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Depot-holders seek jobs:
The Punjab Depot-Holders Union has sought Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s intervention in the issue of providing salaried job to nearly 26,000 members of their union in Punjab. In a statement, union president Gurjinder Singh Sidhu said, “We are surprised why Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon is shifting the onus for jobs to the Union Government when the state itself has decided to provide ‘atta’ at Re 1 a kg against the central recommendation of Rs 2 per kg. The task signifies greater involvement of depot-holders.”

Fatehgarh Sahib
822 given degrees:
As many as 822 graduate and post-graduate students of the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College were awarded degrees during a convocation ceremony held here on Monday. Prof YS Rajan, a distinguished scientist at the Indian Space and Research Organisation, Bangalore, was the chief guest whereas Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president, was the guest of honour. Prof Rajan called upon the youth to contribute to the cause of the country. Principal Lakhwinder Singh read out the college report.

GADVASU inks MoU with pharmacy college:
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indo Soviet Friendship (ISF) College of Pharmacy, Moga. GADVASU a premier Veterinary University and ISF College of Pharmacy have excellent facilities, including infrastructure and state-of-the-art laboratories to deal with the research in pharmaceutics and pharmacology. They have also agreed to extend cooperation to each other and promote education and research in the areas of herbal medicine, product and processes and nanotechnology which in turn would be in the interests of society, particularly the farming community and livestock owners. The MoU is going to boost the research in the herbal product formulation in Punjab. The MoU was signed by Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor GADVASU, and Shri Janesh Garg, secretary of ISF College of Pharmacy, Moga. Through the MoU both the institutes have agreed to develop novel herbal drug formulations with commercial viability. This collaboration will tap the potential of plant products with medicinal value in Punjab.

60 laptops, tablets stolen: Thieves struck at a laptop store in the Kochar Market area here and decamped with 60 laptops and tablets. The incident came to light when employees working at Rajiv Bansal’s store found the locks broken. Bansal said he was yet to calculate the exact loss.

Suicide: A 24-year-old woman died under mysterious circumstances at her house in Jamalpur here on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Puja, the daughter-in-law of a policeman. The victim was found hanging from a ceiling fan of the house in the evening. It is learnt that she was alone at the home. Till the reports last came in, the police were investigating the case. The deceased has left an eight-month child behind.

Bank guard injured in accidental firing:
A security guard deployed at a bank was injured when a gun of another security guard of a private company went off accidentally here today. The injured has been identified as Jaswant Singh of Thethar Kalan village in Ferozepur district. The gunshots hit him in his back. Singh was taken to a hospital in Ludhiana. His condition was said to be stable.

Tarn Taran
5 held under mining Act:
The Goindwal Sahib police have arrested five persons for alleged illegal mining. The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, Sonu (both of Kallha village), Bachitter Singh, Gurpreet Singh Gopi and Gora (all of Kang village). Four sand-laden tractor-trailers have also been seized. Reports of illegal mining have been received from Chohla Sahib as well. Sources said the area adjoining the Beas has become a haven for the mining mafia.


Book released
: “Sansmarno key harey gulab”, a book by noted Dehradun author Atul Sharma, was released here yesterday. At a function held at Dehradun Municipal Corporation auditorium, Hindi Academy secretary Muni Ram Saklani releasing the book appreciated Sharma’s writing talent.

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