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Workshop for slum children
: A 15-day summer theatre workshop for slum children began on Thursday. It is being organised by the Theatre Persons Amritsar (TTPA) in a slum. Anita Devgan, a theatre personality, while talking to The Tribune said these children would be trained by theatre personalities like Sarabjit Lada, Dalbir Kaler, Markam Pal Gumtala and renowned poetess Simrat Gagan.

Migrants’ demand
: A meeting of migrants from Punjab was held under the chairmanship of Pandit Hari Krishan, a freedom fighter and ex-member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee at Congress Bhavan here on Thursday. Mr Raj Kumar Joshi, president, Punjab Pradesh Migrants’ Union, was also present. The meeting demanded that facilities being provided to Delhi’s riot-affected persons of 1984, should also be extended to the 1986 riot-affected Punjabis.

One killed in road accident
: Gur-bhajan Mann, Media Officer of the local Health Department, was killed while six persons were injured when the Tata Sumo of the local Health Department collided with a Ceilo car coming from the opposite direction near Jadla village on the Nawanshahr-Chandigarh road on Wednesday evening.

Medical camp: A team of doctors from Nawanshahr under the aegis of the Maharaj Bhuriwale Garibdassi Trust organised a free medical check-up camp at Rakba in Ludhiana to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maharaj Lal Dass Bhuriwale. Acharya Chetnanand, present leader of the Bhuriwale sect, inaugurated the camp, where as many as 940 patients were examined.

BSNL officers awarded
: BSNL’s Sanchar Seva Padak and Sanchar Sarthi Award for outstanding service were presented to seven officers and employees by Mr K.K. Sarangal, General Manager, BSNL, Sangrur, at a function, held here on Wednesday. Mr Sarangal presented Sanchar Seva Padak to Mr K.D. Singh, Deputy General Manager (Planning and Administ-ration), BSNL, Sangrur; Mr Vijay Kumar Sharma, Junior Telecom Officer BSNL, Barnala and Mr Rakesh Verma, Senior Accounts Officer, BSNL, Sangrur. The General Manager also presented Sanchar Sarthi Award to Mr Sant Kumar, a phone mechanic, Mr Surinder Kumar, a senior telecom office assistant, Mr Harmeet Singh, a telecom technical assistant, and Ms Jasmail Kaur, a regular mazdoor.



: A married woman, Hem Lata, committed suicide at her parental house at Pranpura village, 20 km from here, on Wednesday. She took the extreme step allegedly due to frustration caused by her childlessness. A case has been registered.

Student elopes: A teenaged girl (14 ), student of Class VII and resident of Mohalla Sadhu Shah Nagar here, allegedly eloped with a youth, Mukat Behari, on May 26. When efforts made by the girl’s father to trace his daughter remained abortive, he made a complaint on Thursday, following which the city police registered a case of abduction under Sections 363, 366-A of the IPC.

3 die in mishaps
: Three persons were killed in different road accidents in the past 24 hours in the district. Balakram of Mukarampur village died when his cart was hit by an unidentified truck near his village on Wednesday. He was taken to the PGI, Chandigarh, but he could not survive. Avtar Singh (70) of Sadhaura died when he was hit by a motorcycle. In another accident, Ramesh of Miklkhas village died after his motorcycle collided with a car. 

Rally: Members of the Aggarwal Yuva Manch on Thursday took out a rally against caste-based reservation from Marwari Dharamshala here to Jagadhri. The speakers, including Pankaj Mittal, Pankaj Goel, Pankaj Mangla and Rajinder Goel, said there should be no caste-based reservation. They said reservation should be given on economic basis. 

Streetlights not functioning: Streetlights of Sadhaura and Radaur towns are non-functional since 1998 and 2000, respectively, as the then municipal committees of the two blocks did not pay power bills. Sources informed that Sadhaura owed about Rs 5 lakh and Radour had to clear an outstanding due of Rs 8 lakh to the Electricity Department. Mr Mahaipal Rana, who holds the additional charge of Secretary, MC Sadhaura, when contacted said work on all projects would start soon. 



Man hit by truck, dies
: A man was killed after his motorcycle (HP-15-4205) was hit by a truck (CH-22T-1875) at Baddi gas plant chowk on Wednesday. The truck loaded with bricks was allegedly being driven at high speed. The truck driver took a sharp turn without giving an indication. The deceased was hit by the truck and he was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries. He was a multipurpose health worker with ESI Hospital, Barotiwala. The truck driver fled from spot.

2 teenaged girls arrested: Two teenaged girls were arrested by the Parwanoo police while roaming in suspicious circumstances on Wednesday night. The girls, aged 18 and 19, were nabbed near Parwanoo bus stand at around 2 am. The girls hail from Ferozepore. They were produced before the Sub Judge, Kasauli on Thursday and their parents have been informed.


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