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Erratic power supply: A deputation of the Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta Ugrahan, led by district secretary Gurmail Singh Burja, met the executive engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board here on Friday and expressed dissatisfaction over the erratic power supply in Burj Muhar, Gobindgarh, Bahwalbassi and seed farm villages after these villages had again been connected to Ratta Tibba feeder.

Gate rally: The Technical Services Union (TSU) organised a gate rally at the sub-divisional office of the Punjab State Electricity Board here on Friday. While addressing the rally, local chief of the union Balwant Singh criticised the board for “politically motivated” transfers of some employees.

Memorandum: The Railway Passengers Association (North Zone) in a memorandum submitted to the Bikaner DRM during his visit resented that number of AC chair car seats in 2481-2482 Sriganganagar-New Delhi train had not been increased despite assurances by higher authorities. The association also demanded one more ordinary coach for 3007-3008 Udyan Abha Toofan Express.

Honoured: Principal of the DAV College here, Dr B C Josan, honoured parents of Vikramjeet Duggal, a former student of the college, who had the privilege of becoming the first IPS in the area, here on Friday. Dr Josan offered a shawl to Vikramjeet’s father K.L. Duggal.

Fashion show
: Students of Punjab Technical University, fashion technology, organised an exhibition, “Fusion: Indo-Western Couture”, on the campus on Friday. The designs were created by blending the finest traditions of Indian styles and textures with modern trends in the western world.

DAV principal gets award: DAV International School principal Anjana Gupta received an award for “Excellence in chosen field” at the 16th national seminar on “Individual contributions on growth of social and economic fibre of the world.”

House burgled
: Burglars took away Rs 50,000 cash, 200 pounds, four gold rings and other valuables from the house of Sukhdev Singh, resident of Tuto Mazara village in Mahilpur on Thursday.

Tech boost
: The local passport office has started online registration of passport applications in respect of fresh, lost and damaged passports and passports for minor applicants and re-issue of passports for the general public. The registration can be made by accessing website http://passport.gov.in. Stating this in a press release here today, the passport officer said after online registration, the applicants would be required to submit computer-generated application forms personally along with the required documents and fee at the counter in the office on the day confirmed online.

Agents booked: Police has booked travel agents Chaman Lal and Joginder Singh, residents of Wahid village under Section 420 of the IPC. The case has been filed on the basis of a complaint lodged by Avtar Singh of Butana village in Hoshiarpur today. DSP HPS Khakh informed mediapersons on Friday that the accused took Rs one lakh from the complainant on pretext of sending him to Jordan.

: Welcoming the issuance of orders by the Punjab government, pertaining to grant of six per cent DA installment from January 1, 2007, to the non-government aided college teachers of the state, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) on Friday asked the government to release first quarter’s grant-in-aid (about Rs 18 crore) for the private aided colleges of Punjab immediately, so that teachers could be paid salaries for the months of March, April and May.

Tarn Taran
Smack seized from woman
: The Sarhali police has recovered 10 gm of smack from Sawinder Kaur, a resident of Brahmpura village. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. The DSP, Goindwal, was present when the smack was seized.

Travel agent booked: Rajiv Walia, a fake travel agent of Jalandhar, has been booked under sections 420 and 406 of the IPC by the local police for defrauding Kartar Singh, a resident of the town, of Rs 5 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad.


Leopard attack: A leopard killed a buffalo of a villager, Madanlal, outside the cowshed in Lethavin village near Ghumarwin on Thursday night. Madanlal said he tied the buffalo in the courtyard at night. He said he woke up hearing noise and saw the leopard in his courtyard. He raised an alarm but the predator fled in the darkness. The buffalo was found dead.

ABVP demands
: The ABVP has alleged that the management of the local Government Postgraduate College was not meeting its genuine demands. In a memorandum submitted to the principal on Thursday, the ABVP said its main demands included stipends to SC/ST students, availability of B.Com. books in the college library, appointment of a lecturer of geography and cleanliness on the college campus.

One drowned
: One person was drowned into the Ravi, near Samleyoo, about 35 km from here, on Thursday. A report received here on Friday said Yaseen Mohd of Tissa in this district had gone to take bath in the river along with his friends. His friends’ efforts to save him did not succeed. The body of the deceased had been handed over to his kin after a post-mortem.

PTI meeting
: A two-day national executive committee meeting of the Federation of PTI Employees Union will be held here from September 22. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will inaugurate the conference while former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and several ministers will share thoughts with the delegates during the meeting.

Subsidy: The state government has approved the apple carton and transport subsidy policy for the current harvesting season. An official spokesperson said the subsidy on Agro India Packaging manufactured telescopic cartons for apple would be given at the rate of Rs 2 per carton, upto maximum limit of Rs 2,400, for small orchardists having upto 10 bighas of land under fruit cultivation. He said the sale price of telescopic cartons manufactured by AIPIL would be Rs 34.50 per carton and orchardists will be eligible for subsidy from April 1, 2007 to December 15, 2007.

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