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Vigilance nabs SDO
: The Vigilance Bureau has red-handedly nabbed Chaman Lal, SDO, Sewerage Board, Batala, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from Mulakh Raj Mallo of Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur for clearing his bills.

Ex-servicemen get grants
: The families of 14 ex-servicemen were provided grants of Rs 7.6 lakh here on Friday. The rally was attended by about 3500 ex-servicemen from Gurdaspur district. It was inaugurated by Maj-Gen SC Sharma, GOC Pather Division.

Farmers hold dharna
: Members of the Kisan Sangarsh Samiti led by its president Parshotam Singh staged a dharna in front of the office of Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mukerian, 55 km from here, on Thursday in support of their demands. These include 50 per cent extra compensation from the existing market rates for their acquired lands for widening the National Highway in Mukerian and its adjoining areas.

Protesters want case registered: Presidents of Jaja (Tanda) led by Mr Sumitter Singh, district president of the BSP, blocked traffic by staging a dharna for about an hour at Jaja Chowk, 32 km from here, on Friday to pressurise the police to registering the murder case against the family of Sandip Kaur of the same village in connection with the death of Mandip Singh, whose body was found in the fields on Thursday evening. Mr Mandip Singh, DSP, Mukerian, reached the spot and assured the protesters that the case would be registered. The two were lovers and had allegedly committed suicide in a pact.

Banda Bahadur Martyrdom Day
: All-India Bairagi Maha Mandal will observe 290th martyrdom day of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on June 9, 2006 in an international level function in Canada. The president of the mandal and Chairman of Punjab Housefed Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa said on Tuesday that an organising committee with Mr Ashok Bawa as its chairman and Mr Harbant Singh Deol as convener had chalked out an elaborate programme to organise the martyrdom day function. Mr Bawa asked the Punjab Government to fulfill its promise of setting up a Baba Banda Bahadur Chair in one of the universities in the state and also to name the road from Nangal Garhi (Gurdaspur) to Delhi after the great martyr.

SSF for Josh’s dismissal: The Sikh Students’ Federation led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Grewal on Tuesday demanded that Mr HS Josh who was recently nominated to the National Minority’s Commission, be sacked for his confusing statements. The SSF leaders condemned Mr Josh for describing the Sikhs as part of the Hinduism. The federation also submitted a memorandum to the President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, seeking his dismissal from the commission. 

Blood donation camp
: The local Blood Donors Council (BDC) and the Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh organised a voluntary blood donation camp, to commemorate the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, here at Blood Donors Complex on Friday. As much as 100 units of blood were collected, informed Mr Pushap Raj Kalia, founder-secretary, BDC.

2 die in mishap
: Sidarth Sudan (31) of Residency Road, Jammu, and Sunil Sharma of Trikuta Nagar, Jammu, who were travelling in a car collided with a truck at Nangal Bliur, 15 km from here, on the Pathankot-Jalandhar road. Sunil died on the spot and Sidarth was declared brought dead at the Civil Hospital here.

Improvement Trust budget: The Improvement Trust, Gurdaspur, has passed the annual budget of Rs 25.55 crore for the town for the year of 2006-07. Mr A.N. Kaushal, chairman of the trust, said the trust would receive Rs 6 crore from the sale of trust property, including shops, plots and flats. He said Rs 6.70 lakh would be spent on development works and schemes of the trust, Rs 35 lakh was earmarked as salaries and Rs 7 lakh as a contingency funds.


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