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The 2nd Punjab Independent NCC Company honoured three cadets for excelling at the national level, a press release said on Saturday. While Kingpal had participated in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Subhash Chander and Amandeep participated in the Army camp held recently at Gurgaon. 

Foreign currency looted:
Foreign currency worth more than Rs 32 lakh was allegedly looted on gun point by an unidentified person from Moneygram International Money Transfer on the Madan Mohan Malviya Road here on Saturday. The police has registered a complaint. Balihar Singh, manager, Moneygram, alleged that a man came to the office at 1.30 pm when he was alone. The man pulled out a pistol, immobilised him by sniffing some intoxicant on his face and decamped with dollars, euro and pounds.

Birth anniversary:
On the birth anniversary of saint Bawa Lal Dyal, thousands of people visited his holy shrine at Dhianpur here.

BJP meet
: Manoranjan Kalia, minister of local bodies in the Punjab government, and Kamal Sharma, general secretary of the state unit of the BJP, are meeting party office-bearers in view of preparations for the upcoming municipal corporation elections, on Sunday. In a press statement, the BJP(City) unit said that various issues which would come up for discussions include, extension of the date for filing house tax, lowering the power tariff, giving ownership to tenants of municipal corporation, removal of shops in fire brigade market and lowering of registry rates. 

Corruption: The Punjab Yuva Beopar Mandal held a press conference today to express dissatisfaction over working of the state as well as central governments. Ashok Garg, state president of the Beopar Mandal, rued that it was unfortunate for businessman to suffer exploitation at the hands of corrupt officials as well as pay heavy taxes to the government. He accused that the sales tax departmentís dealings were not fair. 

Blood donation camp held: Swami Vivekananda Girls College, Bathinda, organised a blood donation camp on the ocassion of the first birthday of the principalís grand daughters, Tiya and Riya. It was for the 45th time that Raj Gupta, principal of the college, had donated blood. In the end, Shelly Gupta thanked everybody for joining in to donate blood, that was hailed as a noble cause. 

Meeting: A meeting of the office-bearers of the General Samaj Party, belonging to the party units in 50 wards of the municipal corporation here and the adjoining villages, would be held on February 10 at the Public Library here. 
Dr Ashok Chaudhary
Dr Ashok Chaudhary

Principal passes away:
Dr Ashok Chaudhary (55), principal of MDSD Senior Secondary School here, passed away after a cardiac arrest in Jalandhar on Friday. Dr Chaudhary was honoured with the state award for excellence in teaching three years back. He is survived by wife Veena Chaudhary, a son and daughter.

2 drivers killed in mishap:
Two drivers were killed in a road accident on the Dhuri road, about 5 km from here, on Saturday. According to information, Jora Singh of Rangia village was going to Dhuri in his truck. On the way his truck collided with another one. The driver of other truck, Sukhwinder Singh, of Lad Banjara Khurd died on the spot while Jora succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. A case has been registered.

Lok Adalat
: A Lok Adalat was held here on Saturday where 113 complaints were received and 66 of them were solved on the spot. Bhupinder Singh, district and sessions judge, Jagnahar Singh, civil judge,†and Sandeep Kumar Singla, additional civil judge, were among those present. 

BSNL to install mobile towers:
As many as 95 additional mobile phone towers will be installed in Sangrur and Barnala districts this year. This was stated by general manager, Telecom, Sangrur, K.K. Sarangal here on Friday.



: The Fortis Health World Limited launched its retail outlet in Sector 35, here on Friday. Shivinder Mohan Singh, managing director, Fortis Healthcare and Escorts Hospitals, launched the store. The health store will have pharmacy, diagnostic centre, personal care products, etc. 

Pain clinic opened
: A specialised pain clinic was inaugurated at Fortis Hospital by Dr Bhupinder Saini, director of advanced pain management, Milwaukee, Winconsin, USA, here on Saturday. This was followed by a symposium on Ďpain managementí at the hospital auditorium, which was attended by around 50 persons. 

2 held for attacking cop
: Two people were arrested after they injured a policeman here on Friday night. The accused Sukhwinder, a resident of Mohali, and Lokesh from Shimla were sent in judicial custody on Friday. The duo had attacked Balbir Singh, incharge of PCR-4, when he spotted them drinking near the T-point at Mansa devi Complex. 



Centurion bank branch
: A branch of Centurion Bank of Punjab was inaugurated at Ambala City on Saturday. Business director of the bank Harpreet Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, he said the bank had received tremendous support from the customers and assured that excellent services would be provided. 

Meet concludes: A three-day annual intra-college meet concluded at Shan Lal DAV College, Ambala city, on Saturday. Eminent academician Vijay Ram Praksh was chief guest on the occasion. Various competitions including flower-arrangement, salad-dressing, mehndi-adornment, rangoli-making etc were held during the meet. 



Cow desertion: The Him Yuva Vikas Samiti, a social organisation of youth devoted to social causes here, has urged the Chief Minister to make law for enforcing strict discipline on those who deserted cows after these failed to yield milk or got crippled due to some reason. A delegation of the samiti led by its office-bearers Sohan Lal, Tilakraj, Ankur Sharma and Rajan met deputy commissioner Devesh Kumar here on Saturday and presented him a memorandum in that regard for forwarding it to the Chief Minister. 

Boar injures boy
: Ajay Kumar, a student of Kathiyana School, was injured when a boar attacked him at Kathiyana village on Friday evening. The incident took place around 4 pm while he was returning from school. He was taken to Hamirpur government hospital for the treatment. 

4 hurt in mishap
: Four persons were injured, two of them seriously, when a Maruti car (PB13E0797) carrying them collided head-on with Tata Safari (HP26A0343) coming from the opposite direction at Shamlech near here on the Barog bypass on Saturday evening. The accident took place at a curve. The injured were: Bishen Singh (51), Hem Raj (51), Ashok Kumar (53) and Davinder Singh (61). They were taken to the Zonal Hospital, Solan. Later, Bishen Singh and Hem Raj were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. All four belonged to Sangrur in Punjab. They were going to Shimla. A case has been registered. 

Mobile sets stolen: Burglars struck at a mobile shop on the Baddi-Sai road on Friday night and decamped with handsets worth Rs 8 lakh. The theft come to light in the morning when owners of B.S. Brothers Mobile Shop came to open it in the morning. The shop was ransacked. The burglars entered the shop after breaking open its shutter. A case has been registered. 


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