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The Chandigarh-Punjab Journalists Union mourned the death of Surinder Mohan Chugh, founder president of the Fazilka Press Club, during a meeting here on Tuesday. Chugh (56) had died on Monday evening at the Sikar hospital in Rajasthan following cardiac arrest during pilgrimage to the Salasar temple. 

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Solvent Plant Workers Union: president - Sumegh Singh; vice-presidents - Harvansh Lal and Buta Singh; general secretary - Krishan Lal; cashier - Jagdish Chander; and press secretary - Sunil Kumar Sharma. 

: Justice Surya Kant has summoned former MLA Malkeet Singh Keetu on a complaint lodged by Prem Singh Thullewal, a local tempo owner. The court has asked SSP Parmjeet Singh Garewal, Barnala, to inform the former MLA to appear before the court on September 27.Prem has complained before the high court that Keetu does not allow him to run his tempo though he has all required documents with him. 

Flayed: The Government Teachers Union, Punjab, has flayed the state government for making recruitments on contract basis. In a meeting held here on Tuesday a resolution was passed unanimously to reject these posts. 

Heroin seized
: Jawans of 20 Battalion, BSF, seized 15 kg of heroin near BOP Chack Khiva in Fazilka sector on Monday evening. This was stated by DIG, BSF, V.K. Sharma in a press conference at the BSF headquarters on Tuesday. They seized 15 packets of heroin worth Rs 15 crore near the border check-post. No arrest has been made so far.

: To review the preparations being carried out for the celebrations of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary at Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar on September 27, DC Vivek Pratap Singh held a meeting of leaders of different political parties, officer-bearers of various youth clubs and officials of district-level government departments here on Tuesday.

One held with pirated CDs
: The police has arrested Navinder Pal after conducting a raid on his shop near the bus stand here on the basis of a complaint by a music company. Nearly 140 fake CDs and CDs of seven blue films were seized during the raid, according the sources. A case has been registered. 

: Jiwan Kumar and Baldev Nayyar were appointed president and secretary, respectively, of the Lions Club, Banga Mehak, on Tuesday. District governor Jaswinder Pal Singh and vice-district governor Navneet Seth presided over the ceremony. 

Freedom heroes: The district NGOs coordination society - Upkar and Sri Guru Angad Nagar Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee, jointly organised a “Dhadhi darbar” here on Tuesday to mark the birth anniversary of Shadeed Bhagat Singh. Dhadhis presented “vaars” to glorify the sacrifices of the great martyrs and freedom fighters. 

: The wife of an Army officer at Bhabbar village, near Sharpur Kandi, has been allegedly raped by a sawmill owner. The incident occurred when the mother of two children was asleep and her neighbour Kishore Kumar allegedly entered her house after jumping over the wall. 

Protest: Members of the Joint Action Committee of different unions of Ranjit Sagar and Shahpurkandi Dams employees protested against the management and the state government for ignoring the oustees of the projects.They raised anti-government slogans and blocked the project road for over two hours to press their demands.

Warm welcome
:Singer couple, Lakhbir Lakha and Gurinder Naaz, received a warm welcome as on their return to the city after having been declared first in the TV programme ‘Jodi Number One’ on TV channel Mh1.The couple was escorted by a band and residents welcomed them at various places. 



New branch
: The Academy of Computer Accountants (ACA) opened its branch in Sector 34 on Tuesday. Centre director Pankaj Batra talked about the contribution of ACA in career-oriented courses in the job market. A representative of ACA, Vivek, said subjects like computer applications, computerised accounting, company law, import export management, insurance and investment analysis would be taught at the centre. 



: Several leaders of the district Congress committee have welcomed the appointment of Col. (retired) B.C. Lagwal as chairman of the Ex-servicemen Department of the state Congress committee. President of the committee Balak Ram Sharma and others in a release have thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for appointing Col. (retired) Lagwal as the chairman.

: Sharvan Kumar, driver of a truck (HP 17-7599), on way to Shillai from Paonta Sahib was killed on the spot on Wednesday when a truck fell into 400-m deep gorge near Bohrad village on Paonta -Chopal road, about 80 km. from here. Body of the driver, who was a resident of Gorakhpur, UP, had been sent for postmortem. Cause of accident was not known immediately. A case has been registered in this regard. 

: The state government has reserved 3 per cent seats for persons with disabilities in all government technical education institutes in the state. A notification in this regard has been issued here on Wednesday. 

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