Heroin worth Rs 65 crore seized
Amritsar: Border Security Force personnel on Thursday seized 13 packets (approximately 13 kg) of heroin from an area near a border outpost in Ferozepur sector. The monetary worth of the seized contraband of heroin in the international market is Rs 65 crore. BSF authorities said that on the night of February 22,BSF personnel saw some movement on the border and challenged the smugglers. In the ensuing exchange of fire,one of the smugglers was killed while the others managed to escape back into Pakistani territory. During the search,a plastic pipe was found inserted into the border fencing. The BSF recovered 13 packets of heroin from the pipe. Nearly one kilogram of opium,fake Indian currency worth Rs 5 lakh,one pistol,two magazines and 10 rounds were also recovered.
JBIC takes stock of Rs 400-crore projects
Ludhiana: A team from the Japan Bank of International Corporation is currently in Punjab to review a Rs 400 crore plantation project funded by the bank and other development projects in the forest department. The team is headed by Keiichi Takaki. Asgar Khan and Nitish Saigal from the company are also part of the team. On Wednesday,the team went to Mohali and on Thursday,it visited the Mattewara jungles in Ludhiana,where plantation was done from the funds given by the bank. Apart from plantations,self help groups were set up in the Kandi area and development works carried out with the funds. The idea behind the visit was to see the sustainability of the projects a few years after the grants,revealed forest officials.
Majithia flays Centre for anti-farmer move
Amritsar: SAD(B) minister from Majitha Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday said that the Centres move to make diesel and fertilizers control-free like it did with petrol is anti-farmers and anti-Punjab and that the SAD will oppose any such policy. In a press statement,he said that the Congress-led central governments anti-Punjab face had been brought to light once again by media reports that the UPA government is trying to lift subsidies from diesel and fertilizers. Majithia said that already the Centre has taken an anti-Punjab stand by not waiving off the loans and debts of the Punjab farmers and again it is trying to ruin the farming community by lifting the subsidies. He said that the agriculture sector is going through a very rough patch and efforts should be made to bring respite to the farmers.
Cops book 2 for attacking woman
Patiala: Police have registered a case against two unknown persons who attacked a lady,Sukhwinder Kaur,in Guru Nanak Nagar locality in Patiala on Thursday afternoon in a bid to snatch her necklace. She resisted,and the snatchers could not take away the necklace but managed to flee with the locket after the necklace broke into two pieces. Inquiry official Jarnail Singh said police were investigating the case.
Bhajji nameskae gets his bank details
JALANDHAR: A man from Tarn Taran district named Harbhajan Singh,whose application to the British High Commission for a Visa to UK was found to contain the HDFC account details of his namesake cricketer Harbhajan Singh is being contacted by police in order to find out how he got the details of the cricketers account. After an HDFC bank manager informed the police about the irregularity in the application,the police have been investigating the role of the bank staff in this
3 IAS officers get central posting
CHANDIGARH: The Union Government has empanelled three IAS officers of 1992 batch from Punjab as joint secretary or equivalent at the Centre. The officers are Sarvjit Singh,Raji Pramod Srivastava and KAP Sinha. While Sarvjit is presently posted as Chief Administrator,Greater Mohali Area Development Authority,Raji is Managing Director in Punjab Health Systems Corporation and Sinha is posted as Private Secretary with Preneet Kaur Minister of State for External Affairs.
Now Bhattal to woo UP
Chandigarh: After state party president Capt Amarinder Singh,leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly,Rajinder Kaur Bhattal will now campaign for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh. She would be addressing six rallies in two days starting Friday. On February 25,Bhattal is scheduled to address rallies at Puranpur,Patria and Dalipur Attaria while the next day she will address rallies at Gola Gokrannath,Bisalpur and Bhagatpur constituencies. Actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar will also be present at the rallies. Amarinder is also scheduled to hit the campaign trail in UP again soon.