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10 kg of heroin seized
: The anti-smuggling wing of the Customs recovered 10 kg of heroin worth Rs 50 crore from the Indo-Pak border here on Wednesday morning. Commissioner, Customs, Talkeshwar Singh said sleuths of the department foiled the attempt of local conduits to take away the booty from the BSF border near the Attari/Wagah international border. However, the two conduits dropped the bag while escaping on scooters.

Anandpur Sahib
Puja for stampede victims
: Puja, in memory of those killed in the Naina Devi stampede on August 3 started here on Wednesday by the temple authorities. Temple was washed with 250 kg of milk for purification and havan started wherein Gayatri mantra will be recited 6.25 lakh times.

PG courses
: The engineering colleges run by the Adesh Foundation have been granted six more PG courses by the AICTE. It includes M.Tech (computer science), M.Tech (micro-electronics) and MCA in Bhai Maha Singh College of Engineering, Muktsar and M.Tech courses in electronics and electrical engineering and MBA in Adesh Institution of Engineering and Technology, Faridkot. B.Tech Mechanical seats in Bhai Maha Singh College have been increased from 90 to 120. All these courses will start from this session onwards.

Fatehgarh Sahib
: A function was organised to appoint the district president of the SOI (Students Organisations of India) on Wednesday. Raju Khanna, president of the All-India SOI, participated in the function and congratulated the newly appointed functionaries. Sarabjit Singh was appointed president of the Fatehgarh Sahib district while Gursharan Singh was appointed president of the Fatehgarh Sahib city. Harjit Singh was made in charge of the Khera circle while Simranjeet Singh was made in charge of the Amloh circle.

Hit-and-run case
: The Dhar Kalan police on Wednesday booked Rajesh Kumar of Delhi in a hit-and-run case in which Jai Gopal, dumper operator of Ranjit Sagar Dam, was killed on Tuesday. Jai’s motor cycle was hit by a car driven by Rajesh, who fled from the scene. Residents of the village took Jai to Amritsar hospital where he was declared brought dead. A case under Sections 304 and 427, IPC, has been registered.

Courier co told to pay
: In a case of non-delivery of a parcel (containing a duly filled application form for the post of assistant manager in a bank) by a courier company, M.D. Sharma and Harvinder Sharma, president and member, respectively, of the local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum have directed DTDC Courier and Cargo Limited, Bangalore/Barnala, to pay Rs 15,000 in lieu of compensation and litigation expenses to Deepak Kumar of Barnala.

Staff honoured: Sangrur deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri honoured all 10 employees, including project director Mohan Sharma, of the local District Red Cross Drug De-addiction Centre for excellent performance in the service of patients and development of the centre here on Monday. All employees were given cash prize of Rs 1,500 each.

Encroachment removed: Sunam MC men demolished a building block, consisting of vacant rooms/shops, from the municipal land near the Rose Garden at Sunam on Tuesday. The encroachment was removed as per an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the presence of police force led by Sunam DSP Joginder Singh Sandhu and under the supervision of Sunam SDM Gurpreet Singh Thind. MC executive officer Rakesh Garg was also present.

Inspector held taking bribe: The Vigilance Bureau, led by DSP Roop Singh Maur, on Wednesday held food and supply inspector Satinder Pal Singh at his office in Dirba as he was allegedly “accepting” a bribe of Rs 5,000 from ration depot holder Lal Singh for increasing quota of kerosene and the number of ration cards. The Inspector had been demanding Rs 7,000 from Lal Singh, but the deal had been struck for Rs 5,000.



: Tiny tots of Manav Mangal SMART SCHOOL welcomed a group of students and teachers from Yishun Secondary School, Singapore, in true Indian here on Wednesday. A quiz was conducted for them through smart assessment system. A cultural programme was also organised. I. Apollos, vice-principal of the Singapore school, thanked the education department for extending a courteous welcome to the students of his school and hoped that many more trips would be organised under the exchange programme.

: The Haryana Urdu Akademi has decided to condole the death of noted Pakistani Urdu poet Ahamd Faraz. Faraz expired at Islamabad on Sunday. Eminent singers and poets, including Vinod Sehgal, would sing ghazals of Faraz after the condolence meeting at Haryana Akademi Bhawan in Sector 16 at 11 in the morning.



Decision flayed
: The Shimla branch of the Panchnad Research Institute has termed the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir Governor to cancel the transfer of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board as an act of injustice to the Hindu community. A meeting of scholars associated with the institute was chaired by C.L. Gupta. It accused the UPA government of giving precedence to vote-bank politics over national interests. It extended full support to the agitating Amarnath Shrine Board Sangharsh Samiti.

Helpline for the old: The state senior citizen forum and HelpAge India have decided to start a helpline for the convenience of senior citizens. The premises of HelpAge India limited at Bamloe would be used for the purpose.


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