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161 kg poppy husk seized:
The city police has seized 161 kg of poppy husk today by intercepting a car and a motorbike at different places near here. Surinder Kumar Bishnoi of Dodewala village, Balwinder Singh of Government Seed Farm and Raj Singh of Chhanga Rai Utad (Guru Har Sahai) have been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in this connection.

Rashtriyavadi Shiv Sena activists shout slogans after being taken into preventive custody in Amritsar on Monday.Attempt to stop Lahore bus foiled:
A number of activists of the Rashtriyavadi Shiv Sena were taken into preventive custody here on Monday while they were proceeding to stop the 'Sada-E-Sarhad' Delhi-Lahore bus. The activists were heading towards the Verka bypass, but they were not allowed to reach the designated spot and were detained on the Batala road. Protesting against the killing of Indian soldiers by Pakistan in Kashmir, they demanded that New Delhi should slap all ties with Islamabad.

Rashtriyavadi Shiv Sena activists shout slogans after being taken into preventive custody in Amritsar on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Implement poll guidelines:
CEO: Chief Electoral Officer Raminder Singh has directed all the additional district electoral officers and other officers concerned to ensure proper implementation of the guidelines issued by the Chief Election Commission with regard to systematic voters’ education electoral participating and revision of the voters’ list as per the deadline of January 1, 2014. Special attention will be paid to register first-time voters.

LPU roped in for training scheme:
The Punjab Government has asked Lovely Professional University (LPU) to conduct a special training programme under “Hunar Se Rozgar Tak”, a scheme launched by the Union Ministry of Tourism for creating employable skills amongst youth belonging to economically weaker strata. The university will provide free courses in food production (eight weeks) and housekeeping utility (six weeks). The sanctioned 30 seats in each course would be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis without any application or course fee.

Amritsar land scam:
Hearing on Aug 26: In the Amritsar Improvement Trust land scam case, former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh did not turn up to attend Monday’s court hearing at the District and Sessions Court here. The next hearing in the case will now take place on August 26. Capt Amarinder’s counsel Ramdeep Pratap Singh said that his client was busy in the marriage ceremony of his grandson. “The court has exempted him from personal appearance for today’s proceedings,” he said.



Raksha Bandhan celebrated: Students of Blue Bird High School celebrated Raksha Bandhan with enthusiasm. A special assembly was organised by the junior wing students. The students recited poems on brother-sister relationship. A group of children mesmerised everyone by singing songs.



2 held for stealing batteries:
The police has arrested a security guard and his accomplice for allegedly stealing batteries from mobile towers. They are Pardeep of Sega village, a tower guard and Satish of Harshola village. They were carrying the stolen batteries for sale in Punjab.


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