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Postcard writing contest
: Sankalp Chawla, a student of the LRS DAV Senior Secondary Model School here, has topped in the Ferozepur division and got second position in the state in the “Gandhi Ji writes a postcard” contest that was organised by the Department of Posts, principal Kusum Khungar informed on Tuesday. Confirming that the PMB Punjab zone, Ranju Prasad, has honoured Sankalp for his the excellence in postcard writing, the principal said he had chosen to write a few befitting words on the life of the Father of the Nation and he will get an MP3 player as a reward for that.

One held under NDPS Act: The anti-narcotics wing of the police on a tip-off arrested Krishan Lal of Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) under the NDPS Act on the Killianwali- Panjkosi road after recovering two kilogram of opium from his possession, sources said on Tuesday.

Blood test camp: Sixty persons were benefitted by free blood and urine sugar test camp that was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at village Dangarkhera on Tuesday, BVP president, Naurang Lal informed.

Protest against price rise: Less than two dozen workers of the Democratic Youth Federation of India responded to the nation-wide call given by the leftist organisation and blocked vehicular traffic on the state highway here for about half an hour to express anguish over the alleged failure of the Central government in combating price rise. They shouted slogans demanding more job opportunities for the youth.

Bank’s office inaugurated:
Mayor of Bathinda Municipal Corporation Baljit Singh Bir Behman inaugurated the new office complex of the Punjab and Sind Bank branch in the Model Town Phase-1 here on Monday. The branch has been shifted from the ITI area here. On the occasion, zonal manager of the bank HS Makkar, former minister Chiranji Lal Garg, chairman of Satlej Gramin Bank Kiranjit Singh Dhillon and senior manager of the bank’s Model Town branch Gurmeet Singh were present.

GHTP engineers to protest suspension of colleague: An emergency meeting of regional executive committee, PSEB Engineers’ Association, GHTP, Lehra Mohabat was held on Tuesday. The engineers condemned the “arbitrary suspension” of Tara Singh, SE/P&M, Bathinda. A press release issued by the Association informed that the members would wear black badges Wednesday onwards to protest against the “unjust and illogical” suspension. The engineer warned of intensifying the stir in case the management failed to revoke the suspension.

BSF nabs Nepal resident
: The BSF have nabbed a Nepal resident roaming in suspicious condition in the Fazilka sector. As per details, two jawans of the BSF, who were on patrol duty, spotted a person near the barbed wire fencing in Mohar Jamsher border observation post (BOP) area. The jawans asked for the antecedents of the person. However, he could not give a satisfactory reply, following which they nabbed him. He was identified as Dipender Adhikari, a resident of village Ezana, police station Diktal of Nepal. Nothing has been recovered from his possession. The medical examination of Dipender Adhikari was conducted at the local Civil Hospital. Later, the BSF handed him over to the police station, Sadar. A case has been registered against him.

Axis Bank opens branch
: Axis Bank opened its branch at Gujral Nagar here today. Amarjit Singh, Vice President and Circlehead, Punjab (North), inaugurated the branch. The bank has a network of over 1050 branches and over 4800 ATMs across the country.

Registration of sale, purchase deeds gets simple: The procedure of registration of deeds of sale and purchase of properties would be simplified from August 9 to facilitate the people. This was stated by Phagwara SDM Amarjit Paul while talking to newsmen here this afternoon. The SDM said now the people coming to register their sale or purchase deeds, which required stamp duty worth more than Rs 50,000, could deposit the fee in the State Bank of India branch after taking challan form 32A along with stamps of treasury.

Jan Shatabdi to halt at Phagwara: The Amritsar-Hardwar Jan Shatabdi would now halt at Phagwara railway station. The Railway Ministry has approved the move, announced MP Santosh Chaudhary while talking to newsmen here on Sunday. The Congress MP from Hoshiarpur said the halt of the express train would benefit the residents of Phagwara and its surrounding areas willing to visit Hardwar.



Dera Bassi
Camp for farmers
: The agriculture department organised a camp at Manouli Soorat village on Tuesday to provide information to farmers on increasing production with limited resources. District chief agriculture officer Harmanjeet Singh Sandhu stressed the need for saving water by using the direct sowing technique. He said around 250 acre of paddy had been sown by direct sowing machines without holding water in fields in Mohali district this year. The facility was provided free of cost to farmers. Representatives from the animal husbandry and horticulture departments spoke on means to improving dairy production as well as trying new horticulture techniques to boost income.

In-laws booked for dowry
: On the complaint of Harsh Sharma of Shakti Nagar, the local police has registered a case against her in-laws. Harsh had married Sunil of Dharampur in 2007. She alleged that she had been harassed by her in-laws for dowry in the past few months. The police has registered a case against her husband Sunil, father-in-law Amrit Lal and mother-in-law Nirmla Devi under the relevant sections of the IPC at the local police station.

Vehicle theft gang busted
: The local police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of three persons here on Tuesday. Nine cars have also been recovered from the accused - Babu Ram, Ram Lal, and Prem Singh, all belonging to Solan district, HP. Two others who used to dispose of stolen vehicles were also arrested from Pehowa in Kurukshetra district. SP Maneesh Chaudhary said the cars recovered from accused included five Tata Indigo, one Mahindra Bolero, one Tata Indica, one Hyundai Accent and one Maruti Alto.



Police Compliant Authority staff resume work:
Employees of the State Police Compliant Authority today resumed work after two suspended employees were given stay by the administration. They have been on pen-down strike against the suspension of their colleagues. The administration also appointed ADM Vinod Kumar Suman as secretary of the compliant authority. Suman will also probe the allegation made against retired Judge Sambhunath Srivastav, Chairman of the authority.


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