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SAD meeting on wealth tax today: The SAD has opposed the imposition of wealth tax on farmers by the Union Government and termed the decision as a blow to the farming community already reeling under debt. The party has convened a meeting of its core committee here on Thursday to discuss the issue and to chalk out a strategy to oppose the "anti-farmer" move of the UPA government. In a statement, party spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said it was "strange that the Congress led UPA government at the Centre was taking one step after the other to harm the debt-ridden peasantry".

1,136 get pension orders at camp
: Hundreds of elderly persons, widows and physically challenged from 85 villages in the district were on Wednesday granted pension at a camp at the district court complex here. District and Session Judge Archana Puri and DLSA secretary Rakesh Mittal allotted pension to 830 old aged persons, 139 widows, 73 physically challenged and 94 destitute persons. The camp was organised on the directions of Justice Jasbir Singh, acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Dogra cremated with state honours: The mortal remains of Congress leader and former Punjab Minister Ramesh Chander Dogra were consigned to flames with full state honours here on Wednesday. Family members, friends and a number of Congress leaders attended the cremation of Dogra, who died in a hospital here on Tuesday at the age of 75. Dogra, a former Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, had also held the portfolios of Health and Family Welfare and Technical Education as a minister during the Congress government in the state from 2002-07.

Baby found abandoned
: A five-day-old male infant was found abandoned in bushes here today. Kulwant Singh of a nearby Saifabad village noticed the crying baby and informed the police. The baby was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Phillaur, where the doctors referred him to the a Jalandhar hospital.

Teachers take out protest march: Members of the SSA/RMSA/CSS Teachers' Union on Wednesday took out a march from the Deputy Commissioner's Office here to Chhota Chowk in support of their demands. Among their demands are shifting of 512 Hindi teachers working under CSS to the Education Department and release of their salaries pending for the past one year and cancellation of cases registered against 59 teachers on June 8, 2012, at Bathinda.



Student runs away with answer sheet:
Rachna, daughter of Raj Kumar, who was taking BA part I examination, ran away with the answer sheet from the examination hall. The centre superintendent of DN College, Kurukshetra, Kamlesh Kaushal, has lodged a complaint with the police.



Sub-Inspector suspended:
Superintendent of Police (SP), Hamirpur, Jagat Ram has suspended Sub-Inspector (SI) Ashwani Kumar posted at Nadaun police station. He was caught by a Vigilance team for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 8,000 here yesterday. The Superintendent of Police said, “The Sub-Inspector has been placed under suspension under conduct rules.” The Sub-Inspector was remanded to police remand for two days on being produced in a court today.


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