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Repair of ancient weapons begins
: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has entrusted the 'sewa' (repair work) of 51 ancient weapons, including those belonging to Sikh gurus, to Baba Narinder Singh Hazur Sahibwale. The 'sewa' began after Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh performed 'ardaas' at the Akal Takht. This is for the first time ever that the 'sewa' of these weapons is being taken up. Among these weapons is a sword of Guru Gobind Singh, two swords of Guru Hargobind and Baba Phula Singh's 'khanda'. These weapons are exhibited to the devotees at the Akal Takht every evening. 

Harsimrat opens new under-bridge
: Member of Parliament Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday inaugurated the newly constructed under-bridge on the Bathinda-Mansa highway. Built under the Bathinda-Delhi rail line at a cost of Rs 24 crore, the project will pave way for the smooth flow of traffic as the railway barrier at this point was a major traffic bottleneck. Harsimrat criticised the Centre for the Rs 5 hike in diesel prices as well as limiting the supply of subsidised LPG cylinders. She also blamed the Centre for allegedly forcing Punjab to impose fresh taxes. 

125 power theft cases registered
: As many as 125 cases of power theft relating to the district had been registered in the anti-power theft police station at Ludhiana during the last eight months. Another 25 cases were under inquiry. Station House Officer Des Raj said three water pumps being run by the panchayats at Mehron, Bohna and Charik villages had also been found "stealing" power. The power corporation had imposed a fine of Rs 2.60 lakh on Bohna panchayat.

Man arrested  for rape
: The police here has arrested Lakhwinder Singh, alias Lucky, of Alachaur village for allegedly kidnapping and raping a minor girl of his village. Earlier, a case under Sections 363/366 A of the IPC was registered at the city police station here on Tuesday on the basis of the complaint lodged by victim’s mother Manjeet Kaur.
The girl was a student of class X at a private school in Nawanshahr. 

Students block roads in Sangrur areas
: Students of various colleges, led by Punjab Students Union (PSU) leaders, on Friday blocked roads in Mastuana Sahib (Sangrur), Malerkotla and Sunam to protest against the registration of a case by the Barnala police against a few students. The case pertained to throwing stones at a bus. PSU district president Kulwinder Singh Sekha claimed the students who had been booked were innocent. Sekha claimed efforts were being made to crush their agitation seeking free bus travel facility for students even in private buses.



Garg gets award
: Dr VK Garg, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, has been conferred ‘Indian Citation Award 2012’ by Thomson Reuters. He specialises in water pollution, waste water treatment, solid waste management and radio-ecology. He has published more than 150 research papers. He is a Fellow of Biotech Research Society of India. Dr Garg has visited several countries for academic and research purposes. He was recently sanctioned a project of Rs.5 crore by DAE-BRNS, Mumbai, for the establishment of a radio-ecology centre in the university

Degrees given
: Randeep Singh Surjewala, Minister for Industries, PWD and Parliamentary Affairs, on Friday called upon the youth to prepare themselves to face the forthcoming challenges of the 21st century. He was the chief guest at the annual convocation and prize distribution function of Dayanand Mahila Mahavidyalya here. As many as 199 students were awarded graduate and postgraduate degrees while 60 students were honoured for securing high positions in educational and cultural activities. Best student Tamanna, best singer Komal, best orator Vridhi, best NCC cadet Dipanshi, best NSS wing student Reena and best Yajna performer Shobha were also honoured.

Complaints resolved: Randeep Singh Surjewala, Haryana Minister for PWD and Public Health, disposed of 19 public complaints at Kisan Bhawan hereon Friday. Residents of Sector 5 complained that they were facing acute power fluctuation because of a fault in a transformer. The minister directed the officials concerned to rectify the transformer and ensure regular supply of power in all HUDA sectors. 

Man dies in mishap: Sujal Arora, a resident of Kabir Nagar in Jalandhar, was killed on the spot when his car hit a canter, which was parked without indicator and reflector, near Mohari village, 30 km from here on Wednesday night. 

PO arrested: The police has arrested proclaimed offender Jarnail Singh, a resident of Niharsi in Ambala district. A case under Sections 419 and 420 of the IPC was registered against him on November 18, 2008, and he was declared proclaimed offender by the court here on May 19, 2010. 

Wife booked for murder
: After recovering the body of labourer Subhash (35), a resident of Mewat district, from his rented accommodation at Peevara Ki Dhani Colony here on Wednesday, the police has registered a case of murder against his wife Kamla Devi and her accomplice. Sources said Subhash, who was a liquor addict, had an altercation with his wife on Tuesday night after which he was strangulated when he was asleep. 

Gangsters held
: With the help of the Uttarakhand police, the Sonepat police has arrested four gangsters who had taken away a truck at pistol-point on near Rohat village on Monday. The police has also recovered the truck. The gangsters were nabbed at Sahaspur in Uttarakhand while they were going to sell the truck. The gangsters were produced in the court on Thursday, which remanded them in police custody.



Man held with charas
: The Kotwali police arrested Babloo, resident of Bihar, from Darshan Lal Chowk and seized 500 gram charas from his possession. He was going towards Vikasnagar to sell charas to another party. He was involved in drug trafficking and sold half a kg charas at Nazibabad as well. 

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