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Plays to mark tercentenary
: The SGPC will stage plays at Damdama Sahib and Talwandi Sabo to mark the tercentenary of the compilation of Guru Granth Sahib.

Scholarships: The Sikh Human Development Foundation, USA, has awarded scholarships of Rs 1,17, 600 to eight students of the MCA, MBA and B. Tech courses of the GNDU.

10 POs arrested
: The police has arrested 10 proclaimed offenders, including Sunder Masih, Jhilmil Singh, Amrik Singh, Rajbir Singh, Sham Lal, Effy, Prahlad Singh, Palwinder Singh, Narinder Singh and Ranjit Singh, the police said on Thursday.

: Mr Hans Raj Josan, Minister of State for Forest and Irrigation, Punjab, inaugurated the 57th state-level vanamahotsava by planting a sheesham sapling in Government Senior Secondary School for Boys at Jalalabad, 32 km from here, on Friday. Mr Josan said the government had plans for increasing the area under forest.

One dies of snake bite
: Sham Sunder Sohni, a resident of Bihar, died of a snake bite at Nathupur village, according to the police.

: The Association of Elite Veterinary Officers (retired) of Punjab held a meeting today to discuss their problems. Dr Savinder Singh, retired director of the Animal Husbandry Department, presided over the meeting. He discussed the issue regarding the writ petition that had been admitted for selection grade for interest up to 18 per cent without notice to government for late payment. He said the general body meeting would be held at Amritsar on October 15.

Dharna: The All India Central Government Pensioners’ Association will hold a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on August 21 to press the UPA government for the acceptance of their demands. Mr V.S. Jolly, general secretary, said the members were agitated as their demands, including setting up of the 6th Central Pay Commission for Central Employees and Pensioners, making its recommendations effective from January 2006, and immediate payment of an interim relief of Rs 1000 per month to Central employees and pensioners, had not been fulfilled.

Stationery distributed
: The Lions Club, City Smile, Banga, distributed stationery items among 112 students of Government Elementary School, and also planted 50 saplings of peepal, neem and bohar trees in the school premises on Thursday.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Nawanshahr Cooperative Marketing -cum- Processing Society: president—Capt. Darshan Singh Bheen; vice-president — Mr Tarlok Singh and directors — Mr Chuhar Singh Garcha, Mr Tarsem Singh, Mr Didar Singh Dhillon and Mr Dilbagh Singh.

One found dead
: The body of a farm hand village, Ajay Lagan, alias Raju, a resident of Orissa, who had been missing from Booh village since Wednesday night, was found on Thursday. The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



LOAN MELA: The State Bank of Patiala on Friday organised a loan mela in Jhloor near Patiala, where a loan of Rs 7.07 crore was disbursed among 236 customers. Stalls of best seeds, insecticides, pesticides and SBI Life Insurance and farm machinery were set up. Mr C.S. Jagdish, DGM, Patiala zone, and Mr Vinod Kochchar, Assistant General Manager, Patiala, also spoke.

RESIDENT’S COMPLAINT: A resident of Phase I has complained to the Deputy Commissioner that houses in the area had indulged in large-scale violation of building bylaws. Mr N.S. Rai alleged that some houses were being used for commercial activities. People parked their vehicles on the footpaths blocking the way. Music was also played at a high pitch by some residents, much to the annoyance of others.



Freedom fighter dead
: Praja Mandal Movement activist Ganga Ram Sharma (90) died at his native village of Pehadwin on Thursday.

Youth commits suicide: Prakash Chand (32) a resident of Kharot village, committed suicide by jumping into Seer Khud at Bamm village on Thursday. The police has sent the body for post-mortem.

Murder case
: Relatives of Lalita Devi (27), on Thursday demanded that a case of murder be registered against her in-laws. A case of harassment has been registered against her husband, Tilak Raj.

Scheme launched
: A Rs 1 crore scheme to raise plantation, provide furniture, books, school bags, computers and laboratory equipment to schools under the rehabilitation and resettlement plan for the 412-MW Rampur Hydro Electric Project by the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam was inaugurated by its chairman-cum-managing director, Mr H K Sharma.


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