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Amritsar
APPEALED: International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society has appealed to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, for permission to 100 Sikh pilgrims to visit gurdwaras in Afghanistan. Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, society president, stated that as many as 13 historic Sikh shrines were located in Afghanistan.

Faridkot
ATTACKED: National swimmer Harcharan Singh was injured when some unidentified persons assaulted him here on Saturday. The incident took place when Harcharan was getting some work done at a welding shop near Kammeyana Gate. Sources said the assailants, armed with sharp-edged weapons, came in a white Zen and attacked Harcharan. Harcharan was admitted to the Guru Gobind Singh Medical Hospital.

LUDHIANA
Eyes donated: Dyal Kaur, a resident of Karyana Kalan, has donated her eyes to the Punarjot Eye Bank. She died on July 19 at the age of 84. Dyal Kaur's daughter is serving as a lecturer and her three sons are looking after agriculture in the village. Her two other sons are engaged in business.

Prayer Meeting: A prayer meeting in connection with the 87th birthday of Shri Rattan Muni ji Maharaj under the supervision of Shri Amar Muni ji was held at the Jain Sthanak in the Rupa Mistry street on Sunday. In his sermon, Amar Muni ji said that those leading a life of love always get love while those nurturing ill-will toward others invariably get enmity in return. He exhorted the gathering to do good deeds. A langar was also organised.

Jagran: The Jai Maa Shakti Club organised a jagran in Manjit Nagar on Saturday night. The Deedar Vaishno Welfare Society also organised a jagran in Daulat Colony on Saturday night.

Parbhat Pheri: Shri Banke Bihari Sewa Parivar took out a parbhat pheri from the Brindaban Road on Sunday morning. Before the start of the parbhat pheri, Hanuman Chalisa was recited by the devotees. Singing of hymns and the Hare krishna maha-mantra marked the religious procession.

Prayer For Rain: The Hare Krishna Parchar Samiti held a prayer meeting at the Prachin Gaushala on Sunday. A langar was also held to appease the rain gods. A satsang session was also held on the occasion.

PAPER READING CONTEST: New Senior Secondary School at Sarabha Nagar held a paper reading contest on Monday. The contest was based on the lives of great Indian heroes Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chander Shekhar Azad, whose birthdays fell on Sunday, in collaboration with Mr Sukhdev Shakha of the Bharat Vikas Parishad, Ludhiana. About 16 students took part in the contest. The competition was divided into four groups. The results of the contest are: Kamalpreet Kaur of IX B 1, Pawanpreet Kaur of X B 2, and Saurav Bansal of X B 3. The Deputy Director Principal, Mr H.C. Gupta, gave away the prizes.

LECTURE: Mr P. L. Ahuja, Railway Master, Railway Department, will deliver a lecture on unmanned level crossing at the Hedgewar Auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana at 9 am on Tuesday.

ADMISSIONS: The H.R. Aggarwal Charitable Hospital and Institute of Paramedical Sciences started admissions to paramedical courses in collaboration with Xincon Technology Inc., Toronto, Canada. Speaking in a seminar, the Principal, Dr Ajay Sharma, said about various advantages regarding the courses offered. Mr H.D. Kanda, Senior Manager, Central Bank of India, Jamalpur Awana, also addressed the students.

Malout
HONOURED: A number of outstanding students of Sanatan Dharam Senior Secondary School, Malout, were honoured by its management at prize distribution function held here on Sunday. The students who were honoured included those who were on the merit list of different board results. The president of the managing committee of the school, Mr Rajindra Garg, gave away the prizes to these students.

Moga
DOWRY HARASSMENT: In a case of dowry harassment, a woman was admitted to the local Civil Hospital after she was allegedly assaulted by her in-laws. According to police sources, the woman’s father Onkar Nath said his daughter Mamta was married to Sandeep Kumar of Baghapurana in 2003. Sandeep went abroad soon after the marriage. Later, her mother-in-law and other members of the family started harassing her to bring more dowry. A case has been registered.

MISAPPROPRIATED: A case of misappropriation in rice milling has come to light. According to officials of the Punjab State Warehouse Corporation, Moga, in 2003-04, Balkhandi Agro Pvt Ltd was given 1,61,826 sacks of paddy, weighing 56,639.10 quintals, for milling. The firm returned 1,49,500 sacks, weighing 52,325 quintals, rice after milling. When a departmental probe was conducted into the matter, 12,326 sacks, weighing 4314.10 quintals, were found less, which costs about Rs 55.42 lakh. The district manager said a written complaint had been sent to the SSP, Moga. The SSP has ordered a probe into the matter.

BEAUTIFICATION PLAN: The Town Improvement Trust, Moga, will soon start a beautification scheme, under which Rs 1.25 crore will be spent. Under the scheme, a shopping complex will be built near the bus stand. This three-storeyed complex will house shops-cum-offices and booths. Besides, a scheme to construct a multi-storeyed commercial complex at the old tehsil complex has been prepared.

Nawanshahr
FOUNDATION STONE: Mr Parkash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (Local Bodies and Information Technology Departments), laid the foundation stone of a water supply and sewerage project for the colonies developed near Gurudwara Ahli Sahib here on Saturday.

SCHOLARSHIP: The Shivalaya Atma Devi Talab Ralla Mall Bhucher, (Musapur Road) organised a Jan Kalyan Samaroh here on Sunday. Scholarships amounting to Rs 1 lakh dedicated to the memory of Ashok Kumar Bhucher, were disbursed among as many as 10 needy and meritorious students, informed Mr Jai Gopal Bhucher in a press release.

ORGANISED: The Doaba Social Welfare Society organised a ‘Vanamahotsava’ function here on Saturday. Mr Vikas Garg, ADC (D), presided over and inaugurated the programme by planting a sapling. As many as 100 saplings were planted, informed Mr Vasdev Pardesi, general secretary of the society, in a press release.

Phagwara
ASSAULTED: Raghbir Singh, a sevadar at Dera Sant Baba Dalip Singh, Domeli village was on Saturday night attacked with sharp-edged weapons by over 10 assailants with muffled faces who injured him seriously and looted him of Rs 20,000 and one cellphone. The sevadar has been hospitalised.

KILLED: Shambhu Kumar (30), a migrant worker, was crushed to death by two trucks on the GT Road near Khajurala on Sunday. The deceased belonged to Muzaffarpur in Bihar. He accidentally came in between the colliding trucks.

PROTEST HELD: Adopting a novel way of protest, a large number of women of Guru Nanakpura staged an empty buckets demonstration on Sunday against the acute scarcity of water in the mohalla. The protesters threatened to stage a dharna in front of the office of the Nagar Council in case the drinking water supply was not improved forthwith.

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CHANDIGARH

SAPLING PLANTED: As part of the vanamahotsava week, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, planted saplings on the school premises here on Sunday. The Director Environment of the UT Administration, Mr Ishwar Singh, accompanied by the Principal, Ms Khushinder Sharma, and PTA president, Ms Ravinder Walia, were among those, who planted saplings on the occasion. Mr Ishwar Singh said the Administration released funds to various schools and organisations for celebrating such days like the Earth Day, the Environment Day and Wildlife Day.

APPOINTED: Harpreet Singh “Harry”, a student of the Department of Laws, Panjab University, was appointed the president of the PU campus unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), here today. A student activist for a long time, he has been associated with various cultural organisations and organised a successful Sufi brothers’ night at the university auditorium recently. He was appointed by the local NSUI president, Mr Nitin Goyal.

EYE CAMP: Lions Club, Chandigarh Central, organised a free eye check-up camp at Government High School, Colony No 4, here on Sunday. More than 200 patients were examined. A team of 12 club members, led by Mr D.S. Bali, who is also chairman of Sight First, managed the camp. Dr R. K. Kapathia, an eye surgeon, examined the patients. The patients were provided free medicines for minor ailments.

BLOOD DONATION: A blood donation camp was organised by St Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Sector 46, here on Sunday. As many as 40 members donated blood at the camp. A team of doctors from General Hospital, Sector 16, conducted the camp.

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HARYANA

Bhiwani
FUNCTION HELD: A musical night was held in the memory of Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi on Kargil Vijay Divas at Neki Ram Sharma auditorium on Sunday. Several artistes and singers presented patriotic and religious songs and paid tributes to the martyrs.

Sonepat
DOWRY CASE: On the complaint of a young housewife, Mrs Sonia, the mahila police on Sunday registered a case against six persons, including her husband, for dowry harassment. 

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