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Delhi rally
: The SAD leaders of Barnala are leaving no stone unturned to make February 26 rally in Delhi a big success. The senior party leaders including former minister Gobind Singh Khanjla, Gobind Singh Longowal, former MLA Gagnjeet Singh Barnala , Malkeet Singh Keetu and three times MLA Balbeer Singh Ghunus are touring extensively in villages to mobilise their party workers to participate in February 26 rally. Khanjla talking to reporters claimed that about 50,000 workers from Sangrur and Barnala would participate in the rally. 

: Jagdish Singh Ghai, general secretary, Public Library, Bathinda, has informed that an interaction with SSP Mansa and a renowned urdu poet, M.F. Farooqui, would be organised at the library on March 4. 

Elected: Election of the Technical Services Union of Punjab State Electricity Board here was held on Saturday where Shreepal was elected as the president unanimously. At the election, Amrit Lal was elected as vice-president, Bodh Raj as secretary, Hardeep Singh as joint secretary and Gurcharan Singh as cashier. 

Launched: M. Vaska Garments Limited had entered the Punjab market with the launch its exclusive showroom of readymade garments, ‘Naag’ at Mall Road, here on Saturday. 

Opium seized, one held
: The Ferozepur police arrested a drug peddler and recovered five kg of opium from his possession. Giving details, Dinesh Partap Singh, SSP Ferozepur, said that in-charge narcotics cell, CIA (HQ) Ferozepur, received a tip-off about the movement of a suspected drug peddler. A check-post in the area of Jhoke Harihar village was set up. The police team suspected a person coming from Jhoke bus-stand towards Sem Nala .On noticing the presence of the police, he tried to escape, but was overpowered, revealed the SSP. The person was identified as Sukhwinder Singh alias Sukha, a resident of Jhanda Kalan in Mansa. 

Rally for ex-servicemen: More than 4,000 ex-servicemen are likely to participate in a district-level rally being organised at Tibri military station,near here, on Wednesday. The aim of the rally is to maintain close contact with ex-servicemen, ascertain their problems and take these up with the civil administration.Station commander Brig Avinash Chander said grievances of ex-servicemen would be re-addressed on the spot, apart from educating them on various schemes and projects launched by the state and Central governments. 

7 hurt in group clash: Seven persons, including a woman sarpanch of Dorangla village, were injured in a clash over the illegal construction at a disputed piece of land, 20 km from here, on Saturday. Sarpanch Sunita, her husband Varinder Kumar, Mohit Kumar, Dharminder Singh and three members, Gopal Das, Sudesh Kumar and Narinder Kumar, of a rival group, sustained injuries in the clash. No case was registered till late evening. 

2 booked for abduction: The police booked two persons, Happy and Pallo, for abducting a 17-year-old girl from Chabbewal village. In a complaint lodged with the police, Avtar Singh said he had gone to earn his livelihood on February 19 and when he returned he found his daughter Harminder missing. He said after returning home he came to know that she was taken forcibly by Pallo. He alleged that Pallo and his neighbour Happy had abducted his daughter because Happy was also missing since then. 

Pistol seized: The police seized a USA made .32 bore pistol and eight live cartridges from Manjit Singh at a special check post near T-point Rara crossing.

Number of cattle declined
: This predominantly agriculture dominated city has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of stray dogs, while the number of buffaloes has fallen by 6.4 per cent in comparison with the last census of cattle heads. The revelation was made by the district administration following the completion of cattle head census carried out in the district as part of the 18th national census. The total number of stray animals has been found to be 6,256 in the city. Poultry birds are over 1.22 lakh, which is a healthy trend indicating a thriving poultry business. However, there has been a 50 per cent decline in the population of sheep. From 10,000 in 2003, it is now dwindling at 5,000. 

: A laparoscopic workshop was organised by the surgery and gynaecology department at Rajindra Hospital in collaboration with Suture India Ltd, here on Saturday. About 12 advanced laparoscopic procedures were demonstrated in the seminar, which attracted 200 delegates. 

Seminar: A workshop on biodiversity conservation, including a seminar, poster-making and slogan-writing competition was organised at Government Mohindra College, here on Saturday. The workshop was sponsored by Punjab state council of science and technology and ministry of environment and forests. 

6 vehicle thieves held: The Bhawanigarh police has arrested six persons for stealing motorcycles and scooters from Patiala, Ludhiana and Sangrur. The police has recovered two motor cycles and two scooters from them. The arrested persons are Surjit Singh, Johny Kumar, Beant Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Vamik Aajra, all of Bhawanigarh, and Gurmeet Singh of Balad Kalan village, near Bhawanigarh. 



Bus fare hike condemned: Former industries minister Ranjeet Singh Verma and secretary of district Congress committee Chetandeep Lakhanpal have condemned the hike in bus fare by the BJP government in the state. Verma said the hike would lead to increase in prices of all essential items, which would further put financial burden on common people. In a separate statement Lakhanpal said it was surprising that though the BJP government had reduced the prices of liquor it had hiked bus fares. 

Body found: Suresh Kumar (34) was found dead near Kot Kalanjhari village on Saturday morning in a newly constructed house. The police has taken the body for a post-mortem examination. The investigation is on in the case. 

Medhavi Chhatra Yojna: Education minister I.D. Dhiman has said the government would again revive the Medhavi Chhatra Yojna so that the students could improve their personality and succeed in life. Dhiman was speaking at an annual prize distribution function of Gautam Girls College said during its last tenure the BJP government had spent Rs 8.86 crore on this scheme and provided scholarships to 8,487 students. He said the government would revive this scheme. 

Pensioners call on CM
: Members of the Pensioners’ Sangh called on Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal at Dharamsala on Saturday. The urged him to accept their long-pending demands. General secretary of the Kangra unit of the sangh S.L.Gupta said in a statement that pensioners were led by district unit president P.S. Rana. They requested the Chief Minister to spare some time during his next visit for hearing their demands. 

Worker dead
: Rajnarayan Sani (32), resident of Bihar, engaged as a factory worker with Saboo Tor Factory at Kala Amb industrial area succumbed to his injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Saturday. He was critically injured inside the factory on Friday night and was rushed to the PGI. The police said a case has been registered in this regard. The body of the deceased would be handed over to the kin of worker who were on way to Kala Amb from Bihar. 


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