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Drug peddler held:
The city police on Saturday nabbed Sartaj Singh, driver of the Punjab Roadways bus that plies in Budha Johad, in Amritsar district, and recovered 14 kg of poppy husk during the search. He has been arrested under the NDPS Act, sources said.

Lecture on role of science:
The department of Philosophy and Chemistry of the Dev Samaj College for Women organised Prof. Daya Krishna Memorial Lecture on the theme of modernity, post-modernism and science’ eminent scientist of the country. Prof. Harjinder Singh from the Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics, IIIT Hyderabad, delivered the lecture. The session was presided by college managing secretary MR Manchanda and was chaired by the college principal Dr Madhu Prashar.

Martyrs remembered: As part of the Army Day Celebrations, the Golden Arrow Division of the Indian army organised a commemorative function at Barki memorial in the cantonment here this week. Major General Rajan Bakshi, GOC, along with senior army officials paid floral tributes to the soldiers. After the wreath laying ceremony, the officers observed a two-minute silence in memory of the gallant martyrs followed by “Salami Shastra”. The emotionally moving ceremony ended up after the buglers sounded the last post.

Bar Assn president elected:
Advocate Sushil Bahadur Gumber has been elected as president of the Bar Association, Fazilka, in the association elections. He defeated his rival Malkeet Singh Saini by 31 votes. Yashwant Puri has been elected as secretary, Jayant Jhorad (advocate) as treasurer. Ritesh Gagneja and Chandan Churchra were earlier elected unanimously for the posts of vice-president and general secretary respectively as no one filed his nomination papers against these candidates for the key posts.

Woman booked under Property Act: On the recommendation of the additional chief administrator (PUDA) Bathinda, city police, Fazilka, have booked Sheetal Rani, a resident of Fazilka, on the charges of selling property in violation of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act. It has been stated in the FIR that the plots were demarcated after leaving space for streets near the new grain market. Sheetal Rani has sold plots in piece of land measuring eight kanal to three different purchasers.

Valuables stolen from temple:
Miscreants burgled the Baba Ramdev temple located near the railway overbridge in Hanumangarh junction area on Friday night, sources said. As per the information, locks of the temple were found broken as the caretaker turned up on Staurday morning. The shades (made of gold and silver) besides the cash receipts were found missing. Ratan Lal Sharma, caretaker, informed the police immediately. A case has been registered under section 457 and 380 of the IPC.

Servant decamps with cash:
A domestic servant Rohit of Bihar, along with Tej Mehmood of Kishan Gunj, mason Hadhi of Jasoor (Himachal Pradesh) and some of his other accomplices allegedly decamped with Rs 5 lakh cash from the house of Lakhwinder Singh of Gilzian village last night. A case has been registered by the Tanda police station in this connection.

Three booked on extortion charges:
In a case of extortion, the police arrested three persons, including two brothers, here today. The suspects identified as Suraj Kalyan, Ashwani and his brother Ajay, both from Jalandhar cantonment, were arrested for extorting money from shopkeepers. The shopkeepers filed a complaint, in which they alleged that the trio assaulted two shopkeepers. A case under sections 307, 148, 149, 427, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the three.

A two-day seminar on "Punjabi- deliberations and ideology", organised by the Punjabi Sahit Akademy in collaboration with the Punjabi Akademy, Delhi, and agriculture journalism, languages and cultural department at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) started here today. Speaker Dr Satinder Singh Noor said Punjabi was recognised worldwide because of its rich heritage. The seminar was attended by writers, poets and students from various colleges.

‘Save mother earth’:
Ajay Gulati, a Moga advocate, has come up with an idea of cycling at least twice a week to work to save fuel and spread a message among residents of the town to save the earth. He has fixed a plate by writing “Save mother earth” in the front of his cycle. He said cycling helped to reduce traffic on busy roads and saved fuel. Sharing his experience, he said the people were generally sympathetic towards cyclists in the main markets and other busy roads. “I have never been harassed by a traffic policeman unlike experiences of car and motorbike riders”, he added.

Bar Association: Nasseb Bawa, a local practising lawyer, has been elected as president of the district bar association for the 11th time. He defeated his rival Bhagwan Dass by a margin of 35 votes. Others, who have been elected in the body include Harjit Singh and Gobind Rai as vice-presidents, Gurvinder Singh and Harvinder Singh as general secretaries, Mohit Kamboj as joint secretary and Vikramjit Singh as finance secretary respectively.

Zila Parishad elections:
The Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, did not oblige any of the 200 candidates, who were contesting panchayat and Zila Parishad elections in the twin districts of Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh. Addressing an assembly at Gurusar Modian, the Dera chief advised the gathering to prefer unanimous election of their representatives on the basis of merit.



Gang busted:
The CIA branch of the district police has arrested four robbers who were planning to loot passing vehicles on the Padla road near here. Three pistols, live cartridges and a stolen car has been seized from them. SSP Sandeep Khirwar said the accused were on the most wanted list of the district police for their alleged involvement in looting Rs 10.75 lakh from a car dealership on November 3. They had also made an unsuccessful attempt to loot Rs 25 lakh from Talai Bazaar area on October 27.

Man commits suicide:
Krishan Kumar (35), resident of Pranpura village, reportedly committed suicide on Friday by consuming celphos tablets. The police, which held an inquest, said mental discomfiture caused by his protracted illness led him to take the extreme step.

Advocate welfare body:
Advocate-General of Haryana Hawa Singh Hooda today reiterated that the state government was committed to the welfare of advocates and the process for forming of the Advocate Welfare Association in the state had been initiated. Addressing a meeting of the Sonepat Bar Association here on Saturday, the Advocate-General said after announcement of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, a government notification to form the welfare association had already been issued.

Conductor looted: Jaideep, conductor with Haryana Roadways, was looted by some unidentified youths on Friday while on the return journey of the bus from Bhaira Bankipur village to Sonepat. He has been admitted at the local civil hospital> A case has been registered.

Eye vision centre: Venu Eye Bank in Delhi will set up an eye vision centre at Gohana. It will be inaugurated on January 22 in the presence of Venu Eye Bank MD Tanuja Joshi, who is also the president of the Eye Banking Association of India. This was stated by assistant manager of the eye bank RK Tyagi. He also informed that while expanding the vision centre, it would also be linked to telemedicine facility.

Eye donation: Laxman Dass (99), father of Motilal Nehru School of Sports Rai principal VK Verma, on Saturday became the 16th eye donor of the district. After his father’s death, Verma contacted Dristi, a social welfare institute committed to eye donation, and donated his father’s eyes.



1 killed as roof of building caves in:
A man lost his life when the roof of an under-construction building caved in at the Talab Tillo area on Saturday. The police said a labourer, Manoj Kumar, was working at the site when the roof caved in. The rescue operation was started immediately. The labourer was rushed to Government Medical College, where the doctors declared him brought dead. The police has registered a case and is investigating the matter.

2 held with intoxicant capsules: The Akhnoor police claimed to have arrested two persons with 1,000 intoxicant capsules on Saturday. It said Dilbagh Singh, a resident of Chak Morh, and Babu Ram, a resident of Muthi Akhnoor, were arrested red-handed while carrying 1,000 intoxicant capsules. A case has been registered.

Two go missing: Two persons have been reportedly missing from the Jammu region, the police said on Saturday. It said Mangat Ram Thakur, a resident of Janipur Colony, has been missing since January 11, and Rekha Devi, a resident of Chak Udhampur, has been missing since December 8 from her house.

One held with poppy husk: The police arrested a truck driver and 75 kg of poppy husk was seized from him at Satwari Chowk on Saturday. A police official said acting on a tip off, a naka was laid at Satwari Chowk and Ashok Kumar of Nowshera was arrested with a huge quantity of narcotics. The police said the truck was returning from Srinagar to Jammu. Rajesh Sharma, SHO, Satwari police station, said a case had been registered and the truck had been impounded.


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