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2 held with smack:
The Sidhwan Bet police arrested two youths with 2 grams of smack on Monday evening. The accused have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh alias Mithu and Baljinder Singh, both resident of Kaunke Khosa village. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

SBI interview for recruitment of clerks:
Interview for recruitment of clerical staff in associate banks of the State Bank of India was scheduled to be held at Jalandhar on May 25, 2009. But due to imposition of curfew in the city, candidates have not been able to appear for interview. Such candidate should contact the bank authorities on mobile phone numbers 98881-36033 or 98146-44746 for further details, Assistant General Manager (Public Relations) said in a press release.

Hoshiarpur violence loss Rs 40 lakh:
Deputy Commissioner NK Wadhawan has claimed that no incident of violence and arson has been reported from the district since Monday evening. Curfew would continue till the restoration of normalcy in the district. Two-hour relaxation in the curfew from 3 pm to 5 pm was given on Tuesday so that public could buy essential commodities, he said. The total loss to public and private property in the violence had been estimated at more than Rs 40 lakh. SSP Parmod Ban said two units of the Army comprising 100 personnel each, three units of the CRPF and four units of the PAP had arrived in the district.

Passengers save PRTC bus:
The driver of a Patiala-bound PRTC bus and its passengers acted swiftly to save the vehicle from being reduced to ashes when around 12 youths stopped the bus at the Bus Stand chowk and set it on fire. The driver and the passengers doused the fire as soon as the youths left the spot. The incident occurred in front of the residence of the local SDM. DSP Gurpreet Singh Walia and SDM Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu reached the spot and sent the bus to the local Sadar police station.

Rail traffic blocked in Mansa:
Members of various Dalit outfits blocked railway traffic at Budhlada, delaying operation of many trains. Markets, business houses, school and colleges remained closed in Mansa, Budhlada, Bhikhi and Bareta. Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rahul said no untoward incident was reported.

Summer camp:
A summer camp was held at St Mahapragya School here. Bathing Day was celebrated by students of Nursery to UKG to beat the heat. Vishal Jain, director of the institution, said these activities develop a homely feeling among the young students.

Sangrur bazars remain closed:
Protesters, under the banner of the Jabar Julam Virodhi Front on Tuesday took out a march here and burnt an effigy of “atrocities” at Mahavir Chowk. Shops and other business establishments remained closed for hours together in Sangrur, Sunam, Sherpur and Longowal. Reports of protest marches and roadblocks were also received from other areas of the district.



Meritorious students honoured: The State Bank of India on Tuesday organised a function at Mohali to felicitate talented children under the “SBI Talent Award Scheme”. Around 80 meritorious students were honoured. Ashok Gupta, general manager (NetWork-I), other senior functionaries of the bank, principals and teachers of respective schools were also present.



2 peacocks electrocuted: Two peacocks were electrocuted when they reportedly came in contact with a high-tension line of the NTPC power plant in Khanpur Khurd village on Tuesday. Villagers alleged that this was not a first incident in the village when peacocks were electrocuted. Earlier , many peacocks died due to this. They alleged that the authority concerned continued to ignore such incidents.

Man killed in mishap: A motorcycle-borne person was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor-trolley coming from the opposite direction on the Sarkular road on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Sumit of Subhash Nagar here.

Suspected robber cremated:
The local Municipal Council on Tuesday cremated the body of a suspected robber, who was killed during futile efforts of robbery in a house of Kanheli village. Having failed in identifying the body, the police handed over it to the MC on Monday after a postmortem. The suspected robber was seriously injured during a clash between a family whose house was attempted to rob by him along with his accomplices on the intervening night of May 20 and 21. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.


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