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Ishwarjot is PPCC economic cell chief:Ishwarjot Singh Cheema (in pic), a young Congress leader from Ludhiana, has been appointed chairman of the economic and political planning cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). Tasked with forming district-level units, he has been asked to draw a strategy for exposing fiscal "mismanagement" by the SAD-BJP government. A mechanical engineer, he has been associated with the Congress for more than 20 years.

Sidhu is Milkfed chief:The government has appointed former IAS officer Amarjit Singh Sidhu as Milkfed chairman with immediate effect. Sidhu had retired in 1997. The government also nominated Gaggandeep Singh Grewal aschairman of the Bhagtan Market Committee and Jasmer Singh as the chairman of the Khamano Market Committee. It appointed Brig (retd) JS Arora as director, Sainik Welfare.

South African national held:The local police have arrested a South African national, Dhumisnezana Moyo, and seized 50 gm of narcotics from his possession.



Delhi jeweller found dead:
Sanjeev Bhasin, a Delhi-based jeweller, was found dead with gunshot wounds in his car parked near Karan Lake here last evening. The 42-year-old was rushed to PGI Chandigarh where he died on Friday. SP Abhishek Garg said it prima facie appeared to be a case of suicide as the car was locked. The police broke a window to open the door. A countrymade pistol was also found in the car. The investigation is on. We are collecting details about Sanjeev from his family members, said Narinder Kumar, SHO Sadar.

Cough syrup bottles seized:The local police arrested two persons belonging to Himachal with 1,160 bottles (100 ml each) of addictive cough syrup from Pansara village on Thursday. SHO Sachin Kumar said Saurabh Rana and Abhilash Rana had been booked. They were today produced in the court which sent them on one-day police remand. Sachin Kumar said the consignment brought from Muzaffanagar (UP) was to be supplied in Chandigarh. District Drug Control Officer Pooja Chaudhry said there were no bills of purchase for the seized consignment.



Jailed for carrying charas:
Sessions Judge Chamba RK Sharma has convicted Gurmeet Singh of Mehatpur tehsil in Nawan Sehar district (Punjab) for possessing 850 gram charas and sentenced him to undergo rigorous imprisonment for five years and to pay a fine of Rs 50,000. In default of payment of fine, the convict will further undergo rigorous imprisonment for one year.

Blood donation camp on October 19:Annual Red Cross Mela will be organised at Seri Manch here on October 19. Talking to mediapersons, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam said apart from food and other items, educative stalls would be set up. He said automobile companies had also been allowed to set up their stalls. A blood donation camp would be organised for which a special van equipped with latest facilities had reached Mandi. The DC said they would also launch the website of the society on the day.

Mock drill conducted:To mark the International Disaster Risk Reduction Week, a mock drill was conducted at the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Dalhousie, under the National Disaster Management Programme today. On this occasion, Raj Singh, Banikhet fire officer, was the resource person who displayed the modes to be adopted during any natural disaster. Staff of the fire and police departments demonstrated what needed to be done during a natural  disaster and how to rescue affected people.

Forest Corporation's chowkidar found dead:Fiftythree-year-old Sultan Singh's body was found in mysterious circumstances at Bindravan near here on Thursday. He was a chowkidar at the Forest Corporation depot at Bindravan. Some passersby noticed the body lying on the path leading to the depot. They informed the local gram panchayat pradhan who further informed the Nurpur police. The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem. A case under Section 174 of the CrPc was registered.

Five held for gambling:A police team headed by additional SHO Tilak Raj conducted a raid at Ganhi Lagor near here on Thursday and caught five persons red-handed for gambling. A total of Rs 1,430 was recovered from them. The accused were identified as Shiv Kumar, Tara Chand, Kanvar, Mangal and Pappu. They were arrested under Section 13 of the Gambling Act. DSP Manoj Joshi said the police have launched a special drive to check gambling ahead of Diwali and this drive will continue in future as well.


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