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Liquor bottles seized
: More than 9000 bottles of liquor that had been smuggled from Punjab, were seized by the Rajasthan police today, sources said. The consignment has been valued at Rs 20 lakh. The police have arrested truck driver Baldev Singh and his brother Paramjit Singh of Bhagat Nagar Sirsa (Haryana) and Sukhbir Singh of village Chak Janisar of Jalalabad sub-division (Punjab). Preliminary investigation indicated that the driver was carrying good receipt of 400 bags of cattle feed with a bill issued by some manufacturer of Khanna located near Ludhiana (Punjab) which were to be delivered to some person at Bhavnagar 200 km away from Ahmedabad (Gujarat).

Cheema bereaved
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday expressed grief and sorrow over the death of Kuldeep Kaur (85), mother of his adviser Daljit Singh Cheema. She passed away on Thursday night. Badal also shared his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family. Information and Public Relations Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan, CM’s Media Adviser Harcharan Bains, Principal Secretary to CM and Information and Public Relations DS Guru and Additional Principal Secretary to CM and Director Information and Public Relations Gagandip Singh Brar also shared their condolences with the family.

Coal supply issue: Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T) chairman AM Naik on Thursday called on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and urged him to take up the issue of supply of coal for the 1,320-MW Rajpura thermal plant awarded to it with the Prime Minister. An official release here said the CM agreed to this request and said he would jointly meet the PM, along with the L&T chairman to seek his personal intervention to sort out problems related to the short supply of coal.

Scheme for potato growers
: Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB) has formulated a new scheme for potato growers by lowering rates of interest and enhancing scale of financing. The new scheme was announced by G.S. Vedi, Chief Managing Director of the PSB, after an interaction with the representative body of potato growers. The scheme will aim to meet all needs of the farmers under the single window concept. Giving details, Nirmaljit Singh, Zonal Manager, said immediate instructions had been given to all branches to implement the scheme in Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur districts. For regular monitoring, a special cell had been crated in the zonal office to assist the farmers for quick disposal to any enquiries, he added.

Woollens distributed
:Doaba Group of Colleges distributed about 250 woollens to poor students of Government Primary School, Seonk village.Manjit Singh, executive director, Doaba group, said the group distributed woollens every year. 

Registration numbers
: The District Transport Office on Friday earned a revenue of approximately Rs 40 lakh by auctioning fancy registration numbers of vehicles here. Registration number PB-10 CR-0001 was auctioned for Rs 2.78 lakh and PB-10CQ-0001 for Rs 2.65 lakh. Similarly, number 0002 of both series was auctioned for Rs 85,000 and Rs 1 lakh, respectively. Number 0007 of CR and CQ series yielded Rs 65,000 each and of CP series went for Rs 71,000.

Vindhyachal House show
: Vindhyachal House show was organised in the premises of the LADM DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Budhlada. The students enthralled the gathering with Punjabi dances and Haryanvi folk. Anil Rajput, principal of the school, praised the performance of students. He congratulated house mistress Bhupinder Kaur, Paramjeet Kaur and House members including Gursewak Singh, Jitender Saxena, Seema Kohli and Usha Goyal. Credit Rajni Sharma (dance teacher).

Group song competition: The group song team of the SDKL DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Mansa, brought laurels to the district by winning the first position in the competitions of 5th ‘National Level Group Song Competitions’ held at Kanpur (UP), organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad. A total of 38 teams participated in the competition. Suraj Prakash Goyal, acting chairman, local managing committee, honoured the students. He gave credit to Gurwinder Kaur (music teacher) and Gulshan Bajaj the accompanist. Parmod Jindal, president, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Mansa, was also present. Sudhir Singh thanked all the guests.

1 dead 2 injured in accident
: Phoolmati (45) was killed on the spot and Hemanti Devi (60) was injured when their cycle rickshaw was hit by a school bus here at the Karyam Road late in the evening on Friday. Besides, rickshaw puller, Gulmi also received minor injuries. The police has started investigation into the matter, informed SHO city, Raj Kumar. 

Family planning camps: Primary Health Centre, Possi, near Garhshankar, as per the direction of the Civil Surgeon, Hoshiarpur, organised mega family planning camps at Dadyal and Binewal villages. As many as 85 Laproscopic Tubectomy and 20 NSV cases were operated at Possi village and as many as 35 cases of Laproscopic Tubectomy were operated upon at Binewal village. It is for the first time that such camps have been organised in these villages, said Dr. Raghbir Singh, while adding that a team of doctors even provided blankets to people who were operated upon, in addition to the incentives being given by the government. 



SGGS College clinch baseball title
: SGGS College, Chandigarh, drubbed SCD Government College, Ludhiana, by 4-2 to win the Panjab University Inter-college Baseball (Men) Meet here today.

High Court Feat for lawyer:Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association member-cum-former additional advocate-general Harpreet Sandhu has become the first lawyer from this part of the region to be granted permission to practise on Indian laws in Germany. He is to be registered as member-advocate with the chamber of lawyers in Germany.



Visiting hours for pensioners
:The Accountant-General Office has fixed the hours for pensioners and family pensioners who wish to know the status of their cases. The visiting hours for pensioners and family pensioners is from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm and 3 pm to 4 pm. The option of commutation of pension in the revised scale was mandatory. Therefore, the option for commutation of pension in case the retiree wants it in the revised structure, might be accompanied along with the revision case.


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