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Girls light up  momís pyre: Breaking old tradition of lighting of pyre by sons, daughters of 105-year-old Durgi Devi lit the pyre of their mother in presence of their brothers at Kusla village (Mansa) about 70 km from here. Durgi Devi was mother of Sadhu Ram Kusla, assistant project officer in the Bathinda District Rural Development Agency. She passed away on Saturday after a brief illness.ďAs the family believed in equality among sons and daughters, so it preferred to convey a message to society by way of giving an opportunity of lighting the pyre of their mother to the daughters,Ē said Kusla. The family also donated eyes of the deceased. 

Cong panel for Maghi Mela: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mohinder Singh Kay Pee, has nominated Gursant Singh Brar, president, District Congress Committee Muktsar, as coordinator of the Organising Committee for Maghi Mela at Muktsar. According to PPCC general secretary Raj Pal Singh, president, DCC Faridkot, Pawan Goyal; president DCC Ferozepur, Gurnaib Singh Brar; former MLA Baldev Singh Balamgarh; president DCC Bathinda Urban, Ashok Kumar, and executive member PPCC Harbans Lal Garib, have also been nominated as members of said committee. 

Death mourned: Punjab Pradesh Congress president Mohinder Singh Kaypee and Congress Legislature Party Leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal have expressed grief over the death of Vaid Hari Kishan, former president of the District Congress Committee, Fatehgarh Sahib. In his message to the bereaved family, Kaypee said the Congress had lost a dedicated worker, who devoted his whole life for strengthening the organisation.

Rain disrupts life: Continuous rains disrupted life in the district and adjoining areas on Sunday. Incessant rains began in the wee hours and continued till sunset. Very few vehicles were seen at various market and other places. Though people were seen camping near teashops and other eating joints, very few visited other shops and shopkeepers were keeping themselves warm with campfire in streets. 



Cops to donate blood: Mohali police officials would be donating blood at blood donation camp being organised by Punj Darya Sabhyacharak Munch, Mohali, at Phase XI Police Lines here on Monday. SSP, Mohali, GPS Bhullar, would inaugurate the camp. 

Games for kids: Karen Whitten and her husband Sam, a Portugese couple engaged in social work, particularly in the field of uplifting education standard of the downtrodden children, visited Bright Spark School, Phase XI, Mohali. The couple distributed games, especially brought from Portugal, to the students of the school. The school is being run by Bright Spark Society -- an NGO being engaged to impart free education with education material and dresses to the children belonging to the downtrodden society. 

Health check-up camp: The Mohali Industries Association organised a free health check-up camp with Ivy Hospital at MIA Bhawan, Industrial Area, Phase VII, here on Sunday. The camp was organised for employees, employers and their family members. BS Anand, president, MIA, said such camps were being organised as a part of MIAís objectives for improving interaction between the members and their family members. The camp was held to check the blood sugar level, blood pressure, pain management and ECG.


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