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Land grab: ASI among 8 booked
: The police have booked assistant sub inspector Lakhbir Singh and his seven accomplices for allegedly grabbing a plot in Nehru Colony here on Saturday. SHO Shiv Darshan said the accused ASI was posted at Jalandhar and was yet to be arrested. According to the information, the ASI along with his accomplices demolished the walls of the plot and took away the gate.

ZP poll: Cheema is in charge: M.M. Singh Cheema, a member of the AICC and vice-president, PPCC, has been appointed in charge of Tarn Taran district for Zila Parishad (ZP) and Panchayat Samiti elections in the state to be held on May 12. This appointment has been made by Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, president, PPCC. Cheema earlier was in charge of Amritsar district (Rural).

AIDS seminar
: A seminar on AIDS was held at Novelty restaurant here on Saturday by the State Aids Control Society, Chandigarh. The event was inaugurated by Punjab chief parliamentary secretary Jagdish Sawhney. Speaking on the occasion, the resource persons stressed on the need of creating awareness about the deadly disease.

Silent protest
: Scores of ex-servicemen from the three defence forces will organise a silent protest against the Sixth Pay Commission at Gurdaspur and Pathankot on Sunday. Col D.C. Sharma (retd), president of the Indian Ex-servicemen League,said hundreds of retired defence personnel and widows of ex-servicemen would wear black badges and lodge their protest against the pay commission.

Price pinch
: Expressing concern over price rise, Trade Union Council (TUC) on Saturday sought reactivation of public distribution system (PDS). In its meeting, headed by Jagtar Singh, the council also demanded that a law should be framed for safeguarding the interests of unorganised and agricultural labourers.It was decided unanimously in the meeting that May Day would be celebrated near the Jalandhar bus stand.

Kirtan Darbar
: A Kirtan Darbar will be held at state gurdwara here on May 3 to mark the 290th birth anniversary of Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, founder of princely state of Kapurthala. This was stated by spokesman of Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia memorial trust Karam Singh Ahluwalia and city SAD president Jaswinder Singh Batra in a release issued to the press here on Saturday.

Harinder Singh Brar assumes charge as member (distribution) of the PSEB in Patiala on FridayAssumes charge
: Harinder Singh Brar assumed the charge as member (distribution) of the PSEB on Friday. Brar joined the board in 1973 as apprentice engineer and rose to the rank of engineer-in-chief. He served the board for 35 years and was retained as advisor after retirement due to his valuable contribution in fields of distribution, sub-station and transmission. Brar has also been the recipient of the prestigious ‘Bharat Jyoti Award’ and the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award’ for his meritorious performances in the years 2006 to 2008.

Harinder Singh Brar assumes charge as member (distribution) of the PSEB in Patiala on Friday

Training: Around 400 police commandoes attended a first-aid, health awareness and handling of casualties camp organised by the District Red Cross Society at Bahadurgarh fort on Friday. Dr Jagbir Singh, vice-president of the Punjab unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA), said the association imparted training related to blast injuries, head and spinal injuries, blood pressure and diabetic fits.

10-kg heroin seized
: The BSF on Saturday seized 10 kg of heroin worth Rs 50 crore in the international market from two young farmers having fields across the fence. The seizure was made from Van Tara Singh, a border village situated in Khemkaran sector. The accused have been identified as Lal Singh and Gurlal Singh, both of the same village. The BSF has referred the case to the Narcotic Control Bureau, Delhi.



Surprise check
: Members of the Kisan Union (Lakhowal) found overweight bags of wheat being loaded at the old and new mandis in Lalru. The union and market committee members undertook a surprise check of the heat bags being loaded in the two mandis on Friday. Each bag had over one kg of wheat more than the prescribed weight of 50 kg. For every quintal of wheat that the farmer gave, he suffered a loss of Rs 20. The members demanded strict action against those who were responsible for causing loss.

: Central president of the Anti-Corruption Society has nominated Pooja Sharma as the president for the Panchkula branch of the society. Other office-bearers include Sudhir Kumar Malhotra and M.P. Singh — vice-presidents; Rajan Bali and Sandeep Kapoor — general secretaries; Man Sharma — press secretary; Mukesh Gupta — secretary; Bandana Malhotra — joint secretary and Anju Banati - chief adviser.



Prayer meeting
: A prayer meeting was held in Sector 9 here on Saturday for paying tributes to 78-year-old Raj Rani Sharma, mother of Haryana MLA Venod Sharma. Besides local leaders and politicians, finance union minister for state Pawan Bansal, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, MP Naveen Jindal, AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi and AICC treasurer Moti Lal Vora were among those who attended the meeting.

17 students hurt
: Seventeen students of the Gurgaon Institute of Aeronautical Engineering and Technology were injured, two of them seriously, here on Friday when the bus of the institute they were travelling in overturned. The driver of the bus, Sanjay, has also received injuries. All of them were admitted to Badshah Khan Hospital. The two seriously injured have been identified as Deepak, a native of Rohtak, and Amit from Himachal Pradesh. The institute has a branch in Palli village in the district. The students were going to Palli for practical classes.

Booster stations
: Irrigation and PWD minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav inaugurated three newly constructed booster stations at Lakhnaur, Budhpur and Chandawas villages of the Rewari constituency on Friday. He said the stations would ensure augmented drinking water supply to residents of these villages as well as other surrounding villages. Reiterating the state government’s commitment for equitable distribution of canal water through Hansi Butana Link Canal, he assured the villagers that the pace of developmental works in the Ahirwal region would be accelerated in the remaining two-year tenure of the state government.

Addict arrested
: The police arrested an addict, Gurdeep Singh, of Chakhewal village for kidnapping a three-year-old girl here on Saturday. High on drugs, he picked up the girl from a market. However, nearby people saw that and chased him. They informed the police, which after registering a case under relevant sections against him, handed over the girl to her parents.

Cong charged with  neglecting Gohana
: The INLD candidate from Gohana assembly constituency, Dr K.C. Bangar, on Saturday charged the Congress with neglecting development of Gohana and failing to meet the water and electricity requirements of people. While addressing a press conference here, he said the rising prices of essential commodities had made it difficult for poor people to arrange a two-time meal for their children.



Prosecutors meet CM
: The state Attorneys (Prosecutors) Association has thanked Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal for appointing H.S. Rana as director Prosecution as this has given proper representation to cadre of prosecutors in the state. Association state press secretary N.C. Ghai said here on Saturday that a deputation of state executive committee of the association led by its state president V.K. Choudhary met Chief Minister at Shimla on Friday and expressed gratitude of prosecutors to him for taking certain steps for their welfare and also for ensuring justice to their cadre. The association also presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister and stressed their demands that they should be paid non-practicing allowance on pattern of several other categories of officers in state.

Anurag’s candidature non-family affair: BYM
: Bhartiya Yuva Morcha (BYM), youth wing of the BJP on Saturday denounced any such campaign launched by political opponents of the BJP that the selection of Anurag Thakur was a boost to the family cult in the party by Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal. Himanshu Misra, state general-secretary of the BYM, said this while addressing a press conference here. He said Anurag Thakur has his own identity in the party and the BYM was moving from door to door from April 29 in Hamipur constituency to carry poll campaign.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected as office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Medical officers Association Kangra. President Dr Gurdharshan Gupta, vice-president Dr Vinay Mahajan, general-secretary Dr Subhash Thakur, joint-secretary Dr Prem Bhardwaj, press-secretary Dr Kulbhushan Sood, treasurer Dr T.K. Rattan. Central executive members Dr Ajay Pathania and Dr R.S. Rana and Dr Neelam Mahajan and Dr Satish Sharma have been elected as the district executive members of the association.

Social worker dead
: Hem Raj Suri (79), an ex-member of the state telecom advisery committee and noted social worker, died here on Saturday after brief illness. A large number of people from different walks of life attended the funeral. Local market remained closed as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Seminar for farmers: In order to motivate the farming community to sell wheat crop to the government agency, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) on Saturday organised a farmers’ seminar at Gujjar Ka Talab near here in which local farmers and representatives of panchayati raj institutions took part. The area manager of the FCI, who presided over the seminar, called upon the farmers to sell their farm produce wheat to the FCI. He informed them that the FCI had opened two procurement centres at Gujjar Ka Talab and Thakurdwara in Nupur subdivision besides appointing its agents to procure wheat from the farmers. He said the government had fixed Rs 1,000 per quintal as support price for wheat and farmers should prefer selling their produce to the FCI, as they would not be cheating with farmers while weighing their produce.



2 held for murder
: The police presented a challan in a south Kashmir court in a murder case on Saturday. A police spokesman said Om Bahadur Thapa of Gurkha Nagar, Jammu, was murdered by some unidentified men early this year in south Kashmir district of Anantnag. Later, two persons, Hamid Nissar Shah and Imran Ahmad, were arrested. During the interrogation, both accused confessed to their involvement in the murder of Thapa.

Land for runway: Another 110 kanals of land required for the runway of Shiekh-ul-Alam Airport has been identified. With the annexation of this land to the airport, the air flights would be doubled and the airplanes could have hassle free landing and take off, an official spokesman said here on Saturday. The deputy commissioner directed the functionaries of the Revenue Department to prepare the requisite papers for the transfer of land to the airport.

1 hurt in mishap: One Irfan Ahmad Mir (12), was injured when he was hit by a bus at Qammer, Dooru, in Anantnag district on Saturday. He was then shifted to a hospital.


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