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Drugs seized:
The drug inspector, Bathinda, Lakhwant Singh seized five types of drugs, worth Rs 60,000, from a medical shop, situated at Gandhi Market here, on Monday, as the shop owner could not produce purchase record of the medicines during the checking, Civil Surgeon Dr Inder Dayal Goyal said in a press note, issued here. Besides, the drug inspector also collected five samples of medicines from another medical agency, also situated at Gandhi Market here, he adds.

Cricket tourney: Deputy Commissioner Gurkirat Kirpal Singh will be the chief guest at the final of the North Zone Inter DPS Cricket Tournament. The DC will also distribute medals and trophy to the winners and the runners-up. Meanwhile, the first semi-final would be played between teams of DPS Chandigarh and DPS Katra. The second semi-final would be played between DPS Bathinda and Amritsar The winners of these two matches will clash in the final. The felicitation ceremony would begin at 5 pm in the cricket ground of DPS Bathinda on Wednesday.

Teachers seek meeting with CM:
Members of the Computer Teacher Union today demanded a special meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to discuss their long-pending demands. District president of the union Pawan Sharma conducted a meeting of the computer teachers of the district. He said earlier the union was asked to meet the Chief Minister at his residence on October 8, but owing to his injury the meeting was postponed. “The CM should give us a chance to tell our grievances,” he added.

Duggal heads district BJYM:
On the directions of Punjab BJP president Ashwini Sharma, district BJP president Aakash Kalia has appointed Phagwara youth Ashok Duggal as district president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). Duggal is a son of Phagwara Nagar Council president Balbhadhar Sein Duggal.



Play marks founder’s day celebrations:
“Toys Alive”, a play by Asif Ali, an alumnus of NSD Delhi, transported audience into the make-believe world of little children - a world, which for them is real. The play was a part of the founder’s day celebrations held at Vivek High School, Mohali, here on Tuesday. The schoolchildren would stage another play “Khilne do Hazaro Phool” tomorrow.



Houses for the poor
: The district authorities have announced to construct as many as 583 houses for people living below the poverty line (BPL) during the current financial period. An amount of Rs 1.16 crore has been received by the department concerned for the purpose. Stating this here recently, the Deputy Commissioner said the scheme launched under the Indira Gandhi Aawas Yojna aims at providing houses to poor included in the BPL list.



Daily-wagers await Sept salary:
More than 600 daily-wagers of the Forest, Health, Irrigation and Public Health Department have been waiting for their salaries of September in view of the upcoming Diwali festival. After compiling the data of the low-paid aggrieved employees who had been deprived of their wages last month, district president of the HP Non-gazetted Employees’ Federation Satpal Thakur threatened to gherao the offices of those departments that would not disburse their salaries within a week.



Cop electrocuted:
A cop was electrocuted today at Gulshan Ground here while fixing flag poles to mark the forthcoming Police Martyrs’ Day function. Official sources said Aijaz Ilyas Khan of the IRP 19 Battalion, a resident of Baramulla, while fixing flag poles at the Gulshan Ground touched an overhead wire and was electrocuted. They said another cop, Bashir Ahmed Dar, who was assisting Aijaz in the work, escaped with minor injuries.

CM assures Kashmiri Pandits of welfare steps:
A delegation of various Kashmiri Pandit organisations called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here today. The delegation brought to his notice urgent matters pertaining to the welfare and rehabilitation of the community. Issues relating to the employment package and other measures initiated for the benefit of the community were also discussed a spokesman said. Omar assured the delegation that the government would take every action for the welfare of the community and implementation of the package in letter and in spirit.


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