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Freshers welcomed:
The College of Management and Technology, Patiala, organised a function for MBA first year students. Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary, Shromini Akali Dal, was the chief guest on the occasion. He congratulated newcomers. Dr AS Bhatia, director-general, CMT, welcomed guests and Jagjit Singh Dardi, chairman, Sri Guru Harkrishan Group, proposed the vote of thanks.

Fake currency seized: The Patiala police recovered fake currency worth Rs 1.68 lakh during a special checking at the Bhakra canal bridge in Kulwanu village of this district on Saturday. Giving this information, Patiala SSP Ranbir Singh Khatra said fake currency had been recovered from an Alto car (PB-11-AQ-6811). The fake currency is in the denomination Rs 1,000. The police has arrested the driver, identified as Pargat Singh, and a case has been registered at the Ghagga police station in Samana.


BEL employees protest: The employees of the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) here wore black badges on Monday in protest against the BEL management for declaring lesser incentive as compared to the previous year. Rajesh Kumar, general secretary of the Bharat Electronics Workers Union, said the management had decided to pay Rs 30,000 as incentive to the employees for 2009-10 while the workers were paid Rs 35,000 for the year 2008-09. He said their main demand was Rs 80,000 as incentive to each and every employee as the turnover of the company had ascended to over Rs 5,000 crore. He said they would continue to wear black badges and if the management failed to fulfil their demands the workers would resort to one-hour strike on August 20 and 21.

A JCB machine removes an illegal encroachment on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at ZirakpurEncroachments removed: The company undertaking maintenance of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway removed illegal encroachments along the highway in Zirakpur on Monday. According to a GMR official, a prior notice was given to the encroachers to remove the illegal encroachments. After the completion of the notice period, the anti-encroachment drive was carried out with the help of a JCB machine. The official added that more than 12 temporary and permanent illegal encroachments had been removed.
A JCB machine removes an illegal encroachment on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Zirakpur on Monday. A Tribune photograph

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