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3 held with 54 kg poppy husk
: The police on Wednesday seized 54 kg of poppy husk packed in glucose bags. IG Jatinder Jain said Amrik Singh alias Lilla, Randhir Singh alias Dheera and Jagdish Singh had been arrested. The contraband was being smuggled in two trucks, which had been impounded, he said. In another case, the police arrested Jagdeesh Prasad of Ganganagar for allegedly carrying 5 kg of opium in liquid form hidden in his motorcycle.

State to re-employ section officers
: The Punjab Government has decided to fill 145 vacant posts of section officer in various departments. An official spokesperson said the Finance Department (Treasury and Accounts) had invited applications to fill 145 vacant posts of section officer. The number of the vacancies could vary as per requirement. He said only retired section officers below the age of 64 years were eligible for these posts and they could apply before October 5.

Rs 185 crore for Mohali villages: The government has set aside Rs 185.39 crore for developing infrastructure in 19 villages of Mohali district. Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said this while presiding over a meeting of the Rural Development Department to review the ongoing development works.

Gang of thieves busted; 4 held:
The district police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a gang of thieves allegedly involved in theft of copper wire from power transformers installed in the fields, and in looting incidents. SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said the police had arrested Jaswant Singh, Karamjit Singh, Jagwinder Kumar and Ravi Kumar and two junk dealers, Sanjay Kumar and Mohammad Rashid. The SSP further said police had recovered 1.7 quintal copper wire, a scooter, a .315 bore pistol along with two cartridges and Rs 50,000 from the accused.


Leopard kills sheep:
A leopard sneaked into a sheep-yard at Bighopur village in the Narnaul area of Mahendergarh district and killed 11 sheep on Tuesday. Inspector Davender Singh of the Wild Life Department visited the spot and lifted pugmarks of the beast, which were dispatched to the wildlife laboratory in Dehradun.

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