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Punjab Briefs
Cheques distributed:
The Punjab Panchayat and Rural Development Minister, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, presided over a meeting of panches and sarpanches of nearby villages at Batala Club, here on Saturday. The minister distributed 25 cheques worth Rs 1 lakh each to 25 panchayats of this subdivision.

Body found:
The body of a man, in his early thirties was found by the police at Kapurthala Chowk on Sunday.

Dead: Rani, a resident of Kazi Mandi received serious burn injuries in a stove burst at her residence on December 15. She succumbed to her injuries at the Civil Hospital here on Sunday.

Booked: Two Delhi-based travel agents have been booked for deceiving Niranjan Singh, a resident of Gandhi Nagar here of Rs 2.7 lakh on the pretext of sending the latter abroad. In a complaint Niranjan had alleged that he had given them the amount in 1996 for sending him to Itlay. In another case Kanwaljit Singh and his wife Kulwant Kaur have been booked for taking an amount of Rs 2.7 lakh from Sukhdev Singh a resident of Haripur village near Adampur for sending the latter to Thailand with a work permit.

Fashion show:
A fashion show was organised by a Bollywood entertainer at the local Atwal Palace here on Sunday. An entertainment programme was also organised on the occasion.

Scooter stolen:
A scooter belonging to Gurdas Singh of Badhnikalan village in this district was stolen on Saturday. In a complaint lodged with the police the victim said he had parked his scooter near a taxi stand on the Lapo road.

Cultural programme: A cultural programme organised by the local International sports Social Welfare and Cultural Club was held at gracious square of the Municipal Committee on Saturday. The programme was presided over by the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh. Mr Raj Babbar, MP, was the chief guest.

The Punjab Medical Practitioners Association has decided to intensify its stir for the implementation of its demands. The state general secretary of the association, Mr Ramesh Bali, said here on Monday that a rally would be organised at Dana Mandi, Ludhiana, on January 11.

Iftaar party: The district unit of the Muslim National Front organised a roza iftaar party here at the Baradari masjid on Sunday. Mr Chamkaur Singh Kauri, president, Municipal Council, was the chief guest and the president of the Punjab Muslim National Front, Mr Syed Yaqub Hussain Naqvi presided.

Voters list: Mr Rajinder Singh, a resident of Bibi Behra Mohalla said he along with his family had been residing in the town for the past 11 years. The voters list doesn't include six members of his family. On several occasions he had filled the requisite forms and submitted the same to the officials concerned.

Economic crisis: The Secretary of the State unit of the CPM, Prof Balwant Singh said here on Saturday that Mr Parkash Singh Badal was responsible for the economic crisis in the State. He said there are three major revenue resources in the state — sales tax, excise tax and stamp duty. The CM had neither administrative vision nor political will to tap these resources. At least 83 per cent of bank deposits were being utilised outside Punjab, he added. He flayed the CM for amending the Panchayat Act to gain mileage in the ensuing panchayat samiti and zila parishad elections.

Kalyan Divas: The local unit of Sri Ram Shranam on Sunday organised a "Jan Kalyan divas" at Sri Ram Shranam Bhavan. Nearly 85 sweaters and 25 pairs of shoes were distributed among poor students, according to Dr Jatinder Dev Verma.

Amardeep mela: A four-day Amardeep mela organised at Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandur, 15 km from here to commemorate the founding of the college, concluded here on Friday. Various competitions were organised. Parents of the late Amardeep Singh Shergill presided over the function, according to Mr S. Arwan Singh, Principal of the college.

Rural development: The Welfare Minister, Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, while addressing a public meeting at Bhangalkalan village on Sunday said the Badal Government had decided to spend Rs 4.35 crore on rural development in the next financial year. A sum of Rs 220 crore was spent on the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Class people.

CWC member:
Former Legislator and Pradesh Congress Organising Secretary, Satwant Singh Mohi has welcomed the nomination of Natwar Singh on the Central Working Committee.

Medical camp: The local Kaysth Sabha organised a medical camp at Chitra Modern School under the presidentship of Mr P.N. Bhatnagar. A team of ENT doctors examined the students.

Two killed:
Two brothers, Kanwal Pal Singh (10) and Haras Pal Singh (12), son of Ajaib Singh of Bahmana village were killed on Saturday when their tractor-trolley collided with a truck. The driver of the truck has been arrested.

Lions club:
The local Lions Club has distributed sweaters, shawls, books and shoes among the poor students of Government Primary School, near the court complex. The DSP, Mr Gurnam Singh Sidhu, presided over the function.


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Haryana briefs
Five persons, including the driver and conductor of the Haryana Roadways bus were injured when it collided with a stationary truck on the Hisar road here on Sunday. The bus was coming from Delhi.

Road mishap:
Three pilgrims were killed and three others injured when a jeep going to Sirsa tried to overtake a tractor trailer and collided with a Haryana Roadways bus coming from the opposite direction. The deceased persons have been identified as Surinder Pal, Sukhdev and Gopi Singh. Three injured persons have been hospitalised in the local Civil Hospital.

LPG distribution:
The Deputy Commissioner of Sirmour, Mr Rakesh Kaushal, said here on Monday that 13 LPG extension centres had been opened in the district. Nahan would cater to the demand of Andheri, Bedon, Jaman ki Ser, Thakurdwara and Naya Gaon areas, whereas, Paonta Sahib dealers would supply LPG cylinders to consumers in Neghata, Bhaila, Jamna, Jakhna, Bhrog Beneri, Haripur Khol, and Kotri Beas.

Ravi and Nanak of Surewala village (Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan) were arrested by the police for printing fake currency notes. A case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC, has been registered against the suspects.

Reports denied:
The General Secretary of the Haryana unit of the BJP Mr Manohar Lal Khattar said here on Sunday that his party had neither compromised on 30 seats with the INLD nor handed over the list of the constituencies to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala on the issue of seat sharing in the forthcoming assembly elections.


Himachal Briefs
Phone subscribers:
The local telephone subscribers have resented the frequent disruption in STD and local telephone services. The Telecom Department authorities here have said the disruption was due to the installation of a new telephone exchange.

Forest rest house:
Mr Rup Singh Thakur, Forest Minister, laid the foundation stone of the forest rest house at Talali, 30 km from here, on Sunday. According to official sources, Rs 4.5 lakh will be spent on its construction.


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