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Sukhbir to unfurl
Tricolour: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will unfurl the Tricolour on the 61st Republic Day celebrations on January 26 at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium here. Punjab Police jawans, NCC cadets, homeguard jawans, Scouts and Girl guides will participate in the march past to be organised on this occasion. DC Kahan Singh Pannu said a gatka show, PT show and a cultural show would also be organised.

Clean chit to ‘spy’
: The police on Sunday gave a clean chit to the man, who was arrested on suspicion of being a foreign spy. SP (D) Ajay Maluja claimed that the arrested man was not a foreign spy, but was actually mentally unstable. He said the man, Magan, belonged to UP and had left his house about three years ago after the death of his parents and wife. “We have booked him under Sections 109, IPC, and informed his kin,” Maluja added.

Camp to provide tips on MBA: A one-day MBA awareness camp would be organised by the Chandigarh-based Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC) in various colleges of Bathinda on Monday and Tuesday. The objective of the camp would be to make the students aware about the MBA course.

Global conference
: The Department of Development of Punjabi Language, Punjabi University, is organising a three-day international Punjabi Conference on “Punjabi Bhasha Vikas de Badlde Paripekh (Changing Perspectives of Development of Punjabi Language)” from January 27 to 29. According to HoD Amarjit Kaur, the CEO of the Parsar Bharti, Baljit Singh Lali, will inaugurate the conference. The Editor, Punjabi Tribune, Varinder Walia, will present a keynote address, whereas MP (Rajya Sabha) Tarlochan Singh and senior station director of Doordarshan, Jalandhar, Daljit Singh will be the guests of honour. The conference will comprise five academic sessions.

Literary programme: The National Book Trust of India in collaboration with the Department of Youth Welfare, Punjabi University, is organising a literary programme on the university campus here on Monday. A total of 23 books will be released during the programme, which will comprise a symposium on “Book Culture in Punjab” and a kavi darbar in which 32 Punjabi poets will participate. Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh will inaugurate the programme. 



4 held for looting jeweller
: The local police has arrested four criminals allegedly involved in various incidents of crime, including looting of jewellery worth several lakhs, at Sonepat on January 18. The jeweller had been fired upon by the criminals. The accused have been handed over to the Sonepat police on production warrants. They have been identified as Manish of Sonepat, Rahul of Uttar Pradesh, Vikas of Bahadurgarh and Sunil of Sonepat. They were arrested from a spot near a minor adjoining Lijwana Kalan village in the district on Thursday night. 

Couple killed in accident
: A young couple, Sat Narain Sharma (34) and his wife Manju Devi, residents of Sonepat, died on the spot when the motorcycle they were riding on was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the Rewari-Jhajjar road here on Sunday. In another incident, Vajayanti Devi (30), a resident of Mohalla Kayasthwara here, was reportedly crushed to death under a crusher-laden tractor-trolley on the Jhajjar road here on Sunday. The incident took place when the trolley lost balance and overturned. The driver reportedly absconded after the accident. 

Tributes paid to Netaji
: Rich tributes were paid to Netaji Subhas Chander Bose on his 113rd birth anniversary by various political parties, social organisations and educational institutes here on Saturday. The Zila Sonepat Swatantarta Sainani and Uttradhikari Sanghthan and Shaheed Yadgar Samiti jointly organised a meeting in the local Swatantarta Sainani Bhawan and it was presided over by sangthan president Shanta Jain. 

Hotel manager booked
: The manager of Sapphire hotel and two others were arrested on Saturday for reportedly creating noise pollution in violation of the DC’s orders banning high-volume sound at marriage places and hotels during late night. The three include hotel manager Ishwar Chand, Kuldeep Singh and Vivek Gill.


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