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Two arrested with 1 kg heroin
: The special narcotics cell has arrested two smugglers and seized 1 kg of heroin from them. According to the cell, they were waiting for a customer to deliver the consignment on the Chamrang road here when they were caught. The accused were identified as Randhir Singh and Udeek Chand. A case had been registered against them. 

Gang of robbers busted: The police on Thursday arrested four members of a gang and recovered cash and vehicles from them. The police authorities in a press note stated that Santosh Roy of Ranjit Avenue in a complaint to the police had alleged that four car-borne youths armed with daggers had looted some cash, three mobile phones and four jackets from him. The police swung into action and nabbed Vikramjit Singh of New Golden Avenue, Gurbhinder Singh and Yudhvir Singh of New Partap Nagar and Baldev Singh of Jujhar Singh Avenue in this regard. 

PCCTU hails govt decision: The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has welcomed the decision of the Punjab government to take back the contentious clause of Punjab Affiliated Colleges Security of Service Amendment Bill - 2007. H.S. Walia, former president, PCCTU, in a press note here on Thursday said a meeting to this effect was held in Chandigarh between Jaspal Singh, secretary, education, and representatives of the union. He said that the government had agreed to include employees working in unaided institutions and against unaided posts under the 1974 Act, granting security of service to them.

SGPC chief honours NRI: Bhupinder Singh Holland of Netherlands was honored by Avtar Singh, president, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee at the Golden Temple for his book “How Europe is Indebted to the Sikhs”. Holland said as the Sikhs had made tremendous contribution in the World War I and II it was necessary to bring out the significant role of the community in the two wars.

: A philanthropist, Parkash Vati Setia, presented a cheque of Rs 5 lakh for the development of an old age home to the additional deputy commissioner Jaskiran Singh during his weekly sangat darshan here on Thursday.

Lohri celebrations
: Lohri functions were organised on Thursday at Gurukul College and Government Secondary School in village Jassi Pau Wali, here on Thursday. At Gurukul College, chairman of the college, Sant Saroopa Nand gave his blessings to the students and advised them to become role models for the upliftment of society. The function at Government Secondary School, Jassi Pau Wali was organised for new-born girl children with the help of the District Literacy Committee, Bathinda

Project on Golden Temple
: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Punjab Pollution Board will initiate a joint scientific study to save the Golden Temple from pollution. Science and technology and environment minister Bikram Singh Majithia has said assistance of the CPCB has been sought because it had already worked on protection of the Taj Mahal from pollution.

The Ferozepur police arrested two persons, identified as Balkar Singh and Sonu Singh, both residents of Jalalabad, on charges of drug peddling and recovered 80 kg of poppy husk from their possession. A case was registered against the duo under the NDPS Act.

Man found dead
: Body of Sanjay Kumar (24) of local ward No. 11, Garhshankar, was found in a street opposite DAV Girls College, Garhshankar on Thursday. Kumar was an addict. Police has sent the body for postmortem.

Shop burgled: Miscreants stole goods worth Rs 1.50 lakh from a shop at Attowal on Wednesday night. Miscreants broke into a submersible pumps shop owned by Gurnam Singh alias Gamma of Bibi Di Pandori, by breaking the shutter and decamped with goods worth Rs 1.50 lakh. A case has been registered.

Armed men loot petrol pump: Six assailants robbed employees of a petrol pump and a customer, a resident of Patra village at gun point, at a petrol pump in Dian village on the Kapurthala-Kartarpur road of Rs 50,000 and a mobile phone on Wednesday night. SSP Rakesh Aggarwal and DSP Sukhdev Singh Chhina visited the pump on Thursday.

: The Classical Teachers’ Union here has demanded the increase in drawing periods. President of the union Surinder Pal Mittal demanded that the pay-scale for drawing teachers should be at par with that of the language teachers. The union president went on to demand more posts of art and craft teachers in the district.

Open darbar: An open darbar was held at Bhopal village in Mansa. DC Surjit Singh Dhillon presided over the function. Around 85 applications came up for consideration, which were sent to the departments concerned. The problems were mostly related to drinking water, sewerage, power supply and old age pensions.

Proclaimed offenders held: Two proclaimed offenders Roop Lal of Deeda, Dinanagar, and Sadiq Masih of Salimpur, were arrested here on Thursday. They were wanted in an case registered under the Excise Act at a Gurdaspur police station. Meanwhile, Sukhi, Shingara Singh, Baldev Raj, Chaman Lal, Manjit Kumar and Tilak Raj were arrested under the Excise Act and 967 lt of illicit liquor were seized from them. Sunny of Jammu and Kewal Krishan of Sujanpur were arrested under the NDPS Act and 17 bottles of Corex and 500 intoxicating capsules were seized from the. 

Honoured: Scholar Fields Public School organised its annual function on the school premises on Thursday. Senior Akali leader Surjit Singh Rakhra was the chief guest, who inaugurated the function in the morning session. The evening session was presided over by Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, chief parliament secretary, technical education and industrial training. As many as 150 students, who excelled in the field of academics, sports and co-curricular activities, were honoured by Bikramjit Singh.



INAUGURATED: Ajay Swaroop, chief general manager, local head office, State Bank of India, inaugurated an exhibition of books on Indian freedom struggle to mark the 144th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai. The exhibition has been organised by Dwarka Dasss Library of the Servants of the People Society. 

Clarification: Chandulal, former foreman with Citco, retired after 25 years of service. He was not terminated as inadvertently mentioned in the report "Citco meeting likely to be rocky", carried in these columns on January 17. The error is regretted.

Inauguration: Tata Motors opened its 182nd car dealership in India with the inauguration of Hind Motors in Mohali yesterday. This is the 10th car dealership in Punjab and the 46th in the north. Giving details of the facility, executive director of Hind Motors said the Mohali centre was spread over 74,000 sq ft with modern facility, providing sales and complete service support.



Seminar: A seminar on the theme Education in 21st Century in collaboration with EDUCO International was organised in Sohan Lal DAV College of Education, Ambala city on Thursday. Rajinder Nath, chairman, local DAV institutions management committee, opened the seminar by lighting the lamp. Eminent educations Neelam Loothra and Renu Gupta were also present.

Procession held
: Activists of the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) on Thursday organised a procession against the alleged irregularities in the BPL survey in the state. Ran Singh Beniwal, a former MLA, led the agitating workers. The HJC (BL) workers gave a memorandum addressed to the Governor to the deputy commissioner, in which the party demanded quashing of the BPL list and fresh survey so that only deserving families were given the benefits. 

1 dies in road mishap
: Vijay Kumar (30) of Kosli, died on the spot while his companion, Tinoo, got injured when a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction, allegedly collided with their motorcycle on the Jatusana-Kosli road, near Jatusana, on Wednesday night. The other motorcyclist, a resident of Bal Dhan village, also sustained grave injuries. A case has been registered 

Cops attacked, 2 held: The Dharuhera police has arrested Ram Singh Gujjar of Gurgaon district and his associate Krishan Kumar Gujjar of Alwar district on charges of voluntarily causing hurt to police personnel on duty, assaulting them and obstructing them in the discharge of their public duties. A case has been registered.


House gutted: A two-storeyed house at the Grade village in Kinnaur district was partially burnt on Wednesday night. No casualty was reported. The administration has given a primary relief of Rs 5,000 to house owner Surender Singh. Property worth more than Rs 50,000 was destroyed in the incident. 


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