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Heroin worth Rs 1 cr seized
: Amritsar (rural) arrested Makhan Singh of Jodha Bhaini village in Ferozepur district and seized 1 kg heroin worth Rs 1 crore from him. A case under the NDPS Act had been registered against him. Makhan was nabbed at the Baba Budda Sahib turn, Batala road, when he was waiting for a customer to deliver the consignment.

Teachers’ protest tomorrow: The Government Teachers Union will organise a protest rally on December 29 to protest against the suspension of a teacher by the district education officer (elementary) here on Thursday. Avtar Singh Baath, president of the union, alleged that the DEO had taken the action due to personal enmity with the teacher, Preet Mohinder Singh, who had heated exchanges with the former during a protest.

Ex-cop arrested: The police has nabbed former police constable Ashwani Kumar and seized 300 gm of smack worth Rs 30 lakh and fake Indian currency of Rs 10,000 of Rs 500 denomination from him. He had been indulging in such activities and was dismissed from service in 1993. A case had been registered.

Patiala feeder to be closed
: Patiala feeder off-taking from the Sirhind canal will remain closed from January 6 to 31 (both days included) for 26 days to execute the lining due to enhanced 20 per cent capacity as provided in the project estimates for the rehabilitation works.

FM’s claim contested: Convener of the Movement Against State Repression (MASR) Inderjit Singh Jaijee on Tuesday said the slow pace of development in the state was because the Centre had envisioned Punjab as an exclusively agricultural state and directed all industry, except small-scale industry, away from it. If the state had the slowest growth rate, the reason for it must be sought in Centre’s policies toward the state. The fact was the Punjab farmer was surviving not only in the face of the vagaries of weather, but also in the face of an unsympathetic Central government, he said.

: District education officer (Secondary), Ferozepur, Harbans Singh Chahal on Thursday visited and looked over the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan seminar here and addressed the group of as many as 450 teachers present on the occasion.

Killed: Krishan Lal (40) of village Karni Khera was killed when while driving his tractor-trailer he tried to overtake another tractor-trailer on Fazilka-Abohar road about 6 kms from here. In the attempt, he lost control of his tractor and it fell into a gorge resulting in his death.

Medical camp: A free medical camp to check up school children was organised in God Gifted Kids Home Playway school here on Wednesday. About 50 minor children were examined by child specialist Ashwani Loona.

: “Consumers can approach the consumer security forum if they receive poor or faulty service,” said Surjeet Singh Dhillon, deputy commissioner, Mansa, on Thursday at a function organised to celebrate the Consumers’ Day. The DC presided over the function, and asked the consumers to file their complaints to the concerned official if any agency, shop or supplier cheats them.

Anniversary: The 108th birthday of Saheed Udham Singh was celebrated here on Thursday by the Saheed Udham Singh Kala Manch and the other organisations. A ‘Chetna March’ was organised in the city that started from Seva Singh Tikhriwala chowk and culminated at Bhagat Singh Chowk.

: Padmshree Vijay Kumar Chopra, chairman and editor-in-chief of Hind Samachar trio was awarded the ‘Bharat Minishi Ram Personality of the Year Award 07’ by National Theatre Art Society (NTAS) during a function held at Baran village. Chopra is known for his outstanding services towards independent journalism, humanity and providing funds for the terrorist-victim families.

Ishmeet at Kesgarh Sahib
: Indian Idol winner Ishmeet Singh on Thursday got a rousing welcome in Nangal and Anandpur Sahib towns of the district. Many local organisations also honoured him. Later, he went to Anandpur Sahib and paid obeisance at Takht Shri Kesgarh Sahib.

Sensitisation meet on TB
: To control spread of TB not even a single TB case should remain undiagnosed and untreated. Stating this at a review-cum-sensitisation meeting on revised national TB control programme here on Wednesday, district TB officer Surinder Singla further said during the past 11 months about 700 such infectious cases of TB had been diagnosed and put on treatment in Sangrur district. Sangrur civil surgeon Satwant Bhalla also spoke on the occasion.

Youth murders uncle: Maghar Singh (45) of Saron village was murdered allegedly by his nephew Nirbhey Singh (25) with a sharp-edged weapon at Saron village, about 10 km from here, on Wednesday night. DSP Pritpal Singh Thind said here on Thursday that as per preliminary information Nirbhey committed the crime on the suspicion of illicit relations between his paternal uncle and his mother.

Pensioners stage dharna: In protest against the non-release of social security pensions for about seven months, hundreds of pensioners of Chhajli village (near Sunam) on Thursday staged a dharna in front of the office of the deputy commissioner here.



NGO formed
: Residents of Phase XI formed a non-government organisation ‘People for Welfare’ with a view to address the problems of the residents. Gurdarshan Singh Virk, general secretary of the association, said the organisation would be a non-political body and its members would make efforts to solve public problems. The members of the association unanimously elected are Kashmir Singh Bhinder as patron, Vijay Kumar Mahajan, chairman, Davinderjit Singh Darshi, president, Hari Mittar Mahajan, senior vice-president, Parminder Singh Mangat, vice-president, Gurdarshan Singh Virk, general secretary, Hardev Singh, cashier and Chawdary Darshan Lal, advocate, as legal advisor.

Urged: Municipal councillor Kuljit Singh Bedi has urged GMADA to provide additional slip roads at the Phase III-V chowk to reduce traffic congestion. In a letter to the chief administrator, GMADA, Bedi said a large number of trees were axed in order to widen a road from Phase III to Semiconductor Complex Ltd in the industrial area. This would help in the smooth flow of traffic but the problem of traffic congestion at the III-V chowk would not get solved until slips are provided there. He said GMADA would face problems to provide slip roads, as adequate vacant land was not available there. For this, GMADA should acquire land near the chowk and give adequate compensation to house owners.

Purse snatched
: An incident of purse snatching took place in Sector 7 on Thursday. Ritu Jindal, a resident of Sector 7, complained to the police that she was on her way to market from her house when two motorcycle-borne youths snatched her purse and fled. The purse contained a mobile phone and Rs 1,000, and some important papers. The police has registered a case.

Remand: Chandan, husband of Ritu Bala, was sent to two-day police remand on Thursday. Ritu was found dead at her house under mysterious circumstances on December 19. Ritu’s parents alleged that her in-laws killed her, as they were unhappy with her for not having any son. On their complaint, the police registered a case of murder against the accused and Chandan was sent to judicial custody. The body was sent to Madhuban laboratory for viscera.


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