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Attempt to gherao IG’s office foiled:
The Punjab Police on Friday foiled the attempt of farmers to gherao the office of the Inspector-General (IG) of police (Border range) in protest against the arrest of over 12 farmers for the mysterious death of ASI Kulbir Singh. The ASI had died in Tarn Taran last month. A large number of activists of various farmer organisations had gathered at the historic Jallianwala Bagh to proceed to the IG’s office but were stopped at Fuwara Chowk. 

'Kar Sewa' in  Golden Temple: The SGPC has entrusted the ‘kar sewa’ of the artwork along the stairs on the second floor of the Golden Temple to Baba Kashmir Singh Bhuriwale. The work began on Thursday. The artwork along the stairs leading to the second floor of the holy shrine had got spoiled over the years. Devotees would often touch it while climbing or descending the stairs. The work on restoring this artwork began on Thursday following an ‘ardaas’ in the presence of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh. Similarly, the ‘kar sewa’ of replacing the ancient doors of Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai has been given to Baba Manjeet Singh from Phagwara. The work on this also started on Thursday. 

Pharmacists to protest on April 14:
Over 2,000 pharmacists working in the Health Department will stage a dharna in front of the residence of Dr Ashok Nayyar, Director Health Services, Punjab, in Amritsar on April 14 to press for their long pending demands. Malkiat Singh, vice president of Punjab State Pharmacists Association, Ludhiana, said, “Our major demands are to give pharmacists extension in services beyond the age of 58. 

Two commit suicide
: A middle aged married man, who has been identified as Balbir Chand, and a girl, who had allegedly been residing with his family, reportedly committed suicide by consuming poison at Nangal village last night. The deceased earned his livelihood by playing drum at social functions. The girl's family resided in the same village, but shifted to Rasulpur village later on. The girl died at the local Civil Hospital. Balbir was referred to Ludhiana. He died on the way last night. 

Drug haul: Protest against police:
Residens of a locality on Sangrur-Patiala road on Friday raised slogans against the Fatehgarh Sahib police, alleging that Ravi Deol had been falsely implicated in a drug seizure case. They demanded that the case registered against Deol be cancelled. Harbans Lal, municipal councilor of the area, said the case was “false” and that no drugs had been recovered from the house of Ravi’s parents. The police claimed it had recovered five kg of Ice and 90 kg of Pseudophedrine from their house on March 31. 

Naturopathy union gets new state head: The International Naturopathy Organisation has appointed Dr Harpreet Singh Bhandari as president of the body's Punjab unit for a two-year period. 



Streetlights non-functional in Sec 44-B: Streetlights in a part of Sector 44-B (House numbers 1335 to 1343 and 1355 to 1362) have not been functioning for the past several days. Members of the Residents’ Welfare Association complained here today. Repeated complaints made to the authorities at phone number 01725009555 have not brought the much-need relief. The area continues to be engulfed in darkness at night. 

Thief nabbed: The police arrested a motorcycle thief, Gurpreet Singh, hailing from Punjab, and recovered a Hero Honda motorcycle bearing fake number CH-04-H-0882, which was stolen from Kumbra village of Mohali district. The accused has been arrested and four stolen motorcycles have been recovered.

Death mourned: The management, staff and students of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sector 26, expressed grief over the death of vice-principal Sister Kavita Kocheriyil, who died of cardiac arrest on Friday. The mass will be held at Christ the King Cathedral, Sector 19-A, on Saturday at 4.30 pm. 

Lecture on voice disorder: A lecture on voice disorder was held today in the New OPD block of the PGI on "World Voice Day". Different types of voice disorders with illustrations were explained on the occasion. 



2 bodies found:
The police has found two bodies of youths here in the district. Vivek Kumar, a resident of Noa village, was found dead under suspicious circumstances on the village road today. Meanwhile , the police also fished out an unidentified body of a youth  from the Satluj last evening. 

Two local holidays:
The government has declared a local holiday for May 15 on account of the Seepur Fair and for June 1 on account of the Shimla Summer Festival. It will be applicable for employees working at all government offices, educational institutions, boards and corporations and in Shimla within municipal limits. These holidays will not be applicable to daily wage employees and those covered under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.


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