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Crop insurance
: Congress MLA Sunil Jakhar said the union government must offer the crop insurance scheme. Sufficient provision of funds should be made in the annual budget for this purpose.He was speaking at the inauguration of the branch office of an insurance company in the private sector here on Monday. There was also need to cover maximum of population in rural areas under mediclaim policies.

2 minors held
: Two minors, aged 16 and 14 years, were caught with 2 kg of heroin seized by the state Special Narcotics Cell in the Sultanwind area here on Monday.According to a spokesman of the cell, the two had been involved in the trade for a long time and were on the scanner. The father and uncle of one of the minors has also been arrested.

Body found: Kulwant Singh Kanta, a truck driver, was found dead near Akali Phula Singh Burj falling under Rambagh police station here on Monday. He was strangled to death by some unidentified looters. A case under Section 302, IPC, has been registered at Rambagh police station. All belongings of the truck driver were reportedly found missing from the spot.

Training camp
: A farmers’ training camp for winter crops was organised at the office complex of Punjab Agriculture Department here on Monday. Deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri inaugurated the camp.Addressing the gathering, MP from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa urged the farmers to adopt modern and latest agriculture techniques to make the agriculture profession profit oriented. Ohri, joint director of the department Dr Gurdial Singh, ADC (Development) Harnek Singh, chief agriculture officer, Sangrur, Dr Sukhdev Singh Sandhu, experts from PAU Dr Surjit Singh, Dr G.S. Dhindsa, Dr Hardev Singh Badesha and Dr Jagdev Singh Kular also spoke. 

Bhoomi poojan: A bhoomi poojan ceremony for the construction of lawyers’ chambers was performed at the District Courts complex here on Monday. A judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice S.D. Anand, president of the Sangrur District Bar Association Harkewal Singh Sajuma and some others took part in the ceremony. Among others who attended the ceremony included District and Sessions Judge K.K. Garg and MP from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

4 arrested for stealing diesel
: The district police today caught four persons stealing diesel from a tanker at Paragpur village here. The tanker (PB-08-AJ-9766) was on its way to Goraya from Suchi Pind.Those arrested are driver Tarlok Singh, Krishan Kumar, Raman and Vijay Kumar.

Girl abducted
: Five unidentified persons abducted Gurpreet Kaur (21), daughter of Balwinder Singh of Jian here on Sunday night. According to the police sources, Gurpreet Kaur along with her mother Harjinder Kaur was returning to her house after attending a marriage at Jalandhar in a hired Maruti car. On the way, near Paldi, five unidentified Gypsy occupants stopped them and bundled Gurpreet Kaur into the Gypsy and fled. A case has been registered. 

Chain snatched
: Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from Kulwinder Kaur of local Tibba Sahib, near Prabhat Chowk, on Monday afternoon. According to police sources, Kulwinder Kaur was returning to her house from Prabhat Chowk after purchasing some household articles. On the way two motorcyclists appeared before her and snatched the gold chain from her neck and fled. The Model Town police has registered a case under sections 382 and 34 of the IPC in this connection. 

Peking calling
: Deputy dean examination of Punjab Technical University Sarabjit Singh has been invited to Peking University, Beijing, to present a paper during an international conference on “Environment and health in 21st century: challenges and solutions” from October 26 to 29. He will present a paper on “Strategies of recycling of effluents of textile processing industries based on physical, chemical and biological treatments”. 

Contest winners
: Mushtaq Mohammad and Sukhwinder Singh, students of local Government Senior Secondary School have won the second prize in the painting competition and third prize in quiz contest, respectively, at the state-level competitions organised by the Punjab Red Cross Society in Chandigarh on Saturday. 



Malayalee function
: Malayalee Samajam, Mohali, a voluntary organisation representing the Keralite fraternity in the tricity held its annual general meeting here on Monday. A cultural show was organised on the occasion, which had skits, songs, games and quiz competitions. The event was organized in the organisation’s own building - Kerala Bhawan. Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu was the chief guest. A new managing committee of the organisation under the presidency of Benny Thomas, an advocate at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was elected.



Air Force health camp
: Air Force Station, Ambala, organised a health camp at Garnala village on Monday. The camp was inaugurated by Air Commodore Rahul Dhar, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Ambala. The camp was held under the guidance of Group Captain B. Ravi Chander, Squadron Commander, Medical Squadron, Air Force. Medical check up of 585 people was carried out. Doctors delivered awareness lecture to the villagers about HIV/AIDS.



Free eye camp
: More than three hundred patients suffering from various eye ailments were examined at a free eye camp organised by the local Swami Dayananda Math. A team of eye specialists headed by Dr. Vinod was invited from Delhi, which examined the eye-patients, conducted operations and cured different ills pertaining to eyes during the camp concluded here last evening. Giving this information here today, Swami Sumedhananda, founder of Dayananda Math told that out of these patients, operation of sixteen eye-patients were carried out, four patients were provided lenses while others were given free medicines for general diseases of eyes. 

Medical camp
: A one-week free medical camp is being organised at Khanna Clinic and Diagnostic Laboratory 45, Civil Lines, Dharamsala in the memory of late Dr. Nand Kishore Khanna who served the local people for more than 34 years. This is the oldest private allopathic clinic in the hill town in existence since 1947. This camp will be till September 30. Dr. Santosh Khanna daughter-in-law of Dr. Nand Kishore Khanna said medical tests of diabetes, heart screening and urine examination for the patients would be done free of cost during the camp.

Human rights
: The Human Rights mission club today organised a programme in senior secondary schools boys and girls to create awareness among students about human rights. President of the Chandigarh branch of the club, Dr. Jain, in his lecture urged students to stay aware about human rights, fight against social evils and adopt a humanitarian attitude in their lives.

: Mandi DC and chairman of the total sanitation campaign Subhasish Panda said over 162 delegates coming from 10 states in the country would exchange their ideas and visit villages in the district. Welcoming the delegates from the Gyan-Vigyan Samiti from Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, he said delegates would visit panchayats declared defecation-free under the campaign.

BCC ridicules
: The local Block Congress Committee (BCC) has ridiculed the claim of the BJP that a large number of congress supporters had left the congress and joined the BJP at Nagni in Nurpur Assembly Constituency on Sunday. Karan Oberoi, president of the committee, in a written statement on Monday alleged that the local former BJP MLA Rakesh Pathania was making up these stories. He claimed that those who had joined the BJP were not primary members of the Congress. He said the BJP leaders in Nurpur were fighting for their political survival by organising separate public awareness campaigns at different places and struggling to secure a party ticket.

Woman dies: Suman Devi (35), wife of Rajinder, resident of Dhaman village was injured seriously and later succumbed to her injuries while trying to get down from a private bus (HP 19-B-6491) on Monday. According to the police the bus was on its way from Una to Chamba and the deceased had to get down at Ganoh. As the speeding bus stopped, Suman was standing near the exit door of the bus and fell down on the road sustaining a head injury. According to the traffic police the bus driver, Satish, has been arrested. 


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