons under the NDPS Act and the Excise Act during the past 24 hours in a special drive. The district police chief said here on Wednesday that intoxicating capsules and illicit liquor had also been seized from their possession.

Dharna staged
: Students seeking admission to BA-I at Government Ranbir College here staged a dharna on Tuesday in front of the principalís office. The dharna was organised by the Punjab Radical Students Union. The protesters were demanding admissions to BA-I for students who need to reappear in Class XII exams, withdrawal of enhancement in the PTA fund and withdrawal of certificate verification fee imposed by the university on BA-I, BSc-I and BCom-I students. State secretary of the union Sukhwinder Singh addressed the dharna.

Market secy held
: The Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Wednesday nabbed Gurpal Singh, secretary, market committee, Naushehra Pannuan, at his office for taking a bribe of Rs 4,000 from his subordinate. DSP Onkar Singh, who led the vigilance team, said that Harjit Singh, a mandi supervisor, in his complaint to the VB had said the secretary had been demanding the bribe to release his salary. A case has been registered.

Two killed: Two persons were electrocuted to death here on Wednesday. Police said Gurvinder Singh (35) of Assal Uttar village and Jaswant Singh (37), of Mahnake village were working in their fields when the incident took place.



Indefinite fast
: Indefinite fast by the district unit of the Panchayat Chowkidar Union outside the DC office entered third day on Wednesday. Those who sat on fast included Roshan Lal of Dhar Tatoh, Pradeep Kumar of Suin Surhad and Ramesh Chand of Marhana. Unit president Kuldeep Chand and Secretary Kamlesh Kumar said the government had been ignoring their demands since long and they were not being given facilities and salary of even class IV employees. They warned the government that they would be forced to intensify their agitation if their demands were not met immediately.

Theft in temple: Thieves broke open the doors of Mata Hidimba Devi temple at Chalehli village, near Ghumarwin, and took away Rs 6,000 from the cash box. The temple is located in a forest area. A case has been registered.

Directive: Deputy Commissioner Rajendra Singh presided over a district-level disaster management committee of officers and non-official representatives here on Monday evening. He said all departments should depute some employees even after normal duty hours in their offices so that emergency situations, if any, could be dealt with effectively.

Stir threat
: The Himachal Pensionerís Kalyan Sangh on Tuesday warned the state government to provide them pension based on the Punjab pattern by August 27 failing which they would resort to an agitation. The sangh said despite assurances from the highest level they had not been given pension. The sangh said district-level rallies would be held from August 28, followed by a state-level rally on August 31.

Memorandum: The district unit of the Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS) on Tuesday submitted two memorandums to the Governor. In one memorandum, the BMS opposed the decision of the government to set up special economic zones (SEZ) , and in the second it demanded the release of salaries of craft teachers pending for the past 18 months. The BMS also demanded withdrawal of the hike in the token tax levied on taxis.


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