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Burglary bid
: An unsuccessful attempt to burgle the branch of the cooperative bank at village Bahavwala located on Abohar-Hanumangarh road was made last night, sources said. As per available information, the miscreants succeeded in breaking open the locks of the main entrance as well as the second gate but the siren started blowing as they tried to break the lock of the currency box. Scared, they escaped, locals said. A similar attempt was made about two months back but the climax was the same. The civil and police officials visited the bank and held on the spot investigation, sources added. 

NCC cadets welcomed: Six NCC cadets from Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here had the honour of representing Punjab at the national integration camp organised at Ranchi in Jharkhand. The participants, Mania Arora, Kanta Rani, Seema Sharma, Sumita Sharma, Kalpana Rani and Adesh, were warmly received as they returned to their home town today. Reception was also arranged to welcome another student Ashima who had won a bronze in the inter-college judo championship that was organised recently by the sports department of the Panjab University. 

NCC cadets, who represented Punjab at the national integration camp
NCC cadets, who represented Punjab at the national integration camp. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana man on LIC board
: Dr Vijay Asdhir, who is at present Director, Khalsa Institute of Management, Ludhiana, has been nominated by the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) as member of the Zonal Advisory Board of the Northern Region of the LIC for return for two years. He is the only person from the state to be nominated to this board that has jurisdiction over six states of the northern region. 

Rickshaw pullers stage dharna
:More than 400 rickshaw pullers of the town went on strike and sat on dharna today to protest against the decision of the Municipal Council to construct public conveniences in the Cycle Bazaar near the clock tower. They started stir in the morning on the main road of the Cycle Bazaar crossing. The rickshaw pullers parked their rickshaws at the 'disputed' rickshaw stand. 

Writer Kali to attend literary fest
: Desraj Kali, an eminent writer, has been invited to speak at the five-day Jaipur Literary Festival beginning on Thursday Author of several books, including ‘Parnshwari’; ‘Antheen’; ‘Paratham Puran’and ‘Shanti Parav’, Kali focused on Dalit issues. “ I have broken many myths while researching on the Dalits and of the view that most of the Sufi saints were from the Dalit community,” said Kali, who will leave for Jaipur on Thursday. Besides Kali, other writers who are taking part include Hanif Kureishi, Niall Ferguson, and Indira Goswani. 

Books distributed
: Sahara Jan Sewa Club, Mansa, today distributed books to poor children of Sanskar centres in Vidya Bhati school, Mansa. Nearly 100 children of these centres received copies, pencils and books during the programme. PL Dhingra district manager of United Assurance Company, presided over the function. Twenty-fice peons were provided with blankets by the club. School principal Jagdeep Kumar, club president Rajesh Tekhedar and Naresh Birla were present on the occasion. 

Petrol pump looted
: Masked miscreants looted a petrol pump at Pipren village of Suratgarh sub-division, sources said in the evening. As per the FIR lodged by salesman Lakhbir Singh Lalgarh, the miscreants stormed the filling station and looted about Rs 35,000 at gunpoint during the working hours today. He was assaulted when he offered some resistance. A case has been registered. 



AS College thrash GC-46: AS College, Khanna, and SGGS College, Chandigarh, won their respective matches in the Inter-College Football (Men) A-Division Tournament being held at Panjab University campus here today. In the first match, AS College, Khanna, thrashed Government College (GC-46), Sector 46, by 3-0, while in the second match, SGGS College, Chd, defeated DAV College, Chd, by 4-0. 

MC mulls water price hike
: The Zirakpur MC is planning to increase the price of water and sewerage connections. The final decision is expected be taken at the monthly meeting of the civic body scheduled for tomorrow. Other agendas include provision of better basic amenities to residents of the area.


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