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4 held with drugs, arms:
Four persons have been held with 11,000 bottles of liquor, sedative capsules and two illegal weapons during a search operation at "Miyon Ki Dhaani" in Sriganganagar. The accused have been identified as Noora Pehalwan, Hasan Khan, Ghulam Ali and Imran Khan. Cases have been registered.

Fire at thermal plant: About 250-metre long conveyor belt at the coal handling plant at the Suratgarh thermal power plant was gutted in a fire on Monday. It took about 7 hours to douse the fire, officials said. The preliminary estimate of the losses incurred is Rs 5 crore. Sources said had the warning alarm and automatic water sprinkling system in the plant worked properly, the fire would have been extinguished earlier.

2 bodies found: The bodies of two women were found hanging in Sriganganagar on Sunday. The body of Saroj (23) was found at her in-laws' house in Dholipal village. The police have booked her husband Sanjay Saharan. Her father alleged Sanjay sought more dowry. In the other incident, the body of Rekha (22) was found hanging at her parents' house in Sadhuwali village. She blamed none in her suicide note. 

Workshop on agriculture:
A workshop on agriculture will be held in association with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, UK, by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from October 29-31 where important economic and social aspects of agriculture besides advancements in the field will be discussed. Delegates from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Maldives, Malaysia and Zimbabwe will attend the workshop.

Fresh directions to DTOs:The Punjab government has issued strict directions to DTOs and RTOs to take stern action against owners and users of vehicles with multi-toned horns, as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The offenders will be heavily fined. Their vehicles could be impounded or their licence cancelled, said official sources.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Officials found absent:
Deputy Commissioner Arun Sekhri conducted surprise checks at the offices of the SDM, Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar and Fard Kendar on Monday morning. Twenty-four employees and officers, including Fatehgarh Sahib Tehsildar Hari Lal, Naib Tehsildar Manjit Singh, Junior Assistant Deepak Kumar and others, were found absent. Those found absent were served show-cause notices.

National Lok Adalat on Dec 6: The National Lok Adalat will be held at Fatehgarh Sahib district court complex on December 6. This was stated by Sanjiv Berry, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, Fatehgarh Sahib. The adalat would be held under the aegis of the National Legal Services Authority and the Punjab Legal Services Authority, he said.

Rain-hit farmers await relief:
Nearly two months have passed since the rain caused widespread losses in Muktsar district, but the girdawari is yet to be completed. As a result, not even a single person has been compensated for the damage to his crops. Muktsar Deputy Commissioner Jaskiran Singh said that nearly 90 per cent of the damage assessment work had been done.

Industrialists meet tax men:
After 41 days of dharna, the steel manufacturers of Mandi Gobindgarh on Monday met senior excise and taxation officials but said the officers were not interested in solving the mess. All-India Steel Re-rollers Association president Vinod Vashisht, Bhawnagar Traders Association president Manmohan Singh Mangat and Steel Chamber of Commerce Mandi Gobindgarh president Bharat Bhushan Toni said the agitation would not be called off.

9 booked for property fraud:
The police have booked nine persons on the charge of duping an NRI, Kartar Chand, by grabbing his property worth more than Rs 1.25 crore. 
The police have arrested Davinder Kumar, Amrik Singh, both of Phagwara, Angrej Singh, Jugraj Singh and Mahinder Singh of Accharwal village in Garhshankar. The remaining accused, Kirpal Kaur, Harjit Singh, Karnail Singh and a revenue official, are yet to be nabbed.


Blood donation: A total of 95 units of blood were collected during a blood donation camp organised by Kumaon Sabha, Chandigarh, in association with the Inner Wheel Club of Chandigarh Midtown at Sector 29 here on Sunday. A team of doctors from the PGI, Chandigarh, conducted the camp. Rama Gupta and Neeru Khattar of the club presented mementos to the donors.



Man falls off hillock, dies
: The police recovered the body of a person near Dohlu Nullah village on the Kullu-Manali national highway on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Dule Ram (46) of Shilibagh village in the Gohar valley of Mandi district. The police said the victim rolled down a hillock for about 25 metre.The body was handed over to the relatives after a postmortem on Monday.

Liquor seized
: The police seized a huge quantity of country liquor from a villager here on Sunday. During patrolling at Longni, a police team seized 34,500 ml of country liquor from Ashwani Kumar of Taryamla under Sarkaghat tehsil. A case under Section 39 of the HP Excise Act had been registered and further investigation was on.

Delayed results irk students: Students of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) are a harried lot as the results of postgraduate (PG) examinations are not being declared on time. This was stated by members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) here on Monday. SFI secretary Rahul Chauhan said the university administration had implemented Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan without taking the examination branch into confidence.


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