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Bains launches tree plantation drive: DS Bains, Principal Secretary (Forests), launched a tree plantation drive in collaboration with the district administration and the Punjab Forest Department.
Bains, after planting a sapling at the Regional campus of the Guru Nanak Dev University here today, said that due to the initiatives of the Punjab Forest Department the forest cover in the state will increase to 15 per cent from the present 7 per cent in the next eight years. He said 54,000 saplings were being given to schools, Army cantonments and campuses which house offices of paramilitary forces in Punjab.
2 booked for dowry harassment: The Tanda police has booked Parwinder Singh, his mother Swarn Kaur, both of Ward number 1, Miani, under Section 406, 494, 498A and 120B of the IPC. Rajwinder Kaur of Talwandi Dandian alleged that she was married to Parwinder Singh on December 30, 2005. Parwinder and his mother Swarn Kaur tortured and mistreated her to force her to bring dowry from her parents since her wedding. Later, Parwinder Singh got married again without divorcing her, she alleged.
Protest against power tariff hike: Members of a joint front of the PPP, CPI, CPM and the SAD (Longowal) staged a dharna and rally in front of the mini secretariat here today. They protested against the recent 12 per cent hike in power tariff, 5 per cent in VAT on sugar and petrol etc by the SAD-BJP government.
HMV toppers: Students of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya (HMV) bagged the first six positions in M.Sc (Botany) semester-II exams conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Swati stood first by scoring 87.8 per cent marks, Rajwant second (87.2 per cent), Risha third (86.3 per cent), Arti fourth (84.3 per cent) Sunita fifth (80.6 per cent) and Harpreet sixth (80 per cent).
College principal Dr Rekha Kalia Bhardwaj congratulated the students for their achievement.
Body found: The Sujanpur police on Wednesday found the body of a man aged around 35 years. The deceased is yet to be identified. The body was found near a rest house at Madhopur by residents who informed the police. The police sent the body to the Civil hospital for post-mortem examination and identification.
No water supply: Hundreds of residents of Power colony, Dhangu Road, held a demonstration against non-availability of drinking water for the past one week. They also raised slogans against the municipal corporation authorities alleging that the civic body had failed to provide regular drinking water to the residents. A technical snag in the water supply centre has disrupted the supply of water, residents said. MC Commissioner JP Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
Man held with 2 kg opium: The special team of the district police arrested Sita Ram, a resident of Rajasthan, with 2 kg opium on Tuesday. A case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused, the police said.