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Flower show:
The Pt Mohan Lal SD College for Women, in collaboration with the Garden Lovers Association and Environmental Society, organised the 25th annual flower show on the college premises here yesteday. Competitions were held in painting and rangoli while the cut-flower show attracted children from various schools.

Cleanliness drive:
To beautify the surroundings of the local mini-secretariat, a special cleanliness drive was jointly launched by employees of various government departments in coordination with the Municipal Council under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner Dharam Dutt Tarnach and SSP Rakesh Aggarwal here yesterday. The volunteers cleaned the mini-secretariat and its surrounding areas to beautify and make it pollution-free. The Deputy Commissioner said that such cleanliness drives would also be organised in future also. He said that all those employees who had shown great interest in this  campaign would be honoured.

Sangat darshan: A subdivisional-level sangat darshan programme was organised at Hajipur in Mukerian subdivision. Deputy Commissioner Dharma Dutt Tarnach said that as many as 115 complaints relating to various government departments were disposed of. As many as 110 learning driving licences were prepared, 148 death and birth certificates and six certificates to handicapped persons were issued. He instructed the sarpanches to provide jobs to unemployed job card-holders under the MGNREGA scheme. SSP Aggarwal said as many as 114 applications relating to the police were disposed of in the programme, whereas necessary action was taken to dispose of 12 new applications. He said that 104 passport verification cases were cleared.

‘Jessore Day’ celebrated:
The Pine Division celebrated ‘Jessore Day’ to commemorate its victory over the Jessore Garrison (now in Bangladesh) in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Major General SK Gadeock, General Officer Commanding, Pine Division, along with the serving and retired officers paid floral tributes to the martyrs at the Pine War Memorial on Saturday.

Lok adalat:
The District Legal Services Authority organised a lok adalat here at judicial complex on Saturday in which as many as 156 cases were settled amicably and compensation amounting to more than Rs. 63 lakh were ordered.

Workshops on soft skills: With a view to develop behavioural skills among cops to strengthen police-public relations, SSP Narinder Bhargav has stared organising special training workshops on soft skills in the district. Under the initiative, a range level training workshop on soft skills was organised here at Police Resource Centre here on Saturday. As many as 57 police officials and employees attended the workshop. Dr Parminder Sidhu from Sant Baba Bhag Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Padhiana( Jalandhar) gave valuable tips on behavioural skills.

Blankets distributed: The Arya Samaj in collaboration with Shashi Kumar Ashadeep Trust organised a “Jan Kalyan Divas” here at Arya Samaj Mandir, Ghas Mandi, on Sunday. As many as 100 blankets were distributed to poor on the  occasion. Speaking on the occasion, social worker Balwant Singh while lauding the contribution of the Arya Samaj in the field of education announced to adopt as many as 11 needy girls studying in Arya education institutions for continuing their studies.

2 drug smugglers held: The police arrested two drugs smugglers, identified as Bhupinder Bagga of Bolena village, Jalandhar, and Balwinder Kumar of Basti village, Sangrur, and seized one kg of opium from their possession. They were nabbed during a nakabandi near Kot Rani Village. The police has registered a case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Burglary: A house of Kamaljit Kaur was burgled in local Guru Nanakpura last night. The burglars decamped with cash of Rs 15,000 and valuable goods. In another incident, a gang of thieves struck at a government school in Atti village in Phillaur and took away two laptops and other valuables from the school.

Thief held: The police arrested a vehicle thief and recovered a stolen auto-rickshaw from his possession.

One kills self:
One Laddi of Ajtanee village, PS Noormahal, committed suicide by hanging himself in his house yesterday. Mental stress caused by domestic quarrel was said to be the cause of suicide, said DSP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh.



Dalit woman assaulted; 15 held:
The police has arrested 15 persons, including Bhagirath Yadav, all belonging to the Yadav community, for allegedly assaulting Scheduled Caste members, injuring a Dalit woman, burning her cottage and also using caste remarks against her at Biharipur village, 11 km from here, on Saturday. They were remanded in judicial custody. Following an altercation over a pathway between Dalits and the Yadav community, members of the Bhagirath-led faction, who were armed with weapons, allegedly assaulted Dalits. While most of the Dalits managed to flee, Kiran Devi, wife of Raj Kumar Dhanak, was attacked and sustained injured. They allegedly set her cottage on fire.

JE gets jail for graft:
Sanjay Kumar, junior engineer of the Bijli Vitran Nigam, who was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,600, was sentenced to two years of imprisonment and fined Rs 3,000 by Additional District and Sessions Judge Kuldeep Jain. The accused was caught by a team of the Vigilance Bureau on December 15, 2006, while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,600 from Salim, owner of a welding shop in Pur Khas village for replacing the burnt electricity transformer.


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