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Fight against drugs
: Resuming his relentless campaign against the drug menace that haunts the region, former minister Sajjan Kumar Jakhar on Tuesday exhorted women to resist the use of alcohol and other drugs in their families. After inaugurating the Panjab University Muktsar zone youth festival today, he said, “American bollworm and drugs are equally responsible for indebting the farming community in the Malwa region.”

Case against 6: Raziasar Police has registered a case against six persons in connection with death of Sat Pal, a resident of village Chak 4 BKS, police sources said today.

Body found: An unidentified mutilated body of a youth aged 25 was found in the Malukpura sub-canal, near Abohar-Hanumangarh bypass here yesterday. An NGO, Nar Seva Narayan Seva, volunteers shifted the body to Nehru Memorial civil hospital.

BKU dharna: The BKU workers led by block president Gurjant Singh lifted dharna on the national highway outside new grain market. The authorities had to divert vehicular traffic to streets in the adjoining residential area due to the agitation in the day hours. BKU workers had sealed the town by blocking roads.

Contest: Rupinder Kaur, a student of MKD DAV Public School, Neshta, Attari, near the Pakistan border stood first in the English declamation competition organised by the national-level competition of the Mahatma Hans Raj Aryan Youth Festival at Kota (Rajasthan). In this competition where the best potential of all DAV schools is being showcased and thus emerged as an inspiration for the rest of the young learners of the border school.

Obeisance paid: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here after the bhog and ardas of an Akhand Path organised by him at Har Ke Paudi in the holy shrine. He was accompanied by his wife Surinder Kaur. Speaking on the occasion, he said the Harimandir Sahib was an inspirational source for him. Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, R. S. Bularia, MLA, Veer Singh Lopoke, former MLA, and other administrative officers were present on the occasion.

‘Conspiracy’: Coming to the defence of her brother, Tarsem Singh, who has been booked by the police under the Explosives Act after the recovery of a large cache of ammunition from his house, Rajwant Kaur here on Tuesday said he had been framed as part of a conspiracy. Addressing a press conference, she said certain people first planted the objectionable material in their house and then informed the police. This had been done out of business rivalry as the scrap business of her brother had started picking up.

Murdered: Tarsem Singh, a resident of Patti Gari Sathiala village, was found murdered near an electric motor room at Bal Saran village. He was killed by some unidentified persons with sharp-edged weapons here lateMonday evening. The Beas police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC, on the statement of Tarsem’s son Simranjit Singh.

D. S. Mastana, who was selected as president, Senior Citizens Council, Bathinda, recently, announced the names of other office-bearers on Tuesday: R. D. Gupta, general secretary; Sham Singh Dhillon, vice-president; P. L. Garg, treasurer; Ranji Dass Singla and K. N. Gupta, coordinators; Gurbachan Gupta, senior vice-president; Amarjit Singh, editor; S. K. Bansal, secretary; R. P. Monga, public relations officer; Iqbal Bhasin, Mohinder Singh Sra, Mohan Lal Goel and Suresh Gupta, all directors.

Injured: Three persons were reported to be injured when a peter rehra (trolley) collided with a car on the Bathinda-Dabwali road on Tuesday. The volunteers of Sahara Jan Seva rushed the injured to the civil hospital, Bathinda. Sources said the car was heading towards Talwandi Sabo from Gidderbaha and the peter rehra was on its way to Bathinda, when the mishap took place. The police has recorded the statements of the injured.

Held: The Kotwali police arrested and bailed out a person for storing huge quantity of fireworks after conducting a raid at a shop at Court road here today. Police sources said the accused, Tarsem Lal, had been booked for violating a lawful order that banned the storage of fireworks in the city.

Journalist killed: A speeding truck at Baja Khana intersection in Jaito late on Monday night knocked down a journalist, Harnek Singh, working with a leading Punjabi daily. According to police sources, Singh was returning from Chandigarh to his native Chand Bhan village when the accident took place. He was waiting for a vehicle to take him home when a speeding truck hit him. He later succumbed to his injuries.

950 new buses for state
: The state government would introduce 950 new buses on different routes in the state. Out of these 250 would be purchased by the state transport department, while 700 would be hired through kilometer scheme. This was disclosed by the Punjab transport minister Master Mohal LaL here on Tuesday. He said the decision was made to provide better transport facilities.

Medical camp:The activists of Life Care Health Card, an NGO, in association with Sainik laboratory organised a free medical check-up and dental care camps at Attalgarh and Kayampur villages on Monday. Free drugs were also distributed.

Dharna staged
: On a nation-wide strike call by the All India State Government Employees Federation, Confederation of Central Employees, Defence Employees Organisation, School Teachers Federation of India, employees of different government departments staged a dharna under the aegis of Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) here at District Administrative Complex on Tuesday. Purshottam Rana, Prem Rakker, district PSSF president and secretary, Baldev Singh, among others, condemned the alleged anti employee policies of the centre as well as the state government in the guise of liberalisation.


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