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Four chain snatchers held:
The district police nabbed four snatchers, including three women, here on Saturday. According to information, the incident took place near the bus stand when the suspects, reportedly belonging to Patiala, tried to snatch the chain of Charanjit Kaur Bawa, a resident of Chowk Crori. Dr Vaneet Sarin, district chief of the All-India Human Rights Association, who was present on the spot said while one of the suspects was caught by the people, the other fled in a car. They were later arrested.

5 pick-pockets arrested:
The Batala police has arrested five persons along with stolen property. They were stated to be pick-pockets who had been active in the Batala area. The five are Raghubir Kumar, Gurmeet Singh, Rampal, Jaswinder and Darshan Singh.

Dogra’s son loses:
Pandit Kewal Krishan Sharma defeated Mr Arun Dogra (Micki), son of the Punjab Minister, Mr Ramesh Dogra, by 25-17 votes in the election held for 100-year-old Hoshiarpur-based Shri Gorakshni Sabha on Sunday. The election of the otherwise low-profile social organisation had acquired political overtones as soon as Mr Arun Dogra decided to contest the post of the president. Of a total 46 votes, 44 votes were polled. Two votes were rejected and two voters have gone abroad.

10 hurt:
At least 10 persons were injured as a private mini bus rammed into a wall of Guru Nanak Stadium here on Monday morning. The bus was coming from Tibba village. The accident happened as the bus driver tried to save a rickshaw-puller. Condition of two of the injured, Pritam Singh (85) of Datha Nawan village and Gagandeep Kaur of Dariawal village, is reported to be serious. They are being treated at the Civil Hospital Kapurthala.

meditation camp:
The laughing and relaxation therapy department, being run by the Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust, Punjab, organised a meditation camp at Viklang Sahayata Kender, C-Block, Rishi Nagar, here on Sunday. Dr S.K. Sharma, an accupuncturist and yoga specialist, said if an individual spent a few minutes in meditation, it could improve quality of life.

Renovation: The 100-year-old Mai Boni temple at Chauri Street is going to be renovated and air-conditioned, said Mr Navin Mittal, president of the Sanatan Dharam Sabha, here on Sunday. The foundation stone for the renovation work would be laid down by Sham Sunder Malhotra, former councillor, on Monday at 5pm.

Ganesh Mahotsav: Ganesh mahotsav entered its 8th day here on Sunday. A huge pandal, erected on the premises of the office of the Baba Ganpati Sangh, has attracted thousands of devotees in the daily prayer. Vice-president of the sangh Sham Sunder said the route of the shobha yatra of Ganpati was being decorated.

Mandi Gobindgarh
Radha Ashtami was celebrated at Ram Bhavan by the local Radha Mandal with fervour on Saturday. Bhajans were recited.

RAM KATHA: A nine-day Ram katha, which was organised by the Manas Parchar Mandal and the Om Namo Shivai Seva Society, concluded with the bhog ceremony here on Saturday. A shobha yatra was taken out.

Installed: The installation of the new team of the Lions Club (Supreme) Distt. 321 F here was held at the Zymkhana Club on Saturday. District Governor of the club R.K. Rana was the chief guest while K.K. Sawhney was the installation officer. The new president — Mr Brij Behari Gupta; secretary — Dr I.P.S. Chopta; and treasurer — Mr Mukhesh Aggarwal took the oath of office.

Octroi abolition suspect:
The decision to abolish octroi in the election year betrays the government’s desperation to retain losing political ground, Sudesh Kumar, an industrialist here said.
The government could not find an alternative to octroi since coming to power, also showed its inefficient financial management .The decision now shows that it is directed at the voter, said another trader and a Congress party supporter, requesting anonymity. “It is going to be a big embarrassment for us while facing the electorate during election, as the abolition of octroi was one of the main issues in the Congress party manifesto”, said he. If at all, the decision should have been implemented from July 1, but doing so from September only showed that we have been taken for a ride, he quipped.



Awareness campaign:
BJP cooperative cell state president Om Prakash Maan has said he will launch a public awareness campaign in villages of the Mundhal Assembly constituency against the move to abolish the Mundhal Assembly segment by the Delimitation Commission.

Two booked:
The police has booked Nawab and Jandu, residents of Budha Khera Lather village, for allegedly raping a minor girl. According to information, a 14-year-old girl had been living in the village at the house of her uncle. On Saturday, she went to the fields when the accused raped her there.

Mr Naveen Jindal, MP, presided over the fourth District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting here on Saturday. He reviewed the working of the schemes sponsored by the Rural Development Department of the Centre and the District Rural Development Agency.

Fake arms licence:
A resident of Jagadhri who had reportedly got a fake arms licence renewed at the PLA branch of the Deputy Commissioner office ran out of luck when he again applied for renewal of the same. When approached, the Dimapur authorities told the DC office that they had no record of any such licence being issued by them.

Baby girl found: A new-born baby girl was found abandoned outside Ram Vichar Vatika located on the Saharanpur-Kurukshetra road in the Rador block here on Sunday. The baby was noticed by a Vatika employee, Puran Chand.


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