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Customs staff strike
: Various officers’ unions in the customs department all over the country have decided to go on an indefinite strike from May 26 if the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) fails to fulfil their demands. B.D.Surve, general secretary, All-India Customs Group D Officers Federation, said a meeting of the nine-member committee would be held in New Delhi on May 25 to chalk out the future course of action.

‘CPI against farmers’ exploitation’: Secretary of the state unit of the CPI Bhupinder Sambar said here on Wednesday that the BKU, headed by Balbir Singh Rajewal, and some other organisations had been preventing farmers from bringing wheat to markets to serve the interests of wheat traders and the global marketing system. Sambar said as the BKU had failed to stop farmers from bringing wheat to markets, it was now targeting Communist parties. Sambar said the CPI had always led campaigns against rising prices of various commodities and farmers’ exploitation.

Drive against illegal buses: The Punjab government will launch a special drive to check the illegal operation of private buses and overloading of trucks in the state. This was announced by Master Mohan Lal, transport minister here. He said during the year 2007-08, the non-commercial wing of the department was given a budgetary target of Rs 488.27 crore. The revenue receipt crossed Rs 500 crore, which is Rs 32 crore more than the previous year and Rs 12 crore more than the target, he informed.

Hypertension hits 8,400 cops: Twelve per cent of the Punjab Police force suffers from hypertension due to service conditions, and the ageing constabulary is expected to do the work of young men. As many as 8,400 cops out of 70,000 suffer from high blood pressure, affecting efficiency of the force. This fact was revealed following an RTI application. Constables at the police station level are the most affected due to 24-hour duty, no exercise and eating whatever food is available at whatever time.

Blood donation camp: The Rajpura Press Club organised the third blood donation camp on Thursday. Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh honoured blood donors. A team of GMCH-32, Chandigarh, collected 96 units of blood.

Complaint against agent: Eight youths, allegedly cheated by a Sunam-based travel agent, have complained to Sangrur SSP against the agent. The SSP said he had marked an inquiry in this regard to the economic offences wing of the police. The youths from Mansa, Bathinda, Patiala and Ludhiana districts alleged that the agent had been with them in Dubai and working as an agent there. All of them later came to India. The youths alleged that the agent sent air tickets and visas to their addresses to visit Lebanon. On April 3, when they visited the New Delhi airport for going to Lebanon, the airport authorities told them that their tickets and visas were fake.



Fire: Fire broke out in a room of a house in Phase VII. Later, fire brigade officials said a computer and other goods lying in the room were damaged in the fire. They suspected that the room was deliberately set afire by one of the two brothers living in the house who allegedly had strained relations.

Heart camp: Bank professionals were more prone to heart disease because of the sedentary lifestyle and long working hours, said cardiologist Dr U.P. Singh at a heart check up camp which was inaugurated at Prime Heart and Vascular Institute on Thursday.

Power theft
: Two Zirakpur builders were found stealing power on Thursday. The Patiala PSEB enforcement wing raided the premises of JD Builders and Landmark Builders. Xen S.S. Oberoi said both the builders were found using kundi connections. While Landmark Builders were using 20 KV more than the assigned amount, JD Builders were using 100 KV more. Oberoi said heavy penalty would be levied on the builders.


1 dies as car overturns
: One person was killed and six others sustained injuries when a car returning from a wedding ceremony on Thursday overturned near Barsana village on the Bhiwani-Badhra road. The deceased had been identified as Jasbir. Vivek, Naresh, Deepak, Sehdev, Pawan and Mukul sustained injuries in the accident. The police was informed and injured were sent to the civil hospital.

2 trapped in lift
: A cook and a driver of a Chandigarh resident had a harrowing time as they were trapped inside the lift of Gurgaon-1 Apartments in Sector 22 here on Wednesday. Sheila Mamik, a resident of Sector 4, Chandigarh, said her driver Sushil and cook Guddu Rana remained trapped in the lift when they got into it on the (-2) floor of the basement of the building.

2 bodies found
: The police has recovered the bodies of an aged couple, who had been run over by a speeding train near Julani village. The deceased identified as Dalip Singh (61) and his wife Chanderpati (60) had been missing from their house at Ahirka village since Wednesday. It is suspected that they had left their house after a domestic quarrel with their kin and have committed suicide.

Pirated CDs seized, 3 held
: The police conducted raids on three shops - Manoj Electronics, Pal Radio and Electronics and M.K. Electronics - and seized 1,562 pirated CDs as well as obscene cassettes at Kosli on Tuesday. The police also arrested three shop owners - Vinod Kumar, Ram Pal and Virender Kumar. They were on Wednesday produced in the court of sub-divisional judicial magistrate Virender Singh Malik, who remanded them to judicial custody.

BTech results
: JCD Memorial Engineering College of privately run trust Jan Nayak Chowdhary Devi Lal (JNCDL) Vidyapeeth has got 15 merit positions in the seventh semester result of B. Tech declared by Kurukshetra University. In computer science, Paramjit Kaur secured first position and Vandana Ladha got 13th position. In mechanical engineering, Satish Saini and Vipin Kumar received second and fourth positions, respectively. Roopam Sethi and Kavinder Shokeen got second and third positions, respectively, in electronics and communication engineering.

Drive against paddy variety
: The district administration will take an action against farmers who will sow ‘sathi’ (variety of paddy) before May 30 in the district. The administration has started a campaign to discourage farmers from sowing this paddy variety. Deputy commissioner Nitin Kumar Yadav said the ‘sathi’ was being discouraged to save ground water. He informed the agriculture department was supplying ‘dencha’ (green manure) to the farmers for discouraging the sowing of the ‘sathi’.



NIT programme
: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Hamirpur, would celebrate the 50th community service programme under the World Bank funded technical education quality improvement programme. Organising secretary of the programme Kamlesh Dutta said several competitions, awareness workshops and series of lectures for schoolchildren would be organised during this period to motivate them and acquaint them about the latest technologies. The celebration would begin on May 2 and the ICT infrastructure awareness workshop would be held from May 23 to 25.

Annual day function
: Kendriya Vidyalaya, Dharamsala Cantt, celebrated its annual day on Thursday in the school campus. Col P.B. Suri, chairman nominee, VMC, was the chief guest. Cultural programmes were held during the function, which was attended by the students and their parents. Senior officers from 12 Raj Rifles and D.P. Mamgain, principal Kendriya Vidyalaya, Yol Cantt, were present on the occasion as distinguished guests. Principal of the school Randhir Singh read out the annual school plan and briefed the parents and the guests about the progress of the school. Later, Col P.B. Suri gave away prizes to the winners.

Home guard attacked: Ajay, a home guard, was injured on Tuesday when he was attacked by a youth with a screwdriver. He had gone to serve him with a police summon regarding a complaint lodged by a woman. According to Kangra DSP Umapati Jamwal, the home guard had gone to Birta village in the outskirts of this town to serve summon to Pawan Kumar regarding a complaint of eve teasing. He said when the home guard served him with the summon Kumar allegedly attacked him with a screwdriver and left him injured. The police has registered a case under Sections 332 and 353 of the IPC against Pawan Kumar and arrested him.

One killed, 7 hurt in two mishaps
: Dalip Singh (60) of Chhani was killed on the spot when his cycle was hit by a Santro car at Chhani Beli, near Damtal, on the Pathankot- Jalandhar national highway on Wednesday. The police has impounded the car and registered a case against the car driver. In another road mishap, seven persons were injured when two cars (PB-35- 4546 and PB-35- 2277) collided at Bharmoli on the Jassur- Rehan highway Wednesday evening. According to the police, the injured have been admitted to the local civil hospital and a private hospital at Pathankot. The police has registered a case.

Rawail Singh Rajpal was elected president of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha here on Thursday. The other office-bearers are vice-president- Gurcharam Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Janak Singh, Parminder Singh and Harbans Singh Grover; general secretary- Upinder Singh; secretary- Surinder Pal Singh, Bhupinder Singh; and cashier- Harjit Singh.



4 held for gang-rape
: A 19-year-old girl was raped by four youths in a government school at the outskirts of Jammu city on Thursday, official sources said. A resident of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh, the girl had gone to a canal at Trait basti area of Bari Brahamana when she was forcibly picked up by the four accused. One of the accused, Pinku, had stolen the keys of a government school Ratnuchak from the caretaker of the school building. The girl was medically examined after which the police arrested Bhola, Joginder, Veru and Pinku and registered a case.

Jawan falls from hill: An Army jawan was killed when he slipped from a mountain and fell into a deep gorge in Kishtwar district on Thursday, official sources said. Sepoy Jeevan Chand, who hailed from Uttarakhand, slipped from a mountain and fell into a deep gorge during a counter-insurgency operation near Kalnei Nallah area in the Kither-Bonjawa area of Kishtwar. His body was later recovered by the troops.

Hideout busted: Army troops recovered a cache of explosive material from a hideout in Poonch district on Thursday, official sources said. Acting on a tip-off, the Army conducted a search in Chatral area of Poonch and recovered five UBGL grenades and 62 rounds of Pika ammunition. No arrests have been made so far.

Cache recovered
: The Army recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from a forest area in Dhara Sangla in Poonch district on Thursday. Army sources said on a specific information, troops of the 25 RR launched a search operation in Dhara Sangla and busted a militant hideout. Two AK magazines, 54 AK rounds, two Hand grenades, two hand grenade fuses, Pika gun belt, bridge block of Pika gun, 69 Pika ammunition, a binocular, a camera and a wireless set antenna were recovered.

NC leader expelled
: The National Conference (NC) on Thursday suspended Jagjeet Singh Jagga from the primary membership of the party for his alleged anti-party activities for a period of six years. Party patron Farooq Abdullah took strong exception to the anti-party activities of Jagjeet and recommended his suspension to general secretary Sheikh Nazir Ahmed. In view of his anti-party activities in Jammu yesterday, the party decided to suspend his primary membership for six years.


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