Released: One Satinder Pal Singh, resident of Guru Nanak Nagri, Malout, and Sukhjit Kaur of village Kaulianwali, who were last night arrested from a complex located near the police station here, have been released on bail by the sub-divisional magistrate, sources said.
Awarded: Amanpreet Ahuja, a student of the DAV College here, won an award of Rs 12,000 from the Sahara Pariwar, Lucknow, for his excellence in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and academics during the last session. Earlier, he was awarded the Presidentís National Scout Award.
Held: The police arrested one Nikka Singh of Hanumangarh under sections of the Arms Act on the recovery of an illegal .12 bore pistol near village Chak Radhewala, DSP Parampal Singh said on Friday.
Travel sop: The Punjab Employees Rights Protection and Welfare Union has alleged that bank branches in Amritsar are not paying travel concession to pensioners, treating interim relief a part of the pension, despite orders by the Punjab government. The union pointed out that the Punjab government had granted interim relief at the rate of 5 per cent of pay/pension with effect from November 1, 2006, to the Punjab government employees and pensioners/family pensioners.
Book fair: The National Book Trust is organising a nine-day book fair at the Government Rajindra College in Bathinda, from December 1 to December 9. Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English publishers will participate in the fair. Famous Punjabi dramatist and Sahitya Akademi award winner, Ajmer Singh Aulakh, will inaugurate the fair. Ram Sarup Singh Ankhi wil be the chief guest while Mohan Bhandari will preside over the function. Bharat Diyan Lok Kathanva by Nagarjun, 1857 Di Bagawat by P.C. Joshi and Bandi Bol will be launched on December 1.
Dry spell ends: After a long dry spell the city experienced first showers of this winter on Friday morning. The rainfall has brought a relief to the farmers too, especially those who had sown wheat. Besides, it is considered good for the standing crops too. The showers also provided respite to the people from the dry weather.
Book released: Global Punjab Foundation, Patiala, organised a book release function. Urdu-Hindi poetry titled ďEk Bhi Dost Umar Bhar Ka Umar Bhar Na MilaĒ was released by Harjinder Singh Walia and Kulwant Singh on Friday. Chariman of the foundation Dr Walia appreciated the efforts of Baldev Deep and said the poetry conveyed a universal message of love and compassion. Dr D.P. Singh, Sanjay Kumar, T.S. Bakshi were also present.
Meet: The department of pathology, Government Medical College, Patiala, presented a report of 200 heart specimens of postmortem cases received by the department, in the annual meeting of International Academy of Pathology and National Conference of Indian Association of Pathologists, held at PGI, Chandigarh. Dr Anil K. Suri, assistant professor, presented 143 specimens. The college contributed 11 research papers in this meet on different topics.
Death mourned: Senior BJP leaders today expressed deep shock at the demise of former member of Parliament Lala Lajpat Rai who died in Ludhiana recently after prolonged illness. In separate condolence messages, Madan Mohan Mittal, Manoranjan Kalia, Tikshan Sud, Swarana Ram, Prof Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, Master Mohan Lal, Balramji Dass Tandon, Dr Baldev Chawla and Sat Paul Gosian, said with Raiís death Punjab has lost a visionary leader who gave a new direction to the state polity.
Tower trouble: Residents of Hargobind Nagar have strongly objected to a mobile companyís attempt to install their tower in the area. A deputation of the residents, led by Advocate R.L. Kohli, industrialist Ashok Gupta and Dr Anoop, met Phagwara SDM Amarjeet Paul and told him that different hospitals, nursing homes and cardiac centres were situated in the area and a mobile tower would cause adverse effect on the health of the patients.
Nine hurt in clash: In a reported clash between two groups, belonging to the sarpanch and former sarpanch Karamjit Kaur of Bhutal Khurd village (near Moonak), nine persons were injured in the village on Friday. Ranjit Singh, husband of panch Kuldip Kaur, alleged that supporters of the former sarpanch made an attack on the sarpanch and her supporters, due to which six persons sustained injuries. Disposal of the water accumulated on the phirni of the village was believed to be the cause of the trouble.