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No gathering for sammelan: In spite of fortnight-long efforts, the organisers failed to mobilise people to participate in the samajik ekta sammelan held here at Dasehra Ground located inside Government Senior Secondary Model School on Sunday. A spokesman for the Guru birth centenary celebration committee had claimed that 5,000 men and women would throng the ground.

HOSHIARPUR
Water supply scheme
: The Punjab Government has decided to provide 100 per cent water supply and sewerage facility in all the towns of the state for which a municipal development fund has been set up. This was disclosed by Mr Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Government, Labour and Employment, while addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of water supply and sewerage project worth Rs 1.61 crore at Mahilpur town, 24 km from here, on Sunday. He said the work for providing these facilities would be carried out in three phases.

Jalandhar
Charas seized: The police today arrested a woman under the NDPS Act with the seizure of 3 kg of charas from her possession.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

SHIMLA
ACCUSED
: The BJP has accused Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, of protecting Mr B.S. Thind, a senior police officer of the state police, who was recently arrested by the CBI in connection with a loan scam in Patiala. Mr Rajinder Rana, media in charge of the party, in a statement issued here on Sunday said that a letter written by Mr Thind and released by the CBI had established that the Chief Minister had been protecting the corrupt.

Science block in schools: Every senior secondary school in Himachal Pradesh will have a science block to facilitate teaching of science subjects. Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Rohru, said that focus had to be on teaching science to prepare the students for the global competition.
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