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Depot holders’ protest in Delhi on March 13:
Seeking fulfillment of their demands, thousands of depot holders from Punjab will proceed to Delhi on March 13 to participate in a march towards Parliament. Punjab Depot Holders Union’s state president Gurjinder Singh Sidhu today said a call for the protest had been given by the All India Fair Price Shop Dealers Federation. After initiating the direct cash subsidy scheme, he said, the Centre wanted to shut down depots.

Three booked for raping minor:
A 13-year-old girl belonging to Basti Machianwali under Zira sub-division was allegedly gang-raped by some persons who abducted her from her house and took her to an isolated petrol filling station. Varinder Pal Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, said the police had registered a case against Gurnam Singh, Laddi and Bhola and some unidentified persons. The incident took place on Friday. The case was registered on Saturday.

NRI honoured for fight against cancer
: Indian-origin MPs in the UK on Saturday honoured a Moga NRI for his contribution in the fight against cancer and female foeticide in Punjab. Hailing from Bir Raoke village, the MPs presented Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal with ‘Punjab da Masiha Award’ at a function held at Parliament in London. Dhaliwal is the global ambassador of UK-based NGO Roko Cancer. He has taken up the task of conducting mammography tests on women with the help of mobile detection vans.

Protest rally on March 14: Patiala Vyapar Bachao Sangharsh Committee has given a bandh call on March 14 following the imposition of property tax on business establishments. They will take out a protest march in the city and later stage a dharna outside the Patiala Municipal Corporation. Committee president Rakesh Gupta said the government was levying unnecessary taxes on the common man. Committee vice-president Bhagwan Das Chawla urged the city residents to join the bandh since the issue concerned everyone.

PPS headmaster awarded: The Indian Solidarity Council (ISC), New Delhi, has presented the ‘Bharat Vidya Shiromani Award’ to Jagpreet Singh, Headmaster of the Punjab Public School (PPS), Nabha, for his outstanding achievements in the field of education on Sunday. Dr Bishma Narain Singh, former Governor of Tamil Nadu, Justice OP Verma, former Governor of Punjab, Dr GVG Krishnamurthy, former Election Commission of India, and many other dignitaries were present at the function that was held at New Delhi. Jagpreet Singh was also awarded the ‘Eminent Educationist Award’ by the International Institute of Education and Management in 2011.

31 panchayats honoured
: As many as 31 panchayats of Sangrur and Barnala districts were honoured on Sunday for passing resolutions to close liquor vends in their respective villages. A local NGO, Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum; Birdh Ashram Trust, Badrukhan; Samaj Bhalai Manch, Sherpur, and Drug De-addiction Centre, Sangrur jointly honoured the panchayats at Birdh Ashram in Badrukhan, around three km from here. The panchayats were of Kumbharral, Didargarh, Bhulan, Alipur Khalsa, Kanjhla, Neelowal, Kalodi, Kunran, Hathan village (all from Sangrur district), Rurki Kalan, Jodhpur, Gumti and Thulewal village (all from Barnala district) Umendra Dutt, Executive Director, Kheti Virasat Mission, presented the honour to the panchayats.



14 KU officials promoted
: Lt Gen DDS Sandhu (retd), Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, on Friday ordered the promotion of seven superintendents and an equal number of deputy superintendents. KU Public Relations Officer Davender Sachdeva said the promoted superintendents were Maha Singh, Manohar Krishan, Krishan Lal Narang, Narender Kumar, Hukam Chand Kundu, Krishan Lal and Kusum Gupta, while the promoted deputy superintendents were Ram Lal Mehra, Yashpal Narang, Bhim Singh Moan, Praduman, Surender Mohan Sharma, Uma Shankar and Santosh Kumari Verma.

Man held with poppy husk: The police arrested Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Mahal in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh, from near Nainsi village for allegedly carrying 7 kg poppy husk. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against the accused.


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