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Jalandhar
Eye camp: The Vajra Corps will organise a free eye check-up camp for ex-servicemen and their families at Military Hospital, Jalandhar Cantonment, from February 25 to March 2. Brigadier Zile Singh, Commandant, Military Hospital, said the visitors would be able to avail of modern facilities for accurate diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. He added that the patients requiring cataract operation would receive free intra-ocular lens implantation during the camp.

Kapurthala
Drug menace:
People should take the drug menace as a challenge to get rid of it and join hands with the police. This was stated by Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, DIG, Jalandhar Range, here on Wednesday. After inaugurating the newly-constructed Kotwali police station here, the DIG revealed that 80 per cent of the youths arrested by the police in cases of petty thefts and snatchings were found drug addicts. Mr Samir Kumar, the Deputy Commissioner, announced Rs 50,000 for the construction of waiting room in the police station.

Khanna
PATH BHOG: Bhog of shri sehaj path was held at Mata Ganga Khalsa College, Manji Sahib Kotan on Tuesday. A known preacher, Bhai Harpal Singh said the lack of spiritual aspect in our lives was the root cause of our worries. We must try to find the solution of our problems in ' shabad', as shabad is the supreme guru, he said.

Ludhiana
BOOKS FAIR: The Sikh book centre, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle arranged an exhibition of religious books, cassettes, gutkas, calendars, CDs at Gurdwara Kalgidhar here on Wednesday. Mr Gurpinder Singh, general manager, Jathebandak Adare thanked the gurdwara management for their co-operation. He was pleased with the response as all books and material was sold out. The calendars and diaries campaigning for 'safeguarding one's hair' were in great demand.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
DEATH MOURNED: Leaders of various social and political organisations mourned the death of Amarjit Singh Inspector-General of Police, Udeypur (Rajasthan), who expired on Wednesday. The body would be cremated with complete state honours at his native village Nathumajra near here on Thursday. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Phagwara
gang busted: With the arrest of three persons, the Phagwara police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a gang of thieves. The gang had been active in the area for a long time and was involved in more than half a dozen theft cases, Mr Lakhwinder Singh Mall, the Sadar police SHO, said. Those arrested have been identified as Harmesh alias Mesha, a resident of Kaulsar Mohalla in Khothran locality, Surjit, a resident of Khothran road here, and Ramu Bhaiya. Items worth lakhs of rupees, including gold, silver ornaments and cash, were recovered from their possession.

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CHANDIGARH

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Market Welfare Association, Sector 40-C: patron Mr Raman Khanna; chairman Mr Kartar Singh Gulati; vice-chairman Mr Harpal Singh Sukhija; president Mr Paramjit Singh Kalsi; general secretary Mr J.K. Bedi; joint secretary Mr P.S. Sodhi; and senior vice-president Mr K.C. Thakur.
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HARYANA

SONEPAT
Animal smugglers held
: With the arrest of seven persons, the Ghanaur police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a gang of animal smugglers and foiled their attempt to smuggle nine bulls from Haryana to Uttar Pradesh through the Yamuna river near Bega village in this district. According to police sources, the arrested persons were identified as Sukha Singh, Mehar Singh, Baloo, Sunil, Amrik Singh, Monu and Ram Kanwar. The police also impounded two Canters loaded with nine bulls which were brought from Sirsa (Haryana).

Tractor taken away: Car-borne youths are reported to have snatched a new tractor from its driver on the G.T. Road near Rai village, 13 km from here, on Tuesday night. According to a report, the Rai police has registered the case and launched a hunt to apprehend the culprits. Mr Shami Khan of Khospur (Mewat) brought the tractor from a company at Noida (UP) was going to Hoshiarpur (Punjab). When he reached near Rai village, at least five unidentified youths in a red car blocked the way and he was asked to get down.

Typist arrested: The police has arrested Rajbir, a typist, on the charge of cheating and fraud in a case registered against him on November 8 last year, following a complaint by Mr Rajpal of Basodi village in this district.
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