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Office-bearers list sought
: Former union minister and chairman of the Scheduled Castes Department in the AICC Yogendra Makwana, expressing concern over the abnormal delay in appointing office-bearers, has asked state chairman Mohinder Singh Kalyan to send the lists of office-bearers and members for the state executive committee immediately.

Gang busted:
The district police on Sunday busted a gang of vehicle lifters and arrested seven persons in this connection. The accused were identified as Harbhej Singh, Gaurav Kumar, Major Singh, Pardeep Singh of Sultanwind, Labhdeep Singh of Subhash Colony, Namdev Singh of Bazaar Dramman and Baljit Singh of the Daburji area.Sharp-edged weapons have been seized from them. The accused have admitted to two incidents of vehicle-snatching- lifting of Tavera vehicle from Fatehgarh village in the Shukarchak area and a Scorpio jeep from the Pathankot area after attacking and injuring the drivers of the vehicles.

Statue unveiled
: A life size statue of ex-Olympian Surjit Singh Randhawa was unveiled near the War Memorial, Sati Samadh on the Jalandhar Road here today. Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council installed the statue.

Girl abandoned
: Four-year-old Jyoti was found abandoned by her parents at the local bus stand on Friday. The girl told her and her parentsí names as Munna Ram and Anita. The police failed to find the girlís parents and sent her to Nari Niketan, Jalandhar.

4 booked for abducting minor
:The police has booked four persons, including a woman, on the charge of abducting a 16-year-old girl from Maheru Colony today. Pala Ram, father of the girl, in his complaint lodged with the Sadar police, said his neighbour Ajay Kumar, in connivance with three accomplices, identified as Gaya Parshad, Shankar and his wife, Sunita, abducted his daughter. The police has booked all four under sections 363, 366-A and 34 of the IPC. The accused were still at large.

New course: The GNA group has entered into a joint venture with the Algonquin College School of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada, for training students in a mechanical technician-tool making programe. The venture was signed between the two institutions in Canada and is aimed at providing better career oppurtunities to students in the field. Gurdip Singh, MD of GNA, signed the pact on behalf of the GNA, according to a statement here.

Minor raped:
The police arrested Jodha, a resident of Shampur village, for allegedly raping his minor cousin on Saturday evening. According to reports, Jodha took the victim to his house where he committed the crime. It was only after the victim returned home after two hours, the incident came to light.

Model railway stations: Twentytwo railway stations of the Northern Railway,including Phagwara,Jalandhar,Ludhiana,Amritsar,Jalandhar Cantt,Beas,Chakki bank,Panipat, Jagadhri and Rohtak, have been included in the list of 300 railway stations, which will be developed as "model railway stations" throughout the country in this financial year.This was stated here on Sunday by the Railway sources.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Gurdwara Sathapan Committee, Sector 22: president- Niab Singh; general secretary - Raghbir Singh; senior vice-president - Jasbir Singh Uppal; junior vice-president - Paramdeep Singh; press secretary - Saroop Singh; finance secretary - Kuldip Singh; cashier - Jagjit Singh; managers - Ajit Singh and Joginder Singh. ó TNS


Regional potpourri

Citizen Care

Lion Anil Bhasin (centre), seen with his wife, being conferred with the Honorary Citizenship of the City of Hazard, Kentucky, USA, by its Mayor William Dewey Gorman
Lion Anil Bhasin (centre), seen with his wife, being conferred with the Honorary Citizenship of the City of Hazard, Kentucky, USA, by its Mayor William Dewey Gorman

In recognition of his services for the uplift of the poor and downtrodden across the globe, an eminent social worker of Ferozepore, Lion Anil Bhasin, was honoured during a visit to the US some time back. He was commissioned as an Honorary Citizen of the City of Hazard, Kentucky, by William D. Gorman, mayor of the city.

Lion Bhasin had earlier declined various lucrative job offers abroad and chosen instead to serve in the remote border villages of the Ferozepore area by taking medicine and healthcare to the doorstep of the needy.

Itís been more than three decades since Lion Bhasin has been relentlessly working for the welfare of the underprivileged in the area on behalf of the Lions Club.

Born and educated in Jalandhar, Bhasin opted for the pharmaceutical line and joined Merch & Co, USA, as an executive. But the mundane existence did not appeal to him and his zest for social work brought him into the fold of the Lions Club. In 1979, he was conferred with the medal of International President for his role in a unique project for the deaf and the dumb.

Over the years, he has played a pivotal role in organising many eye check-up, dental, health and heart check-up camps.

Even the untimely death of his only son, Ashish, in a road accident did not derail him from his chosen path and he continued his philanthropic work with the same verve. He has visited almost all remote villages along the Indo-Pakistan border to provide medical assistance at the doorstep of the rural folks.

Power play

The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) has constructed an unmanned, automatic 33 kv power substation at Sadwan in Nurpur subdivision.

It is the first unmanned substation in the north zone comprising Kangra, Una and Chamba districts. After the installation of all technical equipment, a team of experts of the HPSEB undertook its technical testing a few days back.

According to official sources, with the commissioning of the substation in the first week of July, the power problems of as many as 82 villages in 14 panchayats will be eased.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had laid the foundation stone of the substation on February 8, 2006, and its completion was scheduled by June 30 this year.

According to S.K. Thakur, executive engineer of the HPSEB, Nurpur division, a sum of Rs 1.56 crore had been spent on the substation. The substation will not only remove the electricity shortage but also supply uninterrupted power to 18 drinking water supply schemes (WSS) in the rural areas.

Contributed by Anirudh Gupta and Rajiv Mahajan


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