Oil tanker seized: A joint team of the CIA staff and the food supply department seized an oil tanker for illegally carrying kerosene at Bathinda-Bhucho road, on Monday. The police has arrested two persons and booked three partners of a petrol pump in this connection. Sources in the department said the truck bearing the number PB-13P-5129 was plying near Roomi Wala Chowk, when it was found to be containing about 11,000 litres of kerosene, when inspected. Sources said the kerosene was to be mixed in the petrol tank of a petrol pump at village Vading Khera. On the basis of the statement of the arrested person, Cantonment police has registered a case against three partners of the petrol pump, Rattan Bansal, Harbans and Sushil Kumar. They were yet to be detained.
Elected: The School Bus Union, Bathinda, was formed at the Rose Garden here on Monday. After the formation of the union, the members held its first meeting where the members unanimously chose office-bearers with Sukhwinder Singh as president, Gurinder Singh as cashier, Avtar Singh as secretary, Lakhwinder Singh Mehta as vice-president and Vijay Kumar as secretary of the union.
Appointment welcomed: The Sikh Intelligentsia Forum, the World Sikh Intellectual Council and the Gobal Punjab Foundation on Monday welcomed the appointment of Dr Jaspal Singh as vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala. They appreciated the decision of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to appoint an academic, diplomat and Sikh scholar to the post. They hoped that the problems of teachers and employees would be solved amicably under the leadership of Dr Jaspal Singh.
Ohri is selector: Phagwara cricket coaching centre in charge Amit Ohri has been appointed selector by the Punjab Cricket Association for Kapurthala district and minor district zone-B. The appointment has been made with the consent of District Cricket Association president Krishan Lal Saraf, general secretary Harish Passi and district selection committee chairman Suresh Bhasin and vice-president Kamaljit Kherra.
‘B’day wastage’: Several Congress leaders, including former Congress ministers Ch Santokh Singh and Joginder Singh Maan, along with PPCC secretary Parminder Mehta have strongly condemned the government-level celebrations to mark the birthday of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Bhatinda.
Health Fair concludes: Parkash Singh Badal has issued instructions to all district heads to take stern steps against drugs after the publication of a news item in The Tribune regarding the involvement of leading politicians in this. This was stated by Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, minister for rural development and panchayats, at the concluding day of the three-day Health Fair organised at Sarhali, 22 km from here, on Monday.
Couple killed in mishap: A newly wed couple was run over by a truck on the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Kathua district on Monday. Surinder Verma and his wife Namrita were going on a motorcycle from Dayalachak to Fiter village in Kathua district, when a truck rammed into them, official sources said.
18 arrested: The Railway police on Monday arrested 18 persons for the alleged violation of rules at the Jammu Railway Station. Of the arrested persons, nine were held for illegally selling eatables at the railway station, seven for travelling without tickets and two for trespassing. They were produced before a railway magistrate and were released after being fined.
Assembly seats sought: The Jammu and Kashmir Gujjars United Front (JKGUF) on Monday demanded that 16 seats be reserved in the state Assembly for the Gujjar community. “The Congress-led government in the state had announced that political reservation would be given to Gujjars and Assembly seats would be reserved for them,” JKGUF president, Anwar Choudhary said. He accused the state government of playing with the sentiments of the Gujjar community. He said the JKGUF had called a meeting of its office-bearers to decide which political party should be supported in the Poonch byelection.
Two cops hurt in fire: Two cops were injured today, while trying to save the lives and property of people in a fire incident, at Shopian district. Two residential houses and six shops were gutted in the fire. Police sources said the two cops trying to rescue people trapped in the houses, faced the brunt of the fire.