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Engineers union gets new office-bearers:
Satnam Singh Dhanoa was on Friday elected president of the All India Federation of Diploma Engineers. It is for the first time that a diploma engineer from Punjab has been elected to the post. Besides, RK Singh was chosen general secretary, DR Kashyap editor, Jagjit Singh Jaggi zonal secretary and YP Dhull was elected additional general secretary.

28-yr-old jumps to death before train:
A 28-year-old youth ended his life by jumping before a train here on Thursday night. The deceased, Deepak Kumar, was a resident of neighbouring Bari village. Railway police in charge Kamlesh Kumar said Deepak jumped before the Delhi-Una Shatabdi when it reached Raipur around 9.30 pm. The police said a suicide note was recovered from the spot.

Four drug peddlers held in Phagwara:
The police on Friday arrested four drug peddlers and recovered 140 grams of intoxicant powder and 10 grams of heroin from their possession. Superintendent of Police HPS Khakh said the arrested accused were identified as Sandeep Kanda of Kaulsar Mohalla, Puneet Sharma of local Katehra Chowk, Rakesh Kumar of Phagwara and Santokh Singh of Lohian, who were nabbed by the police at different places in Phagwara sub-division.

High-level team to inspect health centres
: A high-level team of doctors will reach Patiala on April 28 to overview the working of various primary and secondary health centres. It will be an eight-member team, headed by D Chakrapani, Director of Centre for Innovations in Public System, ASCI, Hyderabad. They will speak to staff members and students of Government Medical College, Patiala. The college has been selected for the implementation of primary, secondary and tertiary health care systems. College principal Dr KD Singh said the institute would integrate health services in the allotted seven districts.

Verka employee caught taking bribe: Patiala Vigilance Bureau (VB) arrested Amar Singh, in charge of a Verka milk centre at Bhurimajra village, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a local milk vendor Bikram Singh. Amar had accused Bikram Singh, a resident of Shambhu Kalan village, of supplying him milk of poor quality. Pritam Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Patiala VB, said, “The accused allegedly demanded Rs 6,000 to settle the matter. After the complainant approached the VB, we laid a trap and caught Amar accepting Rs 3,000.”

Kiln workers hold protest in Sangrur:
Hundreds of labourers belonging to various brick kiln workers’ unions staged a protest in front of the DeputyThe brick kiln workers have been demanding a hike in wages. Commissioner Office here in support of their demands, including hike in wages. Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union general secretary Tarsem Jodhan said they were demanding 50 per cent increase in wages while the kiln owners were only agreeing to give a 15 per cent hike. Besides hike in wages, their other demands included strict implementation of labour laws, bonus and health facilities.
The brick kiln workers have been demanding a hike in wages. A Tribune photograph

Abducted minor rescued: A 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly lured and abducted from Malerkotla yesterday, was rescued by the police from Malerkotla on Friday. The accused Deepak Kumar had allegedly abducted her on the pretext of marrying her. The police after receiving a tip-off apprehended Kumar and rescued the girl. The police registered a case against Deepak on the complaint of the girl’s father.

Art workshop at DPS: A workshop on painting was organised at the recently inaugurated Delhi Public School (DPS) in Sangrur. A noted artist from France, Martine Le Cam, and an Indian artist RM Singh, guided the students at the workshop. Dr Ravi Sher Singh Toor, pro vice-chairman of the school, said students of classes III to VI had been shown the works of these artists on a projector at the workshop.



INLD seeks Rs 250 bonus on wheat
:An INLD delegation, led by state INLD president Ashok Arora, today submitted a memorandum to Governor Jagannath Pahadia,demanding that the wheat growers should be given a bonus of Rs 250 per quintal. The memorandum asserted that even a state like Rajasthan was giving a bonus of Rs 150 per quintal.


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