Police pensioners: The district unit of the Punjab Police Pensioners Welfare Association has unanimously re-elected retired IPS officer Sukhdev Singh Chhina as its Chairman for the next two years. The association has its members from constable to superintendent of police.
Pickpckets take away cash: A glass of Chabeel water proved costly to one Manjeet Singh of Manawala village as pickpockets took away his wallet on the Bathinda Gonaia road on Sunday. As per the details available, Manjeet was enjoying the offered glass of sweet water when a pick-pocket went away with his wallet, which reportedly had Rs 10,000 in cash. The victim said he was carrying the money to purchase a second-hand motorcycle from the two-wheeler bazaar organised on Bathinda-Goniana road every Sunday. Later, the matter was reported to the Civil Lines police, which rounded up a young child of adjoining slum area for interrogation.
Fire in factory: A fire broke out in a packaging factory here on Sunday. Short-circuit is said to be behind the incident. According to eyewitness, security guards tried to control the fire before the fire brigade reached the spot, but it went out of control. The fire was brought under control after about four hours. Ten firefighting engines were used in the operation. The firm, Salasar Packaging Pvt Ltd, is situated in Saraswati Enclave in Sector 10 here. No loss of life was reported in the incident.
DPS wins trophy: The district administration has constituted a first-of-its-kind running trophy to be given to schools that promote environmental concerns amongst children. Stating this here on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner Vijay Singh Dahiya said the trophy would encourage children to understand their responsibility in protecting the environment. The district education department had invited claims from the schools in the district that had participated in the programme. As many as 20 schools had come forward to compete for the trophy. A panel of officials analysed the entry and decided to give the trophy to DPS for doing good work in the said field by organising a number of programmes.
Three arrested: The police has arrested Meera Devi’s husband Satish Kumar, mother-in-law Jamuna Devi and father-in-law Ram Dass, as her father Rattan Chand alleged that the three were maltreating her for dowry and she was forced to take her life due to their torture. Earlier reports said Meera allegedly took some poison to end her life and was rushed to the Regional Hospital here in unconscious state, but was declared brought dead. Rattan Chand got an FIR registered and the trio was arrested under Sections 498 and 306 of the IPC.
1,380 poly houses: A total of 1,380 poly houses are to be set up in the district with an expenditure of Rs 3.13 crore during the current financial year under Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Kisan Bagwan Smridhi Yojna. This was said by state Director of Agriculture Dr J C Rana on Saturday after his whirlwind tour of the district. Rana said this was an ambitious project of the department. He also addressed a meeting of the officers concerned and exhorted them to meet all targets in this matter.
Memo submitted: A deputation of the executive committee of the Himachal Pradesh State Agriculture Extension Officers Association, led by state president Rattan Lal Thakur and general secretary Raj Kumar, met Chief Minister PK Dhumal at Shimla on Friday and presented him a memorandum of their demands. Rattan Lal Thakur and Raj Kumar said here on Saturday that the deputation stressed their main demands of enhancement in the basic salary of the extension officers commensurate to the importance of their work and also declaring them ‘class two officers’ on the pattern of other such officers.