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Jassi begins thanksgiving tour
Bathinda, April 3
Former Congress Harminder Singh Jassi addressing a gathering during his thanksgiving tour in BathindaMLA, Harminder Singh Jassi, who had recently contested the Assembly election from Bathinda (Urban) constituency unsuccessfully, started his 13-day-long thanksgiving tour in Bathinda city yesterday.

Harminder Singh Jassi addressing a gathering during his thanksgiving tour in Bathinda. A Tribune photograph

Free books under SSA recovered from bookseller in Jaito
Faridkot, April 3
For the offence of selling textbooks which were meant for free distribution to girl students and SC/ST children at primary and upper primary level under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the Jaitu police in Faridkot arrested a bookseller and his son today in the evening. The police has recovered 148 textbooks.


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Jassi begins thanksgiving tour

Bathinda, April 3
Former Congress MLA, Harminder Singh Jassi, who had recently contested the Assembly election from Bathinda (Urban) constituency unsuccessfully, started his 13-day-long thanksgiving tour in Bathinda city yesterday.

Addressing the gatherings in ward numbers 42, 44, 45 and 46, Jassi thanked the people for casting votes in his favour during the recently-held Assembly elections. He said he got about 56,000 votes in the election.

Jassi said he would continue to serve the people besides making efforts to solve their problems on a priority basis even in future.

Jassi said the Congress was ready to contest the ensuing Municipal Corporation, Bathinda, polls. He claimed that the Congress would win these elections in a big way. ó TNS

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Free books under SSA recovered from bookseller in Jaito
Balwant Garg
Tribune News Service

Faridkot, April 3
For the offence of selling textbooks which were meant for free distribution to girl students and SC/ST children at primary and upper primary level under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the Jaitu police in Faridkot arrested a bookseller and his son today in the evening. The police has recovered 148 textbooks.

These books are meant to be distributed among the students free of cost under the SSA, a flagship programme of the Government of India to support the states in creating, developing and strengthening the formal primary and upper primary school systems to achieve the goal of the universal elementary education.

Though it has been written on these books in bold letters that the sale and purchase of these books is an offence but Kanhaya Lal and his son Gaurav in Jaitu town were selling these books without any fear of law, said Varinder Kumar, SDM, who informed the police after getting a complaint about the sale of these books.

The police have registered a cheating case against the accused. During the search of the book shop, the police also recovery many blank forms which are sold to the customers, with a claim that an applicant can get Rs 2 lakh in financial aid from the state government under the Nanhi Chhaan programme of Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

But there is no such scheme or project to give any financial aid to anybody under the Nanhi Chhaan programme, said the SDM.†The police are investigating from where the book seller got the textbooks.

The textbooks were meant for free distribution among girl students and SC/ST children of primary and upper primary level schools.

It is written on the books in bold letters that the sale and purchase of these books is an offence.

The Jaito police has arrested the bookseller and his son.

148 textbooks have been recovered from their shop.

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