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: Following the arrest of 21 college teachers on September 5 (Teachers’ Day), the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has decided to intensify its agitation for fulfillment of their long-pending demands.

Case solved : The district police, on Friday, claimed to have traced a blind murder case that took place on August 22 at Sanghna village. A headless body was found from the paddy fields of the village which was later identified as that of Babu Ram, a rickshaw-puller. Two persons, including the wife of the deceased, had been arrested. Sources said Kamla Devi, wife of the deceased, had illicit relations with Swarn Singh. On August 21, Swarn Singh took Babu Ram to a paddy farm outside the village, served him liquor and later killed him. He then chopped off the head and threw the body in the paddy field. 

: To get three-phase electricity supply,Dalits of Kaneke village, staged a dharna outside the office of XEN (Rural) on Friday. The Dailt basti comprises about 50 houses which are getting single-phase supply for the past four years, said a resident. 

Teachers protest
: As part of the agitation launched by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) to press for the acceptance of their demands, the teaching staff of Baring Union Christian College observed strike after two periods here on Friday and held a rally. Gurdaspur district unit president Pawan Kansra condemned the callous attitude of the Punjab government towards the teachers’ genuine demands. 

Godown sealed
: A team of the state drug control authorities, in association with doctors of the local civil hospital, sealed a godown of a chemist shop on Friday as it was allegedly being used in unauthorised manner. According to sources, the business firm, which has been using the godown to store medicines, does not possess proper documents to do so. 

Kisan mela
: Stress was laid to minimise the use of pesticides and insecticides for qualitative production at the district-level kisan mela organised by the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), here on Friday. The farmers of surrounding villages of Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur districts attended the mela. 

1 killed
: A motorcyclist was crushed to death while his companion sustained injuries in an accident on the busy Amritsar-Gurdaspur-Pathankot highway in Dinanagar, on Friday morning. According to the police, Rupinder Singh and Sarabjit Singh were heading home at Ghot village, near here, on their motorcycle when they lost control, hit a car and were mowed down by a multi-excel vehicle. Rupinder died on the spot while Sarabjit, who was riding pillion, sustained injuries. A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered. 

: Activists of the Toll Plaza Sangarsh Committee, Punjab, along with transporters and workers of the Left parties, took out a march from Greenview Park to the SDM’s office here on Friday to protest against the 10 per cent hike in the toll on the Balachaur-Dasuya and Hoshiarpur-Tanda roads. They staged a dharna in front of the SDM’s office and presented a memorandum to the SDM. Memoranda were also presented to the Garhshankar, Dasuya and Mukerian SDMs.

Two booked: Following a complaint by Satnam Singh, a son of Tirath Singh of Hayatpur, the Mukerian police has booked Tarsem Singh and Partap Singh, both residents of Masiti, last evening for allegedly duping the complainant of Rs 50,000 on the pretext of sending him abroad. 

Constable dies
: Constable Jagir Singh today succumbed to his injuries at the DMC, Ludhiana. The constable who joined the PRTC, Jahan Khelan, for completing his traffic course, got seriously injured after he fell down from the second storey of the hostel of the PRTC on July 14 night. 

: Joginder Singh Aulakh, state president, Punjab School Officers Association, condemned the statement of Punjab School Education Board chairman Dalbir Singh Dhillon regarding thin attendance of teachers in schools and appointment of college lecturers in the flying squad during examinations here on Friday.

Freedom fighter dead
: The mortal remains of freedom fighter Giani Karnail Singh, who breathed his last here late last night, were today consigned to flames at the local cremation grounds with full honour. Giani Karnail Singh had participated in the Quit India Movement and had even undergone imprisonment during the erstwhile British rule. He was born in 1917 in Sekupura village, (now in Pakistan) and joined the freedom movement in 1941.The funeral was attended by senior officials of the local civil as well as police administration. Local BJP legislator and chief parliamentary secretary (finance) Raj Khurana besides a number of people from different walks of life attended the funeral.The pyre was lit by his eldest son Gurbaksh Singh. Giani Karnail Singh is survived by his wife Surjit Kaur, three sons and two daughters. A guard of honour was presented to the freedom fighter by the police. 

Mobile, cash looted: Two motorcycle-borne youths allegedly snatched a mobile phone and cash from Harpreet Kumar, a resident of Hajipur, near Garhi Matto village, on Wednesday. Harpreet was on the way to his house when the accused attacked him and sped away after snatching his mobile phone (092112-09516) and Rs 2,400. The Garhshankar police has registered a case under section 382 of the IPC. 

Body found: The body of an unidentified sadhu, aged about 65 years, was found on Wednesday from near the cremation ground of Sahri village. The Sadar police has sent it to the civil hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Narcotics seized: The district police has arrested five drug peddlers and seized 43 gm of smack and 250 gm of opium from their possession since last night. Police said Hariana police arrested Vijay Kumar, a son of Shingara Ram of Bagiari (Tanda), Satamje and Ravi Kant both of Hoshiarpur and seized 35 gm of smack from them near Kansal filling station. Similarly, the Garhshankar police has arrested Sohan Ram, a son of Nanak of Denowal Khurd, and seized 8 gm of smack from him.



CERTIFICATION: The Punjab Financial Corporation (PFC) has got the ISO 9001:2000 certification. According to a press note, the certification has been obtained to secure a reasonable place for the corporation in the competitive market.The process of certification has been completed in a record time, it added.

Students sensitised
: International Literacy Day was celebrated in the Rayat and Bahra College of Education, Sahauran, here on Friday to sensitise future teachers and elicit their interest and active support for literacy activities. Various activities were organised in the college to ensure the participation of all students. A play on illiteracy ‘Anpadta’ was staged by 10 students. A paper-reading contest on ‘Privatisation of Education in India’ was also organised in which 11 students participated. The winners of the contest include Neha, Bhawna and Harinder, Neha, Harpreet, Harjit, Amarjeet Kaur, Mispreet Kaur, Palvinder Kaur, Ashima Miani and Simranjeet Kaur. TNS

Literacy Day celebrated: Jan Shikshan Sansthan here celebrated International Literacy Day on its campus on Friday at Mohali as well as at its field offices located at villages Teera and Roorki Pukhta. More than 300 students of various vocational courses participated in the programme. Speaking on the occasion, Anand Mohan Sharma, deputy director of the sansthan, said the objective of celebrating literacy day was to sensitise and create awareness among masses about the need and relevance of education. 

Award for Niper Prof: Dr Arvind K. Bansal, associate professor in the department of pharmaceutical technology (formulations) at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Niper), here has bagged the prestigious Innocentive Award in the area of formulation development for the third time. Innocentive is a web-based community that facilitates scientists to address challenges based by pharmaceutical and chemical companies around the globe.Dr Bansal’s research interests include pre-formulation, solid state characterisation and development of drug delivery systems and his lab is actively collaborating with numerous Indian and overseas pharmaceutical companies. 

Learner’s licence camp: The district transport office will be organising a camp at Sunny Enclave for making learner’s licences tomorrow for the residents of Kharar and surrounding areas.The camp is being organised in response to a demand of the area people. Those interested in getting their licences made should reach the camp with three photographs and proof of their date of birth and residence. Medical check would be done on the spot. 



Shayin takes over as DC
: A 2002 batch IAS officer, Mohammad Shayin, today took over as the deputy commissioner of Ambala.Mohammad Shayin is a graduate in agriculture and holds a masters degree in business administration. He was earlier the administrator of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, Rohtak. 

Jewellery exhibition: An exhibition of jewellery organised by Tanishq began in Ambala City on Friday. The exhibition is being held at Hotel Amar Palace till September 9. Regional business executive Munish Chawla said a wide range of jewellery designs had been displayed at the exhibition. 



Silk production: Hamirpur DC R. Selvam after holding a review meeting of mild and silk production held here on Friday stressed on the need for motivating more farmers to adopt these activities in the district. He said under the silk development project 26,169 kg cocoons worth Rs 22.73 lakh had been produced and Rs 369.35 lakh had been spent on different activities till now to promoter silk production. The DC said to promote milk production in the district five milk-chilling plants hade been established. 

Press meet: The Anagnwari Workers and Helpers Union affiliated with CITU has decided to highlight its problems and demands through a state conference on September 8 and 9 at Hamirpur. CITU state general secretary Kashmir Singh Thakur said the conference would be attended by 400 delegates from 11 districts of the state and national general secretary of the union Dr. Hem Lata Verma would be the chief guest. He said several demand of the union would be highlighted through the conference. The union would also chalk out the future strategy and agitation programme he said. 

Body found
: The decomposed body of Roop Lal (23), a resident of ward No. 1, was found lying in a field here on Friday. He went to the field for work on September 4 and did not return. Yogesh, younger brother of Roop Lal, found his decomposed body near Jakhlahar forest. The police suspected that snakebite could be the cause of death. A case has been registered. 

Suicide: Santosh Singh (50) of Diwanikalan village (Batala) allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at Damtal on Thursday. He was an employee of the local truck operators’ union. He hanged himself in the union office.


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