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BSNL donates ambulance:
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited here has donated an ambulance to the Civil Surgeon here under its “corporate social responsibility” scheme to serve the residents of the district. R.K. Dawra, General Manager, Telecom, said BSNL Amritsar spent about Rs 2.5 lakh from its corporate social responsibility fund. He said to avail the ambulance services, people could dial 102. He said the BSNL would provide many more services under the corporate social responsibility scheme like GSM PCOs, etc. to the handicapped youth to generate employment in the future.

DCP leader defects to BSP: Senior Vice-President of the Democratic Congress Party (DCP), Surinder Singh Shinda defected to the Bahujan Shakti Party (BSP) here today. He had unsuccessfully contested the recent Lok Sabha elections from the DCP. He was appointed state vice-president of the BSP.

Social activist dead: Surinder Bhandari (62), general secretary, Sewa Bharti, died on July 13 after prolonged illness. Surinder was a renowned social worker who, despite his illness, devoted time to distribute free medicines among poor patients at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. He is survived by his wife and two sons and a daughter. He will be cremated on July 15 at Shiv Puri near Durgiana temple at 12 noon.

Booked on extortion charge:
On the complaint of a farmer, the Balianwali police on Tuesday arrested a person, who was accused of demanding money from the farmer. According to details available, Harminder Singh, a farmer of village Balianwali, lodged a complaint with the police on Monday that the accused, Sohan Singh, was seeking Rs 3 lakh from his as extortion money, failing which he would kill him. Acting on the complaint, the police booked the accused under sections 384, 511 and 506 of the IPC. After tracing the records of the calls made by him, the police arrested the accused on Tuesday.

Foundation stone of waiting hall laid:
Vajra Corps GOC Lieut-Gen V.S. Tonk laid the foundation stone of an additional waiting hall to be constructed at the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) polyclinic on the premises of the Military Hospital here on Monday. The polyclinic was constructed in 2006 to cater to medical needs of ex-servicemen and dependants in Jalandhar and adjoining areas.

Additional SHO shifted: Vijay Kumar, additional SHO of police division number 8, has been sent to the police lines for dereliction of duty. Confirming this, DSP (City I) Gagan Ajit Singh said the additional SHO was not showing proper interest in his work. That was why, he was been shifted on Monday, he added.

Block devp commitees to be set up:
District Planning Committee Chairperson Bibi Jagir Kaur has decided to constitute block-level development committees to prepare development plans for villages and towns in the district. The decision was taken at a meeting of the presidents and EOs of the different municipal councils and nagar panchayats held on Monday. It was also decided to take the help of private companies and university experts in preparing the development plans of the district. The development plans would be submitted to the central and state governments to seek funds, she added.

‘Politicians are opportunists’: Terming politicians of Punjab as opportunists, state spokesperson of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) Jagdish Kataria said MLAs belonging to every party in the state had shown selfishness in increasing their own pay and allowances and that too when the state was facing an acute shortage of funds. The increase in their pay and allowances clearly showed the MLAs had nothing to do with the welfare of general public, he added.



Murder accused held:
The police today arrested Arvind, an accused in a murder case, and a resident of Railla village. According to sources, Arvind was accused of murdering Rajan, whose body was found in jungles of Sector 21 here on March 19.



Orientation programme: Prof Sudesh Gakhkar, Department of Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh, gave a lecture on “Understanding the learner” during the sixth day of the Orientation Programme being conducted by Academic Staff College, Kurukshetra University, here on Tuesday. She said: “The education system plays a significant role in shaping the society through teachers. The teacher-learner relationship has to be revitalised and rethought,” she added. In the second session, Prof Gakhkar delivered a talk on “Learning process, quality and creativity”, where she spoke of the five pillars of total quality education. As many as 26 participants interacted with Gakhkar.

Truck cleaner killed: Satbir Gujjar (25), cleaner of a truck and a resident of Jhunjhunoo district of Rajasthan, was killed on the spot while truck driver Kailash sustained injuries when the truck they were travelling in reportedly rammed into another parked truck on the Narnaul-Rewari road near Tint village on Tuesday. The mishap took place when they were coming from Narnaul to Rewari. The Khol police has registered a case of negligence and obstruction in the public way against the driver of the parked truck.

Cable thieves held: The Kosli police on Tuesday busted a gang of notorious cable thieves and arrested seven of its members. It has also recovered 35 kg of stolen copper cables from their possession. The cables were cut off and stolen by them from tubewells of nine farmers of Bisoha village and five farmers of Garhi village on Sunday night. The police has registered a case of theft on a complaint filed by the farmers. The gangsters have been identified as Bhag Mal, Jagdish, Roshan, Nimboo, Gulab, Pandoo and Atma Ram, all residents of Rajasthan and were presently living in Behrampur village, near Kosli, and working as labourers in Kosli region. They were produced in a local court, which remanded them in police custody for a day.


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