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Two held with 119-kg poppy husk:
The police on Tuesday seized 104-kg poppy husk by intercepting a vehicle near Dodewala village and arrested Vijaypal a resident of Amritsar in this regard. His accomplice Chhinda managed to flee. The vehicle registered in Haryana was impounded. The accused was booked under the NDPS Act. The police arrested another person Jaspal Singh of Moga for carrying 15-kg poppy husk.

1.7-kg gold recovered from Dubai flight:
Customs officials here on Tuesday recovered 1.7 kg of gold ornaments worth about Rs 41 lakh allegedly being smuggled by two persons, Balkar Singh of Khanna and Karnail Singh of Ludhiana, who arrived from Dubai in an Air India Express flight. The flight landed at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport around 2:20 pm. He said the duo was let off but they would be given the possession of the gold only after depositing customs duty worth Rs 12 lakh.

1.7 kg of gold recovered from int’l flight:Amritsar: Customs officials here today recovered 1.7 kg of gold ornaments allegedly being smuggled by Balkar Singh of Khanna and Karnail Singh of Ludhiana, who arrived from Dubai in an Air India Express flight. The ornaments were concealed in a bag and were detected during an X-ray check. Customs Deputy Commissioner Gurdev Singh said the gold valued around Rs 41 lakh.

BSP objects to Kanshi’s photo on BJP banners:The BJP’s ‘Samman Yatra’ in the honour of Dalit leader Kanshi Ram has earned the ire of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The BSP has objected to the use of Kanshi Ram’s photographs on yatra hoardings. The BJP is to organise the yatra from Hoshiarpur to Kanshi’s birth place in Ropar on Wednesday.

Three injured in group clash:Three people were injured in a scuffle between two groups at Dandian village near Mahilpur on Tuesday. One of the victims Kishan Singh told the police that he and his friends Ravinder Singh and Parminder Singh were going to buy peanuts when Avtar Singh, who had an old enmity with him, intercepted them. They argued over an issue and a scuffle ensued.

10-year jail for selling banned drugs:
Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurjant Singh has sentenced a local chemist to 10-year imprisonment for selling psychotropic drugs and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him. A huge cache of psychotropic drugs were recovered from Himanshu Mittal of the new town area on December 14.

Patwari nabbed taking bribe of Rs 3,000:
A patwari, Harmesh Chand posted at Bunga Sahib, was caught red-handed while accepting Rs 3,000 as bribe from Dharampal of Tajpur village on Tuesday. Balbir Singh Rana, DSP, Vigilance Bureau, said Dharampal had lodged a complaint that Harmesh was demanding  Rs 3,000 for mutation of his 11 marla plot from him. Dharampal alleged that the official had earlier forced him to pay Rs 5,500 for mutation of another plot in 2005.

70% AAP members in Sangrur are youth:
Youth constitute 70 per cent of the Aam Aadmi Party’s members in the district. The AAP has nearly 35,000 members in the district.

CPI members to meet Guv over student elections:Members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) have expressed concern over the fact that elections to student bodies in colleges and universities have not been held in the past three decades in the state. They said they would meet the Governor and vice-chancellors of universities to urge them to hold elections in the next academic session. A member of the CPI’s national executive, Dr Joginder Dayal, said all Leftist parties should unite on this issue to get educated youth associated with them.

Protest against shortage of teachers:Students of Government High School, Jhaloor village, 12 km from Lehragaga, and villagers staged a dharna and blocked the Lehragaga-Dugaal main road to protest against the acute shortage of teachers in the school. They said 165 students were studying in the school and there were 19 sanctioned posts of teacher and other categories, out of which 16 had been lying vacant.



Five timber smugglers held:
The police have arrested five persons along with illicit timber here yesterday. Following a tip-off, the police arrested five persons, Ghulam Mohammad Wani, Mohammad Akbar Mir, Khursheed Ahmed Lone, Zahoor Ahmad Mir and Abdul Aziz Bhat, all residents of Parinar at Mugalpora, Kupwara, on charges of timber smuggling.

Army holds cricket match:
To commemorate Army Day, 63 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion based at Kalakot in Rajouri district organised a one-day cricket match today. The match was played at the sports stadium at Kalakot between Mighty Army XI and Civilian XI. The toss was one by Civilian XI which decided to bat first.


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