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Nanded train halt:
The Sriganganagar-Abohar-Nanded Express has been allowed another halt in Malwa region. North Western Railway chief PRO Tarun Jain said the train would halt for a minute at Rampura Phul station between Bathinda and Tapa from January 27. Earlier, a halt at Gidderbaha was allowed.

Power corp JEs strike work: PSPCL Junior Engineers (JEs) on Wednesday stayed away from work and switched off their mobile phones to express resentment over the delay in fulfilling their demands. They demand revision of pay and allowances, 23-year service promotional increment and filling of vacant posts through promotions response.

Habit-forming drugs confiscated: The Kotwali police on Wednesday arrested two persons and seized 27 bottles of cough syrups, used as drugs, from near the Santpura road. The police arrested Paramjit Singh a resident of area near Shaheed Jarnail Singh Park and Hapreet Singh from street number 4, Lala Singh Basti. In another incident the police confiscated eight bottles of habit-forming drugs and a Maruti car from the accused near Nawan Abad village. The accused has been identified as Rajwinder Singh of Giana village. He was carrying the cough syrups in the car.

13 litres of illicit liquor seized: The police on Wednesday seized 13 litres of illicit liquor at Bir Talab village, while the accused Shinda Singh managed to flee.

Two held for stealing construction material: Two persons were held while stealing construction material from the HBN Colony on the Mansa Road. In his complaint to the police the manager of the colony Jagjit Singh said on the intervening night of January 20 and 21, the accused identified as Simranjit Singh from Model Town phase III and Satish Kumar from Patel Nagar area were taking away construction material in their car number PB 10 M 4525. The material recovered include four feet long pipe, two weight lifts, 20 lift ML lock, box and three iron plates. The value of the entire stolen goods is Rs 35,000.

Lecturers on indefinite strike:
The guest faculty of MR Government College on Wednesday started an indefinite strike in protest against the Government not fulfilling their demands. The guest lecturers want 10 per cent increase in their salaries annually, vacancies to be filled and the government to engage them for the entire year and not just for the academic session.

2 held for illegal sand mining: The police have arrested two persons on the charge of excavating sand illegally from Mumbeki village in the district. They seized three tractors and a JCB machine from the accused. SHO Chhinder Singh said that on a tip-off, police conducted a raid at the village, where the accused and their accomplices were excavating sand. On seeing the police, all but two fled. They have been identified as Davinder Singh and Gurvinder Singh.

Yellow rust:
The head of the Department of Plant Pathology, PAU, Dr PP Singh, said infection of yellow rust has been observed in villages of districts such as Ropar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur and Fatehgarh Sahib. Dr PP Singh advised farmers to monitor their fields on a regular basis so as to identify the disease and do the needful before it’s too late.

Book released: The third collection of poetry by poet Jaswant Zafar was released by Ujagar Singh Kanwal at Punjabi Bhawan.

Felicitation function on Feb 1: Dr SS Dosanjh and Dr MS Randhawa will be honoured by Kaumi Sahit, Kala Parishad in association with the Punjabi Sahit Academy on February 1 at Punjabi Bhawan. Dr Dosanjh’s 75th birthday also falls on the same date. A cash prize of Rs 51,000 will be given to Dosanjh on the occasion.

Mobiles stolen: Thieves struck at a mobile shop in the Dholewal Area and decamped with 40 mobile phones. The incident came to light when owner of the shop Amit Kumar reached the shop in the morning and found the shutter broken. The police has registered a case and started investigation.

Man shot in Manila:
An NRI was allegedly shot dead in Manila by two motorcycle-borne assailants on January 20. A pall of gloom descended on victim Kashmir Singh’s native village Aulka here. A source informed the family of the deceased about the murder on Tuesday. Kashmir Singh had been residing in Manila for seven years. He was on way to his job when the assailants opened fired at him. He died on the spot.

Woman murdered:
A youth allegedly murdered a woman at Mehndipur village on the Garhshanker road on Wednesday. Suresh (38) was working in the fields when the accused attacked her. The police have registered a case against an unidentified youth on the statement of the victim’s brother-in-law, Husan Lal.

3 held in dowry case:
The police have booked former president of district BJP NGO cell president Rakesh Jalota, his wife Poonam Jalota and sons Vivek and Hemant on the charges of torturing Vivek's wife Neha (24) for dowry. The victim allegedly committed suicide at her in-laws' house in Vishawkarma Nagar on Tuesday evening. Ravinder Singh, SHO, said all the accused barring Hemant had been arrested.

Two youths feared drowned:
Two youths are feared to have drowned in the Bhakhra canal. They have been identified as Harpreet Singh of Shalapur village and his brother-in-law Charanjit Singh of Jamindara Behrampur village. The police said Harpreet got married on Sunday and in the evening, he along with his relatives and friends went to Shalapur Chowk for a party. Later, they went on the banks of Pakki Nehar, in which Harpreet and Charanjit fell into.


Himmat named Youth Cong general secy:
Himmat Singh, a prominent Congress leader from Haryana, has been named the general secretary of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC), according to a statement by IYC president Rajeev Satav.

Four arrested with stolen goods:
The Kaithal police arrested four criminals and recovered a stolen government carbine with four live cartridges, 20 tola gold, 40 tola silver, 1 lakh cash, a bike and LCD valuing Rs 10 lakh from their possession. The police got remand of the two accused from a local court today for further investigations.

40 examined at eye check-up camp: A free eye check-up camp was held at Haryana Institute of Medical Science (HIMS) and Hospital on Wednesday. HIMS and Om Parkash Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan jointly organised the camp in which as many as 40 patients were examined. Some of them were shortlisted for operation. Dr Janak Raj Saini and Dr Pritbha implanted lenses in the eyes of the patients.

Shakti Manch protests against Bharti:
Members of the Akhil Bharitya Mahila Shakti Manch protested against Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti at the Mini Secretariat on Tuesday. They also submitted a memorandum to the Kurukshetra Deputy Commissioner Nikhil Gajraj for conveying their resentment to the Delhi government against law minister’s raid on foreign nationals in the Capital. Seeking resignation and arrest of Bharti, Dr Santosh Dahiya, president of the Akhil Bharitya Mahila Shakti Manch, said, “Such kind of inhuman behavior and that too from a law minister is highly unacceptable.”

Shilpa Verma Cong appoints mahila general secretary:
Shilpa Verma, a former president of the Sirsa District Mahila Congress, has been nominated as general secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Mahila Congress. Karnal MLA and Haryana Warehousing Corporation chairperson Sumita Singh, who is also president of the Haryana Pradesh Mahila Congress, appointed Shilpa the general secretary of the organisation. Shilpa, who held the position of district president of the Mahila Congress for over six years, was earlier replaced by Reena Birat.


CM to tour Chamba from Jan 28 to 30:
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will visit Chamba district from January 28 to 30 to give an impetus to the ongoing development activities. Disclosing this to mediapersons here yesterday, Forest Minister TS Bharmouri said Virbhadra would review the progress of various schemes and launch other development works. He said the CM was keen to start the work of constructing a new bus terminus in the district. For this, the old jail had been shifted to a newly constructed building at Rajpura village.

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