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Arrested: The CIA staff intercepted a truck coming from Rajasthan on Hanumangarh road on Thursday and seized five bags of poppy husk weighing 2 quintals during the search. The police had arrested driver Joginder Singh and Resham Singh, both of Moga, under the NDPS Act.

Killed: One Vinod Kumar (25) of Bakayanwala village was run over by a passenger train during wee hours on Thursday. The body was noticed in the morning.

Thrashed: Four persons were allegedly thrashed one Amarjit of Indira Nagri locality here as he did not permit his wife to accompany them to cook meals at a function on Wednesday night.

Theft case: Unidentified persons burgled the electrical shop of one Manoj Kumar on the old Fazilka road here on Wednesday and decamped with 35 kg of copper wire and 4 electric motors.

: The electricity board here conducted raids at Ghadela and Ghadelli village in Tapa sub-division, under the direction of the executive engineer Daljit Singh Sidhu and detected as many as 25 cases of power theft. The defaulters were punished with fine.

Bassi Pathana
: SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has nominated Amardeep Singh Dharni, a leading lawyer of the district courts, as the member of the managing committee of Mata Gujri College. Dharni, a prominent SAD(B) leader, was close to Jathedar Tohra and had served as a legal adviser of the SGPC. The District Bar and various prominent citizens of the area have welcomed his nomination. Dharni thanked the SGPC president for reposing faith in him. He assured to work for the betterment of the highly reputed institution.

Meeting of district collectors:
A meeting of the district collectors has been convened on January 7 to discuss the agenda of reforms in the Revenue Department. This was stated by Ajit Singh Kohar, revenue minister. “We want to set a mechanism to resolve such disputes at the local level,” he added.

Minister reviews schemes: Chaudhary Swarna Ram, social security, welfare of women and child development minister on Wednesday took stock of various ongoing schemes initiated by the Centre and implemented by the Punjab government for the welfare of women and children. Addressing a meeting attended by senior officers of Health, Education and Rural Development and Panchayat Departments, he said the state government was committed to improving the nutritional and health status of children till they attain the age of six.

Bhai Ghanayia’s anniversary
: Accepting the demand of the Bhai Ghanayia Ji Mission, the Punjab government has decided to observe Bhai Ghanayia’s anniversary on September 20 as Manav Sewa Sankalp Diwas. This was stated in a press note issued by the mission here on Thursday. Circulars to this regard had been issued to all concerned.

Blood donation: The Lok Sewa Aasra Club of Mansa will organise a blood donation camp at the Kali Mata Mandir on January 4. Another blood donation camp by this club will be held at the sadar police station of Mansa on January 7.

Shawls distributed: Nitika Bhandari distributed shawls among 50 needy girl students of Government Senior Secondary School here on Thursday to celebrate her husband’s birth anniversary.

Erratic LPG supply: Residents of Kathgarh village have lodged a complaint with ADC Pritam Singh Johal against the erratic supply of LPG cylinders by the gas agency at the village during the “jan sampark” programme. The ADC, in turn, has instructed the SDM, Balachaur, to solve the problem.

One killed in road mishap: One person was killed when his  motorcycle collided head on with a four-wheeler on the Hoshiarpur road here on Thursday. The victim,  identified as Sonu, was on his way to Hoahiarpur along with Gurtej Singh when the accident took place. Gurtej was injured.



Free check-up camp
: A free check up camp will be organised by Grecian Hospital, Mohali, on its premises on January 6. The camp aims at providing diagnosis and treatment of even complicated heart and cancer ailments at a discount. The camp will start at 9.30 am and continue till 2 pm. ECG, blood sugar and blood pressure check-ups will be done free of cost. Needy patients can also avail themselves of the facility of free TMT and echo tests. Up to 50 per cent discounts will be given to patients requiring procedures like angiography, angioplasty and bypass surgery.

Calendar released: Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon, chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, released the calendar and diary of the board for 2008. The calendar is dedicated to the centenary celebrations of Gurtagaddi Diwas of Shri Guru Granth Sahib and carries a photograph of Gurudwara Nanded Sahib. The diary contains contact numbers of the officials of the PSEB, state and district administration. Dr Dhillon announced that almost all demands of the employees had been met and whatever was pending will be taken care of on priority basis. He, however, advised the employees to ensure co-operation instead of confrontation with the government.


213 Hajis return: Another batch of 213 Hajis, including 81 women, arrived from Jeddah on Thursday. The Hajis were received by the airport authority and officers of the district administration.

Foundation stone laid: Minister for agriculture and cooperatives Abdul Aziz Zargar on Thursday said rejuvenation of the cooperative movement was the government’s top priority. He also laid the foundation stone of the cooperative complex at Bemina.

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