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YOUTH FESTIVAL: A three-day Zonal Youth Festival for boys (A-zone) of Guru Nanak Dev University will start from October 9 at its Dashmesh Auditorium. Competitions in bhangra, fancy dress, mimicry, histrionics and one-act play will be held on the inaugural day.

BOOKED FOR THEFT: Under a special campaign against increasing thefts in the city, the district police has booked two residents under Sections 356 and 34, IPC. In a press note, Mr Kapil Dev, SSP, said two unidentified persons on scooter snatched a purse from a girl near the local TV tower. On getting the information, the police followed the snatchers and caught them on the Bathinda-Goniana road. The accused were identified as Kuldeep Singh and Sukhdeep Singh.

BOOKED: A man and his parents have been booked for allegedly abducting a girl. According to information, Manju, daughter of Mangal Ram of Dehlon, was engaged with Kewal of Dangora about six months ago. But the engagement was later broken. Kewal, his father Mangal Ram and mother Maya allegedly bore a grudge against Ram Singh, father of the girl. Kewal and his parents allegedly abducted Manju with an intention to marry her with Kewal, according to the complaint by Ram Singh. A case has been registered under Sections 363, 366 and 120B, IPC.

CDs SEIZED: Gagandip Singh, Sub-Inspector with the CIA staff, Jagraon, on a tip-off, raided the premises of Sandip Kumar of 30/2, Agwar Gujran, Jagraon, and seized 178 fake CDs from his possession. A case under Sections 51,52,63,64 and 65-A of the Copy Right Act and 294, IPC, has been registered. Sandip has been arrested.

TWO BOOKED: The local police has registered a case under Sections 468, 467and 420, IPC, against Darshan Singh of Kaunke Kalan and Sukhdev Singh on the complaint of Hardip Singh, a resident of Mai Jeena Road, Jagraon. The duo allegedly charged Rs 5,000 each from two girls on a promise to get them matric certificates. But they neither provided them certificates nor returned money.

THEFT CASE: Gurnam Singh of Kaunke Kalan and Jagri Singh of Pouhar Kalan have been booked for allegedly stealing a water pump along with band worth Rs 6,000 from Gurdwara Nanaksar, according to a complaint of Kothe Hari Singh. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered against them. No arrest has been made so far.

ASKED: Mr K.C.Kapoor, Circle Education Officer, Jalandhar, asked teachers to bring qualitative improvement in the functioning of the schools. He was addressing a meeting of principals and headmasters of the government schools in the district at Government Senior Secondary School here on Thursday. He said the state government had been spending huge amounts under the Sarv Shikhiya Abhiyan the purpose. Mr Ajit Ram Khaitan, District Education Officer, Mr Gurmail Singh Sahlon, Deputy DEO, among others also addressed the meeting.

MEDICAL CAMP: Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran, in association with the UK-based Heer family, will organise an eye operation-cum-multispeciality medical check-up camp at Dadiyal village near Saila Khurd in Hoshiarpur district on Sunday. Eye operations and lens implantation will be done. Ms Sushil Kaur, PRO of the Trust, in a press note here Thursday said medicine would be given free of cost to poor patients.

DONATED: Mr Ajaib Singh, who is working as a cashier in the local treasury office, has pledged to donate his body parts to the Department of Anatomy, PGI, Chandigarh, according to Dr Madhur Gupta, Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy.

NUMBERS CHANGED: The phones of the Executive Engineer, PSEB, Samrala division, Ghulal, have been changed to 266151 and 266152(residence), according to Mr J.S. Dhanoa, XEN, PSEB, Samrala.

CONVENTION: A three-day state-level convention of the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) will be held from October 29 to October 31 at the Naina Devi Mandir Complex. Mr Sanjiv Mintoo, state secretary of the PRSU, in a press note here on Wednesday said "anti-students" policies of the central and state governments would be discussed. These policies were being framed under pressure of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), he added.

PLEA TO CM: A member of the International Naturopathy Organsation, Mr Harpreet Singh Bhandari, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to set up state and district-level committees to promote Naturopathy in the state. Mr Bhandari also asked him to declare October 2 as naturopathy day.

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RETRIEVED: The bodies of ASIs Santokh Singh and Kuldeep Singh were retrieved from Harike barrage on Wednesday. They were drowned along with a head constable on Tuesday. Mr Gurkirpal Singh, SSP, said the body of head constable Shivdev Singh Lauka had not been found yet.

SCIENCE FAIR: A two-day tehsil-level science fair concluded here on Wednesday at SGAD Government Girls Secondary School. More than six teams of different schools participated. Ms D.K. Mahia, principal of the school, presided. Mr Dalip Singh Sandhu, District Science Officer, was the chief guest.


WORKSHOP: YWCA as a part of its ongoing programmes for upliftment of girls from the weaker section of society held its annual workshop of “Family Life Education for Adolescent Girls” at YWCA on Thursday. Ms Baljit, a senior staff member of PGIMER Nursing College asked the girls to take care of themselves during the growing up stages. Ms Sreshtha Mehta, senior secretary, Indian Council for Social Welfare of the Chandigarh branch, made participants aware of their legal rights. She stressed on the need for prevention of female foeticide.


ARRESTED: The Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested three youths travelling in the women’s compartment of a passenger train (2 KDM) here on Thursday. According to a report, they were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Pradeep Kumar, who fined them Rs 300 each.


The Governor, Mr V.S. Kokje, has stressed on the need for preserving traditional languages and dialects, which played an important role in enriching the Indian culture. Inaugurating a three-day training workshop on “Preservation of traditional Bhoti language” at the Himachal Institute of Public Administration here on Wednesday, he said preserving traditional languages was a challenge in present times. The script played a significant role in keeping a language alive and as such preservation of ancient scripts was of utmost importance.

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