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SARPANCH HELD: Swarn Singh, sarpanch of Dhand village, has been arrested for misappropriating Rs 1.51 lakh government grant and 126.80 quintals of wheat under the Food for Work programme.

INVITED: The local Indian Medical Association (IMA) has been invited to participate in Lok Boli Mela to be held in Okara, Pakistan, from January 23-30. Dr Amrit Sethi, president, IMA, said a delegation would leave for Pakistan on January 28. He also handed over a cheque for Rs 1,25,000 to Dr Parveen Garg, joint secretary, national, IMA, towards tsunami aid.

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DISTRIBUTED: The Deputy Commissioner visited schools at Kotla Bajwara, Mandofal and Manupur villages where he distributed 70 sweaters and 25 pair of shoes to the needy students from the District Red Cross Society. Mr Dev Singh, DEO (Elementary), and Ms Sutantra Arora, incharge, District Red Cross Society, also accompanied him. He also granted Rs 21,000 to Government Girls School at Mandi Gobindgarh.

INJURED: A couple was injured when a rickshaw in which they were going was hit by a truck and a bus near the local bus stand on Monday. The couple was identified as Shveta Sharma and H. Sharma, resident of Narotam Nagar.

ARRESTED: The Khanna district police arrested four persons on Monday night. These include a satta operator Narinder; Karam Singh for possessing poppy husk; Bachitar Singh for carrying 2.5 gm of smack and Avtar Singh for carrying eight bottles of country made liquor.

BANK MANAGER: HELD: Punjab Vigilance sleuths arrested D.K. Sharma, Senior Manager, Bank of India here on Tuesday. They found Rs 10,000 in his possession which he had reportedly taken from a local factory owner Arun Kumar to stall action against him for not depositing the car loan sum in time.

LAND PRICES: At least 5,000 unauthorised structures have come up along the periphery of the town from Khanpur to the Chakki river. According to Punjab Urban Development Authority officials, the town area has extended 15 km spherically. In colonies like Gill Avenue, Indira Colony and Abrol Nagar land prices have touched Rs 1 lakh from Rs 30,000 per marla a decade ago.

ARRESTED: The Kapurthala police arrested eight persons in a murder case on Tuesday. These included Binder, Babbu, Talwinder, Kala, all brothers, their mother Bimla, sister Pammu, and Fazla Devi and Pappu. They attacked Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Mandi road Begowal, with sharp-edged weapons and caused him injury on January 12. Jaswinder Singh succumbed to his injuries the next day.

KILLED: An old man, Harbhagwan Singh of Chachoki village, was run over and killed by a train near Goraya on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar rail section on Tuesday night. He was crossing the railtrack. His body was sent to the local Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. A case has been registered.

INJURED: Mr Hans Raj, a trader, was seriously injured when some unidentified assailants attacked him with sharp-edged weapons near Sangh-Dherian village on the Rurrka Kalan-Goraya road here on Tuesday night. They took away Rs 35,000 and his scooter. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. A case has been registered.

DONATION: Government employees of the district have collected Rs 17.82 lakh by giving their one-day salary to help the victims of the tsunami disaster. The amount will be deposited in the Chief Minister’s relief fund, said the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, here on Tuesday.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: “It is not possible for the most of the people in the state to send their children to the private and public schools charging high fees. So there was an urgent need to provide free and better education to the students belonging to poor families,” said Mr K.P.S. Rana, Parliamentary Secretary (Commerce and Industry), Punjab, while addressing the students during the annual day function at G.M.N Senior Secondary School here on Tuesday. He also gave Rs 50,000 for the development of various projects at school that has been providing free education to needy students.


DEAD: Mr Shanti Swaroop Aggarwal, a former Assistant Registrar of Panjab University, Chandigarh, died here on Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 79. He is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters.

LAUNCHED: A child care project was launched on Wednesday on the premises of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, which was organised by the Lions Club, Chandigarh Plaza LCC Nightingale and Kharar Umang. Ms Renu Bali, Region Chairperson, was the chief guest and appreciated the gesture shown towards the needy students. Punjab National Bank, Sector 33, and Standard Chartered Bank, Sector 9, also sponsored the students with woollen sweaters, shoes, notebooks, pencils, socks. Ms Indira Dhingra, Principal of the GMSSS-21, thanked the club members for their help while Ms Manjula Sharma, another senior teacher, coordinated the function.

Honoured: Dr T.S. Sandhu of Dr Sandhu’s Eye hospital, Sector 32 here has been presented the award of honour by the Dr B.R. Ambedkar Welfare Society for doing service to the poor and needy. Dr Sandhu has been conducting a large number of free eye camps in remote areas and has rendered free eye care to several patients.

Inaugurated: Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), inaugurated a blood donation camp at DAV College, Sector 10, here on Wednesday. The camp was jointly organised by the college management and the Lions Club Central and 197 units of blood were donated. Ms Rodrigues also visited the Lal Chand Research Library of the college, which is equipped with latest modern techniques to house and preserve documents. She also presented mementos to the regular blood donors, who had donated blood more than five times.

Medical Camp: A free medical camp on bone density estimation was organised by the Mahajan Educational and Healthcare Trust at Sector 17 here on Wednesday. About 200 persons, including the elderly, visited the camp and their bone density estimation was done. Another medical camp by the trust will be organised in April this year.


BODY FOUND: The body of a youth was found from a field on the outskirts of the town here on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Gyan Chand, a resident of Akupur village.

AID FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS: Students, staff members and the Principal of Government High School, Bhusthla, have collected Rs 11,000 for tsunami victims. The amount was forwarded to the local Red Cross Society here on Tuesday.


RECOVERED: The police has found 40 bottles of illicit liquor during a raid at Tikker village in Paonta subdivision. Sunder Singh has been arrested in this connection.

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