BSF seizes 1 kg heroin, 3 pistols: The BSF seized 1 kg of heroin and three pistols on Wednesday night from near the border observation post DS Pura of the Amritsar sector. Inspector General Aditya Mishra said BSF jawans detected a movement at about 12:30 pm on Wednesday. Though the smugglers managed to flee, a search operation was launched after which the recovery was made. The BSF has seized 197.71 kg of heroin worth Rs 1,000 crore this year.
ITIs told to get tough on ragging: Punjab Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister Anil Joshi on Thursday issued instructions to all government and private polytechnics and ITIs to get anti-ragging affidavits from students as well as their parents at the time of admission. He said students and parents could download the form from UGC's website (www.antiragging.in). Joshi said strict action would be taken against those found violating the norms. All institutions have also been told to set up an anti-ragging helpline for the freshers.
Excise Dept starts info collection
centre: The Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has started an information collection centre, 'e-TRIP', to facilitate taxpayers, including advocates and charted accountants. The centre would enable them submit information regarding intrastate movement of goods. An official spokesman said e-TRIP was a facility through which details of each movement of goods could be entered on the department's website.
Depts told to spend in a phased manner: In order to curb the official practice of excess expenditure in March (the last month of every financial year), the Punjab Government on Thursday issued instructions to all departments to spend allocated money in a phased manner throughout the year. An official spokesman of the Finance Department said instructions had been issued not to grant sanction for any expenditure after March 15.
Rly barrier to remain closed on July 29: The Railway Barrier No 206 between the Gaushala road and the Cinema road will remain closed from 9 am on July 29 to 9 am, July 30, due to urgent repairs.
An official spokesperson of the district administration has requested the commuters to avoid using this road. The administration chose July 29, a Sunday, especially for minimum inconvenience to the general public.
Court refuses to dismiss graft case: In a setback to the state Vigilance Bureau (VB), Moga District and Sessions Judge Karamjit Singh Kang on Thursday rejected the cancellation report filed by the VB to discharge controversial drug inspector Balram Luthra from corruption charges. Currently posted at Faridkot, the drug inspector was caught red-handed on June 4, 2010, while "accepting" a bribe of Rs 5,000 from an employee of a local chemist. He was posted at Moga then. The court has fixed September 29 as the next date of hearing in the case.
300 tested at Moga
cancer camp: As many as 300 patients were checked at a camp organised by Roko Cancer, a UK-based NGO, at Baghapurana in Moga district on Thursday. NGO global ambassador Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal said the patients were also diagnosed for diabetes and cardiac diseases. Faridkot MP Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, local MLA Maheshinder Singh and Baghapurana Municipal Council president Bal Krishan Bali were among those present.