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Man seeks probe into delay in case registration: In a letter to the Chief Minister, the chairman of the Punjab Human Rights Commission and the President of India, Narinder Singh of Bank Avenue, Majitha road, here has demanded a high-level probe into the registration of a case 13 days after the incident even though the matter was reported to the police on the same day. The case pertains to an accident of his scooter with a tractor-trailer near Crystal Chowk.

Youth festival: Contests in giddha, singing held: Competitions in giddha, group song (Indian) and “vaar” singing were held on the third day of the four-day on Monday Inter-Zonal Final Youth Festival of Guru Nanak Dev University at Dashmesh Auditorium here. More than 1,500 students from colleges across the state are taking part in the festival.

Ex-Governor lays stress on producing job creators: In the present scenario, there is a need to focus on producing job creators and not job seekers. This was stated by former Governor of Mizoram Amolak Rattan Kohli in the course of his lecture on “Challenges in Higher Education” at Guru Nanak Dev University here on Monday. Dr H.S. Soch, former vice-chancellor of the university, presided over the programme while Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor, welcomed the participants.

Gang of robbers busted, 4 members arrested: The police on Monday claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of its four members. The police raided the Chali Khuh area and arrested the members of the gang, including Joginder Singh (kingpin) resident of Rasulpur Kallar, while they were planning a strike. Two country-made pistols with 2 cartridges were recovered from their possession.

Barnala dist anniversary
: To celebrate the first anniversary of Barnala district, the District Congress Committee Barnala held a small function at the Congress office here on Monday. It was presided over by municipal committee president Makhan Sharma.

Indira’s birth anniversary: The 90th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi was celebrated at the District Congress Committee office in Bathinda under the presidentship of Ashok Kumar, president, District Congress Committee on Monday. On the occasion, K. K. Aggarwal, Tehal Singh Sandhu and Inder Singh, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, were also present along with other party leaders.

BKU Krantikari: A state level meeting of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari) was held under the presidentship of BKU state president, Surjit Singh ‘Phul’ to protest against the privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). Issuing a press release here today, Singh said that on November 21, 17 organizations of the farmers would hold protest rallies at all tehsil headquaters in the state.

Seminar: Secretary of the local chapter of the Lions Club, Sanjeev Monga, bagged the first position in the seminar on ‘Global Warming—-A Major Environmental Concern of the 21 st Century.’ Members of ten Lion Clubs from the region participated in the contest. Gopal Singh Makkar of the English department from the Government College of Muktsar read the keynote address.

Youth electrocuted while connecting fuse: Mohammad Subhan (25) of Gounspura Dulman village, near here, was electrocuted on Sunday while he was connecting the fuse of the transformer at his fields. He died on the spot. The police has registered a case against PSEB officials. Villagers alleged that the officials were demanding bribe to connect the fuse.

Lecture on ‘Journalism and Literature’: The Urdu department of the local government college organised a guest lecture on “Journalism and literature” on its premises on Sunday. Dr Shama Afroz Zaidi, editor of the Urdu magazine “Biswin Sadi”, was the chief guest. Prof Abdus Salam Niazi, principal of the college, and Dr Mohammad Iqbal, head of the department, were also present.

: Several leaders paid to homage to two farmers, Chhota Singh and Sunder Ram, at their village Khiala Kalan, on Monday. These farmers were killed in a road accident when they were returning from a dharna, which was organised at Patiala in protest against the proposed privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).  Leaders of farmers and workers praised the services of Chhota Singh and Sunder Ram for the cause of farmers. They said that privatisation of the PSEB would not be allowed at any cost.

1 injured in clash: At least one person was injured in a clash among residents of Takipur village on Monday. According to sources, Paramjit Singh, Mukhtiar Singh and Mohan Singh bashed up Paramjit Singh following an argument regarding the ownership of a plot of land. Paramjit Singh was hospitalised with serious injuries. He was admitted to the Kharar civil hospital. The police has booked the other three.

Declamation contest
: The second All-India Dr Bhagat Singh Sandhu inter-nursing college declamation contest would be held at the Sandhu Institute of Nursing here on November 23. The topic of the contest is “Drug abuse - a threat to society”.

Grant distributed: District science supervisor Balihar Singh Bains said that cheques amounting to Rs 6.25 lakh were distributed among 250 eco-clubs constituted in various schools of the district.

Cultural programme marks Indira’s birth anniversary: The birth anniversary of first woman Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi was celebrated throughout the district on Monday. The women welfare association of Nehru Yuva Kendra here held a cultural programme to mark the occasion. Wife of former MLA Ashok Sharma, Amita Sharma, distributed certificates among girl students of the kendra.

Three arrested for carrying liquor: The police arrested three persons for carrying illicit liquor here on Monday. The three, identified as Gopi, Jagjit Singh and Amrik Masih, have been arrested under the Excise Act.

Meeting: The Council of Junior Engineers, PSEB, held a meeting on Monday and expressed concern over delay in filling up of a number of posts of junior engineers lying vacant in the PSEB for the past many years. Swarn Lal, president of the council, said more than 700 posts of junior engineers, out of the 2,500 sanctioned strength of the JEs in distribution organisation were lying vacant.

Dedicated: Swarn Singh Boparai, VC, Punjabi University, dedicated the first block of Phase I of University College of Engineering (UCoE) to its students and faculty at a function held on the university campus on Monday. The block has been completed at a cost of Rs 7.50 crore and is equipped with centrally air-conditioned computer labs, electronic and mechanical labs with central networking system, besides modern classrooms, seminar rooms, offices.

Inaugurated: Vice-chancellor of the Punjabi University Boparai laid the foundation stone of the teaching block of phase-II of the UCoE. It will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 19 crore with a covered area of 1,20,000 sq ft within one-and-a-half years. It will have a basement and 10 storeys in addition to another basement and four storeys.

New school: SDM Sukhdev Singh Mahal on Monday inaugurated Jasdev Modern Putrika School on the occasion of 25th death anniversary of minister Jasdev Singh Bhagwanpura. The school has been opened for handicapped, mentally challenged and poor girls.Sukhdev Singh Mahal was the chief guest. Such schools help the needy who after getting the good education and training will be able to earn their livelihood. Former Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon gave a sewing machine to Hardeep Kaur of Bharthala village. Local MLA Jagjeewan Singh Kheernian inaugurated a library room.

Suspended: Director (Panchayats), Punjab, on a report filed by the BD& PO, Samrala, has suspended sarpanch Pargat Singh of Majal Kalan, near here, for irregularities committed during tenure in government dispensary, Jatana.

Fancy numbers: As per the state government’s new instructions, a person who wants fancy numbers for their vehicles will have to apply to SDM Sukhdev Singh Mahal till November 30. After it no application will be entertained, he said on Monday. The minimum price for the fancy numbers between 0002 and 0009 has been fixed for Rs 10,000; from 0010 to 0100 it is Rs 3,000, Mahal added.

ASI booked for accepting bribe: Assistant sub-inspector Jaswant Singh, posted at the Bhikhiwind police station, has been booked under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act , 1988, for taking a bribe of Rs 600 from Sahib Singh of Bainka village. Bhikhiwind DSP H.S. Sandhu said here on Sunday that Sahib had lodged a complaint against the ASI, who had absconded.

NRIs chip in funds for marriages of 101 couples: As many as 101 marriages were solemnised at a function organised by the local Citizen Council here on Monday. Cabinet minister Bikarm Singh Majathia was the chief guest while MP Rattan Singh Ajnala presided over the function. Indian and Pakistani families settled in the US extended financial help for the nobel cause.


Farewell: A warm farewell was given to Harpal Singh, section officer (administration), posted at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER). During the function, director, NIPER, Prof P. Rama Rao, Prof K.K. Bhutani, Subrata Sarkar, registrar and the heads of the department along with other staff members and colleagues addressed the audience. Harpal Singh thanked the participants.


Tributes to Indira Gandhi: Rich tributes were paid to Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary on Monday. A function was held at the Congress Bhavan which was presided over by district Congress committee president Narinder Pal Singh Shera. Shera said the nation would always be indebted to her for her policies which brought about overall development of the country.

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