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SATHIALA (BABA BAKALA)
Seminar:
Farmers should adopt precision farming to supplement their income. This was stated Amritsar deputy commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu during a seminar organised by the progressive dairy farmers association on Saturday. He exhorted youth to take up dairy farming. This will not only provide good remuneration but also give jobs to 10 to 15 persons, he added. 

BARNALA
Campaign:
To celebrate the birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, a state-level rally will be organised at the grain market here on September 28.Revealing this at a press conference here on Saturday, octogenarian play writer Bhai Gursharn Singh Manna and convener of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Birth Anniversary Committee said the preparations were going on full scale. 

Five booked: Five persons, Mukhtiar Singh and Jagdish Singh,brothers-in-law, Parmjeet Kaur, sister-in law, Chand Singh,father-in-law, and Sarbjeet Kaur, mother-in-law, were booked under Section 302, IPC, for the murder of the daughter-in-law here on Saturday. The deceased Gurmeet Kaur got married to Gurjant Singh of Cheema village about four years ago. When Gurjant Singh demanded his share of land from his family, a dispute arose among them.In his absence, his family allegedly killed the daughter-in-law with sharp-edged weapons. Gurmeet died on the spot.A case has been registered on a statement from Gurmeet’s family. 

FARIDKOT
Burglar held:
Harjinder Singh, alias Jinda of Machaki Khurd village, was arrested on Saturday and jewellery worth Rs 1.50 lakh was seized from his possession. He was involved in eight burglaries. 

FEROZEPUR
Honoured:
At a special function organised here, Pradeep Dhingra, development officer with Oriental Insurance Company, was honoured by divisional manager V. K. Monga for generating premium of over Rs 1 crore for the past five consecutive years. In the current financial year too, Dhingra has collected a premium of Rs 1.37 crore. 

Jalandhar
Ex-PEC director joins LPU as VC:
A former director of Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh, Dr Vijay Gupta has been appointed as vice chancellor of Lovely Professional University. Dr Gupta is one of the pioneering academicians in the field of 
technical education in the country and has been at the forefront of introducing modernity and innovative techniques in imparting professional education. 

NAWANSHAHR
Tribute trouble
: Hargopal Singh, former Balachaur MLA and general-secretary of BSP state unit, has accused the administration of not allowing him to pay tributes to martyrs of Babbar Akali Movement during a function held at Daulatpur village. In a statement here the BSP leader said every year, the shradhanjali samaroh was held to commemorate the death anniversary of martyr Babbar Karam Singh at Daulatpur village by the Babbar Karam Singh Memorial Trust. 

PHAGWARA
Shobha yatra:
A shobha yatra to mark the festival of janamashtami was organised by the dharmic samiti led by Dr Yogender Paul Sharma here on Saturday. The yatra started from Shri Mauni Baba temple and passed through tastefully-decorated main bazars and roads of the town. Punjab technical education minister Ch Swarana Ram took part in the shobha yatra. Several tableaus on the life of Lord Krishna were displayed in the yatra. Various bhajan mandlis also took part in the religious procession which concluded at the originating venue. 


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BHARMOUR
Airtel service:
Bharti Airtel Limited launched services in the Bharmour tribal region early this week. With this, Airtel’s network has become available across the length and breadth of the state.

CHAMBA
Attacked:
A college student Sanjay Kumar was beaten up with canes and other weapons by some miscreants in the outskirts of the town, while he was going to his paying guest accomodation on Friday evening. He was studying in government postgraduate college. He received serious injuries on his head and other parts of the body. The police has registered a case.

Ban: Following directions of the Himachal Pradesh government, the DC, Chamba, Pushpendra Rajput on Friday issued orders for imposing a ban on the blasting of hillsides for the widening of the Chamba-Bharmour highway. The DC imposed this embargo in the wake of the ongoing Manimahesh pilgrimage for the convenience of devotees to avoid risk to their life. A local youth recently lost his life when a boulder from a hillslope fell down on his head during blasting on the highway. 

HAMIRPUR
Protest:
Hundreds of JBT trainees held a protest against new service and recruitment rules. Raising slogans against the state government, they marched through the bazaar and later held a rally at Gandhi Chowk. They also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the DC and urged him to amend the new contract rules and provide better employment opportunities. 

NAHAN
JBT trainees’ boycott:
Opposing the contractual service bond proposed by the department of Primary Education of the state, all 183 JBT trainees of Sirmaur district continued their protest for the fourth day and boycotted the classes. They said their statewide agitation would continue till the demand was not fulfilled by the government.

NURPUR
Resentment:
MC president R.K. Mahajan has received a notice from the Archaeological Department to deposit Rs 25,000 as fee to celebrate Janmashtami in the Brij raj Swami temple situated in the Nurpur Fort. It has led to resentment among the residents. Mahajan said the department should keep in mind that the Janmashtami and Dasehra festivals were linked with religious sentiments of the people and charging such hefty fees was unwarranted and violative of these sentiments. 

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