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One held with opium
: The police here arrested Narinder Singh, a resident of Bibipur village, with 1.25 kg of opium during a special naka on Monday. The accused was produced before the magistrate and has been taken to one day police remand. Police officials investigating the matter said that more arrests were likely after the completion of the interrogation. A case in this connection has been registered against the accused under the NDPS Act at Mulepur police station. 

Eye check-up camp held
: More than 500 patients were examined by a team of eye surgeons from Shah Satnam General Hospital Gurusar Modia during a free eye check-up camp that was organised with the help of Green S Welfare Force and Sriganganagar district Cataract Eradication Society at Guru Gobind Singh School in village Munda near Tibbi town of Hanumangarh district on Tuesday. Sarpanch Vidya Devi inaugurated the camp while in charge of the Ayurvedic dispensary Dharam Pal Gadhwal and Nathu Ram Daal were the guests of honor. Dr Raj Kumar Gupta and his associates selected 62 patients for performing operations at Gurusar Modia. 

Live hip replacement by UK surgeon in city today
: Well-known joint replacement surgeon Dr David H. Sochart from Manchester, UK, is visiting Satyam Hospital here on Wednesday. Chief surgeon at joint replacement centre of Satyam Hospital Dr Shubhang Aggarwal said Dr Sochart would operate patients for hip and knee replacement with him at the hospital on November 12 and 13. Dr Sochart, a clinical director at the Manchester Arthroplasty Unit, North Manchester general hospital, and Dr Aggarwal will also jointly perform live metal hip replacement surgery at the joint replacement centre on Wednesday afternoon. 

Food court at Sarb opens today: Sarb Multiplex would open its food court and dining restaurant tomorrow. The food court spread over 3,000 sq ft and restaurant in a 2,500 sq ft will have a total seating capacity for 350 people put together. The menu consists of Indian, South Indian, Mughlai, Italian, continental, Thai and Chinese cuisines. Director Sarvinder Kaur said, “We want everyone to have their choice of dishes. For this, we are using the expertise of Moti Mahal Deluxe of Delhi.” 

Passi takes charge as acting MC chief
: BJP councillor Parshotam  Passi took charge as acting president of Kapurthala municipal council (MC) here on Tuesday. Passi was elected vice-president of MC on Monday and he will look after the house affairs till the formal  notification of the yesterday election of SAD councillor advocate Paramjit Singh Pamma. The EO of MC SK Aggarwal, BJP district president Shyam Sunder Aggarwal, state executive member Hira Lal Dhir, district general secretary Umesh Sharda, senior vice-president Rajesh Passi and district spokesman Rajesh Suri were also present on the occasion. 

National Education Day
: National Education Day was celebrated today at Guru Nanak Engineering College. Pankaj Bhambri, programme coordinator of the NSS unit, informed that seminars and group discussions were held among volunteers of final year IT students. 

Campaign for workers’ rights soon
: Village labourers have been becoming powerful force and would play decisive role in political and social fields. This was felt during the 3rd National Conference of All India Agriculture Labour Association held at Balia in Uttar Pradesh. State secretary of Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Bhagwant Singh Sammaon, who was in the 14-member delegation from of Punjab, said that for the rights of labourers a massive campaign would be launched soon. He said that 880 delegates from 19 states had participated in the conference. Rameshwar Prasad ex-MP and Surinder Jha were elected national president and general secretary respectively. Tarsem Jodhan ex-MLA from Punjab was elected national vice-president of the organisation. Bhagwant Singh Sammaon was elected member of national executive. 

Exhibition on farming
: The exhibition on agriculture and farming development will be held from December 17 to December 20. In Punjab, four clusters have been earmarked for holding this exhibition. Ropar cluster consists of Hoshiarpur, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib. A workshop-cum-exhibition will be held from December 17 to December 20. ADC Kavita Singh presided over on behalf of DC Ropar at the meeting held to plan arrangements of the event. The Agricultural Technology Management Agency has been constituted to oversee arrangements for the event.

Camp at jail: The district legal services authority held an awareness camp on legal aid at Ropar district jail. The inmates were guided on free legal services and lok adalats. Assistant district attorney Nanu Ram presided over the camp. He said the maximum number of dispute cases should be brought to the lok adalats for easy and on the spot amicable decision. 

Employees hold rally
: Punjab government employees under the banner of Punjab Mulazam Sangharsh Committee held a rally at the DC office here on Monday. They were demanding the implementation of the report of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission by procuring it from the Pay Commission soon. They also demanded the regularisation of services of daily wage, ad hoc, work charge, part-time and contractual employees, lifting of ban on recruitment and stoppage of contributory pension scheme. They were addressed among others by Swarnjit Singh, Gurbakhshish Singh, Sarbjit Singh, Tarsem Lal, Gurdial Singh Kanjhla, Chamkaur Singh and Anil Kumar, all leaders of employees. 

Consumer forums’ chiefs: The Governor of Punjab has appointed presidents for three District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forums, Pritam Singh Dhanoa from Hassanpur village in Mohali district, Paramjit Singh from Ludhiana and Sanjay Garg from Sangrur. According to an order of the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Punjab, Sanjay has been posted president of Ferozepur forum, Pritam of Mansa forum and Paramjit of Kapurthala forum. 



: The following have been elected office bearers of the Punjab State Accounts Service Association: president - H.S. Bedi, senior vice-president - Ashok Kumar Bhatia, vice president - S.K. Hari, general secretary - Jatinder Singh, office secretary - A.K. Gambir, joint secretary - Satinder Kaur, finance secretary - Charanjit Singh. 



Body found in well
: The body of Gulbir Sharma (24) was found in a dry well in Wazirabad near here on Monday. He belonged to Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh and was running a music shop here. His wife Vimla told the police that after closing the shop Gulbir went away and didn’t return. She also said he used to drink a lot. 

Settlement offer
: The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has offered settlement of all cases pending in various courts through Mega Lok Adalat by paying 50 per cent of the penalty. Surcharge levied on the arrears in such cases will be waived off. DHBVN sources said here on Tuesday the Mega Lok Adalats were scheduled to be held on December 20 and 21 at all district of the state. All such disputes, where penalties had been levied, can be settled through the Mega Lok Adalats provided the consumers pay 50 per cent of the amount initially assessed without any surcharge. The DHBVN has authorised the assistant general managers (AGMs) to make the settlement on behalf of the Nigam and accept the compounding charges from the consumers’ along with 50 per cent of assessed amount in the Mega Lok Adalats. 

1 killed in accident
: Sunil Kumar (19), resident of Sisoth village of Mahendergarh district, died while four others were injured when a pickup reportedly rammed into the tractor on the Rewari-Mahendergarh road, 20 km from here, on Monday. Driver of the pickup Ajit and tractor driver Ashok Kumar of Zenabad village were seriously injured. The police has booked Ajit for rash and negligent driving. 

Minor canals commissioned: Irrigation and PWD minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav commissioned the newly constructed Mundia Khera minor as well as the Kakodia minor in the Rewari constituency here on Monday. While the Mundia Khera minor, constructed at a cost of Rs 3.61 crore, would provide irrigation facilities to 1,782 acres of agricultural land of Mundia Khera and eight other surrounding villages, the Rs 3.28 crore Kakodia minor will irrigate 2,731 acres of agricultural fields of Kakodia and seven other neighbouring villages. Simultaneously the minister inaugurated the newly-built 3-km long Khatavali-Titarpur approach road as well. Capt Yadav also said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would commission the Rs 6.70 crore Lal Bahadur Shastri Recharge Channel here on December 16. 

Booking office inaugurated: Ganga Ram Aggarwal, divisional manager of the Jaipur division of the western Railways, inaugurated a newly-constructed booking office in the Station complex here on Monday. He said while the new booking office would facilitate passengers purchase the tickets without undergoing the grinding exhaustion of long queues, the department was also going to open three more booking offices in Sunder Lal market, Kewal Bazaar and the Naiwali Chowk here to further ease the congestion of ticket purchasers. 



Adviser inspects road projects
: C.Phunsog, adviser to the Governor, on Tuesday inspected the construction work of Sidhra-Surinsar-Mansar road that is being upgraded by Economic Reconstruction Agency through Asian Development Bank funding. Phunsog was informed that double lane work the road and construction of four two-lane bridges have been taken up and was expected to be completed by next year. Later, Phunsog also inspected Bari-Brahmana-Bishnah road that was being converted into two lanes. The Adviser stressed upon the executing agencies to expedite the construction of these roads and complete them ahead of schedule. 

Drivers caught selling flour: Four drivers of the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department were arrested when they were found allegedly selling flour illegally in Akhnoor area of Jammu district, police said here on Tuesday. According to the police sources, a team headed by Zahid Wani, the SHO of Akhnoor area, raided the Tanda market on Monday and caught four drivers of the CAPD department selling flour illegally to local traders. The four drivers have been identified as Balbir Singh, Sat Pal, Pardeep Kumar and Surinder Kumar. The trucks were coming from Jammu and the flour was meant for CAPD outlets in Kalakote and Bakori areas of Rajouri district. The drivers have been taken into custody and their trucks have been seized, the police sources said. 

2 held for murder: The police arrested two people for murdering an auto driver in the heart of the city late on Monday, police sources here said. “The auto driver was hit with an iron rod by the mini bus driver in a fit of anger after they entered into a brawl resulting into critical injuries to him,” the police said and added that he was immediately shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital where he succumbed. The deceased has been identified as Sudhir Sharma, resident of Rehari Colony. Meanwhile, police arrested the accused identified as Joginder Kumar and Rajinder Singh, both residents of Chawadi and case under Section 302 has been registered against them. 

1 killed, 2 hurt in mishaps
: One person was killed and two others wounded in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said on Tuesday. They said a vehicle hit and critically wounded one Abdul Salam Mir at Badgam in the central Kashmir. He was immediately rushed to hospital where he died. In another incident two people were injured when a vehicle, in which they were traveling, met with an accident at Kanidajan in Badgam. The injured were admitted to hospital, they said. 



Minister flays master plan: The former president of Dehradun Mahanagar Congress Lal Chand Sharma has strongly flayed the state government on the issue of the master plan for Dehradun. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Sharma pointed out that the situation on ground is in great variation from the draft master plan. “The land use change cases were sanctioned after the draft master plan was made public, which was totally wrong,” he alleged, while threatening to knock the doors of the court on this issue. 

Police officials’ meeting: The state DGP Subhash Joshi convened a meeting of members of the Police Kalyan Samiti and senior officials at the police headquarters on Monday evening. Joshi said a proposal has been sent to the government for constituting a Police Welfare Board as per Section 78 of the Police Act. During the meet, information about welfare schemes for police personnel was also provided to the Samiti members. 

Woman commits suicide: A woman along with her two-and-a-half-year old child committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on the Naukranda-Lacchiwala railway track, near Doiwala, on Monday. The deceased have been identified as Rambha Devi (25) and Ashu and they were residents of Missarwala (Doiwala). 

Jal Nigam members protest: Under the banner of Jal Sansthan Mazdoor Union, a large number of employees of the Jal Nigam on Tuesday staged a protest against non-fulfillment of their demands. The members took out a rally from Jal Nigam office to the secretariat and raised slogans in favour of their demands. 

New milk products launched: Uttarakhand minister for milk and fisheries Beena Maharana on Tuesday launched Himalayan Cheese (Natural Cheddar) and Recotta Low Fat Cheese Spread of the Aachal milk products. In her brief address, she lauded the efforts of Aachal towards promotion of milk industry in the state. 

Instant messaging service: Tata Indicom company on Tuesday launched its instant messaging service, an exciting and innovative medium of staying connected with people while on the move. This feature service empowers users to send group messages to friends through a single click. It also offers various personalised option of usage, including changing availability status and text, creating profiles and saving offline messages. 


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