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Power disrupted: Power supply was disrupted as members of the Technical Services Union of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) resorted to work-to-rule agitation for two days ahead of the one-day strike slated for Wednesday. Balwinder Singh Sandhu, circle secretary of the TSU, said in a press release that the agitation was held to register protest over the suspension of eleven senior workers in the Muktsar circle. The situation might worsen tomorrow, they warned.

Varsity to hold seminar on Indo-German discoveries
: To highlight scientific discoveries made by India and Germany, a seminar will be organised at Guru Nanak Dev University on November 22. Prof. G.S. Virk, coordinator of the seminar, said in a press release that Apoorv Mahendru, promotion manager, German Academic Exchange Service, (DAAD) would conduct an information session for postgraduates, Ph.D scholars and teachers regarding the study, research and funding possibilities in Gemany. Postgraduate students, Ph.D scholars and teachers of Guru Nanak Dev University and its affiliated colleges will participate in the seminar.

Traders ‘unhappy’ with govt policies: Ex-MLA and newly-appointed member of the AICC, Jugal Kishore, said here on Tuesday that traders were unhappy with the policies of the SAD-BJP government. He expressed concern that entry tax could soon be imposed on some more items in the near future. Sharma said the state government was functioning with financial aid from the UPA government at the Centre and had no programme to boost trade and industry in the state.

Gate rally
: To protest against the privatisation of PSEB, a gate rally was held by Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant Employees Federation on the main gate of the thermal plant on Tuesday. The association will also go on a one-day strike on November 21 on the issue. Issuing a press release, Sarup Singh Toor, press secretary, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant Employees Federation said that the purpose of the strike would be to press for the abolition of the Electricity Act of 2003, as promised by the government besides making it take notice of the federation’s demands.

Docs honoured: Doctors who have been rendering their services in the field of de-addiction were honoured by DIG Faridkot range, Dr Jatindra Jain here on Tuesday. NGOs, social welfare organisations, sports clubs, educationists and doctors took part. Those honoured included S. K. Verma, Nidhi Gupta and S. K. Tiwari.

Robbed: Joginder Singh of village Gill Patti reported to the police alleging that Bhagwant Singh, Jagga Singh and Bahadur Singh of village Phul, Bachittar Singh, Lakhvir Singh of village Chaotian and Gurjit Kaur of village Sadhana snatched over Rs 2 lakh and a gold ring from him, on Monday. Phul police registered a case under sections 384, 342 and 120-B of the IPC.

Pulse polio: The pulse polio campaign in Bathinda, which was to be held on November 25, has now been postponed till December 2. The decision was taken by the health  and family welfare department of the Punjab  government.

Interview: Aryans Business School, Chandigarh, is organising an interview to offer scholarships to students for MBA and PGDM courses at Hotel Sun City on Wednesday. Speaking to the media persons here on Tuesday, the school chairman, Anshu Kataria said the group has recently launched the MT Katuria scholarship to help bright students.

Golden jubilee: All India State Bank of Patiala (SBOP) Employees’ Federation is organising its golden jubilee conference at Patiala on November 24 and 25. Apart from holding social identification programmes such as blood donation camps, the federation would also distribute school uniforms to the students.

Eye camp
: Vishwas Lions Club, Kotkapura, is holding a free eye and surgery camp at its building, located near the FCI godown, on November 25.

38 duped by travel agent: A fake travel agent has duped 38 youths of Rs 32 lakh in the name of sending them abroad. According to police sources, Balbir Chand, son of Gurchain Singh of Garhimansowal, and 37 others alleged that Parminder Kumar, son of Swarna Ram of Rakkar Mandi Colony, Una (Himachal Pradesh), took Rs 32 lakh from them for sending them abroad. But neither did he send them abroad nor returned the money.

Farmer drowns: Farmer Ranbir Singh (50) of Fatehgarh village in Hoshiarpur district drowned on Monday evening when his tractor plunged into the Kandi canal near Bhanowal. According to police sources, Ranbir Singh was going on his tractor to Bhanowal when the incident took place.

Malerkotla consumers face LPG shortage: The shortage of LPG (domestic) cylinders seemed to have hit the city. Consumers face an average delay of about 20 days in the supply of cylinders. The owner of Indane gas agency is never available in his office and people have been forced to buy gas cylinders in black. The residents have demanded that the license to the agency be suspended immediately and a new agency be started in the town.

: The local units of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) have decided to block the railway traffic on December 4, following the national call of these organizations. The decision was taken at a meeting of leaders of these organisations here today.



: A debate competition in English language at the command level was organised in Army School, Yol Cantonment, early this week. The local Army School team was declared the champion and given with a cash prize of Rs 6000 along with a trophy. Army Public School, Beas, secured the second position and was awarded a cash prize of Rs 3,000 along with a trophy. The best speakers were Vikramjit from Army School, Patiala, and Shifali Sain from the host school. The best interjector was Siddharth also from the host school.

: The first phase of rehearsals for the employees involved in the election process for Nadaun and Bamsan assembly constituencies was held at Nadaun and Hamirpur, respectively, on Tuesday. The meeting at Nadaun was addressed by district election officer Nandita Gupta, SDM R.K. Pruthi addressed the officials at Hamirpur. Officials were briefed on use of EVMs and conduct of free and fair election.

Liquor seized: The Nadaun police seized 43 boxes of illicit liquor and arrested a person for illegally transporting the liquor on Monday night. Sources said a Tata Sumo was intercepted near Nadaun around 10 pm and 34 boxes of country liquor and five boxes of IMFL were seized. The vehicle did not bear any registration number. Driver of the vehicle Kushal Chand belongs to Chunan village under Jawalamukhi.

Body found
: Half naked body of a youth, identified as Nek Ram,son of Bogo Ram of Pandrer, was found in a rivulet at Letri near here on Tuesday. The body was not bearing any injury marks on it. The police has registered a case. The people of Pandrer gram panchayat suspected it as a case of murder and demanded a high-level probe in the case.

BSNL award
: Suraj Kumar Garg, assistant director of Himachal Pradesh telecom circle, has been awarded Vishisht Sanchar Sewa Padak for 2006-07 by BSNL for his outstanding achievements. An electrical engineer Garg joined the organisation in Himachal telecom circle in 1993. Enjoying an outstanding professional record he was given an honorarium for his contribution 1996.

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