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‘Mela Khoondania Da’ held:
As many as 1,200 blood donors were honoured during ‘Mela Khoondania Da’, organised by the United Welfare Society on the Amrik Singh road here on Sunday. On the occasion, about 170 persons made voluntary blood donations. Yudhveer Singh Khialia, deputy commissioner, Sirsa, and various local dignitaries presented mementos to the donors. Naresh Pathania released a book titled ‘Boondan Vichon Tapkadi Zindagi’ containing the information about the importance of blood donation. To entertain the gathering, a cultural evening was also organised where, among others, renowned Punjabi singers Kuldeep Manak and Balbir Chotia presented some of their famous songs, which enthralled the crowd. Besides, some plays were also staged.

Appreciated: The depiction of Lord Rama’s life and times by the Shri Ram Kala Kendra, Thermal Colony, has been drawing huge crowd. On Monday, the exile of Rama was shown and appreciated by the crowd. Chairman of the Kendra Davinder Pal Garg, vice-chairman Ashish Singla and stage secretary Rajan Shukla, among others, have thanked the people for their appreciation and enthusiasm.

Sports tourney: Mahatma Hansraj Sports Tournament is underway here. On Sunday, DAV Abohar defeated DAV Bhikhiwind by eight wickets. The star scorer in the match was Gurupratap, who scored 34 runs. The DAV Police School, Amritsar, won by 54 runs defeating DAV Bareta and DAV Eleven, Patiala, defeated DAV Bathinda by one run. On Monday, DAV Fazilka won against DAV Talwandi Bhai by 24 runs. Vicky was the highest scorer in the match. Meanwhile, DAV Jalandhar defeated DAV Malout by nine wickets.

Punjab jail guards meeting: Lodging resentment against the recently-issued orders of transfers for five of their colleagues, the Punjab Jail Guard Association held a meeting at the Central Jail here on Monday. Terming it against the norms, they demanded cancellation of the transfer orders. Lakhveer Singh, president of the association, informed that if the jail administration did not accept their demand, they would launch a stir.

Grewal recovering:
General secretary and member of the core committee of the SAD Maheshinder Singh Grewal, who underwent abdominal surgery, is now convalescing.The coordination committees of the SAD and the BJP that met here on Sunday informed the party leadership that Grewal was successfully operated upon in a Delhi hospital and was recovering well.

Kavi darbar:
Hasya Ras Kavi Darbar was organised on the occasion of ‘Aagman purab’ of Baba Sheikh Farid in Baba Farid Public School here on Sunday. Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, a member of the Lok Sabha, was the chief guest while District Magistrate VK Meena presided over the function. Inderjit Singh Khalsa, chairman of the Baba Farid Educational Society and Amardeep Singh Bassi, president of the Municipal Council, were also present on this occasion.

Son kills father:
A son allegedly killed his father and injured his brother by attacking them with a sharp-edged weapon over a property dispute in Lande village in the Bagha Purana subdivision of Moga district on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Karnail Singh and injured as Surjit Singh. They were seriously injured in the attack. Karnail Singh succumbed to his injuries on Monday while Surjit is still under treatment. A case has been registered against Gurmail Singh, the accused, but was eluding arrest when the report was filed.

Dr Pawan Kumar Singla joined as controller of examinations at Punjabi University, Patiala. Earlier, he was head of the department at Multani Mal Modi College here. Dr Singla is associated with a number of academic and social activities.



Skating Carnival from Sept 26:
Rolling Tigers Skating Academy will be organising the Open Speed Skating Carnival for boys and girls in the under-4 and under-14 categories at DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, on September 26 and 27 here. 

A meeting was organised by the Samaj Sudhar Vikas Manch, Green Earth Environment Society and Senior Citizens Forum at Defence Enclave, Zirakpur. The elected office-bearers are: President: Prof RK Bhardwaj; vice-president: NR Lakhesh; general secretary: Dr Devinder Singh Sethi; joint secretary: Perminder Bajwa; cashier: Rattan Lal and advisers: KC Sharma, GS Bhogal and Charanjit Singh Mehta.



CPM meeting held:
Only left parties could provide alternative that could provide relief from the “anti-people” policies being pursued by the Congress as well as the BJP in the country. This was stated by CPM legislator from Anoopgarh (Rajasthan) Pawan Duggal at an election meeting here on Monday. Former CPM MLA from Tohana Harpal Singh rued that farmers had not been getting remunerative prices for their produce in the state.

Juvenile justice training:
Judicial officers from Punjab and Haryana will now be trained on the finer aspects of the juvenile justice delivery system. Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and the committee headed by Justice Ranjit Singh have called all the judicial officers who are expected to deal with the issue for training purposes. The committee will also hold a daylong seminar on the juvenile justice system on October 10.

EC clarifies on expenses: The Election Commission (EC) of India has issued a clarification concerning provisions regarding maintenance of account of election expenses by contesting candidates. Chief Electoral Officer of Haryana Sajjan Singh said it had been brought to the notice of the commission that, in certain cases, prospective candidates get campaign materials prepared in advance, before the filing of nomination. Sajjan said the candidates should also account for all expenditure, including those incurred prior to the date of nomination for preparation of campaign materials.

USP announces list:
Upekshit Samaj Party (USP) will field its candidates on 20 seats in the coming state Assembly elections. In a press release issued here on Monday, national president of the party Vijay Kayat said the first list of eight party candidates had been released, while rest of the candidates would be declared within two days.

NCP’s 2nd list released:
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today released second list of 10 candidates for the coming Assembly elections. Releasing the list, state NCP president Choudhry Ved Pal said the final list of candidates would be released on Tuesday. The NCP had released names of 18 candidates on Sunday and with Monday’s list, the number of candidates announced so far has reached 28.

88 donate blood:
As many as 88 students and teachers donated blood at a camp held in Dr BR Ambedkar Govt College here on Friday with the help of the District Red Cross Society. District and Sessions Judge RS Baswana inaugurated this camp. Baswana said no donation could match blood donation which helped in saving human lives. “We should awaken people that blood donation had no ill-effects on the body and it was a noble cause. Principal Rohtash Malik said that the college organised a blood donation camp every year, this being the fourth one. — OC

Bank union office-bearers: The following were elected office-bearers of the Kaithal Central Cooperative Bank Employees Union here on Friday: president — Jagdish Dhull; vice-president — Rishipal Kasana; general secretary — Bihsambar Nath Arora; cashier — Ram Pal Sirohi; and auditor — Parma Nand. Rajinder Rana, Ishwar Singh Mehla; Sukhbir Singh, Ragubir Singh, Randhir Singh, Gian Chand Kalas, Zile Singh, Sat Pal Sharma, Rajesh Tyagi were elected executive committee members.

Astrologers in demand:
Even as most of the political parties except the Congress have announced their candidates to contest elections from the four Assembly segments falling in the district, but filing of nominations is yet to pick up here. According to sources, the contestants have been waiting for the best ‘Mahurath’ to file their papers. Many are thronging astrologers in the city and seeking cosmic help that could further the possibility of their winning in the elections. HJC nominee from Panipat Bijender Singh Kadyan said his astrologer had recommended that he should file his papers on September 23, so he would file his nomination that very day.

BJP agenda:
Power and water scarcity, increasing unemployment and discrimination in the matter of development would be the party’s agenda for the coming Assembly elections. This was stated here on Monday by party nominee from the Kosli segment and convener of the economic cell of the state BJP Anil Rao. He would file his papers here on September 23.

Rise in number of voters:
As a result of special drive launched by the district election office for enrolment of new voters, the number of voters in all six Assembly constituencies of the district had registered an increase of more than 49,000 within past four months after the parliamentary elections held in May this year. Deputy Commissioner-cum-district election officer Ajit Joshi said after receiving some complaints during the parliamentary elections that a significant number of voters did not find their names in the voter list of their respective areas, the teams engaged in enrolment of new voters were strictly directed to make door-to-door survey and ensure that no eligible persons had been left out.



Ex-servicemen attend rally:
A district-level rally for ex-servicemen was held at Surinsar village by the Tiger Brigade.The rally was organised with a view to building opportunities to address the grievances of retired personnel and synergise their potential to combat terrorism. Around 600 ex-servicemen attended the rally.

Two militants surrender: Two militants have surrendered in Doda district, a police official said on Monday. The militants identified as Zakir Hussain and Mohammad Ramzan, both belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba, surrendered before the police on Sunday evening, the official said.

2 killed in mishaps:
Two persons, including a GREF driver, were killed and four others injured in different road accidents across the Kashmir valley since Saturday.The police said the driver of the GRE, Gurdeep Singh, died when his tractor overturned.

2 jawans die of heart attack: Two jawans died of cardiac arrest in Baramulla and Jammu districts on Monday. Naik Thongpa Radha Krishna of 7 Madras Regiment was found dead at Gati Post near the LoC in the Uri sector, 100 km from here, in Baramulla district, the police said. According to doctors, the jawan died due to a massive heart attack. However, the police has registered a case. In Jammu, Pardeep Chib of 157 battalion of the Territorial Army died due of cardiac arrest when he was patrolling near the LoC in the Pargwal forward area of the district. A post-mortem was conducted, after which the jawan’s body was handed over to his family.

Woman’s body found: The body of an unidentified woman was found from the lawns of the Hazratbal shrine on Monday, the police said. The body is in the custody of Nigeen police station.


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