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Bungling alleged:
Crores of rupees have been allegedly bungled in concreting of the sides of Ferozepore main branch canal. Mr Baldev Singh Sirsa, General secretary of the Kisan wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) on Saturday alleged that the Canal Branch of Irrigation Department had spent Rs 46 crore for this project. However, this was only in papers.

Relief awarded: Rs 3.95 lakh was awarded as compensation in the Lok Adalat organised by the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) here on Saturday. Mr Gurdev Singh, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman DLSA, in a press note said 345 cases were taken up out of which 129 cases were disposed of through compromise.

Heritage quiz: The local chapter of the Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) organised a heritage quiz contest, folk song competition and painting competition at Sri Guru Harkishan Public School here on Saturday.

SAD adviser: Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has appointed Mr Inderpal Singh Chahal, Deputy District Attorney (retired) and now an advocate of Barnala Bar as the party’s political adviser.

BJP rally: The BJP will hold a rally on the Batala-Jalandhar road, near Punjab Roadways depot, tomorrow, according to Mr Jagdish Sahney, a former BJP MLA, Batala. The rally will be addressed, among others, by Mr Rajnath Singh, President, BJP, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, Mr Vinod Khanna, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Chief Minister, Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Mr Balramji Dass Tondon, Master Mohan Lal, Mr Satpal Saini, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Mr Sucha Singh Langah and Mr Balbir Singh Baath, MLA, Badal, to highlight the shortcomings of the government.

Farmers meet IG
: A delegation of nine farmers’ bodies along with residents of Dhaula, Sanghera and Fatehgarh Chhana villages met Bathinda zone IG Rajinder Singh and lodged their protest against what they termed as an “undemocratic approach” of the Barnala SSP during their recent stir on the Trident issue. They sought withdrawal of the case and an impartial probe into the matter.

Lok Adalat: The District Legal Services Authority organised a lok adalat. Mr U.S. Gera, District Judge, presided over the adalat.

Lok Adalat: A Lok Adalat was held at the court complex of Gurdaspur on Saturday under the supervision of Mr Jora Singh, Session Judge. As many as 166 of the 329 cases were settled and a compensation of Rs 65 lakh was given to litigants.

500 patients examined: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, inaugurated a seven-day free eye check-up and operation camp at Kumar Hospital here on Sunday. It is being organised by the Shri Harinam Sankirtan Trust in collaboration with Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. A team of doctors examined more than 500 patients. Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, presided over the function.

Two booked: On the complaint of Malkiat Singh, the police has registered a case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC against Satpal of Dada village and Hans Raj of Katarian village. According to the police, Malkiat Singh stated that the duo had taken Rs 1.30 lakh from him on the pretext of sending him abroad.

Quilts distributed
: The Lions Club, City Smile, Banga, organised a langar at Kushat Ashram here on Sunday. The club also distributed quilts among inmates of the ashram. Mr Iqbal Singh, region chairman, and Mr Baldev Nayyar, social worker, among others, were present on the occasion.

Function: The Rotary Club hosted “Intercity of Curiosity” here on Sunday. Delegates from 90 clubs from different states of the North participated. Mr Ramesh Rana, district governor, in his inaugural address exhorted the Rotarians to channelise their concerted efforts to carry out community service projects. Osho Shalendra delivered a lecture on blissful living. Dr H.S. Gupta spoke on ancient therapeutic sciences. Dr S.K. Sukhi, president of the club, Mr G.S. Toor, Mr Khalid Hussain, Dr Jagmohan Puri, Mr Varinder Ummat, Mr K.C. Kalra, among others, also addressed the conference.

Lecture: The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, has organised a programme on the trust premises to mark the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev. Dr Jodh Singh, Head, Department of Religious studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, delivered the keynote address on the philosophy and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev. Mr M.S. Virdi, Director, Department of Economic Affair, New Delhi, Mr Kuldip Singh Wadala, a veteran Akali leader, Dr Budh Singh Dhahan, president of the trust, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Freshers’ party: The K.C. College of Hotel Management has organised a freshers’ party to welcome the new batch. Ms Krishna Arora, first chairperson of the National Council for Hotel Management, was the chief guest, while Brig H.S. Bhandal, CEO, KC Group of Institutions, presided over. Arun Katoch and Harneet Kaur were adjudged “Mr and Ms Fresher”, respectively.

Bar Association: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bar Association: president – Mr Sanjay Gulati; vice-president-Mr Kulbhushan Minhas; and general secretary – Mr Sat Pal Anand.

Cheques distributed: Mr Raghubir Singh, on behalf of Mr R.S. Puri, Transport Minister, distributed cheques worth Rs 65 lakh among 34 panchayats of the Sujanpur constituency at a function held at Madhopur on Sunday. Mr Naresh Puri, president, Municipal Council, Sujanpur, was present, among others.

: The Confederation of Librarians Association of Northern India has elected Mr I.V. Verma as its patron while Mrs Jaspal Kaur has been elected chairperson. The other office bearers are: general secretary — Mr Barjinder Pal Dhiman; senior vice-chairman — Dr Jasmer Singh; vice-chairman — Mr Babu Ram Hooda; joint secretary — Mr Sudesh Kumar Sood; and finance secretary — Mr R.L. Arora.

Girl abducted: A teenaged girl of Rajoke village has been allegedly abducted by luring her of marriage by four persons of the same village, including two women. The Khalra police has registered a case under Sections 363, 366, 34 and 120B, IPC, against the accused. The four are Amandeep Singh, Sunandeep Kaur, Navdeep Singh and Jagindro, alias Shindo.

Thieves held: A four-member gang of vehicle thieves has been nabbed by the local city police. Two stolen motor cycles have been recovered from them. The accused have been identified as Gagandeep Singh, Dilbag Singh, Jasbir Singh and Joga Singh.



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