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AMRITSAR
Seized: The Amritsar (Rural) police here on Tuesday claimed to have seized 46 kg of poppy husk from a member of an inter-state gang. SSP (Rural) Iqbal Singh said the police had arrested Gopal Singh from Mehta Chowk on September 22 under the NDPS Act and 10 kg of poppy husk was recovered from his possession. 

Abohar
Protest rallies
: Members of the Technical Services Union organised gate rallies at all sub-divisional offices of the Punjab State Electricity Board at Khuyiansarwar and Abohar on Tuesday. Workers carrying black flags held demonstration, participated in a protest march in the sub-divisional town and burnt the effigy of the PSEB chairman.

Hoshiarpur
6 booked for dowry torture
:Tanda police booked six of a family for the alleged torture of Rupinder Kaur, daughter of Malkiat Singh of Jahura, under sections 498 A and 406 of the IPC here on Monday night. Rupinder’s husband, Satwinder Singh, his father Pritam Singh, mother Charan Kaur, uncle Balwant Singh, aunt Kulwant Kaur, all of Bikhe Shaha PS Bhulath and sister Satwinder Kaur of Mubarakpur were the ones arrested. Rupiinder Kaur stated that she was married to Satwinder Singh on January 11, 2006. The woman was allegedly harassed by her in-laws for more dowry.

70,000 stolen: Miscreants stole a bag containing Rs 70,000 from the boot of a scooter (No. PB-07-5609), from the boot of the scooter of Jugal Kishore of Hamirpur (HP) on Monday evening. He withdrew the money from HDFC bank and put it in the boot of his scooter. The money was stolen while he had parked his scooter outside a shop at the local Kashmiri Bazar. He heard loud shouts of, “Loot ke le gaye”. When he went outside, he found the bag missing. 

Khadi workshop: The deputy commissioner, Hoshiarpur, today inaugurated a workshop organised by the Punjab Khadi Village Industries Board for the artisans at Boothgarh village, eight kilometres from here, on Tuesday. Director of Khadi and Rural Industries Commission Dr N. S. Tomar said the department was promoting the margin-money scheme to be able to procure financial aid for the industrial sector of the rural areas. 

Snatching bid: An attempt at chain snatching was foiled by Sarika of Geeta Nagar, Nai Abadi, alongwith her sister-in-law Roma when they were returning from a nearby temple early on Tuesday morning. 

MALERKOTLA
2 minors raped
: Two minor girls of Bagrian village, near here, were raped by two youths at Bagrian village on Tuesday. The police has registered a case under Sections 363,366-A and 376, IPC, against them. SP(D) Bhupinder Jeet Singh Virk said the accused fled from the scene after committing the crime.

NABHA
Step welcomed: MLA, Nabha, Kaka Randip Singh said the appointment of Rahul Gandhi as general secretary of the All-India Congress Committee and key portfolios to youth leaders like Jatin Prasad, Sachin Pilot and Junior Scindia was a welcome step. 

SANGRUR
Attacked: Four students of the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET), situated near Ghabdan village, on Tuesday sustained injuries when some persons allegedly attacked them near Ghabdan village, about 10 km from here. Those injured are Rajinder Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Navdeep Singh and Sukhwinder Sharma. Sukhwinder said after attending classes they had been waiting for a bus at Ghabdan bus stand when some persons on motorcycles came there and attacked them.

Tarn Taran
Conference
: A district-level teachers unity conference was convened by the Adhyapak Ekta Manch (AEM) here on Tuesday. Representatives of the Government Teachers Union, Democratic Teachers Front, ETT Teachers Union, Computer Teachers Union, Volunteer Teachers Union took part.




CHANDIGARH

Mohali
Cow rescued:
Residents of Lambian village saved a cow, which had fallen into an uncovered manhole on Monday night. The villagers were returning from a wedding when they saw the trapped cow. They tried to pull the cow out in the night only but could not succeed. In the morning they informed the Municipal Council and the fire brigade about this.

Restaurants opened: Rayat and Bahra Institute of Hotel Management opened an in-house fine dining restaurant and a fast food joint at the Sahuran campus of Rayat and Bahra Bio Technology Centre of Excellence near here on Tuesday. Managing Director, Punjab Tourism Devopment Corporation, A.S. Miglani, inaugurated the restaurant named ‘Connoisseur’ and the fast food joint ‘Temptations’.


HIMACHAL PRADESH

Baddi
New pharma plant
: Pharmaceutical concern Panacea Biotec inaugurated its Greenfield construction Vaccine Formulation Plant (VFP) here on Tuesday. The plant has been commissioned with several filling lines for bacterial and viral vaccines complying with WHO norms for liquid vaccines in pre-filled syringes, liquid and lyophilized vaccines in vials. The total production capacity of this facility would be 1 billion doses per annum. Soshil Kumar Jain, the company chairman, inaugurated the plant.

CHAMBA
Appeal: The Himachal Pradesh Youth Development Federation on Tuesday resolved to stay away from any franchised social organization from outside the region asking for donations from local people and other institutions under the guise of getting grants from the state and central governments. State president of the federation Dr Ajit S. Bhardwaj cautioned the people not to be lured by franchised NGOs and squander their money towards such organizations. He appealed to the people to support Chamba-based old non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like ‘Chamba Welfare Association’, ‘Chamba Citizens Progressive Council’ and ‘Senior Citizens Forum’, etc. 

HAMIRPUR
Chain fast: The Saw Mills Workers and Helpers Union on Tuesday decided to start a chain hunger strike from October 25 if the saw mills were not opened by then. General secretary of the union Dharam Singh said the decision had been taken in a meeting in which members of five blocks were present. 

Sports meet: The district-level sports meet of government primary schools began at the Primary School Bohni on Tuesday which was inaugurated by deputy director of primary education Pancham Kanwar. As many as 300 students are participating in the meet from 5 blocks. Competitions in kho-Kho, kabbaddi, volley ball, badminton and athletics would be held besides, cultural programmes. 

KULLU
Building gutted: A 10-room building at Malhar village in Kais Panchayat of this district was razed to ashes due to a devastating fire that broke out on Tuesday morning. The building belonged to Mahender Kumar and Devender Kumar. Fire brigade official managed to save adjoining buildings. The estimated loss was around Rs 8 lakh. 

NAHAN
Body found: The Paonta police found a decomposed body of an unidentified person from the Tons river on Tuesday. A case has been under Section 302 of the IPC. The man seemed to be around 35-year-old. The body was lying near Echari Dam near Chyog Santra Bas on the Uttaranchal-Himachal border. 


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