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Annual sports meet
: The 54th annual sports and athletics meet of DAV College began here today. College principal Dr V.K. Sharma declared the meet open. Events like javelin throw, long jump, 50 metre skipping race, high jump and obstacles race were organised. Municipal corporation commissioner D.P.S. Kharbanda was the chief guest. He called upon the sports persons to set an aim and follow it with dedication to realise it.

Workshop on poetry concludes: A two-day workshop on poetry dedicated to Bhai Vir Singh concluded at Guru Nanak Dev University here today. More than 20 eminent poets from India and abroad and nearly 40 budding poets participated in the event which was organised by the School of Punjabi Studies of the university in association with the Bhai Vir Singh Sahit Sadan, New Delhi. It was an attempt to sharpen the sense and sensibility of the budding poets.

HC registrar (rules) bereaved
:Parkash Chand Aggarwal, Bathinda’s leading lawyer and also the father of Punjab and Haryana High Court registrar (rules) Varinder Aggarwal died after prolonged illness here today.
He is survived by wife and three sons. His cremation at the Sector 25 grounds was largely attended by judicial officer and lawyers. His second son Rajinder Aggarwal is posted as additional dsistrict and sessions judge at Sangrur, while third son Mahesh Aggarwal is posted as SP (CBI) at Chandigarh.

Sugar mill’s foundation laid
Cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh today laid the foundation stone of a proposed 20 MW generation plant in a five-acre land at the cooperative sugar mill in Nakodar. He said the plant that would generate power from molasses and biomass of sugarcane would come up at a cost of Rs 110 crore by August 2010. He said a Gurgaon-based company, which would invest for construction of the plant, would run it for 15 years after which it would be handed over to the mill and its shareholders.

No headway in robbery case:The police has failed to make any headway in the Nurmahal robbery case in which some armed masked persons escaped after looting 2.5 kg of gold worth Rs 35 lakh and some cash from a jeweller of Lamba Bazaar. When contacted, Phillaur DSP Rajinder Singh Sohal admitted that the police had got no vital clue so far in the case. However, he said the police had rounded up five suspects for the preliminary interrogation. The masked robbers looted the jewellery and cash from Pramod Kumar Sekhri and his son Chetan near Devi Sthan Mandir when they were returning to their house from their shop on Friday night. The jeweller and his son were also injured.

Club arranges marriages of poor girls
: The Asra Lok Sewa Club, Mansa, arranged marriages of two poor girls on Friday. The club provided the girls with household items. Project chairman of the club, Tarsem Semi, said that marriages of Ramanjit Kaur of Mansa and Kuldip Kaur of Naggal Kalan were solemnised. Freedom fighter Mukhtyar Singh Saggu and social worker Prem Kumar also contributed to the noble act of the club.

Meeting of workers: Employees of different organisations held a meeting at Baba Bujha Singh Bhawan here for the preparation of the Ludhiana rally to be held on February 14. Employees will raise demands like hike in pay and regularisation of contract workers. Jaspal Khokhar, Ramanpreet Singh, Bikar Singh Makha and Charanjit Singh Dhalewan were elected convenors of Mulazam Sangharsh Committee.

Camp for farmers
: Following the directions of the Union government, the National Agricultural Bank for Rural Development (NABARD), in cooperation with the Central Bank of India, Lakhewali branch, organised an awareness camp at village Nanadgarh. The camp aimed at betterment of agricultural practices and allied trades. Informing about the policies, banbk staff motivated people to join farmer clubs and adopt allied activities.

LPG cylinders seized
: The DC Naveen Jain on Friday seized a tractor-trolley of an LPG distributor. Confirming it, official sources said the employees of the distributor had left the godown with a delivery list of 70 consumers but the cylinders were being delivered to non-listed persons by parking the vehicle in the middle of the road. The vehicle did not carry weighing equipment and fire extinguishing kit.



Lecturers’ forum backs strike
: While condemning the “callous attitude” of the state government in implementing the Sixth Pay Commission report, the Plus Two Lecturers’ Forum has extended its support to the employees’ strike on February 10 and 11. According to a statement issued here on Saturday, state president of the forum HD Qureshi said keeping in view the academic career of the students the cadre would not boycott the classwork and board assignments.

Teenager found dead: The body of an 18-year-old boy, identified as Baljit Singh of Sarwal, was found dead on the roadside under mysterious circumstances in the heart of the city in winter capital on Saturday, police sources said here. The body of the deceased was shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital for autopsy. A case has been registered.

1 killed, 5 hurt in lightning: One person was killed and five others were injured when lightning struck at Barmidhar Mohra and Kanthi villages of Mahore tehsil in Reasi district on Friday, the police said here. The deceased has been identified as Bashir Ahmed. The injured were rushed to nearby health centres.


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