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Athletic meet: The annual athletic meet of DAV College of Education will be held on March 5. Principal Venita Singh said on Monday that over 300 students of B.Ed and ETT would be involved in the events, besides making arrangements. DSP Parampal Singh and Tara Singh Ahuja, chairman of the Homeopathic Medical College, would be the chief guest for the morning and evening sessions, respectively.

Cricket academy : The Abohar Cricket Academy, a brainchild of the IFFCO chairman Surinder Kumar Jakhar, has come into existence. The selectors have finalised a list of 50 budding players, half of them from the rural areas, after completing the trial of 200 applicants. They had a meeting with local legislator Sunil Jakhar last evening. He hoped this would help in keeping youth away from the drug menace that has gripped the region. Jakhar lambasted his political opponents for indulging in cheap criticism of the ward-level cricket tournaments sponsored by him. He said this spoke volumes about the sympathy of these leaders with drug peddlers. He assured that adequate arrangements would be made to train selected players. 

Farewell function : Amarpreet was selected as Miss Farewell during a function organised by MSc- Part I students to wish good luck to their seniors at the DAV College here on Monday. Principal B.C. Josan was the chief guest while Anil Makkar presided over the function. Tejinder Singh was adjudged Mr Farewell. Rajni, Shruti Bansal and Amanpreet Singh won the titles of Ms and Mr Personality respectively. Pooja was selected as Ms Smile whereas Nitin Arora was adjudged Mr Smile. Head of the department, Rajesh Khatri extended good wishes to the MSc- part II students.

Man murdered: Pargat Singh of Dashmesh Nagar in the Guru Nanak Pura locality was killed by three unidentified persons near No. 22 railway crossing here on Monday. The police has registered a case at Islamabad police station under Section 302, IPC. Pargat, along with his brother Rajbir Singh, was going towards Chheharta on their vehicle when they had an altercation with the accused. The accused assaulted Pargat and Rajbir with some sharp-edged weapon seriously injuring them. They fled the scene after the incident. Later, Pargat succumbed to injuries and Rajbir was rushed to hospital.

Jaspal Bhatti
: Noted actor Jaspal Bhatti will deliver a lecture on TV and media at the DAV College here tomorrow at 11.30 AM. He will be accompanied by his wife Savita Bhatti.

Mahashivratri : Religious procession would be taken out to mark the Mahashivratri on March 5.

Elected: Harnek Singh Saran, IPS, Senior superintendent of police (retired) has been unanimously elected as the president of the Punjab Police Pensioners Welfare Association, here today.

Homoeopathy camp
: Local chapter of the Lions club organised the 19th Free Homoeopathy camp in memory of late R.C Monga at Village Dhudi. Homoeopathy practitioner Archana Monga examined 52 patients to whom free medicines were also distributed. 

Draughtsman held taking bribe
: The vigilance bureau (VB) caught head draughtsman Dharampal, posted at the Punjab State Electricity Board executive engineer’s office, while taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a consumer, Harkirat Singh of Ucha Ladhana village falling under Banga police station of Nawanshahr district, on Monday. In a press note issued here, bureau SSP Dilbagh Singh Gill said a team, led by bureau DSP Daljit Singh, nabbed Dharampal, who had demanded the bribe from Harkirat Singh for checking an estimate for removing electric wires lying over his plot. A case has been registered.

Youth kills self: A youth committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near the Jalandhar cantonment railway station here on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Vishal Pahwa (33), resident of Krishan Nagar. The body has been sent to the civil hospital for  post-mortem.

‘Mera Sasural’
: To launch its new show ‘Mera Sasural’, SaharaOne Television has organised  a pooja of Goddess Kali in Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and  Madhya Pradesh till March 20, a company press note issued  here today. The  serial revolves around two Punjabi  families of  Jammu. 

Teachers to hold rally
: The ETT Teachers Union would hold rallies against the state government during panchayat elections, if their demands were not met, said the union’s state president, Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, at a press conference here today. He demanded the transfer of Zila Parishad schools to the education department. 

SI on judicial remand
: Sukhpal Singh, sub-inspector, was presented before the chief judicial magistrate court here on Monday in the infamous kidnapping case. He was sent to judicial remand till March 12. 

Seminar on NREGS held : To educate and involve Panchayati Raj institutions in the implementation process of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), a district level seminar of sarpanches and panches was organised here today. S.S Johal, deputy commissioner, presided over the seminar. Experts from the State Institute of Development, Nabha, Center for rural Research and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh and a Amritsar-based NGO Captain Gurdev Singh Institute interacted with sarpanches and panches during seminar and educated them about NREGS, its plan, structure, implementation, social audit, its social, economic and development impact on society. 

Congress flays Badal : Vijay Saathi, general secretary, PPCC, criticized chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for ‘unnecessary picking holes’ in the budget here today. He said that the Akali party had invariably claimed to be a party of peasantry but has never been successful in implementing a favourable policy for them and added that even during the BJP-led NDA reign, it could not bring any package for the farmers. He said that Badal must be thankful to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for presenting an agriculture-oriented budget never seen before in the history of independent India. He recalled that earlier, the Congress-led UPA government had hiked the MSP. 

Datesheet of Pbi varsity: Punjabi University's undergraduate courses practical exams will commence from March 6 and theory from March 28. University co-ordinator (Examinations) Dr Gurmail Singh, giving this information, said if students did not get roll numbers and datesheet before two or three days of the start of exams, they could personally collect their roll numbers from university's examination branch. They must bring two passport-size photographs.

Play staged: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, staged ‘Daairey’, a powerful Punjabi musical satire, strongly condemning female foeticide as part of their ‘beti bachao’ national theatre campaign at Baradari Gardens Theatre Complex on Monday. The play, written by Dr Satish Kumar Verma and directed by Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal, was inaugurated by guest of honour Govind Ram Seth, chief manager of State Bank of Patiala.

Principal takes charge : Newly-appointed principal of local Khalsa College Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha assumed his duties on Monday. Earlier, Dr Ubha, was working as a professor and head, department of business management, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, for the past 17 years. He has been associated with many educational, religious, social and literary organisations. 

Woman dies
: Neeru (28) of Hadiabad died in a collision near Chaheru here on Monday when the motorcycle she was riding pillion on, rammed into a military vehicle. The woman’s husband Ashish Mittal and her two-year-old son Japam were accompanying her.

Electrician commits suicide: A 32-year-old youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in the room of a hotel on the Sangrur-Patiala road here on Monday. The local police said Hardev Singh, son of Santokh Singh, was an electrician by profession. He is survived by wife and a five-year-old son. A case under Section 174, CrPC, has been registered. 

Sambher is CPI state secy: Bhupinder Sambher has been elected state secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) on the last day of the three-day state-level conference of the party on Sunday night. Sambher defeated Jagroop Singh, secretary of the party, with a margin of only five votes. Sambher got 58 votes. Shamim Faizi, member of the party national secretariat, was the presiding officer.



Agenda: A deputation of the PGI Campus Residents Welfare Society met mayor Pradeep Chhabra, on February 29, under the leadership of R.K. Kanchi, president of the society, to pay its gratitude for taking up an agenda and passing it in the house of the MC on February 27 to include the residential campus of the PGI, PU and PEC under the MC limits for development. 

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Geeta Mandir Sabha, Sector 11: president - S.R. Jain; senior vice-president - Raj Sood; vice-presidents - Sham Lal Aggarwal and Rajesh Bhasin; general secretary - Gian Chand Dhiman; cashier - Sanjeev Singla; joint secretary - M.L. Mehta; press secretary - Vishnu Vikrant; auditors - Hari Kishan and J.B. Goel; adviser - G.D. Sharma and assistant finance secretary - Arvind Thakur. 



Probe sought: The BJP has sought probe into contract works of various ongoing schemes and other activities launched by the government in different parts of the state. Mohan Lal, a former minister and district BJP president said here on Monday the BJP government in the state would monitor and analyse the works being executed on various government schemes by the contractors. He urged the government to deal stringently with the defaulters and initiate action accordingly after thorough probe.

Labourer dies
: Mani Ram (38) of Penldi village under Balichowki police post died after a falling boulder hit him today while working on a road project. He died due to head injuries, said hospital sources. The police has registered a case. 

Seminar held: The Government Primary Teachers Union of the local unit organised a seminar here on Sunday which was presided over by Pathania, local MLA and former chairman of the HPTDC. Presiding over the seminar Pathania called upon the teachers to desist from active politics and concentrate only in their teaching profession. He assured them that they would never be victimised with political motivated transfers during his tenure as he believed in a pressure free atmosphere for the government employees. The association submitted a demand charter to the chief guest and urged him to raise longstanding demands of the primary teachers before the state government. 


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