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Rallies to combat social ills
: In one of the major social activities, different units of Youth Veerangana, the women's wing of the Youth Welfare Federation, organized rallies in more than 50 villages of Abohar, Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh regions in the past 24 hours. Lakhjit Singh, state coordinator of the federation in Rajasthan said sarpanch Vimla Somani flagged off an impressive rally at Khajuwala while a similar rally at village Ramsara in Abohar sub-division was flagged off by sarpanch Vipan Neol. The participants were given overwhelming response as they passed through other villages carrying banners and placards that sought to condemn female foeticide, exploitation of women over dowry and drug menace that haunts the youth. Dimple Arora, an activist, said de-addiction camps have also been planned for remote villages since the parents were finding it difficult to send their wards to towns for de-addiction camps. The NGO has been offered services by experts. 

Cricket kit for sports clubs: To promote sports in rural areas, IFFCO the globally known cooperative fertilizer giant, has now decided to gift cricket kits to each sports club in villages in the area. IFFCO chairman Surinder Kumar Jakhar said during a function in village Maujgarh, located on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road (NH 15), that distribution of kits for gyms two years back had helped in combating drug menace among the youth. The organization had also resolved to cover all the villages in the segment under its 'Netar Jyoti' project. Jakhar along with IFFCO director Balwinder Singh Nakai inaugurated the community centre and farmers' service centre. The IFFCO chairman informed that a state-of- the-art technology centre would be set up here to impart training to youth in greenhouse farming.

Handball tournament
: Boys' team from GNE, Ludhiana and girls' team from SUSCET, Tangori, were declared winners in the two-day inter-college handball tournament that concluded at Malout. Earlier, the girls' teams from SUSCET, Tangori and BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib and boys' teams from GNE, Ludhiana and MIMIT, Malout, were declared the finalist. The Malout Institute of Management and Information Technology (MIMIT), Malout, organized the tournament.

Productivity bonus
: Qila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura on Monday asked CM Parkash Singh Badal to come clean and clear on productivity bonus to farmers. Reacting to the decisions taken by the Cabinet on Sunday, Khangura said although the government had agreed to pay the bonus after a delay of nine months and following the continuous protests by farmers, it was still not clear as how and when it would be paid to them. 

Anomalies in  pension: The newly constituted Docsfed India, a joint federation of retired and in service government doctors, on Monday claimed that injustice had been done with state doctors who had retired before January 2006 and demanded that this be corrected immediately. Convener of Docsfed India Dr D C Sharma said the maximum basic pension admissible to those retiring after January 2006 would be Rs 38,500 per month whereas those retiring before January 2006 would be allowed a maximum basic pension of Rs 27,350 per month only. Difference of one month in retirement would cause a loss of Rs 11, 150 per month in the basic pension, he added.

Minor canal inauguration
: Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal would on Wednesday inaugurate a minor irrigation canal that would benefit seven villages of the district. The minor that would take off from the Golewal distributary would irrigate 7000 acres in the villages of Arianwala, Bebuwala, Ghugiana, Dode, Kauni and Sangarhur. The minor has been constructed at a cost of Rs 7.50 crores.

‘Tortured’ man commits suicide
: Bahadur Singh of Nilo Naloya committed suicide after severe beating and torture by the wife and her family. According to police sources, Daljit Kaur of Phase V, Mohali, alleged that her brother Bahadur Singh was compelled by his wife Sharda Devi, brother-in-law Happy, mother-in-law Lakhsmi Devi and sister-in-law Sonia to commit suicide. Bahadur Singh got married to Sharda Devi in 2001. Since the marriage, his in-laws used to harass and torture him due to strenuous relations with his wife. On September 15 Bahadur Singh was beaten up due to which he consumed a poisonous substance and later died. The Hajipur police booked four family members under section 306 of the IPC.

Liquor smuggler flees
: A liquor smuggler has fled from police custody from the district hospital here, on Sunday. The police registered a criminal case in this regard and a departmental inquiry has been initiated against two police head constables who brought him to the hospital for medical examination. As per the details available, the Kot-ise-Khan police had brought Sonu, son of Binder Singh to the district headquarters for producing him in the court. Before producing him in the court, the police took him to the hospital for a medical examination from where he fled on the pretext of going to the toilet.

Theatre workshop
: A 10-day workshop from September 20-30 has been organised on the topic 'Theatre of Relevance: Discovering Self' at the Guru Nanak College for Girls, Sri Muktsar Sahib, by the departments of English and Commerce. The resource person of the workshop is Manjul Bhardwaj from Mumbai, a renowned theatre personality. At the inaugural session, principal Dr Tejinder Kaur and S. Jagjit Singh Sidhu, additional secretary, LMC, welcomed Bhardwaj. After the formal welcome, the first session of the workshop commenced.

Blood donation
: The police in collaboration with the local Blood Donors Council organised a blood donation camp to commemorate the death anniversary of Bhai Ghanayia, an epitome of selfless service to the ailing humanity, at Blood Donors Complex here today. As many as 30 policemen donated blood at the camp.

No factionalism in Cong: Kaypee
: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Mahinder Singh Kaypee has denied the media reports about any factionalism in the Congress. Talking to The Tribune here today, Kaypee claimed that all Congress leaders were working under the able leadership of Sonia Gandhi and her decision  to elect PPCC president would be acceptable to all Congressmen.



Advocate Virk Senior
Citizens Forum chief
:Advocate Jagjit Singh Virk has been unanimously re-elected president of the Senior Citizens Forum, Kurukshetra, for a two-year term and authorised to nominate other members of the managing committee. 

APIIT fourth among top 10 engg institutes
:The Asian Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) has been ranked fourth amongst the top 10 engineering colleges in north India.The ranking was awarded by NASSCOM in a joint initiative with Booz Allen Hamilton, an independent consultancy firm. The ranking was awarded to the college on the basis of quality of training imparted to students.


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