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210 gm smack seized, 1 held: The CIA staff of the local police district on Tuesday seized 210 gm of smack and arrested Pawan Kumar of Ram Nagar Colony, Islamabad, in this regard. A case has been registered. 

2 killed in cylinder blast: Meenu (35) and her five-year-old son Anoop Kumar were charred to death when fire erupted after leakage from a LPG gas cylinder in an area on the Fatehgarh Churian road here. Rajinder Kumar, her husband, was out of the house at that time. 

Flag hoisting
: The Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Federation held a flag hoisting  ceremony on the main gate of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant here on Tuesday. On the occasion, state president of the federation, Surinder Singh Pehalwan said that the federation would not let the government to conduct the unbundling of the PSEB. Jagjit Singh Bhullar has been made the convener of the Bathinda unit of the federation while Mela Singh and Munshi Ram have been made co-conveners. Malkit Singh Saini has been named the general secretary of the 

Sangat darshan: A sangat darshan was organised on Tuesday in Ferozepur district on the orders of deputy commissioner Bhagwant Singh. As many as 65 complaints were received at the programme. While 37 were redressed on the spot, for remaining instructions were given to solve them on priority basis. 

BKI militant held: The police has nabbed another Babbar Khalsa International militant Sarbjeet Singh. He was accused of helping the accused Gurpreet Singh and Sandeep Singh, both arrested in the Shingaar cinema blast case and RDX smuggling case. He was caught near Mullanpur Dakha on Monday. 

Youth commits suicide
: Nirmal Singhof Ahan Kheri village, near here, committed suicide by consuming some poison at his residence on Monday. The police has registered a case. The body was handed over to his relatives after a postmortem examination. 

: A Hero Honda motorcycle was stolen from water works road here on Tuesday. As per available information, one Rajan Garg, who lives in the same area, parked his motorcycle and went to a chemist shop. On return he found the motorcycle missing. A complaint has been lodged. 

Distributed: Asra Lok Sewa Club here on Tuesday distributed woollen clothes, shoes, pens and notebooks to poor children at Government Elementary School, Hirewala. M.M. Sabharwal, assistant commissioner (G), Mansa, was the chief guest on the occasion. A.P. Dubey, manager, State Bank of Patiala, Sudheer Thakur, principal of the school were also present. 

Lease: Traders hold protest
: Life was hit in Nangal town on Tuesday following a protest by traders against the BBMB. All business establishments in the town, even vegetable vends remained closed. The traders gathered before the office of the chief engineer (Irrigation), BBMB,and organised a dharna. The traders alleged that because of the policies of the present management of the board most of the traders here were facing threat of losing their livelihood. Most of the traders settled in the town in 1955 when the BBMB established a temporary market to cater to the demands of labourers employed for the construction of the dam. The traders have demanded that the BBMB should recognise the present occupants of the shops and enter into fresh lease agreements with them as they had been running business here since decades. They also alleged that the chairman of the board had formed a five-member committee to sort out the matter with lease holders in the town. However, the committee had not held even single meeting with the traders. The BBMB authorities said they were open to talks with the traders. 

Eye donation
: Manjit Kaur donated eyes of her brother Jaswant Singh, who died here on Tuesday, to the District Eye Donation Society. Similarly, eyes were donated by Hardeep Singh (19) of Bhagauran village on Monday. Spokesman for the society Rattan Jain said the eyes had been sent to the Punarjot Eye Bank, Ludhiana, for transplantation. 

Sabha chief: Tarsem Lal Jain has been unanimously elected president of the local S.S. Jain Sabha for the second consecutive term. 

3 arrested: The police arrested three persons for allegedly committing a burglary at a mobile phone shop on the night of December 12. The accused have been identified as Deepak Kumar, a resident of Nepal, Surinder Kumar and Balbir Kumar, both of Mehndipur village. The accused have confessed their involvement in the crime. 

Man robbed of cash, gold
: Over six unidentified miscreants robbed a man of Rs 1 lakh and a gold chain near Santokhpura level crossing on Tuesday evening. The victim, Randhir Singh of Adarsh Nagar, said when he was at the level crossing, six persons armed with base bats forcibly stopped him and snatched Rs 1 lakh and a gold chain from him. The Phagwara police has been informed about the incident. 

Tehsildar held in graft case
:The local Vigilance Bureau on Tuesday arrested tehsildar Ravinder Singh from Mohali in a corruption case registered against him on January 5. He had been arrested on the charge of accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh and demanding Rs 3 lakh more from a party of Daska village in connection with the “intkal” (mutation) of 4 acres when he was posted at Sunam. 

Police recovers opium
: The Narcotics Cell of the district police has recovered 2.650 kg of opium from Kuldeep Singh of Sheron village at a naka point at Bhullar village, 8 km from here, on Tuesday. A case has been registered at Sadar police station. The accused is a member of an international gang of smugglers. 



Posts re-designated: The district drugs inspectors in Haryana will henceforth be called drugs control officers and the senior drugs inspectors will be called senior drugs control officers. The designations have been changed on the long-standing demand of the Haryana Drugs Control Officers Welfare Association (HDCOWA). General secretary of the HDCOWA Lalit Goyal said the government move would boost the morale of officers. Rajasthan was the first to re-designate these posts three years back. 

English speaking course
: The chairman of the English department of Kurukshetra University, Dr Dinesh Kumar, started a remedial English speaking course on university campus here on Tuesday. The three-month course has been started by the Centre for Dr B.R. Ambedkar Studies, Kurukshetra University, for Scheduled Caste students. Director of the centre Dr R.B. Langayan said 60 students had been enrolled for the course and it would be free of cost. 

CM’s decision flayed
: Former Haryana minister and Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) leader Krishan Murti Hooda has criticised Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s decision of giving Rs 200 crore for the establishment of international airport at Mohali in Punjab. In a statement issued here on Monday, the HJC leader termed the move as a cruel joke with residents of Haryana. “The move is totally unjustified as it involves huge wastage of state funds,” he said. He urged the Haryana government to cancel its decision in the larger interest of the state residents. 

Substation capacity
: The Haryana Vidyut Parsaran Nigam (HVPN) has increased the capacity of 132-kv substation at Ding from 36 MVA to 48.50 MVA. A spokesman of the Haryana Power Utilities on Monday said the capacity of the substation had been augmented by setting up an additional transformer of 12.5 MVA at a cost of Rs 2.20 crore. The setting up of the additional transformer would feed 33-kv substations at Ding and Bahudeen of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam. At least 6,500 residents of 10 villages would be benefitted by the move. 


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