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: As many as 29 cases were settled in a Lok Adalat organised at the Labour Court here on Friday. The Additional District and Sessions Judge-cum-Presiding Officer, Labour Court, Ms Harpreet Kaur Jeevan, presided.

ARRESTED: The district police has arrested Narinder Singh, alias Minta of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, for allegedly possessing 1.50 kg of opium. A case has been registered.

DISTRIBUTED: Dr Ambedkar Free Educational and Special Welfare Society here on Friday distributed warm clothes, including coats, jackets and blankets among 300 children. Bibi Bhupinder Kaur, president, Nagar Panchayat, Ajnala, and founder of the society, Mr Makhan Singh Fariad, presided.

KHULA DARBAR: The Ferozepore Deputy Commissioner, Mr Bidhi Chand Thakur, held a khula darbar here on Friday in which Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, MLA, Fazilka and Chairman PSTC, Mr Rajinder Kumar Rinwa, Chairman, Zila Parishad, Ferozepore, Dr Birinder Pal Singh, Civil Surgeon, Ferozepore, Mr Rahul Tiwari and Mr Desh Deepak, both Additional Deputy Commissioners, Ferozepore, Mr Bhupinder Singh Saharan, SDM, Fazilka, and other officers were present. Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa addressing the gathering claimed that development works at a cost of about Rs 50 crore had been carried out and same would continue further. Mr Rajinder Kumar Rinwa, Chairman, Zila Parishad, pleaded for prompt compensation to villagers hit by hailstorm.

SEMINAR: Mr Parveen Talwar, lawyer, gave tips to his colleagues on the handling of motor accident claim cases here on Saturday. He was addressing a seminar organised at the Judicial complex.

MEDICAL CAMP: The NSS unit of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women organised a blood donation camp on the college campus here on Saturday to help thalassaemic patients. A team of doctors from the Department of Transfusion Medicine, DMCH, collected the blood. President of the college Narinder Kumar Jain inaugurated it. Fifty students donated blood.

CHECK-UP CAMP: A diabetes and heart check-up camp will be organised at Lifeline Hospital on Sunday. Dr K.S. Khaira, administrator, in a press note said a team of eminent doctors would examine the patients and medicines will be distributed free of cost among the poor.

B CERTIFICATE TEST: Examination of NCC cadets of 3 Punjab Girls Bn, NCC, Ludhiana, for B certificate was held at Khalsa College for Women Ludhiana on Saturday. Cadets from Khalsa College for Women, Government College for Women, GNG Model Town, Ramgarhia College, G.N. College, Doraha, Gurusar Sudhar, MTSM College, SDP College, appeared for the test. Col S.S. Saini, Commanding Officer of 19th Punjab, NCC, was the presiding officer.

ATTACKED: Mr Baijmohan Dhir, father of a journalist, was attacked by a group of men near the CIA office here on Friday. The accused fled away. He suffered injuries in the head and was taken to the local Civil Hospital for treatment. Mr Dhir said he was going to a photostat shop when he was attacked with iron rods.

CENSUS: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr B.R. Banga, said here on Friday that the fifth economic census of the district would be carried out from April 1 to May 31. Presiding over a meeting in this connection, he appealed the persons concerned to carry out the census work honestly and sincerely so that the exact figures could be sent to the state government. He said the government would base the public welfare scheme on the figure basis. He warned that any casual approach on the part of officials would harm public interest.

ILLICIT LIQUOR: The town has become a ‘safe haven’ for illicit liquor smugglers. Not only men but also women are involved in this illegal trade. Sources said the trade had been flourishing in the Sujanpur, Deeda, Chakki, Chhani Beli and some other villages. The Superintendent of Police said the police had arrested more than 100 persons in this connection.

LOAN MELA: The local grain market branch of the State Bank of Patiala (SBP) in collaboration with Lehra, Uppli, Duggan and Ubhawal branches of the bank organised a ‘loan mela’ here on Friday. Loans worth Rs 2.25 crore were distributed among 220 persons. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Husan Lal, presided over the function. 



BLOOD CAMP: The Punjab IAS Officers Welfare Association on Thursday organised a blood doantion camp at which officers, members of their families and others donated 51 units of blood. Chief Secretary Punjab Mr Jai Singh Gill inaugurated the camp and he praised officers for this noble gesture. Mr Gill also honoured the donors and appreciated Mr B.R. Bajaj, President of the association. The Indian Red Cross Society Punjab and the Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh helped the donors.

GYNAE HELPLINE: Dr Harishikesh Pai and Dr Nandita Palsetkar, two local gynaecologists have started free helpline service for infertile couples. Patients from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and UP form 35 per cent of the total patients. The 24-hour free counselling service is available through phone, SMS and Internet on the website www.infertilityindia.com.

CELEBRATIONS: The Valentine week celebrations were held today at a local cafe in Sector 35 where leading golfers of the region were present. Mr Amandeep Johal, Asian PGA Tour champion and his wife, Parnita Garewal, another leading golfer, Ajeetesh Sandhu, National Junior champion and Kanika Manocha , Winner of CGA Open Golf Champion along with his mother were also present.

BASANT CELEBRATED: Basant Panchmi was celebrated at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36 on Saturday. Students and staff members wore yellow dresses. Kite flying and dancing contests were organised. Principal of the college Satinder Dhillon spoke on the occasion.

FAREWELL PARTY: Students of class X of Blue Bird High School were given a farewell party in the school on Saturday. Class IX students staged cultural and educational programme for their seniors. Function also included the annual awards ceremony and a modelling contest for the outgoing students. Ajay was declared the best athlete, Saloni Bhatnagar the best all round student, Sonia for 100 per cent attendance and Shipra the most disciplined student of the school.

celebrated: Students and faculty members of Hansraj Public School celebrated Basant Panchami with fervour. Basant Panchami was also organised at DAV School, Sector 8. Poem and story competition was organised for the students.



TRIBUTES PAID: Tributes were paid to Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhaya, a former president of the Bhartiya Jansangh, at a shradhanjali sabha to mark his 37th death anniversary here on Friday. A former state BJP chief, Mr Om Prakash Grover, and the vice-chairman of the local bodies' cell of the BJP, Haryana, Mr Vijay Bhuhan Narula, were the prominent speakers. The BJP chief of the local city, Mr Ashok Moudgil, presided.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Lal Singh on the charge of harbouring an accused, Indraj, who had allegedly eloped with a teenaged girl, Rekha, from Nangal Mundi village on January 18. The arrest has been made on a complaint by members of the girl's family to the district police chief.

DEAD: Onkar Singh, a field guard (watchman), was fatally injured when gunpowder lying near him exploded in a field near Delhawas Gulabpura village, 12 km from here, on Friday. Later, he died. It is stated that when he fired to scare away antelopes (neel gais) a shot accidentally struck the gunpowder which exploded and injured him critically.

KILLED: One person was killed when an auto overturned on the Sonepat-Rathdhanna road near Akbarpur Barota village, 8 km from here, on Saturday. The victim was identified as Umed Singh of Akbarpur Barota village. A case has been registered.

4 INJURED: At least four persons were injured when a Canter collided with a three-wheeler on the GT Road near Rasoi village, about 15 km from here, on Saturday. The injured were identified as Adesh and Roop Ram of Pio Manyari village and Partap and Sanjay of Ashok Vihar.

HELD: The Murthal police claims to have arrested Sibesh, a resident of Islampur village of Deenaj district in West Bengal, and Sanjay of Dhangarh village of Partapgarh district in Uttar Pradesh on the charges of loot and murder. Both culprits had fled after committing the crime.

CASE REGISTERED: The police here on Saturday registered a case against Samsher (25) of Shahzadpur village on the charge of attempt to rape a woman of the same village.



PANIC: Ravi Kumar, a resident of Ram Minhas village, created panic among the shopkeepers of Gangath town when he hurled a “khukhari” (sharp-edged weapon) and intimated the shopkeepers. Scared members of the local Beopar Mandal closed their shops in protest against the police inaction. Later, the police nabbed the youth. A case has been registered.

BUS RECOVERED: The Nurpur police on Thursday recovered a private Baloria bus (HP-5736) from the possession of a private finance company at Jalandhar. The police had lodged a theft case under Sections 379 and 34 of the IPC. The finance company had forcibly taken away the bus from Nurpur on February 4. No arrest has been made so far.

CAMP: The Bhakra Beas Management Board here on Friday organised a one-day free medical camp on the premises of Government Middle School, Dharnda. The management contributed items worth Rs 50,000 to the Government Primary and Middle schools, Dharnda. Mr Balbir Singh, Member BBMB, was the chief guest. The camp was organised by Balancing Reservoir Silt Clearing and Planning Design Division. Medicines were given free of cost.

FOUNDATION STONE: Mr Rakesh Nath Chairman, Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), laid the foundation stone of the first phase of the proposed Beas Sutlej Link Colony here on Friday. He performed puja on the spot where 72 Type 2 quarters will be constructed, the cost of which will be Rs 2.78 crore. He said the BBMB had decided to construct new residential colonies at Sundernagar, Pandoh and Slapper in a phased manner. 


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