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Student rally
: Students of local DAV institutions took out a jan chetna rally here on Wednesday. It was led by Dr S.K. Arora, Principal, SL Bawa DAV College, along with Mrs Shabnam Handa, Principal, Dr DR Bhalla DAV Centenary Public School; Mrs Veena Watni, Principal, RR Bawa DAV College for Girls; and Mr A.C. Preet, Principal, DAV Senior Secondary School. The procession started from the local girls’ college and passed through Jalandhar Road, bus stand, Gandhi Chowk, City Road, Circular Road and concluded at SL Bawa DAV College, Batala.

Hoshiarpur
Travel agents booked for fraud: The police registered two separate cases against ‘travel agents’ on Tuesday evening for duping persons on the promise to send them abroad. According to the police sources, Rampal of Taragarh village alleged that Pushpinder Kumar, his wife Sushma Devi, both of Garhdiwala, Kuldip Singh of Ajoli (Anandpur Sahib) and Sabir Hussain of Jandiala village (Jalandhar) took Rs 1.68 lakh for sending him abroad. They neither sent him abroad nor returned the money. The Garhdiwala police registered a case under Sections 420 and 411 of the IPC against the travel agents. The Model Town police booked Jagir Singh of Kantian village under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC for allegedly taking Rs 1.50 lakh from Rajinder Kumar of local Mohalla Kamalpur.

One booked: The Garhshankar police booked Jaswant Singh, alias Vicky, of Chack Malan (Mahilpur) on the complaint of Daljit Singh of Mazara Dingrian under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120 B of the IPC. Daljit Singh alleged that Jaswant Singh had sold his property worth Rs 50,000 on a fake power of attorney.

Govt grant: The Deputy Commissioner said grant of Rs 1.94 crore given by the Punjab Government for old age pension, orphan children, besides others had been sent to gram panchayats through nodal banks. More than Rs 1.13 core had been given to 45,460 beneficiaries of old age pension, Rs 27.24 lakh to widows and destitute women, Rs 17.80 lakh to orphan children and Rs 16.35 lakh to physically challenged.

One killed: Mr Rajinder Singh of Manjhpur village (Mukerian) died of electrocution at Mukerian Sugar Mill on Wednesday. According to sources, Rajinder Singh, a welder working under a contractor in the sugar mill, was accidentally electrocuted. 

Seminar: A district-level seminar would be organised at local Green View Park on December 2 to create awareness against drug abuse, according to the Assistant Commissioner. Awards of Rs 2,000, Rs 1500 and Rs 1,000 would be given to students who stood first, second and third respectively in the painting competitions. A Red Cross fair would also be organised on the occasion.

BBMB flayed: Mr Kamal Chaudhry, former MP and member, Political Affairs Committee of SAD (B), condemned the BBMB for terminating the services of 63 daily-wage employees of Nangal Dam division. In a press note here today, Mr Chaudhry said the state government was making claims to regularise the services of ad-hoc employees while snatching bread from families of 63 daily-wage employees, who had been serving between the past 10 to 20 years. These employees were demanding regularisation of their services for which they had also submitted their charter of demands to BBMB authorities.

Shifting camps: Mr Harinder Singh, general secretary, and Mr Avtar Singh Sangha, national council member of the Lok Bhalai Party joined the Congress in the presence of Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, President, PPCC at Chandigarh on Wednesday, according to party sources.

NAWANSHAHR
Bank branch
: The HDFC Standard Life Insurance opened its branch here on Wednesday. The Regional Manager gave a detailed account of various schemes launched by the bank.

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