Foundation stone laid: The residents of village Rajanwali located within the wildlife sanctuary area here could hope for relief from the nuisance caused by overflowing of the pond water. Balluana MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana today laid the foundation stone for Rs 3.25 lakh scheme in village Rajanwali. The scheme, after completion, would drain out the surplus water from the pond to a drain through cemented pipeline. The residents have been facing problems during the rainy season when the overflowing water enters some of the houses, besides accumulating in the streets, for the last many years. Sarpanches of some villages including Chanderpal and Jagmail Singh were among those present at the function.
Two killed in mishap: The wife and son of a BSF jawan were killed as a truck hit the motorcycle that he was driving on Abohar-Malout road last night. He, along with his wife Kiran (28) and two children, was returning on a motorcycle to his village Jhumianwali on Wednesday after shopping. Kiran and four-month-old Navdeep fell on the road as the truck hit the two-wheeler. Both died on the spot. Jai Dev along with a minor daughter suffered minor injuries. The police arrested the driver of the truck, sources added.
Air-India staffer shot at: A girl, reportedly an employee of Air-India, was shot at by Jasbir Singh, alias Labbu, a resident of the Anngarh area, and others here on Wednesday evening. She was returning home when the incident took place. The involvement of Labbu, who is a notorious smuggler, in the case was established from his mobile phone that the police found at the spot.
Exchange programmes: There should be a common curriculum, exchange of information and joint data building between Guru Nanak Dev University and the University College of Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Satwinder Kaur Bains, director, Indo-Canadian Studies, stated this while addressing students of the School of Social Sciences of Guru Nanak Dev University here on Tuesday. S.S. Chahal, director, research, Doyle Clifton, Department of Social Works, and Douglas Hudson, Department of Anthropology, University College of Fraser Valley, were among the delegates from Canada.
Dead: Jagtar Singh (40) of Fateh Garh Sahne Wali village died after consuming poison, by mistaking it for a medicine, here on Wednesday. He had come to meet his sister.
Farmer unions to launch stir: The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta)-Ugrahan group and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union at a meeting here on Wednesday decided to launch a statewide agitation against the government, demanding jobs and Rs 5 lakh compensation for the kin of debt-ridden farmers and farm workers who had committed suicide.
Naujawan sabha: The Sarb Naujawan Sabha organised a cultural mela dedicated to Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh at Phagwara recently. Punjabi singers, including Amar Arshi, Firoz Khan, Narinderjot Jolly and Inderjit Nikku regaled the audience. Punjab Revenue minister Ajit Singh Kohar was the chief guest. He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the sabha. The mela was opened by NRI Tek Chand. Sukhbir Sandhar, MD of Phagwara sugar mills, and MP Varinder Singh Bajwa were the guests of honour.
CA association: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Jalandhar Chartered Accountants (CA) Association for 2008-09: chairman - R.S. Kalra; vice-chairman - Salil Gupta; secretary - Ashwani Jindal; and treasurer - Puneet Oberoi.
Chetna march: The Agriculture Technocrat Action Committee Punjab has appreciated agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah’s chetna march (awareness walk) from Talwandi Sabo to Daroli Bhai. In a press note issued here today, committee general secretary R.P.S. Aulakh said the farmers were benefited a lot with Langah’s march. He was accompanied by experts from different departments, including agriculture, horticulture and soil conservations.
Gang of thieves busted: The police on Thursday claimed to have busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of three of its members Rakesh Kumar, Manik Sharma and Rajesh Sharma. Two stolen motorcycles have been recovered from them.
Stone for school laid: Nagindra Khanna, mother of the chairman of Umeed Foundation, Arvind Khanna (ex-MLA), on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Satya Bharti School for underprivileged children at Fatehgarh Chhanna village near here.
Techfest begins: Punjab PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa inaugurated the three-day “Techfest-2008” at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) at Longowal on Thursday. Addressing the gathering, Dhindsa laid stress on the need for producing quality engineers. Director of the institute S.K. Pandey and techfest patron V.K. Jain also spoke.
Mohali Missing: Amar, a 15-year-old resident of Sector 55, has gone missing. His brother Ram Anuj reported to the Sector 56 police post that Amar had left home minutes after him yesterday morning to reach Phase VII here where the two were working. But Amar never reached the place of work. He said Amar was wearing a light brown shirt, white pants and sports shoes when he left home. Zirakpur
Missing: Amar, a 15-year-old resident of Sector 55, has gone missing. His brother Ram Anuj reported to the Sector 56 police post that Amar had left home minutes after him yesterday morning to reach Phase VII here where the two were working. But Amar never reached the place of work. He said Amar was wearing a light brown shirt, white pants and sports shoes when he left home.
Litigants’ hall: Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain will inaugurate the newly constructed litigants’ hall in the district judicial complex here on March 1. Later, the Chief Justice will also lay the foundation stone of the judicial complex at Kosli. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will preside over both the functions. This was stated by deputy commissioner Chander Prakash.
Seminar on self-employment: ADC Hans Raj Chauhan has exhorted youths to come forward for self-employment and take full advantage of facilities of training and finances and loans being provided by the government and the Industries Department for the purpose under the Pradhanmantari Gram Swarojgar Yojna. Presiding over a camp organised by district industries center at Tobba for panchayat representatives about 80 km from here on Thursday, Chauhan said any person, who had passed his middle class examination, had an annual income up to Rs one lakh and was not above forty years in age, could take a loan worth Rs 2 lakh to 5 lakh for starting self-employing trades, for which they would also get grant-in-aid up to Rs 15,000.