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2 smugglers caught with 1 kg heroin
: The Special Narcotics Cell (SNC) nabbed two notorious Indo-Pak narcotics and fake currency smugglers Dilbagh Singh Bagha of Bharopal village and Amardeep Singh, alias Amba, of Cheema village here on Monday. The SNC recovered 1 kg of heroin worth Rs 1 crore in the international market from both accused who were wanted in various similar cases. Amba’s father Jasbir Singh, reportedly a market committee chairman, was also nabbed by the Jagraon policefor possessing 6 kg of heroin recently. He was now lodged in the Ludhiana Central Jail.Tulsi Ram, SSP, SNC ,said a case had been registered under the NDPS Act.

Pornographic CDs seized: The CIA staff seized more than 700 pornographic CDs during a raid at a music centre shop at Dilawari Street in the Putlighar area after a tip-off and arrested Pawan Kumar Arora in this regard. A case under Sections 51/52/66/68-A of the Copyright Act and 292, IPC, has been registered at Islamabad police station.

Murders flayed
: All government aided private colleges in Batala remained closed today in response to a call given by Punjab & Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) to protest the brutal murder of principal Rita Bawa & three other employees of Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Jalandhar.

: Six workers sustained injuries in a road mishap when a tempo carrying about 10 workers turned turtle at Bibi wala road, here on Monday. Sources said the tempo as on its way to city from the Cantonment area, when all of a sudden a rickshaw came in front of it and to avoid the collision, the tempo driver lost his control over the vehicle. Soon after receiving the information, the volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva rushed to the spot and took the injured to the Civil Hospital. As per the information received, the injured were going to city for  shopping.

Case registered: Nahian Wala police today registered a case against a woman Malkit Kaur of Har Raipur village for allegedly enjoying pension from January 1993 to July 2004 by showing herself helpless one. Sources said the woman is wife of an ex-service man and has a son who is a doctor. The matter was put in front of the district social welfare department, who after the investigation ordered her to repay the money. When the accused showed her callous attitude in repayment, the department concerned lodged a complaint with the police station, where the case has been registered under section 420 of the IPC and matter has been handed over to the crime branch.

Celebrated: Members of the Hi-Tech Media Centre celebrated 100 years of the centre as well as Lohri on Monday. Dr Tarsem Saini, social activist, inaugurated the celebrations while Satish Jain, GM, Bhushan Industries, lit the ceremonial lamp. Social activist Bhupinder Kaur lit the Lohri fire. Chairman of the Cooperative Bank of Punjab Jasjit Singh Bunny was the chief guest.

Factory fire leaves 3 hurt
: Three persons received burn injuries in a fire which broke out in a shoe factory located at Bank Colony in Buta Mandi, on Monday evening. Three fire engines were pressed into service to put out the fire, which reportedly broke out in Rakesh Shoe Factory due to some chemical being used in the factory. The injured have been admitted to a private hospital.

Helping hand:
District education officer, Piara Singh, distributed shoes among poor and needy students here at Government Senior Secondary School on Friday. The programme was organised by the Junior Red Cross Society of the school.

: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, conferred the prestigious annual Padamshri Dr Khushdeva Singh National Integration Award 2008 on prominent personalities of the state, including Patiala SP (HQ) Narjinder Singh Sekhon, Arvind Srivastva (Hindi) and Gurnam Singh Aqeeda (Punjabi) at the felicitation session of 45th Annual National Integration Programme held on Monday.

Girls’ Lohri celebrated
: The local Kalpana Chawla Progressive Society organised a function to celebrate Lohri of girls hereon Monday. Gulzar Singh Ranike, minister for animal husbandry, Youth Services and Sports, Punjab, presided over the function. More than 130 newly born baby girls were brought by their parents at the function. The minister announced a grant of Rs 21,000 for the society.



Recruitment drive
: As many as 25 students were selected during the joint campus recruitment drive held at Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, by Ambuja Cements, Mumbai. The recruitment drive was open to BTech students securing more than 60 per cent marks. More than 230 students from Punjab, Chandigarh and HP, participated in the drive.



Rural lok adalat
: A rural lok adalat was organised at Aherwan village here on Monday. Judicial Magistrate, Ratia, Ajay Agarwal presided over the adalat. Five civil and petty crime cases were placed before the judge, which he resolved on the spot. He said gramin lok adalats delivered justice to villagers at their doorsteps.

Tips on traffic rules: Children were given tips on traffic rules at Mother India Convent School in Ratia town here on Monday. They were informed about traffic lights, zebra crossings, speed and importance of low and high beams of light. SP Saurabh Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. A writing and speech competition on the theme of traffic rules was also organised. Pardeep, Lalita and Seema got first three positions, respectively, in the writing competition while Pankaj, Shubham and Shruti bagged first three positions, respectively, in the speech competition.

Man killed
: A person died after a youth allegedly attacked him with an iron rod at Chabili village of the district on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Inder Singh, son of former sarpanch of Utloda village. Sources said Inder Singh had extended some financial help to Ramesh few days ago. However, Ramesh did not return the money. Ramesh reportedly attacked Inder at his residence when the latter went there to take the money. Later, Ramesh confessed to his crime and was arrested by the police.

Farmer’s body found
: The body of Harpal (38), son of Raghbir Singh of Basantpur village in the district, was found lying in agricultural fields at Brahmanwas village, near here, on Monday. Harpal’s body, a farmer, was found in the fields of Dayanand of Brahmanwas village. The body has been sent for postmortem examination and a case registered in this regard. Investigations are on and no arrests had been made till the time of filing the report.

Mobile medical units
: With a view to providing medical aid to people at their doorstep, especially in rural areas of the state, mobile medical units comprising medical specialists would be soon deployed in each district of the state, said health minister Kartar Devi, while addressing a press conference here on Monday. The mobile units would have all latest facilities. She said all vacant posts of doctors in the state would be soon filled as 200 posts had been advertised.


Freedom fighters’ demand
: Former MLA and vice-president of the HP State Freedom Fighters Parishad Narottam Datt Shastri has congratulated Dhumal on his assuming the office of the Chief Minister and expressed confidence that he will look into their grievances. He has demanded that the pension of freedom fighters should be increased keeping in view the rise in prices of essential commodities over the past few years.

Workshop: A three-days workshop for bailiffs and summoning instructors began at Bachat Bhawan on Monday. The workshop is being organised by the Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy. Academy director George spoke on the importance of such workshops. District and Sessions Judge V.K. Sharma inaugurated the workshop. He said 29 employees linked with the judicial process would be trained in maintaining records, about the procedure of summons, warrants etc.

Inaugurated: A short-term course for the D-category employees of the Electrical Engineering Department of NIT began on Monday. The course was inaugurated by coordinator of the department, Dr R.L. Sharma. The course has been organised to impart training to employees in electrical wiring and in repair of electrical appliances. As many as 31 participants are attending the course. The course will be held from January 7 to 11.

Air hostess training
: Maples International Institute of Air Hostess Training has decided to set up its training centre in the state. Chief executive officer of the institute said the centre would be established in Shimla by the end of February and the training course would commence from April, 2008. He said the institute offered courses in the disciplines of travel, tourism and hospitality. He said Maples had planned to set up 100 learning centres in the country by the end of 2009. He said it was an ISO 9001 certified company which provided training in collaboration with the Cavendish College, London. He added that the company planned to start its centre on a franchise basis.



Music concert
: The Radio Kashmir Srinagar in collaboration with the Department of Information, Anantnag, organised a day-long musical concert at Town Hall, Anantnag, in which artists of various states of the country performed along with renowned artists of the Jammu and Kashmir.

Meetings on Muharram: Review meetings regarding Muharram arrangements were held in Budgam and Baramulla districts of Kashmir valley on Monday. Arrangements were finalised at a meeting of officers at Baramulla on Monday chaired by additional deputy commissioner.

Panel for budget session: Legislative Council chairman Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Monday announced a panel of vice-chairpersons for the current budget session. They include Mohammad Yousuf Taing, Farida Mir and Ved Mahajan.

Public welfare: The district administration has spent Rs 2.72 crore has been spent in Kulgam district by the yearend for renovation of roads, Rs 2.92 crore under education sector, and Rs 96 lakh under health sector. The district development commissioner, Kulgam, presided over the review meeting on Monday.

Arrangements finalised
: In connection with Republic Day celebrations in Shopian district, arrangements were finalised at a meeting of officers with deputy commissioner in chair. Police officials and civil administration officers were among those present in the meeting.


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