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Jail term: One Bhala Ram Meghwal of village Bhograna in Sriganganagar was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court at Nohar in Sriganganagar area for killing his wife Tarawati (36) on March 17.

Case registered: The Sriganganagar police registered a case under sections 376, 511 of the Indian Penal Code and 3(12) of the SC/ST Act against the president of a private school in Faquirwali village, sources said on Thursday.

Cycle rally: At the NCC Week celebrations in the DAV College campus here, a cycle rally was organised on Wednesday. Scores of cadets and officials participated in the rally. The cyclists carried placards spreading message for saving fuel by cycling short distances.

Krishi kendra
: Punjab minister Bikram Majithia here today said a farm science centre (Krishi Vigyan kendra) would be set up at Nagkalan village in Majitha constituency. Run by Punjab Agricultural University, the farm centre will aim at disseminating technology among farmers of the area to make agriculture remunerative.

Punjabi seminar: Khalsa College for Women is organising a U.G.C. sponsored national seminar on “classical Punjabi literature” on 3rd and 4th December in which 35 to 45 delegates, principal of different colleges, teachers and research students will participate. Stating this in a press, principal Sukhbir Kaur Mahal informed that the keynote address would be delivered by Dr. Joginder Singh Rahin former professor and head of Punjabi research department of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Cable theft
: The railway police caught Amandeep, a resident of Fateh Nangal village, while he was cutting cables from optical fiber cable room on Thursday. The police also seized some earthing cables from the accused. Besides, a fake railway identity card on which the accused used to travel free was also seized. Meanwhile, the judicial magistrate has sent him to the police remand.

Pak play
: Symphony, an international society of poets, writers and artists in collaboration with South Asian fraternity, New Delhi, and Tarik-e-Niswan, Karachi, Pakistan, is going to organise a play 'Jeehne Lahore Nahi Vekhya' at the auditorium of the Government Rajindra College, here, on Saturday.

Killed: One person was killed while two others sustained injuries in a hit-and-run case involving a tractor trolley and a motorcycle at Mandi Kalan village on Wednesday. Meeta Singh of Balianwali village reported to the police that he along with Lilla Singh and Hari Singh was coming from village Riya on a motorcycle and when they reached Mandi Kalan, a tractor-trolley hit the motorcycle and injured them. Hari Singh succumbed to his injuries.

Seminar: Students of Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College of Education, Dasuya, pledged not to use polybags at a seminar organised on environment awareness by the Awakening Civic Consciousness Among Common Citizens, a NGO, here on Thursday. Hoshiarpur deputy commissioner D.K. Tiwari was the chief guest on the occasion. The SDM, Dasuya, Rahul Chaba, and Manhar Arora, director, placement cell, City Education Society, Jalandhar, also spoke.

Auction: The local administration earned Rs 5.1 lakh through the auction of VIP vehicle numbers on Thursday. The auctions held at the tehsil office fetched Rs 1.5 lakh for number PB 70B 0001. The number two in this series fetched the administration Rs 50,000 and number three in this series was auctioned at Rs 25,000. The auctions were held under the supervision of SDM Sohan  Lal Bhumbak.

Patwaris to go online now
: B.S. Sudan, commissioner, Ferozepur division with additional charge of Faridkot, said computerisation of 377 Patwari circles and Kanungo under the Faridkot division, which also includes Mansa and Bathinda was in progress. Apart from cities, 703 villages come under this division. Once these departments became online, it would help employees perform their jobs efficiently and will help people also.

Medical camp: About 50 patients received medical assistance at the 7th Free Homoeopathy Camp organised at Dhudi village near here on Wednesday. The local chapter of Lions Club held the camp in the memory of late Rattan Chand Monga.

Shop gutted
:  A shop in the congested Sarafan Bazaar here was gutted on Wednesday night. Short circuit is believed to be the possible cause of fire. Almost the entire material kept in the general store was reduced to ashes. According to Surinder Kumar, owner of the shop, the loss is estimated to be around Rs one lakh.

Sweaters distributed: Members of the Lions Club (Vishal), Fazilka, distributed woollen sweaters amongst needy students of the government primary school No. 3 here. Rajiv Prashar, SDM, Fazilka, distributed the sweaters on behalf of the club. According to Ashok Watts, president of the club, the school has been adopted by the club for all-round development.

Ambulance and cadet nursing competitions: Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Railway Mandi, here has bagged the first prize and running trophy in the all-India ambulance and cadet nursing competitions organised by St John Ambulance Brigade branch, India. The school team has won the running trophy fourth time in a row. At the individual level Priya Sharma of this school won first prize while Ranjit Kaur, Love Preet Kaur and Arashdeep Kaur won third prize. In these competitions Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, Bahadurpur, came second.

Soccer tourney
: The 11th All India Guru Gobind Singh Football Tournament began today at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium. The event was inaugurated by Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal. He also donated Rs 1 lakh for the progress and development of the game. In the inaugural match SRC Ramgarh defeated JCT Phagwara by 1-0.

5 transformer oil thieves held
: The district police has busted a gang of five thieves involved in stealing oil from transformers from different areas of the district for the past sometime. SSP Rakesh Agarwal said the gang had committed 70 such thefts. The arrested gangsters were Sarabjeet Singh, alias Ghoghi, Bakshish Singh, alias Bakshi, Pala, Sawaran and Paramjeet, all residents of Dosal village.

1 injured: Varinder Kumar, a resident of Kurali, was injured in a road accident. He was admitted to PGI, Chandigarh, with a serious hip fracture. The incident took place on November 27, when Varinder was coming towards Mohali on his motorcycle. When he reached near Mundi Kharar, a white Tata Safari (PB-0147) hit him. A case has been registered.

Lok Adalat
: A Lok Adalat will be held to solve the cases of consumers at the office of the District Consumer Forum on November 30.  Chairman of Consumer Security Forum M.S. Mahal gave the information on Thursday.

Red Cross fair
: The local chapter of the Red Cross will hold a day-long fair at the Town Hall stadium here on November 30. As many as 40 stalls will be set up. On this occasion, fancy dress, health babies, tricycle race and rangoli competitions will be held.

Lecture given
: Dashmesh Institutions organised a lecture on the topics- ‘Education system in Canada’ and ‘Higher Education system in India’ in the seminar hall at Dashmesh Girls College of Education in Badal. Ron Sky of Georgian College, Toronto, informed about several international universities and their courses.

1 held under NDPS Act
: The police arrested a person under the NDPS Act and seized 100 intoxicating capsules from him here on Thursday. He has been identified as Sammi Kumar of Malikpur.

Tohra remembered: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal recalled the services of panth rattan and former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra and said the panth would be remembering his sacrifices made for the SAD, forever. Badal was speaking at the marriage ceremony of the son of former Akali minister Harmail Singh Tohra at Urban Estate on Thursday. Various Akali leaders including former minister Surjit Singh Kohli, Harnek Singh Mukhmailpur, Prem Singh Chandumajra, deputy commissioner D.S Grewal, IG C.S.R. Reddy and SSP S.K. Asthana attended the ceremony.

‘Bhagat shown  in poor light’
: Abhey Singh Sandhu son of Kulbir Singh Sandhu, younger brother of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, has expressed his deep resentment on the distorted depiction of Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh in history question paper for IAS (main) examination of union public service commission and said it is tragic that while on the one hand the nation is celebrating the birth centenary of the great martyr, he is projected as a terrorist in question number 2 (C), the pre-fix revolutionary shades into insignificance being a subordinate to the principal appellation. In terms of logic, the martyr is placed in the GENUS 'terrorist' albeit of the 'revolutionary' SPECIES.

POs arrested: Police has arrested two proclaimed offenders, Pardeep Kumar, alias Sonu, a resident of Gaheeran village and a woman Beero, a resident of Shankar village in Nakodar today. The accused were produced before judicial magistrate who sent them in judicial custody till December 13. DSP H.P.S. Khakh told newsmen here this evening that both were declared POs last year in two different cases. Phillaur police has also arrested two more Pos, including Sukhwinder, alias Gulla, a resident of Sanghakhalsa village and Jasbir Singh, a resident of Kandola Khurad village today. The two had been absconding for the past three years.

Tarn Taran
Patwari nabbed
: A team of the vigilance Bureau (VB) nabbed a patwari, Gursimranjit Singh, posted at Dhun (Bhikhiwind), while taking a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a farmer. Ashok Kumar, DSP, VB, said here today that the patwari took the bribe from Kuldeep Singh of Dhun village for entering “intqual” in revenue record.A case has been registered.


Condemned: An executive body meeting of the Progressive Trader's Welfare Association, Sector 17, was held on Thursday wherein the members raised issues regarding lighting, water and new flooring between the bridge and TDI mall (Jagat Theatre). The issues were brought to the notice of the mayor, area councillor and MC officials. It was suggested that the open space between GPO and TDI Mall be used to install some joyrides for children.


Programme: Narinder Pal Singh Shera, president, District Congress Committee, Ambala, presided over a programme to facilitate the newly-appointed office-bearers of Block Youth Congress Ambala, on Thursday. Youth Congress Ambala unit president Sandeep Duggal said he would strive hard to ensure that youth join the party. Bobby Sharma and Ranjiv Sood were elected vice-president, Mohsin and Sachin Chawla were secretary and Deepak Rana were joint secretary.

Purchase panel meeting put off
: A meeting of the high-powered purchase committee of the Haryana government, which was scheduled to take place here on Thursday, has been postponed to December 5. Besides the routine purchases, the purchase of a twin-engined helicopter for use by VIPs was also slated to figure in the meeting. It is learnt that the meeting was cancelled at the last moment as finance minister Birender Singh, who is chairman of the committee, was indisposed.

Fee waiver scheme extended: The Haryana government has extended the period of scheme to provide concession on connection fee for private water connections to the general category households for a period of another one year (upto November 19, 2008). Announcing this here on Thursday, CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda said to encourage private water connections to general category households, connection fee of Rs 500 in the villages and Rs1000 in the urban areas was waived off under the Indira Gandhi Drinking Water Scheme to the General Category household.

New machinery installed: The local cooperative sugar mill will produce quality-sugar as new machinery has been installed for manufacturing sugar, said S.K.Goyal deputy commissioner-cum-sugar mill chairman while addressing farmers and mill functionaries here on Thursday. Managing director of the mill Virender Lather said number of purchase and weighing centres had been set up at different places so that the farmers did not face any difficulty.

35 colleges for youth fest
: Over 1,000 students from different colleges of the three districts, including Sirsa, Fatehabad and Jind, will be participating in the zonal youth festival of Kurukshetra University to be held from December 2 to December 5 at the Jan Nayak Choudhary Devi Lal Vidyapeeth here. The students of 35 colleges of the districts will be participating, said the director general of the Vidyapeeth Dr Kuldeep Dhindsa here on Thursday.

Rs 10 cr for anaj mandis: The State Agricultural Marketing Board has decided to spend Rs 10 crore for the development of various anaj mandis in the district. Out of the total amount, Rs 3.59 crore would be used for the different works to be done at the mandis fall under Sirsa subdivision, said additional deputy commissioner Yudbir Singh, here on Thursday.

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