Cricket academy : The Abohar Cricket Academy, a brainchild of the IFFCO chairman Surinder Kumar Jakhar, has come into existence. The selectors have finalised a list of 50 budding players, half of them from the rural areas, after completing the trial of 200 applicants. They had a meeting with local legislator Sunil Jakhar last evening. He hoped this would help in keeping youth away from the drug menace that has gripped the region. Jakhar lambasted his political opponents for indulging in cheap criticism of the ward-level cricket tournaments sponsored by him. He said this spoke volumes about the sympathy of these leaders with drug peddlers. He assured that adequate arrangements would be made to train selected players.
Farewell function : Amarpreet was selected as Miss Farewell during a function organised by MSc- Part I students to wish good luck to their seniors at the DAV College here on Monday. Principal B.C. Josan was the chief guest while Anil Makkar presided over the function. Tejinder Singh was adjudged Mr Farewell. Rajni, Shruti Bansal and Amanpreet Singh won the titles of Ms and Mr Personality respectively. Pooja was selected as Ms Smile whereas Nitin Arora was adjudged Mr Smile. Head of the department, Rajesh Khatri extended good wishes to the MSc- part II students.
Mahashivratri: Religious procession would be taken out to mark the Mahashivratri on March 5.
Elected: Harnek Singh Saran, IPS, Senior superintendent of police (retired) has been unanimously elected as the president of the Punjab Police Pensioners Welfare Association, here today.
Youth kills self: A youth committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near the Jalandhar cantonment railway station here on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Vishal Pahwa (33), resident of Krishan Nagar. The body has been sent to the civil hospital for post-mortem.
Seminar on NREGS held: To educate and involve Panchayati Raj institutions in the implementation process of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), a district level seminar of sarpanches and panches was organised here today. S.S Johal, deputy commissioner, presided over the seminar. Experts from the State Institute of Development, Nabha, Center for rural Research and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh and a Amritsar-based NGO Captain Gurdev Singh Institute interacted with sarpanches and panches during seminar and educated them about NREGS, its plan, structure, implementation, social audit, its social, economic and development impact on society.
Congress flays Badal: Vijay Saathi, general secretary, PPCC, criticized chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for ‘unnecessary picking holes’ in the budget here today. He said that the Akali party had invariably claimed to be a party of peasantry but has never been successful in implementing a favourable policy for them and added that even during the BJP-led NDA reign, it could not bring any package for the farmers. He said that Badal must be thankful to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for presenting an agriculture-oriented budget never seen before in the history of independent India. He recalled that earlier, the Congress-led UPA government had hiked the MSP.
Play staged: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, staged ‘Daairey’, a powerful Punjabi musical satire, strongly condemning female foeticide as part of their ‘beti bachao’ national theatre campaign at Baradari Gardens Theatre Complex on Monday. The play, written by Dr Satish Kumar Verma and directed by Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal, was inaugurated by guest of honour Govind Ram Seth, chief manager of State Bank of Patiala.
Principal takes charge : Newly-appointed principal of local Khalsa College Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha assumed his duties on Monday. Earlier, Dr Ubha, was working as a professor and head, department of business management, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, for the past 17 years. He has been associated with many educational, religious, social and literary organisations.
Agenda: A deputation of the PGI Campus Residents Welfare Society met mayor Pradeep Chhabra, on February 29, under the leadership of R.K. Kanchi, president of the society, to pay its gratitude for taking up an agenda and passing it in the house of the MC on February 27 to include the residential campus of the PGI, PU and PEC under the MC limits for development.