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Maryada Utsav
: The Jain Shwetambar Tera Panth Anchik Samiti organised the 144th Maryada Mahotsav in Leelawali village, around 54 km from here.

Undertrial escapes
: Rajbir Singh, an undertrial who was in jail in attempt to murder and theft cases, escaped from police custody when he was being taken to court for hearing. The handcuffed accused dodged the police near the entry gate of the court. The two policemen who were taking him to court also disappeared from the scene when the accused dodged them.

Programme on Sci-Finder: More than 200 scholars participated in the Sci-Finder Awareness Programme organised by Guru Nanak Dev University at its premises here on Wednesday. S.S. Chahal, director, Research, presided over the function.

Two die in accident
: Two motorcyclists died on Tuesday night in an accident near Mandher village. Kewal Singh (46) of Akalgarh village in Jalandhar district and Baljinder Singh (48) of Phillaur were on their way on a motorcycle when they had a head-on collision with a truck near Mandher village and both of them died on the spot. The truck driver fled the site of accident. Bodies of the deceased were sent to the Bassi Pathana civil hospital and handed over to the families after post mortem.

Sangharsh Committee
: Subhash Yadav, president of the Sangharsh Committee, has said in a press statement that various parties were promising lion’s share of seats in view of the coming municipal elections, but no one was paying heed to allotment of houses which were constructed after demolishing slums. He complained that the officials of the PUDA were responsible for the delay.

SOI meet: At a meeting organised by the Student Organisation of India at the Hajiratan Gurudwara in Bathinda, Baljeet Singh, district president of the SOI, said that the Congress promoted students organisations only to get votes and later forgot about them.He said that Sukhbir Badal, SAD ( B) chief, was worried about drugs afflicting youngsters and said the SOI would help anyone who was ready to kick the habit.

Injured: A woman and her son sustained injuries in a road mishap that occurred on the Bathinda-Gonian road on Wednesday. The injured Banna Devi and Akash were on  a motorcycle, when a  car hit them.

: Enraged over the illicit relation of his wife, one Vasdev of Basti Gol Baaghwali committed suicide by hanging himself in his house. Family sources informed on Wednesday that Vasdev had told his wife Veero to desist from her relationship with one Joginder, but to no avail. And last night, he hanged himself to death. The police has arrested his wife and registered a case under the Indian Penal Code on the basis of the statement of Vasdev’s elder brother.

Effigies burnt
: Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Surakhsha Samiti burnt the effigies of Raj Thackeray and his cousin Udhav Thackeray, leaders of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Shiv Sena respectively, to lodge their protest against their ‘anti-north-Indian stance’. The activists, led by the chief of the Samiti Ram Rattan, gathered at the Doaba Chowk on Wednesday morning and shouted slogans against Raj and Udhav before burning the effigies.

Banner trouble: An NGO Rashtriya Lok Manch has alleged that their banners, put up to spread awareness on polio, were deliberately removed by some municipal corporation men. The NGO has submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner in this regard. NGO chief Balraj Thakur said the banners were jointly put up by them and the health department.

Dharna against gas agency
: Muslim women on Wednesday staged a dharna in front of Malwa Gas Agency of Hindustan Petroleum against the shortage of LPG. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Punjab, also participated in the dharna. Later, a memorandum was presented to local SDM Jaspal Singh Jassi after a march in the city.

: Punjab Kisan Union’s Tamkot unit staged a dharna on Wednesday in front of XEN’s office, Canal department, and demanded the repair of canal distributory passing through the village for regular water supply. Addressing the dharna, farmers’ leader Ranjit Singh Tamkot said the canal distributory passing through Tamkot has been in a poor condition for long. He also complained of irregular water supply in the distributory. The XEN assured the farmers that their demands would be met within a week.

Sangat darshan
: As many as 22 complaints were settled out of 38 brought before the 37th sangat darshan programme held at the district administrative complex, informed S.S Johal, deputy commissioner, here on Wednesday.

Accident death
: Haridev Garg (26) of Kishanpura village was killed when his motorcycle collided with a jeep near Langroya village at around pm on Tuesday. According to sources, the victim lost control over the vehicle while trying to save a stray dog and crashed into a jeep coming from the opposite direction.

Eight arrested
: The police has arrested eight persons, including one proclaimed offender, here on Wednesday. According to a press statement by the SSP office, Gurdaspur, seven persons Shashi Kumar, Harbans Lal, Jogindro, Shashi Bala, Chanchala, Kuldip and Batti have been arrested under the Excise and Gambling Acts. One computer, Rs 3,500 and 3,807 ltrs of illicit liquor were recovered from their possession. Roop Lal of Rauwal, PO, has also been arrested by the Dinanagar police.

: Karamjit Singh, a Punjabi University research scholar of the department of physics, has been awarded the Young Scientist Award- 2008 (engineering sciences) during the 11th Punjab Science Congress by the Punjab Academy of Sciences for his research in the field of nanotechnolgy. Karamjit is doing his PhD and his focus is on optical and photo catalyc behaviour of semiconductor and nanostructures.

Nominated: Dr D.S. Bhullar, president of the Patiala branch of the Indian Medical Association, has been nominated as the joint secretary of AKN Sinha Institute of Indian Medical Association at New Delhi.

Seminar: Punjabi University will soon start a series of lectures, seminars and conferences at its regional centres and neighbourhood campuses, leading to celebration of Guruta Gaddi Diwas of Guru Granth Sahib on its campus in April. A Gurmat Sangeet Utsav will also be organised in collaboration with Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee. The vice-chancellor of the university Dr Jaspal Singh stated this while inaugurating a seminar on ‘Shabd Guru’, organised by the department of Guru Granth Studies on Wednesday.

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised by the NSS department of the Punjabi University in collaboration with Rajindra Hospital at Kala Bhawan on Wednesday. As many as 243 teachers, students and non-teaching employees of the university donated blood.

Man robbed of gold ring, mobile:
Three masked persons reportedly robbed Nawanshahr resident Des Raj of a gold ring and a mobile at Jamalpur village, falling under Sadar police station on Tuesday night. ccording to the information, the victim was returning on scooter to his house from Goraya when he was looted.

Protest against damaged road
: Activists and members of the BKU (Sidhupur), along with villagers, staged a dharna for two hours against the non-repair of the damaged road from Bhawanigarh to Bhalwan village on Tuesday. Surjit Singh, Bhawanigarh block president of the union, said the 2.5 km-long stretch from Bhawanigarh to Kakra had not been repaired during the past 16 years.

Ministerial staff hold rally: The Sangrur district unit of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union under the leadership of district president Raj Kumar Arora today held a rally at the district administrative complex here and accused the Badal government of not fulfilling promises, made with the employees during the previous Assembly elections and in the poll manifesto of the SAD. Arora also criticised the state government for not notifying the terms and references of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission so far.



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Chhabra 555 unveils Valentine Day collection:
Chhabra 555 plans to open 10 more stores in different parts of the country, including one each at Faridabad and Lucknow. The chain of 17 stores, with its presence in the national Capital with five stores, provides more than 3,000 designs in traditional apparels like suits, sarees and lehngas, said Jagdeep Chhabra, director of the company.



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SP takes over
: K.K. Indoria took charge as the SP here on Tuesday in place of Balbir Thakur who has been transferred to Shimla. Indoria was earlier SP, Lahaul-Spiti district. Indoria held a meeting with officers and SHOs and took stock of the law and order situation. He said his top priority would be to streamline traffic in Bilaspur district. He said the police had opened three help centres at Garamora, Nauni and Ghagas.

Stone laid
: PWD minister Gulab Singh Thakur said on Wednesday that a Rs 3-crore drinking water scheme would be constructed to provide portable water to the villagers in Uparli Dhar, Dalerh, Ropri, Golma and Ladbharola panchayts by lifting water from the Sukad khad. Addressing a gathering after dedicating the Rs 3 lakh panchayat bhawan at Pid Bedal and laying the foundation stone for the Pid-Bedal Maman drinking water scheme in Jogindernagar the minister said that the Maman scheme would provide water to nine villages. Thakur who also inaugurated a kisan mela there.

Health team: Taking note of the so-called outbreak of viral hepatitis in Jogindernagar area, the health team on Wednesday visited the area and found that there were only three patients, two of them cured and one admitted to the hospital there. Dr Mahant who led the team said it has examined the water used by the residents and has asked the IPH Department to chlorinate the water sources. There was no outbreak of the water-born disease in the area as such.

Labourer crushed
: Ganesh Sahu (40), a labourer from Bihar, was crushed to death under a tractor at a gas factory on the Suketi road in the Kala Amb area on Wednesday. He was reportedly engaged in levelling work at the factory site when the incident occurred. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. The body was handed over to the factory manger after a post-mortem examination. The family has been informed about the incident.


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