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118 lakh tonnes of wheat procured: The state government procured over 118 lakh tonnes of wheat till Tuesday evening, an official press release stated on Wednesday. It added that Sangrur district with 10.24 lakh tonnes was leading in procurement operations.

Kiratpur Sahib
Protest by Shiv Sena
: Shiv Sena workers staged a protest on Wednesday against pollution caused in Kiratpur Sahib due to offloading of coal at the local railway station. They said if the authorities did not take remedial measures, the Shiv Sena would start a campaign on the issue.

Food samples collected:
Officials of the Health Department today collected seven food samples. District Health Officer Dr Abbash Kumar said three samples of milk were collected from Jobewal village, Machhiwara, a milk sample was collected from Dholanwal village and samples of butter and curd were collected from a dairy at Rahon Road. The samples have been sent to Chandigarh for testing. ó TNS

Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Dakaunda) stage a dharna in Patiala on WednesdayFarmers stage dharna: Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Dakaunda) staged a dharna in front of Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra's office in Patiala on Wednesday. They were demanding 12-hour power supply for tube wells and a reduction in the power tariff.

Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Dakaunda) stage a dharna in Patiala on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Woman held in drugs case:
The Ropar police arrested a Chandigarh woman on charge of drug-trafficking on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Bala, a resident of Sector 38 in Chandigarh. Morinda SHO Harkirat Singh said around 35 such cases were already registered against Bala at different police stations. During the interrogation of some drug addicts and drug peddlers, the police had come to know that Bala was involved in supplying drugs in the Ropar area. An arrest warrant was procured and she was arrested from her house with the help of Sector 39 police, the SHO said.



5 held on robbery charge:
The police on Tuesday arrested five persons for robbing a trader of Rs 3.30 lakh at gunpoint. Balraj of Prem Nagar was going home in his car when some miscreants stopped him and robbed him. The accused have been identified as Satnam, Gurmeet, Mangal, Jaspal and Sukha.

Man held
The police on Wednesday arrested Salim of the Farakpur area with 15 kg beef. He was arrested from Vishwakarma Chowk following a tip-off. He was carrying the beef packed in a gunny bag on his motorcycle. The police said he had bought the beef from Uttar Pradesh for sale in Yamunanagar and neighbouring areas.

Cattle smugglers kill farmer: A gang of cattle smugglers crushed a farmer of Gumthala village under their vehicle on Tuesday. Seven persons have been booked on the complaint of the deceasedís brother Salinder Singh. He said he and his brother Chamkor Singh had gone to fields on Tuesday evening. A utility vehicle loaded with cattle came there and when they tried to stop it, the occupants of the vehicle crushed Chamkor to death, he added.


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