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Vedanti gifted brooch: The SAD, Canada, on behalf of the Sikh diaspora there on Saturday presented a diamond-studded brooch to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht. The idea behind this was that since most religious heads wear such symbols, so the Jathedar, Akal Takht, should also have such a symbol.

Sidhu offers relief to SPOs: As many as 116 special police officers (SPOs) who fought during the militancy period have not been paid salaries for the past two and half years. Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP MP, on Saturday spoke to DGP N.P.S. Aulakh and urged him to take immediate steps in this regard. Assuring the SPOs, the MP offered Rs 2,000 each per month to the 27 SPOs of this area till the government cleared their dues. 

8 kg gold seized: The excise and taxation department detected tax evasion to the tune of Rs 77 lakh and seized eight kg of gold from a person Ankit Mehra. Giving details, assistant excise and taxation commissioner Rajpal Singh said Mehra could not produce any document relating to the consignment seized and used to supply gold ornaments to different parties in various parts of Punjab. 

Woman’s body found:
The body of a woman, in her thirties, was found stuck at the pillar of a bridge in a canal at Poohli village in the district on Saturday. The body was in a semi-nude condition.The volunteers of Naujwan Welfare Society took the body out from the canal after receiving information. In the presence of police, the body was taken to the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, for the post-mortem. The body has been handed over to the society for cremation.

Dowry case: The Sangat police station registered a case of dowry and cruelty against three persons including the husband and in -laws of Virpal Kaur, daughter of Gurmel Singh, a resident of Chanarthal village under sections 498-A, 323 and 34 of the IPC. Complainant Virpal alleged that four years back, she got married to Sarabjit Singh of Gaheri Buttar village and since then she was being ill treated by her in laws for dowry.

11 cr for jails reforms: CM: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said a sum of Rs 11 crore will be made available for facilities in jails and the government will immediately go in for prison reforms. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting regarding the jail administration late on Thursday evening.

2-day Army mela:
The 15th Infantry Division held a two-day mela here to commemorate the Army Day. Civilians, including students from colleges and schools, from the surrounding areas had a close look at tanks, guns, small arms and other technical equipment displayed there. 

Seminar on human rights:
The Guru Gobind Singh College of Education, Kamlooh (Mukerian), organised a seminar-cum-workshop on "Human Rights - Indian Prospective” on Saturday.

Pak national nabbed:
The district police caught Pakistani national Jeewan Lal of Amrikpura village in Sialkot district from a dhaba in Bidhipur here on Thursday night for illegally staying in India. Jeewan had come to India on August 7 last year on a visitor’s visa.

Scribes’ stand:
Scribes here in a meeting have decided to boycott government functions to lodge protest against the use of objectionable language for the journalists by the Punjab technical education minister Swarna Ram at a press conference on Friday. The conference was being conducted by Lok Sabha deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal and a question was diverted to the minister, who instead of replying used objectionable language.

Four-month foetus found:
The Dirba police on Saturday recovered a four-month foetus from a rivulet of Rorrewal village, near Kohrian village. Sangrur SSP Arun Pal Singh said the sarpanch of Rorrewal village had informed the police. The foetus had been sent to the Civil Hospital here for examination. A case had been registered against unknown persons.



BSNL offer:
BSNL Haryana circle has launched a new scheme whereby customers buying new pre-paid connection under general plan will get additional talk value of Rs 80 on recharge with voucher of Rs 200 or more. In case of recharge with coupon of lesser value they will get talk time and validity as per recharge coupon. The scheme is open for 60 days. The company has also launched promotional schemes on recharge vouchers of Rs 300 and Rs 1,000 where the customers will get full talk value with validity of 90 and 365 days, respectively. 

Youth fest begins:
Group songs, Haryanvi group dances, pop songs and classical music marked the day one of the youth festival (Yamunanagar zone), which started here on Saturday. As many as 300 students from 12 institutions are participating in the festival. 



NSS camp:
Selfless social service provides unparallel satisfaction and joy and every student and youth should make it a habit to perform social service regularly. Presiding over the inaugural function of 10-day college students’ special national service camp (NSS) here in Saturday, principal Subhash Gupta urged youths to take full advantage of every opportunity that came their way.NSS program officer Surender Sharma said 114 girls and boys of college were participating in the camp. 

School function:
The 23rd annual prize distribution function of the local IP Adarsh Public School was organised on Saturday. It was presided over by former deputy director to the Education Department Jatinder Sharma. He called upon students to take keen interest in sports, besides studies. He gave away prizes to meritorious students. A cultural programme was also presented on the occasion. 



Ban imposed:
The District Magistrate, Anantnag, has imposed a ban on the sale, purchase and storage of all kinds of combat dresses, whether cloth or readymade, including camouflage, stitching of the same and use or plying of painted vehicles of Army pattern throughout the district. He said the order would be enforced with immediate effect and would be for a period of two months.

Muharrum procession:
Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig has directed the divisional commissioner, Kashmir, to make adequate arrangements for Muharrum and majlis processions in the valley. He gave directions to him to gear up the administration in this regard and ensure regular supply of electricity, drinking water, essential commodities, medicines and firewood to the people. 

Special secretary: The government has ordered recalling of the director, Economic Reconstruction Agency, Kashmir, Hilal Ahmad Parray and posted him as special secretary with the Deputy Chief Minister with immediate effect.

171 cases cleared: The Standing Finance Committee (SFC) of the Khadi Village and Industry Board (KVIB) in a meeting presided by minister for industries and commerce, Nawang Rigzin Jora, reviewed the functioning of the KVIB on Friday. The committee cleared 171 cases with margin money grant of Rs 101.766 lakh.

More Hajis return:
Another batch of 211 Hajis, including 69 women, arrived by a special air flight from Jeddah here on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Haj flight which departed for Jeddah on November 30 and was scheduled to arrive here yesterday, has been cancelled and would now reach Srinagar tomorrow.

DC visits Dal Lake: Divisional commissioner Mehboob Iqbal along with senior officers visited the interior areas of Dal Lake on Friday to take stock of the problems being faced by people there. He assured the residents that all possible measures would be taken for making basic amenities available to them.


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