Jal yatra: Water activist Rajinder Singh and ecological activist Gopal Krishan will lead the Punjab Jal Saksharta Yatra being organised by the Kheti Virasat Mission from July 18 to 20, Umendra Dutt, a senior functionary of the NGO, said on Friday.
Travel agents booked: The police booked two travel agents Jagjit Singh and Amarjit Singh on Thursday. The complaints were made on the basis of a complaint by Harwinder Kaur, a resident of Khadiala, on Thursday. Harwinder Kaur alleged that the duo took Rs 2.20 lakh for sending her husband Balbir Singh to Italy in March 2005. But Balbir Singh was sent to the forests of Murako.
Two commit suicide: Balbir Singh committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance on Friday. According to the police, Balbir Singh was upset due to division of their ancestral property. His dead body was handed over to his relatives after a postmortem. In a simillar incident, an employee of the Punjab home guard, Gurmail Chand, a resident of Fatehpur Kothi, Mahilpur consumed poison after a brief domestic quarrel.
World Population Day: On the occasion of World Population Day inter-house competitions such as quiz, declamation and singing contests were organised. The programme was held under the patronage of S. Joginder Singh Aulakh, Principal, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Jagraon. Voicing his concern over social evils and environmental pollution, he motivated the students to develop scientific and rational outlook in life. Jagdish Lal, S. Harbhajan Singh and S.Piara Singh spoke on this occasion. Gurdeep Kaur Dhaliwal of DAV Public School, and DIET staff members S. Lakhvir Singh, S. Harminder Singh, S. Khushminder Pal Singh and Amritpal Kaur were present.
Navratra fair: The ten-day annual Shrawan Ashatmi Navratra fair would be held at the famous shrine of Shri Naina Devi Ji from August 13 to August 22 and the government would make proper arrangements for about 20 lakh pilgrims which are expected to visit the shrine during these days. Rajendra Singh, DC, said 900 security personnel would be deputed. Additional bus services would be run during mela period and only limited free “Langars” would be allowed, while offering of coconuts and halwa at the temple and beating of drums and other noisy instruments, including microphones would be banned.
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the HP Tours & Travels Association, Shimla: chairman-Chander Shekhar Sharma, vice-chairman--Swaran Dadwal, general Secretary--J.P.S. Rawat, joint Secretary--Vinod Kumar, president-Atma Ram Sharma, senior vice-president--Suneel Sood, vice-president--Chandrajeet, treasurer--Gurdesh Chandel and adviser--Vishal Behl.