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Two nabbed near border outpost
: Alert BSF jawans arrested two smugglers near the Baba Peer outpost in Tarn Taran early on Thursday morning. They were identified as Piara Singh and Punjab Singh, both residents of Dall village. The jawans noticed some movement near the outpost. When challenged, the accused tried to flee. While Piara Singh was captured by the BSF, Punjab Singh escaped. He was later found hiding in the fields along the border fence. No objectionable material was recovered from either of them. RPS Jaswal, Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) said though no contraband was recovered from the two, their presence in the sensitive area was suspicious. Also, the jawans had noticed some movement on other side of the fence.

Rs 18,998 crore for wheat procurement
: The state government has set aside Rs 18,998 crore for wheat procurement during the current marketing season to ensure timely payment to farmers. An official spokesperson said the government had received the first installment of Rs 13,529 crore from the Reserve Bank of India for the purpose. He said the second installment would be received by April-end. He claimed payments would be made to farmers within 48 hours of the procurement of their crop. He also said lifting of the crop would be ensured within 72 hours of the procurement.

Additional charge for IAS officer: Bhawna Garg, IAS, Additional Excise & Taxation Commissioner, will hold the charge of Special Secretary, General Administration in addition to her present assignment, an official release said.

2 killed, two hurt in accident
: Two persons were killed while two sustained injuries when a tempo allegedly hit two motorcycles and a scooter near Malerkotla on Thursday. The deceased had been identified as Bahal Singh and Gurmukh Singh. .The police has registered a case against the tempo driver, Raju Khan. 

Tarn Taran
23 held for arms, drugs smuggling
: Cracking down on anti-social elements, the police has booked 78 persons on the charges of arms and drugs smuggling, besides having links with foreign smugglers. Out of them, 23 accused have been arrested by the police. Three pistols, eight live cartridges, 30 kg of poppy husk, drugs and other material was also recovered from their possession. Harvinder Singh Sandhu, Superintendent of Police (Detective), said most of the accused had criminal background and several of them allegedly had links with Pakistan-based smugglers. He claimed the accused were also involved in circulating fake Indian currency.



4 DSPs shifted
: Four Deputy Superintendents of Police were transferred today. Jagdish Chandra Yadav was shifted from Dehradun to Chamoli, Govind Ballabh Pandey from Haridwar to Dehradun, Prakash Chandra Arya from Chamoli to Udham Singh Nagar and Rajan Singh from Narendra Nagar to Haridwar.


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