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Dera followers for peace
: Dera Sacha Sauda followers preached non-violence and respect for all religious faiths during a largely attended function at village Balluana 12 km from here on Thursday. The congregation coincided with the International Day of Non-violence.

GND varsity Youth Fest from Oct 10
: Zonal Youth Festival of Guru Nanak Dev University will commence from October 10. Stating this in a press statement here on Wednesday, Baljit Singh Sekhon, director, youth welfare, said there would be mixed-caste competitions in all youth festivals. Sekhon said the contest of A-zone would be organised from October 10 to 12, B-zone from October 18 to 20 and C-zone from October 24 to 27 on the university campus here. Similarly, D-zone competitions would be held at Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, from October 31 to November 3.

Prayer hall inaugurated
: The Bhagat Mohan Lal Sewa Samiti, Barnala, started the construction of a prayer hall at Ram Bagh, Barnala. Bhola Singh Virk, senior Akali leader, was chief guest on the occasion. He said Rs 2 lakh would be sanctioned from Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa’s MPLAD fund.

Tree plantation drive: Students and staff of the Senior Secondary School, village Hameede, on Thursday planted 100 samplings on the school premises. Nikka Singh, district education officer (DEO), was the chief guest on the occasion. Bir Hakkekat Rai welfare club president Sukhdev Singh pledged to plant 1100 trees during the current year.

Power cuts
: PSEB authorities have informed that the power supply in Goniana, Daan Singh Wala, Kotli, Sangat, Air Force station, Gujarat Ambuja cement factory and Pathrala will remain suspended on Friday from 8 am to 8 pm. Power supply in Ganesha Basti, Bibi Wala road, Kamla Nehru Colony, Balaram Nagar, Polytechnic College and Vasant Vihar would also remain suspended from 8 am to 8 pm on Saturday. PSEB officials said that a new 100 MVA T/F has been started at the thermal station and to transfer the load, the power cut was necessary.

Firing at PRTC bus: Two unidentified youths reportedly shot at a PRTC bus at village Bhag Bandar while it was on its way to Bathinda from Talwandi late on Wednesday evening. No one reportedly sustained injuries but it was a miraculous escape for the driver as the bullets grazed past him. The bus (PB 03 R 9960) was carrying 40 passengers. Talwandi police registered a case under section 307 of the IPC.

Advice for farmers: Agriculture development officer, Bathinda, Suresh Kumar, while addressing the farmers at the grain market here on Wednesday suggested that the cotton crop should be brought after grading and cleaning at home. The farmers should also be present at the time of weighing of bags and the quantity of crop brought to the market should be noted down in the heap register, he suggested.

Minister flays MC
: Punjab cooperative minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh on Wednesday said the municipal council should utilise its funds in the developmental works instead of wasting it on the construction of the offices of the president and the executive officer.

Gandhi Jayanti
: Senior Citizen Welfare Association, Patiala, organised Gandhi Jayanti at Bir Dasondhi Ram Community Centre here. S.K. Ahluwalia, divisional commissioner, was the chief guest on this occasion. B.S. Walia and R.S. Ghai, president and executive member of the association, respectively, highlighted the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian politics.

35 senior citizens honoured
: Senior Citizens’ Day and Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas were celebrated at a function, organised on the premises of Prem Sabha Senior Secondary School here on wednesday. Deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri was the chief guest. Ohri honoured 35 old-aged persons, including 12 women, between the age of 100 and 112, on behalf of the State Bank of Patiala by presenting them umbrellas. A play and a skit were also staged. Earlier, Ohri flagged off a rally, organised in connection with Akshay Urja Diwas, at the district administrative complex here. Hundreds of students participated in the rally. The students, who took part in the rally, were given dictionaries and certificates.

46 blood units collected: Fortysix blood units were collected at a blood donation camp organised by the district health authorities at the Blood Bank of the Civil Hospital here on Wednesday. The camp was organised in connection with the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, according to blood transfusion officer of the hospital Inderjit Singla.



Blood donation camp
: As many as 43 units of blood were collected at blood donation camp, organised by Soft Prodigy System Solutions, here on Thursday. The local MLA, Balbir Singh Sidhu, inaugurated the camp.



NSS contest
: Students of Dubaldhan Government College clinched the running trophy in Gandhi Jayanti memorial NSS contest organised in the Maharaja Agrasen College for Women here on Thursday. Chinki of BA (III) won the second prize in a declamation contest, while Priyanka of BA (I) bagged third prize in a poetry competition.

Woman dies
: Seema (28), wife of Jagdev, reportedly committed suicide by consuming poison in Baldhan Khurd village, near Jatusana, on Tuesday. She got married to Jagdev in 1997. The police has registered a case against her husband Jagdev, father-in-law Shubh Ram and mother-in-law Santra Devi.

INC campus inaugurated
: Brijesh Mathur, dean (north zone) of ICFAI National College (INC), inaugurated a new campus of the college here on Wednesday. The INC faculty members and students gave presentations on various aspects of management, including retail management, services marketing, attitude and motivation. A cultural programme was also presented on the occasion.

Elders Day celebrated: To mark World Elders’ Day, the Senior Citizens Council here on Wednesday organised a programme. Deputy commissioner R.S. Doon was the chief guest on the occasion, while vice-chancellor of the Pt Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences S.S. Sangwan was the guest of honour.

Id celebrated
: Id was celebrated with fervour here today. Hundreds of persons from the Muslim community assembled at Idgah situated on the local Rania road and offered prayers. The Imam, Maulana Hanif, of Jama Masjid situated in Sadar Bazar also offered prayers along with other devout members of the community. Talking to mediapersons, the Maulana condemned those who had been spreading terror in the country and said a terrorist had no religion. He appealed to all to work for peace in the country.

Woman booked for cheating: The police on Wednesday booked a woman for cheating on the complaint of the block development and panchayat officer, Rania. Baljinder Kaur of Bharolanwali village reportedly replaced the photograph of her father-in-law with that of her husband in a ration card to avail grant under the Indira Awas Yojna. She even received a cheque of the first instalment of Rs 20,000 of the total grant of Rs 50,000 from the authorities concerned.



Woman dies
: Veenadevi (37), wife of Ramgopal of Mehrole village near Ghumarwin near here was killed when she is said to have lost balance suddenly and fell down from second-floor house on Wednesday. Reports said that Veenadevi was keeping Maize crop stems safely on a tree alongside her house from the roof of the house when the accident occurred . She died on the spot. The police has registered a case.

Killed in accident
: One person succumbed to his injuries at the regional hospital, Chamba, when he was brought for treatment after the accident which occurred at Kharawan Nala on Wednesday. According to reports received here on Thursday, the driver of a tipper (truck) belonging to a private company was injured when the vehicle which he was driving overturned and fell into a deep gorge at Kharawan on the Khaddal-Dunali link road. The police after carrying out the autopsy handed over the body of the deceased to his kin. He was identified as Uttam Singh who belonged to the Salooni area of the district.

Cataract operations
: During a two-day programme organised by the Shri Satya Sai Sewa Samiti, 133 cataract operations of the poor were performed at the Civil hospital, Dehra. Spectacles were distributed free among the patients. They were given free food also. He said that the camp was aimed at serving the needy, besides helping people to restore their vision and curtail blindness.

Statewide cleanliness drive launched
: The Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress (YC) has organised special statewide cleanliness drive on every block and district headquarters to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on Thursday. The state YC president Manmohan Katoch who launched this drive at Ondh village in this subdivision also paid homage to Gandhi by garlanding his portrait here in the PWD rest house.


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